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Stamford Bridge

Sun 20 Jan 2013 13:30 (Attendance: 41,784)


It is a derby Sunday at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea aiming to repeat our win in north London back in September. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton look at the prospects for a league double…

First the good news: London's first European champions are eight points clear of Arsenal in the race for Champions League places as we go into this match, and our goal difference is notches superior to the Gunners.

The bad news is that our last-minute request to move this fixture to the Emirates was turned down. (That is a joke by the way.)

Jesting aside the disparity between recent results on the road and on the Fulham Road is remarkable. Away from home the five successive victories in all competitions is close to setting a new high.

Yet you have to look back to April 1995 to find a worst sequence over seven league games at the Bridge. Encouragingly, a few weeks later, in the last match of the '94/'95 season, Chelsea inflicted on Arsenal their 11th away defeat of the season to finish one place above them.

Earlier this season we won at the Emirates for the first time since 2009 (pictured below), and in far more convincing fashion than the 2-1 scoreline suggests.

It is a year (37 games) since Arsenal last lost matches back-to-back in the Barclays Premier League.

The Blues would be in second place on an away-only Premier League table behind Manchester United, but seventh were only home matches taken into account. Stoke, Everton, Spurs, West Bromwich Albion and the two Manchester clubs have better records on their own ground.

Fernando Torres scores at Arsenal

Over the last five home games Chelsea have the 15th best record (won one, drawn three, lost one), but no one has a superior track record over the past five away matches: won four, lost one.

Were fatigue a major factor in these dropped points it would be reasonable to expect it would have equal effect on home and away performances.

Not only have the Blues played at least five more games in all competitions than any other Premier League team this season, we have scored more goals and also have the best average of goals per game.

Total competitive games in 2012/13
Games Goals Average
Chelsea 37 88 2.38
Man Utd 32 74 2.31
Arsenal 32 67 2.09
Man City 31 58 1.87
Everton 25 46 1.84
Tottenham 31 54 1.74
Liverpool 35 57 1.63
Swansea 29 45 1.55
Reading 26 40 1.54
Fulham 25 36 1.44
Southampton 26 37 1.42
West Brom 26 37 1.42
Norwich 27 33 1.22
Wigan 27 33 1.22
Aston Villa 28 34 1.21
West Ham 25 29 1.16
Newcastle 32 37 1.16
Stoke 25 28 1.12
Sunderland 27 30 1.11
QPR 26 24 0.92

Chelsea remained in third place after Wednesday's draw, easing a further point away from fourth-placed Tottenham, who host leaders Manchester United straight after our match on Sunday. It is 12 years since Spurs beat the Red Devils at White Hart Lane in the league.

Barclays Premier League fixtures
Liverpool v Norwich 3pm
Manchester City v Fulham 3pm
Newcastle v Reading 3pm
Swansea v Stoke 3pm
West Ham v QPR 3pm
Wigan v Sunderland 3pm
West Brom v Aston Villa 5.30pm - ESPN
Chelsea v Arsenal 1.30pm Sky Sports
Tottenham v Manchester United 4pm - Sky Sports
Southampton v Everton 8pm - Sky Sports

Barclays Premier League top six
Pld Gd Pts
1 Man Utd 22 +27 55
2 Man City 22 +24 48
3 Chelsea 22 +24 42
4 Tottenham 22 +12 40
5 Everton 22 +9 37
6 Arsenal 21 +16 34


The race for the Premier League Golden Boot
Robin van Persie (Manchester Utd) 17
Luis Suarez (Liverpool) 15
Demba Ba (13 for Newcastle) 14
Michu (Swansea) 13
Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) 10
Edin Džeko (Manchester City) 10
Rickie Lambert (Southampton) 10

Race for the Premier League Golden Glove
Clean sheets

Petr Cech 9
Asmir Begovic (Stoke) 9
Joe Hart (Manchester City) 9
Simon Mignolet (Sunderland) 8

Arsenal beat Swansea City 1-0 on Wednesday night in the FA Cup. Our Capital One Cup semi-final opponents, who will protect a 2-0 lead next week in the second leg at the Liberty Stadium, were much-changed, resting several key performers.

