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Match Preview: Chelsea vs. Cardiff City

14 September 2018

The Bluebirds travel to face the Blues at Stamford Bridge this Saturday afternoon.

Our opponents

Chelsea are currently managed by Maurizio Sarri, who took over the club this summer. The Italian boss replaced Antonio Conte after leaving Italian giants Napoli – a team he guided to second in Serie A during 2017/18. The well-travelled 59 year old also saw his previous club earn 91 points; four points behind champions Juventus.

Founded in 1905, the Blues have achieved 28 major trophies which includes five Premier League titles. Their latest league success was during the 2016/17 campaign. Managed by Conte at the time, the club impressively equalled several previous Premier League records. This includes the record for consecutive victories in a season [13], fewest draws in a season [3], and fewest home draws in a season [0]. They also managed the most wins in a single season [30] – a tally only bettered by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City during the last campaign [32].

So far it’s been a dream start for the Blues. They’ve won all four of the current league outings and sit joint top-of-the-table with Liverpool and Watford. Chelsea defeated visitors Bournemouth 2-0 in their most recent test on Saturday, September 1st. Spanish winger Pedro, who is also their current top scorer [3 goals], netted the opener before Eden Hazard sealed the three points.

Last Time Out: Cardiff City 1-2 Chelsea (11/05/14)

Our final game of the 2013/14 season saw Cardiff City host Chelsea on Sunday, May 11th 2014. The hosts battled for a result but were unfortunate to fall to a 2-1 defeat.

Just under 28,000 spectators witnessed a competitive outing in South Wales which saw current Liverpool starlet Mohamed Salah start for the Blues. However it was City who deservedly broke the deadlock in the first half. On his final senior appearance, Craig Bellamy fired his side ahead with a deflected effort from range after just 15 minutes. The forward was later replaced by Rhys Healey [currently on loan at MK Dons] who was making his First Team debut for the Club.

The home side’s defence remained resilient up until two quick-fire goals in the 72nd and 75th minute. German international André Schürrle equalised before striker Fernando Torres fired home the decisive effort.

Club Connections

There are familiar faces in both squads ahead of Saturday’s match-week five clash. Cardiff City’s No.1 Neil Etheridge, began his trainee career with the London side. The Philippines international spent three years with the Blues before making the switch to rivals Fulham in 2006.

Amongst the ranks at Chelsea are former Bluebird Danny Drinkwater. The England international joined City side on a short term loan deal during the 2010/11 campaign. While only 20 years of age during his time in South Wales, Drinkwater then went on to join Leicester City two years later. The midfielder was instrumental to a Championship winning squad [2013/14] and a mind-blowing Premier League winning team [2015/16]. His undeniable exploits as a central midfielder would eventually lead to a £35 million transfer fee when he signed for Chelsea in September 2017. Drinkwater is yet to make a league appearance this campaign following stiff competition for places.

Not many expected former Chelsea icon Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to sign for the club in August 2007. The Dutchman, then aged 35 years old, joined City in the latter stages of his career after tallying 88 goals in 177 games in total for the Blues [2000-2004]. However, the skilful forward proved that age is just a number during his season long stay with Cardiff City. Hasselbaink notched nine goals in total for the Bluebirds. Arguably his most memorable came in our famous FA Cup win at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, February 16th, 2008. The No. 36 dummied his markers with a smart cut back before firing exquisitely into the top-left corner. City won the match 2-0 and remarkably progressed as far as the final of the competition.

An unexpected club-link runs through the DNA of striker Kenneth Zohore. Our Danish forward is the second-cousin to retired Chelsea forward Didier Drogba. The renowned frontman recorded an impressive 164 goals for the Blues and was pivotal to their 2011/12 Champions League success; scoring a late equaliser and the decisive penalty in the final vs. Bayern Munich on Saturday, May 19th, 2012.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff City

Stamford Bridge - Saturday, September 15th, 2018.

15 September 2018

Sol Bamba’s opening goal of the campaign wouldn’t be enough as a brave City side succumbed to a somewhat cruel 4-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

Chelsea started as anticipated, playing slick one touch football and dazzling with some sensational movement. Olivier Giroud had half chances early on, the first a header and the second from close range, but on both occasions, he failed to find the target.

