David Luiz & Branislav Ivanovic

David Luiz Moreira Marinho (born 22 April 1987), known as David Luiz, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Chelsea in the Premier League. Branislav Ivanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Бранислав Ивановић, born 22 February 1984) is a Serbian footballer who plays as a defender for Chelsea in the Premier League and the Serbia national team. 5.0/5

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David Luiz's dream XI: Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic and Willian included alongside Pablo Aimar in PSG man's team
David Luiz picked former team-mates Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, Michael Essien and Willian in his Dream XI:
PSG plan £61M Eden Hazard bid... but Chelsea have warned off the French side by handing him his favoured jersey. Paris Saint-Germain are ready to offer an astonishing £61million to prise away Eden Hazard from Chelsea. The French champions,fined £49m for breaching Financial Fair Play guidelines only last month,have already paid Chelsea £50M for David Luiz. They have also shown interest in Branislav Ivanovic,Oscar& Petr Cech but Hazard is the main prize&they believe Chelsea could sell. It is understood a Hazard representative met Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani,PSG’s owner in March. PSG can offer Hazard a 5yrs deal worth £230,000 a week. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hopes to seal a £32M deal for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa before the World Cup starts on June 12&is also keen on his teammates Tiago,Filipe Luis,Koke&Diego Godin. Talks to sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas are ongoing while Chelsea scouts are closely monitoring Carlos Gruezo,the 19yrs-old Stuttgart midfielder. Chelsea announced ...
No club can come out and claim dat it parades the number of players dat Chelsea Football Club will be parading in the World Cup [1]Eden Hazard [2]Thorgan Hazard [3]Gary Cahill [4]John Terry [5]Peter Cech [6]Branislav Ivanovic [7]Azerpilietar [8]David Luiz [9]Oscar [10]Ramires [11]Willian [12]Andre Schurlle [13]Samuel Eto Fills [14]Fernando El Nino Torres [15]John Mikel Obi [16]Victor Moses [17]Romelu Lukaku [18]Thibaiet Curtois [19]Super Frank Lampard [20]kenneth Omeruo All dis Super Chelsea players and more are all going to the World Cup Whaoh,what a Superb Clup No wonder we are tagged “The Pride of London”
Champions League Team News: - Atletico Madrid v Chelsea: Samuel Eto'o was absent with a knee injury as Chelsea travelled to Atletico Madrid for Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg. Eden Hazard was in the squad despite a two-week absence with a calf injury, but Branislav Ivanovic is suspended, meaning David Luiz could play at right-back or Ashley Cole could return on the left. Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah are ineligible after playing for other clubs earlier in the competition. Provisional squad: Cech, Cole, Luiz, Ramires, Lampard, Torres, Oscar, Mikel, Schurrle, Van Ginkel, Hazard, Ba, Willian, Schwarzer, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Kalas, Hilario, Ake.
Team News: CHELSEA V Stoke City Jose Mourinho gives a rest to Eden Hazard and with Oscar also on the bench, there is a full debut for Mohamed Salah. Fernando Torresis centre-forward and with Ramires unavailable as he completes a three-match suspension, Nemanja Matic returns to the midfield having been ineligible for the Champions League. Frank Lampard also starts with David Luiz making way. The defence is unchanged for the 10thgame. Chelsea are expected to line up in the following 4-2-3-1 formation: 1 Petr Cech; 2 Branislav Ivanovic, 24 Gary Cahill, 26 John Terry(c), 28 Cesar Azpilicueta; 8 Frank Lampard, 21 Nemanja Matic; 14 Andre Schurrle, 22 Willian, 15 Mohamed Salah; 9 Fernando Torres. Substitutes: 23 Mark Schwarzer, 33 Tomas Kalas, 3 Ashley Cole, 4 David Luiz, 11 Oscar, 17 Eden Hazard, 19 Demba Ba. Your prediction. # Emperor
For Chelsea fans, this is a summary of what went wrong with PSG tonight. Michael Cox, editor of football website Zonal Marking, on the BBC: "The amazing thing was how vulnerable Chelsea were to crosses - considering they effectively had four centre backs (Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, John Terry and David Luiz) in the side. PSG are not really a crossing side, I don't think it was the particular approach PSG went for tonight but Chelsea just defended them very badly. "I think Lucas Moura will come into the PSG side for the second leg, he normally comes on as a sub but if he starts that will make PSG more counter-attacking and with Ezequiel Lavezzi's pace, they will be even more dangerous on the break. "Chelsea will need to force the issue and that could be dangerous. PSG could cause them problems. Javier Pastore hasn't really taken off for PSG - he likes to take on opponents and that third goal tonight is probably his greatest contribution since moving to PSG."
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 ...
TIME TO CHOOSE A NEW CHELSEA CAPTAIN??. Let’s get straight to the point – John Terry won’t go on forever. His absence in Chelsea’s last 3 matches has proved that. The Blues captain is 33&has been suffering an increasing number of injuries as the years have worn on,thanks mainly to his crucial body-on-the-line approach to defending. Terry has,at best,another year or 2 in his locker – &that’s assuming he’s offered a deal beyond the end of this season. But Jose Mourinho knows Terry’s limitations,he must do. And in terms of central defensive numbers,the Blues are fairly well catered for in Gary Cahill,David Luiz,Branislav Ivanovic&youngsters such as Kurt Zouma,Tomas Kalas,Kenneth Omeruo&Andreas Christensen. Bodies aren’t the problem,however. The area in which Chelsea will fall drastically short when Terry’s retirement finally comes is the role of ‘captain, leader, legend’. Yes,Terry’s had his shortcomings in his career,but there’s absolutely no doubting his leadership qualities on ...
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 ...
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 ...
Manchester City showed a tactical naivety heading into their home clash against fellow Premier League challenging Chelsea on Monday, February 3 at the Etihad Stadium as they played 'right into Jose Mourinho's hands'. That is the view of Joey Barton, 31, a defensive shield currently employed by Queens Park Rangers and formerly of Newcastle United and City, who added that Mourinho's utilisation of a counter-attack policy, combined with the superb displays returned by Nemanja Matic, David Luiz and Eden Hazard, were the differences in what was a convincing win for Chelsea, who now have amassed the same points haul as the side they defeated last night. Defender Branislav Ivanovic struck the game's sole goal - a powerful first half shot struck from outside the box with his weaker foot and Chelsea even threatened throughout the second half to double their lead. There was an emerging opinion in the press that Mourinho may adopt precisely the same tactic he so abhorred West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce using ag . ...
Gary Cahill divided by Branislav Ivanovic subtracted by Ramires multiplied by David Luiz and finally added to Petr Cech, which player does it give you in cfc?
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 ...
