Monday, 2 September 2013

Transfer Deadline Day

Today is transfer deadline day, and the transfer market closed at 11pm (uk time) this evening. It has been a busy day with big names leaving and entering the Premier League. Yesterday Gareth Bale moved from Tottenham to Real Madrid for a world record £85.3 million. Today Arsenal have signed German star Mesut Ozil for a club record of £42.4 million from Real Madrid. Earlier today Liverpool signed Sakho Llori for a combined fee of £25 million from PSG and Sporting Lisbon. Sunderland have made signings as Sessegnon moved from West Brom and Borini signed a loan deal from Liverpool. Be prepared to see lots of players holding new shirts.

It has been a big summer for Chelsea with Yossi Benayoun, Florent Malouda, Ross Turnbull, Paulo Ferreira and Jeffrey Bruma leaving the club at the end of last season. Before pre-season Chelsea signed Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen for £18 million, Marko van Ginkel from Vitesse for £8 million, Isaiah Brown from West Brom for less than £1 million, Mark Schwarzer from Fulham for free and Cristian Cuevas from O'Higgins in Chile for £1.7 million. Cristian Cuevas has been loaned out to Vitesse for one season. Schurrle and van Ginkel had a good pre-season tour with Chelsea, and Schurrle even played for Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final against Bayern Munich. 

During pre-season Chelsea signed Croatian Stipe Perica from Croatian club Zadar for an undisclosed fee. On the 25th August 2013, Chelsea signed Brazilian star Willian for £30 million from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. Also from Anzhi, Chelsea signed Samuel Eto'o for a season long loan. To finish the transfer window, Chelsea signed Ghana's Christian Atsu from Porto for £3.5 million. Christain Atsu was then loaned out to Vitesse for one season. 

Goal keeper Thibaut Courtois has been loaned out to Athletico Madrid on another season long loan. Marko Marin has been loaned out to Sevilla for one season. Oriol Romeu has been loaned out to Valencia for one season. Lucas Piazon has been loaned out to Vitesse for one season. Other players such as Patrick Van Aanholt, Thorgan Hazard, Patrick Bamfrod and Wallace have also been loaned out for this season. 

On deadline day, Liverpool signed Chelsea's Victor Moses on loan for one season. Victor Moses appeared very instrumental for Chelsea last season scoring many goals in the Europa League. On twitter the Nigerian said; "Really excited to be joining Liverpool this season and can't wait to make my debut now". Also on deadline day Sam Hutchinson (who spent last season at Nottingham Forest) has been loaned out to Vitesse for one season. The big news on deadline day is the last minute deal that saw Romelu Lukaku being loaned out to Everton for one season. The Belgian said "Signed @Everton on a season loan :-)" on twitter. The Belgian then received support from Ben Foster and Liam Ridgewell. Chelsea's next game is actually an away trip to Everton, and as part of the, Lukaku will not be playing, so he will have to wait another week to play his debut. 

Chelsea have kept Demba Ba despite Arsenal wanting to sign him on loan for a season and Newcastle United wanting to sign him. Juan Mata has also stayed at Chelsea, and so has David Luiz despite there connections to move to Europe over the summer. 
As always we would like to welcome our new signings and wish them well at Chelsea Football Club, we would also like to wish all our players being loaned out this season a good season. We will try and keep track of our players through out the season. We will be able to keep an eye on Oriol Romeu when his team Valencia play Swansea in the Europa League. We will keep an eye out on Moses and Lukaku through out the season as well as our youngsters playing in League One. 

The coming weekend is the international break and Chelsea go into this break 2nd in the Premier League with 7 points. Chelsea play Everton away at Goodison Park on the 14th September, we will have a match report on this game on this website by the end of that weekend. Chelsea also start UEFA Champions League duties during the week after the Everton game with a game at Stamford Bridge against FC Basel. We will have plenty of previews before both of those games and a match report for both. Have a good international break and remember to follow us on twitter using @CarefreeCFC05 or searching Carefree-CFC 

Sunday, 1 September 2013

September - a look ahead

Its now September, so lets look at our monthly fixtures:

