Last season’s abysmal display by The Blues that saw them finish tenth helped fuel rumours of their top striker, Diego Costa wanting out. Luckily for Chelsea, Conte’s appointment bought enough time to convince the 28-year old that he could have his entire dream come through right there at the Stamford Bridge.
The first half of the season saw Chelsea run rampant, winning 11 games on the bounce and opening a huge gap between them and the rest of the league. Costa was at the heart of such run of form, discovering the scoring instincts that went blunt last season. The Spaniard scored 20 goals in the Premier League by January and even if that might look meagre by his standards, he very much made up for what he lack in goals by being at his nuisance best, tirelessly provoking opposition defenders in a bid to get them walked up and bag a red card. Continue reading
With the 2016-17 Premier League title Chelsea’s to lose now, questions are already being raised as to how much further Antonio Conte will go with his brilliant rebuilding project. Rumours suggest that Roman Abramovich will be providing the impressive Italian with a war chest of £100 million to spend in the summer. The former Juventus manager will look to bring in world-class players who can take this awesome Blues side back to the summit of the European elite.
Chelsea topped off a fine start to the New Year with a victory over Hull City followed by a draw with Liverpool in the league. Continue reading
Chelsea’s 2-0 victory away to Southampton brings up not only the Blues’ fourth straight victory in the Premier League, it is also the club’s fourth consecutive clean sheet as the West London club sit just one point off the top of the standings following their rich run of form.
When the signing of Antonio Conte was announced back in April, Chelsea fans were very excited about the then Italy manager’s pending arrival at Stamford Bridge. Conte has a record of producing football team which are solid at the back and tough to beat therefore he has been a highly sought manager for a number of years.
Results early this season did not reflect the Conte model at Chelsea. When the Blues were rolled over 3-0 by Arsenal
, panic bells started to ring around the club. That result brought up Conte’s third consecutive game in the league without a win. Continue reading
We’re only four matches into the new Premier League campaign but both Diego Costa and Antonio Conte have already had major impacts on Chelsea’s results this season. The Italian’s charismatic and passionate nature on the touchline has helped to re-ignite energy and vibe at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea supporters have bought into Conte’s energetic enthusiasm.
Meanwhile, Costa is firing the goals in – just as he did when the Blues lifted the title in the 2014/15 campaign. The Spain international has already scored four league goals this season, including a spectacular equaliser in the dying embers of Chelsea’s most recent contest away at Swansea City. Continue reading
Chelsea’s latest Premier League result saw them sustaining a 2-2 draw against West Ham United as the team of Guus Hiddink had to settle with only being able to claim 1 point from this game.
There is a question that is surrounding Chelsea and it’s the decision of Guus Hiddink to not give any playing time to the Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato who joined from Corinthians on a loan deal which extends until the end of the current season in the summer. Continue reading
Ray Wilkins, the former England international, believes that Guus Hiddink should not be let go by Chelsea and they should seriously consider giving him the permanent charge as there is no other manager available at the moment who has done as much of English Football as he has.
Hiddink was brought to Chelsea only as a temporary arrangement mid way through this season, but, what he has done so far, it has been hailed by all. Hiddink has seen Chelsea losing only once under his watch till now which is remarkable considering how many times the Blues had been getting beaten before the appointment of the Dutchman. Continue reading
The 26 year old Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato has recently been turning up as a possible January signing for a number of Premier League clubs as a lot of teams in the top tier English league have shown interest in signing the former AC Milan player.
Alexandre Pato reached headlines around the world when AC Milan signed him and the Brazilian player scored his first goal in the Italian League Serie A at the young age of 19. Pato is a very skillful player who showed what he is capable of doing in San Siro but the thing which crumbled his career was his consistent injuries. Continue reading
John Terry’s form has been a subject of discussion amongst the Chelsea fans of late. However, Guus Hiddink, who is temporarily managing Chelsea, is of the view that the defender’s fitness isn’t starting to go downhill in spite of him getting into his mid thirties and he can easily go on to play for the club for a bit more time.
Terry had started each and every match for the Blues in the English top tier in the 2014-15 Season, but, it has not been the same for him in the ongoing season. The centre half has shown a dismal form which has put question marks over his appetite. Not too many people are sure if he’s still got that same appetite to achieve success. Continue reading
Cesc Fabregas has had to face a chunk of the criticism for Chelsea’s poor form this season. The Spaniard feels that this is undeserved, but it is largely down to the impact that he had at the club last season.
Fabregas was an instrumental figure in Chelsea winning the league title – after a gap of five years – last season. He came up with a record 18 assists – most of them in the first half of the season – and a fair number of goals. This time around, he has scored only once and created only one goal for the team.
Chelsea’s recent 1-0 defeat against Stoke City was the seventh defeat of the season for the blues. They are already out of the League Cup and are huge doubts to qualify for the Champions League next season. The collapse comes just six months after the club won the Premier League title and this remains the most fascinating aspect.
Defender Branislav Ivanovic has admitted for the first time that the club did not react well to winning the title. The league success came after a period of five years. Even though the club was successful in other competitions during this time, it appears that the success has gone into the heads.