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Chelsea Favourites To Be Relegated After Selling Nemanja Matic

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The Premier League season is about to start and all I see is DOOM, DOOM, DOOM about our chances, you could be forgiven for thinking Chelsea could be relegated.

Rumours swirl and pundits crow but don’t worry our title is more a tip of a hat to the dramatisation of sports media than a prediction. It is clear that the

It is clear that the pain of Mourinho’s last season is casting a shadow over this season’s preparations with fans fearing a repeat of the title then obscurity we suffered in 2015/2016.

Whilst we are not expecting Chelsea to dominate like they did last season, the reaction from fans and the pundits has been way over the top.

Take the reaction to the sale of Nemanja Matic, a good player whose form has been in decline and was not likely to be in an Antonio Conte starting XI.

I am disappointed that he has been sold but be realistic the doom and gloom is premature. Matic was sold for a huge amount of money with a replacement in Bakayoko already recruited.

The Case For Panic

Admittedly the squad is not as balanced as it could be, Chelsea would benefit from a striker that can be guaranteed to score 20+ a season (won’t know with Morata until its too late) and some depth, but there is still quality all over the pitch.

There is the unrest about the sale of players like Chalobah, Ake and other promising youth players. These players need game time that they were not going to get at Chelsea, it is sad to see them go but we were holding them back.

Let’s see what the next generation can do.

Much has been made of Arsenal having a million players in their squad but how many are realistically going to play more than a few cup games.

Our rivals are strengthening and our squad is not yet complete. The loss of Costa, Matic, Terry and Ake leave us without a proven striker and back up in defence and midfield but there are still 3 weeks of the window left.

We are not confident, but nowhere near panic, let’s take some time to see what happens once Morata has got settled and Hazard is back from injury.

Let’s enjoy the new season!

Grenfell Tower Chelsea Fans To Walk From Stamford Bridge To Wembley To Raise Money

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Grenfell Tower Chelsea

The Grenfell Tower Chelsea Stamford Bridge to Wembley walk is a great example of the football community coming together. This weekend a group of Chelsea fans are walking from Stamford Bridge to Wembley before the Community Shield game against.

Their aim will be to raise money for the Harrow Club who are supporting victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Grenfell Tower Chelsea Stamford Bridge To Wembley WalkGrenfell Tower Chelsea

Shortly after the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire two Chelsea supporters, Jim Cowan and Leighton Evans, were at the scene dropping of clothes, shoe and food for the short term needs of the survivors.

Finding the experience very emotional, the pair vowed to do something else to support the medium to long term needs of those affected.

Leighton, who lives in Dagenham, grew up in the shadow of the tower and lost friends in the fire and is keen to do what he can to support those who survived it. Jim, who lives in Nottingham, is from Hammersmith and spent many of his formative years with friends in the area.

Both Leighton and Jim agreed to nominate the Harrow Club** as the charity for the event as it is based in the community, has real, hands on experience and does not spend disproportionate amounts on expensive offices and highly paid executives

Taking inspiration from the words of a song popular among Chelsea supporters*, the two decided to organise a walk from Stamford Bridge to Wembley on the morning of the FA Community Shield on Sunday 6th August.

Starting from the Peter Osgood Statue at Stamford Bridge at 9.00a.m. the pair will be joined by five other fans all raising funds for the Harrow Club, an organisation based in the community around Grenfell Tower playing a key role in supporting victims.

The walk is highly personal and a way of supporting an area and people they love. For further details please contact Jim Cowan at jimcowan800@yahoo.co.uk

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Text 70070 stating the code SBTW99 followed by your donation amount (eg SBTW99 £10).

Danny Drinkwater To Chelsea Would Make Him The Next Steve Sidwell

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Danny Drinkwater to Chelsea is one of the most concerning rumours of the transfer window for Chelsea fans.

Drinkwater is a fine player, but not a player considered to be one of the league’s best in his position so will struggle to get game time at the Bridge despite the pressure that battling on multiple fronts will create.

Whilst he is an England international that has won the Premier League and played in the Champions League he is far below the level of ambition fans want the club to be pursuing.

Drinkwater to Chelsea would see him become a squad player, a filler and blocker to the development of our own midfield talent without adding much more.

