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Straight Outta Cobham - A show about Chelsea

English, Sports, 1 season, 316 episodes, 2 days, 16 hours, 41 minutes
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The Athletic's Chelsea experts - Simon Johnson, Liam Twomey and Dom Fifield - are alongside host Matt Davies-Adams to bring you behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge. Expect unrivalled insight, honest opinion and stimulating debate.
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Europe beckons after Brighton victory - could Chelsea pip Spurs to fifth spot?!

Four wins a row to put Chelsea in pole position for a European spot?! Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's CFC experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey alongside him to look back on the 2-1 victory at Brighton which moved the Blues up to sixth in the Premier League table. Elsewhere there was a narrow but huge victory for CFCW - beating Tottenham 1-0 at Brisbane Road to go into the last day of the season top of the WSL table on goal difference! Jessy Parker Humphrey's sends us their thoughts. And just like that we've reached the last game of the season - with the Cherries in town on Sunday afternoon as Mauricio Pochettino's men look to close out the 2023-24 season on a high... We'll be back on Monday to reflect on the games against Bournemouth and Manchester United AND round up another crazy season in the life of Chelsea Football Club. HOST: Matt Davies-Adams WITH: Simon Johnson & Liam Twomey PRODUCER: Lucy Oliva Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/16/202450 minutes, 35 seconds
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Returning Reece James inspires Forest comeback

Just imagine if we hadn't had all those injuries... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by two of The Athletic's finest - Luke Bosher and Liam Twomey - to revel in Saturday's 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. We lavish yet more praise on Cole Palmer, herald the return and impact of Reece James - and question where this leaves Chelsea's European hopes going into the final week of the season. There's then a look ahead to Wednesday night's trip to Brighton - and a huge clash in the WSL as CFCW face Tottenham in their penultimate game of the season. We'll be back on Thursday for our penultimate podcast of the season - reflecting on events at Brighton and Brisbane Road - AND looking ahead to Sunday's visit of Bournemouth. HOST: Matt Davies-Adams WITH: Liam Twomey & Luke Bosher PRODUCER: Lucy Oliva Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/13/202439 minutes, 21 seconds
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The big squad audit and a look ahead to Forest

Keep, sell or loan out? Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Dom Fifield and Luke Bosher to take a deep dive into the Chelsea squad as we discuss the future of the current crop of players and their places at Stamford Bridge or elsewhere going forward. It's the small matter of the MDA derby on Saturday teatime as Mauricio Pochettino's side make the trip to Nottingham to face Forest! We look ahead to that one and ponder the motivation for both sides with Europe and Premier League safety potentially on the line. Then - Dom takes matters into his own hands with the quiz - and the shoe is on the other foot as Matt becomes a contestant... We'll be back on Monday to reflect on the trip to the City Ground - and look ahead to the penultimate game of the season at Brighton. HOST: Matt Davies-Adams WITH: Dom Fifield & Luke Bosher PRODUCER: Lucy Oliva Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/8/202452 minutes, 20 seconds
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Hammerings handed out to West Ham and Bristol City on super Sunday for Chelsea

Goals, goals, goals and more goals! Matt Davies-Adams has The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey alongside him to reflect on a fantastic Sunday of action for CFC & CFCW. We begin with a round up of the 5-0 thrashing of West Ham at Stamford Bridge - as Chalobah and Gallagher shone once more, Cucurella got his fans singing and European football suddenly started to look like a very real possibility... Then, remarkable scenes at Kingsmeadow for Emma Hayes' last home game in charge as they put EIGHT past Bristol City to take advantage of Man City's defeat by Arsenal earlier in the day. Jessy Parker Humphrey's captures the mood on a bonkers day in the WSL title race. We'll be back on Wednesday to look ahead to Saturday's trip to the City Ground in the MDA derby (coming a day early because a certain producer is off to Paris to see Taylor Swift...) HOST: Matt Davies-Adams WITH: Simon Johnson & Liam Twomey PRODUCER: Lucy Oliva Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/6/202452 minutes, 36 seconds
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Chelsea do the double over Spurs - but does Pochettino know something we don't?

Can we play you every week? Matt Davies-Adams has got Luke Bosher and Dom Fifield in tow to look back on the thoroughly satisfying 2-0 win over Tottenham at Stamford Bridge ft a Liam voicenote and some singing... We round up the performance and give some love to Chalobah, Gallagher and Cucurella - before taking a closer look at the rather pointed post-match comments from Pochettino. Next up - West Ham come west in the final London derby of the season - we preview that game before reflecting on the shock defeat for Chelsea Women at Liverpool which all but ends their hopes of a fifth consecutive WSL title. And finally - a quiz to impress the lovely lady or man in your life this weekend... We'll be back on Monday to reflect on Sunday's latest London derby - and see whether CFCW have got back on track against Bristol City. HOST: Matt Davies-Adams WITH: Dom Fifield & Luke Bosher PRODUCER: Lucy Oliva Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/3/202444 minutes, 5 seconds
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Villa fightback, Spurs showdown, UWCL heartache and goodbye Thiago Silva

Refereeing and VAR controversy, you say? How original... Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea experts Liam Twomey and Simon Johnson alongside him to look back on Saturday night's dramatic 2-2 draw with Aston Villa. But we begin with our tributes to the great Thiago Silva - who's announced he'll be leaving the club at the end of the season after four hugely influential years in West London. Then there's the small matter of a London/ Pochettino derby to look forward to on Thursday evening - with Tottenham making the short trip to SW6. Plus, our friend JPH drops by to reflect on the heartbreaking and highly controversial defeat by Barcelona at a sold out Stamford Bridge. We'll be back on Friday to bring you reaction to the visit of Spurs AND look ahead to Sunday's latest London derby against West Ham. HOST: Matt Davies-Adams WITH: Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson & Jessy Parker Humphreys PRODUCER: Lucy Oliva Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/29/202454 minutes, 20 seconds
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Arsenal horror show prompts more questions about Pochettino's future

A horrible, horrible, horrible night... Two of The Athletic's finest - Dom Fifield and Simon Johnson - are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to look back on the hugely demoralising 5-0 thrashing by Arsenal at the Emirates on Tuesday night. Next up - another tricky away trip - this time to Villa Park to take on Unai Emery's Champions League chasing Aston Villa. There's some light at the end of the tunnel as Chelsea Women welcome Barcelona to Stamford Bridge with a slender 1-0 lead going into their semi-final second leg. Plus hot garden waste chat, Shaggy - and a quiz! We'll be back on Monday where we'll reflect on the trip to Aston Villa and hopefully be toasting a glorious UWCL victory for CFCW. HOST: Matt Davies-Adams WITH: Simon Johnson & Dom Fifield PRODUCER: Lucy Oliva *** • This is a paid ad from BetterHelp. Our listeners get 10% off their first month at BetterHelp.com/COBHAM Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/25/202457 minutes, 30 seconds
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Chelsea's Wembley curse continues while Emma Hayes' side stun Barcelona

They really, really, really, really, really don't like winning at Wembley... Matt Davies-Adams has got Liam Twomey and Luke Bosher along for the ride as we reflect on the latest cup disappointment following the narrow 1-0 defeat by Man City on Saturday. There's a mega full-time voice note from Liam and Simon Johnson live from the ground - before our more considered reflections and thoughts on where the Blues managed to fall just short once again... There's no time to dwell with a big trip to Arsenal on Tuesday night. We preview that game and ponder how Mauricio Pochettino will be able to get a tune out of the squad with a run of tricky fixtures to come before the end of this topsy turvy campaign. We repeat - thank goodness for CFCW! Jessy Parker Humphrey's sends us a dispatch after their glorious 1-0 UWCL semi-final first leg victory out in Barcelona. We'll be back on Thursday to look back on events at the Emirates and look ahead to the women's HUGE Champions League second leg at the Bridge and the trip to Villa Park in the Premier League. HOST: Matt Davies-Adams WITH: Luke Bosher & Liam Twomey PRODUCER: Lucy Oliva Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/22/202445 minutes, 31 seconds
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Can Chelsea get the better of wounded Man City in FA Cup semi?

Double trouble semi-final Saturday... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by The Athletic's Chelsea experts Liam Twomey and Simon Johnson to tease ahead to Saturday evening's FA Cup semi-final showdown with Manchester City at Wembley. We ponder whether now's the perfect time to play Pep's side after their dramatic UCL defeat by Real Madrid, how we see the team lining up - and the realistic chances of progressing to another final. There's also a potentially season defining semi-final for CFCW to look forward to - heading out to Barcelona on Saturday afternoon in the first leg of their Champions League tie. The Athletic's women's football writer Charlotte Harpur joins us to look back on the important 3-0 win over Aston Villa in the WSL on Wednesday night and how that sets things up for this unenviably tricky tie against the Spanish giants. There's our obligatory Thursday quiz - and a bonus bit of audio as we hear a snippet from Simon's interview with Chelsea loanee Alex Matos - currently plying his trade at Huddersfield and relishing the challenge of keeping Town in the Championship amid a feisty relegation battle. We'll be back on Monday to reflect on the weekend's SF showdowns AND look ahead to Tuesday night's trip to The Emirates... HOST: Matt Davies-Adams WITH: Liam Twomey & Simon Johnson PRODUCER: Lucy Oliva Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/18/202443 minutes, 35 seconds
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Cole Palmer dazzles (again) as Chelsea hit Everton for six

He's quite good at football, isn't he? Matt Davies-Adams has got two of The Athletic's finest - Liam Twomey and Luke Bosher - alongside him to look back on Monday night's rout of Everton at Stamford Bridge in yet another Cole Palmer masterclass... which threatened to be overshadowed by hijinx of the penalty variety! Away from the game there was more chaos off the pitch as the club's latest financial accounts caused more than a few eyebrows to be raised... we try and get to the bottom of what it all means for the now and the future... It was a weekend to forget for CFCW and Emma Hayes - knocked out of the FA Cup after defeat by Manchester United leading to questions over the end of Emma Hayes' time at the helm. We check in with the Full Time Europe gang to get a better understanding of the mood around the team at the moment. We'll be back on Thursday to look ahead to Saturday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against Manchester City - and the small matter of a Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona! HOST: Matt Davies-Adams WITH: Liam Twomey, Luke Bosher PRODUCER: Lucy Oliva Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/16/202454 minutes, 43 seconds
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Have Chelsea wasted £1billion on transfers?

Money, money, money... The Athletic's Chelsea experts Liam Twomey and Dom Fifield are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to round up the latest Blues news and look ahead to Monday night's visit of Everton. We start with a deep dive into Liam's latest piece looking at the finer details of the £1 billion outlay of Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital over the last three transfer windows. Was anyone worth the money that was paid for them?! There's an update on the acquisition of Stoll Mansions before taking a closer look at the Toffees showdown - which is *surely* must win if there's to be any hope of snatching a European spot. Plus, CFCW are back in action after the international break - travelling to Manchester to take on United in the semi-final of the FA Cup. We'll be back at the slightly later time of Tuesday to mop up all the fallout from the visit of Everton on Monday evening! HOST: Matt Davies-Adams WITH: Dom Fifield, Liam Twomey PRODUCER: Lucy Oliva Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/202452 minutes, 55 seconds
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Blades blunt Chelsea's fading European hopes after last-gasp 2-2 draw

Chelsea just don't want nice things, do they? Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Luke Bosher and Dom Fifield with a sense of serious déjà vu as the Blues conspired to draw 2-2 with yet another relegation threatened side on a sorry Sunday in Sheffield. We reflect on the result with the help of a full-time match report from Liam Twomey - and ponder whether it's an irretrievable situation for Mauricio Pochettino irrespective of potential FA Cup success or where they finish in the table this season. We'll be back with you on Thursday to look ahead to Monday night's visit of Everton - what could possibly go wrong! HOST: Matt Davies-Adams WITH: Dom Fifield, Luke Bosher PRODUCER: Lucy Oliva Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/8/202438 minutes, 8 seconds
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Cole Palmer stuns Man United in 4-3 Premier League classic

100:39... have you recovered yet, Blues fans?! Matt Davies-Adams is joined by two of The Athletic's finest - Luke Bosher and Liam Twomey - to try and recap the utterly bonkers last-gasp 4-3 victory over Manchester United. Next up - Chelsea make the trip to Bramall Lane to take on relegation fodder Sheffield United... so will Thursday night really prove to be a turning point?!! The last thing Liam and Luke needed after the drama of the night before was an MDA quiz... We'll be back on Monday to reflect on what's surely a must win game for Poch and co! HOST: Matt Davies-Adams WITH: Liam Twomey, Luke Bosher PRODUCER: Lucy Oliva Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/5/202449 minutes, 44 seconds
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Chelsea's weekend no joke after Burnley draw and League Cup final loss

We wish this weekend's results were an April Fools... Simon Johnson and Dom Fifield are alongside Matt Davies Adams to look back on the pitiful 2-2 draw with 10-man Burnley at Stamford Bridge. Mason Mount and Manchester United are in town on Thursday evening in a battle of two clubs who are pining for former glories... we look ahead to that one and ponder what kind of reception the Cobham kid will get upon his return. The weekend just kept getting worse - with CFCW beaten in extra time by Arsenal in the final of the Conti Cup. Jessy Parker Humphreys was there and sent us their thoughts on the final whistle. We'll be back on Friday to reflect on the visit of Manchester United - and to preview Sunday evening's trip to Sheffield United. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/1/202456 minutes, 51 seconds
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Burnley in town as CFCW contest first silverware at Molineux

Good riddance, international break... Matt Davies Adams has got Luke Bosher and Liam Twomey in tow to look ahead to a busy weekend of action for Chelsea Football Club. We begin with your questions - including the fallout from the FAB statement, the always looming threat of PSR - and whether progress has indeed been made under Pochettino. Then attention turns to the return of the Premier League - with Burnley in town on Saturday afternoon. Plus it's a huge weekend for quadruple chasing CFCW - facing familiar foes Arsenal in Sunday's League Cup final at Molineux. We'll be back on Monday to reflect on the visit of Burnley, the Conti Cup final AND the midweek visit of Manchester United in the Premier League... Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/27/202449 minutes, 17 seconds
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Rollercoaster FA Cup victory captures Chelsea's chaos

Is just one normal, straightforward victory too much to ask for? Matt Davies-Adams is joined by The Athletic's Chelsea experts Liam Twomey and Simon Johnson to look back on the mayhem of the 4-2 FA Cup quarterfinal victory over Leicester at Stamford Bridge. We talk an afternoon to forget for Raheem Sterling, yet more Palmer brilliance and the unseriousness of this team. Plus, Jessy Parker Humphreys is with us to reflect on the potentially title-deciding victory over Arsenal on Friday night - and the fallout from some of the eye-raising comments made by Emma Hayes... We're taking a short international break of our own but will be back to preview the visit of all but relegated Burnley - who come to Stamford Bridge on the 30th of March! Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/18/202442 minutes, 41 seconds
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Can Chelsea outfox Leicester in the FA Cup?

To Wembley or not to Wembley? Matt Davies-Adams has got Simon Johnson and Luke Bosher in tow to preview Sunday afternoon's FA Cup quarterfinal tie with Leicester at Stamford Bridge. There's a huge Friday night in store for Chelsea Women - hosting Arsenal at Kingsmeadow in a match that could have major ramifications on the title race. Plus - who'll triumph in the latest Johnson v Bosher quiz battle? We'll be back on Monday to reflect on the Leicester cup tie AND that huge WSL clash for CFCW. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/14/202438 minutes, 28 seconds
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Monday night delight against the Magpies

A five goal thriller under the lights, you say? Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Liam Twomey and Dom Fifield to look back on the 3-2 victory over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge. There's praise for Nicholas Jackson, an analysis of the constant chaos around Chelsea's defending - and the obligatory love after yet another man of the match performance from Cole Palmer. Plus, our friend Jessy Parker Humphrey's swings by to tell us about a monumental few days for the women's team after progress in the League and FA Cup ahead of a tantalising meeting with Arsenal to come in the WSL... We'll be back on Thursday to look ahead to that game AND the visit of Leicester City in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/12/202441 minutes, 5 seconds
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Mailbag open as Newcastle test looms

We asked for your questions and delivered suitably depressing answers... Matt Davies-Adams has got two of The Athletic's finest - Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey - alongside him for your second dose of Chelsea chatter. With no midweek game to look back on we open the mailbag - including the future of Pochettino, the root of the cause of the problems - and whether the tactical plan is working. Then we preview Monday night's visit of Newcastle to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League. There's reflections on the news that Sam Kerr has been charged with the alleged racially aggravated harassment of a police officer - and a look ahead to their involvement in the League and FA Cup. And of course - an obligatory quiz! We'll be back at the later time of Tuesday to reflect on the match against the Magpies - and hopefully news of progress in both cups for CFCW! Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** Take part in our survey about you and your podcast habits at theathletic.com/survey24 With over 1,000 therapists in the UK already, BetterHelp can provide access to mental health professionals with a wide variety of expertise in mental health. Our listeners get 10% off their first month at BetterHelp.com/cobham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/7/202452 minutes, 43 seconds
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Were Brentford boos the beginning of the end for Pochettino?

Another doom and gloom Monday... Matt Davies-Adams has got Simon Johnson and Luke Bosher alongside him to reflect on the 2-2 draw at Brentford - which has led to plenty of questions about the future of Mauricio Pochettino. Liam Twomey brings us the story of the game on the full-time whistle before we poll your thoughts to gauge the mood around the manager, state of the performance against the Bees and whether the current feeling around the club has turned for good. We repeat (again), THANK GOD for CFCW - who cruised to a 4-0 win at Leicester to get their title charge back on track. We'll be back on Thursday to preview Monday night's match against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** Take part in our survey about you and your podcast habits at theathletic.com/survey24 With over 1,000 therapists in the UK already, BetterHelp can provide access to mental health professionals with a wide variety of expertise in mental health. Our listeners get 10% off their first month at BetterHelp.com/cobham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/4/202448 minutes, 4 seconds
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Last gasp Leeds win eases pain ahead of Bees trip

You can't beat the feeling of a late winner... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Dom Fifield and Luke Bosher to look back on the 3-2 FA Cup win over Leeds United to set up a quarterfinal showdown with Leicester City. There's a mega voicenote from Matt and Simon Johnson at the Bridge just after the final whistle - before we talk through the importance of the result and the importance of this competition for the rest of the season... Then, there's a preview of Saturday afternoon's trip to the Gtech to face a Brentford side who's form and defensive frailties *should* give Chelsea hope of a positive result just down the road in West London. Plus, shots are fired in the quiz as the two foes go head-to-head... We'll be back on Monday to reflect on events in TW8! Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/29/202455 minutes, 44 seconds
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Are Chelsea bottle jobs? Spursy? Or just unlucky?

Sixth time unlucky... Matt Davies-Adams, Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey are in place to reflect on another devastating Wembley defeat following the 1-0 extra time League Cup loss at the hands of Liverpool. There's on the whistle reaction from the gang inside the stadium, before more considered reflections and your thoughts on where it all went wrong for Chelsea and what this means going forward. No time to feel sorry for themselves - with another season defining game against Leeds in the FA Cup to look ahead to on Wednesday night. We'll be back on Thursday to reflect on that game and look ahead to Saturday's trip to Brentford. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/26/202442 minutes, 39 seconds
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Chelsea v Liverpool: League Cup Final preview

All eyes on Wembley... Matt Davies-Adams has two of The Atheltic's finest alongside him - Liam Twomey and Luke Bosher - to look ahead to Sunday's showpiece final as Chelsea face Liverpool in the League Cup. There's a comprehensive preview of the game including team selection, Liverpool's injury woes, the importance of this competition for the Blues and what it would mean if they were able to come away victorious. Meanwhile - big news off the pitch after it was revealed that Brighton & Hove Albion head of recruitment Sam Jewell has accepted an offer to join Chelsea... yes, really, another one! Plus, another huge blow for CFCW with the news that summer signing Mia Fishel has picked up an ACL injury. We of course finish with a quiz... and a potential omen for Sunday's final? We'll be back on Monday to reflect on events at Wembley (COME ON CHELSEA!) Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/22/202449 minutes, 34 seconds
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Huge point at City gives renewed hope ahead of League Cup final

Well that was rather good... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by two of The Athletic's finest - Dom Fifield and Simon Johnson - to reflect on the hugely impressive 1-1 draw with Manchester City at The Etihad. There's a glowing on-the-whistle report from Liam Twomey as Poch's men put in a performance to remember to take another point off the title favourites. Not such good news for CFCW though - beaten for the first time at home in almost three years in the WSL as the title race was blown wide open following their 1-0 defeat by Man City. We'll be back on Thursday to take a deep dive into Sunday's League Cup final showdown with Liverpool at Wembley. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/19/202440 minutes, 55 seconds
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Trepidation heading into Man City double-header

What a weekend for a double dose of Manchester City, hey... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Liam Twomey and Luke Bosher to look ahead to Saturday evening's visit to the Etihad to take on the Premier League champions - currently on an 11 game winning streak in all competitions! Meanwhile on Friday night, CFC welcome nearest title rivals City to Kingsmeadow in a game that could go a long way to deciding who takes home the WSL title. A game of such magnitude means we must draft in Jessy Parker Humphrey's to help us look ahead. There's a round up of the Blues news elsewhere before Liam tries his best to regain some respectability in the quiz... We'll be back on Monday to reflect in events - whatever the outcome! Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/15/202440 minutes, 54 seconds
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Gallagher comes back to haunt Palace again in weekend of wins over the Eagles

Thirteen certainly isn't unlucky for some... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey to reflect on the dramatic late 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. There was also FA Cup joy for the women's team against Palace - narrowly beating the Championship side 1-0 thanks to a glorious, audacious finish from Mayra Ramirez. And you guessed it - a hat-trick of success against the Eagles as the under 18s booked their place in the quarter finals of the FA Youth cup with a 2-1 victory! Sorry Dom... We'll be back on Thursday to look ahead to the completely undaunting prospect of a trip to the Etihad - and the potentially season-defining WSL clash between CFCW and Man City on Friday night. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/13/202442 minutes, 5 seconds
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Defiant Chelsea produce their best in vital Villa win

A pretty monumental win... Matt Davies Adams is joined by two of The Athletic's finest - Liam Twomey and Dom Fifield - to reflect on the hugely impressive and important 3-1 win over Aston Villa. Simon Johnson sends in perhaps his most positive post-match report of the season, before we dive into the performance, its significance, team selection and what it means for Pochettino. Now - can they take that momentum into the Dom Derby? We look ahead to Monday night's visit to Selhurst Park to take on a severely depleted Crystal Palace side. It was also a very good Wednesday night at the office for CFCW - who cruised through to the Conti Cup semi-finals with a resounding 5-0 win over Sunderland. Next up, Crystal Palace in the FA Cup on Sunday! We'll be back at the later time of Tuesday to reflect on events in SE25. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/202448 minutes, 48 seconds
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Wolves walloping causes worry ahead of Villa replay

Normal service resumed... Matt Davies Adams is joined by Simon Johnson and Luke Bosher to pick through the bones of a pretty miserable 4-2 defeat by Wolves at Stamford Bridge. We try and get to the bottom of where it all went wrong after another hugely disappointing result which left a sour atmosphere come the final whistle. No time to feel sorry for themselves - with the unenviable task of a trip to Villa Park in the FA Cup fourth round replay. As ever, at least CFCW know what they're doing - with an impressive 3-0 win over Everton at Kingsmeadow to keep their momentum and advantage at the top of the table. We'll be back on Thursday to see whether Chelsea have booked their place in the next round of the FA Cup - and look ahead to the visit to Crystal Palace on Monday night. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/5/202442 minutes, 38 seconds
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Chelsea handed humbling Anfield defeat ahead of visit of Wolves

All those draws were boring anyway... Matt Davies-Adams enlists the services of Luke Bosher and Liam Twomey to look back at the 4-1 defeat dished out by Liverpool on Wednesday night. We begin with the transfer latest on deadline day, before turning our attention to events at Anfield with the help of a doom and gloom Simon Johnson on the whistle report. Next up, Wolves come to town on Sunday afternoon. There's a look ahead to that one which is mercifully at Stamford Bridge given the recent woes on the road... As ever, thank god for CFCW! Who signed off from the Champions League group stages in style with a 4-0 win out in Paris ahead of the visit of Everton in the WSL on Sunday evening. We'll be back on Monday to round up another busy weekend of Blues news - and look ahead to Wednesday's FA Cup replay at Villa Park. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/202454 minutes, 44 seconds
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FA Cup stalemate with Villa ahead of league trip to Anfield

They needed some extra games to turn the away form around anyway... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by two of the Athletic's finest - Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey - to look back on Friday night's relatively entertaining goalless draw with Aston Villa in the FA Cup. Then there's a look ahead to Wednesday night's trip to Anfield, where Jürgen Klopp's farewell tour begins in earnest. Meanwhile, CFCW kept up their title charge with a comfortable 3-0 win at Brighton... and guess what? Lauren James was very, very, very good again! We'll be back on Thursday to preview the visit of Wolves to Stamford Bridge on Sunday - and look back on the League Cup final warm-up. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/29/202433 minutes, 59 seconds
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Wembley awaits - now can Chelsea progress in the FA Cup too?