Everton V Chelsea Saturday 14th September 2013 (13:30) Premier League
Chelsea V FC Basel Wednesday 18th September 2013 (19:45) UEFA Champions League
Chelsea V Fulham Saturday 21st September 2013 (17:30) Premier League
Swindon V Chelsea Tuesday 24th September 2013 (19:45) Capital One League Cup
Tottenham V Chelsea Saturday 28th September 2013 (12:45) Premier League


Chelsea's first game of the month is an away trip to Goodison Park to face Everton. At the beginning of the month Everton have only 3 points after 3 draws in 3 games in the Premier League. The draws came against Norwich (2-2), West Brom (0-0) and Cardiff (0-0). The last time Chelsea played an away game at Everton, Chelsea won 2-1 with two goals from Frank Lampard. The last time the two sides played each other was on the last day of the last season as Chelsea won that game 2-1. 



Chelsea start the new campaign in the Champions League with a home game to Swiss side FC Basel. We played FC Basel last season and won 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, and won 2-1 at FC Basel. Chelsea won the Champions League in 2012 with a penalty shoot out win over Bayern Munich. Chelsea played their first Champions League game of the season last season at home against Juventus. Chelsea lead 2-0 with two fantastic goals by Oscar, but the game finished 2-2 as Juventus got back into the game, that proved costly as Chelsea finished 3rd in their group.




Chelsea's first home Premier League game of the month is against local rivals Fulham. The last time Chelsea played Fulham at home was last season in Rafa Benitez's second home game under Chelsea and the score was 0-0. At the beginning of the month, Fulham have been struggling in the Premier League with losses at home against Arsenal and a loss away at Newcastle, but Fulham have got 3 points with a win over Sunderland and are 17th in the league at the beginning of September. 



The first Capital One League Cup game of the season is an away trip to Swindon Town. Chelsea got all the way to the semi-finals of the Capital One League Cup last season but lost 2-0 over two legs against Swansea City who later went on to win the Capital One League Cup with a win over Bradford City.

 


The final game of the month is an away trip to White Hart Lane in North London with a game against Tottenham in the Premier League. At the beginning of the month Tottenham have had two wins in the Premier League with wins over Crystal Palace (1-0) and Swansea (1-0). 

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Game 4: Chelsea V Bayern Munich UEFA Super Cup Friday 30th August 2013 20:45* Eden Arena

*local time (19:45 uk time)
Attendance: 17,686

It was the UEFA Super Cup, so was there going to be a super game? super result? a super win? Chelsea fans have forgot last season's 4-1 loss to Atheltico Madrid in the last seasons UEFA Super Cup, but the reality of tonight is facing Bayern Munich, one of the best teams currently in Europe, and one of the best teams Europe has seen for many a year. In recent years only Barcelona and Chelsea have came in touching distance of Bayern Munich as they kept on winning trophies. In 2012 they were denied the Champions League as Chelsea won after a 1-1 draw and then a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win for Chelsea. But last season Bayern Munich won the Champions League as they beat fellow German side Borrussia Dortmund 2-1 at Wembley stadium. Chelsea won the Europa League as they beat Benfica 2-1 at the Amsterdam Arena on May 15th 2013.

Chelsea team: Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Cahill, Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, Hazard, Torres, Schurrle
Chelsea bench: Schwarzer, Terry, Azpilicueta, Essien, Mata, Mikel, Lukaku

Bayern Munich team: Neuer, Dante, Rafinha, Boateng, Lahm, Ribery, Mueller, Alaba, Kroos, Mandzukic, Robben
Bayern Munich bench: Starke, Buyten, Contento, Martinez, Shaqiri, Gotze, Pizarro

Bayern Munich kicked off the game and kept the ball well for two minutes before having a shot on goal as Boateng crossed in the ball but Mandzukic's header went wide of the goal. Arjen Robben comitted the first foul of the match moments later and Chelsea restarted play by a Luiz clearance. Arjen Robben is a familiar name for Chelsea fans as he played for Chelsea between 2004 and 2007 including under Jose Mourinho. Eden Hazard then had a shot on goal but missed. Ribery took a shot at goal but missed, Petr Cech then found Hazard who found Schurrle who then sent in a fantastic cross to find Torres who's shot came off his shin but ended up in the back of the net as Chelsea took an early lead inside 8 minutes.

