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 …
Bye Bye Bison - A Michael Essien Tribute

Bye Bye Bison - A Michael Essien Tribute

This last week has been very difficult to digest for Chelsea fans. I, amongst many others, still pinch myself hoping it's a nightmare I'll wake up from. People say that the Mata deal has left them traumatised, but I'm very confident that I'll get over that really soon. However, the departure that will leave a bitter taste for the ages to come, will be that of our beloved Bison: Michael Essien. Any fan of Chelsea who has seen him in …
Chelsea 3 Southampton 1 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 3 Southampton 1 | Post Match Tactical Analysis

They say attack is the best form of defence. Southampton certainly proved that old adage right, scoring a goal inside 16 seconds, partly through a defensive lapse in concentration from Michael Essien, and to a lesser extent, Petr Cech, but through Rodriguez’s rapid pressing from the off, a feature of Southampton’s game since the arrival of Pochettino, and this plan paid dividends immediately, Southampton’s all action pressure was rewarded, albeit with the help of a defensive lapse through Michael Essien. …
Jose Mourinho - Then And Now - The Differences

Jose Mourinho - Then And Now - The Differences

The Special Happy One Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea F.C. was a big story in the offseason, and could just be the biggest coaching change during the summer break. While his first tenure at the club was a standout success, his second is meeting with jitters right from the off-set. Be it shocking results away from home or the players sidelined individually due to performance and adaptation issues, this time things look a wee bit too different for Jose Mourinho than the last …
Essien or Meireles for Chelsea? Opta Stats Analysis

Essien or Meireles for Chelsea? Opta Stats Analysis

Over the last few weeks Michael Essien has returned from injury and although not looking his previous best, he has still looked comfortable on the ball, taking on a different role than when he was at his best, instead of making marauding runs like he used to, he has become more of a defensive midfielder, being strong on the ball and setting up play. Raul Meireles on the other hand has disappointed since coming to Chelsea in the summer. He …
Lucas | Difficult to replace | Stats Analysis

Lucas | Difficult to replace | Stats Analysis

Word came out on Thursday, December 1st, that Lucas will miss the remainder of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.  The damage in Lucas' left knee is sufficient that he is set to undergo surgery and will not play again for the Reds this term.  For Kenny Daglish this presents a difficult task as replacing Lucas with a single player currently available for Liverpool  may not be possible. He arrived at Liverpool from Gremio in time for the 2007/08 …