Chelsea vs Cardiff City 4-1. Chelsea cruise to the top of the table and maintain their 100% record in the premier league after an excellent attacking performance on Saturday, inspired by Eden Hazard. Chelsea suffered an early scare in the first half as after 15 mins Cardiff had taken the lead after a lifted set piece ball was headed back by Morrison and into the path of Bamba who flicked the ball into the net. Chelsea then levelled as in the 37th minute Eden Hazard superbly dodged an incoming tackle and drilled the ball into the bottom corner superbly from outside of the box. Just two minutes before half time, Eden Hazard scored his second of the match as Olivier Giroud’s brilliantly weighted touch gifted Hazard the opportunity to blast the ball past Etheridge to give Chelsea the lead. In the 80th minute, Chelsea cemented their lead as substitute Willian was scythed down inside the box and was awarded a penalty which was given to Eden Hazard to secure his second Chelsea Hat-trick of his career. The Belgian sent Etheridge the wrong way and hammered the ball into the side of the net. Just three minutes later, Chelsea turned on the style as Willian got himself on the scoresheet after he scored a wonderful effort from outside the box that floated into the top corner for Chelsea’s fourth of the day. The blues have really impressed so far this season and we are now just one of two teams to maintain the 100% record. How far will Chelsea take their 100% record?
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Newcastle vs Chelsea 1-2. A dominating game from Chelsea gets us our third victory from three, despite Newcastle providing a close shave for the blues towards the end of the game. Chelsea played very well and their possession was almost mesmerising at times but questions began to be asked on whether it was enough to break down a very defensive Newcastle side who were very negative going forwards. Chelsea were finally able to break the deadlock after 76 minutes as Marcos Alonso was swept off his feet in the penalty area by Fabian Schär and was awarded a penalty. Eden Hazard stepped up and sunk the ball into the side netting, giving Chelsea their deserved lead. It came as a scare to Chelsea though as just seven minutes later, Yedlin delivered an inviting cross in which Joselu headed into the top corner past kepa to equalise. With just three minutes remaining of the 90 minutes, Chelsea managed to snatch back their lead after a well worked set piece fell to Marcos Alonso whose shot was deflected in by Yedlin to give Chelsea their victory at St. James’ Park. Chelsea were excellent at keeping the ball today but didn’t seem as potent at sculpting chances or putting them away which could haunt us. Were you impressed by the passion based performance?
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Chelsea vs Arsenal 3-2. A very important victory against our London rivals Arsenal sees Chelsea pick up our second win this season. Chelsea took an early lead against the Gunners as in the 9th minute Marcos Alonso’s low driven cross found Pedro who knocked the ball past Petr Cech. Chelsea went two goals up inside 20 minutes after Alvaro Morata opened up his personal account for the season after he latched onto Azpilicueta’s long ball and held off Mustafi superbly to put the ball into the back of the net for Chelsea’s second. However just 10 minutes from the half time break, Chelsea found the selfs clinging onto the game as Henrikh Mkhitaryan drilled the ball past Kepa who got a hand to the ball. Four minutes later Arsenal found themselves equal after Mkhitaryan’s cross found Iwobi who blasted the ball into Chelsea’s net. After 61 minutes, Chelsea brought on the needed Eden Hazard who subsequently changed the game as in the 81st minute the Belgian dribbled deep into Arsenal’s penalty area and pulled the ball back for Marcos Alonso, who had made a late run into the box, for the ball to be knocked past Cech for the winner. Chelsea have turned the pressure up on the challenging title rivals after seeing off Arsenal for three points. We now look to Newcastle next week in hope of making it three wins out of three. Who was your man of the match?
