May 122013

Lampard breaks record to become all-time top goalscorer!

As if it was ever in doubt before, Frank Lampard has ensured his name will be remembered in Chelsea football club long after he has hung up his boots. Lampard scored both of Chelsea’s goals in a challenging and hard fought 2-1 victory over relegation strugglers Aston Villa. Lampard’s record equalling 202nd goal was a stereotypical edge of the box smash, while his 203rd was the kind of poacher’s finish that has become synonymous with Lampard. Beating Bobby Tambling’s 43 year old record, Lampard can finally get that particular monkey off his back and focus on his future.

The victory against Villa, while vital in securing top 4 spot and automatically Champion’s League spot for next season, did not come without a price. Ramires was sent off for two bookable offences and will miss 1 game, while Hazard was substituted off with a visible limp. Most worryingly, however, was the sight of John Terry being stretchered off in the 75th minute. Terry appeared to be suffering with an ankle injury, and he was very clearly distressed. The contrast between the fortunes of two of our old guard was stark today; Lampard’s euphoria versus Terry’s on-going struggle to win back his place. This new injury might have been more painful than it was damaging, but either way it does not look good for JT.

The win all but guarantees our top four position, and all eyes will now turn towards Wednesday’s Europa League Final clash with Benfica. It is desperately unlucky that Terry seems set to miss out on yet another European final one year on from his Champion’s League final absence, but there is no doubt that JT will be giving his absolute full support to our lads. Hazard would be a huge loss for the game if his injury keeps him out, and although Moses is a perfectly able replacement, he lacks the spark of ingenuity that allows Hazard to consistently create something from nothing. This means that others will have to play their part and contribute. Here’s looking at you, Nando…

Apr 272013

John Terry confirms he will not be leaving Chelsea at the end the season, despite only having 12 months left on his current contract. He has made it clear that he won’t be going anywhere else this year, and if he leaves next summer it won’t be to a rival Premiership club.

“I’ve got another year on my contract and definitely will be here next year,” said Terry.

“Where I would go after that it certainly wouldn’t be in England. I couldn’t do that to Chelsea or the fans. That’s just not me.”

The Blues captain is still hopeful that Chelsea will give him another contract extension, but he is not unduly worried about it right now: “It would be nice to get some silverware, get the season out of the way and maybe talk contracts in the summer,” Terry continued.

“It depends on my fitness and me staying in a good enough condition to impress the guys who make those decisions.

“I have got another year left which I will honour and respect, regardless if it’s a yes or a no.”

Spoken like a true Chelsea legend, and personally I can’t see why Abramovich can’t keep him on if only to teach the new upcoming young stars what it really means to wear the famous shirt of Champions.

Jan 162013

John Terry’s return to the Chelsea line-up has been put on hold, with the Chelsea captain struggling for match fitness.

Terry made his return to action as a late substitute in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Stoke on Saturday, and had been expected to start tonight’s Premier League match against Southampton.

Chelsea interim boss Rafa Benitez has revealed that Terry is still not fully recovered.

Rafa said: “John is fine. He was training yesterday and today, doing normal sessions.

“But still the fitness is not the same as we would like. For match fitness you have to play games. Every session will help but he needs more time.”

Benitez went on to add his thoughts on why Chelsea’s home form has dipped of late, adding: “At home, the other teams play deep and you have less space. We’re still creating chances, but we have to be more clinical.

“We need to take our chances and, if we do, it’ll be totally different. Teams will have to be more open and we’ll have more space.

“But it’s down to football reasons. When you play away and you have space, the players we have can make a big difference.

“Against 11 players behind the ball, you have to find the space, so you have to practise and prepare, but I do not believe it is harder for us at home. We have confidence we can do well. We did against Aston Villa and Nordsjaelland.

“What we have to do is improve and learn how to play these games against 11 behind the ball.

“We have to keep winning games, doing well and scoring goals. We are scoring a lot of goals and conceding not too many. That’s the balance we were looking for. Let’s see where we are in a few weeks.”

The Spanish manager is a good rival for Arsene Wenger when it comes to excuses, but anybody would have to admit that we had the better of the game against Swansea as well as QPR of late. We missed a host of goalscoring opportunities, which eventually cost us the game.

As for Terry, we need our captain back. I cant help but think we would not have lost those 2 crunch games, if Chelsea had his experience on the pitch. We will need him back fully for the second leg of the cup.

Jan 122013

Chelsea scored 4 goals in their 4-0 demolition of Stoke City today, giving the hosts their first home loss since February of last year.

