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  1. We never got to see Clark Gregory go to trial, or the exact details of some of his offences...
  2. Catterall for Chelsea!
  3. From chief football writer to binman? That's some demotion. I'd have thought that he'd have gone to Russia Today or somewhere similar. Although it would have been funnier (IMHO anyway) if he'd joined the God squad and shown up offering Catts a leaflet and asking him if he'd found Jesus. Still, if he hates his new job now, wait until he gets Juno Love as a colleague.
  4. I was more referring to the side I'm managing in FM17. Earliest goal in recent games has been after 48 minutes.
  5. And I thought my Chelsea side had been leaving it late recently.
  6. Did you base Jordon Ibe on the portrayal of Bob Dole in The Simpsons, by any chance?
  7. Chelsea looked to capitalise on their opening win when they travelled to Croatia to take on Dinamo Zagreb. While their opponents had never got beyond the group stage of the Champions League, they had beaten Arsenal 2-1 in the 2015-16 competition. Spencer opted to start Rüdiger ahead of David Luiz, who had picked up a yellow card against Gladbach. Dinamo Zagreb Jesensek Takac Puskaric Amorim Perak Gonçalo Gavric Olmo Havojic Coulibaly Orescanin Substitutes: Adzic, Saric, Mise, Keirrison, Borgelott, Kraljevic, Vidacak Chelsea Courtois Azpilicueta Zouma Rüdiger Gayà Camacho Kanté Fàbregas Willian Costa Hazard Substitutes: Begovic, Alonso, Luiz, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Batshuayi Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) Chelsea looked to attack from the off and in the fourth minute, Willian sent the ball into the area. Costa played the ball back to Willian, who crossed first time to the far post. The ball was cleared out, but Kanté played it back into the area for Fàbregas. Fàbregas passed to Hazard, who saw a shot blocked by Perak. Five minutes later, Hazard played a pass to Kanté, who got to the edge of the area before sending a shot wide. In the twelfth minute, Gavric was shown a yellow card for a foul on Kanté. Two minutes later, Kanté found Fàbregas, whose shot was turned away by Jesensek and crashed against the crossbar. Midway through the first half, Costa was booked for a push on Puskaric. Four minutes later, a shot by Coulibaly was blocked by Rüdiger. On the half hour mark, Orescanin sent a header off target, before a shot by Kanté was pushed away by Jesensek. Four minutes later, a free kick from Parek found Coulibaly, whose header was easily gathered by Courtois. Azpilicueta, Gayà and Camacho then all picked up yellow cards in short order. Chelsea looked to finish the half strongly, and Camacho sent a shot wide before Costa volleyed the ball over the bar. In stoppage time, Kanté and Willian both saw shots blocked. Dinamo Zagreb made a change at half time, as Kraljevic replaced Takac. In the second minute of the half, Coulibaly got past Rüdiger and got to the edge of the box before seeing his shot saved by Courtois. Two minutes later, Amorim was booked before Fàbregas sent a shot over the bar. Coulibaly was then taken off, with Keirrison replacing him. In the 56th minute, a shot from Kanté went over the bar, before Kraljevic was booked for a trip on Kanté. Willian's free kick found Zouma, who headed the ball off target. Two minutes later, a cross from Gayà found Willian, whose header was wide. Rüdiger was then booked for a foul on Keirrison. Kanté then saw two shots blocked in as many minutes, before he sent a pot-shot wide. Dinamo then made their final substitution, replacing Olmo with Saric. In the 71st minute, a corner from Fàbregas found Rüdiger, whose header hit the side netting. A minute later, Fàbregas intercepted a throw-in, and passed to Willian. Willian's long ball was blocked, but Azpilicueta picked up on the loose ball and squared it to Kanté. Kanté found Fàbregas, whose pass to Willian was blocked, but Azpilicueta again picked up the loose ball and passed to Kanté. Kanté was robbed by Puskaric, but Camacho intercepted and found Fàbregas. This time, Fàbregas did find Willian, and Willian centred the ball for Costa, who smashed the ball into the roof of the net from close range and a tight angle to finally break the deadlock. There were appeals for offside from Kraljevic, who was right in the referee’s face, but somehow escaped a second yellow card. With just under fifteen minutes left, however, Camacho made contact with Perak. He was already on a yellow card, and was shown a second one. Spencer opted to take Fàbregas off, replacing him with Matic. With eight minutes left, Hazard cut inside before sending a shot wide of the goal, before David Luiz replaced Rüdiger. With six minutes left, as Chelsea looked to attack, Kraljevic pushed Kanté. He too was