Penalty shootout with Liverpool, anyone?! Matt Davies-Adams has two of The Athletic's finest alongside him - Dom Fifield and Simon Johnson - to reflect on the emphatic 6-2 aggregate win over Boro to confirm Chelsea's safe passage to the League Cup final. We hear from Liam on the final whistle and celebrate the hugely influential return of Ben Chilwell and continued mastery of Cole Palmer. The cup football just keeps on coming, with Aston Villa in town for Friday night's FA Cup 4th Round tie. Also success for CFCW - who confirmed top spot in Group D and a place in the quarterfinals of the Champions League with a 2-1 win over Real Madrid. Plus - a chance to hear from Cobham kid Harvey Vale - who's thriving at Bristol Rovers and sat down with Simon to discuss his special relationship with Alfie Gilchrist. We'll be back on Monday to hopefully toast to more success - before looking ahead to the tricky trip to Anfield in a dress rehearsal of the latest showdown between these two old rivals at Wembley. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/25/202458 minutes, 41 seconds
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Celebrating Emma Hayes, James shines again - and a season defining Boro clash

All hail Emma Hayes... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Liam Twomey and Luke Bosher as the Blues gear up for arguably their biggest game of the season against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night. But we start with some love for CFCW manager Emma Hayes - who because the first woman to be honoured with the Football Writers' Tribute award at a ceremony on Sunday night. We hear from Hayes herself - and Fran Kirby on the huge impact she's had on her life and career. There's a wrap up of the big WSL victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge which featured a hat-trick from the mercurial Lauren James. We talk loan moves and transfers - with the news that Cesare Casadei and Diego Moreira are back at the club... plus, the latest on Broja's potential departure. Then - a look ahead to the visit of injury-ravaged Boro on Tuesday - with Poch's boys needing to overturn a one-goal deficit if they're to progress to Wembley.  We'll be back on Thursday to *hopefully* reflect on Chelsea's progress to the League Cup final - and to preview Friday night's visit of Aston Villa in the FA Cup! Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/22/202439 minutes, 59 seconds
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Broja's future, WSL returns - and mailbag open

Pure profit, anyone? Matt Davies-Adams has got Dom Fifield and Liam Twomey alongside him for your second weekly dose of Chelsea chat. We begin with the news broken by The Athletic's David Ornstein that the club are prepared to listen to offers for striker Armando Broja. Then we take your questions - including whether progress has been made, dream fully fit XI's, and when José Mourinho will return as manager... Plus, our pal Jessy Parker Humphrey's drops by to preview the huge WSL clash for CFCW against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. We'll be back on Monday to reflect on that game - and look ahead to the League Cup semi-final second leg against Middlesbrough. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/18/202455 minutes, 1 second
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Cold Palmer seals league double over Fulham

Argylle, anyone? Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Simon Johnson and Luke Bosher to reflect on the 1-0 victory over Fulham at Stamford Bridge... Liam Twomey sends in his on the whistle report - before we take your thoughts and round up the story of the game, which wasn't necessarily pretty but secured the Blues' fourth straight home win for the first time since 2020. Meanwhile, CFCW were back in action in the FA Cup - and had to rely on a two late goals in extra-time to overcome West Ham in the fourth round. Chelsea's men might have the weekend off - but we'll be back on Thursday with a mailbag special! Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/15/202435 minutes, 51 seconds
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Boro burst bubble as Fulham come to the Bridge

Are we sure it's not still 2023? Matt Davies-Adams is joined by The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey with the unenviable task of looking back on the 1-0 League Cup semi-final first leg defeat by Middlesbrough. We plough through some of your angry thoughts and questions as we analyse the result - and where the blame should lie. No time to dwell - with Fulham making the short trip down the road for a West London derby at lunchtime on Saturday. We preview that game before resurecting the quiz for the first time in 2024... We'll be back on Monday to hopefully reflect on an important Premier League victory - and CFCW's return to action in the FA Cup! Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/11/202443 minutes, 27 seconds
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Chelsea show up in second half to ease past PNE ahead of Boro trip

Well, we enjoyed the last 45 minutes at least... Matt Davies-Adams has got Dom Fifield and Liam Twomey alongside him to reflect on the 4-0 victory over Preston North End in the third round of the FA Cup. We round up the game of two halves, ask whether Sterling is back in Poch's good books after that stunning free kick - and give some love to Alfie Gilchrist and the other Cobham kids who got the chance to shine. The cup football just keeps on coming - with a trip to Teeside to preview ahead of Tuesday's League Cup semi-final first leg at Middlesbrough... Plus, we've got reaction to the devastating news that CFCW's talismanic striker Sam Kerr has picked up a season-ending ACL injury. Jessy Parker Humphrey's sends in their verdict of what this means for the title race and the rest of the campaign going forward. We'll be back on Thursday to round up events from the first leg, look ahead to the visit of Fulham to Stamford Bridge - and preview the return of the WSL. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/8/202447 minutes, 41 seconds
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Wolves, Palace and Luton festive fixtures reviewed - plus a Preston preview

A whirlwind week and a half of festive football... Matt Davies-Adams is back! With two of The Athletic's finest - Luke Bosher and Simon Johnson alongside him - to reflect on the Blues' fortunes over Christmas and New Year. There's lessons from the disappointing defeat at Wolves, late victory from the penalty spot against Crystal Palace and chaos at Kenilworth Road - which left MoPo's side with 6 points from a possible 9. The games keep on coming - with Preston North End visiting SW6 in the FA Cup on Saturday evening - we tease ahead to that game too... We'll be back next Monday to reflect on the third round and preview Tuesday's trip to Teeside to face Middlesbrough in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/2/202449 minutes, 40 seconds
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League Cup joy, 2023 reflections and hopes for 2024

Season's greetings... Matt Davies-Adams has got the WHOLE gang alongside him as we sign off for 2023 in a buoyant mood following the penalty shootout triumph over Newcastle. There's a review of that game, a look back on a ~testing~ 2023 for CFC, plus a look ahead to hopefully happier times as we speculate as to what 2024 could have in store for Poch & co. There's a preview of the upcoming games over Christmas against Wolves, Crystal Palace and Luton - plus Jessy Parker Humphrey's pops in to give their take on CFCW's win over Häcken and the wider picture for Emma Hayes' side. Then - Matt and Producer Lucy face a bumper quiz... We'll be back on the 3rd of January to round up all the festive fixture fallout and look ahead to the 3rd round of the FA Cup! Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/21/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 39 seconds
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Chelsea beat Blades to take confidence into crunch Newcastle QF

Much, much needed... Two of The Athletic's finest - Liam Twomey and Dom Fifield - are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to look back on the crucial 2-0 win over Sheffield United. There's an on the whistle report from Simon Johnson, praise as always for Cole Palmer - and some head-scratching as to what the future holds for Conor Gallagher. Then - it's all eyes on arguably the biggest match of the season as we preview the visit of Newcastle in Tuesday night's League Cup quarter-final. Plus, CFCW got back to winning ways in a 3-0 win at Bristol City - including yet more sheer brilliance for Lauren James. We'll be back on Thursday with our end of year bonanza rounding up the midweek fixtures, looking back on the annus horribilis that was 2023 - and looking ahead to a (hopefully) positive 2024. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/18/202347 minutes, 22 seconds
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Is Saturday's Sheffield United showdown a must win?

A set of matches that could define Chelsea's season? Matt Davies-Adams has got Liam Twomey and Luke Bosher alongside him to look ahead to the visit of Sheffield United on Saturday. But we begin with the hugely depressing news that captain Reece James will be out for the foreseeable future after aggravating his hamstring injury. Oh, and some amortisation chat too... Then it's all eyes of the Blades, as we preview the game through the prism of potential starting XI's and what that could mean for Poch and co. Plus - there's more quiz chaos as counting becomes an issue for our host...! We'll be back on Monday to reflect on the Sheffield United game and look ahead to the visit of Newcastle in the League Cup. Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • This is a paid advertisement by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/COBHAMand get on your way to being your best self Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/14/202346 minutes, 41 seconds
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Chelsea get Dyched at Goodison in latest setback

39 points from 39 games in 2023... Matt Davies-Adams has got Simon Johnson and Luke Bosher alongside him to round up the latest frustrating defeat at Goodison Park. We take your questions, discuss the general malaise around the club at the moment - and wonder whether the owners need to take more accountability for the current state of things on and off the pitch. When it rains it pours - as Chelsea Women were comfortably beaten 4-1 by Arsenal at The Emirates in a hugely underwhelming performance from Emma Hayes' side. We'll be back on Thursday to look ahead to the visit of Sheffield United to Stamford Bridge. Produced by Lucy OIiva. *** • This is a paid advertisement by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/COBHAMand get on your way to being your best self Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/11/202343 minutes, 48 seconds
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Alarm bells ringing after damning defeat at Old Trafford

Eight points behind *this* United team... Matt Davies Adams is joined by Liam Twomey and Luke Bosher to reflect on the horror 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford. We take a deep dive into some of the worst elements of the performance, Pochettino's demeanour, ponder the bleakness of what this result means for the wider season - and take your questions. Next up, the unenviable task of a trip to Goodison Park to take on an Everton side full of fury against the Premier League overlords. The only silver lining is that Jessy Parker Humphrey's is back in the house to look ahead to the small matter of Arsenal v Chelsea in front of a near sell-out crowd at The Emirates. Oh, and an Toffee related quiz to try and...raise spirits?! We'll be back on Monday to reflect on the fortunes of CFC and CFCW... Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/7/202355 minutes, 19 seconds
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Yet more mayhem as 10-man Chelsea beat Brighton

Well - at least it's not dull right?! Matt Davies-Adams has got two of The Athletic's finest Liam Twomey and Simon Johnson alongside him to round up the bonkers 3-2 win over Brighton at Stamford Bridge. It was another rollercoaster of an afternoon involving Chelsea - but there's praise for a huge afternoon for Enzo Fernandez, thoughts on the Gallagher red and general chaos that comes with this side. Plus we've got a rare midweek fixture to look forward to - with a trip to Old Trafford to take on a seemingly hopeless and hapless Manchester United side who are somehow five points above the Blues in the table. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/4/202342 minutes, 11 seconds
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Can Chelsea bounce back against Brighton?

A response is needed... Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Dom Fifield and Luke Bosher alongside him to look ahead to the visit of Brighton to Stamford Bridge on Sunday. We ponder team selection given some of the costly suspensions in the backline, whether Roberto De Zerbi's swashbuckling style will actually suit Chelsea - and if the much-anticipated return of Nkunku could be upon us... There's a quick recap of the Blues news elsewhere - including what Andrey Santos' next move could be following his failed loan at Forest - before we quiz! We'll be back on Monday to reflect on the Seagulls game and look ahead to the midweek visit to Old Trafford... Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/30/202341 minutes, 2 seconds
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Pochettino 'angry and disappointed' after Newcastle collapse

It was all going too well... Matt Davies-Adams has The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey alongside him to reflect on the hugely disappointing 4-1 defeat at St. James' Park. But we begin with our tributes to Terry Venables - who has sadly died at the age of 80. There's analysis of where it all went so horribly wrong against Newcastle, Poch's post-match fury, ill-discipline and your thoughts on the performance. At least we can always count on CFCW - continuing their unbeaten start to the season and picking up their 20th (!) consecutive home WSL win after their 5-2 triumph over Leicester at Kingsmeadow. We'll be back on Thursday to look ahead to the visit of old friends Brighton to Stamford Bridge. Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • This is a paid advertisement by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/COBHAM and get on your way to being your best self Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/27/202342 minutes, 11 seconds
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Stadiums, sanctions and St. James' Park

Better late than never... Sickness has threatened to derail proceedings but alas - Matt Davies-Adams has got Dom Fifield and Producer Lucy alongside him to chat the latest Blues news and look ahead to the trip to Newcastle on Saturday. We talk stadium redevelopment and the threat of sanctions before turning our focus to matters on the pitch - and Chelsea's hopes of coming away from Tyneside with all three points... There's praise for CFCW after their turned on the style in the Champions League on Thursday night - plus Matt subjects us all to a quiz.... We'll be back on Monday (with hopefully a fully fit squad!) to reflect on the weekend's action. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/24/202356 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ice cold Palmer stuns City in 4-4 thriller

WHAT. A. GAME. !!! Matt Davies-Adams has Simon Johnson and Luke Bosher alongside him to reflect on the extraordinary 4-4 draw with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. We take your thoughts and questions - lauding Cole Palmer, the character and spirit showed by the players - and what an important week it's been for Mauricio Pochettino. It was a good weekend all round - with CFCW picking up a 3-0 victory at Everton and the U21's tasting victory at Leeds. We're taking our own imposed international break - but we'll be back next Thursday to look ahead to the trip to Newcastle once the Premier League returns! Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. With over 1,000 therapists in the UK already, BetterHelp can provide access to mental health professionals with a wide variety of expertise in mental health. Our listeners get 10% off their first month at BetterHelp.com/COBHAM Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/13/202344 minutes, 39 seconds
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Can underdogs Chelsea spring a surprise on City?

Recovered from Monday night yet? Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Dom Fifield and Liam Twomey to look ahead to the visit of Manchester City to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. We ponder team selection, the Cole Palmer Derby, embracing the underdog status and whether the Blues are actually a bit better than we're giving them credit for... The Emma Hayes farewell tour begins on Sunday - when CFCW make the trip to Everton. We have a quick look ahead to that one and reflect further on the news of Hayes' departure - before embarking on a quiz! We'll be back on Monday to round up the City and Everton fixtures - whatever the results... Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/9/202342 minutes, 54 seconds
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Chaos reigns supreme as Chelsea beat nine-man Tottenham

The purest of pure Barclays... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by two of The Athletic's finest - Liam Twomey and Simon Johnson - to TRY and round up one of the most ludicrous matches in Premier League history. It finished Tottenham 1 Chelsea 4 - but how did we get there and how on earth did Nicholas Jackson manage to score a hat-trick?! And why on earth did Spurs play into their hands?! And just what the HELL was going on?!!! Amid all the chaos we almost forget the seismic news to reach us on Saturday - that rather unthinkably, Emma Hayes will be leaving the club at the end of the season. Times like these call for an emergency appearance from the one and only Jessy Parker Humphreys to tell us more. We'll be back on Thursday to preview the visit of Manchester City (eek) to Stamford Bridge. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/7/202344 minutes, 35 seconds
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Chelsea set up tasty QF tie with Newcastle ahead of the Pochettino derby at Spurs

A precious home win... Luke Bosher, Dom Fifield and Matt Davies-Adams are with you to reflect on the 2-0 win over Blackburn which secured safe passage to the quarter-finals of the League Cup - and set up a meeting with high-flying Newcastle in the next round. Simon Johnson pops up with his take live from Stamford Bridge - before we round up the rest of the main talking points from the ultimately comfortable win for the Blues. Then it's the small matter of a look ahead to the visit to North London on Monday night in the first official 'Mauricio Pochettino Derby' as he takes on his former side Tottenham. We've got a full preview and look at how Chelsea can go about nullifying and ultimately beating the table-toppers... There's a word on the other Blues news including CFCW's trip to Aston Villa - we've got a quiz which takes *rather* a long time to complete. We'll be back on Tuesday hot off the back of that game to HOPEFULLY be reflecting on a statement win for Poch & co. Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • This is a paid advertisement by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/COBHAM and get on your way to being your best self Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/2/202354 minutes, 59 seconds
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Home horrors continue in yet another Brentford beating

Just when you think things are starting to turn... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by The Athletic's Simon Johnson and Luke Bosher to reflect on the 2-0 defeat by Brentford at Stamford Bridge. With just one win in THIRTEEN Premier League home matches - we try and get to the root of the problem in SW6. Attention then turns to Wednesday night - and the visit of Blackburn Rovers in the fourth round of the League Cup. We pick our starting XI for that game and highlight the importance of this competition for the Blues. We'll be back on Thursday to hopefully assess safe passage to the next round - and look ahead to Monday night's visit to Tottenham in the Poch derby... Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • This is a paid advertisement by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/COBHAM and get on your way to being your best self. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/30/202335 minutes, 37 seconds
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Third time lucky against Brentford at Stamford Bridge?

Can Chelsea avoid being stung again? The Athletic's Liam Twomey and Luke Bosher are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to look ahead to the visit of Brentford to Stamford Bridge. We begin with an insight into the visitors with the help of Bees expert Jay Harris - plus questioning whether Ivan Toney is a likely January target for Mauricio Pochettino... Plenty of focus on how Chelsea approach the game including some of the key selection issues - and how important it is to give the home crowd a much-needed win. There's a brief round up of the Blues news elsewhere - before we quiz... We'll be back on Monday to handle all the fallout from Saturday's early kick-off, plus look ahead to the visit of Blackburn Rovers in the League Cup on Wednesday night. Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Get a $13 Starter Set for just $3 at harrys.com/COBHAM Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/26/202336 minutes, 53 seconds
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A positive point or two thrown away after 2-2 draw with Arsenal?

So near yet so far... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Liam Twomey and Luke Bosher to look back on the 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. We've got a downbeat Simon Johnson on the whistle report - but we're not quite so despondent about the result and performance in particular. We take your questions and comments and round up the win which slipped through Chelsea's grasp. Chelsea Women continued their phenomenal winning record on home soil as they came from behind to beat Brighton 4-2 at Kingsmeadow. We touch on that victory for Emma Hayes' side which takes them joint top of the WSL table - and round up the rest of the Blues news. We'll be back on Thursday to look ahead to Saturday's lunchtime visit of Brentford to the Bridge. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/23/202341 minutes, 11 seconds
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Arsenal to test Chelsea's newfound form - plus tributes to magician Eden Hazard

Let's *really* put this Chelsea side to the test then, shall we? Matt Davies-Adams has got Luke Bosher and Dom Fifield alongside him as the Premier League returns... We start with a preview of the visit of Arsenal to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening and all the ~narrative~ around it. There's a round up of the other Blues news - before paying tribute to Hazard the only way we know now... a quiz! We also pay our tributes - and share some favourite moments of magic. We'll be back on Monday to hopefully reflect on some big wins for all those of a Chelsea persuasion. Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/COBHAM  • This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/COBHAM and get on your way to being your best self. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/19/202346 minutes, 47 seconds
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Blues buoyed going into international break after beating Burnley

Back-to-back-to-back?! Two of The Athletic's finest - Liam Twomey and Simon Johnson - are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to round up the 4-1 win at Turf Moor which means the Blues head into the break on a high. We talk through the result and take your questions - including Sterling's brilliance, praise for Palmer and whether this really means Mauricio Pochettino's side are starting to build some much needed momentum? There was drama for Chelsea Women - who had to rely on a 96th minute equaliser from Guro Reiten to steal a point against the nine players of Manchester City. Plus, we've got our own nursery rhyme for you which Matt delivers with real gusto.. We're taking a hiatus for the international break but will be back on Thursday 19th October to look ahead to the visit of Arsenal to Stamford Bridge on Saturday night. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/9/202340 minutes, 20 seconds
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Turf Moor calling as Chilwell gets added to injury list

Dreaming of two Premier League wins on the bounce for the first time since March?! Dom Fifield and Luke Bosher join Matt Davies-Adams to look ahead to the visit to Turf Moor to take on Burnley on Saturday afternoon. There's also a huge tie for the women's team - making the trip to Manchester City and hoping to avenge their 2-0 defeat there last season. Plus, Matt tries to redeem himself after a disgracefully easy quiz last week - which has us pondering obscure Chelsea midfielders from 2008... We'll be back on Monday to reflect on the fortunes of the men's and women's teams as we head into the second international break of the season. Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/COBHAM  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/5/202334 minutes, 14 seconds
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Mudryk dazzles, Colwill delivers, Chelsea win

This whole winning malarkey is fun, isn't it?! Matt Davies-Adams is joined by The Athletic's finest Liam Twomey and Simon Johnson to reflect on the 2-0 win at Fulham under the lights on Monday night. Producer Lucy and Simon send an excitable voice note - before we take hear from Levi Colwill, take your questions and round up a hugely positive night for Mauricio Pochettino's side. It was also a good weekend for Chelsea Women - registering a 2-1 win over Tottenham at Stamford Bridge in their WSL season opener as they go in search of their fifth straight title. We'll be back on Thursday to look ahead to the long trip to Turf Moor to face Burnley. Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/COBHAM  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/3/202339 minutes, 53 seconds
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Chelsea score and taste victory with League Cup triumph over Brighton

Well, this is a foreign feeling... Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Liam Twomey and Dom Fifield alongside him to look back on the goal (!) and win (!) over good friends Brighton in a feisty League Cup encounter at Stamford Bridge. The question is - can they keep it going down the road at Craven Cottage in the Premier League on Monday night? There's a preview of that derby and plenty to ponder in terms of team selection. Up top? Right back? Left back? We try and figure out what system Mauricio Pochettino might employ against the Whites. The WSL is finally back - with Chelsea Women getting their title defence underway against Tottenham on Sunday. There's a look ahead to that, some hot pudding chat, and a quiz... We'll be back on Tuesday to hopefully round up a winning weekend for all those involved with Chelsea. Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/COBHAM and get on your way to being your best self Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/28/202356 minutes, 45 seconds
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Defeat by Villa condemns Chelsea to worst start since 1978

Is the season over yet? Matt Davies-Adams is accompanied by two of The Athletic's finest - Luke Bosher and Simon Johnson - to round up the inevitable 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge. We analyse the performance, Malo Gusto's red card - and Nicholas Jackson's inability to avoid yellows. There's no time to feel sorry for themselves because old friends Brighton are in town on Wednesday night in the League Cup. We pick XI's for the game and wonder whether there's any hope of progress to the fourth round?! We'll be back on Thursday to pick up the pieces from that match - and mercifully look ahead to the start of the new WSL season - and a Chelsea side who know a thing or two about winning... Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/COBHAM and get on your way to being your best self Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/25/202347 minutes, 37 seconds
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Has the 'crisis' at Chelsea been overblown? Plus Aston Villa come to town

Who needs European football anyway? Matt Davies-Adams is joined by The Athletic's Chelsea experts Dom Fifield and Liam Twomey to look ahead to Sunday's visit of Aston Villa to Stamford Bridge. We start with some... positivity?! As Michael Cox explains why the Blues' start to the season hasn't been as bad as it seems. Plenty on the agenda as we take your questions including why there's so much negativity, whether too much pressure is being mounted on Nicholas Jackson - and the state of limbo Conor Gallagher finds himself in. Plus - can Liam shed his quizzing hoodoo and get the better of Dom? We'll be back on Monday to look back on the Villa game - and look ahead to the visit of our old friends Brighton in the League Cup on Wednesday night. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/21/202350 minutes, 8 seconds
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Bore draw at Bournemouth compounds early season concerns

Don't you just love a trip to the seaside... Simon Johnson and Luke Bosher are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on the uninspiring goalless draw at Bournemouth on Sunday. Plus a chance to hear from Mauricio Pochettino - who says he can understand the grumblings from fans already... We take your questions including why there's so little confidence in front of goal, whether the incredible number of injuries can be blamed for the poor start - and how much patience we should expect from the owners. There's also a look ahead to what the next few weeks hold for the Blues fixture wise as we go in search of the next win - and a word on some of the cost-cutting behind the scenes. We'll be back on Thursday to preview the visit of Aston Villa. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/18/202343 minutes, 43 seconds
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International Blues, squad audits and a trip to Bournemouth

Chelsea's title charge starts now... The Athletic's Blues experts Liam Twomey and Simon Johnson join Matt Davies-Adams to wrap up the international break and look ahead to a trip to the seaside as they prepare to face tricky foes Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. We begin with a runthrough of the fortunes of some of Mauricio Pochettino's men on duty with their countries - including more struggles for Mykhailo Mudryk and pondering why Levi Colwill didn't get a shot for England while a certain out of favour defender did... Next, we take a closer look at the squad audit Liam did for The Athletic -with a look at the strengths and weaknesses of this incredibly young crop of players which has been assembled. Then it's all eyes on that game against the Cherries - a word on the latest with the ongoing search for a shirt sponsor, a special 'Elsewhere in Chelsea news' after the legends put on a show at Stamford Bridge - before we wrap things up with a quiz... We'll be back on Monday to reflect on the trip to the seaside and hopefully an important three points for the Blues! Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • This is a paid advertisement by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/COBHAM and get on your way to being your best self Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/14/202351 minutes, 5 seconds
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Forest fell misfiring Blues and inflict 1-0 defeat on Poch & co

There's something awfully familiar about sitting 12th in the table... Matt Davies-Adams has his professional and personal allegiances tested in the company of The Athletic's Simon Johnson and Dom Fifield. We begin by reflecting on the 1-0 defeat by Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge. There's team selection dilemmas, performance worries and goalscoring difficulties. Then, a chance to round up the deadline day dealings after the window *slammed* shut on Friday - and a look at the transfer business across the summer as a whole. We're taking our own international break - but will see you next Thursday (the 14th of September) to preview the trip to Bournemouth. Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to https://nordvpn.com/cobham to get a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + 4 months for free! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/4/202346 minutes, 5 seconds
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Blushes spared against AFC Wimbledon ahead of Nottingham Forest test

Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Liam Twomey and Luke Bosher alongside him to reflect on the 2-1 win over League Two AFC Wimbledon in the second round of the League Cup. By the time you listen to the podcast this *whole* section may be completely redundant - but with just over 24 hours to go in the transfer window we talk through some of the latest done and potential deals - including Cole Palmer, Emile Smith Rowe, Trevoh Chalobah, Marc Cucurella and more... With the international break just around the corner, we preview the visit of Nottingham Forest to Stamford Bridge. And finally - it's a first outing for the Bosher v Twomey match-up in the quiz... Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to https://nordvpn.com/cobham to get a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + 4 months for free! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/31/202348 minutes, 59 seconds
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Sterling shines as Chelsea get first win of the season