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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Ashley Cole multiplied by David Luiz divided by Branislav Ivanovic added to Andre Schurrle subtracted from Frank Lampard, which player does it give you?
Chelsea will be without David Luiz and Frank Lampard for Wednesday's Premier League trip to Southampton and are also likely to have Branislav Ivanovic and Samuel Eto'o sidelined. - See more at:
PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: SOUTHAMPTON V CHELSEA TACTICAL BRIEF David Luiz is suspended after receiving his 5th yellow of the season in the victory over Liverpool,while Frank Lampard is injured&Branislav Ivanovic doubtful. Midfielder Ramires is available after his 1-game ban. Saints' midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is back after suspension at the weekend but goalie Artur Boruc,midfielder Victor Wanyama&forward Guly do Prado remain sidelined. Another attacker,Dani Osvaldo,has been ill recently. In the success vs Liverpool Chelsea played a similar high pressing game to the 1st 45mins vs Swansea,a side that also likes to build from the back. Interesting to see lessons Pochettino has drawn from our recent encounter&the 4-4-2 deployment that changed the game. It is the 1st experience of Christmas period football for the Argentinean. Many a manager has come a cropper during the intense schedule without the winter break to which they are accustomed. Pochettino likes his side to play as much as possible in the opponent's ...
Mourinho rues Chelsea injury concerns Defender Branislav Ivanovic and midfielder Frank Lampard both picked up knocks in Sunday's 2-1 win over Liverpool, while David Luiz is suspended for the game against Southampton
Southampton vs Chelsea: Match Preview Date/Time: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 15:00 GMT (10:00 am EST, 7:00 am PST, 20:30 IST) Venue: St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England Refree: Martin Atkinson Chelsea Squad News: Marco Van Ginkel and Frank Lampard are both definitely out with injury, while David Luiz will miss the contest due to a suspension. Branislav Ivanovic is a doubt, though his knee injury was reportedly not severe enough that we should be expecting a prolonged absence. Southampton Squad News: Southampton will be without Artur Boruc, Victor Wanyama, and Guly do Prado tomorrow. Dani Osvaldo is questionable, and Nathaniel Clyne looks set to return from a hamstring injury. MANAGER QUOTES Mauricio Pochettino: "It's very clear that when we are fully fit and have all our players available it will make us a much more solid group and then we will see what potential we have for 2014. In the meantime, our mentality still remains the same - to win every game, to take it step by step and day by day and t ...
Team News Southampton Pablo Osvaldo, Victor Wanyama, and Artur Boruc remain sidelined with injury. Morgan Schneiderlin, meanwhile, returns from suspension. Chelsea Marco Van Ginkel and Ryan Bertrand are still out injured, while Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic are doubtful after picking up injuries in the last game versus Liverpool. David Luiz is suspended after being booked in the aforementioned game, but Ramires returns after serving a one-game suspension. Predicted Line-Ups Southampton Mauricio Pochettino will no doubt field as strong a side as he can, and will be pleased that a key player like Morgan Schneiderlin is once again available for selection. Gaston Ramirez will hope to sneak into the lineup after his goal-scoring cameo against Everton. 4-2-3-1: Kelvin Davis; Nathaniel Clyne, Jose Fonte, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw; Jack Cork, Morgan Schneiderlin; Adam Lallana, Gaston Ramirez, Jay Rodriguez; Rickie Lambert. Predicted Southampton XI Chelsea David Luiz had to play in midfield in Ramires’ abse ...
Chelsea are without Frank Lampard, Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz for the New Year's Day trip to Southampton (Sporting Life)
Frank Lampard, David Luiz, Marco Van Ginkel and Branislav Ivanovic is all out for the Soutampton game.
MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 1 STEAUA BUCHAREST 0 Posted on: Thu 12 Dec 2013 Summary A steady if unspectacular victory courtesy of Demba Ba's early goal means Chelsea finish group stage winners for the ninth time in our 12 Champions League campaigns. Opportunities for more goals were few, although Branislav Ivanovic was denied by good goalkeeping and Ba another goal by wayward finishing. Steaua, who set a new record tonight for most consecutive Champions League games without a victory, wasted one gilt-edged chance shortly after the goal but that apart did not look likely to get back into the match. Team News Jose Mourinho spoke before the game of the need to rest players but still win the game and he set out to do that by making seven changes from the defeat at Stoke. Mark Schwarzer at 41 years of age played the first Champions League game of his career and ahead of the goalkeeper, Ashley Cole returned to defence, as did David Luiz who was over injury, just like his countryman Oscar who was also back. Willian , ...
Three Chelsea defenders-Ashley Cole,Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz have been nominated in the FifPro defenders...
David Luiz, Ashley Cole and Branislav Ivanovic have been shortlisted for the FIFA/FIFPro World XI 2013.
The five biggest Premier League wins - Manchester City games miss out After City's 7-0 and 6-0 thumpings of Norwich and Tottenham in their last two home games, a look at the highest margins of victory since the league began, also featuring Chelsea, Manchester United and Newcastle. Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City may be struggling away from home but at the Etihad they are scoring for fun. 13 goals in their last two fixtures is impressive but their margins of victory are still not enough to put them in top five highest winning scorelines. So what makes the list? Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa (23rd December 2012) – Rafael Benitez’s side saw Christmas come early when they thumped Villa at Stamford Bridge last season. Fernando Torres, David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic put them three ahead by half-time. Frank Lampard made it four with a Ramires double, Oscar’s penalty and Eden Hazard completing the rout. Lucas Piazon also missed a penalty which would have put them at the top of the list. Chelsea 8-0 Wigan A ...
The question is when will Mourinho be brave and remove the Chelsea mafia – Terry and Lampard - from the club to allow the other players to flourish? And when will he realise David Luiz is a liability? Postieinwales, Llandudno junction. So ditch Terry, ditch Luiz. Now he’s got one centre half, unless he pushes Branislav Ivanovic inside and deploys a second choice right back. Terry and Lampard will not be around much longer but, at their best, remain integral to any success Chelsea can hope for this season. Terry remains the best central defender at the club, and Lampard may need to be used more sparingly but can still be hugely effective. The most successful club in the country since Abramovich took over Chelsea is Chelsea. It might be a circus but it's a very successful one. How much would Arsenal fans want just one of those trophies over the last nine years? Chelsea were a decent team before Abramovich came along, but it's all down to his money and if I was ploughing billions into a club I would want ...
