Chelsea Football Club - A Study In Leadership

Chelsea Football Club - A Study In Leadership

In modern football the role of a captain can be a somewhat superficial role, it implies a certain level of authority over a club and its fanbase that is unnatural to most clubs in the Premier League. However, Chelsea football club is a different type of club. Not to say they are bigger or smaller than any other club in England, just different. Lost yet? let me explain. Chelsea's last fifteen years as a club has offered unprecedented success to …
How has Azpilicueta adapted since the change to 3-4-3?

How has Azpilicueta adapted since the change to 3-4-3?

Chelsea have consolidated their position at the top of the league after making it eleven successive victories in the Premier League. After back-to-back defeats earlier in the season against Liverpool and Arsenal, Antonio Conte decided that the 4-2-3-1 formation wasn't working out. The Italian opted to move to a 3-4-3 system that he has become known for during his coaching career. There have always been doubts in England about formations containing three at the back and that caused some to …
Should Arsenal maintain the Ozil-Sanchez duo at all costs?

Should Arsenal maintain the Ozil-Sanchez duo at all costs?

Arsenal have always had an issue with maintaining their quality players and in convincing them to extend their contracts. It is very rare for a season or two to go by without any news of a tiff related to contracts at the Emirates Stadium. For example, Ashley Cole, Mathieu Flamini, Kolo Toure, Samir Nasri and Robin Van Persie all had some issue with the club when it came to renewing contracts, and ultimately they all ended up shifting camp. Whether …
Free Transfers | EPL Players Available: Cole, Barry, Lescott, Sidwell

Free Transfers | EPL Players Available: Cole, Barry, Lescott, Sidwell

After the Premier League announced the list of players that clubs had decided were surplus to requirements last week, the dust has now settled for those players to look to pastures new. Some players will be fighting off offers from potential new clubs, while others will have their agent working day and night to find them a club that meets their ambition (or large wage demands). Here are 4 players, in no particular order, who should be on the shortlists …
Liverpool's LB Problem: Enrique, Flanagan, Cole and Betrand Compared

Liverpool's LB Problem: Enrique, Flanagan, Cole and Betrand Compared

Liverpool were in quite a pickle with their left-back situation last season. Jose Enrique was the original first choice to play in that position until a knee injury cut his season short, playing only eight games. Aly Cissokho, on loan from Valencia, was a readymade replacement until we realised that he just wasn’t good enough for the team. Now we’re in a dilemma, and have no choice but to throw in youngster Jon Flanagan, who is a right-back by trade, …
Mourinho cast doubt on Cole's future

Mourinho cast doubt on Cole's future

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has spoken about Ashley Cole's future at the club and it wasn't positive news for the England international. Cole 33, is out of contract in the summer and he has also found himself out of the team as Cesar Azpilicueta has taken his position in the side. When asked about Cole's future, Mourinho said  "I don't know. I'm happy with the way Azpilicueta is performing." With Cole no longer guaranteed first team football at Stamford Bridge then …
Mourinho set to show Terry the door

Mourinho set to show Terry the door

Chelsea skipper John Terry is set to leave the Blues at the end of the season when his contract runs out. Terry, 33 had hoped for a 3 year deal, which would have enabled him to see out his playing days at Chelsea, however, it appears to be a case of thanks for everything but you can leave as Chelsea are only willing to offer a 2 year deal on greatly reduced terms. With manager Jose Mourinho ushering a new …
Is Cole paying for being Merry with the Arsenal?

Is Cole paying for being Merry with the Arsenal?

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has refused to criticise defender Ashley Cole for attending Arsenal's Christmas party on Monday evening, however in his pre-match press conference he made a point of explaining that the England man would remain on the bench. When asked about the incident Mourinho said "I keep my opinion to myself - it was a free day for them," I'm not a father, I'm a manager. "From the beginning Ashley's not playing." He continued: "But today is Friday, the …
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