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A Chelsea Blog For All Chels

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CHELSEA ARE BACK, CHELSEA ARE BACK, ‘ELLO ‘ELLO


Penalty to Chelsea, Frank Lampard sets the ball on the spot, waits for the referee’s go-ahead, missed penalties this season flash before your eyes, you squint and murmur “Please Frank don’t lose this one”, he smashes it down the middle and you… (Insert your personal celebration here). At this point all blues felt several emotions rushing all at once. Relief that we were beating the best side in the league this season against all odds and ‘aggressiveness shown towards us’, proud of a wonderful comeback by a team that was smothered in the early stages of the game, pessimistic we might not hold on to the lead (Until that point where Drogba ‘nutmegged’ two City players and tried the most audacious shot ever and you knew it was going to be a blue day) and excited, excited by this never-ending roller coaster ride that is supporting Chelsea Football Club

‘Chelsea are in crisis’ was the talk in all the papers 2 weeks ago, due to 5 losses in 9 games that weren’t taken into perspective, all goals wrongly blamed on a high line, players deemed to be past it or rubbish and then praised again whenever they put in amazing shifts (Lampard, Terry, Luiz etc). Three Three-nil wins and an ending of the only unbeaten run in England later, everyone thinks we’re back.

The truth is, the only outstanding performance in all those wins was against Valencia. Don’t get me wrong the rest were very decent, but nothing much different from what we’ve been playing all season. A little luck with refereeing decisions and it would have been a different story. I accept that it is a results business but when you see that a team’s losses are a slight margin away from being victories, never call it a crisis. The results often come eventually, bar a mental breakdown. AVB understood this; I understood this, a few Chelsea fans – also understood this. But Journalists don’t, they write what people want to read, a team in crisis, manager to be sacked soon, team to be overhauled, outrageous transfer fees, and sadly some ‘Chels fans’ buy into this ‘hocus pocus’ instead of staying focused on their team and supporting forever. I kept the belief and I’m happy to see the team winning again, as I knew would happen.

I won’t dwell on the Man City game as it is just another 3 points albeit one that closes the gap between us and 1st to 7 points. It’s been a great week and a half, back to back wins in the league and Champions League qualification in 1st place.

Positives

· Oriol Romeu
8 starts, 7 wins. 1 loss in the Carling Cup. He averages 93% passing and at least 5 interceptions-plus -tackles. Has made the holding midfielder position his in recent weeks, and we’ve been winning. Stalwart.

· Daniel Sturridge
Improving in every game. Adjusting to the RW position. Better late runs into CF position. Better tracking back. Raping Left Backs. Better at beating his man on the outside. Better passing on counter attacks. Now switches play. Better squaring of the ball when on the outside (Raul vs City). Now does heel chops to switch feet faster. Livewire

· Drogba
He’s benefitting from an extended run of games and confidence shown in him, won’t be the first nor second time either. Great to have a striker who can lead the line, crucial to our recent form. Talisman

· Essien
The Bison is back soon!

· The rest like Mata, Ramires etc are very obvious, not directly related to our recent form(as they’ve been great all season) and don’t need any highlighting from me.

Negatives and After-thoughts

· Fernando
We still need to get him firing, and I suspect this would happen when Didier leaves for the AFCON. He should get the same treatment DD is getting and now and only injury can stop him. From what I’ve seen this season, all he needs is a consistent run of games, to find consistency and avoid scrutiny.

· Alex, Anelka and Kalou
Kalou not confirmed yet but these players need to be replaced this January. We’re doing good with injuries now but what if to say Sturridge and Torres get sidelined during the AFCON? Imagine our front line then? I certainly don’t want to.

Thought of the week
We’re doing fairly badly in the youth department. Kakuta, Van Aanholt, Ulises and Delac are getting no games. Ulises and Delac will have to wait till season end. Van Aanholt, we can find another club for in January although I feel he can’t usurp Bertrand anymore. Kakuta, needs to come back here now that players like Kalou and Anelka are leaving, he’s best at right wing, a position we clearly lack in. Josh needs to go on loan as we’ve all concluded.
Bruma is having a decent season, in fact so much that he won’t come back to Chelsea without being guaranteed games. I foresee a permanent HSV deal in the near future.
On the upside, Lucas Piazon and Islam Feruz are having great starts to their careers. Islam is the real deal and Lucas is improving with every game, showing class all the time.

Golazo by former blue Miroslav Stoch

So forget the title of the post, Chelsea are not back, we were never gone, nor down, but rather we are forging forward.

Keep the Blue Flag Flying High and Up the Chels!

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Chelsea Need More Goals

Let us recall back to 2009-10 season, the historical season for Chelsea football club and in English football – the season in which saw Chelsea winning the domestic double. It doesn’t seem an easy task to reach to such achievements against all rivals we know about from the English football, with the likes of Man utd, Arsenal and Man city to mention some. But Chelsea got the achievement not only they were the better side than others but also Chelsea scored many goals.

