Sunday, October 27, 2013

Chelsea 2 : Manchester City 1

These colossal brands are among the highest spending in the world over the past 10 years and we probably witnessed the most expensive fixture ever.
With less than a minute remaining Joe Hart and Matija Nastasic make a brazen mess of a clearing punt from William. When the hapless centre-back attempts to header the ball back to the goalkeeper he unbelivably nods it back to him. A determined Torres, who was an absolute dynamo throughout the match, never gave up and his efforts were subsequently converted into a goal.
Not quite a convincing victory but would surely prove to be invaluable in Chelsea campaign this season. Chelsea supporters will also be rest assured that under Mourinho’s wing Torres will progressively return to true form.

Friday, June 14, 2013

What will Demba Ba’s role be at Chelsea next season?

Although Neymar and Radamel Falcao will be going somewhere else attention may be focused on Edison Cavani of Napoli and Steven Jovetic of Fiorentina or perhaps Robert Lewondowski who is heavily linked to Manchester United. This means that Ba and Torres could find themselves on the bench or on their way out. The sensible move for Torres would be to off load Torres in exchange for Cavani where he could reunite with Benitez at Napoli.
Ba will, however, remain as they would need another striker even if a big name joins the squad. His role will be secondary of course. Maybe his move to Chelsea was after all pointless as the club is still searching for the ultimate Drogba replacement. Ba could also possibly be a surprise casualty of Mourinho’s return to Chelsea unless he can change the manager’s mind.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The explosive Hazard ready for Spurs clash

Rafael Benitez confirmed that the injured Harzard will be available to apply his trade to face the rampaging Spurs in a vital mid-week clash on Wednesday. However, John Obi Mikel and Ryan Bertand are not due to persistent injuries.
Spurs have become more that a mild irritation as Chelsea enters a points frenzy to consolidate their Champions League position. The indomitable Gareth Bale, AVB’s trump card and the League’s most influential player could possibly snatch any hopes of a return to Europe greatest stage. Hopefully, Hazard’s pace and superb finishing and inability to be dispossessed easliy could be a key personnel boost.
Chelsea is currently in third on 68 points with three games left, one point ahead of Arsenal, who have two games remaining, three points ahead of fifth placed Spurs – they do, however, have an inferior goal difference!
Andre Villas Boas, sacked by Chelsea 14 months ago, confirms that he feels no special attachment to his former club. He was not given enough time “so it means absolutely nothing”

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Benitez remains professional ahead of Anfield assignment

In recent years, Liverpool always raised their game against us even though they were damned to a mid table finish. Liverpool has only lost two of their last 12 league meetings although Chelsea are unbeaten in the last 5 encounters with 4 wins and a draw. In 33 meetings in various competitions in the last eight seasons Chelsea won 13 of those games and Liverpool 12. Suarez needs one more goal to become the first Liverpool player score 30 goals in a season in all competitions since Torres in 2007-08.
Chelsea travels to Liverpool tomorrow to perhaps, considering current circumstances, validate their top 4 position. Benitez will certainly change his side once again from the mid-week squad that played against Fulham. Changes that will be prevalent would be to rest players and not necessarily an edited formation as surely Ba and Torres upfront would keep the beleaguered Liverpool defence busy. Benitez, manager of Liverpool from 2004 to 2010, insists that he is a professional and will do his best on beating his former employers.

Friday, April 19, 2013

The most important goal scored by Chelsea

This was a rare goal scored by Marcel Desailly on Sunday 11 May 2003 against Liverpool. It was the goal that earned Chelsea a place in the Champions League and a subsequent cash boost. The match was so important that the chief executive, Trevor Birch delivered a spirited speech before the game. At the time Birch was seeking new investors and two months later Roman Abramovich saw enough potential in Chelsea to buy the club. On Thursday 26 June 2003 intense discussions pursued with Roman Abramovich and by Tuesday 1 July the deal to buy the club was made. Abramovich’s team conducted the assessment of the club and soon discovered that the available players could challenge the best in the league. All he needed was a world class manager –
“I think it meant everything to the club to win that game. Who knows whether Mr Abramovich would have been as interested if we hadn’t have been in Europe? I said that there are only a few times that your character is really tested, this is one of them. This could be the difference between staying at the top table of football or drifting into oblivion. Now is the time for you boys to step forward and prove your worth.”
Trevor Birch, chief executive (2005)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Benitez weary of December result

Squad rotation will be expected during the busy season as Chelsea will have four more games to play in nine days. West ham might not be a straight forward result today though as back in early December, the first away game for Benitez, Chelsea suffered a demoralizing defeat having led at the interval.
Benitez seems assured that the squad has grown more familiar with each other and the new players have gained valuable experience in the league thus far. The improved sharpness in front of goal evident in the last few outings will greatly help our cause. Although what the team really needs is the usual grit and determination – from the fans as well.

