The Di Matteo effect

Roberto Di Matteo has taken Chelsea back to basics. With his only previous Premier League management experience being his time as the manager of West Brom, he knows what it means to be in the results business. When you get a team promoted from the Championship to the top flight, it’s often all about getting […]

What have Chelsea lost?

What have Chelsea lost? Their minds? Yes. The respect of the footballing world? Absolutely. Their place among Europe’s elite for next season? Quite possibly, but that’s not what I mean. How good is their now former manager Andre Villas-Boas? It feels like his time at the highly dysfunctional Chelsea will not serve as a good […]

Comparing the problems at Arsenal and Chelsea

It says a lot that after only two first legs in the last 16 of the Champions League, it looks likely that for the first time since 1996, there will be no English teams in the quarter-finals of Europe’s top club competition. It says even more that no one is really that surprised. Chelsea’s task […]

Chelsea look more like Arsenal every day

When Arsenal collapse in comical style, such as from 4-0 up to draw 4-4 with Newcastle last season, or conceding a goal seconds after equalising in the 3-2 defeat to Swansea, it feels fashionable to say “only Arsenal could have lost a game like that”. And there’s something to it, to be fair, our defence […]

Expect more ups and downs

Consider this a ‘half season review’, but with one game added on. After a terrible start, followed by an excellent run, followed by a topsy turvy Christmas period, I feel we now have a good idea of how the season is going to go. When we beat QPR and Chelsea lost at home to Villa, […]