Sunday, 6 October 2013

Note: Blog will be discontinued...

Dear Readers,

I would like to express my gratitude beforehand for your continuous support of my blog.
I'm very sorry to announce that this blog will be discontinued.

There are a few reasons why, among them my time constraint, and also my limitation (being unable to watch football in TV). Because of that, I continuously grow annoyed and tired of my inability to fully experience the game, and express my feelings of them.

While I have decided to discontinue this blog, my interest and support for football and especially Chelsea FC will never die. For fellow Chelsea fans out there, I am still one of you, just no longer the blog writing one.

From now onwards, I will only have one blog to keep writing (, so if you like my writing, do check that out.

Once again, many thanks for readers for continuously supporting my blog.

Hope you liked my posts, and enjoy the life and world of football always, and let us support Chelsea FC always!! #goblues


Tuesday, 4 June 2013

End of Season Review: Part 3

          What next for the club?

Faria and Mourinho

Return of the Special One

        We just received confirmation that 'The Special One' a.k.a Jose Mourinho, has just been confirmed to return to Stamford Bridge and take over as next season's first team manager. Now this is probably the best news in years, and one that fans have been wondering if it will ever happen. And thankfully, here he is, back in the club, not just as a manager, but also as a fan.
          There were some quotes from his first interview that I find touching. One include, "This is the first time in my career that I've arrived at a club that I already love", which probably shows why, as he had said himself, that the decision to return here was an easy one. Another one I like is, "I'm one of you", claiming that he is also like one of us, a fan. These words certainly showed his love to the club. How great it is to have a brilliant manager with such love and commitment to lead the club.
          While he's been away, he has been going places here and there and winning trophies too, and I would love to believe that he has matured and earned lots of valuable experiences out there, and is now ready to put all his strengths and experiences to the club. 
          He is also now one step ahead as he knew about the club, the players believe in him, and the fans love him, which is a great way to start. There have been many talks about signing new players, but personally, I feel the squad is good enough, and with Jose on the helm, he will work things out, and bring the best out of them. Any new signings will be great, but I am not too psyched about it. I see a great future already with this manager, the talented young players, and the commitment and determination of the whole squad. And with the love and support from the fans, we, Chelsea Football Club, will do great things next season!! #blueisthecolour

"I'm one of you" -Jose Mourinho

Note: The end of a football season usually corresponds to start of summer movie season, hence after this, I will be focusing on my other blog for now. Unless there are special news that I want to say, this blog will be inactive, until the start of next season. So check back again next season, and I'll see you then. Thanks! Have a great summer, and keep the blue flag flying high!

End of Season Review: Part 2

          Squad of the season...

Benfica v Chelsea

Starters (4-2-3-1):

Cech (GK): An obvious choice, and proven so as he pulled off many spectacular and important saves throughout the season. Under pressure or not, he is always ready and he showed us why he is great.

Azpilicueta (RB): Struggled to make the team at first, but soon began to settle in the first team, and has the perfect qualities to be a decent full back for the club.

Ivanovic (CB): Stronger as a centre-half than a full back, but has qualities to be both. Strong presence in the back, good physical qualities, and yet possesses the ability to score goals too. Outmatched Cahill due to his strengths and consistencies.

Terry (CB)(c): Captain, Leader, Legend. No other words to describe this man, as time to time, he showed why we still need him, although his successors are standing ready right behind him.

Cole (LB): Another season, Ash, another season. The best left back in the world is not to leave us yet, and his contract is extended again. Bertrand still need to learn if he is to replace this man in the future.

Luiz (CM): The most versatile player in the squad, capable of playing in many positions, yet I feel his best is to come as a midfielder. His defensive qualities can be put to use, yet his creativity and skillful passes will be of good use to start an attack. And God, what a great free kick taker too.

Lampard (CM): As he broke a record, his dream continues as he will serve another year with the club. A true athlete, and probably Chelsea's best player in the last decade. What  a great man to have in the team.

Moses (RM): The least convincing player I have to put in this list. He definitely showed what he was capable of and I believe he is the best man in this position, yet his lack of consistency is what troubles me and I feel he should improve that.

