Chelsea: 2017/18 - Season Preview

Chelsea: 2017/18 - Season Preview

2016/17 Premier League Champions Chelsea have had a mixed pre-season, they started with a 3-0 victory over Arsenal in Beijing and in truth tore the Gunners to shreds for the 90 minutes. The Blues then faced Bayern Munich in Singapore, and a bit like how Antonio Conte's side started the Arsenal game, Bayern came out flying and had a 3-0 led before half-time. Chelsea did manage to pull two goals back, one from Michy Batshuayi, who made it three in …
Why Willian is going to be key for Chelsea at the start of the new season

Why Willian is going to be key for Chelsea at the start of the new season

Chelsea were dealt an early blow ahead of their Premier League title defence, as Eden Hazard suffered a serious injury while on international duty with Belgium. He fractured his left ankle and he is set to miss the start of the season as a result. The time spent on the sidelines alone is a problem, but he will also be at a disadvantage when he does return, as he won't have had a pre-season of any kind. The attacker won't …
What should Chelsea do to limit the loss of Eden Hazard?

What should Chelsea do to limit the loss of Eden Hazard?

Chelsea have been dealt a blow in recent days as Eden Hazard has suffered a broken ankle while on international duty with Belgium. The attacker managed to stay relatively injury-free during the Blues' title-winning campaign and that was a major factor in their triumph. Pedro and Willian are excellent players, but neither possess the dynamism or stay quality that Hazard has. It is important that a club doesn't stand-still after a title win and that they recruit further from a …
Why Manchester United are Right to Target Willian

Why Manchester United are Right to Target Willian

According to ESPN, Manchester United are interested in bringing Chelsea winger Willian to the club this summer. The recent improvement at Old Trafford suggests that the Portuguese manager is making progress, but he will want to recruit several players this summer to help his team become title challengers once again. He previously worked with the Brazilian at Chelsea and believes that the winger can add some much-needed experience, pace and goal threat to the United attack. Ed Woodward has been …
Chelsea v Southampton Preview: Stats, Team News & Key Men

Chelsea v Southampton Preview: Stats, Team News & Key Men

League leaders Chelsea will look to extend their lead at the top of the table when they welcome Southampton to a floodlit Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. Antonio Conte and Chelsea will be bouncing off their impressive win against rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semi-final against Wembley, keeping their chances of securing another historic double in the Italian's debut season very much alive. But the focus will now be back on extending their lead to further up the …
Chelsea Vs Bournemouth Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea Vs Bournemouth Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

There are some managers in the Premier League who have genuinely good reasons to be quite happy. Eddie Howe and Antonio Conte both certainly have reasons to rejoice this Christmas. This week, Conte expressed his pleasure and was thankful for the pressure that comes with the tag of early season favorites to win the league. Eddie Howe, on the other hand, would surely be happy with his team’s showing in the first half of this season, despite the dampener that …
Sunderland Vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Sunderland Vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

As per Euro Club Index, given their current form, Chelsea are likely to finish the season as winners. They have a 47.7% chance of finishing at the top, followed by Arsenal with a 33% chance, Man City with a 10% chance and Liverpool with 7.3% chance. Their points tally is predicted to be 81. The same site predicts that Sunderland are relegation favorites – predicted to finish at the bottom with a mere 33 points. These are the two sides …
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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