Mourinho unraveling along with his team

Of course, for Chelsea, the red alert has been sounding for a while now, if only in response to a number of startling micro-crises; the form, or utter lack thereof, of Branislav Ivanovic, the dropping of John Terry, the continued antics, and subsequent fallout, of Diega Costa. There are more, too. But now, as Chelsea […]

Mourinho tries to twist reality with words

It boggles the mind that this issue is still taking up column inches. When Burnley’s Ashley Barnes controlled the ball, under some pressure from Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma, his touch was a wee bit heavy. He knew, in those teetering moments, that he had to make his pass quickly, with the league’s best tackler Nemanja Matic, […]

David Luiz’s Top Ten Sideshow Moments

Yes, he’s at it again. David Luiz, part-time defender and all-around football comedy stylist, again caused the world to snort out a breath of mirth upon seeing his latest stunt. During PSG’s Champions League tie with Chelsea, the Brazilian defender was seen wiping away the vanishing spray that had been put down by the referee […]

Chelsea racists betray the illusion of cosmopolitan London

The video, filmed by a bystander on a mobile phone, reeks of shameful muck. A group of travelling Chelsea fans, clumped together in a Paris metro train, shove back a black passenger who is trying to board. Twice they refuse him admission, laughing like clod-headed bullies, while the victim looks around exasperated, fearful and confused. […]

Sunderland bravely deny Chelsea: Match Report

This fixture, between the team that had conceded 8 goals in a single match this season, and a team that had scored 5 in their last game, ended rather infuriatingly in stalemate. Chelsea were expected to control the game, and Sunderland to defend for their lives. This was largely how it played out and, though […]

How much is Cesc Fabregas affecting Oscar?

In only 7 games, Chelsea’s decision to bring in Cesc Fabregas has been vindicated emphatically. The attacking connection that Fabregas has instantly made with Diego Costa had suddenly turned scoring goals into a doddle for Mourinho’s team, with Fabregas laying on 4 of Costa’s 7 strikes this season. After what seemed like an eternity of […]

Courtois and de Gea growing together

Resisting, somehow, the tides that dragged most of Manchester United’s players down last season, David de Gea was a shining light, continuing his steady progress and confirming his reputation as one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers. Under David Moyes in 2013/14, every United player, bar de Gea, regressed, playing well below their base talent. […]

Arsenal return to Chelsea, wounded and fearful

This weekend sees the return of Arsene Wenger and his band of fragile, ferreting footballers to Chelsea and Stamford Bridge, the scene of the most brutal defeat they have suffered in recent memory, except perhaps the 8-2 to Manchester United in 2011. The 6-0 walloping that Mourinho’s team dished out last season was one of […]

5 things we learnt from the Premier League weekend

1. Mourinho can handle the cat-calling, and so can his team. This was to be Chelsea’s first elite test. After strolling through their first four games, Mourinho’s team were yet to face a title contender. City are certainly that, and in their own ground they exploded out of the blocks. Aguero, Silva, and Dzeko were […]

In Costa, Mourinho has found his foil.

Jose has found his foil, his man Friday, a player who represents all the things Jose himself strives for. Few thought that Diego Da Silva Costa wouldn’t survive in the Premier League, but even fewer would have anticipated him to thrive quite so effectively as he has, and quite so quickly. He has scored 7 […]

What to watch this weekend in the Premier League

Burnley – Manchester United The importance of United beating newly promoted Burnley this weekend can’t be overstated. Well actually, I suppose it probably can; it’s not like Louis van Gaal will be out on his ear if they lose, a draw wouldn’t end their chances of Champions League qualification, and a win wouldn’t necessarily be […]

Jose’s Tidy Business

Luke Shaw’s wages would have “killed Chelsea” exclaims Jose Mourinho. That’s right, the manager of the club that are still paying ex-striker Fernando Torres’s wages, that signed ageing mercenary Samuel Eto’o for a season-long sojourn, that just got a king’s ransom for professional silly-man David Luiz, is saying that Roman Abramovich’s personal money-shredder would have […]