The media may only be whispering it as they focus on the Liverpool love in. With four games to go the title is now in Chelsea’s hands. The equation is simple, win all our games and we are Champions of England.
That being said we are not favourites and it will take a minor miracle to do what we need.
In Mourinho’s Hands But Anfield Machine Roars On
Winning our last four games will be tough. Not least because we have to travel to Anfield, but we have done it before and we can do it again. Around this time in 2010 we travelled to Anfield and got the win we needed to set up a title charge. Now we must do it again.
Yes Liverpool are a different beast than 2010, but the harder the challenge the more we have excelled in recent years.
Once again we are the underdogs in the eyes of the media and this is perfect, lets allow the media to heap the pressure and expectation on Liverpool. Build them up and tell them it is in the bag. Then let’s see how they hold up to the pressure.
In the closest thing to praise for Liverpool ever written on this blog, they are doing a bloody brilliant job so far, outside of their Premier League history.
Brendan Rodgers Miracle Worker
Brendan Rodgers has got them firing, ten wins out of ten they are certainly going to be a tough ask, but certainly achievable with Mourinho in charge.
With the two best strikers in the league at the moment they are an attacking force to be reckoned with. If we can hold them back we can target them in midfield and defensively.
The Mourinho Factor
Jose Mourinho has unfinished business with Liverpool, the only team apart from Barcelona that have provided such a consistent thorn in his side. This game could be the perfect way for him to get retribution and set the tone for his second spell in charge.
The title is in Mourinho’s hands.
The Weekend Ahead
Provided both teams win against Sunderland and Norwich respectively this will be the battle of the master and the apprentice. An absolutely fascinating battle of attack v defence with Liverpool one of the few teams in the Premier League that will attack Chelsea and allow us to play the game we want.
Winning the title would be an amazing achievement without a creditable strike force this campaign and it will be tough. Yet we are masters of our own destiny once again and that is all we can ask for.
The end of the season is approaching and we’re being linked with anyone that has two legs. It’s nothing out of the ordinary. Us Chelsea fans are used to it, and other supporters are probably sick of it (can’t say I blame them). But what if there was a cheaper and more effective solution?
The players in question are strikers (shock) Diego Costa and Edison Cavani. There’s also been some talk about Mario Mandzukic, who may struggle to make it into Bayern Munich’s first team when Robert Lewandowski arrives next season.
Not a single one of us has forgotten about Romelu Lukaku though. How can we? He’s fucking massive. He scores for fun too. The only problem with the young Belgian is that he doesn’t have the ‘world class’ status we seem to demand at Stamford Bridge. This was exactly how some Chelsea fans felt about Daniel Sturridge and, well, look how that turned out. So why don’t we learn from out mistakes and put our trust in the Everton loanee?
To make this more of an appealing proposal, let’s explore some of the reasons why we shouldn’t sign the previously mentioned strikers.
First up: Diego Costa. I think we’d all like to see this guy in Chelsea blue, but despite persistent speculation from various sources, is it really a realistic deal? If Athletico Madrid manages to win La Liga and dare I say, beat us in the Champions League semi-final, will he have much reason to leave? We should also take into consideration that there might be a teething period if he comes to England – something we’re all too familiar with.
So what about Edison Cavani? He’s probably a little more agile than Diego Costa and despite being played in a wide position for PSG he has still managed to accumulate an impressive number of goals. Chelsea may be able to tempt the Uruguayan with the promise of a leading role up-front, but he would surely cost a hefty fee. A deal may even have to include one of our players. I very much doubt that would be Hazard, but given Oscar’s lackluster performances in the second half of this season, I can see the Brazilian being a far more likely swap. I don’t particularly want this to happen, especially if we have to fork out an additional thirty-plus million.
Finally, Mario Mandzukic. Admittedly, there have only been murmurings about this one, but it’s perfectly logical to assume he’ll be looking for a move out of Germany. However, I don’t see how that links him to Chelsea. We may as well be linked with Ian Beale, or anyone else that becomes available every six months.
Taking all of that into consideration, I think Lukaku now looks like the best option. He’s already proven in the Premier League and he wouldn’t cost us a penny. I think that’s a far more pleasing outcome for the club and fans.
