The season is not over but with nothing else left to win the Chelsea 2015/2016 planning starts now.
This summer is going to be interesting, mainly because the other teams in the league are going to buy in order to strengthen. Manchester City might need a serious overhaul and new manager, and Arsenal…will probably just buy more attacking players instead of what they actually need. The wild card is Manchester United, who might pose a threat under Louis Van Gaal next season if he can get the right players to balance his squad and fill the holes.
Chelsea however will see changes too. First, and most tragic, is Petr Cech leaving. I was hoping Cech would retire here, but he is a top 3 keeper, and so is Courtois. That situation can’t stay the same forever, and one of them has to leave. As much as I hate to say it, the team has to look to the future, and Courtois is young enough to be part of that future, Cech is not. He wants to play for a top team, and this summer will have plenty of offers. I will be sad to see him go however.
As I mentioned earlier in the post, we need some better cover for the center midfield and attacking midfield positions, so that suspensions and injuries don’t disrupt the team in the way they did this season. This need not be a massive influx of players, maybe one signing in each position should suffice, and then bring in several young players. Ruben Loftus-Cheek would actually be sufficient if Mikel doesn’t leave this summer, though I suspect the Nigerian might be on his way out.
He will also be missed, and he was always one of my favourite players at the club.
I’m curious as to whether or not Drogba will stay as a player. He provided some massive goals this season, but everyone could see that his age was finally catching up to him, and he didn’t have the legs to threaten as he once used to. I wonder if Patrick Bamford is brought in next season to provide a third option, or if Drogba will continue to play for one more season as third choice.
But I am glad him and Remy were brought in, because they scored massive goals when Costa was gone, and deputized ably.
Next season, I would like to Chelsea retain the league title, and also win at least one of the domestic cups again. A league and cup double is always so satisfying. I also expect them to move further into the Champions League next season, ideally to win it. The squad we have is excellent now, and with some more depth, means we can rest big players to keep them fresh for the big CL games. I think this squad can handle the big guns next season, be it Madrid, Barca or Bayern, and there is no excuse for at least not making it to the semi finals.
This season actually saw two different versions of Chelsea. In the first half of the season, Chelsea played some really beautiful football. There was quick passing, chance creation, trickery, flair, speed, and good defending as well. It was pleasing on the eye and saw plenty of goals. However, January saw a different Chelsea side, that started grinding out wins slowly and methodically.
Whether it was due to fatigue, critical injuries or suspensions or teams adapting to their style of play, Chelsea fell out of the attacking rhythm they had developed in the first few months of the season.
But Mourinho knows how to get results, and he set his team out to win, and win they did. Consistently, methodically, one game at a time. It is this consistency that saw Chelsea win the league. The team were top of the league since day 1, and lost only twice all season, freak results that no one really saw coming. Some weak refereeing in big games meant Chelsea had to settle for draws with the big teams instead of wins, but those results ended up working out in Chelsea’s favour anyway.
But it was crucial wins against Everton, QPR, West Ham and Hull that saw Chelsea pull ahead of Manchester City, who had drawn level on points with Chelsea in January when the team lost 5-3 to Tottenham of all teams (Shocking right?). But as the second half of the season wore on, Chelsea pulled away from City again, creating another big gap in points.
It is typical of Mourinho sides, but this Chelsea side just know how to win. Whenever a goal was needed, someone stepped up and provided it. Whenever a good defensive performance was needed, the team dug in, rolled up their sleeves and got the job done.
Whenever a big a game was played in the league, Chelsea focused and kept their shape, using counter attacks to devastating effect. Nice performances are great, but wins are what matter, and Chelsea developed a knack of getting those 3 points every game, somehow, someway. That’s how champions are made, and that’s how champions stay at the top.
Yesterday Chelsea won the Premier League with three games to spare underlining the force of nature and hunger for winning at Stamford Bridge. This hunger extends beyond the first team and has permeated across the English game at a Mens, Womens and Youth level, even our loanees have been getting in on the act.
This Chelsea meme shows the dominance that the Blues have had in English football this season across all levels of the game.
Premier League Champions – won with three games to go, we are Champions for the first time in five years
League Cup Champions – As in his first season at the Bridge this was Mourinho’s first trophy that was followed up with a Premier League title
UEFA Youth Cup Champions – The U19’s beat Shaktar Donestk to win the UEFA Youth Cup as part of an exciting double for our youth team
FA Youth Cup Champions – For the second year in a row our u18’s won the most prized competition in domestic youth football with talented players such as Dominic Solanke starring.