Mata (AM): Luiz would have been my player of the season if not for this man. Second highest scorer, top assists, what more could we ask for. He is creative, skillful, and most of all, has a great vision. This man will be key for our future endeavors.

Hazard (LM): The best signing of the season. He is our most explosive player, and is able to create goals out of nothing. A great player, on the wide or centre, a great dibbler, and is able to break down defences.

Torres (ST): Many may still doubt his returning qualities, but with confidence, he is still a lethal striker in nature. Our top scorer also always gives his best and is a hard worker. I can see him give more to the club next season.


Ramires: If I can just put in one more name, Ramires would be it. He is a key player with his energy and pace. If Luiz had not been that brilliant, Ramires would be in.

Cahill: A decent CB, but needs to improve and be more consistent.

Bertrand: Has the potential qualities, but needs to improve and be more consistent.

Mikel: Our only true DM, but didn't receive much game time this season to show his true qualities.

Oscar: Has great skills and tricks, but not so much with his vision, and so he needs to learn more.

Ba: Great positioning, but recently his finishes has been lacking as well.

End of Season Review: Part 1

          Another season ends yet again...

Amazing Rafael Benitez

          The unsung hero of our season. He probably didn't receive as many praises as he deserved, but here I would give him all my best. One key strength of that man is none other than professionalism. When he took over from Robbie, he probably received one of the worst receptions in history of football, and in a big club with no small amount of pressure. Fast forwarding 6 months later, and suddenly we saw him with the Europa League, third place in the Premier League, and receiving applause from fans. That is what determination and spirit can get you. He decides to be professional and ignore all possible negative receptions and just focus on his job, and with his brilliance as his weapon, he managed to show what he can do.
          It was a bit unfortunate that his great talent was not to be ours, but perhaps it never is, and we have another special man out there. But he did get something out of this as well, after his tenure at Inter, this probably improved his CV and secured himself as one of the top managers in Europe, and now he got his position in Napoli (congratulations to him!). Now we're back in contention for the Champions League, in a great spirit to challenge the Premier League, records were broken, players improved, and we look set to start of next season with high hopes.
          One thing we should always admire of Rafa Benitez, is that he managed to turn boos to applause in six months, and for that we shall give him one last sign of gratitude and wish him all the best in the future.

King of Europe?

          Recently, we hadn't been one of the clubs to look up to in England. But we certainly have something to show in Europe. Last year was probably a historic moment to win the UCL. But this year was no less great with the Europa League in our hands. And for 10 days, we hold both  European trophies which none have ever did, probably showing what we are and what we can do, and yes, we will be back for more.

Transition Era?

          I personally feel that recent seasons was our transition era. With managers still changing, players coming in and out, and not a stable team was presented consistently. Young players like Mata, Hazard and Oscar came in and they looked to steal the show from the old guards, and they present themselves as worthy successors to the clubs attacking engine. Some like Azpilicueta and Luiz also settled in the first team and replace old guards such as Drogba, Malouda, Ferreira who were pioneers of our success in the last few years. So now, perhaps the team is pretty much settled, and we look set to start a new generation of Chelsea Football Club.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

May Discussion

          5 wins and 1 draw in this final month ensured our champions league involvement next season, and also earned us another European title to be proud of...

Premier League & Europa League

          Even with a record-breaking 69 games that we played this season, our boys didn't even seem to dampen in spirit as we earned ourselves 3 wins and 1 draw in the premier league to seal third place and champions league involvement. It was good that United had already won, so it was perhaps our win for the taking, but the game against Spurs was a bit unfortunate, as we could have sealed it there. Nevertheless, the draw kept us ahead, and a victory against Aston Villa ensured our top four spot, and against Everton for third.
          Earlier this month we won against Basel to earn ourselves another European final, and last week we finished the job that won us another European title to hold. In fact, until the Champions League final are played, we will be holding two European titles, which is something we can brag about to others. We were always favorites to win, but the road to the title wasn't easy, and it certainly is another silverware to be proud of.

