Stories about Chelsea

Can Arsenal win the Premier League 2013-2014?

The 2013-14 Premier League season is said to be the most anticipated one in recent years. The competition is fiercer than any other league in the world, with six clubs battling it out for glory. Every club, who is entering this year’s campaign, has its own distinct story. Jose Mourinho’s return has instilled new spirit within Chelsea, while David Moyes is struggling to fill in Sir Alex Ferguson’s shoes at Old Trafford. Tottenham’s new summer signings are starting to bear fruit and Andre Villas-Boas is intent to prove that the Spurs are still a quality side without Gareth Bale. Manuel Pellegrini is looking to bring ...

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5 reasons why Arsenal will win the English Premiere League

“Football fans are fickle in nature.”  This is the claim that I am sure Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger, will make for the rapid turn his fortune took within the span of a few weeks. Just a few weeks ago, however, on the opening day of the season when Arsenal suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Aston Villa, its fans were chanting,  “You don’t know what you are doing.” Needless to say that the atmosphere was all doom and gloom then. However, six weeks after that Villa disaster, the tide has completely turned in Wenger’s favour and Arsenal is currently sitting ...

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Out with Di Matteo, in with Benitez

It’s been a long standing quote that a week is a long time in football. In this case, in fact, it was five days ─ from last Saturday to this Wednesday. The Saturday brought the mouthwatering North London derby and its share of controversy. As the commentator said, “It had to be him,” Adebayor sent off when Spurs seemed to have a better hand in the clash. Traditionally, the clash of Arsenal with Tottenham Hotspurs is only second to the Liverpool derby and players being sent off is fairly common. Adebayor ─ once of Arsenal, and loved in the Islington area ...

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Finally, Chelsea!

It took nine long years, eight different managers (and more than £60 million in compensation for the termination of their respective contracts), innumerable player signings worth millions and several occasions of heartbreak, but at long last, Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea have finally gotten their hands on the European Cup. A penalty shoot-out victory over Bayern Munich ensured the illustrious trophy went to Stamford Bridge (or indeed any London club) for the very first time. The talismanic touch of interim coach Roberto Di Matteo worked again as his team defied the odds to win ...

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10 exits to Chelsea FC downfall

Unsurprisingly, the Chelsea Football Club (CFC) has sacked yet another manager; their eighth in the ninth season by, Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich who owns the club. To many who have been following the track of results, Andre Villas-Boas’ departure comes as little surprise. Rather, many figured it was more of a question of ‘when’, than ‘if’, the young Portuguese manager was shown the door. But for the millions of Chelsea fans around the world, this is move will put forth more questions than answers. Was it his tactics, is player power really that strong in the dressing room, how do we ...

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Racism and football

The 2011-12 English Premier League (EPL) football season will forever be remembered for all the wrong reasons. While the football on display has hardly lit up the televisions this season, other incidents on and off the pitch have revived the long-standing controversy of racism among players and supporters. The embarrassing developments first occurred in a league match in October 2011 between rivals Manchester United and Liverpool, in which the latter’s Luis Suarez allegedly racially abused the former’s Patrice Evra, a coloured player. Suarez later admitted to calling him a “negro”. He was subsequently banned for eight matches by the Football ...

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The inadequacies of ‘Financial Fair Play’

There’s an ongoing debate over the financial muscle of ‘big clubs’ and the amount of money they throw on player transfers – extraordinary amounts of money are seen being splashed out in the transfer window even with the existence of what we’ve come to know as an ‘economic recession’. While clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester City have bored followers by their excessive transfer spending, the recent excursion into the window by Chelsea has raised quite a few eyebrows among the general public and UEFA officials. UEFA’s answer to all these problems is the controversial ‘Financial Fair Play’ legislation. ...

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Chelsea’s detrimental obsession

Another year has gone by, and Chelsea still waits to win the European Cup. The Blues were well beaten by a Manchester United team who Marseille manager Didier Deschamps claimed lacked fantasy and who Spurs boss Harry Redknapp stated were winning the league by default. It was a disappointing exit for Chelsea who have been banging on the door year after year but have not been let in despite spending millions and changing managers. It was built up to be a classic all-English quarter-final between two giants that were in no mood to miss a chance to reach a London final. ...

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Jose Mourinho: Truly a special one

Jose Mourinho is popularly known as “the special one”, a self-proclaimed title that was later taken up by the British media. People will argue about his coaching style (and they have a right to) but if there is one thing Jose Mourinho is, it is efficient. He has moved from Porto to Chelsea to Inter Milan and now to Real Madrid. He has won the respective leagues and has also won domestic cup competitions with three of the four teams. With Inter Milan and Porto he won the UEFA champions league and it is safe to say that he rarely loses ...

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Chelsea and Liverpool: Will the winter of discontent continue?

For more than just a few teams in top flight football across Europe this winter has been one to forget. Previous performances by clubs that were full of confidence and potential seem to have been completely disregarded as bookies across the world collectively scratch their heads with respect to the question of who will win the Premiership this year. There are however a few very realistic assumptions that one can make about the fall from grace for Chelsea and Liverpool thus far. Chelsea As an AC Milan man myself, I can attest to the quality of Ancelloti’s coaching. He is most ...

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