The 2017/18 Premier League season is nearing its climax and after a weak title defence from Chelsea, it seems as though they are looking to strengthen their side in an attempt to reclaim their crown. The Blues’ slim chance of making the Champions League might make it harder for them to attract new players.
In the Wembley sunshine on Sunday afternoon, Chelsea booked their place in the Emirates FA Cup final after beating Southampton 2-0. Antonio Conte’s side will face Manchester United after the Red Devils came from behind to beat Tottenham 2-1 on Saturday. Goals from Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata after half-time confirmed a comfortable victory in the end.
Just three days before their FA Cup semi-final with Southampton, Chelsea travelled to Turf Moor to face an in-form Burnley side. The Blues made sure they didn’t slip up with a 2-1 victory thanks to Victor Moses’ winner after Ashley Barnes had cancelled out Kevin Long’s first-half own goal.
As Chelsea came from two goals down to rescue a brilliant 3-2 win against Southampton in Saturday’s early kick-off, one of the main talking points was a challenge from Marcos Alonso on Shane Long that many deemed he should have been sent off for.
Michy Batshuayi has enjoyed some good vital game time during his time on loan at Dortmund, scoring seven Bundesliga goals in the process. However, his domestic season has been cut short with a suspected broken ankle that he suffered in the Ruhr derby against Schalke, where his loan side lost 2-0.
In Saturday’s early kick-off in the Premier League, Chelsea survived a scare against relegation-threatened Southampton as they had to come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2. Olivier Giroud’s brace off the bench led the revival, with Eden Hazard getting the other one. These goals came after Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek had given the Saints a strong lead.
After such a dominating title win last season, this term has been a shock to the system for Chelsea as they are almost guaranteed to miss out on a `Champions League place. A 3-1 loss to Tottenham and a 1-1 draw with West Ham has left them ten points behind Spurs with just four games left.
After a thrilling Manchester derby on Saturday evening, there was a chance of an exciting London derby on Sunday afternoon. However, as Chelsea surrendered yet another one-goal lead, they had to settle for a rather stale 1-1 draw with West Ham. Javier Hernandez’s ninth goal against the Blues cancelled out Cesar Azpilicueta’s scruffy opener.
Fading hopes of a top-four finish aren’t Chelsea fans’ only worries, as their former stars, Mo Salah and Kevin De Bruyne are the two front-runners for the Premier League’s PFA Player of the Year.
The deeply saddening news broke on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 4 that Ray Wilkins passed away as a result of a heart attack he suffered on Friday, March 30. To say it shocked the footballing world would be a complete understatement, as an outpour of kind words and tributes flooded in from his former colleagues, friends and members of the public.
Chelsea needed to avoid defeat at all costs in their Easter Sunday clash with Tottenham to keep any hopes of a top-four finish alive. However, after going a goal ahead through Alvaro Morata, the hosts were brought crashing back down to earth. Christian Eriksen brought Spurs level before a Dele Alli brace sealed his side’s first win at Stamford Bridge for 28 years.
One of the biggest ongoing stories at Chelsea involves the loan move of Michy Batshuayi to Borussia Dortmund and how successful it has been so far. The Blues themselves haven’t had the best of luck in front of goal since his temporary departure which begs the question: why did Antonio Conte let him leave?
Just because the transfer window isn’t currently open, it doesn’t mean that deals aren’t being agreed daily throughout the season. Many clubs prefer to operate outside of the designated windows as it’s easier to keep signings quiet. There is one deal that looks as good as done that will see Crewe Alexandra forward George Nunn move to Chelsea for a fee believed to be around £300,000.
With a former Chelsea player currently lighting up the Premier League in his second stint in England, Blues fans might want to see some positive news about some of their former goalscorers. While Mohamed Salah is steaming towards his first Golden Boot, there’s no place for him in this list of Chelsea’s top 5 Premier League goalscorers.
With Europe’s big leagues taking breaks in line with international football taking place, there is time for negotiations at club level. That is exactly what’s happened this week as Antonio Conte has reportedly held talks with Paris Saint-Germain, who are thought to be looking to replace Unai Emery after another unsuccessful UEFA Champions League campaign.
Lionel Messi finally ended his goal drought against Chelsea in the first and second legs of Barcelona’s last-16 tie with the Blues. After a 1-1 draw in the first-leg, Antonio Conte’s side travelled to the Camp Nou in hope of a historic night but they were beaten 3-0 and Barca’s pint-sized magician was a class above the rest.
At the end of a week where they were comfortably beaten 3-0 Barcelona, Chelsea made sure they weren’t knocked out of the FA Cup. The Blues overcame a spirited Leicester side after extra time and booked their place in the semifinal at Wembley against Southampton. Goals from Spanish pair Alvaro Morata and Pedro either side of Jamie Vardy’s equaliser were enough to see them through.
Chelsea knew they had a lot to do when they travelled to Camp Nou on Wednesday night after the 1-1 draw in the first-leg. However, after just three minutes, Antonio Conte’s side had the steepest of mountains to climb which they failed to do, losing 3-0 on the night and 4-1 on aggregate. Lionel Messi got the first and the third goals with Ousmane Dembele getting a brilliant second in between.
As it does every year, the transfer rumour mill has continued to spin despite the summer window staying closed until June 9. With rumours flying about, one that Chelsea fans can finally take some excitement from is one involving Ousmane Dembele, who is open to a move to Stamford Bridge amidst talk of a Barcelona exit.
Chelsea romped to the Premier League title last term after finishing seven points ahead of their London rivals, Tottenham. The Blues won 30 of the 38 matches, with 13 of them coming consecutively from the start of October to the end of December and Antonio Conte was praised for his ‘three at the back’ tactics that he became known for during his time at Juventus. However, now he is facing the sack as his side sit outside of the Champions League places. Here are three potential managers that may come in to replace him.
Saturday’s late kick-off could have been a banana skin for Chelsea as Crystal Palace made the trip to Stamford Bridge. However, the Blues didn’t allow that to happen with a narrow 2-1 win, thanks to Willian’s opener and a Martin Kelly own goal. Patrick van Aanholt scored in the dying minutes but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation.
Sunday proved yet another frustrating night match for Chelsea fans as they saw their team fail to put up a fight in their 1-0 loss to Manchester City. The lack of work rate from the players was one of the major criticisms of the Blues’ performance but their star man has chosen something else to pick out after the weak showing.
Chelsea had to right the wrongs from last week’s performance away at Man United but made things worse with an abysmal showing where they were very lucky to come away with a 1-0 loss against Manchester City. Bernardo Silva’s first-half goal was the difference at the Etihad as the Blues were brushed aside by another textbook Pep Guardiola masterclass.
Chelsea succumbed to yet another defeat last weekend, this time a disappointing 2-1 loss away at Manchester United. While Romelu Lukaku’s man-of-the-match performance stole the headlines for the United fans, it was the substitution of Eden Hazard that grabbed the Blues headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Alvaro Morata isn’t having the best season by anyone’s standards and his on-field struggles are being matched off the pitch as his teammates have said that he whinges far too much.