Special Boys

          By 'special boys', I meant our player of the year, our top scorer, and record-breaker. Juan Mata, on his second season in Chelsea, just earned himself his second player of the year award, obviously because of his vision, ability, skills, goals scored, assists, and consistency. That is a lot of talent for one player, and Mata has it all. What a great pleasure it is for the club to have a player like him.
          Despite all the criticism and negative statements around him, Fernando Torres actually ended this season being our top goalscorer in all competitions. Even though he struggled at times, but when injected with confidence, he performed brilliantly, and yet he is always hardworking. Recently, his performances scored us several important goals, and his body language suggests that he is playing with confidence again. He was key to our Europa League trophy as he scored 6 goals in the process. He deserved the silverware to claim his own, and we will need him to keep performing in the coming season.
          10 days ago, Frank Lampard broke Bobby Tambling's 202 goal record by scoring his 202nd and 203rd goal against Aston Villa. It was such a monumental moment and glorious feeling as can be seen by the celebration of Frank himself, the players, and mostly, the fans. There was further joy as Lampard earned himself a one-year contract extension (I had hoped for more, actually) to serve the club for at least another year. He is such a professional, and is a great player, being able to play at this level, at this age. We will need his skills and experience if we are to challenge for the premier league title next season.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

April Discussion: Part 2.2


11. Oscar: Brilliant at times, but not as menacing as Hazard or Mata.

12. Mikel: Did well when called upon, but lose out in my eleven due to Lampard and Luiz' brilliance in recent games.

13. Moses: Performed excellently in recent games, and scored some important goals too.

17. Hazard: The player that all teams fear, because you never know what you're gonna get from this guy. He's the most unpredictable of the three.

19. Ferreira: Called once as a left back, but performed well nevertheless.

24. Cahill: Was out injured for most of the month, but performed well in the game against Swansea.

26. Terry: Nothing more can be said about this man. We need him. Was a presence at the back, yet scored some important goals too.

28. Azpilicueta: Practically cemented his place at RB, only rotated once in a while with Brana to get some rest.

29. Ba: Scored some wonderful goals and important ones too, but not the striker we can rely on every time.

30. Benayoun: Need to learn and link up more with the players. And needs more game time as well.

34. Bertrand: Improved compared to last month's performances. Cole was injured and he deputised well this time.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

April Discussion: Part 2.1

Frank Lampard after scoring against Swansea

Starters (4-2-3-1):
Cech (GK)
Azpilicueta (RB)
Ivanovic (CB)
Terry (CB)(c)
Cole (LB)
Luiz (CM)
Lampard (CM)
Moses (RW)
Mata (AM)
Hazard (LW)
Torres (ST)



1. Cech: Never doubted his skills. Made several more spectacular yet crucial saves in the past month. Really top class.

2. Ivanovic: Won a place in my eleven due to Luiz' brilliance in midfield and Cahill's absence. But still a proper CB anyway. Azpi performed better at RB than Brana.

3. Cole: Missed out several games due to injury, but performed as good as ever when available.

4. Luiz: Again a maestro in midfield as he played several creative passes and assists (including one long assist for Torres against Rubin), and had some excellent goals as well. Decent CM.

7. Ramires: Always a menace to our oppositions, and a wonderful player. Unlucky to miss out due to Luiz' brilliance and Lampard's strong presence in midfield.

8. Lampard: Consistent performances in all games. Great assists, including the one for Torres against Rubin. Always brilliant when called upon and unfortunate not to have matched Sir Bobby Tambling's record by now. One more to go, dear friend.

9. Torres: Brilliant in the games against Rubin Kazan, and played with sheer confidence in the games after. Was it the mask?

10. Mata: A bit turned off in some games. Perhaps he needed a rest, but now and then always a constant menace and always with a vision. Oscar did not performed as well, so Mata gets the spot.

Monday, 29 April 2013

April Discussion: Part 1

          Another hectic month as the boys played 9 times this April. As we had to juggle between 3 fronts, mixed results were the outcome, and now we remain strong in two after backing off in the other...