Chelsea have to thank Stoke’s Jonathan Walters for their first two goals, with two defensive headers beating Begovic in the hosts goal on the stroke of half time, and then again just after the hour mark.

Juan Mata was tackled in the box by Robert Huth, and went down quite easily (it has to be said) to earn the penalty on 65. Frank Lampard steps up, and pounds the ball into the roof of the net, with the keeper having no chance.

Eden Hazard scored a spectacular fourth, from just outside the box. He turns with the ball on his left, and lashes it into the top-left hand corner in the 71st minute.

John Terry made his first appearance under Rafa Benitez today, coming off the bench for Juan Mata with just over 10 minutes of normal time remaining, pushing Luiz up into midfield.

The Chelsea captain had very little to do, but still managed to concede a penalty to the Chelsea match-winner, Walters. The Stoke striker stepped up to ease his torrid day, only to sky the penalty way over the crossbar. A day he will try to forget for weeks…

Frank Lampard again played well, further confusing players and fans alike as to why Roman Abramovich should wish to let him go. He is a part of Chelsea, and is showing he still has plenty to offer the club.

You would have to say that 4-0 was slightly more than we deserved, but compared to Chelsea’s dominant display on Wednesday, we will take it.

This win puts us back into third in the Premier League, above Spurs who played out a 0-0 stalemate away at QPR. We sit 11 points of League leaders Manchester United having played the same amount of games. Tomorrow will be a rare day when I will actually be hoping for a hat full of Suarez goals. Come on Liverpool, beat United for us…

Jan 122013

Chelsea take on Stoke City at the Britannia today, which in my opinion should be called ‘Fort Britannia’.

Stoke are one of the most organised units in the Premier League, and are yet to lose at home so far this season. We will be hoping to change that.

Chelsea are likely to be boosted by a return of their captain John Terry today, and are expected to give Demba Ba his Premier League debut for the club today.

Ba is expected to make the starting line-up with Fernando Torres apparently nursing an injury. The Senegalese striker has scored 4 goals in 4 matches against Stoke, and the Britannia will not be happy to see him line-up against them again.

Petr Cech is to be assessed today in hope he could play a part, with the Czech goalkeeper’s influenced dearly missed in the midweek loss to Swansea.

Possible starting line-up:

Stoke City: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Walters, Kightly, Jones

Chelsea FC: Petr Cech(doubtful), Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Cole, Luiz, Ramires, Hazard, Lampard, Mata, Ba

Jan 112013

John Terry this week made his return to action, in the Chelsea U21’s match against Fulham, and is set to make the squad for Saturday’s tough Premier League tie against Stoke City.

Terry has been sidelined since Chelsea played Liverpool on November 11, when he clashed with Luis Suarez, with a knee injury. JT had originally expected to be out for 2-3 weeks but has found complications in recovery, and has taken two months to near recovery.

The Chelsea captain played 45 minutes of last nights U21’s 2-0 win over Fulham, but has yet to make his debut under interim boss Rafa Benitez. Team manager Dermot Drummy said: “He looked in good shape.”

Benitez watched last nights match, and is keen to see the club captain back in action in the Premier League. Rafa claimed earlier this week that Terry was in contention to make Saturday’s PL tie, and that is still the case after coming through his warm-up game unscathed.

I expect John Terry to make the bench for Saturday’s away match at the Britannia, and think next Wednesday’s home match against Southampton would hopefully see his return to the starting line-up. Terry was making his return from a 4-match ban when he picked up his injury, and I’m sure we all hope he can make it through to the season’s end without any more injuries. Welcome back JT.

Jan 092013

Rafa Benitez has declared that John Terry could make his long-awaited return in Saturday’s Premier League tie with Stoke City.

The Chelsea captain has resumed full training following a lengthy injury received in the Chelsea-Liverpool Premier League match on November 11.

Benitez said: “The good news is John Terry is back in training and we’re considering playing him on Thursday to give him some minutes with the under-21 team against Fulham.

“At least it is a positive thing because before he was just doing the warm-up and now he has been training, and if he can play he’ll be closer.”

When asked on his chances of a return on Saturday, Rafa responded: “It depends on his reaction.

“Obviously Thursday will be a different kind of game, but we’ll see how he feels and if he can feel okay and train the day after then at least we can start considering it as an option.”

