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Hazard secures a point

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

Chelsea suffered a vital blow to their top four chances when they drew 1-1 against Wolves on Sunday at the Bridge. Chelsea held all the aces up their sleeves as they dominated the possession, shots on target and yet failed to win against a resilient Wolves team.

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The match soon took a familiar pattern, where Chelsea pushed and pushed to score whilst Wolves defended resolutely. Wolves plan was to frustrate Chelsea and hit them on the counter-attack. Their goal came in such a situation where against the run of play they pounced on the ball, sent through their striker Jimenez who scored off Azpilicueta’s legs in the 56th minute of the match. Chelsea looked dazzled by Wolves audacity to score against them. On came Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi to replace Kovacic and Pedro.

Loftus-Cheek made an immediate impact as he drove past players to create panic in Wolves penalty area only for Hazard to fluff his lines in front of goal. Chelsea was now playing a 4-3-2-1 formation for the last 20 minutes of the game. The match needed a Higuain to be at his best by hanging on the shoulder of Wolves defenders. At times he was doing this and almost scored. Just when we thought Chelsea was going to lose a vital three points up popped Hazard who received the ball from Willian and surrounded by Wolves players he scored a screamer of a shot past Rui Patricio in the 92nd minute of the match.

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Chelsea is still in 6th position, one point off Manchester United, three off Arsenal and four off Spurs with a game in hand. There are only eight matches left except for Chelsea and Brighton. Hazard indicated after the match that ‘we will need to fight until the end to make it into the top four.’

 

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FA Cup holders Chelsea welcomes Man Utd to the Bridge

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

On recent form, Chelsea is in danger of losing its grip on the FA Cup, which they won against the same opponents last season. Chelsea’s form has been dismal of late having lost against defending league champions Man City 6-0 in the league. Chelsea, however, managed to beat Swedish side, Malmo in the Europa League 2-1 last Thursday to bring about relief to under-fire head coach Maurizio Sarri.

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Will the Chelsea we know turn up tonight and defend their crown or will a resurgent United under Ole Gunner Solsjkaer prevail against us tonight? Chelsea has been United’s bogey team over the past few seasons and it is hoped this would continue tonight. Sarri needs to ensure that he wins the next few matches to remain the head coach, according to rumours. Supporters have been divided on Sarri this season – some are calling for his head, whilst others are calling for patience. Will Abramovich press the button like he has done over the last 13 years or will he grant Sarri a stay of execution? Rumours are flying as well that the next manager has already been identified, which could ensure Hazard remains at the Bridge. Come what may, the Chelsea FC board, management, fans and its players need to buckle down, remain calm and support the head coach and his vision of football.

The match tonight could be a cracker or a complete disaster and set about a chain reaction that could derail our season. Remember we are one point adrift of United in the league, still in the FA Cup, appearing in the final of the Caraboa Cup on Sunday coming and we are still in the Europa League competition. There is no crisis. We repeat there is no crisis. (had to say this out loud to convince ourselves).

We are loving the chatter and banter on Twitter and on our faebook pages (public and closed) and we encourage each other to please respect one another on these platforms, we can disagree with each other but respectfully.

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Wherever you are watching tonight’s match, enjoy it and for once come out in numbers to drown out the cocky United supporters.

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The race for the Champions League spots continues

07 Feb 2019 | Posted by: admin | Categories: news

Chelsea currently in the fourth spot with a two-point lead over fifth place Manchester United and a three-point lead over sixth-placed Arsenal head into Sunday’s game against new log leaders Manchester City hoping to remain fourth and keep the pressure on Spurs in third place and Liverpool.

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Earlier this week, Manchester City’s Guardiola (tongue-in-cheek probably) point out that if Chelsea keeps winning all their remaining games they could still be in the race to win the title this year. Higuain has joined from Juventus via AC Milan during the January transfer window and his two goals over the weekend alongside Hazard’s have given our team the impetus to push on and create a gap between those chasing us. At the moment, getting into the Champions League is a top priority for Sarri. However, if we win the Europa League then that would automatically place us in the champions league for next season, something we did in the 2013/14 season.

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After the match against Huddersfield which we won 5-0, Hazard indicated that “we are Chelsea, we can win anyone on the day” and indicated it is not impossible to beat Manchester City again. Chelsea faces the same opponents later this month in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

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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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