Benitez praises Lampard after midfielder stars in Swansea win

The Masked Crusader Striker

          Yep, that pretty much explains our very own number 9, Fernando Torres. For the past month he had to wear a nose-protection mask since the hit on his nose in the last 16 of the Europa League. But that in turn had him producing some of his better performances in the quarter finals. He scored two goals in the first leg and another in the return fixture to put us through to the semi-finals. And not just that, he had been performing better in the league as well. He played with extra confidence and fighting spirit to inspire the team in several occasions. The mask was only to protect his nose, but some superstitious minds (like my own) find it funny if that mask actually brings out the best of him. Then maybe he should wear it for the rest of his career (which is ridiculous) and we will be known as the team with the masked striker. But we shall hope that he can continue to perform and score goals, for his own sake, and for the team. With Ba unable to play in the Europa League, Torres may be key to our final hope of winning a silverware this season.


          The race for top four finish cannot get any more intense than this. With only 3 points separating the three London clubs fighting for two spots in the top four, and with 3 or 4 games to go, the race can never get any tighter than this. Arsenal had a played a game more, however their remaining fixtures are relatively easier. While Spurs are 3 points below us, the match at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday cannot get any more important, as losing that game could mean Spurs may overtake us. That match may be crucial and pivotal and we must make sure that we can win that game to strengthen our chances to finish in the top four.
          The FA Cup semi final game against Man City was a disappointing one in terms of results, but with regards to the performance, we did well and showed them that we never give up and will always fight. A pity to lose at this stage, but then again you can never win everything. We still have the Europa League and our chances are pretty strong now. We will be taking a 2-1 lead to Stamford Bridge this Thursday, and a draw would be enough to see us through to Amsterdam for the Europa League Final, with potential oppositions either Fenerbahce (where Meireles is playing now) or Benfica (former club of Luiz and Ramires). It will not be easy, but we have a good chance of winning it.

Friday, 5 April 2013

March Discussion: Part 2.2

Demba Ba after scoring against United

13. Moses: Played in rotation with Mazacar, but recently his performance wasn't as good as previous months, hence losing his position in the starting eleven.

17. Hazard: Performed very well recently, and have been scoring some excellent goals too, and provide good assists, as the one for Lampard. Connected well with Mata when playing together. Deservedly earn his place in the starting eleven.

21. Marin: Didn't have a lot of game time in March. Needed to perform when given the chance to earn himself more and more playing time.

24. Cahill: Played in rotation with other CBs. Need to be more solid at times, but in general he is a very much improved player.

26. Terry: Captain, Leader, Legend. No other words can describe it. Although we can do well without him, and although sometimes we may lose with him playing, the qualities he possess remain indispensable. We will need him in the coming weeks.

28. Azpilicueta: Probably the player I have special praise for. Ever since the start of the calendar year, he has been performing excellently and showing his true qualities as a RB. Consistent, quick, smart, and improving quickly into one fine full back.

29. Ba: Not scoring as much as he should, but have been scoring important goals too. Improving his game recently, and edges out Torres given his recent form.

30. Benayoun: Starting to get more game time, but like Marin, must perform well when called upon, and must play with more conviction.

34. Bertrand: Second to Ashley Cole, and I really mean second. His recent performances haven't been that good, and he must improve greatly if he is to replace Cole in the future. As our no 3 is injured, Bertrand will have to take the chance and play well to show his qualities.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

March Discussion: Part 2.1

          From this point onwards, players who are missing or didn't play for the month will not be mentioned below...

Fernando-Torres - Chelsea

Starters (4-2-3-1):
Cech (GK)
Azpilicueta (RB)
Luiz (CB)
Terry (CB)(c)
Cole (LB)
Mikel (CM)
Ramires (CM)
Oscar (RW)
Mata (AM)
Hazard (LW)
Ba (ST)



1. Cech: Magnificent saves and sheer athleticism makes him one of the best shot-stoppers and he remains an invaluable asset to the club.

2. Ivanovic: Played as CB more often now, but had to play as RB to give Azpilicueta the rest he needs. Powerful athlete.

3. Cole: Considerably the club's most indispensable old guard. Bertrand was nowhere near his level, and we certainly need Cole for the near future.

4. Luiz: With Mikel back, played in his initial position (CB) recently, however didn't disappoint most of time. Great player.

7. Ramires: His energy and speed remains a great asset for the club.

8. Lampard: Edging towards breaking Sir Bobby Tambling's club record, however loses out in the starting eleven given Mikel & Ramires' recent performances.

