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Cesar Azpilicueta

César Azpilicueta Tanco (born 28 August 1989 in Pamplona, Navarre) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Olympique de Marseille in France, as a right defender.

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Here's Jose Mourinho and Cesar Azpilicueta talking to the media at the conference which has just finished.
Jose Mourinho and Cesar Azpilicueta will talk to the media in Paris very shortly.
Several games left but, my Premier League team of the year as it stands would be: David Marshall (Cardiff would be dead and buried already without him) Seamus Coleman (There'll be some big money offers for him in the summer) Cesar Azpilicueta (Keeping Cole out the team shows how good he is) Gary Cahill (England's best centre back by a long way) Vincent Kompany (The best centre back in the league and maybe in the world) Steven Gerrard (Still the best passer in the league) Yaya Toure (Should win player of the year) Adam Lallana (The star man in a very good Southampton team) Eden Hazard (Has the ability to become one of the best in the world) Daniel Sturridge (Finally fulfilling his potential and must start at the World Cup) Luis Suarez (His combination of skill and work rate is unplayable at times)
"I went to stop Azpi [Cesar Azpilicueta]. I was afraid he would lose control of his emotions and push the kid or do something like Eden did last year at Swansea. I told the boy to not do that" What is it with Chelsea and ballboys? Jose Mourinho akutyisa kamupfanha kiki, bhora rakunetsa guys.
Jose Mourinho has said he no longer believes it is possible for Chelsea to win the title following Saturday’s shock 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace. Mourinho has seen his side succumb to disappointing defeats to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace in recent weeks. ENDBrewin: Deserved defeat for Blues A John Terry own goal on 52 minutes handed the three points to the Blues' relegation-threatened hosts and Mourinho, who has repeatedly played down his side’s title hopes in recent months, said after the match that -- with Manchester City and Liverpool in pursuit -- the result looked to have ended their chances. “We depend too much on other results,” he said. “When you depend a little, it's possible. When you depend a lot, I don't think it's possible. We depend now too much. I don't think now we can win the league.” Later, Mourinho absolved his defenders -- Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, Terry and Cesar Azpilicueta -- of blame for the loss, but was not shy at pointing fingers at others, saying: "My four ...
Jose Mourinho played the role of concerned parent at Selhurst Park, warning a young ball-boy against time-wasting in case his players reacted badly. The Chelsea boss strode over to the youngster during his side’s 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace this afternoon, after he appeared to have enraged Cesar Azpilicueta as he took his time over returning the ball. But Mourinho, who whispered into the ball-boy’s ear, said he was thinking back to last season’s incident involving Eden Hazard at Swansea, when the Belgian attempted to kick the ball out from underneath a 17-year-old youngster, resulting in a red card. ‘It doesn’t interfere with the result of the game, but I don’t like the ball-boys provoking the players,’ the Blues boss said. ‘Because at the end of the day what happens is what happened last year at Swansea when a player loses a bit his temper and after that the player is guilty of something that the player is not guilty.
GBAM!!! Chelsea defender wants to leave if he is not made first choice. Having fallen behind Cesar Azpilicueta and Ashley Cole in the pecking order for the left-back spot, Chelsea youngster Ryan Bertrand moved to Aston Villa on a six-month loan in January. With Cole’s current deal expiring this summer, Bertrand could be left to fight it out with Azpilicueta next season. But the Blues have been linked with a move for Southampton’s Luke Shaw and Bertrand has revealed that he will only return to Stamford Bridge if he is the first choice left-back. Bertrand said, “It’s flattering to hear what Jose Mourinho said but there’s no more waiting around for me in terms of wanting to be a Chelsea player. Come the summer I need to be the No.1 left-back, wherever that will be. I will sit down and consider all my options.”
Gary James Cahill with a goal on his 100th appearance for the club ✓Petr Cech with a clean sheet on his 100th Champions League appearance ✓Eden Hazard cementing his tag as the best young talent in the world ✓John George Terry showing what England will miss out at the 2014 Fifa World Cup ✓Cesar Azpilicueta silencing former Stamford Bridge King Didier Drogba ✓Oscar Emboaba Dos Santos showing glimpses of getting his best form back ✓Branislav Ivanovic and Ramires, tough as ever ✓Samuel Eto'o Fils proving once again that he runs Stamford Bridge now ✓Frank James Lampard dictating the tempo of the game like old times ✓# Chelsea_Footbal l_Club , the best club in the whole wide world! ✓✓✓✓✓
Didier Drogba: How did Former Blues Legend Fare on his Return to Stamford Bridge with Galatasaray Didier Drogba made his Return to Former Club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for Galatasaray for the Champions League Second Leg, last 16 Tie on Wednesday evening. The 36-year-old spent Eight Years at the Blues, Scoring 157 Goals and Won 10 Major Honours. It's kept an Eye on how the Ivorian got on during an Emotional evening for the Striker. Before the game starts - Drogba is Presented with a Boot Pre-Game to mark his Services to Chelsea and hugs Jose Mourinho just prior to the Match Starting. Sixth minute - Drogba fails to stay onside as Wesley Sneijder attempts to lead a break for the visitors 13 min - Alex Telles' long cross from the left sees Drogba beat Cesar Azpilicueta in the air and head the ball down into the area but the Chelsea defence clear away. 15 min - Drogba attempts a spectacular scissor kick after Yekta Kurtulus' cross finds him in the area, however, the effort flies harmlessly off target. 35 min ...
479407751 LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 18: Didier Drogba of Galatasaray tussles with Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Chelsea and Galatasaray AS at Stamford Bridge on March 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) 2014 Getty Images
Chelsea sent club scouts to watch Manchester United target Filipe Luis and Spain’s newly capped striker Diego Costa at the Vicente Calderon last week, according to talkSPORT Citing reports from Spain, the article claims Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is eyeing up United target Luis as a long-term replacement for 33-year-old Ashley Cole The England international has not featured for Chelsea in recent months, and could leave the club for free this summer when his contract expires Cesar Azpilicueta has won praise from Mourinho for his performances at left-back, but the Spaniard is not viewed as the answer going forward for the Blues Luis meanwhile, has been one of Atletico’s standout players this season as Diego Simeone’s men challenge for a La Liga title. The Brazilian full-back has been tracked by United scouts, and it seems Chelsea are now also keeping a close eye on him. United are actually in a similar situation to Chelsea, with long-term starter Patrice Evra out of contract at the end of the season T ...
Chelsea line-up v Aston Villa: new names up front for the Blues? Aston Villa v Chelsea is live on talkSPORT this Saturday 13 March 2014. With the unpredictable nature of both Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool and Sunday as well as the North London derby on the same day, three points for Chelsea could be hugely significant in the Premier League title race, so getting the better of Aston Villa on Saturday evening is a must for Jose Mourinho’s men. talkSPORT takes a look at how the Blues could approach the game… Reliable names at the back Jose Mourinho’s regular back four of Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta has been incredibly reliable this season, so he is unlikely to change that against Aston Villa. Christian Benteke’s rather unfortunate open-goal miss while on international duty for Belgium could be playing on the big striker’s mind, so Terry and Cahilll will be confident they can deal with the Villa forward. Willian and Oscar to start? Both Oscar and Wi ...
The special three: How Jose Mourinho, Eden Hazard and John Terry can lead Chelsea to the title Jose Mourinho and Eden Hazard could yet inspire Chelsea to their forth Premier League title Chelsea’s 4-0 victory against Tottenham left the Blues seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table. However, with Manchester City having three games in hand, and Liverpool and Arsenal both also breathing down on Chelsea’s neck with a game to spare, it’s important the Blues keep picking up points. Chelsea have really found their feet recently and the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Nemanja Matic have all been fantastic. But three people in particular deserve the plaudits. Jose Mourinho Without taking any credit away from the effort and performances of the team as a whole, Chelsea certainly have Mourinho to thank for being at the top. The quality was there last season. The likes of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Frank Lampard were inspirational but yet Chelsea found themselves way off the pace compa ...
CHELSEA vs TOTTENHAM: All the latest team news and stats ahead of London derby concerning title fight and race for top four Stamford Bridge (Saturday, 5.30pm - Sky Sports 1) Chelsea team news: Ashley Cole is out of Chelsea's Premier League clash with Tottenham on Saturday with a minor knee injury. The 33-year-old left-back, who has been second choice at Chelsea to Cesar Azpilicueta in recent weeks, suffered a lateral ligament injury in training on Thursday which will keep him out for eight to 10 days. Chelsea have a number of undisclosed concerns following the midweek internationals, with defender David Luiz thought to be among them after exacerbating a groin injury while on Brazil duty, but Eden Hazard is fit to feature despite fears of an ankle knock suffered playing for Belgium. Provisional squad: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Ramires, Lampard, Torres, Oscar, Mikel, Schurrle, Salah, Hazard, Ba, Willian, Matic, Schwarzer, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Eto'o, Blackman, Kalas. Tottenham team news: Kyle Walker, Youn ...
PIC: Cesar Azpilicueta tries to keep pace with Scott Parker!
Cesar Azpilicueta was selected in the Spain squad !! What about Mata ? Isco ? Llorente ? Villa ? De Gea ? :v
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A squad of 21 players is travelling from London to Istanbul today (Monday) ahead of Wednesday's Champions League Round of 16 first- leg match. David Luiz and John Mikel Obi are both included. They missed Saturday's win over Everton due to injury and Oscar also travels. Jose Mourinho reported after Saturday's game that the Brazilian attacking midfielder, who was substituted at half-time, had discomfort in his ankle. Henrique Hilario is the third goalkeeper having been added, along with Tomas Kalas , to the Champions League squad A-List for the knockout phase. Nathan Ake is the one young player from the B-List travelling. January signings Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah cannot play for Chelsea in the Champions League this season having appeared in the group stage for their former clubs. The full squad is: Petr Cech , Mark Schwarzer , Henrique Hilario , John Terry , Gary Cahill , David Luiz , Ashley Cole , Cesar Azpilicueta , Branislav Ivanovic , Tomas Kalas , Nathan Ake, Frank Lampard , John Mikel Obi , Ram ...
Hail Cesar! Why Chelsea’s Azpilicueta is without a doubt the Premier League’s most unsung hero. In a team full of club legends such as John Terry and future world class players such as Eden Hazard, it’s easy for other players at the club to go under the radar. In this case it has been Cesar Azpilicueta, who has been excellent this season and without a doubt has become Chelsea’s unsung hero. With Azpilicueta barely featuring in any of the Blues’ games earlier in the season it surely looked like he would only be a bit part player at the club and mainly used as cover for the more regular Branislav Ivanovic, similar to his short time when Roberto Di Matteo was manager. However months later Azpilicueta now finds himself as a vital part of Chelsea’s defence. Rather than jumping ahead of Branislav Ivanovic in the pecking order though, Jose Mourinho has opted to shuffle Azpilicueta over to the left-back position which has ultimately seen Ashley Cole drop to the bench. A season ago this scenario wasn ...
