Jose Mourinho takes his unbeaten Chelsea side to Old Trafford on Sunday to face Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United and everyone will see the difference in class between the two sides.
Many ex-pro's, pundits and reporters alike would have you believe that this game is a pivotal moment in the season, a chance for both managers to test themselves and their teams against each other to see exactly how far they have come.
If there is one common theme of the past few days regarding Chelsea it's all this talk of us being the next "invincible" side after Arsenal in the Premier League. Forget it as it's not going to happen!
Jose Mourinho was right when asked about the possibility ahead of our last Premier League game when he said:
According to a report in The Telegraph this morning, Labour's Ed Milliband wants to shake things up in Football and if they win the next Election, wants to force clubs into offering the supporters a seat on the Board of Directors. I am asking you the Chelsea fan if you think this is a good idea?
William Gallas has announced after two decades in the game that he has called an end to his football career and has retired from the game. I am asking what your lasting memory of the controversial defender was.
For me, it will always be that right foot strike from 25 yards against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge in 2005-6 that flew into the corner late on!
Jose Mourinho has received plenty of criticism for his tactics at different times of the season from all angles. However, one manager in particular believes that Jose's team are in fact, the benchmark for others to try and emulate.
Nigel Clough, son of the famous Brian Clough and now manager of Sheffield United, has spoken admirably of Jose Mourinho's tactics and his Chelsea team for the way they strangle the life out of their opponents to win games.
Reports in recent days have linked Jose Mourinho with a move for German midfielder Sami Khedira with Petr Cech possibly moving on loan the other way. What do you think about a possible January swap deal?
With a quote taken from Petr Cech last week, for the first time revealing his frustrations at a lack of first team football this season, you have to expect that all sorts of speculation about his future and a January move will appear from now, until the end of the season.
Romelu Lukaku has given yet another interview about his time at Chelsea and this instance has stated that he has proven himself here and felt as though he deserved a chance. I am asking you the Chelsea fan reading this post if you agree with him.
"Chelsea was difficult because I'd always been a first-team player at my other clubs.
Diego Costa arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer with a strong reputation and a great record with Atletico Madrid that helped his former club to the La Liga title last season. We've often seen strikers struggle to adapt to English conditions and Blues fans would have been cautious but what an incredible start it's been for the Spanish international.
One story that has caught my eye in recent days was a quote that came from David Luiz. Luiz has claimed that he rejected the offer of a new contract from Chelsea in favour of a move to PSG. I am wondering what your opinions of the £50m deal are now?
"I was happy with the plan PSG offered me and I think it was exactly the right moment to move.
Jose Mourinho surprised us all last night by stating that Diego Costa WILL start for Chelsea against Sporting Lisbon tonight but admitted that it is a risk by doing so. I want to know if you believe it's worth the risk?
Being honest, I am somewhat surprised that he is starting. I could understand with Didier Drogba being injured and missing out, if Costa was named on the bench and Loic Remy started.
Ryan Bertrand, fresh from scoring for Premier League high fliers Southampton yesterday, has taken a swipe at Chelsea in a recent interview and many believe he is looking to make his loan move permanent.
In his time at Chelsea, Bertrand had been loaned out NINE times and all indications at the club were that he was being given more and more chance of first team football on a regular basis.
Tomorrow night, Chelsea take on Bolton in the third round of the League Cup and I just wondered how many changes you would like to see Jose Mourinho make for the game? Surely it's a chance for the remainder of our squad to get a game!
I would make as many changes as possible in order to give our first team regulars a rest after three games in the space of a week recently and I hope that Jose Mourinho is thinking along the same lines.
It's pretty much what you expect from Manuel Pellegrini now isn't it. When things don't go his way he spits his dummy out of his pram and has a pop at people. His post match comments after yesterdays 1-1 draw typify exactly that. City have now failed to win their last FOUR games in all competitions.
Since his two-year loan move to AC Milan, there has been plenty of opinion of his time here. A quote that he come out of Milan has annoyed me to the point that I want to ask the opinion of the football fan reading this post, to see if you agree.
I have written my own idea as to why things never really worked out for Torres at Chelsea in a detailed post here (so check it out!
Juan Mata's £37.1m move from Chelsea to Manchester United back in January stunned English Football. Now, eight months on, it looks as though Juan Mata's time up North is over as he is being linked with a move away from Old Trafford.
Many people could see what has happening at Chelsea at the beginning of last season.
As soon as the paperwork was signed and Cesc Fabregas became a Chelsea player, you thought to yourselves I wonder what he and the Arsenal fans would feel when he steps out at the Emirates in Chelsea blue?
Speaking whilst being away on international duty with Spain, Fabregas has given an insight to those feelings, his time at Barcelona and the decision to come to Chelsea.