I hope Terry makes it through the U21’s match unscathed, as he has been struggling with this injury for too long now. Our captain was originally expected to be out for 2-3 weeks, and 2 months later we are still waiting. I think Saturday’s trip to Stoke will come to soon for the centre-back to return, and I hope Rafa isn’t going to rush him.

Jan 042013

Chelsea captain John Terry has claimed that the Blues should retire Frank Lampard’s jersey number, as a tribute to his contribution to the club.

Lampard is set to leave the Blues on a free-transfer at the end of the season, with Roman Abramovich reluctant to extend the 34 year-old’s contract.

Terry tweeted: “Devastated is an understatement. We should retire the number 8 shirt in honour of Lamps. #theheartbeat #hero #legend #hero #goalmachine #friend #ktbffh [keep the blue flag flying high] #cfc #chelsea.”

The club captain later denied his reaction was from official news given by the Chelsea hierarchy, but from an apparent Steve Kutner interview in the Italian media, in which he reportedly said the midfielder would definitely be leaving the Bridge this summer. “I have seen franks agents quotes on sky yesterday. That’s all I’m going on nothing more,” he said.

The Sun recently ran a poll asking sports fans whether they thought Chelsea should extend his stay with the Blues, and a whopping 84% said they should. If only Roman agreed with the 84%!

Frank Lampard scored both of our goals in last Sunday’s Everton win, which Chelsea came from behind to win 2-1, and has been instrumental in Chelsea’s recent form. The Blues had been struggling prior to Franks return from injury. Chelsea have won 6 of the 8 games since Lampard returned, compared to their run of 3 wins in the 11 games without the England veteran.

Frank Lampard has won everything for Chelsea bar the World Club Cup, and has been a loyal servant since his move across London from West Ham in 2001.

Lampard’s most likely future destinations appear to be in Serie A, with Inter Milan rumoured to be very keen on the midfielder, with his uncle Harry Redknapp also said to be interested in signing him for QPR. Lamp’s sees himself playing on for another 2-3 seasons after this one, and believes he still has a lot to offer at the top level.

Chelsea fans such as me will have to accept the loss of Franky, as Roman will not budge once he has made up his mind. Chelsea will not be the same without Lampard. The legend will never be forgotten.

Dec 312012

Petr Cech was substituted at half-time in yesterday’s 2-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park because of injury, and the Chelsea no.1 is expected to miss the Chelsea versus QPR tie on Wednesday.

Petr Cech is undergoing tests today to understand the full extent of his injury, with a short spell on the sidelines expected.

Cech was forced off at half-time, being replaced by Ross Turnball, after feeling pain caused by a “strained adductor muscle at the top of his leg”.

Yesterday, Cech explained: “I think it was in the 40th minute when I was punching the ball away and when I jumped, I felt pain in my right groin.

“I finished the half knowing I would not be able to continue after the break. We will see how serious it is. We will know more after the medical check that I undergo tomorrow.”

The Czech goalkeeper will be joining John Terry on the sidelines. The club captain has been out since the Liverpool clash in November 11, when a coming together with Luis Suarez caused the centre-back’s knee to give way. Terry was initailly expected back before the World Club Cup, but has suffered various set-backs. JT is expected back soon, but will not risk rushing him back.

Dec 312012

Frank Lampard put in a man of the match performance yesterday in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park yesterday, but admits he still has no offer on the table.

The England central midfielder’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the season, and the 34 year-old is allowed to talk to foreign clubs about a free-transfer in the summer as of tomorrow.

Frank Lampard scored both of Chelsea’s goals in yesterday’s win, and has been in fine form since his return from injury.

Chelsea fans have taken some time out of abusing Rafa Benitez from the sidelines to cheer ‘sign him up’, in reference to extending Franky’s current deal.

Chelsea have only failed to win in 1 match that Frank Lampard has started in this seasons Premier League, yet Roman Abramovich seems unimpressed. The Russian tycoon is refusing to offer any new contracts to John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole. These 3 players have all been key to Chelsea for many years, and are still at the top of their games today.

Cole will also be allowed to talk to foreign clubs as of tomorrow, with a host of clubs across Europe hoping for his signature. He was reportedly offered a one-year extension, but refused that in hope of a two-year deal.

John Terry’s deal is set to expire at the end of next season, and it is thought that he will not be offered an extension either.

It is upsetting to think Chelsea will be letting our best players leave at the end of the season, and for free! Roman Abramovich should realise the experienced players influence on the whole squad, especially the young stars who are trying to grow into the players they wish to become. Sign them up Roman.