Scoring many goals comes from this equation; “Score goals, you win games, if you win games then you win titles”. And the inverse of this equation results to Relegation or under performing “Don’t score goals, you won’t win games, if you don’t win games then you will end up relegating or under performing”

Coming back to this new season (2011-12), the season that has proven to be the toughest ever since there have been a lot of tough underdogs and big team have been getting a lot of surprising results, such as Man utd beaten 6-1 by Man city, Chelsea beaten 5-3 by Arsenal, Tottenham beaten 5-1 by Man city and also Arsenal lost 8-2 to Man utd. All of these results surprised the whole footballing world, since it was top rated teams losing to such extents.

Having Andres Villas-boas as the big man in charge of Chelsea, so far Chelsea haven’t had the best start to the Season and have been losing a lot points in the journey while scoring at minimum. But Villas-Boas has always insisted that he will motivate the team to gain confidence and belief which will help the team to get the results, we have seen the effect of having maximum confidence and belief, it has help Chelsea to qualify to knock-out stages in the Champions League and back to back wins in the Premier League by beating Wolves, Newcastle and league leaders Man city.

For the past seasons, Chelsea’s midfield has been a source or good results and titles, where we have seen players Like Frank Lampard scoring 20 goals a season, Malouda getting 15 goals. The sum of goals scored by Chelsea’s midfield, defence and attack have played a vital role to Success of the club. But these players who have been on target aren’t getting any younger – the pace has been going down now and then, we have all seen what has happened to Drogba, Lampard, Anelka and others who have been faced with off-form states.

A lot of blames have end up facing the manager, that he is not good enough, too young to manage an aged Chelsea club, he has tactics which don’t fit with the players and many of them.

When it gets to a club like Chelsea which has a lot of ambitions, it gets very difficult to manage the club if the players fail to score (Torres to be a good example), if players fail to score all the title ambitions start to fly-off.

SOLUTION:
If Chelsea’s attacking side that includes Torres, Drogba, Lukaku, Sturridge, Mata produce at least 50 goals in their names, while the midfield and defence produce at most 40/50 goals in their names, then that will put Chelsea in a position to win the Premier league and other tournaments, since they will be scoring goals.

Players like Torres, Drogba, Lampard, Kalou, Malouda should be motivated so as to recapture their top forms once again and put them in a good shape, but if that will be a difficult thing to make the players regain their forms, then it will need Andres Villas-Boas to visit the market and bring at least three new players in the January Transfer Window.

Talking about three new players, I mean players who won’t take even more than 1 match or debut to score goal (s) for Chelsea, there are players in the market of Such quality – if they are brought they will help to produce more goals for the Club. For example, Juan Mata who didn’t take long to hit the net and he has been a master mind for Chelsea so far. If Chelsea bring two or three players of such quality, then goal scoring won’t be a problem.

For Chelsea to win title (s) this season, they need to score goals just like in 2009-10 when Chelsea passed the 100 goals mark per season, and this will be possible if they win matches by large margins, and winning matches by large margins needs top on-form players to hit the back of the opponents net.

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Pre-Match: Chelsea vs Manchester City

It will be the battle of the “Blues” this Monday as our Blue Army takes on Europa League side Manchester City. Just two games ago, many bookmakers and pundits were predicting that Andre Villas-Boas will be sacked. The future looked bleak but I knew if we got the games against Newcastle and Valencia right, hope would return. The win against Newcastle was a huge morale booster ahead of our champions league show-down against Valencia.

We have now won our last three games with 3-0 which is fantastic. Currently, Man City top the premier league table, a win against them will leave us seven points behind them. I believe a loss will put the premier league title beyond our reach, though AVB believes it will only make it difficult.
We have won five of six home games against City at the Bridge; let’s hope this stat improves on Monday night.
City’s attack has been impressive this season, having scored 48 goals in 14 league games. Our defense has been shaky this season but I believe AVB must have found a solution because we haven’t conceded in our last three games. Manchester City will be without a certain Argentine who has been our nemesis in the previous meetings but they have quality replacements that only require a moment of brilliance to breakdown any defense. Our defense will have to play their best on the day.
Unfortunately, David Luiz will be missing against Man City due to suspension (5 yellow cards), I expect Ivanovic to move to centre-back and fit-again Bosingwa to play his right back role. I expect Didier to start ahead of Torres, Drogba is gradually gaining his best form. I hope Drogba’s power will see us through against City.

