Stamford Bridge & Champions League

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Chelsea Ladies will get their Women's Champions League campaign underway at Stamford Bridge. More here:
The first leg of our Women's Champions League Round of 32 tie against Wolfsburg will be played at Stamford Bridge... https:…
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IT'S GAME DAY! Chelsea Ladies v Wolfsburg in the Women's Champions League at Stamford Bridge! 💪
Good luck to in their massive Champions League match against Wolfsburg at Stamford Bridge tonight!"
Wolfsburg are back at Stamford Bridge tonight. The scene of their Champions League Final 2013 victory.
Chelsea are confident they can convince Kante of a move to Stamford Bridge despite not playing in the Champions League (
Will never see [current] Stamford Bridge or John Terry in the Champions League ever again
Better pray Chelsea win the Champions League this year otherwise there'll be no European games at Stamford Bridge next season.
3 years ago I was in the Allianz Stadium as won Champions League. Today I'm at Stamford Bridge speaking at
Ugly scenes at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea crash out of the Champions League. And that's just Diego Costa.
David Beckham and Boris Becker visit Stamford Bridge to see Chelsea play Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League
Uefa Champions League match at Stamford Bridge. HAVE YOUR SAY on disabled fans experience
It’s Champions League week. I’m ready, the team is ready, Stamford Bridge is ready!
Stamford Bridge is set for our Champions League encounter with PSG.
Heading to Stamford Bridge tonight! Can't wait for a big Champions League night. Let's beat those c***s from Paris.
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Jose Mourinho has repeated his plea to Chelsea fans for a partisan Stamford Bridge when his side play Liverpool next week for a place in the Capital One Cup Final. The Chelsea boss, who won the League Cup twice in his first spell at the club, was critical of the club's supporters following a victory over QPR in November, saying the team felt they were playing in an 'ewmpty stadium'. The Portuguese believes a partisan crowd can make a big difference next week as they aim to build on Tuesday's 1-1 first-leg draw at Anfield. "It was a two-leg semi-final, now it's a one-leg semi-final. That says a lot," Mourinho told Chelsea TV. "Two legs is difficult, Anfield is difficult and with this result we transform a two-leg semi-final into a one-leg semi-final at Stamford Bridge. "If Stamford Bridge can give us 25 per cent of the emotion Anfield gives Liverpool, I think we can do it. "Liverpool, instead of 40,000 fans, they will have five or 10 thousand. Chelsea, instead of 1,000, will have 40,000. I hope that can ma ...
Arsene Wenger: Arsenal answer defensive doubts at Man City Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says victory over Manchester City has answered doubts about their defence and ability to beat top clubs away from home. Goals from Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud gave Arsenal a 2-0 win at City in contrast to last season's 6-3 loss. "I am very pleased because our defence have been questioned a lot," Wenger, 65,Said. "The target was to put it right, and to win a big game away in the league which we've not done this season." The win lifted Arsenal to fifth in the table, a point off the Champions League places, but damaged Manchester City's title push and they now sit five points behind leaders Chelsea, who they meet at Stamford Bridge on 31 January. Wenger praised a "great unity, solidarity, togetherness and compactness in our team", as Arsenal recorded a seventh clean sheet in 22 league outings this season. Chelsea by comparison have shut out opponents 11 times but Wenger was pleased with his side's defensive display aft ...
The SEVEN reasons why Lionel Messi could make £200MILLION Chelsea move: 1) There are suggestions the Argentine is unhappy with his pay packet at Barcelona. He signed a new contract in May that earns him £16m a year after tax - but his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo earns £19m a year at Real Madrid. This has apparently caused friction between Messi's camp and Barca. 2) Messi is the all-time top goalscorer in La Liga and the Champions League. But he wants to play in the Premier League and turning 28 in June he could feel the timing is perfect for a move to England. 3) Barca have slapped an astonishing £200m price tag on their star man. But according to sources close to the player, Adidas (Chelsea club sponsor and kit supplier) are ready to help fund the deal in order to steal Messi from their big rivals Nike (who sponsor Barca). 4) Cesc Fabregas left the Nou Camp for Chelsea this summer and is trying to persuade his close friend, his future lies at Stamford Bridge too. 5) Messi wants to live in London. H ...
host Hull, Arsenal face Magpies Jose Mourinho expects Chelsea to make amends for their first defeat of the season when the Premier League leaders host Hull on Saturday. Mourinho's side saw their 23-match unbeaten run in all competitions come to a surprise end with a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle last weekend. The loss allowed second placed Manchester City to close within three points of the Blues. But Chelsea quickly got back to winning ways against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League in midweek and Mourinho is confident his players will maintain their recovery by seeing off struggling Hull at Stamford Bridge. "The response is to play well and to try to win every game. It's what we are doing since the beginning of the season," Mourinho said. "Results are results, but what can we do more than we are doing? "Playing very, very well. Not one single bad performance, good spirit, good individual performances. "You cannot be better than first in the Premier League, top of the league in the group phase and quarter ...
Champions League last 16: Who can we play? With the group stage of the Champions League now having come to an end, attention turns to the draw for the first knockout round, which is due to take place next Monday at 11am in Nyon. Here, the official Chelsea website takes a look at which teams Jose Mourinho’s side could potentially be drawn against. The rules of the competition stipulate that, at this stage, we cannot be drawn against teams from the same country or any team that was in our group, ruling Arsenal, Manchester City and Schalke out. The Blues topped Group G, ensuring we are guaranteed to play the second leg of the next round at Stamford Bridge. Juventus The Italian side, managed by Massimiliano Allegri, finished three points behind Atletico Madrid in Group A and have won the competition twice previously, most recently in 1996. They are currently three points clear at the top of Serie A having lost just once all season, with familiar players such as Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba and Carlos Tevez in t ...
Champions League Wrap Manchester City have pulled off a 2-0 win over AS Roma in Italy to book their spot in the Round of 16 in the Uefa Champions League. Manuel Pellegrini’s City side required victory at the Stadio Olimpico to finish second behind group winners Bayern Munich and produced exactly that courtesy of second-half goals from Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta. The opener came on the hour-mark when Nasri fired home a stunning attempt from range before Zabaleta’s 86th-minute goal assured City a path through to the knockout phase of Europe’s premier club competition. The reigning Premier League champions will join German giants Bayern in the final 16 after Pep Guardiola’s men accounted for CSKA Moscow 3-0 at home thanks to goals from Thomas Muller (penalty), Sebastian Rode and Mario Gotze. In Group G, Chelsea finished six points clear on top after beating Sporting Lisbon 3-1 at Stamford Bridge with early goals from Cesc Fabregas (penalty) and Andre Schurrle setting up the triumph before John Ob ...
Nemanja Vidic, 33, is on the verge of making a shock return to Manchester United. (Daily Star) -- Roma's Champions League exit could also clear the way for United to snap up long-term target Kevin Strootman, the 24-year-old Holland midfielder.(Independent) Arsenal and Liverpool face competition from Juventus to land Barcelona right-back Martin Montoya, 23. (Daily Express) -- Chelsea winger Thorgan Hazard is open to a permanent move away from Stamford Bridge after impressing during his loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach. (Daily Mail) Italian club Napoli are weighing up a move for Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie, 25. (Evening Standard) Chelsea are monitoring the progress of AFC Wimbledon's prolific 17-year-old striker Daniel Agyei. (Daily Mirror) Manchester United are set to battle it out with Real Madrid for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer, 23. (Talksport) - Forward Raheem Sterling is set to turn down a new Liverpool deal worth £70,000 a week. (Daily Telegraph) Aaron Ramsey ...
Chelsea finished their Champions League group stage campaign unbeate with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Sporting at Stamford Bridge. Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Filipe Luis was brought down by Ricardo Esgaio inside the first ten minutes. Andre Schurrle added a second shortly after, with a fierce shot from the edge of the box following good work by Nemanj Matic. Sporting clawed a goal back in the second half through Jonathan Silva, but John Obi Mikel restored the home side's advantage and secured all three points, while Schalke's victory over Maribor meant the Lisbon side did not qualify for the knockout stages of the competition. Jose Mourinho made six changes after Chelsea's first loss of the season at Newcastle United on Saturday as the likes of Schurrle, goalkeeper Petr Cech and highly rated defender Kurt Zouma came in. The visitors, also missing the suspende Cedric, were crucially without Manchester United loanee Nani - scorer in four of their five Champions League ma ...
Cesc Fabregas explains why Chelsea must win trophies if their dominance is to be remembered [Daily Mail]. Cesc Fabregas, who was speaking after Chelsea beat Schalke 5-0 to confirm their Champions League progress as group winners, told reporters that his team must win trophies or they will not be ‘remembered’. Chelsea midfield maestro Fabregas believes he’s playing the best football of his career, and has also insisted that he chose to join the Blues during the summer in order to win trophies. The Spaniard, who is quoted by the Daily Mail, moved to Stamford Bridge from Barcelona in June, despite reported interest from his former club Arsenal, and has yet to lose a competitive game as a Blues player. “I feel in control and that’s what I like the most in football,” he said. “I touch the ball all the time, I feel happy, I go and get the ball from here, from there, I can go forward, Oscar drops deep. I feel free, I feel confident. “Sometimes in the last three or four years in the national team ...
Hazard: Aiming high The Blues head into our penultimate match of the Champions League group campaign in Schalke tonight knowing a victory would see us progress to the knockout stage in top spot, and Eden Hazard is targetting three points from the Veltins-Arena for the second consecutive season. Jose Mourinho’s side have taken four points from the two games on our travels in this season’s competition to date, with a 1-0 win at Sporting Lisbon preceding the 1-1 draw in Maribor last time out. We were drawn alongside Schalke, who are now managed by Former Chelsea player and manager Roberto Di Matteo, at the same stage of last season’s competition, running out 3-0 winners in both matches, with Hazard scoring in the away fixture. ‘I remember we played very well,’ the winger recalls. ‘I scored my first goal in the Champions League, which came on the counter attack. ‘Fernando Torres scored two and it was a very strong performance from the whole team. The atmosphere in German stadiums is always very ...
Chelsea managers under Roman Abramovich - how they rated 1.Claudio Ranieri (2000-04) - The Tinkerman signed Frank Lampard and agreed a deal for Petr Cech before becoming Roman Abramovich's first sacking. He blew a Champions League semi-final against Monaco. 6 2. Jose Mourinho (2004-07) - Joined as a Champions League winner with Porto. Secured a first top-flight title since 1955 and then set a record Premier League points total. He won five major tophies in three seasons before falling out with Abramovich. 9 3. Avram Grant (2007-08) - He had already arrived as a director of football, which angered Mourinho, and then took over as manager. He got to a Champions League final in Moscow, but didn't win a single trophy. 5 4. Phil Scolari (2008-09) - Having turned down the England job, the Brazilian World Cup-winning manager arrived with a big reputation. But he never won the respect of the dressing room and didn't last a season. 3 5. Guus Hiddink (2009) - Job-shared as caretaker while he was Russia manager. He w ...
Countdown: Less than 9hours to Go. Mourinho clearly did not like to be reminded that he will be up against the only coach to bring the Champions League to Stamford Bridge and insisted it is Chelsea against Schalke, not him against Di Matteo. "I don't play against him," said Mourinho dryly. "If I play against him, he wins because he plays better than me. Unless I am fitter, which I don't know, but normally he wins because he is much better than me. "It is Chelsea against Schalke, it is not me against Di Matteo." Schalke 04 v Chelsea Fc. What is your prediction for the game?
