Chelsea

Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud struggle to fire Chelsea into contention

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:06:00 PDT

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien reflects on the Blues' 2017-18 season and his days playing at Stamford Bridge. When the dust settles on Chelsea's lacklustre campaign there will be fingers pointed in many directions regarding culpability and areas requiring improvement. One of those will be aimed at the goalscoring department, where an inability to kill games off when on top has been the team's undoing on far too many occasions. Chelsea have found the net just 57 times in 33 games this season, the fewest of any of the sides in the top seven. Compare that to the 85 scored in the 38 games that took them to...

Antonio Conte not solely at fault as Chelsea watch Man City disappear over the horizon

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:44:00 PDT

Chelsea's Antonio Conte sheds light on the message he gave to his team at half time to spur the Blues' comeback at Southampton. Manchester United's shock home defeat to bottom club West Brom last Sunday finally confirmed this season's least surprising outcome, Manchester City are Premier League champions. City's inexorable rise to dominance during the course of the campaign has been phenomenal. Having finished third last season, 15 points behind title-winners Chelsea, Pep Guardiola's side have more than made up the difference. Presently, table-topping City are 27 points better off than Antonio Conte's charges who lie a distant...

Premier League title race: How can clubs catch Manchester City?

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 02:29:00 PDT

The FC crew examine the statistics behind Man City's title-winning season and debate if it's been the most dominant in English top-flight history. The FC crew examine the statistics behind Man City's title-winning season and debate if it's been the most dominant in English top-flight history. The FC boys share their thoughts on Pep Guardiola's assertion that the Premier League is harder to win than the Champions League. Manchester City have been a cut above the rest all season, and now they are confirmed as the best team in the Premier League. Manchester City have been a cut above the rest all season, and now they are confirmed as the best team in the Premier League. Watch the best goals from Manchester City from their 2017-18 title-winning campaign. The Premier League title race is over already, but what can the chasing pack do in order to change things around next season? ESPN FC's club correspondents discuss one thing their clubs need. MAN UNITED: Consistency is key Jose Mourinho's team have to be more consistent if they want to win the title next season. The last week has summed up the entire campaign -- beat Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium then lose to bottom side West Brom at Old Trafford. The quality is there: United have beaten...

Olivier Giroud the hero as Alvaro Morata flops in Chelsea win at Southampton

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 08:04:00 PDT

Oliver Giroud came off the bench to steer his Chelsea side to a fantastic comeback against a crestfallen Southampton. English Premier League: Olivier Giroud (79') Southampton 2-3 Chelsea Chelsea staged a stunning fightback against Southampton on Saturday, coming back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in a remarkable game at St. Mary's. The Saints initially belied their lowly position in the Premier League, taking the game to the Blues in the first half and deservedly going in front through Dusan Tadic. And when Jan Bednarek doubled their advantage on the hour mark the writing looked to be on the wall for Antonio Conte's side. Conte immediately effected a double substitution replacing ineffective...

Giroud sparks unlikely Chelsea revival as Blues finally show fight for Conte

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 06:24:00 PDT

Oliver Giroud came off the bench to steer his Chelsea side to a fantastic comeback against a crestfallen Southampton. Chelsea's Antonio Conte sheds light on the message he gave to his team at half time to spur the Blues' comeback at Southampton. SOUTHAMPTON, England -- Three points on Southampton 2-3 Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon: 1. Chelsea finally show some fight At half time, as Chelsea stumbled in 1-0 down to struggling Southampton, it was tempting to wonder whether Antonio Conte would make it to the Wembley when his side meet Southampton again in the FA Cup semifinal later this month. One stirring fightback and two Olivier Giroud goals later, though, it was clear the fallen Premier League champions retain the...

Transfer Talk: Paris Saint-Germain open talks over Thibaut Courtois move

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 04:29:00 PDT

Thibaut Courtois has been linked with a summer move away from Chelsea. Clubs are slowly turning their eyes toward the summer window; Transfer Talk has the updates on all the latest rumours. PSG 'open talks' ahead of Courtois swoop Antonio Conte suggested on Friday that Chelsea players involved in the team's near-certain failure to qualify for next season's Champions League should feel obligated to stay with the club and fight their way back into top-flight European competition. But according to the Mirror, one player who probably won't heed that advice is goalkeeper...

