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Jermaine Beckford’s impressive solo goal gave 10-man Everton victory over Chelsea on Sunday.

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Everton 1 Chelsea 0                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Jermaine Beckford’s impressive solo goal gave 10-man Everton victory over Chelsea on Sunday.                                                                                          
The ex-Leeds striker broke from his own half and held off half-challenges from the Chelsea defence before confidently chipping over Petr Cech in the 74th minute to score the only goal of the game.                                                                                                    
The home side finished the game with ten-men after Seamus Coleman was sent off early in the second-half for two yellow cards, the dismissal followed a reckless challenge on midfield player Jon Mikel Obi.                                                                                                   
The board did not leave it long before announcing shortly after the game that they had parted company
with manager Carlo Ancelotti. There are many who will be sad to see the double winning coach leave, during the defeat the fans were still singing his name.                                                                                                                                                                            
With Didier Drogba out injured, Carlo chose Nicolas Anelka and Fernando Torres to play in attack but unfortunately they failed to impress.                                                                                                                                                                                                
The Evertonian’s win saw them finish seventh, an impressive effort having got the season off to a bad start.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Defender Phil Jaglielka had the best chance in the first-half, when he hit the bar from a header from a Mikl Arteta croner.                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Chelsea had a good chance in the second-half when John Terry hit the post from a 20-yard drive but it was the home side who managed to take the points.                                                                                                                                                                        
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7 goals to nil – Youth sensation shines as Chelsea put QPR to the sword in friendly

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Billy Gilmour nets brace as Chelsea thrash QPR 7-1

Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour was the hero as the Blues faced off against QPR in a friendly match ahead of Premier League return.

According to the Independent, Frank Lampard’s side were in cruise control as they won the game 7-1. Braces from Billy Gilmour and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were supplemented by goals from Oliver Giroud, Mason Mount, and Willian.

Another positive news was the appearance of N’Golo Kante. The Frenchman was included in the starting line-up after having returned to contact training last week.

N'Golo Kante played the friendly against QPR
Kante’s return is a boost for Chelsea

He had earlier expressed fears regarding a return to the pitch and was granted compassionate leave by the club. Now back in the thick of things, his return will aid us in our aim to hold onto the fourth spot.

The star of the show was another midfielder, Gilmour. The 19-year-old made a name for himself with an eye-catching performance against European champions Liverpool in the FA Cup.

He shackled Brazilian star Fabinho for the entire duration of the game as the Blues came out 2-0 winners. The youngster was convinced by Lampard to stay put rather than go out on loan in January.

It proved to be an inspired decision as he has stepped up magnificently in the following months. He also appears to have developed a scoring streak during the lockdown.

Billy Gilmour
The rise of Billy Gilmour has been a boon to Chelsea

Five of the seven goals were scored by our youth players. It should give us an idea of the fine work being done by Lampard and his team at the club. The veterans were not keen on being left behind as Giroud and Willian both showed they still have it despite their age.

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Chelsea had won their previous game as well – a friendly against Reading. The club are currently in 4th spot and face a number of challenging fixtures.

We not only play the top three but also fellow top-four prospects Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

West Ham United and Watford also represent a strong challenge due to their desperation to escape the relegation battle. The Blues will need to get off to a strong start. So far, the omens bode well.

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Here’s how the Chelsea stars fared in the 1-0 win vs Swansea – Hazard 8.5/10, Kante 8/10

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Full Time: Swansea City 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea emerged unscathed with a 1-0 win against Premier League strugglers Swansea City at Liberty Stadium this Saturday.

Although it was a much-needed victory to fuel the club’s hopes of securing a top-4 finish, Chelsea’s performance, on the whole, was a tad disappointing.

Cesc Fabregas scored an early goal to put the visitors in the driver’s seat but from thereon, Chelsea’s attack looked increasingly blunt. Swansea failed to pose much of a threat in the initial stages but as time wore on, the club did take quite a few chances in the last few minutes.

Luckily for the Blues, they managed to hold them off. That said, let’s take a look at how our players fared against Swansea.

Chelsea Player Ratings

Thibaut Courtois – 7/10

After enjoying an easy first-half, Courtois did have a few nervy moments in the final few minutes. Overall, it was a good show and his ball distribution was admirable once again.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 7.5/10

Azpilicueta proved to be a reliable presence for us at the back like always. He was quite vigilant to keep trouble from Swansea at bay, particularly when it came to Andre Ayew.

Gary Cahill – 7/10

Made a few risky tackles but besides that, he performed well and put in a solid shift.

Antonio Rudiger – 6/10

Struggled against the Ayew brothers on certain occasions and looked a bit shaky.

Victor Moses – 7.5/10

Got forward quite a bit and even got close to scoring. It was a decent display from Moses, who went on to pick up a booking for tripping Martin Olsson.

N’Golo Kante – 8/10

Won the ball for us on several occasions and maintained possession to put in a fluid performance at the heart of the midfield.