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Huddersfield vs Chelsea 0-3. The perfect start for Chelsea in their opening game of the new premier league campaign as the blues ease past Bournemouth to their first win under Sarri. Chelsea have set the tone and go second after the first match-day by goal difference which is an important statement into the new season. Chelsea took a while to get going and were given a good game by Huddersfield in the first half but managed to score in the 34th minute as Willian’s delightful trickery along the line produced a looping cross which N’golo Kante was able to direct into the net. Chelsea later doubled their lead minutes before the break after Marcos Alonso was swept from underneath him and awarded a penalty. Jorginho was the man trusted to take the spot kick to which he scored on his premier league debut for the club. Chelsea then managed to kill the game off in the 80th minute after substitute Eden Hazard surged forwards and threaded a through ball into Pedro who audaciously chipped Ben Hamer for our third. It was a very encouraging result but we must not get carried away as we can still improve. Our next game is very important as we play arsenal at Stamford Bridge which is where Chelsea can look to mark a heavier stamp for a title bid. What were you most impressed with about our opening day performance? #ktbbfh #chelseanews #cfcnews #chelseaforthefans #premierleague #premierleaguetitle #arsenal #liverpool #mancity #jorginho #kante #ngolokante #pedro #hazard #edenhazard #transfer #transfers #transfernews #transferrumours #rest #break #recovery #newseason #beginning #sarri
DONE DEAL: Chelsea have finally met Thibaut Courtois’ demands and let the Belgian join Real Madrid for £35 million. Courtois has attempted moves away from the bridge for the past year now due to personal reasons and over the past few days his actions took a more dramatic turn as he decided not to turn up for training or to talk to new manager Sarri. It’s a shame that Courtois’ four year reign at the bridge has ended in such a way but if he wants to leave then there is no point keeping him at the club. Courtois is undoubtedly one of the world’s best in his position and it will always be very difficult to replace him. He has achieved so much with Chelsea after winning four trophies in his four years at the club but his time here will be remembered as sour after the way he has treated this club and forced a move away despite being under contract. Never the less, thank you for your stunning performances and good luck in your new career chapter Thibaut - I’m sure that you will find great success. What are your thoughts on the way Courtois’ transfer was handled by the club and Thibaut? @thibautcourtois
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Chelsea vs Manchester City 0-2. A double from Sergio Agüero sunk Chelsea as the blues forfeited the Community shield after a disappointing performance. Chelsea were a class under Manchester City today and were not very threatening going forwards which cost us the trophy. After 13 minutes the premier league champions were ahead after Phil Foden carried the ball into the Chelsea third and knocked the ball to Agüero who emphatically passed the ball past Caballero from just outside of the box. Manchester City doubled their lead after 58 minutes as Bernardo Silva played a perfectly timed through ball which pierced the Chelsea back line and gave Agüero the opportunity to slot the ball past Caballero for his second of the game. The game ended 0-2 without any real pressure from Chelsea which was disappointing after the excitement that we witnessed during Preseason. Granted, the blues were missing some key players in the likes of Hazard, Kante and Courtois but we didn’t ask enough questions of City’s defence. This is not a huge loss but it gives Man City an advantage going into the new Premier league season with some confidence, authority and a trophy under their belt which would have helped us massively. Are you disappointed with how the blues approached the game today?
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Chelsea vs Arsenal 1-1 (5-6 on penalties). Chelsea played their second penalty shootout in a matter of days, however this time it did not favour us as Arsenal triumphed in the shootout. Chelsea took an early lead in the game as Antonio Rüdiger headed the ball into the Arsenal net after five minutes. Just ten minutes later Calum Hudson-Odoi was swept off his feet in the penalty area and was awarded a penalty. Alvaro Morata stepped up but his effort was saved by Petr Cech. With a third victory of preseason looming, Alexandre Lacazette equalised for Arsenal at the death of the game after tapping a crossed ball into the back of the net to take the game to penalties. Overall, Chelsea took some strong penalties and scored every penalty until our sixth taker stepped up in the shape of Ruben Loftus-Cheek whose penalty was saved. This gave Alex Iwobi the opportunity to win the game for the gunners, which he took. Chelsea have lost their final game of preseason which is definitely disappointing as we were so close from victory, however these games are just pace setters. Ross Barkley, Calum Hudson-Odoi and Jorginho have been really impressive and the style of play could look to be lucrative in the coming season. Do you prefer our new style of play under Sarri?
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Chelsea vs Inter Milan 1-1 (5-4 on penalties). Chelsea have won their second game of preseason via a penalty shootout after being held for a draw in the 90 minutes against Inter Milan. Chelsea again played well and looked in control of the game as the blues kept possession very well. Chelsea started the game off brightly as in the 8th minute Alvaro Morata weaved through the Inter Milan defenders and fired a shot at Samir Handanovic who palmed the ball into Pedro’s path who knocked the ball into the back of the net on his 31st birthday. The Chelsea lead was wiped however, as in the 49th minute Gagliardini was played through by Mauro Icardi and fired the shot at Willy Caballero who couldn’t keep it out of the net. After the 90 minutes, the game was tied and went to a spot kick shootout. Chelsea’s chosen penalty takers Jorginho, Drinkwater, Moses, Abraham and Azpilicueta all scored their penalties, however Inter Milan’s Skriniar’s penalty was saved by Willy Caballero to give Chelsea the edge after penalties. This is Sarri’s second game in charge and second win and it looks like the players are growing more confident with the possessive style of play. Chelsea will play a familiar side in the shape of Arsenal on Wednesday in their next preseason tie. Do you think possession based football suits Chelsea’s players and their style of play?
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Chelsea football club is in a period of dismay and all questions are being pointed to the board about the development of the club. The blues are already two weeks into their summer break and we don’t even know who will be managing our team next season. If we don’t sort out the situation about a manager within the next week we will be caught up by the World Cup which will make it difficult to appoint a manager or sign players. News has also arisen about owner Roman Abramovich selling the club as he has had trouble with getting a new UK Visa. Chelsea look very weak and unorganised going into the summer where, out of all the challenging clubs for the title next season, we are in need of the biggest improvement to our squad. All eyes are on the board now who already appear stagnant in this transfer window. What do you thinks needs to be addressed at the club?
