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  1. Mourinho's game plan holds key to success over PSG

    Phil Lythell

    The business part of the season is now well and truly upon us and confirmation of its arrival will be manifested in Chelsea's opposition in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The Blues have a date with Paris Saint-Germain, a club experiencin...

    Blog | April 01, 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. Familiar faces plotting Chelsea's title downfall

    Phil Lythell

    The conventional wisdom before the season started was that the Premier League title was going to be fought over by Manchester City and Chelsea, with the Citizens as favourites to repeat their success of 2011-12. As the campaign has worn on and the cl...

    Blog | March 25, 2014
  5. Chelsea's thumping of Arsenal built on midfield dominance

    Phil Lythell

    Even though more than 24 hours have passed since the final whistle blew at Stamford Bridge, the manner and scale of Chelsea's win over Arsenal remains stupefying. Although Arsenal have come a cropper more than once this season having suffered heav...

    Blog | March 23, 2014
  6. Chelsea ease through on Drogba's homecoming day

    Phil Lythell

    On a day when their supporters paid homage to one of the club's all-time greats, Chelsea shone the light for English teams in European competition with a comfortable 2-0 win over Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge. The win ensures the Blues' participa...

    Blog | March 18, 2014
  7. Chelsea must seek to impose themselves on Villa

    Phil Lythell

    For the second season running, Chelsea go to the home of Aston Villa with a lot of significance riding on the result. Last May, the Blues travelled to Birmingham knowing that three points would guarantee participation in the Champion...

    Blog | March 14, 2014
  8. Downplayed expectations adding to Mourinho myth

    Phil Lythell

    After the resounding 4-0 win against a hapless Tottenham side last weekend, Premier League leader Chelsea find themselves a remarkable seven points ahead of Liverpool and Arsenal and a whopping nine points in front of Manchester City. The Gunners ...

    Blog | March 12, 2014
  9. Chelsea make the most of generous defending

    Phil Lythell

    Chelsea took advantage of their main title rivals' cup commitments and beat Tottenham 4-0 to establish a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League. While the scoreline might signify an emphatic win, in truth such a result looked like pure ...

    Blog | March 08, 2014
  10. London pride pivotal to Chelsea's title challenge

    Phil Lythell

    An oft-used excuse used to explain spells in which the English title has not been won by a club from London has been the one citing the disproportionate amount of derbies that a team from the capital has to play over a season. While it is true tha...

    Blog | March 05, 2014
  11. 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
  12. Chelsea must discover ruthless streak against struggling Fulham

    Phil Lythell

    On the face of it, a match pitting the team sitting bottom of the Premier League table against the one at the top would appear to have the look of an automatic result. Yet the backdrop to this match promises that it could be a tighter contest than re...

    Blog | February 28, 2014
  13. 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
  14. Chelsea need Oscar to get back to his best

    Phil Lythell

    Chelsea sit on top of the Premier League having just edged through one of the more difficult fixtures remaining in their calendar, yet they are not currently playing like champions. The results have been enough to see them keep their heads above ...

    Blog | February 24, 2014
  15. Last-gasp Terry keeps Chelsea title bid on track

    Phil Lythell

    A dogged if uninspired Chelsea emerged with a 1-0 win over Everton courtesy of John Terry's late goal. The injury-time winner ensures that Chelsea remain top of the Premier League for at least another week and further enhances their credentials of...

    Blog | February 22, 2014
  16. Chelsea can pile pressure on rivals with win over Everton

    Phil Lythell

    With Chelsea's return to the Champions League not due until next week thanks to UEFA's curious staggering of the first knockout round, the Blues will have had a full seven days' rest before they face Everton in the Premier League on Saturday. Foll...

    Blog | February 21, 2014