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. […]

Chelsea were in Norfolk county for their FA Cup third round game v Norwich City FC. Norwich were in thirteenth place in the Championship with twenty-two games played, just two points behind “Old Farm” rivals Ipswich Town in twelfth.

Chelsea were a full thirty places ahead of their hosts, third in the premier league, a point behind Manchester United and two ahead of Liverpool FC.

Norwich and Chelsea had last met in the premier league, back in 2015/16, before Norwich were relegated to the EFL Championship. The Blues beat the Canaries 1 – 0 at home and 2 – 1 away that season. Diego Costa scored the winning goal both games, while Chelsea prospect Kenedy recorded a memorable strike the first minute of the away game. Nathan Redmond scored Norwich’s only goal of the two fixtures.

Norwich midfielders Marco Stiepermann and Harrison Reed both missed this game through injury. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was also unavailable, with a minor injury from their midweek match at the Emirates.

There was some good news though: David Luiz started for Chelsea after two months out with a knee injury. Charly Musonda had also recovered from a groin injury, and was on the bench today. […]

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London is Blue is a soccer fancast created by Chelsea FC fans from America and covers all things Chelsea. Hosts are @BBBusbee, @DanDormer and @NickVerlaney. London is Blue is proud to be presented by WorldSoccerShop. Visit them at www.WorldSoccerShop.com to find the best Chelsea FC gear! Part 1: AS Roma Review Chelsea 0-3 AS Roma, […]

London is Blue is a soccer fancast created by Chelsea FC fans from America and covers all things Chelsea. Hosts are @BBBusbee, @DanDormer and @NickVerlaney. London is Blue is proud to be presented by WorldSoccerShop. Visit them at www.WorldSoccerShop.com to find the best Chelsea FC gear! GUEST: Jason Cundy, @JasonCundy05 Part 1: AS Roma Review […]

Chelsea faced off against AS Roma in their third champions league game of the season. At stake: the top spot in Group C. Roma were second on four points, having won and drawn their two games against the other group members, FK Qarabag and Atletico Madrid. Chelsea topped the group on six points, from two wins against the same opposition.

Roma were coming off a pretty good run of form – they’d won four of their last five games in all competitions, although like Chelsea they had lost their most recent league game at home, a 1 – 0 reverse to Serie A leaders Napoli.

Their London hosts though, had been going through slightly more challenging times. Chelsea were the EPL Champions, but they’d only won one of their last four league games. It wasn’t exactly a crisis (yet), but their hopes of retaining their title were fading with every game. […]

Chelsea travelled to Spain for their second Champions League match of the season, this time versus Atletico Madrid. It was a special occasion for the hosts, the first ever Champions League game at their brand new Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

Atleti and Chelsea have had some interesting shared history in terms of personnel recently: Thibaut Courtois spent a few years on loan in Madrid, and three of Atletico’s current squad had left the club, spent time as Chelsea players, before cycling back to Madrid – Filipe Luis, Fernando Torres and of course latest repeat signing Diego Costa.

Both clubs have also experienced a degree of success in this competition: Atletico were Champions League finalists in 2014 and 2016 (and also twice in the seventies). Chelsea were finalists in 2008, and actually won the thing in 2012. […]

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London is Blue is a soccer fancast created by Chelsea FC fans from America and covers all things Chelsea. Hosts are @BBBusbee, @DanDormer and @NickVerlaney. London is Blue is proud to be presented by WorldSoccerShop. Visit them at www.WorldSoccerShop.com to find the best Chelsea FC gear! Part 1: Burnley FC Review Chelsea 2-3 Burnley FC, […]