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Chelsea vs Manchester United 1-0. Chelsea win the FA Cup final to secure a trophy this season. The blues had to put up a fight to defend their lead but we held on to lift the cup. Chelsea started the first half very well and were asking a lot of questions of a very reserved Manchester United side. In the 21st minute, Fabregas played a beautifully weighted pass to Eden Hazard who blitzed past Phil Jones and into the penalty area. Jones lunged into Hazard and subsequently fouled the Belgian and a penalty was awarded. Questions arose about a possible red card for the defender as it was a clear goal scoring opportunity which was denied, but Michael Olivier showed Jones just a yellow card. Eden Hazard stepped up to the spot and stuck the ball past De Gea to give Chelsea a deserved lead. The blues finished the half strongly without any real threat of conceding, however after the second half begun, Manchester United showed much more prowess going forwards and put a lot of pressure on Chelsea. The blues had to defend well for the rest of game and thankfully we managed to hold our lead. It’s such an achievement to have a trophy after our poor season and this is a great way to enter the summer. Well done to all the players today played magnificently in such an important match. Congratulations @chelseafc
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Newcastle vs Chelsea 3-0. A dismal display from the blues today tops off a very poor overall season for Chelsea which sees us finish 5th. Chelsea were embarrassing and the players should be ashamed of their performance. The blues looked incapable of creating anything from the moment we kicked off and Newcastle took advantage of that and took the lead in the 23rd minute after a calamity by Thibaut Courtois gifted Dwight Gayle a free header into an open net. Newcastle made it two in the 59th minute as Jonjo Shelvey’s scruffed strike fell to Ayoze Perez, who was poorly marked by Azpilicueta, who knocked the ball past Courtois. The final Newcastle goal was the final blow that embarrassed Chelsea, after our horrendous defending of a set piece lead to Ayoze Perez netting his second and Newcastle’s third. Today was yet again a lack lustred performance which adds to the long list this season. Chelsea accumulated 6 shots to Newcastle’s 16 which was a clear indication of our intent going forwards. It’s a relief this season has finished... What needs to be done to amend this from happening next season?
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Chelsea vs Huddersfield 1-1. Despite dominating the game with 75% of the ball, Chelsea fell short which means our only way of getting into the Champions League next season is if Liverpool lose and Chelsea win on the final day of the season. The blues created a multitude of chances in the first half, however they entered the dressing room at half time goalless as Huddersfield made it very difficult to break them down. Surprisingly, on the 50th minute it was Huddersfield who snatched a lead as Depoitre found space between Rüdiger and Azpilicueta and knocked the ball past Caballero and into the back of the Chelsea net. Chelsea were defiant to lose today and continued to pressurise and luckily got a goal back after a Huddersfield clearance hit Marcos Alonso in the face which was directed into the goal. Chelsea looked completely dominant with the ball but just couldn’t find a way through the one way traffic in Huddersfield box. The game finished with the points shared, which Huddersfield will be much more pleased with than us as they avoid relegation, which means the season looks to have ended today as Chelsea’s hopes of playing in the Champions league next season has diminished. Huddersfield defended valiantly tonight and Chelsea just didn’t get the luck that we needed which we must accept. All focus is on the FA Cup final now... #ktbffh #cfcnews #chelseanews #chelseaforthefans #chelsea #chelseafc #depoitre #alonso #marcosalonso #premierleague #championsleague #topfour #tottenham #spurs #liverpool #huddersfield #antonioconte #conte #rest #break #injury #recovery #facup #cupfinal
Chelsea vs Liverpool 1-0. The race for the top four is still on! Chelsea have managed to overcome our biggest hurdle in these last few games of the season to move to only two points behind fourth place. The blues played very well today and have really started to fight for a place in the Champions League next year in the remainder of the season. During the start of the game today, the blues had to endure Liverpool keeping a lot of possession, however going forward we looked more of a threat. Chelsea took the lead inside 32 minutes as Victor Moses’ direct cross found Olivier Giroud who nodded the ball past Karius. Chelsea continued to attack Liverpool and created chances but essentially let Liverpool hold the ball as they weren’t very effective in the final third. Chelsea held their lead and the game finished with Chelsea taking the three points which will give us a huge boost going into the last couple of games. Will Chelsea manage to clinch a top four finish in this Campaign?
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Swansea vs Chelsea 0-1. Not our most prominent performance today but we got the job done against a team who are fighting a relegation battle. Chelsea took the lead very early on inside four minutes after Eden Hazard meandered his way through the Swansea defence and presented Fabregas with a ball just inside the box who elegantly lifted the ball into the net for his 50th premier league goal. Chelsea dominated the first half and could have got more for their efforts but the half ended with just the one goal lead. Surprisingly, Chelsea were quite passive in the second half and gave Swansea an opportunity back into the game as we didn’t really look very positive going forwards, however the game finished 1-0 to the blues fortunately. We are just two points behind Tottenham currently in the race for fourth place so we must keep going until the end of season as we still have hope of getting into the Champions League next season. Will Chelsea make up the ground on Spurs?
