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 played West Ham United in their second consecutive derby this month, for Sunday’s late Premier League kick-off.

Chelsea were coming off an immensely disappointing defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in their previous game. In fact, they had not won a single game against top six opposition in 2018. They might have scraped a win over Arsenal at the beginning of the year, but for a late equaliser from Hector Bellerin.

The league table suggested that Chelsea had the advantage for this game: they were at home and fighting for a fifth place finish, and their visitors were struggling mightily to stay out of the relegation places.

Head-to-head though, West Ham had won three and drawn one of their last six games against Chelsea. David Moyes’ team were slowly becoming a bogey side for their West London neighbours. […]

Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Stamford Bridge/April 8, 2018 It was indeed a sad day on Wednesday for everyone associated with Chelsea Football Club as one of our greatest ever players, former captain and assistant coach Ray Wilkins passed away following a heart attack suffered last week. Our deepest condolences go to his family at this […]

Spurs were playing far more positively now. Mauricio Pochettino had probably realized, like many other EPL managers this season, that it was a tactical error to sit back and invite pressure from Chelsea.

This year’s team had not lost much potency in attack compared with previous seasons, but they were extremely shaky in midfield and defence. Apply a little pressure and they were almost certain to cave in.

And so it proved: First, Heung-Min Son had a long range curler parried out by Caballero on 61 minutes.

Barely a minute later Eric Dier went route one, lobbing a through ball over sleepwalkers Christensen and Azpilicueta, to Dele Alli. The English midfielder took one touch to control the pass, and another to finish off the inside of the post, 2-1 to Spurs. […]

Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Stamford Bridge/April 1, 2018 Welcome back from the international break as we welcome Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham team to Stamford Bridge for what’s sure to be a tough game for both these teams as the race to finish among the top four becoming as competitive as ever, with only Manchester City assured […]

  Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Stamford Bridge/March 10, 2018 Chelsea has lost four of the last five in the league and the need for all three points on Saturday evening, when Roy Hodgson’s injury-hit Crystal Palace team visits Stamford Bridge, cannot be over-emphasized. With the all-important visit to the Camp Nou to face Barcelona in […]

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 […]