Preview: Chelsea looking for three vital points at the Liberty
With either of Liverpool and Man City poised to drop points as the two title contenders go head to head on Sunday, Chelsea will be hoping to take advantage of the situation by grabbing all three points during their weekend encounter against Swansea City.
A win coupled with a Liverpool loss could allow the Blues to return to the Premier League summit.
Before the month of May begins, the names of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League’s two finalists will be revealed. See when and how to watch the semi-final matches live through LiveSoccerTV’s recap of Friday’s Champions League semis draw.
First leg match dates
They will be played on 22 April 2014 and 23 April 2014.
The two remaining Spanish clubs will be at home. Atleti will get the Last 4 adventure underway with a spicy clash against 2011/2012 UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea at the Vicente Calderon.
The following day, city rivals Real Madrid will affront Bayern Munich in a re-match of their 2011/12 Champions League semi-final clash.
Probabilities are very few with only four teams left, yet many fans are lost in predictions. How will Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Real Madrid be paired on Friday in Nyon?
Atletico Madrid arguably provided the biggest result in the Last 8 by kicking giants Barcelona out of the competition. The Rojiblancos needed a lone goal from Koke in the second leg to beat the Catalans 2-1 on aggregate.
This sealed the fact that “Barca are out whereas Bayern, Atletico, Real…
Preview: Chelsea looking to overturn two goal deficit
After a disastrous outing last time out, Chelsea will be hoping for a better showing in the second leg of the Champions League Quarter-Final. The London side was outclassed in the first leg as the French champions raced to a 3-1 victory courtesy of goals from Ezequiel Lavezzi, Javier Pastore as well as an own goal from Chelsea defender David Luiz.
However Chelsea do have an away goal advantage heading into the match courtesy of an Eden Hazard penalty as a result of rash tackle inside the box by Thiago Silva on compatriot Oscar. This implies that if Chelsea are to score twice without letting the Parisians score at all, the Blues will make it to the last four of the competition.
Preview: Blues looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats
Just when it seemed nothing could go wrong for Chelsea, the Blues have not only conceded their place at the top of the Premier League, but as things stand Chelsea’s place in the last four of the Champions League remains in jeopardy.
Mourinho’s men suffered their second defeat in four games in the league when an own goal from captain John Terry resulted in Chelsea dropping all three points at the Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace. Four days later the Blues were at the receiving end of another defeat as PSG got the better of the London side, subjecting Mourinho’s men to a 3-1 loss.
Preview: Blues face stiff test against French Champions
Two unexpected defeats in the last four games have resulted in Chelsea surrendering their lead at the top in the Barclays Premier League.A 1-0 loss at Villa Park on the 15th of March was followed by a defeat at Crystal Palace by the same score line last Saturday and the Blues really need to pull their socks up if they are to achieve anything this season.
However Chelsea have no time to ponder over their league situation as they face a stiff test in the form of a PSG side who are undefeated in their last 13 matches in all competitions and have won their last nine.
Preview: More goals and another clean sheet for Chelsea?
Here is a chance for the Blues to make another step towards the 2013/14 English Premier League title. Jose Mourinho is aware of how tight the race is, given the fact that Manchester City could mathematically bypass them by three points by the time both teams would have played the same amount of games. For now, Chelsea occupy the top spot with a single point advantage over Brendan Rodger’s Liverpool and a three-point gap over the Citizens.
Crystal Palace are definitely not the scariest opponents, having last won a match on February 8 to fellow relegation fighters West Bromwich Albion. Since picking up that vital 3-1 win, Palace have failed to record a goal in four out of five matches. They have grabbed only two points in the process.
Preview: Arsenal out to ruin Mourinho's home record on Arsene Wenger's special day
Arsenal and Chelsea will lock horns at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, in a match that has serious title implications.
The Gunners are four points back of Jose Mourinho’s squad, but they also have a game in hand. Claiming all three points would really ignite the title race, but it would also give Arsenal a big lift on an important day.
Arsene Wenger will manage his 1,000th match as Arsenal manager at Stamford Bridge. That should be more than enough of a reason for his players to leave everything on the pitch. But if they need more motivation, Mourinho has yet to lose a match against Arsene Wenger. Speaking of losing, Mourinho has also not lost at home as Chelsea manager.
PSG, FC Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich qualified first. They were joined by Chelsea, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United. The Last 8 line-up is a mouth-watering one. Who are the favourites to reach the semis?
Round of 16 results – how it happened
Les Parisiens gave Bayer Leverkusen no chance in the Round of 16, thus underlining their ambition to seat at the table of giants on the European scene. One of PSG’s targets is to clinch the giant UEFA Champions League trophy. With on-fire Zlatan Ibrahimovic, few may underestimate the chances of the French team to progress into the Last 4.
Preview: Chelsea looking to make amends for weekend defeat
The Blues suffered their first defeat in the league this year, after losing out 1-0 to Aston Villa at the Villa Park on Saturday courtesy of a phenomenal goal from Fabian Delph. The defeat puts Chelsea’s top spot in jeopardy with both Arsenal and Liverpool with the advantage of a match in hand and yet to play Jose Mourinho’s side in the league this season. The match also saw Brazilian midfielders Ramires and Willian receive their marching orders as a result of which the duo will miss the important match against Arsenal next week.
Preview: Can Jose Mourinho’s side maintain their lead?
Up ahead of everyone, late during the season, is Mourinho’s Chelsea. Mouinho’s sides are rarely defined by their playing styles. Yet, they are all designed by one central policy. Mourinho’s teams are usually defensively solid ones which displays one other quality: an innate ability to win. The boss usually yields great results due to the defensive structure and winning mentality of his side.
