CHELSEA vs HULL CITY 13 December 2014 1500 hours UTC Stamford Bridge, London **** Table-topping Chelsea welcome a struggling Hull City to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon hoping to get back to winning ways in the Premier League following their first defeat of the season at the hands of a spirited Newcastle United at St. Jamesai??i?? Park. The loss ended a club record 23-match unbeaten streak for the Blues, and with it, all talk of a potential ai???Invincibleai??i?? season. Manager Jose Mourinho pointed to the Premier League table following the defeat to indicate that his side were ai???more than fineai??i??, and insisted that the other nineteen clubs in the division would like to be in Chelseaai??i??s position. Indeed, if the midweek victory against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League was anything to go by, the Stamford Bridge outfit appear to have moved on rather quickly from the disappointing loss last weekend. The Blues, however, will be wary of the looming […]

Chelsea host Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night Ai??in what promises to be a cracking midweek derby at Stamford Bridge. Although the visitors trail the Blues by 13 points going into this fixture, this game comes on the back of an impressive home win for the North London side against Everton, and Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce by besting the league leaders on their own turf. Ai??Chelsea, meanwhile, have an excellent record against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge, and will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing goalless draw at the Stadium of Light that saw champions Manchester City reduce the gap between the two favourites to just six points. Given this is an important clash both for Chelsea and their title ambitions, as well as Spurs and their hopes of getting into the top four, it is unlikely that either side will have the conservative approach that Sunderland adopted on Saturday, and […]

Andre SchA?rrle reported for Chelseaai??i??s pre-season training in the summer of 2014 having just experienced the single greatest moment in his football career ai??i?? winning the FIFA World Cup in Brazil with the German national team. In a team packed with stars from Europeai??i??s top clubs ai??i?? including the likes of Manuel Neuer, Phillip Lahm, Mats HA?mmels, Toni Kroos and Thomas MA?ller ai??i?? SchA?rrle managed to stand out, making a telling contribution to Germanyai??i??s successful campaign with 3 goals and crucially, the assist for Mario GAi??tzeai??i??s strike that ultimately clinched the title for Die Mannschaft. Ai??After such a successful World Cup, it appeared as though the Chelsea midfielder would make the natural progression from the periphery of the Bluesai??i?? first team to the starting XI. Unfortunately for SchA?rrle, things have not quite gone to plan so far this season. A promising start to the 2014-2015 campaign has fizzled out quickly, with the German international finding himself on the bench and […]