The Games That Win You Titles

May 9, 2011

The night after the day before and it’s all still a bit too much to take. Having clawed back from so far behind, to get within touching distance of retaining the title and then lose it in just 45 minutes of football has left many of us feeling deflated. In March we were wondering if we’d even make fourth place, so credit where it’s due to Carlo and the lads….


And Now You’re Gunner Believe Us

May 1, 2011

Many said it couldn’t be done, the table now shows that it’s entirely possible. This has been the season of shocks, and none will be more so than if Chelsea take the charge and win the Premier League this season. Out of the blocks like a whippet, and striding into the lead until a November slump became a December disaster, and we were hoping, if not praying we could hold…


Has Torres Scored For Chelsea?

April 23, 2011

Yes, yes he has. The Spaniard’s first goal in Chelsea blue kicked off wild celebrations at Stamford Bridge as it put the seal on three hard-earned points against West Ham in conditions which at times bordered on the absurd. Frank Lampard’s first half opener had given the Blues a deserved lead but the visitors proved tenacious and wouldn’t go down without a fight. Torres’ left-footed finish put daylight between the…


Everything’s Going To Be Alright

April 13, 2011

A day which was suppose to define our season, a day on which we were suppose to forget all the shambles of the previous months, a day which in the end turned out to be another ignominious European night as we failed to overcome a one goal deficit from the first leg at Stamford Bridge. Javier Hernandez gave Manchester United the lead just before the end of the first half,…


The Harding Perspective: The United Blueprint

April 10, 2011

A little departure from the normal Harding Perspective today, taking a firm look at what went wrong in the first leg and how we can rectify these issues for the return leg on Tuesday. Firstly, we should not kid ourselves at the difficulty of the job at hand. Given the level of the performance required against United on Tuesday, the warm-up against Wigan hardly served as perfect preparation. An outing…


Hard Work On A Sunny Day

April 10, 2011

Chelsea prepared for their crunch match in Europe with a rather lacklustre win over Wigan Athletic. A second-half Florent Malouda goal proved to be enough to secure all three points and thereby maintaining hopes of overcoming Arsenal in the coming weeks. With a big match coming up in a few days, Carlo Ancelotti understandably rotated his side around and rested some of the key individuals. Frank Lampard, fresh from making his…


Defeat Leaves Season In The Balance

April 7, 2011

As expected, no team came out of the game and say that they were the head and shoulders ahead of the other. Chelsea started in a slow, sluggish manner and were hit hard when Wayne Rooney gave United the lead in the first half, founding it hard to get that elusive equaliser for the rest of the game. Carlo Ancelotti earlier said in his press conference that he has decided…


Title Hopes Fade After Stoke Draw

April 3, 2011

A spirited Stoke side brought to halt the Chelsea revival, as an impressive first half showing was followed by an abject second half performance which made us work hard to earn a point from the game. Jon Walters had given Stoke City the lead inside the first 10 minutes, but a Didier Drogba strike, his first in almost two months, levelled things up. Chelsea started with their standard 4-4-2 formation,…


Boys From Brazil Send City Packing

March 21, 2011

Chelsea took another step forwards in their collective rehabilitation of the seasons fortunes against Manchester City in the Premier League today, but it was the boys from Brazil, via Benfica, who were the stars of the show. Chelsea lined up in their now almost standard 4-4-2 formation with Torres and Kalou leading the line, supported by a flat four of Ramires, Essien, Lampard and Malouda, whilst Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz and…


The Harding Perspective: Manchester City

March 18, 2011

Sunday’s outing against Manchester City will prove pivotal in the fate of both sides come the end of the season. For City it is a chance to place some distance between them and the chasing pack; for Chelsea, a win puts them above City with a game in hand to play. While every game from now until the end of the season is labelled a must-win, a draw may not…