shown a second yellow card, and both sides were now down to ten men. Chelsea replaced Costa with Batshuayi as the game entered its closing stages, but Chelsea were barely threatened and made it two wins from two. UEFA Champions League Group C, Match 2 - at Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 Chelsea (Kraljevic s/o 84; Diego Costa 72, Camacho s/o 76) Attendance: 28,790 (1,752 away) Man of the Match: Kurt Zouma Group Table: | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | | Juventus | ITA | 2 | 2 | 0 | 0 | 5 | 1 | 4 | 6 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | | Chelsea | ENG | 2 | 2 | 0 | 0 | 4 | 1 | 3 | 6 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Dinamo Zagreb | CRO | 2 | 0 | 0 | 2 | 1 | 4 | -3 | 0 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Gladbach | GER | 2 | 0 | 0 | 2 | 1 | 5 | -4 | 0 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| Other Results: Group A: Athletic Bilbao 4-0 Besiktas (Munianin 2, Villalibre 46, 50, López 89), FC Porto 1-1 CSKA Moscow (Silva 28; Tosic 51) Group B: Chievo 4-5 FC Basel (Uebersax og 4, Inglese 36, Castro 53, Faragò 74; Samatta pen 23, Mockli 24, Vega 57, Inglese og 66, Steiner 90+1), Benfica 2-1 Atlético Madrid (Cervi 9, Mitroglou 64; Gameiro pen 24) Group C: Gladbach 0-2 Juventus (Lichtsteiner 1, Dybala 46) Group D: Bayern 0-2 Tottenham (Wanyama 23, Kane 30), Red Bull Salzburg 0-2 AS Monaco (Meireles og 29, Silva 73) Group E: BATE Borisov 0-4 Real Madrid (Rodríguez pen 2, Kroos 7, Benzema 20, Isco 72), Sporting CP 1-3 Celtic (Kalinic 56; Dembélé 33, Sinclair 35, Kurtic 79) Group F: Club Brugge 1-3 Inter Milan (Joselu 47; Nagatomo 42, Gabriel Barbosa 68, 74), Dortmund 2-0 Shakhtar (Schürrle 62, Aubameyang 66) Group G: Feyenoord 1-3 Arsenal (Eila 69; Silva 19, Ramsey 54, Josué 87), Zenit 0-3 Barcelona (Messi 16, Neymar 28, 50) Group H: Legia Warsaw 0-5 PSG (Cavani 5, Higuain 17, 22, pen 79, Neves 49), Man Utd 2-0 Leverkusen (Nainggolan 12, Ibrahimovic 53) Europa League: Group C: Liverpool 6-0 Zulte Waregem (Origi 10, 84, Mané 20, 64, Can 25, Klaasen 47) Group D: Steau Bucharest 2-2 Hearts (Gnohere 11, Buzatu 59; Dragomir 17, Engels 75) Group H: KRC Genk 0-0 Man City Group K: Southampton 3-0 FC Copenhagen (Lingard 11, Clasie 49, Austin 90) Group L: Watford 1-1 Olympique Marseille (Dawson 44; Ocampos 89)
  8. Chelsea's next league match was at home to struggling Swansea City. Spencer was hoping for a comfortable victory, especially with Manchester United and Arsenal looming. Chelsea Courtois Azpilicueta Zouma Luiz Gayà Camacho Kanté Fàbregas Pedro Costa Hazard Substitutes: Begovic, Alonso, Rüdiger, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Batshuayi Swansea Fabianski Naughton Fernández Kingsley Tabanou Cork Fer Carroll Walters Doumbia Sigurdsson Substitutes: Nordfeldt, Fulgini, Britton, Llorente, Viera, Bartley, Routledge Referee: Lee Mason It was, in fact, Swansea who had the first chance of the match, with Doumbia seeing a shot tipped over by Courtois. A minute later, David Luiz received a yellow card for a trip on Doumbia. In the twelfth minute, a long free kick saw Fernández head the ball straight at Courtois. A minute later, a free kick saw Zouma pass to Fàbregas. Fàbregas moved the ball forward to Hazard, whose shot from the edge of the area was parried by Fabianski. In the fifteenth minute, Gayà's throw-in found Hazard, who played it back to Gayà. Gayà swung a deep first time cross into the area to Pedro, whose header was saved by Fabianski. Two minutes later, a free kick from Sigurdsson struck the wall. In the 20th minute, a throw-in from Gayà found Hazard. Hazard crossed the ball into the area, and the ball deflected off Fernández and had to be turned behind by Fabianski. Six minutes later, Kanté played the ball to Costa, who passed to Hazard. Hazard slipped the ball to Kanté, who sent the ball sailing wide of the mark. In the 33rd minute, Camacho was booked for a foul on Carroll. Four minutes later, Camacho played a pass to Fàbregas, who played a one-two with Kanté before firing over the bar. Five minutes before half time, Gayà intercepted a clearance from Kingsley and passed to Camacho. Camacho squared the ball to Fàbregas, who laid it forward to Hazard. Hazard moved the ball forward to Costa, whose half volley was straight at Fabianski. Two minutes later, Kanté laid the ball left to Costa, who put his shot narrowly over. In the 53rd minute, a free kick from David Luiz was met by the head of Costa, who headed the ball over the bar. A minute later, Gayà was booked after one foul too many. From the free kick, Tabanou found Walters, who nodded the ball wide. Fer then left the pitch, to be replaced by Fulgini. Chelsea then won a free kick, but David Luiz sent the ball over the bar. Swansea then replaced Routledge