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Petr Cech column: Timeless Thiago and the pain of retirement

In his column this week, Petr Cech talks about Thiago Silva’s longevity off the back of his new contract and some sterling performances of late, and our former goalkeeper also reflects on the final years of his own career and why he made the decision to hang up his boots…

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Pat Nevin: Why Brighton game is so interesting and so important

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin does some number-crunching in his latest column and highlights when coaches can and can’t do something to influence a result…

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Petr Cech column: Counting the cup finals and my verdict on VAR

Following Wednesday night’s semi-final success at Spurs, Petr Cech uses his column this week to reflect on that achievement while also looking at the impact of VAR on the result and revealing whether he is in favour of the technology…

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Pat Nevin: Why the right attitude is so important

Cup football, and the stories around two very different ties, from the early round encounter with Chesterfield to the conclusion of the big semi-final with Spurs, are themes in Chelsea legend Pat Nevin’s column this Tuesday…

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Petr Cech column: Fixture scheduling and player welfare

Petr Cech uses his latest column to discuss recent fixture congestion and his concerns for player welfare...

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Pat Nevin: What hit me hard about the Liverpool game

As the dust settles on Sunday’s scintillating draw and attention turns to a semi-final against Spurs, Chelsea legend Pat Nevin considers both games in this week’s column, and lists what impressed him at the weekend while wondering if a repeat is possible on Wednesday…

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December from the Stands: Giles Smith on Christmas miracles and Covid confusion

Chelsea season ticket holder and our supporter columnist Giles Smith reviews the final month of 2021, a fixture-filled and frankly exhausting December when Covid spread, if not much goodwill…

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Petr Cech column: My review of 2021 – the ups, the downs, the triumphs and the tribulations

Petr Cech uses his final column of the year as a chance to reflect on 2021 and the unforgettable memories it provided…

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Pat Nevin: Here’s how tired players can have rest over Christmas

It’s that time of year when professional footballers go the extra mile so relaxing fans can be entertained, but not without consequences. Therefore former Blue Pat Nevin reckons playing it clever is essential, but not always straightforward…

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Petr Cech column: Academy’s silver lining to selection issues and the unique experience of a Premier League footballer at Christmas

In this week’s column, Petr Cech looks at how unexpected situations like the current Covid outbreak can provide opportunities for younger players, recalls his experiences of playing during the hectic Christmas fixture schedule and explains why he can enjoy this time of year a lot more after hanging up his gloves…

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Pat Nevin: Ploughing on and the wisdom of doing so

In his column this week, Chelsea legend Pat Nevin looks back on the last two drawn results and hopes players will not have to follow in his and his contemporaries’ footsteps…

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Petr Cech column: Recalling Rafa, wishing for uninterrupted Christmas and Champions League draw thoughts

This week’s column from Petr Cech revisits the time he played under the boss of tonight’s opponents and Monday’s infamous draw for our last-16 opponents in Europe, plus he welcomes another award collected by the club…