Cesc Fabregas – 7.5/10

Scored the only goal of the game and made some important late runs into the box to facilitate attacks. He seems to thrive in a 3-5-2 formation.

Tiemoue Bakayoko – 6/10

After a disappointing start, Bakayoko grew into the game. Although he got his basics right, there was nothing extraordinary about his performance.

Emerson Palmieri – 7/10

A splendid display from Palmieri, who impressed on both fronts. Fought hard at the back and also provided momentum while going forward.

Eden Hazard – 8.5/10

Hazard continues to be rock-solid for Chelsea. Provided the assist for Fabregas’ goal and he started as one of the forwards in the 3-5-2 formation.

Olivier Giroud – 7.5/10

Started ahead of Alvaro Morata and he linked up well with Hazard. It was a good show from the towering Frenchman but it is unfortunate that he could not get a goal.

Subs:

Willian – 6/10

Stuck to the basics but he came on too late to make a significant impact.

Pedro – N/A

Like Willian, Pedro tried to make things work but there was simply not enough time.

Alvaro Morata – N/A

Was caught offside in an attacking run and that sums up his contribution.

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‘Finally Bakayoko’, ‘Elite mentality!’ – Chelsea Fans React On Twitter To Huddersfield Town Win

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Antonio Conte’s men bounced back from the defeat at West Ham in style, with a very comfortable 3-1 victory against a Huddersfield side that had won three of their previous four home league games.

France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko’s second Premier League goal set us on our way as he clipped the ball beyond Jonas Lossl after the Huddersfield keeper had slipped in the wet conditions when attempting a clearance.

Brazil winger Willian doubled the lead before the interval with a header, before teeing-up Pedro to hammer the third goal. Lossl’s slip that led to the first goal was unfortunate but the defending for Willian’s goal was poor, and Pedro was unmarked when he fired home.

There could have been more, but at the other end, Thibaut Courtois was denied a first clean sheet in four outings by a goal which was conceded in the dying minutes.

Substitute Laurent Depoitre headed in a late consolation but Huddersfield were beaten fair and square.

The win moves us level with second-place Manchester United, who host Bournemouth tonight at Old Trafford.

After the final whistle, Chelsea’s official Twitter account posted a tweet to which our fanbase reacted very happily. This is how the fans reacted to the result:

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Chelsea Win Yet Again – A Constant Improvement By Conte’s Men

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Currently standing at first place in the division, Chelsea have gone on to secure the Christmas Day top spot with room to spare as Diego Costa scored an impressive goal in the 1-0 on Saturday 17th December.  Costa’s header at 43 minutes into the game was the sixth goal for the striker in his last eight games, his 50th goal for Chelsea overall, and provided Antonio Conte’s side with a third consecutive 1-0 win. Once again, Chelsea delivered a controlled and effective performance that they have become so well-known for this season, giving Palace a very slim chance of getting back into the game once they fell behind and began to struggle.

Constant Improvement

According to Chelsea manager Conte, the run is ‘fantastic’. He went on to make a point of telling people to congratulate the players rather than him, and said that they deserve the victories. But, Conte is well aware that the Blues are not completely out of the danger zone yet. He said that it was important for his team to understand that they are only at the 17th game of the season, and that looking at the table is not as important as focusing on constant improvement.

Chelsea have managed to match their record of eleven consecutive wins from April-September in 2009, managing to achieve the feat within the same season for the first time, and ensuring that they remain on course to beat Arsenal’s all-time record of 14 wins. However, the game was not faultless, even though the only blemishes came in the form of yellow cards for both Costa and N’GoloKante, meaning that both players were suspended for the next match against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

Huge Differences

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The victorious match marked the first anniversary of Mourinho’s dismissal as the Blues manager, and it’s striking to see the contrast between now and then when it comes to the club’s performance and results. At this time last year, Crystal Palace were in 6th position, and were at this point a huge eleven points ahead of Chelsea, who were at the time in danger of being drawn into a relegation battle. But, 2016 has started badly and gotten worse for Palace, as if replicated over a whole season, their dismal run over the calendar year would surely have seen them relegated.

Palace Disappointed

Whilst Palace may have been defeated yet again, manager Alan Pardew said that it was a ‘strong performance’ even though the players didn’t deliver anything. Meanwhile Conte decided to restore NemanjaMatic in Cesc Fabregas’ place, despite the midfielder’s impressive scoring of the match-winning goal at Sunderland previously in the week. After missing the Sunderland clash due to an injury, Eden Hazard was also back on the pitch, with Rodriguez making way for Willian. Palace enjoyed some long periods of possession in the first half of the game, however, Conte’s side managed to hold them at arm’s length for long enough before Costa was able to strike.

Until then, it was Palace who had the better chances, with Jason Puncheon missing a clear opportunity when he messed up a first-time shot wide from Kelly’s right-wing cross. At two minutes before half-time the home side seemed to lose some concentration, making it easy for Costa to swoop in with a routine move that managed to put the visiting team ahead.

What do you think of the differences between this season and last at Stamford Bridge? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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