Jose Mourinho not impressed by Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea success Jose Mourinho insists he is not motivated by the thought of matching Roberto Di Matteo's achievement of winning the Champions League with Chelsea. Instead the Portuguese wants to set about building his next great team at Stamford Bridge, one that is capable of challenging for the trophy which has so far eluded him during his time in West London. Having delivered European Cups whilst in charge at Porto and Inter Milan, Mourinho so far has not been able to repeat the feat with Chelsea - whose one and only success in the competition came under Di Matteo's stewardship in 2012. But this season has started promisingly for the Blues, who are unbeaten in all competitions and sit clear at the top of the Premier League. Progression into the knockout stages of the Champions League can be attained with a victory over Di Matteo's Schalke side in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday evening but Mourinho is not thinking about having to equal the Italian's triumphs d ...
Chelsea maintain lead as Toure rescues Man City: Diego Costa scored again as Chelsea established a seven-point lead at the Premier League summit by comfortably beating ten-man West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Costa opened the scoring in the 11th minute, leaping into the air to control Oscar’s left-wing cross on his chest and then slamming a side-foot volley past Ben Foster for his 11th goal of the campaign. Eden Hazard added a second in the 25th minute, smuggling a deflected shot beneath Foster from Cesc Fabregas’s corner, before West Brom’s Claudio Yacob was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Costa. Victory saw Chelsea set a new club record of 12 unbeaten games from the start of the season. Jose Mourinho’s side are now seven points clear of second-place Southampton, who vis­it Aston Villa on Monday, and remain eight points above defending cham­pions Manchester City, who won 2-1 at home to Swansea City. Despite having captain Vincent Kompany back from injury, Man­chester City fe ...
Jose Mourinho is resigned to the prospect of losing this season but insists defeat will not lead to crisis at Stamford Bridge. The Blues can extend their unbeaten run to 18 games when they face West Brom on Saturday and victory would extend their lead over Southampton to seven points. But Mourinho does not fear the prospect of picking up a first loss of the campaign and is confident his side are strong enough mentally to bounce back from any such setback and avoid falling into a rut. "The thing that gives us confidence is the results we are getting are not occasional. They're because we're playing well," he told reporters. "We believe that, when we lose points, the next game we are going to play well again. "Against Maribor in the Champions League [earlier in November], we lost two points but in the next game we were not in crisis. We were at Liverpool to play well again. "I don't believe there'll be a Chelsea crisis in the season. I believe Chelsea will lose points and matches, but not in a crisis of res ...
* Manchester United are planning to sell Angel Di Maria, 26, to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer to create funds for a sensational move for either Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, 25, or Cristiano Ronaldo, 29. * Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, who is currently playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge. * Lionel Messi's father Jorge says the prospect of his son leaving Barcelona is "not even on the table", after an interview the 27-year-old gave earlier this week prompted speculation about a move away. * Bayern Munich winger and Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri, 23, could be forced to stay with the German champions until the end of the season as he is cup tied in the Champions League. * Jose Mourinho has ordered his scouts to keep tabs on Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings, 21, as a potential long-term replacement for John Terry at Chelsea. * Manchester United are preparing a move for AC Milan defender Adil Rami, 28. * Manchester City are willing t ...
Open Champions League menu NK NK Maribor 1V Chelsea 1 FT 90' +3 HT 0-0 Uefa Champions League Date: Wednesday, 5th November Kick off: 19:45 GMT Venue: Ljudski vrt Key events NK Goal Ibraimi 50' ChelseaGoal Matic 73' Close Match details 5 November 2014 Updated 22:16 GMT By Sam Sheringham - BBC Sport Blues settle for point after Hazard misses penalty Matic cancels out Ibraimi's opener Chelsea extend unbeaten run to 16 matches Eden Hazard missed a late penalty as Group G leaders Chelsea were held to a draw by unfancied Maribor in the Champions League. The Slovenian champions, thrashed 6-0 at Stamford Bridge, took the lead through Agim Ibraimi's sublime curler. But the Blues equalised when Nemanja Matic poked in John Terry's header at the far post. Hazard was fouled by Mitja Viler to win a penalty, but the Belgian's weak effort was saved by Jasmin Handanovic. Hazard's rare miss - he has scored 27 out of 30 penalties in his career - summed up a frustrating evening for the Blues, who had been denied an earlier s ...
Jose Mourinho could recall Petr Cech for Chelsea’s Champions League clash at Maribor tonight. Keeper Cech has started just three games for Chelsea all season after losing his place to Thibaut Courtois. But Mourinho wants to give the 32-year-old enough game-time to ensure he doesn't leave in January. The Czech Republic star has made it clear he doesn't want to sit on the bench with Euro 2016 approaching. He plans to reassess his future ahead of the next transfer window. Mourinho is a big Cech fan and is trying to give the stopper enough minutes to keep him content at Stamford Bridge. Ex-Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti is interested in taking Cech to Real Madrid but Mourinho would prefer not to strengthen a Champions League rival. Paris St- Germain are also interested. If Cech wants to leave, he could join Turkish club Besiktas until the end of the season. Besiktas have struck up a partnership agreement with Chelsea and would be able to offer Cech guaranteed first-team football, European competition in the Eur ...
Chelsea6 Remy 13′ Drogba 23′ (pen) Terry 31′ Viler 54′ (og) Hazard 77′ (pen), 90′ NK Maribor0 Didier Drogba scored his first goal since rejoining Chelsea as they recorded their biggest Champions League win with a dominant victory against Maribor at Stamford Bridge. Loic Remy swept in the opener but was quickly replaced by Drogba after injuring himself when scoring. Drogba then converted a penalty before John Terry slid in a third. A Mitja Viler own goal put Chelsea in command before Eden Hazard scored a penalty and drove in a late sixth. Agim Ibraimi hit the post with a penalty for Maribor, but in truth the Slovenians were well beaten. Chelsea have seven points from three games to sit top of Group G, and will be confident of reaching the knockout stage. It was almost the perfect win for boss Jose Mourinho, although the injury to Remy was a cause for concern. With Diego Costa out with a hamstring injury, the Blues could face Sunday's Premier League trip to Manchester United with Drogba as the c ...
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho does not expect striker Loic Remy to be fit for Sunday's trip to Manchester United in the Premier League. Remy suffered a "muscular injury" after scoring the opener in the Blues' 6-0 Champions League win against Maribor at Stamford Bridge. Nine-goal striker Diego Costa has a hamstring injury, leaving Didier Drogba as Chelsea's only fit senior striker. "I'm not worried. We don't cry on injuries," said Mourinho. "When a player is injured, play another one. "It's our philosophy, we don't cry. We just think one injury means an opportunity for somebody else. "We will prepare for the game [against Manchester United] Thursday, Friday, Saturday to try to be at our best possible level against an opponent which we respect very, very much."
Ooops! Hazard's penalty miss was against Nordsjaelland in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge...My bad
WENGER HUNGRY 4 CHELSEA REVANGE!!! Arsenal have "a big hunger" to avenge their crushing defeat against Chelsea in March, a humiliation that Arsene Wenger said on Friday he and his club would never forget. The Arsenal manager seeks his first victory over a Jose Mourinho-managed club in a dozen attempts in Sunday's big Premier League derby and the Frenchman admitted that last season's 6-0 mauling at Stamford Bridge, which marred his 1 000th game in charge, had left an indelible mark. "We will never forget last year at Chelsea and we have an opportunity to put it right," Wenger told a news conference before the return to Stamford Bridge. "We have a big hunger to put that right. "Last year's slow start exposed us to counter-attacks. It was a very bad memory but football is not made of history, it's about performance." With six points separating Arsenal from top-of-the-table Chelsea, Wenger said winning on Sunday was "vital" if his side was to stay in the Premier League race. Arsenal's midweek Champions League ...
Match report: Sporting Lisbon 0 Chelsea 1 NEWS 43 minutes Nemanja Matic scored the only goal of the game as we maintained our impressive start to the season and move top of our Champions League group. A good Chelsea display saw us dominate the game for long spells, and but for the heroics of Sporting goalkeeper Rui Patricio, the margin of victory would almost certainly have been more. The decisive moment came shortly after the half-hour mark, when Matic met a Cesc Fabregas free-kick and directed his header into the back of the net. Oscar and, late on, Mohamed Salah, were denied by Patricio as we looked to put the game to bed, but we leave Lisbon with three precious points, and attention now turns to Sunday’s London derby against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. TEAM NEWS The manager made two changes to the side which beat Aston Villa 3-0 at the weekend. Filipe Luis came into the side at left- back, making his third start for the Blues, with Cesar Azpilicueta starting on the bench. The only other change saw A ...
Star Midfielder Out with Injury while Costa Starts Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Ramires will be kept out of the starting lineup against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge, while Diego Costa will be starting as the marksman upfront. ‘Ramires,’ said Jose Mourinho, when asked who was unavailable for the game. ‘Everybody else is good. ‘It’s a muscular injury, he won’t be able to play on Tuesday [against Sporting Lisbon] or even against Arsenal. ‘He needs the two-week international break [to recover], maybe he will be back after that. ‘Diego plays tomorrow and starts without problems. The question is always the same; can he finish the game and be in condition to play in Lisbon 48 hours later? ‘I don’t know but at the moment I’m not thinking about Sporting or the Champions League, I’m thinking about Aston Villa and the Premier League. He plays for sure, he starts the game for sure and he’s in a very good condition to start.’ - Chelsea FC
Champions League holders Real Madrid are reportedly weighing up a bid for Chelsea midfielder Ramires, reports Daily Mirror. It was the Italian who brought Ramires to Stamford Bridge in the first place and he now wants to be reunited with the highly rated footballer. Despite being dropped from the starting line-up, the 27-year-old is valued at £25 million
Sep 22, 2014 Diego Costahas denied claims he apologised to Chelseafans for his part in their Champions League defeat to his Atletico Madridside last season. The Brazil-born striker reportedly expressed his regret at converting a penalty during los Colchoneros’ 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge last season which eliminated the Blues from the competition. However, the 25-year-old has now insisted that these were not his words and he would not have made disparaging remarks about the team with which he won La Liga “It is impossible that something against Atleti comes out of my mouth,” Costa told Tiempo de Juego. “How am I going to speak ill of a team that have given me everything? I’ll be careful and just say things when they have to be given.” Costa, who scored a record seven goals in his first four Premier League appearances but could not find the net in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City, added he is aiming for more silverware this term. “I knew I could not always score, but I work to score. . ...
IS JOSÉ BUILDING THE GREAT ENTERTAINERS FOR ABRAMOVICH? ~ HAVING SCORED 16GOALS BUT CONCEDED 7. Jose Mourinho might not appreciate the comparison but right now his Chelsea team more closely resemble Newcastle United in their heady days under Kevin Keegan than anything he has assembled before. Chelsea so far are the great entertainers&have scored&conceded more goals after 5 matches than any previous Mourinho team. Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw vs Schalke in the Champions League means Chelsea have found the net 16 times but had their own defence breached on 7 occasions. For a man so focused on tactical tightness that total is anathema to Mourinho,even if his side remain unbeaten. Only in his 2011-12 season at Real Madrid has Mourinho started a season anywhere like this 1 at Stamford Bridge. Back then after 5games in all competitions Real had scored 15goals&conceded 6. Ominous signals for the Premier League chasing pack; Real won La Liga that season,scoring a frankly ridiculous 121 times for a plus 89goal di ...