with Carroll. In the 65th minute, Jack Cork was penalised for a foul on Kanté. David Luiz took the free kick, sending it just over. Three minutes later, Tabanou was booked for a foul on Pedro. A minute after that, Zouma headed wide from a Fàbregas corner. In the 72nd minute, Kanté went on a superb run before whipping in a cross to Hazard, whose volley went clean over the bar. Chelsea then took Camacho off, replacing him with Batshuayi, while Swansea brought Llorente on for Doumbia. Swansea then had several chances of their own. In the 77th minute, Sigurdsson sprayed the ball out left for Routledge, who cut inside before sending an ambitious effort way over the bar. Two minutes later, Walters played a great ball to Llorente, who was denied by a smart stop by Courtois. Then, with ten minutes left, Sigurdsson passed to Llorente, who got past Zouma before seeing his long shot tipped around the post by Courtois. Two minutes later, Chelsea won a corner. Fàbregas sent the ball into the area, but Naughton headed clear. Kanté, however, recovered possession, and went for glory. The shot found the net from 25 yards, finally breaking Swansea's resistance. Chelsea then replaced Costa with Matic. In the second minute of stoppage time, Chelsea won a free kick. David Luiz floated the ball into the area, and Hazard got his head to the ball and sent it into the corner of the net to put the result beyond doubt. Barclays Premier League - at Stamford Bridge, London Chelsea 2-0 Swansea City (Kanté 82, Hazard 90+2) Attendance: 41,629 (1,532 away) Man of the Match: David Luiz Other Results Friday West Brom 1-2 Stoke (Long 16; Balotelli pen 1, Allen 61) Saturday Liverpool 1-0 Man Utd (Flanagan 84, Can s/o 68) Tottenham 1-1 Everton (Carrasco 69; Baines 39) Watford 4-0 Sunderland (Bolasie 11, Deeney 37, 41, Pereyra 78) West Ham 3-0 Norwich (Rodri 24, Obiang 65, Feghouli 82; Borthwick-Jackson s/o 64) Southampton 0-3 Arsenal (Silva pen 37, Giroud 78, 85) Sunday Newcastle 1-1 Burnley (Pjaca 18; Gray 31, Abrashi s/o 42) Man City 3-1 Derby County (Nasri 31, Aguero 71, Sterling 90+1; Martin 35) Monday Bournemouth 2-3 Leicester (Ibe 27, Paterson 76; Carrillo 19, Juanfran 46, Vardy 53)
  9. Chelsea's campaign in the EFL Cup would begin at Stamford Bridge against Liverpool. Liverpool had fallen at the first hurdle in the previous season's competition, and the last meeting between the two sides had seen Chelsea sneak through in the semifinals in 2015. Spencer opted to shake things up a bit, bringing Gayà, Camacho and Batshuayi into the side. Chelsea Courtois Azpilicueta Zouma Luiz Gayà Camacho Kanté Matic Willian Batshuayi Pedro Substitutes: Begovic, Wakefield, Rüdiger, Fàbregas, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard, Costa Liverpool Karius Flanagan Matip Sakho Moreno Henderson Milner Sabitzer Klaasen Firmino Origi Substitutes: Ward, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Wood, Can, Stewart, Pulisic Referee: Andy Haines Chelsea looked to start the match on the front foot, and in the second minute Batshuayi fed the ball through to Willian, who hit the side netting. Two minutes later, a hopeful shot from Camacho was easily gathered by Karius. Then, in the fifth minute, Milner was penalised for a foul on Kanté. Willian took the free kick, and Zouma beat Sakho in the air but headed the ball inches past the post. It took until the seventh minute for Liverpool to have a chance, as Origi tried his luck but was denied by Courtois. Four minutes later, Henderson was fouled by Camacho. Firmino went for goal from the free kick, but Courtois was equal to it. In the thirteenth minute, Kanté passed to Pedro, whose speculative effort was tipped behind by Karius. In the 21st minute, Camacho was brought down by Milner, who was shown a yellow card. Six minutes later, Sabitzer was penalised for a foul on Pedro. Willian sent the free kick into the area, where Zouma headed wide. In the 33rd minute, Milner clattered Kanté, but escaped a second yellow. Willian went for goal from the free kick, and the ball struck the post with Sakho clearing ahead of an onrushing Luiz. Six minutes later, a free kick from Willian was caught by Karius. Karius’ long ball was cleared by Luiz, but Moreno intercepted and passed to Firmino. Firmino played a long ball to Origi, who, one-on-one with Courtois, connected with a half volley which Courtois turned behind. Sabitzer then played the ball back to Sakho, who passed to Henderson. Henderson played in Milner, whose shot was saved by Courtois. In the 43rd minute, Pedro beat Flanagan to a long ball from Courtois and moved it forward to Batshuayi. Batshuayi passed the ball for Kanté to run onto, and Kanté got into the area before shooting over the bar. With half time approaching, a Liverpool free kick was cleared by Azpilicueta to