Chelsea and Jose Mourinho are just products of their environment 0

On Wednesday night, Chelsea tumbled out of the Champions League in less than glorious circumstances. In the days following, Jose Mourinho has been questioned less for his tactical approach and more for the exploitative, advantage-seeking behaviour that he and his players are accused of using. ‘Dark arts’…that’s a phrase that’s being used a lot and,(…)

Jose Mourinho and his hold over the footballing public 0

Jose Mourinho is one of the most thorough tacticians the game has ever seen.  Beyond all the bluster and the press-conference baiting, he is a remarkably astute manager whose record in the game illustrates not only his footballing acumen, but also his hold over the players he manages. There’s no disputing any of that. The(…)

Time for Chelsea to move on from Gary Cahill 1

Before launching into what will almost certainly read like a hindsight-assisted hatchet-job, it’s worth noting that Gary Cahill has become a far better centre-half than he was expected to be. Go back to his days at Aston Villa - or even his first eighteen months at Bolton - and you would have assumed that the(…)

Andre Schurrle’s impending exit provides an example of Chelsea’s FFP nous 1

A couple of years ago, Chelsea were widely mocked for their obsession with attacking-midfielders.  For a period of time, it seemed as if Michael Emenalo was allowing the team as a whole to decay whilst relentlessly stockpiling the squad’s attacking options. Emenalo was done a disservice, though, because it is that same strategy which is(…)

Diego Costa is the villain who we need Chelsea to have 4

Diego Costa had a busy night at Stamford Bridge.  In addition to stamping maliciously on Emre Can in the first-half on Martin Skrtel in the second, the Spaniard also found time to help Chelsea through the league cup semi-final against Liverpool and on to Wembley. Such is the nature of English football nowadays, that it(…)

Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic: Version 2.0 of the defensive-midfielder position

Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic: Version 2.0 of the defensive-midfielder position 0

Just quickly, because there’s nothing original in noting just how influential Nemanja Matic is on Chelsea. Prior to Monday Night Football, Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville gleefully took apart the midfield performance from the Liverpool/Arsenal game twenty-fours earlier - and didn’t that provide the most perfect context to Matic’s performance? In an area in which(…)

Loic Remy’s move to Chelsea: Limited options 0

Loic Remy completed his move to Chelsea today, after the club agreed to meet the release-clause within his QPR contract. In some ways it’s a very understandable move, because Remy will provide Jose Mourinho with a back-up source of goals and ease the work-load on Diego Costa.  The French forward is, as he showed at(…)

Discussing Diego Costa’s near perfect Chelsea performance

Discussing Diego Costa’s near perfect Chelsea performance 0

Is there anyone left out there who doesn’t yet understand why Chelsea spent so much money on Diego Costa? If so, maybe re-watch his performance against Everton. The Spaniard will draw a lot of acclaim for his goal-scoring but, while he was clinical, his contribution was so admirable this evening because it was so varied.(…)

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