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.
Andre Schurrle's devastating hat-trick against Fulham last weekend has opened debate for all of us ahead of Tottenham this Saturday. Has he given Jose Mourinho a real problem? Let's be honest, Schurrle although spent a time missing with injury, has played a bit part in Chelsea's run of thirteen Premier League games unbeaten that has seen us sit four points clear of second place.
Everyone has been talking about a three horse race for the Premier League title this season but after Liverpool's last gasp win at Fulham last night, they are right up there in contention. I am asking YOU reading this post if you believe they are serious title contenders?
Apart from the Aguero / Negredo combination, there is no one better at the moment up top than Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge for Liverpool.
We have often heard Jose Mourinho playing down Chelsea's title chances in recent weeks but one report (from a source close to the club) has claimed that Jose Mourinho has told the players the complete opposite!
According to this article, this so-called source his quoted as saying:
"Jose told the players before the West Ham game that they would hear him talk down their title chances.
I'm not sure how everyone else feels at the moment, but I am of the opinion that these past seven days have been HUGE for Jose Mourinho. A victory at City followed by another at home to Newcastle as City drop FIVE points in the same period. Most importantly of all, it appears that Mourinho has Pellegrini rattled as his mind games are beginning to get to the Manchester City manager.
After a week that has seen Chelsea beat Man City and Jose Mourinho claim we are only third favourites to win the Premier League, David Beckham has given his opinion on the title race and has given his take on Chelsea under "The Happy One".
When asked about the title race he said:
"As a Manchester United fan, I've been watching City and City play some great football.
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?
It's been a few days now since Chelsea beat Man City and Jose stated that in the title race this season, Chelsea were the "little horse" compared to Arsenal and Man City. I am wondering whether or not you agree?
The reason I am asking is because of our record so far against our rivals for the top four and the title this season.
Tomorrow night Chelsea take on Manchester City in the biggest Premier League game of the season so far and I am asking Chelsea fans all over the world to name the Chelsea team you want to see start in this one!
After the frustration of West Ham last week, Jose Mourinho takes his Chelsea team to free scoring Man City and has already stated that he will set his side up to play to win.
Chelsea have announced the signing of talented French Defender Kurt Zouma from St Etienne for a reported £12m deal and have immediately loaned him back to the French club for the remainder of the season.
Zouma is 19 years old and a France Under 19 International. He has agreed a five-and-a-half year contract with Chelsea.
As a Chelsea fan the last week has been difficult knowing that it became more and more likely that our Player of the Year for the past two seasons was about to leave us. Let's be honest, none of us ever thought it would happen did we? It has and we move on and in doing so, sitting back and taking stock of the situation with the squad now I have nothing but a positive feeling.
This morning Chelsea have officially confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne has left the club and joined Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga. For one reason or another, it didn't work out for him here and it's such a shame!
The only positive I can see from this is the fact that the club looks like making double the amount they paid for him when they signed him!
Jose Mourinho has raised a few eyebrows with some comments made this morning in his pre match press conference. Although it seems that The Special One is playing mind games and in doing so, putting pressure on David Moyes, he has stated that going into Sunday, Man United are the stronger team!
Jose Mourinho has revealed in his pre match press conference this morning that new signing Nemanja Matic will not start the game on Sunday. I am asking the Chelsea fans all over the world this morning who YOU think should start the game!
These games are massive and are normally too close to call.
Perhaps now we at least might have some understanding of why Vincent Tan has been so insistent on the subject of changing the colours of Cardiff City's shirts over this last couple of years or so. By wearing red, all associated with the club are better prepared to mask the redness of their faces as the club's owner repeatedly drags its name through the mud.
It was a tense and nervy evening at The Hawthorns tonight, as West Bromwich Albion and Everton played out a one-all draw that did neither too many favours in this year's Premier League. Everton missed out on the chance to leapfrog back over Tottenham Hotspur and into fifth place in the table, whilst West Bromwich Albion rose to thirteenth place in the table but remain just four points above the relegation places in what has become an extremely congested bottom half of the league table.
