Land of Hope… and Expectation.

So we’ve had a few weeks to find our feet, get used to Antonio Conte’s passion and now it looks like the squad has settled into his approach to the game and at least one formation, something we haven’t really seen in Blue at the Bridge since the days of Glenn Hoddle and Ruud Gullit. That’s right, the 3-5-2 is back at Chelsea. Let’s see how Conte’s 3-5-2 compares to Chelsea of the Hoddle era in the wake of our demolition of Jose Mourinho’s  Manchester United.

Days of hope
Days of hope

Defence:

Dimitri Kharine

Courtois seems to have come out of a bit of a slump with a commanding display, showing the promise of his previously shown ability.

Dimitri Kharine is a good comparison, even though Kevin Hitchcock is my favourite Chelsea goal keeper. Kharine was one of the first continental goalies in the Premiership. He was tall, lean and brought a new style of goal keeping that we commonly see in the Premiership today. Continue reading “Land of Hope… and Expectation.”

My Chelsea History. Part 1: First Game.

I was born a Chelsea fan. Chelsea is so much a part of my father’s life I think it was passed on to me in the womb just like how I have his eyes, teeth and sarcastic streak. Dad kept programs and memorabilia in his bottom drawer. It’s one of my most treasured memories about growing up, sitting in my parent’s bedroom with a late ’70s green and yellow away scarf around my neck reading through match day programs dating back to the ’60s and possibly one or two from the ’50s.

Chelsea hero #1:, Micky Droy. 6’4″ and 100 tons. 8 times bigger than Kenny Dalglish and braver than Ron Harris.

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JT: Retirement and the Kangaroo Court

International retirement is a preemptive FU to the FA

Today John Terry retired from International football. I don’t know what I think about it just yet in regards to whether it is a good or a bad decision on his part, but I don’t think that anyone can really be too shocked by his choice.

The Chelsea captain earned 78 caps and captained the side 32 times. One way or another you can only imagine that John’s international career would have been done and dusted.

Here’s his statement:

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