A potentially historic weekend for Chelsea Football Club resulted in Community Shield failure as Arsene Wenger recorded his first career victory against Jose Mourinho. A powerful finish from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin ensured that Arsenal won their third-successive pre-season trophy, and condemned Chelsea to Wembley defeat following the ladies’ triumph a mere 24 hours earlier.
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For a second successive fixture a penalty-shootout was required to determine the outcome of Chelsea’s last International Champions Cup game on North American soil. Continue reading “What have we learned: Three key points from Chelsea’s shoot-out victory over Barcelona”
Following a lethargic first-half, Victor Moses’ well-constructed volley ensured that a penalty shoot-out would determine the outcome of the International Champions Cup game. Laurent Blanc opted to introduce his young talent with ten minutes left; therefore PSG exhibited a rather inexperienced list of penalty takers. Paris’ captain Thiago Silva saw his penalty saved from Thibaut Courtois, and the responsibility of winning the game was inherited by the big Belgian. Courtois’ penalty was truly magnificent, as he generated such power that the ball was caught in the net, all be it momentarily.
The 2014/15 season was a tremendously successful season with the club achieving a domestic double. Having asserted the champions status with three games to spare, the sweet taste of a triumphant season was intensified after the agonising failure of the previous campaign. On the verge of being crowned English Champions and the potential participation in another Champions League Final, Jose Mourinho’s return appeared to be more treasurable than any supporter could envisage. However, a home defeat overshadowed with a series of missed chances and poor officiating from Mike Dean consequently left the club devoid of the chance to obtain possession of the Barclays Premier League title. Likewise, following a disciplined 0-0 first-leg draw in Madrid the European dream was proven to be premature, after the might of Atletico inflicted a 3-1 defeat on the blues in the semi-final of the most prestigious club competition in world football.
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Amidst the frantic transfer window, Chelsea’s activity has been relatively quiet. Consequently an apparent sense of doom and gloom is associated with a minority of Chelsea supporters, increasingly frustrated with a lack of business. On the contrary, it’s particularly difficult to identify areas to strengthen whilst European elites ensure intense competition in the market-place, and a first team that consists of champions.
Having previously secured the signing of Nathan, a pacey attacking midfielder from Atletico Paranaense Chelsea is reportedly on the verge of securing the signature of yet another Brazilian. Confirmation for the transfer of the artistic winger Kenedy is widely expected this week, having undergone a successful medical on Tuesday night. The substantial fee is believed to be agreed in the region of £6.3M , with the Chelsea hierarchy overthrowing the might of Manchester United to acquire the services of the nineteen-year-old. It is extensively anticipated however, that the gifted Brazilian will be the subject of Chelsea’s current regime, with Vitesse Arnhem appearing the most foreseeable destination.
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Following a prolonged period of circling speculation regarding Petr Cech, his fate is at long last sealed. Over the past eleven years, the experienced Czech reached heights unprecedented in the royal blue of Chelsea ensuring his reputation as a Chelsea great. During years of unparalleled success, Cech established himself as an distinguished figure, a commanding presence on and off the field. His gracious manner, and expertise in goal warranted his status as a fan favourite. Furthermore, all these factors contribute to the dejection and lethargy that Chelsea supporters feel.