9. Torres: Scored an important goal against Steaua, however Ba's recent performances edges him out of the eleven.

10. Mata: Could never take this man out of the starting eleven. Whenever he don't play/perform well, we are basically struggling. Remains our hero/saviour time and time again.

11. Oscar: Connected well when playing with Hazard & Mata, however struggled to get the game going when left alone.

12. Mikel: His return to form was pleasing. A strong figure in the holding position, and very calm on the ball. Good to have him back, and deservedly earn a place in the starting eleven.

to be continued... 

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

March Discussion: Part 1

          Due to the international break, we had only 6 games to play in March. However, by the time I wrote this article, we have played another and won against Man Utd to send us through to the FA Cup semi-finals...

FA Cup


          Our team has certainly the depth and numbers to enable rotations between matches. But as what I have observed so far, we have certainly been overdependent on the trio 'Mazacar', and more specifically Mata himself. I'm not sure if these are truth or facts, but the results & statistics have certainly proven it to be the case.
          No Mata in the Southampton game, and we lost. Mazacar played against Man Utd, and we won. No Mata (late sub) in the Bucuresti first leg game, and we lost. Hazard entered in the second half (to complete the trio) against Man Utd in Old Trafford, and we won. It's not concrete science or theory, but things just went better for us with the trio playing well. More specifically, Mata have been our best player, and our hero and saviour time and time again. Hazard is explosive and amazing, but inconsistent. Oscar have amazing touches, but lacks the vision of Mata. But the three together provides an amazing show of football, and a winning formula as well. Although we would rather rotate the team, but currently it just seems as though we need 'Mazacar' at every game possible.

Premier League

          In the league, we are just hanging in the balance. Spurs have overtaken third position again, although we have a game in hand. Moreover, Arsenal are only 2 points behind us and Everton four. So the pressure is on and the race for fourth spot is on. We have to make no more mistakes if we are going to survive being in the top four. A slight slip up, and Arsenal could deputize. Of course, with us also chasing silverware in the FA cup and Europa League, there is no relaxing, and every match must be taken seriously. This will be difficult, but every game matters from now on.

FA Cup & Europa League

          We are now going to Wembley once more, having taken down one Manchester club, only to take on another in the semi finals of the FA cup. From the match at Old Trafford, it would seem that we deserved to win given our spectacular comeback in the second half. Good thing, the match at Stamford Bridge assures that. Now, our next opponent will be the blue side of Manchester. It will be difficult, but we have had more than enough experience, and we are certainly the Kings of Wembley (given recent FA cup wins), and with the determination of our lads, we are in with a big chance of winning it.
          The Europa League doesn't look that different anyway. Our chances of winning are always there. The first leg defeat against Bucuresti was a bit worrying, but its another brilliant comeback by the boys (splendid finish by Torres as well) to see us through to the last 8. Of course, some of the bigger clubs are out, leaving our fellow PL clubs possibly the biggest threats remaining, but then again, any team reaching the last 8 of the EL are not to be taken lightly. But we certainly have a good chance of winning this. So, let us support our boys to win the FA cup and Europa League, and to end the league with a top four position.

Monday, 4 March 2013

February Discussion: Part 2.2

Nathan Ake in action against Middlesbrough

11. Oscar: Had even more significant impact recently. Scoring important goals (vs Sparta Prague) and showed brilliant touches in his game. Earned his place in my eleven (over Hazard).

12. Mikel: Played full match only once since AFCON. Not yet showing quality.

13. Moses: An integral part of the team, and played brilliantly in recent games.

15. Malouda: Invisible.

17. Hazard: Still our most explosive player, as shown in the home tie vs Sparta Prague, a thunderous winning goal. However still lacks consistency.

19. Ferreira: Played well when given the chance in the FA cup tie, and a calm and loyal individual. #respect

21. Marin: Starting to get more game time, and scored his debut goal wonderfully too. Deserved to get more game time, especially in FA cup ties.

22. Turnbull: Didn't get a chance to play perhaps because of his poor performance last outing. Well, better improve, second choice!

24. Cahill: Improving his game, but still lacks the conviction at times.

26. Terry: Seems to be returning to his best. Finally we have our leader back and good to see him score an excellent header. Wow, how much we missed him!

