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- Fri, 19 Apr 2019 09:00:07 +0000: The Premier League teams’ ineptitude index 2018-19 - Chelsea | The Guardian
It’s awards time for the most incompetent teams in the Premier League, from those who can’t take throw-ins to others who revel in needless yellow cards
Welcome to the Guardian’s fifth annual index of ineptitude, a catalogue of calamity, a prospectus of the piss-poor.
As each season draws to a close, the best moments, players and teams of the year are all charted, celebrated and cheered. Which means that what comprises most of the rest of the Premier League experience is missed.Continue reading...
- Fri, 19 Apr 2019 07:27:39 +0000: Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend - Chelsea | The Guardian
Hard for Manchester City and Spurs to serve up another classic, Everton can cause trouble for Manchester United and Chelsea fans should lap up Eden Hazard
Before the run-in even started, Liverpool looked like they might be consumed by nerves during it, so tentative were their performances against Leicester, West Ham and Manchester United. But they battled hard to avoid disaster, and now that the run-in is actually under way, are playing like a team who expect to be champions, either riding their good form or maintaining the patience and composure necessary to force the issue. Against both Tottenham and Chelsea, they could easily have flapped in frantic, frenetic style, but instead were able to increase intensity without sacrificing control, which brought them the goals that they needed. Or, put another way, Cardiff are in deep, deep trouble. DHContinue reading...
- Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:07:25 +0000: Chelsea 4-3 Slavia Prague (agg: 5-3): Europa League quarter-final, second leg – as it happened - Chelsea | The Guardian
Pedro and Petr Sevick scored twice as Chelsea, who led 5-1 on aggregate after half an hour, stumbled into the semi-finals with a strange victory at Stamford Bridge
Here’s Dom Fifield’s report from Stamford Bridge, which is also my cue to say goodnight. Thanks for your company, goodnight!
Arsenal have now conceded one goal in their last seven games. They’re in serious danger of getting a reputation for good defending.
“So all football is Leeds United vs VFB Stuttgart now?” says Niall Mullen. “Everyone has been saying that it was Cruyff who shaped modern European football but, as I think we all secretly knew, it was really Howard Wilkinson.”
The Europa League semi-finals are:
Peep peep! Chelsea are into the Europa League semi-finals. They made peculiarly hard work of it, having been 5-1 up on aggregate after half an hour of the second leg, but all’s well that ends well.
90 min Hudson-Odoi loses the ball in a dangerous area, but Kral shoots well over the bar on the turn. There will be three minutes of added discomfort for Chelsea.
89 min Stoch’s free-kick is blocked by Willian in the wall.
88 min David Luiz is penalised for handball this far outside the area. He mistimed his attempted header and punched the ball away, an action for which he is booked. More importantly, Slavia have a free-kick 18.0001 yards from goal.
87 min Sarri is waving his hands in frustration on the sideline. I think that had something to do with the substitution, though I’ve no idea what exactly it was that engaged his wick.
86 min This is a good spell of pressure for Slavia Prague. Meanwhile, Callum Hudson-Odoi replaces Pedro.
85 min Slavia Prague make their final change: Milan Skoda replaces the impressive Jaromir Zmrhal.
83 min Kepa is booked for timewasting. Oh, the ignominy.
82 min Stoch rifles a shot over the bar from 30 yards. Slavia are still the better team, though Chelsea look reasonably comfortable defensively.
80 min Arsenal, since you asked, are cruising into the semi-finals.
78 min The corner is headed away by Christensen.
77 min Deli’s long crossfield pass is headed behind for a corner by Emerson. Before it is taken, former Chelsea player Miroslav Stoch replaces Petr Sevcik, who scored two cracking goals just after half-time.
75 min Emerson is booked for flattening Kudela.
75 min Chelsea are starting to restore order and take control of the game again.
74 min Eintracht Frankfurt lead Benfica 2-0, so as things stand they are going through on away goals to face Chelsea.
73 min Kudela is booked for a hack at Willian.
70 min Another Chelsea change: Jorginho replaces Ross Barkley,.
69 min Kral’s long-range shot has the pace taken off it by a Chelsea defender and dribbles through to Kepa.
68 min Pedro drives a crossfield pass straight out of play. They’ve been dreadful in the second half. A stroll has turned into a stagger.
66 min “Right,” sniffs Matt Dony. “Stop the confident Liverpool talk/jinxing right now. And, I’m not sure I can fully explain the hilarity that is this week’s European football, but I’m inclined to blame Brexit. Or Trump. Or both. Either way, I’d love to see two all-English finals, but it’s also enormously entertaining to see SLAVIA make a good fist of it.”
