Chelsea Weekly: A Round-Up of All Things Chelsea
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The Joy of Six
Chelsea hit six goals for the second successive week against Wigan Athletic to maintain their position at the top of the Premier League.
In fact, in Chelsea's last three league games (two of which were against Wigan), the combined aggregate score is 20-0, an average of nearly seven goals a game.
This is a phenomenal goalscoring achievement, especially when coupled with the fact Chelsea haven't conceded a goal in a competitive fixture since Gareth Bale struck for Tottenham Hotspur back in April.
Didier Drogba has shown himself in the first two games to, not only be a great scorer of goals, but also a great maker. Following on from his hat trick the previous week, Drogba claimed another hat trick this weekend, this time in assists.
Many have been quick to dismiss Chelsea's recent achievements, pointing out that West Bromwich Albion and Wigan are both relegation candidates. There may be some truth to this, but what might be concerning for rivals is that it is widely regarded that Chelsea were far from their best in both fixtures.
Following a hard earned draw at Anfield the previous week, Arsenal had a more comfortable time, as they scored six goals themselves against Blackpool, a task made all the easier when Blackpool were reduced to 10 men in the first half.
In one of the better games of the weekend, Manchester United were forced to settle for a point against Fulham. United went ahead twice in the game, but were left to rue a late Nani penalty miss as Fulham equalised late on.
Controversy abound in Tottenham's game against Stoke City, when it appeared Stoke had scored a late equaliser only for the officials to have missed the ball crossing the line a la Lampard vs. Germany.
Manchester City looked in ominous mood as they dispatched a sorry looking Liverpool outfit 3-0 at the City of Manchester stadium.
No Neymar for Chelsea
Following months of speculation, long-time Chelsea target Neymar finally quashed rumours by signing a new contract with the Brazilian club Santos.
The 18 year old felt he could not be guaranteed first team football at Stamford Bridge, which was a key part in his decision to stay at Santos.
Chelsea are rumoured to have other targets, such as Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku. With the transfer deadline day approaching, a deal may be done to sign him soon.
As recent scorelines would suggest though, Chelsea aren't exactly struggling to score goals, so no real need to rush anything through just now.
On the eve of Chelsea's match against Wigan, it was announced defender Sam Hutchinson was retiring from football due to a long term knee injury at the age of 21.
Hutchinson was highly rated within the club, able to play in a variety of positions. Many felt he had potential to be the next John Terry and one day assume the captain's armband.
'Hutch' had been with Chelsea since he was nine years old, and he represented England at under-18 and under-19 level.
However, his progress was constantly blighted by injury, forcing his eventual retirement.
Hutchinson may well yet play a big role within the club, this time as a coach to the younger players.
Sam, we wish you all the best with your future.
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