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Burnley vs Chelsea 1-2. A solid performance from Chelsea today and despite a slight scare Chelsea managed to take all three points at Turf Moor against an in-form Burnley side. Antonio Conte fielded a much changed side compared to last game as Emerson and Bakayoko both made starts and Morata and Giroud started together up front. Chelsea took the lead in the 20th minute after Victor Moses darted into the box and delivered a piercing cross which ricocheted off Burnley defender Kevin Long and into the net to give the blues a deserved lead. Chelsea controlled the game for the majority of the match however in the 64th minute Gudmundsson’s long range effort took a catastrophic deflection off Ashley Barnes which trickled into the goal. Chelsea responded quickly though as Emerson’s cross fell to the feet of Victor Moses who pelted the ball into the net from close range five minutes later. The blues managed to see out the remainder of the game to move to just five points behind Tottenham in a fourth place battle. It was a refreshing performance tonight as the blues played very well and adapted well to the two striker formation. Who was your man of the match?
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What a comeback! Southampton vs Chelsea 2-3. Despite being 2-0 with just 20 minutes remaining, the blues rose from their misery to score three swift goals to swipe Southampton’s lead. Chelsea didn’t start the game as quickly Southampton today, who looked desperate for some points, and this resulted in Chelsea going a goal down after ex-Chelsea player Ryan Bertrand meandered down the line and crossed the ball to Dusan Tadic who slotted the ball past Courtois. Southampton doubled the deficit as James Ward-Prowse’s set piece was found at the back post by Jan Bednarek who tapped the ball into the net to make it two. It looked like mission impossible for Chelsea who had lost all belief and looked deflated. In the 61st minute Antonio Conte brought on two substitutions in Pedro and Olivier Giroud to change the game. Within just seven minutes Olivier Giroud had already got himself on the scoresheet after his header beat McCarthy at the near post. Five Minutes later Chelsea drew level after Willian’s superb low cross fell to Eden Hazard who hammered the ball into the roof of the net. Unbelievably, Chelsea scored a third to take the lead, as the ball fell into super-sub Giroud’s path who volleyed it into the net to complete the remarkable comeback. The game ended with an extraordinary win for the blues after what looked to be a game out of reach by 60 minutes. The players have looked drained recently and that has been what has promoted our poor run of form but this game should give us the belief that we need again. What sparked Chelsea’s comeback today? #ktbffh #cfcnews #chelseanews #chelseaforthefans #chelsea #chelseafc #southampton #comeback #giroud #oliviergiroud #hazard #edenhazard #premierleague #premierleaguechampions #relegation #tadic #rest #recovery #injury #break #conte #antonioconte
Chelsea vs West Ham 1-1. Yet another disappointing result in a game that we had complete control of for 70 minutes. Chelsea played some exciting and positive football today but were unable to kill the game off which cost us. Before the game began, the entire stadium gave their love to Ray Wilkins who sadly passed away this week which was heartwarming to see. The blues looked very creative going forwards in the first half and took the lead in the 36th minute after a short corner resulted in Alvaro Morata heading the ball down to Azpilicueta who was able to poke the ball into the net from close range. Azpilicueta payed his respect to Ray Wilkins as his celebration involved kissing the Chelsea badge and pointing to the black armband which was an emotional moment for such a loved man. Chelsea looked dangerous after they scored as Alvaro Morata had two goals disallowed for offside, however substitute Javier Hernandez stole a goal for West Ham in the 73rd minute just three minutes after coming off the bench. Chelsea were unable to clinch a late goal back and the game finished with the points shared in what looks to be a very poor season for the blues. This season is over and today’s game really sums our campaign up perfectly. We should focus on next season now and give the inexperienced players a run out as we don’t have much to lose anymore. What do you think that we should do for the remainder of the season?
