Dec 092012

The Chelsea keeper Petr Cech was extremely disappointed to be knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday despite our record 6-1 win, but he is not so despondent that he thinks the season is over for the Blues, in fact he thinks it could still be their best ever!

He points out that Chelsea are now going to the World Club Championship, which we have never won, and also the Europa League, which offers yet another new trophy for the cabinet.

He said: “Yet we must be positive. We are in the Europa League and can still win a European trophy, something we haven’t won before – and so we must focus on that.

“Playing on Thursday doesn’t make much difference. Maybe now I will have a free Monday!

“We are still in the race for the Premier League even though we are seven points adrift. But with over 20 games still to be played that isn’t so bad, you can still have a go.”

“We can be world club champions, we are still in the FA Cup and Capital One Cup. We are are hunting for a lot of trophies.

“I am looking forward to Japan. How many times in your life do you get to be world club champions?

“We could end up with a trophy and it could turn into the most amazing year in this club’s history.”

Thats the spirit Petr! Especially if we could win ALL of those trophies!

Come on you Blues!!!

May 062011

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has spoken confidently ahead of the match against United this weekend. The Ghana international who has recently been linked with AC Milan thinks that the Chelsea supporters will be able to do their bit to help the Blues beat the Red Devils at Old Trafford.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Essien said: “We have hit a good run of form lately, and have managed to haul ourselves back into the title race. Now we have to beat United to ensure we are in the driving seat and I can assure you we are up for it. The team is playing well and I have no doubt we will give it everything we have to beat them”.

He continued: “We need all the support we can get from the fans and I have no doubt they will be there for us when we need them most”.

Describing Chelsea’s season Essien used a unique analogy. He said: “It has been a sweet and sour season. If it were a sandwich it would be sweet bread at the top, a sour filling and more sweet bread at the bottom. We started the season extremely well, had a sour middle part and are now ending strongly”.

After the match Chelsea and United will only have two more games to play. United are thought to have the easier run in with games against Blackburn and Blackpool while Chelsea have to face Everton and Newcastle United.

Aug 022010

Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea will have their eyes on the ultimate prize this season as they look to land the sole trophy to elude them in the Roman Abramovich era – the UEFA Champions League as well as retaining their status as English champions.

Last season

The 2009-10 season proved to be the most successful in the history of Chelsea FC as Carlo Ancelotti led Chelsea to the League and FA Cup double for the first time in his opening season as Head Coach. After a tense season of twists and turns with Manchester United, Chelsea wrapped up the league title on the final day of the season with a top flight record victory, 8-0 over Wigan Athletic to lift the trophy in style. Along the way, Chelsea set a Premier League record for number of goals scored – finding the net an incredible 103 times in the league.

The squad: 2010 summer transfer activity

An accusation levelled at Chelsea for the last few years is that the squad is too old. To combat this, the summer activity at Stamford Bridge has mainly seen experienced players in the twilight of their career leave through the exit door. Michael Ballack, Juliano Belletti, Deco and sadly for most Chelsea fans, Joe Cole, all moved on to pastures new this summer. New arrivals to the club are slim to date, Liverpool’s Yossi Benayoun replacing Anfield-bound Cole for a reported £6.5million the only likely first-team player to join, with future talent 17-year-old centre-back Tomas Kalas joining from Sigma Olomuc.

The Coach/manager

After seeing Avram Grant, Luis Felipe Scolari and Guus Hiddink all fail to satisfy their owners’ taste for trophies since Jose Mourinho’s exit in 2007, Carlo Ancelotti arrived from AC Milan after spending eight years as the head of the Rossoneri. With two Serie A titles and the Champions League title prominent on his CV, the Italian took the helm and led to the Blues to their first Premier League title in three seasons as well as a third FA Cup triumph in the last four years with the swagger and entertainment value so craved by Abramovich. His success in his first season in England should see an end to the revolving door policy to the management position at Stamford Bridge, as the Chelsea fans took the Italian to heart and the ghost of Mourinho finally seemed to be exorcised.

Anchorman: Michael Essien

For many observers as good as a new signing in itself, a fully fit Michael Essien will give Chelsea an extra boost for the season ahead. The Ghanaian’s return to fitness strengthens the Blues midfield, after he missed out on the climax of last season and the World Cup in South Africa. A serious knee injury ensuring he hasn’t played competitively for his club since December. Despite making just 13 league starts last season, Chelsea’s quest for domestic glory wasn’t hampered by Essien’s absence, yet it was the Champions League exit to Inter Milan where the talismanic midfielders’ loss was felt most. With his hard-hitting no-nonsense style of play and possessing a rocket of a shot in his arsenal, Essien’s return to the starting line-up will be an unwelcome one for many opponents this season.

Playmaker: Frank Lampard

Despite enduring a disappointing summer with the English national side at the World Cup, Frank Lampard returns to club football amongst the key players at Stamford Bridge. His consistent record of goal-scoring and assist play over the last five seasons in particular make him top of the team sheet on match-day. Contributing an incredible 27 goals in all competitions last season and now standing at number three in the all time top goalscorers charts for the Blues, Lampard will look to put international frustration behind him by earning silverware at club level again this season.

Hot prospect: Jeffrey Bruma

Excelling as part of Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup winning set-up, 19-year-old Jeffrey Bruma will look to force his way into Ancelotti’s first-team plans this season. On the back of making his Blues debut last season, Bruma, a confident centre back who can cover at right back and strikes a mean set-piece, has been recognised at national level after receiving the call from Netherlands Head Coach Bert Van Marwijk for this month’s international friendly in Kiev against Ukraine. With captain John Terry to learn from on the pitch, Bruma could make big moves this season, especially if Ricardo Carvalho departs to team up with former manager Mourinho at Real Madrid.

2010/11 prediction: Champions

Much of Chelsea’s success may be dependent on the fitness and form of star striker Didier Drogba, but if the Ivorian can produce to close to the frightening return of last season, the Blues will be hard to stop. Drogba banged in a stunning 29 league goals in a Golden Boot winning season as he led Chelsea to the title, supported by Lampard’s 22 goal return with Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda also scoring double figures over the season. Winning the title by a single point in 2009-10, Chelsea owed a lot to their spotless record against their supposed `Top 4′ competitors, overcoming Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool at home and away last season. Their rivalry with big-spending Manchester City will be renewed after finishing pointless against City last season.

This is a guest post by Chris Hill from chelsea_knight_crusaders_champions (A Chelsea fansite on Yahoo Groups). If you are on Yahoo get over and have a look!

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