With three years on his contract at Leicester, he would not be cheap and there must be better options to replace Nemanja Matic.

Drinkwater to Chelsea The New Steve Sidwell

The parallel to this would be when Chelsea bought Steve Sidwell and to a lesser extent Scott Parker tot he Bridge. Sidwell was a highly rated player that had impressed to earn a move to the Bridge.

However Sidwell was never able to cut it at Chelsea, he made just 15 Premier League appearances in his first season (mostly from the bench) and never looked likely to hold down a regular place in a team of superstars including Claude Makelele and Frank Lampard.

He was sold to Aston Villa after one season for just £5m and had nine years in the Premier League and is set to return for Brighton in a couple of weeks.

Sidwell like Drinkwater is a fine player with many talents however, he was not quite good enough to play for a top four side.

If we sign Drinkwater I hope he proves us wrong, but at the moment the prospect of Drinkwater to Chelsea seems like an expensive mistake.

 

[Video] Bizarre Own Goals By Chelsea Players To Rival Kondogbia

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Chelsea were fortunate receivers of one of the most bizarre own goals I have seen by Kondogbia in the friendly against Inter Milan last week.

It was an own goal that any striker would have been proud to have scored at the right end, unfortunately, it was only in a friendly and the Blues lost anyway.

This got us thinking about own goals scored by Chelsea players over the years and we found a few blinders.

Fikayo Tomori Bizarre Own Goal

Chelsea youth player Tomori scored a bizarre own goal whilst playing for England’s u20 side this summer, let’s hope he does not suffer the same embarrassment if he steps up a level at Chelsea.

The Legend of Bizarre Own Goals Frank Sinclair

This 90’s Blue scored own goals when playing for Chelsea but he always seemed to score them when playing against us too. Here are some gems including an equaliser for Chelsea when playing for Leicester.

A cult hero of mine!

John Terry

Even our captain, leader, legend got in on the act.

Then There Was Jonathan Walters

Then there is Jonathan Walters who scored two cracking own goals against Chelsea

Melayro Bogarde Chelsea – Can Nephew Restore Family Name At The Bridge?

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The Melayro Bogarde Chelsea rumours are standard transfer gossip, after all, Chelsea racing with Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal for a 15-year-old prodigy is hardly something new.

What makes the news interesting is that if he was to sign for the Champions he would not be the first Bogarde to wear Blue and he would arrive hoping to repair his family name at the Bridge.

Melayro Bogarde Chelsea Connection

Melayro Bogarde is the nephew of former Chelsea player Winston, who fans may remember from the early noughties.

Winston Bogarde signed for Chelsea on a free transfer in 2000 from Barcelona as a highly rated Dutch international. He had also played for Milan and Ajax having won the Champions League, La Liga and the UEFA Super Cup amongst a host of honours in a glittering career.

His time at Chelsea did not go so well, his career quickly unravelled despite signing for Gianluca Vialli on a four year £40k per week contract. When Vialli was sacked and Ranieri arrived a few months after his arrival he was deemed surplus to requirements.

Ranieri quickly looked to move on and sell Bogarde but no-one could match his wage demands and he refused to move even on loan unless he got paid the same.

This meant he quickly became a pariah at the club, training with the youth team and playing zero minutes for the club in his second and fourth years at the club. In fact his only appearance after his first season was a League Cup game against Gillingham.

Bogarde became a poster boy for the peril of long contracts and refused to give up what he had been promised despite no prospect of getting a game.

He fulfilled his contract to the letter banking his £40k salary every week until he was released in 2004.

Some criticise Bogarde but he did not make the club give him a four-year contract on that salary and despite the embarrassment part of us is impressed by his stoic refusal to bow to pressure.

Winston Bogarde is a part of Chelsea folklore for all the wrong reasons, could the Blues be about to sign his nephew and restore the family name.

As for Melayro Bogarde Chelsea rumours the kid is highly rated, he would face the challenges all our youth prospects do, we just hope he does not ask his uncle for contract advice.

