Thursday, January 29, 2009

2nd Gathering





TIME : 1130 PM ( KICK OFF TIME : 11.55PM)



The X Men.. Chelsea 2- 0 Middlesbrough! Easy!

MAYBE, just maybe, Chelsea are showing their mean streak when it matters.

Victory over a woeful Middlesbrough side stuck in the bottom three is barely anything to crow about.

But on a night when nothing but three points was good enough, Big Phil Scolari’s side delivered a win.

Ivory Coast ace Salomon Kalou scored both goals — his seventh and eighth strikes of the season — in a one-sided contest.

But forget the performance, feel the result.

Chelsea moved above Liverpool to second in the Premier League, reminding champions Manchester United they will not have it all their own way.

Given their poor home form — they have dropped 14 points at Stamford Bridge — this was as big a win as any this season.

It keeps them in touching distance of Alex Ferguson’s side and eased them ahead of Rafa Benitez’s Reds before the Blues go to Anfield on Sunday.

While Liverpool have dropped from the top like a stone, Chelsea appear to be rising to the challenge.

Under par and under performing, they somehow managed to dig out a win against a team who came to London to practise defending.

In fact, at times it was just like watching Jose Mourinho’s side.

They kept their shape, held their nerve and when the moment came to inflict punishment they did not disappoint.


Well, you would have been hard pressed to convince the home support of that at half-time.

After an opening period when chances were more scarce than good news on the money markets, value was hard to find.

For Middlesbrough, having lost six and drawn four of their last 10 Premier League matches coming into the match, it was predictable they would look to shut up shop at the back.

Gareth Southgate’s men showed very little attacking ambition from the outset by leaving Marlon King on his own in attack.

In fact, the pattern was underlined in the opening exchanges when the Chelsea full-backs were even in the hunt for goals within 15 minutes.

Jose Bosingwa provided the cross to the back post which found Ashley Cole.

But his header was very much a defender’s effort as he put it into the side-netting and not between the posts.

The England man buried his head in his hands in frustration and chief Scolari did the same on the sidelines.

Florent Malouda was someone who saw a lot of the ball but failed to do anything very creative with it.

As the rain came down in torrents in West London, the Chelsea boss stood screaming instructions at his players.

His attention turned to Boro assistant boss Malcolm Crosby who complained Scolari had tried to get Mohamed Shawky booked.

Big Phil responded by gesturing to Crosby in the traditional way — as in “do you want some?”

He followed that challenge up by waiting for Crosby in the tunnel at the break only to be thwarted by a steward who eased him toward the dressing room.

As the home fans booed, the manager took stock and decided on a change.

His reaction was to try to give his team more bite in the second period by replacing Malouda with Didier Drogba.

The striker ran free within a minute of the restart but his attempt on goal was closer to the corner flag than the goalposts.


Six minutes later, Alex came much closer with a header from Frank Lampard’s corner only to see Kalou get in the way and head it over the bar.

This season has seen the African used more as an impact player than in the starting line-up.

And though Scolari was cursing his header on that occasion, it was just two minutes until he broke the deadlock.

The circumstances were almost identical. Lampard crossed an outswinging corner which was met by Alex.

This time the defender’s header was cleared by David Wheater but only as far as Kalou who blasted home a volley from 10 yards.

After the jeering at the interval, the home supporters were barely in the mood to cheer and so even the goal was greeted with muted applause.

For the players, however, the lead was significant for just one thing — and that was the fact they were back in the hunt for the title picture.

Kalou should have made the game safe with a second goal after 72 minutes.

Lampard tried his luck from distance with a free-kick which keeper Ross Turnbull spooned out to the Chelsea striker complete with a gift tag.

But, with a comedy swing of his right boot, Kalou kicked fresh air while the ball deflected off his left peg and out for a goal-kick. Embarrassing? You bet, though the mishap did not undermine the rest of the night.

After 81 minutes, he headed home unchallenged from Lampard’s corner.

For the second time, Kalou celebrated with a handcuff gesture backed up by Drogba who were apparently expressing support for the Ivory Coast political activist, Assale Tiemoko Antoine.

Antoine was released from prison last week but it was Chelsea who got out of jail last night.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Chelsea vs Middlesbrough Preview

Chelsea captain John Terry is fit again after his back injury and is in the squad to face Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Terry missed two games with a back spasm but, while he returns, co-defender Ricardo Carvalho is out for 10 days with a hamstring problem.

Striker Didier Drogba continues in the squad but is likely to start on the substitutes' bench again.

Assistant first-team coach Ray Wilkins insists Chelsea are in good shape to face a month that could potentially define their season.

The Blues have three home games in the Barclays Premier League, beginning with the Boro clash, plus Hull and Wigan.

But they also have crucial away trips to Liverpool and Aston Villa as well as an FA Cup fifth-round tie at Watford and a home leg against Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League.

"It's a great month, a fantastic month,'' said Wilkins. "If you are a footballer, these are the games you want to play in. This month is extremely important for us.

