‘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?

Chelsea vs Southampton – Top 5 Moments

Chelsea and Southampton have only recently rediscovered their longstanding competitive rivalry with each other. The Saints endured eight years outside of the English top-flight, during which time Chelsea consolidated their place amongst Europe's elite. They now meet some 15 years later with just a point to separate them. Stamford Bridge has hosted its fair share … Continue reading Chelsea vs Southampton – Top 5 Moments

Chelsea vs Southampton – Premier League Match Preview

Happy Friday to Chelsea fans across the world! We are finally back in action after a rather long international break as Chelsea prepare to host Southampton at Stamford Bridge tomorrow. Chelsea come into this fixture after a very convincing 4-0 win over Crystal Palace before the International break which gave fans a taste of things … Continue reading Chelsea vs Southampton – Premier League Match Preview

Christian Pulisic’s Under-Appreciated Character and Work Ethic

The cunning faint moves; the lively dribbles, the adorable passes are the theme of Pulisic’s constant drama. It is a necessity to stay hooked to the TV when he is on the pitch. He’s such an enjoyable player to watch. The entertainment he produces earned him the ‘fan’s favourite’. I’m not forgetting the MLS icon, … Continue reading Christian Pulisic’s Under-Appreciated Character and Work Ethic

Being Frank – Lampard’s Rebuilding Job at Chelsea

After a summer spending spree totalling £230 million, many, including some Chelsea fans, expect instant success from Frank Lampard. But this view ignores the challenges he faces in bringing about a footballing and cultural revolution at the club. The Premier League title win of the 2016-2017 season marked the end of an era for Chelsea. … Continue reading Being Frank – Lampard’s Rebuilding Job at Chelsea

A Brave New Chelsea – What We Have Learned So Far

The international break has arrived and with it, the opportunity to assess Chelsea’s first stint of games in Frank Lampard’s second season as head manager. Chelsea’s busy transfer window and shortage of sales have enlarged the squad vastly putting several names under pressure for this upcoming season. The new acquisitions are still finding their ground … Continue reading A Brave New Chelsea – What We Have Learned So Far

Hakim Ziyech may NOT be consistently needed in Lampard’s plan.

Warning: This is NOT written out of hate, criticism or bias, every point is an opinion backed with facts. You have the right to: weigh, filter, agree or disagree to it but not to change the context. Football’s biggest feature is its dynamism. I guess its shape explains it better; spherical, all rounded with no … Continue reading Hakim Ziyech may NOT be consistently needed in Lampard’s plan.

Special – The Unstoppable Growth of Women’s Football

Successful, growing and it will take the place in the world that it deserves. We can’t stop the evolution. I had the honour to interview Jamie-Lee Napier’s mother and got an inside view of the sacrifices they made to get her to where she is today. There’s interest, the World Cup had a little over a … Continue reading Special – The Unstoppable Growth of Women’s Football

The Incertitude on Werner’s Position: Winger? Striker?

When the Timo Werner transfer links to Chelsea first emerged in July, everyone implausibly presumed that he is a left-winger. Perhaps an opinion they gripped to shield Cobham-made Tammy Abraham’s position from danger OR misunderstanding Naggelsman tactics. The entire Blue was anxious to watch him replicate his RB Leipzig’s role; possibly except me. I know … Continue reading The Incertitude on Werner’s Position: Winger? Striker?

Chelsea Women vs Arsenal – Conti Cup Match Preview

With both clubs recovering from unconvincing wins in the league, Chelsea and Arsenal look to set themselves to claim the top spot in the group. Chelsea will face Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and London City in the group stages of the Continental Cup. Ironically, Chelsea are the title defenders having won their first Continental Cup last … Continue reading Chelsea Women vs Arsenal – Conti Cup Match Preview

Birmingham City Women 0-1 Chelsea Women – Reflection

Chelsea Women travelled to Birmingham to face another blue team that had just recovered from a loss against Everton in the FA Cup semi-final last Wednesday. On paper, like most times, this was another 'easy' match for the Londoners. But as we are used to, out on the pitch, it's not that easy. https://twitter.com/ChelseaFCW/status/1312775244831240198?s=20 Carla … Continue reading Birmingham City Women 0-1 Chelsea Women – Reflection

Reece James promoted to England’s senior squad

Chelsea right-back Reece James has been promoted to England's senior set-up ahead of this week's international break. James, who has been called up for the first time by Gareth Southgate, has firmly established himself as one of England's brightest defensive prospects. A mainstay of Frank Lampard's new-look Chelsea side, the 20-year-old is widely expected to … Continue reading Reece James promoted to England’s senior squad

Kai Havertz – A Long-Term Project for Chelsea

With Willian leaving the club and additions needed to strengthen the squad, Frank Lampard took to the market this summer. Being the most expensive German signing at the age of 21 comes with a lot of pressure and very high expectations.  The German wonderkid has been prolific for Bayer Leverkusen and offers various attacking positions, … Continue reading Kai Havertz – A Long-Term Project for Chelsea

Frank Lampard’s Blues Strikes the Perfect Balance in Impressive Home Win Over Crystal Palace

Behind Frank Lampard’s pretty reserved celebrations and touchline demeanour on Saturday afternoon under a drizzly Autumn day in West London, he would have been delighted to witness such an assertive performance from a Chelsea that have looked anything but in the opening weeks of the campaign. All of Chelsea’s games so far this season have … Continue reading Frank Lampard’s Blues Strikes the Perfect Balance in Impressive Home Win Over Crystal Palace