Monday, October 27, 2008

Chelsea Fans Gather @ Pg. Metussin House

Last night, we gathered at Pg. Metussin house to watch the match between CHELSEA vs. Liverpool.. Below are the pictures during the gathering..

86 and Out..

Okay, the record has gone, we`ve been beaten!

But don`t be down-hearted look on the bright side; it was a remarkable achievement to go so long unbeaten at home in the Premier League, almost five years.

The record is another chapter in our history that we can close. Liverpool may have ended it but don`t ever forget it was us that took their record, we not only took it but extended it by more than another whole season of home games, a damn fine achievement and one we`ll be able to one day (or in my case today) tell our grand-children about.

86 games unbeaten at home in the most competitive domestic league in the world, <86 games in a run nurtured by Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant and Luiz Felipe Scolari.

A remarkable feat and one that`ll take a lot of equalling let alone beating!

Chins up folks - it was one hell of a journey wasn`t it!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

An Invitation to Watch Chelsea Vs. Liverpool Match

To all Brunei Chelsea Fans..

You are all invited to watch Chelsea vs. Liverpool match at Pg. Metussin's house (Presiden BAFA) around 9 pm..

The house is just nearby Sekolah Yayasan SHHB @ Jalan Kebangsaan Lama.. Masuk saja dat simpang, naik bukit, then go to the right, you will see 4 houses, then his house is the first house once you move to the right, you will notice later la if you go to that simpang.. & Don't forget to wear CHELSEA JERSEY...
This is the map to his house..

Preview: Chelsea vs Liverpool

Chelsea entertain Liverpool this Sunday in a clash that sees the top two in the Premier League meet. Liverpool, surprisingly still in the title race at this stage of the season, arrive full of their normal bullish charm threatening to wreck our home record. All we`ll say is bring it on, in Luiz Felipe Scolari we trust!

Vital Quotes:

With us having already featured Alonso in our look at those who live in a dream world when it comes to winning at Stamford Bridge, we thought, for our preview, we`d feature Robbie Keane.

After his ridiculously over-priced move to Anfield, he`s come up with this gem on the eve of the fixture,

"It will be tough on Sunday because they are doing so well and haven`t been beaten for so long at home. But the way I look at it records are there to be broken. We are doing well too and we have to be confident we can go there and get a result."

Yeah right!

Chelsea Team News:

Luiz Felipe Scolari`s squad is in slightly better shape for this encounter than the one last week at Middlesbrough. It`s expected that the he`ll be able to recall Ashley Cole (if required) and will also be able to take advantage of Deco (who returned last weekend), Petr Cech and Ricardo Carvalho (who both returned in midweek)

Indeed, for once, a Sunday kick-off has benefited us with the medical staff having a little extra time to nurse those who have just come back towards a second game in a week.

Definitely out though are Michael Essien, Michael Ballack, Joe Cole and Didier Drogba with the latter being ten days, maximum, away from a comeback.

Here at Vital Chelsea we expect Scolari to start with the following eleven -

Cech, Bosingwa, Terry, Carvalho, A.Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Deco, Malouda, Anelka and Kalou.

Once again the bench could see a smattering of youth with Stoch and Sinclair the most likely duo to be granted the privilege of being part of the first team squad.

Player to watch: Frank Lampard

In a class of his own this season, we see no reason why he shouldn`t run Steven Gerrard very close for Ickle Stevie`s obligatory man-of-tjhe0match award.

Liverpool Team News:

You can hear those who`ve won it five times already preparing their excuses when they get another drive north with no points form a trip to Stamford Bridge.

With Fernando Torres out and Robbie Keane doubtful, the cries of - "we never had our full squad available" will be emanating from every Scouser`s mouth in the land.

However, Liverpool will have Alonso and Gerrard both available as they seek to become the first team in almost five years to win at Stamford Bridge.

As for their line-up, do we really care? Let them worry about ours!

Player to watch: Steven Gerrard

Already the match sponsors are etching his name onto the man-of-the-match award, the others involved are merely playing second fiddle to the best midfield player the world has ever seen! (he jests)!

Match Facts & Stats

It seems as if we`ve played Liverpool far too many times for comfort in recent years, nevertheless they`re always much anticipated affairs.

