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  1. End of season review: Chelsea

    Phil Lythell

    Intro It has been a strange though ultimately satisfactory season. Following the emotional roller coaster of the Rafael Benitez reign, prior to the start of the campaign a top-three finish and participation in the quarterfinals of the Champions Le...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  2. Chelsea's hopes crumble with defeat at Palace

    Phil Lythell

    Chelsea's title hopes were left hanging by a thread after a deserved and damaging 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace. The sight of the players slumped to their knees as Lee Mason blew the final whistle told the story of a team who now know they have it ...

    Blog | March 29, 2014
  3. Chelsea striking department set for major refurbishment

    Phil Lythell

    Whatever happens between now and the end of May, this has been a season of progress and encouragement for Chelsea FC. The return of a club legend to the dugout, a genuine title challenge and a coherent team identity has restored a sense of stability ...

    Blog | March 27, 2014
  4. Schurrle hat trick offers Mourinho greater options

    Phil Lythell

    Chelsea's performances in the last few weeks might have been largely effective in getting the job done, though they have rarely been of a hugely uplifting nature. The sense that a degree of fatigue is instilling itself among the squad has grown with ...

    Blog | March 03, 2014
  5. Chelsea so close to virtual guarantee

    Phil Lythell

    Chelsea will be kicking themselves after allowing a lead to slip as they drew 1-1 at Galatasaray in their return to Champions League action. On the surface, an away goal and a score draw at a stadium that bills itself as "the gateway to the underw...

    Blog | February 26, 2014
  6. Positive attitude can carry Chelsea past City

    Phil Lythell

    Chelsea face the biggest game of their season so far when they face Premier League leaders Manchester City on Monday night. The match was already shaping up to be one of huge significance in the title race, though Wednesday night's draw with West ...

    Blog | February 01, 2014
  7. Chelsea to get back to business against Stoke

    Phil Lythell

    The imminent exit of Juan Mata to Manchester United has certainly raised the temperature among Chelsea fans. Intense disappointment bordering on disaffection has consumed some who are disbelieving that their idol will soon be decked out in the colour...

    Blog | January 25, 2014
  8. Chelsea fully refreshed ahead of trip to Hull

    Phil Lythell

    With the Christmas period producing a football match at every turn, this last week of relative tranquility will have come as a welcome reward for the Chelsea players. The Blues enjoyed a fruitful festive season with ten points taken in the Premier Le...

    Blog | January 10, 2014
  9. Oscar stars in New Year win at Southampton

    Phil Lythell

    Chelsea exhibited almost the perfect away performance in their 3-0 victory over Southampton at St Mary's Stadium on Wednesday. It was the ideal way to begin 2014, completing the double over a side that has caused more than a few surprises this sea...

    Blog | January 01, 2014
  10. Chelsea's draw at Arsenal leaves mixed emotions

    Phil Lythell

    Chelsea drew 0-0 against Arsenal at a windswept and soggy Emirates Stadium to earn a valuable point, but also left with thoughts of what might have been. No doubt Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will be pleased with his team's endeavours, though hav...

    Blog | December 23, 2013
  11. Great expectations unfairly paint Chelsea in negative light

    Phil Lythell

    The 2013-14 season is approaching its halfway point and it has been a typically strange campaign so far for Chelsea. Results have been erratic, if generally positive, with the performances reflective of those outcomes. Inconsistency has dogged Che...

    Blog | December 12, 2013
  12. Chelsea shoot themselves in the foot at Stoke

    Phil Lythell

    Jose Mourinho will be left bewildered and concerned after seeing his Chelsea team slip to a 3-2 defeat at Stoke City. A game in which the Blues were exerting complete control resulted in them somehow conceding the advantage to a team that has stru...

    Blog | December 07, 2013
  13. Hazard's star turn at Sunderland is just the beginning

    Phil Lythell

    No season for Chelsea is ever free from heated debate or controversy and the 2013-14 campaign is proving to be no different. In recent history, the club have been plagued by such contentious issues as allegations of racism or the appointment of a ...

    Blog | December 05, 2013
  14. Chelsea labour to knockout stages despite Basel defeat

    Phil Lythell

    Chelsea slumped to a 1-0 defeat to FC Basel in a game where the Blues were never at the races. In a curious night of contrasts, the result had little impact on their Champions League fortunes, with qualification assured despite defeat. - Match rep...

    Blog | November 26, 2013
  15. Predictable Chelsea need another string in their bow

    Phil Lythell

    Chelsea's last-gasp equaliser against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday might have prompted sighs of relief to echo around Stamford Bridge, but they were unable to drown out the brimming frustration felt by all in the stadium as Chelsea laboured for 9...

    Blog | November 12, 2013
  16. Torres 2.0 leads Chelsea to victory over Man City

    Phil Lythell

    Is there anything more enjoyable in football than a last-minute winner? Judging by the reaction around Stamford Bridge after Fernando Torres pounced on a defensive mix-up to give Chelsea a precious 2-1 win over Manchester City, the answer would have ...

    Blog | October 27, 2013