Conte's troubles as Chelsea's miserable season draws to a close

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 05:27:00 PDT

The ESPN FC guys debate whether Alvaro Morata is overrated or just a bad fit for Chelsea. As Chelsea's troubled season grinds on, the consolation for disappointed supporters is that the end is in sight. With six Premier League games remaining, Antonio Conte and his players are facing up to the harsh fact their title defence has been an unmitigated disaster. The only upside is that winning the FA Cup remains a possibility. It was clear as far back as September when champions elect Manchester City played Chelsea off the park when winning at Stamford Bridge that it was going to be a hard...

Chelsea must win FA Cup and finish above Arsenal to rescue poor season

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 04:03:00 PDT

Chicharito scores the equalizer minutes after subbing into the game and Joe Hart made a few key saves as West Ham earn a point against Chelsea. Joe Hart and Javier Hernandez reflect on West Ham's resurgence at Chelsea, Chicharito's impressive goalscoring record against the Blues and more. Chicharito scored the equalizer minutes after subbing into the game and Joe Hart made a few key saves as West Ham earn a point against Chelsea. English Premier League: Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez (73') Chelsea 1-1 West Ham There is a glum feeling around Stamford Bridge at present. The slump that began at the start of 2018 has not yet been arrested and Chelsea's aspirations in the Premier League and the Champions League have expired as a result of a series of self-inflicted wounds. And yet there are still two targets to aim for to ensure this season is not a total disaster. Chelsea are two games away from lifting the FA Cup and in the league they must ensure they finish above Arsenal. The FA Cup might not retain the...

Chelsea supporters gripped with fear as question marks loom over future

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 05:07:00 PDT

Antonio Conte paid tribute to former Chelsea coach and captain Ray Wilkins after their 1-1 draw with West Ham, describing him as a legend and an ambassador of football. These are troubling times for Chelsea supporters. Stamford Bridge is shrouded in a fog of negativity the like of which has not been seen in the Roman Abramovich era, a silverware-laden period of success which has brought with it 14 major trophies. The ebb in morale can be attributed to a range of issues which, when combined and assessed in the cold light of day, make for uncomfortable reading, particularly in respect of the fact there are no obvious answers to the many questions associated with...

Transfer Rater: Alvaro Morata to Juventus, Shinji Kagawa to Everton

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 02:58:00 PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Anthony Martial to Tottenham Hotspur With reports in France claiming Anthony Martial has rejected a contract offer from Manchester United, a number of clubs to set to line...

Plenty of blame to go around for Chelsea's struggles in 2018

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 09:44:00 PDT

Chicharito scored the equalizer minutes after subbing into the game and Joe Hart made a few key saves as West Ham earn a point against Chelsea. To say that Chelsea's results in the past few months have been disappointing would be a colossal understatement. Three wins in 11 Premier League games since the turn of the year, elimination from the Champions League and being knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the semifinal stage by bitter rivals Arsenal have darkened the mood around Stamford Bridge. With hopes of a top-four finish now in tatters, the only shot at redemption this season lies in the FA Cup with Southampton waiting in the last four. There...

N'Golo Kante shines again for Chelsea, Gary Cahill falters in draw with West Ham

Sun, 8 Apr 2018 12:04:00 PDT

Chicharito scored the equalizer minutes after subbing into the game and Joe Hart made a few key saves as West Ham earn a point against Chelsea. The hosts didn't fly out of the traps at the start of the game but were still on the front foot from the beginning. The Blues dominated early possession without testing Joe Hart in the West Ham goal with Alvaro Morata going closest when his clever flick drifted agonisingly wide of the far post. The deadlock should have been broken when a dizzying one-touch move between Morata, Eden Hazard and Willian ended with the Brazilian forcing a brilliant save from Hart. Thankfully, from the resulting corner...

Javier Hernandez, Joe Hart further dent Chelsea's Champions League hopes

Sun, 8 Apr 2018 10:52:00 PDT

Chicharito scored the equalizer minutes after subbing into the game and Joe Hart made a few key saves as West Ham earn a point against Chelsea. Joe Hart and Javier Hernandez reflect on West Ham's resurgence at Chelsea, Chicharito's impressive goalscoring record against the Blues and more. LONDON -- Three points from Stamford Bridge on Chelsea's 1-1 derby draw with West Ham in the Premier League. 1. Chelsea pegged back This was another two points dropped for Chelsea -- which will be particularly frustrating for home supporters because their side should have been out of sight by half-time. Their attacking play was bright and only a lack of ruthlessness hampered them: Alvaro Morata had two goals disallowed for offside -- both correct decisions, but he might have timed his runs better...