28. Azpilicueta: Proper right back. Becoming an integral part of the team, and is improving day by day.

29. Ba: Given Torres' form, Ba seemed the better choice, given his penalty foul (by Hart) and also the goal recently. Also a towering presence up front, but still can improve in certain ways.

30. Benayoun: Given more game time recently,showed some nice passes but still need to improve, and probably needs more game time as well.

34. Bertrand: Given the opportunity to play in FA cup ties, but still needs to improve much if he is to replace Ashley Cole as LB some time soon.

40. Hilario: Invisible.

Youngster: Nathan Ake: Shown his potential given his 18 years of age, and probably the best player on the pitch in the FA cup tie against Middlesbrough. A real potential for our future DM.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

February Discussion: Part 2.1

          As in last month's version, this part will be discussing about my preferred starters, as well as the performance of players in my point of view...

Sparta v Chelsea

Starters (4-2-3-1):
Cech (GK)
Azpilicueta (RB)
Ivanovic (CB)
Terry (CB)(c)
Cole (LB)
Ramires (MC)
Lampard (MC)
Moses (RW)
Mata (AM)
Oscar (LW)
Ba (ST)


(what is your preferred eleven? let us know, and do give comments below...)


1. Cech: Never a doubt to be our first choice goalkeeper. Made spectacular & important saves throughout the month.

2. Ivanovic: I still believe that he is better placed as a CB. His crosses and runs is not as good as a true full-back should be, however his towering presence makes him a quality center half.

3. Cole: Wonderful, wonderful player. Bertrand is not yet of Cole's quality, and while he still can play for us, he should be because will always give his best, and his skills as a LB is unmatched.

4. Luiz: His versatility remains such an invaluable asset to the club. Can play as CB when needed, however able to show his brilliant qualities as a MC. Unlucky to only have a spot in the bench (in my eleven) due to Ramires' superb form of late.

6. Romeu: A long term injury.

7. Ramires: A very energetic player and his skills has developed much since moving to the club, and has made some telling contributions & excellent goals recently. Wonderful player.

8. Lampard: Always giving his best, and always want to score goals. Only mistake he made is the penalty miss against Man City, and even so it was a lucky guess by Hart with such a good penalty taken. Otherwise, still the heart of the Chelsea midfield and fans will be deeply hoping that his contract will be renewed.

9. Torres: No goals in the past month. Really a striker lacking of confidence. His touches have been greatly disappointing recently, and will need to start picking up form and goals as well.

10. Mata: Still Chelsea's best and most consistent player. Have been a savior in several occasions, and still Chelsea's top scorer, as well as top assist. What will we be without him?

to be continued... 

February Discussion: Part 1

          This lovely month of February saw us take on 7 matches, with 2 in the FA cup and 2 in the UEFA Europa League. It's not the best of months for us, but there were positives to take, and the possibility of silverware is still there...

Frank Lampard tussles with David Silva

Premier League

          This month have not been kind to us in terms of the league. We now drop to fourth as Spurs rise to third, with Arsenal just 2 points behind us also fighting for the top four spot. Of the 3 games in the league in February, we lost 2. This is not a good situation and we will have to fight harder in the upcoming league games.
           Granted, one of them losses is against Manchester City at the Etihad. It would have been tolerable if our situation is not as it is now. And the loss against Newcastle was just sloppy. We were in the lead at 2-1 but then we messed up and the opposition scored two to give us yet another defeat. The victory against Wigan was a solid one and a much needed one. But still, we will have to work much harder in the remaining games.

FA Cup & Europa League

          These are the two remaining competitions where we still have chance of silverware, and of this moment, we are progressing fine. There were two FA cup matches, the first a fourth round replay against Brentford, and the other is the most recent fifth round against Middlesbrough. In both matches, we struggle to get our foot ahead in the first half, but cruise on pretty well in the second half. And our FA Cup journey have been pretty smooth so far, however our next opposition will be a formidable one, Manchester United.
          Our Europa League debut have not been with such a blast, with a narrow win over two legs against Sparta Prague. However, more importantly, we are through to the last 16, and with Atletico Madrid out, we are now the favorites to win it. Our next tie will be against Romanian side Steaua Bucuresti. Though not one of the favorites, European ties are never to be taken lightly, as many big sides have fallen in the continental competition.

