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Chelsea all set and raring to go against Roma

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

Chelsea is angry, warned Roma and former Man City striker Edin Dzeko, and will come out raring to go against Roma tonight at the Bridge. Chelsea leads Group C and faces Roma for the first time in a long time in the Champions League, however, Chelsea’s form of late has created some panic amongst supporters. Chelsea has lost their last two matches in the league against Man City and Crystal Palace, a win is necessary to put their season back on track.

Chelsea has some good news regarding the return of Spanish striker Alvaro Morata, who might start tonight’s match since his injury against Man City. morata1A win tonight will keep us on top of the log in this group and should provide us with an impetus for Saturday’s match against Watford.

Will Conte start with Rudiger or Cahill? Will Christensen play and would he move Luiz to the midfield? Will Fabregas keep his place? Will Pedro play instead of Willian? Will Zappacosta replace injured Moses or will Cesar play in that role? Will Drinkwater finally make his Chelsea debut next to Bakayoko? What do you think?

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What a win in Madrid

28 Sep 2017 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

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Chelsea came from a goal behind to beat a resilient opponent 2- 1 on Wednesday evening at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. It was a pulsating and intriguing game, with lots of twists, saga and panache. Conte played a 3-5-2 formation with Hazard playing upfront with Morata. Cahill started and Luiz was back in the team with Fabregas also playing along with Bakayoko and Kante in the midfield. Chelsea dominated the first half and Morata had the freedom of the park as he had several shots just off target. His pace was electrifying and his hold up play was outstanding. Up high in the director’s box sat former Chelsea striker Diego Costa hoping for a win for his beloved Atletico Madrid. He must have been happy when David Luiz held onto the shirt of Lucas Hernandez inside the penalty box where the referee blew for a penalty kick. Up stepped Griezman and he coolly slotted the ball into the net. Atletico Madrid was 1-0 up just minutes before half-time. It was a cruel blow for Chelsea who had the measure of the Atleti throughout the first half.

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Hazard showed his form as he ghosted pass defenders and midfielders causing havoc at the back and he even struck the goalpost when Oblak just stood by. It was vintage Hazard and he looked like the player of last season. He was geared for this match and that confidence oozed into his fellow teammates. Morata was playing with flair, passion and panache. Fabregas controlled the tempo of the match and Kante and his destroyer in chief partner Bakayoko was devasting in breaking up any attack from Atletico and sending Hazard off into enemy territory.

 

Chelsea might have felt robbed after Griezman scored but they came out looking hungrier than Atletico and it showed. In the 66th minute of the match David Luiz stepped forward from his position and ran into the opposition half, he looked up once and saw Hazard running into space, and with one sublime cross Hazard controlled the ball and simply shifted his body past two defenders before crossing a pinpoint ball onto the head of the advancing Morata who used the pace of the ball to score past a hapless Oblak. Chelsea was the first team to score against Atletico at home for a while and it was the first away goal at the new stadium. Morata was off on his bicycle celebrating with a hand gesture to his head in reference to Hazard (who joked that he needs to start scoring with his feet) and rushing over to where the Chelsea bench was and doing high fives with the coach and other players.

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It was game on and the goal was a just reward for Chelsea’s dominance of the match. Simeone for the first time looked crestfallen and sent up eager replacements. He beefed up his defence and brought on a defensive midfielder, a defender and former Chelsea striker Fernando Torres. By now Chelsea was running Atletico off the park. They were doing the Atletico on Atletico. They were hassling them, pushing them up the park and moving the ball quickly and with surety. It was was a magnificent display by the away side. Chelsea sent up Batshuayi (Batsman), Willian and Christensen late on and when it seemed the game would end in a draw up stepped Batsman who coolly slotted the ball past Oblak off a cross from Alonso who received a pass from Bakayoko. It was literally the last kick of the match as Chelsea richly deserved the win and now lead the group by two points.

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Chelsea has six points and Roma has four points winning 2-1 against Qarabag FK. Chelsea faces Roma in the next games at home  (18 October) and away (31 October).

 

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Atletico Madrid welcomes Chelsea to new Wanda Metropolitano stadium

26 Sep 2017 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Chelsea will have to muster all their street smart to beat a resilient Atleti at home in Spain on Wednesday evening in round two of the Champions League pool matches. Chelsea head into the game having beaten Stoke City over the weekend 4-0 and with a hattrick for Spanish striker, Alvaro Morata. Chelsea is also leading Group C after one match having beaten Qarabag FK 6-0 at the Bridge. Atleti and Roma played to a 0-0 draw.

There are plenty of niggle in the recent matches between the two teams, with Atletico Madrid beating Chelsea in the 2013/14 semi-finals when Diego Costa was still playing for them. Another three players have played for both teams, Thibaut Courtois, Filipe Luis and Portugues midfielder Tiago Mendes, who is now Simeone’s assistant.

