Category: chelsea

Match Preview : Chelsea (A)

Best time or worst time to play Chelsea? After all the brouhaha over the Carabao Cup final defeat and the Sarri-Kepa fiasco, playing Spurs at home might either see Chelsea rise to the occasion or fall apart in acrimony. 

In any case, Stamford Bridge has historically not been a happy hunting ground for Spurs and this might well be one that will be too difficult to win. 

However, after the Burnley loss, it’s likely that manager Mauricio Pochettino would have motivated the players to redeem themselves at the Bridge. 

On the injury front, Eric Dier and Dele Alli continue to miss out and with Harrry Kane coming through his goal-scoring return at Turf Moor unscathed, Spurs look stronger than the last time they played at the Bridge in the Carabao Cup Final. 

Could this be Spurs’ first league draw of the season? It’s been coming…

Possible lineup – Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Son, Kane. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

As usual, Poch provides some perspective in hi…

As usual, Poch provides some perspective in his post-match analysis of the Chelsea penalty shoot-out defeat in the Carabao Cup Semi-Final 2nd leg.

Love his positive attitude, despite the massive disappointment. You could see his reaction when Fernando Llorente missed a gilt-edged chance to put Spurs in the lead on aggregate. He is hurting inside but is thinking of the fans, the players and the club he represents. 

HE’S MAGIC YOU KNOW.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane makes most of VAR to pu…

Tottenham’s Harry Kane makes most of VAR to put Chelsea on back foot:

Constantly reminded of Jermaine Jenas’ comment that Spurs cannot play badly and win. Well, he has been proven wrong so many times this season that Jenas looks silly now. 

All that matters is the result, a slender lead to take to the Bridge. What is more significantly is that Spurs have not conceded in 2019! Long may it continue!!

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

Match Preview : Chelsea (Home) Carabao Cup Sem…

Spurs are potentially three wins away from lifting the Carabao Cup! 

Much will be made about Spurs emphatic victory over Chelsea at Wembley recently but of course, this is an entirely new ball game and what happened before will have little bearing. 

I expect a full-strength (more or less) Spurs side to win this but will it be as comprehensive as the Premier League match? Hard to say though potentially, Spurs are in good enough form to do so. 

It’s all about mentality in my view. 

Expected line-up : Gazzaniga, Trippier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!!

Match Preview : Chelsea (Home)

A season-defining sequence of matches coming up for Spurs – with Chelsea (H), Inter (H) and Arsenal (A) ahead in the coming week. 

First up, unbeaten Chelsea who – true to form – have responded very positively to a new manager – and yet only reside a point ahead of Spurs in the Premier League table. 

Considering how easily the likes of Liverpool and Man City took points off Spurs at Wembley, I am not expecting much from this game. 

Much will depend on how solid we are at the back and the return of Jan Vertonghen to fitness may force Mauricio Pochettino to throw the Belgian straight into the fray, especially with Davinson Sanchez injured, and Juan Foyth only just returning from international duty from Argentina. 

Speaking of injuries, Kieron Trippier, Danny Rose and Moussa Dembele continue to be unavailable while Erik Lamela is in a similar boat as Foyth, leaving the probable line-up almost inevitable. 

Lloris, Aurier, Alderwiereld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Winks, Eriksen, Dele, Moura, Kane. 

While a win would be ideal, I fully expect Chelsea to make it difficult for us with a draw probably the best result. 

COME ON YOU SPURS!!! 

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THE PREMIER LEAGUE IS BACK

Man United opened the league with a 2-1 win over Leicester City.

Chelsea down Huddersfield 3-0.

Wolves and Everton end on level pegging.

Liverpool smash Southampton, Sadio Mane bags a brace.

Champions Man City beat Arsenal 2-0, the first Premier League game for Arsenal without Wenger since 1996!

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GOALKEEPER RECORD BROKEN

Kepa Arrizabalaga (got that on my first try without checking) has joined Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao for £71 million.

His transfer fee is the most for a goalkeeper and breaks Alisson Becker’s two week record, who broke Gianluigi Buffon’s 17 year record.

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Predicted Premier League Table 2018/19

1. Manchester City

2. Liverpool

3. Manchester United

4. Arsenal

5. Chelsea

6. Tottenham Hotspur

7. Everton

8. West Ham United

9. Leicester City

10. Wolverhampton Wanderers

11. Crystal Palace

12. Fulham

13. Burnley

14. Watford

15. Southampton

16. Brighton and Hove Albion

17. Bournemouth

18. Newcastle

19. Huddersfield

20. Cardiff City

ANOTHER SEASON, ANOTHER MANAGER Chelsea appoin…

ANOTHER SEASON, ANOTHER MANAGER
Chelsea appoint Maurizio Sarri as their new manager after sacking Antonio Conté earlier this week.

He’s Chelsea’s fourth Italian manager in the last 15 years! 🇮🇹

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