There’s no reason to think he won’t score, assist and hold up the ball, because we’ve watched him do it all season for Everton. Speed isn’t an issue either.
Granted, if Torres and Ba are on their way out then we’re going to need back up. Personally, I think Eto’o deserves an extension on his contract (if he wants one), but that would still leave us with only two strikers.
If we can muster the money for a third striker from the sale of Torres and Ba then maybe we should go for someone who can compliment Lukaku rather than keep him out of the first team. Loic Remy perhaps?
We spent 18 million on Romelu Lukaku and I see no reason why we should be benching or even selling him when he continues to be prolific in the Premier League. For the same reason, I also think he’d have a more successful first season than Diego Costa or Edison Cavani.
Just when it appeared that Demba Ba was destined to become a footnote in the history of Chelsea strikers. He surprises us all with a perfect week for Demba Ba. Two matchwinning performances. One of which will live long in the Champions League folklore of the club.
Demba Ba has always been popular amongst Chelsea fans, he has a great attitude and has not complained despite severely limited opportunities.
He has scored reasonably regularly despite appearing more from the bench than as a starter and shown the right kind of spirit that we all want to see.
Perfect Week For Demba Ba
Last week was the perfect week for Demba Ba as he turned it up a notch.
Starting with an appearance of the bench to sink Paris St Germain in a stunning night at the Bridge he was given a start away to Swansea that he grabbed with both hands.
After daring to Demba on Tuesday again he had one moment of impressive forward play to engineer a chance against 10 men Swansea and it snuck in.
From drifting nomad to a striker on fire, a week in football can be a long time. Whether he gets more opportunities in the future or not Chelsea fans will never forget that night at the Bridge. A cult hero has been created.
One good week does not make a career but it seems likely that with Eto’o not quite fit and Torres totally forlorn that in the last month of the season Mourinho will give Ba some playing time. How much remains to be seen but could depend on how we are doing in the Champions League and our chances of winning the league.
After that it does seem likely that he will leave, but if he does not mind being 4th choice striker I would not mind keeping him. He offers something different that most strikers we are going to chase. He offers a presence going forward that defences struggle to keep track of.
The Chelsea game today will kick off 7 minutes late. This is the time into the 1989 FA Cup Semi Final the game was stopped to treat the injured and dying.
Just think about that for a second, at an English football ground fans of any club dying on the pitch, horrific just to comprehend.
This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. I do not normally talk about Hillsborough as this is the place of others but I feel some remembrance is due today.
Rather than the debate I choose to focus on the fact that on the 15th of April 1989, 96 football fans went to a match but did not come home. This is a day to put aside our thoughts about Liverpool Football Club as a rival and think on that fact.
I was too young to remember Hillsborough but as a football fan whose whole family attend matches up and down the country I would never want to contemplate the game I love causing them harm.
So whilst the inquests and debate continue to this day, the fact remains 96 football fans went to a match and did not return.
Yet another massive European night at The Bridge that saw the impossible dream become a thrilling reality.
The game started with a very nervy half hour and it was edge of your seat stuff but not for the reasons you may have thought. PSG never looked like scoring and it was all about breaking them down not once but twice.
So many brilliant unbelievable individual performances, Willian, Schurrle, Oscar, Dave, but none more out of this world then Gary Cahill. He was amazing on the grandest of stages tonight and is in danger of making himself a Chelsea great.
PSG set up much like a team that were there for 90 minutes of box ticking but ticked no boxes at all. They didn’t seem to want to score and felt they had enough at the back to deal with us. Their fans cheering every pass after 25 minutes spoke volumes about what they were out to accomplish tonight.
PSG may well have got over confident they could deal with us after our talismanic playmaker Eden Hazard was taken off injured after 17 minutes and this was probably what changed the game or us. The throw in that Luiz flicked on for the first goal is defended better if Hazard is on the pitch but the 7 PSG players in the box just seemed to stop and in popped Schurrle on 32 minutes to score his most important goal in the Chelsea blue and sent the Chelsea 12th man into raptures.
