Freezing weather, pouring rain, unbelievably enthusiastic home crowd, good times! It was a quick return to action in the Premier League. Chelsea played Huddersfield Town in their second away game in four days.
Chelsea had lost their last game against West Ham United. They started too slowly, the opposition scored and for the first time in the league since October, they couldn’t find their way back into the game. West Ham had ended an unbeaten run in which Chelsea had banked 19 of 21 available points.
Fortunately for Chelsea though, the teams around them weren’t able to take advantage. Manchester United lost their derby, Liverpool drew theirs, and Arsenal were held by Southampton.
Despite recent losses to Everton, Arsenal and Manchester City, Huddersfield were enjoying a pretty good start to their Premier League season. The two-nil win v Brighton in their last game had lifted them to twelfth place in the league, level on points with Southampton. […]
By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) John Smith’s Stadium/December 12, 2017 Antonio Conte and his team will surely be ruing the missed points at the London Stadium on Saturday after Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool all dropped points on Sunday. Had we won against the Hammers on Saturday, we’d have been on the same points […]
The final score was a fair reflection of the game. West Ham had a full week’s rest while Chelsea played a big game midweek, and it showed – the Hammers were buzzing like killer bees from the opening whistle. Chelsea may have tried nineteen shots to West Ham’s five, but both sides had just two shots on target each.
Perhaps Chelsea could have done with two strikers in the second half, as they were chasing the game. Maybe Michy Batshuayi might have worked West Ham’s defenders a bit more than Pedro. Maybe Chelsea’s midfield and attack overplayed it a little bit, passing up simple opportunities to shoot the ball. And maybe all their players need extensive finishing practice.
Whatever the root causes West Ham defended magnificently today, and outworked their opponents at the other end. They were the better side this game, credit to them. And Chelsea… well, they gave another struggling side a reprieve. As is their wont. […]
By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) London Stadium/December 9, 2017 Antonio Conte takes his team to the London Stadium on Saturday lunch time for another Premier League fixture as the December fixture congestion continues. David Moyes is still waiting for his first win as West Ham manager since taking over from Slaven Bilic about […]
Last chance Tuesday in UEFA Champions League Group C. Last chance for Atletico de Madrid to avoid joining Arsenal in Europe’s second tier. Last chance for AS Roma to claim top spot in one of this season’s toughest CL groups. Last chance for Chelsea to duck a January clash with Barcelona or PSG in the first knockout stage.
All three clubs needed a win to secure their objective, but Roma were the most likely to get that result in their home game v FK Qarabag.
Yes, Chelsea had beaten Atletico the last time these two teams met. But after a difficult run of seven low-scoring draws in nine games, including two shock draws with Qarabag, Atletico had rediscovered their touch in front of goal. They’d now scored twelve goals and conceded only one in four consecutive wins against Roma, Levante, Elche and Real Sociedad.
Chelsea had experienced troubles too, but they were back in form now with five wins from six games since the start of November, fourteen goals scored and only two conceded. This was going to be a quality game between two great football clubs. […]
By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Stamford Bridge/December 5, 2017 It’s hard to know how Antonio Conte approaches this game with Atletico Madrid still in with a chance at qualification even if it’s a tall order. Conte has stated countless times that he doesn’t get to sleep whenever Chelsea end up losing a game so losing […]
It was matchday 15 of the 2017 season. Ex-Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United were in London for the first league game of the weekend, against his former club.
November had turned to December, and as Chelsea’s players returned from injury, and Antonio Conte settled on his favoured shape and starting line-up, his team’s defensive inconsistencies were fading into memory.
Newcastle’s recent form was relatively similar to that of the last visitors to Stamford Bridge, Swansea City. They had four losses and one draw from their last five games – but they sat twelfth, much higher up the league table than the eighteenth placed Welsh side.
Chelsea were in third, with four wins and one draw from their last five league games. They had a chance today to draw level on points with second placed Manchester United – if they could take all three points today. […]
By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Stamford Bridge/December 2, 2017 The 1-0 score line against Swansea City on Wednesday night didn’t actually paint the picture of our absolute dominance of the game, but on a night when all of our closest rivals won it doesn’t matter how we do it at the end as long […]
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