Chelsea vs West Ham: Pre-match briefing

Chelsea have played 20 games more than West ham this season and prior to the most recent history had lost five in a row away from home. Tomorrow’s game is a must win situation as the three points could prove vital for a top four finish. It could be a tricky assignment for Benitez who will have to overcome physical and mental fatigue pestering the squad during this busy period. Chelsea is currently two points behind their neighbours Spurs, who have now become a mild irritation, with a game in hand and five ahead of Arsenal in fifth.
The victory over Steaua earlier the week included Chelsea’s 300th goal in UEFA matches, excluding the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, a tournament outside the organization’s jurisdiction, scored by Juan Mata. His impressive stats now read as 18 goals this season and 30th overall.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

David Luiz maintains positive attitude during busy period

Chelsea’s progression into the Europa league quarter finals means that the club could play another energy sapping 18 games this season. In fact, it is a new club record as the minimum amount of games is 66. David Luiz expressed his confidence that the club can cope with this demanding schedule which commences tomorrow in a League game against Allardyce’s West Ham.
Chelsea will be facing a team rested since March 2 and have played just four times since the beginning of February whereas the Blues have played 11 during the same period. Luiz wishes, however, to end this week with a great result on Sunday.
Considering squad limitations such as fatigue and amount of players available to Benitez he wants to stay on the pitch for his beloved Chelsea. With the international break ahead, Luiz will be facing Italy in Geneva and returning to Stamford Bridge as Brazil meet Russia. Good Luck!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Is Falcao on his way to Chelsea?

The Spanish TV show Punto Pelota has claimed that Falcao will join Chelsea this summer with a suspected fee of 40 million. The exact phrase used by Spanish press is “now negotiating with Chelsea” which should lift supporters spirits amidst this season’s quagmire. The arrival of “The Tiger” will naturally end Torres’ career, who has blatantly become an embarrassment to club and supporter alike. Forgive me for being sentimental but I think all we need now is “The Special One”.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Brentford assignment was a success – we need more!

The old guard, Frank Lampard and John Terry, as holders dispatched of a resilient Brentford in FA cup replay at the Bridge. After an opener from the talented Mata he provided Lampard’s 199th goal before Terry headed in an 81st minute fourth goal to conjure some cheerless euphoria for the home crowd. With three wins in ten games Benitez has yet to silence the doubtful Chelsea supporters. Benitez will have to improve this ratio in order to fully banish the tag of ‘interim’ manager. This will surely be an insurmountable project with the brooding Chelsea support and the seemingly “toxic” environment at the Bridge left by a smoking gun. The exchanges of the twitter universe suggests an equal, or thereabouts, support for the beleaguered manager but what we need is a total Phoenix resurrection to restore us after the distressing Champions League exit.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Keep The Blue Flag Flying High!

The history of Chelsea FC is indeed the richest and most colourful in the league. The club has turned heads ever since its debut season in 1905 – 06. A northern newspaper placed an excited note in its stop press section: “The Chelsea team are now enjoying a luncheon of roast mutton and dry toast”. Since then the cuisine has become appreciably sophisticated and abundant as well as the additional silverware. It is a tale of glory, highs and lows, the heroes and zeroes, on the pitch and off the terraces:
“They don’t need to be helped, they settled in quite well. Their English is getting very good. I’ve taught Luca a few phrases – they’re all fluent cockneys now, which is good.”
Skipper Dennis Wise on the continental influx (1996)
“I gave Chelsea Fans what they wanted, a dream. And they gave me what I was dreaming of, too. It was a complete relationship, where I was giving and I was receiving. And I think for them it was the same. It was like the best marriage you can have.”
Gianfranco Zola (2003)
“I was in America on holiday, in LA, in a shoe shop. My dad rang me and told me. It’s funny, I remember, it exactly: it was a big thing, a billionaire taking over. But you didn’t know how free-spending he would turn out. I just remember being in a cab with my missus after, and discussing it, a mixture of amazement, happiness and a bit of worry.”
Frank Lampard on the moment Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea (2005)
“I think Chelsea in the last two years have proved that history is to changed, and because of the second title, we are not a Blackburn that was champion once, isolated, and after that is miles and miles away from it. Chelsea is not any more an isolated situation. It’s back to back. And if, in the next five years, we can be a total of three or four times champions, definitely it’s an era where Chelsea becomes powerful.”
Jose Mourinho (2006)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New policy allows Cole to sign new contract

The talented defender is pleased to extend his contract and hopes to win more trophies over the next eighteen months. Abramovich has made it club policy that any players over the age of 30 will be offered one year extensions to their contracts.
Cole, a distant relative of American singer Mariah Carey, is considered by critics and fellow professional players as one of the best of his generation.
“I am pleased I will be starting my eighth season at Chelsea,” Cole said. “I have great memories here and I enjoy coming to training everyday. The staff are amazing and I enjoy training with the lads.”

