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  1. Chelsea set for night of tension against Atletico Madrid

    Phil Lythell

    The past 10 days at Chelsea Football Club have witnessed anxiety and turmoil bundled together with diligence and triumph. It has been a charged period of intensity that will be turned up yet another notch when the Blues host Atletico Madrid in the se...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  2. Mourinho proves 'special' quality in Man City win

    Phil Lythell

    Last week, the phrase in vogue in the football fraternity when referring to Jose Mourinho and the impending Premier League summit meeting was "parking the bus." Following Chelsea's dismantling of popular wisdom along with Manchester City's hither...

    Blog | February 04, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Samuel Eto'o delivers as Chelsea see off Cardiff

    Phil Lythell

    After 90 fraught minutes of football at Stamford Bridge Chelsea emerged with a deserved 4-1 over Cardiff City. In fairness, the scoreline was a little harsh on the visitors who provided game opposition for the majority of the match. They were dili...

    Blog | October 19, 2013
  6. Mourinho faced with Mata-Oscar conundrum

    Phil Lythell

    As if anybody needed reminding of his enduring class, Juan Mata exhibited just why he is so highly regarded by Chelsea supporters and English football observers in general Tuesday against Steaua Bucharest. But as gratifying as it was to see the Blues...

    Blog | October 03, 2013
  7. Chelsea well set to exploit underwhelming title rivals

    Phil Lythell

    As with every football season, the Premier League has juddered to a halt to allow for the international break and the pursuit of qualification for the 2014 World Cup. Although it is an undoubted necessity, it always feels like a speed bump placed in ...

    Blog | September 06, 2013
  8. Lukaku loan leaves Chelsea fans scratching their heads

    Phil Lythell

    Chelsea are no strangers to transfer deadline day. They have been keen participants on this most overhyped of football phenomena on many an occasion, happy to do business under the glare of 24-hour rolling sports news channels and with the pressure m...

    Blog | September 03, 2013
  9. Scores to settle as Chelsea face Bayern Munich in Super Cup

    Phil Lythell

    Chelsea will get their first chance to lift a trophy this season when they face Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup in Prague. The traditional curtain-raiser to the continental football season is rarely held in much regard, with most observers vie...

    Blog | August 29, 2013
  10. Mourinho aiming to turn Chelsea's dreams into reality

    Phil Lythell

    As the dawn of a new season pokes its nose over the horizon, it is impossible to escape the heady optimism that floods the mind of the football supporter. Dreams of glory are fresh and unsullied as premonitions of lifting the Premier League title, th...

    Blog | August 15, 2013
  11. Chelsea's balancing act bodes well for Mourinho

    Phil Lythell

    Chelsea's 2012-13 campaign will live long in the memory for both the right and wrong reasons. Putting aside the acrimony that surrounded Rafael Benitez's tenure, the positive elements largely came from a changing emphasis toward attacking football th...

    Blog | August 03, 2013
  12. Mata exit rumours fail to add up for Chelsea

    Phil Lythell

    Although idle transfer speculation by its very nature deserves to be treated with suspicion, it is impossible to read repeated stories linking Juan Mata with a move away from Chelsea without passing comment. The explosion in football gossip websit...

    Blog | July 23, 2013
  13. TV schedule imperfect but a sign of the times

    Phil Lythell

    As ever, the release of the television schedule for the opening few months of the 2013/014 season has caused much consternation among football fans. Almost a month after the fixtures were initially announced, SKY and BT Vision have decided upon th...

    Blog | July 14, 2013
  14. Farewell to Ferreira, a paragon of professionalism & loyalty

    Phil Lythell

    As June turns into July and player contracts begin to expire, it is time to say goodbye to a player who spent a trophy-laden nine years at Chelsea Football Club: Paulo Ferreira. The 34-year-old will formally cut his ties with the club on Monday, e...

    Blog | June 30, 2013
  15. Fixture list conjures up positive omens for Chelsea

    Phil Lythell

    Fate and football have always seemed to be familiar bedfellows, and the two almost conspired once again to give Chelsea's new manager a sense of deja vu. Jose Mourinho's first spell in charge of the Blues began with an opening-day fixture against ...

    Blog | June 19, 2013
  16. Mourinho motivated to return Premier League title to Chelsea

    Phil Lythell

    So the waiting is over. Jose Mourinho has signed a four-year deal worth a reported GBP;40 million to become the next Chelsea manager and returns to the place where he enjoyed so much success. It had been the worst kept secret in football, with Mourin...

    Blog | June 03, 2013