65 min Willian comes on for Chelsea to replace Eden Hazard.
64 min Emerson wins a corner for Chelsea, who know that one more goal should end this surreal dream they’re having.
63 min Chelsea are struggling here. This is preposterous!
62 min: Sevcik misses a great chance for the hat-trick! It was beautifully worked down the left by Olayinka and then Zmrhal, who curled a glorious long pass between defenders and goalkeeper to find Sevcik at the far post. He had to take the shot on the run from 12 yards and made a total hash of it, screwing the ball backwards and falling over in the process.
57 min If anyone fancies enlightening me as what the flip has happened to European football in the last two days, feel free to email.
55 min “I suspect there will be at least one English side in Champions League final,” says Phil Podolsky. “Liverpool seems perfectly placed to exploit Barcelona’s defensive frailties, and has the second leg at Enfield. I’m more excited about the other one, Ajax youngsters v Spurs reserves. Anything could happen!”
Yep, I think Liverpool will ransack Barcelona.
Sevcik has scored an even better goal, a right-footed shot from 20 yards that roared across Kepa and into the far corner. All of a sudden, Slavia are only two goals away from the semi-finals!
What the hell!
54 min “Rob, Ian Burch has brought so many happy memories back,” says Stephen Pospisil. “Clive Walker’s thinning hair as he flew down the wing, and the man-mountain that was Micky Droy. European competition an impossible dream. Ron Harris playing up front at the back end of his career because the club had no other options. Happy days.”
53 min Soucek is booked for pulling back Barkley.
52 min Slavia make their first change, with Peter Olayinka replacing Lukas Masopust.
52 min It was a mistake from Kepa, who left too big a gap at the near post, but it was still a beautiful strike from Sevcik.
That’s a cracking strike. Sevcik moves infield from the right and crashes a low, left-footed shot from 18 yards that beats Kepa at the near post.
51 min Pedro almost gets his hat-trick. He was found by Hazard in the box, but tried to dribble past a defender and was dispossessed.
49 min Nothing to report in the second half so far.
46 min Peep peep! Chelsea begin the second half. Eden Hazard is still on, which might be asking for trouble.
“Rob,” says Ian Burch. “I seem to remember that Mr Bates wanted to introduce the electric fences after a full-scale riot when Sunderland knocked Chelsea out of a Milk Cup semi-final at the Bridge. Former Chelsea player Clive Walker raced through to score against his old club after being played onside by a mounted policeman on the pitch who was behind Chelsea’s back four at the time. God knows what VAR would have made of that.”
I hadn’t thought of that. Imagine VAR in English football in the 1980s! There would have been five riots per match. And you can imagine the equanimity with which Vinnie Jones, Dennis Wise and John Fashanu might have responded upon being informed that VAR had ruled out a last-minute winner for Wimbledon because of GBH on four opposition players in the build-up.
Peep peep! Chelsea are strolling into the semi-finals of the Europa League. They have been far too good for a modest Slavia Prague, whose defending has been abysmal.
44 min Boril’s mishit cross almost sneaks over Kepa, who dances backwards to paw the ball down.
43 min Emerson’s shot hits Ngadeu and goes behind for a corner. He had so much space there.
39 min This is a bit boring now.
38 min Arsenal have scored in Naples, which means Napoli need four to go through. We really could end up with two all-English European finals this season. What a treat that would be. Just imagine the media circlejerk!
35 min “Evening Rob.” Says Simon McMahon. “I’ve been reading a lot of Greek myths recently (don’t ask). As floating brain in a jar Jonathan Wilson alluded to in the article I read earlier today, I think Pep must have angered the gods when he left Barcelona. And as for the darts, MVG is Zeus, which I think means that Phil Taylor was Cronus. And back to football, introducing Alex McLeish as Epimetheus.”
This is where I try to do a convincing lol, while quietly praying that nobody asks me to explain why I’m laughing, knowing that if they do I will soon be systematically exposed for the philistine I am.
34 min Kante is booked for something or other.
32 min “I have no interest in this game other than it’s very heartening to see both teams wearing normal kits, the ref wearing black and the keepers not decked out like that Mexican chap who used to design his own,” says David Johnson. “A bit of electric fencing at the Bridge and we could be back in the 80s. I know it never happened, but having been an away fan there many times, I so wish it had.”
31 min “Enjoy the darts, Rob!” honks Matt Dony.
29 min Arsenal went to Naples defending a 2-0 lead from the first leg. You won’t believe the score!
28 min The Slavia keeper Kolar does a Cruyff turn to beat Pedro. It’s not like his team have conceded enough goals already.