Three whole points for Chelsea Football Club... It's a Bank Holiday bonanza as Matt Davies-Adams, Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey bask in the glory of just a second win in 17 games for the Blues. We reflect on the 3-0 victory over Luton - and celebrate another sensational performance from Raheem Sterling who bagged a brace for Mauricio Pochettino's men. There's the obligatory transfer talk as we count down to the end of the window - including the arrival of goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic, potential loan to Manchester United of Marc Cucurella - and what Andrey Santos should expect at the City Ground. Then - we pick our starting XI for Wednesday night's visit of AFC Wimbledon - as the Blues get their League Cup campaign underway. We'll be back on Thursday to round up that match and looking ahead to the visit of Nottingham Forest ahead of the international break! Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to https://nordvpn.com/cobham to get a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + 4 months for free! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/28/202348 minutes, 25 seconds
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Luton in Town as transfer scrutiny continues - plus Pochettino meets Shearer

Anything but a win...and it's crisis talks already? The Athletic's Chelsea experts Dom Fifield and Liam Twomey are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to chew over the latest Blues news. Things get *a little bit heated* as we go through yet another transfer round up - including why Lewis Hall has been allowed to leave, why the can't shift Hudson-Odoi or Lukaku, and why they seem intent on spending more and more and more money. We've got bonus content - with a chance to hear a sneak peak of a certain Mauricio Pochettino in conversation with Alan Shearer! You can read the full interview on The Athletic from Friday. Then we look ahead to the visit of Luton Town on Friday night - before finishing things off with the first Fifield v Twomey quiz of the new season... We'll be back on Monday to reflect on events under the lights at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea have hopefully (surely?!) picked up their first three points of the season. Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Grab your EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal by going to https://nordvpn.com/cobham to get a Huge Discount off your NordVPN Plan + 4 months for free! It’s completely risk free with Nord’s 30 day money-back guarantee!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/24/202348 minutes, 27 seconds
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Penalty pain and more injury woes in West Ham defeat

Well, the positivity was fun while it lasted... Simon Johnson and Luke Bosher are back alongside Matt Davies-Adams to dissect that 3-1 defeat at West Ham. There's penalty nightmares, set piece meltdowns, goalscoring problems, more injury scares, pointed substitutions and much to discuss after an afternoon to forget at London Stadium. Next we check in on the latest transfer tittle tattle as we enter the closing stages of the transfer window - and round up the rest of the Blues news with World Cup heartache for England and a PL2 defeat to our old friends Brighton. We'll be back on Thursday to look ahead to the Friday night visit of Luton Town at Stamford Bridge. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/21/202345 minutes, 37 seconds
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Lavia, Olise (or not) and Hall latest as West Ham await

What do we talk about now the Caicedo saga is over?! Simon Johnson and Luke Bosher are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to wrap up another quiet, dull week in the life of Chelsea Football Club. First up - transfer talk - with Lavia imminent, Olise incoming (umm yeah - about that...), Hall potentially out the door, some confirmed loan deals and the ongoing efforts to shift Ziyech and Lukaku... Then attention turns to London Stadium - with a derby day to look forward to as the Blues make the trip to West Ham. We preview that game - and try out some chants (!) to see what sticks. There's some 'Elsewhere in Blues News' - including mixed fortunes for some of CFCW's World Cup stars - and Luke makes his debut in the quiz... We'll be back on Monday to round up the trip to take on the Hammers. Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** This is a paid advertisement by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/cobham and get on your way to being your best self. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/17/202350 minutes, 59 seconds
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Caicedo confirmed, positivity post Liverpool and Kepa departs (for now)

1-1 on the pitch, a win for Chelsea off it... Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Blues experts Liam Twomey and Simon Johnson alongside him for our first pod of the week - and there's reason to be positive as it looks like a certain Ecuadorian is FINALLY through the door... The Athletic's Football Correspondent David Ornstein sends us a voice note with the definitive update on the Moisés Caicedo transfer (which has since been rubber stamped since we recorded!) We reflect on a positive afternoon's work in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool, round-up some of the outgoings - including Kepa to Real Madrid (!) - and find out about Simon's trip to Kingsmeadow as the new-look PL2 season got underway. We'll be back on Thursday to round up the inevitable transfer latest - and look ahead to Sunday's trip to West Ham. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/14/202354 minutes, 41 seconds
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An Nkunku nightmare, swoop for Lavia and look ahead to Liverpool

Here we go... Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey alongside him to kick-off the 2023-24 campaign. We start with the terrible injury news for Christopher Nkunku - and what the knock-on effect could be in terms of transfers. There's the latest on Caicedo, Lavia and Kepa - and concerns around attacking options if there was anymore injury misfortune... Then we look ahead to Sunday's match with Liverpool - including predicted starting XI's - and a chance to hear from Levi Colwill who has committed his future to the club and looks set for a big season in the heart of Mauricio Pochettino's defence. We touch upon Reece James' captaincy announcement and ponder what this season really has in store for the Blues. We've got an update on the Premier League investigation into potential financial rule breaches during Roman Abramovich's ownership of the club - and the latest on the search for a shirt sponsor. AND OF COURSE - the triumphant return of the quiz... We'll be back on Monday to reflect on hopefully a big opening weekend win over Jürgen Klopp's side. Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** This is a paid advertisement by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/cobham and get on your way to being your best self. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/10/202356 minutes, 45 seconds
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Robert Sánchez, Moisés Caicedo and the Brighton stand-off

Not long to wait now... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by The Athletic's Simon Johnson and Luke Bosher to round up the latest pre-season talking points and transfer to-and-fro as we enter the final stretch before the 2023-24 season. We've got Lionesses reaction after the red mist descended for Lauren James, a Liam Twomey special from the beach in Chicago, the arrival of Robert Sánchez - and an update on the seemingly never ending pursuit of Moisés Caicedo. The we open the mailbag to take your questions on expectancy, captaincy - and everything in between. We'll be back on Thursday to look ahead to that opening day clash against Liverpool. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/7/202336 minutes, 33 seconds
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Chelsea in America, outgoings, incomings - and Mbappé?!

We're back! Matt Davies-Adams is joined once again by two of The Athletic's finest - Liam Twomey and Dom Fifield - to get stuck into a typically quiet and uneventful summer for Chelsea Football Club (!) We check in with Liam's adventures Stateside as the Blues win the Premier League Summer Series - and hear from Ben Chilwell who gives a fascinating insight into life under Mauricio Pochettino in pre-season, his words of wisdom for Mykhailo Mudryk and why - unlike so many others - he committed his future to the club. There's a round up of the players who've left Stamford Bridge - which could take us all day... Then, we take a look at those who've arrived in SW6 - and the rumours of an audacious swoop for a certain Frenchman... We'll be back on Monday to reflect on the Dortmund friendly, check in on the latest transfer news - and turn our attention to the imminent start of the Premier League season. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/31/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 19 seconds
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Introducing the Daily Football Briefing

The Athletic has just launched its brand new, daily 10 minute podcast for all those people who are just too busy in the mornings for anything longer. It’s called The Daily Football Briefing and will bring you right up to speed with the biggest stories from the night before and what to expect from the day ahead. Missed a big transfer story? David Ornstein will have you covered. What’s the latest about that club’s takeover saga? Matt Slater will have the latest. What’s Lionel Messi getting up to in MLS? Our American experts will know best. It’s your essential guide to the biggest stories in football - all wrapped up before you’ve finished your first cup of coffee. Follow and subscribe to The Athletic’s Daily Football Briefing for free wherever you get your podcasts so you don’t miss an episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/18/202353 seconds
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Introducing: Straight Outta Cobham

Straight Outta Cobham is your twice weekly, dedicated Chelsea podcast from The Athletic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/8/202334 seconds
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Pochettino's confirmed and CFCW are champions as the curtain closes on 2022-23

Goodbye and good riddance, 2022-23... For the final time this season, The Athletic's Chelsea experts Liam Twomey and Dom Fifield are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to round off a year to forget for CFC. But we start with some good news! For just after we finished recording (of course) it was *finally* confirmed that Mauricio Pochettino is the new Blues boss. Liam pops back to talk us through the announcement. The respite doesn't last long, as we take you on a trip down memory lane through this shocking campaign, before rounding up the draw with Newcastle and 4-1 hammering at Manchester United - with the help of a vintage Simon Johnson voice note before he escaped on his holidays. There's joy for CFCW as Emma Hayes' side wrapped up their fourth straight WSL title in style at relegated Reading to continue their supremacy in the women's game. We revisit some very questionable pre-season predictions, partake in a quiz for old time's sake - and look ahead to what's surely a far more positive 2023-24 season to come... Enjoy your Chelsea free summers - and we'll be back with you for the new campaign, if not before! Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Visit BetterHelp dot com slash COBHAM today to get 10% off your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/29/202356 minutes, 26 seconds
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Extras at Man City's title party, a double dose of United - plus CFCW close in on the WSL title

We've so nearly stumbled over the finishing line... We begin with our latest edition of 'Why hasn't Mauricio Pochettino been announced as the new Chelsea manager yet?' Then, there's a round up the exhibition match at the Etihad as the Blues were beaten 1-0 by Manchester City's B team. The less said about that the better - so we move on swiftly and instead try and be upbeat about the trip to Old Trafford and last game of the season against Newcastle. As has so often been the case this season, at least we have the women's team to bring us some joy! Their commanding 2-0 win over Arsenal means the WSL title is all but definitely coming Chelsea's way barring a disaster against bottom of the table Reading on the final day of the season. We'll be back for the final time this season next week to wrap up this strangest of campaigns, (hopefully) toast the achievements of Emma Hayes' side - and take a look at our highly accurate pre-season predictions... Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/23/202348 minutes, 8 seconds
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Unofficial Poch, an FA Cup three-peat - now can Chelsea spoil City's title party?

Waiting for the official confirmation to drop like... The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to round up the latest Blues news with the 2022-23 season mercifully only two weeks from being over. We start with the latest on the Mauricio Pochettino arrival - and why it's *still* yet to be announced by the club. The good news is we'll always have Sam Kerr... We toast to Chelsea Women's FA Cup three-peat in front of a world record crowd at Wembley after their 1-0 win over Manchester United. Then we dissect the 2-2 draw between the two two-time European Champions - and preview Sunday's trip to the Etihad. We'll be back next week to reflect on the fact that Chelsea have ruined City's title party (!?!) and look ahead to the final two games of the season against Manchester United and Newcastle. Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Visit BetterHelp dot com slash COBHAM today to get 10% off your first month • Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/COBHAM Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/16/202347 minutes, 47 seconds
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Chelsea win (no, really) but when will Poch be in?

We are staying up, say we are staying up... Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Dom Fifield alongside him to reflect on a very unfamiliar sensation - a win! We analyse the 3-1 victory at Bournemouth - including Mr Johnson in the thick of things in the away end... But we begin with the latest on the new manager hunt - with Mauricio Pochettino still seemingly poised to take over. It's the small matter of the MDA derby on Saturday as Nottingham Forest come to town - with the two-time European Champions facing off in a game that's got huge ramifications for the visitors and their hopes of Premier League safety next season. Then it's all eyes on Wembley and the FA Cup Final! The Athletic's women's football expert Charlotte Harpu joins us to talk all things CFCW and look ahead to the showdown with Manchester United on Sunday. We'll be back next week to reflect on the men's and women's action - and perhaps we'll officially have a manager to discuss? Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/11/202354 minutes, 23 seconds
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'Disgraceful' Arsenal defeat compounds misery ahead of Bournemouth

Five more games, just five more games... The Athletic's Chelsea experts Liam Twomey and Simon Johnson join Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on the latest disastrous chapter in this horrible season. We analyse the result and performance at The Emirates and touch base on where we stand in terms of the proposed arrival of Mauricio Pochettino - and Todd Boehly's latest conference appearance... Normally a trip to the seaside is something to look forward to... Not so much for Chelsea fans making the journey down to Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon! The Cherries know a win will see them leapfrog above Frank Lampard's side the table. We look ahead to that game and pick up some of the players we'd like to see given a start. Thank the lord for Sam Kerr, hey? She bags an 86th minute winner against Liverpool to ensure their WSL title hopes are still very much alive. We'll be back next week to reflect on the Bournemouth match - and look ahead to another relegation six-pointer with the Blues welcoming Nottingham Forest to Stamford Bridge. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/4/202339 minutes, 33 seconds
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Chelsea hit rock bottom - will Pochettino rescue them?

Make it stop... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey to reflect on the latest dire chapter in this sorry season following the 2-0 defeat by Brentford at Stamford Bridge. It's now five straight defeats under Frank Lampard as the Blues continued the form which sees them sitting just 10 points above the bottom three. We dissect the performance and result - and take your questions as we try to understand where it's all gone so horribly wrong. In more positive news - it looks like the club could be close to securing a new manager... with Mauricio Pochettino in the driving seat to take over. We get the latest on the deal, whether he's the right man - and what his priorities will be if he does indeed take over. Chelsea fans can take solace in the fact it looks like Arsenal's title hopes have gone out the window - Adrian Clarke from Handbrake Off joins us to tease ahead to Tuesday night's game at The Emirates. We'll be back next week to round up the meeting with the Gooners and look ahead to the visit of Bournemouth! Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/27/202344 minutes, 27 seconds
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Real Madrid defeat spells the end of Chelsea's season - so what now?

Not to be, listener... Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea experts Dom Fifield and Liam Twomey alongside him as the Blues crash out of the Champions League courtesy of a 4-0 aggregate defeat by Real Madrid. We give our thoughts on the tie, the shortcomings of Frank Lampard's side and where it went wrong over the two legs. Attention then turns to what this means for the remainder of the season with seven Premier League games still to play, what Frank Lampard will do next, and how they should approach the final six weeks or so in terms of personnel and playing time... In FAR more positive news Chelsea Women have a UWCL semi-final to look forward too!! Charlotte Harpur drops in to tease ahead to Saturday's first leg with the formidable Barcelona at Stamford Bridge. We finish up with the furore around the owners dressing room visits - and club legend Didier Drogba's comments that 'It is not the same club any more'. A merciful weekend off from Chelsea after four straight defeats for the first time since 1993 - we'll be back next Thursday after they welcome Brentford to Stamford Bridge... what could possibly go wrong! Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/19/202350 minutes, 42 seconds
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Lampard's return, woeful at Wolves - now the chaos heads to Madrid

Even Super Frank can't get a tune out of them...yet... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey to round up another bonkers week in the life of CFC. We begin with Thursday's news that Frank Lampard has returned to Stamford Bridge until the end of the season. There's a look back at the woeful 1-0 defeat at Wolves - before we TRY and find some positive vibes going into Wednesday night's trip to the Santiago Bernabéu for the first leg of the Champions League quarter final with Real Madrid. We'll be back next week and hopefully have something good to talk about! Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/10/202339 minutes, 55 seconds
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Another quiet, uneventful week for Chelsea Football Club

It's never, ever, EVER dull is it? The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Dom Fifield are alongside Matt Davies-Adams for a BUMPER Straight Outta Cobham following the sacking of Graham Potter. We kick things off with Liam Twomey's voice note following the 2-0 defeat by Aston Villa which proved to be the final straw in the hugely disappointing seven month reign of Potter. We then get into the nuts and bolts of the decision to finally pull the plug... How did we get here? What happens next? And how worried should we be for the future? There's a round up of the goalless draw with fellow strugglers Liverpool - a match which summed up the seasons of both clubs - plus a quick look ahead to Saturday's visit to Wolves. Producer Lucy's got a word on the wonder that is CFCW - and we tease ahead to some of the work you can look forward to from The Athletic over the next few days. We'll be back on Monday to reflect on the game at Molineux, look ahead to the trip to the Bernabéu *eek* for the Champions League quarter-final first leg with Real Madrid, and potentially discuss a new manager at the helm... Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/5/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 23 seconds
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An international round-up, patience for Mudryk - and will Tuchel's Bayern poach Barry?

He's dodged the Spurs bullet... The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey join Matt Davies-Adams to sift through the main Blues news as the international break rumbles on. Thomas Tuchel has a new job - thankfully not in North London - but is he poaching one of his former coaching staff to join him at Bayern Munich? And just how tantilising would a UCL semi-final showdown with him be for the club and Graham Potter? There was disappointment in the WSL for Chelsea Women who fell to a 2-0 defeat at Manchester City but still have destiny in their own hands in the league - and Champions League where they have a one-goal advantage going into Thursday night's second leg with Lyon. We take a look at home some of the senior men have got on on international duty including another injury worry for Reece James, the confusion over Mason Mount's call-up - and the ongoing frustrations for Mykhailo Mudryk and his form. We'll be back next Wednesday to reflect on PLENTY of action including Aston Villa, Liverpool and Lyon! *** • Get a FREE 1-year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase at athleticgreens.com/cobham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/27/202336 minutes, 15 seconds
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UWCL first leg joy, an open mailbag and whole lotta Darren Barnard

When we grow up we want to be like Guro Reiten... We've got a full house of SOC'ers alongside Matt Davies-Adams as for the final time this season Jessy Parker Humphreys and Sam Parkin lend their expertise to The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson, Dom Fifield and Liam Twomey. Jessy joins us hot off the tarmac to reflect on the women's hugely impressive 1-0 quarter-final first-leg win over Champions League holders Lyon over in France. Then, we open up the mailbag to take your questions with the international break in full swing. And we've got a MEGA quiz to wrap up our last Thursday show - as from now on we'll be coming to you just once a week through to the end of the 2022-23 campaign. We'll be back on Monday to round up how some of the Blues have got on on international duty and look ahead to the visit of Aston Villa! Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/23/202351 minutes, 52 seconds
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Dyche exposes Chelsea's soft underbelly in 2-2 draw with Everton

Four wins in a row would just be greedy... Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey alongside him to look back at the frustrating 2-2 draw with the Toffees and Stamford Bridge on Saturday. We question whether dropping more points even matters in the scheme of things, give some love to Enzo and Félix - and highlight the defensive frailties which reared their head again in an otherwise impressive performance for Potter's men. There's time to reflect on Friday's Champions League draw - which dished our CFC v Real Madrid Part III! With the quarter-final tie just under a month away, do the Blues have a realistic chance of progressing? And how best should they prepare for the ties when there's nothing really left to play for in the Premier League? Elsewhere, Chelsea Women booked their place in the FA Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win at Reading...now it's the small matter of Lyon in the UWCL to come... We'll be back on Thursday to reflect on that game, take some of your questions and look ahead to the international break. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/20/202333 minutes, 58 seconds
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Eyes on Everton, an FA Cup QF - and is Lukaku coming back?

They couldn't win four in a row, could they?! Matt Davies-Adams has got Jessy Parker Humphreys and Sam Parkin with him to look ahead to Saturday's visit of Everton. We begin with some of the other Blues news, including the new-look Club World Cup, the fitness of Édouard Mendy and the return of Romelu Lukaku next season... Then it's all eye on that match against the Toffees under the lights on Saturday night at Stamford Bridge. There's a preview of Sunday's Women's FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton - and a Thursday quiz... We'll be back on Monday to reflect on the last game before the international break. Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Get a FREE 1-year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase at athleticgreens.com/cobham • Visit betterhelp.com/cobham today to get 10% off your first month Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/16/202355 minutes, 30 seconds
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Goals galore as Potter's men put three past Leicester

Three goals?! Three goals in one game?! The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey join Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on the 3-1 victory at Leicester. We hear from a couple of the star performers - Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz - while rounding up the win and discussing the main takeaways from a third straight triumph in the space of a week - for the first time since October! It was a huge Sunday for the women's team - who bounced back from last week's League Cup final disappointment with a 1-0 win over title rivals Manchester United thanks to... Yep, you guessed it... Sam Kerr! Jessy Parker Humphreys sends us an on the whistle report. We'll be back on Thursday to look ahead to the last action before the international break as Everton come to town in the Premier League. Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Get a FREE 1-year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase at athleticgreens.com/cobham • Visit betterhelp.com/cobham today to get 10% off your first month Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/13/202343 minutes, 11 seconds
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Kai Havertz shines on magical UCL night

Magic... Jessy Parker Humphreys and Dom Fifield are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on the momentous 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund which saw Chelsea progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League 2-1 on aggregate. We've got a mega voice note from Simon and Liam at Stamford Bridge before rounding up some of the star performers, praise for Potter and a full debrief of the game. Away from all that excitement we also had good news for the women's team who picked up a big three points against Brighton in the WSL to bounce back from the League Cup final defeat to maintain their title charge. Then it's onto the weekend, with a trip to the King Power to take on a Leicester side who have won just once at home since October...against Spurs no less! There's a smattering of other Blues news before we round it all off with a quiz. We'll be back on Monday to wrap up the Leicester game and the crucial WSL tie against Manchester United. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/9/202353 minutes, 7 seconds
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A Premier League win, League Cup final disappointment - now what about the UCL?

We'd forgotten what it felt like... Liam Twomey and Sam Parkin are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on Chelsea's first victory since the 15th of January!! The 1-0 win over Leeds means the Blues sit 11 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with a game in hand... We round up the match, take the positives and negatives from the performance and question whether the result will have appeased fans after some rumblings in the stands given the nature of the victory. Not such good news for the women's team - who were beaten 3-1 by Arsenal at Selhurst Park in the League Cup final. Jessy Parker Humphrey's sends us a match report after a disappointing afternoon for Emma Hayes' side. Then, it's all eyes on the UCL with Borussia Dortmund in town and Graham Potter's side needing to overturn a one-goal deficit if they're to progress to the last eight of the competition. We pick our starting XI for the second leg and look ahead to Tuesday's match. We'll be back on Thursday to reflect on the midweek Champions League action and look ahead to the trip to Leicester. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/6/202349 minutes, 11 seconds
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Yet another 'must win' as Leeds United visit SW6

The season starts here...maybe...probably not...but maybe... Matt Davies-Adams has got Jessy Parker Humphreys and Simon Johnson alongside him to look ahead to Saturday's match with Leeds at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea Women go in search of their first silverware of the season when they face familiar foes Arsenal in Sunday's League Cup final. We preview that game - including some of the key team selection quandaries - and the importance of Emma Hayes' big game experience. We've got a word on the new fan advisory board, a scouting report from Monday's PL2 victory over Arsenal, and....a quiz!! We'll be back on Monday to reflect on a busy weekend of action - and look ahead to the season-defining second leg with Borussia Dortmund. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/2/202347 minutes, 35 seconds
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Sorry Chelsea suffer at Spurs

You know it's bad when you lose at Tottenham... Dom Fifield and Sam Parkin are alongside Matt Davies-Adams for our latest Chelsea pity party following the 2-0 defeat in North London. It's now just two wins in 15 Premier League games for Graham Potter's side - who sit closer to the relegation zone than Champions League places. We take your thoughts and questions, assess the performance and try and figure out what's next for this team... Some much needed relief was offered by Chelsea Women after their 2-0 FA Cup win over rivals Arsenal at Kingsmeadow - including yet another goal from Sam Kerr as she adds to her astonishing tally. Jessy Parker-Humphrey's sends us a match report from a *far* more enjoyable result! And as it's a legal requirement for Sam and Dom to lock horns in a quiz - we've got a bonus Monday edition to lift the spirits, which predictably descends into chaos... We'll be back on Thursday to look ahead to the visit of Leeds at Stamford Bridge - AND Sunday's Continental Cup final. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/27/202348 minutes, 7 seconds
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Spurs showdown incoming - plus will Mason Mount stay or go?