So I got recognised at the Wales-Macedonia game last week, today gets a pat of the back from David Luiz&Branislav Ivanovic
1/2 time at Stamford Bridge !Mourinho need to *** at his players especially David Luiz & Branislav Ivanovic
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CHELSEA: INTERNATIONAL ROUND UP BELGIUM: Lukaku scored twice and Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois starred in Belgium's World Cup qualifying match against Croatia. Kevin De Bruyne also started the match before being subsituted around the hour mark. CZECH REPUBLIC: Petr Cech captained the Czech's in their 4-1 win over Malta. Petr Cech did concede a goal, it wasn't his fault. Cech and the Czech face an unvertainty towards qualification. GERMANY: Germany's number 9, Andre Schurrle scored the second goal that sent Ze German's to Brazil. Schurrle scored a beauty and he continues to impress one and all. ENGLAND: Frank Lampard and Gary Cahill played for the 3 Lions. Ashley Cole did not play because of injury. SPAIN: Juan Mata was an unused substitute for the World Champions. SERBIA: Branislav Ivanovic led the Serbs in a 2-0 friendly win against Japan. BRAZIL: David Luiz captained Brazil in their friendly 2-0 win over South Korea. Luiz was involved a lot in the game and Ramires also saw action. Oscar was the star ...
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 ...
Proof Chelsea Football Club really aren't a young team Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat at home to FC Basel last night was inexcusable for many Blues supporters, but Jose Mourinho wasted little time in offering up his own explanation. The Portuguese coach said that "emotionally, this [Chelsea] is not a very mature team", suggesting that the youthful presence in the current Blues outfit could be the reason for its downfall and continuing his theme of emphasising the lack of experience possessed by his "young eggs". That doesn’t really ring true however if we compare the average age of last night’s side to the best side in Europe. Chelsea’s starting 11 against Basel was comprised of the following players, with their age denoted in brackets: Petr Cech (31), Branislav Ivanovic (29), Ashley Cole (32), David Luiz (26), Gary Cahill (27), Frank Lampard (35), Oscar (22), Marco Van Ginkel (20), Eden Hazard (22), Willian (25), and Samuel Eto’o (32). Even at a glance, it's clear Chelsea's team isn't particularly young. ...
Jose Mourinho: "Juan Mata, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic is not for sale." (SkySports)
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 ...
Chelsea set to beat Man Utd to the signature of £30 Million rated defender Manchester United could lose out on Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala as new Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho draws up a bid for the centre-back. New United manager David Moyes is on holiday and with chief executive David Gill also packing his bags at Old Trafford, their transfer business remains unattended and the cheeky Blues manager will be keen on securing Mangala’s signature before the Red Devils spring into action. Moyes has every reason to be worried about Chelsea’s approach for Mangala since United too desperately need long-term central defensive reinforcements, with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic likely to retire within a few years. Mourinho, on the other hand, wants to challenge the existing unit of Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, David Luiz and Gary Cahill as he sets out to tackle the weight of expectations next season. The Mirror revealed that Porto are demanding a £30 million fee for Mangala and Chelsea plan to open the ...
Chelsea have stolen ahead in the race to sign Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala – with new Manchester United boss David Moyes on holiday, writes the Sunday People's Steve Bates . Now Sir Alex Ferguson has gone and chief executive David Gill is clearing his desk, no one is holding the fort at Old Trafford in the absence of Moyes. That has given Chelsea the edge as they bid to sign the 22-year-old France defender. Mangala was tracked by incoming Blues manager Jose Mourinho while he was in charge at Real Madrid. And Mourinho’s interest has increased now he is back at Stamford Bridge as he looks to put pressure on centre-backs David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry. He believes the defence needs a revamp and is impressed by Mangala’s speed and strength.
Chelsea are ready to sell both David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic to Barcelona for a combined £40 million. (Daily Star)
Chelsea Agree to Sell £40m Pair to Barcelona as Jose Mourinho Sanctions Sale Stamford Bridge side to accept Nou Camp offer for Blues duo. Incoming Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is ready to allow defenders Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz compete a £40m move to Barcelona as the Portuguese manager sets about re-structuring his Stamford Bridge squad. The Daily Star states that Mourinho will sanction the sale to Barcelona to help boost his transfer funds ahead of a summer spending spree. Nou Camp boss Tito Vilanova could certainly do with strengthening his defence and will have to fork out £30m for highly rated Brazilian Luiz and another £10m for adaptable Serbian Ivanovic. Such a move would leave Chelsea light at the back but Mourinho has already set his sights on young Frenchman Eliaquim Mangala, who has been impressive at FC Porto this season. Mourinho will not be given a blank cheque by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and in order to meet the financial requirements needed to secure the talents he hopes t ...
Chelsea are ready to offload Dutch defender Jeffrey Bruma for £5m and are tracking Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco Van Ginkel. Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is wanted by newly promoted Monaco after they were turned down in a bid to lure Vincent Kompany from Manchester City. The 29-year-old has been recommended by coach Claudio Ranieri to Russian owner Dmitry Rybolovlev. Midfielder Michael Essien is set to follow Jose Mourinho back to Chelsea. The 30-year-old is on a season-long loan at Real but has one more year to run on his Chelsea contract. Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 21, says he wants to remain on loan at Atletico Madrid for “one more year” before competing for the number one jersey with Petr Cech, 31, at Stamford Bridge. David Luiz wants showdown talks with Jose Mourinho about his Chelsea future after being told Barcelona want to sign him. Chelsea are ready to go head-to-head with Arsenal for Fiorentina’s £25m-rated striker Stefan Jovetic, 23. David Luiz stunned Chelsea last ni ...
Chelsea are willling to sell defenders David Luiz (26) and Branislav Ivanovic (29) to Barcelona for 46,7M. Mourinho has agreed. [Daily Star]
Man City are chasing Arturo Vidal, Real Madrid could spend £85m on Gareth Bale and David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic may be Barcelona bound.
Who is Chelsea's Duracell bunny? As Blues near end of tiring 69-game season, look at the stats... After a 69 game slog of a season which has taken Chelsea to Japan, Romania, Russia and plenty of other places, they take on Premier League rivals Manchester City twice in two days - in America. But who is Chelsea's Duracell bunny? Analyzing the statistics to find which players have pulled their weight. The obvious answers would be Juan Mata, Oscar and Fernando Torres - who have all appeared in 64 matches. This trio currently hold the record for appearances in one season. But in terms of minutes played, the player who takes the accolade is Chelsea's man of steel. Or as his team-mates know him, 'The Beast'. It's Serbian centre-back Branislav Ivanovic. It's important to say that Ivanovic is actually only 2nd in terms of minutes played (4992mins) - but the No 1, goalkeeper Petr Cech (5655), mainly spends his time standing still in his penalty area. Following Ivanovic are Juan Mata (4920) and David Luiz (4915), ev ...
