Heading into this game, almost all the focus was on United and their current problems. By full time, this felt a lot like the 0-0 draw in 2013-14 under Mourinho – a missed chance for Chelsea to attack a United side instead of the negative approach taken by Guus Hiddink in this game.
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With the news that Guus Hiddink will replace José Mourinho at Chelsea, let’s take a look at the difficulty of his task and whether he may actually find he has an easy job replacing the legendary Mourinho.
Much criticised and even ridiculed in certain quarters, Rafael Benítez has achieved more in football than many care to acknowledge. Some managers are hailed for the amount of titles they win; fewer managers are recognised for revolutionising the game, and even fewer are recognised for accomplishing both. With a quick review of Rafael Benítez Maudes’ […]
Credit to Carefree Chris for this video from 2005, featuring 10 mins of magic – The Perfect Way To Celebrate the birthday of Gianfranco Zola. Click here to download (54.05 Mb) Or watch on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzqhYxw5fcs You can also watch 25 minutes of the great man here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b25MZuCzK1U
WHOEVER is appointed Chelsea manager in the summer, will hold some major cards. Firstly, he won’t be Rafa Benítez. That is a huge advantage in a host of ways. In all likelihood, he will not have a fracturous history with the Chelsea fanbase, will not have been unemployed for 22 of the 24 months before […]
ONE year ago almost to the day, Chelsea sacked André Villas-Boas after just a few months in charge. As with any managerial change, the new man will have different players that he rates. One of the major beneficiaries of the young Portuguese manager’s sacking was English fullback Ryan Bertrand. The last 12 months must be scarcely […]
ARROGANT, selfish and an inflated sense of self-worth. All these things have been leveled at Daniel Sturridge in recent times, but even more so after reports started that his 3 and a half year spell at Chelsea was to come to an end, with a £12m move to Liverpool. Are these tags fair? And just […]
Corithians face Chelsea in the final of the FIFA World Club Cup after beating Al-Ahly 1-0 in the semi final. How do they line up?
The John Obi Mikel Years: Part Two – Big Phil and Guus IN Mikel’s third season at Chelsea, he had a third different manager to play under. This meant different tactics, different requirements of him, and the need to win over another big name boss. The man appointed was World Cup winning coach, Luis Felipe […]
VICTOR Moses scored a crucial late winner for Chelsea recently against Shakhtar Donetsk. It was his 3’rd goal for Chelsea and followed on from him opening the scoring at Swansea the previous Saturday, and winning a penalty against Manchester United a few days earlier in the Capital One Cup. He must now surely be pushing […]
IN Mikel’s third season at Chelsea, he had a third different manager to play under. This meant different tactics, different requirements of him, and the need to win over another big name boss. The man appointed was World Cup winning coach, Luis Felipe Scolari, known affectionately as “Big Phil”. Would the 59 year old, whose […]
EARLIER this season, John Michael Obi, or John Obi Mikel as he is now known worldwide, played his 250th match for Chelsea. That’s quite an achievement considering the Nigerian – who speaks with more-than-a-hint of a British accent – is only 25 years old. 6 seasons in to his Chelsea career, his contribution is still […]
Chelsea’s Spanish schemer, Juan Mata, recently did a very good one-on-one interview with Philippe Auclair for France Football. Auclair is their England Correspondent, and is a regular on the Guardian’s Football Weekly Podcast. His Eric Cantona Biography, “Cantona – The Rebel Who Would Be King” has been nominated for several awards. He described Mata as […]
IF you pick up a newspaper today, you will find very little about how Chelsea will cope in a footballing capacity without John Terry, now that he has decided not to appeal against his four-match ban for an FA misconduct charge. He will now miss four crucial matches in Chelsea’s season. Is there sufficient quality […]
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Grant James is a professional football analyst and coach who holds an FA Level 2 Coaching License, FA Youth Module 2, CAF B License, the Prozone Level 3 in Performance Analysis and has a one-year diploma in Sports Coaching Science from ETA. All views are his own.
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