Reserves: Fulham 2-2 Chelsea

November 28, 2011

Reserve team football can often be uninspiring, lukewarm affairs, but a pulsating West London derby was played out on Monday night at Motspur Park as Fulham and Chelsea shared four goals in a game of two halves. First half strikes by Orlando Sá and Tom Donegan had Billy McKinlay’s team well in control but a fantastic turnaround capped by goals by Milan Lalkovic and Nathaniel Chalobah earned the Blues a…


The Loan Report: November 21-27

November 27, 2011

Defender Jeffrey Bruma and Thibaut Courtois were both amongst the headline makers this weekend in an eventful seven days on the loan front. Bruma notched his second goal of the season for HSV as Thorsten Fink’s side continued their recent good form, but it was bad news for Courtois, who was sent off early in the Madrid derby. The giant Belgian custodian went into his first career match at the…


Wolves Slaughtered At Stamford Bridge

November 27, 2011

A win, a clean sheet and three points in the bag, this sounds like the perfect recipe for a Saturday afternoon for this Chelsea team who have had a horrendous time off late, and this is what we got as Chelsea cruised to a 3-0 win over a below-par Wolves team. There was a first start for Oriol Romeu as Frank Lampard was rested, while the rest of the team…


Victory Shield Glory For Chelsea Six

November 25, 2011

England Under-16s clinched a record eleventh Sky Sports Victory Shield title in Inverness this evening with a 4-2 win over Scotland, with six young Chelsea players central to their success. Defenders Ola Aina and Aaron Hayden, midfield trio Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Connor Hunte and Charlie Colkett and striker Alex Kiwomya all featured in the home nations series and played integral parts in Kenny Swain’s team en route to glory. Loftus-Cheek, a…


Familiar Face Decisive At Stamford Bridge

November 21, 2011

The curse of Liverpool just doesn’t seem to end for the Blues as we suffered our third loss in our last four home games against the men from Merseyside. Maxi Rodriguez had given Liverpool the lead in the first half, but Chelsea came roaring at them in the beginning of the second half before a late winner from the former Chelsea man, Glen Johnson, ruined the day and brought them…


The Loan Report: November 14-20

November 20, 2011

The return of domestic action after an international fortnight was not a welcome one for many of Chelsea’s loanees, as frustrations mount on all fronts. Concerns about playing time, poor results and injuries are beginning to mount up as the season approaches the midway point and the club have some key decisions to make going forward. Needless to say, the Premier League pair of Gael Kakuta and Patrick van Aanholt…


Under-18s: Charlton Athletic 0-1 Chelsea

November 19, 2011

Chelsea Under-18s recorded a third straight win on Saturday morning by edging Charlton Athletic 1-0 in a hard-fought affair in South London. Islam Feruz’s early second half strike was enough for Adie Viveash’s boys to take all three points but they were helped by Jamal Blackman’s superb late penalty save. Having impressed so much last weekend at home to Fulham there was just one change to the starting eleven, with…


Standards of Behaviour

November 17, 2011

The furore surrounding John Terry since the Queens Park Rangers game has bought into focus a number of issues. They are, perhaps, two sides of the same coin, but they pose a number of questions. And I for one have no answers, only more questions. So, let’s play Devil’s Advocate. 1. Is He or Isn’t He? or “No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.” (Abraham Lincoln) Amidst…


Reserves Impress In Leeds Friendly

November 15, 2011

Chelsea’s Reserve team this afternoon took on a Leeds United team featuring many first team squad players and impressed despite eventually losing 2-1. With no competitive league fixture on the schedule, Dermot Drummy took his charges north to take on Simon Grayson’s outfit, with the hosts keen to give opportunities to some of the more senior players who have been unable to earn playing time this season. The Blues therefore…


Under-18s: Chelsea 4-2 Fulham

November 12, 2011

Chelsea’s Under-18s recorded back to back wins for the first time this season after beating Fulham 4-2 on Saturday morning. First half goals from John Swift and Lewis Baker were cancelled out by a double from former academy winger Mesca, but an Alex Kiwomya brace proved enough to secure three points in a fixture which also saw a competitive debut for Lucas Piazon. The 17 year-old Brazilian has been in…