Europa League: Benfica 1 Chelsea 2 Full Match Report: 15 May 2013 22:45 Chelsea won the UEFA Europa League thanks to Branislav Ivanovic's last- gasp header as they beat Benfica 2-1 in Amsterdam on Wednesday. Fernando Torres had given the Premier League side the lead and the Serbian defender sealed a memorable win in stoppage time after Oscar Cardozo's penalty had levelled the scores. The Portuguese side named their strongest possible XI with Cardozo flanked by Eduardo Salvio, Nico Gaitan and Rodrigo in attack. But Rafael Benitez had to make do without the services of injured duo John Terry and Eden Hazard, with David Luiz stepping into midfield to allow Ramires to play on the right wing. Benfica settled the quicker of the two teams and were soon on the front foot, Cardozo heading over from a Andre Almeida cross inside two minutes. Jorge Jesus' men dictated the play in the early going but proved wasteful in front of goal, Gaitan firing high at the end of another intricate move, which saw Salvio turn down a ...
Benfica v Chelsea: Player ratings Petr Cech: Did brilliantly to tip over Oscar Cardozo's looping volley but could do little to stop the striker's bullet penalty. 8/10. Cesar Azpilicueta: Silly decision to leave his arm out-stretched in the box, giving the referee no option but to award Benfica their penalty. 6. Branislav Ivanovic: The least calm of Chelsea's two centre-backs, but excelled at the other end, heading in the winner expertly in injury time. 8. Gary Cahill: Recovered from a nervous start to lead Chelsea's back four admirably. Always calm under pressure and did just enough to stop Cardozo scoring in the first half. 8. Ashley Cole: Put in a crucial block to stop Eduardo Salvio after 11 minutes, but otherwise had a relatively quiet night. 7. David Luiz: Did not take to his midfield role as well as he has done in recent weeks. Passing awry early on. 6. Frank Lampard: Rattled the bar with three minutes to go and also drew a world-class save from Artur in the first half. 8. Ramires: Failed to live up ...
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John Terry is not fit to play so Gary Cahill will partner Branislav Ivanovic in central defence. David Luiz plays alongside Frank Lampard in the centre of midfield with Ramires, who like David Luiz is playing against his former club, in a wide right position. It is the Brazilian's 150th Chelsea game. Oscar is on the left and Fernando Torres leads the attack. John Mikel Obi returns from injury to be on the substitutes' bench. For Benfica, Andre Almeida moves from left-back to replace suspended Ma
Branislav Ivanovic replaces JT in central defence with Frank Lampard captaining from midfield alongside David Luiz.
FA CUP QUATERS::: VENUE: Old Trafford K.O: 4:30 pm GMT Probable line up for Chelsea: Peter Cech is the No.1 and in front of him in central-defense, any two of David Luiz, Gary Cahill, John Terry, or Branislav Ivanovic are possible. At right-back, the latter is in contention to start as is Cesar Azpilicueta. At left-back, Ashely Cole is expected to start. In Benitez's 4-2-3-1, two of Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel, Ramires or Luiz are anticipated. In the attacking midfield line, playmakers Juan Mata, Oscar, and Eden Hazard are usually the first three considered but two of them could be complimented by the more defensively stable Ramires or Ryan Bertrand in the wide areas. Victor Moses is also a more direct option out wide. Up front, Demba Ba is expected to be chosen over Fernando Torres.
MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 1 AND WESTBROM ALBION 0 Posted on: Sun 03 Mar 2013 Summary A single Demba Ba goal, scored from close-range in the first half, gave Chelsea a third home league win in a row. The Blues had the chances for more goals, Oscar in particular having a frustrating afternoon in front of the target, but it was a game that only found a high gear on a few occasions. The handful of times West Brom did threaten the Chelsea goal they found Petr Cech on-form and unbeatable. There was some neat approach play at times from the home team who claimed a deserved victory. Team News Frank Lampard returned to midfield to become Chelsea's joint third highest appearance maker of all-time and played alongside Ramires. Ahead was Juan Mata making it 100 Chelsea games in less than two years for the Spanaird who operated behind the returning Ba, with Oscar and Eden Hazard the wide midfielders. David Luiz partnered Branislav Ivanovic in central defence. West Brom, without on-loan Romelu Lukaku, were able to pass Sha ...
Chelsea Player Ratings against West Brom Petr Cech – 7 – While the shot-stopper was rarely called into action, good saves in the first and last 10 minutes of the game made sure that Chelsea kept that all-important clean sheet. Ashley Cole – 6 – Nothing too special from the left-back who started the game being caught in possession a few times too many, but the England international upped his game after the break to combine well with Oscar on the left flank. David Luiz – 7 – An important part of Chelsea’s goal as he headed the ball back across the box from an Oscar cross, and successfully found Demba Ba lying in wait to knock it home. At the back, the defender was not called upon too much,but stayed alert during the Baggies’ late surge to find an equaliser. Branislav Ivanovic – 6 – An average performance from the centre-back who looked keen on going forward so that his side could get bodies further upfield and remain on the attack. Cesar Azpilicueta – 6 – The defender was able to get ...
Stats; Tony Mowbray will be without defenders Justin Hoyte and Stuart Parnaby, meaning Andre Bikey should start at right-back with Stephen McManus alongside Rhys Williams at centre-back. Josh McEachran, currently on-loan from Chelsea, is ineligible to play against his parent club. Up front Lukas Jutkiewicz (ankle) is a doubt for the game, and so Curtis Main is on standby to support Scott McDonald. Meanwhile, Rafa Benitez should continue with Petr Cech in goal ahead of second-choice keeper Ross Turnbull, despite his tendency to rotate goalkeepers in the cup. Ryan Bertrand is likely to replace Ashley Cole at left-back, though, with John Terry set to partner David Luiz at centre-back and Branislav Ivanovic to start at right-back after Benitez ruled out Gary Cahill (virus) and Cesar Azpilicueta (leg). Juan Mata is likely to be rested for the tie to give Oscar a chance whilst Fernando Torres should also return to Benitez's team. Source: Goal.com
CHELSEA: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Hazard; Ba. There's no place for misfiring striker Fernando Torres, as Demba Ba is preferred in attack. John Obi Mikel starts in midfield, as does Frank Lampard. Juan Mata and Eden Hazard will be Chelsea's main sourced of creativity within the team. Gary Cahill and David Luiz are the centre-defensiv e duo, with Branislav Ivanovic and Ashley Cole completing the back four.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany could miss a fifth successive game with a calf injury. Gareth Barry is a doubt with an ankle problem sustained during last week's FA Cup win over Leeds. Chelsea are likely to be much-changed from the side that started Thursday's Europa League last-32 tie against Sparta Prague. Frank Lampard, Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Eden Hazard and Demba Ba could all be recalled. -RL
Summary Stamford Bridge is smiling once again after two first-half goals proved enough to win this London derby against an Arsenal side who came back strongly after the interval. Juan Mata continued his run of scoring in every game he has started against Arsenal, netting early on, and Frank Lampard was yet again reliable from the penalty spot to double the advantage with quarter-of-an-hour gone of a game played in light snow throughout. Chelsea continued to play well up to the break but couldn't make the most of our chances. When Arsenal increased the tempo of their play after the break, our grip on the game slackened and Theo Walcott pulled a goal back. The Gunners continued to look the better side but it was more a case of pressure on the Blues defence than clear=cut chances, and Petr Cech was only occasionally called into action as our backline stood firm to secure all three points. Team News David Luiz was unavailable with a minor injury so Branislav Ivanovic came back into defence. Fernando Torres wa ...
