Mataphysics of a relationship

Confortably sitting in an armchair since his arrival at the club, Juan Mata has seen his status be challenged by José Mourinho in the implementation of a more long-termist gameplan than Roberto Di Matteo’s or Rafael Benitez, while taking on more solid foundations that André Villas Boas’ “project”. Twice elected best player of a club that ended the last two seasons 25 and 14 points … Continue reading Mataphysics of a relationship

Whereupon can José Mourinho rely on to implement a high pressing game at Chelsea ?

It’s been 3 full seasons Chelsea last won the domestic crown. Ever since, 3 managers have  taken charge at Stamford Bridge with mixed success until José Mourinho decided to come back to the club he was the manager between 2004 and 2007. Chelsea ended the season 25 then 14 points from top in 2011-12 and 2012-13, a gap that must be taken into consideration in … Continue reading Whereupon can José Mourinho rely on to implement a high pressing game at Chelsea ?

10 Week analysis game #1: Chelsea FC – FC Schalke 04

Chelsea confortably won his third Champions League game on the row after beating Schalke 04 on the same scoreline than two weeks ago (3-0). José Mourinho was furious at his players at the week end after the defeat at Newcastle. He blamed his players for thinking that the opening goal  would come as it already did 5 times during October’s 6-game winning streak, without them putting any … Continue reading 10 Week analysis game #1: Chelsea FC – FC Schalke 04

What will José Mourinho’s Chelsea look like ?

Chelsea began a new sporting era marked by the return of Jose Mourinho to the position he was employed between 2004 and 2007. It thus put an end to the last fifteen months during which the team was assigned to temporary managers as Rafael Benítez succeeded Roberto Di Matteo. This last point proves to be crucial ahead of the new season, especially after a 69-game … Continue reading What will José Mourinho’s Chelsea look like ?

Would Fellaini fit at Chelsea ?

With the speculation increasing for the January transfer market window about a possible move to Chelsea for Everton’s main asset this season, I decided to have a look at Marouane Fellaini’s possible contribution to the current Chelsea team. The Blues arguably need more options in central midfield since the departures of Michael Essien and Raul Meireles. The big Belgian would probably offer something few clubs … Continue reading Would Fellaini fit at Chelsea ?

Rafael Benítez début: Food for thought

About the Game Chelsea hosted Manchester City after a turbulent week which saw the departure of Roberto Di Matteo, who was sitting on the unconfortable seat of being still the interim manager at the start of the season. Rafael Benitez’s quick appointment proved – if needed – that the deal was probably already concluded for quite some time. If there’s room for improvement in every … Continue reading Rafael Benítez début: Food for thought

Notes on Chelsea vs Manchester United

The first meeting between two teams occupying the top 3 this season in Premier League made the headlines this week, not especially for sporting reasons. Not at all, actually. Until the controversial decisions that led the game becoming something of a mess, Chelsea did offer two goals to his host on a silver plates. If those two goals resulted from the odd mistake of what … Continue reading Notes on Chelsea vs Manchester United