Pedro. Pedro fed Batshuayi in an advanced position, and Batshuayi looked for a first time ball to Azpilicueta, who played the ball to Gayà. Gayà took the ball down the left, getting past Flanagan, and delivered a cross to the far post. Batshuayi got up well, but his header from an awkward angle struck the crossbar. In the 48th minute, a corner from Pedro was headed clear by Milner to Origi, who took the ball to the halfway line and looked to find Klaasen with a searching pass. Azpilicueta intercepted, and passed to Luiz, who played the ball to Camacho. Camacho then laid the ball left to Matic, who played the ball to the feet of Batshuayi. Batshuayi got past Matip but was dispossessed by a sliding tackle from Henderson. Milner's clearance was intercepted by Matic, who passed short to Camacho. Camacho picked out Willian with a delightful pass, and Willian played a ball to the far post for Pedro to convert. Liverpool looked to hit back immediately, with Origi sending a shot off target. In the 55th minute, Camacho was shown a yellow card for a trip on Klaasen. From the free kick, Henderson squared the ball to Milner, who played a one-two with Sakho before passing it ahead of Origi, but an excellent tackle by Luiz saw the ball out at the expense of a corner. The corner was headed clear by Camacho, but Sabitzer got to the loose ball and and played a one touch pass to Milner on the left. Milner passed the ball into the area, and Firmino played the ball to Henderson's feet. Henderson went for goal, but Courtois saved the shot. A minute later, Moreno was dispossessed by Azpilicueta, and Willian got to the loose ball before getting away down the right before hitting a 25 yard ball ahead of Batshuayi. Batshuayi got past Sakho into the area, before firing across goal from a tight angle. Liverpool then looked to attack, with Henderson finding Sabitzer. Sabitzer found Origi to his left, and Origi hit an optimistic effort high and wide. Liverpool then replaced Sabitzer with Wijnaldum, before Klaasen was replaced by Pulisic, who had been signed from Borussia Dortmund for £38M. In the 65th minute, Gayà upended Wijnaldum, and was shown a yellow card. Flanagan went into the book four minutes later, for a foul on Pedro. Flanagan was subsequently taken off, to be replaced by Kevin Stewart. In the 71st minute, a corner by Pedro was met by Zouma, who headed the ball wide. Moreno was then booked for a foul on Willian. With eight minutes left, Zouma and Willian were taken off, with Rüdiger and Hazard replacing them. Liverpool then looked to get an equaliser, and with six minutes to go, a shot from Origi cannoned off Rüdiger and was tipped behind by Courtois. A minute later, a throw-in by Moreno found Firmino, who passed back to Moreno. Moreno sent a cross into the area, which was headed clear by Matic. Milner, however, recovered and played it into the box for Stewart, whose volley was tipped away by Courtois. As stoppage time was indicated, a cross from Wijnaldum was caught by Courtois, who sent a long ball towards Pedro. Moreno's clearance was intercepted by Matic, who passed to Batshuayi. Batshuayi found Hazard with an inch-perfect pass, and Hazard got into the area before sending a shot into the opposite corner of the net to seal the win. EFL Cup Third Round - at Stamford Bridge, London Chelsea 2-0 Liverpool (Pedro 48, Hazard 90+1) Attendance: 41,629 (2,081 away) Man of the Match: José Gayà Other Results: Tuesday Cardiff 2-1 Sheff Utd (Noone 15, Richards 39; Duffy 68) Crewe 2-1 Rotherham (Dagnall 14, Cooper 45+1; Ward 6, Smallwood s/o 2) Leicester 3-1 Arsenal (Musa 3, Mertesacker og 17, Zapata 37; Josué pen 75) Newcastle 1-1 Stoke (Colback 11; Bojan 54) Newcastle win 4-3 on penalties QPR 1-1 Oxford Utd (Hall 37; Lundstram 29) Oxford Utd win 6-5 on penalties Wednesday Barnsley 2-3 Wigan (Palmer 1, Bradshaw 65; Grigg 9, pen 33, Odelusi 17) Blackburn 3-0 Scunthorpe (Evans 23, Nuhlu pen 34, Mendes 52) Derby County 1-2 Crystal Palace (Weimann 81; Wickham 8, 30) Everton 3-0 AFC Wimbledon (Grant 27, Benteke 41, Deulofeu 45) Man City 1-1 Tottenham (Iheanacho 3; Eriksen 34) Man City win 6-5 on penalties Man Utd 1-0 Bristol City (Nainggolan 58, Shaw s/o 73) Middlesbrough 1-0 Birmingham (Pugh 24) Northampton 2-1 Bournemouth (Revell 49, Peterson og 90+5; Wilson 35) Southampton 3-0 Huddersfield (Lingard 44, 67, Redmond 72) Watford 2-1 Burnley (Deeney 26, 38, Suárez s/o 70; Gray 61)
