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Chelsea hopes to put pressure on Spurs at Arsenal tonight

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

Chelsea knows winning tonight at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal will put some distance between them and keep up the pressure on a Harry Kane-less Spurs for the third spot.

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At yesterday’s press conference Sarri indicated that “one has to kill the match and then manage the match”, something Chelsea have had some difficulty in the past. In most of our matches, we should have won easily yet taking our feet off the pedal has allowed lesser teams to beat us or scare us. At the same fixture earlier this season Chelsea carved open Arsenal at the Bridge only to allow two simple goals and with it, we looked vulnerable and beatable. It was only a last gasp goal by Alonso that clinched the match on our favour 3-2.

The team tactics must change tonight as we did against Manchester City. We have to come out with intent, with “woema” and with “gees” or we might find a resurgent Gooners coming at us. Will Sarri start with Hazard as a false nine again, or will Morata or Giroud start up front with Willian/Hazard or Hudson-Odoi? Will Kante play closer to Jorginho or further up front supporting Hudson-Odoi?

chelseatogetherChelsea Supporters Club South Africa (CSCSA) is in full support of the #ChelseaTogether global campaign against racism and intolerance at our matches, at our supporters clubs and venues where we watch our matches. An official tweet from @ChelseaFC praised the initiative and said: “We wholeheartedly welcome the #ChelseaTogether initiative from Chelsea supporters which is further evidence that the vast majority of Chelsea fans want to see all forms of discrimination kicked out of the game, wherever they may occur.”

 

 

 

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Chelsea hosts Newcastle United on Saturday evening

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

Chelsea will resume their Premier League conquests on Saturday evening against Newcastle United in a push to secure a top-four place and stay within the Champions League qualifying points.

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Chelsea beat Newcastle last season at the Bridge (2-1) and lost at Tyneside 0-3. Chelsea will remain 4th even if they win or draw and Newcastle who occupies 15th place before the match might move up or lose a place. Chelsea trail Spurs by four points and is three points ahead of Arsenal with a superior goal difference. With their improved showing against Spurs, it is hoped that Chelsea can kickstart their campaign in the second half of the season. Chelsea is also a mere six points behind defending champions Man City and a massive 11 points behind log leaders Liverpool.

What is your prediction for the match on Saturday evening? Will Sarri, who celebrated his 60th birthday on Thursday, pick Callum Hudson-Odoi again? Will he start Morata, Giroud or Hazard upfront and will we finally see the energetic Sarriball in action?

Wherever, you will be watching the match, send us pictures and tweets via our social media platforms @ChelseaFC_SA or email us your pictures to: info@chelseafc.co.za

Enjoy the match!!!

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Controversial VAR decision deflates Chelsea

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

Chelsea was unlucky last night after VAR controversially gifted Spurs a penalty when other television angles clearly showed Harry Kane being offside. However, apart from the end result, it was an encouraging showing of Chelsea’s resolve last night as they vanquished the 3-1 loss against the same opponents in November at the same venue.

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This time Chelsea showed their progress, their resolve and their self-belief against a team who has been steady and ruthless at home. Collectively as a whole, Chelsea played better than their opponents who were deadset on counter-attack football. Chelsea’s attacking trio which featured crowd favourite, 18-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi alongside Willian and Hazard were outstanding. Kante is clearly growing into his new position and Jorginho had the better of Ali and Erikson. The goal came after Harry Kane seemingly beat the offside trap and ran into the penalty area where Kepa brought him down. The referee consulted with VAR and Kane was ruled to be on-side firstly and secondly, the penalty was given and Kepa received a yellow card. Protests from Chelsea players did not distract Kane from dispatching the ball into the net. The score was 1-0 just before half-time.

Chelsea came out into the second half playing the more aggressive football. It was attack-after-attack the entire 45 minutes of the second half. Hudson-Odoi, Kante, Hazard and Barkley had several attempts at the goal. This was a different Chelsea than the team that played in November. Sarri labelled the match as akin to that of playing in the Champions League. For the Chelsea players, this augered well as they showed their pedigree. Spurs couldn’t get a hold of the ball and if they did the Chelsea players swarmed all over them. They hunted in packs, held a high line and harassed Spurs players with the ball. It was excellent to watch and hopefully this would become the blueprint going forward for the rest of the season.

What was clear, Hazard does not like the false nine position (striker) and he clearly wants a focal point for him to work in tandem with. This was not possible for Chelsea as Morata was ruled injured due to a hamstring pull and Giroud was not a 100% fit but he was on the bench. Pedro replaced Willian, Kavocic replaced Barkley and Giroud replaced Hudson-Odoi and although the replacements were lively, they could affect the match. Chelsea would be upset for not scoring but would take the positives from the match in that they completely overran Spurs.

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By the time the second-leg starts Chelsea should have brought in new players during the January transfer window. Will Chelsea, in this mood, overcome the 1-0 deficit at the Bridge? Will they finally play that one perfect match that the Bridge faithful craves? Will Hazard, Morata/Giroud, Hudson-Odoi finally click and get Sarri closer to winning his first major trophy. Time will tell. Come on you Blues!!!

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London Derby in Carabao Cup semi’s at Wembley

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

Chelsea takes on underachieving north London neighbours Tottenham Hotspurs at Wembley tonight in first-leg semi-finals in what should a fiercely fought derby match. Chelsea’s unbeaten run in the Premiership was halted by tonight’s opponents a demoralising 1-3 defeat and it set off a run of bad matches for us. There is always been a light under the tunnel when we played Spurs at White Hart Lane, aptly called 3-point-lane by the Chelsea faithful.

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Sarri’s warriors need to be quick, brutal and clinical in front of goal to wipe the smirk off Spurs supporters. We need this win and even the trophy. Tonight the real Chelsea need to make its appearance, one that knows how to beat teams even when you are low in confidence.

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Happy New Year everyone

01 Jan 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

 

cfc2019We want to wish all our fellow supporters and club members a prosperous, happy and fulfilling year ahead. We trust you have signed up for membership and that you are happy in the way we report on our matches on our various online platforms.

We also wish our team every success in the Europa League, the EPL, the FA Cup and Carabao Cup over the next few months. Enjoy Wednesday evening’s match against Southampton at the Bridge.

 

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