"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?
Chelsea finished their first Champions League group stage game in uncharacteristically dull fashion after a 0-0 bore draw with Sevilla last night at Stamford Bridge. Whilst the performance was not exactly inspiring, even though for the last half an hour we had arguably our strongest team on the pitch, there were still pockets of the … Continue reading Chelsea vs Sevilla – No need to panic
Let’s take a look across the globe at the Chelsea loanee’s in action over the last week. Let’s start in the Premier League and down the road from Chelsea at Fulham, Ruben Loftus Cheek played 80 minutes in an impressive debut for the midfielder. Fellow Chelsea team-mate Ethan Ampadu who is on loan at Sheffield … Continue reading Cobham’s Blue Army – Weekly Loan Report
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?
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?
Since his return to Stamford Bridge at the start of the 2019/20 season, manager, Frank Lampard has placed a particular emphasis on bringing youth players into the first-team set-up. While the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham - now mainstays in the squad - immediately spring mind, Lampard has also given sporadic opportunities to … Continue reading Tino Anjorin – Chelsea’s latest youth star?
The opening fixture of the UEFA Champions League where Chelsea host Sevilla at Stamford Bridge ended in 0-0 stalemate. Jorginho led the team out; the main captain Azpilicueta featured on the bench. Werner kicked the match off after both teams perform the required Black Lives Matter duties. He played the ball to Zouma who instantaneously … Continue reading Chelsea 0-0 Sevilla – What We Learned
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Credit: OneFootball Substitutes: Kepa, Caballero, Rüdiger, Christensen, Tomori, Azpilicueta, Emerson, Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Abraham, Giroud Sevilla FC (4-3-3): Substitutes: Vaclik, Rekik, Jordan, Munir, Rodriguez, En-Nesyri, Escudero, Torres, Vazquez, Luna
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
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
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?
by Charlotte Stacey With a number of goals that saw her ending up as one of the top scorers, being named player of the 2019-2020 season, as well as a senior international debut, Chelsea and England forward Beth England has certainly had a year to remember. Beth England is absolutely flying right now. Yet, with … Continue reading Bethany England for England!
Nathan Dubois is a Football Twitter account with over 20k followers but he is perhaps better known for his work as fake transfer reporter and his online FIFA antics. In this miniseries, ARK talks to him about all of these activties and more. Part 2: Football Twitter, FIFA and YouTube Check out Part One on … Continue reading Q/A with CFC Dubois Part 2: Football Twitter, FIFA and YouTube
Kepa Arrizabalaga - 4 The Spanish goalkeeper returned between the sticks again after Mendy's thigh issue prevented the new Chelsea keeper from participating. Kepa had a good couple of saves early in the first half but completely capitulated in the second. His errors continued to pile up and was culpable in the second and third … Continue reading Chelsea 3-3 Southampton: Player Ratings
The Premier League resumes after an eventful International Break as Chelsea welcome high-flying Southampton to Stamford Bridge for a 3 PM Saturday kick-off. The seventh-placed Blues went into the fortnight on a high after a sizzling 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace that featured a goal on his maiden start from £45million signing Ben Chilwell and … Continue reading Opposition Report- Southampton
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
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
If you are a regular watcher of Chelsea, there is a great chance that you might have noticed the uncertainty amongst fans and management about the structure of the team’s midfield. While Frank Lampard is known for changing his system from time to time to keep up with the seemingly non-stopping injury problem in his … Continue reading Chelsea’s Midfield Structure: Single or Double Pivot?
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
Nathan Dubois is a Football Twitter account with over 20k followers but he is perhaps better known for his work as fake transfer reporter and his online FIFA antics. In this miniseries, ARK talks to him about all of these activties and more. Part 1: Being an ITK. Let’s start at the beginning, why did … Continue reading Q/A with CFC Dubois Part 1: Being an ITK
It’s been quite an exciting international break for the Chelsea players on duty with their respective countries. More positives than negatives for the Chelsea players who have received a lot of game time over the break ahead of their trip to Southampton on Saturday afternoon. Reece James was called up by Gareth Southgate from the … Continue reading Chelsea International Break Review
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
For Chelsea fans who started supporting Chelsea around the time Roman Abramovich walked into Stamford Bridge and shot the club straight into the realm of European heavyweights with his ambition, the past year and a half have probably been a confusing time. For Chelsea fans in the 20-25 age band, their idols growing up watching … Continue reading The Lampard Conundrum
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
The Blues secured a vital 3-1 win against Manchester City at home as they look to defend their league title, with goals courtesy of Maren Mjelde (P), Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby. Overall, the performance felt like a breath of fresh air after many underwhelming ones. Bouncing back from their 4-1 victory against Arsenal in … Continue reading Chelsea Women 3-1 Man City – What We Learned
by Charlotte Stacey Reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup with the Lionesses, and with the London Blues now having won the season, it has been a year to remember for Chelsea and England centre back Millie Bright. With a steadfast resolve and an unwavering solidarity, it is easy to see how for club and … Continue reading All Things Millie Bright
There have been a lot of interesting line-ups that Frank Lampard has put forth as Chelsea manager, and he has probably tried every different combination in the book (literally everything possible). There are a lot of positions in the team where there hasn't been a set first-choice pairing or trio, which sees a staggering amount … Continue reading Does a Jovacic double-pivot really work?
