• Development Squad: Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United
  • The Loan Report: September 11-17
  • Previewing Chelsea’s Return To The UEFA Youth League
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Blues Beefed Up For Hamburg

In a few hours Chelsea will kick off their fourth and final pre-season match against Hamburg in the Volksparkstadion, Germany. After a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Frankfurt on Sunday, Ancelotti will be looking for a better display from his team as part of the preparation for the Community Shield match with United this coming weekend. With all the players back from the World Cup now, and only a few notable…

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What Can Oxford Expect from Daniel Philliskirk?

So the 2010/11 loan exodus begins. After seventeen different players embarked on nineteen separate loan spells last season, Daniel Philliskirk became the second of an expected many (following Rhys Taylor) to find a new temporary home for the new campaign. The midfielder will join up with Oxford United this week and spend a month on loan at the Kassam Stadium; a deal which will likely be extended should he impress….

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Hilario Howlers Hinder Chelsea

The goalkeeping situation at Chelsea warrants further scrutiny after a string of mistakes by Hilario against Frankfurst, followed a weak display by Turnbull against Ajax. With many of the bigger name players returning from the World Cup, it was nice to see such luminary players as Lampard, Terry, Anelka and Malouda return to the starting line-up. Many players were still clearly rusty, but it was Hilario who took centre stage…

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Big Guns Back For Frankfurt

In a little over three hours, Chelsea will kick off the next stage of their pre-season schedule away to Eintracht Frankfurt. The squad flew out earlier this week, however is still without Frank Lampard, and Daniel Sturridge. Sturridge stayed back for treatment to a minor ankle injury, with Frank sidelined by a virus. Gael Kakuta, back from his exploits at the U19 Euros, will also join up with the squad…

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Junior Blues Win Milk Cup

It’s been a good twelve months for the Chelsea academy. Age groups from 12 upwards have taken part in various tournaments, both in the UK and abroad, and have come away with four trophies, headlined by April’s FA Youth Cup at Under-18 level. On Friday, the Under-15 team added a fifth cup to the cabinet as they sealed the Junior section of the 2010 Milk Cup. The prestigious tournament, now…

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Reserves: Wycombe Wanderers 5-1 Chelsea

Chelsea’s second reserve outing of the summer finished the same way as the first, with another defeat, this time inflicted by Wycombe Wanderers. A late hat-trick from Jon-Paul Pittman put a heavy dent in the scoreline which didn’t truly reflect the way the match had gone for the most part. Steve Holland’s side stepped up their level of competition after meeting Conference Premier side Crawley Town last weekend, and the…

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Fooled By Football’s Imposters

Making his writing debut for TheChels.net, son of Chelsea legend Alan Hudson and MLS coach with a growing reputation in his own right; Anthony Hudson. It’s very evident to the world and certainly to the people in America that the game of soccer is growing at such a tremendous pace. It is fantastic to see this amount of kids playing the game; more and more interest from the ‘other’ bigger…

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The Future Is Blue S-Z

Here we go with the final part of my alphabetical preview of the 2010-11 season. S Statistics. We broke the 100 goal mark for the first time in Premiership history. We scored 103, which averages to more than 2.7 goals a game. In fact, prior to the Wigan game we had scored 95 goals, which is precisely 2.5 goals a game. Away from home we scored close on two a…

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Kakuta Helps France Into Euro Final

We started with five, and we’re now down to one. Gael Kakuta will be Chelsea’s sole representative in Friday’s UEFA European Under-19 Championships Final against Spain after another dazzling display against Croatia. The 19 year-old scored the equaliser, beating future team-mate Matej Delač in the process, and sending him packing along with Jacob Mellis, who, like England, exited the competition in a rather meek fashion earlier in the day. Mellis…

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The Future Is Blue I-R

Following part one of my alphabetical preview of the 2010-11 season, here we go with part two! I Ivanovic. He impressed me so much last season. Gets tackled: gets on with it. Gets fouled: gets on with it. Gets battered, and where most other players would have gone off he just shakes his head… and gets on with it. Ivanovic is as hard as nails and never retaliates. Awesome! Look…

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