Mourinho: i may go back to mardrid. the Portuguese trainer left the Champions League holders after three seasons in charge to take over at Chelsea but has hinted that he has unfinished business in Spain Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has suggested that he would jump at the chance to return to former club Real Madrid . Mourinho spent three years in the hotseat at the Santiago Bernabeu between 2010-13, winning the 2012 Liga title and 2011 Copa del Rey. However, a failure to secure a Champions League trophy - Real were eliminated in the semi-finals in all three of Mourinho's seasons in charge - ultimately cost the Portuguese coach his job. Chelsea moved to bring Mourinho back to Stamford Bridge quickly and after a third-place finish in a campaign of transition last term, the Blues are red-hot favourites for this season's Premier League title. Though expressing delight at fulfilling a career goal in securing league titles in England, Italy and Spain, Mourinho has suggested he has unfinished business in the Spa ...
Didier Drogba has returned to training with Chelsea ahead of a possible first European outing with the club since scoring the winning goal in the 2012 Champions League final. Drogba's first spell with the Blues ended with him scoring the decisive penalty which defeated Bayern Munich in the final at the Allianz Arena. He has now given manager Jose Mourinho a big boost by returning from injury sooner than expected, showing no ill effects as he trained with the Chelsea squad at their Cobham base on Tuesday. Drogba rejoined Chelsea this summer after a spell at Galatasaray but missed Saturday's win over Swansea because of an ankle injury which was expected to keep him out of the Group G match against Schalke on Wednesday. Mourinho is likely to start with in-form Diego Costa up front at Stamford Bridge but Drogba may well gain a place on the bench. Watch Chelsea play Schalke live on Sky Sports 1 from 7.30pm on Wednesday.
Fabregas: Chelsea my priority Cesc Fabregas admits he retains an emotional connection to Arsenal but says this will not prevent him giving his all against them for new club Chelsea. Former Arsenal midfielder and captain Fabregas, 27, joined Chelsea this summer from Barcelona in a £30million deal, after the Gunners decided against taking up an option to bring him back to the Emirates. Chelsea play Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in a game that is live on Sky Sports on Sunday, October 5. When asked by Spanish newspaper El Pais about the prospect of playing for one of Arsenal’s rivals, Fabregas said: "Don't think I didn't think about it. “I will keep the Gunner feeling forever and I know that I will return to Highbury (Emirates Stadium) and it will be a special moment, but I am a committed guy. "I remind you that I played the Champions League final against Barcelona (with Arsenal) and I swear I would have done anything to win that game - and I have been a Barcelona fan since I was a kid. "So I know that when ...
Chelsea have agreed an £8m with QPR for star striker Loic Remy, according to various reports. The Blues are on the hunt for a new forward after letting Fernando Torres join AC Milan on a two-year loan on Friday, pending the Spaniard agreeing personal terms and passing a medical. And Jose Mourinho appears to have acted quickly in the transfer market by moving for the France international, who played at this summer's World Cup. Remy enjoyed a highly successful loan spell with Newcastle last season, finishing as the club's top scorer with 14 Premier League goals. However, the 27-year-old has always made it perfectly clear he wishes to play in the Champions League and now looks set to get his wish with Chelsea. Remy has a staggered buy-out clause with the Hoops, meaning clubs in Europe's top competition can pay just £8m to land the striker, whereas teams such as Newcastle would have to pay a higher fee. Earlier on in the summer the Frenchman look destined to join Liverpool after the Reds met that fee, howev ...
Samuel Eto’o thanks Mourinho Samuel Eto’o has rubbished talk of a rift with Jose Mourinho as he prepares for the possibility of an Everton debut against his old boss, Sky Sports reports. Eto’o was part of Mourinho’s Champions League-winning side at Inter Milan and came to England a year ago to rejoin the Portuguese at Chelsea. But the pair’s relationship was questioned when Mourinho was caught on camera joking about Eto’o’s age, and the 33-year-old left Stamford Bridge in the summer before joining Everton this week. Samuel Eto’o gave his first press conference on...
Iniesta: "My best Champions League goal? Goal at Stamford Bridge is unforgettable and will also be the best, but also the one against Viktoria Plzen"
Jose Mourinho claims Chelsea's Diego Costa will prove a bargain buy after the Spain striker marked his home debut with a clinical double in the 2-0 friendly win over Real Sociedad. Mourinho splashed out £32 million to lure Costa from Spanish champions Atletico Madrid and the Blues boss is convinced even that hefty price tag will look cheap by the end of the season. The 25-year-old certainly looks capable of justifying Mourinho's faith after making a confident bow for his new club at Stamford Bridge. He took just 57 seconds to open the scoring with a cool finish from an acute angle and bagged his second with a tap-in after Andre Schurrle's shot hit a post in the seventh minute. As well as his goals, Mourinho was also impressed with the way Costa linked with attacking midfield trio Schurrle, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, while working tirelessly to close down Sociedad when they were in possession. His qualities look ideally suited to the Premier League and Mourinho said: "Diego is a team player, he works ...
Although the new Premier League season has yet to start and it is very early days in the Chelsea career of Diego Costa, the vibes are that we`ve found ourselves a striker that can do the business. Last night, on his home debut for Chelsea, Deigo didn`t take long to demolish the Real Sociedad defence, scoring twice. His first goal was the better of the two, running onto a delicate chip from Ramires before burying his shot, whilst the second was an opportune goal from a striker, a simple tap-in (after being in the right place). However, do we detect a degree of modesty about the young man, with the player issuing some kind of apology in relation to his role with Atletico Madrid and our exit from the Champions League at the hands of the Spanish champions, with Costa remarking, "Now I can say really I`m really sorry for the part I played in the game we won at Stamford Bridge. I remember the atmosphere and the passion of the supporters." "They stayed right until the end of the match, getting right behind their ...
The football news and gossip making the back pages of Tuesday's regional newspapers. LONDON Evening Standard Chelsea are being linked with a £30million move for Roma defender Mehdi Benatia as Jose Mourinho looks to strengthen his defence before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month. Vlad Chiriches is a target for Roma as the Italian club become increasingly resigned to losing their best centre-back Mehdi Benatia. Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp remains insistent that Manchester United target Mats Hummels will not leave the club this summer. Diego Costa will be introduced to Chelsea supporters at Stamford Bridge for the first time tonight and his immediate plan is to apologise to them for knocking the Blues out of last season's Champions League. Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera has urged Javier Hernandez to leave Old Trafford this summer. Turkish club Trabzonspor are expecting to complete a deal for Liverpool defender Kolo Toure. MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS Borussia Dortmund boss has ruled ...
Central defender Raphael Varane has been unhappy with his playing time and wages at Real Madrid, and a move to Chelsea could be in his future. Reuters As manager Jose Mourinho said earlier this week, possessing two of the best goalkeepers in the world in Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois is a good problem for Chelsea to have heading into the new Premier League term. The Great One meant it more from a competition standpoint, with the Czech and 10-year Stamford Bridge netminder and budding Belgian 22-year-old pushing each other to greater heights. But now Mourinho’s phrasing has taken on new meaning, with the Blues leveraging the position battle into a possible deal for a young, top-flight defender. Mourinho has been enamored with Real Madrid central defender Raphael Varane well before he brought the French international to the Bernabeu in 2011, and now he could facilitate a move to London with Los Blancos keen on acquiring the 32-year-old Cech for their coming La Liga and Champions League runs, The Express ...
Former Chelsea GOALKEEPER RETIRED Former Chelsea keeper Hilario has announced his retirement after being released by the Blues this summer but has hinted he could stay on at Stamford Bridge. The 38-year-old had been with the West London outfit since signing on a free transfer from Nacional in 2006,and could extend his stay at the club in a coaching capacity. Hilario took to Instagram to announce his retirement, posting a long message with pictures of his triumphs with Chelsea down the years. Hilario said: 'Hi Everyone. After 20 years of professional goalkeeping I have made the very difficult decision to hang up my gloves!! 'It was not a sudden or easy decision and age played no part, but I simply could not refuse the offer that CFC proposed. I now have the opportunity to not only stay in the game but to pass on my experience and knowledge to a new generation of goalkeepers! I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the teams that I was so proud to represent and all the staff that works on the backstage, ...
A long-term link to Stamford Bridge, the 27-year-old Uruguay international joining Jose Mourinho's side would be dependent on a number of factors, not least Chelsea's need to comply with UEFA regulations. Apart from already having exceeded the quota for foreign players over the age of 21 by one -- with Didier Drogba taking them to 18 -- the London club are also increasingly conscious of financial fair play. It is expected that Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech could move on, however, and that any purchase of Cavani would finally see the long-mooted sale of Fernando Torres. Furthermore, the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Everton brought in 28 million pounds, freeing up more funds. Sources told ESPN FC that Chelsea have been quoted a price of 40 million pounds by PSG for Cavani, and that the player is eager to move to Stamford Bridge -- despite a public declaration that he would prefer to stay in France. There has already been preliminary contact between the London club and the player's camp, although Chelsea are s ...
'Why I Returned To Chelsea' - Drogba Finally Reveals! An excited Didier Drogba is back at Chelsea to try to help the former European champions end a five-year wait to land the Premier League title, he said on Tuesday. The 36-year-old Ivory Coast striker signed a 12-month deal last week to return to Stamford Bridge after having left the club immediately after their 2012 Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich. “Five years is a long time not to win the Premier League so I want to win it,” Drogba told the club website. “To lift the Premier League trophy is a fantastic feeling and we haven’t experienced it for a few years, too long for a club like ours. “I missed the Premier League, which for me is the best in the world. It’s true the German league is on the way up but the English league has been the best over the last decade and I’m really looking forward to playing the first game.” Drogba won the top-flight crown three times in his first spell at Chelsea, in 2005, 2006 and 2010, an ...
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba believes his new teammate Diego Costa has the character to succeed in the Premier League. - Lythell: Armed with Costa, Blues are ready to fight Drogba returned to Stamford Bridge as a free agent this summer after leaving Galatasaray. The Ivorian followed fellow striker Costa to West London as well as the striker's former Atletico Madrid teammate Filipe Luis and midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona. The 36-year-old, who won three Premier League titles and the Champions League during his previous eight-year spell at the club, has backed Brazil-born Costa to make an impact in English football. "I've been watching Diego play over the last few years and the first time I saw him I really liked him as a player," he told The Sun. "I like his character, he's solid, he can score goals and he's also technically gifted. He likes people to respect him and that's important." Drogba added that the signing of Former Arsenal captain Fabregas and Brazilian left-back Luis will add quality to ...
Toffees hopeful of securing top target. Chelsea youngster Romelu Lukaku could officially be an Everton player within the next 48 hours [Daily Mail]. The Belgium frontman, 21, is held in very high esteem by Toffees boss Roberto Martinez. Lukaku spent last season on loan at Goodison Park, netting 16 goals in the Premier League for the Merseysiders. He cost £18m when Chelsea signed him from Anderlecht three years ago, but his future at Stamford Bridge now looks less bright than it did when he first arrived. Chelsea recently brought in £32m Spain striker Diego Costa - a deal that seems to have signalled the end of Lukaku's hopes of becoming a first-team regular in West London. Everton are due back in England following their pre-season training camp in Austria imminently and securing Lukaku's signature seems to be top of Martinez's to-do list. Lukaku enjoyed his time at Everton and would be happy to return to Goodison Park to help boost the club's push for Champions League qualification. Would this be a titl ...
