FOOTBALL - Frank Lampard scored twicetoday to become the outright highest ever goalscorer in Chelsea’s history with 203 goals, moving one ahead of Bobby Tambling (202). Lampard scored his 164th and 165th PL goals – the outright-fourth most of any player in the PL era. Lampard scored his 12th and 13th PL goals against Aston Villa – more against them than any other team he has faced in his career.
FOOTBALL - Frank Lampard scored his 200th goal for Chelsea when he netted Chelsea’s opening goal in their 2-0 home win over West Ham United on Sunday. Lampard needs to score two more to equal Bobby Tambling on 202 goals as Chelsea’s all-time top scorer in all competitions.
FOOTBALL - On Saturday, Frank Lampard netted his 10th goal of the season in Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat at Newcastle United. The Chelsea midfielder has now scored at least 10 goals in 10 different Premier League seasons. The only player to have reached 10 goals in 11 PL seasons is Alan Shearer.
FOOTBALL: Frank Lampard helped Chelsea to a 2-1 win against Arsenal. It was his 60th win against London opposition in the PL, only three shy of Ryan Giggs’s record.
FOOTBALL - Chelsea defeated Stoke City 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday. The Blues became the second team to score four goals in one PL match in this stadium. Stoke achieved this feat against Newcastle United in March 2011 (4-0).
FOOTBALL - As a companion piece to the “Race to 38/68/87” piece which blogger James Grayson published on the Premier League yesterday, we have looked at the current Euro Club Index assessment of the competition.
FOOTBALL - With the Premier League returning this week after taking a break for the FA Cup, the focus will be back on the title race between the two Manchester clubs. However, it is well worth asking whether that title race is actually all but over. Head of Analysis at the Infostrada Sports Group Simon Gleave has looked at the top three in the Premier League from a variety of different angles and presents his findings here.
FOOTBALL - Everton was defeated at home by Chelsea in the English Premier League on Sunday (2-1). This ended a 13-match home unbeaten run, which started in March this year, leaving Stoke City as the only team still unbeaten in all their home matches this Premier League season.
FOOTBALL – A few days ago, Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez declared that his team can win this season’s Premier League despite being 13 points behind leaders Manchester United. The improvement Chelsea needed to make from last season’s 64 points made their chances of lifting the title before the season started remote and nothing has changed. Infostrada’s Head of Analysis Simon Gleave has looked at the figures.
FOOTBALL - On Sunday, Rafael Benítez will attempt to become only the eighth head coach to win a second Intercontinental Cup/FIFA Club World Cup and only the second to achieve that feat with more than one club. Benítez lifted the trophy as Internazionale boss in 2010, shortly before he was released by the nerazzurri.
FOOTBALL - A brace by Fernando Torres, his first of the season, propelled Chelsea to their first league victory in the Rafael Benítez era. Torres scored more than once for the first time since netting a hat-trick last April 29th. His brace included the conversion of his first career Premier League penalty attempt. It also included his fastest goal for the Blues (on 11 minutes) since his arrival at Stamford Bridge in January 2011.
FOOTBALL - Chelsea became the first Champions League holders to be eliminated in the group stage, despite a 6-1 home win over Nordsjaeland on Wedsnesday. They scored 16 goals in their group stage matches, the most ever by a side eliminated in the group phase.
FOOTBALL - By losing 3-1 at West Ham United Rafael Benítez has become the first of nine Chelsea managers in the Roman Abramovich era to fail to win any of his first three Premier League fixtures leading the Blues. The Spaniard’s first three matches have finished in two draws and one defeat. How does he compare to the others?
FOOTBALL - The last few days have seen both Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers sack their managers in an attempt to turn their seasons around. Making the assumption that Chelsea’s goal is to win the Premier League title this season and QPR’s is to avoid relegation, Head of Analysis Simon Gleave took a look at which of the new managers is more likely to achieve his objective.
FOOTBALL – Roberto Di Matteo was sacked as Chelsea manager this morning having been hailed as a genius in October. The question is what has actually changed? Infostrada’s Head of Analysis Simon Gleave takes a look.