Celebrity tweet: @Lord_Sugar "At last the £50m Torres scores"
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After the goal, Bayern Munich kept applying pressure onto Chelsea. Similarly like in the UEFA Champions League Final in 2012 (the last time these two sides played each other), Bayern Munich had the majority of the possession, but Chelsea still played well. In 2012 Bayern Munich had 55% possession and 34 shots to Chelsea's 9 shots. Shots came in from Lahm and Alaba but all were dealt with by the Chelsea defense. Petr Cech didn't really have to make many saves in the first half of the match as the Chelsea defense was so strong. They dealt with every ball and cross well. Franck Ribery received the first yellow card of the game as he fouled Ramires, Gary Cahill then resumed play.

Gary Cahill got a yellow card just before half time for a soft foul on Thomas Muller, but Dante took the ball and restarted play. Robben took a shot on target with a few moments remaining in the first half but Petr Cech made a good save. The referee Eriksson blew his whistle for half time exactly on 45 minutes no added time, no added seconds. Eriksson refereed Chelsea's 3-1 win over FC Basel in the semi-final of the Europa League last season.

There were no changes by either sides at half time. Chelsea kicked off the second half of play. Bayern Munich pushed forward almost instantly and had a few chances, but once Franck Ribery picked up the ball he fired the ball towards goal beating Petr Cech and equalising for Bayern Munich just before the 47th minute mark with a fantastic strike.

After a flurry of Bayern Munich's chances, the first substitution of the game came as Rafinha came off for Martinez for Bayern Munich. Towards the hour mark of play, Kroos fouled Oscar, but the Brazilian got up to take the penalty. Ramires then fouled Ribery and get a yellow card for his tackle. Muller came off next for Bayern Munich as Gotze came on. Towards the end of the second half Ramires went in for a tackle on Gotze. Ramires got the ball first though, but because his studs were showing the referee deemed the challenge as a yellow card and Ramires was sent off for receiving two yellow cards. Thats how the game finished 1-1, but next came 30 more minutes of more dramatic football. 

The 90 minutes of play was a very good dramatic, intense game. The 90 minutes along was probably the best UEFA Super Cup ever, without another 30 minutes. Chelsea came out fighting looking for a goal, Hazard went down the left wing and runs Dante and then takes a strong shot towards goal and out Neuer appears to be in a perfect position for a save but the ball crept in and Chelsea took the lead 2-1 with a fantastic goal and play from Eden Hazard. 

The first half added time was full of Bayern Munich chances. Chelsea has a couple of runs up with Lukaku who came on for Torres playing well. Oscar was getting the ball up into the Bayern half, but Neuer was up on the half way line 50% of the time. The second half of added time was even tougher for Chelsea. Lukaku was playing as a holding midfielder and so was Oscar and Hazard. John Terry made an appearance for Chelsea as Hazard came off. Mikel also came on as Schurrle went off. 

Chelsea were defending harder than they did against Barcelona in April 2012 in the semi-final of the Champions League. The fourth official announced a minute of added time. Chelsea had to defend hard for another 60 seconds. But one last Bayern Munich chance came as Dante found Martinez who quickly kicked the ball into the back of the net in the 57th second of added time. Chelsea came 3 seconds away from winning the UEFA Super Cup, but the game would be decided on penalties. That alone was history making as it was the first ever penalty shoot-out in UEFA Super Cup history! 

So it was decided on penalties.
First was Bayern Munich and Alaba stepped up and scored past Cech, Bayern Munich 1-0 Chelsea
First for Chelsea was David Luiz, just like he did in the penalty shoot-out in the Champions League final in 2012, he ran up and sent in a powerful goal and scored past Neuer, Bayern Munich 1-1 Chelsea
Kroos then scored a penalty for Bayern Munich, Bayern Munich 2-1 Chelsea
Oscar then stepped up and scored a good penalty against Neuer, Bayern Munich 2-2 Chelsea
Lahm stepped up for Bayern Munich. Lahm had a good game, and he scored a good penalty, Bayern Munich 3-2 Chelsea
Frank Lampard scored Chelsea's 3rd penalty, Bayern Munich 3-3 Chelsea
Bayern Munich's first goal scorer scored Bayern Munich's 4th penalty, Bayern Munich 4-3 Chelsea
Ashley Cole took Chelsea's 4th penalty. The ball struck the post but somehow went in past Neuer, Bayern Munich 4-4 Chelsea
Substitute Shaqiri stepped up and scored Bayern Munich's 5th penalty, although Petr Cech got a
hand to the ball. Bayern Munich 5-4 Chelsea
Lukaku stepped up for Chelsea's 5th, he stepped up, stopped and lightly hit the ball to the right, but Neuer made an easy save and Bayern Munich won the UEFA Super Cup. Bayern Munich 5-4 Chelsea

