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Mike Dean Did His Best to Help Chelsea Against Arsenal

Posted on 24 Dec, 2013, by in Soccer

The London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea was a huge disappointment. Not just the goalless draw, but poor officiating, possibly even bias, from Mike Dean, allowing Chelsea players like John Obi Mikel to tackle harshly all match long without penalizing anyone, and ignoring a clear penalty by Willian on Theo Walcott. More

Chelsea FC – Oscar Epitomizing the Jose Mourinho Style

Posted on 24 Nov, 2013, by in Soccer

Falling further down the title race wasn’t an option for Chelsea, so Jose Mourinho admitted to his own mistakes by actions (never by words) and changed his formation into a 4-3-3, that gave Oscar more freedom than before in his best match of the season while Frank Lampard, one of the team’s worst players this season, was finally left with enough freedom and no central midfield responsibilities in order to look like a player worth keeping. More

Chelsea FC – Oscar Makes Jose Mourinho Look Like a Genius

Posted on 22 Sep, 2013, by in Soccer

The best thing Jose Mourinho could have hoped for after explaining to everyone why Juan Mata isn’t as important to him as he was for other Chelsea managers over the last couple of years was having Oscar start, play well and score, making the ‘Special One’ seem like the man with an answer to everything. More

Chelsea FC – Eden Hazard Can’t Play With So Many Changes Around Him

Posted on 15 Sep, 2013, by in Soccer

There’s too much change, shifting and rotating in the Chelsea lineup early on in the season, as Eden Hazard seems to be the only attacking player with an unmovable stake in the first XI, as it seems Jose Mourinho has a squad that’s a bit too big for his own good at the moment, not making the right decisions with it as well. More

Chelsea FC – Jose Mourinho is Their Edge in the Title Race

Posted on 9 Sep, 2013, by in Soccer

While bringing back Jose Mourinho doesn’t guarantee Chelsea their first Premier League title this season, it does give them an edge when it comes to the managerial position, clearly superior to those manning the job with the challenging teams. More

Chelsea FC – John Obi Mikel Waiting For a Midfield Partner

Posted on 10 May, 2013, by in Soccer

Next season, things will be different at Chelsea. Another new (possibly a returning one) manager, and more change, including to the midfield unit, which has seen too many names play next to John Obi Mikel, who has been the defensive rock in the middle of the pitch, forced to make up for the weaknesses and holes both Ramires and Frank Lampard manage to create time after time. More

Chelsea FC – Juan Mata & Eden Hazard Need Better Midfielders

Posted on 15 Apr, 2013, by in Soccer

If it wasn’t for Petr Cech, Chelsea wouldn’t have just left Wembley as the losing team but also as a humiliated one. All the talent in the world, mostly presented with the likes of Juan Mata and Eden Hazard, can’t make up for the shambles of a defensive midfield currently deployed at Chelsea, giving them less than the chance they deserve when they’re up against a quality side. More

Chelsea FC – Rafa Benitez & Fan War Hurting the Players

Posted on 12 Mar, 2013, by in Soccer

It’s hard to say it’s just a very small and vocal minority that’s against Rafa Benitez since he became the manager of Chelsea, but it’s also hard to believe fans want their team to lose if it means a change of personnel at the managerial position coming sooner than expected. More

Chelsea FC – Eden Hazard Turns The Ship Around

Posted on 11 Mar, 2013, by in Soccer

It’s hard to imagine how gloomy the situation would have been if Rafa Benitez wouldn’t have made the changed that he did early in the second half, and Chelsea wouldn’t have forced a replay. But Eden Hazard did come on, and Juan Mata did play wonderful football, and eventually, there were a few centimeters away from a huge win. More

Chelsea FC – Frank Lampard And the Non-Existent Midfield

Posted on 25 Feb, 2013, by in Soccer

You can’t win in the Premier League without a strong midfield, regardless of the flair your side possesses. An aging Frank Lampard playing next to John Obi Mikel hasn’t been the answer all season, and it wasn’t once again for Chelsea facing the best midfield unit in the top flight. More