You just can't go losing this game... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Jessy Parker Humphreys and Liam Twomey to preview Sunday's trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to face fierce rivals Spurs. The Athletic's Tottenham writer Tim Spiers joins us to give some insight into the North Londoners, who look set to be without a certain Antonio Conte on the sidelines once again... There's a deep dive into some of the excellent pieces on the site at the moment including the current state of affairs at Cobham - and what the future holds for Mason Mount. We've got a look ahead to CFCW's return to action as they face Arsenal in the FA Cup on Sunday - plus we heap yet more praise on Lauren James after she starred once again for England as they retained the Arnold Clark Cup. We round things up with a quiz - and we'll be back on Monday to (HOPEFULLY (!!!!)) reflect on resounding wins for the men and women's teams. Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Get a FREE 1-year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase at athleticgreens.com/cobham • Take advantage of MANSCAPED®’s best valued bundle and save 20% Off and Free Shipping with the code EPL23 at Manscaped.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/23/202345 minutes, 23 seconds
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Make or break for Potter after Southampton defeat

Just when you think it can't get any worse... Simon Johnson and Sam Parkin join Matt Davies-Adams for our latest Chelsea-induced therapy session after the 1-0 defeat to bottom of the table, managerless Southampton at Stamford Bridge. We question why things are going quite so wrong, whether Graham Potter's future is in doubt, if the relationship with the fans can be salvaged - and what's next in SW6. We'll be back on Thursday to look ahead to Sunday's trip to North London to take on Tottenham... Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Get a FREE 1-year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase at athleticgreens.com/cobham • Take advantage of MANSCAPED®’s best valued bundle and save 20% Off and Free Shipping with the code EPL23 at Manscaped.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/20/202336 minutes, 42 seconds
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'Dreamy' João Félix thwarted by Dortmund as crisis club Southampton come to town

It's still all to play for, right? Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Sam Parkin and Jessy Parker Humphreys to reflect on the 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie. There were positives to take - but the same old story of chance after chance after chance (!) yet no end product. There's an immediate gear change back to the Premier League as bottom of the table and managerless Southampton visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. We look ahead to that game and ponder some of Graham Potter's selection headaches. Of course we've got the latest episode in the Jessy/ Sam quiz saga - and a brief word on the Blues news elsewhere with the CFCW not playing thanks to the international break. We'll be back on Monday to reflect on that match - and hopefully a much-needed win! - against Southampton. Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Visit betterhelp.com/COBHAM today to get 10% off your first month  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/17/202338 minutes, 52 seconds
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Spoils shared at West Ham - next stop Dortmund

Five wins in 16 Premier League matches under Graham Potter... Simon Johnson and Sam Parkin join Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on yet another frustrating afternoon for Chelsea, held to a 1-1 draw at West Ham despite dominating much of the game. We discuss *that* handball, Kai Havertz's struggles, and the pressure on the Blues boss to be more José... There's no time to rest- with the Champions League returning and the small matter of a trip to Borussia Dortmund in the Round of 16 First Leg on Wednesday night. We'll preview that game and give some potential starting XI's. We'll be back at the end of the week to look back on that game - and preview Saturday's meeting with bottom of the table Southampton at Stamford Bridge! Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Visit betterhelp.com/COBHAM today to get 10% off your first month • Building a bet just got easier! Visit livescorebet.com to find out more about how to make your selections today! 18+ only Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/13/202335 minutes, 23 seconds
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West Ham awaits - and Azpilicueta meets Johnson

Hammer time upcoming... Jessy Parker-Humphreys and the returning Dom Fifield are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to look ahead to the trip to West Ham on Saturday. Who'll feature? Will we see the long-awaited return of James and Chilwell? Can the Blues get their first Premier League away win since October?! Then - a special treat - as we hear a little taste of Simon's interview with club captain César Azpilicueta, hot off the back of his 500th appearance for the club. Be sure to check out the full interview in The Athletic. Dave talks about his decision to stay amid interest from Barcelona, his job in imparting the CFC DNA into the new arrivals - and why we shouldn't write this season off just yet. There's a round up of the other Blues news - including a new contract for women's goalkeeper Zećira Mušović - plus a quiz between probably our two most decorated contestants... We'll be back on Monday to reflect on the result at London Stadium - and look ahead to a trip to Dortmund! Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Get a FREE 1-year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase at athleticgreens.com/cobham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/9/202341 minutes, 29 seconds
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Fulham's a stalemate, Aubameyang's snubbed and Lauren James shines

So, money can't buy you goals... Sam Parkin and Liam Twomey are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to look back on the goalless draw between Chelsea and Fulham under the lights at Stamford Bridge. We've got a MEGA voice note from the game - plus some more considered thoughts on Havertz's role, what the priorities should be for the rest of the season, and the tactical battles they face going forward... Just prior to the game on Friday night we found out that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had been left out of the Champions League squad. We ponder what this means for his future at the club - and Graham Potter's authority. Plus with no room for Benoît Badiashile either - could they be left short at the back with Borussia Dortmund just around the corner? Elsewhere there was much better news for Chelsea Women, who's 3-2 win at Tottenham - alongside goalless draws for their two title rivals Manchester United and Arsenal - means they've opened up a gap at the top of the WSL table. Evidence once more that Lauren James is a *ridiculously* good footballer! We'll be back on Thursday to look ahead to the trip to West Ham. Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Get a FREE 1-year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase at athleticgreens.com/cobham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/6/202336 minutes, 55 seconds
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Deadline day deals and a dream starting XI

And breathe... Matt Davies-Adams has got Sam Parkin and Jessy Parker Humphreys along for the ride as the January transfer window *finally* slammed shut. Liam (and Ruby) send us a voice note (trying!) to sum up a bonkers deadline day for Chelsea Football Club - including a new British record transfer fee, a departing vice-captain and an administrative shambles.. Away from the spending - the Blues have got a Premier League match to worry about - with Fulham making the trip to Stamford Bridge on Friday night! We look ahead to that game - and pick a potential, dream starting XI. There's a round up of the other Blues news - including Chelsea Women's WSL tie against Spurs on Sunday - and our customary Thursday quiz... We'll be back on Monday to reflect on that game. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/2/202350 minutes, 47 seconds
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Malo Gusto signs but will Enzo Fernández follow?

Time for one last, big deal? The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey are alongside Matt Davies-Adams as the January transfer window reaches fever pitch... We round up the arrival of Malo Gusto, check in with the latest on Enzo Fernández - and have news of a promising youngster heading out on loan. The senior men may not have been in action - but it was bad news elsewhere with defeats in the FA Youth Cup and PL2 - with Simon in attendance at both! Not that we're suggesting there's a correlation (!) Better news for the women's team though - who booked their place in the last 16 of the FA Cup thanks to a 3-2 win over Liverpool - an a hat-trick for the inevitable Sam Kerr. Jessy Parker-Humphrey's sends us a match report - and news of an audacious transfer bid... We'll be back on Thursday to round up any last minute deadline day deals and look ahead to the return to Premier League action as a date with Fulham under the lights on Friday night awaits. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/30/202335 minutes, 28 seconds
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Fernández, Caicedo or Rice in at Stamford Bridge?

UEFA's feathers? Consider them ruffled... Simon Johnson and Jessy Parker Humphreys are in the hot seat alongside Matt Davies-Adams to round up the latest Blues news - on a rare weekend of no action for the men's side! We begin with some transfer chatter, including rules which appear to be ~inspired~ by Chelsea, a potential new deal for the ageless Thiago Silva - and the other rumours that continue to swirl regarding incomings and outgoings with just a few days of the window to go. Attention then turns to the women's team - after a comfortable 3-1 win over Tottenham to book their place in the semi-finals of the Continental Cup. The cup action continues with the visit of Liverpool in the FA Cup on Sunday...we look ahead to that game, which will hopefully go ahead in its entirety... Simon gives us an insight into his excellent piece with the development squad's head coach Mark Robinson - and the quiz gives us a chance to christen the new Darren Barnard of SOC... We'll be back on Monday on the eve of transfer deadline day to round up a busy weekend of action - for everyone but Graham Potter's team! Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Get a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase at athleticgreens.com/cobham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/26/202346 minutes, 29 seconds
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He looks really, really good

All eyes on you, Mykhailo... Liam Twomey and Sam Parkin are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to look back on the mid-table meeting between Liverpool and Chelsea - which rather predictably ended in a goalless draw! But - with the help of your questions and musings we pick out plenty of reasons to be positive about the point. We hoped to have a big win in the other showdown between these two clubs on the women's side - but a farcical postponement after just six minutes at the ice rink that was Kingsmeadow has caused much angst. There's time to check in on a couple of the latest transfers - including the confirmed arrival of the exciting 20-year-old winger Noni Madueke - and rumours of a potential departure for Mason Mount... No FA Cup fixture to look ahead to at the weekend for the men - but we'll be back on Thursday to hopefully preview the women's FA Cup tie with Liverpool - and any latest transfer news. Produced by Lucy Oliva. *** • Get a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase at athleticgreens.com/cobham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/23/202340 minutes, 23 seconds
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Raw chaos

A Liverpool - Chelsea double header you say? Jessy Parker Humphreys and Sam Parkin join Matt Davies-Adams to look ahead to the meetings with the red half of Merseyside for both the men's and women's teams. We start with Graham Potter's side - who make the trip up to Anfield on Saturday lunchtime knowing a win would take them above their hosts. We question whether Mudryk will get the nod, if any injury doubts will be back in contention - and how the Blues can exploit the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold. Then, it's down to Kingsmeadow as Chelsea Women host Liverpool Women - hoping to avenge their shock opening day WSL defeat to Matt Beard's side. Oh - and don't forget the quiz...and spelling bee!! We'll be back on Monday to reflect on both of those results. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/19/202343 minutes, 29 seconds
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He said "I've been to the year 2031"

A win's a win... The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on the narrow 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge. Perhaps the most exciting thing to happen SW6 was the unveiling of Mykhailo Mudryk at half-time - after an audacious swoop over the weekend to snatch him from the grasps of Arsenal. The Athletic's Adam Crafton has watched him closely at Shakhtar Donetsk and joins us to give the lowdown on the deal and what Chelsea fans can expect from the £89 million man... Elsewhere, the return of the WSL from the winter break saw the Blues pick up a precious point against title rivals Arsenal thanks to a last gasp goal from Sam Kerr in front of more than 46,000 fans at the Emirates. Jessy Parker Humphrey's sends us a match report on what could prove to be a decisive draw in the fight for the title. We'll be back on Thursday to look ahead to the Crisis Club Derby as Graham Potter's side make the trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool! Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/16/202346 minutes, 14 seconds
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Friday the 13th came early

Winning football matches is overrated, right? Matt Davies-Adams has got Sam Parkin and Simon Johnson along for the ride to try and sum up the 2-1 defeat at Craven Cottage. The result leaves Graham Potter's side sitting 10th in the Premier League table - having won only twice in 10 matches in all competitions. There's shambolic defending, another injury - and a red card for what seemed like the only bright spark in weeks... Next up - Crystal Palace make the visit to Stamford Bridge - who themselves have won just one of their last six and sit three points behind Chelsea in the table. We preview that game and try and muster some positivity about the chances of picking up a desperately needed three points. Far more positivity for the women's team - who get their WSL campaign back underway this weekend with the small matter of a trip to the Emirates to take on fierce rivals Arsenal. Jessy Parker-Humphreys helps us look ahead. Plus we've got an obligatory quiz - with some tools downed along the way... We'll be back on Monday to *hopefully* bring some good news after another week to forget for CFC. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/13/202353 minutes, 29 seconds
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City pity party

It's been a 2023 to forget so far... Liam Twomey and Sam Parkin join Matt Davies-Adams to pick the bones from the dismal 4-0 defeat at Manchester City in the third round of the FA Cup. We field some of your questions/ rants - and look at what the future could hold for this team under Graham Potter - and the direction of the club going forward. Away from the game - we touch on the latest transfer news - with the deals for David Datro Fofana, Benoît Badiashile and Andrey Santos all signed, sealed and delivered. Then - there's another Thursday night to look ahead to with a tricky trip to Fulham to...look forward to?!! We'll be back on Friday to reflect on that game down by the river - and preview the visit of Crystal Palace. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/9/202347 minutes, 32 seconds
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Goodbye, Gianluca

A Chelsea legend gone too soon... Sam Parkin and Jessy Parker Humphreys join Matt Davies-Adams to pay their tributes to Gianluca Vialli - who has died at the age of 58. We get Sam's memories from Cobham, discuss his lasting legacy at the club and salute the man, the player, and the manager. Back on the pitch - we round up the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City - which despite Simon's downbeat voice note has got our panel taking the positives... apart from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang! There's not long to wait for another showdown with Pep's men - as the Blues make the trip up to the Etihad in the third round of the FA Cup. We take a quick look ahead to that game and do a quiz... We'll be back on Monday to round up that tie - and preview Thursday's trip to Fulham. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/6/202347 minutes, 58 seconds
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New year, same problems

The positivity was fun while it lasted hey... Simon Johnson and Sam Parkin are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on the MDA derby as the spoils were shared between Nottingham Forest and Chelsea - and it was Graham Potter's side who were lucky to escape from the City Ground with a point. We've got the latest transfer news, rumours and potential ins and outs with the window now officially open. Are Chelsea really willing to break the bank for Enzo Fernández? Is David Datro Fofana going to slot straight in with the first team? Didn’t the spend nearly £80 million on a left-sided centre back already this season?! Then, we look ahead to the slightly ominous visit of Manchester City to Stamford Bridge on Thursday night. We'll be back on Friday to look back on that match and look ahead of Sunday's FA Cup tie...with Manchester City! Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/2/202341 minutes, 9 seconds
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Three points, two violins and one injury scare

We've waited since the 16th of October... Matt Davies-Adams has got Dom Fifield and Jessy Parker-Humphreys in tow as Chelsea finally got back to winning ways in the Premier League thanks to a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge. Mason Mount shines on his 150th start, there's promise from Kai Havertz - but another injury worry for Reece James dampens the mood on a rainy evening in SW6. Elsewhere, we touch upon the news that Bethany England could be leaving Chelsea Women for Tottenham - and round up the impressive victory over PSG in the Champions League. Next up for Graham Potter's side, a trip to the City Ground for the MDA Derby! We look ahead to that game on New Year's Day with the help of a little quizzing... We'll be back on Monday to reflect on that game and look ahead to the visit of Manchester City. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/28/202245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Cherry pickers

And just like that, Chelsea are nearly back... Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Liam Twomey and Simon Johnson alongside him as the Blues prepare to get back to action in the Premier League following the World Cup break. We start with the sad news of Armando Broja's serious injury - and what it could mean for the club in terms of signings in the January transfer window - or the promotion of youth... After a look at what the impact of Qatar 2022 could be for the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic - we preview the visit of Bournemouth on the 27th of December - a game which is looking like a potential banana skin. Plus - there's a round-up of home Chelsea Women have fared over the last month or so as they now enter their winter break, sitting pretty top of the WSL table. We'll be back on December 28th to wrap up that Bournemouth game - and look ahead to the MDA derby as Graham Potter's side head to Nottingham Forest on New Year's Day... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/20/202249 minutes, 29 seconds
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Welcome break

No, it's not just a motorway service station... Matt Davies-Adams has got the whole SOC family alongside him to round up all things Chelsea ahead of the (welcome) World Cup break. First up, Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey reflect on the 1-0 defeat at Newcastle - which sees the Blues sitting eighth in the Premier League table after a third straight league loss. Our mood is lifted with the help of Jessy Parker-Humphreys to round up what's been a hugely positive campaign so far for CFCW. Then Dom Fifield and Sam Parkin pop by to take a closer look at the World Cup and what it has in store for some of Graham Potter's side - before putting Matt and Producer Lucy to the test with a bumper quiz - with absolutely *no* helping hands given or stitch ups whatsoever... That's all from us for the break - we'll be back on December 28th to round up the visit of Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge in hopefully much happier times! Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/14/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 58 seconds
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Lewis Hall

He was born in 2004... Fierce quizzing rivals Dom Fifield and Sam Parkin are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on Chelsea's departure from the League Cup after the 2-0 defeat at Manchester City. But it's not all doom and gloom - as a Simon Johnson voice note live from the Etihad at the final whistle points out - with 18-year-old Lewis Hall playing a starring role and a generally improved performance from the losses to Brighton and Arsenal. The tough assignments continue with a trip to St. James' Park to take on a Newcastle United side flying high under Eddie Howe. There's a round up of the other Blues news elsewhere including an impressive win for the development squad, World Cup heartache for Reece James - and a UCL showdown with Dortmund to look forward to. And of course, Dom and Sam go head-to-head in a grudge match... We'll be back on Monday to round up the final game ahead of the extended international break - will the full cast of SOC along to help us round off a tumultuous 2022. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/10/202253 minutes, 2 seconds
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An utterly demoralising day

Well, that was pretty grim... The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on the disastrous 1-0 defeat by Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. Thankfully Chelsea Women brought some joy to the weekend courtesy of a 3-1 win at Manchester United! Graham Potter's side could be in a world of pain *again* when they make the trip to the Etihad to face Manchester City in the League Cup. We predict our starting XI's and look ahead to the game. We'll be back on Thursday to reflect on that game, the Champions League round of 16 draw - and look ahead to the trip to Newcastle for the Blues' final game before the World Cup break. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/7/202242 minutes, 5 seconds
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A menacing debut, injury blues and bragging rights

With the good comes the bad... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by The Athletic's Chelsea experts Liam Twomey and Dom Fifield to look back on the 2-1 win over Zagreb in the final Champions League Group game. There was a debut and goal to remember for Denis Zakaria, late injury heartbreak for Ben Chilwell and reasons for Graham Potter to be positive ahead of a big final week of domestic action. Next up for the Blues - table-toppers Arsenal make the short trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday lunchtime. We look ahead to that game, weigh up the team news with the ongoing injury issues - and question whether Chelsea can still chase down the Gunners in this most unusual of seasons. There's a round up of the news elsewhere - including a crucial fixture for the Women's team at Manchester United on Sunday - and the usual quiz hijinx... We'll be back on Monday to reflect on another busy weekend of action - and look ahead to the midweek trip to Manchester City in the League Cup. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/3/202253 minutes, 30 seconds
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Horror show

Halloween came early for CFC... Matt Davies-Adams has got Jessy Parker-Humphreys and Simon Johnson alongside him for a post-mortem following the shock 4-1 defeat at Brighton. We try to get to the bottom of where it all went wrong, why Raheem Sterling has looked so poor, and whether there's any reason to panic. It's Matchday 6 in the Champions League and a dead rubber against Matchday 1 foes Dinamo Zagreb. We pick our starting XI's and have everything crossed that no one gets injured! There's a look at CFCW's 3-1 win over Aston Villa, spotlight on the academy sides - and an unexpected look at the benefits of Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapy! We'll be back on Thursday to round up the final group game and look ahead to the visit of table-toppers Arsenal in the Premier League. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/31/202241 minutes, 3 seconds
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Potheads, migratory birds and a spelling bee

It was never, ever in doubt... Jessy Parker-Humphrey's and Sam Parkin are with Matt Davies-Adams for your second weekly dose of SOC as Chelsea book their place in the last 16 of the Champions League AND top Group E after a 2-1 win at RB Salzburg. Next up for Graham Potter's side is a trip to his old stomping ground - and a meeting with Brighton at the Amex on Saturday afternoon. There's EIGHT goals for Chelsea Women in their WUCL tie against Vllaznia, a disappointing exit from the UEFA Youth League, a quiz - and a chance to hear from Callum Hudson-Odoi, doing great things on loan at Bayer Leverkusen. We'll be back on Monday to reflect on the game against the Seagulls - and look ahead to the final UCL group game with Dinamo Zagreb in town. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/27/202242 minutes, 20 seconds
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Lacking control, colossal Chalobah and Kova's tighty-whities

Rumour has it Chelsea and Manchester United quite like draws? Matt Davies-Adams has got Jessy Parker-Humphreys and Sam Parkin alongside him to reflect on the seemingly inevitable 1-1 scoreline at Stamford Bridge. We've got a whole lotta love for Trevoh Chalobah, concerns about Raheem Sterling's form - and find out what it's like to be hooked before HT. It's Matchday Five in the Champions League as Graham Potter's side make the trip out to Austria to take on RB Salzburg - knowing a win will see they guaranteed a place in the last 16. Plus - there's plenty of WSL and UWCL action to round up - following the big win out in Paris last Thursday and crucial 2-0 victory over Brighton at a sodden Broadfield Stadium on Sunday evening. We'll be back on Thursday to look back on the UCL action - and preview Saturday's trip to Brighton in the Premier League. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/24/202246 minutes, 52 seconds
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Enigmas, draws and dump trucks

Not much sting in that one... The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to look back on the goalless draw with Brentford. There's bafflement over Kai Havertz, praise for the impact subs, and a word on Broja's first start - with no Sam in sight! We've then got eyes on events at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening - with Manchester United in town for an early top four battle, with the visitors just a point behind the Blues in the table. United expert Carl Anka drops by to give us the inside steer on Erik ten Hag's side. There's a round up of the Blues news elsewhere - including another injury blow for N'golo Kante, growing excitement around Omari Hutchinson - and a quiz to get you in the mood for Saturday's game - all as we celebrate our 200th episode of Straight Outta Cobham! Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/20/202253 minutes, 7 seconds
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Graham Potter and the Case of the Redemption of the Spaniard

This is a Kepa Arrizabalaga appreciation pod... Jessy Parker-Humphreys and Dom Fifield join Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on a fifth straight win for Graham Potter's side courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa. We chat Kepa heroics, the loss of Reece James and two long overdue goals for Mason Mount. There's a quick turnaround with a trip to Brentford on Wednesday night - we preview that game, question whether Chelsea would ever go for a player like Ivan Toney - and give some predictions of what to expect as the hectic October schedule rumbles on. Plus - we recap Chelsea Women's 3-1 win over Everton - and the news that Emma Hayes will be missing from the sidelines following emergency surgery. We'll be back on Thursday to give you the lowdown on the midweek trip to the Gtech Community Stadium - and look ahead to the visit of Manchester United... Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/17/202244 minutes, 59 seconds
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Might Armando Broja get a start?

Just a bit *too much* Big Fik Energy... Simon Johnson and Sam Parkin are in the hot seat alongside Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on the 2-0 win over AC Milan - as Graham Potter's men surged to the top of Group E after an eventful evening at the San Siro. The Blues are back in Premier League action on Sunday afternoon as they make the trip to Villa Park - we look ahead to that game - round up the news elsewhere...and quiz! We'll be back on Monday to look back on the Aston Villa game - and look ahead to the midweek trip to Brentford. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/13/202253 minutes, 44 seconds
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Full testimonial treatment

Wolves... tamed. Liam Twomey and Jessy Parker Humphrey's are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to look back on the 3-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge - as Graham Potter's side capped off a week with three straight wins in style. There's love for Diego, special praise for Azpi and Gallagher - and whether Kai Havertz is *finally* really hitting his stride. Next up - it's a trip to the San Siro as matchday four of the Champions League rolls around - and the Blues will be looking to get the better of AC Milan once again. There's a quick 'Elsewhere in Chelsea news' - and a word on what Athletic subscribers can enjoy... We'll be back on Thursday night to reflect on the trip to Italy - and look ahead to the trip to Aston Villa. Produced by Lucy Oliva. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/10/202234 minutes, 8 seconds
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Joe knows

A big step forward? Simon Johnson and Sam Parkin join Matt Davies-Adams to look back on the big 3-0 win over AC Milan at Stamford Bridge to reinvigorate the Blues' Champions League campaign. There's praise for Aubameyang and James, fingers crossed for Fofana - and whether this is a sign of a real turning point for the squad with a chaotic month of fixtures to come. Next up in the Premier League - Wolves and a certain Diego Costa are in town. We look ahead to that one, share some favourite Costa memories - and cap things off with a quiz... We'll be back on Monday to reflect on that game - and look ahead to the trip out to Italy to take on the Rossoneri at the San Siro. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/6/202248 minutes, 25 seconds
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Narratives, ovations - and a special guest

There's nothing quite like a last minute winner... The Athletic's Chelsea experts Dom Fifield and Liam Twomey are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to look back on the dramatic 2-1 win over Crystal Palace - courtesy of a last-gasp screamer from Conor Gallagher. With the Premier League points in the bag - attention turns to the crucial visit of AC Milan in the Champions League - with three points looking vital if Graham Potter's side are to make it out of the group stages. Plus - a certain former player drops by to help us look ahead to Wednesday night! There's a brief look at the other Blues news - and a word on the rumoured agreement to bring Christopher Nkunku to Stamford Bridge next season... We'll be back on Thursday to reflect on that game - and look ahead to the meeting with Wolves on Saturday afternoon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/3/202245 minutes, 16 seconds
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Half-cut

Until the World Cup, international break... Sam Parkin and Dom Fifield are alongside Matt Davies-Adams as we gear up for the return of the men's domestic football. We begin with memories of Ramires and John Obi Mikel - who both announced their retirement from the game in midweek - with iconic goals, bags of appearances and plenty of medals between them. Chelsea Women made it two wins from three after a 3-1 victory over West Ham - Jessy Parker-Humphreys sends in their post-match thoughts before a break in domestic play for Emma Hayes' side. We've got a round up of how some of the Blues fared on international duty - before looking ahead to the Dom Derby as Graham Potter's side make the trip to Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon in the long-awaited return to Premier League action. And a quiz on the Eagles would just be far to easy wouldn't it?! We'll be back on Monday to reflect on that match - and look ahead to the crucial visit of AC Milan in the Champions League. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/29/202242 minutes, 55 seconds
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The James Experience

There's good genes, and then there's James genes... Jessy Parker-Humphreys and Liam Twomey are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to look back on Chelsea Women's 2-0 win over Manchester City as they registered their first three points of the WSL season. As the international break rumbles on for the men's team - Matt opens his mailbag to take your questions - including priorities for Potter, players who might get more of a look in, and whether Thomas Tuchel could make an audacious swoop in as England boss... We'll be back on Thursday to look ahead to the Dom Derby as Chelsea make the trip to Crystal Palace as the Premier League returns! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/26/202235 minutes, 45 seconds
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We're sorry N'golo

You've (not) got a Freund in me... Matt Davies-Adams has got Simon Johnson and Sam Parkin in tow to mull over the latest Blues news. We begin with the ongoing search for a sporting director, with target Christoph Freund seemingly committing his future to RB Salzburg. There's the latest on the search to fill the role - plus the unpleasant business surrounding the sacking of commercial director Damian Willoughby. Chelsea Women are looking to get back on track after their shock defeat by Liverpool when they face Manchester City on Sunday in the WSL - we take a look at that game. Plus, Matt devises a fiendish five-round quiz to beat the international break blues...to varying degrees of success! We'll be back on Monday to round up the weekend's action and to take a look at how the men's international players have got on across the globe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/22/202240 minutes, 12 seconds
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Penalised

