Stamford Bridge & Andres Iniesta

Stamford Bridge is a football stadium located in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, London. Andrés Iniesta Luján (born 11 May 1984) is a Spanish football player. 5.0/5

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A number of Barcelona players would like to see Fernando Torres arrive on a possible loan deal this summer,[football] direct newsunderstands. The Spanish striker is set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer after failing to impress Jose Mourinho and failing to live up to his £50m price tag, which the Blues paid Liverpool back in 2011. Former club Atletico Madrid have been credited with interest, whilst Italian side Inter Milan have also shown interest. However,[FDN]understand that a number of Spanish international players at Barcelona are growing keen on the idea of Torres joining the club on a short-term basis. Barcelona fans and close media men have often called for a 'Plan B' striker to add cover for the likes of Pedro, Alexis Sanchez and Neymar and it is understood that the likes of Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique would welcome Torres to the Nou Camp. "Torres came here in 2012 and scored in front of the Nou Camp crowd, it sent Barca out of the Champions League and he has ...
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has joined Jose Mourinho in accusing Barcelona players Xavi and Andres Iniesta of sour grapes after the pair hit out at the former Bernabeu coach. Last week Xavi criticised the Portuguese coach's style of football and declared he "has left no legacy for the future", while Iniesta said the new Chelsea boss had "damaged Spanish football" due to his confrontational style. In his three years at Madrid Mourinho was the main antagonist in the rivalry between the two biggest clubs in Spain, most famously poking then Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova in the eye after a match in August 2011. Mourinho won Madrid's first league title for four years in 2012 and although Los Blancos lost out on the trophy to the Catalans last season, they overcame Vilanova's side in the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Super Cup and in their last league fixture. The former Inter boss hit out at Iniesta during his unveiling at Stamford Bridge yesterday, saying: "I damaged Spanish football by being ...
Jose Mourinho was presented this Monday as Chelsea's new manager. In the process he expressed his happiness at returning to Stamford Bridge nine years on, and he made a ironic response to recent comments from Andrés Iniesta.
Romeu would welcome Villa Oriol Romeu would welcome the signing of Spanish team-mate David Villa with open arms if the prolific striker ends up moving to Stamford Bridge during the transfer window. Chelsea have been closely linked with a move for the 31-year-old forward, who has been in and out of Barcelona's starting line-up since returning to play after a broken leg left him with a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta said earlier this week the Nou Camp had no intention of letting Villa leave in January, but Romeu would be delighted if his fellow Spaniard did make the switch to Chelsea. "I don't know what Villa's situation is, but if a great player like him comes, the record goalscorer with the national team, he would be welcomed and we would be happy," Romeu said to Spanish radio show Esports Cope. Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta hopes Villa stays put, he added: "I don't know if there's a chance (he could leave), I don't think so, although for me personally I would ...
(continued) The second leg in Spain was, unsurprisingly - given the recent history between the two sides - a tumultuous affair. First-half goals from Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta bookmarked a red card for John Terry and Chelsea looked to be heading out of the tournament. However, a spectacular chip from Ramires brought his team back into the game before a 90th-minute equaliser from Fernando Torres sent the Blues into a final against Bayern Munich, in Munich. MAY 2012 The momentum gained from victory over Barcelona continued as Chelsea tasted glory on two fronts in May. The Blues were favourites to beat Liverpool at Wembley and so it proved as goals from Ramires and Didier Drogba gave them a two-goal lead. A second-half Andy Carroll strike offered the Reds hope, but Chelsea survived the fightback with Di Matteo picking up the same trophy as manager that he had won twice as a player during his time at Stamford Bridge. There was more success on the way for the Italian. A little over a week after the FA ...
Fabregas speaks on Chelsea’s European triumph May 22, 2012 · No Comments · By Ifreke Inyang Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has praised Chelsea’s win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, but admits they were rather lucky. “People say they did not deserve it but when it’s your year, it’s your year. “It’s like when Andres Iniesta scored the goal against Chelsea in the last seconds at Stamford Bridge the year we won the treble.” The former Arsenal captain also said that for Chelsea to finish sixth in the domestic campaign and rule Europe, shows the strength of the Premier League. “Chelsea had some luck but all the teams that win it need that, and you can only congratulate them,” he said. “It says a lot for the Premier League that they have five or six teams that can beat anyone' in the world, and next year it will be even worse. It will be tough for the rest.
Andres Iniesta of Barcelona is challenged by Frank Lampard of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Chelsea and Barcelona at Stamford Bridge on April 18, 2012 in London, England.
John Terry issued an immediate apology to his Chelsea team-mates for the red card which left them facing a backs-to-the-wall battle against Barcelona. The Blues skipper was given his marching orders by referee Cuneyt Cakir in the first half of their UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg for a blatant knee into the back of Alexis Sanchez. But despite their numerical disadvantage, the Stamford Bridge side hit back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Camp Nou and progress 3-2 on aggregate. Goals from Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta either side of Terry's moment of madness put the Catalan club in control, only for Ramires to put the Blues back on top with a sublime chip shortly before half-time. Lionel Messi then fired a penalty against the bar early in the second half and later hit the base of the excellent Petr Cech's post, before substitute Fernando Torres sparked scenes of jubilation with a breakaway strike in added time. Terry, who will now miss the 19th May final through suspension, admitted after the ...
