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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

    Tuesday 8 April 2014 - Champions League QF 2nd leg - Chelsea 2 Paris St Germain 0 (3-3 agg, Chelsea win on away goal)

    An epic night of European football saw the Blues march into the Champions League semi finals.

    All I can say is this was one of the most amazing nights of football at the Bridge. We knew we needed to do a job, and the whole team and fans were up for it. A lively start unfortunately saw Eden Hazard replaced by Andre Schurrle on 20 minutes, due to a calf injury that will probably see him out of action for 2-3 weeks. But 10 minutes later Schurrle found the first of our needed goals when, unmarked, he slotted home a simple ball a few yards out.

    Second half also started positively for us, just one goal needed. And while PSG had their threats, our back four and Petr Cech were immense! With 25 minutes to play Demba Ba came on for Frank Lampard, joining up with Samuel Eto’o up front. With the clock ticking down and still looking for the winner we continued to push forward and with 10 minutes to go our third striker Fernando Torres joined the attack, replacing Oscar.

    Now three upfront and a depleted midfield it was our last throw of the dice to try and get that vital second goal and with 5 minutes to go and after a succession of long balls into the box, Demba Ba scooped the ball across the line from close range.

    It was frantic defending for the last few minutes with Peter Cech pulling out some top class saves, but the full time whistle blew and Stamford Bridge erupted into absolute pandemonium, to the sounds of One Step Beyond.

    Amazing scenes, and a very special night. Looking forward to the semi final draw…. (at Stamford Bridge)

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