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.
There has been plenty of report and speculation surrounding the future of John Terry at Chelsea. At 33 and with just four months left on his contract, the latest report states that Chelsea are preparing to offer a new one-year deal. I am asking YOU the Chelsea fan reading this whether you think it's the right move?
Arsenal is back on top of the Premier League, two points clear of Manchester City and Chelsea, after the Londoners today defeated Manchester City 0-1 in Manchester on a goal by the always-good Branslav Ivanovic. Manchester City could not continue its goal machine in what was in some ways an unlucky match where neither David Silva or Yaya Toure had a particularly good day.
I personally cannot say enough about Gary Cahill! Surely, he has to be one of the best defenders in the country right now and I am not saying that because I wear blue tinted glasses, it's fact! The reports that he is about to be offered a new four year deal at Chelsea is fantastic news if it's true!
During the build up to the game yesterday, I really felt that this was the biggest game of our season so far. The more I thought about it, the more important three points became and with our season being like it has been so far, you hoped that Chelsea could take an all important three points but being aware of the threat of Luis Suarez.
Jose Mourinho has revealed in his pre match press conference today that Gary Cahill is out of the game tomorrow and Ashley Cole will be rested with Cesar Azpilicueta coming back into the side. Who else do you think should start for Chelsea?
It's a massive ten days for Chelsea coming up starting tomorrow with Palace at home, Sunderland in the League Cup Quarter Final in the week followed by The Arsenal next Monday.
Chelsea managed to preserve their unbeaten home record under Jose Mourinho after a controversial 96th minute penalty against West Brom. Chelsea were going into the dying seconds of the match trailing West Brom 2-1 following a comeback by the away team. It was a very poor match in the first half, as Chelsea struggled to break down their opposition.
Here's a pic from training, ft. @GaryJCahill and Oscar in their new @adidasUK boots... #allincfc pic.twitter.com/s0p05Mr5W7 Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) November 8, 2013 Chelsea stars Oscar and Gary Cahill put their new Adidas Samba collection boots to the test in training today ahead of this weekend's clash with West Brom.
Chelsea beat Schalke 3-0 on Match Day four to take control of their Champions League group after a difficult opening fifteen minutes. If anything, the game demonstrates the fine line between victory and defeat in Europe's elite competition.
Let's be totally honest here, Chelsea could have been at least two goals down after Schalke started the game much better than Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side having made six changes from the team that started against Newcastle last Saturday.
We were all looking forward to this one. A London derby against Tottenham always produces a pulsating attacking game of football with plenty of goals and although there was just goals in it, there was plenty to talk about afterwards!.
Jose Mourinho recalled David Luiz, Frank Lampard and Fernando Torres in place of Gary Cahill, Andre Schurrle and Samuel Eto'o to his starting eleven and although I understood and was pleased to see Torres back, I thought it was hard on Cahill to miss out.
Chelsea beat Swindon 2-0 tonight with the goals (above) scored in the first half by Fernando Torres and Ramires but two injuries to Van Ginkel and Ramires have us all worried ahead of Tottenham at the weekend.
It was a professional performance from the Blues and sees us through the to the next round with the draw taking place tomorrow evening.
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill admitted that yesterday's 2-1 defeat against FC Basel in the Champions League comes as a "big shock" to the Europa League champions. The Blues looked to be in control of the tie after Oscar's goal on the stroke of halftime, but ultimately two second half goals in the span of ten minutes handed the visitors all three points.
Talking to the Chelsea fans I know, Gary Cahill has come on leaps and bounds as a centre half ever since he joined Chelsea in January 2012. His performances of late for Chelsea and for England have prompted me to ask the you all the question:
Patience, Graft, and Faith Critical to the Rise of Gary Cahill - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
As Roy Hodgson rolled out the simultaneous praise and justification for England's drab, hard-earned draw against Ukraine on Wednesday, there was really only one man who could say that his performance in Kiev was befitting of his splendid start to the new season.
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has praised his under-fire England colleague Joe Hart, saying he is "top drawer". Manchester City keeper Hart's form over the past 12 months has been questioned by many critics, not least his new club boss Manuel Pellegrini, who suggested that reserve keeper Costel Pantilimon could challenge for his first-team spot.
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!
Sit back and enjoy this fine video of Chelsea and England's Gary Cahill put together by Feroze 17 on YouTube. With the coverage David Luiz has received in the last 24 hours, it's leaves a few of us wondering what Cahill has to do to be given another chance by Mourinho!
For now, sit back and enjoy Gary Cahill - The Last Ditch.
The FA has announced Roy Hodgson's England squad for the important World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland. The Three Lions need to win both matches to guarantee qualification for the 2014 World Cup.
The squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, John Ruddy
Defenders Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker
Midfielders Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere
Forwards Jermain Defoe, Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Welbeck
The FA Announces England National Team Squad for Games Against Montenegro and Poland is a post from World Soccer Talk.
England 0-2 Chile International Friendly 15th November 2013
A brace from Barcelona wideman Alexis Sanchez secured a deserved 2-0 win for visiutors Chile at Wembley on Friday night. England, starting with Saints' new-boys Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez struggled to match La Roja's impressive mix of high quality technique and defensive nous as the South Americans looked untrobuled for mo of the game.
Roy Hodgson has used his afternoon press conference to announce the England squad for the upcoming home friendlies against Chile and Germany on the 15th and 19th of November respectively, and it looks a little something like this...
England and Chelsea defender Gary Cahill believes Daniel Sturridge can replace Wayne Rooney as England's main striker ahead of Friday's vital World Cup Qualifier against Moldova. Wayne Rooney will miss England's next two matches after sustaining a deep cut to his head which needed stitches. Liverpool striker Sturridge is the Premier League's form-player after the Reds' perfect start to the season see's them top of the table with three clean sheets and three Sturridge goals.
1. It's all about Rickie Lambert. Scoring your first international goal at the age of 31 with your first touch in an England vs Scotland game quite a story. 2. Watch out David Nugent and Francis Jeffers there's a new kid in Club 100% Strikerate. 3. James Morrison is even more English than [...]
With news that David Luiz is back into the Chelsea squad for tonight's game against Steaua Bucharest, I just wondered if YOU believe that after our defensive problems in recent weeks, he should walk straight back into the side?
The problem I think anyone will tell you with Gary Cahill and John Terry playing together, is a lack of pace.