  10. Chelsea travelled to Norwich for their next Premier League match. The Canaries sat 17th in the league, but had won their last match 1-0 at Anfield. Norwich City Ruddy Durm Klose Holding Borthwick Howson Dorrans Pritchard Naismith Jesé Finnbogason Substitutes: Rudd, Bennett, Tettey, Jerome, Jacob Murphy, Martin, Josh Murphy Chelsea Courtois Azpilicueta Zouma Luiz Alonso Kanté Matic Willian Fàbregas Hazard Costa Substitutes: Begovic, Gayà, Rüdiger, Camacho, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Batshuayi Referee: Anthony Taylor In the first minute, Marcos Alonso was booked for two fouls in the space of 25 seconds. It took until the seventh minute for the first chance, as Azpilicueta saw a shot tipped behind by Ruddy. From the corner, Zouma sent a header just over. A minute later, Fàbregas sent a free kick into the area, which Zouma headed wide. In the fifteenth minute, Kanté intercepted a pass and played in Fàbregas, who passed back to Matic. Matic passed to Hazard, who looked for Fàbregas in the area, and Fàbregas saw his shot beaten away by Ruddy. It took until the 24th minute for Norwich to have their first chance. Naismith played a pass to Finnbogason, who put the ball into space for Jesé. Jesé sent a cross in for Pritchard, who hit the side netting. In the 31st minute, a throw-in from Alonso found Fàbregas, who passed to Kanté in the middle of the pitch. Kanté took a pot-shot from the edge of the area, but it was saved by Ruddy. Six minutes later, Kanté shifted focus to the left, and Matic let fly with a shot which he couldn't get on target. Finnbogason sustained a gashed head late in the first half, and was replaced by Cameron Jerome. Eric Durm went for goal a minute into the second half, but couldn't get his shot on target. Two minutes later, a corner from Fàbregas saw Matic get his head to it, but his header missed the target. In the 52nd minute, Pritchard sent a free kick wide of the mark, before Norwich replaced Naismith with Tettey. A throw-in by Alonso then found Hazard, who passed to Costa. Costa's pass was deflected to Kanté, who played the ball into the area for Fàbregas. Fàbregas passed to Willian, whose shot was saved by Ruddy. Chelsea then made their first change, as Gayà replaced the booked Alonso. In the 60th minute, Fàbregas played in Hazard, whose shot from the edge of the area was tipped wide by Ruddy. Chelsea then took an ineffective Costa off for Batshuayi, and replaced Matic with Pedro, as they looked to increase the pressure. With seven minutes left, Kanté intercepted a pass from Dorrans and passed to Gayà, who found Willian in a good position. Willian punted the ball up the pitch to Batshuayi, who lost out to Klose. Klose passed to Holding, who found Jesé. Azpilicueta, however, robbed Jesé and found Kanté, who played a first time ball to Pedro. Pedro played the ball to Willian, who found Kanté. Kanté played the ball forward to Batshuayi, who spread the play left to Hazard. Hazard let fly first time, and his shot beat Ruddy, but not the woodwork, and cannoned back off the post to be cleared by a grateful Holding. With five minutes left, Zouma found Kanté, who set off on a run through the Norwich half before seeking out Willian. Willian played the ball to Gayà, who passed back to Fàbregas. Fàbregas played the ball to the feet of Willian, who lofted it to Gayà. Gayà then passed to Fàbregas, who found Kanté, and Kanté moved the ball forward to Batshuayi, who fed the ball into the danger area for Pedro. Pedro went for the shot, sending the ball inches wide. With two minutes left, Kanté played the ball into the area for Hazard, whose half volleyed was tipped over by Ruddy. Barclays Premier League - at Carrow Road, Norwich Norwich City 0-0 Chelsea Attendance: 27,244 Man of the Match: Timm Klose Other Results: Friday Derby County 0-2 West Ham (Valencia 35, 59) Saturday Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle (Koscielny 58, Coquelin 90+2) Burnley 1-0 Bournemouth (Vokes 29) Stoke City 5-3 Tottenham (Arnautovic 14, Bojan 31, Shaqiri 80, Berahino 88, 90+2; Kane 6, 25, 39) Sunderland 1-2 Leicester (Khazri 29, Djilobodji s/o 73; Willian José 52, 79) Sunday Everton 0-1 Man City (Fernandinho 36) Watford 2-0 West Brom (Deeney 28, Pereyra 56) Man Utd 2-0 Southampton (Ghoulam 53, Martial 56) Swansea 1-2 Liverpool (Fulgini 50; Mané 1, Lallana 88)
  11. After a year-long absence, the UEFA Champions League returned to Stamford Bridge. Spencer knew that a good run in the competition was essential, especially as the fans had suffered withdrawal symptoms after the club’s abysmal 2015/16 season had caused a year of cold turkey. Of course, it wasn’t going to be straightforward. Borussia Monchengladbach, Chelsea’s Group C opponents, were no pushovers, having demolished fellow competitors Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 at the weekend. Spencer had opted to make one change from the Derby County game, bringing Pedro in for Willian. Chelsea Courtois Azpilicueta Zouma Luiz Alonso Kanté Matic Pedro Fàbregas Hazard Costa Substitutes: Begovic, Gayà, Rüdiger, Camacho, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Batshuayi Borussia Mönchengladbach Sommer