Saturday 7 December 2013 - Stoke 3 Chelsea 2
It started well enough with an early goal from Andre Schurrle, but with goals from the home team either side of half time meant we weren’t going to have it all our own way. But no sooner as they took the lead Schurrle put us back on levels terms.
But it took a good shot from Stoke in the dying minutes of the game to snatch the lead and take all 3 points, not the birthday present JT was hoping for!
The result sees us drop to third place in the league, on goal difference behind the Scousers.
Wednesday 4 December 2013 - Sunderland 3 Chelsea 4
A right old ding dong of a 7 goal thriller of a game! After going behind within 15 minutes of the start, we soon hit back with an equaliser from super Frank, heading home from a Hazard dinky cross. Hazard himself got on the scoresheet in the first half with a typical run past a couple of players before his shot at goal.
Within 5 minutes of the restart the home team came back to level the score at 2-2, but a few minutes later Hazard put us in the lead again following some great interplay with Lamps. A great double act those two!
With the end of the game in sight, an own goal seemed to put the game beyond doubt, but Bardsley made amends for his slip up by scoring himself.
So, 3-4 the final score, and a great away performance from the Blues.
Sunday 1 December 2013 - Chelsea 3 Southampton 1
After falling behind to a mistimed Essien back pass after just 13 seconds on the clock and a pretty lacklustre first half, I was wondering if it just wasn’t going to be our lucky day. The visitors were all over us for most of the first half, anticipating our moves, and were much more on their toes. Just before half time Lampard replaced the injured Oscar.
But come the second half came our second substitution and with it a change in fortunes. Demba Ba came on for the unfortunate Michael Essien, and with the emphasis up front with our strike partnership we began to pile on the pressure moving forward. After 10 minutes we made the breakthrough with Gary Cahill athletically heading home following a corner. A few minutes later saw captain JT add a second with a glancing header from Mata’s corner, a great way to celebrate his 400th Premier League appearance.
We continued to dominate, and really had Southampton on the run when we made our final substitution, replacing the hard working Torres with the more defensive minded Mikel. For a few minutes the momentum of the game seemed to disappear, but just before full time Ba put the game beyond doubt sliding the ball past the keeper.
Very much the proverbial game of two halves, a great result sees us in second spot in the league, 4 points behind the leaders.
(at Stamford Bridge)
Tuesday 26 November 2013 - Champions League - FC Basel 1 Chelsea 0
Not much to say about tonight’s performance, it was pretty poor with Petr Cech pulling off some top class saves to keep us in the game. The second half looked more promising, but with no shots on target it looked like the best we could hope for was the goalless draw and with it the point required for qualification to the knockout stages.
But with just a few minutes to play, a break away goal saw the home team pinch the game and the 3 points, leaving them with a great chance of progression themselves. But as fate would have it, results elsewhere meant we still move forward, and with it a sigh of relief!
NB: Photo not from this game.
Saturday 23 November 2013 - West Ham 0 Chelsea 3
Comfortable game, there was only going to be one winner. Super Frankie Lampard back on the score sheet, with a well struck penalty following Oscar’s felling by their keeper. The sprightly Oscar was on the score sheet himself a few minutes later with a softly struck ball rolling into the back of the net, 2 up at half time.
More free flowing football from the Blues in the second half, the home team not posing much of a threat, and a few minutes before time Lamps picked up the ball on the edge of the penalty box and struck a low ball past the keeper and with it put the game beyond the reach of the unhappy Hammers!
Sadly I wasn’t at the game today, so photo not from this game!
Saturday 9 November 2013 - Chelsea 2 West Brom 2
A cautious start to the game from us, with the familiar patient build up play by our boys. But the opposition had numbers in defence, and snuffed out any decent chances we had in and around the box. But just as we looked to be going in at the break level, man of the moment Samuel Eto’o took advantage of a stray ball in front of goal and put us in the lead.
The second half started brightly with some more chances created, but we just couldn’t put them away, and West Brom were gaining confidence from this. We were punished for our lack of decisiveness on 60 minutes when a scrap in the goalmouth and a top reaction save from Cech wasn’t enough to keep the ball out of the net, 1-1.
With Ba replacing Lampard, we continued to press, but a controversial decision denied us a free kick and the visitors went on to score a soft goal with just over 20 minutes to play.
A few minutes later, Dave and Oscar were replaced by Mikel and Mata, and we pushed on in our quest to get on level terms. Piling on the attacking moves and heading into stoppage time, Ramires was judged to have been fouled and a penalty was awarded. Up stepped Hazard, who converted with virtually the last kick of the game. Emotions were clearly running high following the incident but thankfully the final whistle blew before things got too much out of hand!
Currently 4th in the table on 21 points - it’s all so very close at the top. Plenty of talking points, looking forward to MOTD.
(at Stamford Bridge)
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Wednesday 6 November 2013 - Champions League Matchday 4 - Chelsea 3 Schalke 0
A quiet start to the game, the play being pretty negative during the first half hour, the fans not having much to shout about. But on the half hour a challenge on a goal kick by Samuel Eto’o saw the ball charged down and rebounded into the goal.
The second half picked up the pace and within a few minutes of the start, Eto’o scored his and Chelsea’s second following a good piece of persistent play and a final pass by the impressive Willian.
Substitute Ba capped off a great win for the Blues, popping the ball past the keeper from a fine lofted pass fed by fellow substitute Lampard.
The result leaves us 3 points clear at the top of Group E on 9 points. Nearly there….
(at Stamford Bridge)
Saturday 2 November 2013 - Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0
We dominated possession in the first half but were unable to make it count and get our name on the score sheet. A couple of great efforts from JT sadly went begging and the half finished goalless.
Jose clearly had some short and sharp words to say to the boys at half time and we certainly looked to pick up the tempo at the start of the second half. But we really did look out of sorts for much of the play, and the changes were inevitable, with Eto’o and Willian replacing Torres and Mata. But while we were unable to take hold of the game, Newcastle gained in confidence and with 20 minutes to go we were one behind.
With Lampard being replaced by Schurrle we added a bit of urgency to our play in search of an equaliser but we just weren’t able to make it count. As the game neared the end the home team added a second goal, pretty much seeing off our attempts to get back into the game.
I guess we can’t win ‘em all, let’s see how results go elsewhere…..
NB Photo not from this game!
Tuesday 29 October 2013 - Capital One Cup 4th round - Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2
Infuriating to miss the first 10 minutes of the game because of congestion at the gates trying to get into the stadium, but with the tickets prices reduced perhaps we should have expected it!! Thoroughly enjoyable game, and always good value to be part of an away crowd - plenty of songs, banter, and even a nearby scuffle with the police to add to the entertainment!
On the pitch I thought we looked pretty comfortable all evening and it was good to see Dave on the scoresheet after 25 minutes, taking advantage of short header back to their keeper.
Second half, Arsenal were moving the ball round well, but we had the measure of them, and picking up on the counter attacks we were much more of a threat on goal. On 66 minutes Juan Mata sent a right foot shot swerving into the corner of the net which put us two up and all but put the game out of reach for the Gooners.
(at Emirates Stadium)