I am sure like me, many Chelsea fans all over the world were surprised at how quickly Chelsea moved to replace Fernando Torres with Loic Remy. In addition, we wonder whether or not Remy will face the same issues as Demba Ba had last season.
With Diego Costa setting the Premier League alight with four goals in three games and the return of Didier Drogba to Stamford Bridge, it's fair to say that it looks like Remy has a job on his hands to force his way into Jose Mourinho's plans.
The furling eyebrow. The non-abrasive press conferences. The jovial laugh. Carlo Ancelotti is definitively not Jose Mourinho. Thanks in large part to signings, he's re-made the Real Madrid roster into an attacking 4-3-3 with little regard for, say, defending. Gone is the counter-attacking 4-2-3-1, the crossfield switches of Xabi Alonso, the darting runs of Di Maria, the lackadaisical drifting of Ozil.
Being a Real Madrid fan means winning trophies, spending money on big signings, and winning even more trophies. You also get lots of shit when the expensively assembled team doesn't win, but, hey, comes with the territory. What being a Real Madrid fan never meant before was this: selling key players in the prime of their career.
With the two week break for the international fixtures come and gone, the whole Mourinho/Wenger spat seems to be a distant memory. Speaking this week, Arsene Wenger has express his regret at what happened.
We all have our opinion of Wenger and the Chelsea fans will know the amount of stick he gets when he comes to the Bridge.
We all know the new stadium scam playbook in-and-out: teams commit to a long-term lease, promise to create jobs, and show off some hired gun economic impact study. Local communities then throw subsidies, free land, and tax breaks at them to the tune of hundreds of millions. In reality, the stadium creates only a few part-time and low-wage jobs, the surrounding neighborhood gentrifies only a bit (based on, duh, external factors like location), and the team tries to weasel out of the lease in later years (or extract renovation concessions).
Petr Cech had his first taste of Premier League action against Arsenal on Sunday after replacing the injured Thibaut Courtois. Now, as expected, it seems that Cech has expressed his desire for first team football.
It was a situation that most of us expected and once the decision was made that Courtois would be the first choice for the coming season, plenty of people expected Cech to leave in the summer transfer window.
Several months ago, Awful Announcing had a great post about the "code words" used to describe most white NBA players. What's most interesting about these terms is not that they are per se inaccurate, but rather that they gloss over and take for granted societal perceptions and assumptions. One was to ask: why do we focus on certain traits as exhibited by one race of athlete and ignore others?
Fandom is such a fickle business. The EPL season rages on after a month of action, so we've read yet another glut of "Pick your team" stories and podcast anecdotes. Some say follow your heart. Others say pick a winner. Yet, of course, fans find ways to put other fans down. If you're from the US or another non-England country, then that's a knock against you.
This past weekend, the Brazilian national team beat Argentina 2-0 in a friendly in Beijing. With players based in Europe and South America, why on Earth did they travel so far to play one another? After all, the two countries are neighbors on the same continent. The simple answer is, of course, money.
FIFA has this odd balancing act: on the one hand, they want to closely control major tournaments and host countries so that they can make a ton of money. On the other hand, when problems arise in world football, they want to shrug their shoulders and say it's not their business or responsibility. Basically, FIFA can't fix a problem if it doesn't want to.
Much has been said of Cesc Fabregas and his return to the Premier League with Chelsea. With six assists already in four games, he is getting the plaudits for his role in our attacking third but the defensive side of his game on Saturday has been picked apart on SkySports' Monday Night Football by Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher.
Jorge Valdano, Ex-Player, Manager and General Manager of Real Madrid has launched a scathing attack on Jose Mourinho in his new book. As we have seen, the manager is not shy in responding to incidents such as these in the past, so expect fireworks tomorrow!
The great thing about Football is that everyone has an opinion.
SkySports Pundit Gary Neville has been speaking this week about the next three fixtures for Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United side and believes that after games against Chelsea and City, we will be in a place to judge exactly where they are at.
For me, despite their obvious attacking talent, United are lop-sided and have major defensive problems which are likely to be exposed by the two of us for sure.
Oriol Romeu moved on loan to Stuttgart shortly after signing a new three year deal last summer. Having been fully involved in their league campaign so far, he is refusing to rule out a permanent move to the Bundesliga.
The whole situation with Romeu was confusing to say the least in the summer.
When MLS 4.0 arrives and its time to remember how each club reached a new level of elevated stature, remember the autumn day in 2014 when the New England Revolution forged a strategic partnership with Portugal's Sporting CP.
Moves like this will help guide American soccer clubs to higher echelons of training, scouting, competitiveness, and global reputation.