After FC Porto’s 1-0 Europa League triumph against Braga last May, many would be forgiven for believing Andre Villas–Boas’s managerial success was based on defensive solidity upon his appointment as the new manager of Chelsea.
So far this season, we have seen a new Chelsea in the making. The team has been a work-in-progress, focusing on implementing new ideas and tactics brought in by AVB.
When a top team scores three goals at home they are expected to win the points. Any team that concedes five goals at home means that something is dreadfully wrong!
Chelsea have a great record against Arsenal and look worthy odds-on favourites to maintain their unbeaten home record in this weekend’s London Derby.
The 28-year-old is in a better position than most to judge, too. He was a substitute for Liverpool when they won 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on the season’s second weekend, just over a week before becoming a Chelsea player.
The Blues will be without the suspended Didier Drogba who was sent off against QPR last week.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is monitoring fellow countryman Vitor Gomes, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The Blues have failed to convince shareholders to vote in favour to sell Stamford Bridge’s freehold.
When Ashley Cole meets the FA panel he is expected to tell them that he did not hear John Terry making any racist comments to QPR’s Anton Ferdinand.
Following allegations made against John Terry over words spoken to Queen’s Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand on Sunday, Andre Villas-Boas has announced that the Chelsea captain has the club’s full support.
Ashley Cole completed his 50th successive Premier League appearance at Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, but suspension means his understudy had his chance at Everton in the Carling Cup last night.
Chelsea are into the Carling Cup quarter-finals thanks to an extra-time winner from substitute Sturridge, but would never have got there had it not been for the goalkeeping heroics of Petr Cech.
Before the reign of Andre Villas-Boas, referees halted Chelsea’s momentum only once in a while, but this season the theme is beginning to occur more times than Mario Balotelli’s mishaps.
Was the loss a one-off? Will the dented confidence and a further two suspensions lead to a bad run? Do you think AVB still has Chelsea going the right way?
Chelsea captain John Terry wants to clear his name after hearing that the Football Association are going to investigate claims by QPR defender Anton Ferdinand that the England skipper racially abused him.