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Were Norwich the perfect Chelsea tune-up for Manchester United?
08:01 Wednesday 30th October 2019

I am convinced that on some level, even if it was only subconscious, most of the Love United, Hate Glazers mob were rooting for Norwich City to run riot over the Red Devils at Carrow Road. The Canaries green and yellow kit recalls the old Newton…

Champions League
2019/20 Champions League Preview
08:01 Tuesday 17th September 2019

In a throwback to the days of the British Empire, the Premier League dominated the football map in May and June, sending four clubs to the Champions and Europa League finals. Tonight, the rest of the world finally has a chance to answer the…

Premier League
13 worst 2019/20 Premier League decisions to date
08:01 Friday 13th September 2019

Welcome to Friday the 13th, Premier League style. You might want to watch your step. Certainly, superstitious players and managers step lightly whenever this notoriously unlucky day rolls around. Worse, today is just the campaign's first…

Premier League
Lampard following Sarri's tactics with N'Golo Kante
09:02 Sunday 18th August 2019

Any comparison between Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard is ridiculous. Both came to Chelsea with questions about their readiness to take on a top-six Premier League side but one had far more on his CV to justify the opportunity. The Italian…

Premier League
Will Chelsea allow Frank Lampard to promote young talent?
08:30 Sunday 16th June 2019

Barcelona has La Masia. Manchester City has their Elite Development Squad. Ajax has its Youth Academy. None of these clubs has as many young players featuring on loan for other European clubs as Chelsea. Before the 2018/19 campaign finished,…

Premier League
Who cares if English football isn't ready for Emma Hayes?
08:00 Thursday 30th May 2019

Football is not baseball but bigotry is bigotry. I write this having read my colleague Dan Whelan’s opinion on Emma Hayes’ interest in managing the Chelsea men’s team. Understand that I don’t consider Dan to be a bigot.…

Managerial News
Is Juventus Sarri's great Chelsea escape?
15:00 Wednesday 29th May 2019

If Maurizio Sarri’s time at Chelsea were to end tomorrow, don’t be surprised if it comes as some sort of relief for the Italian. More so if his next job takes him home to his beloved Italy. And where better than to manage Juventus? The…

Premier League
Why is Chelsea failing the eye test?
09:00 Friday 24th May 2019

Last year, West Ham chief scout Tony Henry lost his job for categorising African players as “troublemakers”. He admitted the club avoided signing them after a bad experience or two.  Once Henry was sacked, the furore subsided…

Champions League
Britannia Rules the Super Cup
08:00 Sunday 19th May 2019

English football fans are abuzz about Premier League teams annexing both European trophies. Some forget there's a third. At summer's end, the Champions and Europa League winners will meet at the Vodafone Park in Istanbul for the UEFA…

Premier League
Premier League juggernauts preparing to invade Europe
09:00 Monday 22nd April 2019

Fans of European Leagues sound like Claude Juncker. The EU Brexit negotiator spends most press conferences repeating how UK citizens overvalue themselves. Similarly, La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga enthusiasts insist Premier League followers…

Premier League
Can Chelsea make sense of the Kepa substitution row?
08:00 Thursday 28th February 2019

Kepa Arrizabalaga stunned the football world when he refused to be substituted in extra time's final minutes during the League Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City. For a club under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons recently,…

Premier League
Did John Terry just game the Chelsea propaganda machine?
08:00 Tuesday 26th February 2019

Humans are hierarchal. We need leaders even if it’s only to tear them down. At the same time that we criticise leaders, we expect others within an organization to follow the chain of command. That is why Kepa Arrizabalaga’s behaviour…

Tactical Analysis
Do some players just rub managers the wrong way?
08:00 Monday 28th January 2019

We all encounter people we just can't stand to be around. Take it from me, the worst thing you can do is marry them. When you and your partner have different ideas about everything, it's difficult to build a functional let alone lasting…

Premier League
Is Mateo Kovacic Chelsea's James Rodriguez?
08:00 Tuesday 28th August 2018

Real Madrid's two most promising players are on loan. James Rodriguez is with Bayern Munich, Mateo Kovacic Chelsea.After tasting the joy of regular minutes at a top club, neither may wish to return. Rodriguez became an integral part of…

Premier League
Can Kepa Arrizabalaga replace Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea?
15:00 Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Chelsea announced the club-record signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for €80million. The Blues triggered the release clause just after Thibaut Courtois left for Real Madrid. This deal also included Mateo Kovacic…