Man City Easily See Off Chelsea Manchester City exacted their revenge on a Chelsea side that has beaten them twice in the Premier League this season with a convincing win that puts them in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Stevan Jovetic and Samir Nasri scored the goals that keeps City's dreams of a quadruple alive and the winning margin might have been even more emphatic on a miserable night for Jose Mourinho's men. If Mourinho's previous visit to Etihad Stadium - a 1-0 victory at the start of February - was a tactical triumph for the Blues boss, then this was something similar for his City counterpart Manuel Pellegrini, who enjoyed only his second success in 10 managerial meetings between the pair. In truth, the result was rarely in doubt as soon as Jovetic gave City the lead with a fine low finish in the 16th minute. Chelsea managed just three efforts at goal in the 90 minutes: hopeful shots from distance from Willian and Cesar Azpilicueta that were well off target, and a late Gary Cahill header which ...
Stevan Jovetic scores for Manchester City as Petr Cech and Cesar Azpilicueta look on
GOAL - Man City 1-0 Chelsea - Stevan Jovetic (16 mins) Stevan Jovetic had hit the bar just a minute before as Petr Cech spilled Yaya Toure's shot, but makes no mistake when offered a second bite of the cherry. The Montenegro international outstrips Cesar Azpilicueta for pace to gather Edin Dzeko's pass and apply a slide-rule side-foot finish which checks in off the inside of the far post.
Chelsea predicted line-up vs Manchester City: FA Cup clash sees big guns retain places Adam Davies 11 Hours Ago Chelsea's expected starting XI to face Man City in the FA Cup at the Etihad Stadium as Jose Mourinho attempts to win at Etihad Stadium for the second time in 2014. Schwarzer Mark Schwarzer is Chelsea's cup goalkeeper, having played both the Blues' FA Cup and Capital One Cup7 games, as well as a single match in the UEFA Champions League. The veteran Australian has only conceded once in his six matches this season, and despite the immense calibre of Chelsea's opposition, Jose Mourinho should keep faith. Azpilicueta After sporadic appearances last season, Cesar Azpilicueta has become a first choice full back under Jose Mourinho this term, with England star Ashley Cole being dropped over the Christmas period. He should start at right back at the Etihad Stadium. Branislav Ivanovic With John Terry still a doubt due to injury, Branislav Ivanovic may shift into central defence. The Serbian scored the wi ...
MANCITY VS CHELSEA TACTICAL BRIEF The pattern in previous rounds of this competition has been that Jose Mourinho has rested a few of the players who have played the most. In the previous round's win against Stoke City he made five changes. In came Mark Schwarzer for Petr Cech , Ashley Cole for Cesar Azpilicueta , Frank Lampard and second-debutant Nemanja Matic for John Mikel Obi and John Terry (replaced at the back by David Luiz ), and Andre Schurrle for Ramires . This time around Terry, who has missed his first Premier League minutes of the season in the last week, is out. Gary Cahill limped away from the disappointing draw at the Hawthorns on Tuesday so his fitness is being assessed ahead of this game. Branislav Ivanovic is a possibility to play centre-back with Cole and Azpilicueta as full- backs. Manuel Pellegrini also has factors to contend with. The postponement of the home game against Sunderland meant a free week for his team, though the fixture will have to be crammed into their busy schedule at ...
SPORTS UPDATE WITH EMMAH ATAI: Arsene Wenger is considering rotating his team for Sunday's FA Cup clash against Liverpool as he prioritises next week's visit of Bayern Munich. The likes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukasz Fabianski, Flamini, Carl Jenkinson, Nicklas Bendtner, Serge Gnabry and Lukas Podolski are all in line for first-team recalls as Wenger looks to keep his squad fresh for the task of taming the European champions in the Champions League. Wojciech Szczesny, Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Arteta could all be rested for the clash against Liverpool. Ashley Cole is likely to wait until the end of the season before deciding on whether to extend his Chelsea career. The veteran left-back has been ousted as the club's first-choice by Cesar Azpilicueta this season. Nevertheless, Jose Mourinho has made it clear Cole will be offered a new 12 month deal despite his lack of playing time. Meanwhile,Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has tipped in-form Liverpool to emerge as serious challengers for the Premier L ...
World Cup 2014: Ashley Cole in England fight - Roy Hodgson England manager Roy Hodgson says it will be difficult for Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole to secure a place in his starting XI at this summer's World Cup. Cole, 33, has failed to command a regular spot for the Blues this season, while facing pressure from Everton's Leighton Baines for his England shirt. “I certainly wouldn't write Ashley Cole out of any plans because he wasn't playing in his club team” Roy Hodgson "For years people have been understudy to Ashley," said Hodgson. "Now it's Ashley's turn to sit back." Hodgson has also ruled out an England return for Cole's team-mate John Terry. Chelsea skipper Terry, 33, retired from international football in September 2012, but had been touted for a comeback after an impressive season for the Premier League leaders. However, club colleague Cole has been forced to largely watch from the sidelines, with Blues boss Jose Mourinho preferring to play Spain right-back Cesar Azpilicueta on the left in rec ...
Sunderland ready bid for Ryan Bertrand Sunderland manager Gus Poyet wants to bring in left back Ryan Bertrand in the summer transfer window. Chelsea have told the defender that he is free to leave Stamford Bridge. Bertrand has slipped down the pecking order at the Bridge after Ashley Cole and Cesar Azpilicueta took the defender's place in the Blues' first team squad. Reports suggest that Sunderland are confident that they can beat Aston Villa to the signing of Bertrand on a permanent transfer. ~Paul~
Ashley Cole Could Get Premier League Lifeline At Liverpool According to reports at the weekend, Liverpool are interested in taking Ashley Cole on a free transfer if he becomes a free agent in the summer. The England international has spent his entire career in the capital, having progressed through the youth ranks at Arsenal to spend nine years at the club, which was interrupted only by a temporary spell at Crystal Palace during the 1999-2000 campaign. He joined Chelsea in the summer of 2006, in a move which saw France international defender William Gallas head to the Emirates Stadium as part of the deal. Cole helped the Blues win the Premier League title under Carlo Ancelotti in 2010, and has also won four FA Cups and, in 2012, the UEFA Champions League. However, for the first time since establishing himself as a left fullback of genuine world class, the 33-year-old is struggling for regular first team football this season under Jose Mourinho, who currently prefers Cesar Azpilicueta, a usual right back, ...
Liverpool are ready to make a shock move for Ashley Cole, who could be set to leave Chelsea on a free transfer in the summer. Cole has struggled to play regular football at Stamford Bridge this season following the return of Jose Mourinho, and speculation has been rife for some time that he could leave. Chelsea are ready to offer deals to fellow defenders Cesar Azpilicueta, John Terry and Gary Cahill, but there is no sign of Cole beginning talks, and Mourinho could be willing to let him go. Cole will not be short of offers, and there is every chance he could finish his career abroad, with clubs in America offering him the chance to play in the MLS. However, reports are rife that Liverpool want him to stay in the Premier League and are lining up a shock move to take him to Anfield at the end of the season. Would this be a good move in your opinion
Chelsea has submitted their roster to the FA (for the remaining season) as followed: Developed Abroad- Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Andre Schurrle, John Obi Mikel, Nemanja Matic, Ramires, Cesar Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, Petr Cech, Mark Schwarzer, Henrique Hilario Homegrown Players- John Terry, Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill, Frank Lampard You'll note that the Blues have only named 20 players to the squad, potentially leaving themselves rather short should any injuries arise. Luckily, domestic rules allow for the club to use any player who still qualifies as a U21. That leaves them plenty of options to choose from, with the following six players being notable: Under 21 Mohamed Salah, Tomas Kalas, Marco van Ginkel, Nathan Ake, Lewis Baker, Jamal Blackman Note: Out of the 25 places available on the roster 8 places are reserved for homegrown players,if the Club does not have that many HG players then these spots ( the remaining ones) on the roster are to b ...
On the August 24 in 2012, Chelsea completed the signing of Marseille right-back Cesar Azpilicueta for £7million. Not well known at the time, the young Spaniard may have been signed to play as a back-up to Branislav Ivanovic, and to start with this was the case. Under Roberto Di Matteo he rarely made the team, only being played in the Capital One Cup. When Di Matteo was sacked, Azpilicueta’s fellow countryman, Rafael Benitez was installed as interim first team manager. This was the moment that Azpilicueta got his opportunity to make the right-back spot his, and that is what he did. It’s hard to think of a bad game Azpilicueta had during that spell, keeping the likes of Gareth Bale quiet against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge. His string of excellent performances led to a call-up to his national side, and played the entire 90 minutes on his debut against Uruguay in a 3-1 victory. At the start of this season, Azpilicueta once again found himself struggling to get into the starting eleven under new boss Jo ...
For all the Chelsea girls out there, here is Cesar Azpilicueta artwork
Terry snubbed as Chelsea duo get new deals
Cesar Azpilicueta, the right-footed left back, starts all the big games for Mourinho: Arsenal (twice), Liverpool, Manchester United and the latest, Manchester City. At 24, Azpilicueta’s career is in front of him and he has seized this chance. He really looks the part.
Chelsea want to double Cesar Azpilicueta's wages to around £60K a week and extend his contract till 2017. Again, smart.
“snubbed as Chelsea duo get new deals via misleading headline.
John Terry, Gary Cahill, and Cesar Azpilicueta could all be getting extensions via
TRANSFER. John Terry is in line to pen a new deal with Chelsea while Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta could also commit their futures.
Chelsea have drawn up a three-man shortlist as they target a superstar striker; Arsenal could yet sign Julian Draxler, if they have an interest in the Schalke star; John Terry is either staying at Chelsea or on his way out; - here are the main stories making headlines in this morning's newspapers. Blues draw up £40m striking shortlist: According to The Sun on Wednesday morning, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been told he has £40m to spend on a new striker in the summer and, with the club conceding Wayne Rooney is likely to be refused a move from Old Trafford, have identified Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa, Edinson Cavani of PSG and Bayern Munich star Mario Mandzukic. According to the paper, the aforenamed stars are "the only three names on [Mourinho's] wishlist." Schalke boost Arsenal's Draxler hopes: Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnies has said that Julian Draxler will not move to Bayern Munich this summer, giving Arsenal hope they can land the Germany international instead. The Daily Express reports that ...
John Terry snubbed as Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta get new Chelsea contracts
Chelsea are reportedly poised to reward Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta with new contracts and pay rises. (Telegraph)
Arsenal v Chelsea in all competitions Games played 180 Chelsea wins 57 Arsenal wins 71 Draws 52 Head to head in the League at Arsenal Games played 76 Chelsea wins 20 Arsenal wins 36 Draws 20 Biggest league win at Arsenal for each team Arsenal 5-2 Chelsea - 16/04/1979 Arsenal 1-4 Chelsea - 09/04/1960, 12/11/1960 and 10/05/2009 DAYS SINCE Chelsea won a trophy: 222 Arsenal won a trophy: 3,138 Liverpool won the league: 8,633 TACTICAL BRIEF Last time out Arsenal shipped six to a Manchester City side displaying the power and efficiency reminiscent of recent Chelsea teams that reaped similar rewards against the Gunners. The focus in these match always used to be on Didier Drogba's wrecking ball effect on Senderos et al, yet the Blues have won all three meetings since the Ivorian left in 2012. A key factor in the Capital One Cup victory in late October was getting through the early part of the game and then scoring with Cesar Azpilicueta's opener on 25 minutes. There are no better starters to home games than *** ...
