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Chelsea need to win against Huddersfield

12 Dec 2017 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Over the last few matches, we have won, drawn and lost a game – the only glimmer of hope has been Eden Hazard’s form but even he can’t carry the team all the time and last Saturday’s loss against West Ham proves this point.

In the hustle and bustle of the modern football era, Chelsea’s small team has probably suffered the most according to Conte. The breaks in between Champions League and Premier League matches, in particular, has been a bone of contention for Conte. And from the look at the next few fixtures…this problem is not going away. In between facing our old enemy Barcelona in the first leg of the round of 16 champions league match on February 20, 2018, we face Manchester United on the 24th February at Old Trafford, Manchester City on the 3rd of March at the Etihad and Crystal Palace at home on the 10th before facing Barcelona again on the 14th in Spain.

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More closely, tonight we face Huddersfield away and on Saturday we face Southampton at home before playing against Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup next week Tuesday.

Over the festive period starting on 23 December we face Sam Allardyce’s Everton at an early kick-off in Liverpool. Next up is Brighton on Boxing Day and on saying goodbye to the old year we face Stoke City on the 30th. On the 3rd of January 2018, we face one of our top-four rivals Arsenal and finally, we end our hectic schedule against Norwich in the FA Cup on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

A comforting thought is that we are still 3rd on the log on 32 points, leading a pack consisting of Liverpool (30), Arsenal (29), Spurs (28) and Burnley (28). We are three points behind second-place Manchester United (35) and a whopping 14-point gap behind log leaders Manchester City (46).

It has been reported that both Morata and David Luiz is out injured for tonight’s match against Huddersfield with Danny Drinkwater making a welcome return.

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Chelsea sweeps to victory in Baku

22 Nov 2017 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Chelsea scored four goals and secured their spot in the next round of 16 in the Champions League when they beat Qarabag FK in Azerbaijan.

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Hazard scored from the penalty spot, Willian in his 200th game for Chelsea scored a brace and another penalty from Fabregas ensured the three points. Chelsea is now top of the group until the Roma and Atletico Madrid match which kicks off later tonight.

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The match became easier for Chelsea after the Qarabag FK captain Rashad Sadygov was ruled to pull Willian in the penalty area. The referee pointed to the penalty spot and handed the captain a red card. After the Hazard goal, Chelsea was in complete control of the match.

Chelsea’s next match in the group will be against Atletico Madrid at the Bridge on December 5.

 

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Chelsea travels to Baku, Azerbijan in Champions League match

20 Nov 2017 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Chelsea faces Qarabag FK on Wednesday evening in a round-robin match in Group C, whilst Roma and Atletico Madrid face off in the other match. Chelsea needs to win to qualify and hope Atletico Madrid finally win a game in the competition which would mean Chelsea top the group. If Chelsea wins the group, they would eventually avoid some of the big hitters in the last 16 round. After four matches, Roma has 8 points, Chelsea -7, Atletico Madrid – 3 and Qarabag – 2.

cfc vs qarabag fk

Chelsea should be in high spirits after Saturday’s emphatic win at the Hawthorns and it looked like the new 3-5-2 formation suits the players with Morata and Hazard forming a formidable partnership. At reverse fixture at the Bridge on 12 September, Chelsea beat the newcomers 6-0 through goals from Pedro, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Azpillicueta, Batshuayi and an own goal from Maksim Medvedev.

On Saturday, 25 November, Chelsea faces a resurgent Liverpool at Anfield.

 

 

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Four wins in a row as Chelsea roars to victory

20 Nov 2017 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Chelsea finally turned up on Saturday afternoon beating a hopeless West Brom 4-0. Eden Hazard, the man of the match, scored a scintillating brace on either side of the halves with Spaniards Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso scoring the other two goals. This was by far the best performance in the league for Chelsea as club captain Gary Cahill echoed after the match, ‘everyone played their best game today.’

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Hazard was a marked man, he was tripped, kicked, held back and made to lash back – but in the end, West Brom’s tactics (ala Man Utd) epically failed. He dusted himself off and showed the world what he was capable of…Hazard with the help of his teammates created havoc on the day. He dribbled, he swerved, he weaseled his way past defenders and he made sure their keeper kept looking like a fool. His assist to Morata was excellent, after picking up the ball in the middle of the park, he ghosted past defenders to unleash a shot that the keeper could only parry the ball onto an oncoming Morata who coolly slotted the ball home. Morata -nine goals now, was off celebrating and signaled an A with his fingers to pay homage to his wife (Alice Campello).

Several minutes later it was Morata who flicked on a ball from Fabregas to Hazard who ran clear of the defense and without any panic or fear coolly slotted the ball before the keeper could react. Chelsea was 2-0 up and coasting. Their third goal came off a Fabregas free-kick which left ALonos unmarked at the back of the goalpost, who received the ball at an acute angle where he controlled it with this left foot to steer it into the net. Chelsea celebrated the goal with gusto and a self-belief as they went into half-time feeling that all three points were in the bag.

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After the break, it was business as usual with Chelsea controlling the match and Hazard causing problems. Fabregas had the space to roam, to steer passes to his forwards that kept hurting West Brom and in one of those genius moves, he looked up and saw Hazard running into space. Hazard controlled the ball and with two defenders with him, he coolly shifted them to one side and before their keeper could react he slotted the ball between the two defenders. It was pure ecstasy for Hazard and Conte set off with some elaborate celebrations. The job was done. Three points collected and for a brief few moments, Chelsea was second on the log before the game between Man Utd and Newcastle. On Saturday evening Chelsea found themselves in the third position with 25 points, Utd second with 26 points and Man City with 34 points. Spurs (23 points) dropped to fourth with Arsenal, Liverpool, and Burnley on 22 points.

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Chelsea travel to West Brom

18 Nov 2017 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

David Luiz is back in the fold and Antonio Conte showcased a bearded look for the press conference on Friday. He reportedly said that he will keep the beard if Chelsea wins later today and beyond.

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Luiz has been brought back into the team after being dropped against Manchester United, where Conte insisted that it was a tactical decision to leave him out of the match completely.

Belgian striker Batshuayi (ankle)  and his fellow countryman Charly Musonda (knee) are out for the match against the Baggies. Victor Moses is still a week away from returning from his injury, but club captain and defender Gary Cahill (back) and new signing Drinkwater (calf) had been declared fit following knocks.

Our provisional squad for today’s match is Courtois, Caballero, Cahill, Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Kenedy, Zappacosta, Alonso, Drinkwater, Kante, Morata, Hazard, Fabregas, Pedro, Bakayoko, Willian, Clarke-Salter, Scott, and Eduardo.

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