There does not seem to be an ideal month this summer for clubs to make their changes and Chelsea appear to be a club that has a number of concerns during the off-season.
Thierry Courtois, the father of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, has criticised the way in which the English media treats his son.
Chelsea star Olivier Giroud suffered a World Cup scare while playing for France as Les Bleus played out to a 1-1 draw in a friendly international against the United States on Saturday.
It is a season that Chelsea will want to forget in a hurry, as they saw their defence of the Premier League title fail to lift off from the beginning, whilst a number of problems continue to swirl around Stamford Bridge heading into next year’s campaign.
Chelsea ended a dreadful season with the FA Cup victory against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. However, many around Stamford Bridge will see that as a minor success in a year that should have promised a lot.
Chelsea may have had a disappointing season (tempered slightly by the recent FA Cup final win), but they still have a host of players representing their respective countries during this summer’s World Cup.
With the 2018 FIFA World Cup less than a month away, the 23-man England squad was announced on Wednesday. There were places for two Chelsea players as Gary Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were both selected for the tournament in Russia. The former has been to a World Cup before in Brazil four years ago but it will be a completely new experience for his younger teammate.
Antonio Conte is not expected to see the summer through as Chelsea boss following the end to their devastating season and the media have been speculating in their droves about who could be the potential successor to try to rectify the problems they have had.
The race for the top four has been close this season, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham all in the hunt for the final two qualifying spots. Liverpool’s goal difference could prove to be crucial come the end of the season, with its superiority over Chelsea’s goal difference demonstrating a gulf in attacking talent.
After the heights of last season, when Antonio Conte and his three-man centre defence carried all before them, 2017-18 has been somewhat disappointing for Chelsea.
Chelsea fans have taken to social media to thank outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for selling Olivier Giroud in January, as the striker looks set to become the next cult favourite at the Bridge.
The end of the season is fast approaching and change is expected at Chelsea during the summer. However, the Blues are heading into the period severely unprepared.
Chelsea have confirmed that they will take place in the International Champions Cup next summer for the fifth straight season, with the tournament deciding to get bigger by moving to a global audience.
Chelsea will most likely be playing their European football in the Europa League next season, after a poor Premier League campaign has seen them take a hard fall from grace. Things have not worked out well for Antonio Conte’s side in their defence of the title, which has also seen them fall out of the top four.
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.
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?
The international break is finally over for another couple of months and the Chelsea players will be returning to Cobham with Tottenham Hotspur taking their focus on Sunday, a side that have not been able to beat the Blues at Stamford Bridge in 28 years.
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 the international break halfway through this weekend as the Premier League pauses, a number of Chelsea players are keeping fit by representing their countries ahead of, for many, this summer’s World Cup tournament which takes place in Russia.
Chelsea returned to Barcelona for the first time last week since their heroics in the 2012 Champions League semifinals. Fernando Torres was the hero for the Blues on that night, having come off the bench – what wouldn’t the Londoners have given for another individual to step up in their loss to the Blaugrana this term?
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.
With only about 11 matches to go for each team, the Premier League is entering its home stretch, and on the surface, a lot of the drama has already been sapped from the finish. Right now, Man City are being tipped to wrap up the Premier League title in record time, 16 points clear at the top with this much time to go. Naturally, this is a little bit of a downer for Chelsea supporters, and for football fans in general.
It certainly hasn’t been a campaign to remember for Chelsea so far, especially after they steamrolled their way to the league title last term. However, with them currently occupying fourth place in the Premier League, it’s not all bad for the Blues with the strong possibility of Champions League qualification for next season.
After their 3-0 win over Newcastle in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round, Chelsea were drawn against Hull City in the fifth round and we take a look at their last three meetings with the Tigers.
The transfer saga concerning the potential move of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid has taken yet another twist, one that Chelsea fans might take some confidence from. Ever since the rumours began a couple of years ago, it has looked as though Hazard has been on the verge of a big money switch to the Spanish capital but until now, it has never materialised.