Chelsea has reportedly offered a 'Double Your Money' deal to Cesar Azpilicueta offering him a 60,000 pounds /...
Two Chelsea defenders to get new contracts but Terry still in the dark
Cesar Azpilicueta will always be my favourite fullback, no matter what. Had faith in him since the beginning. Love the guy.
CAHILL: HUGE PERFORMANCE 04-02-2014 Gary Cahill felt our victory against Manchester City was the perfect response to last week's draw against West Ham United. Branislav Ivanovic scored the only goal of the game at the Etihad Stadium just after the half-hour mark, drilling a sweet left-footed strike beyond Joe Hart, and though City threatened in the second half, an outstanding collective defensive display ensured we headed back to the capital with three priceless points. Cahill, along with the likes of John Terry , Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta , put his body on the line as the home side chased an equaliser, making a number of crucial blocks, and he was understandably delighted with the result. 'It was a huge performance from us,' said the Blues defender. 'We worked hard, in the second half everyone put in a shift and that's what you need to do when you go there. 'Everybody's aware of their home form this season but we put in a great performance and overall I felt we deserved to win the game. 'Obviously t ...
Cesar Azpilicueta is doing a fantastic job, I will let go Ashely Cole for him. Cole's time is all but over now.
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Fun fact : Cesar Azpilicueta had more touches than Alvaro Negredo last night. To clarify, Chelsea were the away team.
TELEGRAPH Chelsea captain still to discover if he will be offered new terms ahead of a contract that expires in...
Chelsea are ready to double the wages for Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill, both to sign new two-years-contract.
Apparently Chelsea are set to offer new contracts and a pay rise to Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta. Well deserved.
Chelsea are ready to give new contracts to both Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill. (Mirror)
Telegraph: Chelsea captain John Terry in limbo over new contract as club consider deals for Gary Cahill and Cé...
Chelsea destroy City's amazing unbeating home record Olufemi Peters The last time anyone managed to defeat Manchester City at their own turf in the league dates way back to 2010. And so it needed a thoroughly convincing performance from any EPL team to shatter that perfect record. Chelsea rose to the occasion this time around. The blues were the underdogs coming into this match, so getting 3 important points is truly something out of the blue. Even the most ardent chelsea faithful would never have seen this coming, not with City's array of attacking players. It should also be noted that the Citizens were still basking in the euphoria of wallping Spurs by 5 goals to 1 last week. The Eastlanders have arguably the best squad in England, and were rightly the favourites to edge this one. Self -styled special one also alluded to the fact that the Manuel Pellegrini-managed team was the League's most attacking team and was by extension Red-hot favourites to completely annihilate his 'young eggs' This made the ...
Mourinho the master as classy Chelsea see off City A tactical master-class from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, augmented by a fine first-half strike from Branislav Ivanovic, was enough to end Manchester City's 100% Premier League home record as the London club cruised to a comfortable 1-0 victory at the Etihad. An outstanding performance, and the three points gained as a result of it, sees the Blues draw level with the Citizens on 53 points, just two points behind leaders Arsenal. The build up to Monday night's clash of the titans had seen critics of Mourinho and Chelsea far and wide joking that the Stamford Bridge outfit were going to "park the bus", "play 8-1-1", "19th Century Football" and "defend, defend, defend" at the Etihad -- but after the expected early effervescence from Manchester City, as the game evolved, the denigrators shuffled into the shadows as the visitors imposed themselves on a game in which for long periods any independent observer would have thought they were the home side. Despite ...
MANCHESTER, England -- Branislav Ivanovic's first-half goal split the Premier League title race wide-open. Here are three things from Chelsea's 1-0 win over Man City. 1. Mourinho stages a coup The suspicion was that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho might follow last week's gibes at West Ham by installing his own "19th century" tactics. Instead, he staged the type of tactical coup he has trademarked in a decade of snaffling trophies. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and Manchester City, regular targets of his, are just the latest victims. Samuel Eto'o's presence meant Chelsea that never quite "parked the plane," as Mourinho described his 2010 Internazionale triumph over Barcelona. Back then, Eto'o played as an auxiliary left-back. This time, he led the line expertly. The pace may be ailing, but his ability to follow instructions remains. Only from the 83rd minute on was a 4-6-0 employed. The presence of Nemanja Matic and David Luiz as a double ballast spelled Chelsea's intent: stop supply lines to Ya ...
layer Ratings: Manchester City vs Chelsea Chelsea Petr Cech – 7 – Had a shaky start to the game in the first 20 seconds but apart from that he did nothing wrong and made some good saves to secure the points for his team. Branislav Ivanovic – 7 – A solid performance from Ivanovic whose fantastic goal won the game for his team. He was effective going forward and defending. John Terry – 8 – Yet another great performance from the leader of what is currently the league’s best defence. Cleared almost everything that came his way. Gary Cahill – 8 – Cahill was excellent alongside Terry and was very unlucky not to score in the second half. The Englishman was as solid as ever this season. Cesar Azpilicueta – 7 – Put in a fantastic display against one of the league’s quickest wingers. The makeshift left-back was also very disciplined in his staying in a defensive position. David Luiz – 7 – A great display from Luiz in defensive midfield. Made sure that Silva got no space in the centre of ...
Chelsea beat Manchester City in their own backyard to blow this title race wide open last night. From the Manager to a man, Chelsea were outstanding and fully deserved three points! I was confident before the game about our chances on the counter attack as I never believed that City weren't impenetrable by any stretch of the imagination, but with the absence of Fernandinho in midfield, Chelsea looked the better balanced side. Now before I get dogs abuse from City fans on here about how if they had Aguero, Nasri and Fernandinho playing it would be a different story, I want to point out one thing, they all played at Stamford Bridge and we beat you there too so just accept the fact that you have been beaten twice! Now, I said before the game that you simply cannot underestimate the power of Mourinho whether it's tactically, his preparation, his in-game decisions or the influence he has during the game from his technical area and tonight I was proven right once again. Mourinho delivered a masterclass in ever ...
Yaya Toure was charging forward, slightly overconfidently leaving Martin Demichelis to guard the back-four. Demichelis, bordering on a liability at times, was playing in midfield because Fernandinho had succumbed to a muscle injury, leaving gaps in the centre which Chelsea’s counter-attackers exploited. Fernandinho was particularly missed in the first half. Mourinho’s players were working so hard, their tone set by the coach himself who leapt around the tech-nical area, commanding plenty of abuse from the neighbouring City fans. ‘‘Jose Mourinho, your football is s---e,’’ chanted the locals. Matching their players for rapidity of thought, Chelsea supporters retorted with: ‘‘Jose Mourinho, he’s won more than you.’’ Twice a Champions League winner, Mourinho applauded the industry and tactical discipline of his players, saluting Nemanja Matic as he ushered Silva away from goal. He clapped as the outstanding Hazard tore upfield, running at and past Pablo Zabaleta. The Belgian also tracked ...
MATCH REPORT: Manchester City 0 CHELSEA 1 04-02-2014 Summary A mighty performance earned a huge win in Manchester on Monday night with Branislav Ivanovic 's sweet first-half strike separating these two title challengers. Until this game City had been behind at home for only eight minutes during this league season but with Jose Mourinho 's game plan working well, we not only ended their 100 per cent record, we also became the first team to stop them scoring on home soil. There could have been more goals too for the visitors, with Samuel Eto'o , Nemanja Matic and Gary Cahill all hitting woodwork, and when City did strike on target, Petr Cech was equal to their best efforts. Team News The defence was unchanged from the draw at home to West Ham and Samuel Eto'o led the attack for the fourth game running, but there were changes in midfield. The height of David Luiz and Nemanja Matic were paired in the centre and ahead of them, Ramires was played wide on the right with Eden Hazard on the left and Willian the mo ...
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Man City 0-1 CHELSEA. PLAYER RATING. Most of the top performers in tonight's 1-0 victory for Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium were in royal blue.Manchester City Joe Hart: Made fine saves to deny Ramires and Eden Hazard, underlining his return to form, but could do little to keep out Ivanovic's strike. 7 PABLO ZABALETA: One of City's most consistent performers had a tough night trying to contain Hazard. 6 Vincent Kompany: Firm and commanding in defence and showed willingness to get forward but there was some poor work around him. 7 MATIJA NASTASIC: Made some good defensive interventions but his understanding with Kompany was lacking under pressure. 6 ALEKSANDAR KOLAROV: Provided a great attacking outlet and delivered some dangerous crosses but was caught short defensively. 6 JESUS NAVAS: Tried to run at the Chelsea defence but was unable to exert much influence. 6 MARTIN DEMICHELIS: Pushed into a midfield role and soon began to look uncomfortable, both in possession and defensively. 5 Yaya Toure: Looked at hi ...
KTBFFH! Thank you Jose, Thank you Matic, Thank you Cahill and Terry, Thank you Eden Hazard 17, Thank you Cech and Cesar Azpilicueta. And the rest of the boys that out did themselves today!!
Manchester City v Chelsea: Jose Mourinho will defend in numbers and set Eden Hazard free whenever possible Defend deep and in numbers, stifle City's threat, before springing forward using Eden Hazard's great pace, that's how Alan Smith sees Chelsea dealing with goal- crazy opponents Unlike Tottenham on Wednesday, Chelsea surely won't leave the back four exposed by failing to offer enough midfield protection. Jose Mourinho, of course, is a master at this. He will come with a gameplan that involves trying to deny the likes of David Silva any time or space in the final third. In this regard, it will be interesting to see who Mourinho picks to carry out those strict orders. New-boy Nemanja Matic is certainly an option, as is John Obi Mikel. But whoever gets the nod, they look set to play a very disciplined game. In terms of timing his runs, there isn't a better overlapping full-back than Pablo Zabaleta. The Argentine's appreciation of when to make his move and when to stay put is unrivalled in the Premier Lea ...
Chelsea to NOT give world class star deal Ashley Cole may not be getting a new Chelsea deal at the end of the season. Cole played key roles in the successful teams moulded by Mourinho in his first spell at Stamford Bridge. However, he is out of contract in the summer and could leave. Cole is a near-certainty for England’s World Cup squad, but is no longer Mourinho’s first choice. Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic are Mourinho’s preferred full-back pairing. (Daily Mirror) The man could end up at the MLS, as he would love a big pay packet
Ashley Cole still England's best left-back, claims Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho CHELSEA boss Jose Mourinho still believes Ashley Cole is England’s best left-back – despite the fact Cesar Azpilicueta is keeping him out of the first team. Cole, 33, with 106 caps under his belt, sees his contract at Chelsea expire in the summer. But Mourinho insists Roy Hodgson should pencil Cole’s name into his squad for a seat on the plane to the World Cup finals in Brazil. Mourinho said: “I think the national team manager knows in every country who are the best players, the ones he can trust. “Ashley is playing well. Okay, he is not playing every game but he is playing well. “And I think that is just what Roy Hodgson wants to know.”
