By, Mark Asato The Shed. The Mighty Shed. Words that describe where the atmosphere around Stamford Bridge hails from. We Are The Shed is a group founded by a core group of Shed End supporters, and I had to the pleasure of speaking with one of the co-founders and one of my dear friends, Richard […]
The media narrative in the run up to this game was a lot Mourinho versus Conte. Or Lukaku versus Morata, Sanchez versus Hazard, de Gea versus Courtois, but the managers showed during the game that they’d put their feuding behind them now.
At the end, the game wasn’t decided so much by individual battles, but by the team that was most committed, that wanted it more. The visitors were brutally punished for errors of concentration in defence, especially as both halves wore on. United delivered some pretty tough lessons to a Chelsea team in transition, but lessons they will have to learn nevertheless. […]
By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Old Trafford/February 25, 2018 Antonio Conte will surely have been pleased with the way his team performed on Tuesday night against Barcelona even though the general feeling after that match was that of disappointment with the away goal we conceded, and the manner it came about, which makes our trip […]
The stats showed Barcelona had 73% of possession by the end of the game, but Chelsea had more (and better quality) chances – eleven shots to Barcelona’s seven, with two shots on target for each team. So did Messi & Co. starve Chelsea of possession, or was Conte’s team content to let them have the ball in non-threatening areas?
Willian was the man of the match in the Chelsea’s last game, and he was on fire tonight as well. He put the fear of God in the Barcelona defence, hit the post twice, could have had a hat trick.
Messi played well, but at the end he was limited to poaching an opportunistic goal off a defensive error. Barcelona have the advantage of an away goal going into the second leg, but the tie remains open, with a full ninety minutes to go. […]
By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Stamford Bridge/February 20, 2018 This is the biggest of our three consecutive home matches in three different competitions and we couldn’t have prepared any better than with two victories against West Bromwich Albion last Monday and against Hull City on Friday night, keeping clean sheets in both matches while […]
The weekend kicked off with an FA Cup fifth round tie: Chelsea vs Hull City, Premier League top four contenders v Championship strugglers.
Hull were twenty-first of the twenty-four teams in the Sky Bet Championship as at the start of play, a full thirty-seven places below Chelsea, who were fourth in the EPL.
However the visitors were in slightly better form than their hosts, albeit against weaker opposition. They’d won two and drawn one of their last five games in all competitions, including a 2 – 1 win over Nottingham Forest in the previous round of the FA Cup.
Chelsea were going through a pretty difficult patch, at least for a club their size. They’d lost to Arsenal, Bournemouth and Watford in their last five games. They did beat Newcastle United 3 – 0 in the FA Cup, and West Brom by the same scoreline in the league, but it was still a bad run of results for them. […]
By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) We all have different reasons for supporting but whatever the reason for which you chose Chelsea Football Club as your number one football team, one thing that all of us have in common is that we suffer as much as the team when things starts to go wrong, and that’s […]
Chelsea looked a completely different team from their games against Watford and Bournemouth. It might have been the result of having a target man to focus their attacking play, bring others into the game and draw the defence away from their wide forwards. Or maybe it was the time off Conte gave his players midweek, or the quality of the opposition. Or a combination of all three.
They took the points and leap-frogged Spurs to fourth, one point behind Liverpool in third, three points behind Manchester United; West Bromwich Albion remained pinned to the bottom of the table.
Next up for Chelsea, two big cup games in eight days: Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round, and FC Barcelona in the Champions League. […]
By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Stamford Bridge/February 12, 2018 Since I started writing previews of Chelsea matches on this site, I haven’t had cause to write about the prospect of Chelsea losing three consecutive Premier League matches because one thing the team did pretty well under the Italian last season was bounce back […]
It was chilly weather in Watford for Monday night’s EPL game: Watford v Chelsea. Back when these two clubs last met (October 2017), Chelsea’s manager was under a cloud from consecutive losses to Manchester City and Crystal Palace. Marco Silva’s Watford were flying, with three wins and a draw from their five games before the visit to the Bridge.
Three months later and had changed – for Watford that is. Marco Silva had been fired in January, after his team had picked up just five points from ten league games. For Chelsea and Antonio Conte though, things were pretty much the same. Or maybe slightly worse.
Watford weren’t doing a whole lot better under their new manager Javier Gracia, but they’d only conceded one goal in the two games since he came in.
Chelsea, for their part were fading steadily under Conte – they had played nine games in January to Watford’s six, and a lot of their first eleven were either fatigued, injured or just returned from injury. […]