Championship Player Of The Year – Patrick Bamford’s goals on loan to Middlesbrough earned him the player of the year award in the Championship.
Women’s Player Of The Year – Ji So-Yun won the PFA Women’s player of the year award and the Chelsea Ladies team sit top of the Womens Super League. Whatever level or competition across the board the blues are dominating.
Six Players In The Player Of The Year Team – Chelsea players took more than half the spots in the PFA team of the year – John Terry, Diego Costa, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic, Eden Hazard, Nemanja Matic
PFA Player of The Year – Eden Hazard took home the PFA player of the year award ahead of Harry Kane and co
At FamousCFC.com we are the most cautious and superstitious fans you could imagine, however after Leicester we cannot help but feel wholly optimistic and borderline celebratory.
It has been a long season and a nervy couple of month but it now seems that Chelsea are set to win the Premier League at a canter.
It is now a case of when and not if we will win the title as even if our closest rivals win all their games in the run in only Arsenal can currently overhaul the blues with 15 points to win and the Blues 13 ahead.
It is conceivable the Blues could lose their last four games of the season and still lift the trophy. Yet with three of our four remaining games at home it would be a brave man that would predict Chelsea will triple their number of season defeats.
Victory against Leicester means that a win at home to Crystal Palace would see the Blues win the trophy with three games to spare, which will be one hell of a statement given the jealous charge of “boring” being levied by rival fans.
Win It Against Palace
The hope among Chelsea fans will be that the league is won against Crystal Palace on Sunday giving fans an afternoon in central London to properly celebrate and be 100% sure that the job is done.
Another side effect of this would be that Liverpool have confirmed that they would give Chelsea a guard of honour should Chelsea have won the league ahead of the fixture between the two clubs.
Something that would be incredibly satisfying given the history between the two clubs and that Chelsea were instrumental in denying the scousers a title last season.
It should be a great day out and we look forward to a brilliant day in London and hopefully a party on the Fulham road.
Saturday’s game was huge for Chelsea and here are some videos of just before the end of the game and outside Stamford Bridge. The photo was taken just before kick off in the Matthew Harding Upper against Manchester United.
With Chelsea set to play Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in a crunch game with the title on the horizon it seem appropriate to look back through the archives and past performances.
Both sides have some great flare players in their teams with Hazard, Mata, Oscar, Di Maria and Rooney all likely to have some involvement and each capable of producing something out of this world to make their mark on the game.
With so much at stake a moment of magic could be the difference between the two sides today and in the past when you think of magic and Chelsea a diminutive Italian comes to mind and as you would expect he has a beauty of a goal against Manchester United in the archive.
The goal we are sharing with you comes from way back in 1997, Ruud Guillit was in charge and it was a time when Chelsea were still a few months away from winning the FA Cup. Which was the first major domestic trophy won by the club for 26 years that would forever write the name Roberto Di Matteo into folklore.
Manchester United were on a comfortable march to the title, whilst Chelsea would finish 6th, which for the time was another step forwards as teh club moved from mid table mediocrity towards being the force in English football we all know today.
Chelsea made an barnstorming start to the match with Zola setting the world alight with an amazing goal, he twisted and turned beating players this way and that before slamming the ball home with only 2 minutes on the clock. A young David Beckham equalised but Chelsea gained a respectable draw and Zola once again underlined his immense quality and ability to change a game.
So let’s just take a minute to see and appreciate the brilliance of this moment from one of Chelsea’s greatest ever players Gianfranco Zola
This summer will see Chelsea Football Club wave goodbye to Samsung as our shirt sponsor with Yokohama taking over.
Samsung have been emblazoned on the front of our shirts for nine years, during which time Chelsea have won everything domestically and in Europe with the exception of the European Super Cup. In fact you could say that Samsung have got excellent exposure as winners during their time in the hotseat.
Chelsea have won the following since 2005/2006
Two Premier League titles
More FA Cups than you can shake a stick at
One European Cup
One Europa League
Some Community Shields
At least one League Cup (its hard to keep up)
The announcement of a new primary sponsor always gets people excited as it means that there will be an inevitable change in kit and often a change in style. Over the last few generations Chelsea have had some iconic kits and the sponsor plays a part in that. From Commodore to Coors when I think of iconic players such as Lampard, Zola and co I can clearly see the sponsors logo emblazoned on their head.
