For all of Chelsea’s defensive woes this season, it’s been a privilege to watch the breakthrough and development of Fikayo Tomori. Over the summer, the controversial departure of David Luiz and the end of an era for Gary Cahill opened up two new centre-back spots at Stamford Bridge. Kurt Zouma returned from his loan at … Continue reading Player Profile: Fikayo Tomori – Chelsea’s Commanding Centre-Back of the Future
With Chelsea's youth taking centre stage at the beginning of the season, Reece James had to bide his time before stepping into the limelight for Chelsea. Fans had to wait to see the 20-year-old in action due to injury, but it was definitely worth the short wait. Since then, he has established himself as a … Continue reading Player Profile: Reece James – The New Era.
Very few players at Chelsea have divided opinion as much as Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Spanish goalkeeper enjoyed a stellar debut season under Maurizio Sarri, playing a key role in the Europe League triumph. Yet this season could not have been more different, with contrasting performances reflected in the fans’ conflicting views. Chelsea’s rollercoaster of a … Continue reading Player Profile: Kepa Arrizabalaga – The Spaniard’s Roaring Redemption
If Stamford Bridge is the pilgrimage for Chelsea fans, then Wembley is the ultimate destination for any football fan. The home of football and just eight miles away from the Bridge, Wembley is an iconic stadium and one of the biggest in Europe. The walk down Wembley Way is an incredible experience as you exit … Continue reading A-Z: W is for Wembley.
Most teams move stadiums throughout their time, but for 115 years Chelsea have called Stamford Bridge their one and only home. Tucked in off Fulham Road among the busy streets of London, the Bridge is the ultimate pilgrimage for all Blues fans, whether it be the usual matchday routine or a first visit to SW6. … Continue reading A-Z: S is for Stamford Bridge.
Life without football isn’t the same. Without Chelsea Football Club, a part of my life is missing. As a huge sports fan, living in the moment of a match is something I yearn for everyday. Taking away one sport is one thing, but taking away sports in general has taken its toll on me. The current … Continue reading LIFE AS AN INTERNATIONAL CHELSEA FAN IN QUARANTINE.
MAH: Hi Frank, great to get chatting to you as part of our A-Z series. So, it's widely known that Kante is your favourite player at Chelsea. Can you go into detail about why that is? Khalid: Hi Matisse! Well, several reasons why Ngolo Kante is my favourite player. Firstly, he's a world class footballer, … Continue reading A-Z: K is for Kante. Frank Khalid Interview.
With wide reports of Philippe Coutinho being heavily linked to Chelsea circling around social media, it made sense to address the player and his recent career. The proposed offer seems to be a loan move with an option to buy, similar to the Mateo Kovačić deal completed last summer. With many quick to criticise his … Continue reading Philippe Coutinho – Player Analysis
Written by: Lucy Ada Ukwa Chelsea was enjoying a great run in the 2019/2020 season until its unfortunate suspension last month. Unbeaten in the league and sitting second with a game in hand, we'd just clinched the Continental Cup, a trophy we'd never won in its nine years of existence, and we were also in … Continue reading Enter Bethany England: the unexpected hero.
Many rival supporters will tell you Chelsea’s biggest change was when Roman Abramovich bought the club in the summer of 2003. I think it’s safe to say all Chelsea fans are forever grateful to Roman, and he certainly took us to another level. I say this as the foundations were already there. There was a … Continue reading RUUD GULLIT: When The Dreadlocks Came To Chelsea
There’s only one place to be every other Saturday, and that’s strolling down the Fulham Road. Chelsea have been located on the road in West London since their foundation in 1905, having played at Stamford Bridge throughout their whole history. The road stretches 4km through the heart of West London, one that Chelsea fan finds … Continue reading A-Z: F is for Fulham Road.
“At the time, José Mourinho was criticised for spending so much on a French striker, but he just replied, ‘Judge me when he leaves the club.’” Nine years, 164 goals and 14 trophies later, Mourinho was certainly proven right. Didier Drogba is one of Chelsea’s greatest ever players, if not the greatest. Words do not … Continue reading A-Z: D is for Drogba.
The Summer of 2015 may seem like many moons ago now, not only in our fast-moving world but also in the increasingly large number of chapters written in the recent history of Chelsea. With more twists than the conclusion of an M. Night Shyamalan thriller, supporter’s reality and comprehension following the predictably unpredictable Blues is … Continue reading Gracias Pedro: The Tricky Winger with an Endearing Smile
OVERVIEW This past summer was a big turning point for Chelsea. The previous year, Chelsea faced many different issues and different types of adversity, but managed to finish third in the Premier League table and win the Europa League in Baku. The firing of Maurizio Sarri gave fans mixed feelings over what the future of … Continue reading A-Z: C is for Cech.
