Mourinho: The Reasons Behind his Sacking

Mourinho: The Reasons Behind his Sacking

Jose Mourinho is the archetypal Marmite type of person, you either love him or you loathe him, there is not much in between. Jose was unceremoniously dumped by Chelsea a mere seven months after winning his 3rd and Chelsea's 4th Premier League (Ancelotti having won the other one). The problems at Chelsea started in pre-season, Jose decided to allow his players an extra week off, because he felt they were jaded at the end of the 14/15 season because of …
The Next One - Who will replace Mourinho?

The Next One - Who will replace Mourinho?

Roman Abramovich finally put Jose Mourinho out of his misery on Thursday afternoon and dismissed him as Chelsea manager. The club will of course spin it as a mutual parting of ways but that's a bit like when you break up with your partner and say it was mutual to save face. A Mourinho-less Chelsea has been on the cards for some time. The early season blip hasn't come to an end, we're half way through the season and Chelsea …
Leicester City vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Preview, Stats and Key Men

Leicester City vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Preview, Stats and Key Men

High flying Leicester City host Flailing Champions Chelsea on Monday in the Match Day 16 of the Barclays Premier League. While Chelsea have garnered a meagre 4 points out of a possible 18 in the last 6 games, they come on the back of a much needed victory over Porto FC in the Champions League. Leicester,  on the other hand not only sit atop the Premier League table but also the form table having garnered a massive 16 points in …
Chelsea Vs Norwich City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

Chelsea's misfortune this season has been enjoyable for many and their home form has been a significant factor in their low league position. Having won only twice in six attempts, Stamford Bridge is not the stronghold it once was. Norwich, after four defeats in a row, managed a victory and a clean sheet over Swansea just before the international break so they will be hoping to get into a good run of form before the Christmas pile up. Irish internationals …
The Malaise at Chelsea

The Malaise at Chelsea

There seems to be little rhyme or reason to Jose Mourinho's decision making thus far. A team overly reliant upon the jaw dropping excellence of Eden Hazard last season has been relegated to mid-table mediocrity. Some analysts point to a third season syndrome suggesting Jose's teams at Chelsea (first time) and Real Madrid all struggled in their 3rd season. What is apparent is that players appear to be playing within themselves. It can be no coincidence Eden Hazard has 3 …
Goalkeeper Comparison - Lloris vs De Gea vs Courtois

Goalkeeper Comparison - Lloris vs De Gea vs Courtois

The importance of a good goalkeeper can't be understated and managers will tell you that having a strong number one can win you upwards of ten points a season. This is especially true for the clubs at the top of the table. There are a lot of good goalkeepers throughout the league with Simon Mignolet, Asmir Begovic, Joe Hart and Tim Krul all impressing during their time as Premier League number ones. However, the three keepers that stand out are …
West Ham vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

West Ham vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

After Saturday's humbling at home to Crystal Palace, West Ham fans won't be looking forward to their next London derby, this time against title chasers Chelsea. The Hammers are in danger of slipping into mid-table mediocrity after a promising start to the season, and have picked up just three points from a possible fifteen in their last five matches. Chelsea on the other hand will approach the match full of confidence after their League Cup win over Spurs on Sunday. …
Best Goalkeeper in the EPL: Courtois, Lloris, Hart or De Gea?

Best Goalkeeper in the EPL: Courtois, Lloris, Hart or De Gea?

The Premier League is a very special league. Everybody knows that. Its special status is not just the overall quality, or the intriguing and very exciting title challenges, nor the fact that any team can beat any other. There is one more reason that makes the Premier League quite unique: goalkeepers. Compared to other top leagues in Europe, one would struggle to find a single weak keeper in the Premier League, with quality coming from the Championship every year as …