Here is one of the theories as to what the shirt could look like
Computer company, hardly rock and roll but Amiga was on our shirts for our first Cup finals in more than 25 years and the first kits I remember, I will always love them.
US based beer maker, they graced the chest of Dennis Wise, Gianfranco Zola, Roberto Di Matteo and Gianluca Vialli and were sponsors for the 1997 FA Cup Final. To prove advertising works, I still look to see if the bar I am in serves their lager. Who can forget this gem.
Showing my buddy old Chelsea kits with Coors sponsor, I ran across this beauty. Looks like a grandpa shirt from Sears. pic.twitter.com/XpeHSw0D — Brandon Sparks (@SportLogoPundit) May 19, 2012
Hardly rock and roll but success continued under this windshield replacement company. They also were the sponsors for this my favourite Chelsea away kit
FLY EMIRATES (2001-05)
Although now associated with Arsenal, the Middle Eastern airline a forerunner of a previous sponsor Gulf Air sponsored Chelsea in their first foray into British sponsorship. They were on the chest of Frank Lampard at the Reebok as he scored the goals that saw Chelsea lift their first ever Premier League trophy. It almost feels like sacrilidge that they are now associated with Arsenal.
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Charlie Adam beat Thibaut Courtois with a swerving strike from 60 yards to score a goal that will be remembered as one of the most iconic in Premier League history.
Whilst some people may be looking to blame Thibaut Courtois for his positioning, this is wholly unfair, instead we should just appreciate that Adam scored a world class goal and respect that. But rather than focus too much on a member of the opposition, this is an opportunity to see some beautiful goals scored by Chelsea players throughout our history.
We have gone through the archives with CampoRetro to find some iconic goals from Chelsea legends over the years!
Gianfranco Zola Backheel
Playing against Norwich in the FA Cup Gianfranco Zola scored a goal that defies belief. A sidefooted back heeled volley into the top corner, a magical goal with added poignance when we found out that Zola had promised to dedicate his next goal to terminally ill child who had died days before.
One of Chelsea’s greatest ever players he was a true magician and this goal sums up how he could create something from nothing.
Mario Stanic Opening Day v West Ham
After winning the FA Cup in 2000, Chelsea signed two expert finishers in Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. However on his Premier League debut fellow new signing Mario Stanic announced himself to the world.
He controls the ball, flicks it up a few times then volleys it into the net in a emphatic opening day victory.
Roberto Di Matteo FA Cup Final Goal
The Champions League winning manager also scored one of the quickest and stunning goals in FA Cup Final history. After just 43 seconds against Middlesbrough he unleashed a shot into the top corner just at the Chelsea fans got to the crescendo of 10 men went to mow. Poetic and awe inspiring this goal helped deliver Chelsea’s first trophy in more than 25 years.
Yesterday was a game of contradictions, despite one of our best performances at home for a couple of months, we only just limped over the line against Stoke City. The game was packed with incident, a world class goal and a potentially medium term injury to Diego Costa.
During the game we dominated possession and attempts in a high tempo and dominant performance yet lacked the goals, meaning we relied on errors to secure the points.
The Chelsea goals came from a penalty and quick thinking from Willian after a mistake from Amir Begovic with Hazard taking it on and giving Loic Remy a tap in.
The Stoke goal was one for the ages, an iconic goal that could win goal of the decade let alone goal of the year. Breaking from a suspected foul on Eden Hazard 80 yards from goal Stoke brought the ball out and seeing Courtois off his like, let fly with a swerving shot from 65 yards that a scrambling Courtois could only parry into the net.
The star performers of the game were Willian and Eden Hazard. Willian was tireless in his work and was bright to set up the winning move. Hazard was magnificent drifting all over the pitch, taking on defenders, holding the ball and setting up chance after chance.
With Chelsea level at half time Mourinho took a gamble by bringing on Diego Costa for an ineffective Oscar, the gamble did not work as Costa lasted just 10 minutes before limping off with a hamstring injury that could keep him out for weeks.
Therefore the impetus was on Remy and Drogba as it may be for a key part of the season to get the decisive goal.
A world class goal but Chelsea take the points in a commanding performance that lacked the ruthless streak of goals. The title mathematics is now five wins and a draw from 8 games and no one will be able to catch Chelsea.