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    Blues warming up #cfcaway (at Etihad Stadium)

    Diego Costa attending to his backside! (at Stamford Bridge)

    Wednesday 17 September 2014 - Champions League group stage Game 1 - Chelsea 1 Schalke 1

    The return of the Drog didn’t quite produce the fairy tale ending.

    Good to see a start for our 2012 Champions League winning legend, and with plenty of possession in the opening minutes we were soon ahead with a goal from Fabregas on 11 minutes. Hazard looking like a threat every time he picked up the ball, we had plenty of opportunities to increase our lead but it didn’t quite happen, Drogba’s touch eluding him at times. Willian was also on form, some great runs through the centre of the park.

    But as the half wore on and we failed to take our chances, Schalke gained in confidence and just before the half time whistle our defence practically escorted Draxler on goal but luckily his shot went wide.

    We needed to step up a gear in the second half and while we had our fair share of the play it was the visitors who scored first with an equalising goal from Huntelaar. A few minutes later we brought on the fresh legs of Oscar, replacing Ramires and while the play was pretty even, Schalke seemed to have the more clear cut chances.

    With 15 minutes to play, the big guns arrived in the shape of Costa and Remy, replacing Drogba and Willian. The change certainly changed the emphasis of the game and we pushed them all the way looking for that winning goal. We came very close but chances continued to go begging, and it the end it was honours even and a point each.

    Not the result we were expecting or hoping for, but Group G is tied at 1 point each, with the other game finishing with the same score
    (at Stamford Bridge)

    One Gary Cahill…. (at Stamford Bridge)

    Celebrations following Loic Remy’s debut goal #cfc (at Stamford Bridge)

    Debut goalscorer Loic Remy gets a hug from captain JT (at Stamford Bridge)

    Saturday 13 September 2014 - Chelsea 4 Swansea 2

    A hattrick from goal machine Diego Costa

    To be fair, Swansea dominated much of the possession in the first half, capitalising with a JT own goal after 11 minutes. But in the last minute of the half Diego Costa popped up with his first strike with a powerful header.

    Jose must have had a few choice words with the boys at half time, because they came out firing from the off. Ramires replaced Andre Schurrle and they looked a lot more confident on the back of the equaliser.

    We took the lead after 56 minutes when man of the moment Costa slipped his markers and slipped a pass from Fabregas past the keeper. His hattrick came 10 minutes later when he easily stroked Ramires’s pass into the back of the net.

    Job done for Diego, he was replaced by new boy Loic Remy, who also got in on the goal scoring act with a lovely debut goal with 10 minutes to play.

    Mo Salah replaced the consistently impressive Cesc Fabregas, and looked very lively for last few minutes of the game, but not before Swansea pulled a goal back.

    No doubt that Man of the Match should go to our goal scoring machine Diego Costa, a performance that gave me goose bumps, so good to have a striker firing at will at the Bridge once again.

    Our 100% record maintained and top of the league. Happy days! #ktbffh (at Stamford Bridge)

    Pre-match love-in v Everton #cfc

    Saturday 30 August 2014 - Everton 3 Chelsea 6 

    An incredible goal fest in one of the craziest games of the season so far!

    Before we’d even had the chance to settle down we were already two up, with goals from Costa and Ivanovich, although replays would suggest a hint of offside for the second. Not the only dodgy decision by the officials! Just before half time the home team pulled one back, the result of some good pieces of play from both sides.

    Twenty minutes into the second half Eden Hazard made an amazing run into the box where the unfortunate Colman couldn’t avoid turning Eden’s acute angled shot past Tim Howard. But, not unexpectedly, Everton hit back within a couple of minutes.

    Already an epic encounter, with the score at 2-3, the match really could have gone either way, it was that sort of game. With 20 minutes to play it was nice to see Samuel Eto’o come on, and within 5 minutes both Matic and our old boy had added their goals to the count, quickly followed by a fifth for us from Ramires.

    At 3-5 with just a few minutes to play we weren’t finished, and our big striker Diego Costa added his second of the game and Chelsea’s sixth.

    What a game for my first ever visit to Goodison, a cracking atmosphere, and spent a wonderful weekend with friends nearby, hence the late post of this photo. Sitting top of the league our next game is a a top of the table clash against Swansea, after the international break. What a start to the season!

    Looking forward to a blue weekend…..

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