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The only time Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid was in the 2009/10 season when Solomon Kalou scored a brace in the 4-1 win. Both Mourinho and Mateo Chelsea teams could not beat Simeone’s Atleti – will Conte finally break that curse? Will Hazard start the match? What are your predictions for the match?

 

 

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Chelsea off to a flyer in Champions League

13 Sep 2017 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Chelsea took out all their frustrations of not being the UEFA Champions League last season by thumping Qarabag 6-0 last night at the Bridge. It was a perfect night for the players and supporters with Kante making his European debut last night, with Zappacosta and Babyoko scoring their debut goals and with Mitchy scoring a brace on the night.

epa06200661 Chelsea's Davide Zappacosta celebrates scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Chelsea FC and Qarabag FK at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Britain, 12 September 2017. EPA/NEIL HALL

epa06200661 Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta celebrates scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Chelsea FC and Qarabag FK at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Britain, 12 September 2017. EPA/NEIL HALL

Pedro and Azpilicueta scored the other goals. The match was controlled by Chelsea’s midfield maestro Fabregas. He was in sublime form last night as he orchestrated every attacking move. His assist to Azpilicueta was perhaps the cherry on top as he simply chipped the ball onto his head to score.

It was a class performance all round from Chelsea as Christensen, Cahill, Batshuayi, Zappacosta started. Luiz, Hazard, Morata, Moses, Rudiger were on the bench – resting for the Arsenal match on Sunday. Over the next few days, we will be quite busy on three fronts. Here are some of the upcoming fixtures:

Arsenal (H) – Sun 17 Sep
Nottingham Forest – League Cup (H) – Tue 19 Sep
Stoke City (A) – Sat 23 Sep
Atletico Madrid – Champions League (A) – Wed 27 Sep
Man City (H) – Sat 30 Sep
Crystal Palace (A) – Sat 14 Oct
Roma – Champions League (H) – Wed 18 Oct
Watford (H) – Mon 23 Oct

Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas (L) vies with Qarabag's Azerbaijani midfielder Gara Garayev during the UEFA Champions League Group C football match between Chelsea and Qarabag at Stamford Bridge in London on September 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Chelsea’s Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas (L) vies with Qarabag’s Azerbaijani midfielder Gara Garayev during the UEFA Champions League Group C football match between Chelsea and Qarabag at Stamford Bridge in London on September 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

To make the evening even better Roma and Atletico Madrid drew 0-0 on the night leaving Chelsea leading Group C.

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Chelsea wins at Leicester

09 Sep 2017 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Chelsea beat a resilient Leicester City 2-1 at the King Power Stadium earlier today after goals from Morata and Kante secured the three points. It is now three wins on the trot for Chelsea who moved to nine points after four matches. The Premier League champions did, however, make it difficult for themselves when leading 2-0 and seemingly cruising to victory ensured that Lecister through a Vardy penalty made the last 2o minutes of the game a tad bit nervy. Leicester’s never-say-die attitude ensured for a frantic finale. Chelsea kept their nerve and in the end won the match.

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Alvaro Morata scored Chelsea’s opener through another header after an excellent pin-point cross from Azpilicueta just before half-time in the 41st minute. Morata rosed above Wes Morgan and headed the ball past Schmeichel. It was perhaps the battle of the first half as Morgan and McGuire gave Morata a torrid time. Morata prevailed, showed his mental and physical strength by outjumping Morgan. Earlier in the half, only the sheer physical ability of Morgan prevented Morata from scoring a brace. Morata is clearly enjoying his time as the main striker. The gifted striker who played for Real Madrid and Juventus showed his class over the last four matches. All three of his goals have come from headers.

Chelsea started with Morata up front with Pedro and Fabregas joining him. The midfield pairing of Kante and Babayoko was solid as usual with Kante scoring against his former team. Kante was again all over the pitch, blocking, breaking up play or providing passes for counter-attack moves. He struck in the 5oth minute of the match when he picked up the ball outside the penalty area and with no Leicester player in sight, he simply smashed the ball along the turf past a hapless Schmeichel.  Chelsea was in seven heaven then and well deserved at the time.        Kante

Leicester City made sure that they were not out of the match as they got a way back into the match through a penalty when Courtois was deemed to trip Vardy inside the penalty area. Vardy coolly slotted the ball home in the 62nd minute of the match and it was game on. It showed as Leicester searched for the equalizer as they poured forward time and time again. Conte sensing trouble sent on Willian for Pedro and later he brought on Zappacosta for Moses and Hazard for Fabregas. Former Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater did not make his debut for the defending champions on his return to the King Power Stadium.  It was not necessary for in the end Chelsea held on for the win.

Chelsea moved from sixth on the log to third and is one point behind log leader Manchester United and Manchester City who has 10 points.

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