• The Loan Report: Season Review
  • Academy Season Review: Development Squad Ups and Downs
  • Academy Season Review: Record-Breaking Under-18s
  • The Loan Report: May 14-20
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The Loan Report: August 23-29

With the loan contingent reaching double figures this week, the loan report will suddenly become a lot longer. With that in mind, let’s dive straight in. The story of the week was undoubtedly a trio of Blues youngsters joining Vitesse Arnhem in Holland under a relationship forged between the two clubs as a result of friendly relations between Roman Abramovich and new Vitesse owner Merab Jordania. Nemanja Matic, Slobodan Rajkovic…

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Playstation Unplugged But Blues Still Game

In watching Chelsea defeat Stoke 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, Blues supporters were left pondering something. Had normal service resumed, or was this a blip in Carlo Ancelotti’s ‘playstation football’? After notching 21 goals in their three previous outings at home, expectations were high, but those who chose to temper them with more realistic goals will have come away with a feeling of satisfaction. For whilst Thomas Sorensen’s…

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Stoked Up For Another Six?

Let’s get one thing out of the way early. Chelsea aren’t going to score six again tomorrow. It can’t happen. Can it? Ahead of the Blues’ second home game of the season, the talk of the town has been just how many Carlo Ancelotti’s boys are going to pot against Stoke City. Not helped by the seven they notched against Tony Pulis’ side last April, and the Potters’ poor start…

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The Road To Wembley Starts Here

Far be it from us to be presumptuous, but Chelsea and Wembley have been seen together more times in recent years than many celebrity couples. It’s almost become something of a second home, which bodes well going into the coming season. The 2010/11 Champions League Final takes place in HA9 next May, and the road there started in earnest this afternoon with a typically laborious Group Stage Draw. Carlo Ancelotti’s…

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Blues Trio Set To Go Dutch

Reports emerging from the Netherlands this lunchtime have three of Chelsea’s young players heading to Vitesse Arnhem for season-long loan spells. Nemanja Matic, Slobodan Rajkovic and Matej Delač are all in Arnhem ahead of confirming the deals, potentially as early as this afternoon. The Serbian duo have been in training with the rest of the squad this morning whilst the young Croatian goalkeeper Delač has been undergoing a series of…

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Reserves: Chelsea 1-1 Everton

Chelsea’s Reserves learned an important lesson on Monday evening at Stamford Bridge. A lesson, in fact, they could do well to take from the first team they’re aspiring to join: when you’re on top, be ruthless. One of the finest 45-minute performances you’re likely to see anywhere opened the campaign in front of a lively crowd but the young Blues went into the break with just a Fabio Borini goal…

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The Loan Report: August 16-22

With the season still only three weeks old, the loan report remains in its infancy, both in terms of the season overall, and the number of players being reported on. As you will read below, however, that is very much subject to change. Before discussing potential moves though, let’s focus on those who have played. With no midweek action to speak of, we dive straight into this weekend’s action, which…

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Carlo’s Chelsea So Sixy

Two games, two six nil victories.  This has not been the start to the season many of us foresaw after our poor pre-season, yet here we sit just over two weeks into the new campaign with a 100% record, and a goal difference of +12 already. Ok so our opponents haven’t provided the sternest of testa so far but as the old adage goes, you can only beat what’s in front…

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Reserves Set To Kick Off Season

One never knows quite what to expect from a reserve campaign, but typically it’s not a great deal. 2010-11 will see a new structure in place, but even before things get underway, you get the impression it’s a bit like the emperor’s new clothes. Promises have been made, but in all probability, nothing will have changed and frustrations will grow at a system which is not conducive to developing young…

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Carlo Warns Of Wounded Wigan

So put your hands up if you were concerned before last weekends match against West Brom? Us too, however with that potential banana skin successfully traversed, today’s match seems much more of a formality, and that is why we must be careful. Complacency can be this teams greatest threat as we make the trip North to face Martinez’s Lactics, fresh from our 6-0 win over West Brom and with their…

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