Not quite the start we were expecting... Jessy Parker Humphreys and Dom Fifiield join Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on the clash between Chelsea and Liverpool which *did* go ahead - as Emma Hayes' side were shocked courtesy of two penalties in the 2-1 defeat to begin their WSL campaign. The international break may now be underway - but there's plenty of other Blues news to round up including the rumoured impending arrival of a new sporting director - plus a behind doors friendly, an under 21's Dom Derby - and Conor Gallagher's 'demotion' from the senior England squad. We'll be back on Thursday to look ahead to Chelsea v Manchester City in the WSL - and check in on any other headlines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/19/202231 minutes, 24 seconds
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No magic quite yet

Not-so-all-star... The Athletic's Chelsea experts Liam Twomey and Simon Johnson are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to look back on the 1-1 draw with RB Salzburg in Graham Potter's first game in charge of the Blues. We chat team selection, xG and same old problems as the position in Group E looks increasingly precarious after picking up just one point from the opening two games. Todd Boehly's comments at the SALT conference have caused quite a stir - with discussion of a Premier League All-Star Game and feeder clubs catching the headlines. Plus - with no men's match to look forward to this weekend following the postponement of Sunday's visit of Liverpool - you'll have to settle for the quiz to keep you going... We'll be back on Monday to reflect on the belated start of the WSL season - plus a round up of the other Blues news as the international break kicks in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/15/202239 minutes, 34 seconds
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GP surgery

Graham Stephen Potter... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Dom Fifield and Sam Parkin to take a closer look at the arrival of the new man at the helm at Stamford Bridge. The Athletic's Brighton expert Andy Naylor give us an insight to the man himself, his coaching staff - and what he'll bring to the club. Then, we highlight five key areas that will sit top of Potter's in tray as he gets his feet under the table. Plus, there's a look ahead to matchday two in the Champions League - with RB Salzburg in town on Wednesday evening as the Blues look to bounce back immediately from that shock defeat in Zagreb last week which saw Thomas Tuchel's time at the club come to an end. We'll be back on Thursday to reflect on that game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/12/202250 minutes, 19 seconds
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Gone to pot

Full title credit goes to Simon Johnson... The Athletic's Chelsea expert Simon and Dom Fifield are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on the sacking of Thomas Tuchel - and the arrival of Graham Potter. Recorded on Thursday morning - before the appointment was officially confirmed - we take a forensic look at how the Blues reached this point, why the decision was made to part company with Tuchel - and what made Potter the right man in the eyes of the new owners. Away from the big breaking news - there's the small matter of the start of the WSL season this weekend - with defending champs Chelsea looking to make it four straight titles. The Athletic's women's football writer Charlotte Harpur joins us to look ahead to the new campaign and what it has in store for Emma Hayes' side. We'll be back on Monday to reflect on Saturday's match with Fulham - look ahead to the visit of RB Salzburg, and discuss the new man at the helm at Stamford Bridge... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/8/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 19 seconds
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Chelsea sack Tuchel - reaction with David Ornstein

One normal day of Chelsea... Thomas Tuchel has been sacked by the Blues just a month into the new season. Join Mark Chapman, David Ornstein and Liam Twomey on an emergency episode of The Athletic Football Podcast as they discuss how the club came to the decision and where they might go next. The usual Straight Outta Cobham episode will be back later this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/7/202228 minutes, 59 seconds
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I got Chills

Absolutely *nothing* to see here... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Liam Twomey and Sam Parkin to reflect on the incredibly controversial yet incredibly needed 2-1 win over West Ham and Stamford Bridge. We hail super subs Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz, question another suspect and uninspiring performance - and give our verdict on *that* VAR decision. Then it's all eyes on the Champions League - with Thomas Tuchel's side making the trip to Croatia to face Dinamo Zagreb in matchday 1. Plus, a mega 'elsewhere in Chelsea news' segment touches on some big new contracts, more departures behind the scenes - and history-making siblings. We'll be back on Thursday to pick the bones from that game - and look ahead to Saturday's visit just down the road to Craven Cottage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/5/202247 minutes, 35 seconds
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A lot can change in 48 hours

And just like that, the transfer window slams shut... Simon Johnson and Sam Parkin are in the hot seat alongside Matt Davies-Adams to rejoice as the summer transfer window FINALLY ends. We round up the last minute deals - including the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - which had looked unlikely just a couple of days earlier. There's outgoings too - with bright prospect Billy Gilmour off to Brighton - plus plenty of loan moves to round off a recording breaking window for the Blues. We can't avoid discussing Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat at Southampton - with a classic Simon voice note from St Mary's, Thomas Tuchel questioning his side's metal and yet more misfiring up top. It's then straight onto the visit of West Ham on Saturday afternoon - as we question who'll be given their chance to make a mark in this match - and just how important the return of Reece James from illness will be. Plus - after last week's quizzing fiasco for Mr Parkin - how will he fare against formidable opposition this time round? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/2/202246 minutes, 51 seconds
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Bromances, quote tweets and dodged bullets

Not to be outfoxed... Matt Davies-Adams has got all the latest Blues news covered with the help of Simon Johnson and Jessy Parker Humphreys. We begin with the hard-fought 2-1 win over Leicester - which saw Sterling get off the mark - and Gallagher get dismissed. The Premier League action keeps coming, with a look ahead to Tuesday night's trip to Southampton and some of the key selection questions coming into the 5th game of the season. Just days away from the transfer window slamming shut - we've got the latest on the last knockings in terms of ingoings and outgoings - plus the deals that now look like they *aren't* happening. There's a word on Chelsea Women's 2-0 pre-season win over Spurs - and a favourable Champions League draw for Thomas Tuchel's men. We'll be back on Friday to wrap up the summer deals, reflect on the trip to St Mary's and look ahead to the visit of West Ham... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/29/202248 minutes, 18 seconds
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I don't even think I've done that badly there

From the negotiating table to the pitch... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Dom Fifield and Sam Parkin to look ahead to the visit of Leicester City. We begin with a look at the Foxes - and the ongoing Wesley Fofana transfer saga - with the help of The Athletic's Leicester expert Rob Tanner. There's also talk of selection conundrums, the potential return of a key midfielder - and whether Thomas Tuchel will give his misfiring front three time... With under a week of the transfer window remaining - there's a round up of the latest gossip - including the motives behind bringing in Anthony Gordon and whether the Bundesliga is the right move for Callum Hudson-Odoi. Plus, our Thursday quiz sees one contestant driven to despair! We'll be back on Monday to reflect on the Leicester match, look ahead to the trip to Southampton - and react to the Champions League draw... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/25/202247 minutes, 16 seconds
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Elland Road horror show

Back down to earth with a bang... Jessy Parker-Humphreys and Liam Twomey are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to unpick the nightmarish 3-0 defeat at Elland Road. We question Édouard Mendy's decision making, the struggles of some of the senior players - and why Chelsea's attackers seem incapable of scoring goals. Away from the doom and gloom of the match - there's an eye on the transfer window and what business could and should still be done with the countdown on to deadline day. Is the arrival of Fofana just a matter of time? Where will the likes of Ampadu and Gilmour end up? Is a loan move for Chalobah inevitable?! We take a look at the women's team who've been in action on their US tour - plus a mixed bag in terms of results for the men's development and under 18 sides. The gang will be back on Thursday to look ahead to the visit of Leicester City... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/22/202255 minutes, 35 seconds
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Leeds, unfulfilled potential and cuddles with Le Saux

To Elland Road we go... Dom Fifield and Sam Parkin are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to look ahead to Chelsea's trip to Leeds on Sunday. The Athletic's Leeds writer Phil Hay pops along to give us the insight into Jesse Marsch's side and what the Blues can expect from their trip to Yorkshire. We've got the latest transfer chit chat handled - with a closer look at the potential deal to bring Anthony Gordon to Stamford Bridge - plus where Callum Hudson-Odoi may end up come the end of August. Plus - after the star-studded U21's were beaten comfortably by Fulham - there's reminiscing on appearances in the youth team gone by - and an interesting quiz with a Leeds flavour... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/17/202254 minutes, 27 seconds
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BOTB 2.0

The handshake that shook the world... Matt Davies-Adams has Liam Twomey and Sam Parkin alongside him to *try* and sum up the fiery, feisty and controversy-filled 2-2 draw with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge. There's an examination of the officiating, praise for the extraordinary Reece James - and a look at what Chelsea could and should have done (within their control) to take all three points. We have a round up of some of the lingering transfer news - with emerging links to Anthony Gordon and the ongoing pursuit of Wesley Fofana. Plus, we discuss the news that Michael Edwards has reportedly removed himself from the running to become the club's new sporting director. We'll be back on Wednesday to look ahead to the trip to Elland Road. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/15/202255 minutes, 4 seconds
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Coiled springs, interregna - and a Koundé amnesty

Will the unbeaten streak continue... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Liam Twomey and Jessy Parker Humphreys with the visit of rivals Tottenham just around the corner. The Athletic's Spurs correspondent Charlie Eccleshare drops in to let us know what we can expect from Antonio Conte's side after their flying start to the new season. But we begin with a transfer round-up - with plenty of movement since we last spoke including the confirmed departure of Timo Werner, loan moves for the likes of Malang Sarr, what the future holds for Billy Gilmour - and the ongoing pursuit of Wesley Fofana. Plus, we salute Mark Robinson's development squad who put SEVEN past Wolves in their first game of the campaign - and the SOC crew warm up for Sunday's festivities with a Tottenham-themed quiz... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/10/202253 minutes, 10 seconds
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The curse is over

THE GOODISON HEX IS NO MORE! Sam Parkin and Simon Johnson are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on the 1-0 win over Everton - Chelsea's first triumph at Goodison Park since 2017. Not a glittering performance by any stretch of the imagination - but we take the positives from some of the new boys, bow down to the continued brilliance of Thiago Silva, and touch upon a new contract for Édouard Mendy. There's also a comprehensive round up of the latest transfer chatter - with Cucarella in, Alonso (and potentially others) out - and Mr. Chelsea César Azpilicueta extending his stay at Stamford Bridge. We'll be back on Wednesday with a look ahead to the small matter of Sunday's showdown with Tottenham... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/8/202253 minutes, 56 seconds
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Season preview spectacular

2022-23 Premier League season, here we come... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Simon Johnson and Sam Parkin on the eve of the brand new season. We begin with the latest transfer news - and the surprise arrival of Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa. There's discussion of that deal and some of the other key rumoured ingoings and outgoings including Cucurella, de Jong and Fofana. There's a quick look ahead to what this campaign could hold for the Blues as a whole - before The Athletic's Everton experts Greg O'Keeffe joins us to look ahead to Saturday's trip to Goodison. And - as ever - our weekly quiz - with a Toffee flavour - has got Sam and Simon scratching their heads... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/3/202253 minutes, 54 seconds
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Euros euphoria, XI's in Udinese and transfer tittle tattle

Take a bow, Lionesses! Matt Davies-Adams has got Jessy Parker-Humphreys and Liam Twomey alongside him to reflect on the glory for Chelsea's England stars in the Euro 2022 final. There's a round up of the Blues' double header in Italy - with two wins over Udinese to round off pre-season on a positive note. And with the new season just days away - we speculate about the latest transfer rumours... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/1/202244 minutes, 47 seconds
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The audit

The less said about that night in Florida the better... Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Dom Fifield alongside him to take a deep-dive into the current state of the squad with the new season just a week away. Who's integral to Thomas Tuchel's plans? Who's on borrowed time? Who is destined to be sent out on loan? We aim to answer some of your questions in this bumper episode with the transfer window kicking into high gear. There's a closer look at some of the latest news, a round up of the Blues' exploits in the USA, a celebration of the mighty Lionesses - and some quizzing that leaves much to be desired... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/28/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 2 seconds
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That's disappointing

Two down, one to go... Matt Davies-Adams has got Dom Fifield and Sam Parkin alongside him to round up all the latest Blues news as their pre-season tour in the USA continues. We round up the defeat on penalties to Charlotte FC - while Simon Johnson checks in from poolside in Las Vegas to give his impressions of the west coast leg of the tour. There's the weekly transfer gossip, a word on the club's new 'President of Business' - and a quiz which baffles and entertains in equal measure... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/21/202252 minutes, 26 seconds
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Happy pre-season eve!

Let's get this show on the road then... Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea expert Liam Twomey with him to chat transfer incomings and outgoings and all the latest news with the Blues preparing to kick-off their pre-season tour in the USA. Simon Johnson checks in from California to give us a flavour of how Thomas Tuchel's side are faring on the west coast. Plus, Jessy Parker Humphreys is with us to round up how some of the Chelsea women are getting on in the Euros. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/13/202241 minutes, 38 seconds
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Reality checks and safe bets

The transfer rumour mill just keeps on turning... Matt Davies-Adams has got the Athletic's Chelsea experts Dom Fifield and Simon Johnson alongside him to round up the latest potential ingoings and outgoings at Stamford Bridge. With Raheem Sterling's move all but complete - and gossip surrounding a potential bid for one Cristiano Ronaldo - we take a closer look at the positives and negatives of some of the names being linked with Thomas Tuchel's side. As the 2022 Women's Euros are underway - there's a word on the Blues in action - with the remarkable Fran Kirby already playing a starring role... And the latest quiz leaves Matt (and his contestants) wanting to tear his hair out... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/8/202249 minutes, 19 seconds
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An unequivocal disaster

Straight Outta Cobham, straight from the pub... Matt Davies-Adams has got the pints in alongside The Athletic's Chelsea experts Liam Twomey and Dom Fifield for our summer social - with rather a lot on the agenda! We begin with the departures of Bruce Buck, Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech - discussing their contribution to the club and football in this country - before a closer look at some of the new faces on the board. The transfer window is in full swing - there's a spotlight on some of the potential incomings and outgoings (with lots of mentions of Barcelona!) - as well as the confirmed news of Romelu Lukaku's return to Inter Milan on loan after a 'catastrophic' season at Stamford Bridge. And of course, it would be rude not to indulge in a pub quiz! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/30/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 19 seconds
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Raheem Sterling: Why Chelsea want him & Why City may let him go

In the absence of the usual SOC gang (on holiday) why not check out Monday's Athletic Football Podcast... Host Ian Irving details Chelsea's growing interest in Raheem Sterling, in the company of our Football Correspondent David Ornstein, Manchester City writer Sam Lee & Chelsea writer Simon Johnson... We learn how Chelsea's confidence in capturing Sterling has grown, why City are open to letting Sterling leave this summer & consider whether this could see a new trend in the Premier League's top clubs selling players to domestic rivals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/21/202235 minutes
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Lukaku's Future, Transfer Tribulations & Tuchel's Stamp of Approval

Host Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Sam Parkin and The Athletic's Liam Twomey to discuss Romelu Lukaku's increasingly likely return to Italy, interest in both Jules Kounde and Ousmane Dembele and how the new owners are likely to let Thomas Tuchel build the team he wants... After the new Premier League fixture lists were released this morning, the guys also consider Chelsea's start to the season and how they'll be affected by the winter World Cup break. Plus, Fran Kirby's selection for the Women's European Championships and why sponsors 'Three' will still be on Chelsea shirts next season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/16/202251 minutes, 57 seconds
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Out with the old (season), in with the new (owners)

Another quiet, uneventful season for Chelsea Football Club in the bag... Matt Davies-Adams has got the full complement of Blues experts alongside him for the final time as Dom Fifield, Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson and Sam Parkin round up the news of the approval of the takeover of the club by the Todd Boehly led consortium. Your questions are answered as we look at what this means for next season - and many seasons to come. Back in August the team made some pretty bold - and sometimes disastrous predictions - we go through those and round up some of the other news including changes to the academy, more awards for Chelsea's Women, and success in Europe for another former Cobham kid. There's one final quiz before we bid farewell to 2021-22 - ahead of a short break before the summer fun and game kick in! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/26/202248 minutes, 1 second
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Thanks for the memories

So long, 2021-22... Matt Davies-Adams has got Sam Parkin and Simon Johnson alongside him for the penultimate time this season as Chelsea finished the season in...style?!...with a last-gasp 2-1 win over Watford at Stamford Bridge. There's a full prognosis of the final Premier League game of the campaign - and the subsequent lap of honour - including farewells to Antonio Rüdiger (and how many others?), Mason Mount's player of the year award - and the very welcome return of Ben Chilwell. We've got the usual takeover update before popping over to Italy, with Liam Twomey on assignment as AC Milan won the Serie A title for the first time in 11 years with Fikayo Tomori, Olivier Giroud and Tiémoué Bakayoko in their ranks! Liam spoke to Tomori just moments after their scudetto triumph was confirmed in style after a 3-0 win at Sassuolo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/23/202258 minutes, 47 seconds
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Enough already

Almost there listener, almost there... Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey alongside him to wrap up the 1-1 draw with Leicester which all but mathematically secured third spot for Thomas Tuchel's side. But we begin with takeover talk amid reports on Monday that the deal was at risk of "falling apart" due to a lack of consensus with the club and government over the proceeds of any sale. Liam also gives an insight into his piece which focuses on Clearlake Capital. The final match of the season is just around the corner as the Blues get ready to host the hapless Hornets at Stamford Bridge. We look ahead to the visit of Watford, and question which players could be bidding farewell to the crowd for the final time... And of course, it wouldn't be complete without a quiz! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/20/202247 minutes, 6 seconds
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You win some, you lose some - literally

At least we've got CFCW... Simon Johnson and Sam Parkin join Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on yet another day of Wembley disappointment for Chelsea's men after the 6-5 defeat on penalties to Liverpool. Liam Twomey and Simon send in their on-the-whistle post mortem, before we take a closer look at why the Blues fell just short once again. It wasn't all doom and gloom this weekend though - with Emma Hayes' women wrapping up the league and cup double after a 3-2 extra-time win over Manchester City. Flo Lloyd-Hughes pops in for one last time this season to analyse yet another domestic triumph - and ponder whether the Champions League could be within their grasp anytime soon... It's back to Premier League action for Thomas Tuchel's side - with Leicester City visiting Stamford Bridge in the penultimate game of this long and punishing season. We preview that match - and round up the rest of the Blues news as the season draws to a close. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/16/20221 hour, 39 seconds
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An innate desire to stay on brand

Mason did say he likes playing at Leeds... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by The Athletic's Chelsea experts Liam Twomey and Dom Fifield for your second weekly dose of all things CFC. We begin with the comfortable 3-0 win at Elland Road - including a Mount masterclass, another goal for a resurgent Romelu Lukaku and a horror challenge on Mateo Kovačić which could rule him out of the FA Cup final. That's our next stop - with the game against Liverpool on Saturday just on the horizon. We look ahead to that tie, try and find some weaknesses in Jürgen Klopp's side - and discuss the all important team selection up top...are you Team Rom or Team Kai? It's not just the men in FA Cup action - Emma Hayes' WSL champions go head to head with Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday in a rematch of the Continental Cup final which they lost. We preview that game ahead of a quiz with a difference... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/12/202244 minutes
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Three-peats, done deals, late escapes and home horrors

Just another quiet weekend in the life of CFC hey listener? Simon Johnson and Sam Parkin join Matt Davies-Adams to try and round up a pretty bonkers few days on and off the field for Chelsea. We start with the takeover - after it was confirmed in the early hours of Saturday morning that they'd agreed terms on the £4.25bn sale of the club to a consortium led by Todd Boehly. Here's hoping Todd wasn't put off by what he saw on the pitch at Stamford Bridge - as Thomas Tuchel's side conspired to squander a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Wolves. We talk redemption for Romelu - before tactical tweaks and yet more poor defending cost the Blues yet again at home. No such problems for the women though - who thanks to a Sam Kerr masterclass in a 4-2 victory over Manchester United at Kingsmeadow wrapped up their third straight WSL title. Flo Lloyd-Hughes joins us to round up the significance of this latest success for Emma Hayes' side. Then it's over to Cobham, where the U23's came from behind in dramatic circumstances to beat Tottenham and secure their PL2 status on the final day. Amid all that chaos there's also a lookahead to Wednesday evening's trip to Leeds - and what Athletic subscribers can enjoy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/9/202259 minutes, 59 seconds
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The mood isn't great

It just rumbles on and on and on and on... The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to discuss another tumultuous week off the pitch for the Blues as the takeover drama continues. On the pitch, there's the visit of Wolves on Saturday afternoon to look ahead to - as well as a quiz (of course!) as Chelsea look to get back on track after last weekend's defeat at Goodison Park, We also look ahead to the final weekend of the WSL season, as Emma Hayes' Chelsea Women look to wrap up their third consecutive title when they host Manchester United - and highlight a defining weekend for the U23's as they fight for their lives in PL2. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/5/202249 minutes, 56 seconds
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You're welcome Frank

Let's just call time on this season, shall we? Matt Davies-Adams has got Sam Parkin and Dom Fifield alongside him to reflect on another disappointing afternoon for Chelsea after a 1-0 defeat against relegation threatened 'Frank Lampard's Everton', But we start with the takeover latest - which took various unexpected twists and turns on Friday afternoon as Todd Boelhy was confirmed as the preferred bidder and an audacious late offer arrived from British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe... There's a round up of the rest of the Blues news - including a massive 1-0 win on the road at Birmingham for Emma Hayes' Chelsea Women with the WSL title now within touching distance - but danger for the U23's as they look to stave off relegation with a showdown against Tottenham to come. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/2/202248 minutes, 47 seconds
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If only there was a £100 million striker on the bench

How it finished 1-1 we'll never know... Matt Davies-Adams is here with your second weekly dose of Cobham - and he's got Simon Johnson and Sam Parkin alongside him to reflect on the draw at Old Trafford - trying to figure out how an utterly dominant Chelsea conspired to throw away two points. Away from the game we take a look at the latest takeover wise - before a look ahead to Sunday afternoon's trip to Goodison Park to take on Frank Lampard's Everton. Flo Lloyd-Hughes drops in to talk all things Chelsea Women - with a crucial 2-1 win over Spurs on Thursday night which means the WSL title is still very much in their hands with two games to play. And it wouldn't be a Thursday without an obligatory quiz - with Toffee on the menu - and a pretty extraordinary clash of the titans... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/29/202253 minutes, 52 seconds
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Disengaged, departing, disaster

Consider your blushes spared, Jorginho... The Athletic's Chelsea experts Liam Twomey and Dom Fifield are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to mull over the narrow 1-0 win over a depleted West Ham which ensured Chelsea stay in the drivers seat for a third place finish in the Premier League. We pick through the bones of that game - before discussing the news that defender Antonio Rüdiger will be leaving the club at the end of the season, despite Thomas Tuchel's best efforts... There's a trip to Old Trafford to look forward to, the takeover latest and a round up of the other Blues news - including a dramatic comeback 3-1 win for Chelsea Women, who had goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger sent off after just 33 minutes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/25/202248 minutes, 51 seconds
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Leaky Bridge

It's raining goals...at the wrong end! Liam Twomey and Sam Parkin are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on the shocking 4-2 defeat by Arsenal at Stamford Bridge - littered with individual errors and poor performances. We try and get to the bottom of why it went so wrong - and why Lukaku's season seems to be going from bad to worse. The Blues must bounce back immediately with another London derby to contend with - and the visit of West Ham to SW6 on Sunday afternoon. There's a look ahead to that one and a Hammers related quiz to whet the appetite!  We've got the latest on the takeover and an overview of the rest of the Blues news after another hectic week in the life of CFC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/21/202239 minutes, 26 seconds
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Straight back to Wembley

Chelsea REALLY like FA Cup finals... Matt Davies-Adams has got Dom Fifield and Simon Johnson in tow to reflect on the uninspiring yet successful FA Cup semi-final clash with Crystal Palace which saw Thomas Tuchel's side progress to their third straight final thanks to a 2-0 win with the Cobham kids coming good yet again... But we begin with the takeover latest, as it was revealed on Saturday that the Ricketts family-led group had pulled out of running to buy club. There's a word on Chelsea Women's 2-0 victory over WSL title rivals Arsenal to set up their own FA Cup final showdown with Manchester City, before a look ahead to the visit of Arsenal for the men in the Premier League on Wednesday night. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/18/202254 minutes, 8 seconds
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We'll sing it 'til May

One more month of being Champions of Europe... Matt Davies-Adams teams up with Dom Fifield and Liam Twomey to reflect on the dramatic and ultimately devastating night in Madrid as Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea fell just short, knocked out of the Champions League 5-4 on aggregate despite a 3-2 win on the night at the Santiago Bernabéu. There's the voice note to end all voice notes as Liam and Simon send their full on-the-whistle diagnosis after an extraordinary evening in the Spanish capital. The Blues must pick themselves up with another trip to Wembley - and an FA Cup semi-final clash with Crystal Palace - to prepare for on Sunday. Chelsea Women are also in action as they face Arsenal in their semi - Flo Lloyd-Hughes joins the party to look ahead to that one. There's a quick word on the takeover latest with the deadline for bids upon us - plus a FA Cup semi-themed Thursday quiz to test our esteemed panel to the max... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/14/202253 minutes, 9 seconds
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Timo and his pantomime chaos

More of the same on Tuesday night please... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Dom Fifield to reflect on the extraordinary 6-0 stroll at St Mary's on Saturday afternoon - which showcased everything from the sublime to the bizarre from cult hero Timo Werner. Alvaro Romeo returns to preview Chelsea's trip to the Santiago Bernabéu as the current Champions of Europe look to turn around a 3-1 deficit and progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League. Plus, Liam Twomey drops in from a cafe Madrid to give us a flavour of the atmosphere in the Spanish capital... There's a round up of the Blues news elsewhere - including the transfer latest and a look at how some of Chelsea's women have got on on international duty. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/202246 minutes, 18 seconds
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Real-ly, Real-ly bad

Not exactly what we had in mind... Matt Davies-Adams holds court with The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey alongside him to reflect on the damaging 3-1 quarterfinal first leg defeat by Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge. We analyse the Benzema masterclass, defensive deficiencies and questionable team selection - before wondering whether the Blues have any hope when they make the trip to the Bernabéu next week. Thomas Tuchel's side must refocus quickly ahead of Saturday's trip to Southampton in the Premier League - there's a look ahead that one. Elsewhere, the chaps touch base with the latest takeover talk, other Blues news - and go head-to-head as the quiz returns! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/7/202249 minutes, 39 seconds
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Stung

Anyone else getting déjà vu? Matt Davies-Adams is back with The Athletic's Chelsea experts Dom Fifield and Simon Johnson alongside him to talk though all the latest on and off the pitch antics. We begin with the latest takeover news amid protests against the Ricketts family at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Attention then turns to the shock defeat by Brentford, with striking similarities to last season's horror show against West Brom... There's then the small matter of a Champions League quarterfinal first leg to look forward to - with Real Madrid back in the capital for a rematch. Spanish football expert Alvaro Romeo gives an insight into what to expect from the La Liga leaders ahead of Wednesday night's game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/4/202243 minutes, 19 seconds
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Bids, Bees - and tossing pies

The run in starts here... Liam Twomey is joined by Dom Fifield and Sam Parkin with your second weekly dose of Blues news. We begin as ever with the latest on the takeover - including a profile of Todd Boehly and a look at how the fortunes of American sports franchises may translate given those in the mix to own the club. Attention then turns to Saturday's Premier League action - with Chelsea welcoming fellow West Londoners Brentford to Stamford Bridge - with the added threat of Christian Eriksen. There's a preview of that game, plus a round up of the international break action as Edouard Mendy shines once again - and a word on Chelsea Women's latest WSL tie with the finish line in sight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/31/202247 minutes
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Takeovers, questions, internationals - and a 9-0!

