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Unbeaten run continues with Sarri at the helm

31 Oct 2018 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Chelsea continued their unbeaten run in the league with 7 wins and three draws by beating Burnley 4-0 on Sunday. Ross Barkley’s 3 goals in three matches has equalled Derby County’s current Manager and former Chelsea player Frank Lampard. Loftus-Cheek also capped a fantastic week with another goal and 4 goals in two matches. Morata and Willian were the other goal scorers on the day.

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Former Captain John Terry retires from club football

13 Oct 2018 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

John Terry finally retired from competitive football this week as he thanked his family, coaches, teammates, and fans for their support over the last two decades. He was truly one of us…we shall miss him on the field, our captain fantastic.

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John Terry will be remembered for his bravery on and off the field. As a captain, a fearless defender alongside so many greats at Chelsea, he was perhaps the greatest of them all. His awareness of danger in his own penalty box was unparalleled where he put his body (and head) on the line. Who can forget the cup final against Arsenal when he was knocked out cold for a few minutes, yet he first made sure the ball never went in his goal. And his love for scoring goals in the opposite end. He had a knack for scoring goals from set pieces. He was a fierce competitor, a leader, a giant and someone the team could depend on.  From winning 15 titles in 22 years to slipping and failing to score in a penalty shoot-out in the 2008 Champions League final against Man Utd in Moscow to lifting the same trophy alongside Frankie Lampard four years later against Bayern Munich in 2012.

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He led our beloved Chelsea to five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, and both the Champions League and Europa League. During this time he played 78 times for England and 34 of those as the captain during a nine-year spell. He has played for Aston Villa in the English Championship during the 2017/2018 season and is now also their newly appointed assistant Manager.

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Chelsea Supporters Club South Africa calls an AGM

03 Oct 2018 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, 20 August 2018, at the Keg & Filly Pub, Sunninghill, Johannesburg. The planned AGM will take place at 14h15, before our match against Manchester United.

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As per all the years since 1994, we will vote in a chairperson, secretary, treasurer, and a few additional members. The names up for re-election are Matthew Kretzmer (Chairperson), Danny Datnow (Secretary), Roger King (Treasurer), Lynne Seethal (Additional Member and Public Relations).

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Any other nominations for office bearers for the club should be addressed to the club chairperson (Matthew Kretzmer – mpk@worldonline.co.za) before the date of the meeting.

 

 

 

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Chelsea still getting to grip with Sarriball

03 Oct 2018 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Chelsea showed with a win and a draw against Liverpool in 3 days that they can still mix it with the so-called “big” boys after finishing fifth in the league last season.

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A win in the Caraboa Cup 2-1 and a 1-1 draw against Liverpool just highlighted how much the players have responded to the new coach. No other player than Hazard, who has scored 7 goals so far this season in all competitions, has been prolific in front of goal. He has been set a target of 40 goals this season, with his current form he might be far off come end of the season.

On Thursday evening we play Videoton in our second group L Europa League match at the Bridge. It is hoped that Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi might play and give Hazard a rest.

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Chelsea lies 2 points off the top of the league with 17 points and in third place. They face former Blues favourite Frank Lampard’s side, Derby in the fourth round of the Caraboa Cup at the end of October. What a homecoming that will be as Lamps’ side beat Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side on penalties.  Will Chelsea allow loan players Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori to play against them in the Carabao Cup? [EFL regulation does permit this if an agreement in writing is made between the two clubs.]

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Sarriball takes us top of the league

16 Sep 2018 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Eden Hazard, the Belgian skipper, continued his hot streak as he struck a fabulous hattrick against Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon. This brings his goal tally in the league to 5 goals, and 2 goals for Belgium so far this season. Saturday’s display was vintage Hazard, he was menacing, clinical and ran the match like a thoroughbred.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: 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: 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’s other goal came courtesy of a brilliant individual strike by substitute Willian. It was a thunderous strike well worth the admission price. However, Cardiff did not sit back and invite the pressure, they came to play and stunned the Bridge when they scored first against the run of play. Their goal made the Bridge faithful restless and Sarri walk up and down his area. But it was the mercurial Hazard who latched onto a ball from Giroud who started the match to score. And just before halftime Hazard popped again inside Cardiff’s penalty area after again receiving a toe poke from Giroud to put it into the net. Chelsea was rocking, the Bridge held a collective sigh for the score, 2-1 up.

The second half saw Chelsea preserve their lead by keeping the ball and Cardiff trying to nick a goal. Willian came on and ran onto a ball into their penalty area where he was tackled by Cardiff goal score Bamba. Hazard coolly slotted the penalty, 3-1 and his second hattrick for Chelsea. Willian completed the rout a few minutes later when he made it 4-1. With that goal, Chelsea moved to the top of the league on goal difference and with the same points as Liverpool. Hazard has labeled Giroud the world’s best target man to play with at the moment. A glowing endorsement indeed for Giroud from a world class player, who seems to like he can score at any moment in the match.

 

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)

When Sarri was asked about Hazard’s play he indicated that he always knew he was one of the best but he now has seen him and he will become the best. And he has indicated that Hazard needs to remain within the opposition’s half at all times to receive the ball in order to score 30-40 goals a season. Ominous signs for all opposition teams when Hazard and Chelsea get in their stride.

Chelsea faces POAK in Greece on Thursday in a Europa League Group L match.

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