Travels with The Chels – Inter Milan

February 15, 2012

Apologies for the hiatus in our perambulations across Europe, whilst we’ve been diverted by weightier matters closer to home.  But with the Champions League winter break almost behind us, and a trip to Napoli heaving into view, it’s time to re-visit la bella Italia. With The Special One having joined Internationale following his departure from the Bridge, it was inevitable that we’d meet him in the Champions League, and when…


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…


Advantage Inter

February 25, 2010

Internazionale will travel to Stamford Bridge in just under three weeks with a 2-1 lead to preserve, having defeated Chelsea at the San Siro. Diego Milito and Esteban Cambiasso scored for Jose Mourinho’s side, whilst Salomon Kalou scored for Chelsea. The Blues also lost Petr Cech to a serious looking injury in the second half. Florent Malouda was preferred to Juliano Belletti at left back for Chelsea, which mean that…


Inter Battle We Go

February 24, 2010

The last 16 of the UEFA Champions League has thrown up an all star clash with Chelsea drawn against Italian giants Internazionale. More obviously, Carlo Ancelotti, formerly of AC Milan, clashes with former Chelsea coach and favourite, Jose Mourinho in one of the most eagerly anticipated matches in years. The San Siro is the venue for the first leg. The war of words has started, with Mourinho commenting that the…