• Thomas Tuchel apoplectic after refereeing errors deny Chelsea the win over Spurs

    Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images Telling it like it is Never mind the sideshow against Antonio Conte, which apparently resulted in both managers getting red carded after the final whistle. Thomas Tuchel’s real beef, and rightly so, was with yet another absolutely incompetent refereeing display at a Chelsea Premier League game, yet again by Anthony Taylor (with the retired Mike Dean doing his ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ impression on VAR). Both Spurs goals followed...

  • Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League: Post-match reaction, ratings

    Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images Two points dropped Spurs made a good start to the game, helped by several cheap giveaways by Chelsea. But we survived that early pressure and took control of proceedings. Tuchel talked pre-game about wanting to do just that while preventing Spurs from countering, and we were indeed doing that very well. And things got even better as Chelsea opened the scoring inside of 20 minutes. Hugo Llloris made a tremendous save on a Kai Havertz...

  • WATCH: Reece James finishes off great move to make it 2-1 Chelsea against Tottenham!

    Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images YESSSSSSS! Spurs equalised through a controversial goal, with Chelsea answering by mounting the pressure on our opponents at the Bridge. And just moments after an amazing cross by Reece James was hit wide by Kai Havertz, the home side get yet another chance to score. Kanté passes the ball to Sterling who finds Reece James in space on the right side. Reece does no mistake and scores past Lloris to regain Chelsea’s lead. 2-1 to the Blues!

  • WATCH: Koulibaly’s first ever Chelsea goal opens the scoring against Tottenham, 1-0!

    Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images Kouli-BOOM! Chelsea first real chance comes from Sterling’s little layoff in the box to Kai Havertz, leading to a save from Hugo Lloris. The resulting corner from the save leads to Koulibaly being unmarked, towards the edge of the box, who volleys the ball past Lloris. The assist was from Cucurella who took the corner. Our two new signings combining to give Chelsea the lead against Spurs. Money well spent. 1-0 Chelsea!

  • Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League: Live blog; highlights

    Photo by Harriet Lander - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images as it happened: live blog, updates, highlights, lineups, comments, etc. Chelsea, Spurs, Stamford Bridge. No introduction needed. It’s game two of the new season, but this feels big already. Couple changes from last weekend from Tuchel, with Cucurella and Loftus-Cheek starting at the wing-back positions, and James dropping into the back-three. Here we go! Chelsea starting lineup:Mendy | Koulibaly, Silva,...

  • Fans’ preferred lineup against Tottenham: Cucurella to start!

    Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League: Preferred lineup After an important first victory of the season last weekend, Chelsea take on arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge today. Spurs have had an uncharacteristically busy transfer window and are arguably ahead of us preparation-wise, so this will be a difficult game for the Blues. THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE As usual, the WAGNH community go with Édouard Mendy...

  • The Daily Aubrey-Maturin: The Wine-Dark Sea (Book 16), Chapters 8-10 (pg. 5231-5338)

    Ship in a storm | Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images Your daily dose of off-topic shenanigans CHAPTER 8 Maturin’s machinations are going okay, until they aren’t. While the French captain Dutourd, who had slipped ashore, isn’t really taken seriously, and in fact gets taken by the Inquisition, he makes enough noise to scuttle the movement. Like Twitter, it’s all about who is the loudest. Stephen has to escape on foot towards Chile, where he’s due to...

  • Fofana ‘back and forth’ continues between Chelsea and Leicester City — reports

    Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images But more forth than back? Wesley Fofana walked over to the away section, all by his lonesome, after Leicester City’s 4-2 defeat at the Emirates on Saturday, and applauded the traveling support. He was eventually joined by the rest of his teammates, but it sure looked like a goodbye, though perhaps Fofana’s somber mood had more to do with his (and his team’s) rather disappointing performance over the preceding 90 minutes. Foxes boss...

  • Barcelona need to create more cap space after failing to register Jules Koundé

    Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images Snubbing the snubber The registration deadline for this weekend’s opening round of matches in La Liga has come and gone, and Barcelona managed to finagle their finances to the point where they were able to register all but one of their new signings and re-upped players. The odd man out is Jules Koundé, the former long-time Chelsea target. In fairness, Koundé was unlikely to play this weekend anyway having just recently returned from...

  • Juventus ‘ready to step up pursuit’ of Jorginho, again — report

    Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus via Getty Images Midfield dominoes? The idea of Jorginho returning to Italy is never far from the rumor mill’s mind — and Jorginho’s agent has done a good job in ensuring that stays the case — and with a few weeks to go still in the summer transfer window, it looks like we might get another round of such stories. That’s not to say that the idea is outlandish. While Jorginho has shown no signs of wanting to leave, he is entering the final...

  • The Daily Aubrey-Maturin: The Wine-Dark Sea (Book 16), Chapters 5-7 (pg. 5151-5230)

    Dock and port in Callao, Peru, 1879 | Photo by: PHAS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Your daily dose of off-topic shenanigans CHAPTER 5 Aubrey & Co run across a whaling ship, which they take as a prize because them’s the rules. The whaler tells them of a French warship in the vicinity, which they spot but then quickly lose sight of as bad weather moves in. The Surprise and the Franklin get separated as well, which proves unfortunately for the latter as they are...

  • Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League: You choose the starting lineup

    Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League: You choose the starting lineup Our first home game of the 2022-23 Premier League season see us take on Tottenham Hotspur, whom we played four times last season, beat four times, and beat four times without conceding a single goal. But these Spurs aren’t last season’s Spurs, and they appear to operating at full Antonio Conte-capacity already. Talk of a third-place finish, if...