In the world of music, critics often lament a thing called "the sophomore slump." Basically, a new band with a unique sounds enters the fray, generally kicks ass, and launches a debut album that blows our hair back Sir Alex-at-halftime style. Then comes the problem. The second album. Almost inevitably, with expectations lifted, novelty not a factor, and initial creative juices maxed out, the follow-up album passes muster but does not light our hearts aflame.
During the title-winning season of Sir Alex Ferguson, commentators used the phrase "smash-and-grab" with abandon. Basically, Manchester United would go to an away game, play so so, grab a goal on a counter, and hang on for the win. Oftentimes, these victories owed more to luck (and goalposts) than any tactical acumen or physical superiority.
Chelsea have conceded an alarming amount of goals since the players came back for pre-season and now the start of the Premier League. Is anyone else concerned?
I wrote my match report on Sunday after the game and stated that I was concerned about the way we were playing and the fact that it seemed to me anyway, that the players seem to be stuck in first gear and never really looked like getting going.
Jamie Carragher has made a bold statement on the eve of the new Premier League Season. He claims that NONE of the new signings made by Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United would get into the Chelsea team. Do you agree?
Let's start with what he has actually said in his Newspaper column: "I've been watching the action in the window unfold and I am yet to see a signing that has made me think ‘wow'; for all the money that our clubs now have, we cannot say they have bought someone from the elite.
I have only one prediction for this year's English Premier League. No, I will not toss a dart between City and Chelsky. No, I will not boldly predict another Champions League qualification-Cup double for Arsenal. Rather, my sole prediction is this: if you are a disabled fan who wants to attend a match in person, you will probably be discriminated against.
Jose Mourinho has already stoked the fires with our rivals ahead of the new Premier League season by stating that with the money they have already spent, they are all trying to buy the title! I am asking if you agree?
It's a statement that has been labelled at Chelsea ever since Roman Abramovich came in and took over the club in 2003.
As we see numerous strikers being linked with a move to Chelsea this summer, there is one current Chelsea player we all have our eyes on, wondering what is going to happen with him, and that's Patrick Bamford.
Named as the Championship's Player of the Year last term after a fantastic season, Middlesborough Manager Aitor Karanka has revealed that the player will not spend another season in the Championship.
According to one report in the press yesterday, Branislav Ivanovic is the first casualty of Chelsea's poor start to the season and will be dropped for the game at West Brom. Do you agree?
Branna has been immense for Chelsea for season after season but we have to put sentiment to one side, we have to look at the situation realistically, we have to be honest, We have to think of the team first and admit that he has been really poor overall!
Tomorrow at Wembley in the Community Shield, all eyes will be focused on Petr Cech in goal for Arsenal in his first competitive start for his new club. Branislav Ivanovic hopes he gets a good reaction from the Chelsea fans.
Speaking ahead of the game he said:
"I hope they will give respect to him because he deserves it.
Jose Mourinho's post match comments the other night raised some questions in my mind. When asked of possible fragility within the current Chelsea squad he gave a response stating that he is more than happy with his squad of players. Do you agree with him?
"You are speaking with the manager of the best team in England - we don't have fragilities.
Plenty has been made of Chelsea's 2-4 defeat against the New York Red Bulls last night with Asmir Begovic conceding ALL four. However, Thibaut Courtois has lept to the defence of the new arrival and insists that his life isn't any easier now.
Courtois is referring to the fact that Petr Cech has made the move to North London to join Arsenal with Begovic signing for Chelsea from Stoke as his replacement.
With everything that has happened since the fall out from Swansea on Saturday, I am wondering if you feel that Jose Mourinho's decision over Eva Carneiro is correct?
Plenty has been and is being said of Mourinho but that's to be expected through the course of a season. As we know he tells it as it is and speaks his mind which sometimes people do not agree with but is this early criticism something that could de-stabilise the manager and his squad?
Eden Hazard had an amazing season for Chelsea and one which you would find difficult to improve on. However, Jose Mourinho believes that with his continued improvement season on season, Hazard is now one of the top three players in the world!
What can you say about Hazard last year that hasn't already been said?
John Terry is preparing himself for another season in the Premier League. Despite all our rivals spending big, he believes the signing of a contract extension by Jose Mourinho IS the biggest deal this summer!
Much has been made of Jose Mourinho's past. How many times since he has come back to Chelsea have we heard pundits talk of the fact that he has never stayed anywhere longer than three seasons before he is up and off on his travels once again!
Plenty of people have questioned Chelsea' lack of transfer activity so far compared to our rivals. I personally believe that the one in, one out policy the club has adopted this summer will serve us well ahead of the new season.
Having lead the Premier League from day one to the end of the season, Chelsea re-wrote the record books to become the most dominant team in the history of the Premier League in a single season.
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Today Oriol Romeu has signed for Southampton on a three-year deal for a fee of around £5m and it was from out of nowhere. I believe that Chelsea have really missed a trick here!
In modern football, defensive midfielders are priceless and for the most part, few and far between. Ever since Claude Makekele came to Chelsea and changed the the way we approached the game from that moment, that holding midfield position has become instrumental in every single formation played out across the globe.
I'd imagine being Jose Mourinho, you plan your pre season around the players getting fit, the group coming together as one, no injuries and winning games to build a togetherness and confidence. It couldn't have gone much worse!
Chelsea have conceded eight goals, haven't won a game in ninety minutes and Diego Costa's hamstring is playing up again virtually ruling him out of this weekends Premier League opener against Swansea!
The US national team finished 4th place at the Gold Cup, the regional championships for CONCACAF. This is pretty sad. However, what's more irksome is the prevalence of circular logic and ad hominem attack in the classic debate on the line between the responsibility of a coach as compared to players.
Can someone tell me why we are still talking about Kevin De Bruyne and his time at Chelsea? I understand that he is being linked with Manchester City in a big money move but what on earth has that got to do with Chelsea?
There is no denying that he has talent. However, he had his chance here and never took it and was sold for a healthy profit that suited all parties so it should be case closed!
Looking back at our title winning season and alongside Eden Hazard, you have to state that Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa were instrumental in our success. After an amazing season for both, they have been backed to do even better for Chelsea this coming season!
No one could have imagined the impact Diego Costa would have on Chelsea and the Premier League.
By Tyler Strauss One of the many things that Mourinho is known for is his dominance of the transfer market. Just last year, Mourinho had most of his transfer business wrapped up by the time most other teams began to enter the market. The signing of Cesc Fabregas was a masterclass, followed by Diego Costa and Filipe Luis.
According to a report in The SUN, Jose Mourinho has become increasingly frustrated at Chelsea's lack of transfer business so far this summer. I am wondering as the Chelsea fan reading this article if you feel the same?
Cast your minds back a year ago and Chelsea had their business done and dusted early well ahead of pre season training.