There is Always this Player/players you hate even though the Play for Your Club.. Mine Is. Cesar Azpilicueta. Chelsea
Chelsea news... Chelsea Could Lose England International - According to the Standard, Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand has refused to rule out a permanent move to Villa Park after signing for Aston Villa on loan for the remainder of the Barclays Premier League campaign. Bertrand has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge with Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic dominating the starting full-back
40 - Cesar Azpilicueta has won 40 tackles in the Premier League this season, more than any other Chelsea defender. Intercept.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will be looking for a reaction from his team when the Blues travel to Manchester City this Monday. Chelsea were unfortunate not to win against a dogged West Ham last night, as the Hammers dug in for a point to take back to Upton Park. Mourinho slammed the way West Ham played but focus now needs to turn to how his team can dismantle the highest scorers in the Premier League this season. Here’s the side he could go with. GK – Petr Cech The Czech will continue in goal. He’s a very experienced player and will offer a lot of leadership to the back four, which is important. RB – Branislav Ivanovic Ivanovic has been Chelsea’s primary right-back this season. He’ll be under a lot of pressure in this game but he shouldn’t be exposed too frequently out on his side of the pitch. CB – Gary Cahill Cahill has the pace, the physical presence and the intelligence to play well in this game. He has to be wary of City’s midfield runners, who will come from a variety of different p ...
Chelsea v West Ham players ratings by west london sport It was a frustrating night for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where West Ham defended resolutely to deny them an eighth consecutive win. Here’s how we rated the Blues players in the 0-0 draw. Petr Cech: 7 Didn’t have much to do but produced an important save to keep out James’ Tomkins’ first-half header. Branislav Ivanovic: 7 As determined as ever. He also showed his versatility, both when continuing to bomb forward despite not looking completely comfortable doing so and then when switched to a more defensive role after a second-half reshuffle. Gary Cahill: 8 Calm and composed despite the wet conditions and the physical presence of Andy Carroll. The defender is in excellent form at the moment. John Terry: 7 Also played well at the back. Unlucky not to score with a first-half header from Willian’s corner. Cesar Azpilicueta: 6 Uninspiring but solid enough at left-back before being taken off when boss Jose Mourinho opted for a formation change in ...
Not so long ago, left-back Luke Shaw was a virtual unknown to Premier League enthusiasts outside of Southampton Now, after a rapid rise to prominence with the Saints on the South Coast, the hugely-talented 18-year-old appears to be one of the most eagerly-coveted players in European football. Thanks to a particularly encouraging bout of form and consistency, the England U21 defender - who has gone from strength-to-strength under the guidance of Argentine Mauricio Pochettino - has been linked with both Manchester United and Chelsea. While this particular saga has lurched from one rumour to another since the winter window first opened for business earlier this month, it appears to have heated up somewhat as January has progressed with reports claiming that Manchester United have made a bid of £22 million for Shaw's services but that the player is willing to snub such interest to hold out for a switch to Chelsea. In my opinion, Chelsea must move for Shaw during the summer. While they would perhaps run a ver ...
Chelsea 0-0 West Ham: Hammers frustrate blunt Blues Sam Allardyce's men come away from Stamford Bridge with a point after putting in a well-disciplined defensive display, much to the chagrin of Jose Mourinho West Ham held out for a 0-0 draw as Chelsea had their Premier League title ambitions checked on a frustrating night at Stamford Bridge. Adrian produced a stunning early save, touching Oscar's shot against the crossbar, but the busy night the visiting goalkeeper might have expected never truly materialised. Chelsea dominated the play and Demba Ba was also denied by the woodwork late on, but the home side were persistently thwarted by a West Ham defence as tenacious as it was deep-lying. Andy Carroll also provided a muscular outlet in attack on an evening only soured by events elsewhere for manager Sam Allardyce, as Sunderland's win over Stoke City left them two points from safety. Chelsea are three points shy of the Premier League summit after Manchester City claimed top spot with victory at Tottenham ...
Cesar Azpilicueta (definitely), Marek Hamsik and Edinson Cavani (probably) playing their final league games for me now. Distraught.
Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against West Ham. Chelsea will take on West Ham on Wednesday Night at the Stamford Bridge, where the Blues will be looking to pick up full three points and keep the pressure on other title challengers. The Blues kept themselves busy in the winter transfer window, as they sold club hero Juan Mata to Manchester United and signed Mohamed Salah from Basel as replacement. However, the Egyptian is unlikely to make his debut against the Hammers.Chelsea are heading into this match on the back of a 1-0 win over Stoke City in the FA Cup, and Mourinho is expected to make few changes from the team that played on Sunday. In the defence, John Terry and Cesar Azpilicueta are expected to return, while David Luiz may retain his place. Nemanja Matic was solid against Stoke City and the Serbian could start tomorrow alongside Ramires, while Frank Lampard could be rested. Andre Schurrle started in the last match in place of Willian, but the German is likely to make way for the Brazilian. Fern ...
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Now at the midway point of his second season at Stamford Bridge, Cesar Azpilicueta sat down with the official Chelsea website to *** his time at the club, reflect on his recent run in the side and outline his hopes for the remainder of the campaign… For Cesar Azpilicueta, the first half of the season probably did not followed the pattern he would have imagined back in August when the first ball was kicked. The Spanish full-back had to wait until our Capital One Cup match at Swindon Town, seven games into the campaign, for his first start under Jose Mourinho, and three days later, when we made the trip across London to face Tottenham Hotspur, Branislav Ivanovic was restored to the starting line-up at his expense. His fortunes were to change, however, in unfamiliar circumstances. On Tuesday 22 October, in Gelsenkirchen, with Ashley Cole still nursing a rib injury which he sustained in our win at Norwich nine days earlier, Azpilicueta was given the nod to deputise at left-back against Schalke in the Cha .. ...
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Chelsea 2 Liverpool 1: Jose Mourinho attacks 'shot' Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in dive row Jose Mourinho has claimed that Luis Suarez dived to try to win a penalty against Samuel Eto’o and that it was in the Liverpool striker’s “cultural nature” to do anything to win games. After his side’s 2-1 win here the Chelsea manager denied that it was a clear penalty missed by referee Howard Webb, when Eto’o stepped across Suarez with seven minutes left as the Liverpool man tried to retrieve possession from Cesar Azpilicueta. In an interview on television, Mourinho added that it looked “like somebody shot him [Suarez] in the back” and that the player should have been booked. In his press conference later, Mourinho said that Suarez was a “very nice boy” who had been successfully changed by Rodgers but that there was another side to his character. “He’s changed. But when you are losing, the nature comes out of the player. The wild nature, the cultural nature of the player. Culturally, peopl ...
Liverpool are ready to hand Chelsea outcast Ashley Cole a chance at Premier League salvation. Cole has been frozen out at Stamford Bridge in recent months, with Jose Mourinho preferring right-back Cesar Azpilicueta out of position on the left flank. And with the 33-year-old’s contract set...
Arsenal 0 Chelsea 0: Dave rides to rescue... Azpilicueta the hero as Jose’s jinx keeps Arsenal off top spot It was rather fitting that on the night when the late John Sullivan’s family were in attendance, Chelsea should be rescued by the man they call Dave. Sullivan was the genius behind Only Fools And Horses, the creator of Del Boy, Rodney, Boycie and Trigger, and a lifelong Arsenal fan. He would have been 67 on Monday. One of his running jokes was that Trigger, no matter how many times he was corrected, mistakenly referred to Rodney as Dave. Discussing Del Boy’s impending fatherhood, Trigger tells his pub audience: ‘If it’s a boy they’re going to call it Rodney.’ Pause. ‘After Dave.’ And so it was that when Cesar Azpilicueta arrived at Stamford Bridge, the players took one look at that name, with its many syllables, that p straight after the z and the tricky cuet sound near the end and decided: Dave. So Dave it is, and Dave it was who, at the moment when Chelsea could have surrendered ...
Liverpool will be top of the Premier League on Christmas Day after Arsenal and Chelsea played out a goalless draw in driving rain at the Emirates Stadium. Jose Mourinho's men wasted the two best chances of a cagey first half, with Frank Lampard striking the underside of the crossbar with a fierce volley and Willian forcing a low save from Wojciech Szczesny. Clear chances remained at a premium after the break, but Olivier Giroud spurned two big opportunities for either side on the night and Cesar Azpilicueta cleared Bacary Sagna's header off the line late on. Jose Mourinho made it 10 matches against Arsene Wenger as Blues manager without suffering defeat as the Gunners saw their winless Premier League run extended to three games. Wenger made four changes from the side beaten 6-3 by Manchester City last time out, Thomas Vermaelen replacing the injured Laurent Koscielny in defence, while Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta came in for the suspended Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Flamini in midfield. Frank Lampard was ...
ARSENAL AND CHELSEA DRAW 0-0 AT Emirates Stadium Arsenal and Chelsea shared a scrappy goalless stalemate at the Emirates on Monday to leave Liverpool top at Christmas. In a tight opening period in this London derby, Frank Lampard volleyed against the bar. John Obi Mikel was perhaps fortunate to avoid a red card for a studs-up tackle on Mikel Arteta and, in the same move, referee Mike Dean also opted not to award a penalty when Willian tripped Theo Walcott. After the break, Olivier Giroud shot wide and Thomas Vermaelen had an effort cleared off the line by Cesar Azpilicueta as Arsenal could not find the win they needed to retake the Premier League lead. The Gunners are now level on points with Liverpool at the top, while the stalemate sees Chelsea move back into fourth, two points off the top. The draw means Arsene Wenger remains without a victory over Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.
Theo Walcott of Arsenal joins Ramires in the referee's book for a foul on Cesar Azpilicueta. We've now had 65 minutes. It's 0-0.
Liverpool have set their sights on Chelsea wing-back Ryan Bertrand according to the Daily Mail. Having lured Daniel Sturridge from the Stamford Bridge club Brendan Rodgers will look to bring in the 24 year old to Anfield as he seeks to strengthen his defensive options. Bertrand has played second fiddle to Ashley Cole for a number of years and has recently seen Cesar Azpilicueta jump ahead of him in Jose Mourinho's first team pecking order. Liverpool have seen youngster John Flanagan impress since stepping to fill the spot usually filled by injured Spaniard Jose Enrique and Rodgers may feel that Bertrand, who can also play in a winger role, could offer the club more strength in depth to his squad as he pushes for a coveted top four finish. Bertrand has only started one Premier League fixture this season and is perhaps a player Mourinho feels he can afford to lose in January. Bally
Jose Mourinho confirms Cesar Azpilicueta is fit and will start on Monday, along with Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry...
Ashley Cole was pictured out partying with Arsenal's stars during their Christmas celebration on Wednesday evening, and it looks as if he might be paying the price. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho confirmed Cesar Azpilicueta will be starting f...
Jose Mourinho has avoided publicly criticizing Ashley Cole after attending Arsenal's Christmas Party, but has confirmed that Cesar Azpilicueta will start in place of him against Arsenal on Monday.
Ki Sung-yueng was the hero as Sunderland dumped Chelsea out of the Capital One Cup to book a place in the semi-finals. The South Korea international, on loan at the Stadium of Light from Cup holders Swansea City, struck in the final minute of extra-time to complete a famous 2-1 win and end Jose Mourinho's hopes of winning the trophy which gave him his first honour during his previous spell at Stamford Bridge. Lee Cattermole's own goal looked to have sent Chelsea through to the last four until substitute Fabio Borini struck with just two minutes of normal time remaining to send the tie into extra-time. Indeed, the Italian might have won it in stoppage time had it not been for Gary Cahill's desperate challenge with the Black Cats mounting a late charge. But Mourinho will have been fuming after the visitors had entered the closing stages of the initial 90 minutes in control and having squandered chances to kill the tie off. They had taken the lead when the unfortunate Cattermole bundled Cesar Azpilicueta's 4 ...
