Blues Batter Bottom Boys

March 25, 2010

Chelsea moved to within a point of Manchester United at the top of table after an impressive 5-0 drubbing of bottom of the table Portsmouth. Daniel Sturridge came in and replaced the out of form Nicolas Anelka in the side, which also included Petr Cech for the first time since the defeat in Italy, as well as Ricardo Carvalho who’d also been out through injury. Deco was handed his first…


Blues Fratton Bound

March 24, 2010

Chelsea travel Fratton Park, where former manager Avram Grant is in charge of the debt ridden, relegation threatened Portsmouth. The FA has docked the South Coast club nine points for going into administration, leaving them with virtually no chance of staying in the Premier League beyond this season. John Terry will match Chopper Harris’ benchmark of 324 appearances as Chelsea captain, having first led Chelsea out on December 5, 2001…


Out Of Our Hands

March 22, 2010

A disappointing week for Chelsea has ended with points dropped at Ewood Park. Despite taking an early lead, the Blues could only draw 1-1 with Blackburn Rovers. Petr Cech hadn’t recovered in time, so Ross Turnbull started his third consecutive game in goal. Yuri Zhirkov was only on the bench with Paulo Ferreira at left back, whilst Salomon Kalou came in for Michael Ballack. Chelsea took the lead in the…


Make Mine A Double

March 20, 2010

With aspirations for the Uefa Champions League once again filed away (in a somewhat burgeoning file our sources tell us) under ‘how could that not be a penalty’, Carlo Ancelotti now focusses efforts on a domestic Premier League and FA Cup double, the like of which has never been seen at Stamford Bridge. That’s what you need to think about when you ponder how doable that little gem is, before…


Spotlight: Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris

March 18, 2010

It was in February 1962 that Ronald Edward Harris made his first team debut in a 1-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday. He went on to make a further 654 league appearances for Chelsea, cementing his place as a legend of the football club and becoming renowned as one of the toughest defenders of his era. “Chopper” was part of the Chelsea side that won the FA Youth Cup in 1961….


Out Of Europe, Out Of Ideas

March 17, 2010

Chelsea limply departed European competition last night, knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Jose Mourinho’s well drilled and tactically excellent Internazionale side, who won 1-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate. Yuri Zhirkov came into the side at left back, whilst a fit again Ricardo Carvalho was only on the bench with Alex preferred. Ross Turnbull was between the sticks in the continued absence of Cech and…


The Ego Monster Rumbles On

March 16, 2010

So the special one returns to Stamford Bridge this evening, with fresh digs at Chelsea about how he wins the important games and Chelsea [since his departure] wins something. Nice, okay, but not everybody has been upended by the bluster and forgotten that we didn’t actually win the Champions League under Jose. We often played appallingly in the group stages, particularly away from home, and came closer under the match…


Wet Sham Hammered

March 15, 2010

Chelsea were briefly top of the Premier League once more on Saturday as they defeated West Ham United 4-1 at Stamford Bridge. In the ideal warm up for Internazionale on Tuesday, Didier Drogba scored twice, whilst Alex and man of the match Florent Malouda also got one each. Ross Turnbull made his league debut in goal after the injuries to Hilario and Cech, but wasn’t really tested throughout the 90…


Zola Returns To The Bridge

March 13, 2010

Chelsea host local rivals West Ham United in the third of four consecutive home games, looking to re-establish themselves at the top of the English Premier League. Always a highlight of the season, this fixture has taken on an added romanticism in recent times with the mercurial Gianfranco Zola taking over the reigns at Upton Park with Steve Clarke as his assistant. Chelsea have injury problems that will affect not…


Wembley Bound Once More

March 8, 2010

Chelsea advanced to the FA Cup semi finals with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Stoke City at Stamford Bridge. John Terry scored one and created one as the Blues cruised into the last four, looking to defend the trophy won under Guus Hiddink at the end of last season. Former Chelsea favourite Robert Huth was wearing the captain’s armband for Stoke City and nearly created the opening goal. The German…