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Chelsea welcomes Leicester to the Bridge

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

Frank Lampard’s regime starts today at the Bridge. His team, his style of play and his philosophy will finally be realised today as he leads out his team against Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City. Under Lampard, this Chelsea team has lost both games against League contenders Manchester United and Liverpool. Last Sunday’s match against United, Chelsea looked sharp within the first 15 minutes of the match and were unlucky not to score early on. Several shots against the goalposts, near misses and two disallowed goals, showed signs of a changed way of play for the team in Blue. We ultimately lost the match 4-0 in a game we dominated for 60 minutes.

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On Wednesday in the Super Cup against defending Champions League winners Liverpool, we were unlucky to lose in a penalty shoot-out, where once again we were the stronger team. Goals from Giroud and Jorginho made it 2-2. But it was the manner in which we played that was so illuminating. Having Kante back in the playing squad made all the difference as he bossed midfield giving Jorginho the freedom of the park to orchestrate the match. Pedro, Pulisic and Tammy were live wires and should have scored several goals on another night. The number of times our forward line broke behind the defensive wall of Liverpool was delightful and a possible blueprint for other teams against the Reds.

Lessons learned from these two games should spur on the team this afternoon. Fighting back when we were 1-1 and 1-2 down against Liverpool should strengthen the mentality of the players. Shifting gears, slowing the games down or upping the pace was another hallmark of this fast-evolving Chelsea team under Lampard.

This afternoon’s match is a test. It will be at home at least and with the amazing support from the Bridge faithful, this should be game we earn our first three points of the long season ahead. Willian and Rudiger are in the playing squad today and hopefully, we will see them on the pitch. Defensively we need confidence and perhaps keeping a clean sheet will help boost our self-belief.

 

 

 

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Will the spirit of 2012 haunt Barca in our next pre-season match in Japan

22 Jul 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Having lost against Japanese J-League champions Kawasaki Frontale 1-0, Chelsea now faces Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona at the Saitama Stadium in Saitama, home of the Urawa Red Diamonds. Although Ngolo Kante has returned to London to deal with his knee problems, Tammy Abrahams and Kepa Arrizabalaga have recovered from their illness and should be included in the match squad.

Barcelona is expected to play debutants Griezmann, Frankie de Jong and Neto in tomorrow’s match. For details on how to watch tomorrow’s game, click: https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2019/07/17/chelsea-s-game-against-barcelona–when–where-and-how-to-watch-l

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As we know we have had many a duel with the Spanish champions and no other sweeter match was against them in the 2012 Champions League semi-final at the Camp Nou when Fernando Torres broke the hearts of Catalonia as we won on the away goal rule.

Come on #ChelseaFC, remember it is PRESEASON!!!

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Pre-season news for Chelsea Fans in South Africa

17 Jul 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Whilst most of us are happy that our former manager left the building and our all-time goal-scoring, swashbuckling former midfield maestro Frank Lampard has been appointed as the new manager – all should be well for the coming season. While it is still early days with two matches played against Irish opposition in Ireland with a draw and a win, the feel-good factor has returned to the team as mentioned by various senior and junior team members of the current squad. We wish them well in Japan and in Germany later this month. Onward and upward!

IMG_2633Other exciting news is that Chelsea as a Football club has recognised the efforts of all supporters club globally and have introduced a new way for supporters to experience games at the Bridge through opening up membership to the club via their website and The 5th Stand App. As the executive of the Chelsea Supporters Club South Africa (CSCSA) we are encouraging all of you to register on the App by becoming a Chelsea Fan Club members, whereupon you can find the South Africa supporters page. This can only be done via the App. You will find there are several other supporters clubs from South Africa (Cape Town, Pretoria, Rustenberg, and Durban) registered – you need to choose the South Africa one! Our official club chairperson, Matt Kretzmer will be sending out an email to all known Chelsea members explaining this process. For additional information of this process, you can check out this link: (https://www.chelseafc.com/en/supporters-clubs)

Separate to this initiative, we are also once again asking our loyal club members to once again complete forms as per every year and stand a chance to win excellent prizes. The forms (online) will be made available just before the start of the 2019/2020 season. Membership will now be deemed a ‘raffle’ and will be charged at R50 that includes 1 raffle ticket and R25 for any additional ticket in their household. We will not deem this as to extended family members as we have done in the past.

If you haven’t followed us on our newest Twitter page – do so now – https://twitter.com/ChelseafcSa2

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Fans favourite son Frank Lampard becomes Chelsea’s new manager

05 Jul 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

As expected #SuperFarnkieLampard is back at Chelsea as the new manager for the next three years after a long drawn out process of appointment. Fans all over the world went gaga went the news was announced. In his first press conference as Chelsea manager on Thursday, 4 July 2019, he said: “This is the one club that made my decision to come here easy. I was playing here for 13 years, the possibility to manage this club was huge in my decision to come here.”

 

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“I am very aware of what this job entails coming here. I understand the pressure of being here. I am a realist. I know what the club wants from me coming here. I know how this club works,” he said. “We have a lot of work to prepare for this coming season,” he said. Joining Frank will be his trusted friend, and former Chelsea player and academy coach, Jody Morris, Chris Jones, former Chelsea player Eddie Newton (who assisted Roberto di Matteo in 2012/2013) and Joe Edwards. With Petr Cech already back home – this coming season would see academy and experienced players forming a new team under Lampard. “My idea is to work with the best squad and we want to play Champions League football year in and year out. We want to compete in every competition, ” he said.

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“Everybody knows I love this club,” Lampard said. My playing career is done. Coming here 19 years ago as a player was a challenge. I am really going to work very hard as a manager,” he said.

 

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Announcement of new Chelsea manager imminent

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

It’s only a matter of time, we hear when the new manager of Chelsea Football Club will be announced. Various unconfirmed sources are stating that the favourite to take up the hot seat at the Bridge would indeed be the former fan favourite, player and highest scorer of Chelsea FC, Frank Lampard.

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With pre-season about to begin, it looks like the announcement is merely hours away. Is Frank the right choice now seeing that we are indeed facing a ban that would prevent us from purchasing new players for the next two windows? Some supporters in Twitter say it is too soon, others say he is the right man for the job and the young players in the academy and those on loan will benefit from him and his coaching team.

With Petr Cech already announced to kick start this partnership, who will follow them to the Bridge? It is a no brainer that former Chelsea academy coach, player and assistant Manager to Frank at Derby, Jody Morris will join him. What just came from sources in Italian is that Zola might just stay on as one of Frank assistants, even though it has been thought he turned down an ambassadorial post for the Blues in pursuit of his own managerial career. Other names such as Claude Makelele, Michael Ballack and Didier Drogba will play some part of his backroom team this coming season. The announcement of Frank’s appointment will surely bring back the good times to the Bridge.

Any thoughts on his appointment? Is it too soon, or not? Are there any other coaches Chelsea could go for, if so, who are they?

 

 

 

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