28 min “Hazard has to be one of the most resilient players out there,” says Paul. “Fouled constantly every game (3 times by my count already today). he just gets up and gets on with it. As a Chelsea fan, he will be sorely missed.”
Yeah, I always think when we discuss football’s hard men, we should include skilful, Chumbawamba players like Hazard, Maradona and Best.
Dear lord, another goal. Hazard releases Emerson, who slides a lovely low cross towards the near post. Giroud’s close-range shot is saved by Kolar, but Pedro shovels it in from six yards with his left foot.
Tomas Soucek gets an early consolation goal. It was a nice corner routine actually. Sevcik curled it out towards the penalty spot, where Soucek made a late run and planted an excellent header into the net.
25 min Deli almost scores at the right end. Zmrhal’s floated free-kick to the far post was met by Deli, whose powerful downward header was well saved by Kepa.
23 min Slavia have been neat and tidy in possession. Their defending, alas, has been on the abysmal side of lamentable.
21 min “Re: my cousin Francesco’s assessment of Kovacic in the 2nd minute,” writes Angelo Puglisi. “I’ve no idea what the point of Kovacic is anymore. I can’t remember the positive thing he contributed.”
20 min Kudela again leaves one on Hazard, who is again in a lot of pain. He wants to continue, and I’m sure he will, but Sarri would probably like to take him off for his own protection.
19 min That’s Giroud’s 10th goal in this season’s Europa League.
18 min “Ah, yes,” says Matt Dony. “Right. Apologies. Mind you, it does kind of underline my point. If SPARTA turned up and played an outlandish formation, that really would top last night for drama. As you were.”
This is so easy. Kante slides a fine angled pass to put Pedro through on goal. He could probably score himself but instead squares it for Giroud to slide into an empty net from 12 yards.
16 min A good effort from Zmrhal, who cracks a bouncing ball a few yards wide of the far post.
14 min So, Chelsea will play Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt in the semis.
11 min There was nothing Deli could do about that goal, and there’s nothing he can do to stop it being replayed for LOLs and giggles until kingdom come.
It was made by Hazard, who scampered into the area, beat Ngadeu and slid the ball across to give Pedro an open goal from two yards. Somehow he managed to slap it onto the post, a quite ridiculous miss, but the ball rebounded off the face of Deli and into the net.
Chelsea double their lead with an absurd own goal.
9 min “Hi,” says Zdenek. “Re: Matt Dony’s email, the team playing Chelsea today is definitely not Sparta…”
Ach! I knew somebody would make that mistake tonight, though I wrongly assumed it would be. There’s still time I suppose.
8 min Hazard, who looks okay now, twists Kudela inside out on the left of the box before having a shot blocked. This is the thing with Hazard - if you’re going to kick him, you’d better make sure you put him out of the game because otherwise he’ll make it his night’s work to humiliate you.
That was a beautiful exhibition of one-touch football. Pedro cut infield from the right and played two one-twos, the first with Azpilicueta and the second with Giroud, before lifting the ball gently over Kolar. That was sheer delightful football.
Lovely goal! Lovely goal!
4 min Hazard is back on, though he is moving gingerly. He’ll hopefully be able to run it off.
3 min Hazard is down and in a lot of pain. Kudela stood on the back of his Achilles – I’m not sure whether it was deliberate, I suspect it was – and Hazard is struggling.
2 min “I would love it if Jorginho would come on for Kovacic and move Kante back so that the Italian could pass balls forward,” says Francesco Puglisi. “He is under-estimated and an excellent passer, so if Chelsea can allow him to play balls upfield, chances will come with that. Also, N’Golo Kante should play in a defensive role. His strength is when the OPPOSITION has the ball.”
I agree with most of that, but Sarri isn’t ever going to change his system. And, in fairness, it has been very successful for most of my career.
1 min Peep peep! Slavia Prague get the match underway. They are wearing red and white halves; Chelsea are in blue.
Chelsea are aiming to reach their first European semi-final in five years. The last time they did so was in the 2013-14 Champions League, when they were emphatically beaten by Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid. They also won this competition in 2012-13.
“So,” says Matt Dony, “what could possibly happen tonight that would top last night? Sarri striding on to the pitch and flicking his fag butt at the ref over a decision? Hazard scoring nine? Sparta playing a 1-1-8 formation? Jorginho coming on and playing long balls forward? Literally anything could happen!”
That’s why we love this game! I’ll tell you one thing, though: if there are five goals in the first 21 minutes tonight, I’ll be logging off and watching the darts. I’m too old for that sort of “entertainment”.
Meanwhile, in Naples
I don’t actually know why Loftus-Cheek is not even on the bench, though I suspect he’s being rested for Sunday’s match against Burnley. A strange kind of compliment.