But City were more than competing when it came to the physical side of the game and had some early set piece opportunities. Sol Bamba may have done better with a free header after 12 minutes, though more than atoned for this four minutes later. Joe Ralls’ perfect corner from the right-hand side found Sean Morrison at the far post and his header back across goal was met by Bamba to tap home from close range.

The home side rallied, and City were living dangerously as they tried to soak up the pressure. Mateo Kovacic and Pedro threatened Neil Etheridge’s goal, whilst Bamba equalled his goal scoring exploits in his defensive third, denying Chelsea’s forwards as they looked for the close-range equaliser.

Eventually, the goal did come for Chelsea and it was from a likely outlet. Eden Hazard, who’d been the home side’s biggest threat throughout the half, evaded a late challenge from Joe Bennett to slot home beyond a helpless Etheridge from just inside the box in the 37th minute.

And two minutes before the interval, Chelsea were ahead. Bobby Decordova-Reid’s battling efforts were deemed unfair by referee Jon Moss and from a quickly taken free kick and incisive play from Alonso and Pedro, Hazard was on hand to tuck the ball under Etheridge.

Jazz Richards’ introduction at half time meant for a tactical change for the Bluebirds; it allowed them to find more time on the ball and play into the wide position as they looked to exploit some sloppiness from their hosts.

Chelsea still looked immensely threatening going forward, but two half chances missed by Pedro were all they had to show as the clock ticked past the hour mark. Joe Ralls’ well-struck effort may have tested Kepa had he had a little bit more time to execute the strike, whilst Bobby Decordova-Reid left the ‘keeper rooted, only to see his right foot shot drift right of the far upright.

It was a real contest at Stamford Bridge as the second period wore on, and despite Chelsea’s superb interplay, the terrific visiting support did all they could to will the ball into the net. Callum Paterson and Gary Madine were introduced to add greater aerial threat and physicality, but, with nine minutes left on the clock it was more Hazard magic that would ultimately determine the Bluebirds’ fate. Substitute Willian linked up brilliantly with the enigmatic Belgian and as the former broke into the area, he was brought down by Bamba despite the defender’s valiant of last ditch efforts. Hazard duly stepped up and slotted home for his hat-trick.

Cruelly, there would be more disappointment for Neil Warnock’s battling Bluebirds. With the game all but won and the City backline standing off, Willian launched an unstoppable swerving right-footed effort into the top corner of the goal to bring a Bridge that had been silent for much of the afternoon to a rightful standing ovation.

FINAL SCORE: CHELSEA 4-1 CARDIFF CITY

ATTENDANCE: 40,499

Chelsea FC: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta ©, Rüdiger, David Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley, 45), Kanté, Hazard, Pedro (Willian, 67), Giroud. Subs not used: Caballero, Drinkwater, Zappacosta, Christensen, Morata.

Cardiff City FC: Etheridge, Ecuele Manga, Morrison ©, Bamba, Bennett, Arter (Richards, 45), Ralls, Camarasa, Hoilett, Decordova-Reid (Paterson, 70), Ward (Madine, 77). Subs not used: B. Murphy, Peltier, Zohore, Cunningham.

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Ticket News

Away Days - Ticket News: Chelsea vs. Cardiff City - SOLD OUT!

Stamford Bridge - Saturday, September 15th, 2018. KO: 3pm

4 September 2018

Shed Upper + Lower Tiers available. Tickets are to be sold in strict selling order.

September 4th Update

Tickets are now sold out for this fixture!

Ticket Prices:

Adults: £30.00
Over 65: £23.50
Under 20: £23.50

Disabled Allocations:
Ambulant Disabled supporters: free of charge
Wheelchair Disabled supporters: free of charge
Personal Assistants free of charge if required*

Original Selling Structure:

From 10am on Tuesday, 21st August 2018 - tickets available to:

  • Current Season Ticket Holders, Club Members, and Flex5+ Members who attended 4 or more away league fixtures during the 2017/18 Season.

Strictly one ticket per qualifying Season Ticket Holder or Club/Flex5+ Member.

All tickets are subject to availability.

0845 345 1400

www.eticketing.co.uk/cardiffcity

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