David Luiz, the brilliant but slightly inconsistent Brazilian, is out for Chelsea along with the evergreen Ashley Cole. Marco Van Ginkel of course is not ready for action just yet after his injury. Fernando Torres is a slight doubt. Aston Villa meanwhile has a slightly longer injury list. Libor Kozak, Charles N’ Zogbia and Jores Okore are all out for Villa. Ryan Bertrand is ineligible due to his Chelsea ties. Chris Herd has been granted personal leave until further notice.
David Moyes and Manchester United have apparently confirmed they are ready to make Southampton left back Luke Shaw the most expensive teenager in the English game. Shaw has made a huge name for himself playing up and down the left flank for the Saints which deservedly honoured him his first England cap in a recent 1-0 victory over Denmark at Wembley.
The search for a gifted left back is a difficult position to fill, with Manchester United looking for a long term replacement for the aging Patrice Evra. Chelsea are also said to be on the hunt to replace Ashley Cole, whose game time has been limited this season.
Further interest has seen Tottenham Hotspur making enquiries but it seems the tussle for the south-west London born teen may be too hot for the Lilywhites to handle.
Preview: Spurs hoping to end 24 year winless streak at Stamford Bridge
Last time Spurs emerged victorious in an away encounter against Chelsea was back in 1990 when a late goal from Gary Lineker earned the North London side all three points against the Blues.
Tottenham have since then failed to get the better of their London counterparts and Tim Sherwood will become the latest manager to try to bring an end to this disruptive streak. However Jose Mourinho’s home record has been impeccable and it will only take a sublime performance from Sherwood’s men to get anything out of the match.
Preview: Can Mourinho’s attackers break down Magath’s Fulham?
Felix Magath was only a few minutes away from seeing his side earn three points in the previous weekend. Nonetheless, he took a point from that match and he will perhaps be satisfied with the outcome. Magath has demanded at least six wins from his team in the remainder of the campaign. This is surely not one of the matches he looked at when he was trying to plot the wins he feels the side needs.
Fulham will be without the services of Kostas Mitroglu, Fernando Amorebieta and Damien Duff. Matthew Briggs’ availability is doubtful. Chelsea will be without Marco Van Ginkel. David Luiz is a slight doubt. Chelsea will be coming into this one on the back of a rather uninspiring (at least as far as the second half is concerned) performance against Galatasaray in midweek in the Champions League. Magath knows that Chelsea will be tired. He coached plenty of Champions League sides and he reminded the press of his experiences, according to Sky Sports:
Preview: Drogba set to face former team for the first time
Having spent eight glorious years at Stamford Bridge the Ivory Coast international will now go against his former club for the first time. The 35 year old has established a legendary status at the Stamford Bridge having amassed an impressive 157 goals in 341 appearances for the Blues. His farewell to the club was nothing less than a fairy tale with Drogba winning the Champions League for Chelsea with his last touch after he scored the winning penalty in the final against Bayern Munich.
Preview: Can Everton win once again against Chelsea?
A goal in the middle of the match by Steven Naismith saw Chelsea succumb to an excellent Everton side earlier in the season. Everton has produced against the teams ahead of them in the table this season, barring the recent loss to Liverpool of course. However, they have been off form as of late, if a win against Swansea in the FA Cup is excluded. A 1-0 loss to Spurs relegated them to sixth and pushed them behind fourth placed Liverpool by eight points.
Table topping Chelsea is the last side to remain unbeaten at home in the Premier League this season. Personally, Jose Mourinho has gone 73 home games unbeaten in the English Premier League. As manager of Chelsea he has never lost a home game. He will welcome John Terry back into the team but David Luiz is set to miss out due to a muscle problem. Marco Van Ginkel is also still out.
Preview: City looking for revenge against league leaders
Mourinho outsmarted his Chilean counterpart last time the two sides met as Chelsea raced to a 1-0 victory over Man City and thus becoming the only English side to beat the Citizens at their own backyard this season. Now the Blues will look forward to achieving the feat for the second time within a span of a month as the two sides lock horns at the Etihad once again.
It took a ferocious strike from Branislav Ivanovic to clinch all three points for the Blues as the Serbian full back scored the only goal of the match.
Preview: Chelsea hoping to extend lead at the top
With Arsenal set to be involved in another difficult fixture as they go against defending champions Manchester United, Mourinho and Chelsea will be hoping to take advantage by further extending their lead at the top. With both the second and the third team in the Barclays Premier League set to play on Wednesday, a victory tonight could see the Blues distance themselves from their title rivals by four to five points.
Last time out a rampant Chelsea side scored an impressive victory over Newcastle United subjecting the magpies to a 3-0 defeat. The victory at Stamford Bridge came a week after Chelsea became the only English club this season to defeat Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. The standout performer during that night was Belgian star Eden Hazard who followed his impressive showing against the Citizens with a hat trick against Newcastle.
A beating at the hands of Liverpool might just be the start of the end of what promised to be a successful season for the Gunners, one which would bring an end to their barren trophy less run. 24 matches into the season Wenger’s cavalry looked strong, the partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny had not lost a single match for over a year and looked defiant to keep their record intact.
Within 20 minutes of their 25th league match of the season, the Arsenal side seemed a mere fraction of the team they had been all season long as the Reds steamrolled them scoring four goals in quick succession.
Preview: Little Horse, Big Horse, Rich Horse
Jose Mourinho is either very superstitious or he simply likes to play mind games. His declaration that Chelsea is only a little horse in the title race left everyone amused.
“The title race is between two horses and a little horse that needs milk and needs to learn how to jump.” (BBC)
He indicated that Arsenal, a team that has not won a title for almost a decade now, and Manchester City, a team that his side beat using superior tactics, are the big horses. Manuel Pellegrini seems to have found Jose’s comments laughable and reminded Jose about the unlimited funds available to him according to the Guardian.