Preview: Fulham v Chelsea

Two teams struggling for consistency meet in the west London derby when Chelsea travel the short distance to Fulham on Monday. Defending champions Chelsea have lost one, drawn one and won one of their last three English Premier League matches, with their last outing ending in a 1-0 defeat at home to Liverpool. While they are no longer embroiled in their worst run of form for over a decade –…

February 12, 2011

Didier Drogba and Michael Essien May Be Dropped For Chelsea Youngsters

Carlo Ancelotti has signalled a sea change in Chelsea’s selection policy by admitting he will consider dropping Michael Essien and Didier Drogba for this afternoon’s visit of Blackburn Rovers, with the champions’ most experienced players no longer guaranteed a place in his first-choice team. The Chelsea manager was sleeping on his line-up last night for a game that must be won convincingly to inject momentum into their title defence but…

January 15, 2011

Former Tottenham star Jamie Redknapp criticises Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel, lavishes praise on Arsenal’s Johan Djourou

In the aftermath of Chelsea’s defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates, several Blues players have come under heavy criticism. Former Tottenham and England star Jamie Redknapp has pointed to Chelsea’s midfield as the problematic area in the team, particularly singling John Obi Mikel as an under-performer. In his column for the Daily Mail, Redknapp blames Obi Mikel for allowing Arsenal to dominate the middle of the park during last night’s…

December 29, 2010

I Am Not Happy With Fixture Pile-up: Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti has bemoaned the fact that Chelsea must play twice in 48 hours next week but does not share his captain John Terry’s concerns over the depth of the squad as his team attempt to recover momentum in their title defence. Chelsea visit Arsenal for a potentially pivotal fixture on Monday before welcoming Bolton Wanderers to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, with Owen Coyle’s side to benefit from an extra…

December 24, 2010

Preview: Chelsea v Everton

Chelsea host Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday with both sides in desperate need of points after enduring difficult months on the pitch. Chelsea entered November flying high on top of the English Premier League standings, but after just one win and a draw from their past five league games, they have now been overtaken by Manchester United and sit second on 29 points – level with third-placed Arsenal. The…

December 3, 2010

This Form Is Frustrating-Drogba

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has described the club’s current form slump as the worst he has known in his time at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have struggled in recent weeks and with injuries to key players like Frank Lampard, John Terry and Michael Essien, they have recorded just one win and a draw from their past five English Premier League fixtures. And it does not get any easier for Carlo Ancelotti’s…

November 30, 2010