Chelsea are seeking a first derby win at the Bridge this season, having drawn with Fulham and lost to QPR so far. The Blues have beaten Arsenal (2-1) and Spurs (4-2) away, losing to West Ham and drawing with Rangers. This is only the Gunners' second trip across London of the league campaign; Chelsea delivered their only capital punishment at the Emirates.

Premier London League
P W D L F A Pts
Arsenal 5 3 1 1 13 8 10
Tottenham 6 3 1 2 12 11 10
West Ham 5 3 0 2 12 11 9
Chelsea 6 2 2 2 7 7 8
QPR 7 2 2 3 5 6 8
Fulham 5 0 2 3 4 11 2

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Former Chelsea winger Clive Walker weighs up how Chelsea might bring derby spoils to the Bridge for the first time in the league this season.

Key battles
'Everyone is discussing the disparity between away performances, which have been terrific, and the home ones which, recently, haven't. As a former pro I can say one thing. I've heard some people say players are unaffected by atmosphere at games. If that's the case, why would people bother to travel the distances they do and cheer the team on?

'I know from experience that as a player when you have a group of fans backing you it gives you an enormous boost - you run that extra few yards and jump that extra few inches higher. You all feel part of the same thing. When you're on the pitch you want to feel the fans are enjoying the display - there's no better feeling.

'The team haven't been able to produce a home win for a few weeks. Maybe the Bridge has been a fortress for so long that the players sometimes take their foot off the gas.

'If they do that for more than a moment against Arsenal it could be fatal, as we saw last season when Robin van Persie was with them.

'We have to play well to beat teams at the moment, we cannot drift in games. This is a young side and perhaps we don't have the on-pitch leadership we had in recent seasons.

'John Terry is being considered to start a game once more. You get the drive from that type of player which infects teammates with the winning mentality to finish the job. However well or not JT plays, that mentality is always there.

'I detect a lack of leadership in Arsenal, not like the days of Patrick Vieira, Tony Adams, Emmanuel Petit. Jack Wilshere has a little of that power, too, though he can lose his rag occasionally. And we all saw Laurent Koscielny arguably throw the game away against Man City last weekend by doing a rugby tackle and being sent off.

'Abou Diaby (pictured below) can be a big player for Arsenal, giving them more strength and power in central midfield with his rangy stride. Is he fit enough to play 90 minutes after the long injury? That would be my query.

Diaby and Ramires

'Ramires's running will be key to tracking him when he makes his runs. One of the big issues when you play Arsenal is concentration. Keep your discipline, shape and focus, and be wary of their counterattacking because they have great players who can carve you open when you make a mistake. Cazorla looks very elusive and difficult to mark at times. We have had problems in the areas he likes to take up too.

'Obviously this is the first season for a while Arsenal haven't had to face their nemesis, Didier Drogba. He bullied and outmuscled their defence every time and convinced himself he was going to beat them every time. Demba Ba is as close as we have to him but he doesn't have the history or terror Didier did, although he has netted twice in three matches against them.

'Fernando Torres has hit four in 10, and I'm sure Frank Lampard would like to improve on his return of three against Arsenal too.

'I still think we have the resources and strength to cause them lots of problems, and the corresponding match at the Emirates proved that - we dominated them in every area of the pitch. They will miss the injured Mikel Arteta, who calmly keeps things ticking over in midfield.

'When you are playing a top-six side you look for weaknesses and I don't think Bacary Sagna has had a great season for the Gunners at right-back. It wouldn't surprise me if Chelsea targeted him through Eden Hazard, who has been excellent in recent weeks. Ashley Cole needs to back Eden up to exploit space, because I think Sagna gets caught in no man's land every now and then.

'Rafa Benitez made some selection decisions early in his time here where he moved Ramires and David Luiz both forward, but he has reverted them in the last few matches. I prefer them where they are now but the manager will know them better than we do.

'The most important thing is that we retain our focus and intensity. Do that and I think we will celebrating a double league victory over the Arsenal.'

Squad fitness news
Only Oriol Romeu (knee) is unavailable for Chelsea due to injury. Arsenal are without midfielders Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky due to calf problems.