Jungwirth Strobl Kolo Wendt Dahoud Kramer Herrmann Stindl Johnson Raffael Substitutes: Sippell, Elvedi, Correa, Wagner, Traoré, Vestergaard, Drmic Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) The two teams lined up for the Champions League Anthem, and then the match started. It took eight minutes for the opening attack. Eden Hazard played a free kick into the area, and Zouma saw a header saved by Sommer. Two minutes later, a shot from Fàbregas was deflected behind off Dahoud, before another Fàbregas shot was blocked by Kolo - his full surname being Kolodziejczak - in the thirteenth minute. It took until the seventeenth minute before Gladbach had their first chance. From a free kick, Wendt bent the ball around the wall, but Courtois did superbly well to save. The ball was deflected against the post, and Zouma got to it ahead of Herrmann to clear it into touch. Two minutes later, Marcos Alonso was booked for a foul on Herrmann. The visitors then began to dominate and forced a series of corners, none of which came to anything. In the 34th minute, a free kick from Hazard found Zouma, whose header was saved by Sommer. Two minutes later, Sommer saved first from Hazard and then from Fàbregas. In the 40th minute, Gladbach won a corner. Stindl looked to find Wendt, but David Luiz handled the ball, and was shown a yellow card. Raffael stepped up and converted the penalty to give the visitors a shock lead. Chelsea responded with Kanté and Pedro having shots blocked, but the Germans still held the lead at the interval. Spencer told his players in no uncertain terms that he was not happy with their performance, and they came out fired up for the second half. In the 54th minute, a Gladbach attack broke down as Kanté dispossessed Johnson, before passing to Pedro. Pedro played a quick one-two with Fàbregas, before curling the ball in to the far post. Kolo intercepted, but Matic recovered possession and passed to David Luiz, who adopted the route one approach with a long pass to Costa. The pass was intercepted, but Kanté won it back and found Fàbregas. Fàbregas looked to play in Costa, who got into the area. He was too wide to shoot, but he looked to cross to Hazard. Jungwirth headed clear, but only as far as Fàbregas, who passed to Hazard. Hazard's shot ricocheted off a defender to Costa, who had no trouble firing home from close range. The linesman, however, flagged for offside, and the goal didn't count. A minute later, Jungwirth was booked for a foul on Hazard, before Elvedi came on to replace Stindl. As the clock ticked around to the hour mark, Azpilicueta robbed Johnson and passed to Fàbregas. Fàbregas played a one-two with Pedro, before hitting a long aerial ball out left. Hazard timed his run to perfection before volleying the ball into the opposite corner of the net to bring Chelsea level. Gladbach promptly took Johnson off, replacing him with Ibrahima Traoré. In the 65th minute, Hazard passed to Fàbregas, who played the ball on to Costa. Costa went for goal, but his shot was blocked by Kolo and went behind. From the resulting corner, Matic's header was deflected to Luiz. Luiz passed to Pedro, who was robbed by Strodl. Strodl, however, lost out to Luiz, who found Zouma. Zouma went for goal, and his shot struck the underside of the bar before coming down on the right side of the line to turn the game around in the space of five minutes. Chelsea then looked to get another, and barely a minute later Costa robbed Elvedi before taking the ball into the Gladbach half and passing to Fàbregas. Fàbregas was dispossessed by Elvedi, and Sommer got to the loose ball just before Hazard. In the 71st minute, a shot from Raffael was charged down by Matic, before Costa sent a shot just wide a minute later. In the 76th minute, Herrmann headed the ball just over the bar, before Zouma saw a header tipped over two minutes later. Chelsea then took Matic off, replacing him with Camacho. With eight minutes left, a long ball by Kanté found Costa, who played a similarly long ball to Hazard on the left wing. Hazard raced into the box, only to hit the side netting. Chelsea then replaced a tiring Kanté with Loftus-Cheek. In the 85th minute, Raffael was flagged offside. Courtois played the free kick long, and Loftus-Cheek beat Kolo in the air and headed the ball on to Costa, who sent a speculative effort over the bar. As the match entered the closing stages, Gladbach looked to push forward, and in the 88th minute a shot from Strobl was tipped over by Courtois. The corner was caught by Courtois, who sent the ball upfield to Costa. Costa headed the ball back to Pedro, who passed left to Fàbregas. Fàbregas played a one-two with to Costa, before playing it into the area for Hazard, who fired an audacious shot past Sommer to secure the three points. UEFA Champions