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. […]

By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Stamford Bridge/January 17, 2017 Chelsea has been involved in a further two goalless draws since that uninspiring afternoon in Norfolk and Norwich City has traveled to Bristol City in the Championship and came back with all three points. After three consecutive 0-0 draws Antonio Conte will surely be hoping that […]

After their exertions against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup midweek, Chelsea made a quick return to Premier League football. Their opponents this weekend: eighth-placed Leicester City FC.

Leicester were in relatively decent form; they’d won four and drawn one of their eight league games since the start of December. Their pace and counterattacking style tended to work well against teams at the top end of the league table: the one draw in that run of results was a 2 – 2 vs Manchester United. They also drew 1 – 1 with Manchester City in the league cup, before getting knocked out on penalties.

Chelsea were five places and sixteen points ahead of their visitors overall, but they weren’t that much better in terms of recent form. The London club had five wins and two draws since December; they were only four points ahead of Leicester City in that period of time. […]

By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood)     Stamford Bridge/January 13, 2017 Nobody could have possibly predicted a drab, uninteresting and boring draw between Chelsea and Arsenal after watching both teams play out a 2-2 draw just a week earlier in what’s surely a candidate for game of the season. Arsene Wenger seemed to be content […]

Back to the bridge now for the fourth instalment of the Chelsea-Arsenal derby this season. The occasion this time, the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.

Bristol City played well in the other semi-final, but failed to upset Manchester City at the Etihad. If there was going to be a surprise at Stamford Bridge, it would be one of the teams actually winning the game – every time Chelsea and Arsenal have met this season, once in the Community Shield (1 – 1), twice in the league (0 – 0 & 2 – 2), it’s ended up a draw.

Another weird Chelsea-Arsenal 2017/18 fact – it’s been a pretty good fixture for full backs. Four of the six goals in their games so far this season were scored by full backs: Victor Moses, Sead Kolasinac, Marcos Alonso and Hector Bellerin. […]

By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Stamford Bridge/January 10, 2017   This is the second installment of what’s going to be a triple header between Chelsea and Arsenal following the 2-2 Premier League draw at the Emirates Stadium last Wednesday. Both Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte certainly had this game on their minds while submitting their […]