"It's always crucial you pick up maximum points. At home we would expect to do very well indeed and it won't be for the want of trying.

"We had a magnificent record away from home and our football is quite exceptional.

"At home we haven't reproduced that type of football but it's not for the want of trying.

"We're working at it and we'll get back to that level of performance. We're not too far short. When teams come to Stamford Bridge, you must give them credit.

"They set themselves out not to get beat and to make it extremely difficult for our guys. The onus is on us to take the game to them and beat them.''

The form of top scorer Nicolas Anelka continues to thwart the Drogba's hopes of getting back into the side but Wilkins is convinced the Ivorian will seize his chance when it arrives.

"Didier realises the situation he finds himself in with Nicolas being the top scorer in the Premier League,'' said Wilkins.

"He will get his chance at some stage and I'm sure he'll take it because that's the professional man he is.''

On-loan striker Marlon King goes straight into the Middlesbrough squad for the Stamford Bridge trip.

King, 28, who is contracted to Wigan, has signed a loan deal until the end of the season having previously been on loan at Hull this season and has scored five goals.

He could form a striking partnership with Afonso Alves. Boro's Brazilian record signing has recovered from an Achilles injury which he suffered in Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round win away to Wolves.

Boro skipper Emanuel Pogatetz returns following a hamstring niggle, though fellow defender Andrew Taylor will be missing with an ankle ligament injury.

Julio Arca is also back after recovering from a knee injury, though fellow midfielder Didier Digard is still suspended.

Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate believes King's "hunger'' to succeed will have a positive effect on his new team-mates in their survival battle.

"I've been absolutely delighted with him so far. He's got a hunger to be here and I think he has a point to prove.

"The great thing from the squad's point of view is that it's another striking option. Marlon has Premier League experience and he is fit from his time at Hull, so we can put him straight in if we need to.''

Southgate must come up with an effective game plan if he is to halt his side's poor run at Chelsea.

Boro have not won at Stamford Bridge for more than 30 years and Southgate will be tempted to do what most visitors to Chelsea do, and leave out a striker in favour of playing an extra man in midfield.

The Boro boss does not have too many midfield options though, having been left bitterly disappointed when target Ben Watson opted to join Wigan from Crystal Palace last week, despite having a medical on Teesside.

Southgate said: "We don't have too many options in terms of numbers, but we are not lacking in experience.

"We have missed Julio Arca over the last couple of weeks while he has had treatment for a knee injury.

"He's also missed a bit of training because of illness, but he's recovered and he will be fit to rejoin the squad.

"Obviously we are missing Didier Digard who is suspended, but Mohamed Shawky has recovered from the hamstring niggle he suffered at Wolves last weekend, which justified our decision to take him off at half-time.''


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Chelsea 3 - 1 Ipswich

The game wasn't shown live on TV. But there were no surprises! Chelsea comfortably winning against Ipswich at home with goals from Michael Ballack twice and Frank Lampard.

A great build-up for next week's vital Liverpool match! UptheBlues!!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Chesea 2-1 Stoke City

What a great game! Chelsea dominated the game even though a goal behind but managed to pull off a fantastic comeback with goals from Juliano Belleti and a super strike from Frank Lampard!

Phil Scolari's decision to drop Drogba was questionable but his gamble to put in young guns like DiSanto and Miroslav Stoch paid off dearly! Did you see Miroslav Stoch running from the by line and crossing the ball and causing trouble to Stoke's defense? That is what we've been missing! Franco DiSanto also made many contributions for Chelsea winning headers and keeping the ball in possession.

Chelsea now lie 3rd in the league and the race is still on! Keep the faith ya'll! UPTHEBLUES!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Chelsea vs Stoke City

Tonight Chelsea will continue their journey in the premiership up against lowly team Stoke City at home.


Didier Drogba has been dropped again by Scolari making it much more clear that his days at Chelsea are numbered. Joe Cole is unavailable and Salomon Kalou is set to start again. Florent Malouda and Ricardo Carvalho will be back.

Possible starting 11:

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


Chelsea 5-0 Stoke City.


Man City wants John Terry!

Newly rich Manchester City wants our captain John Terry and are said to be willing to bid 40Mil for the commanding defender.

Mark Hughes has told Sheikh Mansour the new owner of Manchester City that he wants Kaka to create, Robinho to score and John Terry to be the leader.

This is absolutely crap from my point of view... John Terry is Chelsea like Maldini is AC Milan!

Joe Cole Injured!

Looks like Felipe Scolari is without midfielder Joe Cole for at least 2 months after a knee injury against Southend.

Nevertheless, I would really like some of the young guns get a chance to play with the likes of Franco DiSanto, Fabio Paim or Miroslav Stoch who I believe are good enough to play in Joe Cole's position.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Southend 1 - 4 Chelsea

There was no shock in the FA cup reply against Southend where Chelsea totally dominated the game. It ended with 4-1 win to Chelsea with goals from Michael Ballack, Salomon Kalou, Nicolas Anelka and Frank Lampard.

