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 …
Rooney, Fabregas And The Case for North American Football

Rooney, Fabregas And The Case for North American Football

Once considered locks for any Starting XI in their heyday, Manchester United's long-tenured captain Wayne Rooney and Chelsea's string-pulling midfielder Cesc Fabregas seem to be surplus to requirements for their respective clubs at the moment. The 31-year old has seen his role drastically change over the last few seasons. With passing years -- and nagging injuries -- Rooney has gradually been deployed deeper and deeper down the pitch. Once a world-beating, energetic forward with the technical skill to play anywhere …
Could Batshuayi be Chelsea's new Drogba?

Could Batshuayi be Chelsea's new Drogba?

After a summer of being linked with West Ham, Tottenham, Crystal Palace and Juventus, Michy Batshuayi is closing in on a move to Chelsea. The transfer fee is reported to be €37.5m, a huge outlay for a player who has only had one season as Marseille's first choice forward. However, the Belgium international is a little bit special, and has the attributes to be a great centre forward in the years to come. He is still young and has stepped …
A Blast from the Past - Returning Players

A Blast from the Past - Returning Players

With on-going speculation of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United building each day, it got us thinking, just how often have players returned to their beloved clubs in the Premier League? It’s common to see your club’s star man pack up and start a fresh in Europe at top clubs, Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich. But it seems the grass isn’t always greener on the other side and even Ronaldo can be tempted by a return to England. Here …
Where are the Premier League's world class strikers?

Where are the Premier League's world class strikers?

It seems a very long time ago since Arsenal fans witnessed their emphatic strike partnership of Theirry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp ripping up the Premier League every week. The same generation were able to appreciate Manchester United’s attackers in all their glory – from Cristiano Ronaldo to Ruud Van Nisterooy. Even in recent seasons, ex Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, brought more quality to the Premier League as Chelsea waved goodbye to their long-serving Ivory Coast international, Didier Drogba. This season, …
From Cult Hero to Gaffer | Players Who Became Managers at Their Beloved Clubs

From Cult Hero to Gaffer | Players Who Became Managers at Their Beloved Clubs

In modern football it's becoming more and more common to see former players return to their clubs as a coach or manager. The latest could see Didier Drogba return to Chelsea to work alongside interim manager Guus Hiddink. He'd follow in the footsteps of Ryan Giggs at Manchester United, who's enjoying his second season as part of the coaching and management team. However, it's not always been a succesful transition. Here's some of the best and worst stories of players …
Diego's Dramatic Decline

Diego's Dramatic Decline

This time last year Chelsea were running away with the league.  They didn't lose their first league match until December sixth and set the tone for an utterly dominant season atop the Premier League.  A lot of this dominance were due to the contributions of their two big Spanish signings in Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.  Fabregas was putting chances on a plate and Costa was putting them away with scary efficiency.  12 months on and the Chelsea machine is well and truly …
Should Chelsea Retain Drogba For Another Year?

Should Chelsea Retain Drogba For Another Year?

Chelsea regained the Premier League title on Sunday as they overcame Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge. Didier Drogba led the line and played well as he linked the play allowing the midfielders to get time on the ball in the final third. I wrote an article about a year ago on whether Chelsea should re-sign Drogba and concluded that his experience would add a lot to the squad, while he was still able to score a few goals. He has …
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