What can we say football is funny, why not get Bogarde on the back of your next Chelsea shirt, fans may appreciate the irony

 

 

What If Abramovich Had Not Bought Chelsea

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Critics of Chelsea always find a way to criticise Roman Abramovich but it is worth thinking about what would have happened if Abramovich had not bought Chelsea back in 2003.

Here is a video that looks at what may have happened had Abramovich liked lawn bowls instead of football.

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Why Chelsea Fans Should Be Pleased By Bayern Defeat Today

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Chelsea lost their first game of pre-season and fans should be pleased by the challenge Bayern posed and the lessons that can be learned.

Chelsea were quickly on the back foot against Bayern Munich and went three goals down quickly to a possession and pressing focused Carlo Ancelotti side. Although Alonso scored in injury time of the first half it took Conte’s half time team talk to improve the performance.

Batman scored in the second half, but Chelsea were unable to get the equaliser.

Overall it was a tough performance but one that will have got the rust out of the player’s legs and is better preparation than a comfortable defeat to lesser opposition.

I am always wary when Chelsea go through pre-season undefeated it feels like it has the opposite effect than you would expect.

So I am choosing to take this defeat as a positive rather than a negative and think other Blues fans should too.

 

New Signing Alvaro Morata’s Showreel [VIDEO]

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Alvaro Morata has signed for Chelsea and we are all excited to see what he can do and hope he can replace Diego Costa in presence and goals.

Here is a couple of videos showcasing his talents.

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Can Jeremie Boga Be The Moses Of 2017/2018

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The injury to Pedro has given Jeremie Boga an opportunity to stake his claim in the Chelsea squad. After Ospina flew out recklessly to punch the ball from outside the penalty area during the friendly Pedro was unable to continue and Jeremie Boga lit up the Birds Nest with a high energy performance.

He was strong, powerful and quick to dance past defenders and start counter attacks, in 65 minutes he played more than most in the game and was a strong contender for man of the match.

With Pedro likely to be out at least for the bulk of pre-season this gives Boga a chance to establish himself as a viable option for Antonio Conte. Whilst it is unlikely that he would get into a team with everybody fit he offers something different and could definitely offer something during a long Premier League and European season.

His youth and energy kept Arsenal on the back foot and alleviated pressure numerous times during the Arsenal friendly and if he can get a couple of good pre-season showings under his belt, Conte may end up sharing our convictions.

Jeremie Boga The Victor Moses of 2017/2018

There is precedence for this with Victor Moses last season.

This time last season it seemed likely that Victor Moses would like the last few seasons report for training, do a little bit of pre-season then disappear on loan for the rest of the season.

However last year he did enough to convince Conte that he had something to offer and within a month of the start of the season Conte switched the formation made Moses a right wing back and a key member of the starting XI.

Whilst this pathway will be harder for Jeremie Boga it would be great to see a member of the youth team break through in pre-season and challenge our superstars for a place in the side.

After all it looks like with opportunity Boga could himself be a superstar and maybe it will be his name on the back of your next Chelsea shirt

Didier Drogba Signed 13 Years Ago!

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It has been 13 years since Chelsea managed by Jose Mourinho signed Didier Drogba, the rest as they say is history.

Over the next decade he proceeded to win everything under the sun at Stamford Bridge including his glorious night in Munich. He even had time to leave, come back and win another Premier League title.

The beauty of the internet age is that sites like the BBC website allow us to see how the news was interpreted at the time.

The Ivorian said this about signing for the Blues

“I want to do well with my national team and my club, so I will do my best to be better than I was last season at Marseille.

“It is a big chance for me to come here and work with the coach, and to play for my new team.”

The news came the same week as Eidur Gudjohnsen committed his future to Chelsea under Mourinho by signing a four-year contract and speculation that Tiago would not be signed from Benfica (he did sign btw).

Controversial executive Peter Kenyon had this to say at the time

“I think his record speaks for itself,” he said. “I and everyone else feel confident that the money spent on him will be paid back in doing what he does best – by scoring goals. We are happy with the price we will pay. Didier is one of the most exciting strikers around.”

Chelsea fans were mixed in their response particularly given the popularity of Eidur Gudjonsen who would continue to achieve great things at the Bridge.

“I think  Drogba will have a hard time ousting the ice man Eidur”

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