In tonight’s program notes, Roman Abramovich invited Chelsea fans to join him in taking a stand for inclusion and diversity, and saying no to Anti-Semitism. Many supporters will choose to remember the occasion for Roman’s words and leadership – they definitely will not want to think about the football.

Bournemouth took Chelsea apart with deliberate, surgical skill, and frankly, the home team never looked like scoring. Yes, there were mitigating circumstances, and the players let their manager down really. But a three-nil home defeat to a smaller club ten places down the log is always hard to explain. Hopefully, Chelsea don’t find themselves less one title winning manager in the next few weeks. […]

By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood)     Stamford Bridge/January 31, 2017 The recovery from that disappointing loss to Arsenal last midweek started pretty well with a convincing 3-0 win over a surprisingly determined Newcastle United team, at least in the first twenty-five minutes of the match but in the end the superior quality of the […]

His first half season at Real Betis was a success. The youngster was fast protruding as one of the leading young footballers in world football and further reaffirming why Chelsea saw off competition from Europe big teams to his signature. The following season proved abortive for Musonda as injuries and changes to technical bench left […]

Chelsea were back home in West London for their FA Cup fourth round tie vs Newcastle United.

Chelsea had just managed to scrape past Norwich City on penalties in the previous round, while Newcastle beat Luton Town 3 – 1, Ayose Perez (two goals) and Jonjo Shelvey (one goal) with three first half goals to quickly put the game to bed.

Both teams were coming off recent defeats though – Antonio Conte endured yet another difficult game against Arsenal in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semis midweek.
Newcastle had fallen victim to a Sergio Aguero hat trick at the Etihad, in the previous weekend’s Premier League game. Both Conte and Rafa Benitez would be looking for a positive reaction from their teams today. […]

Final game in this season’s Chelsea-Arsenal er… Quintology? Pentalogy? Quintuple? Pentad? Series of five distasteful encounters? Anyway it was going to be over after tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final, one way or another.

Arsenal and Chelsea had played out four consecutive draws so far, although the Gunners did eventually get the win on penalties in the first meeting, in the Community Shield. In their most recent game, Chelsea hadn’t done enough with home advantage and an injury-free squad – the Carabao Cup first leg had ended up goalless.

Tonight, they had to win away from home with both their top scorer and their most creative midfielder out injured. Alvaro Morata (back) and Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) were both unavailable. Thibaut Courtois was still recovering from an ankle problem, so Willy Caballero started in his place.

Andreas Christensen returned from a head injury, but despite a promising performance from Michy Batshuayi at Brighton during the weekend, Antonio Conte opted to play Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro as the three attackers at the Emirates. […]

By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Emirates Stadium/January 24, 2017 This is the final round of our rivalry with Arsene Wenger’s team for this season and it couldn’t have been better set up with a place in the final of the Carabao Cup up for grabs. Antonio Conte will be aiming to improve his record against […]

By, Aldemaro Narvaez “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War My brother, Alfredo, and I are separated by 14 months and very little else.  We grew up close. Went to the same elementary (primary) school, high (secondary) school, […]

It was Brighton & Hove Albion versus Chelsea in the early kick-off in the Premier League. Both teams were a little bit goal shy, Chelsea in the last few games, Brighton all season. And both were looking to change that state of affairs in this match today.

Chelsea had recorded five straight draws in all competitions since the start of 2018, three of them goalless. They did manage to beat Norwich City on penalties in their last game, but Alvaro Morata and Pedro both picked up suspensions.

Brighton actually scored more goals in their three games in January (four goals), than Chelsea had in their five games (three goals). The odds weren’t necessarily in Brighton’s favour this fixture, but they had home advantage, and they definitely had the quality to give Chelsea a game. […]

By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryorblueblood) Amex Stadium/January 20, 2017 It’s five games into the year 2018 for Chelsea Football Club and yet we still await our first win with five successive draws from those five games. While it’s a good thing for a club as big as Chelsea to go on long unbeaten runs, it […]

Chelsea were in turmoil, apparently. The players were tired, strikers misfiring, technical directors quitting. Rumours were swirling that another popular title-winning manager would leave soon. Andy Carroll was threatening to sign on a permanent transfer.

And three consecutive goalless draws for the first time in club history. It wasn’t a bad run of results really; Chelsea had stayed in two cup competitions, and gained a point under difficult circumstances in the league. But still, in turmoil by all accounts.

Well… these things happen, and successful clubs find solutions. And Chelsea’s FA Cup replay vs Norwich City was an opportunity to start implementing those solutions.

Norwich City were 13th in the EFL Championship. They’d only played one game since their draw with Chelsea: they beat Bristol City away 1 – 0, which was a pretty decent result considering Bristol were thirteen points ahead of them before their game. […]