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REPORT: CHELSEA 1-1 NORWICH (5-3 ON PENS)

Chelsea survived another late scare from Norwich but managed to progress to the next round of the FA Cup on penalties. Antonio Conte picked the same attack and midfield that started at Carrow Road two weeks ago, but there was one change in defence, with Ethan Ampadu coming in for Antonio Rüdiger. Chelsea’s first attempt at goal came after seven minutes, but Danny Drinkwater’s shot whistled a few yards wide of the post. Our summer signing once again tried his luck from distance at the midway point of the first half, forcing Angus Gunn to make a stunning fingertip save to diverted it onto the crossbar. It was the closest the Blues had come to scoring. The visitors also came close 10 minutes before the break, when Nelson Oliveira hit the woodwork with a stunning strike from the edge of the box. The scores remained goalless at half-time. Michy Batshuayi…

REPORT: CHELSEA 0-0 LEICESTER

Chelsea slumped to a third consecutive 0-0 draw for the first time in their history, as Leicester proved to be the better side at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Captain Gary Cahill started in the heart of our defence, replacing Andreas Christensen. Meanwhile, Danny Drinkwater made way for Tiemoue Bakayoko. The visitors came out flying and put Chelsea’s defence under pressure early on, with Shinji Okazaki, Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton all having shots blocked in quick succession. Thibaut Courtois produced a stunning save in the 10th minute, when he managed to parry Wilfred Ndidi’s header away with an outstretched arm to keep the score level. Chelsea struggled to get out of their own half, and a tame shot from Cesc Fabregas was the only real attempt the Blues had in the opening 15 minutes. Riyad Mahrez and Vardy were both denied by last-ditch blocks from Gary Cahill, who…

REPORT: CHELSEA 0-0 ARSENAL

Chelsea were held to yet another draw against Arsenal on Wednesday night, putting pressure on the Blues going into the return leg at the Emirates Stadium. Antonio Conte picked all his big guns for the game, including Alvaro Morata, who sat out in our game against Norwich City. The Spaniard has an opportunity after just two minutes, but the angle was too night and he put the ball into the side netting. The game was evenly matched in the opening 15 minutes, with both teams keeping possession well without really creating any chances. Alexandre Lacazette was played in by Jack Wilshere with just over 20 minutes played, but a wild shot from Arsenal’s £46million summer signing denied the away side an opening goal. Two minutes later, Victor Moses found himself in space down his right flank and tested David Ospina in goal with a good strike. The…

REPORT: NORWICH 0-0 CHELSEA

Chelsea were held to a goalless draw at Norwich on Saturday and face an FA Cup replay at Stamford Bridge in two weeks’ time. David Luiz returned to the side for the first time since November, and there were also starts for Kenedy and Michy Batshuayi. A poor strike from Kenedy after three minutes was the only notable – notable being an exaggeration – chance in the opening quarter of an hour. It was quite obvious that David Luiz hadn’t played in two months, when he gave the ball away with a poor touch and Alex Pritchard almost scored for the hosts. Norwich’s main thread came down the left hand side, where Josh Murphy had a great game against Davide Zappacosta and put the Chelsea defence under pressure in numerous occasions. Chelsea looked a lot more energised going into the second half. Batshuayi had two shots saved in quick…

REPORT: ARSENAL 2-2 CHELSEA

Chelsea (3-5-2): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Moses (Zappacosta 56′), Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas (Drinkwater 71′), Alonso; Hazard (Willian 82′), Morata Unused: subs Caballero, Rudiger, Pedro, Batshuayi Scorers: Hazard pen 67, Alonso 84 Booked: Fabregas 43, Courtois 89

REPORT: CHELSEA 5-0 STOKE

Chelsea finished the year in style with a 5-0 win over Stoke City at Stamford Bridge, in one of the most one-sided game we have seen so far this season. Eden Hazard was benched ahead of a busy January schedule, starting with an away game at Arsenal on January 3rd. Andreas Christensen was not quite ready to start yet, following his illness in midweek, so captain Gary Cahill kept his place at the heart of our defence. It took Chelsea just three minutes to take the lead, when Victor Moses was brought down for a free-kick on the right wing. Willian crossed the ball invitingly for Antonio Rüdiger, who headed the ball past Jack Butland. Stoke were incredibly poor in the opening minutes and gave away another goal six minutes later – although this time, there wasn’t much their defence or goalkeeper could have done. The…

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