The Blues news just keeps on coming... Liam Twomey is the hot seat with Simon Johnson alongside him to round up where we stand on the takeover of CFC. The chaps answer some of your questions surrounding the future of the club, before shining a spotlight on how some of the Blues got on on their travels with very mixed fortunes! There's a word on the 9-0 romp for Emma Hayes' women as they went top of the table with victory over Leicester - plus a look at what they've got in store for Athletic readers to look forward to this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/28/202248 minutes, 22 seconds
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Not the former Bolton defender

It might be the international break, but there's never a dull day for CFC... Matt Davies-Adams has got Dom Fifield and Sam Parkin alongside him to round up the latest with the takeover of the club as we wait for news of new owners - plus the latest on the updated ticketing guidance after the UK government made alterations to the club's special licence. Friend of the show Flo Lloyd-Hughes is in the house to bring us up to speed with how the women's team has fared through all the uncertainty - as Wednesday night's WSL game was called off at late notice due to a covid outbreak amongst the Spurs squad. There's a round up of how some of the international Blues are getting on - and of course, a Thursday quiz to keep you going through this Premier League-free fortnight... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/24/202240 minutes, 30 seconds
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FA Cup QF success, Super Tommy Tuchel - and True Blues

Well, the Blues quite like an FA Cup run... The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey join Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on another busy weekend in the life of CFC. We begin with the latest on the takeover after bids were formally submitted on Friday - with a word on the 'True Blues' consortium which has backing from a certain John Terry... On the pitch it was triumph on Teesside as Thomas Tuchel's men comfortably cruised through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup after 2-0 win over Middlesbrough, setting up a date at Wembley with Crystal Palace. Chelsea Women also booked their place in the final four after an emphatic 5-0 win over Birmingham. There's a round-up of all the Blues news, a look ahead to the Champions League showdown with Real Madrid following Friday's draw, plus a special nod to a former player who's quickly becoming a cult hero over in Italy... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/21/202243 minutes, 50 seconds
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Winning in chaos

Très bien on the pitch, not so bien off it... Matt Davies-Adams has got Liam Twomey and Sam Parkin along for the ride to round up the latest Blues news. We start with a closer look at the potential new owners of the club as Friday's deadline for bidders looms - and the sticky situation surrounding sponsorship continues... There's reflections on the 2-1 win over Lille which sealed progression to the quarterfinals of the Champions League thanks to a 4-1 aggregate success, plus a look ahead to Saturday's FA Cup trip to Boro - and the behind closed doors fiasco which prompted yet more ridicule. Most importantly, the Thursday quiz makes a triumphant return - but who'll come out on top? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/17/202247 minutes, 33 seconds
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A moment of genius

King Kai strikes again... Simon Johnson and Dom Fifield are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to look back on the victory over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. We also hear from The Athletic's George Caulkin, who was joined by our very own Liam Twomey to soak up the atmosphere at a game which was largely overshadowed by greater geo-political issues. There's a round up of the latest news off the pitch - including the pre-match interview that technical director Petr Cech gave - and where we stand on potential takeovers with Nick Candy continuing to be vocal about his desire to become new owner. On Wednesday night Chelsea are back in Champions League action - taking a 2-0 advantage into their round of 16 second leg tie with Lille. We look ahead to that game and touch upon the other Blues news - which features a focus on the state of the academy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/14/202255 minutes, 33 seconds
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Sanctioned

The good news just keeps on coming for Chelsea Football Club... Matt Davies-Adams has got a full complement of The Athletic's Blues experts alongside him once more as Simon Johnson, Liam Twomey and Dom Fifield try and unpick the latest twist in a tumultuous fortnight for the Blues. With the British government imposing sanctions on Roman Abramovich as part of its response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine - but Chelsea granted a 'special license' to allow the club to keep operating - we try and get to the crux of what this means going forward. There's a round up of events on the pitch - and in the stands - at Carrow Road, a look ahead to what the future holds - and a word for the people this news will hit hardest within the club. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/11/202247 minutes, 52 seconds
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Happy place

Sorry, Jordan North... Matt Davies-Adams has Sam Parkin and Dom Fifield alongside him to get the lowdown on the 4-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor - with special praise for 'Reecey' James and Kai Havertz. The Blues are in action in the Premier League again on Thursday night as they travel to bottom of the table Norwich City - we look ahead to that game - and ponder whether Romelu Lukaku might get some gametime... Plus, there's discussion of the latest news surrounding the sale of the club - and disappointment for Chelsea Women as they come unstuck in a 3-1 defeat by Manchester City in the Conti Cup final at Plough Lane. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/7/202243 minutes, 12 seconds
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For sale

We were all meant to be enjoying the magic of the cup at Kenilworth Road... Owner Roman Abramovich has confirmed he's put Chelsea up for sale - and written off the £1.5 billion of loans he's made to the club. Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson, Dom Fifield and Liam Twomey alongside him for a full debrief as we reflect on the news that broke less than an hour before Thomas Tuchel's side faced Luton Town. Adam Crafton has been at the centre of the story for The Athletic and joins the chaps to detail how we reached this point after a tumultuous week, what the future could hold for the club after 19 years under Abramovich - and rumoured candidates to purchase the Blues. On the pitch we try and focus on the 3-2 win over the Hatters, look ahead to Turf Moor on Saturday - and hear from Pernille Harder as Chelsea Women look to defend their Conti Cup title against Man City. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/3/202253 minutes, 49 seconds
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What a weekend

A pretty seismic couple of days by all accounts... The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey join Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on events on and off the pitch following news of owner Roman Abramovich's intention to give the 'stewardship and care' of the club over to the trustees of Chelsea's charitable foundation. We try and get to the bottom of what this means for the club, why the announcement was made and what the future could hold - before turning our attention to the extraordinary League Cup final, with penalty specialist Kepa Arrizabalaga missing the decisive spot kick as Liverpool won 11-10 on penalties after an enthralling 0-0 draw at Wembley. There's a look ahead to Wednesday night's trip to Luton, a round up of the other Blues news - including a crushing 7-0 win for Chelsea women on their quest to retain the FA Cup - and a look at what's on the agenda for the chaps this week... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/28/202244 minutes, 43 seconds
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Lukak-who?

That'll do nicely... Simon Johnson and Sam Parkin join Matt Davies-Adams to look back on the 2-0 win over Lille in the Champions League round of 16 first leg at Stamford Bridge. Perhaps unsurprisingly, much of the conversation revolves around one player who wasn't on the pitch... Next stop - Wembley - as Thomas Tuchel's side gear up for a League Cup Final showdown with Liverpool. We look ahead to that game and get the inside scoop on Jürgen Klopp's Reds with the help of The Athletic's Liverpool writer Caoimhe O'Neill. And it wouldn't be a Thursday if there wasn't a quiz... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/24/202249 minutes, 15 seconds
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An ugly mess

Seven touches you say? Dom Fifield and Liam Twomey join Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on the narrow 1-0 win over Crystal Palace courtesy of a last-minute winner from Hakim Ziyech. The chaps take a closer look at another frustrating afternoon for an isolated Romelu Lukaku, interesting team selection and a general pity party for the disjointed attacking force. Focus then turns to the return of the Champions League - as Thomas Tuchel's side continue their title defence in the round of 16 first leg tie against Lille on Tuesday night. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/21/202238 minutes, 17 seconds
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Eagles, loanees - and a special cat

It's the Dom Derby! Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Simon Johnson and Dom Fifield to look ahead to Saturday's trip to Selhurst Park as Chelsea get back to league action against Crystal Palace. With loanee Conor Gallagher ineligible to face his parent club this weekend, we take the opportunity to have a look at how some of the other loan army are getting on. And the Thursday quiz is back with a bang with the pressure on Dom to perform... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/17/202258 minutes, 44 seconds
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Completed it mate

We've won it all... Matt Davies-Adams has Liam Twomey and Sam Parkin alongside him to bask in the glory of the Club World Cup triumph courtesy of an 117th-minute penalty from Kai Havertz. There's an on the whistle report from our man on the ground Simon Johnson - plus a closer look at the legend of Dave, the significance of this final piece of silverware in the cabinet - and whether Romelu Lukaku has turned a corner... Back on home soil, Flo Lloyd Hughes is with us to reflect on the goalless draw between Chelsea and Arsenal in the WSL on Friday night - and what it means for the remainder of the season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/14/202246 minutes, 21 seconds
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SOC with CFC at the CWC

It's the result that counts... Liam Twomey is in the hot seat with the help of Simon Johnson - dialing in live from Abu Dhabi - to reflect on the 1-0 victory over Al-Hilal which books Chelsea's place in the Club World Cup final. There's a spotlight on Romelu Lukaku, the starting keeper conundrum - and why Palmeiras could be considered favourites going into Saturday's showdown. Liam & Simon answer your questions, wrap up the other Blues news - and tease ahead to the small matter of Chelsea v Arsenal in the WSL on Friday night. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/10/202246 minutes, 4 seconds
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More questions than answers?

Well they made hard work of that... Sam Parkin and Dom Fifield join Matt Davies-Adams to wrap up the extra time FA Cup victory over Plymouth Argyle - which sets up a trip to Luton Town in the fifth round. Flo Lloyd-Hughes drops in to discuss the MASSIVE win for Chelsea women as Emma Hayes' side move just two points behind WSL leaders Arsenal - with a game in hand - after a crucial 1-0 victory over Manchester City. There's time to salute Edouard Mendy, look ahead to the Club World Cup - and preview some of what the chaps are working on for The Athletic this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/7/202235 minutes, 44 seconds
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Conti Cup, FA Cup, Club World Cup

It's awards season after all... Matt Davies-Adams has got Simon Johnson and Sam Parkin alongside him to talk all things Chelsea as we prepare for the return to action for Thomas Tuchel's side. We start at Kingsmeadow though, where Emma Hayes' women maintained their challenge for a third successive Continental Cup title with a 3-1 win over Manchester United to book their spot in March's final. Then attention turns to the men's FA Cup - with Chelsea welcoming League One Plymouth Argyle to Stamford Bridge on Saturday. We look ahead to that game - with a special word on the return of Jordan Houghton - then send Simon on his travels as he prepares to head to Abu Dhabi to follow the Blues' fortunes in the FIFA Club World Cup. And as is tradition - the Thursday quiz goes all FA Cup fourth round on us... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/3/202239 minutes, 45 seconds
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Andie MacDowell

How's THAT for a comeback?! Matt Davies-Adams has got Dom Fifield and Liam Twomey alongside him to talk all things Chelsea. We start with the #scenes in the FA Youth Cup as Chelsea's U18's fought back from 3-0 down to beat Liverpool 4-3. Our very own Sam Parkin was on co-commentary duty and joins us to reflect on the remarkable victory - while Chelsea women's FA Cup defence is on track after a 3-1 win at Aston Villa. We answer your questions - take a look at what's been a quiet transfer window so far - and a word on what the chaps are working on for The Athletic this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/31/202239 minutes, 20 seconds
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Happy Anniversary TT

A year sure does fly by when you're (mostly) having fun... Matt Davies-Adams has got Dom Fifield and Sam Parkin alongside him to pass the time as the Premier League's winter break kicks in. There's no stopping Chelsea's women - who picked up an important 2-0 win over West Ham on Wednesday night to cut the gap to Arsenal at the top of the WSL table to just a point. Flo Lloyd Hughes joins us to reflect on that result and how the season is shaping up as we enter the business end of the 2021-22 campaign. With Thomas Tuchel ringing in his one year anniversary at Stamford Bridge, we take a closer look at his time in charge - and what the future holds for his predecessor Frank Lampard. And of course - it's Thursday, which can only mean one thing...QUIZ!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/27/202246 minutes, 26 seconds
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Can we play you every week?

Thank you Tottenham, the pleasure has been all ours... Matt Davies-Adams has got Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey alongside him to deliver your Monday dose of Blues news. There's a round up of the third victory over Spurs in the space of just 19 days - with a closer look at THAT Ziyech strike, the emergence of Malang Sarr and whether top four is all but guaranteed. With a rare midweek without any action - there's a round up of the rest of the Chelsea headlines - including a frustrating 0-0 draw for Emma Hayes' side at Brighton. And with the January transfer window coming to a close - we check in on any potential deals to be done in the last week of the month - and some * slightly less realistic* dream incomings... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/24/202242 minutes, 57 seconds
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(Insert ~tired~ synonym here)

Ah, more dropped points... The Athletic's Chelsea experts Dom Fifield and Simon Johnson are with Matt Davies-Adams to dissect (another) frustrating evening for the Blues in the 1-1 draw with Brighton. It's then time to focus on Chelsea v Tottenham 3.0 with Thomas Tuchel's side facing Antonio Conte's Spurs for the third and final time this month... The Athletic's Tottenham correspondent Charlie Eccleshare joins us to look ahead to that game. There's the other Blues news, a Thursday quiz - and a focus on the future of Armando Broja and some of the club's other prized assets... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/20/202251 minutes, 58 seconds
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City blues

So long title race... Matt Davies-Adams has Liam Twomey and Sam Parkin alongside him to look back on the 1-0 defeat by Manchester City at the Etihad which leaves Thomas Tuchel's side 3rd in the Premier League table and 13 points behind Pep Guardiola's side. There's an examination of the ongoing attacking issues, team selection dilemmas and whether they're now looking over their shoulder in the top four race.  The Blues must bounce back immediately as they travel to Brighton on Tuesday night... We look ahead to that game and round up the other Blues news - including the departure of Lewis Baker after 17 years at the club. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/17/202237 minutes, 50 seconds
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Not so fast Andrew Fisherman

Thomas Tuchel just loves a final... Sam Parkin and Dom Fifield join Matt Davies-Adams to look back on Wednesday night's 1-0 victory at Tottenham - meaning Chelsea cruise to Wembley thanks to a 3-0 aggregate win over sorry Spurs - despite the officials best efforts... No time to enjoy that success though - as the Blues prepare for a must-win Premier League tie at Manchester City on Saturday. BBC Radio Manchester's City commentator Mike Minay gives us the lowdown on the Citizens and what to expect at the Etihad. And as ever, there's a Thursday quiz to get everyone in the mood... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/13/202246 minutes, 29 seconds
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Dream debuts, second legs and bad memories

How about that for a debut? The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey join Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on the 5-1 FA Cup third round victory over Chesterfield - setting up the visit of Plymouth Argyle. The chaps talk man of the match Lewis Hall, important goals for Lukaku and Werner and what the future holds for Lewis Baker - after just his second appearance for the club in eight years. Focus then switches to the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final - with the Blues in the driver's seat for a spot at Wembley after last week's 2-0 first leg win over Spurs. We look ahead to Wednesday evening's trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - and go behind enemy lines to hear how the Tottenham contingent from The View From The Lane are feeling ahead of this one... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/10/202237 minutes, 48 seconds
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Redemption

Making Tottenham suffer even more... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Liam Twomey and Sam Parkin to reflect on the comprehensive 2-0 Carabao Cup semi-final first leg win over Spurs at Stamford Bridge. We discuss the emergence of Saúl, the return of Lukaku - and Kai Havertz and his poor finger. Then attention turns to the FA Cup - with the Blues hosting National League leaders Chesterfield on Saturday evening. There's starting XI speculation - before the return of the much-loved (or loathed) Thursday quiz... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/6/202240 minutes, 56 seconds
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Oh so noisy

If this is what 2022 has in store for us... Dom Fifield and Simon Johnson are back with a bang alongside Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on the thrilling 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge - and the furore around Romelu Lukaku's off the pitch antics and subsequent dropping from the squad for the biggest game of the season so far. There's time for a quick round-up of the other festive fixtures against Aston Villa and Brighton - before a look ahead to Wednesday's Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg against Antonio Conte's Tottenham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/3/202253 minutes, 39 seconds
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Some 2021

The gift of a semi-final for Christmas... To round off 2021 in style the whole Straight Outta Cobham gang is along for some festive cheer as the Blues booked their place in the Carabao Cup semi-finals - and set up a showdown with Antonio Conte's Tottenham - thanks to a 2-0 victory at Brentford. As it's our last pod of the year, the chaps look ahead to the upcoming fixtures with Aston Villa, Brighton and Liverpool - before picking their moment of what's been a very eventful and successful calendar year. Plus the tables are turned on Quizmaster Matt - and he and Producer Lucy go head-to-head as Dom, Liam, Simon and Sam seek revenge with a special end of year grilling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/23/202153 minutes, 50 seconds
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Covid chaos

This could all get very messy... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Sam Parkin and Dom Fifield to look back on the goalless draw at Wolves - which wouldn't have even happened if Chelsea had had their way. We wrap up the latest fallout in terms of Covid-19 and the potential postponement of upcoming fixtures.  There's a brief look ahead to Wednesday's scheduled Carabao Cup quarter-final with Brentford - who themselves have seen their squad decimated by positive coronavirus tests.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/20/202142 minutes, 3 seconds
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Sticky toffee

Not a good Thursday night by all accounts... Liam Twomey and Matt Davies-Adams mull over the frustrating 1-1 draw with Everton - with the help of a Simon Johnson match report - and question why Thomas Tuchel's side simply can't convert their chances and see out games. It was also an evening to forget for the women's side - knocked out of the Champions League in emphatic style after a 4-0 defeat by Wolfsburg. Flo Lloyd-Hughes gives her verdict on the loss - and the struggles Emma Hayes' side have faced in the last couple of weeks. With upcoming fixtures up in their air due to ongoing Covid-19 issues throughout football - the Athletic's Wolves reporter Tim Spiers looks ahead to Sunday's match which will *hopefully* go ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/17/202137 minutes, 20 seconds
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Lille (we think), Mystic Sam - and Simon's nemesis

Well that was fun, wasn't it?! Matt Davies-Adams has got Simon Johnson and Sam Parkin alongside him to reflect on the Champions League draw LIVE...oh, wait. After hijinx of the highest order - it was confirmed that Chelsea WILL face Lille in the round of 16. Amid all the chaos there's reflections on the much needed 3-2 victory over Leeds - then it's all eyes on Everton and the return of Rafa Benítez to Stamford Bridge - with the Toffees finding themselves in a very sticky position after a miserable run of recent form. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/13/202149 minutes, 10 seconds
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The midfield's a minefield

Oh Ozdoev... Liam Twomey and Sam Parkin are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on the 3-3 draw in Zenit which saw Chelsea pipped to the post for top spot in Group H. BBC Radio Leeds' Adam Pope joins us for a closer look at Saturday's opponents in the Premier League as Marcelo Bielsa's men come to town. There's a round up of the other Blues news - including a pitch invader feeling the wrath of Sam Kerr in their goalless draw with Juventus in the Champions League - and of course, the obligatory Thursday quiz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/9/202140 minutes, 13 seconds
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Hammered

In Kerrby we trust... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Simon Johnson and Dom Fifield to reflect on mixed fortunes for the men's and women's teams this weekend. Thomas Tuchel's Blues suffered their first away defeat of the season after being stunned 3-2 by West Ham - while it was far better news for Emma Hayes' side who crushed WSL title rivals Arsenal 3-0 to complete the 2020-21 domestic treble. Flo Lloyd-Hughes pops in to discuss events at Wembley and what this result could mean for the rest of the season - plus a big Champions League tie against Juventus to manoeuvre in midweek. Meanwhile, it's a long trip to Russia for the men - who wrap up their group stage campaign at Zenit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/6/202140 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Frode Grodås Hall of Fame

The luck of future champions? Matt Davies-Adams has got Simon Johnson and Sam Parkin along for the ride to reflect on the very lucky three points picked up at Vicarage Road against Watford in the 2-1 win - looking closely at the narrative surrounding Andreas Christensen's future and the growing list injury concerns for Thomas Tuchel. Then it's onto Saturday's Premier League trip to West Ham - where the Blues will be looking for a far better performance if they're to triumph over their London rivals. Chelsea legend and TEN-TIME FA Cup winner Katie Chapman is with us to preview Sunday's enticing final at Wembley against fierce rivals Arsenal. There's a word on the Ballon d'Or and FIFA Club World Cup - and last but not least, Matt tries to outfox his opponents in the latest quiz after far too much success of late... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/2/202155 minutes, 52 seconds
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Disturbing lights

Curse those Stamford Bridge floodlights... The Athletic's Chelsea experts Dom Fifield and Liam Twomey join Matt Davies-Adams to look back on the 1-1 draw with Manchester United. We analyse the lack of attacking spark despite dominating possession and chances, what more Ruben Loftus-Cheek could do to fulfil his potential - and ponder whether Thomas Tuchel's post-match pleasantries are all they seem. Then there's midweek Premier League action to look forward to - as the Blues get ready to travel to Vicarage Road on Wednesday night to face Watford. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/29/202137 minutes, 58 seconds
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What would Simon Johnson do?

Not a bad way to ring in your 50th game in charge... Simon Johnson and Dom Fifield are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to look back on the commanding 4-0 win over Juventus as Chelsea confirmed their progression to the last 16 of the Champions League. Attention then turns to Sunday's visit of Manchester United - with The Athletic's Adam Crafton joining us with the latest on a tumultuous week for the club following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjær. Plus, Matt suspects foul play as the latest Thursday quiz causes shock and awe... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/25/202144 minutes, 43 seconds
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Toni hates foxes

Is there anything better than N'Golo Kanté doing N'Golo Kanté things? Matt Davies-Adams has got Sam Parkin and Liam Twomey in tow to reflect on the comprehensive 3-0 victory at Leicester. With Champions League matchday five just around the corner, The Athletic's Italian football expert James Horncastle joins us to look ahead to the visit of the Old Lady to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. Plus, we salute Super Fran Kirby after joining the 100 club in another excellent victory for Emma Hayes' side thanks to the 5-0 thrashing of Birmingham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/22/202138 minutes, 43 seconds
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The answer is always Gaz Caz

It's a BUMPER Straight Outta Cobham as the Premier League returns... Matt Davies-Adams has got Simon Johnson and Dom Fifield alongside him to catch up with some of the key Blues news as the international break draws to a close. The Athletic's Leicester correspondent Rob Tanner joins the team to give an insight into the Foxes ahead of Saturday's trip to the King Power. And there's another epic Thursday quiz which gets everyone in a tizz... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/18/202155 minutes, 10 seconds
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Half spaces

The big wins keep coming for CFCW... Matt Davies-Adams has got Dom Fifield and Liam Twomey along for the ride to round up the performances of some of the Blues out and about on international duty. Flo Lloyd-Hughes drops in to discuss Chelsea Women's emphatic 4-0 victory over Manchester City as they close the gap at the top of the WSL table. Plus, we take a closer look at some of the potential transfer ins and outs in the backline with January looming just around the corner... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/15/202142 minutes, 36 seconds
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Wisdom teeth, Wine Gums - and Ruud's boots

Seven's the lucky number yet again... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Sam Parkin and Liam Twomey to celebrate Chelsea Women's emphatic 7-0 victory over Servette in the Champions League as they took command of Group A.  Then the mailbox is open - as we answer some of your questions including goal of the season so far, what next for Terry & Lampard - and our ultimate 5-a-side teams with a twist. And as ever, Matt's fearsome Thursday quiz causes chaos and anguish... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/11/202147 minutes, 26 seconds
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Reece of the Rovers

70% possession, 25 shots - but forced to settle for a point... Dom Fifield and Sam Parkin are in the hot seat alongside Matt Davies-Adams to look back on the 1-1 draw with Burnley. We analyse the result, give Reece James his dues for another star performance - and discuss Callum Hudson-Odoi's decision NOT to accept the call up to England U21's. Plus, Flo Lloyd-Hughes is in the house to reflect on Chelsea Women's 1-0 win at Aston Villa - and look ahead to the trip to Servette on matchday three of the Champions League. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/8/202136 minutes, 48 seconds
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Sloppy seconds

What's that? Another former Chelsea manager rocking up at Tottenham? Dom Fifield and Sam Parkin are alongside Matt-Davies Adams to reflect on the return of the one and only Antonio Conte to the capital... There's a look back at the 1-0 victory over Malmö, a look ahead to the visit of Burnley - and some Thursday quizzing action to get you in the mood for Saturday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/4/202144 minutes, 41 seconds
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Horsing around

St Reece James' Park has a pretty nice ring to it... The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson & Liam Twomey are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to look back on the 3-0 victory at Newcastle. Flo Lloyd-Hughes reports from the Academy Stadium as Emma Hayes' side booked their place at Wembley after a dominant 3-0 victory over holders Manchester City in their FA Cup semi-final. With Champions League matchday four just around the corner we take a brief look ahead to what should be a routine trip to Malmö - and shine a light on the contrasting fortunes of two Blues out on loan - Conor Gallagher and Billy Gilmour. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/1/202139 minutes, 23 seconds
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A cornet or a trumpet?

