Ongoing games & upcoming games:
Chelsea head into their first Champions League fixture of the season against Valencia on the back of an impressive 5-2 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday night.
Valencia, meanwhile, found themselves on the receiving end of the same scoreline as Albert Celades witnessed his new side suffered a heavy defeat to Barcelona at Camp Nou.
Match preview :
While Chelsea begin their European campaign far from the finished article under Frank Lampard, the Blues can at least start their bid to qualify for the knockout stages having put together a four-match unbeaten run in the Premier League.
The home draws against Leicester City and Sheffield United came as disappointments, but their demolition of Wolves at the weekend has shown what this young side is capable of when it all comes together.
Tammy Abraham’s hat-trick, taking his overall tally to seven goals from three games, deservedly dominated the headlines, although another eye-catching display from Mason Mount has left the club’s supporters salivating at the prospect of the academy graduate making his bow in Europe.
Considerable doubts remain over the defence, which has now shipped 13 goals in six outings, but Chelsea’s short-term progression is all about getting results on the board, rather than fixating on a shaky backline.
Just hours after the English side had hit five in the West Midlands, Valencia conceded the same amount of goals against Barcelona in what transpired to be a humbling start for Celades.
The club’s fans were still reeling from the surprise dismissal of Marcelino when they watched their team concede two goals in the opening seven minutes at Camp Nou.
While some will point to the positives of restricting the Catalan giants to just three more goals, as well as scoring two of their own, Celades and his players are under pressure to get a result on the board at Stamford Bridge.
Celades will perhaps be already looking ahead to a generous run of four home matches in five outings on their return to Spain, although he will acknowledge that his squad cannot afford another defeat at an important stage of his reign and the club’s season.
Chelsea form: LDDWDW
Valencia form: DLWL
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Chelsea Football Club is an English professional football club based in Fulham, Chelsea in London. Founded in 1905, they compete in the Premier League, the top division of English football. Chelsea are among England’s most successful clubs, having won over thirty competitive honours, including 6 top-flight titles, 8 FA Cups, 5 League Cups, 2 UEFA Europa Leagues, 2 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups, 1 UEFA Champions League, and 1 UEFA Super Cup. Their home ground is Stamford Bridge
Chelsea won their first major honour, the League Championship, in 1955. They won the FA Cup for the first time in 1970 and their first European honour, the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, in 1971. After a period of decline in the late 1970s and 1980s, the club enjoyed a revival in the 1990s and had more success in cup competitions. The past two decades have been the most successful in Chelsea’s history: they won five of their six league titles and the UEFA Champions League during this period. Chelsea are one of five clubs to have won all three of UEFA’s main club competitions, and the only London club to have won the Champions League.
Chelsea’s home kit colours are royal blue shirts and shorts with white socks. The club’s crest features a ceremonial lion rampant regardant holding a staff. The club have rivalries with neighbouring teams Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, and a historic rivalry with Leeds United. Based on attendance figures, the club have the sixth-largest fanbase in England. In terms of club value, Chelsea are the sixth most valuable football club in the world, worth £2.13 billion ($2.576 billion), and are the eighth highest-earning football club in the world, with earnings of over €428 million in the 2017–18 season. Since 2003, Chelsea have been owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.
Main article: Stamford Bridge (stadium)
Opening: 1877 | Capacity: 41,837 seats
Stamford Bridge officially opened on the 28th of April 1877, but for the next 28 years mainly served as an athletics venue.
The owners, however, wanted a stadium that could host professional football, and hired architect Archibald Leitch to design a new stadium. Stamford Bridge got almost completely rebuilt in 1905, and was subsequently offered to Fulham FC. Fulham turned the offer down though, and newly formed Chelsea FC moved in instead.
Stamford Bridge at that time consisted of one covered seating stand and a vast open bowl of terraces covering the other three sides. An estimated 100,000 people could fit into the stadium.
Few changes were made until 1930, when new terraces were built at the Shed End, and, nine years later, when a small seating stand was built at the North End.
Stamford Bridge recorded its highest attendance in 1935 during a match against Arsenal when a total of 82,905 fans attended the match.
In 1965, the terraces of the West Stand were replaced by a new covered seating stand. Redevelopments continued in the mid 1970s when the old main stand was demolished and replaced by the new East Stand.
The construction of the new East Stand turned out to have such an effect on Chelsea’s finances though, that the club was almost forced into bankruptcy. The Stamford Bridge site was sold to property developers in order to pay off some debts, which almost resulted in Chelsea being evicted and forced to ground share with Fulham or QPR.
The club finally won back ownership in 1992, however no changes were made in the years in between. In the meantime, the Taylor report had been published and Stamford Bridge was in urgent need for redevelopment.
Works started in 1994 with the demolition of the North terraces, which were replaced with a new seating stand. Soon after, the Shed End terraces suffered the same fate.
Reconstruction of the West Stand started in 1997 and was, with some delays, completed in 2001. At the same time the East Stand had undergone an extensive refurbishment.
Despite all of this, Stamford Bridge is still a ground with limitations in terms of capacity and facilities, and in the last decade Chelsea have therefore sought to either expand Stamford Bridge or build a new stadium altogether.
Expansion of the current ground turned out to be too complicated with the stadium being hemmed in by housing, and initially the club therefore explored different sites in West London for the construction of a new stadium, most notably the site of the Battersea Power Station, though their bid for the site failed in 2012.
Following their failed Battersea bid, the club directed their attention back to the Stamford Bridge site, and in 2015 announced plans for the construction of a complete new stadium. Later that year, the first images were presented of a 60,000 all-seater designed by Herzog & De Meuron architects.
The project, estimated to come at a cost of over £500 million, got approved by the local city council and major of London in early 2017. The club currently hope to move into their new home before the start of the 2021-22 season. During the works, they would have to play their home matches elsewhere. Both Wembley Stadium and Twickenham have been named as possible options.