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho keen to utilise entire squad over Christmas Last Updated: 16/12/13 5:20pm .Jose Mourinho: Chelsea boss hopes to rest key players against SunderlandSky Bet Sunderland v Chelsea Jose Mourinho believes every member of his Chelsea squad will feature during a hectic festive schedule.Their packed fixture list starts with a Capital One Cup quarter-final at Sunderland on Tuesday, where the Blues boss is likely to rest some key players ahead of the Premier League showdown with Arsenal on December 23.Mourinho is hoping to leave out John Terry for the trip to Wearside and recall Gary Cahill, who missed Saturday's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace with a thigh problem.Branislav Ivanovic is suspended, so Cesar Azpilicueta will switch to his favoured right-back role, with Ashley Cole returning on the left.v Live Capital One Cup Football Sunderland vs Chelsea December 17, 2013, 7:30pmSky Sports 1 HD Remote RecordGet a Sky Sports Day PassUpgrade to Sky Sports"Now is an important period for all of th ...
Jose Mourinho has confirmed Oscar and Luiz will be out of action against Sunderland while Eto'o has started to train with the group again! Cesar Azpilicueta is expected to start ahead of Ashley Cole yet again!
I WILL NOT DROP CESAR FOR COLE ~ MOURINHO Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted out of favour LB Ashley Cole remain on the bench with Cesar Azpilicueta continuing as 1st choice. And he said: "I think any player that normally starts matches,&Ashleyhas started matches through all his career,when they don't start,naturallythey're not the happiest guy in the camp. "But professionally he is always. A team player? Yes. Friend of his friend? Yes. "He deserves to play,but Azpilicueta is doing really well,so it's a question of Ashley working&waitingfor his opportunity. But he's more than ready to play." Mourinho added: "He could play in 1 of these 2 matches,I think he will. Or,if I decide not to,next week vs Steaua Bucharest. "It's a position where Azpilicueta has played a group of consecutive matches so sooner or later I'll have to change,so Ashley will play soon."
Cesar Azpilicueta. That is all. What a man- could well be our new Paulo Ferreira
Both Fernando Torres and David Luiz are out injured. Samuel Eto'o and Cesar Azpilicueta will replace them on the line-up.
TRANSFER GOSSIP Manchester United manager David Moyes has suggested that the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, 28, to the club from Real Madrid remains a possibility. Full story: Sun (subscription required) Manchester City may buy a defender in January if captain Vincent Kompany, 27, continues to struggle with injury. Full story: Daily Mail Cardiff forward Craig Bellamy, 34, has revealed Manchester United made a bid for him when he was at Manchester City in 2010. Full story: Wales Online Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the imminent returns to fitness of forwards Theo Walcott, 24, and Lukas Podolski, 28, means he will not need to buy a striker in January. Full story: Guardian Real Madrid are said to be interested in Manchester City right-back Pablo Zabaleta, 28, as an alternative if a proposed bid for Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta, 24, fails in the January transfer window. Full story: Sun (subscription required) Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini, 31, remains determined to make a move back to his native ...
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Athletic Bilbao are chasing Chelsea fullback Cesar Azpilicueta. El Correo says Bilbao sent two officials to London this week for talks with Chelsea over Azpilicueta's situation. Bilbao would like to sign the Spain international in January, but Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is reluctant to part with the defender in midseason. Mourinho has been preferring Azpilicueta ahead of Ashley Cole in recent games.
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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admits he's preferring Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of Ashley Cole. Mourinho insists Cole has to fight back to regain the left full back position. Is Mourinho on point?
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that Ashley Cole may stay on the bench for Chelsea's next game as Cesar Azpilicueta "is playing very well". The Spanish defender, who usually plays on the right of a back four, has deputised at left-back in the absence of Cole, and Mourinho said that the 24-year-old may continue in the position. "Azpilicueta is playing very well," Mourinho told West London Sport after Chelsea's 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion. "Let's see what happens next week, but he played well against Schalke and he played very well again with zero mistakes. "I didn't like his [Cole's] performance against Newcastle so made a change and the answer from Azpi was good and I didn't feel I had any reason to leave him out."
Is Ashley another victim of Mourinho's revamping plans?..After more than a decade at the very top Cole could finally be facing life as a sub Not many people at Chelsea enjoyed Saturday’s draw with West Brom. Ashley Cole might have enjoyed it least. The left back was on the bench for the second time in a week, with Cesar Azpilicueta — a right back — replacing him. When Jose Mourinho threatened to shuffle his pack after the poor display against Newcastle, no-one thought Cole would be facing the axe. The feeling ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League victory over Schalke and Saturday’s match was that he must be carrying an injury. But, when pressed if Cole was still feeling the effects of the rib injury that kept him out of England’s vital World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland last month, Mourinho simply answered: ‘No, he is fine.’ Mourinho, asked about Cole’s second successive omission, said: ‘I can make mistakes, I can be unfair — but I always give a lot of thought to my d ...
We had a bad draw last night. Take away the bad refereeing, Chelsea were not at their best on that match. Awful, for me. So who's your worst & best players & substitutes for last night's match? Here's mine. Worst Player: Frank Lampard - Despite the awful goalkeeping by Petr Cech & defending by Gary Cahill, Lampard for me, was the worst player. The pivot were definitely not for him, awful. There were times where both Ramires & Lampard were not at their own half when WBA's players go for the counter-attack. Mourinho did the right thing by took him & Cesar Azpilicueta out & brought on Ba upfront & Mikel to just sits there on the pivot, allowing Ramires to go on. Best Player: Eden Hazard - The Belgian had been restored to the starting line-up after being dropped in midweek for arriving back late from a trip to watch his former club Lille. And he justified his manager's faith with an energetic performance. Provided a fierce shot which later Samuel Eto'o dithering Liam Ridgewell & poke home his 4th goal for the ...
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The veteran defender(Cole) was left out in favour of Cesar Azpilicueta for a second straight match in the 2-2 home draw with West Brom. Asked why, Mourinho said: “Because Azpilicueta is playing very well. Let’s see what happens next week. He made zero mistakes.” Asked if Cole’s form was a concern, the Chelsea boss said: “No, but I didn’t like his performance against Newcastle. [ADIDAC]
Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours Follow breaking sports news every weekday with Sportsday. For a list of confirmed transfers, check out the transfers page. TRANSFER GOSSIP Liverpool are set to allow teenage winger Raheem Sterling, 18, to leave Anfield on loan in January so he can get regular first-team football. Sporting Lisbon's Spanish international Diego Capel, 25, is being linked with a move to the club as his replacement. Full story: Daily Mirror Arsenal are eyeing a January swoop for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, 25, to ease their worries over the workload of Olivier Giroud, 27. Full story: Daily Mail Javier Hernandez Mexico striker Hernandez has been suffering from a lack of game time at Old Trafford Arsene Wenger's side are also battling Monaco and Napoli in the chase for Marseille's 23-year-old defender Nicolas N'Koulou. Full story: Talksport Chelsea have been alerted to the availability of Eliaquim Mangala after Porto admitted they are ready to consider offers for the ...
Napoli are believed to be lining up a New Year move for Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta, 24.
Napoli are reported to be lining up a £7million January bid for Chelsea right-back Cesar Azpilicueta.
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Benitez weighing up £7m raid on former club Chelsea for defender Azpilicueta
Serie A high-flyers Napoli are interested in signing out-of-favour Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta when the winter transfer window opens.
Rafa Benitez is preparing a £7m January bid for defender Cesar Azpilicueta
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Rafa Benitez is preparing a £7m bid for Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta
manager Rafael Benitez is eyeing up a raid on his former club for defender Cesar Azpilicueta (Daily Star)
Oh we need him to "Good luck to him "Cesar Azpilicueta wanted by Rafa Benitez at Napoli
“It seems like Benitez wants Cesar Azpilicueta in January, calm down Rafa, you ain't getting him.” Pft.
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Rafa Benitez set to return to Chelsea in bid to sign disgruntled defender Chelsea could be on the verge of receiving a rather unexpected offer from Napoli for 24 year old Spanish right back Cesar Azpilicueta according to reports in the Gazzetta dello Sport. Napoli boss Rafa Benitez has apparently taken a liking to the Spanish defender during his short stint in charge of the Blues, and is keen on offering him a new lease of life in Italy after the youngster’s career at Chelsea appears to have temporarily stalled following the return of Jose Mourinho to the club
Rafa Benitez could be about to launch a raid on former club Chelsea for right-back Cesar Azpilicueta.
Rafa Benitez eyeing raid on Chelsea for defender Cesar Azpilicueta...
Rafael Benítez will make a bid for. Liverpool's Lucas Leiva and Chelsea's. Cesar Azpilicueta in January. (Source:. Corriere dello Sport)
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Benitez eyeing raid on Chelsea for defender Azpilicueta
have told Napoli that they will not entertain offers below £17.5m for Cesar Azpilicueta. [Gazetta dello Sport]
Reports are spreading that Napoli have set their sights on Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta. The news was already in La Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday and has now turned up in British newspaper the Daily Star. MH
Rafael Benitez eyes Chelsea defender Napoli boss Rafael Benitez could go back to his old club Chelsea in hunt for a new defender, with Cesar Azpilicueta topping his wishlist. Do you want to see this happen?
LATEST. After making 3 appearence in chelsea colours so far this season. Napoli raised their intrest in singing chelsea man "Cesar Azpilicueta during the january transfer period. According to La Gazzeta dello sport. Rafa Benitez is a big admirer of the 24 year old spaniard. Will he be a good additin to napoli?
E*L*A*T*E*D! “It Was A Good Response” – Mourinho Happy With Chelsea’s Win Over Schalke Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, was delighted with his side’s 3-0 win over Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday. Samuel Eto’o grabbed a brace, while Demba Ba volleyed in the third goal, to give the Blues all three points. “I think it was good [response] but of course the first 15 minutes were difficult, we were a team without big maturity and stability after the defeat on Sunday. After that we played very well and kept possession in a comfortable way and after the first goal we played well,” Mourinho said. “I know Petr Cech made a fantastic save for a possible 1-1 but everybody worked hard and made defensive work especially the wingers against their full-backs.” Mourinho also revealed how he told Eto’o to close down Schalke keeper, Timo Hilderbrand, which eventually led to the first goal of the game. He said: “I told him that. I know the keeper from Portugal and Spain because he was there and ...
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MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 3 SCHALKE 0 Summary Chelsea's position in Group E was greatly strengthened by our third straight win in the competition, a Samuel Eto'o double strike and a late goal from substitute Demba Ba giving us back-to-back victories over the Bundesliga side. If Eto'o's first goal tonight owed a lot an opposition mistake, the second certainly didn't when he capped a swift move with an emphatic finish. Schalke had threatened early on but were kept at bay for most of the game although Petr Cech was called on early in the second half with the score 1-0. Team News As he promised, Jose Mourinho made changes, six in total with Cesar Azpilicueta playing left-back as he had in Germany two weeks ago. Gary Cahill , John Mikel Obi , Willian and Andre Schurrle all returned to the side, and Eto'o replaced injured Fernando Torres in attack. Schalke's changes from the first meeting were in attack too with Adam Szalai back as striker and Kevin-Prince Boateng dropping back. Christian Fuchs came into midfield. ...
