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 …
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 …
Chelsea Vs Manchester City Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Chelsea Vs Manchester City Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

As the Premier League enters the last stretch, what appeared to be a foregone conclusion and an easy title win for Chelsea, now has the potential to turn into an interesting title chase. The Blues’ loss to Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday has resulted in their lead being cut short to 7 points. One of the teams chasing them is Manchester City, sitting in fourth position, 11 points behind the leaders. The forthcoming set of midweek fixtures brings …
Wolves vs Chelsea Preview | FA Cup Fourth Round

Wolves vs Chelsea Preview | FA Cup Fourth Round

Wolves are hoping to cause an upset when they take on the Premier League leaders in Saturday's FA Cup fourth round clash against Chelsea.
A place in the quarter-final is up for grabs and both teams are unlikely to take the game lightly despite Chelsea's title chase. With an eight-point lead in the Premier League table, Chelsea can concentrate fully on the FA Cup competition too and will be desperate to add further silverware to their cabinet. Wolves …
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 …
How the change in formation can bring the best out of David Luiz

How the change in formation can bring the best out of David Luiz

Chelsea were sublime on Saturday as doubts about Antonio Conte's future were cast aside. The Italian looks to have found his strongest side at the club after the move to a 3-4-3 formation. It always looked to be an intelligent decision to appoint the Italian due to his tactical flexibility and his decision to utilise a formation that isn't often used in the Premier League. He isn't afraid to innovate and that provides an element that has been missing at …
Why Liverpool should be considered top four contenders after beating Chelsea

Why Liverpool should be considered top four contenders after beating Chelsea

Liverpool were forced to play without Roberto Firmino on Friday evening at Stamford Bridge, but still managed to prevail 2-1. The Brazilian has been key to the side since Jurgen Klopp took over and his tactical adaptability means that he can play a number of positions in the forward line. Many have thought that Liverpool are better with him playing as a false nine. However on Friday, Daniel Sturridge did a lot better in terms of defensive contribution. He didn’t …
Premier League 2016 summer transfer round-up

Premier League 2016 summer transfer round-up

Another year, another summer transfer window has passed but which club was the most active? Who spent the most money? Which transfers caused the biggest stirs? What players will make a name for themselves this season? There's so many unanswered questions which we will have to wait to see the answers for but here's everything else you need to know about this summer's activities across the Premier League... Big name transfers Manchester United have stolen most of the headlines in …
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