Anyone getting Carabao Cup déjà vu? Liam Twomey and Dom Fifield join Matt Davies-Adams to wrap up another penalty shootout success as the Blues progress to the quarter-final of the EFL Cup after eventually triumphing over Southampton. With a trip to St. James' Park on the cards next for Chelsea - we speak to The Athletic's Senior Writer and man in the know George Caulkin about what to expect from Newcastle United. And of course - the latest edition of Matt's quiz causes delight and despair... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/28/202141 minutes, 26 seconds
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Literally Straight Outta Cobham

Chelsea 7 (SEVEN) Norwich 0. It's no strikers, no problem for Thomas Tuchel's side... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by two of The Athletic's Chelsea experts - Simon Johnson and Dom Fifield - to dissect the demolition of a sorry Norwich City side. Then it's onto the next round of the EFL Cup - with the Blues welcoming Southampton back to Stamford Bridge with a place in the quarterfinals at stake. There's a round up of other Chelsea news, more press box food fodder - and a look at what the chaps have got in store for Athletic subscribers this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/25/202134 minutes, 16 seconds
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Injuries, Canaries and little men

A comfortable Champions League win - but at what cost? Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey join Matt Davies-Adams to discuss the 4-0 victory over Malmö - which saw Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner both leave the pitch injured before half-time. We ponder what this could mean for Thomas Tuchel's side ahead of the visit of Norwich City Saturday lunchtime - and look ahead to that game with the help of BBC Radio Norfolk's Chris Goreham. There's a customary quiz, very fond memories of Antonio Conte - and some love for the Stamford Bridge press box and its butter chicken! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/21/202144 minutes, 30 seconds
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Edouard Mendy

So...Chelsea's goalkeeper is quite good isn't he? Matt Davies-Adams has got Dom Fifield and Liam Twomey in tow to reflect on the remarkable man of the match performance of Edouard Mendy who ensured the Blues came away from the Brentford Community Stadium with all three points. There's also some love for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Malang Sarr who starred - and withstood the late onslaught. Focus then shifts back to the Champions League, with the European champions welcoming Malmö to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/18/202137 minutes, 52 seconds
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Potential to sting

The Brentford Community Stadium awaits... Matt Davies-Adams has got Liam Twomey and Sam Parkin alongside him to round up the last knockings of this international break. The it's back to Premier League duty as we look ahead to the trip to Brentford with the help of Jay Harris. There's also a word of Chelsea Women's triumph in Turin, an obligatory Thursday quiz - and some parting words from Olivier Giroud, who's been speaking to The Athletic's David Ornstein. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/14/202146 minutes, 54 seconds
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Making the grade

Is the Premier League back yet?! Simon Johnson and Dom Fifield join Matt Davies-Adams to pass the time as the international break continues... We take a look at how the Blues are faring on their travels, shine a spotlight on another win for Emma Hayes' side - and round off our mid-term reports by dishing out some grades for the Blues midfield and attack. Plus, after the Ballon d'Or nominees were announced last Friday - with plenty of Chelsea representation - we discuss what the odds are of the coveted trophies making their way to SW6. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/11/202141 minutes, 3 seconds
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Flames emoji, flames emoji, blue heart emoji - #falafel

Parents evening is in session… The international break may be in full swing, but there’s still plenty of Blues-related chat to be had. Matt Davies-Adams has got Dom Fifield and Sam Parkin along for the ride as we dish out some mid-term grades to the Chelsea keepers and defenders. Anne-Marie Batson talks us through the thrilling 3-3 draw at Kingsmeadow as Emma Hayes’ side snatched a point in added time of their Champions League group stage opener against Wolfsburg. And it wouldn’t be a Thursday without a quiz to put our panel to shame…  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/7/202142 minutes, 36 seconds
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Comeback kids

Chelsea are back to winning ways... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by The Athletic's Chelsea experts Liam Twomey and Simon Johnson to look back on the 3-1 victory over Southampton at Stamford Bridge. There's a focus on redemption for Loftus-Cheek and Barkley, VAR shenanigans - and the correlation between Liam's baby-induced absence and the lack of form of a certain Mr. Havertz... Plus, Michael Cox is on board to tell us about his double dose of Blues action after watching the women's AND men's teams both win on Saturday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/4/202134 minutes, 1 second
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Troubles in Turin

Chelsea have had better weeks... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Simon Johnson and Sam Parkin to reflect on a frustrating night in the Champions League after a 1-0 defeat by Juventus in Turin. We get an on the whistle report from our man on the ground Dom Fifield, question the lack of support for Romelu Lukaku up top - and analyse the players who have (or haven't) taken their chance with absentees across the pitch. Thomas Tuchel's side have to refocus with the imminent visit of Southampton at Stamford Bridge - there's a preview of that clash, plus a Saints related quiz to get you in the mood ahead of kick-off come Saturday afternoon... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/30/202136 minutes, 48 seconds
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No time to dwell

It's fourth time unlucky for Thomas Tuchel against Pep Guardiola... We've got a short but sweet Straight Outta Cobham as Matt Davies-Adams and Sam Parkin chew the fat after the underwhelming 1-0 defeat by Manchester City on Saturday. The Blues will need to bounce straight back as they prepare to head out to Turin to face Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday night. We've answer your questions - and celebrate Chelsea Women's emphatic 6-1 victory at Manchester United. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/27/202128 minutes, 35 seconds
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Carabao Cup, City, Centurions

Cup shootout won, now the unbeaten start in the league is on the line... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Dom Fifield and Sam Parkin to look back on Wednesday night's Carabao Cup victory over Aston Villa - with a focus on some of the fringe players who got their chance. With the visit of Manchester City in the Premier League just around the corner - we take a closer look at how the two title rivals will face up at Stamford Bridge come Saturday lunchtime. And - in honour of the 100th episode of Straight Outta Cobham - Matt has concocted a special quiz fitting of the occasion... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/23/202134 minutes, 30 seconds
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Utterly, utterly dominant

Chelsea just love playing at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium... Sam Parkin and Dom Fifield are in the hot seat alongside Matt Davies-Adams to round up the comprehensive 3-0 victory over Spurs - analysing the tactical half-time tweak that changed their fortunes...otherwise known as N'Golo Kanté! Following the death of the great Jimmy Greaves we pay our tributes to the legendary goalscorer and his extraordinary records. Attention then turns to Wednesday night as the Blues begin their Carabao Cup campaign. We predict who Thomas Tuchel will include in his starting XI as Aston Villa return to Stamford Bridge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/20/202136 minutes, 34 seconds
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The ultimate cheat code

Chelsea are up and running in the Champions League! Dom Fifield and Simon Johnson join Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on the fairly unremarkable events at Stamford Bridge as the Blues recorded a 1-0 victory over Zenit - thanks to who else but Romelu Lukaku. Attention then turns to the small matter of Sunday's derby with Tottenham - with a look ahead to that clash and the all important potential team news. Plus - this week's quiz sees some casual trolling of a certain José Mourinho and his Instagram prowess... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/16/202134 minutes, 36 seconds
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Pass the baton

It's another three points in the bag for Chelsea as they continued their unbeaten start to the 2020-21 season. Matt Davies-Adams has got Sam Parkin and Simon Johnson alongside him to look back on the 3-0 victory over Aston Villa. Then it's onto the small matter of the Champions League - with Russian champions Zenit Saint Petersburg on their way to the Bridge on Tuesday night. Sasha Goryunov tells exactly what Thomas Tuchel's side should expect from the visitors as the group stages get underway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/13/202140 minutes, 55 seconds
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Farces, big misses and Villains

Let's get back to business... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Sam Parkin and Simon Johnson to talk all things Chelsea as the Premier League returns. We round up the international break - including the unexpected issues surrounding Thiago Silva NOT going on his travels - before attention turns to the visit of Aston Villa at The Bridge on Saturday. And as is now tradition, Matt's Thursday quiz causes anger and despair for the lads... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/9/202133 minutes, 45 seconds
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Blues abroad

The international break continues to rumble on - but we won't let that stop us... Matt Davies-Adams has got Simon Johnson and Dom Fifield alongside him to round up how Thomas Tuchel's men have go on on their travels. With Romelu Lukaku reaching a century of matches for Belgium - and bagging yet another goal to mark the occasion - we catch up with European football correspondent Kristof Terreur to get the lowdown on the prolific striker and how he's viewed back home. Plus, we take a closer look at Simon's latest piece available via The Athletic which shines a spotlight on the Chelsea academy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/6/202143 minutes, 19 seconds
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Better Call Saúl

The transfer window hysteria is over...until January at least! Matt Davies-Adams has got Liam Twomey and Sam Parkin alongside him to wrap up the Blues' business - including the deadline day arrival of Saúl Ñíguez from Atlético Madrid, the departure of Tino Anjorin to Russia - and what the future holds for the likes of Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Plus, with the eve of the 2021-22 WSL season upon us -The Athletic's Women's Football Correspondent Katie Whyatt joins us for a closer look at the title credentials of reigning champions Chelsea - who get their campaign underway at Arsenal on Sunday. And for all you quizzers out there - Matt's done it again with a (more than) slightly tenuous connection to birthday boys Ruud Gullit and Pat Nevin... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/2/202135 minutes, 33 seconds
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Seeing red

Well...that was dramatic! Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson and Dom Fifield alongside him to dissect the chaotic 1-1 draw at Anfield. There's quick reflections on the Champions League draw - transfer chit chat as the the window gets ready to close - and a spotlight on some iconic Blues performances with 10 men... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/30/202146 minutes, 9 seconds
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Shout Out to My Ex(es)

Anfield awaits for Chelsea on Saturday evening as the Premier League season begins to hot up... Liam Twomey and Sam Parkin join Matt Davies-Adams to look ahead to that clash - plus a spotlight on the latest transfer developments as the window gets ready to *slam* shut. And move over Little Mix - it's time to 'Shout Out to My Ex' - the lads cast their predictions as to how some former Blues will get on this season... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/26/202137 minutes, 2 seconds
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Our very own Rom-com

Welcome to the Romelu Menama Lukaku Bolingoli love-in. Matt Davies-Adams has got Dom Fifield and Liam Twomey in tow as we swoon over the immediate impact of Chelsea's new number nine. Theres's full analysis of the dominant 2-0 victory over Arsenal, a brief look at the latest transfer update - and we countdown the three best - and worst - Blues strikers... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/23/202140 minutes, 39 seconds
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Tormentor in Chief

Off to the Emirates we go...  Sam Parkin and Liam Twomey join Matt Davies-Adams to look ahead to the Blues' trip to Arsenal as they try to end a run of three straight defeats to Mikel Arteta's side - with Romelu Lukaku leading the charge? There's a round-up of the latest transfer news - with Tammy Abraham's departure to Roma confirmed, Michy Batshuayi out on yet another loan - plus a focus on some of the fringe players Chelsea just can't seem to shift...  We answer your questions - and embarrass Liam and Sam after some *very* glaring omissions in our latest quiz...  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/19/202134 minutes, 38 seconds
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Trevoh, Trevoh, Trevoh

Chelsea's 2021-22 league campaign is off to the perfect start... Matt Davies-Adams has got Liam Twomey and Sam Parkin alongside him for a closer look at the emphatic 3-0 opening day victory over Crystal Palace - and that dream Premier League debut for Trevoh Chalobah. Plenty of your questions answered, the return of 'elsewhere in Chelsea news' - and a trip down memory lane for some of the best and worst Blues debuts... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/16/202137 minutes, 51 seconds
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Super Kepa

Super Cup? In the bag. Dom Fifield and Sam Parkin are alongside Matt Davies-Adams as shootout hero Kepa Arrizabalaga brings Chelsea their first bit of silverware for the 2021-22 season. Then it's all eyes on the Premier League as we look ahead to Saturday's London derby with Crystal Palace. Plus - a striker's view on Romelu Lukaku - and how many of the 15 Blues players to wear the number 9 shirt can you name in 90 seconds?! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/12/202152 minutes, 20 seconds
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Lukaku take two

The 2021-22 Premier League season beckons - but not before a quick trip over to Belfast... Matt Davies-Adams has got Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey along for the ride as we take a closer look at the finer details of the impending return of Romelu Lukaku. There's a preview of Wednesday night's Super Cup - which sees Chelsea take on Europa League winners Villarreal - and your questions answered as anticipation builds ahead of the new campaign. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/9/202138 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ins, outs - and restraining orders

As we prepare to raise the curtain on a new Premier League season - and just 68 days after Chelsea's Champions League triumph - The Athletic's Blues Brothers are back. Matt Davies-Adams has got Liam Twomey, Dom Fifield and Simon Johnson alongside him to talk Euros fallout, pre-season showings and transfer to and fro. We take a closer look at the departure of some of the academy's brightest prospects - and get the latest on the seemingly imminent return of a certain striker... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/5/202155 minutes, 8 seconds
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Pat Nevin - The Accidental Footballer

What's that? You're still basking in the glory of Chelsea's Champions League triumph and want a bonus Straight Outta Cobham with Blues legend Pat Nevin? Oh, go on then... Pat joins Matt Davies-Adams to reflect on his remarkable career on and off the pitch following the release of his autobiography - The Accidental Footballer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/202159 minutes, 24 seconds
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Chelsea Champions!

So...how does two-time winners of the Champions League sound?! With the celebrations ongoing after the Blues reigned supreme in Porto, Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea experts Liam Twomey, Dom Fifield and Simon Johnson alongside him for the ride as we toast to their dominant and deserved victory over Manchester City. There's full analysis of the final, a toast to the superhuman that is N'golo Kante - and a closer look at how Thomas Tuchel has taken this team from mid-table mediocrity to bring the biggest prize of all back home to West London. We sign off for the 2020-21 season in style with a look at what the summer could have in store for the boys from SW6 - and how this most prestigious of victories could play its part in the transfer window. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/31/202142 minutes
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Champions League final anyone?

Apparently there's a big match happening in Porto on Saturday night? Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea experts Dom Fifield, Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey alongside him for a comprehensive build-up to Chelsea v Manchester City in the Champions League final. We get the view from Manchester with the help of 'Why Always Us?' host David Mooney - and of course answer your questions ahead of the showpiece final in Portugal. On the agenda - Injury updates? Team selection? Penalty takers? Mind games with Guardiola? Lessons from past encounters? We've got it covered. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/27/202148 minutes, 9 seconds
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Baled out

As the dust settles on the end of the Premier League season - and with Chelsea somehow qualifying for the Champions League by the skin of their teeth - our Blues experts Liam Twomey, Dom Fifield and Simon Johnson are alongside Matt Davies-Adams to pick the bones from a crazy final day. We analyse the 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa, ponder team selection ahead of the small matter of the Champions League final, wonder if there's any chance Harry Kane will show up at Stamford Bridge next year - and answer your questions as we say farewell to the 20-21 league season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/24/202137 minutes, 51 seconds
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Do us a solid JT

The final day of the Premier League season is upon us - and our Chelsea experts Simon Johnson, Liam Twomey and Dom Fifield have assembled alongside Matt Davies-Adams to bring you all the build up to Sunday's game at Villa Park. There's full reaction to Tuesday night's pivotal 2-1 win over Leicester which put the Blues in the driving seat for a top four spot - then we get the inside line on Aston Villa with The Athletic's Gregg Evans. Your questions answered, a word on the John Terry effect for the Villans - and early thoughts on how team selection could be shaping up ahead of the Champions League final. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/20/202148 minutes, 29 seconds
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When it rains it pours

Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey to talk all things Chelsea after a weekend to forget for the men's and women's teams. As the dust settles on two cup final defeats, we dissect where it all went wrong at Wembley for Thomas Tuchel's side against Leicester. After a chastening night in Gothenburg for Emma Hayes' side - Women's Football Correspondent Katie Whyatt helps us dissect the 4-0 defeat at the hands of a ruthless Barcelona. Attention then turns to Tuesday night - and a showdown with Leicester for a top four spot - in front of 8,000 lucky Chelsea fans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/17/202140 minutes, 20 seconds
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Finals Weekend

A weekend with not one but TWO major finals calls for a bumper podcast... Matt Davies-Adams is joined by The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson, Dom Fifield and Liam Twomey to pick the bones from the unexpected 1-0 defeat by Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. Then all eyes turn to Wembley and Gothenburg, where the men's and women's teams go in pursuit of the FA Cup and Champions League. We've got all the build up to both ties - with a trip down memory lane, thoughts on facing Leicester and a look at what Thomas Tuchel's side needs to do if they're to be lifting the trophy come Saturday night. We're also joined by former Blues player Gemma Davison to preview what could be a historic evening in Sweden for Emma Hayes' side as they take on Barcelona. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/13/202153 minutes, 12 seconds
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All aboard the Tuchel train

Matt Davies-Adams is joined by Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey to talk all things Chelsea as the season reaches its climax. There's a look back at the deserved victory over Manchester City at the Etihad, a preview of Wednesday night's tie with Arsenal - and we celebrate Chelsea Women as they wrapped up the WSL title in emphatic style. Your questions answered, we analyse the Blues chances of securing that all-important top four spot, and salute Sam Kerr aka the good Timo Werner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/10/202138 minutes, 23 seconds
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One week, two Champions League finals!

What does booking your spot in the Champions League final call for? A bonus episode! Matt Davies-Adams is joined by The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson, Dom Fifield and Liam Twomey to reflect on a night to remember for Thomas Tuchel's side as the Blues triumphed over the (not so) mighty Real Madrid. We give our analysis of the thoroughly impressive 3-1 aggregate victory, answer your questions, feel sorry for Eden Hazard - and wonder what this means for Saturday's crucial Premier League encounter at the Etihad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/6/202137 minutes, 27 seconds
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All roads lead to Gothenburg...and Istanbul?

Matt Davies-Adams has got Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson and Dom Fifield alongside him as The Athletic's Chelsea experts take a closer look at a defining week for the men's and women's teams. Women’s Football Correspondent Katie Whyatt is with us to reflect on Emma Hayes' history makers - as the Blues book their place in the Champions League final after a thriller against Bayern Munich at Kingsmeadow. It's now over to Thomas Tuchel's side, with a full preview of Wednesday night's finely poised second-leg clash with Real Madrid. Plus, a word on the routine 2-0 victory over Fulham in the Premier League - and a look ahead to Saturday's trip to the Etihad to face Manchester City. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/3/202148 minutes, 59 seconds
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Hazardesque

Matt Davies-Adams is joined as ever by The Athletic's Chelsea experts - Dom Fifield, Liam Twomey and Simon Johnson to give their verdict on a rainy night in Madrid. There's full analysis of the 1-1 draw with Real in the Champions League semi-final first leg, your questions answered - and Alvaro Romeo has the view from Spain ahead of next week's second leg showdown. In the Premier League, we look back at the crucial 1-0 victory over West Ham - and preview Saturday's latest London derby as the Blues welcome Fulham to Stamford Bridge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/28/202142 minutes, 16 seconds
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Straight Outta the Super League

Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea experts - Simon Johnson, Dom Fifield and Liam Twomey alongside him to *try* and sum up a extraordinary 72 hours in football. We discuss the who, what, where, when, why and how of the short-lived Super League - and take a closer look at the Blues' involvement, plus what the longer lasting ramifications could be. Amid all the drama off the pitch there's also time to reflect on Tuesday night's sideshow - the goalless draw with Brighton - and look ahead to Saturday's clash with West Ham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/21/202144 minutes, 34 seconds
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Absolutely pivotal

Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea posse - Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson and Dom Fifield in tow to discuss progress to the Champions League semi-finals for Thomas Tuchel's side. Before the Blues worry about their next European showdown they've got the small matter of an FA Cup semi-final against a formidable Manchester City side to worry about. We preview the game - and quickly move on from *that* Kepa/ Sarri saga the last time these two met at Wembley back in 2019. As always, there's time for your questions, a quick word on the victory at Selhurst Park - and a closer look at what's going on elsewhere at Chelsea Football Club. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/14/202135 minutes, 10 seconds
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No Silva linings

Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea experts Dom Fifield, Liam Twomey and Simon Johnson alongside him to dissect Saturday's horror showing against West Brom. It's off to the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final with Porto - as the Athletic's Jack Lang shines a spotlight on what the Blues should expect from their Portuguese opponents. Plus - there's time for a preview of the Dom Derby - or El Domico - as Thomas Tuchel's side face Crystal Palace in the Premier League next weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/5/202147 minutes, 20 seconds
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International flavour, back to Budapest - and bring on the Baggies

Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea experts alongside him as Dom Fifield, Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey take a closer look at how some of the Blues have faired on their travels as the international break continues. Women’s football correspondent Katie Whyatt joins us to look ahead to Wednesday's crucial Champions League quarter-final second leg with Wolfsburg. Plus - there's time for a preview of what should be a routine win over all-but-relegated West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/29/202134 minutes, 17 seconds
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A quarter, a semi - and a Roman

Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea aficionados alongside him as Liam Twomey, Dom Fifield and Simon Johnson reflect on success in the Champions League and FA Cup. Thomas Tuchel has *officially* made the best start of any Blues boss in the club's history thanks to those wins over Atlético Madrid and Sheffield United. We analyse those results, take a closer look at the performances of some key players - and reflect on a rare interview from owner Roman Abramovich. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/22/202141 minutes, 38 seconds
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Delicately poised

Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea posse alongside him as Dom Fifield, Simon Johnson and Liam Twomey reflect on the stalemate and Elland Road. We preview Wednesday's crucial Champions League second leg against Atlético Madrid with the help of Alvaro Romeo - and look ahead to what *should* be a favourable draw as the Blues host beleaguered Sheffield United in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.  Plus, Katie Whyatt joins us to salute another extraordinary showing from Chelsea Women as Emma Hayes' side retain their Continental Cup title in emphatic style. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/15/202147 minutes, 9 seconds
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Reasons to celebrate

Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's three wise Chelsea men alongside him as Liam Twomey, Dom Fifield and Simon Johnson reflect on two big wins over Liverpool & Everton which put the Blues in the driving seat for a top four spot. Attention turns to Elland Road - and its dodgy pitch - for a preview of Saturday's clash with Leeds. Plus, your questions answered - including the rise of Andreas Christensen and whether there's trouble behind the scenes for Christian Pulisic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/9/202143 minutes, 14 seconds
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Has anybody seen Kai Havertz?

Matt Davies-Adams is joined by the full complement of Chelsea experts - Liam Twomey, Dom Fifield and Simon Johnson - to offer a (brief) analysis of the drab 0-0 draw with Manchester United. There's a chance to reflect on the midweek Champions League triumph thanks to *that* Olivier Giroud goal - the it's all eyes on Merseyside with consecutive Premier League crunch ties with Liverpool and Everton. Plus, your questions answered - including Tuchel's eye raising squad selection, tactical tweaks - and where is Kai Havertz? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/1/202146 minutes, 10 seconds
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Is the honeymoon already over?

Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson & Dominic Fifield in tow to reflect on an underwhelming 1-1 draw with Southampton - and the fallout of the subbing of second half substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi after just 31 minutes. We take a closer look at the Champions League Round of 16 first leg tie against Atlético Madrid with the help of Alvaro Romeo - including what to expect from a certain Luis Suárez - then attention turns to Sunday's crunch Premier League tie with Manchester United. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/22/202146 minutes, 23 seconds
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1000 hours later

Matt Davies-Adams has got The Athletic's Chelsea experts Simon Johnson, Liam Twomey & Dominic Fifield alongside him to react to the 2-0 victory over Newcastle which saw the Blues go back into the top four, preview the potential banana skin against a struggling Southampton - and take a first look at the return of the Champions League and a first leg trip to face Atlético Madrid...in Bucharest. Your questions answered - including what the future holds for Hakim Ziyech and N'Golo Kanté, where Thomas Tuchel ranks on the Conte scale of pitchside antics, and how Kai Havertz will slot into the side. Plus - reaction as Emma Hayes' Chelsea Women got back on track in emphatic style. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/16/202143 minutes, 4 seconds
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What a difference (just under) two weeks makes

Matt Davies-Adams is joined by The Athletic's Chelsea experts Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson & Dominic Fifield to reflect on a week that saw the Blues move to within one point of the top four as Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten start at head coach continued. We analyse the victory at Bramall Lane, take a closer look at the team assembled behind Tuchel - and shine a light on some of the players who may get a chance in the upcoming midweek FA Cup tie at Barnsley. Plus - reaction as Chelsea Women's remarkable unbeaten run came to an unexpected end. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/202145 minutes, 20 seconds
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Tuchel's Tactical Tweaks + A Good Time To Face Mourinho?