Maurizio Sarri has picked a pretty strong starting XI, although Ruben Loftus-Cheek is not even on the bench due to [REDACTED].
Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Christensen, Emerson; Kante, Kovacic, Barkley; Pedro, Giroud, Hazard.
Substitutes: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Jorginho, Willian, Hudson-Odoi, Higuain.
Hello. European quarter-finals come in all shapes, sizes and heart rates. After last night’s coronary-inducing melodrama at the Etihad Stadium, things should - should - be more sedate at Stamford Bridge this evening.
Although Slavia Prague are a useful side with an outstanding away record, logic suggests this will be a comfortable night for Chelsea. They lead 1-0 from the first leg in Prague, when Marcos Alonso’s late goal gave them a slightly flattering victory, and their home form has been excellent for most of the season.Continue reading...
- Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:06:44 +0000: Pedro leads Chelsea into Europa League last four despite Slavia Prague scare - Chelsea | The Guardian
• Chelsea 4-3 Slavia Prague (Chelsea win 5-3 on agg)
• Pedro 5, 27, Deli 9og, Giroud 17; Soucek 25, Sevcik 51, 54
This was the Europa League’s attempt to keep up with all the drama, if not necessarily the underlying quality, of the Champions League’s midweek humdinger. Chelsea emerged from a thrilling contest having seen off Slavia Prague though, having scored four times before the half-hour mark, they could never have envisaged leaning quite so heavily on the narrow victory in the Czech Republic the previous week to progress.Continue reading...
- Wed, 17 Apr 2019 22:00:26 +0000: Olivier Giroud: I need to play a 'more important role' at Chelsea or I will move on – video - Chelsea | The Guardian
Olivier Giroud has demanded a 'more important role' in order to stay at Chelsea next season - with the World Cup winner one of a number of players whose futures remain uncertain. The Blues have the option to extend the 32-year-old's deal by another year, but the striker has now revealed he has been approached by other clubs though 'the priority is Chelsea'.Continue reading...
Historical Transfer News and Team Gossip has been archived below:
- Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:32:13 +0000: Lyon sign Chelsea's Traore for £8.8m - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC
Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore joins Lyon for a fee of £8.8m on a five-year contract.
- Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:37:05 +0000: Hazard, Ba & Cabaye invest in NASL club - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC
Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Crystal Palace's Yohan Cabaye are among the investors backing a new football club in the United States.
- Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:53:59 +0000: Chelsea close to deal for Bakayoko - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC
Chelsea are close to signing midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from French champions Monaco and the deal could be completed this week.
- Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:18:25 +0000: Shield proceeds to be given to Grenfell - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC
Proceeds from the 2017 FA Community Shield will be donated to support those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
- Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:29:12 +0000: Juve get 'substantial offer' for Sandro - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Chelsea | BBC
Juventus receive a "substantial offer" for Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro, who is reported to be a target for Chelsea.
Roberto DiMatteo has been a busy manager for Chelsea so far in the transfer window with a number of new signings making their way to Stamford Bridge with the Italian looking to strengthen his squad considerably after a poor premier league season. One of the first signings of the season for the club was influential winger Eden Hazard for a fee believed to be around the twenty five million pound mark with the player signing a four year deal for the current European champions.
Another player is a hot favourite to be plying his trade at the bridge next season is the highly regarded Brazilian super kid Oscar although negotiations are still ongoing to bring him to England. The Internacional playmaker is thought to be costing Chelsea a fee of around twenty five million pounds but the deal according to DiMatteo is far from being completed and could fall through at any moment if the players current side decide to barter the price for his services. The player has stated that he would like to help his country compete in the Olympic games before he puts pen to paper so Chelsea fans may have to wait a little longer before they know if they have their man.
Wigan today have again rejected a third bid from Chelsea to bring in form winger Victor Moses to the bridge as the Lactics are doing their very best to keep their star player at the club for another season. Moses who has just a single year left on his current contract with Wigan is seen as the perfect addition to the Italians plans but the offer which is thought to be around the three and a half million pound mark is thought to be way short of the Lactics valuation of the player.
Frenchman Florent Malouda is another player whos future lies in the balance at Chelsea with the winger said to be wanting to hold showdown talks with the club after moving down the pecking order at the bridge. Malouda wishes to have his future clarified before the start of the season or he will look for pastures new with the player being strongly linked with Santos who feel the player would be perfect for their needs and could offer him first team football every week.
Chelsea now also face stern opposition for the signature of Brazilian playmaker Lucas Moura who is currently under contract with Sao Paulo from clubs such as Manchester United, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. The player is widely thought to be one of the hottest prospects in world football and has an outstanding record for his home side.