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Could “The Special One” return to the Bridge?

Jose Mourinho has sent regular messages to Roman Abramovich which could possibly hint at a euphoric return to Stamform Bridge. Relations have been restored with the owner and Mourinho has been apparently used as an unofficial consultant regarding tactical matters.
After huge fall outs with Real Madrid’s hierarchy and key players Mourinho is a favourite to replace Benitez after Pep Guardiola joined Bayern Munich. Daily Express revealed that Mourinho’s been in contact with owner Abramovich, senior players and staff “dropping hints” that he wants his job back at the Premier League outfit. It would be of huge interest to any Blues fan if this truly pans out. However, until then supporters have the harrowing chore of deciphering Benitez’s strategy to build momentum.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Moyes as new Chelsea Boss?

Chelsea could possibly appoint Moyes as their next manager after missing out on Pep Guardiola, who was probably deterred by the series of indiscriminate sackings. Moyes has been considered as the next manager as he has yet to commit his future to Everton. His rolling contract expires at the end of the season and he has yet to sign a new one. He had been previously linked with the Tottenham manager’s job and as a possible successor to fellow Scot Sir Alex Ferguson. Benitez’s short term contract could be extended, of course, while former manager Jose Mourinho has been linked with a return to the Bridge with his future at Real Madrid unclear.
David William Moyes was the 2003, 2005 and 2009 League Managers Association Manager of the Year serves on that Committee in an executive capacity as well. When reaching his tenth anniversary at Everton Moyes received praise from many fellow managers including Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Kenny Dalglish for his achievements despite operating with a limited budget.
Abramovich has yet to appoint a British manager and most Chelsea fans would warmly embrace Moyes as their new manager if he accepts the offer to overturn this trend of reverse xenophobia. Moyes is current paid 4 million annually according to Everton’s latest accounts making him one of the few Premiere League managers to earn more than the players. The chances of lifting trophies is plainly higher at Stamford Bridge as well as the chances of being sacked.
Abramovich is considered to be contented with Benitez and would probably retain him after the end of the campaign, but accepts that the hostility of the club’s supporters could pose as a serious barrier. Moyes is waiting to see whether Everton are able to hold onto their key players, Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, both of whom have interested Chelsea. The longer Moyes takes to make a decision the more the possibility grows that he could be approached by Chelsea where he could showcase his disciplined stance.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Benitez wants to win every game!

Chelsea has yet to win at home at 2013 and Pep Guardiola’s move to Bayern Munich has obviously left Benitez’s position under serious review. Could Benitez ultimately inspire a total revival within this weary squad? Or could Mourinho be the favourite next season as the next manager on this ridiculous personnel carousel?
Benitez is still confident though that Chelsea could win trophies although they face Arsenal today and will need to overturn a two goal deficit to Swansea in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday. He remains very clear in terms of his aspirations of winning every game and every available trophy.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Is Benitez too stubborn to be adaptable?

Chelsea has only recorded one win in the last 6 matches under Benitez’s reign and were unable to defeat a pugnacious Southampton after a dismal performance in the second half. Dubbed as the “worst Champions League winners ever’ Chelsea also lost to the lowly QPR in a shock result of the year.
The chair of a Chelsea supporters club blamed the poor home results on a lack of confidence due to a “toxic” environment but Benitez thinks otherwise. He stated that when the Blues are away from home they have more space to play but in their home games there is a closer atmosphere meaning Chelsea has to be more precise. Why would this “closer atmosphere” affect the play on the pitch? This brazen statement obviously hints at the state of affairs resident within the management of the Club.
The home game against Arsenal will be affected by the negative impact of the supporters though. A solution does not lie with the supporters changing heart either. Benitez will simply have to deliver on the day by introducing a few creative changes.
Frank Lampard should be awarded a new contract to win over the fans and players. Benitez should experiment with the striking power he has available by playing both Ba and Torres up front. Their high collective work rate could improve our chances of scoring and would definitely invigorate an otherwise dull game. Furthermore, if supporters want to see sensible long term decisions by Abramovich, they should perhaps consider directing their fury at the owner instead of the hapless Benitez.