Terry - Eto'o goal no fluke The ability to keep such a large, talented squad happy, is key to Chelsea being successful this season, he added. "It was wrong of us to say it was Chelsea's 'B' team that took part in the Capital One Cup at the Emirates a few weeks ago," said Wilkins. "Mourinho can change eleven and throw eleven in because they're so good. "Just look at Cesar Azpilicueta who came in at left full-back as a right-footed player but didn't look out of place at all. He deputised fantastically well for Ashley Cole. "Mourinho gets the group as a unit and builds a siege mentality in a pleasant manner. "Man management at this level is more important. All these players know how to play technically and tactically so it's about keeping the human being happy and Jose does it really well. "He puts an arm around the one that needs an arm around them and kicks up the backside the one that needs a kick up the backside. He does that really well." 0 Comments
Mourinho played Cesar Azpilicueta in the LB position and it worked.
have finally lined up a new left-back to replace Patrice Sporting Lisbon have named their price for and target Diego Capel; and Rafael is to raid for a defender - plus the rest of the day's big stories. ‘United line up bid for new left-back’ – Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno is the latest candidate to replace Patrice Evra at Reports in Spain suggest that 21-year-old Moreno, who recently made his debut for the Spanish national team, is on United's radar as they look to replace the Frenchman. United are ready to compete with and Chelsea to sign Moreno, who has a £25m release clause, as they prepare for a move in January. ‘Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs told to pay £6m for Capel’ – Sporting Lisbon are willing to sell Spanish winger Diego Capel in January but only if someone meets their £6m valuation of the player. Reports in Portugal suggest that Sporting are ready to let Capel leave in January after resisting interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham for the 25-year-old over the summer. Sportin ...
After a shock loss against Newcastle at the weekend, Chelsea got back to winning ways against Schalke on Wednesday night. Jose Mourinho made significant changes to the team that was beaten on Tyneside, and goals from Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba secured victory. With the Blues getting back to business as usual, here are five observations from the Stamford Bridge encounter. Strikers start to score With Fernando Torres starting to hit form but suffering from injury, both Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba put their hands up for future inclusion by getting goals in the victory. The Cameroon international scored a brace, with the second a flashback to the days of his pomp, while Ba came off the bench to prove he is not ready to accept a Stamford Bridge exit just yet. In the short-term, Mourinho will have some selection decisions to make once Torres returns to fitness, while his thoughts on purchasing a new centre forward in January could be potentially impacted by the pair’s defiance. Draxler impresses against futu ...
MATCH REPORT: ARSENAL 0 CHELSEA 2 31-10-2013 Summary Goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata ensure we celebrate Jose Mourinho 's 200 th game as manager like so many, with a win, in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup. Our Spanish right-back struck his first Chelsea goal before the interval, capitalising on a short Carl Jenkinson back-pass to volley home from inside the box. That means we have had three new goalscorers in the space of 10 days, Azpilicueta joining Andre Schurrle and Samuel Eto'o in notching their first for the club. The lead was doubled three- quarters of the way through the match via the right boot of Mata, whose sweetly-struck shot whistled past Lukasz Fabianski for his first goal of the season. In the end, it was a fairly comfortable victory for the much- changed Blues, with our opponents offering little threat going forward. It was in this competition that Mourinho lifted his first trophy as Chelsea boss, and tonight's victory means we are still on course to emulate that feat ni ...
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on leaving out Eden Hazard: "I prefer to say that Willian and Andre Schurrle made fantastic work for us. We have a big squad, we have players with quality, players who sometimes are frustrated because they are not first options but when they are chosen they do so well. "The other thing for me is Cesar Azpilicueta played in position which is not his first and he did so well. Let's forget Eden because I didn't select him and on Saturday he will be with the team. We know his talent, he will be on the bench or playing, but he will be in the squad for sure."
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Chelseatake on Schalke at Stamford Bridge in the Champions Leaguetonight looking to take a huge step towards qualification to the knockout stages. The Blues are level on six points with Schalke heading into this game so a win would put the west Londoners on the verge of qualification to the next phase. Jose Mourinho has opted to drop Ashley Cole with Cesar Azpilicueta starting at left-back. Frank Lampard, Juan Mata and David Luiz are also on the bench while Samuel Eto’o replaces the injured Fernando Torresup front. Here are the confirmed line-ups: Chelsea Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Mikel; Schurrle, Oscar,Willian; Eto’o. Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, David Luiz, Lampard, De Bruyne, Mata, Ba Schalke Hildebrand, Uchida, Höwedes, Matip, Aogo, Neustädter, Jones, Draxler, Boateng, Fuchs, Szalai Subs: Fahrmann, Hoogland, Santana, Kolasinac, Meyer, Clemens, Ayhan What are your thoughts on the teams? Share your views below.
…-Jens Keller makes just one change from Schalke's 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday, drafting Jermaine Jones into midfield in place of talented 18-year-old Max Meyer. Meanwhile, widely-praised Julian Draxler is one man Mourinho will be keeping a close eye on tonight. …-So, no Fernando Torres for Chelsea after the striker was ruled out with a leg injury, meaning Samuel Eto'o leads the line. Willian gets the nod in midfield as Mourinho makes six changes from the defeat to Newcastle, with Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta, John Obi Mikel and Andre Schurrle also coming in.
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Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2: Azpilicueta and Mata continue Mourinho's hoodoo over Wenger At the final whistle there was a touching moment when Mesut Ozil ran towards Jose Mourinho and handed him his jersey. On Tuesday night, Chelsea’s manager had the shirts off Arsenal’s backs. There is nothing for Mourinho to be afraid of here, nothing to suggest the Gunners have his side’s staying power. The ‘psychological influence’ that Arsene Wenger spoke of ahead of this Capital One Cup-tie was stripped away with a swing of Juan Mata’s right boot in the 66th minute. Chelsea are through to the quarter-final of this competition and yet it feels like something so much bigger took place. Arsenal have lost to two proper teams under the lights at the Emirates inside a week. First Dortmund, now Chelsea. Not good enough. Wenger will only breathe easily if the Barclays Premier League leaders recover to beat Liverpool in Saturday’s teatime kick-off. They made a dog’s dinner of this, frustrating their fans by allowing ...
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Cesar Azpilicueta prepared to fight for Chelsea place
Cesar Azpilicueta has claimed he is happy with his role at Chelsea this season even though he hasn't made a league start yet.
Funny pic. The moment Cesar Azpilicueta realised he had scored his first goal for Chelsea!.
It was for Spanyolas' day on Tuesday night congrats to Cesar Azpilicueta & Juan Mata for the goals.
Cesar Azpilicueta on his first-ream chances: "Last season as well I didn't start it playing, but after that I played practically every game. This year there is another manager, and at the moment he plays with Branislav [Ivanovic]. But I'm training very well and I feel confident with him."
Cesar Azpilicueta: "This league is really competitive and every game is difficult. We just have to keep working and improving in every game. We are growing up as a team and that is the most important thing."
Cesar Azpilicueta: . "The manager knows that when he needs me I will always try to do my best for the team in any...
Cesar Azpilicueta talks about becoming a Chelsea goalscorer and about the season ahead.
Cesar Azpilicueta: "The season is long and the most important thing is to keep working. We have a really good squad, every player can play and give 100 per cent, and we need to keep fighting for titles because we want to arrive at the end of the season with options to win every trophy."
defender Cesar Azpilicueta has set his sights on overtaking at the top of thePremier League...
Premier League Title News. - Arsene Wenger has vowed to keep Arsenal's title campaign on the rails. - Cesar Azpilicueta has promised Chelsea are ready to turn up the title heat on Arsenal. ~ ForderMazing
Cesar Azpilicueta: "The most important thing is to smell that maybe you have the chance to score. I am a defender and I know when the ball is coming in the air it can be sometimes be difficult. He tried to play it back to the keeper but I arrived there before. My team-mates told me they were looking where I was in that moment and they looked in the box and I was scoring the goal."
Cesar Azpilicueta on his goal: "I was defending the corner next to Mark (Schwarzer), and when the ball was...
Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta says he trusts Jose Mourinho's judgement in playing Branislav Ivanovic ahead of him.
Cesar Azpilicueta has warned Chelsea's rivals that there is more to come from Jose Mourinho's in-form side.
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Cesar Azpilicueta insists Chelsea are targeting top spot in the Premier League after their cup victory over Arsenal.
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Cesar Azpilicueta says have got so many great players they've got the best 2 teams in Is he right?
MATA: CESAR'S DAY. Juan Mata was delighted to be joined on the scoresheet by his compatriot Cesar Azpilicueta...
AZPILICUETA: GROWING TOGETHER . Cesar Azpilicueta has been reflecting on his first goal in a Chelsea shirt,...
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Cesar Azpilicueta prepared to fight for Chelsea place.
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Capital One Cup 4th Round review Blog Hello and welcome to The Football Analyst Show and tonight we will be reviewing the 4th round ties of the Capital One Cup. First off we'll start with the Arsenal and Chelsea game which finished 2-0 to the blues. Cesar Azpilicueta gave Chelsea the lead early on with a cool finish past Fabianski after a terrible mistake by Carl Jenkinson. Arsenal were dominating most of the second half but a strike from Juan Mata put Chelsea into the quarter finals. It was a very entertaining game at St Andrews as Birmingham drew 4-4 with Stoke after 90 minutes and extra time. Stoke took the lead through Oussama Assaidi after his brilliant strike from 30 yards. Birmingham equalised through Tom Adeyemi on 28 minutes. Peter Crouch regained Stoke's lead on 55 minutes before Marko Arnautovic gave Stoke a 3-1 lead but in the last few minutes Peter Lovenkrands scored twice to take the game into extra time. Kenweyne Jones regained Stoke's lead 4 minutes into extra time but 2 minutes before the ...
Chelsea oust Arsenal 2013-10-30 London - Cesar Azpilicueta seized on a defensive blunder and Juan Mata scored a slick second as Chelsea dumped Premier League leaders Arsenal out of the League Cup with a 2-0 victory at their London rivals on Tuesday. The fourth round loss ends one route to a trophy for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who failed to mastermind a victory over Jose Mourinho for the ninth time as he looks to deliver his club's first silverware since 2005. Mourinho now has a quarter-final to look forward to in the competition that gave him the first trophy of his first Chelsea reign in 2005. Manchester United will be joining Chelsea in the last eight after Javier Hernandez scored twice in a 4-0 victory over Norwich. In a shock result, Fulham were beaten 4-3 by second-tier club Leicester. Stoke were forced into extra-time against Birmingham but won 4-2 on penalties after it finished 4-4 over 120 minutes. West Ham also required penalties to see off lower-league opposition, but won 2-0 at Burnley wi ...