Chelsea look to swap derby disappointment for derby success vs. West Ham

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 01:51:00 PDT

The ESPN FC guys debate whether Alvaro Morata is overrated or just a bad fit for Chelsea. The FC crew believe Chelsea's lack of leadership and inability to fight back were exposed again in their loss against Tottenham. Antonio Conte addresses more questions surrounding his future at Chelsea and concedes the Blues deserve to sit in fifth after their 3-1 defeat to Tottenham. After a difficult week of soul-searching following Chelsea's first home defeat to Tottenham in 28 years and the tragic passing of club legend Ray Wilkins, Antonio Conte will be grateful that there is something else upon which to concentrate the club's energy. This Sunday sees Chelsea embroiled in another London derby when West Ham travel across the capital in a clash that will focus the minds of everyone. A rivalry almost as heated as that with Tottenham, the visit of David Moyes' team should be...

Transfer Talk: Man United making 'cut-rate' move for Chelsea's Willian

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 04:42:00 PDT

Clubs are slowly turning their eyes toward the summer window, and Transfer Talk has the updates on all the latest rumours. United eye Willian as Mata heads for exit Manchester United are looking to raid Chelsea again this summer with Jose Mourinho keen to be reunited with Willian. The Sun claims United want the Brazil international after being knocked back last summer and could strike a deal for just £30 million, despite him having two years to run on his contract. The 29-year-old has been...

Chelsea hero Ray Wilkins a true Blue gentleman, missed by many

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 02:57:00 PDT

Ray Wilkins is a Chelsea legend, an academy star turned first team captain at 18. The many concerns Chelsea supporters harbour about the issues affecting the club were put firmly in perspective with Wednesday's tragic news that former player, captain and assistant coach Ray Wilkins had passed away at just 61.  The word legend is overused in modern football so much so that to describe Wilkins as such would be underplaying his status not only among Chelsea fans, but also followers of England, for whom he won 84 caps. In recent years, Wilkins had reached a global audience...

Antonio Conte is making too many excuses for Chelsea's lost season

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 09:11:00 PDT

The ESPN FC guys debate whether Alvaro Morata is overrated or just a bad fit for Chelsea. The FC crew believe Chelsea's lack of leadership and inability to fight back were exposed again in their loss against Tottenham. Sunday's 3-1 home defeat to Tottenham was a painful experience but perhaps the most damaging aspect of the result is that it leaves Chelsea's chances of qualifying for next season's Champions League hanging by a thread. Now with an eight-point gap to fourth place and just seven games remaining, the Blues look destined for the Europa League. There are plenty of reasons for their fall from grace. Competing in Europe has seen Chelsea play far more games, leading to more injuries and greater inconsistency....

Transfer Talk: Real Madrid cooling interest on Chelsea's Eden Hazard

Tue, 3 Apr 2018 05:33:00 PDT

Clubs are slowly turning their eyes toward the summer window, and Transfer Talk has the updates on all the latest rumours. Madrid moving on from Hazard Hot on the heels of reports that uncertainty surrounds the futures of a host of Chelsea stars comes the news that Real Madrid may opt not to bid for Eden Hazard. Hazard has been heavily linked with a move to the Bernabeu in recent months, but the London Evening Standard says Madrid's focus on him could be fading. Although Madrid "were expected...

Chelsea supporters feeling blue about future of club following latest defeat

Tue, 3 Apr 2018 12:24:00 PDT

Antonio Conte addresses questions about his future and concedes the Blues deserve to sit in fifth after their loss to Tottenham. Antonio Conte addresses questions about his future and concedes the Blues deserve to sit in fifth after their loss to Tottenham. "You are my Chelsea, my only Chelsea, you make me happy when skies are grey. You'll never notice how much I love you until you've taken my Chelsea away." Borrowing the melody from the Pine Ridge Boys' 1939 classic "You Are My Sunshine," Blues supporters have been singing their own version since time immemorial. The inclement English weather ensured the skies were a leaden grey over Stamford Bridge on Easter Sunday and when Alvaro Morata gave Chelsea the lead against top four rivals Tottenham Hotspur...

Transfer Talk: Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois to leave if Chelsea miss top-four

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 05:30:00 PDT

Clubs are slowly turning their eyes toward the summer window, and Transfer Talk has the updates on all the latest rumours. Nine Chelsea stars' futures in doubt It hasn't been the happiest season at Chelsea, and the Telegraph reports that there are "doubts over the futures of as many as nine first-team players." With the position of coach Antonio Conte increasingly uncertain, the Telegraph says the Premier League champions face "one of the biggest summers of the Roman Abramovich era." The most...


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