Tag: Chelsea

EPL International Cup Fever – The Cure

Premier League International Cup (PLIC) fever briefly gripped Aldershot last Friday night. Mark Murphy caught it. Again. But quickly found an antidote. Two British champion clubs. Two under-21 representative sides. Two entirely separate footballing worlds. After 23 minutes of the teams’ PLIC Group A game, vital in terms of both sides’ competition future, Chelsea led Celtic 4-0. And at some stage during this goal frenzy (forgive the tear-stained memory failure here), a middle-aged Chelsea fan behind me spoke approvingly of the future prospects of a number of the junior-ish Blues. Mukhtar Ali, Kasey Palmer and Charly Musonola had been...

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The Have Nots Weekend In The Premier League

It is, perhaps, a reflection upon the uneven times in which we live that, upon the blowing of the final whistle at Stamford Bridge, most eyes were trained on the home dugout rather than the away one. This season has been a strong one for the lovers of schädenfreude, and perhaps, in a Premier League context at least, we may end up looking back upon this particular final whistle as the one at which it reached its peak. In his post-match interviews, there was a different sense to the Jose Mourinho in post-match interviews. The appeal for a penalty...

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The 200% Podcast 33: Chelsea

Well, we had a brief hiatus, due to moving house and baby-related activity that’s been going on in our lives, but this week we’re back, back, back, with an h0ur on the subject of the Premier League’s crisis club du jour. Where’s it all going wrong, is Jose Mourinho a main character from The Emperor’s New Clothes? Is a barren season cleansing for the soul? All of these questions will be asked, but very few of them successfully answered. You can download this week’s podcast by clicking here, or you can subscribe through Itunes by clicking here.   https://archive.org/download/33200pc/33%20-%20200pc.mp3...

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Jose Mourinho – I’m So Bored With You

My advice would be to ignore him. So here’s 1200 words about him. Well, frankly, I found so much weirdness in and around Southampton’s Stamford Bridge victory on Saturday evening that I couldn’t resist heading for the keyboard. There was an inevitability about Jose Mourinho’s post-match interview being news in itself, at least the Sky TV interview. The BBC only got brief highlights and there was an understandable edginess in Gary Lineker’s voice in the ‘What the Paper Say’ segment at the end of Match of the Day when he had to reference a story his employers had no...

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Sunday Afternoon Live! Manchester City vs Chelsea

Good afternoon, everybody, it’s time for The Match Of The Season (part one in a series of twenty or so.) Manchester City versus Chelsea. The champions of two years ago against the champions from last year. Manchester City purred, against West Bromwich Albion on Monday night. Even though the Albion manager Tony Pulis did at least stand up and state publicly that he got his formation wrong for this match – not a level of honesty that we could expect from all Premier League managers, of course) – which means that it is, perhaps, difficult to say how comfortable...

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