In a first half of few chances, Cesar Azpilicueta opened the scoring in the 26th minute when he pounced on an undercooked Carl Jenkinson header to give the visitors the lead. The Gunners responded well, with Nacho Monreal coming close to restoring parity moments later with a firm drive across the face of goal. Arsène Wenger’s side upped the tempo after half time, with Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey both trying their luck, while Samuel Eto’o flashed a shot wide for the visitors. The momentum seemed to be with Arsenal as Ramsey fizzed a superb effort just wide, but on 65 minutes they fell further behind as Juan Mata beat Fabianski from the edge of the box. Substitute Olivier Giroud tested Mark Schwarzer with a firm close-range shot moments after coming on, while Jack Wilshere came also came close from the edge of the area. But there was to be no way back for the Gunners, who now turn their attentions towards Saturday’s showdown with Liverpool.
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Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata scored to give Chelsea a 2-0 win over Arsenal in the Capital One Cup.
DailyMail - Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2: Match report - Juan Mata and Cesar Azpilicueta score for Jose Mourinho's team
Arsene Wenger bemoaned defensive naivety in Arsenal's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea that saw his side exit the Capital One Cup. Confusion in the Gunners backline at a rapid counter-attack allowed Cesar Azpilicueta to put the Blues ahead in the first half, while a rasping shot from Juan Mata doubled the lead after the break. Arsenal were unable to convert pressure into chances and left the competition before the quarter- finals for the first time in 11 years, but Wenger drew some satisfaction from the display by a side that had eight changes from his previous selection. "We played at a very good pace, what happened is that we were a bit naive in some situations because some players lack experience," Wenger told Sky Sports. "The first goal is a corner for us, then a goal for them, but overall we did well. "We played with a good attitude, determination and pace, overall it was a tight game that was decided by one or two opportunities on Chelsea's side. They exploited our mistakes.
Am told Chelsea beat Arsenal last night, is it true? I have also heard that it was 2:0 and that the goals where scored by Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata. Is it also true that Man United beat Hull City 4:0, and that the goals came from Javier Hernandez, Phil Jones and Fabio da Silva and that Adnan Januzaj put up a very stunning performance? Is it true?
::Who do you want to see start tonight? 'The average age of the Chelsea outfield squad that won 2-0 at Swindon was 25. The Blues' likely goalie tonight, Mark Schwarzer, 41, bumps that up considerably. Since starting in that win Marco van Ginkel has been ruled out till March. The highest appearance-maker in this competition from the current squad, Frank Lampard (33 appearances, 11 goals), will almost certainly be rested after his hectic recent schedule. There are several players who will hope to lay out their case for more minutes, not least John Mikel Obi, David Luiz, Juan Mata, Kevin De Bruyne, Demba Ba, Michael Essien, Cesar Azpilicueta and Ryan Bertrand.' READ MORE:
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Spain: Juan Mata. Cesar Azpilicueta is not called by Vicente Del Bosque, while Fernando Torres is out with a knee injury.
Chelsea could face a fight to hang onto Cesar Azpilicueta in January as Athletic Bilbao eye the defender. (Source: Dai…
my own point of view, here players Chelsea should offload in January When we ask our punters the question of which Chelsea players they would like to get rid of this January, the response surprises us. A couple of names obviously pop up straight away, but as our landlord reminds our regulars, you cannot get rid of three forwards all in one go! There are of course some other players we would consider to be so-called deadwood in the squad, but there is a fine line between someone who is good to have in the squad and someone who has no future at the club. The likes of Ryan Bertrand and Cesar Azpilicueta may be struggling for playing time at the minute, but are ones for the future. Both Mourinho and the players themselves know their chances will come. Throughout the course of the season, players become injured and suspended – meaning a chance will come along eventually. Some players however have simply outstayed their welcome at the club. With Mourinho looking to kick on and make his team into not just dome ...
Ryan Bertrand, Cesar Azpilicueta and Michael Essien. Three players who I hugely admire but have seen nothing of this season
PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: Swindon Town V CHELSEA TACTICAL BRIEF Cesar Azpilicueta,Ryan Bertrand,&David Luiz have all been announced by Jose Mourinho as starters in tonight's match at the Country Ground,leaving 1 defensive slot up for grabs. The Portuguese also revealed Michael Essien&Juan Mata will play,while Mark Schwarzer is likely to step in to give Petr Cech a rest. Steve Holland has said that 1 youngster may have their chance to be involved too. This was the competition in 2004/05 the Chelsea boss used to turn his new team into winners. While silverware is a familiar friend to the majority of the present squad,the manager will want to progress tonight to provide playing time for most of the less-regular performers. As ever his staff will have conducted a 1st-rate appraisal of the opposition,though they lie 11th on football's 3rd tier,&he will select a side to exploit the weaknesses exposed by scouting. Swindon beat local rivals Bristol City 3-2 on Saturday, maintaining their unbeaten record at the County G ...
HOLLAND: PUSHING FOR CHANGE Assistant first team coach Steve Holland has been speaking about players adapting when a team's style of play undergoes a transition, and has highlighted examples showing this to be a regular requirement from top professionals. Chelsea head to Swindon for our first domestic cup game of the season on Tuesday evening, and Jose Mourinho announced after the Fulham game on Saturday that players who didn't feature then such as Juan Mata, David Luiz, Michael Essien, Ryan Bertrand and Cesar Azpilicueta will play in the Capital One Cup game, and said he hoped Mata's performance would tell him the Spaniard has to play every game. Holland, looking ahead to facing Swindon, confirmed the selection plan is unaltered with no injury concerns, and said there may be the opportunity for one player to be involved who isn't normally, however highlighting the problems Bradford City gave top-flight clubs in the competition last season, and the tough FA Cup match Chelsea had at Brentford before winnin ...
Breaking: Mourinho confirms Juan Mata will start against Swindon on Tuesday. Also Mark Schwarzer, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Michael Essien are Likely to start. -PC-
David Luiz, Juan Mata, Ryan Bertrand, Cesar Azpilicueta & Michael Essien will all start against Swindon in the Capital One Cup.
Defence: For the most part, we have seen Branislav Ivanovic and Ashley Cole start in the full back positions. Would you drop either one of those? What about Cesar Azpilicueta and Ryan Bertrand? Who do you feel as part of our strongest eleven, deserves a start? Holding Midfield: For me, this is a key area and if your own opinion is to stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation, what two players would you play there? Would they both have to be defensive minded or would you carry on with one defensive and one more attack minded? If you select a 4-3-3 formation, who would be your main defensive midfielder playing in the middle, deeper than any of the others protecting the back four? What about Michael Essien? For me, one of the outstanding performers in pre season, he hasn't had a single look in so far this season. Would you bring him in? What about Mikel? People moan and complain about him but he is the best defensive minded midfielder we have! What about David Luiz? Would you continue with Rafa's policy of playing hi ...
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[R] Or will Juan Mata and Cesar Azpilicueta get their first starts of the season? Only Jose knows what he is planning...
Congratulations to Cesar Azpilicueta who celebrates his 24th birthday on Wednesday (28 August).
Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has insisted Fernando Torres' dry spell in front of goal is down to bad luck with goalkeepers.
Ok here now :) 2 years ago we signed and 1 year ago we signed an amazing defender Cesar Azpilicueta! Wish you all the best guys!
One year ago on this day Chelsea signed Cesar Azpilicueta.
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On this day, one year ago, Chelsea signed Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta
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2 years ago today Chelsea signed & 1 year ago Cesar Azpilicueta!! Wish you many more years in Blue, boys!
for Juan Mata and Cesar Azpilicueta on their 2nd and 1st anniversary as a Chelsea player.
Cesar Azpilicueta: "One year ago I signed for Looking forward to winning more trophies with this shirt!" [Ins…
it was this morning when Juan Mata , Fernando Torres , Cesar Azpilicueta , David Luiz , Oscar and John Mikel Obi...
Juan Mata,David Luiz,Fernando Torres,Cesar Azpilicueta,John Obi Mikel,Oscar and Kenneth Omeruo will be returning to training today
Juan Mata,David Luiz,Fernando Torres,John Obi Mikel,Cesar Azpilicueta,Oscar and Kenneth Omeruo will return to training today.
Juan Mata,David Luiz,John Obi Mikel,Oscar Dos Santos and Cesar Azpilicueta will all join the rest of the team tomorrow.
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witnessed long serving player, Cesar Azpilicueta bow out with a 3-1 victory in his testimonial match.
Mous little message to his Spaniards: César Azpilicueta, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres will join the Chelsea p...
There is a possibility that Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta could miss the opening game of the season against Hull...
Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and César. Azpilicueta are highly unlikely to line up. for Chelsea against Hull
So,Mourinho is resigned to being without his Spanish trio Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and César Azpilicueta for season opener game.
Mata, Torres, and Azpilicueta could all miss opener due to Ecuador/Spain friendly
Chelsea defenders David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta saluted interim boss Rafa Benitez after he guided the Blues to Europa Leag…
Brazil vs Spain: Score, Grades and Highlights from Confederations Cup 2013 Final BY JOSEPH ZUCKER (FEATURED COLUMNIST) ON JUNE 30, 2013 108k reads 205 Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more storiesNext Brazil firmly put themselves in discussion of the 2014 World Cup favorites after their 3-0 demolition of Spain in the 2013 Confederations Cup final Sunday night in Rio de Janeiro. Although Brazil were the host, OptaJoe noted how difficult a task it would be to knock off La Roja. The Selecao wasted little time in getting the early advantage, though, at the Maracana. Two minutes in, Fred poked the ball in to put Brazil up, 1-0. It was not the kind of goal you'd associate with beautiful Brazilian football. Hulk delivered in a cross from the right that Gerard Pique and Alvaro Arbeloa failed to deal with. As the ball was bouncing around, Fred took a tumble and knocked it in with his right while on the ground. GIF courtesy of Brocadfael You have to give Fred a lot of credit for reacting so quickly and being ...
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Neymar of Brazil is challenged by Jordi Alba (L) and Cesar Azpilicueta (R) of Spain
Brazil 3-0 Spain: Spain unable to cope with Brazil’s pace and power on the break July 1, 2013 The starting line-ups Brazil won the Confederations Cup at the Maracana after a convincing demolition of the world champions. Luis Felipe Scolari stuck with his usual side – in five games he only deviated from this XI once, when Paulinho wasn’t 100% fit for the final group game. Vicente Del Bosque brought in Juan Mata on the left of his 4-3-3 system, but otherwise the side was unchanged. Brazil yet again started superbly – but Spain failed to mount a significant fightback. Brazil press The key feature at the start of the game was Brazil’s pressing – they started the match at a very high tempo, and refused to let Spain settle on the ball inside their own half. This early burst has been a common feature of their matches at this tournament, and has been crucial in them taking early leads – they scored in the third minute against Japan, in the ninth minute against Mexico, and went ahead after two minute ...
Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta is hoping Jose Mourinho can bring more success to the club. "In the dressing room we have spoken a little about Mourinho and everybody is very happy with his first spell at Chelsea. We hope that the second time is also successful."
