Player power could epitomise Chelsea's loan system failures

Player power could epitomise Chelsea's loan system failures

While the pressures of top-flight English football increase, more and more younger players are being sent away to gain opportunities elsewhere. Over 300 youngsters are currently on loan from their parent clubs right now, with only 12 of them still playing in the Premier League. Yes, this could be down to the rule that only allows Premier League clubs to have two loanees at one time, but the same rule was meant to act as a way to encourage clubs …
Chelsea's Season So Far: A Roller Coaster Ride

Chelsea's Season So Far: A Roller Coaster Ride

Ever since Manchester United won their eighteenth title in 2008-09, which was their third successive title in as many seasons, the Premier League title has been very difficult to defend. Manchester United came close to repeating the hat-trick of three titles in three years between 2010-11 and 2012-13, but the 2011-12 title was snatched away from them in injury time on the last match day of the season by their neighbors. Since that run from the Red Devils, none of …
Chelsea v Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea v Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

It is the Jose Mourinho derby in West London on Sunday as his current employers make the trip down to South to his once comfortable stomping ground. No matter what happens on Sunday, Mourinho will once again hog the limelight on Sunday as his in-form Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge to potentially spell an end to Chelsea's aspirations to defend their league title. Chelsea have had a mixed start to the campaign - uncharacteristically inconsistent under Antonio Conte whose …
Analysing Chelsea's centre-back options for the 2017/18 campaign

Analysing Chelsea's centre-back options for the 2017/18 campaign

The past weekend marked Chelsea's fifth clean sheet of the season in their 15th game in all competitions, which means they have kept one in 33% of their matches this season. During the last campaign, they were praised for their defensive organisation and consistency under Antonio Conte. The Italian changed to a 3-4-2-1 formation and it immediately reaped rewards, as the Blues became difficult to break down. There was always going to be a stage when the team became less …
How Cesar Azpilicueta Evolved into One of the Best Centre-Backs in the Premier League

How Cesar Azpilicueta Evolved into One of the Best Centre-Backs in the Premier League

Antonio Conte’s astute tactics and masterful style of play was one of the major reason behind Chelsea’s title-winning run last season. The meteoric rise of Victor Moses as a genuine wingback, the revelation of Eden Hazard, the ball-winning ability of Kante; all of these was duly noted and given the fair share of the limelight. However, one player slipped under the radar despite being the key to Chelsea's success was Cesar Azpilicueta. After the defeats to Arsenal and Liverpool, Conte …
Chelsea v Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea v Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

This Sunday, Chelsea host Arsenal in what is normally a hotly contested clash between two of the most popular football clubs in the capital. The Champions have finally clicked into gear, despite a strange transfer window culminating into a disappointing opening day result, largely overshadowed by events outside the realms of normalcy. Antonio Conte has acted swiftly in the second half of the Summer, to bolster his squad, particularly in the midfield bringing in the likes of Bakayoko and Drinkwater …
Chelsea's Champions League Group Stage Preview

Chelsea's Champions League Group Stage Preview

Chelsea will be hoping to kick-start their European campaign with a victory over Azerbaijan side Qarabag on Tuesday evening in the Champions League group stage. Antonio Conte's side have not had the most thrilling start to the Premier League but they will be hoping to make their mark in Europe. The English champions were drawn in a relatively tough group but they should be too hot for Qarabag in the group stage opener. Qarabag are taking part in the Champions …
Where does Davide Zappacosta fit in at Chelsea?

Where does Davide Zappacosta fit in at Chelsea?

Chelsea's transfer window wasn't as great as many anticipated it would be, but they have made some solid additions and improved the depth for their chosen 3-4-3 formation. On deadline day, they signed Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta. The former is well known to Premier League audiences after helping Leicester City to upset the odds and win the title during the 2015/16 campaign. He could be set to reunite with Ngolo Kante, which is a partnership that works well. However, …
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