CHELSEA are ready to sell John Obi Mikel as they look to muscle in on Arsenal's move for Real Madrid and Germany star Sami Khedira. Blues boss Jose Mourinho is keen on adding another midfielder to his squad before the start of the new Premier League campaign, and with a £60million move for Juventus' Paul Pogba starting to look unlikely, the Special One is keen to land £20million Khedira. Chelsea have a number of players competing for places in the centre of the pitch, including former Gunners hero Cesc Fabregas, but one man who looks set to leave is Nigeria international Mikel. The 27-year-old started in just 11 league games last season, and reports in Italy claim he has been offered to a number of Serie A teams including Inter Milan for around £10million. Mikel, who joined Chelsea from Lyn in controversial circumstances after initially agreeing a deal with Manchester United, has made 206 appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge, picking up a Premier League and Champions League winner's medal as ...
::: Chelsea Agree On £20m Deal To Sign Atletico’s Luis ::: Chelsea have reached a deal to sign Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid subject to the defender agreeing personal terms with the Premier League club. Luis impressed as Atletico won the Spanish title and reached the Champions League final last season and the Brazilian left-back is likely to fill the void left by Ashley Cole’s move to Roma. A statement published on Chelsea’s official website read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Filipe Luis.” The 28-year-old is poised to become Chelsea’s second signing from Atletico in the last 24 hours after Spain striker Diego Costa completed his move to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Luis is reported to have cost £20 million ($34 million) after Chelsea agreed to pay the buy-out clause in his contract.
John Terry explains what Diego Costa can offer Chelsea next season CHELSEA veteran John Terry believes new boy Diego Costa will be a success at Stamford Bridge. By: David Wright Wed, July 16, 2014 Terry is looking forward to next season with Costa leading the attack[GETTY] He holds the ball up very well, he has got great movement and is really physical John Terry The Blues completed the £32m signing of Costa from Atletico Madrid yesterday after he fired the club to the La Liga title last season. Jose Mourinho's men went up against the Spain international in last term's Champions League semi-finals, exiting the competition with a 3-1 defeat on aggregate. And Terry claims Chelsea can look forward to the striker's target man qualities next season. Related articles Chelsea agree fee to sign £20m-rated Brazilian star Filipe Luis Chelsea look to offload John Obi Mikel as they try to hijack Arsenal's Sami Khedira move Chelsea beating Man Utd and Man City in race for Roma star Mehdi Benatia "First of all, his m ...
Filipe Luis has signed for Chelsea in a deal worth £20million, according to reports. After months of negotiations with Atletico Madrid, it seems Jose Mourinho has finally caved in and paid full asking price for the man who he sees as a direct replacement for Ashley Cole. According to The Sun, Luis, 28, has agreed terms at Stamford Bridge and will compete with Cesar Azpilicueta for the left-back spot next season. The Brazilian full-back was instrumental in Atletico’s march to La Liga glory last season, and shone in their astonishing run to the Champions League final, which they lost in extra-time to Real Madrid. Luis will become Chelsea’s fourth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Croatian youngster Mario Pasalic.
Didier Drogba COULD BE ON HIS WAY BACK TO CHELSEA WITH Petr Cech SET TO DEPART ~ Daily Mail Chelsea are exploring the feasibility of bringing Didier Drogba back to Stamford Bridge. The 36yrs-old has interest from clubs in Qatar while Juventus continue to flirt with the idea of taking him to Turin. Yet Jose Mourinho has a strong relationship with the Ivorian&is interested in the idea of him taking on a PLAYER-COACH role. Qatari clubs are willing to offer greater money with salaries being discussed of around £3M a season after tax but the idea of a return to Chelsea is something both parties wish to look at. Mourinho has great affection for Drogba&knows he could have great influence on a squad that is changing this summer. He declared prior to the Champions League tie with Galatasaray in March that Drogba could return&is keen to fulfil that wish. Drogba won 3 Premier League titles,4 FA Cups&the Champions League while at Chelsea&Mourinho wants to use that experience to good effect with his new additions. Di ...
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will turn his attention to strengthening his defence with Southampton centre half Dejan Lovren and Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand on his radar, reports suggest. The Reds have been one of the most active sides in the Premier League this summer having strengthened their attack with former Saints duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana having also completed a deal for German midfielder Emre Can. However, strengthening the club's defensive options remain a priority after the Premier League runners up conceded the most goals in the top five last season, a total of 50 in 38 games. The Times suggest Rodgers has identified Lovren, 24, as his priority target with the club prepared to make Southampton an offer for the player who has spent just one season on the south coast. The Croatian international arrived in the Premier League in a deal worth £8.5m from Lyon and excelled under Mauricio Pochettino last term. The lure of Champions League football is likely to tempt the defender into conside ...
01-07-2014 Henrique Hilario 's playing contract ends this summer following eight years as a Chelsea Football Club goalkeeper. The Portuguese arrived on a free transfer ahead of the 2006/07 season, signed by Jose Mourinho , and was backup to Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini . With both Cech and Cudicini out injured, he made his debut in a Champions League home match against Barcelona, and it proved a debut to remember as Hilario turned in an impressive performance, keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 win. With first and second-choice keepers remaining out, he went on to make another 17 appearances that season. Christmas 2007 saw Hilario thrust back into the spotlight. With Cudicini out injured, he replaced Cech in a 1-0 win at Blackburn Rovers, also featuring in festive-period wins against Newcastle United, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers. He would play once more during the 2007/08 campaign, coming on for the injured Cudicini in a Champions League game against Fenerbahçe at Stamford Bridge. Ross Turnbull's signing ...
01-07-2014 Chelsea Football Club today bids farewell to Samuel Eto'o whose contract is now at an end. Eto'o spent one season at Stamford Bridge and true to his illustrious career as one of the great strikers in world football, provided some of the most memorable moments of 2013/14 with his goals, often important opening strikes including in big games against Arsenal and Tottenham, and against Manchester United when he became just the third Chelsea player to score a hat-track against the Old Trafford outfit. He signed on a one-year deal from Anzhi Makhachkala last August, making his debut at Everton and scoring his first Chelsea goal in a 4-1 win over Cardiff City, taking an Eden Hazard pass in his stride, jinking past Steven Caulker and firing low past David Marshall. It was another important contribution, giving his team a 2-1 lead, and Eto'o's formidable history in the Champions League continued with his first goals for us in that competition soon followed, a brace in a 3-0 win against Schalke, before h ...
Chelsea Football Club today says goodbye to Ashley Cole , a player who contributed enormously to the highly successfully period in our history in which we were crowned champions of Europe and won the League and Cup double for the first time. Cole, whose contract came to an end yesterday, was a Chelsea player for eight seasons, making 338 appearances, 13 of those as a substitute, and finding the net seven times. Throughout that time he was the England team's left-back. He announced his retirement from international football in May having won 107 caps, a record for a full-back and the fifth highest total overall. His remarkably consistent high level of performance was always appreciated by the Chelsea support, who welcomed him to Stamford Bridge even though he joined from big London rivals Arsenal, with William Gallas moving the other way as part of a transfer-deadline-day deal in August 2006. Cole has had no reason to regret his switch across the capital, collecting winners' medals for the Champions League ...
Mass Exodus: Five players who are set to leave Chelsea this summer MourinhoJose Mourinho’s Chelsea have already been one of the busiest sides this summer in terms of transfer activity, striking deals for Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa whilst offloading David Luiz to PSG for a princely sum. Chairman Roman Abramovich is keen to avoid punishments imposed by breaking the new Financial Fair Play rules which Manchester City did last season and now face a £50million fine and reduced Champions League squad. Therefore Chelsea will be looking to sell more players before they can finance new signings, with Mourinho prepared to make wholesale changes in order to challenge for the Premier League title next season as reported by the Daily Star. Here at Touchline Talk we run through the five players likely to depart Stamford Bridge this summer for pastures new. Just click on the link below to view them. Fernando Torres The 30-year-old Spaniard was signed for £50million from Liverpool back in 2011 but has never looked ...
SPORTS UPDATE WITH EMMAH ATAI : Chelsea have signed Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona in a deal reported to be for a fee in the region of £30million. Fabregas has agreed a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge. He says he’s joined to win trophies‘. Stoke City have taken their off-season signings to four after adding Senegal striker Mame Biram Diouf and Slovak defender Dionatan Teixeira to the squad. Arsenal have reportedly held talks with Gremio over Brazilian centre-back Bressan, 21, as Arsene Wenger looks to boost his defensive options. Arsenal have also been hit with a £24m asking price for Alvaro Morata. Sunderland have denied being after Bafetimbi Gomis . Valencia are reportedly eyeing Cardiff's Chilean World Cup star Gary Medel . Uefa has relaxed Champions League sanctions imposed on Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain for overspending after accepting a request from players' union FIFPro. Uefa said on Wednesday that the champions of England and France only have to include five home-trained player . ...
Chelsea Football Club and FC Cologne have agreed a season-long loan for Tomas Kalas which will begin on 1 July. The Czech defender, 21, will embark upon his second loan spell away from Stamford Bridge having previously spent two seasons - 2011/12 and 2012/13 - at Vitesse Arnhem. He returned to Chelsea ahead of the 2013/14 campaign and was handed his debut by Jose Mourinho as a late substitute in a 2-0 Capital Cup win at Arsenal. He then made his European bow for the club, again as a late sub, in our 2-0 Champions League Round of 16 win over Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge. The youngster was handed his first start in our 2-0 Premier League win at Liverpool in April, playing alongside Branislav Ivanovic at the heart of the defence and impressing with a composed, mature display. On the final day of the season he made his second start in our 2-1 win at Cardiff City. Though generally considered a central defender, Kalas, who has one senior international cap, also played at right-back while with Vitesse. Cologne ...
No Ramires raid! Jose Jose Mourinho is not interested in selling midfielder Ramires and will reject the advances of Real Madrid to keep the Brazil star at Chelsea. Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti was preparing to raid his former club for the 27-year-old, who he signed in 2010 during his time in charge at Stamford Bridge. Following last month's Champions League triumph over city rivals Atletico, Ancelotti told Madrid president Florentino Perez that he wanted to bring Ramires to the Bernabeu this summer along with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. But according to reports in Spain, Mourinho will not entertain the possibility of letting Ramires leave the club having decided not to renew the contract of veteran Frank Lampard and sanctioned the £50m sale of David Luiz to PSG. Ramires has been a mainstay in the Chelsea midfield since joining from Benfica for £17m, making 196 appearances for the Blues. The Brazil international, currently preparing for the World Cup, is contracted at Chelsea until 2017 having signed a ...
SUNDAY FOOTBALL NEWS Manchester United are back on the trail of their former midfielder Paul Pogba - now valued at around £60m by Italian champions Juventus. Pogba, 21, was a United target when David Moyes was in charge, and talks were at an advanced stage at the time the former manager was sacked. (Sunday Express ) Super Falcons have qualified for the 2014 African Women's Championship after defeating Rwanda 8-0 to win 12-1 on aggregate in second round second leg game played in Kaduna on Saturday. (goal) The much-maligned Sunderland striker hit a goal in either half as Super Eagles were punished for a tame display in Florida despite Victor Moses' late penalty(goal) Didier Drogba is set to return to Chelsea this summer. The 36-year-old striker is currently with Turkish club Galatasaray, but Blues manager Jose Mourinho has never disguised his desire to re-sign a player who left Stamford Bridge after the Champions League final in 2012. (Sunday Mirror ) Southampton will hold another round of talks next week ...
