Chelsea and Manchester United squared off against each other for the last time this season in the Emirates FA Cup Final.
The Premier League season was over, and both sides had more or less exchanged places in the table, compared with the previous season. Manchester United had moved up from sixth to second on the strength of key signings and ex-Chelsea players Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic.
Chelsea had also made (perhaps unnecessary) changes to their title-winning side, losing Matic to United and also top scorer Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid. They then duly proceeded to collapse from first to fifth in a disappointing second season for manager Antonio Conte.
Manchester City had the 2018 Premier League title and Carabao Cup sewn up. Liverpool were preparing for a Champions League final vs Real Madrid in Kiev. This game was Chelsea and Manchester United’s last chance to win a trophy this season. […]
Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Wembley/May 19, 2018 This match presents both Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United and Antonio Conte’s Chelsea the opportunity to end the season on a ‘high’ and save a little bit of face. Both these teams have performed below expectations this season with both teams finishing 19 and 30 points respectively behind newly-crowned […]
It was the final day of the 2018 Premier League season, and Chelsea were in Newcastle for their last attempt at picking up points to help secure Champions League qualification.
Just four days before, Huddersfield Town had brought an end to the Blues’ four game win streak, on their way to themselves escaping relegation from the Premier League.
Newcastle United were hoping to break a four-game losing streak that started after their 2-1 win v Arsenal mid-April. They were also looking to change their fortunes against today’s opposition. This was the third meeting between the sides this season, and Antonio Conte’s team had won the two previous encounters 3-1 in the league, and 3-0 in the FA Cup. […]
Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) St. James’ Park/May 13, 2018 This is our last Premier League game of the season but it’s our penultimate match of the 2017/2018 season with the FA Cup final against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United team still to come later this month. There’s not much riding on this match for either side […]
Conte reacted quickly to the goal, first bringing in Giroud for Zappacosta and then Hazard for Pedro a few minutes later.
The reinforcements helped spring the lock: four minutes after the Hazard sub, Azpilicueta zipped a low cross into the box. Zanka tried to intercept, but his clearance bounced off Marcos Alonso’s head and into the net for 1-1.
It was Alonso’s seventh league goal this season. He barely knew anything about it, it was a lucky goal, but Chelsea had flooded the penalty box with bodies. It was the kind of luck you make by being there for the opportunity when it comes.
Even as they equalized though, the news filtered in that Harry Kane had scored at Wembley to put Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 up v Newcastle United. As it stood, Chelsea were not getting past Spurs into the CL places. […]
Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Stamford Bridge/May 9, 2018 Anything short of a comfortable victory against the Terriers will render the hard work put in against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool useless. With the victory over Liverpool on Sunday and Spurs losing to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday giving us an outside chance of qualifying for the […]
It was a cheery sunny afternoon at the Bridge, with a capacity crowd in attendance for Sunday’s late kick-off. Chelsea were playing Liverpool in the Premier League, with just three games left to keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive.
The Blues were experiencing a slight upturn in their fortunes, with three wins in their three games since a tough home defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.
Liverpool were flying in the Champions League, but suffering somewhat in the EPL. They had only two wins vs Crystal Palace (2-1 away) and Bournemouth (3-0) in their last five games. The other three results were draws with Everton (0-0 away), West Bromwich Albion (2-2 away) and Stoke City (0-0 at home).
Both teams made just one change to their line-ups from previous games. Marcos Alonso returned from suspension to replace Emerson on the left wing for Chelsea, and Nathaniel Clyne came in for Jordan Henderson for Liverpool. […]
Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Stamford Bridge/May 6, 2018 This is the most pivotal week of the season for Antonio Conte’s team as we hold on to the faintest of hope of qualifying for the world’s biggest club competition the UCL next season. The Liverpool team will be in high spirit after their trip to Rome […]
Chelsea were in Wales to play Swansea City, for Saturday’s late EPL kick-off. There were just four games left till the end of the Premier League season. Five games before withdrawal symptoms set in for Chelsea FC fans, including the FA Cup Final.
Swansea City were in some danger: they were 17th in the table with 33 points, one point and one place above the relegation line, and with two games left to play against two clubs below them, Southampton and Stoke City.
They’d picked up just three points in their last five league games, from draws with Huddersfield Town (0-0), West Bromwich Albion (1-1) and Everton (1-1). They’d also lost to Manchester United (2-0) at the end of March, and Manchester City (5-0) in their last game.
The league champions were up in 5th on 63 points, seeing out a disappointing season by their standards. They had a faint hope of catching up with Tottenham or Liverpool in the champions league places, slightly enhanced by Liverpool’s recent draws with West Brom (2-2) and Stoke (0-0), but Conte’s team would probably have to win all of their remaining games to take advantage. […]