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Chelsea break Arteta’s heart at the death…

30 Dec 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Tammy - winner aginst Arsenal 29-12-2019

Chelsea did the impossible on Sunday by coming from behind with less than 10 minutes before the 90th-minute of the match to snatch it 2-1 at the end. Arsenal looked like they were on their way to victory even though Chelsea dominated the second half. Arsenal looked like they did enough.

Our equalizer came from an unlikely source, and lucky to be on the pitch after a cynical foul on Lacezette, Italian maestro Jorginho. Mason Mount’s freekick went over the outstretched fist of Leno and it fell into an onrushing Jorginho who simply had to just tap the ball into the empty net in the 83rd minute of the match. It was now level at 1-1 and all to play for. Chelsea was in the ascendency now.

But Lampard’s 3-4-3 formation was not paying dividends. It seemed that Arteta had an answer to our game plan. Our players looked lethargic, slow out of the blocks (not the first time this season) and were second best during the first half. Arsenal took advantage of this and scored in the 13th minute of the match through Emerick Aubameyang’s header. It was as if Lampard wrestled with a decision. He eventually did a Mourinho-lie move by taking off Emerson and brought on Jorginho. We were now playing to a 4-3-3 formation which brought more stability with Jorginho being the pivot. It stayed 1-0 at half-time.

The Blues started to play better football and kept possession of the ball yet without scoring. Tammy came close a few times. Was this yet another loss on the cards? Has the losing streak now affected our away matches as well? Time would tell. Like in the first half Lampard again made a vital change. He took off Tomori and brought on debutant Tariq Lamptey, an academy player (who was on his winter break). And it seemed like he clearly made a difference up the right flank with some super passes, blocks, and crosses into the box. The final change for Lampard was Hudson-Odoi for Kovacic in the 70th-minute of the match.

After the equalizing goal from Jorginho to make it 1-1, Chelsea piled on the pressure and it finally showed. Within seconds of an Arsenal attack, Tammy ran with the ball towards Leno’s goal. He passed the ball to Willian who went wide of the goal area to cross it back to Tammy, who swirled and scored low in between the outstretched legs of Leno to make it 2-1. It was vintage counter-attacking football of years gone by for Chelsea. It was reminiscent of a Drogba goal. Tammy ran towards the Blues supporters and celebrated like King Didier Drogba. It was his twelfth in the league and by far the best of the lot. Chelsea was in seventh heaven when the whistle blew after a seventh-minute injury time (Mustafi and Rudiger had a clash of heads earlier in the match).

 

The victory was well deserved in the end. It ended our year and decade off on three points and still fourth on the log.

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Up and down December continues for the Blues

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

A run of four losses out of five matches was halted on Sunday (22 Dec) against Spurs with a morale-boosting 2-0 victory against our arch-rivals coached by Mourinho. The victory was a key moment, a moment to restart our campaign, to reinvigorate our season and to ease the pressure on Lampard. This was evident in the way Lampard celebrated the victory at Spurs’ new stadium. Fist pumping, shouting, and hand-clapping to our supporters in the away-stands. The victory vindicated Lampard’s 3-4-3 formation. It all looked well and a catalyst for the rest of our season.

But from that high at Spurs, we continued the downward trend at home. The 0-2 loss against Southampton was demoralising. It was a huge letdown. It was not part of the script. How could it be? We were so commanding against Spurs. We were so assured. We were back to winning ways. How on earth did we lose against a team that should be swept away? The same 3-4-3 formation did not work. Perhaps we needed Alonso, Kovacic, and Rudiger or simply we needed a Winter-break. Whatever the reasons were yesterday, it simply means we are now starting to look over our shoulder as a host of teams are closing in on our fourth spot.

This is a transitional season for us and hopefully, we will prevail and continue with the Lampard revolution. We simply have to. The silver lining is that we can buy some players during the January transfer window that could assist us in our current predicament. If so, who?

Games are coming in fast and furious over the next few more days. Next up is another London derby against Arteta’s Arsenal on Sunday, 29 December at 4 pm (CAT) and on New Year’s Day at 12:30 pm (CAT) we play Brighton. And then we move to the FA Cup on 5 Jan against Nottingham Forest.

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Time will tell if we will prevail and finish within the top four. It is a transitional season for us. It is also about us as supporters and fans dragging our team across the line. They need our support. They need our encouragement and they need us to motivate them. We can do it. Show your support. Show your colours. Come on #ChelseaFC

 

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Chelsea’s appeal against two-window transfer ban is successful

06 Dec 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Chelsea can now sign players during the January transfer window after our appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). In essence, the transfer ban has been reduced to one transfer window, which has been served already.

It is noted on our official club website that no written reasons for this decision have been received. To read more about the news and its implications to us…https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2019/12/06/chelsea-football-club-statement-on-appeal-verdict?cardIndex=0-0
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Chelsea will seek to rectify their mini slump against Villa

02 Dec 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Chelsea entertains John Terry’s Villa on Wednesday evening at the Bridge (21h30 CAT). This is not the first time John Terry faces Lampard in a dug-out as they faced each last season in the Championship when Lampard was Derby’s coach. Terry got the better of Lampard in the play-off finals at Wembley in May of this year and Villa made a welcome return to the Premier League.

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Chelsea lost unexpectedly against West Ham at the Bridge on Saturday and continued a mini-slump when they drew 2-2 against Valencia in Spain last Wednesday. Chelsea, however, still remains in the top four but seemingly way off the pace of log leaders Liverpool. There are now 13 points between Liverpool and Chelsea. Chelsea needs to win on Wednesday to keep the doubters quiet and to remain within striking distance of Man City and Leicester City.

It was clear keeping Giroud out the game this long showed on Saturday as he barely made any difference or convince anyone that he should be the main striker in the absence of Tammy Abraham. It was a rare afternoon of misses even though we dominated the match. Once again, having all the possession in the world and not being able to score counts for nothing in this high pressured league. Chelsea needs goals from their entire team and Kante needs to play in a position that secures a leaky defense at the moment.

In Frank we trust, he is one of us – will ring around the Bridge. He has already shown he can compete at the highest level as a player and from what we have seen over the last two months – he can compete as a manager as well. The team needs us and we need to support them through a mini-slump at the moment.

Come on Chelsea.

 

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The eagles swoop in at the Bridge

09 Nov 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Chelsea welcomes south London visitors Crystal Palace to the Bridge today in what would be a prime game for former Blues skipper Gary Cahill, his first visit as an opposing player since he left for free in the Summer. At Chelsea, Cahill won everything as a player under different managers and he has already become a fan favourite at Selhurst Park.

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However, he and the rest of his team will have to contend with high flying Chelsea who is eight points ahead of them and will have a chance to go 2nd or 3rd for 24 hours before Man City and Liverpool play. Chelsea will have their tails having come back from 1-4 down against Ajax in midweek to end the match 4-4. It is clear thatĀ Frank Lampard’s influence on this team is growing by the match.

As a Chelsea player, Lampard has won everything and now he has already bagged a Manager of the Month Award for October by winning several games and playing an attractive brand of football. He would probably have called on Cahill if he stayed at the Bridge given his injury list to his defenders.

Kick is 2:30 pm (CAT).

Enjoy the match.

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