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The Blues welcome Newcastle United to the Bridge on Saturday

17 Oct 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Chelsea will resume their surge up the log on Saturday when they welcome Newcastle United at the Bridge. Chelsea (14)is 10 points behind log leaders Liverpool (24) after eight matches played.

Newcastle before the international break scored a solitary goal to break the back of Manchester United and will be buoyed to face a resurgent Chelsea under Frank Lampard. Chelsea has some injury concerns we hear and will wait probably until the last possible moment to decide on the match 11. Players like Kante, Christensen, Kovacic had some niggles over the last few days. There is amble back up for these players in the match 11. Let’s hope Tammy keeps on scoring goals as he stays in the hunt for the golden boot.

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Chelsea is fifth on the log behind Leicester on the same points (goal difference), one point behind Arsenal (15) and two points behind defending champions Manchester City (16). Out of the top ten on the log, the goals against us is 14, followed by Bournemouth (13), Spurs (12), West Ham and Arsenal (11). Our defensive line needs to stop leaking goals and we need to stop drawing as well.

Whilst scoring goals have not been a problem for Chelsea with 18 goals to date, coming from the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Willian, Tomori, and Jorginho. Leading the goal-scoring race to date is Man City (27), Liverpool (20), Leicester and Spurs (14), Arsenal and Bournemouth (13) with West Ham and Burnley scoring 11 goals each.

In our last seven matches in all competitions against Newcastle at the Bridge we won all of them and scored 20 goals and conceding three. Their last win against us came in May 2012 when enigmatic Alan Pardew was still their manager. The omens look good for us to continue our winning ratio against them.

Wherever you are watching the game on Saturday lets cheer on our team to victory. Good luck to the “Bokke” against Japan in their quarter-final match of the Rugby World Cup 2019 being played in Japan.

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The Reds are up next at the Bridge

21 Sep 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea team need to again play as they did against them in the Super Cup to stand a realistic chance against a dominant Liverpool side as we welcome them to the Bridge on Super Sunday.

 

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In recent years this fixture brought sheer joy to all Chelsea fans as we watch Liverpool “slip up” on several occasions but Liverpool is on a 14-match unbeaten run in the Premier League. And their front three (Mane, Fremino, Salah) look menacing in tandem as they look to surge ahead of the pack. Joint leading scorer until later today Tammy Abraham would relish the chance to go against Van Dijk who slipped up a bit in the Champions League this week. For all the scoring prowess of Liverpool, Chelsea’s younger team looks hungry and menacing. With Rudiger still out it looks like we could start with a back three again allowing Azpi and Alonso to play as wing-backs a system that worked well under Conte. For this to happen we need a fit-again Kante to play alongside Jorginho and with Willian/Pedro and Pulisic/Mount on either side of Abraham.

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Liverpool of late has been pressing high which often leads to the opposing team losing the ball and with it counter-attacking the team to score goals at will. Whoever Lampard picks in our three-man defensive unit needs to be quick, assured and sniff out these counter-attacks. An area which we need to quickly improve is our corner defending system. This area of the play has cost us lots of points already. Liverpool possesses the firepower to exploit this area.

Can we muster up a challenge to last year’s runner-up? Can we finally build on last week’s win against Wolves? Can we simply not concede for the first time this season? Time will tell.

Let’s roar our team on to victory on Sunday evening. This has been an exciting week already as Callum Hudson-Odoi signed a five-year deal ending all speculations of him moving away. News from the Bridge is that Abraham and Tomori are next to sign long term contracts.

#BELIEVE, #KTBFFH, #CHELIV, #GOONYOUBLUES

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Abraham tames Wolves

15 Sep 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Tammy Abraham scored an emphatic hat-trick against Wolves and helped Chelsea secure a much needed three points. Tomori and Mason Mount scored the first and fifth goal to seal the match 5-2.

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Tammy Abraham’s hat-trick is his first in the top flight and it came in the 34th, 41st and 55th minutes of the match. The match came alive in the 31st minute when Chelsea scored their first goal of the match from an unlikely source – that of Tomori, who curled his shot from 35 yards away into the top left-hand corner of the post. The goal was out of this world and his celebration matched his goal.

There was a feeling of de ja vu for Chelsea supporters who now became accustomed to Chelsea conceding whenever they are in front. They led 3-0 at the break and within 10 minutes in the second half scored a fourth and with it Tammy’s hat-trick. Chelsea dominated the game since the 31st minute and was coasting, it seems. But then a lack of concentration led to several corners and within the 69th minute, they scored through an Abraham own-goal. This spurred on the home side and their supporters. Wolves tried everything to score again and it in the 88th minute they scored a second goal to make it 4-2.

But Chelsea kept their nerve and within the 96th minute, Mason Mount made sure that the three points were safe as he slotted his third goal for the season to make it 5-2.

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Chelsea out to tame Wolves

13 Sep 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

A win is a must for Chelsea this Saturday against a winless Wolverhampton (Wolves) side. All indications are that a win is a must to set the tone for the next couple of weeks as we seek to claw our way up the log. Chelsea has been playing attractive football under Lampard but their achilles heel has been their defence. This needs to be sorted out in time before the Champions League season starts. Chelsea is currently seven-point behind log-leaders, Liverpool, and in 11th place.

Tonight (Friday) we will see some action from Reece James and Callum Hudon-Odoi for our development team side against Brighton in a Premier League 2 match at the Bridge. This would be a welcome sigh of relief for the Chelsea faithful as we need reinforcements down the right flanks and defensive cover for our captain Azpilicueta. Later this afternoon we will get an update from Lampard on the perceived hamstring injury of Emerson and if he will be ready to play on Saturday. If not, we do have Alonso to come in. We will also hear updates on Pedro, Kante, Christensen and Rudiger.

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The Lampard Revolution is under way (at last)

27 Aug 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Frank Lampard defied calls to start with Mitchy Batshayi or Oliver Giroud the two most experienced strikers at Chelsea and kept faith in his young striker Tammy Abraham. Abraham repaid that faith in him by scoring the opening goal within the first four minutes with what commentators described as simply a strikers goal.

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Abraham showed no fear as he pounced on the cross from captain Azpilicueta and nailed it into the post. Abraham was off the mark and his confidence grew by the minute thereafter. For all the near misses, failed penalty and shots against the post in the previous two matches – Tammy showed what he could do. Within minutes of Chelsea’s opener, Norwich equalized when a low cross into the penalty area was met by an oncoming Todd Cantwell, who knocked the ball into the net with his knee. Carrow Road was rocking, the Canaries were buzzing around the pitch, sensing they could upset the more fancied Chelsea.

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In the 17-minute Mason Mount popped up inside the penalty and with a routine jing, he buried the ball into the top right-hand corner. Mount, his second goal in as many matches, was simply irrepressible and loving every minute on the pitch. Just as Chelsea thought of going into the break with a 2-1 lead, Norwich striker Pukki scored a sublime goal to again in a counter-attack move to equalize the match at 2-2. This was Pukki’s fifth goal of the season after three matches.

Both teams were bent on winning the match as counter-attacking football became the thing before that man Abraham popped up again in the 68th minute of the match. It was a quick counter with Kovacic getting the ball and running into a gap before sliding the ball to Tammy who was standing on the shoulder of the two defenders. Like Mason Mount, he jing to the left and then to the right before coolly slotting the ball low and in between the defender to score the winner.

Lampard brought on Willian, Giroud, and Alonso to ease the match out for a thrilling away-win.

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