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50 Shade of Blue

Well finally, international break is over and we can now focus back on domestic football.

As the season draws to a close and Chelsea have nothing to play for the mood in the camp seems to be one of  ‘Lets start a fresh next season’.

There has been quite a bit happening down at the Bridge and we will get stuck into the latest news.

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First of all our 1st game back was against whipping boys Aston Villa on a ground that has had mixed fortunes for us.

Villa though are not the same tenacious side that Chelsea usually faces, so 3 points was expected in this game.

With nothing to play for the fans waited to see what youngsters would get a game.

I for one was excited to see American youngster Matt Miazga get his 1st start for the blue.

The starting line up was as follows.

Chelsea: Aston Villa: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic (c), Miazga, Rahman; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy; Remy

falcao_goal_sbSubs: Begovic, Jake Clarke-Salter, Matic, Oscar, Traore, Pato, Falcao,

 

It was a welcome return to the squad for Falcao who has been missing since November and has pretty much run out of chances in the premier league to establish himself.

Costa was injured and still banned, and Hazard too was injured.

 

Chelsea smashed Villa 4-0 with goals coming from Loftus Cheek, Pato, and 2 from Pedro.

The delight Pato showed by scoring really warmed him to the blues faithful. His overall performance makes you wonder why we have waited so long to see him. He seemed confident and linked up very well with his team mates. It was great to see him make his debut after such a long time and hopefully now he can push on. He was directly involved in 3 of the 4 goals. That’s quite some debut!PatoChelseaDebut

The game saw Loftus Cheek grab his 1st premier league goal, and he also bossed the midfield and showed a better understanding of those around him. I said in my last blog how I felt about the treatment of Loftus-Cheek from some of our fans, and I stressed that we just needed to give him time to settle in the squad and let him have minutes from the start to prove his talent, and he did just that by taking command in midfield and putting in quite a combative display.Jake+Clarke+Salter+Chelsea+v+Ajax+UEFA+Youth+gbcVMdxKrWQl

It was only Villa but it was nice to see some debutants put in a good shift, and even youngster Clarke-Salter managed to get on the pitch and didn’t put a foot wrong.

 

Next up is a potentially tough game against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

 

In other news:

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Chelsea have finally appointed Antonio Conte as manager on a 3 year deal. Conte will join up with the squad after his contract runs out at the Euros with Italy. I am warming more to Conte’s appointment, as I look at our history we have done very well with Italian managers and players! Hopefully this run will continue, I especially like that Conte likes to play 2 upfront. We have a squad full of talent and 2 up top is what is needed for us to move forward.

Thibault Courtois has caused a stir by refusing to commit his immediate future to Chelsea, Courtois hasn’t been in the best form and it must frustrate fans to see him shouting his mouth off in the media rather than concentrating on his own performances and trying to get better.matt miazga

Next Fixture….. 9th April Swansea (A)

Pit of the week:

For once I am struggling to find a negative, so I’m not going to scrape the barrel on this one.

Peak of the week:

Performance at Villa Park, and finally appointing a new manager. I also would like to highlight the performance of Matt Miazga. It’s difficult to come to the premiership from other leagues, but coming as a 21 year old from the MLS is definitely a big step, and he settled in really well, showing good footwork in defence and winning plenty of aerial balls. I hope his development isn’t stifled and he gets more game time.

 

Until next week…..KTBFFH

 

 

 

 

 

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