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In October 1938 a crowd of just under 64,500 came to the Bridge to see if Leslie Knighton's talented underachievers could knock George Allison's Arsenal, champions the previous season, off their perch.

The task proved easier than expected, even though the Gunners' ranks included goalie George Swindin and prolific forwards Cliff Bastin and Ted Drake, who would later manage the Blues to our own league title in 1955.

Other than England international keeper Vic Woodley (pictured below) the Pensioners' was a less stellar line-up, although the likes of long-throw expert Sam Weaver, winger Dicky Spence and inside-left Harry Burgess had a smattering of England caps under their belts.

Woodley Chelsea v Arsenal

The media were often unkind to Chelsea in those days, and as impressed as he was John Macadam in the Express could not resist a dig, suggesting this was an unusual 'Chelsea that looked as little like the Chelsea of the jokes and the cartoons as I look like Clark Gable' (a 1930s matinee idol - ask your grandparents).

The reason for his positive slant was that the hosts were far better organised, hungrier and more dynamic than the north London visitors. Especially impressive was Liverpudlian winger Alf Hanson, a summer signing, who tormented the Arsenal rearguard with determined runs and accurate crossing.

Hanson also netted the Pensioners' first two goals, either side of Reg Cumner's equaliser. George Mills, a loyal servant and goal-getter who was frequently overlooked in favour of more glamorous buys, also caused problems with soft-shoe control, and broke clear of Bernard Joy to grab Chelsea's crucial fourth.

Again Kirchin replied for the Gunners, but Harry Burgess restored the two-goal gap to produce a memorable 4-2 victory for west London. Chelsea leapfrogged the Gunners, who were demoted to 15th place.

Back to today, and the Blues have won four of the last seven Premier League meetings at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal have won only four of the last 22 meetings in all competitions over the past nine years.

Arsenal's last piece of silverware was the 2005 FA Cup when they defeated Manchester United on penalties at the Millennium Stadium.

Since then Chelsea have won the Champions League, two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, one League Cup and two Community Shields.

Our last 10 league meetings at Stamford Bridge
2002/03 - Drew 1-1
2003/04 - Arsenal won 2-1
2004/05 - Drew 0-0
2005/06 - Chelsea won 1-0
2006/07 - Drew 1-1
2007/08 - Chelsea won 2-1
2008/09 - Arsenal won 2-1
2009/10 - Chelsea won 2-0
2010/11 - Chelsea won 2-0
2011/12 - Arsenal won 5-3



Reverse fixture this season
29 September 2012 Barclays Premier League
Arsenal….….……..…..1 Chelsea………..……2
Gervinho 42                     Torres 19
                                           Mata 53
               Att: 60,101

Chelsea v Arsenal in all competitions
Games played 178
Chelsea wins 55
Arsenal wins 71
Draws 52

Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 75
Chelsea wins 25
Arsenal wins 25
Draws 25

Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
27/09/1969 - Chelsea 3-0 Arsenal
29/11/1930 - Chelsea 1-5 Arsenal

Chelsea won a trophy: 246
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,801
Liverpool won the league: 8,296

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Chelsea have won only two of our last eight games at Stamford Bridge and failed to score in four of them.

We have won six out of the last nine matches scoring 27 goals.

West Ham away was the only occasion this season, out of 14; we have opened the scoring in the Premier League and went on to lose the game.

No team has kept more Premier League clean sheets than Chelsea's nine.

The Blues are 10 points better off compared to the corresponding 22 fixtures last season.

We have gained 12 points from losing positions this term.

Last six results
Dec 30 Everton (a) W 2-1
Jan 2 QPR (h) L 0-1
Jan 5 Southampton (FA Cup 3rd round a) W 5-1
Jan 9 Swansea (League Cup semi-final 1st leg h) L 0-2
Jan 12 Stoke (a) W 4-0
Jan 16 Southampton (h) D 2-2


Premier League scorers
Lampard 7 (3 pens), Mata 7, Torres 7, E Hazard 6 (1 pen), Ivanovic 4, Ramires 3, Cahill 2, Ba 1, Cole 1, D Luiz 1, Moses 1, Oscar 1, Sturridge 1, Terry 1, own goals 2. Total 45

League games since
A home win: 2
A home draw: 0
A home defeat: 1

Chelsea's next three games
Wed 23 Jan Swansea (League Cup SF 2nd leg) away 7.45pm
Sun 27 Jan Brentford (FA Cup 4th rd) away 12 noon
Wed 30 Jan Reading away 8pm


Frank Lampard is now second on Chelsea's all-time scoring chart with 194 after moving one ahead of Kerry Dixon at Stoke. He is just eight behind Bobby Tambling's tally of 202.