Chelsea's next game will be a home match against Stoke City. UPTHEBLUES!!!

Team - Cech, Bosingwa, Terry, Alex, A.Cole, Mikel (Belletti-46), Lampard, Ballack, J.Cole (Di Santo-76), Anelka, Kalou

Unused Subs - Cudicini, Carvalho, Mancienne, Stoch, Ivanovic

Chelsea Scorers - Ballack, Kalou, Anelka, Lampard

Chelsea Yellow Cards - Mikel

Chelsea Red Cards - Nil

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Latest News!

An interesting article from about Didier Drogba and Mister "This is football!" Scolari's future. It goes:

DIDIER DROGBA has been dumped by Chelsea — and Big Phil Scolari has sensationally admitted he does not care if he gets sacked as boss.

Drog is not in the squad for tonight’s FA Cup replay at Southend after he was savaged by Scolari for his miserable display in Sunday’s 3-0 hiding at Manchester United.

The striker will be replaced by Nicolas Anelka at Roots Hall while Scolari further stunned Blues fans when he shrugged off the threat of losing his job.

He said: “I don’t care. If I lose my job, I have another job. Maybe tomorrow, maybe after one year or two. I’ve worked for 25 years, so no problem.”

SunSport revealed yesterday the Brazilian must win a major trophy this year or face the axe.

He has been dogged by poor results and dressing-room unrest over the past two months — though it would cost Chelsea £10million to pay him off.

Scolari insisted he would be happy coaching anywhere.

He added: “I like Chelsea. I like Cobham, where I live, I like the school my son is at, I like my job here, the people, even the Press.

“It’s not a problem for me. I like every day in London.

“But if I go back to Brazil, I will like Brazil the same. When I was in Kuwait, I loved Kuwait.

“I had three fantastic years in Saudi Arabia. I love life, finish. If I lose or not lose my job, I will be the same.”

Drogba, 30, is desperate to leave and his old club Marseille want to sign him on loan.

Anelka will return after confronting Scolari about the fact he had been left out for the last three games — even though he is the Premier League’s top scorer with 14 goals.

Scolari said: “I have looked at many games with Anelka and at the last few with Didier. I have my opinion and I will put my opinion on the pitch every game.”


Monday, January 12, 2009

Fans Gathering ( Chelsea vs. Man Utd )

This was the biggest gathering ever for Brunei Chelsea Fans Club.. As usual D' Other Office Cafe was our main venue to watch the game, thank you for the great hospitality throughout the game.. The numbers were more than expected, about 23 true blue fans appeared to watch this important match.. Although Chelsea was lost in the game against Manchester United, but our loyalty to the team will never fade away.. The supporters were in the high spirit last night and the atmosphere was truly amazing, it was like watching the game at Stamford Bridge.. Go Chelsea!!!

These are the pictures during the gathering..

si Mamat, Fikri & Aziz bekarih duduk besila di lantai.. haha.. Baru ya..

Pg. Metussin telling us story about Old Trafford..

Small kids, who also join us to support Chelsea..

The man with black shirt, not sure sapa namanya, ia tah yang memeriah kan suasana malam atu..

Watching free-kick taken by Ballack.. Hoping Chelsea can score thru this, but it wasn't..

p.s. Thanks to those who came during the game, and Insya Allah a similar gathering will be carry out for next big match against Liverpool.. Stay tune here at this blog...

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

All Chelsea Fans lets come this sunday


Date : Sunday 11th January 2009
Time : 11.55pm
Venue : D'Other Office Cafe & Bistro, Serusop. Jln Muara

A supper buffet will be prepared for just B$6.00 per person

For more information, contact: 6738886236 (Zahar).

Please confirm to us by the 10th January 2009 if you are attending or not attending to watch the match

Wear Chelsea Jersey if you have one, If you do not have one, you can wear any blue shirt

You can bring along your friends, everyone is welcomed.

GO BLUES...!!!!!

Jose Mourinho is Back!

YES, he will be back but only for one game that is between Man.Utd vs Chelsea on Sunday. Here is the article taken from

JOSE MOURINHO will watch Chelsea’s title crunch match at Manchester United on Sunday.

SunSport can reveal Mourinho will be at his first Premier League game since leaving the Blues 16 months ago.

The Inter Milan boss is spying on United ahead of the two sides’ Champions League last-16 clash.

He is due to sit in the Old Trafford directors’ box along with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

Mourinho’s visit to Manchester will cause a stir given his constant links to the City hotseat.

SunSport revealed in October that Jose is City owner Sheikh Mansour’s top choice to replace Mark Hughes.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Chelsea 1-1 Southend

F.A Cup against Southend at home and I bet it wasn't the scoreline Mister Scolari and the fans had expected! A 1-1 draw to the lowly third division team at home! Now we will have another replay against Southend away! :S