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta labelled his side's Champions League defeat to Chelsea "unjust" but admitted the Catalans were the architects of their own downfall because of a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal. - Terry: Drogba put fear into Barca - Palmer: Chelsea find the blueprint - Drogba: Chelsea have learnt lessons - Di Matteo: We've answered critics - Chelsea v Barcelona gallery A Didier Drogba goal was enough to give Chelsea a 1-0 semi-final first-leg victory at Stamford Bridge as Pep Guardiola's side squandered a host of a chances. Barca enjoyed their customary lion's share of possession, with Iniesta and Xavi at their instrumental best, but Alexis Sanchez, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Buquets all missed glit-edged opportunities to score an away goal. "The result is unjust but we knew that Chelsea are a team that take advantage of their opportunities,'' Iniesta told Barcelona's official website. "We were off target in front of goal but we still have the return leg at home. "We have the feelin ...
Ovrebo: My errors cost Chelsea in 2009 April 18, 2012 Tom Henning Ovrebo, the referee of the controversial Champions League semi-final between Chelsea and Barcelona in 2009, has admitted that he made mistakes in the game that denied the Premier League side a place in the final.Ovrebo found himself at the centre of a firestorm at Stamford Bridge at the end of the second leg three years ago, having rejected four reasonable penalty claims from the home side - then managed by Guus Hiddink - during the 90 minutes, as they eventually went out to Andres Iniesta's last-minute strike. The Norwegian official was confronted by Michael Ballack and Didier Drogba even before the final whistle, and subsequently received death threats from a section of irate Chelsea fans. Ovrebo has now revealed that he still receives threatening messages, and has admitted that he did not enforce the laws correctly during the game at Stamford Bridge. "I still get a few death threats, but they go straight into the garbage box. I don't tak ...
Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri insists his old side will not fear holders Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final. The Blues host Barca on Wednesday with the return in Spain six days later. Ranieri told BBC Sport: "They will respect Barca but afraid? No. Why? It will be a close match. "They have had some close matches before - Andres Iniesta scored in the last minute last time - and maybe it will be different this time." It will be the fifth meeting between the two sides in the knockout stage of Europe's premier club competition and a repeat of a memorable tie at the same stage in 2009, when Iniesta's stoppage-time goal in the second leg at Stamford Bridge put Barcelona through. Barca are heavy favourites to progress this time, too, but Ranieri feels that if interim Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo gets his tactics right the London side can progress."It's not easy because Barcelona are one of the best teams in the world at the moment," added Ranieri. "A lot of their players are in their best mo ...
Barcelona defender Dani Alves has turned up the heat ahead of Wednesday's Champions League semi-final with Chelsea, claiming the Premier League side play with fear and lack courage. GettyImages Dani Alves: Key to Barcelona's success • Chelsea face injury problems • Blog: Chelsea talking points Alves opened old wounds and claimed it wasn't the four plausible penalty appeals turned down by Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo that denied Chelsea victory when the two sides met atthis stage of Europe's flagship competition in 2009, but the Blues unwillingness to attack despite being 1-0 up against ten-man. Chelsea's then-boss Guus Hiddink claimed Ovrebo's performance in that semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge was "the worst I have ever seen'' by a referee, and Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa were both sanctioned for protesting at the final whistle. Andres Iniesta's stoppage-time strike earned Barcelona a 1-1 draw to send them through on away goals and Alves told The Guardian : "There is no doubt tha ...
Andres Iniesta - Barcelona Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has stated that the Blaugrana will be seeking victory on Wednesday in their Champions League semi-final against Chelsea . The first leg will be held at Stamford Bridge in London, and Iniesta insists that his team will adopt an attacking approach against the Blues. "We will go out with a winning mentality, trying not to commit any mistakes, because they are so costly here," Iniesta said during a press conference. "We always go out to win, but we have to think that this is a two-legged tie and we havetwo matches coming up. We will have a toughgame on Wednesday." The 27-year-old scored the decisive goal in 2009 at Stamford Bridge which sent Barca to the Champions League final, and he admitted that he has fond memories of that strike. "It is nice to remember what happened, what we were lucky enough to experience," he explained. "It was a very special moment, very intense foreveryone, and remembering it is good, but that is in the past. "This is a ...
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta is anticipating another tough night against Chelsea this week but is hoping for a similar outcome to their last visit to Stamford Bridge.
The fear ! Te fear! Chelsea FC - The Pride Of london We won't let Chelsea beat us up Pep Guardiola has warned Chelsea that his brilliant Barcelona side won’t be bullied out of more ChampionsLeague glory. The Catalan giants visit Stamford Bridge on Wednesday for the first leg of the semi-final – and Guardiola says the stakes couldn’t be higher. Roberto DiMatteo’s side are ¬expected to devise a physical strategyto cope with Lionel Messi and the magical midfield carousel of Xavi and Andres Iniesta. The brawn of John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and DidierDrogba is likely to be used toout-muscle the best team in the world, by thwarting the ¬Spaniards’ natural passing game and possession football.
LONDON, April 5, 2012 (AFP) - Roberto Di Matteo admits Chelsea will be motivated by revenge when they face Barcelona in an potentially explosive Champions League semi-final showdown. Many of Chelsea's current stars can still feel the emotional scars from Barca's controversial Champions League semi-final victory over the Blues in 2009. Chelsea, managed then by caretaker boss Guus Hiddink, felt they were denied several clear penalties before Andres Iniesta's last-gasp strike sent Barca through to the final on away goals. The sense of injustice prompted Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to abuse Norway referee Tom Henning Ovrebo on the pitch after the final whistle, while several other players hinted they had been cheated. That was the last meeting between two clubs whose rivalry has been become increasingly bitter since first erupting during Jose Mourinho's time in charge at Stamford Bridge. Now Chelsea, 3-1 aggregate winners against Benfica in the quarter-finals, have a chance to avenge that loss by ending Bar ...
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