Stoke City v Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Stoke City v Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

League leaders Chelsea travel to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium as the Premier League is preparing for a mini-hiatus, what with the final international break of this campaign. Stoke City sit ninth in the league with 36 points on board, four shy of eighth placed West Bromwich Albion. The Potters have recovered from a dispiriting 4-0 loss at White Hart Lane to pick up four points from the following two games - a significant 2-0 win against struggling …
Why Kante is Already the Signing of the Season

Why Kante is Already the Signing of the Season

The Premier League season is by no means over but already Chelsea seem to have secured the league title with over 10 games to go. They are cruising at the top with a 10-point lead over Tottenham in second place and the rest of the top four are battling it out to secure a place in the Champions League. Manchester United have several cup competitions to attend to, while Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City have all dropped points during key …
N'Golo Kante - Difference Maker

N'Golo Kante - Difference Maker

It's fair to say that the first half of last season was a blip for Chelsea, albeit a serious one that cost Jose Mourinho his job. Going from Premier League champions to strugglers in a matter of months was never about the standard of the squad; something evident after Guus Hiddink took over temporary charge and the Blues form improved, with them eventually finishing tenth in the Premier League. As the season drew to a close, Diego Costa and Eden …
The Emergence Of Victor Moses Under Conte's Revamped Chelsea

The Emergence Of Victor Moses Under Conte's Revamped Chelsea

Antonio Conte's Chelsea side is forging ahead, currently riding a five-match win streak and well within striking distance for the top spot in the Premiership. The usual lot at Stamford Bridge has received the bulk of the praise for the resurgence, but Nigerian Victor Moses has slipped through the cracks as one of Conte's most improved -- and important -- players during his first spell in west London. Conte was announced as the new manager of Chelsea in April 2016. Supporters …
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 …
Leicester City request restart to EPL Season

Leicester City request restart to EPL Season

Leicester City have requested that the current EPL season be restarted. Claudio Ranieri cited external factors as the main reason for a vastly indifferent start to this season. Ranieri : “Jamie Vardy’s chewing tobacco is stuck in a port somewhere in Spain, and our good luck Pizza cutter has been missing since THAT party last season.” He went on further saying that his players initially thought that N'golo Kanté had taken it with him to Chelsea but they aren’t winning either …
Liverpool defeat shows Conte needs to reinstate Cesc Fabregas

Liverpool defeat shows Conte needs to reinstate Cesc Fabregas

When results start slipping away from a side, it is inevitable that fans and pundits begin to dissect the reasons behind it. The aftermath of Chelsea’s 2-2 draw at Swansea called many to ask Cesc Fabregas to return to the first team. When Conte didn’t start the player against Liverpool, the team's 1-2 loss to the Reds also meant many fans thought Fabregas’ reinstatement to the first team could change things for the side. Rumours suggest that the Spanish midfielder …
How has Oscar become vital to Chelsea under Conte?

How has Oscar become vital to Chelsea under Conte?

A huge tactical overhaul was required to get the best out of a talented squad and Antonio Conte was chosen at the man to lead it. Many expected that he would move to his favoured 3-5-2 and target players during the summer to make that possible. Although this might be his aim for the future, he hasn't been able to achieve it during the first window. That hasn't held Chelsea back though, as the Italian is a pragmatic and tactically …
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