Congratulations to Lucas Piazon, now on loan to Malaga, who celebrates his 20th birthday on Sunday (20th).


Major trophies
13 League championships, last in 2004
10 FA Cups, last in 2005
2 League Cups, last in 1993
12 FA Charity/Community Shields (1 shared), last in 2004
1 European Cup Winners' Cup in 1994
1 Fairs Cup in 1970

Arsenal's seven and a half years without silverware is the worst period since the eight-year gap between 1979 (FA Cup) and 1987 (League Cup).

The Gunners are unbeaten in the nine league games they opened the scoring this term. They have only dropped four points from winning positions.

Arsenal have lost only two of their last 14 away games in the Premier League

The Gunners have won 17 points from a possible 33 on the road this term. They have won at Liverpool, West Ham, Reading and Wigan, drawn at Stoke, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Everton and Southampton and lost at Norwich and Manchester United.

They have conceded eight goals in the last five Barclays Premier League games.

Manager Arsène Wenger
Days in charge: 5,956
Played 933
Won 529
Drawn 225
Lost 179

Arsenal's last 10 year league history
Pts Pos
2002/03 78 2nd
2003/04 90 1st
2004/05 83 2nd
2005/06 67 4th
2006/07 68 4th
2007/08 83 3rd
2008/09 72 4th
2009/10 75 3rd
2010/11 68 4th
2011/12 70 3rd



Last six results
Dec 22 Wigan (a) W 1-0
Dec 29 Newcastle (h) W 7-3
Jan 1 Southampton (a) D 1-1
Jan 6 Swansea (FA Cup a) D 2-2
Jan 13 Manchester City (h) L 0-2
Jan 16 Swansea (FA Cup h) W 1-0


2012/13 Premier League scorers
Walcott 8, Cazorla 7, Giroud 6, Podolski 6, Arteta 4 (3 pens), Gervinho 3, Koscielny 1, Mertesacker 1, Oxlade-Chamberlain 1, own goals 3. Total 40

League games since
An away win: 1
An away draw: 0
An away defeat: 5

Completed January transfers
Ins Demba Ba (Newcastle, undisclosed)
Outs Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool, undisclosed), Lucas Piazon (Malaga, loan), Todd Kane (Blackburn, loan), Billy Clifford (Colchester, loan), Sam Walker (Colchester, loan)
Ins None
Outs Johan Djourou (Hannover 96, loan), Marouane Chamakh (West Ham United, loan)

Martin Atkinson is making his first visit to Stamford Bridge this season. He was the official for two of our away London derbies at Arsenal and West Ham.

Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi and Arsenal's Gervinho are away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

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Chelsea v Arsenal


  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 8
    Frank Lampard
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar Substitution
  • 17
    Eden Hazard Substitution
  • 10
    Juan Mata
  • 9
    Fernando Torres Substitution


  • 19
    Paulo Ferreira
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 57
    Nathan Ake
  • 29
    Demba Ba Substitution
  • 34
    Ryan Bertrand Substitution
  • 22
    Ross Turnbull
  • 21
    Marko Marin Substitution
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards


  • 1
    Wojciech Szczesny
  • 3
    Bacary Sagna
  • 4
    Per Mertesacker
  • 5
    Thomas Vermaelen
  • 28
    Kieran Gibbs
  • 22
    Substitution Francis Coquelin
  • 2
    Substitution Vassiriki Diaby
  • 14
    Theo Walcott
  • 10
    Jack Wilshere
  • 19
    Santi Cazorla
  • 12
    Olivier Giroud


  • 26
    Emmanuel Frimpong
  • 16
    Substitution Aaron Ramsey
  • 24
    Vito Mannone
  • 6
    Laurent Koscielny
  • 25
    Carl Jenkinson
  • 23
    Substitution Andrey Arshavin
  • 11
    Clarindo Andre Santos

CHELSEA v ARSENAL - 20/01/13

Chelsea vs Arsenal Highlights

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Stamford Bridge is smiling once again after two first-half goals proved enough to win this London derby against an Arsenal side who came back strongly after the interval.

