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Mason Mount is a force that has come to stay
Chelsea, Featured

Mason Mount is a force that has come to stay

The transfer ban against Chelsea did them a lot of good and continues to do so even after the departure of Frank Lampard. The Englishman was tasked with managing the Blues during the torrid period of no major acquisitions and he chose to stick with one young English player who has proven that he has the quality to thrive on the biggest stage if handed the opportunity. Chelsea have never been known to rely on players from their academy but had no choice but to do so in the 2019/20 football season as the likes of Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Reece James, and Mason Mount took up important roles in the team. Mason Mount was one player who never got the credit he deserved in his first season as a regular first-team player at Stamford Bridge. Many pundits and fans believed that he was ...
Is this Chelsea’s funny formula for winning the UCL twice?
Chelsea, Featured

Is this Chelsea’s funny formula for winning the UCL twice?

It's no more news that Chelsea emerged victoriously against Manchester City in the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League at the Estadio do Dragao last Saturday with a 1 nil win via a well-taken goal by supposed generational talent Kai Havertz. Pep Guardiola and his men were favorites for the trophy but found themselves wanting against a very disciplined and resolute Chelsea side under the tutelage of German manager Thomas Tuchel. This came as a little shock though considering how both sides ended their domestic season. Regardless, we want to look into how Chelsea won the UEFA Champions League twice with an unforeseen strange and funny formula. GET THE BEST FREE FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS FOR TODAY 2012 UCL TRIUMPH Chelsea first won the UCL in 2012 against all odds against Bayern Munich at...
Manchester City face defining moment in club’s history
Chelsea, Featured, Manchester City

Manchester City face defining moment in club’s history

It’s all been building up to this. Since the takeover of Manchester City by Sheikh Mansour in 2008, winning the Champions League has been top of the club’s agenda. It’s taken a lot longer than many expected for the opportunity to present itself, but tomorrow night City face their date with destiny — the Champions League final against Chelsea in Porto. On paper, City shouldn’t have too much to fear. They are the favorites to win the match according to the Champions League odds, and with the Premier League title already in their back pockets, confidence will be high among coach Pep Guardiola’s squad. There is also the fact that opponents Chelsea have stuttered somewhat towards the end of the season, losing to Leicester City in the FA Cup final, and only narrowly making it into the top ...
2020/21 UCL Final – The clash of the billionaires and the tacticians
Chelsea, Featured, Manchester City

2020/21 UCL Final – The clash of the billionaires and the tacticians

The 2020/21 UEFA Champions League final takes place tomorrow between two English giants in recent times due to the spending power of their respective owners.  The two clubs who will be facing each other in the final of Europe's elite club competition were minnows in English football some decades back but have carved niches for themselves amongst Europe's elite clubs in recent times. Chelsea FC were just there before the arrival of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and Manchester City were the notable noisy rivals with no notable impact before the arrival of Sheikh Mansour. Regardless, both sides have become major players in English football since they were taken over by these billionaire figures. READ: BEST SITES FOR STREAMING LIVE FOOTBALL GAMES Both sides will face each...
Chelsea eye move for midfield monster
Chelsea, News

Chelsea eye move for midfield monster

Chelsea are reportedly interested in the acquisition of highly-rated Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni according to a report from Goal. The detailed report linked the 21-year-old midfielder with the Stamford Bridge outfit and also described him as a midfield monster after series of strong displays for the Ligue 1 outfit in recent times. The player would fit the bill at Chelsea as the likes of Jorginho and Kovacic are not as energetic and hard-working as N'Golo Kante, and these are traits that Tchouameni can offer to the Blues if a deal materializes. A move for him would enhance Thomas Tuchel's further improvement of the team ahead of the 2021/22 football season. READ: Blues and Foxes deprived each other on separate fronts Meanwhile, the report noted that the French midf...
Time for Tuchel to feel the pressure at Chelsea as fans return to earth
Chelsea, Featured

Time for Tuchel to feel the pressure at Chelsea as fans return to earth

The events of the past week have shown that there are no guarantees in football. They have also shown that a manager is only the fans' favorite when he has the results to show in his favor. This is the present story of Chelsea as they prepare for their last two Premier League games of the season as well as the UEFA Champions League final against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in Portugal. The Blues were coming off the back of wins against Real Madrid and Manchester City and suddenly, their fans saw them as favorites for every tie. Well, the past week has also shown how the tide can turn, and how football fans can be brought back to earth. If Thomas Tuchel hasn't felt pressure in his entire managerial career, I can bet that he will feel major pressure as Chelsea's boss. The Blues ...
Blues were unlucky against Arsenal but did everything to lose
Chelsea, News

Blues were unlucky against Arsenal but did everything to lose

Thomas Tuchel blamed himself for changing his lineup which resulted in the narrow 1 nil loss to Arsenal, adding that his side received a wake-up call that puts them in the uncertainty of their qualification to next season's UEFA Champions League with two games left. Chelsea were dominant against Mikel Arteta's visitors but missed golden chances in the two halves. The Blues went behind in the 16th minute to a goal by Emile Smith Rowe after a disastrous error by Jorginho. Tuchel bemoaned his side's lack of intensity and noted that seven changes were made with an eye on Saturday's FA Cup final against Leicester City. “It is our fault, nobody else’s,” he said. “We lost the game, it’s totally our responsibility. Overall we were not sharp enough, we could not put up the same intensity a...
Tuchel says Chelsea have no preference UCL final venue
Chelsea, News

Tuchel says Chelsea have no preference UCL final venue

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed that his side has no preference with regards to the venue for the final of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League scheduled to take place on May 29. The Blues will face recently confirmed Premier League champions Manchester City at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul but English fans will not be able to attend the game due to the addition of Turkey to England's COVID-19 red list for travel. "No, absolutely not, the preference is to play it and to arrive wherever necessary," Goal.com quoted Tuchel as saying. "The good thing for me is we have top guys on the subject involved in talks with UEFA and with everybody who is involved in that decision, which is the best thing for me, because the people know what they are doing, and they will inform us...
Chelsea determined to win the race for Harry Kane
Chelsea, News, Tottenham Hotspur

Chelsea determined to win the race for Harry Kane

Reports suggest that Chelsea are planning a sensational swoop for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.  The England international is considering his future with Spurs set to miss out on the UEFA Champions League for the second season in a row, as well as the fact that there is no trophy to show for his performances thus far in a Spurs shirt. Spurs lost 3:1 to Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United in the Premier League at Elland Road during the weekend and are now seven points behind in the race for a top-four finish with just 3 games to go.  This is coupled with the fact that Spurs' qualification for next year's UCL is the minimum requirement to keep Kane committed to the project of the North London club. Both Manchester clubs have already been linked with the 27-year-old striker but ...
Can Chelsea show maturity and make Hazard and Courtois regret?
Chelsea, Featured, Real Madrid

Can Chelsea show maturity and make Hazard and Courtois regret?

The clash between Real Madrid and Chelsea will see a Los Blancos side with a squad that have vast experience in these stages of the UCL come up against a squad with relatively no experience in this stage of the competition in the Blues. The Blues may have the advantage after the 1 all draw away at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium but every well-versed follower of the UEFA Champions League knows that the tie is far from over. The new-look Chelsea side who saw some new additions in the summer were whitewashed 7:1 by Bayern Munich in last season's UCL round of 16 under former manager Frank Lampard but have improved since then. They are currently managed by Thomas Tuchel and have done well in the competition but must now beat an experienced Zinedine Zidane-led side and eliminate them fr...