Millions spent on players. A new successful South American coach. A club not far removed from trophy-filled seasons. In 2004, Real Madrid believed they'd found perfect mix and hired the right man, Brazilian Vanderlei Luxemburgo. He arrived with fresh ideas for a talented but aging roster. Among them, the "magical boxes.
Recently, Manchester City played Chelsea in a battle to top the Premier League and best characterized as a catfight involving Louie V handbags filled with diamonds. Ironically, Jose Mourinho complained that Manchester City were spending loads of money, and then stated that UEFA's Financial Fair Play just may not dole out severe enough punishments.
For the first time in years, Chelsea take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge and will be overwhelming favourites to take three points! With Robin Van Persie out and reports that Wayne Rooney is also doubtful, Chelsea must take advantage on Sunday.
I for one cannot remember the last time any of the sides have come into a game as clear favourites because in recent years both sides have beaten each other home and away, it's quite literally been too close to call if all of us are honest.
If all you've been doing of late has been going to matches every weekend, it may have passed you by that there is now a single, unified way in which we should watch association football which is a bit like looking at an Excel spreadsheet made by somebody that has taken too many magic mushrooms.
I had assumed that the strange whirring noise I heard the other day was one of the mini-tornadoes that has added to Southern England's recent weather woes. Now I wonder if it was Manchester United legend Sir Matt Busby spinning in his grave so violently as to trigger storms across what cynics might consider United's main catchment area.
Chelsea have announced this afternoon that an agreement has been reached with FC Basel for Mohamed Salah. The 21 year old's move to Stamford Bridge is subject to a medical and personal terms being agreed!
What do you think of the move to sign Salah? I personally believe that his signing will enable Willian to play inside as a number ten if required!
Depression is a horrible, confusing and misunderstood affliction. Not only does the settling of a dark cloud over the mind have a rubberising effect on the emotions, blowing the most ridiculously tiny considerations out of all proportion whilst shrinking everything that matters to mere triviality, but it also is also a condition that still, even in the twenty-first century, can feel mildly embarrassing.
It's simple math. A major sports tournament at an exotic locale looms. A journalist gets on an online travel website, looks at the price for a hotel in a city during a regular summer month, then they look at the price for that same hotel during said sporting tournament. The numbers don't add up! One is bigger!
I've already written about third party ownership. In the best light, it's a way for poorer countries and clubs to pool risk and invest in players. Regardless of your opinion, it's a product of the transfer system: as long as clubs exchange lots of money to get players, folks will try to get a slice of that pie.
Many people make comment and give their opinion on the amount of players Chelsea have at the moment and especially the amount we have on loan. Jose Mourinho has revealed the moves Chelsea have made over recent seasons is important for the new financial situation in football.
Of course this has come to a head after Manuel Pellegrini made comments about Chelsea's spending over the last ten years and in the previous transfer window last month.
Eden Hazard has taken his football to a new level this season under Jose Mourinho and he is being compared to the likes of Cristano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Although some way off those two, Hazard believes he is right up there with the best of them right now.
Speaking to BBC's Football Focus in an interview due to be aired tomorrow, Hazard said:
"These players are the best on the planet," he said of Barcelona's Messi and Real Madrid's Ronaldo.
A few months ago, I wrote a piece for The Guardian about David Beckham's interest in (re) starting an MLS franchise in Miami, Florida. I took a close look at Miami's tortured history with pro soccer (from the Strikers to the Fusion). I also surveyed Miami's attendance in other pro sports, such as the NHL, NFL, and MLB.
Serial bus-parker Jose Mourinho's slightlyhypocritical, passive-aggressive post-match spat with serial bus-parker Sam Allardyce over the requisite aesthetics of 'bus parking' after West Ham held Chelsea at bay last night last night made a little red LED start flashing in our heads and we thought it'd serve as good jump-off point for a new, perhaps weekly opinion thingy we're thinking about running on Pies.
As the supporters of several different football clubs will most willingly attest, the concentration of too much in one set of hands can have unwanted side-effects. Over the last couple of years, the reputation of the now former Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese had risen from being the man who steadied the club's ship after its flirtation with insolvency several years ago to something approaching a miracle worker.