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Chelsea vs Tottenham 1-3. Chelsea’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions league next season looks to have been shattered as Tottenham have increased their advantage to eight points after sealing their first win at Stamford Bridge for 20 years today. Chelsea started the game well and looked to have a grasp on the game for the first half as Tottenham didn’t really seem to cause any threat to the blues. Chelsea took the lead in the 30th minute as Alvaro Morata rose to knock the ball into the goal after he was found by Victor Moses’ cross. Despite being dominant for the half, Chelsea found themselves walking into the tunnel drawing as Moses’ poor clearance gave the ball away for Eriksen to hit a magnificent shot from outside the box to beat Caballero in net. Chelsea conceded again in the 62nd minute as Eric Dier’s long ball found Dele Alli who calmly took the ball down and chipped the ball past Caballero to take the lead. Just four minutes later Dele Alli found himself in the scoresheet again as after a multitude of shots in the box, the ball fell to the Englishman to slot into the goal to double Tottenham’s lead. Chelsea couldn’t regain their grasp on the game for the remainder of the match and it finished with a disappointing result in a game that we needed to win desperately. I think that today we were very unlucky as in the first half we had control of the game and looked as if we could score more but unfortunately, due to a moment of magic from Eriksen, we went into the dressing room deflated and it completely changed the tone for both teams. It now seems very unlikely that we will finish in the top four this season... #ktbffh #cfcnews #chelseanews #chelseaforthefans #chelseafc #chelsea #tottenham #spurs #alli #delealli #dele #eriksen #christianeriksen #morata #alvaromorata #easter #eastersunday #topfour #premierleague #premierleaguechampions #championsleague #rest #break #recovery #injury
Leicester vs Chelsea 1-2. Chelsea surpass Leicester in extra time to progress into the semi-finals of the FA Cup where we will face Southampton at Wembley. The blues played really confidently today and controlled the pace of the game and looked comfortable going into extra time. Chelsea started the game well and played on the counter attack to get their opening goal as in the 42nd minute Willian produced a surging run out of danger from his own half and then freed Alvaro Morata with an exquisite through ball for the Spaniard to compose himself and knock the ball over Kasper Schmeichel. It was refreshing to see Morata on the score sheet today with his eleven match goal drought being crushed; this should give Morata more confidence which looks to have grown vastly today. In the 76th minute, the blues conceded as Leicester’s luck was in as Jamie Vardy knocked in their fourth attempt at goal after the ball kept falling to Leicester players as the ball looked destined to reach the back of the net. The game went to extra time where Chelsea looked much stronger as their quality shone through in the fatigue. Substitute Pedro found the winning goal in the 105th minute as he headed the ball over Schmeichel after latching onto Kante’s lofted cross. Chelsea are now through to the semi final in which we have drawn Southampton which is looking to be played on the 21st of April. This is our last chance to win a trophy this season so this semi final is a must win game for the blues. Will Chelsea turnover Southampton in the Semi-final of the FA Cup?
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Barcelona vs Chelsea 3-0. Chelsea are out of the Champions League after losing 4-1 on aggregate to Barcelona. Chelsea played well tonight and looked dangerous going forwards but it was our simple errors that cost us heavily over the two legs. Chelsea went behind just three minutes into the game after Lionel Messi was able to squeeze the ball through the legs of Thibaut Courtois from an acute angle, which the Belgian should have done better with. Chelsea found themselves two behind after 20 minutes, as a sloppy pass from Cesc Fabregas gave the ball to the dangerous Messi who managed to provide Ousmane Dembele with the opportunity to strike the ball past Courtois. Lionel Messi added to his personal tally as in the 63rd minute he blitzed past our defence and knocked the ball through Courtois’ legs for the second time this evening. The blues were denied by the woodwork twice again tonight and created many chances going forwards but our mistakes that we made to give Barcelona their goals across both ties have proved fatal. It was always going to be a difficult tie for Chelsea but I think that we played well during both games and can take positives away from this and can now focus on the league in what has proven to be a poor season overall. Did Chelsea do themselves justice tonight?
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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace 2-1. Chelsea take all three points today despite a late scare as Crystal Palace managed to provide a tense ending to the game after reducing our lead to one goal in the dying minutes. Chelsea opened the scoring in the 25th minute as Willian’s long range effort took a slight deflection and found the net. Chelsea went two goals to the good after Zappacosta’s shot hit Martin Kelly, as he was attempting to stop the ball crossing the line, and was put into his own net. Chelsea looked to have the game sewn up after many clear opportunities arose for the blues however Crystal Palace hit back as Van Aanholt knocked the ball underneath Courtois to produce a nervy ending to the game. Chelsea played very well today and created a handful of chances however weren’t clinical enough in front of goal. We have now made up some ground behind Liverpool and are only four points away from them so we still have it all to play for this season. Will Chelsea manage to finish in the top four this season?
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Manchester City vs Chelsea 1-0. A shameful performance from Chelsea today as the blues were completely disgraceful in their intent to attack Man City. Today was one of the worst performances I have seen the blues play; we played negatively from the moment the game began and continued to play that way whilst we were losing. The players should be ashamed of the way their played today and need to take responsibility from this defeat as the pressing today was very lacklustre and most of them looked defeated before the game begun. Chelsea somehow managed to keep a clean sheet for the first half of the game despite looking unable to maintain the ball and passing it backwards at every opportunity. However, it took Manchester City just 35 seconds to break Chelsea’s defence in the second half after Andreas Christensen’s mistake lead to David Silva gaining possession who crossed the ball to an unmarked Bernardo Silva who put the ball in the net at the back post. Chelsea kept the same game plan after conceding the goal and refused to go forwards and maintained their defeatist attitude. The game ended only 1-0 to Manchester City today surprisingly considering the way we played. I think that Chelsea showed Man City too much respect and had a negative attitude before the game even kicked off. The players were a disgrace today as they weren’t even trying win the ball back once they went a goal down. What were your thoughts after watching today’s game?