The scene is set, the moment slightly tainted. Baku the location for the dismantling of Arsenal Football Club. The capital of Azerbaijan was never a place I associated with hosting a Europa League final, so distant and detached. An empty cathedral as a stadium, where nobody could hear you scream. Arsenal fans would soon face … Continue reading A-Z: B is for Baku.
I think it’s fair to say that one of Chelsea’s best performers this season has been Tammy Abraham. The young Englishman has had a very solid sophomore year of Premier League football, and has defied all critics in becoming a talisman for Frank Lampard’s young Chelsea team. So far, Tammy has notched up 13 goals … Continue reading In defence of Tammy Abraham.
Right, been a while since I’ve done this but let’s give it a crack anyway. You guys already know how this works, let’s look at some strengths and weaknesses of Gabriel and then I’ll give you my take on his potential move to Chelsea. Let’s start with his strengths: Magalhães boasts a great aerial ability. … Continue reading Scouting Report: Gabriel Magalhães to Chelsea.
During Hazard's time with Chelsea, he was arguably the best player in the Premier League, and beyond doubt the most outstanding player for us. He had a great impact on every trophy Chelsea won. Upon his departure, the fan base was rife with talk of resulting chaos, and the odds that Chelsea would have a … Continue reading A Look Back At How Chelsea Coped With The Loss of Eden Hazard
The young boy from Scotland, Billy Gilmour, has gone about his business in the middle of the pitch for Chelsea with assertive composure and a certain swagger, with which he so rightly has captivated the imagination of Chelsea fans across the globe. Coming from humble beginnings in Glasgow, Gilmour was brought up through the Rangers … Continue reading Billy Gilmour: Xavi Heir Apparent
A few months ago I wrote my first article for AllThingsChelsea, attempting to explain the underlying imbalance that exists in Chelsea’s current midfield group. The main theme of the story being that, despite the talent level in Chelsea’s midfield, clashing skills and tactical preferences have prevented Frank Lampard from being able to select a trio … Continue reading Solving the 6, Fixing Chelsea’s Imbalanced Midfield.
Ethan Ampadu is one of those players whose age surprises you because it almost feels as if he has been around forever. At nineteen, he's only a year older than Billy Gilmour and is at least a year younger than the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and even Reece James. In the past two … Continue reading Ethan Ampadu’s Future With Chelsea Is Still Very Bright
How does the 2019-2020 season look like for Chelsea Football Club? Will we finish top four? Will we play Champions League football next season? Will the transfer ban lead to a weakened Chelsea side? Is Frank Lampard experienced enough to coach this team to glory and oversee this transition with youth players? The answer to … Continue reading Chelsea 2019/2020 Didn’t Happen – A Sneak Peek Preview Of Next Season.
This year marks my tenth year supporting Chelsea. I didn't have the chance to watch Chelsea much in my younger days, as TV services can be expensive in my country. I can’t remember the first Chelsea match I saw, but I do recall images of Lampard in a yellow kit, which I later found out … Continue reading The Blue In My Head
With much hype and praise over the last decade, the Chelsea youth academy has dominated youth cups winning 16 trophies across all tiers. This includes: 2x UEFA Youth League trophies; 2x U18 Premier League trophies in the northern region, and 4x U18 Premier League trophies in the southern region; and 9x FA Youth Cups, with … Continue reading Whom to Build Around: The Future Chelsea Core – Opinion
Where would Philippe Coutinho fit in at Chelsea? We go in-depth to take a look at whether the Blues need the Brazilian, and where he could fit into Frank Lampard's squad.
If you switch on the TV and watch Chelsea, you will see young players left right and centre, recently highlighed with 18 year old Billy Gilmour providing two Man of the Match performances against Liverpool and Everton. Hence, people are now starting to watch as many of the youth games as they can, and … Continue reading Lewis Bate – The Left Footed Midfield Maestro
With Chelsea on hiatus due to the Coronavirus, the club had to give the fans something to fill the time. Thankfully, they made the 2012 Champions League Final win over Bayern Munich available to stream for free. As I watched Chelsea's herculean defensive effort for the first time in eight years, it got me thinking … Continue reading Chelsea Players I’m Missing During Coronavirus Hiatus
Remontada Ross? When I say the name Ross Barkley, stop and consider what thoughts, highlights and assessments instantaneously appeared in your mind. For me, I remember 2013/14 when a bullish young English midfielder would receive the ball, lift his head and run. His playstyle wasn’t about grace or technique, but more so the desire and … Continue reading Remontada Ross.