John Terry spoke to the press ahead of the Uefa Champions League fixture against Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge. Watch all the build up on Chelsea TV.
Stamford Bridge will be missing a very familiar presence next season, as English midfielder Frank Lampard announced Monday that he is leaving Chelsea after 13 seasons. Lampard, who won the Uefa Champions League
I want to leave! Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois eyes up permanent move to Atletico Madrid. CHELSEA goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has admitted that he wants to stay at Atletico Madrid next season according to club Chief Executive Gil Marin. The news of Courtois' intentions to stay in Madrid will set alarm bells ringing for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. He will be reluctant to let Courtois leave Stamford Bridge as first choice keeper Petr Cech currently has a shoulder injury which will rule him out the start Chelsea's Premier League campaign. The news of Courtois' desire to stay at Aletico comes less than 24 hours after their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid. But Marin revealed that the Chelsea star made his intentions known to them after them before the defeat to their local rivals. He said: “Courtois wants to stay and he’s told the directors that. "But it all depends on him and Chelsea have an injured goalkeeper.” - [via Daily Star]... As for me let the ungreatful little boy stay wt them if he w ...
WHEN FOOTBALL PREVAIL OVER EVIL Roman Abramovich considers replacing Mourinho with Simeone Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is questioning whether he made the right choice hiring Jose Mourinho last summer after a poor season at Stamford Bridge. According to Le 10 Sport, the Russian oligarch is considering the possibility of sacking Mourinho less than a year after the Special One started his second stint in charge of Chelsea. The Blues have had a poor season by Abramovich's high standards, winning nothing and finishing third behind Manchester City and Liverpool. Mourinho has claimed Chelsea's failing have been down to a lack of strikers, refusing to take the blame for himself. Meanwhile, Diego Simeone has inspired Atletico Madrid to a famous La Liga title victory and could also win the Champions League on a tiny budget compared to Chelsea's. Needless to say, Abramovich sees Simeone as a potential future manager of Chelsea and could even offer him the job this summer if he does decide to sack Mourinho. Not on ...
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Schurrle's CL final regret. Chelsea's Andre Schurrle admits he will be full of regret when he watches Saturday's Champions League final in Lisbon. Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid will lock horns in a battle to be crowned European kings, with the game live on Sky Sports 1HD. Diego Simeone's La Liga champions booked their place in the final after overcoming Jose Mourinho's Chelsea 3-1 over two legs, with all the goals coming in the Stamford Bridge leg after a goalless draw in Spain. Chelsea's campaign unravelled after the defeat to Atletico, as Norwich held on for a 0-0 draw in the following game to put a huge dent in the Blues' Premier League title bid. Schurrle, who scored in the final-day win at Cardiff City to ensure they at least finished on a high note, has promised Chelsea will 'come back stronger next season'. But he admits he will be wondering what could have been when he watches the European showpiece on Saturday. Schurrle told the Daily Star: "We're disappointed because we didn't w ...
Mohamed Salah had high praise for Cesar Azpilicuetain an interview for Chelseayesterday. In January Chelsea made some changes. The end result was the departures of Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne - and the arrivals of Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah. In the case of the latter, once again Chelsea stole him from underneath the nose of a Premier Leaguerival. In the summer they snatched Willian from the grasp of Tottenham Hotspur - in January it was Liverpool’s. For much of the winter it looked as if Liverpool were on the verge of snapping up the Egyptian but Chelsea swooped in and signed him up instead. His first half a season at the club have been predictably quiet. He has settled into life in London well but for the most part has been used as a substitute at the club. Of course much of the impressing Salah did that made Mourinho splash out on him was against Chelsea in their Champions League ties this season. The Egyptian scored against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, a game the Swiss side won 2-1 when Marco S ...
Chelsea are weighing up selling Petr Cech this summer. The Telegraph says Chelsea will consider allowing Cech to leave Stamford Bridge if the goalkeeper does not want to be understudy to Thibaut Courtois. The young Belgian is seemingly ready to get his chance at Stamford Bridge, after a mightily impressive side which could see him win the Europa League, Champions League and La Liga crown. Chelsea could demand more than £10 million for Cech and save on his £100,000-a-week wages. Courtois has been offered a new five-year contract worth around £70,000 a week
It has been a crazy year isn't it. Arsenal ended their 9 years trophy drought, Stamford Bridge been beaten by Sunderland, Liverpool are on the title race, Manchester United are out of the Europe for the first time in over many years. Atletico Madrid winning the La Liga and maybe can even win the Uefa Champions League. With all of these things happen in just a season, it just make me believe that England is going to win the World Cup this year, and Brazil is going to fall in their own home.
Marin wants permanent leave from Chelsea The German who has been on loan at Sevilla all season wants to make the deal permanent Marko Marin has enjoyed a successful season with the Spanish side despite injury set-backs and was part of Sevilla's Europa League triumph on Wednesday. Marin is just one of many talents who were brought to Stamford Bridge following their Champions League victory of 2012 and has been loaned out to various places as a result of the difficulty players will have, getting a place in Mourinho's team. A Chelsea return is unlikely for Marin given the vast number of attacking players at Mourinho's disposal which the Portuguese bought himself. So for this reason Marin is keen to secure a permanent move away from West London. The 25 year-old said: "Seville want to keep me, they want to buy me outright. “Now I can only wait and see what will happen, will depend on what will decide Chelsea.” Marin is yet to make a major impact for his side as he has 18 league appearnaces under his belt, ...
Best in the business can get it wrong & sometimes its a blessing in disguise for the players sent off on loan. Case in point, Jose's Chelsea & players flourishing on loan. Courtois has impressed in his third consecutive season on loan at Atletico Madrid, helping the Spaniards to the May 24 Champions League final at the expense of his parent club, and could put pressure on Petr Cech as Chelsea number one. Lukaku spent a second straight season on loan in the Premier League, scoring 17 goals for Everton - a tally greater than any of the strikers who remained at Stamford Bridge. Others will also be looked at closely by Mourinho, including Victor Moses, who spent the season at Liverpool, and Marko Marin, who helped Sevilla to win the Europa League.
Chelsea have never lost a league game following a midweek Champions League match this season (W10, D1). have won their last six games against Norwich at Stamford Bridge, scoring 21 goals and conceding just 2 (all comps).
WORDS WITH: JOSE MORAIS When Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea last summer, there was just one key person involved in the preparation of the first team who needed an introduction. The manager and his methods were of course well known at Stamford Bridge and assistant first team coach Steve Holland, goalkeeper coach Christophe Lollichon and first team fitness coach Chris Jones provided continuity from the preceding seasons. Returning with Mourinho were his fellow Portuguese assistants Rui Faria and Silvino Louro, who have been with him from prior to his first time at Chelsea. However there was one new face in the backroom team as this season commenced, another Portuguese with a wide football experience from managing teams on different continents, including a national side. He first met Mourinho in the early days of their respective coaching careers, and joined him at Inter Milan where he assisted in the winning of the Champions League and domestic league and cup honours, and at Real Madrid where league and ...
Match Report Sun 4 May 2014, Stamford Bridge and Norwich City's ambitions at opposite ends of the Barclays Premier League table hang by a thread after a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. On the back of their midweek semi- final defeat by Atletico Madrid in the Uefa Champions League, Chelsea were unable to restore winning ways against their relegation-threatened opponents. Andre Schurrle and David Luiz struck a post and crossbar respectively for the hosts either side of half-time as nerves worked against an engaging spectacle. Jose Mourinho's title hopes will end if Liverpool win at Crystal Palace on Monday, while Manchester City, leaders having beaten Everton 3-2 on Saturday, will restrict them to third position if they win their match in hand against Aston Villa on Wednesday. Norwich ended a run of five straight league defeats but Sunderland's 1-0 triumph at Manchester United means that Neil Adams' side must beat Arsenal on the final weekend and hope that Sunderland, who hold a vastly superior goal difference ...
Asked about Eden Hazard’s impact after coming off the bench at half-time against Norwich, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho pointed to more than just the Belgian as a factor in an improved second half display. After watching their Champions League dream unravel midweek at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea’s Premier League title challenge now also looks all but over. A frustrating scoreless draw with Norwich at home means that the Blues will be ruled out of contention should Liverpool or Manchester City win their games in hand this week. And the Blues’ drop off in the race for silverware has been set against the background of a row between Hazard and Mourinho via the media. The PFA Young Player of the Year was at fault for Atletico Madrid’s equaliser last Wednesday as they went on to dump Chelsea out of Europe 3-1 on aggregate. article continues below And the Belgian drew the ire of his manager for seemingly criticising his tactics in the aftermath, Mourinho hitting back by suggesting Hazard isn’t equipped to fi ...
Norwich City FC parked 11 buses and trailers at Stamford Bridge and got the result they wanted. Now do you know what that means for José Mourinho and Chelsea Football Club? It means a season without a trophy. The EPL, Carling Cup, The FA Cup and The Uefa Champions League are all gone. Chelsea are a team of brilliant stars, but it is Mourinho's tactics and anti-football strategies that have failed to deliver for Chelsea. Shame on Mourinho, Roberto Di Matteo is a Trillion X better than him.
Can Mourinho ever deliver the Chelsea that Abramovich wants? As Roman Abramovich watched on from his luxury private box in the west stand, he was presented with the kind of vibrant attacking football he has always craved at Stamford Bridge. Unfortunately, it was the team in red and white stripes playing with the speed, authority and skill that would have reminded the Russian billionaire why he once dreamed of appointing Pep Guardiola as the Chelsea manager The intensity of their play was startling, the cohesion of their attacking movement too much for the Blues to handle. They played with a passion that mirrored that of their coach, Diego Simeone, on the touchline. Mourinho could find no answer, not this time. Not so special anymore? This was Mourinho’s fourth Champions League semi-final defeat in a row, his sixth overall in 10 attempts to reach the final of Europe’s most prestigious competition. Mourinho has said this season that he accepts the owner’s wishes and understands the style of football A ...
Spanish club, Atletico Madrid have defeated Chelsea 3-1 in the Champions League semifinal second leg played on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge, London, ...
Chelsea are out of the Champions League after last night's defeat to Atletico Madrid - reaction from Stamford Bridge on …
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa was pleased that his side qualified for the final Uefa Champions League after they saw off Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.
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After a 0-0 stalemate in their Uefa Champions League semi-final first leg, Atletico Madrid prevailed 3-1 over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the second leg, to set up a clash with fierce rival Real Madrid in the final in Lisbon on 25 May (AEST).
Atletico Madrid fans celebrating reaching the Champions League final at Stamford Bridge. (Via Jack Lang on Instagram)
Full time Chelsea 1-3 Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge. Who's looking forward to a tasty Madrid derby Champions League final?! 24th May. The first time the final has been contested by two clubs from the same city.
Chelsea welcome La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid for the ever-so-important second leg of the Champions League semi-final to the Stamford Bridge.