Source: (PA) Wednesday 9 January 2013   Swansea stunned European champions Chelsea in their English League Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge to take a two goal advantage back to Wales for the return leg.  Michu scored his 16th goal of the season, and Danny Graham added a late second to put the Swans within touching distance of their first ever major Wembley Cup Final.   Fernando Torres started lively enough, drifting out to the left flank where he delivered a clever cross to the front post, but Branislav Ivanovic headed over. The Spaniard soon exhibited signs of his recent dip in form, however. He picked the ball up 30 yards out and crept towards goal before firing a wayward shot that cleared the bar by many metres.   The Blues dominated the game, but lacked a killer touch up front. A brilliant flowing move that included touches from Oscar and David Luiz eventually ended up with Ramires in space in the Swansea box but he could only prod weakly at Gerhard Tremmel.  Efforts from Cesar Azpilicueta a ...
After a slow start in which the Blues went behind, two goals from debutant Demba Ba plus strikes from Victor Moses , Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard maintained our unbeaten run in the FA Cup third round which stretches back to 1999. It was Ba with a close-range finish who levelled the scores, with Moses putting the visitors ahead on the stroke of half-time. The second half was one-sided although Ross Turnbull pulled off a smart double save. Ivanovic headed his goal soon after the restart and after the impressive Ba had stretched the lead, the Senegalese striker was denied a hat-trick by a good save. Substitute Lampard from the penalty spot went level with Kerry Dixon as Chelsea's second highest goalscorer, and at the same time joined Bobby Tambling as the club's highest FA Cup scorer. He now has 25 goals in the competition. Team News It was instantly clear from the team selection that Rafael Benitiz is taking the FA Cup seriously. Back in came Juan Mata , Eden Hazard , Ramires and Ashley Cole who was ...
IN CHELSEA, consider ONLY Victor Moses as Didier Drogba IN CHELSEA, consider ONLY Eden Hazard as CRISTIANO RONALDO IN CHELSEA, DOS SANTOS OSCAR ONLY consider as Ronaldinho IN CHELSEA, consider ONLY Lucas Piazon as Kaka RICARDO IN CHELSEA, consider ONLY Marko Marin as Lionel Messi IN CHELSEA, consider ONLY Oriol Romeu as Andres Iniesta YOU SHOULD SAY Petr Cech is better than Iker Casillas & Gianluigi Buffon YOU SHOULD SAY Branislav Ivanovic & Cesar Azpilicueta it better than Daniel Alves YOU SHOULD SAY John Terry is better than PEPE YOU SHOULD SAY David Luiz is better than Carles Puyol YOU SHOULD SAY Gary Cahill is better than Gerard Pique YOU SHOULD SAY RAMIRES & Juan Mata is more FASTER than Lionel Messi YOU SHOULD SAY Frank Lampard is better than Steven Gerrard & Paul Scholes agree? # TakeANote :) x agree, do not provoke :)
Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa Seven scorers supplied the eight goals with Fernando Torres setting the team on its way with a fine early header. David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic made it 3-0 by the break and after the interval Frank Lampard scored his 130th Chelsea top-flight league goal to set a new club record. Substitutes Ramires, with two, and Oscar, also found the net, as did Eden Hazard, and we also had the luxury of one missed penalty. At the other end Petr Cech kept a clean sheet with a superb save on to the crossbar.
ampant Blues crush Villa [Ramires slides home Chelsea's fifth goal] Ramires slides home Chelsea's fifth goal Chelsea will sit third in the Premier League at Christmas after smashing sorry Aston Villa for eight unanswered goals in a farcically one-sided encounter at Stamford Bridge. Fernando Torres' power header got the ball rolling for Rafael Benitez's men inside three minutes before a stunning free-kick by David Luiz and a Branislav Ivanovic header had the points in the bag by the break. Luiz reinvented as Chelsea destroy Aston Villa Blog: Humiliation and hurt at the Bridge Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan did his best to limit the damage with a string of fine saves in the second half, but he could not keep out Frank Lampard's stinging long-range effort and then suffered the ignominy of Ramires slotting a fifth between his legs. Oscar made it six from the spot in the 79th minute and there was still time for Eden Hazard to become the seventh different goalscorer when he lashed home, while Ramires made it eight ...
Chelsea turned on the style to completely destroy in-form Aston Villa and move back up to third place in the Premier League. Fernando Torres continued his resurgence under Blues manager Rafael Benitez with atowering third-minute header to set the Blues on their way. And a stunning David Luiz free-kick and Branislav Ivanovic header as good as wrapped up victory before the interval. Benitez compliments beaten Lambert Frank Lampard marked his 500th Premier League start bycrashing home a fourth on thehour and two strikes from substitute Ramires, an Oscar penalty and a fine individual effort from Eden Hazard rounded off the scoring. As well as providing more evidence of Chelsea's growingmomentum under Benitez, the thrashing revised the PremierLeague record books. The result marked the first time seven players from one team have scored in a match and matched Chelsea's record 8-0 win over Wigan from May 2010. An unchanged Villa actually went into the game buoyed bytheir fine recent form and stunning win over Liv ...
Chelsea 3-0 Villa – HT: Villa have a mountain to climb in the second half as Chelsea head into the break 3-0 up. Fernando Torres strikes early with a powerful header before David Luiz produces a wonderfully-dipping free-kick to double the advantage. Branislav Ivanovic makes it three when he heads past Brad Guzan, after the USA ace had brilliantly palmed away an earlier effort.
Chelsea are in full flow now... David Luiz made it 2-0, Branislav Ivanovic made it 3-0. Will the hunt for the Premier League be a three horse race this season?
CHELSEA PICS: Branislav Ivanovic kisses David Luiz's forehead after his wonder pass for Hazard against Leeds.