City is most likely going to win the midfield battle because of quality players like Yaya Toure and Silva. We can give City majority of the possession and hit them with counter attacks. With the speed of Sturridge and the creativity of Juan Mata, I believe we can seize the day. (JPWZDXEURBPP)

My Chelsea Team: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Oriol, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Drogba and Sturridge

Chelsea Player to Watch: Juan Mata; the Spaniard is the player Chelsea needed terribly last season. Juan Mata’s creativity and pace has brought a new dimension to Chelsea’s game. He has scored 3 goals this season with 7 assists. He is one assist behind another diminutive Spaniard – Silva who he will be facing in Monday’s game.

Probable Man City Team: Hart; Clichy, Kompany, Lescott, Zabaleta; Barry, Yaya Toure, Silva Milner; Aguero, Balotelli.

Manchester City Player to Watch: Mario Balotelli; when he is not busy fighting bibs, Mario can be a handful for defenders to handle. Attitude aside, I believe he is a very good striker who is not afraid to take on any defender one-one. I hope we frustrate him on Monday; hopefully he might react stupidly out of anger and get himself sent off.

Prediction: Owing to our present form, I believe we can win this game if all our players are on top form. Given the quality Mancini has at his disposal, I believe the most likely outcome will be a draw.

KTBFFH

New Deal Offered To Lampard Plus Bids For Barkley & Cahill.

Super Frankie needs no introduction; he has proved his quality over the decade that he has been a Blue. I believe Lamps has the quality to play for more years. During the summer transfer window, there were strong rumors that we made several bids for Gary Cahill so I knew this story wouldn’t die. Finally, I don’t see what is special about Ross Barkley; I believe he is hyped because he is English.

I will always be here for Blues

 

Crunch Sports says we are about to launch a bid for Ross Barkley.

Mirror Football reveals Ross Barkley is on our January wish list.

Crunch Sports says we will launch a £14million for Cahill.

Goal.com reveals Lamps new deal will see him play till 2015.

ESPNStar highlights Lamps professionalism as part reason for new deal proposal.

Chelsea V QPR: Time To Play Hoops

The last time Chelsea played QPR at Loftus Road Glen Hoddle was manager and Dennis Wise was still playing in Blue (1995/1996 season).   We won that game 2-1 and we haven’t faced QPR at Loftus road since then. We hadn’t played them in 12 years prior to our encounter in the FA cup in 2008. In that the game, we won thanks to an own goal from Camp.

Chelsea V QPR FA Cup 2008

It’s been 15 years since Blues have had a valid reason to visit Loftus Road. Given AVB has declared Fulham as our local rivals and not QPR, it might motivate QPR to get a result against us. QPR haven’t won at home in top flight football for over 15 years, it will be a cider moment for them if they can get a result against us.

On paper, we will bulldoze QPR to the ground; we have won 6 times, drawn once and lost once since the season started. Our blue army has scored 17 goals in the last 4 games only conceding three. The chances of QPR getting a result against Chelsea are slim given they have only earned 9 points from their opening eight games. Finally, QPR has already played a London derby; it was against Fulham and they lost 6-0. On paper, we should have a comfortable win given Mata, Drogba and Sturridge were rested ahead of this clash.

Ramires has been ruled out of the QPR match so I expect this to be our lineup: Cech, Bosingwa, Terry, Ivanovic, Cole, Meireles, Mikel, Lampard, Mata, Drogba, and Sturridge. Given Torres scored twice in midweek, Drogba would love to score to stake a claim for a starting place against his favorite team Arsenal next week.

Based on my research on QPR, I expect them to line up (4-4-2) as follows:  Kenny, Derry, Hall, Taarabt, Traore, Bothroyd, Faurlin, Buzsaky, Orr, Connolly, Barton, Young, Smith, Helguson, Murphy, Wright-Phillips, Ferdinand, and Puncheon. QPR have a striking problem because 5 of their goals have come from 5 different players. This problem could work in their favor as they don’t have an obvious goal scoring threat.

I’m expecting a comfortable win, my prediction is 3-0. I hope for more; it would be nice to embarrass Wright-Phillips for his comments about Chelsea after he returned to Man City. Enjoy the game.

KTBFFH

Leboeuf Supports Terry-Luiz partnership

Blue Legend Frank Leboeuf is convinced Luiz and Terry can form a formidable partnership this season. Although Luiz and Terry haven’t played together this season, Leboeuf has seen enough of Luiz to arrive at his conclusion.

Lebeouf, having a number of trophies with us and the World Cup with France deserves to have his opinion taken highly.

He said:

“I think ‘the hairy one’ David Luiz will play alongside John more often than not this season because he has the strength and the pace and can be a great partner for him.”

“I like Alex but he is a bit too similar to John. You have to find someone who is different; the pair must complement one another. Someone who can mark, someone who is faster than John – if I’d played alongside Laurent Blanc it would have been a problem, but Marcel Desailly with me or with him was fine.”

