Rennes 1-2 Chelsea: Player Ratings As Olivier Giroud Bags Late Winner For the Blues

The Blues from the Bridge leave Roazhon Park with all three points after edging out Rennes in a cutting, hard-fought match and thereby advance to UEFA Champions League Round of 16 stage. The home side were resilient and relentless in their press and caused havoc in midfield. After Sehrou Guirassy cancelled Callum Hudson-Odoi's early opener … Continue reading Rennes 1-2 Chelsea: Player Ratings As Olivier Giroud Bags Late Winner For the Blues

Rennes 1-2 Chelsea: UEFA Champions League Match Review

They left it late, but a stoppage-time Olivier Giroud header secured knockout qualification in the Champions League with two games to spare as Chelsea ran out 2-1 winners in Rennes. Another late goal in Krasnodar meant that Sevilla also confirmed their place in the knockout stages. However, Chelsea will need at least one point in … Continue reading Rennes 1-2 Chelsea: UEFA Champions League Match Review

ATC – Chelsea’s Blueprint for the Future –Analyzing our first 8 PL games

   The grueling International break has given us the moment to analyze Chelsea’s current form and their first 8 Premier League matches this season. Frank Lampard was given a strong backing this past summer after last year’s transfer ban. Unfortunately, many of those new signings had to wait and as consequence, Chelsea had to get … Continue reading ATC – Chelsea’s Blueprint for the Future –Analyzing our first 8 PL games

Arsenal Women vs Chelsea Women – WSL Match Preview

London giants, Chelsea and Arsenal, will battle it out in the final derby of what promises to be a mouth-watering Women’s Football Weekend.  Chelsea will be heading to Borehamwood fresh off a 4-0victory over Everton; Arsenal on the other hand, coming in from a 1-0 defeat in their last match against Manchester United.  Chelsea have a favourable record over the Gunners, winning … Continue reading Arsenal Women vs Chelsea Women – WSL Match Preview

Chelsea vs Sheffield United- Premier League Match Preview

A rejuvenated Chelsea side lock horns with struggling Sheffield United this weekend as Chris Wilder's men visit Stamford Bridge searching for their first league win this season. The Blues will look to build on their recent run of wins and extend their five-match unbeaten run in the Premier League. After a string of woeful defensive … Continue reading Chelsea vs Sheffield United- Premier League Match Preview

Olivier Giroud left out in the cold – Is This Unjust Treatment?

Olivier Giroud is name which has been the heart of much criticism over the years. The target man has always had to deal with criticism whether that's with his adventures with France, Arsenal or Chelsea. Despite the apparent lack of credit Giroud receives, it's undeniable that he has had a very underrated career and perhaps … Continue reading Olivier Giroud left out in the cold – Is This Unjust Treatment?

Chelsea Women 2-0 Tottenham Women – Conti Cup Match Review

An early November evening at Kingsmeadow saw Chelsea take on Tottenham Hotspur in the second round of Conti Cup fixtures.  Emma Hayes’ starting eleven, as ever, deadly on paper.Pernille Harder and Sam Kerr led the line, with Niamh Charles coming in to replace the recently injured Fran Kirby. Spurs challenged with a fine line-up of their own, one whollycapable of containing the Blues. Kerys Harrop and Ria Percival charged with holding Chelsea’s … Continue reading Chelsea Women 2-0 Tottenham Women – Conti Cup Match Review

Chelsea 2-3 Manchester City: FA Youth Cup Final Report

A thrilling encounter saw Chelsea and Manchester City go head-to-head at St Georges Park, with the latter eventually triumphing with a 3-2 victory. It was an even first half, with Chelsea's youngsters controlling much of the game and pressing high with pace and an impressive level of intensity and Manchester City looking a constant threat … Continue reading Chelsea 2-3 Manchester City: FA Youth Cup Final Report

Burnley v Chelsea – How should Chelsea lineup?

Chelsea look to continue their defensive stability after their the third consecutive clean sheet following a comprehensive 4-0 victory against Krasnodar on Wednesday. However, Burnley will provide a stubborn test for the blues who will no doubt be suffering from fatigue after a trip to Russia followed by an away trip to Turf Moor. Here … Continue reading Burnley v Chelsea – How should Chelsea lineup?

