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The Hazard show at the Bridge

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

We huffed and puffed and let us be honest, some of us thought here we go again we have all the possession of the ball yet we can’t score, up popped the little maestro from Belgium, Eden Hazard with a sublime slalom-like move down the middle of West Ham’s half to score what could probably be the goal of the season.

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Is there anything he can’t do? Hazard was simply majestic last night, not just the two goals he scored, but his movement with and off the ball was world-class. No wonder Madrid is knocking for ‘real’ on his door! Last night was another impressive win for Chelsea against East-London neighbours – three wins on the bounce and up to third on the log. Another encouraging sign Sarri is finally seeing what we have been seeing all season, bring on the youngsters, Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek started another match and the ever-energetic Emerson. If the FIFA ban will kick in this summer, then the future might not look so bleak as a host of loanees are putting their hands up.

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Chelsea’s next match is against our favourite opponent up north, Liverpool at Anfield. Will we do it again to them, remember Demba Ba pouncing on a fumble from enigmatic Gerrard to score and effectively end Liverpool’s charge to the title. Will Sarri’s team have it in them to beat Liverpool on Sunday? Can we match their movement, their drive and their defensive play? Will Hazard be our catalyst once again? Will Higuain break his goal drought?

 

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The race for top four is hotting up

19 Mar 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Chelsea fluffed their lines on Sunday against Everton by losing 0-2 and so be it lose ground in the race to be in the top four.

Scanning Chelsea South Africa Supporters’ comments on social media since Sunday, it is safe to say there is no need to get into the mechanics of the match and tactics applied. There seems to be a mental block with the team and manager and until this is sorted our best bet to be in the Champions League is to win the Europa League outright.

Having said this, we need to congratulate Hudson-Odoi for being picked for the England squad. With eight games to go, who will join Liverpool and Man City as England’s representatives in the Champions League next season. Will this be the last season for Hazard? Will Willian, Pedro, Drinkwater, Zappacosta join him or will they remain with the transfer ban taking into effect this coming European Summer? Will, we finally have a new young and vibrant team made out of those out on loan?

The biggest two questions of all  – will Sarri be around and will Abramovich finally sell Chelsea to Sir Radcliffe?

 

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Hazard secures a point

11 Mar 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Chelsea suffered a vital blow to their top four chances when they drew 1-1 against Wolves on Sunday at the Bridge. Chelsea held all the aces up their sleeves as they dominated the possession, shots on target and yet failed to win against a resilient Wolves team.

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The match soon took a familiar pattern, where Chelsea pushed and pushed to score whilst Wolves defended resolutely. Wolves plan was to frustrate Chelsea and hit them on the counter-attack. Their goal came in such a situation where against the run of play they pounced on the ball, sent through their striker Jimenez who scored off Azpilicueta’s legs in the 56th minute of the match. Chelsea looked dazzled by Wolves audacity to score against them. On came Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi to replace Kovacic and Pedro.

Loftus-Cheek made an immediate impact as he drove past players to create panic in Wolves penalty area only for Hazard to fluff his lines in front of goal. Chelsea was now playing a 4-3-2-1 formation for the last 20 minutes of the game. The match needed a Higuain to be at his best by hanging on the shoulder of Wolves defenders. At times he was doing this and almost scored. Just when we thought Chelsea was going to lose a vital three points up popped Hazard who received the ball from Willian and surrounded by Wolves players he scored a screamer of a shot past Rui Patricio in the 92nd minute of the match.

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Chelsea is still in 6th position, one point off Manchester United, three off Arsenal and four off Spurs with a game in hand. There are only eight matches left except for Chelsea and Brighton. Hazard indicated after the match that ‘we will need to fight until the end to make it into the top four.’

 

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FA Cup holders Chelsea welcomes Man Utd to the Bridge

18 Feb 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

On recent form, Chelsea is in danger of losing its grip on the FA Cup, which they won against the same opponents last season. Chelsea’s form has been dismal of late having lost against defending league champions Man City 6-0 in the league. Chelsea, however, managed to beat Swedish side, Malmo in the Europa League 2-1 last Thursday to bring about relief to under-fire head coach Maurizio Sarri.

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Will the Chelsea we know turn up tonight and defend their crown or will a resurgent United under Ole Gunner Solsjkaer prevail against us tonight? Chelsea has been United’s bogey team over the past few seasons and it is hoped this would continue tonight. Sarri needs to ensure that he wins the next few matches to remain the head coach, according to rumours. Supporters have been divided on Sarri this season – some are calling for his head, whilst others are calling for patience. Will Abramovich press the button like he has done over the last 13 years or will he grant Sarri a stay of execution? Rumours are flying as well that the next manager has already been identified, which could ensure Hazard remains at the Bridge. Come what may, the Chelsea FC board, management, fans and its players need to buckle down, remain calm and support the head coach and his vision of football.

The match tonight could be a cracker or a complete disaster and set about a chain reaction that could derail our season. Remember we are one point adrift of United in the league, still in the FA Cup, appearing in the final of the Caraboa Cup on Sunday coming and we are still in the Europa League competition. There is no crisis. We repeat there is no crisis. (had to say this out loud to convince ourselves).

We are loving the chatter and banter on Twitter and on our faebook pages (public and closed) and we encourage each other to please respect one another on these platforms, we can disagree with each other but respectfully.

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Wherever you are watching tonight’s match, enjoy it and for once come out in numbers to drown out the cocky United supporters.

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The race for the Champions League spots continues

07 Feb 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Chelsea currently in the fourth spot with a two-point lead over fifth place Manchester United and a three-point lead over sixth-placed Arsenal head into Sunday’s game against new log leaders Manchester City hoping to remain fourth and keep the pressure on Spurs in third place and Liverpool.

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Earlier this week, Manchester City’s Guardiola (tongue-in-cheek probably) point out that if Chelsea keeps winning all their remaining games they could still be in the race to win the title this year. Higuain has joined from Juventus via AC Milan during the January transfer window and his two goals over the weekend alongside Hazard’s have given our team the impetus to push on and create a gap between those chasing us. At the moment, getting into the Champions League is a top priority for Sarri. However, if we win the Europa League then that would automatically place us in the champions league for next season, something we did in the 2013/14 season.

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After the match against Huddersfield which we won 5-0, Hazard indicated that “we are Chelsea, we can win anyone on the day” and indicated it is not impossible to beat Manchester City again. Chelsea faces the same opponents later this month in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

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