• The Loan Report: December 3-9
  • Under-18s: Manchester United 3-0 Chelsea
  • Development Squad: Chelsea 3-2 West Ham United
  • Development Squad: Chelsea 2-1 Wimbledon
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Robbed By The Scousers

After all the hysteria during the week and the craziness of Saturday, it was time for the big showdown between Chelsea and Liverpool in a match which was built up as showdown between Fernando Torres and his former team, but turned out to be a rather drab affair in which Liverpool came out as winners. Carlo Ancelotti gave debut to his new record signing, Fernando Torres, who replaced Salomon Kalou…

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The Loan Report: February 1-6

So, as it turns out, goals are like buses. You go through the entire season to date with a handful of efforts converted by Jack Cork and Nemanja Matic, and then within the space of a week a flurry arrive all at once. This week’s loan round-up sees four goals scored by Chelsea’s youngsters, with others coming close to adding their names to the list in what has been a…

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Plenty of Options – Trouble or Blessing?

No world class manager could ask for more than a deadly trio of the strikers in same team and at his disposal. Having signed Fernando Torres on the last day of the transfer window, Chelsea now have proved quality of attacking threat in the name of Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and now Torres too. Signing such lethal striker and fitting them in your team formation are two different things altogether,…

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The Harding Perspective: Liverpool

With Monday’s monumental events still burning (literally, in Torres shirts) across Merseyside, the usual fiery encounter with the Red side of Liverpool has accrued another level of animosity. Pundits, journalists and ex-players of a Red disposition have all toed the party line espoused by “King” Kenny: Torres is finished. While this article serves to preview matches without indulging in the tittle tattle that pervades much of the written press, I…

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Under-18s: Chelsea 3-0 Portsmouth

2010-11 hasn’t been the best of seasons for both Chelsea and Portsmouth as far as academy league results have been concerned. The two lowest placed clubs in Group A met on Saturday morning at Cobham, with Chelsea coming out on top with a 3-0 victory courtesy of goals from Walter Figueira, Bobby Devyne, and Danny Stenning. Figueira kept his place after scoring the winner in stoppage time last week against…

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Not To Fear – Financial Fair Play Is Here

Financial Fair Play (FFP) – the three words that used to send shivers down my spine, when I first found out about the UEFA proposals to put an end to loss-making football clubs. Yet surprisingly, Roman Abramovich was reportedly one of the biggest backers of FFP and UEFA initiatives. The English media put 2 and 2 together and got 5, claiming the main man was no longer interested in backing…

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Sam Hutchinson: A Talented Man

Many Chelsea fans will be aware that young defender Sam Hutchinson was forced into a premature retirement last summer. After struggling with severe pain in both knees for years, Hutchinson felt that the time had come to call a day on his playing career and to focus his attentions elsewhere going forward. And whilst he is no longer playing in a blue shirt, Sam has shown in the immediate months…

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The Four Horsemen Of The Fixture Apocalypse

Well, it’s been a reasonably pleasant season thus far. Now the “difficult moment” is behind us, it looked like we were about to make progress on all fronts. However, events of the last 7 days, some of which were beyond our control, have unleashed a near perfect storm of fixture congestion, one might even refer to them as The Four Horsemen of the Fixture List Apocalypse. Weather Whilst the decision…

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Reserves: Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal

In the end, everything ended all square. After three meetings in thirteen days, Chelsea and Arsenal shared the spoils of their mini series, each notching one win apiece before this afternoon’s entertaining draw at an overcast Cobham. A first half goal from Rhys Murphy had given Arsenal a lead very much against the run of play, but the Blues turned it around in the second half with strikes from Conor…

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A Nice Headache To Have

As good as it is to sign a player like Fernando Torres, it’s made me question that just how is Ancelotti going to adapt his team to play with Torres, Malouda, Drogba and Anelka up front? A change back to 4-4-2 with a diamond midfield? A switch to a traditional 4-4-2? Personally I don’t think these suits Chelsea style of play, and as a team we play best in the…

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