After a successful 2021 under Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea entered the New Year as European Champions. However, things never seem to fare smooth sailing in Cobham.
Written by @ArmadilloBlue1
Edited by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).
Seagulls Snatch a Point:
Chelsea entertained Brighton at Stamford Bridge in their last game of the calendar year.
Brighton had never won at the Bridge or even scored there, which put the Blues in poll position to end their rot at home. Chelsea took the lead through Romelu Lukaku on 28 minutes with a powerful header from a corner. Graham Potter’s side then slowly but surely took control of the game and although the hosts had a few breakaways, they failed increase the lead.
It’s likely fair to say that most Chelsea supporters could see what was coming, with the game following the same formula in what seemed to be more deja-vu.
In stoppage time Danny Welbeck scored in front of the Shed End, meaning the Blues dropped a further two points at home.
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Spirited Performance vs Reds:
2022 begins with typical Chelsea.
After that interview by Romelu Lukaku, Thomas Tuchel made the brave decision to leave the Belgian out of the matchday squad, in what is one of the biggest games of the season.
It’s always a feisty affair between these two sides, with Sunday proving to be no different. Sadio Mané could count himself lucky not to see red in the first minute for an elbow on Blues skipper César Azpilicueta. The incident was a talking point from the opening whistle, with Thomas Tuchel speaking his mind about the foul in his post-match interview.
After a bright start, Chelsea found themselves 2-0 within 30 minutes, with goals coming from Mané and Salah. As many fans started to head to the concourse, the Blues upped the tempo and struck twice, with a rare goal from Mateo Kovačić and an equaliser from Christian Pulisic.
Both sides went looking for the winner in the second half, with Édouard Mendy forced into making a couple of good saves to deny the Reds a third.
The game ended in an iconic 2-2 draw, leaving Manchester City 10 points clear at the top of the table.
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With Chelsea’s league form now beginning to falter, the League Cup tie against Antonio Conte’s Tottenham now becomes more and more important by the day.
The first leg will be played at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday with the return being played seven days later.
The Blues have never lost a League Cup tie at Stamford Bridge against Spurs, playing four games and winning three of those encounters. The last game fell on January 22nd 2019, finishing 2-1 to Chelsea with the Blues winning a penalty shoot-out in front of the Matthew Harding Stand.
FA Cup Weekend:
It’s the FA Cup 3rd Round and Chelsea will host non-league Chesterfield in a proper FA Cup tie.
The Spireites will certainly enjoy their day out and will bring approximately 5000 fans to take over The Shed End.
There is some history between the two sides as Chesterfield were the first side to win at Stamford Bridge on the October 21st 1905 with a 1-0 win. The last time the two sides played was 15th Feb 1950 where Chelsea won 3-0 at The Bridge.