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Goodbye Hazard, thanks for the memories

08 Jun 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

You knew this day would come. The little Belgian magician, Eden Hazard, has left the Chelsea family. That shy 21 year-old who joined us seven years ago from Lyon has grown into a superstar with all the finest qualities to thrive on the world’s biggest stages.

Seeing Hazard leave is almost like watching one of your children leave the house for the first time. You want to protect him/her, you want to hold on to him/her for a little longer, yet you know from the start s/he would be turn out great and make you proud.

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Hazard has finally realized one of his dreams to play for Real Madrid under Zidane after he completed his transfer to the Spanish team yesterday (Friday, 7June 2019). Thank you for the memories Hazard, we will miss you, but we wish you all the best. YOU ARE ONE OF US!!!

The  following is what he wrote to us, his Chelsea family.

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To my Chelsea friends and family,

You now know that I will be joining Real Madrid. It’s no secret that it was my dream to play for them since I was a young boy just scoring my first goal. I have tried my very best not to distract myself or the team through this difficult period of speculation and media attention, especially the last 6 months.

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Now the Clubs have reached an agreement I hope you understand I had to pursue my next chapter, just as each and every one of you should when you have the chance to pursue your dreams. Leaving Chelsea is the biggest and toughest decision in my career to date. Now it’s in the open I would like to put on record one thing was always clear to me, I have loved every moment at Chelsea and not once did I ever consider, nor would I have left for any other Club.

I was only 21 when I joined, so I have grown up as a man and a player with all of you, you have helped me become Captain of the Belgium National team after all. There have of course been tough times, for the team as a whole and for me personally, this is professional football. However, football to me is about having a ball at my feet, playing games and enjoying every moment, we are lucky to play the beautiful game and this is always my advice to those who ask for a coaching tip! Play football and have fun!

Even when we were not playing well, I tried to do my best and this has been thanks to your amazing support. That fighting spirit, desire and the refusal to ever give up is part of the culture here at Chelsea and it comes directly from you.

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When I think back over my special moments in a Chelsea shirt, there are so many, we are lucky to win many more games than we have lost. Those who know me understand it is not me to list what I have won, all I can say is each and every award both as a team and as an individual have been incredible. One day I will be able to sit down over a beer and talk about or laugh with pride about my missed penalty that set up my header to win the league against Palace, or those goals against Tottenham, Arsenal or Liverpool.

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The memories are so vivid because of the atmosphere and occasion you create, I hope you always remember them with pride, as I do. Whether it’s on tour in the USA, or at Sunderland on a Tuesday night, in Russia on a Thursday, or of course EVERY game at The Bridge – you’ve always supported me and encouraged me to play football and be me – Like I have enjoyed myself I hope you have enjoyed yourselves, I am only sorry not leave with a defending award amongst my honours!

We have many great players and my proudest moments were always as part of the team. We’ve won the FA Cup, League Cups, Europa Leagues and Premier Leagues all as a family. Each one so special in its own way and of course the game in Baku a couple of weeks ago is the perfect way to sign off from a long tough season after the World Cup.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Olivier Giroud celebrates with Eden Hazard of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on September 15, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: Olivier Giroud celebrates with Eden Hazard of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on September 15, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Chelsea and especially Chelsea fans will always be special to me and next season I will look for your results first. I hope that we are drawn against each other in the Champions League next season and every season so we can meet again.

Before I go, one last thank you to everyone at the Club for their tremendous effort as we lived through every moment. To all of my ex-Colleagues we will say our goodbyes at the right time but I must thank the owner Mr Abramovich and his board for helping me realise not one, but two dreams, my first in becoming a Chelsea player and today my second, becoming a player at Real Madrid.

I wish each and every one of you the very best my friends.

