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  • A dozen blue roses

    A dozen blue roses0

    Valentine's Day is looming... so who in the Chelsea dressing room truly deserves a fans’ bouquet? Eden Hazard, for his exquisite footwork? Cesar Azpilicueta for his all-round, underappreciated dependability? Willian, for continuing to dazzle even though he's no longer an automatic first pick? Or how about unrufflable teenager Ethan Ampadu, whose ‘Whatever’ expression and dreadlockedREAD MORE
  • Crooksy, Brighty, chilly nighty

    Crooksy, Brighty, chilly nighty0

    Wrapped up against the bitter cold, former Spurs legend Garth Crooks sits alongside half of the most iconic strike partnership in Crystal Palace history, Mark Bright, enjoying the view at Stamford Bridge. How the Eagles could do with a young Brighty these days! The Wright and Bright partnership at Selhurst Park scored 230 goals between them, while Crooks scored 48READ MORE
  • The ambulance chasers

    The ambulance chasers0

    The games come thick and fast as Ferraris fight for space with ambulances in the players’ car park at Cobham. We saw it last season, and we appear to be witnessing it again this one. When it’s backs-to-the-wall time, the Blues suddenly rouse themselves. At 3-2 down to Roma at the Bridge, board members wrappedREAD MORE
  • A Bridge autumnal cracker

    A Bridge autumnal cracker0

    An exhilarating, all-action, breathless whirlwind of a game under the floodlights saw Chelsea initially overpower Roma, then get pegged back, then fall behind and finally snatch an equaliser in a 3-3 classic. The scoreline was actually Chelsea 3 Manchester City 3, as two City old boys – Aleksandar Kolarov and Edin Dzeko – supplied allREAD MORE
  • The problem with derbies0

    When Glenn Hoddle was Chelsea's player-manager in 1994, he declared that the reason the Blues struggled to win the league was the sheer number of London derbies, each with their associated history, rivalry and bitterness. Hoddle argued that teams in Birmingham and Manchester had fewer grudge games, and were therefore better placed to mount seriousREAD MORE
  • Navigating the graveyard0

    Tony Conte at the Cobham press conference The Blues travel to Palace this weekend, conscious of underperforming in their home defeat to Man City and only too well aware that Selhurst Park has a reputation as a graveyard for Chelsea ambition. Tony Conte has to get his tactics right as the Eagles’ desperation for pointsREAD MORE
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