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Man United vs Chelsea 2-1. A disappointing performance from the blues despite an electrifying start to the game. Chelsea lost steam as the game progressed yesterday and showed a weak mentality to let Manchester United back into the game when we were controlling it. The blues looked exhilarating as soon as the game kicked off and controlled the play well. Alvaro Morata had an attempt repel off crossbar in the 4th minute after some mesmerising play from Chelsea during the build up. The blues managed to take the lead in the 32nd minute as Eden Hazard found Willian with a brilliantly weighted through ball, who hammered the ball past De Gea at his near post. The lead didn’t last for long though as Manchester untied equalised in the 39th minute after Romelu Lukaku slotted the ball into the net from inside the box after he was found by Alexis Sanchez. Man United started to control the game after this and Chelsea looked unimaginative going forwards. Chelsea went behind after substitute Jesse Lingard headed Romelu Lukaku’s cross into the net and the game ended 2-1. It was a shame to see a such a transformation in the way we played early on to the style that we finished the game. I think fatigue could have played a part in the game as going forwards their didn’t seem to be much energy during the second half which was down to playing two very demanding games this week. We have now dropped out of the top four and are playing catch up on retaining our champions league place. Will Chelsea finish in the top four this season?
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Chelsea vs Barcelona 1-1. The blues put in a strong performance against one of Europe’s best teams tonight but unfortunately only came away with a draw despite taking the lead. Barcelona had a lot more possession than we did but Chelsea created more chances to score and looked dangerous when counter attacking. Chelsea hit the post twice through two Willian strikes from outside the box before scoring through the Brazilian in the 62nd minute after Hazard found Willian unmarked on the edge of the box with just enough room to drill the ball along the floor into the back of the net. Barcelona equalised however in the 75th minute as Andreas Christensen’s astray pass latched onto Iniesta who cut the ball back for Lionel Messi who comfortably passed the ball in from 15 yards out. The game ended 1-1 which isn’t a bad result for the blues considering we have drawn arguably the hardest team in the competition. Chelsea now have to score on our visit to the Nou Camp if we want any chance of progressing into the next round as Barcelona have an away goal to their advantage. We have beaten Barcelona many times before and if we play the way we did tonight then we can come away with the result. Was this a good result for the blues?
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Chelsea vs Hull 4-0. A stomping performance from the blues solidifies our next step into the final eight in the FA Cup. Conte fielded a rested side today, due to our champions league game against Barcelona this week, as we saw the likes of Willy Caballero, Ethan Ampadu and Emerson start today. Chelsea took the lead after two minutes as Willian’s trickery outside the box opened up space for the Brazilian to curl one into the side of the net for the advantage. Chelsea doubled their lead in the 27th minute as Cesc Fabregas played a beautifully weighted pass into Pedro who slotted the ball into the net comfortably. Willian added to his personally tally in the 32nd minute as his drilled shot from outside the box trickled past David Marshall in net for his second and Chelsea’s third of the night. The blues made it four goals to the good before half time as Olivier Giroud scored his first goal in Chelsea colours after tapping in a cross from Emerson on his debut. Chelsea seemed to hold off for the rest of the match after comfortably leading almost imminently from kickoff, however Willy Caballero made a superb save from David Meyler after Chelsea gave away a penalty during the second half. The blues are through to the 6th round of the FA cup and look on much better form after thumping Hull but face a much more devastating opponent in the likes of Barcelona next. Are you confident for our game against Barcelona on Tuesday?
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Chelsea vs West Brom 3-0. A relieving result sees Chelsea move back into the top four and answer some questions ahead of Antonio Conte’s future. Today was a vital game which has lifted some pressure off Conte after our recent run of form. After a nervous start, Chelsea took the lead in the 25th minute after some great link up between Hazard and Giroud which saw the Belgian play a swift one-two with his new strike partner and then drill the ball across the face of Ben Foster for the opener. Chelsea made it two in the 63rd minute as a deflection from a West Brom defender fell to Victor Moses who attempted to pass to Hazard only for the ball to be returned to him to tap the ball into the back of the net. Eden Hazard lit up the stadium for his second goal as in the 71st minute the Belgian played another incisive one-two with his striker, Alvaro Morata, and then hammered the ball from range past Foster who was unmoved from his spot. An electrifying performance from Chelsea tonight, Hazard especially, which saw the game flow more than in previous matches as we had a focal point in Giroud up front which helped us find a target to aim for and then play off. Hopefully this form can continue as our coming run of games is very tough. What was the main difference in terms of style of play to our last two disappointing performances?