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson & Dominic Fifield, reconvene as a new era dawns for Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge - but who are the early winners and losers in the squad?  Will Callum Hudson-Odoi continue to be deployed as a wing-back, why picking Marcos Alonso against Burnley paid off and if Thursday night's Spurs game is a "Top 4 Play-Off". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/2/202145 minutes, 36 seconds
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Frank Lampard Sacked + Is Thomas Tuchel An 'Accident Waiting To Happen'?

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson & Dominic Fifield, reconvene following Frank Lampard's sacking - with Thomas Tuchel poised to succeed him. What impact will the Chelsea icon's exit have on the club's youth policy, how much have Havertz and Werner's form contributed to Tuchel's selection and would it have unravelled so quickly if the stadiums weren't empty? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/25/202131 minutes, 46 seconds
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Why Lampard's Successor Will Speak German & An Early Move For Erling Haaland?

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson & Dominic Fifield, reconvene after an ominous defeat to Leicester for manager Frank Lampard...  Find out why Chelsea are willing to break their club transfer record again, to bring in Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland. And why Chelsea's 'next' manager will speak German!  Plus a look ahead to Luton in the FA Cup and fonder memories from 1994. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/21/202133 minutes, 13 seconds
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Will Mount Ever Get A Rest, The Tomori Mystery & Hudson-Odoi's BACK

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson & Dominic Fifield, reconvene after Lampard fielded an unusually strong side to overcome Morecambe in the FA Cup third round...  What's Mason Mount got to do to get a rest? And how to explain what's happened to Fikayo Tomori's Chelsea career? Plus, the guys discuss the now-postponed Premier League meeting with Fulham; Ruben Loftus-Cheek's loan, Callum Hudson-Odoi's return to form and N'Golo Kante's suspension.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/12/202138 minutes, 28 seconds
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Frank Lampard's 'Perfect Storm'

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson & Dominic Fifield, reconvene following the defeat to Man City and to discuss their breaking news story that manager Frank Lampard's position as manager is under serious threat...  How close is Roman Abramovich to pulling the plug on the club's all-time leading goalscorer and who could replace him -with former target Mauricio Pochettino replacing Thomas Tuchel at PSG?  Plus, the guys look ahead to an FA Cup tie against Morecambe, the prospect of watching Billy Gilmour and Valentino Livramento, as well as, whether the competition could still be scrapped this season in light of fixture congestion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/4/202142 minutes, 40 seconds
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One More Year For Thiago Silva & (Almost) Two More For Willian!

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson & Dominic Fifield, reconvene following a routine win against a historically tricky opponent, West Ham on Monday night...  Is there a new deal on the table for Thiago Silva, how far down the pecking order has Jorginho fallen and how brilliantly have deals for Ross Barkley and Willian worked out for Lampard?  The guys also look ahead to Arsenal, Aston Villa and Man City to keep you busy over the busy festive break.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/23/202045 minutes, 27 seconds
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A Reality Check Of A Week, 'Naive' Chelsea & 'Broken' Havertz

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson & Dominic Fifield, reconvene following back-to-back defeats at Everton and Wolves in the Premier League...  Does a 4-3-3 formation work without Hakim Ziyech and are doubts over Lampard's managerial credentials starting to flare up again?  Plus the guys discuss an unusual u23s clash with Spurs, the prospect of Diego Costa's return with Atletico Madrid and the game against West Ham on Monday night. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/16/202047 minutes, 47 seconds
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Out-Running Leeds, A Future Chelsea Captain & Is Werner A 'Natural'?

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson & Dominic Fifield, reconvene a breathless win over Leeds United...  Is Werner a 'natural' in front of goal, Havertz vs Kovacic, who will take creative responsibility after Hakim Ziyech's injury and are Chelsea nurturing a future captain in Reece James?  Plus, ANOTHER Giroud Renaissance and a big Everton preview as the guys reflect on how it all unravelled for Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison... when he was Chelsea manager! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/8/202042 minutes, 50 seconds
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Lampard v Mourinho, 'Roman's Rule' & Fans Return To Face An Old Foe

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson & Dominic Fifield, reconvene after the Tottenham draw, unable to agree on what was more interesting - the game itself or the tension on the touchline between Frank and Jose... We'll also hear from Alan Shearer's exclusive sit-down with Lampard, his first impressions of Roman Abramovich and what their relationship is like now, 1000 games later... Plus, the guys preview another busy week of Premier League and Champions League football - will Hudson-Odoi have a chance to impress against Sevilla and the origins of an age-old rivalry with Leeds. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/1/202048 minutes, 11 seconds
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Rudiger v Tomori, Gilmour's Recovery + Title Door "Ajar"

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson & Dominic Fifield, reconvene after Saturday's 2-0 win over Newcastle...  So, is the door 'ajar' for a title challenge this season, is Antonio Rudiger back in favour or back in the shop window and has time run out for both Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud?  Plus, the guys preview another busy week of games against both Rennes and Spurs - including how Lampard and Mourinho's relationship has soured over the years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/24/202041 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Rise And Rise Of Reece James

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Liam Twomey & Dominic Fifield, are joined by colleague Adam Crafton, to discuss his exclusive interview with Reece James...  Is he Chelsea's first-choice right-back, how exciting is the blossoming link-up between him and Hakim Ziyech, how is Thiago Silva helping him in-games and where does he rank among Gareth Southgate's current full-back options for England? Plus, the guys reflect on Chelsea Women's last-gasp draw against Arsenal and look ahead to the Men's trip to Newcastle, as the Premier League returns. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/17/202038 minutes, 52 seconds
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Hakim Ziyech Restoring Balance To The Team

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Simon Johnson, Liam Twomey & Dominic Fifield, reconvene following a 4-1 win over Sheffield United and a very ill-timed international break... Could the 'outstanding' Hakim Ziyech soon become a talisman of 'Hazard' proportions? How is Tammy Abraham shining among all Lampard's new stars? Plus, The Athletic's Women's Football writer Katie Whyatt reflects on Chelsea's WSL form, Sam Kerr's stuttering form and whether Emma Hayes is destined to become the first female Premier League manager. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/10/202035 minutes, 51 seconds
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So We Can Attack AND Defend... But Can We Challenge?

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Simon Johnson, Liam Twomey & Dominic Fifield, reconvene following a fourth consecutive clean sheet!  Could Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma stake a claim for being the best defensive partnership in the league? Is Mason Mount better when deployed as an '8' and Tammy Abraham - the false 9?  Plus, the guys cast an eye over upcoming games against both Stade Rennais and Sheffield United and discuss whether or not Chelsea will sign Declan Rice in the January Transfer Window? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/3/202033 minutes, 54 seconds
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Frank Lampard Channels His 'Inner Mourinho', Harry Maguire's Headlock & Thiago Silva's Impact

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Simon Johnson, Liam Twomey & Dominic Fifield, reconvene following that stalemate (in every sense) against Manchester United...  Back-to-back clean sheets prompt a discussion about the impact of new signings Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva and Ben Chillwell in defence - is it that simple?  Plus, the guys answer your questions ahead of another Champions League tie, Saturday's trip to Burnley, and of course, Super Frank's beanie hat!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/27/202038 minutes, 52 seconds
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Petr Cech's Second Debut, Clean Sheets + 'The Pochettino Derby'

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Simon Johnson, Liam Twomey & Dominic Fifield, reconvene following a Chelsea clean sheet... Hallelujah!  Plus, YOUR questions answered: Could Petr Cech actually be our second-choice goalkeeper? How is Azpilicueta helping Reece James and who will be linked with Pochettino more strongly by Saturday evening: Chelsea or Manchester United!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/22/202035 minutes, 4 seconds
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Do Chelsea Fans Want a 'European Super League' & Is Ziyech Ready Yet?

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Simon Johnson, Liam Twomey & Dominic Fifield, reconvene to discuss Project Big Picture's big failure and discuss how Chelsea's stars have faired over the international break...  Reece James' red card, Mason Mount's critics and more on the agenda ahead of this weekend's game against Southampton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/16/202035 minutes, 56 seconds
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A Good Move For RLC? + Did Chelsea 'Win' The Transfer Window?

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Simon Johnson & Liam Twomey, reconvene following 'Deadline Day' and Chelsea's last-ditch efforts to offload some of their fringe players...  Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek benefit from a loan spell at Fulham? Are the squad in a better place than before this summer's transfer window?  Plus, the guys reflect on how well some of the new recruits settled in against Crystal Palace & details of the latest COVID-breach involving a few Blues stars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/6/202034 minutes, 50 seconds
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Barkley Makes Way & Mount-ing Pressure on Lampard

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Simon Johnson, Liam Twomey & Dom Fifield, reconvene following Mason Mount's missed penalty and Chelsea's untimely exit from the Carabao Cup...  But has Mount been unfairly criticised? What is Lampard's 'brand of football' and what does Ross Barkley's loan to Villa mean for Loftus-Cheek?  Plus, the guys look ahead to the Crystal Palace game - a side poised to exploit Chelsea's weaknesses - and assess new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy's debut too. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/30/202039 minutes, 4 seconds
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Where Will Havertz Flourish & Kepa's Final Chelsea Blunder?

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Simon Johnson, Liam Twomey & Dom Fifield, reconvene following a mistake-ridden defeat to Liverpool on Sunday...   Surely Kepa has made his last Chelsea blunder, as a deal for Edouard Mendy edges closer, does Lampard yet know how best to utilise Kai Havertz & how has Fikayo Tomori fallen so far down the pecking order?    Plus, the guys look ahead to a League Cup game against Barnsley (and another opportunity for silverware this season) & next weekend's trip to West Brom.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/22/202038 minutes, 6 seconds
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Loftus-Cheek Stalls Again As Werner Races Into Chelsea Hearts

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Simon Johnson, Liam Twomey & Dom Fifield, reconvene to assess Chelsea's 3-1 win away at Brighton, as Loftus-Cheek spurned another opportunity to impress Frank Lampard, Werner showed glimpses of what he'll bring to Stamford Bridge this season and Kepa... well there's an update on reputed incoming GK Edouard Mendy too!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/16/202036 minutes, 37 seconds
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How Chelsea signed Havertz. And who's next?

Right now we're offering listeners of this show the opportunity to try out The Athletic for FREE.  You can enjoy all of our writing on Chelsea, including the recent article from Simon, Liam and Raph Honigstein entitled, “How Chelsea signed Kai Havertz”, an in-depth look at how the club secured a player who had been on their radar for a number of years.  Just go to www.theathletic.com/chelseapod to sign up for a 30 Day Free Trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/7/202038 minutes, 3 seconds
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Any Havertz Update!?!

Right now we're offering listeners of this show the opportunity to try out The Athletic for FREE. You can enjoy all of our writing on Chelsea, including Liam’s piece on what Thiago Silva can bring to the team’s defence, and an article explaining why the club are able to spend so much money this summer.  Just go to www.theathletic.com/chelseapod to sign up for a 30 Day Free Trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/1/202039 minutes, 58 seconds
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Inside the Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva deals

Right now we're offering listeners of this show the opportunity to try out The Athletic for FREE. You can enjoy all of our great writing on Chelsea, including the lowdown on the signing of Ben Chilwell as well as liam’s excellent explainer on how timo werner will fit into the Chelsea team. Just go to www.theathletic.com/chelseapod to sign up for a 30 Day Free Trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/25/202037 minutes, 3 seconds
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Bayern Silver Lining, Lampard's B+ Debut Season & Is John Stones On Chelsea's Radar?

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Simon Johnson, Liam Twomey & Dom Fifield, reconvene following a Bayern Munich mauling at the end of a LONG, but largely positive debut season for Lampard and his youngsters... Will the club expect silverware next season & is that fair? What were the guys favourite moments from this season and can Chelsea really afford to fix their Kepa problem this summer? All this and more!  1. Lessons From Bayern - 00:01  2. Lampards B+ Season - 8:40  3. Transfer Q&A - 22:40 4. Cult Hero - Claude Makelele - 37:32 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/11/202050 minutes, 9 seconds
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Bad Attitude, Tactics Or Refereeing? Why Chelsea Lost The FA Cup Final + 'Damage Limitation' in Munich?

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Simon Johnson & Dom Fifield, reconvene following Saturday's FA Cup Final defeat to Arsenal, with questions for referee Anthony Taylor, Frank Lampard & a number of players too...   Is another miracle in Munich on the cards when Chelsea return to Champions League action this weekend or will Frank struggle to field even field a team of eleven?   Plus, YOUR transfer questions answered - Ben Chilwell, Nathan Ake, & Willian's future!   1. FA Cup Final Blues - 00:01  2. VAR - 14:06  3. Bayern Munich Preview - 18:27 4. Transfer Q&A - 25:52 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/3/202044 minutes, 5 seconds
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Is Kepa Finished? + Heading To Wembley Full Of Confidence!

1. Chelsea 2-0 Wolves - 00:01  2. Kepa... Onana... Oblak? - 4:24 3. Giroud - The Unlikely Hero - 11:20 4. Mason Mount: Chelsea POTY? - 12:55 5. FA Cup Final v Arsenal: The Preview - 18:50 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/27/202030 minutes, 56 seconds
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21 Fouls, The 'Battle Of Wembley' & 3 More Finals!

1. Kai Havertz Transfer Update - 00:01 2. The Battle Of Wembley - 3:16 3. Pre Liverpool - 13:42 4. Pre Wolves - 20:15 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/20/202032 minutes, 4 seconds
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Lampard's 'Leadership Void' + An FA Cup Semi-Preview

1. Cruising Past Norwich - 00:01  2. UCL Football Guaranteed? - 13:58 3. FA Cup Semi-Final Preview - vs Man United - 18:45 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/15/202029 minutes, 13 seconds
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REACTION: A Nervy Win Over Palace + Jorginho's Reminder & Kepa's Faults

Host Matt Davies-Adams & The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson and Dom Fifield, reconvene following the full-time whistle in a nervy 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace as Jorginho reminded everyone of his importance in the absence of Kante... The guys also debate whether or not Kepa has a future at Chelsea, if Willian's playing for a contract and Pulisic's growing influence on games. Plus, they look ahead to the game against Sheffield United and ask if signing Declan Rice would solve the on-going problem with defending set pieces? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/8/202031 minutes, 14 seconds
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Kante Back In The Makelele Role & Lampard Learning Fast

1. Into The Semi-Finals - 00:01  2. Jorginho & Kante - 9:29 3. Beating City - 16:52 4. Lampard Learning Fast - 20:44 5. West Ham (and Watford) Preview - 23:56 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/30/202038 minutes, 15 seconds
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All Eyes On 3rd + Man City Preview & an FA Cup Quarter Final

1. The Aston Villa Comeback - 00:01  2. Man City Preview - 18:55 3. Leicester Preview - 23:58 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/23/202035 minutes, 26 seconds
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Havertz Links & Lampard's Starting XI Dilemma

Host Matt Davies-Adams and The Athletic's Chelsea experts; Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson & Dom Fifield, revel in the return of Premier League football this week... How will Lampard line-up to face Aston Villa and will he be able to count on the likes of Barkley, Loftus-Cheek and Kante? Plus, the guys unpick the latest transfer gossip as Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz is linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/16/202032 minutes, 13 seconds
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What Werner's Arrival Means For Tammy & Frank?

1. Tammy & Transfers - 00:01  2. The Beth England Interview - 22:33 3. Project Restart - Good For Ruben - 35:14 ... You can sign up right now and take advantage of a 30-Day Free Trial by going to theathletic.com/chelseapod to enjoy the best football writing anywhere, just in time for the return of the Premier League!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/9/202045 minutes, 51 seconds
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Bonus Pod - How Chelsea Got Werner

The Athletic's Liam Twomey joined a panel of writers on The Ornstein & Chapman podcast  to reveal the inside story of how Chelsea landed Timo Werner. Details include how calls with Frank Lampard helped convince Werner to choose Chelsea, how Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was an option and who they  will go for next.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/5/202030 minutes, 49 seconds
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Lukaku, Chelsea & Where It All Went Wrong

1. How The Squad Will Cope With Restarting - 00:01  2. Lukaku & Chelsea - 10:34 3. Europa League Final 2019 - 23:07 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/2/202041 minutes, 15 seconds
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Can We Restart Without Kante?

1. New Contracts - 00:01  2. Hudson-Odoi Latest - 21:35 3. Cult Hero - George Weah - 23:09 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/26/202035 minutes, 12 seconds
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Pjanic Transfer Update & Chelsea's Best Italian Boss

1. Project Restart & Expiring Contracts - 00:01 2. Pjanic & Italian transfer targets - 10:28 3. The Adrian Mutu Story - 19:05 4. Our Greatest Italian Manager - 28:05 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/19/202052 minutes, 6 seconds
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When Gerrard Almost Joined Chelsea

This week, host Matt Davies-Adams and The Athletic's resident Chelsea experts; Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson & Dom Fifield revisit Mourinho's infamous pursuit of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard... How close was the deal, why it fell through and whether or not him and Lampard could have forged a better partnership at Stamford Bridge than for England? And, ahead of the anniversary of the '97 FA Cup Final the guys debate its impact on Chelsea history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/12/202041 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Battle Of The Bridge

1. Willian on Project Restart - 00:01 2. Mailbag: Youth Football & Transfers - 12:40 3. The Battle of the Bridge - 24:10 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/5/202037 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Legend of Didier Drogba

1. Coutinho to Chelsea? - 00:01  2. Player Wage-Cuts - 4:30 3. Giroud U-Turn - 10:46 4. Drogba The Legend - 16:00 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/28/202038 minutes, 5 seconds
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Why Mourinho Got The Sack: Vol 1

1. Why Chelsea Sacked Mourinho - 17:00   ‘It sounds crazy but I’d do it all again’ – Michael Hector on life after ChelseaBy Dominic Fifield  Steve Sidwell: ‘Mourinho told me I’d wear No 9 – I wasn’t sure if he was joking’By Simon Johnson  Grown-up Gallagher gives Lampard freedom to ignore midfield in Chelsea rebuildBy Liam Twomey   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/21/202039 minutes, 21 seconds
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Abramovich To Pounce in Transfer Market + A Tribute To Peter 'The Cat' Bonetti

This week, our Chelsea panel are flanked by former winger Clive Walker, as they pay tribute to legendary goalkeeper Peter Bonetti. And Liam reveals why the transfer window (whenever it actually opens) may allow the club to really flex their financial muscles again... Plus some good news regarding Gianluca Vialli prompts a discussion about his time at the Bridge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/14/202037 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Abramovich Takeover Story

This week, host Matt Davies-Adams and our resident Chelsea trio of Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson & Dom Fifield, reflect on the most significant moment in Chelsea's recent history: When Roman Abramovich bought the club back in 2003. Mark Taylor, corporate lawyer and one of the key players involved in the deal, reveals his first impressions of Roman, how Ken Bates really felt about the sale, how close Abramovich came to actually buying Spurs and the importance of *that* game against Liverpool... Unsurprisingly, Jesper Grønkjær is also revealed as this week's Cult Hero! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/7/202030 minutes, 2 seconds
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John Terry's Chelsea Debut

Host Matt Davies-Adams is joined by The Athletic's Chelsea experts, Liam Twomey & Dom Fifield to revisit the start of John Terry's Chelsea career... They'll discuss first impressions, the early influences of teammates like Dennis Wise and Marcel Desailly and how those early experiences helped to shape him as a player. Plus, your questions, about how the pandemic might affect Chelsea's summer transfer window, answered, and the guys discuss the repercussions of the hiatus on youngsters like Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/31/202040 minutes, 29 seconds
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Mikel's Morals & Gianfranco's Genius

This week, host Matt Davies-Adams is alongside The Athletic's resident Chelsea experts, Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson & Dom Fifield to take you back to 1998/99 - a season in which Zola flourished, Casiraghi floundered and Chelsea were just 4 points from their first Premier League trophy! Plus, Simon tells all about his extraordinary interview with John Obi Mikel, who has terminated his own contract in Turkey amid the global pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/24/202036 minutes, 32 seconds
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Re-Injuries & A Losing Battle For Bellingham

1. Irresponsible Mason Mount - 00:01 2. Injuries beyond COVID-19 - 11:30 3. Mailbag (Bellingham & short-term contracts) - 17:40 4. Cult Hero - Arjen Robben - 24:00 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/17/202033 minutes, 37 seconds
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Boo Barkley At Your PERIL!

Gilmour pulling the strings - 00:01 Villa Preview - 13:45 Mailbag (Tammy, Kepa, RLC & more) - 19:05 Cult Hero - Carlton Cole - 33:40   Sign up to The Athletic now for more from our resident Chelsea experts and get a 40% discount at theathletic.com/chelseapod  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/10/202041 minutes, 56 seconds
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BONUS POD - FA CUP REACTION

For more great content on Chelsea make sure you subscribe to The Athletic. Get a 40% discount on a subscription right now by going to theathletic.com and using the promo code 'chelseapod' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/4/202021 minutes, 53 seconds
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Marvellous Marcos Alonso

1. Marcos Alonso to the rescue - 00:01 2. A Beating from Bayern - 15:20  3. Emma Hayes & Chelsea Women - League Cup Champs - 20:00 4. Chelsea beat Millwall... u18s - 27:10    5. Cult Hero - Raul Meireles - 33:20 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/3/202041 minutes, 48 seconds
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Giroud - At Last!

For more great content on Chelsea FC make sure you subscribe to The Athletic. Get a 40% discount on a subscription right now by going to theathletic.com and using the promo code 'chelseapod' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/25/202045 minutes, 50 seconds
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United Defeat - REACTION

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2/18/202038 minutes, 41 seconds
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Loftus-Cheek on EURO 2020 comeback trail?

1. RLC on the comeback trail - 1:30 2. Who is Andy Myers? - 8:14 3. Battle for 4th - Man Utd preview - 19:00 4. Your questions ANSWERED! - 25:20 5. Cult Hero - Mark Hughes - 30:00 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/11/202040 minutes, 48 seconds
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Chelsea's Dry January

The Athletic's Liam Twomey and Dom Fifield join Matt Davies-Adams to dissect a worrying draw against Leicester, as well as, the transfer-less window...Was signing no-one better than Odion Ighalo? The guys also discuss Eddie Newton's new job and pay tribute to the passing of Cult Hero Dale Jasper. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/4/202030 minutes, 32 seconds
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A Dennis Wise Cliffhanger

1. FA Cup win over Hull - 2:10 2. The Arsenal game - 7:50 3. Leicester preview - 14:30 4. Mailbag (& transfer latest) - 22:20 5. Cult Hero - Dennis Wise - 33:30 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/28/202041 minutes, 50 seconds
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Life after Kante

This week The Athletic's Liam Twomey and Simon Johnson join Matt Davies-Adams to conduct a post mortem on the Newcastle defeat. They look ahead to the mid-week game against Arsenal and discuss a controversial cult-hero with a link to both clubs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/20/202043 minutes, 44 seconds
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Tammy is REBORN!

Andreas Christensen - 9:05 Questions from the listeners - 16:10 Tammy Abraham - 25:10 Cult Hero - 35:10 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/14/202042 minutes, 5 seconds
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An Inconsistent New Year

The second string - 1:50 Inconsistency and fatigue - 6:35 Pulisic chat - 14:00 The Mailbag - 18:40 Cult Hero - Frank Sinclair interview - 25:55 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/7/202038 minutes, 52 seconds
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A Very Cobham Christmas

The Athletic's Liam Twomey and Dom Fifield join Matt Davies-Adams for a special xmas edition of the podcast, where the guys pick their Top 5 trophy wins, managers and signings of the last decade! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/25/201949 minutes, 47 seconds
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Is Jose still worried?

1.Champions League draw reaction1:15 - 2.Defeat to Bournemouth8:16 - 3.Spurs preview16:55 - 4.Cult Hero23:40 - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/17/201929 minutes, 21 seconds
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Is it the end of Frank's Honeymoon period?

The definitive word on Chelsea's defeat to Everton with the Athletic's Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson and Dom Fifield. The latest on Frank's January transfer targets and a look back on the career of blues 'cult hero' Jose Bosingwa Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/10/201934 minutes, 26 seconds
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Reality Check

The Athletic's Liam Twomey, Dom Fifield and Simon Johnson join Matt Davies-Adams to pick the bones out of Chelsea's shock home defeat to West Ham. They also reveal their blues team of the decade Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/3/201936 minutes, 37 seconds
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'The Lampard Derby' - Reaction

The Athletic's Liam Twomey, Simon Johnson and Dominic Fifield join Matt Davies-Adams to look back on Frank Lampard's unhappy return to Manchester City. Plus a preview of the Valencia tie in the Champions League Subscribe to The Athletic using the special promo code UKPOD and receive 40% off! Also, subscribers will have access to exclusive episodes. SIGN UP NOW: http://theathletic.com/ukpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/26/201932 minutes