Travel plans for Chelsea fans Last Updated: 30/04/14 10:24am Comments Stamford Bridge: Fans face long walk this evening Chelsea have urged fans intending to use public transport ahead of this evening's Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid to check with London Underground before beginning their journey. Tube stations close to Stamford Bridge are affected by a 48-hour strike by rail staff and Transport for London (TfL) has issued important travel advice to supporters. A statement on the Chelsea website read: "TfL has plans to ensure London can keep moving during these periods but you should expect significant disruption. "Please plan to make your way to and from Stamford Bridge by other means of transport. Tube services to stations near the stadium are likely to be very limited. "London Overground services will also be in operation but are expected to be extremely busy, particularly before and after the match. Stations may need to close temporarily at times to prevent overcrowding. "Possible alterna ...
Nickname: The Blues Formed: 1905 Stadium: Stamford Bridge (41,837) League titles: 4 FA Cup wins: 7 League Cup wins: 4 European Cup/Champions League wins: 1 Manager: Jose Mourinho Chelsea were formed in 1905, and are actually based in nearby Fulham. The side had to wait until 1955 for their first success, when they won the Football League. The club had to wait yet again for more success, until they won the 1970 FA Cup and 1971 Cup Winners Cup. The last 15 years have been the club’s most successful however, first under Ruud Gullit and then Gianluco Vialli, and then since Russian billionaire Roman Abromovich bought the club in 2003, under Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti. The club won the Premier League in 2005, 2006 and 2010, and the FA Cup in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012. Chelsea also reached the 2008 Champions League final, where they were beaten agonisingly on penalties by Manchester United. The pain of that loss – and John Terry’s crucial miss from the spot – lingered, and perhaps still does. Howe ...
Breaking Football News: (Chelsea Injury Update) Petr Cech, Eden Hazard, Samuel Eto'o and John Terry have all been declared fit for tomorrow's second leg of Uefa Champions League semifinal showdown against Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge. Get more details on this breaking news from Sky Sports @ www.skysports.com Up Chelsea!
Chelsea have trained at Stamford Bridge this morning following last night's Champions League semi-final draw at Atletico Madrid. After the goalless match, manager Jose Mourinho said he may field a weakened team against Liverpool on Sunday with next week's second-leg in mind. "I wouldn't take too literally what he says, it's one or two mind games perhaps," Former Chelsea winger Clive Walker tells BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast. "I don't think he will give up the title that easily. I wouldn't expect a team of youngsters. There will be players itching to play against Liverpool."
The counter-attacking style that Jose Mourinho has implemented since his return to Stamford Bridge makes Chelsea formidable opponents in cup competitions. The staunch defence that won them the competition in 2012 remains in place, but it has now been alloyed with a devastatingly quick counter. While playing such a reactive style is not so effective for an elite team in league football, there are no such problems when it comes to the knockout form of the game. Chelsea have been at their best this season when against quality opposition as it allows them to play to their strengths. And there are certainly no Crystal Palaces remaining in the Champions League draw.
Uefa Champions League Semi finals 2014 - Analysis and Statistics VERDICT: First semifinal- Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea: It will be a very exciting match. Both with very good goalkeepers and defenses. Atletico with a better strike force but Chelsea with a better midfield. On paper, it's very tough to call. The first leg will be held in Madrid and I will not be too surprised if Mourinho and his Chelsea team "park the bus"- an expression commonly used to descibe Chelsea's defensive performances. Chelsea have pulled off some amazing performances in return legs of the Champions League- 4-2 against Barcelona in 2005, 4-1 against Napoli in 2012 and most recently, 2-0 against PSG. So, the fact that the second leg will be played at Stamford Bridge might benefit Chelsea especially if they can get a result away. Key players: Diego Costa for Atletico Madrid, Eden Hazard for Chelsea. FInal verdict: Chelsea go through to the final.
Great result for Crystal Palace Football Club at Goodison Park as they beat Everton Football Club 3-2 to boost there survival chances and halt the Toffees Uefa Champions League hopes for just now. Very good draw for Sunderland AFC at the Etihad Stadium as they hang on to there hopes of staying in the Premier League and end probably Manchester City FC title dreams, final score 2-2. So would you agree that winner of Liverpool FC V Chelsea Football Club at Anfield takes to title? A draw and the homeside shoud go on to clinch it? What a game in store! Will Rodgers continue his brilliant work and win it and make a dream come true for the Red side of Liverpool, or will the "Special One" Jose mastermind the trophy back to Stamford Bridge? BEST LEAGUE IN THE WORLD!
The Anfield game falls right between the two legs of Chelsea's Champions League semi-final against Atlético Madrid. Mourinho's players will arrive in Liverpool having played in Spain, and have the home leg at Stamford Bridge three days after Anfield. Given that victory over Liverpool will not necessarily confirm Chelsea as English champions – another slip-up by Manchester City will be required for that to happen – it may be the case that European progress is prioritised. To paraphrase Steven Gerrard, the penultimate home game of the season may be the biggest Cup Final Anfield has seen in decades for Liverpool, but it may not be for Chelsea. That is the advantage of not being involved in Europe. Having said all that, the way some people have been carrying on you would think Liverpool were at an unfair advantage. Check the comments on sport blogs over the past couple of weeks and there are suggestions, presumably coming from Manchester (tongue in cheek), that going for the title while not competing in ...
NEWS AT THIS HOUR !!! Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o, 33, has opened talks. with Turkish club Besiktas - his contract at Stamford Bridge expires this summer. Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher, 30, expects the squad to be overhauled this summer following a disappointing season at home and in Europe. France international left-back Patrice Evra, 32, is one of 10 players set to be shipped out of Old Trafford this summer as manager David Moyes rebuilds his squad. Newcastle United are said to be plotting a move for Arsenal's 21-year-old Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell, who recently scored against Manchester United in the Champions League for Olympiacos, where he is spending the season on loan. West Ham and Hull City are looking at Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini, 27, although Genoa are also thought to be interested in bringing the Italy international back to his home country. Newcastle United tried to hire Sir Alex Ferguson asmanager when Kevin Keegan resigned in January1997, former chairm ...
Why Reds fans wanted Chelsea to beat PSG this week Many Liverpool fans found themselves in the strange position this week of actually wanting Chelsea to beat Paris St Germain this week and reach the Champions League semi-finals. As Jose Mourinho bolted down the touchline at Stamford Bridge, rolling back the years to a time when he was a fresh-faced young scamp winding up Fergie at Old Trafford a decade ago, there were more than a few Liverpool fans who raised a smile. While there were few Liverpool fans openly supporting Chelsea on Tuesday night, it was hard not to appreciate that an aggregate win for Chelsea would, in actual fact, represent a positive result for Brendan Rodgers and his team's title charge. To some, it may seem like grasping at straws, but with just two points separating Jose's side and Liverpool with five games remaining such small margins can rely heavily on minute advantages. And, despite the smiles and celebrations, in the back of his mind, Mourinho must surely be thinking he may now ...
15 - Jose Mourinho has won 15 of his 22 Champions League games in charge of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (W15 D5 L2 - excl. qual…
Riding BART after a long day at work. Glad to hear that Chelsea beat Paris Saint Germain 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to advance in the Champions League thanks to goals by Andre Schurrle and Demba Ba. Also glad to hear that the Giants beat Arizona 7-3 at the home opener at AT&T Park. Brandon Belt is on fire hitting his fifth home run in the young season. Love my teams!!!
Demba Ba's scrambled late goal sent Chelsea into the Champions League semi-finals at Paris St-Germain's expense - and sparked a familiar touchline celebration from delighted Blues boss Jose Mourinho. Chelsea needed to claw back PSG's 3-1 advantage from the first leg and Andre Schurrle - on as an early substitute for the injured Eden Hazard - gave them hope with a first-half goal. And with only three minutes left Ba, another substitute, bundled the ball home from six yards to make the decisive contribution and spark wild celebrations as the Premier League side went through on away goals. Analysis Image of Mark Lawrenson Mark Lawrenson Football analyst "Cech, Terry, Luiz, Lampard ran for each other all night long. However poorly you play, you will always get chances - no matter how good the team you are playing. PSG are very direct but never really fashioned too many chances tonight. In the end it could have been more comfortable for Chelsea. "For a lot of games at Stamford Bridge the atmosphere hasn't been ...
"Quite whether the Stamford Bridge crowd, and the millions of Chelsea followers watching on TV, were still enjoying the match as Jose Mourinho had hoped when the clock clicked on to five minutes to go is uncertain, but there was certainly joy in the air soon after once Demba Ba scored the late goal that clinched Champions League progress, and there was also satisfaction when it came to discussing the match afterwards." What a great game! Bring on the semi's! I 💙 you Chelsea London is blue! 💙⚽🌻
CHELSEA CAN TURN AROUND PSG CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TIE... HERE'S 5 REASONS WHY With Man City&Arsenal already dispatched&Bayern Munich surely to assert their dominance over Man United,English fans looked to Chelsea for their Champions League quarter-final hopes. It didn't go to plan. A limp performance in Paris saw the Blues succumb to a 3-1 defeat&they are now staring at exiting the compeition. Winning at least 2-0 in the return leg at Stamford Bridge is their only hope,&here's 5 reasons why they can do it. PSG DON’T HAVE ZLATAN He hardly set the Parc des Princes alight in the 1st leg,but the French league leaders are a much lesser side without their talisman. Possibly the finest pure striker on the planet,the loss of Ibrahimovich’s power,precision&big-game mentality will be a blow for the visitors – they’ve won only half their games without him in the side,as opposed to over 70% with him leading the line. With Ibrahimovic in the side,PSG score over 2goals a game as opposed to 1.7 without him,while thei ...
MY VIEW IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE THIS TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY Chelsea Vs Paris Saint-Germain Stanford Bridge 21:45Hrs Whether or not the second leg of Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain’s Uefa Champions League quarterfinal series will be one to remember probably will come down to the question of which team can score first on Tuesday at Stamford Bridge. Should French Ligue 1 leaders PSG—which won the opening leg (3-1) last Wednesday at home at Parc des Princes in Paris—be the first ones to get on the board, then the Blues will suddenly be down 4-1 aggregate and pretty much dead in the water. But if Chelsea can somehow be the team that puts the ball in the net first, a 3-2 aggregate score with a valuable road goal could then be the result, and the Blues will suddenly find themselves in a position where another successive goal will change the entire tone of the series and ignite the impatiently waiting and nervous West London crowd. So what happens? Chasing two goals, Chelsea will surely push the pace here ...
Less than a week after the first-leg meeting between these two capital- city clubs, the deciding rematch is here. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton look at Anglo-French fortunes… TALKING POINTS When Handel is played moments before kick-off tonight it will not be smog hovering over that part of West London, but belief. 'I believe, and my players believe,' said Jose Mourinho yesterday. 'That is the most important thing.' With a minimum of two goals required, the odds are stacked against the Chelsea Pensioner overcoming this latest European threat, but the decisive match happening at fortress Stamford Bridge always felt significant and so it may prove. The Blues have not conceded a single goal over the last eight games at the Bridge in all competitions. In fact, five of our last six scorelines at home would place the Londoners in the bowl for Friday's Champions League semi- finals draw. After warming up against Stoke on Saturday evening, Chelsea fans will make this one of the g ...
Well played Everton, you deserve Champions League football next season. Arsenals performance was as bad as Stamford Bridge, nothing's changed. How can we go from being top of the league to this?
