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 …
Chelsea v Burnley Preview - Conte's men begin Title defence

Chelsea v Burnley Preview - Conte's men begin Title defence

Defending Premier League champions Chelsea will face Burney in their opening fixture of the season at Stamford Bridge, and after Sunday's defeat to Arsenal in the Community Shield, Antonio Conte will expect his side to take all three points and get their campaign off and running in style. Last season the Blues faced Sean Dyche's side in their third game and came away 3-0 winners, which made it three wins in three for the Italian in charge. The Clarets were tipped for relegation but …
Chelsea: 2017/18 - Season Preview

Chelsea: 2017/18 - Season Preview

2016/17 Premier League Champions Chelsea have had a mixed pre-season, they started with a 3-0 victory over Arsenal in Beijing and in truth tore the Gunners to shreds for the 90 minutes. The Blues then faced Bayern Munich in Singapore, and a bit like how Antonio Conte's side started the Arsenal game, Bayern came out flying and had a 3-0 led before half-time. Chelsea did manage to pull two goals back, one from Michy Batshuayi, who made it three in …
The 2017 Transfer Window Soap Opera: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

The 2017 Transfer Window Soap Opera: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Playing Musical Chairs - Exchanging Strikers with Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal It’s crazy time. The Welcome To and Exit doors are swinging in and out and the new are replacing the old. Clubs are scurrying in hopes of improving their position in last season’s table or, in Chelsea’s case, hanging on to that coveted top slot. Arsenal, for the first time in Arsène Wenger’s tenure with the club, has dropped out of the Champions League competition and, with the …
Analysing Alvaro Morata's imminent move to Chelsea

Analysing Alvaro Morata's imminent move to Chelsea

Chelsea were dealt a blow in their preparations for the new season when Romelu Lukaku moved to Manchester United. There were many in the game that expected the Belgian to return to Stamford Bridge, but he has ended up joining up with his former Blues' manager at Old Trafford. Antonio Conte would have been frustrated by losing out on his number one target, but they have recovered quickly and are now moving closer to signing a new striker. They have …
The Most Full-On 'Off-Season' Ever!

The Most Full-On 'Off-Season' Ever!

With the transfer window now officially open; we are already well into full-on 'silly season' mode. Here at 2Upfront, we look at all the rumours currently circulating and more widely, how we as football fans, find ourselves in this crazy world of multi-million pound transfers, obscene wages and ludicrous transfer speculation. How Did We Get Here? The 2017 summer transfer window is the culmination of many factors that we have seen building over the last few years. Firstly, the latest …
Lukaku is the flat-track bully Mourinho needs at Manchester United

Lukaku is the flat-track bully Mourinho needs at Manchester United

The initial reaction to the news that Manchester United were in advanced talks including agreeing a fee in a staggering deal to sign Everton's Romelu Lukaku was one of utter disbelief. This slowly morphed into shock and now, having had a couple of days to process everything, this writer is positively excited and completely convinced that the soon-to-be-confirmed move makes total sense to United - in almost every aspect. To understand and even quantify what Lukaku could bring to Manchester …
How Chelsea Can Start Preparing for Life After Diego Costa

How Chelsea Can Start Preparing for Life After Diego Costa

The Premier League champions have made great strides under Antonio Conte and they were the deserved winners of the 2016-17 league campaign. Conte has certainly made his mark on the squad and he made a number of changes last season, including switches in formation and personnel. Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso became important figures in the starting XI and David Luiz's return was capped off by a brilliant campaign. N'Golo Kante slotted into the midfield with ease and picked up …
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