Celebrity tweet: @DJTrevorNelson "Another incredible rear guard performance.Well done Chelsea boys.No shame taking them to pens."
Celebrity tweet: @themichaelowen "Hats off to Chelsea. They gave Europe's top team a fright and were seconds from winning. That's why I tipped them to win the Premier League."

It was unfortunate. Chelsea played very well against a powerful Bayern Munich side. At moments through out the game it was similar to the 2012 Champions League final. Some see this as revenge for Bayern Munich on Chelsea for winning in 2012. Although some see this as not important because its just a pre-season trophy, it meant a lot and it was good game. Chelsea were part of history as it was the first penalty shoot-out in the UEFA Super Cup, and also the first UEFA Super Cup to not be held in Monaco since 1997. It was a better performance than last seasons UEFA Super Cup when Chelsea lost 4-1. 

Thursday, 29 August 2013

UEFA Champions League Draw

On the 29th August 2013, in Monaco, the draw for the group stage of the 2013/14 Champions League took place. Chelsea were drawn in Group E with Schalke 04 (Germany), FC Basel (Switzerland) and Steaua Bucharest (Romania). We are going to have a look at what is to come over the next few months in the Champions League, over the next few months we will learn a lot more about the teams Chelsea have been drawn against in this season group stage, but for now lets look at what is expected of the group stages.


Should Chelsea finish 1st or 2nd in the Group Stage of this season Champions League then the club will qualify through to the round of 16 of the Champions League, however should Chelsea finish 3rd they will qualify for the Europa League round of 32 like last season. Chelsea went on to win the Europa League with a 2-1 win over Benfica in Amsterdam on the 15th May 2013. But if Chelsea finish 4th then that's it for this season in European football. That wouldn't be good at all for Chelsea. 


In recent seasons we have had great success in European football winning the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League earlier this year in May 2013. Chelsea begin European football this season on the 30th August 2013 in Prague (Czech Republic) as Chelsea play in the UEFA Super Cup against Bayern Munich. The UEFA Super Cup is a competition between the previous season winners of the Europa League (Chelsea) V the previous season winners of the Champions League (Bayern Munich). The last time Chelsea played Bayern Munich, Chelsea won on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the Champions League final in 2012. 


Hopefully this season there will be a higher attendance in European competitions than last season. In the Champions League Group stages we had attendances of 40,918 V Juventus, 41,067 V Shakhtar Donetsk and 40,084 V FC Nordsjaelland which were really good attendances. However in the Europa League there were a series of poor attendances; 38,642 V Sparta Prague, 28,817 V Steaua Bucharest, 32,994 V Rubin Kazan and 39,403 V FC Basel. The attendance against Steaua Bucharest was really poor, but Rubin Kazan only brought about 30 fans with them when they came to Stamford Bridge, this can be seen in the photo to the left as the Shed End is completely empty as Rubin Kazan failed to fill their 3,000 seated allocation. 




Now to our opponents this season:
Schalke 04
Country: Germany
Home Stadium: Veltins-Arena 
Capacity: 61,673
League finish last season: 4th


FC Basel

Country: Switzerland
Home Stadium: St. Jakob-Park
Capacity: 38,512
League finish last season: 1st

Steaua Bucharest

Country: Romania

Home Stadium: National Arena or Steaua Stadium
Capacity: 55,600 or 27,557
League finish last season: 1st

Chelsea faced both FC Basel and Steaua Bucharest in the Europa League last season. Chelsea lost to Steaua Bucharest away 1-0, but won 3-1 at home (3-2 on aggregate). Chelsea won 2-1 at FC Basel and 3-1 against FC Basel at Stamford Bridge (5-2 on aggregate). The last time Schalke 04 faced Chelsea was in 2007, away in Germany the game finished 0-0, but at Stamford Bridge Chelsea won 2-0 with goals from Drogba and Malouda. 