Chelsea's form in 2020 has been incredibly inconsistent and as a result of that, there has been a dramatic increase of #LampardOut on the timelines of Chelsea fans on Football Twitter (FT). Intriguingly, fans that were "Pro-Sarri" last season are quite similar to the ones producing tweets with this hashtag in terms of the tactics … Continue reading #LampardOut? Don’t Be Ridiculous
At the beginning of the 19/20 season, people were expecting Chelsea to struggle placing in the top eight of the league let only finishing in the UCL spots. So naturally, it would be seen as a massive achievement by the majority of fans, pundits, the player's grandparents, you name it if Chelsea actually did secure … Continue reading What The F*#! Is Wrong With People?
Chelsea has of late been fond of emulating the top sides in the league, from Maurizio following Pep's lead to Lampard simulating Klopp's plan. This Chelsea team is far from Liverpool's level, but what are the similarities? Prior to Chelsea’s win over Liverpool, Lampard said: "Behind what we see now at Liverpool, a team that … Continue reading MODEL LIVERPOOL: Core Likeness Between Chelsea & The World Champion.
It has proven to been a difficult breakout-season for the 22-year-old centre-back Fikayo Tomori. The young Englishman came into the first team this season after having played under Frank Lampard at Derby last season on loan, hoping to make an impression at his parent club. He played a key role at Derby, and was subsequently … Continue reading Fikayo Tomori – Vying for his first team spot.
Oliver Giroud, definitely during the winter window was on the verge of moving away from Stamford Bridge as a result of reduced game time. Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta confirmed the club made effort to land the blue striker - the transfer eventually failed and Giroud had been in the first team regularly since then … Continue reading The Benefits of Offering Giroud A New Deal.
The Blues are Kings of Liverpool. Well… at least in the month of March. A 2-0 win against league leaders Liverpool in the FA cup was followed by a 4-0 thrashing of a Premier League resurgent Everton. Despite a depleted squad, Chelsea made short work of the Toffies. Taken By: Joesph Midfield Even before the … Continue reading Chelsea Bury Ancelotti’s Men With a Ragtag Squad: A Tremendous Showing From the Boys in Blue
In the midst of the coronavirus panic comes another game at the Bridge. I set off to the train station, with hand sanitiser safely zipped away in my pocket. I'm one of the lucky ones you see. While others were raiding Tesco, I was raiding my house. It's every man for themselves. I'm ahead of … Continue reading Ancelotti put to the sword.
Sunday’s afternoon clash against Everton will be another tricky test for Frank Lampard and his men, as Chelsea lost to the Toffees last December in the reverse fixture at Goodisson Park. The Blues were blown away by Everton’s high-energy performance, and considering this is a must win for Chelsea in order to keep Champions League … Continue reading Ones to Watch: Richarlison | Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Chelsea Football Club is not solely the men’s first team. It includes the youth teams, from U23 all the way to U8, and it also includes the women's team, who are so often overlooked. But the reality is, they have been contributing to the trophy cabinet just as much as the men's team, and are … Continue reading Women’s Day Special: Chelsea Football Club Women, An Overlooked Part Of The Crest.
After a stunning victory against Liverpool in the FA cup at Stamford Bridge, the Blues have been in high spirits all week, now looking forward to facing Merseyside neighbours, Everton on Sunday. Chelsea have had a good run of results after the loss to Bayern and they will look to carry the momentum forward into … Continue reading Everton vs Chelsea – Match Preview
After a rather bad February for Chelsea Football Club, they started off March with a 2-0 win against Liverpool in the FA Cup Fifth Round. It was an impressive win against the Premier League leaders, who have lost their third game in a row in all competitions. Now Chelsea are back in the Premier League … Continue reading Opposition Report – Everton FC
In last couple of months Chelsea have really struggled to score goals. Certain fans including me, don’t even know where the goals are going to come from. It is quite hilarious that Marcos Alonso, a wingback who has not even been in the team for the majority of this season, is Chelsea's top joint scorer … Continue reading Will the January transfer window come back to haunt Chelsea ?
Chelsea’s previous three coaches, before Lampard, all had a clear style of play. Jose’s teams are famous for their defensive solidity and ruthlessness upfront (Spurs are just shit). Conte made the three centre backs and wingbacks popular again, and Sarri is perhaps one of the most rigid coaches with an attacking passing style- which works … Continue reading Frankieball Blueprint
As Chelsea round out the remaining portion of the season, let's take an in-depth look at what Chelsea can do to improve and maximize their performance based on what they currently have. Various injuries have riddled our side and put Lampard in a conundrum over the lineup. His main scorer, Tammy Abraham has been struggling … Continue reading What can Chelsea do with the current squad? ; What to look forward to next season.