Lampard & Oscar

          I mentioned these two names here because they are our best players of the month, IMO. Lampard have been such a presence in midfield, and recently scored lots of goals, taking him to his 199th for Chelsea. His only mistake was his penalty miss against City, but even so it was not a bad one, it was a lucky guess for Hart (probably used to training with Lampard for the national team). He is very much a big presence for the club and I can't imagine how much we'll miss him when he leave the club.
          For previous months, Oscar have been overshadowed with the manager preferring Hazard, Mata & Moses. Of course I think that Mata is still the best of them all, with the most goals & assists as well as the consistency he showed. However in recent games, Oscar have had brilliant games. With the opportunity given, he took them well, and probably earned him the first team play he got recently. He scored some important goals recently, and his slick passes and touches makes him such an invaluable asset. He certainly showed that, and with Benayoun and Marin starting to get minutes of play, we will certainly see more and more rotation in the three behind the striker.

Friday, 1 February 2013

January Discussion: Part 2.2

continuing the previous section...

Oscar and David-Luiz play table football

12. Mikel: Unable to comment as he is currently on AFCON.

13. Moses: Similarly, unable to comment as he is currently on AFCON.

15. Malouda: Perhaps his time is over. Never called, not even on the bench.

17. Hazard: Probably Chelsea's most explosive player, he can break down opposition defenses single-handedly on his day, but not consistent enough. However is still very much a valuable asset to the club and the team.

19. Ferreira: Perhaps Chelsea's most loyal player out of the field. Rarely called upon, even on the bench, but never complaints. He should be second choice RB behind Cesar, and Brana should be converted to CB instead, then hopefully Ferreira may get the chance he deserves once or twice.

21. Marin: Invisible during RDM's tenure, but starting to get games recently. Not yet showing his best, but I still think he is a potentially good player. Must be given more minutes of game when the opportunity comes.

22. Turnbull: As second choice, should have performed better when the chance came, but did not do in recent games when Cech was absent. Then again, you cannot expect too much from a backup goalkeeper.

24. Cahill: Not the best CB, but his hard work and determination is one to be commended. If JT had been in better form, Cahill would have been just a sub in my line-up. Nevertheless a quality player, and still a great asset to the club.

26. Terry: Have been injured, and since then have not been in a good form. Must slowly and patiently work his way back to the team, but currently he should stay as a sub. But we all shall await for the return of our legendary leader.

28. Azpilicueta: Adapting well to the squad and the league, and his qualities offensively have improved and defensively, always reliable. First choice RB in my mind, a wonderful player too.

29. Ba: Shown signs of what he can give to the team, but is not the best of strikers. Nevertheless, he will be an important player in certain conditions, and will be at least a rotation to give Torres the rest he needs.

30. Benayoun: Been out of favor since his move to the club, but should be given the chance once or twice, and he should perform when given. Perhaps will be more integrated under Rafa.

34. Bertrand: Not such a good idea to place him as a winger, unless when playing defensively. Will be a good replacement for Cole when the time comes, but for now must be patient and keep working hard.

40. Hilario: Nearly invisible in the club, as a 3rd choice goalkeeper.

Below is a link of Oscar and Luiz in a charity session playing table football. Very funny. Must watch...

January Discussion: Part 2.1

          In this section, I would like to share my thoughts of the players right now, and also my preferred line-up for the time.


Starters (4-2-3-1):
Cech (GK)
Azpilicueta (RB)
Cahill (CB)
Ivanovic (CB)
Cole (LB)
David Luiz (CM)
Lampard (CM)(c)
Oscar (RW)
Mata (AM)
Hazard (LW)
Torres (ST)



1. Cech: He is no doubt the first choice goalkeeper. Given he's not injured, he would have started every game for sure. His quick reflexes and decision making still makes him one of the best.

2. Ivanovic: His qualities as a CB outweighs his skills as a RB, and so I believe he is better placed at central defense. And his current form is also outstanding making him my first choice CB right now.

