Written by Will Parchman

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Earlier this week, the Professional Footballers Association released its list of six nominees for its prestigious Footballer of the Year award. Notably, there were two Chelsea players on the list in Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Manchester United’s David De Gea was the only keeper to make the cut.

Puzzling. When Chelsea and United meet on Saturday, De Gea won’t even be the best keeper on the field.

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Written by Will Parchman

bolkiah

On the face of it, Faiq Bolkiah looks like any other up-and-coming English Premier League youth prospect. His profile on Chelsea’s website shows a taut-faced U18 player, his bio clocking in at an innocuous 39 words.

Faiq Bolkiah is originally from Brunei and was at Southampton and Reading before moving to Chelsea in January 2014. He’s an attacking player who predominantly plays wide-right or wide-left and likes to cut inside to create and score goals.

A source told TopDrawerSoccer.com this week that U.S. U17 coach Richie Williams took a recent trip to London to scout an unidentified “Chelsea winger.” Bolkiah is of Bruneian heritage but was born in Los Angeles, is a Chelsea winger and was born in 1998, making him age eligible for the new U17 cycle starting later this year. Williams may well be looking at someone else on his trip, but there’s a good chance it’s Bolkiah.

If the story ended there, we could toss Bolkiah’s name onto the heap with the rest of the promising string of dual-nationals and move on. But it doesn’t, primarily because of Bolkiah’s family. His uncle is the Sultan of Brunei, one of the richest men on the planet (in 2008 Forbes reported his net worth at $20 billion). And according to Vanity Fair, his father, Prince Jefri of Brunei, has “probably gone through more cash than any other human being on Earth.” Prince Jefri might be the most notoriously lavish playboy in modern history. And his son could soon be in an American national team jersey.

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Written by Will Parchman

The UEFA Youth League is not an old competition. In fact, the 2014-15 season is just its second in existence. It came under immediate scrutiny for denying school-aged players valuable classroom time, and you can read an interesting Reddit conversation centering around a German protest here.

But the tournament marches on astride these great concerns. Barcelona won the first title in 2014 behind Munir El Haddadi’s 11 goals, making him the event’s first great breakout star. This season marked Chelsea’s turn. The Blues lost one match the entire tournament, a 2-0 group stage loss to Schalke, which Makes Real Soccer. They won their other nine, including a 3-2 win over surprise package Shakhtar in Monday’s finale. These are those highlights. Write my P.O. Box if you need a drool-catch, especially in the tricky build-up on Chelsea’s first.

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Written by Will Parchman

Despite being up a man, Chelsea managed to draw PSG 2-2 in extra time this week. It knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League and forced Jose Mourinho into full-on crazy philosopher mode. Which is, if we’re honest, his only mode.

During the match, Zlatan Ibrahimovic got tagged with a red card for coming in hot on a challenge. It probably wasn’t a red card. This was the scene while Zlatan sat awaiting his beheading. The only players not swarming the referee: Oscar, who is feigning death, and the keeper. Nine angry smurfs, with Diego Costa predictably stepping in to challenge Zlatan to a punch-off.

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Written by Will Parchman

Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho

During Tuesday’s 2015 Champions League knockout debut, Chelsea somehow managed to pick a draw out of the mud kicked up by a Paris Saint Germain monsoon in Paris. PSG owned 54 percent of possession, out-shot Chelsea 14-2 and earned seven corners to Chelsea’s one. Additionally, PSG was playing at home, with the holy triumvirate of Ibrahimovic-Lavezzi-Cavani all healthy. And Chelsea still managed to score an early, vital away goal to leave Paris with a 1-1 draw.

This goal was so emblematic of Chelsea’s European experience over the past few seasons. Simply grunt and get it done. Against the run of play, this was a cross from John Terry (defender), flicked on by Gary Cahill (defender) and scored by Branislav Ivanovic (defender). And every leg of it was exemplary, worthy of any attacker in the world.

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Written by Will Parchman

ibra

There were so many great goals in the Champions League this week, we’ll have to bring them all to you in one MEGALEG of a compilation. You’ve got Ibra scoring against Barcelona, Messi and Neymar scoring against IbraSG, a wonderful move from Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle against Sporting and one titanically awesome strike from Samir Nasri that pushed City into the round of 16 over Roma.

Dig it.

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Written by Will Parchman

Chelsea’s youth ranks are something of a developmental wonderland. While many of them never get to play at Stamford Bridge due to CFC’s extravagant spending practices, it’s at least fun to watch them rip up English competition before being sold to (Big Club X).

French forward Jeremie Boga is one of those names. At 17, he’s become one of the most promising players in Chelsea’s system, and he’s spent some time playing up with the club’s U21 side. Here, he does some ridiculous things. He dribbled through five defenders, shuttled off for a quick one-two and then finished opposite post. Someone alert PSG. They’ll have some millions to spend in a couple years.

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Written by Travis Clark

Never before in the history of the Champions League had two teams from the same city contested the final. Until this year.

Atletico Madrid overturned a one goal deficit after old chum Fernando Torres opened the scoring for Chelsea, scoring three unanswered to setup the May 24 final against friendly rivals Real Madrid. Lisbon, Portugal will host this year’s final, and it should be a doozy.

Quite the year it’s been for Atletico, which could win both La Liga (they are currently first in Spain) and the Champions League. Their appearance in the final will be the first since 1974.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

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So, uh, Jose Mourinho, eh?

Two years ago, Chelsea somehow got past Napoli in the Champions League after losing 3-1 away in the first leg. The second leg came back to Stamford Bridge and Chelsea smashed a defensive Napoli 4-1 to streak into the semis. They got the winner from this Branislav Ivanovic goal you see here. Hysterics. A month later Chelsea won the Champions League.

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

Relive the goal that has completely shaken up the Premier League table. What was a comfortable lead for Chelsea has turned into a tight race between the top 4 clubs. It was all thanks to this beautiful set-up and finish by Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph. Watch, learn and feel to try it out on the field…even though you’ll probably fail.


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