(WC) He is our silent assassin and tries to give his best in the pitch!! Deadly Headers! Defence at its best! Always on toes! and Shoots like a striker! Who am I? a) John Terry b) David Luiz c) Branislav Ivanovic d) Gary Cahill
Monterrey v Chelsea (1030 GMT) David Luiz is expected to start as a makeshift midfielder for Chelsea, who have named a strong side to face Monterrey. The defender moves into the middle of the pitch to fill the void left by Oriol Romeu, who is expected to be out for up to six months following knee surgery. Branislav Ivanovic moves into central defence while John Mikel Obi and Oscar return to the starting line-up.
Chelsea cruise past Monterrey Chelsea eased into the final of the Club World Cup with a comfortable 3-1 win over Monterrey in Yokohama on Thursday. Juan Mata set Chelsea on their way with the opener in the first half and two quick-fire second half goals from Fernando Torres and an unfortunate own goal from Darvin Chavez earned the UEFA Champions League holders victory. Chelsea will now face South American champions Corinthians in Sunday's final. David Luiz, who started in an unfamiliar midfield role, created Chelsea's first chance of the game when his brilliant pass sent Eden Hazard in on goal down the left, but the Belgian curled his shot just wide of the far post. Monterrey almost gifted Chelsea the opener on 13 minutes when Severo Meza made a mess of a back pass and almost allowed Oscar to steal in before managing to clear the danger for a corner. From the resulting kick Mata picked out Branislav Ivanovic unmarked inside the box, but the defender headed his effort wide of the target. Chelsea did make t ...
Meet Wallace: Chelsea's New Brazilian Fullback BY WILL TIDEY (WORLD FOOTBALL LEAD WRITER) ON DECEMBER 4, 2012 8,688 reads 7 Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more storiesNext Chelsea have confirmed the signing of 18-year-old Brazilian fullback Wallace, who will join the club at the end of the season from Fluminense. This as per Chelsea's official website: An attacking right-back, Wallace Oliveirados Santos was born on May 1, 1994, and made his senior debut this year at the age of 17. He has since gone on to appear 18 times in the league for the first team, helping them to the Brazilian league championship, the Rio State League and the Guanabara Cup. Wallace represented Brazil at the Under-17 level and was part of the Fluminense side that won the Brazilian title this season. He will link up with fellow Brazilians David Luiz, Oscar, Ramires and Lucas Piazon when he arrives at Stamford Bridge and face competition from the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic and Paolo Ferreira in the right-ba ...
Didier Drogba has presented his former team-mates from Chelsea’s Champions League winning side with commemorative rings. The Ivorian icon presented John Terry, David Luiz, Ryan Bertrand, Branislav Ivanovic, Paulo Ferreira, Daniel Sturridge and Ashley Cole with rings similar to those worn by Super Bowl winners, at an event at a London hotel last night. Every member of the victorious Blues squad had been invited, but not all managed to attend for various reasons. The mood at the hotel must have been bitter sweet, considering the fact that Chelsea had just become the first Champions League holders in history to be eliminated from the competition after the group stage. And the Blues have seemed a far less potent force without imposing African legend Drogba to name in their ranks. It is no surprise that the club had hoped to bring the Shanghai Shenhua striker back to Stamford Bridge on loan just for a few months, only for Fifa to pull the plug on their plans. The rings are said to have set Drogba back to the ...
Chelsea: Last Minute Team News and Potential Starting XI vs. Nordsjaelland With that Team News in mind, let's have a look and see if we can piece together the Blues starting lineup for their match against Nordsjaelland. Petr Cech will start in goals as per usual for the Blues, and it's hard to see too many chances from the starting side that took on West Ham on the weekend other than the return of David Luiz into the central defenders role with Terry still absent. His return to the side will likely push Branislav Ivanovic out on to the right flank, where he has played all five previous Champions League fixtures. John Obi Mikel and Ramires will also both likely be used in central defensive midfield here, as they have been pretty much all season for the West London club. The absence of Lampard and the fact they will be looking to attack right from the whistle all but confirms their inclusion. The attacking midfield and wingers look like the players everyone would expect to see, with Victor Moses playing mos ...
Up Chelsea, Chelsea go into the game with Branislav Ivanovic playing at centre-back, as John Terry still recovers from his injury alongside Frank Lampard and Daniel Sturridge who also miss out. Oriol Romeu drops to the bench with Ryan Bertrand and Oscar, whilst David Luiz misses out completely. They make way for Gary Cahill, Jon Obi Mikel, Juan Mata and Victor Moses. The champions of Europe go to Upton Park still looking for their first win under Rafa Benitez, though despite failing to score since the Spaniard took over from Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea are also yet to concede.
The Spaniard i.e Benitez was unable to provide instant alchemy to the team, as Chelsea mustered only a single shot on target in a match dominated by defences.In front of the watching Roman Abramovich, perhaps Benitez’s only achievement was that new-look centre-back pair David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic had managed to keep the Premier League champions so quiet.The draw leaves Chelsea five points adrift of leaders Manchester United, while City finish the weekend in second place after failing to make their domination of the play and scoring opportunities count.
Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, John Terry and Ashley Cole were nominated in FIFPro World XI section defender. Chelsea is all in! Nice.
David Luiz, Patrice Evra, Branislav Ivanovic and Vincent Kompany are the other English Premier League players nominated by their fellow pros
Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry are defenders shortlisted by FIFA and FIFPro for t…
Fernando Torres Fernando Torres has been dropped to the bench for Chelsea 's crucial Champions League group-stage clash with Juventus . Eden Hazard will start as a false No.9 in the absence of the out-of-form Spaniard, with Juan Mata and Oscar tasked with providing the service for the tricky Belgian. In defence, Roberto Di Matteo shifts to a back three of Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz and Gary Cahill, with the returning Ashley Cole andCesar Azpilicueta are expected to operate as wing-backs. Juventus, meanwhile, prefer Fabio Quagliarella to Sebastian Giovinco up front in what is otherwise a full-strength lineup. Juventus starting XI (3-5-2): Buffon; Chiellini, Barzagli, Bonucci; Lichtsteiner, Marchisio, Pirlo, Vidal, Asamoah; Vucinic, Quagliarella Subs: Storari, Caceres, Pogba, Pepe, Giovinco, Giaccherini, Matri
Gianluigi Buffon (pictured), Leonardo Bonucci, Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo have all played every minute of the Old Lady's group stage campaign, with Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz doing the same for the Blues.
The Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is likely to drop Fernando Torres and play Eden Hazard in a lone striking role in tonight's Champions League match with Juventus.With Daniel Sturridge apparently having suffered a setback in training, Hazard will play at centre-forward,David Luiz is set to partner Gary Cahill at centre-half, with Branislav Ivanovic starting at right-back and Ashley Cole returning at left-back, according to the Daily Mail.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo appears to have one eye on his side's Champions League game against Juventus in midweek. He makes five changes with centre-backs Gary Cahill and David Luiz, midfielder Oriol Romeu, winger Victor Moses as well as striker Daniel Sturridge starting. They replace Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Ramires, Juan Mata and Oscar.
David Luiz, fit again after an ankle injury, returns to the side but John Terry starts on the bench. Branislav Ivanovic reverts to right-back...
chelsea shared the following link: AND IVAN PARTNERSHIP ! During yesterday's clash with Swansea , Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic was the chosen centre back partnership due to the absence of David Luiz and the skipper John Terry. This was Ivans first time back at CB since his surprising switch to RB nearer the end of...
Roberto Di Matteo has admitted Chelsea have been missing John Terry after their defensive problems deepened ahead of the Barclays Premier League game at Swansea. The European champions were all over the place at the back in Wednesday night's dramatic Capital One Cup win over Manchester United and were hardly any better in Sunday's first league defeat of the season against the same opponents. They have now conceded 11 goals in just four games since Terry began his domestic racism ban, although the Chelsea captain did play in one of them when he started their Champions League defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk. Terry serves the final instalment of his ban on Saturday, while manager Di Matteo revealed fellow defender David Luiz would almost certainly miss the Swansea game though injury. That would mean Branislav Ivanovic being pressed into centre-back service in a new-look defence that would almost certainly see right-back Cesar Azpilicueta handed his full league debut, with Ashley Cole returning from injury on the ...
CHELSEA NEWS! Chelsea welcome back Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres after they served one-match bans during their side's midweek victory over Manchester United. David Luiz will serve a one-match suspension for reaching five domestic yellow cards for the season, meaning Cesar Azpilicueta could continue at right-back, allowing Ivanovic to partner Cahill in central defence. Ashley Cole (ankle) is a doubt, while John Terry continues his four-match ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand by the FA.
Should David Luiz not make today's game then with John Terry suspended, Branislav Ivanovic will move across to a position he has played many times, including at international level, emphasising squad strength.And Ceasar will play as right-back..
Just got this news for Chelsea fans that David Luiz will not be available for Swansea City game, after the defender has already gotten 5 yellow cards, which means he will serve one match ban. Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard are both in doubt for the clash owing to injuries, while John Terry will continue his four match ban, having missed Tottenham Hotspurs and Man United(epl), and Man United(league cup) already. So, Branislav Ivanovic will fall back to partner Gary Cahill at the defence, while Cesar Azpilicueta plays the right back role, and Ryan Betrand in for Ashley Cole.IRE O.
Two goals down inside 12 minutes, the leaders fought their way off the ropes to level through Juan Mata (44) and Ramires (53) and were looking likelier winners until Branislav Ivanovic was sent off on the hour. But a second red card for Fernando Torres meant the end of any genuine attacking ambition, and substitute Javier Hernandez bundled a contentious winner (75) to haul United within a point of the leaders and give them a first league success at Stamford Bridge since 2002. Despite the result there was plenty in Chelsea's performance to reinforce their credentials as real title challengers, though they were handicapped by a haphazard start as United's £24m man Robin Van Persie made one goal and scored another. United's defence was under scrutiny before the game following another porous display against Braga in midweek, but it was a home back four missing John Terry which was exposed during the opening exchanges as Ashley Cole was repeatedly isolated and David Luiz too often in a different district to G ...
Sir Alex: We got a break Sir Alex was asked on his views of the red cards for Branislav Ivanovic, for a blatant trip on Ashley Young, and Torres. "The sending off of the right-back was the turning point for us," added the manager. "I think we would have won it from that point. I put Chicharito on and he got the winning goal as I think the momentum was with us then. "Did he [Torres] intend to dive when he could've gone through? I thought he went down. I think Jonny [Evans] may have just caught him a little bit but you can either carry on running, which he could've done, or gone down. He could've carried on and scored that, which I can't understand about goalscorers. I would never have missed that chance - I'd have taken it any time and never gone down. He did go down and had already been booked so it's his own fault. "You have to give credit to Chelsea, they never gave in and you saw David Luiz running around like a whirling dervish, that's his desire to get back into the game. They gambled - it failed obv ...
Man United beat 9-man Chelsea with Chicharito offside goal, Chelsea accuse ref of racial abuse. Two questionable red cards and an offside goal helped Manchester United to their first win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League since 2002. After an entertaining first half that began with a David Luiz own goal in the fourth minute, a Robin Van Persie goal to put Man United up 2-0 in the 12th minute and a brilliant Juan Mata free kick just before halftime to give Chelsea an injection of confidence, referee Mark Clattenburg made himself the star of the match after a Ramires goal equalized for Chelsea in the 53rd minute. First, Clattenburg showed Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic a straight red when Ashley Young went down as he was breaking towards goal in the 63rd minute. Just five minutes later, Clattenburg booked Fernando Torres for a second time for going down even though Jonny Evans caught Torres' shin with his boot. That got Torres sent off just as Chelsea were preparing to sub him out ...
HEADLINE : Javier Hernandez was Manchester United's match-winner.*Chelsea 2:3 Manchester United Roberto Di Matteo and Sir Alex Ferguson had to be separated as Manchester United ended their 10-year wait for a Premier League win at Chelsea with a controversial 3-2 success. The Blues finished with nine men and were beaten by an offside winner as United made up for all the bad luck they perceived they had suffered at Stamford Bridge in one fell swoop to cut their opponents' lead at the top to one point. Evans: Ref right to send off Torres Blog: Untouchable RVP the architect of triumph Blog: Clattenberg denies Chelsea's spirited comeback Referee Mark Clattenburg wrongly sent off Fernando Torres for diving after Chelsea had fought back from a David Luiz own goal and Robin Van Persie's ninth of the season to equalise through Juan Mata and Ramires. Branislav Ivanovic did rightly see red five minutes before Torres, whose second yellow card prompted furious exchanges between the rival managers, and that was before ...