Looking back through the history books, in games between the two sides at Stamford Bridge we hold the upper hand with the statistics as follows,

In the Premier League - Chelsea 11 wins, Liverpool 1 wins, Draws 4

In all League matches - Chelsea 36 wins, Liverpool 15 wins, Draws 14

Interestingly, Rafa Benitez has yet to triumph at Stamford Bridge and in five meetings last season Liverpool didn`t once beat us.

Last season, the corresponding fixture saw Liverpool eek out a 0-0 draw with a defensive formation.

Ref Watch:

Howard Webb, of Yorkshire, will be the man in charge.

Match Prediction:

With both teams currently unbeaten in the Premier League and only separated by goal difference, something, you`d think, has to give tomorrow afternoon. However, we doubt whether Liverpool will arrive with a gung-ho attitude, it isn`t in Rafa`s make up to do so, as normal it`ll be a tight game with one team emerging narrow victors and that`ll be us! 2-1 with Lampard netting the winner.

Next Fixtures:

For our next fixture we travel to high flying Hull City, in a game that, at the moment of writing, pits top against third, not a bad follow on from a top versus second is it?

Friday, October 24, 2008

Chelsea 1-0 Roma

Team - Cech, Bosingwa, Terry, Carvalho, Bridge, Mikel, Lampard, Deco, Malouda (Belletti - 46), Anelka (Ferreira - 92), Kalou (Di Santo - 76)

Unused Subs - Cudicini, Ivanovic, Alex, Stoch

Chelsea Scorers - Terry

Chelsea Yellow Cards - Malouda, Terry

Chelsea Red Cards - Nil

Referee - Kyros Vassaras (Greece)

We're Unbeatable, Unstoppable, Invincible and too good, too fast, too awesome, too hot and we're the best team in the whole PLANET! Roma came and had the kick ass i had predicted!( I initially predicted a 10-0, but wasn't meant to be!) :P

So yeah, we WON again. Nuff' Said! Who's Next?


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Fans Out: Chelsea vs. Liverpool

Datang lah beramai-ramai untuk meyokong Chelsea.. See u there.. If sapa-sapa inda tau di mana Sports Kafe ani tanya-tanyakan saja..

Chelsea vs Roma Preview!!

Our campaign to qualify from Group 'A' continues on Wednesday evening with an intriguing fixture against the Italian side AS Roma.

It promises to be one of those nights everyone hankers for in Europe, a full house and a heavy expectation that Chelsea will win and move closer to qualification.

However, our injury list suggests that the path to victory may not be as straight forward as first thought.

Although the team, minus seven stars, comfortably beat Middlesbrough, on Saturday, AS Roma will not be as poor as Middlesbrough were and will want to get their own qualification campaign back on track.

As I type up this article, out of the seven who missed the trip to Middlesbrough, it's anticipated that only Petr Cech stands a realistic chance of making a recovery, if so it'll be bad luck on Carlo Cudicini who rarely had an opportunity to show what he could do on Saturday.

Frank Lampard, a hero of our Champions League campaign last season, has spoken out about the forthcoming match and the injury problems remarking,

'We believe in everyone. We would be quite happy with the team that played Boro to play against Roma.'

'If we play with the same attitude I think we have the quality in the team. The only thing we can fail is when we do not work as hard as the other team. But when we do we get our results.'

'Over the course of the season it is all about the squad and it is up to the manager to decide the strongest team. It is testament to the squad, player like Juliano Belletti who has been fantastic, coming in to the team.'

Whilst Chelsea are in good form, AS Roma are not. They slipped to fourteenth in Serie A this weekend courtesy of a 4-0 thrashing by Jose's Inter Milan and will looking to put on a better performance.

Roma arrive in SW6 with some familiar names in their ranks. Amongst them are their club captain Francesco Totti and his vice-captain (a name familiar to some of us) Christian Panucci. Also lurking in their ranks is someone who will always live long in our memories, someone who`ll always be part of our folklore - John Arne Riise! Who`ll ever forget that stunning injury time header at Anfield last season?

Totti remains an iconic figure for the club though having notched up a record number of appearances for them as well as a record number of goals, but will his ageing body be bale to drag a decent performance out of it?

