The evening game on Saturday between Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City brought one of the most bizarre incidents of the season so far.
City were awarded a free kick inside their own penalty area. The man in the middle, Mike Dean was positioned on the halfway line. Joe Hart took the kick and seemed to pass it straight to Charlie Austin, who had no hesitation in scoring.
Seven months on, and with a Bus nowhere in sight, Jose Mourinho took his unbeaten Chelsea side to Anfield looking to inflict back to back defeats on Brendan Rogers' men. Goals from Gary Cahill and Diego Costa delivered exactly that!
Make no mistake, Chelsea were (for the most part) a class apart and dominated Liverpool as a total contrast to the previous encounter back in April.
With Chelsea 2-1 up at Anfield late into the game Gary Cahill blocked a Steven Gerrard shot with his arm in the area which could be blatantly seen by everyone bar the referee who waved play-on much to the annoyance of Liverpool fans!
According to various reports in the last few days, Chelsea are preparing to raid Barcelona again and this time to place a bid of around £24m for defender Gerard Pique. I am wondering how you feel about these reports?
If it's true, then you would have to believe that Andreas Christensen (after his impressive debut yesterday) would be allowed to leave on loan, which is a shame.
Chelsea progressed through to the next round of the League Cup after beating plucking Shrewsbury 2-1 with Didier Drogba scoring in his third match running. It wasn't our best performance but we are through!
Jose's team selection.
As stated earlier in the evening, Jose Mourinho made seven changes to the side that faced Manchester United just two days previously.
Premier League managers Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger got into a spat during the first half of the Chelsea-Arsenal match on Sunday after Chelsea defender Gary Cahill made a nasty tackle against Alexis Sanchez in front of the two managers.
Wenger, obviously incensed by the foul, walked over towards Mourinho, but the Chelsea manager motioned that Wenger should return to his technical area.
Arqueros: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Ben Foster (West Bromwich), Fraser Forster (Celtic). Defensores: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United).
David Luiz has been linked with a move to Barcelona for what seems like ever since he arrived at Chelsea. According to the latest reports, Luiz has already agreed a five year deal to sign for the Catalan side with the fee to be negotiated with Chelsea.
I just wonder what you think of the possible departure of David Luiz now to that of this time last season?
Sitting having lunch in the Chelsea Kitchen ahead of the game, five Coaches drove past with the Stoke City supporters heading to the ground well in advance of the game and I wondered just what could their side do to our season later that day? The answer? Literally nothing!
Chelsea dominated the game and as time moved by in the first half it became clear, it was only a matter of time before Chelsea scored.
Chelsea beat Didier Drogba's Galatasaray side 2-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate with goals from Samuel Eto'o and Gary Cahill that sees Jose Mourinho's men move into the draw for the Quarter Finals.
We all expected more from our opponents than they actually produced and Chelsea won this well within themselves at Stamford Bridge.
Whatever happens between now and the end of the season, there is one player who should be right up there in contention with others for the Player of the Year award and that's Gary Cahill.
We read everyday comment and focus on Jose Mourinho, John Terry and Eden Hazard but it's important that we should not forget the MASSIVE impact Gary Cahill has had on Jose Mourinho and this Chelsea team.
Chelsea fans' favourite to be Â£25m target for Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
News emanating from Barcelona that iconic centre back and inspirational leader Carles Puyol is set to leave the club at the end of the season is likely to produce a renewed attempt by the Catalan club to prise Brazilian star David Luiz from Chelsea.
Cesar Azpilicueta has been praised left, right and centre from various people for his form at Chelsea ever since he made the left back position his own. Now, he's been named as the best Defender in the League!
Speaking a few weeks ago, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher on SkySports' Monday Night Football, were asked who they each believed to be the best and BOTH stated that followed closely by Gary Cahill, John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic, Azpi was the best:
I am keen to hear your opinion's on their verdict.
How Gary Cahill wasn't sent-off for this tackle on Alexi Sanchez is beyond me, the England centre-half went well over the ball and quite easily could have broken Sanchez leg and it was no wonder Arsene Wenger had a go at Jose Mourinho following the incident it was bloody awful!
According to the press, Gary Cahill is about to be rewarded for his fantastic performances in recent seasons with a new four-year contract. If you ask me, that signing is just as important as Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa!
What a bargain Cahill has proven to be. Signed for just £7m in 2012, you look at him now and would value him at least three times that amount in the current market.
Congratulations to Gary Cahill for being named by his fellow professionals in the Premier League team of the season at the PFA awards in London last night. It's more than well deserved as Gary Cahill has been quite simply, outstanding this season!
A future Chelsea and England captain, Cahill came here as a good defender, now working alongside John Terry, he has been a vital component in the success this season has become and has formed the best defensive partnership in the Premier League.
Gary Cahill in my eyes, is the now the best centre back in the Premier League and for England. A vital part of Jose Mourinho's back four and has to be one of the first names listed by Roy Hodgson to go to Rio this summer!
I cannot understand why people are surprised at England's defeat to Uruguay last night and to the first against Italy. Roy Hodgson's approach to our tactics are to blame and I tip England to lose to Costa Rica on Tuesday afternoon too!!
I will say one thing, if it wasn't for Gary Cahill, England would have been battered last night and what would the reaction have been then!
England 2014 World Cup squad is a post from: Just Football
Roy Hodgson has named England's second youngest ever squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, whilst also keeping a solid backbone of experienced players. English goalkeepers have become renowned for high-profile errors in recent tournaments, but having won the league with Manchester City after an early season dip in form Joe Hart will be hoping to live up to his potential in Brazil.
England 3-0 Peru Friendly International 30th May 2014
England secured a comfortable 3-0 win against Peru at Wembley, with Daniel Sturridge's superb curling opener the stand-out moment in a game which saw the visitors spend most of the game defending in numbers.
Less than one year after being booed at the Professional Footballers' Association awards dinner following his ten-match FA ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic, Liverpool's Luis Suarez received a standing ovation to accept an individual honor.
While the main gongs are yet to be divvied out (more on that as and when) and the official announcements are yet to be made, but The Guardian's live feed of the PFA Awards event has confirmed that the 2014 PFA Team of the Year is as follows.
Four more unlikely band-matesyou probably couldn't wish to assemble, but here's Samuel Eto'o, Gary Cahill, Hulk and Southampton centre-half Maya Yoshida taking to the stage to perform 'Paradise City' by Guns n' Roses at the behest of Budweiser...
If ever o' ever a footballer screamed "rock and roll excess", it's Gary James Cahill.
A massive to Petr Cech for being named in the Premier League Team of the Year 2013/14 at the PFA Awards last night in London.
Cech along with the back four, have the best defensive record in the Premier League so far this term and the award is well deserved. He joins Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard in being named by his fellow professionals as the best in his position.