Chelsea's 12 days of Christmas
Guest fan blog Tue 19 Dec 2017
As we close in on the end of 2017, Chelsea sit third in the Premier League, have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League and are still involved in both domestic cup competitions. The Blues have certainly gifted us all over the years, but at this festive time, what joys have Chelsea brought us so far this season?
I’ve decided to give my take on a classic Christmas carol. Okay, here goes…
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
1 penalty in the league
Just the one penalty has been awarded to the Blues so far this season in the Premier League, against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge, which Eden Hazard went on to score with a brilliant chip over the keeper. Every team in the Premier League have been awarded at least one penalty so far this season, with Huddersfield, Stoke and Bournemouth also having been given just the one. Everton and Manchester City lead the way, both with five penalties to their names each so far.
2 legs against Barcelona
Qualifying second from Group C in the Champions League has given us two legs against Barcelona to fight for a spot in the quarter-finals. There is no easy draw in this competition, and as has been said many times before, to be the best, you have to beat the best. We’ve done it before and we can do it again. Fernando Torres at the Camp Nou in 2012 ring any bells?
3 red cards
Chelsea have seen three red cards so far, all of which have been in League games. Two of these dismissals came in our first game of the season against Burnley, as Cahill and Fabregas were sent off. David Luiz was given his marching orders during our game against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge to complete the set. Here’s hoping there are no more in the second half of the season!
4 four-goal victories
In four games this season the Blues have scored four goals, across all competitions. In the League, Chelsea beat Stoke four-nil away, won four-two against Watford at Stamford Bridge and beat West Brom four-nil at The Hawthorns. Our fourth four-goal fixture was against Qarabag in the Champions League, where we won four-nil in Azerbaijan. On two occasions this season Chelsea have scored more than four goals, putting five past Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup and six past Qarabag in our Champions League home tie.
5 assists from Dave
Cesar Azpilicueta has provided five assists in the Premier League this season, the most of any Chelsea player. In a listing of the number of assists provided in the league this season so far, the Spaniard is the only defender to feature in the top 10 – the other nine are either midfielders or forwards.
6 new signings
Over the summer Chelsea made six new signings – Alvaro Morata, Willy Caballero, Toni Rudiger, and Tiemoue Bakayoko were joined by Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta on deadline day. Will we see any new recruits in January?
7 Premier League debuts
Seven players have made their Premier League debuts in a Chelsea shirt this season. These are new signings Morata, Rudiger, Bakayoko, Zappacosta, as well as youngsters Ethan Ampadu and Charly Musonda, while there was also a Premier League start for Jeremie Boga on the opening day, but is now on loan at Birmingham City.
8 clean sheets from Courtois
Thibaut Courtois has kept eight clean sheets in the league so far. He is currently sitting third in the golden glove standings, just two clean sheets behind leader, David de Gea, of Manchester United. I'd suggest that the Belgian has a great chance of retaining his golden glove award at the end of the season, such is his consistency between the sticks.
9 Morata League goals
Summer signing, Alvaro Morata, has made a great start to his Chelsea career, scoring nine league goals for the Blues so far. He has also provided four assists, and scored for us in the Champions League against Atletico. Can he fight for the golden boot award in his maiden season?
10 League headers
The Blues only scored eight headed goals in the league during the whole of last season. The sudden increase might have something to do with the arrival of a certain Alvaro Morata, who has scored five of these headed goals alone.
11 points in Group C
Wins over Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital, Qarabag both home and away, and draws against Roma and Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge meant we finished with 11 points from our Champions League group stage matches. This was enough to finish second in Group C and book our place in the last 16 of the competition, where Barcelona await.
12 Premier League wins
Our 1-0 victory against Southampton at Stamford Bridge last weekend marked our 12th league win of the season so far. There are still 20 league games left to play this season, with 60 points up for grabs. Let’s hope our win tally keeps on rising right up until May.
Feel free to add this to your Christmas carol repertoires…
You can also get the dashing look of Eden, Cesar and Alvaro by visiting the Chelsea megastore now. Merry Christmas!
By Hannah Kurzawski