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September 30, 2011
Posted by David Kyle on 09/30/2011

Another end to, in hindsight, another good week.

Two points snatched at the last at the Mestalla, but the draw would've been one we accepted had it been offered before the game.

Added to the home win against Swansea, where Fernando Torres' Jekyll & Hyde act continued, and Chelsea showed strength to win their second game in a row with just 10 men.

Luiz, part of the new adaptable Blues ©Reuters Pictures
September 19, 2011
Posted by David Kyle on 09/19/2011

You'll like what I did there.

Just like I'm sure you liked what we as a team did on Sunday, however strange it may be to feel relief in defeat.

But similarly to last week against Sunderland we saw sure signs of the effect of the AVB revolution - the first major shift in style and play since the Mourinho era.

You Miss Some, You Score Some ©Reuters Pictures
September 14, 2011
Posted by David Kyle on 09/14/2011

The initial signs of a turn in the tide, and signals that AVB's regime is a brave new world are showing. Two tricky tests, one in the league against Sunderland and the other in the Champions' League against Leverkusen, are over and passed with full points.

And a bigger test awaits on Sunday.

Just one of our top quality XI's available to AVB ©Getty Images
September 2, 2011
Posted by David Kyle on 09/02/2011

And there it is. The end of another frenetic (© AVB) transfer window, and Chelsea leave it Modric-less but plus Meireles. Not the outcome most of us hoped for, but also not with the disappointment a fruitless last day would have left in its wake.

Not to mention the small matter of Mata and another laboured victory.

Mata, great debut - more to come! © Getty Images
Phil Lythell Phil Lythell is a Chelsea season ticket holder and lifelong Blues supporter stretching back to the sepia-tinted days of Kerry Dixon and Pat Nevin. Author of Chelsea-centric blog, Phil has spent his entire life living within a 20 minute walk of Stamford Bridge which has cost him a fortune but has also kept him from those interminable queues outside Fulham Broadway Station giving him more time in the pub to discuss the latest glorious/calamitous/insipid match.

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