Last weekend, Blues eventually ended up at a draw after winning three consecutive wins following their first defeat against Burnley, allowing the Gunners to earn their first point at the Bridge in six visits.   Build-up play in the First Half In the first half, Chelsea actively initiated their build-up play from the back. However, 

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The Chelsea boss at last landed two more signings, Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City and Davide Zappacosta from Torino F.C., ending his long, almost undecided quest to add more depth to his midfield. Drinkwater had teamed up with Kante at Leicester during the title-winning season of the Foxes two years back. The 27-year-old also has 

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Chelsea earned another 3 points, this time in a comfortable 2-0 win at home against Everton. Cesc Fabregas, though still being vulnerable at defence, was brilliant in the attacking third. He scored the opening goal assisted by Morata, who also happened to score the winning goal. Bakayoko, who was substituted in during the last quarter, 

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Following a resilient display to see off Spurs at Wembley last weekend, Chelsea were expected to show more ambition in their play, hosting Everton at the Bridge on Sunday. The Blues didn’t disappoint, and here are the main talking points from the game.   Fabregas’ late runs While Frank Lampard was still around Chelsea never 

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Following their first loss of the season at home, Chelsea FC managed to secure three points at Wembley. The national champions already had a decent record against their London rivals at Wembley. However, with the transfer window challenges still going we can expect them to not stabilize in performances and tactical set up until their 

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Chelsea midfield worked as a powerful engine to facilitate their possession game in the last season mainly due to the sturdy and well-balanced partnership of the two box-to-box midfielders, Kante and Matic. However, with the news of Matic reuniting with his former boss, Mourinho, Chelsea fans all over the world have been concerning over their 

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The Blues have finally landed their second major signing in the form of AS Roma center back Antonio Rudiger, after Manchester City’s goalkeeper Wilfredo Caballero, under a 5-year contract worth £29m. Conte’s historical ties with Italian defence must have surely inspired him to benefit the Blues through the art of Italian defending in the coming 

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The Blues are keen to get Juventus’ star defender, Alex Sandro, to build up their left flank. As in the last season Conte’s men often faced oppositions penetrating to the box from the wide areas mainly due to an inadequate one-on-one defending talent and positional indiscipline, scoring a well negotiated deal with Juventus to sign 

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Antonio Conte is in full swing to strengthen his defense to get ready for the next season where the Blues will be facing Champions League fixtures. One of the hottest transfer talks undergoing by Chelsea’s management is the signing of Juventus’ center-back Leonardo Bonucci, who has already played under Conte at both the domestic and 

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As the English Premiership has come to an end, allow me to join the entire football fraternity across the globe in congratulating Chelsea Football Club for lifting the coveted English Premier League crown after a topsy- turvy season. When Chelsea suffered losses to Premiership rivals, particularly Liverpool (at home) and Arsenal (away), every football fan 

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September 16th, 36th minute at Stamford Bridge, Jordan Henderson unleashes an unstoppable long range shot and has Thibaut Courtois beaten for the second time of the day. Eight days later, Chelsea lose 3-0 to Arsenal away at the Emirates and plunge into the first crisis of the Conte era. At that point, Chelsea stand ten 

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Charles’ latest “The Mind of Conte” column. Amid all the speculation around Diego Costa and his future at the club, Chelsea produced a convincing performance away to Leicester last Saturday, which was exactly what the doctor ordered.   3-5-2 vs 3-4-3 In the second clash of the season between both Italian managers, Ranieri decided to 

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Charles’ latest “The Mind of Conte” column. The game was the highlight of the weekend and it delivered. It had all one could ask for: tactical as well as physical battles, uncertainty, controversy, and excitement. Focusing on the tactical battle, let’s take a look at how the game unfolded.   City neutralize Chelsea in the 

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Charles’ latest “The Mind of Conte” column. Looking at Chelsea’s form over the past few games, outstanding comes short of describing how impressive the blues have been. Six games, seventeen goals scored and zero goal conceded. This spell was made possible by Antonio Conte’s stellar management of the team.   Leadership Conte has displayed great 

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Charles’ latest “The Mind of Conte” column. Chelsea’s 3-4-3 formation was put to the test against Southampton over the weekend, and once again passed the test with flying colors. Since switching from 4-3-3 to 3-4-3, Chelsea have kept four clean-sheets in a row and scored eleven goals in the process. Here are my talking points 

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Charles’ latest “The Mind of Conte” column. Following the most impressive wins from the men in blue  against Leicester City and Manchester United, here are some thoughts on what stood out to me.   Dynamic front three Conte’s front three is in many ways reminiscent of the Malouda, Drogba, Anelka trio that led Chelsea to 

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Charles’ latest “The Mind of Conte” column. Following back to back defeats in the Premier League against fellow top 4 contenders in Liverpool and Arsenal, Antonio Conte vowed to look for solutions to address his team’s recent form, or lack thereof. As a result, the Italian manager setup his team in a brand new formation 

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Charles’ latest “The Mind of Conte” column. Any Chelsea fan watching the home game vs Burnley would have gone away from it buzzing with excitement. This was the most comprehensive performance we’ve seen in over a season. While all players deserved to be praised for the overall performance, two of them stood out to me: 

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The debut installment of a brand new column about everything Chelsea-related titled “The Mind of Conte” by Charles Codo.  Following much excitement, speculation, and anticipation, Antonio Conte has finally coached his first games in the English Premier League, home against West Ham and away to Watford. Following last season’s horror start, Chelsea fans will have 

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