Eden

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One last hoorah for Hazard in the Europa League Cup Final Tonight

29 May 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Chelsea hopes to end their season with a win against arch-rivals Arsenal tonight in the Europa League final in Baku and with it another European trophy. Chelsea is the only club in London who has won the Champions League and Europa League trophies in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

 

May 15th 2013. Europa League Final - Chelsea v Benfica Credit Image: Kevin Quigley/Daily Mail/Solo Syndication) chelsea win

May 15th 2013. Europa League Final – Chelsea v Benfica
Credit Image: Kevin Quigley/Daily Mail/Solo Syndication)
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But preparations for tonight’s match has been in tatters with injuries to key players such as Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi and last night’s spectacular outburst between Higuain and Luiz. Maurizio Sarri stormed off the field last night kicking his cap after he apparently was frustrated with the team not being able to practice set pieces. His outburst followed the clash between Luiz and Higuain and after he indicated in a press conference earlier in the day that the team was gelling and happy.

Chelsea who do not face any pressure to win to be in the Champions League next season as their rivals seem to become unravelled before the match. Will Chelsea give Eden Hazard a trophy he deserves and end his time at Chelsea on a high or will Arsenal’s potent attack destroy us? Which Chelsea team will be on the pitch tonight and in what frame of mind?

We know the answer to this…we have been here before in a major European final. We have overcome serious obstacles in the past and tonight’s match is no different. We are up against a manager who has won this competition three times with Sevilla. Sarri stands a chance to win his first major trophy ever. Who will be brave tonight in their team selections? Who will spur on their team to win? Will Hazard give us another dazzling performance one last time? Will Giroud score against his old team and will Higuain repay the faith Sarri has put in him tonight?

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All will be revealed later today – we trust wherever you watching the final tonight it is with your fellow Chelsea supporters spurring on our team.

Send us your pictures or simply post them on our social media sites.

#KTBFFH

 

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Chelsea’s season in Review

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

Words that come to mind when we all think of Chelsea’s season this year could be associated with: diabolical, surprising, Sarriball, dysfunctional, nauseating, terrible, stuttering, hopeful, classless, shambles and write-off!

This could all be true and probably is, but we have qualified for the Champions League with a game to spare when it looked like we would not reach this goal, even though we are 20 odd points behind log leaders Manchester City. We also reached the Europa League Final against Arsenal scheduled for 29 May 2019 by the skin of knee of our goalkeeper and hero Kepa against a valiant Frankfurt side on Thursday evening in a penalty shoot-out. So in terms of the Chelsea Board’s goals for set for Sarri – he managed to achieve that.

So for all our many successful years of winning trophies almost every year since 2003, we are not use to barely scraping over the line. Yet we find ourselves in a rebuilding phase of our club once again. Facing a ban to recruit new players (barring an appeal) we need to bring in our players on loan and begin to groom them into our system. We need to reward players such as Loftus-Cheek, Hudo-Odoi, Mason Mount, James Reece, and many more. We also need to play our players in the right positions such as Kante and get rid of dead wood.

We are also facing losing some players which might include our player of the season, players’ platter of the season and goal scorer of the year winner Eden Hazard. Our 19 goals and 16 assist player will be missed at the Bridge. He deserves a move if he desires it. We shall miss him but we have the players that can step up and make us proud. Hazard has been our light this season. He has lifted the gloom and he has been positive and respectful throughout the season.

Sarri needs time says his supporters and those who know him. Like many foreign coaches hazard 1who come to England, it has taken time to adjust to the footballing culture and the way teams don’t collapse against the big teams. It is intense and the supporters demand 100 per cent from everyone. It is a footballing culture unlike anywhere in the world. But Sarri needs to be flexible and have at least a plan B in place. Too many teams we should have beaten figured us out and completely bamboozled us. Will the players that remain finally buy into his philosophy and will the supporters finally get on board – time will tell.

Further good news has been the extension of David Luiz’s contract for another two-years. He has been rewarded for his play and leadership on the pitch. Coming in next season will be American, Christian Pulisic from Dortmund who should fit right in.

Before the Europa League final against Arsenal we have our last league match on Sunday against Leicester City to hold on to a third-place and provide us with a confidence booster for the final.

Let’s support our team in the final as we look forward to the 2019/2020 season!

 

Keep the Blue Flag Flying High!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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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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