Chelsea showed shades of old against Liverpool last night in the FA Cup. Glimpses of Ancelotti and Mourinho were written all over the victory against the European champions, and the Blue's 2-0 win resurfaced memories of our title-winning sides of yesteryear. Frank Lampard's side came into the game against the current Premier League leaders on … Continue reading Chelsea’s Win Against Liverpool Showed Signs of the Chelsea of Old
Chelsea's season has been one defined by unpredictability. If the last four games have demonstrated anything, it is how erratic Frank Lampard's Blues can (and have) been over the last seven months. Tuesday night's victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup proved this theory further, as days removed from a frantic afternoon on the South … Continue reading Lampard’s Pressing Chelsea Return as Gilmour Lights Up The Bridge.
OVERVIEW Chelsea started with a 4-3-3 formation (often changing to 4-2-3-1/4-3-2-1 depending on how the wingers chose to position) while pressing, with Barkley, Willian, and Pedro often forming a block behind Giroud. In the build-up, Gilmour often acted as the only pivot in front of the centre backs, as his high composure and technical skills … Continue reading THE TACTICAL EYE: Chelsea 2 – 0 Liverpool
It’s been a rather bad February for Chelsea: first drawing 2-2 to Leicester, then losing 2-0 to Man United, then winning 2-1 to Spurs, then losing 3-0 to Bayern, and ending the month drawing 2-2 to Bournemouth. It puts Chelsea in a tough position not only to secure Top 4, but to go through to … Continue reading Opposition Report: Liverpool FC
After an intense match against Bournemouth this past weekend, Chelsea will look to regain composure and build momentum in tonight’s FA Cup fifth-round clash against Liverpool, who are also looking to bounce back after their shock defeats to Atletico Madrid and Watford last week. With Jürgan Klopp’s side currently holding a commanding 22-point lead over … Continue reading Chelsea vs. Liverpool FA Cup Preview
Willian Borges da Silva has been at Chelsea since the 2013-14 season, and has been ever present in and around the team since winning two Premier League titles, one FA cup and one League Cup. Although some fans still love the 31-year old Brazilian winger, Willian has mostly been a passenger in Chelsea's successes and … Continue reading The Willian Contract Stand-off – Time to say goodbye?
A man named Thomas came across a snake during his usual clean up, for the safety of his family - he cut the snake into two, believing it was fully dead - and put it in a vase but the snake was half-dead. 45 minutes later he went there, dipped his hand into the vase … Continue reading When you’re 1-0 up, you must take your chances
After the 3-0 thrashing we suffered against Bayern Munich, it’s time for the squad and coaches to put their chins up and regain focus. Although we are basically on track to be knocked out come March 18, we still have much to do to reach our goals this season. Currently we sit rather uncomfortably in … Continue reading Chelsea Going Forward.
Willian has divided opinion throughout his seven years at Chelsea. Bursting on the scene like a Chinese firecracker with a glorious curling finish at Carrow Road, his first season in English football was marked by all too infrequent moments of magic. At his very best he showcased sublime technique and energy. But like his Brazilian … Continue reading Player Profile: Willian
Over the course of Chelsea’s history, we have witnessed various talented Spanish footballers, such as the left footed genius Juan Mata, the nit and gritty, Cesar Azpilicueta and the brilliant facilitator, Cesc Fabregas. But there is one that has gone under the radar for several reasons, and that is Pedro Rodriguez. We as fans has sometimes … Continue reading Player Profile: Pedro Rodriguez
Saïd Benrahma has become the latest player to be linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, but not for the first time. The rumours came about earlier in the season, and now they've resurfaced, it seems like the perfect time to delve a little deeper into how the Algerian winger could fit in under Frank … Continue reading Scouting Report: Saïd Benrahma
From bursting onto the scene in January 2018 to then earning an international call-up in 2019, Callum Hudson-Odoi is among a plethora of young, talented players in England. Now let’s take it back to late January in the winter of 2018, during the FA cup fourth round tie against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge, the home … Continue reading Player Profile: Callum Hudson-Odoi – Is he Genuine or Overrated?
The current season has brought an abundance of joy for Chelsea fans, as we have seen a plethora of young talent that has come through the academy. One of whom is the 18-year-old Scot Billy Gilmour, who has showcased his impressive abilities in just a few games this season. Looking back on his first outing … Continue reading Player Profile: Billy Gilmour – “Scottish Iniesta”
29 Premier League games played out of a possible 29. 6 goals. 4 assists. Numerous positions. The debut season of Mason Mount has been one of great debate among fans, yet he's been continually picked ahead of the competition by both Frank Lampard and Gareth Southgate. At 21 years of age, Mount has been trusted … Continue reading Player Profile: Mason Mount
Once again, another year of Ross Barkley confusing every single football fan about what actually is his best position, and his role in a team. When Frank Lampard was confirmed as Chelsea manager almost a year ago, many fans were curious to see how he'd handle the midfield puzzle. In particular, questions were levied about … Continue reading Player Profile: Ross Barkley – The Enigma