When that goal went in there were massive questions asked of PSG that they couldn’t answer. PSG arrogantly thought they were still ok. Cavani to Chelsea this summer? No thanks!! His attitude seems poisonous and he couldn’t perform when the pressure was on.
People will always claim that Jose is ‘anti football’ and a boring manager but tonight he backed up what he said at the start of the season. He will go for it if needed. That is exactly what he done tonight and was willing to go all out to win this game putting all three o our much maligned strikers on and it pain dividends.
On 80 minutes PSG bought Lucas off and bought on a defender. Again a statement that job was done and just hold on and it would have worked but for one thing. The Chelsea fans! The home faithful have been the one consistent factor in massive European nights like this. Munich, Barca, Napoli, Juventus and the like have all been humbled at the home of Chelsea on nights where the fans have been buzzing,
‘CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE…… WEVE SEEN THIS BEFORE’ was the chant in reference to the Napoli game and on 87 minutes the impossible dream became a thrilling reality when the ‘forgotten man’ Demba Ba was quickest to react to a Dave shot and the entire stadium seemed to rock. Jose runs down the touchline to hurl instructions at the team as we had 3 strikers on. Ba went centre back between Terry and Cahill and Fernando went wide.
4 minutes added on and a few corners later and it was nervy times as we had seen us dominate Barca years earlier to be undone in the dying minutes and a save by Cech at his near post in the last minute (which ironically if he had done a week ago 1 goal would have done us tonight) meant game over.
The referee that oversaw our greatest European night ever in Munich blew his whistle and that was that! ANOTHER great come back, ANOTHER insane European night at The Bridge, ANOTHER Jose masterclass, ANOTHER European semi-final and ANOTHER night the Chelsea fans made a difference.
Everyone in Blue tonight played with the passion and fight that any fan would be proud of and we may not have history as is claimed…………..the rest of our ‘history’ remains unwritten!!!
We found out from our sponsors Campo Retro that they are supporting the ‘Football Shirt Friday’ campaign to raise money for the Bobby Moore Fund to help fight bowel cancer. We thought this was a great idea and thought we would show our support as well.
Simply show your colours at work with the football shirt of your choice on Friday 11th April and donate £2 to the Bobby Moore Fund via the link below.
If you fancy picking up a new shirt for the day or maybe showcasing the Bobby Moore 1966 world cup winning shirt then buy a shirt from Campo and we’ll double that donation by giving the Bobby Moore fund £2 for every shirt we sell this week.
Show your colours at work & help raise money for a such a worthy cause ! If you could share this it would be greatly appreciated.
If you fancy picking up a new shirt for the day or maybe showcasing the Bobby Moore 1966 world cup winning shirt then buy a shirt from Campo and we’ll double that donation by giving the Bobby Moore fund £2 for every shirt they sell this week.
A frustrating night last night with Chelsea their own worst enemy both on and off the pitch.
On the pitch basic errors led to each PSG goal and the last really was unacceptable for Javier Pastore to be able to beat so many defenders and then beat the goalkeeper at the far post.
Off the pitch there were reports of large disturbances and violence that does our reputation in the MODERN game no good at all. The irony being that many if not most of the so called fans involved would not have had tickets for the game. Instead they travelled to France for a fight rather than to show any actual support for the club.
Back to the ugly scenes on the pitch we actually played quite well, although the execution of the strategy was let down by a poor defence. David Luiz had a couple of lapses although I don’t think you can really blame him for the own goal. It was a good cross that should have been dealt with before it reached him and then he had little time to react.
Schurrle up front on his own was a brave selection tactic and I do not think it worked, we have tried it a couple of times and I am yet to be convinced. I know that Mourinho does not have faith in his strikers but this is holding us back.
However all is not lost and we are not out of the tie.
We bring PSG to the Bridge with an away goal in our pocket. This gives us something of a security net when we go on the attack to get the goals we need to get back in the tie.The equation is simple win by two clear goals and concede one goal or less.
Manchester City video the tunnel sequences for their home games including our 1-0 victory this season, here is what it looks like. Was interesting particularly the Eto’o shirt swap at half time, what was that all about?