Hazard, Oscar and Victor they are change our best club to be very special on the air. Chelsea more fire on the top of the league. The door now is open come and register your name in order to recieve a mendro. Dont betray.chelsea a wonderfull club of every one who are support ma blues. More fire all squard of chelsea keep us on the top. Great should go to John Terry, Frank Lampard, Petr Cech, John Mikel, Ashley Cole, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires, David Luiz, Hazard,OSCAR, Victor Moses, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, Marko Marin, Call Hlll, Betrant, Cesar Azplicueta, Daniel Sturridge, Turnbull, Ferreira. And so many more. We are proud of you. Keep on us on the top every week.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo named a stronger than previously assumed starting line-up for the game, with Torres, Mata and skipper John Terry all in the starting eleven. He made six changes to the side that beat Stoke 1-0 at the weekend , with Ross Turnball starting in goal in place of Petr Cech, Terry coming in for David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta for Branislav Ivanovic , while Lucas Piazon and Victor Moses were also handed starts. The hosts didn't have to wait long to go ahead but it came through an unlikely source, with Cahill nodding in at the back post in the 3rd minute after an excellent free- kick in from the right by Juan Mata, beating Richard Stearman in the air in the process. With the confidence flowing, they grabbed a second inside the the eighth minute after a spell of possession where the visitors could barely touch them. Young Brazilian Lucas Piazon managed to find some space on the left, before cutting a decent ball across goal for Bertrand to run onto and hit first time with his in-step to ...
Congratulations to Athletico Madrid. You made Chelsea pay for poor defending. Awful game from David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic.
Mata's been best player by a mile, Frank Lampard's been the worst or maybe David Luiz or maybe Branislav Ivanovic or maybe.
Shout out to Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole. Excellent defending today
Barcelona plotting move for Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz
Team News: Chelsea v Milan: Chelsea team to play AC Milan: Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, John Terry...
Defeat to the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday night was an indicatorthat work is needed before the team is in the right shape to kick-off the new league season, but Branislav Ivanovic reassures anyone concerned that the opportunity to improve is there. The Serbian international became the first member of the squad to complete 90 minutes of a game in this pre-season, playing at right back and centre-back during the course of the game, but was unable with his team-mates to prevent a stoppage-time strike that deflected in off David Luiz to decide the game. Legs may have been a little wearyby that stage against the mid-season MLS team but Ivanovicwelcomed being pushed towards the limit. 'It was a good challenge to play 90 minutes to see what is our level at this moment,' he said shortly after the game. 'This is very important for this period of the pre-season, to know how your fitness is. 'I was the first player to play a whole game because I started thepre-season from the beginning and the other guys train for a ...
“The fact that we’re going to have some hungry, new young players will help. “We are bringing in younger, established players like Eden Hazard and Marko Marin to become the foundation of the club over the years. “But the spine of this team remains absolutely crucial. Petr Cech, John Terry, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic, Frank Lampard — they will be vital in the integration of the new players coming in. “It’s all about getting the right balance between being physically strong and technically able.”
Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova to lunch bid for Chelsea defenders David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic as he looks to beef up his defence.
According to the Metro, Barcelona are weighing up the possibility of making a move for Chelsea’s David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic.
Rumours: Barcelona are interested in Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz to improve there defense
Eventually things will calm down a bit and the questions going forward will have to be asked about Robbie, Didier and where the team goes from here. Amazingly Chelsea won the Champions League Final with an immense defensive display but without JT and Branislav Ivanovic. I have said for some time now that the team doesn't actually need the extreme changes that many have called for just yet, Gary Cahill and David Luiz are classic examples of how you rebuild slowly but surely without dismissing stalwarts unnecessarily early. I hope the changes can be made seamlessly over the next year or two. If that can be done then Chelsea FC will not only be about memories of the 19th May 2012, but also of hopes for the future that we can do it again and again
WHY WE DESERVE THE UEFA CHAMPION LEAGUE CUP 1. comeback against Napoli FC at home 2. we beat the worlds greatest club, FC Barcelona with 10 man standing on aggregate. 3. we play on final without John Terry(C) , Branislav Ivanovic , inspiration midfielder Ramires. 4. David Luiz & Gary Cahill return for the final bring spirit to the club 5. DROGBA WAS A LEGEND
!!|Champions League FINAL |!!| :[ Bayern Munich v Chelsea ] : Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich - Kick-off: (19:45 BST) - Roberto Di Matteo is "very hopeful" Gary Cahill and David Luiz will be fit to start Saturday's Champions League final. - The defenders returned to training ahead of the match against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena. - Cahill and Luiz have both been missing with hamstring injuries while Florent Malouda will train on Friday night after a hamstring problem of his own. - John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles are all suspended. - Bayern's Luiz Gustavo, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber will also miss the final, which is being played at their home ground, the Allianz Arena, through suspension.
Team News: Gary Cahill & David Luiz remain sidelined but Branislav Ivanovic is available again after a 4-game suspension in the league.
Chelsea will be without Gary Cahill and David Luiz againt Newcastle but Branislav Ivanovic is available after suspension.
Gary Cahill and David Luiz are still out but we have Branislav Ivanovic back from suspension.
Team News 4 to match chelsea vs QPR Chelsea have a defensive crisis as both Gary Cahill and David Luiz are out injured. Branislav Ivanovic serves the last match of his domestic suspension, leaving John Terry as their only fit centre-back. Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt is suspended following his red card last week Samba Diakite has not trained all week due to illness, while Djibril Cisse is also doubtful with a knee problem.
Both Gary Cahill and David Luiz will miss Chelsea's home tie against QPR, leaving manager Roberto Di Matteo with something of a defensive crisis on his hands as Branislav Ivanovic is also unavailable through suspension. That leaves John Terry as the Blues' only available centre-back, with Jose Bosingwa likely to fill in at the back alongside the Chelsea skipper
Chelsea without John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles for Champions League final
If any of Ashley Cole, Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, Ramires, Raul Meireles get a yellow card on Tuesday, they will miss the CL final
Di Matteo confirmed both David Luiz and Didier Drogba wil miss out through injury Branislav Ivanovic is suspended.
David Luiz is out with a hamstring injury, while Branislav Ivanovic serves the second instalment of his domestic three-game ban.
Didier Drogba, David Luiz & Branislav Ivanovic set to miss Chelsea's trip to Arsenal.
Drogba joins David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic as players who will not be a part of the Arsenal clash. Luiz still injured,Ivanovic suspended
Chelsea will be without Didier Drogba, David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic for their clash against Arsenal.
[News] Arsenal vs Chelsea Team News: Drogba out with knee injury: David Luiz also out, Branislav Ivanovic still banned
David Luiz, and Drogba out of the Arsenal game tomorrow through injury. Branislav Ivanovic out through suspension.
Most improved players for Chelsea this year has to be Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz...
Enough has been said, Chelsea Football Club, do London and furthermore the world proud. Ramires, run like crazy. Fernando Torres, confidence is the key. Branislav Ivanovic, bully those strikers together with Ashley Cole. Juan Mata, use that left leg skillfully. David Luiz, if u play clear that ball. Man I do love my Team.
Raul Meireles, Ashley Cole, Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz are one booking away from a one-match suspension.
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Huge fitness boost for Chelsea ahead of Benfica clash - Chelsea expect Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz and Didier Dro...
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