Juan Mata continued his run of scoring in every game he has started against Arsenal, netting early on, and Frank Lampard was yet again reliable from the penalty spot to double the advantage with quarter-of-an-hour gone of a game played in light snow throughout.

Chelsea continued to play well up to the break but couldn't make the most of our chances. When Arsenal increased the tempo of their play after the break, our grip on the game slackened and Theo Walcott pulled a goal back. The Gunners continued to look the better side but it was more a case of pressure on the Blues defence than clear=cut chances, and Petr Cech was only occasionally called into action as our backline stood firm to secure all three points.

Team news
David Luiz was unavailable with a minor ankle injury so Branislav Ivanovic came back into defence. Fernando Torres was centre-forward with Demba Ba on the bench. The midfield was unchanged from the midweek Southampton game. The players wore back armbands for Nick Broad, our former head of sports science who died following a road accident on Thursday.

Arsenal were totally unchanged from their FA Cup replay win over Swansea on the same night.

First half
If Chelsea's confidence in playing at home had been further knocked by the disappointing draw against Southampton, it didn't show in the opening 45 minutes.

Fernando Torres was sporting a new short haircut and he set the tone by making a bright start to the game, teeing up Lampard for a shot off-target and then skipping past Sagna, only to be fouled. The Arsenal full-back might have been booked had it happened later in the game.

It was Arsenal's centre-forward who had the first chance to score however, Olivier Giroud played through onside by Walcott who had run inside of Ashley Cole. With time to take aim, the Frenchman missed by a yard.

Chelsea rubbed it in almost immediately by going up the other end and taking the lead. Arsene Wenger was left complaining of a foul when Ramires won the ball from Coquelin but play went on, and Azpilicueta lofted a pass into the box which Mata killed with his first touch, then fired high into the net with his next. It was a superb goal from the Spaniard.

Chelsea v Arsenal

His former Real Oviedo team-mate on the other side, Santi Carzola, drew a save from Petr Cech soon after before Chelsea threatened the Arsenal goal once again. This time it was skilful individualism from Hazard, gliding into the area and then testing Szczesny at his near post with a powerful shot.

Chelsea took a 2-0 lead for the second game running after 15 minutes. Mata was involved again, placing a pass to unmarked Ramires who had beaten the offside flag. The Brazilian was sidestepping Szczesny when the Arsenal keeper and he collided. Referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot but only produced a yellow card having decided a clear goal-scoring opportunity hadn't been denied. Rafael Benitez was not impressed with that decision. 

Chelsea v Arsenal

Lampard opted for placement rather than power this time to make it 195 Chelsea goals. His last three goals have been penalties.

Arsenal were looking ragged and were being stretched by Mata and Hazard in particular. A cross beyond Sagna gave Cole the chance to head at goal but stretching, he couldn't hit the target in front of the Arsenal fans.

Chelsea's next chance came on 35 minutes, Hazard and Oscar moving the ball out of our half to Mata. He passed out to Ramires on the right who did well to find a yard beyond Vermaelen but then shot wildly into the Shed End.

Arsenal were making Chelsea defend more in this quarter of an hour before the break, but the Blues continued to carry a threat. Torres should have done better than slice a shot wide on the stroke of half-time after a Mata free-kick had been half-cleared.

Second half
Given recent games at the Bridge, the Chelsea support had collective fingers-crossed that Arsenal would be given nothing to bite onto at the start of the second period, and had to be thankful when first Mertesacker and then Walcott from dangerous positions gave Cech relatively easy saves to make. 

Giroud then didn't make sufficient contact with a header after Arsenal left-back Gibbs had counter-attacked and crossed.

