These are exceptional times, and plans have to change quickly. Istanbul has held European finals before, very successfully. Liverpool’s incredible comeback in the 2005 final against AC Milan. That was in Istanbul. The stadium is great, even if the pitch is a little far away for my liking. And there is no doubt that a… Continue reading The Champions League final should not be held in Istanbul this year.
Chelsea reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last night, seven years on from when they last reached the same stage of Europe’s premier club football competition. But why has it taken so long for Chelsea to get back to the closing stages of the Champions League? Why have they failed to build on their… Continue reading Team spirit was a cornerstone of great Chelsea teams in the past. It seems to be returning.
That’s not to say that English fans don’t support the national team. They obviously do. You just need to look at how well attended England games are (when fans are allowed in of course). Even when it is only a friendly, England games regularly get attendances of 50,000 or more. Tournaments are also very well… Continue reading Why do English football fans put more into their clubs than their country?
Thirteen games ago, Chelsea looked to be in a real hole. The team were not winning regularly and performances were very inconsistent. Many fans stood behind Lampard to carry on as manager, including me at least until the end of the season, but the higher-ups made the decision to remove Super Frank. Being completely ruthless… Continue reading This could be an extremely fruitful season for Chelsea.
Premier League return looms with fixtures release Most non-football fans will often make a comment every time the new season rolls into view that it barely seems like the previous one has ended. That feeling has never been truer as the Premier League fixture list was announced for the 2020/21 season this week. While many… Continue reading A Week in Review: 17th- 23rd August
History made as Kamala Harris is chosen as Biden’s VP Joe Biden has chosen his running mate for the Presidential election in November. He had already committed to choosing a woman as his running mate, and has now set another precedent by choosing Kamala Harris, who will be the first black woman to be nominated… Continue reading A Week in Review: 10th-16th August
European football makes its return. After more than 4 months, European football returned this week. The remaining games of the Round of 16 were played this week before the two competitions enter a frenetic period for the remainder of August, as UEFA desperately rush to finish the European competitions for the current season before the… Continue reading A Week in Review: 3rd- 9th August
So Chelsea and Arsenal will go head-to-head for a third time in the F.A. Cup final. Frank Lampard and his players pulled off a masterclass to nullify the attacking threat of Manchester United and seize upon individual errors to take Frank Lampard to a first major final as a manager. One major complaint among Chelsea… Continue reading Frank Lampard has worked wonders at Chelsea this season. He is the man to lead the club into the future.
And lo, football fans around England rejoiced as the Premier League returned. It's not as it was, nor as we wish it could be, but it is back. The first games took place last Wednesday and it was a huge relief. Now we all know that Liverpool have all but won the title, two wins… Continue reading The Premier League is back!!!!
Now I write a lot about Chelsea on this blog, and I make no apologies for that. They are my team, who I've followed for nearly 20 years and who I'll follow for the rest of my life. In a previous post, where I named my choices for the greatest Chelsea side of the last… Continue reading Gianfranco Zola is my favourite footballer ever. And here’s why.