Krasnodar 0-4 Chelsea – UEFA Champions League Player Ratings

Edouard Mendy 7/10 Made some standard saves, which potentially Kepa would have let in. Was commanding from crosses in the first half. Distribution hasn’t been anything to write home about. Cesar Azpilicueta 7/10 Solid defensively in the small amount he’s had to do. Link up play with Ziyech in the first half also been fairly … Continue reading Krasnodar 0-4 Chelsea – UEFA Champions League Player Ratings

UEFA Champions League – Krasnodar Opposition Report

Chelsea take the long flight to Russia as they lock horns with Russian side Krasnador in Matchday Two of the Champions League. The Blues opened their Champions League campaign with a goalless draw at home to Sevilla, their first such result under Frank Lampard, as the Blues finally showed some solidity in defence. They followed … Continue reading UEFA Champions League – Krasnodar Opposition Report

From Manchester to Krasnodar – Reflection on Chelsea so far

The Blues leave Old Trafford with a hard fought point after prioritizing defense over offense. Chelsea did have their bright spells throughout the match but the home side looked the more comfortable and dangerous on the ball creating several opportunities on net. Despite this, the Blues made it difficult for Manchester to break them down … Continue reading From Manchester to Krasnodar – Reflection on Chelsea so far

‘Flatline?’ Are Chelsea Improving under Lampard?

"You know, the best players, myself included, they play to their strengths so as to not expose their weaknesses. They control the ball, the ball doesn't control them." Glen Foy to Santiago Munez in 'Goal! The Dream Begins'(2005) It seems only yesterday that question marks surrounding Frank Lampard and this star-studded yet inexplosive Chelsea side … Continue reading ‘Flatline?’ Are Chelsea Improving under Lampard?

Premier League Squad Announcement – Petr Cech’s emergency inclusion: What does it mean?

On Tuesday it was revealed that Frank Lampard had included 38 year old retired legend Petr Cech in Chelsea's 25 man Premier League squad for this season. This shock inclusion surprised many, bemused some and left others puzzled as to why he would need to be added to a squad that already contains 3 shot … Continue reading Premier League Squad Announcement – Petr Cech’s emergency inclusion: What does it mean?

Analysis – Why are Chelsea failing to kill off teams?

Chelsea's 'revolutionary' season hit another setback as an underwhelming second-half display against Southampton led to the spoils being shared at Stamford Bridge. It looks as if this has all happened before; almost like "different game, same old story". Having made a fantastic start against the Saints, Chelsea took their foot off the gas in the … Continue reading Analysis – Why are Chelsea failing to kill off teams?

UEFA Champions League – Sevilla FC Opposition Report

The long, excruciating wait is over as the Champions League returns to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea host Sevilla FC in a 20:00 hours kick-off. Chelsea bowed out of last season's campaign in disappointing fashion to the eventual-champions, Bayern Munich in the Round of 16. With the squad having undergone a major overhaul in all areas, … Continue reading UEFA Champions League – Sevilla FC Opposition Report

Chelsea vs Sevilla – UEFA Champions League Match Preview

Make no mistake, the Europa League Champions are not a team to be underestimated. They proved that last year in beating Wolves, Man United and Inter Milan on route to the trophy. And, despite the tendencies of Premier League fans to call other leagues 'farmers leagues', their 4th placed La Liga finish is also worthy … Continue reading Chelsea vs Sevilla – UEFA Champions League Match Preview

UEFA Champions League – Who should start against Sevilla?

Chelsea's Champions League campaign for the 20/21 season begins tomorrow with a home tie against Sevilla; whom the Blues have never faced in the competition. @CFCDUBois sets out who should line up against the current Europa League holders. It was looking increasingly likely that recent signing Edouard Mendy would still remain sidelined from injury for … Continue reading UEFA Champions League – Who should start against Sevilla?

UEFA Champions League Post-Match Questionnaire: Rennes 1-2 Chelsea

Our fellow ATC writers share their thoughts and answer some questions on our 2-1 victory against Rennes in the UEFA Champions League. Vayam Lahoti (@VayamLahoti) Question 1: We didn’t play our best today and credit to Rennes but how important is getting wins like these especially in a jam packed schedule? It's really important to … Continue reading UEFA Champions League Post-Match Questionnaire: Rennes 1-2 Chelsea

Rennes vs Chelsea – UEFA Champions League Match Preview

Chelsea can secure qualification for the Champions League knockout stages with a win in France tonight; an undoubtedly welcome weight off of Frank Lampard’s shoulders as we approach the hectic festive period. Our hosts this evening, Rennes, are yet to win in this year’s competition and have only found the back of their opponents net … Continue reading Rennes vs Chelsea – UEFA Champions League Match Preview