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Chelsea Face A Crucial Month

October ended with Chelsea looking imperious and pulling away from the chasing pack at the top of the Premiership. The side seemed to playing with such verve and spirit that I simply couldn’t see where any worthy challenge could come from. Manchester United were struggling to hit any real form, […]

Chelsea Title Challenge Continues To Cool With Draw Against Newcastle

The problems at Chelsea continue to mount as a draw in the North East allowed Manchester United to overhaul the champions at the top of the table for the first time this season.

With an important month in the title race about to begin injuries, backroom drama and poor performances have left confidence shattered at a club that has only collected four points from a possible fifteen.

African Cup Of Nations Round Up: Days 5-9

Now that’s what I call a tournament mascot. I don’t need modern interpretations of peace, harmony and good will like the dreadful trio that South Korea and Japan gave us in 2002. Dreadful mascots and a dreadful tournament. I want giant animals or characters that can play football or playing […]

Diamonds Are Back In Fashion At Stamford Bridge

Carlo Ancelotti has certainly stamped his mark on Chelsea early in the season so far. A Community Shield victory, coupled with 3 Premiership wins on the bounce has seen Chelsea rise to the top end of the table. So far, so what then? Nothing surprising in that in itself, would […]

Chelsea’s Biggest Enemy Tonight Is Complacency

So Chelsea have one foot in the semi-finals of the Champions League after the marvellous 3-1 win at Anfield last week and Saturdays 4-3 win against Bolton was probably the kick up the backside the Blues needed. It’s easy to fall for the fallacy that Liverpool can’t overturn the deficit […]

Essien Returns As Chelsea’s Fulcrum

Why is Michael Essien so underrated is a mystery to me. I must admit that I was nonplussed about him as a player, knowing next to nothing about him when he signed for Chelsea from Lyon in August 2005 for £24 million. That was in the dark days before I […]

Sir Alex Ferguson Adds to Chelsea Misery

I wonder why Sir Alex Ferguson waited until tonight to say what he said, when he had every opportunity to do so last week. Then again, he always has had a knack for waiting until the points were in the bag before opening his mouth (see Kevin Keegan and Rafa […]

Who Will Cash-Strapped Chelsea Sell This Summer?

Chelsea announced a £65.7m loss for last year, a staggering sum, particularly as it marks an improvement over the loose-pursed past.  Though the tangible sum is less, the impact will be felt more, after Roman Abramovich as billionaire Roman Abramovich potentially lost the bulk of his fortune.  Abramovich’s woes have […]

Where Now For Chelsea?

Where were you when the news of Scolari’s sacking broke this afternoon? I saw it on facebook, followed by a text message from a friend who works at ESPN. I can honestly say that the decision by Roman Abramovich and the Chelsea board has stunned me, after only 7 months […]

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FA Cup Fifth Round, Sunday: Open Thread

Here’s today’s TV schedule for soccer fans in the United States: Everton vs Swansea (FA Cup), 8:30am, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer 2Go Sheffield United vs Nottingham Forest (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go Arsenal vs Liverpool (FA Cup), 11am, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 32

The final regular season numbers look like this… 5 year comparison   Final Week YTD    Avg  +/-  GP  Avg  +/-  GP  2005   18,417     6   15,108     192   2006   20,277   10.10%   6   15,504   2.62%   192   2007   20,575   1.47%   7   16,770   8.17%   195   2008   17,338   -15.73%   7   16,460   -1.85%   210  […]

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