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 […]

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 […]

By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood)     Stamford Bridge/December 30, 2017 After seeing off a resilient Brighton and Hove Albion side on Boxing Day, we await the arrival of yet another troublesome opposition, even though they were comfortably dispatched at the Bet365 Stadium earlier in the season, as we look to rack up points even […]

By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood)   Stamford Bridge/December 26, 2017   As expected, it was a frustrating afternoon at Goodison Park at the weekend with the home side playing ten players behind the ball. Nonetheless we created enough chances to win the game, but we found Jordan Pickford in inspired form. There’s no time to […]

The game looked like it was going to extra time – but apparently nobody told Alvaro Morata, who just two minutes later, sadly ruined the Cherries’ comeback with a really, really inconvenient goal.

Well he might have scored it, but this goal was really all about Eden Hazard. He blazed into the box straight from the kick-off to receive a long cross from Davide Zappacosta.

Then duplicating Kenedy, having made himself the decoy Hazard back-heeled for Morata, who was steaming in behind him to whip it off Boruc and into the net. 2 – 1! It was the ultimate sucker punch, both the move specifically and the goal in the context of the match. […]