Dates:

Wednesday 18th September Chelsea V FC Basel
Tuesday 1st October Steaua Bucharest V Chelsea
Tuesday 22nd October Schalke 04 V Chelsea
Wednesday 6th November Chelsea V Schalke 04
Tuesday 26th November FC Basel V Chelsea
Wednesday 11th December Chelsea V Steaua Bucharest 

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Pre Match Report: Chelsea V Manchester United

Chelsea played Manchester United 5 times last season (2 times in the Premier League, once in the League Cup and 2 times in the FA Cup) and there were 20 goals in 5 games, equaling an average of 4 goals per game between the two clubs last season. Along with goals there was also controversial moments. In the first game between the two clubs Chelsea lost 3-2 after referee Mark Clatenburg sent off two Chelsea players, Ivanovic and Torres. Torres recieved two yellow cards, the first was for a bad tackle, the second was when he was brought down and Clatenburg gave Torres a yellow for diving, video replays show Torres was caught. The next time the two sides met Chelsea won 5-4, three days after losing 3-2, both games were at Stamford Bridge. In the FA Cup quarter final Chelsea went up to Old Trafford and were losing 2-0 at half time, but in the second half with goals from Ramires and Hazard forcing a replay at Stamford Bridge, in the replay Chelsea won 1-0 thanks to a fantastic goal from Demba Ba. In the final game between Chelsea and Manchester United last season Chelsea won 1-0 with a goal from Juan Mata. 

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Game 2: Chelsea V Aston Villa Premier League 21st August 2013 19:45 Stamford Bridge

Attendance: 41,527

A warm humid Stamford Bridge lead to a fiery game on the pitch as Chelsea host a strong Aston Villa said in a second Stamford Bridge game in a row in the Premier League. A bigger attendance at tonight's game than Sundays season opener proves to suggest that this season is going to be a sell out and every game will be a big occasion. With 38 goals in the past 8 games between the two clubs, goals and drama were expected, so who would win?

Chelsea team: Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, Cahill, Terry, Ramires, Lampard, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Ba
Chelsea bench: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Mikel, De Bruyne, Van Ginkel, Schurrle, Lukaku

Aston Villa team: Guzan, Vlaar, Clark, Luna, Lowton, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke
Aston Villa bench: Steer, Bennett, Okore, Bacuna, Sylla, Tonev, Helenius

This was the only game to be played as this game was being re-scheduled from the 31st August to the 21st August due to Chelsea's involvement in the UEFA Super Cup on Friday 30th August 2013 in Prague. Chelsea started off well attacking the Shed End with pace. Early on in the game, Benteke appeared to handball the ball and Chelsea were given a free kick in which Ashley Cole took, a few minutes later Hazard took a shot on goal, and Guzan dropped the ball, but Luna put the ball into the back of the Villa net giving Chelsea an early lead. 

There were a few chances and shots for the rest of the half, but there were more fouls than shots. It was a fiery battle with Delph and Ahamadi making a fair few fouls, and so did Oscar and Ivanovic. Chelsea's best chance of scoring came Mata came charging towards the goal, but Lowton made a good clearance. The last move of the first half saw Agbonlahor make a run too easily past Ivanovic and then he crossed the ball into Benteke who sent the ball towards the goal with his left foot and put the ball beyond Petr Cech. Benteke made the bad move of celebrating in front of the Chelsea fans in the Matthew Harding Stand. 

The second half was really categorised into to 3 key events. First of which came in the 69th minute as Ivanovic appears to elbow Benteke, and received a yellow card for his actions. However, the Aston Villa fans, players and manager saw the challenge as a red card. Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert said; "I am not going to stand here and get into trouble, but I think it is an elbow" about the challenge. 

The second key event came in the 72nd minute as Frank Lampard wiped in a ball and it found Ivanovic's head and Chelsea were leading the game again for the first time since Benteke scored. The third and final key event came in 6 minutes of added time as John Terry appeared to handball the ball in the penalty area but the referee waved play on. 
That is how the game finished. Chelsea won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge as chanting of Jose Mourinho went around Stamford Bridge. Because Chelsea and Aston Villa were the only teams to play, Chelsea went up to first in the Premier League for the first time since October 2012. A tough game was spectated in West London and 3 points was a good result.