The Telegraph yesterday broke the story that Liverpool and Manchester United are spearheading a push for the biggest changes to English football for a decade. Project Big Picture, as it has been branded, includes plans to reduce the size of the Premier League to 18 teams, scrap the League Cup and place voting power in … Continue reading Project Big Picture – A cynical power grab
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.
Chelsea's 6th game and 4th league game of the season will see them host Manchester City on Sunday, the 11th of October, at Kingsmeadow. Both teams have similar league stats with 7 points from 3 games, 2 wins and a draw. The two things that separate them are league standing and goal difference. Chelsea are … Continue reading Chelsea Women vs Manchester City – WSL Match Preview
For me mental-health has always been something I’ve been aware of but observed from a distance. Bar the usual teenage stuff I’ve always been fortunate enough to sail through life pretty happy go lucky. That’s all changed in the last 5 or so years though, starting from when (cliché coming), yeah you guessed it… my … Continue reading World Mental Health Day – Me and My Mental Elf
Recently we have seen Frank Lampard struggle for a consistent lineup as well as personnel. In this piece I will give three lineups (one main, one backup, and one if a complete tactical change is needed) as well as the personnel in them for this season. Main Formation: 4-3-3 To start a lot of people … Continue reading Frank Lampard Needs Consistent Lineups – What Can They Be?
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
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?
N’golo Kante is world-class because of his uniquely aggressive defensive style, and he has to be used in the right way to harness his full talent. N’golo Kante is a world class midfielder. He was named in the official FIFA World XI in 2018 alongside Eden Hazard, has been included in the PFA Team of … Continue reading N’golo Kante: The Awkward First Name on the Team-sheet
There a few feelings in football more painful than the very first International Break of the season and woe-behold, it's already upon us. This is a particularly painful one for Chelsea fans, whom having watched their club splash just under £230 million this summer, will be forced to wait another 14 days before they see … Continue reading Creating a Winning Formula – Maintaining Consistency
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
Following the appointment of Frank Lampard in July 2019, Marina Granovskaia said, 'We will do everything we can to ensure he has all the support required to be a huge success.' After being stuck with a transfer ban in his first window and the club deciding not to pursue any targets in January, Lampard knew … Continue reading Reflecting on a Monumental Transfer Window
Despite all of Chelsea’s transfer activity this season, and all the clamor around the Havertz announcement, the one transfer that spoke volumes of our desire to play expansive and front-foot football was the signing of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax. Their player of the season for the past 3 years running, Ziyech along with David Neres, … Continue reading Hakim Ziyech – The Forgotten Superstar?
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
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
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
After an exasperating knockout on penalties in the Carabao Cup against Spurs and an equally frustrating 3-3 draw at the weekend against West Bromwich Albion, it’s fair to say Chelsea fans needed a pick me up. The real gift we all wanted was a decisive win against Palace, and we duly received it in the … Continue reading UEFA Champions League Group E – Future Transfer Targets
It has been a bumper weekend of football for the Chelsea Loan Army. Cal takes a (virtual!) journey across Europe to scout their performances at the respective clubs. EFL Championship Marc Guehi - Swansea 2-1 Millwall Impressed in a 2-1 victory for Swansea over Millwall, playing on the right side of a back three. Marc … Continue reading Sunday Chelsea Loan Report
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
After a disappointing loss against Everton, the Blues are looking to pick up their form against Birmingham City in the league. The away match has a 2:30pm kickoff time on the 4th of October 2020. A guaranteed three points is crucial as Chelsea face both Arsenal and City within the next week. A win will … Continue reading Birmingham City vs Chelsea – FAWSL Match Preview
'We’re not in a period where the transfer window or market is acting like it has done in recent years in terms of how players move or what level they move at. Again, the competitive games have just started. I’m very open to those conversations with the players as the next couple of weeks go … Continue reading Callum Hudson-Odoi: is this his breakthrough season?
Chelsea will be looking to put a disappointing week behind them by looking for a first home win in the Premier League this season as fellow Londoners Crystal Palace visit Stamford bridge for a 12 PM Saturday kick-off. The Eagles have made a strong start to the season and sit pretty at sixth; three places … Continue reading Opposition Report – Crystal Palace
After a very disappointing loss during the mid week fixture vs Tottenham, Chelsea return back to Stamford Bridge to take on Crystal Palace this Saturday. Frank Lampard's men were not able to dispatch their chances created in mid week and will look to make amends for what looks to be a disappointing start to the … Continue reading Chelsea vs Crystal Palace – Match Preview
It was another disappointing night for Chelsea as we crashed out of the Carabao Cup following a 5-4 penalty shootout defeat to Tottenham. Going into the match having played on Sunday and with another game shortly on the horizon, Spurs could be forgiven for not taking this one as seriously, as Jose Mourinho had insinuated … Continue reading Tottenham vs Chelsea – Post Mortem