Chelsea Weekly: Record Breakers

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Chelsea Weekly: Record Breakers
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Captain John Terry in action.

Record Defending

Since last writing this column, a lot has been happening. Chelsea have secured their position at the top of the Premier League and all but secured their place in the second round of the Champions League.

Arsenal have won against top of the table opposition and the world has mourned the death of its first (and probably last) celebrity octopus.

Perhaps most shockingly of all, Liverpool have won a game.

From a Chelsea perspective however, perhaps the most notable thing to have happened was the acquiring of yet another record.

Chelsea already hold the records for most goals scored and fewest conceded in Premier League seasons. Now they can add longest time without conceding at home to the list.

Although interestingly, this was a record Chelsea did already hold but have now surpassed it going 785 minutes without the opposition breaching the Stamford Bridge nets. The previous record was 681 minutes set by Jose Mourinho's side in 2005.

All the Chelsea players should feel proud in this achievement.

I have already written a lengthy article on how well Petr Cech has performed this season but Branislav Ivanovic, Alex, Ashley Cole and of course, John Terry have all played superbly as well. Even Paolo Ferraira, whom I and many others felt was past his peak, has performed admirably.

And with Jose Bosingwa finally back after his lengthy injury, things only look more positive for the Chelsea back line.

 

Didier and Carlo Up For the Big Awards

The shortlist has been announced for this years Ballon d'Or award and Chelsea will have two big names representing them.

Didier Drogba is up for Player of the Year, whilst Carlo Ancelotti is in the running for the inaugural Managers award.

Arguably, they are both only there to make up numbers (Lionel Messi is favourite for Players award, whilst former Blues boss Jose Mourinho is expected to take the Managers prize) but it would be nice if they were to win.

No player has won the award whilst with Chelsea. The closest Chelsea have come is when Frank Lampard came second in 2005 poll.

Maybe there will be some administrative error causing a large number of the votes to be discarded meaning Carlo and Didier can claim their awards.

But that's as likely as an octopus predicting football scores.

 

Shameless Self-Promoting Spot

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOgmRcCRyAI

Ok, there is a story behind this video.

As Chelsea fans, I'm sure we're all aware that once upon a time former captain Dennis Wise scored a somewhat good goal in a game against AC Milan at the San Siro stadium.

Some fans made that into a terrace chant. Another smaller group of fans took that chant and turned it into a song.

About nine years ago, in a record shop in London, I found the CD of that song for a bargain 50p.

My fellow Chelsea supporting friends have pressured me in to making a video for it for years. And now I have.

I know it's far from perfect but I hope you enjoy it anyway.

(warning: contains some bad language and Ron Atkinson)

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