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    23 April 2014 - Happy St George’s Day!

    22 April 2014 - Champions League semi final 1st leg - Atletico Madrid 0 Chelsea 0

    It wasn’t pretty, but it was a job well done.

    It was all set up to be a defensive game for us, especially with Mikel starting. And so began a game that saw us soak up wave after wave of pressure, but actually very little to really threaten on goal.

    After 15 minutes Petr Cech found himself bundled into is goal which saw him replaced by Mark Schwarzer, having suffered a dislocated shoulder. But unlike his questionable performance last weekend, the Australian had a sold game.

    A bit frustrating to see the ball going astray when it did go forward, but defensively we had the measure of the home team. With 20 minutes to play captain JT turned his ankle and had to go off, replaced by Andre Schurrle, Mikel stepping back into the more defensive position.

    With the minutes ticking down and into stoppage time, Ba was called on to replace Willian, but despite a corner and a free kick we weren’t able to nab that all important away goal.

    Final score 0-0 going in to the second leg at the Bridge next Wednesday. Bookings for Lamps and Mikel mean they will miss the return leg, along with Cech and Terry, whose injuries see them both out.

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    Saturday 19 April 2014 - Chelsea 1 Sunderland 2

    A frustrating game of missed chances - again!

    The game started well, our early pressure rewarded on 12 minutes with a well taken goal from Samuel Eto’o from Willian’s corner. But within a few minutes Sunderland had a corner of their own, which was passed to an unmarked player on the edge of the box. The resulting shot was spilled by Schwarzer (replacing the unwell Cech) only to be followed up by danger man Connor Wickham.

    Both teams had their chances, and although we had much more of the ball, the killer shots on goal weren’t coming. Another wave of attack on goal saw a blatant hand ball by the Sunderland player in the box go unpunished. Ramires also had a chance on goal denied by Larsson who shoved him out of the way. With no intention of playing the ball, isn’t that also a penalty? Clearly Ramires wasn’t happy about Larsson’s attentions and he was very lucky not to be sent off for his impetuous slap on the Sunderland man. Half time 1-1.

    We started the second half as we finished the first, wave after wave of chances going begging. The first of our substitutions came at 60 minutes when Ba replaced Oscar and a few minutes later Salah was replaced by Schurrle. Our final replacement saw Torres come on for Eto’o with 15 minutes left to play.

    But with the scores still level and Sunderland defending everything we managed to throw at them, it was still anybody’s game. And so with 10 minutes left to play Sunderland were awarded a penalty when Dave slipped just outside the box losing control of the ball, and with Altidore bearing down he beat Dave to the ball and our man’s attempts to recover the ball saw his challenge ruled as a foul.

    But while the players weren’t exactly up in arms about the decision at the time, Chelsea coach Rui Faria clearly was and his heated protestations saw him bundled off down the tunnel!

    So, while our title hopes have taken a severe dent, it’s not all over til the fat lady sings…..

    (Take 2 - I’m half asleep!!)
    (at Stamford Bridge)

    My thoughts on the match later, in the meantime here’s a shot of Rui Faria calmly explaining to the ref why he didn’t agree with his decision making!!! (at Stamford Bridge)

    Sunday 13 April 2014 - Swansea 0 Chelsea 1

    A nervy first couple of minutes of the game soon settled down into some open end to end play, Salah coming close. Good, open play with both teams looking to threaten on the break. The talking point of the half came when Chico Flores was sent off following a second yellow card offence when he fouled Schurrle just outside the box. This shortly after felling Willian on the break.

    But with 10 men the home team still made their chances, forcing Petr Cech into a couple of superb saves from Bony, a continuing threat. Half time 0-0.

    Start of the second half and we made two changes, Eto’o and Oscar on for Schurrle and Ramires. We upped the tempo of our play and started to dominate in the opposing half, with both Willian and Ba coming close. But frustratingly, we weren’t able to make our continued pressure and presence in the Swansea box count, until 68 minutes when Champions League hero Demba Ba found himself clear at the edge of the box, picking up a beautiful ball from Matic, and smashed a deflected shot home.

    On 78 minutes Ba was replaced by Mikel and we continued to look lively, but not able to kill the game off despite the chances created in front of goal. Fair play to Swansea, they pushed us all the way despite their lacking in numbers. A nervous last few minutes some cracking chances going begging, but we ground out the result and the all important 3 points.

    On 75 points, 2 points off leaders Liverpool, and with four league games to play it’s all very tense at the top! Next stop Sunderland at home on Saturday.

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    One Step Beyond v PSG - round off yet another awesome European night

    Liquidator and flags v PSG

    Blue is the Colour pre match v PSG

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