League Group C, Match 1 - at Stamford Bridge, London Chelsea 3-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach (Hazard 61, 89, Zouma 66; Raffael pen 40) Man of the Match: Eden Hazard Group C Table | Pos | Inf | Team | Nation| Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | GD | Pts | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1st | | Chelsea | ENG | 1 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 3 | 1 | 2 | 3 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2nd | | Juventus | ITA | 1 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 3 | 1 | 2 | 3 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Gladbach | GER | 1 | 0 | 0 | 1 | 1 | 3 | -2 | 0 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4th | | Dinamo Zagreb | CRO | 1 | 0 | 0 | 1 | 1 | 3 | -2 | 0 | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| Other results: Group A: Besiktas 2-1 FC Porto (Talisca 32, 63; Telles 24), CSKA Moscow 1-1 Athletic Bilbao (Tosic 76; Villalibre 45+2) Group B: Atlético Madrid 1-0 Chievo (Filipe Luís 14), FC Basel 1-3 Benfica (Samatta 6, Stauffer s/o 64; Mitroglou 42, 69, Cervi 67) Group C: Juventus 3-1 Dinamo Zagreb (Dybala pen 32, Correa 48, Mandzukic 90; Vrucina 29) Group D: AS Monaco 0-2 Bayern Munich (Fabinho s/o 64; Müller 49, Lewandowski 65), Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Red Bull Salzburg (Alli 30, Walker 87) Group E: Celtic 2-0 BATE Borisov (Mulgrew 27, Sinclair 44), Real Madrid 2-0 Sporting CP (Benzema 22, Isco 90+2) Group F: Inter Milan 2-0 Borussia Dortmund (Jovetic 21, Icardi 70), Shakhtar 2-2 Club Brugge (Petryak 5, Srna 22; Joselu 38, Immers 53) Group G: Arsenal 2-0 Zenit (Oxlade-Chamberlain 38, Bellerín 53), Barcelona 4-0 Feyenoord (Suarez 7, 22, 27, Messi 77) Group H: Bayer Leverkusen 5-1 Legia Warsaw (Volland 15, 26, 87, Hernandez 17, 69; Langil 46), PSG 2-2 Man Utd (Cavani 44, Di Maria 45+2; Nainggolan 31, Lozano 80) Europa League Results: Group C: Saint-Étienne 0-0 Liverpool Group D: Hearts 0-1 Olympique Lyonnais (Lacazette 6) Group H: Man City 0-1 Espanyol (Sánchez 57) Group K: Schalke 04 2-1 Southampton (Poulsen 4, 18; Austin 77) Group L: Qarabag 2-5 Watford (Bayramov 50, Salahli 53; Bolasie 3, 12, 13, 45+1: Deeney 25)
  12. I think that Juno Love might just have signed the government's death warrant.
  13. Chelsea hosted Derby County looking to get back on track with their opening Champions League game looming. David Luiz and Eden Hazard had both recovered from injury, but while Luiz was fit enough to start, Hazard was only fit enough for the bench. Chelsea Courtois Azpilicueta Zouma Luiz Alonso Kanté Matic Willian Fàbregas Pedro Costa Substitutes: Begovic, Gayà, Rüdiger, Camacho, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard, Batshuayi Derby County Carson Christie Wilson Shackell Olsson Weimann Butterfield Hughes Forsyth Walker Vydra Substitutes: Roos, Karic, Bryson, Russell, Ince, Anya, Thorne Referee: André Marriner Chelsea burst out of the blocks and won a corner inside two minutes, when Costa took over from Matic and fed the ball to Pedro in the area. Pedro tried a pot-shot at goal, which was tipped wide by Carson. From the corner, Shackell got up above Matic to head the ball behind. A minute later, Matic was fouled by Butterfield. Marcos Alonso went for goal from the free kick, but the shot was saved by Carson. In the sixth minute, Chelsea won another corner. Fàbregas floated the ball to the back post, where Matic sent the header wide. In the fourteenth minute, Azpilicueta found Willian, whose cross was blocked by Hughes. Kanté recovered the ball, and passed to Matic. Matic moved the ball left to Pedro, who passed into Costa's path. Costa struck the ball at goal, but Carson tipped it behind. Two minutes later, Alonso played a one-two with Matic before passing back to Matic. Matic then passed to Pedro, who found Alonso. Alonso played a pass to Kanté, who played in Willian. Willian took the ball into the area before having a shot which hit the side netting. Derby had their first chance a minute later. Forsyth's cross was headed clear by Zouma, but Hughes intercepted and passed back to Butterfield. Butterfield went for goal from distance, but sent the ball high and wide. In the nineteenth minute, Matic was brought down by Weimann. Willian took the free kick, but it was saved by Carson. A minute later, Fàbregas was fouled by Butterfield, and again Willian saw a free kick saved by Butterfield. In the 27th minute, Kanté was stopped by a superbly done sliding tackle by Hughes. Fàbregas intercepted, however, and found Costa, who was tackled perfectly by Wilson. Pedro then took over, and sent a shot wide. On the half hour mark, a clearance by Matic was intercepted by Hughes, who passed to Forsyth. Forsyth took the ball into the area and