Check it out-so amazing Here is what each player at Chelsea is earning: Eden Hazard - £185,000 Fernando Torres - £175,000 John Terry - £175,000 Frank Lampard - £140,000 Ashley Cole - £120,000 Petr Cech - £100,000 Gary Cahill - £80,000 David Luiz - £75,000 John Obi Mikel - £75,000 Juan Mata - £67,000 Ramires - £55,000 Oscar - £40,000 Ryan Bertrand - £40,000 Marko Marin - £35,000 Cesar Azpilicueta - £30,000 Victor Moses - £30,000 Branislav Ivanovic - £28,500 Oriol Romeu - £15,000 This is an accurate payroll from an undisclosed source . What does everyone think about these figures then? Who is overpaid, who is underpaid, who is justifying their money and how much more ridiculous will wages get??? Whoa, the rumours were true, Hazard is on crazy money. I just wrote a blog on how I was happy with Hazard’s form, but I think a player at his age who is new to the club should never earn that amount of money. It’s easy to pull your hair out when you look at Torres’ wages too. A reason t ...
Congratulations & Cesar Azpilicueta as Spain beat Italy on penalties to make Cup final v Brazi…
Brazil wins Confederations Cup final!! RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL Brazil won their fourth Confederations Cup tonight in storming style, blitzing Spain 3-0 against a backdrop of noise and pandemonium. Local hero Fred scored twice, Spain’s Gerard Pique was sent off, and Neymar was the man of the match, if not this entire tournament. It was a resounding and comprehensive win on the hosts’ home turf that sent the Maracana’s capacity crowd into delirium. And then there was the delirium outside, courtesy of the protests that have colored this entire tournament. They were smaller than they have been, but impossible to ignore, as they literally crashed the party. Two dancers during the closing ceremony unfurled banners in support of the movement, and were hurriedly ushered off the field. Tear gas wafted into the upper decks, a remnant of clashes between a small group of marchers outside and the military police. Sunday’s result will have Brazil thinking they are the best team in the world. That is a debatable ...
What a start for & Oscar against & Fernando Torres. Cesar Azpilicueta on the Spain bench.
Congratulations to winners and Oscar! Commiserations to Fernando Torres and Cesar Azpilic…
Cesar Azpilicueta, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres all played for defeated Spain - but there was consolation for Golden Bo…
Come to think of it, no Man Utd, Man City and Arsenal players played in the Confederations Cup fianl. But five of my Chelsea's players, Fernando Torres, David Luiz, Emboaba Dos Santos Oscar, Juan Mata, Cesar Azpilicueta all played and were fantastic. You should give credit to us (Chelsea). UP BLUES!
The Fluminense striker struck early in each half, the first a scrappy affair and the second a neat curled finish. Neymar fired home another just before half-time while Spain did not help themselves, with Sergio Ramos missing a penalty before fellow centre-back Gerard Pique was sent off. Brazil gave a raucous Maracana crowd a dream start as with just over a minute on the clock, Fred showed superb presence of mind as in trying to meet Hulk's cross he was buffeted by two defenders. The ball rebounded off Neymar and Spain fullback Alvaro Arbeloa and, flat on his face, Fred managed to improvise and poke the ball past Iker Casillas. Spain's goalkeeper was almost caught out by Paulinho's 13th-minute lob, back-pedalling to palm the ball off the line before falling gratefully on the loose ball. Arbeloa was then booked for a cynical pull on Neymar. The Barcelona new boy would have had a clear run on goal, sparking Brazilian claims for a red card despite the challenge taking place in the centre circle. That sparked ...
Congratulations goes to Confederations Cup winners David Luiz and Oscar [DL4 & O11]! Commiserations goes to Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta.
getty Two goals from Fred and a stunning Neymar finish saw Brazil claim their third straight Confederations Cup title in emphatic fashion, as they brushed Spain aside 3-0 in the final on Sunday. The tournament hosts were in supreme form inside a raucous Maracana, ripping the reigning world and European champions to shreds to end their 29-match unbeaten run, and claim the trophy for the fourth time, alongside their triumphs of 2009, 2005 and 1997. Fred needed only 90 seconds to open the scoring, before a thumping second from Neymar moments before the break rounded off an excellent first half for Brazil. The onslaught continued two minutes after the restart when Fred put another past a shell-shocked Spain, who showed their ineptitude at both ends when Sergio Ramos lashed a penalty wide. Gerard Pique's 68th minute red card ended any fleeting hopes of a comeback from la Roja, as Brazil's win sparked wild celebrations in the stands and saw Spain lose by three goals in a competitive game for the first time sinc ...
Brazil produced a breathtaking performance at the Maracana to overwhelm Spain and claim their third consecutive Confederations Cup title. Driven on by the passion of a fiercely partisan crowd, the five- time world champions signalled their intent ahead of next summer's World Cup by ending Spain's 29-match unbeaten record with a majestic display. Fred scored twice, but Neymar again stole the show, scoring Brazil's second goal with a rasping left-foot shot. To compound Spain's misery, Sergio Ramos missed a second-half penalty before Gerard Pique was sent off for bringing down Neymar as last man, with 22 minutes remaining. At the final whistle, the Brazil fans proudly chanted 'the champions are back'. With David Luiz and Thiago Silva providing solidity at the back, the midfield generalship of Paulinho and the mercurial talents of Neymar in attack, the Selecao will certainly be a formidable proposition next year. The streets around the Maracana had been a place of contrasts in the hours before the game. While ...
Congrats to winners & Oscar! Commiserations to Fernando Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta.
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Confederations Cup Final: Brazil Stuns Spain 3-0. Full Match Analysis Before the Confederations Cup final began, the Brazilian players and fans send chills through spectators as they sang the national anthem at the top of their lungs which was quite a precursor of what was to come. Only one minute after the whistle began the game, Hulk gave the first bit of excitement of the game as he broke past defenders with only the keeper to beat before having the flag call him back. But the excitement was not close to being over. In the second minute Brazil sent in a beautiful cross that spilled in front of the goal due to an error from Arbeloa. Fred hit the ground but was able to put his foot on the ball and put the ball past Iker Casillas to give Brazil the surprising 1-0 lead very early on. Spain looked to immediately get into the game but was not able to because of the constant pressure put on them by the Brazilians. Oscar eventually received the ball at point blank range and fired at the Spanish goal but sent h ...
Is it about time Wallace,19 return home from Fluminense fc(Brazil)... He has being playing as a Right-Back but a midfielder,he scored a couple of goals for Fluminense He may face competition from Cesar Azpilicueta and Ryan Bertrand... Your thoughts?
Chelsea duo David Luiz and Oscar are into the final of the Confederations Cup. Brazil overcame a spirited Uruguay tonight 2-1 and will now face the winners of tomorrow night's other semi-final between Spin and Italy. Chelsea trio Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and Cesar Azpilicueta have a chance to meet their Blues teammates should Spain prevail against the Italians. Like if you want a Spain vs Brazil final! -Aro
Cesar Azpilicueta has reflected on Spain’s ambitions at the Confederations Cup, his own at Chelsea and on how he has adapted to playing abroad. The full-back is a member of Vicente del Bosque’s squad at this summer’s international tournament in Brazil, his first with the senior squad. “I’m finding it very comfortable in the Confederations Cup. This is a training camp that is at a high level. I’m satisfied with the results so far,” reflected Azpilicueta in an interview with Marca. “My role? I have not spoken to the Coach about that. Everybody wants to play, obviously because we always want to do more, but we know how hard it is to play with the competition that there is. “We are in the best team in the world and everyone has their role that they play. You have to work to the fullest and take advantage of your opportunities.” The 23-year-old was asked if Spain would consider it a failure to not win the Confederations Cup. “We cannot speak of the word ‘failure’ because this team has ...
Spain manager Vicente del Bosque restored all the outfield players who had beaten Uruguay in their opening game which meant Torres, Juan Mata and Cesar Azpilicueta were on the bench with the striker the only one of the three to come on. John Mikel Obi and Kenneth Omeruo were in the Nigeria side although the young defender's game was a short one. He was substituted after 11 minutes having collided with his own goalkeeper and injured a shoulder when challenging Cesc Fabregas. He was already playing with a bandaged head.
ONLY BARCELONA & Real Madrid IMMUNE TO La Liga EXODUS Unlike in England, where a more equitable system is in place, television revenue is weighted in favour of the Big Two, who collect 50 per cent of the total income to leave the remaining 18 clubs scrapping it out for less than three per cent apiece. Spain’s squad for the Confederations Cup contains nine players from Barcelona, four from Real Madrid and only one other currently based in La Liga. Jesus Navas confirmed departure to Manchester City means Valencia striker Roberto Soldado is the sole representative from La Liga’s ‘other’ clubs, although he himself is a serious target for Tottenham this summer. After Barcelona and Madrid, in fact, the most heavily represented club in Vicente Del Bosque’s squad is Chelsea, who are contributing three players – Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and Cesar Azpilicueta – towards an overall tally of eight from the English Premier League. The brain drain of Spanish talent has been underway for a few years now . ...
INTERNATIONALS: TORRES HITS FOUR AS SPAIN DOUBLE UP Posted on: Thu 20 Jun 2013 Spain duly completed the expected rout of Tahiti in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday night, all three Chelsea men in their squad starting the game. The final score was 10-0 in the rebuilt Maracana with familiar names on the scoresheet, including Fernando Torres who found the net four times. Juan Mata was also among the goals with Cesar Azpilicueta winning his third cap as part of the defence. The match was Spain's second in the Confederations Cup, Mata having come on late in their win over Uruguay with our other players staying on the bench. Against Tahiti Vicente del Bosque made 10 changes, with plenty of attacking players on display against a side beaten 6-1 by Nigeria. The first goal, on five minutes, was made in Chelsea. Torres, momentarily out on the left, exchanged passes with Mata and raced towards goal before scoring just inside the near post. The Oceania champions' best spell of the game followed as they kept Spain at bay an ...
Cesar Azpilicueta should be starting for Spain over Alvaro Arbeloa.
have never played Tahiti in a senior international. They did meet at the 2009 Under-20 World Cup. Spain won 8-0 in a group stage that ended with Tahiti winless, pointless and with 21 unanswered goals conceded. Current Spain squad members Jordi Alba and Cesar Azpilicueta both started that game in Egypt, as did seven of Tahiti's Confederations Cup squad. Tahiti Tahiti avoided equalling the biggest Confederations Cup losing margin by one goal against Nigeria. Brazil have twice won by six goals in previous tournaments, 8-2 v Saudi Arabia (1999) and 6-0 v Australia (1997). Tahiti won all five of their Oceania Nations Cup games to qualify for the Confederations Cup. Since then the Toa Aito have lost six of their last seven. Tahiti's goal against Nigeria was only their third in their last seven competitive games. Jonathan Tehau became the first player to score a goal and an own goal in the same Confederations Cup match against Nigeria. Spain Spain are unbeaten in 23 matches (W18, D5). Their last defeat was the 1 ...
Spain B team for confed cup : Victor Valdes for Iker Casillas, Cesar Azpilicueta for Alvaro Arbeloa, Raul Albiol for Gerard Pique, Nacho Monreal for Jordi Alba, Javi Martinez for Sergio Busquets, Santi Cazorla for Xavi, David Silva for Cesc Fabregas, Juan Mata for Andres Iniesta, David Villa for Pedro and … Fernando Torres for Roberto Soldado, and Sergio Ramos do double duty... crazy team Christian Jonatan Noval Najib Erwin Nathaniel Albert Yunarto
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