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Watford vs Chelsea 4-1. Absolutely disgraceful. The blues showcase a woeful performance which could be Antonio Conte’s last game as manager. Chelsea’s first problem came when Tiemoué Bakayoko, who looked unable to do anything positive, carelessly got himself sent off for a second yellow card in the 30th minute, just five minutes after picking up his first booking. In the 42nd, Watford’s continuous pressure pierced Chelsea’s defence as Deulofeu was tripped by Thibaut Courtois and awarded a penalty to which Troy Deeney scored. Despite playing horrendously throughout the match, Chelsea equalised through a moment of magic from Eden Hazard whose long range effort rippled the net, giving hope back to blues. This was overruled by Watford just two minutes later as Janmaat was allowed to walk through the Chelsea defence and slot the ball past Courtois almost effortlessly to give Watford back what they deserved. Gerard Deulofeu gave Watford their third goal four minutes later after his strike took a deflection off Gary Cahill and found itself in the back of the net. Chelsea embarrassed themselves further as Watford found a fourth as Roberto Pereyra’s shot whistled past Courtois into the side netting. I’m speechless with the performance that I just watched and something needs to change imminently. I hate to say it, but, I think Antonio Conte will be sacked by tomorrow morning. The players should be ashamed after putting in a performance like that.
Fact: Watford had 21 shots to Chelsea’s 7 during the game.
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Chelsea vs Bournemouth 0-3. Speechless. Chelsea crumble defensively in the second half and suffer an embarrassing defeat to the visitors Bournemouth. The blues started the first half well and created some huge chances but struggled to put the ball in the back of the net. Bournemouth pinned Chelsea back in the second half as, despite resisting the chances that we created in the first half, the Cherries got one of their own as Calum Wilson latched on to a through ball from Jordan Ibe and finished past Courtois. It got even worse for Chelsea as Bournemouth managed to double their lead after some poor defending from Chelsea left Stanislas with a golden opportunity to knock the ball past Courtois for their second. With the game already looking to be concluded for Chelsea, Bournemouth picked up even more momentum and embarrassed the blues by scoring their third just three minutes later as ex-Chelsea player Nathan Ake found himself in more than enough space, again due to the shameful defending from Chelsea, to tap the ball into the net. The game finished 0-3 resulting in Chelsea subsequently falling into fourth place behind Liverpool. The boys should be ashamed with how they defended and going forwards we clearly lacked a prominent striker. The cracks are still showing for the blues at the moment and this looks to be weakening Antonio Conte who is under a huge amount of pressure. What do Chelsea need to do to fix this crisis?
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Chelsea vs Newcastle 3-0. The blues surpassed Newcastle and secured their place in the fifth round of the Fa Cup today. Chelsea did themselves justice today and played very stylishly at times to surmount Newcastle. Michy Batshuayi, a man in confusion at the moment, scored Chelsea’s first in the 31st minute after Marcos Alonso cut the ball back to the Belgian inside the box for a simple finish. This seemed to lift Batshuayi’s confidence massively as the forward looked much more composed on the ball and created some fabulous chances afterwards. Batshuayi got himself on the scoresheet for a second time, as he latched onto a great through ball from Eden Hazard and drilled the ball into Jamaal Lascelles which deflected into the net. Chelsea managed to score a third to confirm the victory by the 72nd minute as Marcos Alonso’s impeccable free kick sunk Newcastle. A very important performance today which will hopefully lift Chelsea again and the confidence of some of our players. Great to see Batshuayi on the scoresheet today, especially after playing so well, as he is a man in need of some assurance. Does Michy Batshuayi deserve to start our next game against Bournemouth following this form?
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Arsenal vs Chelsea 2-1. Chelsea crash out of the Carabao cup at the last hurdle in reaching the final. Chelsea were awful after we scored our first goal and we go out deservedly. Chelsea took the advantage early on as Pedro threaded a brilliant through into Eden Hazard who comfortably finished past Ospina. Chelsea were playing some great football but then stopped and let Arsenal come back into the game and subsequently gifted them a goal in the 12th minute as Nacho Montreal’s header took a double deflection and repelled off Rüdiger’s head and past Caballero in goal. Arsenal gained the lead in the 60th minute as Lacazette’s deflected cross fell to Granit Xhaka who knocked the ball inti the back of the net. The game ended 2-1 to Arsenal who now progress into the final of the competition. It feels devastating to go out in such a fashion but it was comepltely down to us today. As soon as the game begun Chelsea looked much sharper than Arsenal and got the deserved goal but we let Arsenal back into the game straight away. Apart from Eden Hazard, not a single player should be proud of their performance; we had no creativity going forwards and our defending was a shambles. Very disappointed with the performance but we must move forwards and learn from this. What was the reason Chelsea collapsed straight after scoring?