shot from a tight angle, but his shot was saved by Courtois. Five minutes later, Kanté went on a surging run through the Derby half before getting into the box and passing to Fàbregas, whose first time shot went wide. Six minutes from half time, Weimann played in Vydra in the Chelsea area. Vydra went for goal, but his shot was never on target. Three minutes later, Matic was booked for a foul on Hughes. Two minutes into the second half, a cross from Forsyth found Walker, who sent his shot high and wide. Vydra then chanced his arm, sending an optimistic long range effort off target. Four minutes later, Willian sent a free kick over the bar, before Watford replaced Vydra with Russell. Willian then had another free kick, which he sent high over the bar. Chelsea looked to turn the screw, and in the 54th minute an interception by David Luiz found Fàbregas, who sprayed the ball out left for Pedro. Pedro aimed for the far post, and Costa got his head to the ball only to head it over the bar. Four minutes later, a free kick from Willian found Costa, who found himself in space. Costa shot from a tight angle, but Carson tipped the ball over the bar. Costa then saw a shot blocked by Shackell, as did Pedro four minutes later. Chelsea then replaced a tiring Matic with Loftus-Cheek. With just under twenty minutes to go, Hazard was brought on for Willian, while Tom Ince came on for Derby. In the 76th minute, a throw-in from Alonso found Hazard, who centred a high ball for Pedro. Pedro was nudged by Olsson, but Marriner adjudged it to be too strong for his liking and pointed to the spot. Hazard stepped up and sent the ball into the bottom right corner to break Derby's resistance. Two minutes later, a long clearance was intercepted by Zouma and passed to Kanté. Kanté sent a long ball up the pitch to Pedro, who got the ball just before it went out and sent a first time cross to the far post, where Hazard converted to double Chelsea's lead and surely wrap up the win. With ten minutes left, Loftus-Cheek passed forward to Hazard, who passed to Costa. Costa went on a superb run to the edge of the area, only to send a rising shot over the bar. Costa had another chance two minutes later, playing a one-two with Hazard before seeing a shot tipped behind by Carson. Derby still had some fight left in them, however, and with three minutes left Ince skipped past Loftus-Cheek before seeing his shot saved by Courtois. Costa then chanced his arm, seeing a shot saved by Carson. Chelsea 2-0 Derby County (Hazard pen 76, 78) Man of the Match: Eden Hazard It was a vital win for Chelsea, because Man Utd went to Newcastle and won 3-0. Zlatan Ibrahimovic got two goals in the first half, the second from the spot after Martial was upended by Lascelles. Juan Mata added a third ten minutes after half time, and that's how it stayed. Man City, meanwhile, made it five wins out of five, with Samir Nasri scoring the only goal of the game at home to Stoke. Arsenal, meanwhile, went down to a shock defeat at Bournemouth. Santi Cazorla opened the scoring, but an own goal by Cech leveled up the score. Callum Wilson and Benik Afobe then scored either side of a Giroud effort to secure a famous win and move the cherries up to second. Leicester also got beaten, as Riyad Mahrez saw his third minute goal overturned by André Gray and Suk Hyun-Jun to give Burnley an away win, while at the London Stadium, Jonathan Calleri and Pedro Obiang gave West Ham a 2-0 win over Everton. Watford, meanwhile, went to Wembley again, and took the lead through Pereyra. That lead lasted a minute, as Danny Rose equalised for Tottenham before Harry Kane got the winner in the 63rd minute. The Sunday games, meanwhile, saw one match given the majority of the focus. Bottom club Norwich went to Anfield and won, with Timm Klose getting the only goal of the game midway through the second half. This, therefore, took attention away from the match at The Hawthorns, where West Brom and Sunderland served up a seven goal thriller. Wayne Rooney converted a penalty in the first minute, before Mariano added a brace to give the home side a 3-0 lead after just 25 minutes. Jeremain Lens and Wahbi Khazri brought Sunderland back into it, but Shane Long scored just before half time and again before the hour to seal the match. Southampton, meanwhile, beat Swansea 2-0 with a goal from Dos Santos and a penalty from Gabbiadini. In the Bundesliga, meanwhile, Chelsea's Champions League opponents Borussia Mönchengladbach beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 with a brace from Raffael and goals from Patrick Hermann and Ibrahima Traoré.
  14. Mind you, at least in real life under Sarri Chelsea are challenging for top four...
  15. Rashford missing the penalty against PSG.
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