Perhaps we should instead heed the likes of Julio Cesar Baptista and Alberto Aquilani who lead the scoring charts for the club this season with three goals, a feat also matched by Christian Panucci! However, we believe Baptista is currently injured and may not play.

Here we expect Luiz Felipe Scolari to select a starting line up that will be remarkably similar to that which started at Middlesbrough.

In fact, we'd go for exactly the same with Petr Cech on the bench alongside a whole host of youngsters, youngsters that will, no doubt, be eager to play their part in a historic night.

As for the result, we'll go for a 2-0 Chelsea win.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Scolari, you are the best!

Chelsea travelled north knowing that the squad would be severely depleted for the fixture against Middlesbrough, Luiz Felipe Scolari refused to be fazed by the situation instead concentrating on the abilities of those he could choose.

It was a ploy that was to pay off as Chelsea comfortably out-played a very poor Middlesbrough side to emerge 5-0 victors.

In his post match interview Scolari played down any thoughts of Chelsea being title favourites, instead he opted to praise those who had come in and done such a magnificent job.

Here`s what he had to say,

'I think I have a group. I lost five or six but the other players did very well. It showed we have 23, 24 players that we need to believe in."

'They have a spirit. They want to play every game, if injured or not. They showed this to the other players."

'We have a long way to win the Premier League. We were working very hard in pre-season with these players, they all know what they want.'

On the other hand, the Middlesbrough manager, Gareth Southgate, was left to try and pluck some crumbs of comfort from a performance that he surely didn`t see coming.

After winning away from home the previous week, Southgate had every reason to expect his side to run us close, but it never happened, instead he was left to ruefully reflect, commenting,

'It's a humiliation and hard to take. It's a humbling experience for us. There's a danger when you play a side of Chelsea's class that this can happen. I don't think they had to be at their best, but they annihilated us."

'We were very poor and I think it showed us that, as a group, we're very young and we're not at a level to compete with a side like that at the moment, especially with us having people missing. The fact is they are in a different league to us."

'We've made bad mistakes and we didn't look like we had belief, but the reality is we have been outclassed.''

Sobering words for the rest of the Premier League to take note of as Chelsea look to regain that Premier League crown.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Chelsea 5-0 Middlesbrough

Luiz Felipe Scolari took his injury hit squad to Teeside to take on a Middlesbrough side keen to inflict our first defeat of the season upon us. Despite the injuries, Scolari preferred to focus on those players who were fit rather than those who were not.

As usual his words were to prove spot on as those who were fit produced a sparkling performance to spank Middlesbrough 5-0!

Team News - Missing from contention today were Michael Essien, Ricardo Carvalho, Ashley Cole, Joe Cole, Michael Ballack, Petr Cech and Didier Drogba, players that would walk into most Premier League teams. However, the fact that they were out of contention gave the likes of Belletti, Bridge and Cudicini the chance to impress whilst lurking on the bench, desperate to get a bit of the action were the likes of Stoch, Sinclair and Mancienne.

Out of those who had been rated doubtful were Terry, Alex and Bosingwa whilst Deco was considered fit enough to take a place on the bench.

First Half - Chelsea got the action underway and were to go on to control the first half against a Middlesbrough team that were content to sit too deep and invite us on to them. However, Chelsea were only to score the one goal to leave matters delicately poised for the second forty-five minutes.

The goal came after fourteen minutes and was scored by Salomon Kalou, his second Premier League goal of the season. It came after good work from Wayne Bridge who sped down the left to deliver a ball into the box. Boro looked to have cleared the ball but Chelsea enjoyed a slice of luck when Juliano Belletti`s shot was deflected straight into the path of the lurking Kalou and he doesn`t waste those sorts of chances.

The rest of the half saw Chelsea give a display of passing that made football look easy but without capitalising on their dominance. Malouda saw a shot-comecross drift wide, Mikel had a long range effort deflected wide whilst Frank Lampard somehow, after great work from Malouda, allowed Jonathon Grounds to deflect his goal bound effort wide.

As the half came to a close Boro did improve. One free kick saw a weak shot deflect off the wall and into the grateful Cudicini`s arms and just before the whistle signalled the end of the one minute stoppage time Carlo did well to collect a dangerous looking ball into the danger area, albeit at the second attempt.