Torres, quiet since the opening minutes, briefly got the better of Mertesacker but the attack fizzled out and it was not a great shock when Arsenal pulled a goal back on 57 minutes. Possession was lost when the ball was played up towards Torres and Cazorla slipped a pass through the middle to Walcott who was just onside. There was no catching the England international who kept his nerve to beat Cech.

The Gunners were in the ascendency and shot wide with a good chance to level. Most of the game was now being played in the Chelsea half.

But then a hopeful long pass towards Torres was misread totally by Mertesacker and the Chelsea no.9 was suddenly away. But he took a touch too strong as he closed in on the target and the keeper was able to intervene.

Chelsea v Arsenal

Suddenly Torres looked to have the beating of the Arsenal backline for pace but after another charge clear down the wing, he couldn't pick out Hazard who was the only blue shirt in the area at which to aim.

Benitez made his first change on 71 minutes, Bertrand coming on for Oscar. Chelsea had a corner which was cleared. Ramires tested Szczesny with a shot that was scrambled away from goal.

On 79 minutes Ramires robbed Wilshere deep in the Chelsea half and attacked a big space ahead, but couldn't find a way through when he hit the Arsenal defence. One minute later, Demba Ba replaced Torres.

The substitute could have made a near instant impact. Moments after coming on he was racing down the left, played onside by Vermaelen as Bertrand lofted the ball forward. Ba took the ball beyond the keeper who had charged out but from a tight angle and running out of space, couldn't then beat Vermaelen who was back on the line.

Chelsea v Arsenal

There were less than five minutes left on the clock when a Mata mistake deep in the Chelsea half led to Cole fouling Sagna on the edge of the area, at the cost of a booking. Thankfully Vermaelen couldn't hit the target with his free-kick.

Bertrand had a goal-bound volley blocked by Sagna as the game drew to a close but there were still five minutes of stoppage time to negotiate. Chelsea's defensive fortitude came to the fore as Cahill tackled Walcott expertly and then headed a threatening cross away, and then enough pressure was put on Vermaelen that he could only head another cross over.

Chelsea v Arsenal

We had survived for a first home win in four attempts and an important one too. We now have an 11-point advantage over Arsenal having played a game more.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole; Ramires, Lampard (c); Hazard (Marin 88), Mata, Oscar (Bertrand 71); Torres (Ba 80).
Unused subs Turnbull, Ferreira, Terry, Ake.
Scorers Mata 5, Lampard 16 pen.
Booked Mata 65, Cole 86.

(4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen (c), Gibbs; Diaby (Arshavin 75), Coquelin (Ramsey 58); Walcott, Wilshere, Cazorla; Giroud.
Unused subs: Mannone, Santos, Koscielny, Jenkinson, Frimpong.
Scorer Walcott 57.
Booked Szczesny 15

Referee Martin Atkinson

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Matchday Programme

PSG - 8/4/14 - MOURINHO

We begin this second leg knowing exactly what we need to do to progress...

PSG - 8/4/14 - JT

These are the big games, the big nights we all dreamed of as kids growing up, and we need big performances all round tonight if we are to go through...


We have another big derby game today...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - JT

What a great night Tuesday was...


Before we talk about Galatasaray and Didier's return, I want to say how gutted we were to lose three points at Villa on Saturday evening...


Tonight, we return to the Champions League and we, like Manchester United, find ourselves in a difficult position, where we are left to defend English football in Europe...


At the moment, we are top of the league with three points more than Manchester City - or the same points if they win their game in hand...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - JT

We go into this game top of the league and, with our match being the early kick-off this weekend, a win here against Everton is vital...


Are you happy with our players' performance at Manchester City? If so, show them today!


Monday night was a brilliant performance and a great result for us...


Tonight we go into a difficult game against West Ham understanding the importance of ensuring we take three points from this London derby...

WEST HAM UNITED- 29/01/14 - JT

After a good win over Stoke in the FA Cup, we come back to the league today with a London derby and we are determined to keep our winning streak going now...


Today, we play against the champions. We don't play against a team that is 11 points away from the leaders, we play versus Manchester United...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - JT

We are back at Stamford Bridge today after three away games on the spin, from which we've picked up three important wins...