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.
Eighteen months ago, Chelsea were coming off their worst finish in the Premier League table since 1996. The season ahead offered no Champions League football – a competition in which the Blues have become a mainstay – and the uncertainty of a new manager attempting to right the ship. Everyone knows how that turned out. Chelsea had the title locked up weeks before the season officially ended. With fans expecting a repeat campaign, hopes were high for potentially a third title in four seasons. However, going into this weekend’s match against Southampton, Chelsea sat in third, 11 points back of leaders Manchester City. So, what happened? Have Chelsea taken a slight step back or have other clubs improved around them?
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals draw was made last week at the Kremlin in Moscow, the main host city for the tournament next summer. The event saw all 32 teams placed into eight different groups. As one of Europe’s biggest sides, Chelsea will have a strong contingent of players on show in Russia. Blues players could feature in up to nine of the nations that will be competing next year and today, we take a look at them.
Fans of any club that has ever competed in the UEFA Champions League will tell you that there are no nights as good as Champions League nights. Chelsea players and fans alike have enjoyed plenty of these over the years, especially since Roman Abramovich took over at Stamford Bridge, and here are, arguably, the three very best.
Over the years, there have been plenty of brilliant goalkeepers that have pulled on the Chelsea shirt, whether they have been challenging for Champions League glory or consolidating top-flight survival.
Chelsea have a rich history of buying talented African players and over the years, some brilliant players from the world’s second-largest continent have pulled on the blue shirt of Chelsea Football Club. Some of them have been instrumental in winning trophies while others have failed to live up to the hype.
Chelsea are known for an impressive, or infamous, loan network – depending on your viewpoint. There has been a swarm of players that have come and gone in the blink of an eye. Some have even grabbed some medals in their short careers at Stamford Bridge. There have been big names forgotten and small names never remembered.
Chelsea’s continued desire to find a long-term replacement for club legend Didier Drogba seems like a thankless and never-ending task. Costa’s leaving under a cloud, there are mixed feelings over Lukaku and now Morata shoulders the task of leading the club to glory, albeit with some very capable help from Hazard, Kante and co.
Alvaro Morata is not simply keeping up with the Premier League’s leading goal scorers, he is actually the deadliest of them all so far this season, according to the stats book.
The 1982-83 season will go down in the history books as one of Chelsea’s worst ever, as the Blues narrowly avoided relegation to the then third division. Former club chairman Ken Bates promised fans at the end of the season that the disaster would never be repeated again.
The astronomical wages earned by footballers is a topic that is subject to countless debate. Are our favourite athletes being overpaid for kicking a ball around a pitch? Or are they being justly rewarded for helping entertain and unite millions of people around the world, as well as generating big business for their clubs?