News, commentary, tickets, pre and post match reaction alongside opinion about Chelsea FC.

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Barcelona v Chelsea Champions League Preview

Kick-off: Tuesday, 28 February 2009, 20:45 CET –Camp Nou, Barcelona

Barcelona’s Quest for Glory
This is a huge two week period for Barcelona. While all the focus in England has been on Manchester United’s pursuit of the quintuple, in Spain the talk has been all about Barcelona’s quest for a history-making treble voyage.

Barcelona faces four games that will make or break its season. Stumble at home in the first leg of the semi-final face-off with Chelsea and they can kiss their treble desires goodbye. And with Real Madrid coming up this Saturday, a trip to Stamford Bridge for the return clash next week, and a tricky meeting with Villarreal four days after that, Barcelona’s incredible season could turn very sour extremely quickly.

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Barcelona v Chelsea Preview – Memorable Encounters

champions_league5No sooner had Chelsea seen off one familiar foe in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League than another homed into view. After knocking out Liverpool in spectacular fashion in the quarter-finals, the Blues take on Barcelona in the last four. Judging by past meetings between the sides, we could be in for a tie every bit as special as Chelsea’s memorable encounter with Liverpool.

Champions League Semi-finals First Leg April 28 or 29
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Champions League Semi-finals Second Leg May 5 or 6
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Premier League Race – Who will win the title?

A month ago it was a foregone conclusion that Manchester United were going to win another Premier League title. But after back-to-back defeats and Liverpool thrashing Real Madrid, Man United and Aston Villa in their last three games the title race is back on. The International break came at a bad time for Liverpool and Chelsea. Will they be able to pick up where they left off and will Man United’s bobble continue?

The fixture list for each team is below:

  • Man Utd’s fixtures are: Aston Villa (h), Sunderland (a), Portsmouth (h), Spurs (a), Middlesbrough (a), Man City (h), Wigan (a), Arsenal (h), and Hull (a).

Chelsea lost £66 million last year

Amazing figures from Stamford Bridge today as Chelsea announce a massive £66 million loss for the year to the end of June 2008. Included in those numbers is an incredible £23 million in compensation last season after parting company with managers Jose Mourinho and Avram Grant. That figure does not include the £7.5 million it is thought that Luiz Felipe Scolari will receive after being sacked this week.

Chelsea announced that shareholder loans have been reduced to £339.8m, while shareholder capital/equity has increased to £369.9m. Basically Abramovich changed part of that investment from an interest-free loan into shares in the club. With the equity swap, Abramovich has now poured £710 million into Chelsea.


Hiddink New Chelsea Coach

Chelsea have announced that Guus Hiddink will take over as temporary coach until the end of the season. Hiddink, who will continue to coach the Russian national side, replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari, who was fired on Monday.

The Dutchman is currently in Turkey with the Russian squad and is likely to be a spectator at Chelsea’s FA Cup fifth round tie at Watford on Saturday, with the Premier League clash at Aston Villa on 21 February his first in charge.

“It’s never enough time to prepare a team in one week but this is an exceptional situation,” Hiddink added. “Chelsea have good players and they should be in top form and that should make my job easier.”

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Manchester United Defeat Chelsea Comfortably

Manchester United beat a very disappointing Chelsea team 3-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday, confirming that they are leaders Liverpool’s main challengers.

Nemanja Vidic’s header on the stroke of half-time was followed by second-half goals for Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov as the champions ran out comfortable victors.

With the loss, the pressure will continue to mount on Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari as this was one of the worst Chelsea displays I have seen in several years. Scolari seems to lack the tactical awareness of Jose Mourinho, and even Avram Grant, and he seems to have no clue as to his best line-up or formation and we are five months into the season. When you are two nil down to your main rival, is changing right backs really the best move Scolari could have made?

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Arsenal Lives!

With its Premiership title hopes hanging in the balance, Arsenal went to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge and snatched three crucial points to remain in the title hunt.  Dutch forward Robin van Persie scored two second-half goals.  The second of which all but knocked the wind out of the Chelsea supporters.  His two goals came within a three minute span. 

The brace now gives van Persie 7 league goals on the season.  Emmanuel Adebayor has 5, summer transfer Samir Nasri has 4, and Samba midfielder Denilson has 2 goals league goals.  Is this enough offensive firepower to win the Premiership?

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Hot Spurs!

Forward Roman Pavlyuchenko is finally earning his paycheck.  Pavlyuchenko, one of the Russian heroes from Euro 2008, scored a late winner against Liverpool yesterday.  It was Liverpool’s first loss of the season.  The loss forced the Reds to now share first in the Premier League table with Chelsea.  With the victory, Tottenham continues the run of good form since the addition of manager Harry Redknapp.

Redknapp will continue to push Ramos’ lads out of the drop zone until January comes. Then he will be able to begin structuring the squad to his liking.  He commented to media after the game,

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Premier League Winners and Losers – Week 5

The loss away to Fulham is a distant memory as Arsenal find themselves top of the Premier League after 5 weeks. The win at Bolton was impressive not only coming after a long mid-week trek to the Ukraine in the Champions League, but also considering that Arsenal had lost 13 of 27 matches in the north-west in the past four seasons.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United grabbing all the headlines, but Arsenal have quietly moved it up a gear since the Fulham loss scoring 10 goals in their last three league games. With no games against the big four until mid-November, Arsenal have an excellent opportunity to put together an impressive winning steak heading into a couple of blog November showdowns.

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An Ode to the ACL

The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, which is found in the knee, is very, very small.

Yet, it can be so big at times. Especially for sports clubs.

Like, say, for the New England Patriots or Chelsea.

Today, athletes seem to be tearing their ACLs at an alarming rate. In the last few days, two of sport’s most exciting athletes, Tom Brady of the Pats and Michael Essien of Chelski, have grimaced in pain as their seasons ended due to that little torn bastard.

How does an ACL injury occur you ask? Well, it is often torn during sudden dislocation, torsion, or hyperextension of the knee.