3. Cole: Pretty obvious as he is the best LB in the world. No one can match his skills yet, and I am grateful that he chose to serve another season as a Blue. Outstanding player both offensively and defensively, he will be much needed by the club.

4. Luiz: A quality player, and honestly I prefer him as DM/CM rather than a CB. He is an overall outstanding player, but given his occasional sloppy mistakes, it would be less costly as a CM, and his creativity and attacking flair, not to mention his free-kicks, only makes him indispensable to the club.

6. Romeu: Have not seen him in action recently. Not in the month of January.

7. Ramires: His unbelievable energy and pace also makes him a great asset. He barely makes the starting line-up because of Luiz's great quality and form. But Ramires should always be available when required, such as now when Luiz is injured.

8. Lampard: His current form is simply outstanding. His passes and play from midfield is just what the team needs, not to mention his occasional runs into the box. Given his age, he is still the heart of the club's midfield area.

9. Torres: Probably the player with the most issues surrounding him, but his hard work and classy passes and strikes still makes a him a top player. Only need to improve confidence and consistency, and he shall be Chelsea's main man up front.

10. Mata: Chelsea's best player since he arrived a year and a half ago. He can produce something out of nothing at nearly every game. His passes are genuinely brilliant, and with the numbers of goals he scored, he is just indispensable to the club. Outstanding player.

11. Oscar: Another brilliant player. He is second to Moses under Rafa, but now that Moses is on AFCON, Oscar was given the nod, and he didn't disappoint. His skills are such a wonderful one and his touches are slick and brilliant, however require little more consistency.

to be continued...

January Discussion: Part 1

          The month of January has been such a mixed one. With another hectic 9 games in a month, and not to forget the players out on international duty and the number of injuries, rotation had been done, and below are several talking points from the month of January...


Ba vs Torres?

          This is perhaps one of the biggest issue of the month. New signing Demba Ba have shown some signs and immediately earned the fans trusts. And given that he was bought for only 7m, there will be no pressure on him, at least, not as much as Torres. Btw, this is going to be the first transfer window where we earned profit (Sturridge 12m - Ba 7m) since Abramovich took over.
          Anyway, the big question is who should start more? Who is better? Personally, I think Torres is still the better choice, if he can perform. The finish he did to salvage the draw at Brentford was top class, and with his pace I think the spaniard suits better to our play. Of course in the event where he cannot perform, or if we need a physical presence to hold up the ball, that's where Ba comes in. These 2 strikers have different style of play so that they can be called upon depending on what we need. Obviously rotation is the best solution here, but then again the possibility of playing them both together shouldn't even be ruled out, they did well last time. At the end of the day, I still believe that Torres is better, but he can't play every game, so I would want Ba to come in at certain matches, and sometimes as a substitute when needed.

Capital One out, FA nearly...

          In terms of silverware, Chelsea's season is simply falling apart, from the Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, and the Capital One Cup. Then we nearly lost out on the FA Cup if not for Torres' brilliant strike salvaging the replay. Out of the 7 we could have, now there are only the BPL which pretty much out of reach, and the FA Cup and Europa League remaining. The frustration we feel must be the same as Hazard's when he kicked the ball boy. I personally want to believe that we can still win the two latter cups, but I find it hard to see with the performance of the team now. Anyway, as fans, all we can do is keep giving our undying support, the rest is out of our hands.

The Old Guards

          With the rumors about Lampard, and the recent signing of Ashley Cole, I guess it has always been something to talk about. The Old Guards, namely Terry, Cole, and Lamps, I believe, are still much needed by the team, and can still give something more. The re-contracting of Ashley Cole was a pleasing news to me. He is currently still the best left-back in the world and what a waste it would be to see him go. And Lampard, the way he is playing right now, I could not ask for anything more but for him to be offered a new contract. I'd rather see him stay, than the purchase of Cavani, literally. We still have Ba and Torres up front, but who could possibly replace Lampard??? With his current performance this good, I could wish for nothing more. And about JT, granted he has been injured, and since he have not been at his best yet, but I still believe his quality as a leader is unmatchable, and the Blues still need a player of his quality. I can only hope that these players will remain longer with the club, and maybe end their career as well.