Second Half - Middlesbrough got the second half underway but any thoughts they had of getting back on level terms were blasted away when Chelsea scored twice in two minutes and seven seconds.

The first of this brace came when Belletti latched on to a pass some thirty yards out and sent a screamer past Turnbull into the top corner of the net to make it 2-0. One hundred and twenty-seven seconds later it was three thanks to Kalou.

Malouda, causing problems to a very nervous Boro defence cut the ball back and Kalou swivelled to score although the shot did get a deflection off an unfortunate defender. Just past the hour mark Chelsea made it 4-0 when Lampard stooped to head a Kalou cross home. Now it was only a matter of how many we could rack up and Malouda duly obliged with a fifth.

It came after yet more poor defending and when Anelka tried a crisp low shot the keeper made a hash of it putting it onto the post for Malouda to burst in and net from close range.

The victory could have been heavier, Lampard hit the side netting with a low shot, Malouda capitalised on a Grounds mistake but got caught in two minds and Turnbull produced a great save to deny Anelka.

It`s now over eight hours since we`ve conceded a goal, it was our biggest away win for five years and we`re still unbeaten, in the league this calendar year, bring on Roma and Liverpool!

Team - Cudicini, Bosingwa, Terry, Alex, Bridge (Ferreira - 65), Belletti, Mikel, Lampard (Deco - 73), Kalou, Anelka (Sinclair -78), Malouda

Unused Subs - Hilario, Ivanovic, Mancienne, Stoch.

Chelsea Scorers - Kalou (2), Belletti, Lampard, Malouda

Chelsea Yellow Cards - Nil

Chelsea Red Cards - Nil

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Chelsea Injury List!

So the Internationals are over for now and Barclays Premier League is back this weekend! After the internationals, i had hoped that none of our Chelsea stars gets injured. Unfortunately, our captain John Terry and Ashley Cole was injured. So now the injury list looks like this:

1.) Petr Cech
2.) Ricardo Carvalho
3.) Ashley Cole
4.) John Terry
5.) Joe Cole
6.) Deco
7.) Michael Essien
8.) Nicolas Anelka
9.) Didier Drogba

Despite the injury problem that LFS is having, WE ARE BLESSED to have the strength in depth like Franco DiSanto, Alex, Ivanovic, Ballack, Kalou, Scott Sinclair, Malouda, Lampard, Miniero and many others who can cover up the role.

So let me ask you this. "WHO WILL CHELSEA MISS THE MOST?"

My pick is Petr Cech! The best damn goalkeeper in the world!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Chelsea wants Barca kids!

Last week, we heard from no less a luminary than Stuart Pearce, that Chelsea were stockpiling players, particularly young players. Therefore it will come as no surprise that Chelsea are eying up countless youngsters at Barça.

3 of the youngsters in question are Thiago Alcántara and his brother Rafa, as well as Gerard Deulofeu. 'El Mundo Deportivo` reports that one of Frank Arnesen`s right-hand men, Hans Gillhaus, met with the father of the Alcántara brothers last week. Also present was Chelsea`s scout in Spain, Juan Cruz Sol (an ex Valencia player). They met with Mazinho Alcántara in Madrid to talk about Thiago, currently playing in Barça`s B-team, Barca Atlètic, as well as Rafa Alcántara, who is in the Barça youngsters and who has been called up for the Spanish under-16 side (or at least the training session).

The conversation also talked about Gai Assulin, and Isreali striker at Barça, as well as the defender Marc Muniesa. Assulin has been a long-standing target of Chelsea. Another youngster, Gerard Deulofeu, was also discussed (he plays in the Barça B youngsters, as well as the under-16s)?

Deulofeu has also been eyed up by Liverpool in the past.

Apparently Chelsea have all but tied up the transfer of yet another Barça kid, this time by the name of Armando Ufarte, conveniently the son of the Spanish under-20 coach. We will be curious to learn about the bloke.