Luiz has been outstanding since his arrival in January last year; he is excellent going forward but a bit suspect when it comes to defending. He is a good defender but he definitely needs some polishing. I say this because Luiz’ over eagerness to win the ball tends to make him commit infringements that could be costly at times.  I believe AVB recognizes this, explaining why he subbed him for Alex later on in the game against Bayer Leverkusen.

Two seasons ago, I would confidently argue the Alex-Terry partnership was the best in the world. Today, Alex is a shadow of himself. He works a good shift but his lapses in concentration and his inability to turn swiftly to address some defensive situations is a bit disturbing. I still believe in Alex and I hope he gets back to his best soon.

Ivanovic has done a good job at centre back this season but it is obvious the chemistry between him, Terry and Cech needs improving. Given he has been deployed mainly as right-back, I believe it will take a good number of games to get him gelling with Terry and Cech.

I’m no soothsayer so I can’t tell which one of Alex, Ivanovic or Luiz will be Terry’s main partner this season. However, given Luiz’ performance against Leverkusen, I believe he should start against United (and yes I do remember his costly mistake at Old Trafford last season).

CareFree

Preview: Chelsea vs. Sunderland

Blues Celebrate Anelka's Goal in 4-2 win over Sunderland.

Stadium: Stadium of Light Date: Saturday, September 10, 2011 Time: 3pm (UK Time)

Our Blues head North East to face the black cats. Our Blues have switched off the lights at Sunderland with six wins in our last six visits. Anelka is our top threat against Sunderland with seven goals in five clashes. On paper, our game against Sunderland should be an easy win as Sunderland have lost their last three league games at home.

I believe any major threat from Sunderland will come from Bendtner. The self proclaimed best striker in the world, an arrogant bum wants to prove his critics wrong. Given nobody wanted to sign him on a permanent deal during the transfer window, Bendtner would want to give his best against us to attract interests from prestigious clubs. I don’t expect Asamoah Gyan to be on the pitch for Sunderland given the hamstring injury he picked up during international break.

I expect Sunderland to line up with a 4-4-1-1 formation tomorrow. Based on their previous games, transfer activity and injury situation I believe this will the Sunderland line up:  Mignolet, Bardsley, Richardson, Brown, Bramble, Larsson, Elmohamady, Cattermole (C), Colback, Sessegnon, and Bendtner.

I expect our Blues to line up in a 4-3-3 formation. I believe this will be our lineup: Cech, Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Ramires, Lampard, Sturridge, Torres and Mata. Although we signed Meireles, I don’t expect him to start right away; I expect him to make his Chelsea debut as a substitute. Luiz is available for selection tomorrow but given Sunderland are a tricky team; I believe Andre will stick to the steady Alex-Terry partnership.

Let’s hope for a good victory at Sunderland. I leave you with a video containing all the goals from our last trip there.

KTBFFH

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[Video] Petr Cech-s into Training Early

Chelsea FC – Cech back in training

When I heard the news that Petr Cech was returning to training earlier than expected, I was filled with joy and relief that Hilario wouldn’t be keeping against Sunderland this weekend.  I have no problem with Hilario, I believe he is the best backup keeper in the premier league and a nice chap. He has done his best whenever he has been asked to fill Petr’s shoes. The only way I can explain the difference between Hilario and Cech is by likening Hilario to water and Cech to orange juice. Water and orange juice are both good for you but drinking water immediately after orange juice leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

With Cech present we can rest assured that our defense will be better organized to handle our tricky test at the Stadium of Light. Welcome back Petr!

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Kakuta: Bolton Loan Was The Best Option.

Gael Kakuta revealed the reasons behind leaving Chelsea to Bolton on loan. According to Gael, he chose to go to Bolton and not Fulham or a club in France because Sturridge spoke highly of the club and its manager’s ability to inspire young players to exhibit their hidden talents.

Gael said: “When you’re young you have to be patient because you have big players at Chelsea that have lots of international and club experience,”

“There were about seven or eight players in front of me with experience and that is the reason I came here.

“We will see what the coach (Andre Villas-Boas) will do, whether he will keep everyone or move some players.

“But I need to play as I am 20 years old. I need to get some experience and not play just 20 minutes a week.

“Bolton is a great club. I chose to come here because I think it is the right place for me to come to improve.

“I was supposed to go to Fulham and at the last minute Chelsea told me Bolton were interested.

“I asked Daniel how Bolton was and he said the people here were great and I would enjoy it a lot.

“He said the coach (Owen Coyle) gave him a lot of confidence. If he trusts me and gives me confidence I will be able to do my best.

“It will be a great thing for me to go back to Chelsea with more experience as the coach will trust me more at the weekend and I will be more of a first-team player.”

Let’s hope Owen Coyle can work his magic on Kakuta because I believe he has the potential to be a ‘beast’ on the wings for Chelsea some day. A future Mata-Sturridge-Kakuta attack will be ‘sick’.

KTBFFH

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