CHELSEA DUST AWAY STOKE AT STAMFORD BRIDGE HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED VIA UNPLUGGED SPORTS Jose Mourinho's men suffered a shock 1-0 league defeat to lowly Crystal Palace last weekend before losing 3-1 to Paris Saint-Germain in their midweek Champions League last-eight clash. But a return to Stamford Bridge proved welcome for the title chasers as Mohamed Salah scored on his full debut, Frank Lampard netted the rebound from his own saved penalty and Willian rifled home a stunner to preserve Chelsea's unbeaten home record in the top flight this season.The result also extends Chelsea's excellent record against Stoke on home soil, with City having lost on their last eight visits, failing to score in the last seven. It also settles a score for the London club, who were beaten 3-2 at the Britannia Stadium in December. Mourinho, who has repeatedly downplayed his side's title chances, rested some key players as Eden Hazard, scorer of Chelsea's goal at the Parc des Princes, and Oscar took up places on the bench. Ferna ...
I wonder if I will be on ITV next Tuesday when Chelsea play Paris St Germain 2nd Leg of Champions League at Stamford Bridge just hope we will beat them at their stadium tomorrow night
Frank Leboeuf believes the Jose Mourinho factor will give Chelsea the edge against Paris Saint-G Mourinho's side visit the French capitial on Wednesday, but the ex-Blues defender believes that the Portuguese schemer will see his old side through Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf thinks the Jose Mourinho factor will give his former club the Champions League edge over Paris St-Germain. Mourinho is leading a team into his eighth quarter-final in 10 years, having never previously failed to negotiate a last-eight tie. And while Leboeuf, part of Ruud Gullit's revolution at Stamford Bridge nearly 20 years ago, thinks it will be tight over the two legs, he believes the Portuguese will be able to win the battle of minds with opposite number Laurent Blanc. Leboeuf said: ''This will be a really tough game. They are two huge teams. It will come down to fine margins who goes through.? ''As a Former Chelsea man I could not say anything else than that I want Chelsea to get through but I think that little bit extra e ...
Matic earns Mourinho praise Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on midfielder Nemanja Matic for the influence he has had on their performances since his return to the club. Matic re-joined the Blues from Benfica in January after leaving for Portugal as a make-weight in the deal that brought David Luiz to Stamford Bridge. The Serb teamed up with Luiz in midfield to great effect in Saturday's 6-0 demolition of Arsenal, playing a key role in breaking up play and providing an assist for Mohammed Salah's first Chelsea goal. Mourinho is making the most of Matic in the Premier League as he is ineligible for the Champions League, having played for Benfica earlier in the competition. "It is difficult (for him) to lose the ball," Mourinho said. "But at the same time he is not the kind of guy to play any square passes. "He can do so and keep possession, but he can see the movement forward, look at the passing into space. "He is very clean. He recovers a lot of balls in a clean way, he doesn't make fouls in ...
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"Manchester United have been handed arguably the toughest draw of all against Bayern. "Pep Guardiola's side have already demonstrated their class against Manchester City and Arsenal this season and United's status as outsiders for the tournament will only be cemented after the draw against the Bundesliga superpower on a mission to become the first club to retain the Champions League. "United manager David Moyes suggested his side might now be in with a chance of making further progress into the Champions League after overcoming Olympiakos. The unmoved odds of 20-1 on United winning the tournament paint a more realistic picture. "Chelsea's task is slightly easier against the big-spending PSG, inspired by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Jose Mourinho will approach this tie with guarded optimism, especially with the second leg at Stamford Bridge. "Ibrahimovic has never enjoyed the greatest of fortunes against English clubs in Europe and while Mourinho, predictably, is keen to paint Chelsea as outsiders, he will believe ...
Inter Milan CHIEF AUSILIO AT CHELSEA FOR TORRES, Obi Mikel TALKS, Inter Milan sports chief Piero Ausilio was at Stamford Bridge last night. Ausilio took in Chelsea 's comfortable Champions League win over Galatasaray after spending the day in talks with Blues officials. Inter are keen on Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel and Ausilio registered their interest yesterday. The Nigeria international is being squeezed out of Chelsea after the arrival of Nemanja Matic in January, who is fast emerging as manager Jose Mourinho's first-choice defensive midfield option. Inter are also exploring the prospect of taking Fernando Torres on-loan next season.
Jose Mourinho gave Didier Drogba the kiss of death - and then claimed Chelsea's win lifted them back among the world's elite. Stamford Bridge legend Drogba and the Special One shared a warm embrace before kick-off, and Chelsea presented Drogba with a mounted silver boot to commemorate the Ivory Coast striker's 157 goals and trophy-laden eight years at the club. But first-half goals from Samuel Eto'o and Gary Cahill condemned Drogba to a miserable night as Mourinho's men kept the blue flag flying over Europe and marched comfortably into the Champions League quarter-finals. Mourinho will today be charged with misconduct by the FA for encroaching on the pitch before he was sent to the stand at Aston Villa on Saturday, which is likely to land him with a £10,000 fine. But a brown envelope on the doormat from Wembley could not diminish the pleasure he took from a commanding Chelsea display. He said: "We are there in the last eight, but it's different from last season because the Europa League was a different l ...
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Happy Hump Day! Last night Chelsea and Real Madrid progressed to the Quarter Finals of the Champions League. Tonight sees Man Utd try and over turn a 2-0 deficit to Olympiakos and Dortmund take on Zenit. Christiano Ronaldo scored his 50th goal for club and country! Didier Drogba received a hero's welcome at Stamford Bridge, including a hug and a kiss from Mourinho. Qatar's 2022 World Cup organisers have defended their bid for the tournament in the wake of fresh corruption claims. Aaron Ramsey has become one of Arsenal’s top earners with his new £100,000-a-week contract Inter sent director Piero Ausilio to Chelsea v Galatasaray to scout Fernando Torres & Obi Mikel Manchester United’s will Patrice Evra will join Vidic at Inter Milan this summer Pep Guardiola has come out and explained that he left Barça because he could no longer motivate the players. Let us know your predictions for tonight's games in the comment box below
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 CupCesar 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! ✓✓✓✓✓
Blues cruise past Galatasaray Chelsea have moved into the Champions League quarter-finals with little fuss by brushing Galatasaray aside at Stamford Bridge.
Champions League scores: Chelsea 2 Galatasary 0 Drogba receives a huge applause from the fans at Stamford Bridge, but still lost to The Special One. Real Madrid 3 Schalke 1 Schalke managed to save more embarrassment as they scored a goal to prevent Real Madrid from keeping a clean sheet.
SILVER BOOT PRESENTED TO Didier Drogba.. Didier Drogba got the hero’s welcome he deserved at Stamford Bridge yesterday night, the Chelsea fans chanting the name of their club legend on his return with Galatasaray. And the club made a lovely gesture to the player who won them the Champions League with that sudden death penalty in 2012, presenting him with a beautiful silver boot gift, with blue on the interior. Maybe a mind trick to make him question where his loyalties tonight? You never know with Mourinho…
Chelsea dominant in dispatching Galatasaray Chelsea FC made it an unhappy return to Stamford Bridge for Galatasaray AŞ's Didier Drogba by marching into the Uefa Champions League quarter-finals for the eighth time in 11 seasons. While all the attention had been focused on the reunion with their former forward, it was one of their current ones, Samuel Eto'o, who got the ball rolling Chelsea's way with a strike after four minutes. If that was a well-worked incursion, the second goal owed everything to smart reactions, Gary Cahill following up a John Terry header to score from close range. Drogba – a winner of ten major prizes with Chelsea and who will always be remembered for the decisive penalty against FC Bayern München which ensured they lifted the 2011/12 Uefa Champions League – battled as hard as he could and typically won a number of headers and free-kicks, but support was in short supply simply because the home side were so dominant. The game panned out that way from the fourth minute when Eden ...
2013-14 Champions League knockout round second leg of a focus on dialogue, sits at Stamford Bridge Chelsea a 2-0 victory over the Turkish giants Galatasaray, with a total score out of 3 to 1 opponent, qualify for the Champions quarterfinals. Eto'o and Gary - Cahill has scored for the Blues, Drogba's first return to Stamford Bridge failed accomplishment.     First, the Chelsea defense is still mired in a stable portfolio of goalkeeper Petr Cech, Ivanovic back four, respectively, Terry, Cahill and Azpilicueta . Frank Lampard and Ramires composed of dual lumbar, before their body was Oscar, William and Azar, Samuel Eto'o as a lone striker. Drogba Galatasaray biggest thing is starting debut, and Yilmaz up front, the first leg of devotion assists Sneijder also entered starter.   Because while Eto'o and Drogba starting, the game has also been rendered into a media battle between the African football's two great strikers. Lined up to shake hands before the occasion of Warcraft select Chelsea tail cheetah stan ...
David Moyes says his job is safe, but the sports writers are not so sure. Moyes' future could be decided tonight: David Moyes has claimed he has no fear of the axe dropping, but failure to progress in the Champions League tonight could prompt an early end for the Manchester United manager, according to a report in The Times. Moyes was bullish in his pre-match press conference, but the report claims his position at Old Trafford "could come under immediate scrutiny" if United are eliminated by Olympiacos. "There are growing doubts within the club about whether his tenure should continue into a second season," the report adds. "From boardroom to dressing room, there is a profound sense of awkwardness and a pained acknowledgement that, barring a dramatic transformation over the next few days, let alone weeks, the Moyes regime is beginning to look moribund." United's board have backed Moyes to the hilt until this point, but surely their confidence in the Scot is now be beginning to wane. Is this evening to be ...
Drogba returns to Stamford Bridge Didier Drogba returns to Stamford Bridge for Galatasaray and Chelsea's Champions League clash. A place where he spent 8 years, 3 of which he played under Jose Mourinho. Good Morning
Mourinho keeps English flag flying in Champions League as Eto'o and Cahill ruin Chelsea legend Drogba's return to Stamford Bridge.
Didier Drogba made his return to former club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for Galatasaray for the Champions League second leg, last 16 tie on
Only two Africans have scored 30 Champions League goals. Both are on the pitch at Stamford Bridge (Eto'o, Drogba).
Galatasaray coach, Roberto Mancini, have once again stirred up his feud with Jose Mourinho ahead of their Champions League last-16 meeting at Stamford Bridge tonight.
David Luiz&Samuel Eto'o took part in training this morning ahead of our game with Galatasaray,though there was no Ashley Cole. David Luiz has not played since coming off during a Brazil intn'l on 5 March. Both players were involved initially with the group of players who had not played in Birmingham on Saturday,before joining up with those who had later on. Ashley Cole picked up a lateral ligament injury prior to the visit of Spurs 10days ago. The 1st 15mins of the session at Cobham was open to the media,with an assortment of photographers,camera crew&written journalists positioned at the side of the pitch. Later today,at 7pm,Jose Mourinho&a player will speak to the press at Stamford Bridge ahead of our Champions League last 16 2nd leg tie with Galatasaray tomorrow. At 5pm Roberto Mancini, the Galatasaray manager, and one member of his squad will address the media at the Bridge.
Galatasaray coach Roberto Mancini has taken another dig at Jose Mourinho ahead of tomorrow night's Champions League match at Stamford Bridge by claiming the Chelsea manager has no friends in the game.
