Chelsea face fight to keep Courtois

Chelsea face fight to keep Courtois

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will have a fight on his hands to keep hold of Belgian goalkeeper Thibault Courtois if Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simone has his way. Belgian stopper Courtois has spent the last three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid and has become a fans favourite with a series of wonderful performances. Atletico manager Diego Simone said this about Courtois  "For me anything paid for Courtois would be cheap. "He's a young guy who has a huge future …
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. …
Is Cech Still Good Enough For Chelsea? Stats

Is Cech Still Good Enough For Chelsea? Stats

Petr Cech was once the best goalkeeper in the world in my opinion. During Mourinho's first spell and especially between 2004-6, Cech was consistently keeping clean sheets and making incredible saves to win Chelsea trophy after trophy. Since his fractured skull injury he has never been the same goalkeeper but he has remained Chelsea's first choice goalkeeper. This is mainly due to a lack of competition at Chelsea. However after letting a very tame Sessegnon shot past him on Saturday, …
Carmille's Chelsea Column: Positive Start & Super Cup Preview

Carmille's Chelsea Column: Positive Start & Super Cup Preview

This week’s column will discuss Chelsea’s performance in the Premier League thus far and preview the Super Cup versus Bayern Munich to be played on Friday. Jose Mourinho’s second spell as Chelsea manager has started off on a positive note. Seven points earned from a potential nine; six picked up from two home victories against Hull City and Aston Villa and one point picked up against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Not exactly three out of three, but a point …
John Ruddy - Most Underrated Goalkeeper in the Premier League?

John Ruddy - Most Underrated Goalkeeper in the Premier League?

On late Friday evening surprising news broke that Norwich City had rejected a £5m bid for John Ruddy from Chelsea. How important is the England keeper to Norwich and is he good enough for Chelsea? With the departure of last season’s number 2 Ross Turnbull and Thibuat Courtois extending his loan spell at Atletico Madrid for another year, Chelsea look to sign a back up goalkeeper during the summer transfer window who can offer competition to Petr Cech. When Ruddy …
The Keys to Stoke City's Success | Stats Analysis

The Keys to Stoke City's Success | Stats Analysis

Since arriving into the Premier League in 2008, Stoke City have stayed comfortably afloat but never surprised anyone. Tony Pulis's combative Potters established an identity as the Premier League's resident warriors, consistently grinding out points and attracting both plaudits and haters for their physically emphatic defending and "Route One" style attack. Stoke earned twelfth in their Premier League return, following with eleventh in 2009-10, thirteenth in 2010-11, and fourteenth in 2011-12. In addition, the Potters progressed to the knockout stage …
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