Chelsea's star forward Fernando Torres writes home to his mom about his experiences at the club this season.
Lowly Swansea, negotiating their way in the top-flight division of English football, meet one of the sternest tasks in the English Premier League - Chelsea FC at home. TheHardTackle previews the clash at Stamford Bridge.
TheHardTackle guest author Saumitra 'Sam' Sabnis believes the relatively new rivalry between Manchester United and Chelsea FC, winners of the last 7 Barclays Premier League titles, deserves to be recognized as the primary rivalry in the English league - the equivalent of the El ClA?sico
Manchester Uniteda��s juggernaut has kept rolling after a victory over Chelsea by a margin of 3-1. The champions have now gone two points clear off nearest rivals and neighbors Manchester City at the top of the table. The Red Devils took an apparent unassailable lead of three goals in the first half itself, with Smalling, Nani and Rooney on target, in that order. Chelsea only managed to peg one back at the start of the second half through Torres to give them some respite. With this win Manchester United registered their fifth victory on the trot since the start of the season, a feat last achieved by them in the 1985-86 season (they went on to win ten straight league games back then but failed to win the league). Wayne Rooney found the back of the net for the fifth consecutive occasion and as for Chelsea, Fernando Torres scored. The scoreline, especially at the end of the first half, flattered […]
Old Trafford hosts Chelsea in one of the biggest games of the season so far. These two giants of English football have been the top dogs in recent years, sharing the last seven league titles between them. At TheHardTackle, we indulge ourselves in a bit of friendly banter with two of our resident authors.
With a host of players, purchased or promoted to first-team action, Chelsea FC can now look at fielding a variety of different midfield formations. Gone are the days when Lampard, Ballack and Essien virtually pencilled their own names into the starting line-up. Now, with a little bit of imagination, common-sense and a dash of adventure thrown in, Chelsea's midfield can morph into a multitude of forms.
Ever since Roman Abramovich landed in West London, seldom have Chelsea been considered as underdogs. However, this season, they certainly are not the favorites for the league title, as that honor lies with Manchester City and Manchester United.
Andre Villas-Boas' Blues await newly-promoted Norwich City at Stamford Bridge in a game that Chelsea must win convincingly if they are to catch up with Manchester United and Manchester City.
As it stands, Chelsea have incurred a net expenditure of about £26m in bringing about a youth revolution at Stamford Bridge. The common aspect in all the four signings are that they are all very young. TheHardTackle looks at each of Chelsea's four new signings.
As Chelsea take on West Bromwich Albion in their first home game of the season, TheHardTackle analyses the teams, their tactics and formations before the tea-time kick-off at Stamford Bridge.