Barça have a great record in bringing up young players. As if Cesc Fabregas or Gerard Piqué aren`t prestigious enough, many of the Barça first team have come through the ranks (notably Xavi and Carles Puyol). Lionel Messi broke through the lower levels, and Bojan Krkic is now in the Barça first team. There was a fight between Spain and Serbia as to who would claim Krkic for their national side, Spain won that fight when Krkic became the youngest Spanish player in the full side last month. Of course, Giovanni Dos Santos was another Barça promise, the poor Catalans couldn`t hold onto the Mexican when Super Tottenham from the Lane came calling. Since then, Dos Santos has been absolutely instrumental in the North Londoner`s magnificent season. To think that Dos Santos was once linked to Chelsea.

Even for Chelsea, to be targeting so many youngsters seems strange, even if Barça have often complained that big clubs poach their players. After last year`s incoherent outburst from Stuart Pearce about Chelsea stockpiling youngsters and ruining their careers, no doubt Chelsea will be building a new cupboard to store away all these kids from Barça.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Chelsea to bid Luis Fabiano

There is speculation that the forward Chelsea would like to sign in January is Sevilla`s Luis Fabiano. Who is Brazilian, like our coach.

Chelsea are short up front. Over the summer, we lost Andriy Shevchenko, Claudio Pizarro, and Shaun Wright-Phillips. Of course, Chelsea were due to sign Robinho, we forget exactly what happened there. Now we are without Didier Drogba, who no sooner returned from injury (possibly faster than he should have done) than he returned to the sickbay.

So our coach, Phil Scolari, has indicated that he would like to dip in the transfer market in January. There is now strong speculation that the chosen forward will be Luis Fabiano, the rather fine striker currently plying his trade at Sevilla.

That`s what the Times said over the weekend, and that`s what some of the Spanish press is revealing, with Scolari apparently asking Roman Abramovich for reinforcements. Drogba is potentially out for at least a month, but his full recovery could last longer. Of course, Nicolas Anelka is still fit, even he was withdrawn as a precaution at half-time yesterday, and he is a doubt for France`s next international game. That doesn`t leave very many options.

Apparently Luis Fabiano is available for a price that, for Chelsea, is cheap. The player has signed a new contract with Sevilla until 2011. This contract contains a buy-out clause that is unusually low €17 million. This clause only applies for sales between Spanish clubs, but various sources are suggesting that Chelsea could offer €30 million.

Is this likely? The very mention of his name suggests that this is a deal being considered, since the player has just prolonged his contract at Sevilla. Whilst he is well paid at Sevilla, he would be even better paid at Chelsea. The problem is that he is at Sevilla, a club run by José Maria Del Nido, who is a mentalist when it comes to negotiating. Chelsea will remember fondly the problems they had discussing with Del Nido for Daniel Alves, discussions that simply broke down as the Sevilla president kept changing the terms of any deal. Any number of other clubs who have tried to buy Sevilla players also know that we are talking about a club President up there with Lyon`s Jean-Michel Aulas or the unholy coven at Real Madrid.

That said, Luis Fabiano is a forward who would enhance any side. He`s going to be 28 next month, and at the height of his powers. Last season, which was difficult for Sevilla, he nevertheless scored a total of 34 goals, and was La Liga`s second highest goalscorer. He`s also broken into the Brazilian national team, most recently scoring 2 in a World Cup qualifier against Chile (a match that Brazil won 0-3). An idea of his potency is that he has 40 League goals in 80 appearances since he joined Sevilla in 2005.

Sevilla were in the Champions League last season, this year they have to make do with the UEFA Cup. That would mean that he would be eligible to play for Chelsea in Europe`s top club competition.

Fabiano is truly a force to be reckoned with. But will he really be at Chelsea in January? Here`s hoping.

Chelsea tracking Argentine Striker?

Yesterday we reported how Chelsea had been linked with a flying French winger currently playing for Bordeaux!

Well today, we're linked to another player, this time a striker.

According to the Daily Mirror, Chelsea are sounding out the possibility of a swoop for the Argentine international, Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Lavezzi, who struck gold with the Argentine Olympic football side currently plays for Napoli and is carving out quite a reputation for himself.

With a fee, in the region of £10 million being mentioned, Lavezzi has the added bonus of being available for the Champions League latter stages (if we qualify).

We'll endeavour to keep you informed on this one.