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MOURINHO: FINE MARGINS Posted on: Fri 14 Mar 2014 The Blues will go in search of a third consecutive win at Villa Park tomorrow, but with the match preceding Tuesday's Champions League clash with Galatasaray, Jose Mourinho is keen for his side to take one game at a time. Having conducted his previous two press conferences at Stamford Bridge, today's was held in the familiar surroundings of Cobham, where the Portuguese was greeted by the assembled media. Mourinho reported tomorrow's game comes too soon for injured defenders David Luiz and Ashley Cole, but he may be able to call on the services of Fernando Torres, after the striker limped out of the warm-up ahead of last week's win against Tottenham. 'We will have no David and no Ashley,' he said when asked on the availability of the defensive pair. 'Fernando is much, much better. Maybe I'll take him tomorrow, maybe I won't take him and I'll try everything for Tuesday. It depends on today's training and conversations after the session, but yesterday he look ...
CHELSEA SECURITY CONCERNS OVER GALATASARAY VISIT Chelsea have concerns over Galatasaray's visit for next week's Champions League clash. The Daily Mail says Chelsea security chiefs have contacted Galatasaray amid fears of supporter clashes in next week’s Champions League showdown. Having sold out their five per cent allocation, the demand to see Tuesday’s clash is such that Turkish fans are trying to obtain tickets within home supporters, increasing the possibility of potential violent flash points. Chelsea security chiefs are in high-level talks with Metropolitan Police and intelligence officers regarding their plan to combat any trouble at Stamford Bridge next week.
Alternative shortlist: Three managers QPR should pick ahead of Gianfranco Zola Tony Fernandes may be a big fan, but the Italian lacks the credentials of our promotion-happy trio. Harry Redknapp may leave Loftus Road this summer whether he achieves promotion or not, outlining Gianfranco Zola as a replacement who boasts owner Tony Fernandes’ seal of approval. The Telegraph understands that the Malaysian maestro is appreciative of the Former Chelsea star’s brand of football, as well as his track record for forming a team on a budget. However, the 2012/13 season at Watford (in which they narrowly missed out on automatic promotion before succumbing in the play-off final) represents a solitary peak on his resume to date. Roberto Di Matteo Somewhat harshly removed from his position at Stamford Bridge last term, Zola’s Former Chelsea mucker is a Champions League winning boss, although his time at West Brom may be of more interest to Fernandes. Having taken over the yo-yoing Baggies post-relegation, Di Matte ...
'I feel young and full of football. It's like I'm still a kid when I'm chasing the ball'... Drogba hungry for more success, but the man who made him stands in his way Jose Mourinho has long insisted his managerial formula cannot be bottled, but here in Istanbul one of his greatest success stories is giving it a good go. Rarely has there been a more articulate explanation for what it is that makes Mourinho so special, and the fact that it comes from Didier Drogba gives it serious credibility. Here, after all, is a player Mourinho transformed from a forward of obvious potential at Marseille into one of the finest in the world; someone who says he was still drawing on that guidance and expertise long after the Portuguese manager made his sudden and unexpected departure from Stamford Bridge in September 2007. In fact right up to Drogba’s last kick in a Chelsea shirt, the penalty that won the Champions League in Munich two years ago. The player Chelsea’s supporters consider the greatest in their history is ...
Chelsea’s Lampard: We should have scored more Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard believes the team were good for more goals in their 1-1 Champions League draw with Galatasaray on Wednesday night. The Blues scored inside ten minutes through Fernando Torres at the Turk Telekom Arena before Aurelien Chedjou equalised for the Istanbul giants with 25 minutes remaining in the contest. However, Lampard felt it could have been a different story if the West London club were able to express their dominance by scoring more goals in the opening 45 minutes. "We were disappointed at half-time we weren't more than 1-0 up because we played well, we controlled it,” he told Sky Sports after experiencing a passionate Cimbom crowd in Istanbul. "They didn't have many chances and we had four or five good counter-attacks and we're disappointed we didn't make more of them. "Certainly the crowd (played a part), I don't know about the tactics because you always expect them to have a period, and they had a big period in the second h ...
Legend to two Champions League 18 March 2014, at my house,,, stamford bridge surprise waiting for coach galatasaray,,, Roberto Mancini who commented chelsea deserved to lose,, the speech will be the most beautiful gift for coach galatasaray that chelsea will come to the headquarters, we will prove that we are the best
Mikel Fit For Drogba Reunion -As Chelsea, Galatasaray Clash In UCL Barely 24 hours after reports emerged about doubts over Chelsea of England midfielder, John Mikel Obi for Wednesday night’s Uefa Champions League battle away to Galatasaray of Turkey, the Super Eagles star has sensationally shot back into the spotlight for a possible clash against his former teammate, Didier Drogba. With all headlines across Europe hypoing the potential lock-of-horns between Drogba and his former Stamford Bridge colleagues, the initial talk had been that Mikel would miss the game with fitness issues, which ruled him out of last weekend’s ditch 1-0 win against Everton, but Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho says the Nigeria star is good to go. Tuesday’s game will, therefore, be a chance for Mikel to prove his mettle in The Blues’ mainframe, as his main rival for a shirt in the squad, Nemanja Matic is cup tied and ruled out of the game against one of the teams that so desperately desired a transfer deal for the Eagles’ la ...
Apparently, Didier Drogba rejected a multi-million move to the MLS to stay with Galatasaray and wanted to play against Chelsea in the Champions League and play at Stamford Bridge because he loves Chelsea. If this is true, I am in love with Didier Drogba even more. - Ryan
Galatasaray's Didier Drogba trains Champions League sights on Chelsea Former Stamford Bridge striker and favourite has saved his best form for a tournament he won with them in 2012 Shanghai is a long way from the Uefa Champions League both geographically and competitively, which is why Didier Drogba finds himself in Turkey and how it has come about that he lines up for Galatasaray against Chelsea in Istanbul this week. Time is no longer on the striker's side. He will have turned 36 by the time the return leg at Stamford Bridge takes place next month and, though a move back to Chelsea in a playing capacity was briefly mooted last year, new reports linking him with various MLS clubs appear to make more sense. José Mourinho, satisfied that Chelsea saw the best of the Ivorian first time round, is already preparing a royal welcome. "The Turkish champions with King Didier is the draw we would have asked for," the Chelsea manager said. "When he comes back to this club he deserves a reception better than mine." ...
MY VIEW IN THE Premier League THIS WEEKEND!!! TOO MANY EXPECTATIONS BUT CAN SUNDERLAND FURTHER SPOIL THE MOOD AT EMIRATES? CAN EVERTON REGISTER THEIR INTENTION FOR TOP FOUR BY BEATING CHELSEA. TOO MANY THINGS LINED UP! Saturday 22 February 2014 Chelsea v Everton Stamford Bridge 14:45 The two clubs endured contrasting FA Cup fortunes last week and, should Chelsea drop further points on Saturday after their draw against West Brom, this would constitute a blip. Managing the demands of a Champions League trip to Istanbul next week will also be on Jose Mourinho's mind. Roberto Martínez still has his sights on finishing fourth following the recent narrow defeat to Tottenham and will believe that his team can successfully take the game to Chelsea even at Stamford Bridge. Everton have not won in the league at Stamford Bridge for 20 years and 18 games, going back to November 1994. My Verdict: Chelsea 1-1 Everton _ Arsenal v Sunderland Emirates Stadium 17:00 Arsène Wenger’s side quickly steadied themselves foll ...
City give Chelsea the blues as Pellegrini silences Mourinho Chelsea's interest in this season's FA Cup competition was ended on Saturday night following a comprehensive 2-0 defeat by Manchester City at the Etihad. A first half strike from Stevan Jovetic, complemented by a well-taken goal from substitute Samir Nasri in the second period, gave Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini cause to cheer following the Citizens' recent home Premier League defeat at the hands of the Blues. Outspoken in the build-up to the cup tie with City, Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho was dealt a harsh dose of reality as Chelsea were well beaten by Pellegrini's men, many of whom saw the game as an opportunity to prove a point to the Chilean whose team selection was clearly influenced by the Citizens' forthcoming Champions League collision with Barcelona. With the notable, and maybe telling exception of John Terry, it was as you were for the Blues starting XI which had a familiar ring to it as far as Pellegrini, his players and Manche ...
Chelsea Gossip: . Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho labelled West Brom a "Mickey Mouse club" after a controversial penalty awarded by Andre Marriner saved the Blues from defeat in a 2-2 draw earlier this season. Baggies boss Pepe Mel believes his players will use the jibe as motivation when the two teams play on Tuesday. . Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, 20, who is on loan at Everton, says he wants to be playing in the Champions League next season but whether that is with the Stamford Bridge club depends on manager Jose Mourinho.
After 20 years of Premier League football fanatix thought it was about time to take a look back at the 20 greatest players to grace the English top tier during that time. 20. Matt Le Tissier Club: Southampton. Hardly built like an athlete, but what Le Tissier lacked physically the forward more than made up for in talent, scoring 102 league goals in 270 matches despite not playing as an out-and-out striker. 19. Rio Ferdinand Clubs: West Ham United, Leeds United, Manchester United. Was the British record transfer in 2001 when the Red Devils paid a whopping £30m for the centre-back, who in nearly 13 years at Old Trafford has won six league titles and the Champions League. 18. Gianfranco Zola Club: Chelsea. Remains a hugely popular figure at Stamford Bridge despite leaving the club before the influx of success Roman Abramovich's millions bought and the Italian was a truly top-class star. 17. John Terry Club: Chelsea. Another Blues legend and a captain that has guided the West London club to three league titl ...
Manchester City will face twice to Chelsea Mourinho before receiving Barca on 18 February in the knockout round of Champions. The first of the matches will be Monday 3-F in the league, with the City acting as a host, and the weekend of the 15 or 16-F team Manuel Pellegrini will again face to face with the Blues, this time in FA Cup In full countdown That clash will be in full countdown of the first assault against Barcelona in the Champions League: a whole, therefore, the whole bone to Etihad Stadium. Triunfo 'blue' over Stoke City Chelsea have qualified for the knockout because the butler inflicted 1-0 to Stoke City on Sunday, a victory embodied by Oscar 27 minutes. The City, which also played locally on the pulse of the FA Cup, and Chelsea already faced off in the semis of last year's tournament. The meeting ended in victory 'citizen' 2-1 with goals by Nasri and Aguero . And in this Premier League, Chelsea won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Didier Drogba has fired a Champions League warning to Chelsea, declaring: 'I can score at Stamford Bridge even with my eyes closed'. Your take?
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With a day to go to Sunday's big match, club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton complete their look-ahead to the first home match of 2014… WE HAVE HISTORY This fixture has been a significant event in the football calendar ever since 1905/06 when the two promotion-chasing sides drew crowds of 35,000 to Clayton and, sensationally, 67,000 to Stamford Bridge. Both games were drawn, the one in Manchester only because the Pensioners' giant keeper Willie Foulke saved Bob Bonthron's penalty. Berated by his manager after the miss, Bonthron complained Foulke filled the goal to such an extent there was nowhere to aim his kick. Manchester United were the first side faced by new manger Jose Mourinho in his opening spell at Chelsea on 15 August 2004. The last time the Portuguese had faced Sir Alex Ferguson he was dancing a jog as his Porto team registered a crucial last-minute goal at Old Trafford en route to winning the 2003/04 Champions League. The Sunday kick-off was decided by single scored ...
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