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Brighton vs Chelsea 0-4. A refreshing performance today sees Chelsea pick up their first win in the new year and in stylish fashion. Chelsea played much more fluently going forwards today which was controlled by Hazard and Willian who were both excellent. Chelsea had the perfect start to the game as we took the lead inside three minutes as Victor Moses’ deflected cross fell to Eden Hazard who struck the ball into the net from inside the box. The blues found themselves two goals ahead just six minutes in as we produced a spectacular team goal - Willian fed the ball to Eden Hazard who flicked the ball to Michy Batshuayi who then flicked the ball back to Willian who thumped the ball from outside of the box and into the net. Chelsea then seemed to sit back for the majority of the remaining first half which invited pressure from Brighton who came close to scoring themselves. Willy Caballero pulled off some brilliant saves but also found difficulty in catching the ball which gave opportunities to Brighton. Chelsea managed to kill the game off in the 77th minute as Eden Hazard made a great run in behind and then rounded it off with a tidy finished in which he directed the ball into the bottom left corner from outside of the box. In the 89th minute Chelsea managed to flatter the scoreline by adding a fourth as substitute Charly Musonda’s excellent long ball met Victor Moses who knocked the ball calmly past Matthew Ryan. It was great to see that we are on track again and hopefully this will give us the confidence that we needed for moving forwards. The scoreline didn’t really reflect the game overall today though as Brighton did create chances and played well at times but I’m glad that Chelsea were ruthless and more clinical in front of goal. The football that we played going forwards was exquisite and that was empathised by the second goal that we scored today which should give us our confidence back. Was this the result that we needed to kick-start our season again?
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Chelsea vs Norwich 1-1 (5-3 penalties). The blues made difficult work of Norwich in their second tie in the Fa cup however progress to the fourth round in which we will face Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on the 28th January. Chelsea did not play well for the majority of the game yesterday and the luck didn’t seem to be on our side. Chelsea only managed to break the deadlock 55 minutes into the game after Michy Batshuayi found the net after some tricky work down the left hand side from Kennedy set up the Belgian to tap in his cross. In the 92nd minute Willian was clearly tripped inside the penalty area but the referee booked Willian for simulation and refused to even look at the VAR for help. A clear wrong decision by the referee for not the first time today. Chelsea still couldn’t find a second to kill the game off and in the 94th minute were inevitably punished as Jamal Lewis’ superb header looped into the Chelsea net for the last kick of the 90 minutes. With the pressure on Chelsea to score in extra time, things got heated and Pedro received his second yellow card of the game in the 117th minute. His first booking was for simulation, and deservedly so, and the second for a foul that stopped a Norwich counter attack. Things got embarrassing for Chelsea although as they were reduced to nine men after Alvaro Morata was sent off for two bookable offences. Morata was clearly pulled inside the penalty area however the referee booked him for simulation aswell. Morata was then booked for dissent after arguing with the referee. The game went to penalties and luckily for Chelsea Willy Caballero saved Nelson Oliveira’s penalty. The blues managed to score all of there penalties as Willian, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Kante and Hazard all buried there penalties. It was justice as the referee was very poor and looked to be searching for any reason to help the opposition. Very disappointing performance though as we couldn’t kill the game off earlier on. The boys must improve as our poor form is continuing.
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Norwich vs Chelsea 0-0. One of the worst performances of the season. Hardly any chances created against the championship side which sees Chelsea have to play a second leg on January the 16th if we are to progress in the competition. Antonio Conte made nine changes to his starting eleven today but it seemed to backfire as the second set couldn’t surpass Norwich who defended well today. The blues failed to produce a single shot on target in the first half and found difficulty in executing their final pass. With 15 minutes to go, Antonio Conte decided to replace Michy Batshuayi, who had been very poor today, with Alvaro Morata but even he couldn’t find a way past the Norwich defence meaning the game ended goalless. This is very frustrating as we have put extra pressure on ourselves to win in the next leg and also have made our run of fixtures even more congested as we now have another game added to our fixture list. Bakayoko was yet again very poor today and does not deserve a spot in the team at all and I was also very disappointed with Michy Batshuayi’s finishing today. Willian was the only player who was able to create chances today but even he couldn’t break the deadlock. At least we are still in the competition which is important however our fixture list is getting very chaotic as the blues are still left in three other competitions and an extra needless game isn’t going to help that. Was this the worst performance we have seen this season?
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Chelsea vs Stoke 5-0. The boys produced a stellar performance today and shift into second place before the end of the year. The blues knocked five past a struggling Stoke side and it seemed clear from early on who would snatch the three points as Chelsea took the lead after just three minutes with Antonio Rüdiger nodding the ball into the net after latching on to Willian's free kick. Chelsea then doubled their lead within nine minutes as Danny Drinkwater's sublime strike flew into the top corner of the goal from distance. Pedro made it three inside 23 minutes after his strike from outside the box was drilled past Jack Butland and into the bottom corner, punishing Stoke. Chelsea then took until the 73rd to add to their tally as Willian was fouled inside the box and was gifted a penalty. The Brazilian stepped up to take it himself and leathered the ball to the right of Jack Butland who dived the opposite way. The blues settled the score at five as in the 88th minute Davide Zappacosta wanted in on the action and cut in on the inside and shot from outside the box to give Chelsea their fifth and final goal. A five star performance from Chelsea despite playing without Hazard, Fabregas and Christensen and a performance that compliments our calendar year; a great way to end such a successful year.
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