Everything But The Goal

August 14, 2011

The start of a season that heralded a new beginning, and a break from the old, turned out initially to be much the same as last season. A familiar line up read; Cech, Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Mikel, Lampard; Kalou, Torres, Malouda – eight of whom started the final match of last season, with Kalou making a substitute appearance in that match too. Yet to focus only on the…


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,…


Playstation Unplugged But Blues Still Game

August 29, 2010

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…


Stoked Up For Another Six?

August 27, 2010

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…


Sexy Seven Up

April 26, 2010

Hands up who expected that one then? If you’re still sat there as normal, then I expect you’ll be like the majority of supporters who, before the game, saw this as a potential banana skin. With the long throws of Rory Delap renowned for causing unease in opposition penalty areas, and our not so good record of conceding far too many from set plays this season, the outcome of this…


Stoked Up

April 25, 2010

Chelsea take on Stoke City today in what could be a pivotal match in the outcome of the Premier League this season. With Manchester United beating Tottenham yesterday afternoon, Chelsea now find themselves two points behind the league leaders albeit with this afternoon’s game in hand. With John Terry suspended due to his sending off against Spurs, the returning Ivanovic should partner Alex in the center of defence, with Ferreira…


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…


No Stoke Without Fire

March 6, 2010

Hands up who would rather have played Manchester City this weekend? Just me I expect. With hindsight, I’m guessing most people would rather see Stoke at the Bridge this weekend after the battering we got from City. My main reason for not wanting to see Stoke at the Bridge this weekend, though, was fear of a battering of a different sort. That said, it’s hard to imagine any more injury…