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  • Not another 0-0!

    Not another 0-0!0

    Like Brenda in Bristol, you feel like chorusing ‘Not another nil-nil!’ The first leg of the Chelsea v Arsenal League Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge was mostly memorable for the curious sight of Gunners gaffer Arsene Wenger sitting among the reptiles of the press in the media seats. A row of seats was specially reserved

  • Unlocking a grim defence

    Unlocking a grim defence0

    How do you do it? How do you unlock a defence that is determined to shut out all attacks? The Blues failed at Goodison Park, where Sam Allardyce’s Everton team snuffed out move after move in a thorough – if grim – display of suffocation. The celebrations at the end of that 0-0 confirmed that

  • 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 wrapped

  • 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 all

  • 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 serious

  • Striker finds his feet0

    After Chelsea’s first European action for an age comes the mouth-watering prospect of a serious London derby. The Blues v Arsenal needs no hype, but with new striker Alvaro Morata enjoying a rich streak of form, it’s a game to relish. The Spaniard looked all at sea for his first couple of games; uncertain about

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