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Gary Neville's verdict on Manchester United's 4-0 defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge:
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Manchester United are without a win in 3 league games after José Mourinho lost 4-0 on his return to Stamford Bridge.
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he does not feel "lucky" at Stamford Bridge any longer.
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Mark Clattenburg TO REFEREE CHELSEA VS Manchester City CLASH Mark Clattenburg has been selected to referee Saturday's Barclays Premier League title showdown between Chelsea and Manchester City. Clattenburg is considered one of England's top referees but has a history of controversy with both clubs, who sit first and second ahead of the clash at Stamford Bridge. City boss Manuel Pellegrini claimed Clattenburg cost his team victory during a 2-2 draw with Arsenal in September and the Chilean also criticised decisions made by the same official in his side's 3-2 defeat to Liverpool last season. Chelsea also have history with Clattenburg, who was falsely accused of racially abusing Blues midfielder John Obi Mikel during a league match with Manchester United in October 2012. Clattenburg is one of two English officials in UEFA's elite category along with Martin Atkinson. He was put in charge of last season's Europa League semi- final second leg between Benfica and Juventus and then the Super Cup final between Rea ...
Football | FA Cup Shock defeats for Chelsea and City Often derided and disrespected during the Premier League era, the FA Cup added another incredible chapter to its proud heritage on Saturday as Chelsea and Manchester City were humbled by supposed inferiors. A day after Manchester United suffered a fright in a 0-0 fourth-round draw at fourth tier Cambridge United, Premier League leaders Chelsea surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 4-2 at home to third tier Bradford City. If that was not a seismic enough shock, a couple of hundred miles north, Premier League champions City were torn apart by second tier promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough, crashing 2-0 at a stunned Etihad. Chelsea were unbeaten in all competitions at home this season. They boast a 100 percent record in the league at Stamford Bridge and appeared on course for a routine win after 38 minutes with goals from Gary Cahill and Ramires. Bradford, 49 places lower than Chelsea and with a squad made up of journeymen and bargain signings, had other ideas ...
THURSDAY'S Transfer Gossip COLUMN Chelsea have entered talks with Fiorentina over a deal to bring in Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado, 26, during January. Emmanuel Adebayor, Diego Costa and Jordan Henderson dominate the Sun's back page The Premier League leaders have increased their efforts to sign Cuadrado after having a £20.6m bid rejected on Wednesday. Chelsea are preparing to offset the arrival of Cuadrado with the sale of winger Mohamed Salah, 22, or forward Andre Schurrle, 24 Germany international Schurrle is set for a move back to his native country to join Wolfsburg. But Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella says there is no chance of Cuadrado moving to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are also planning a £40m move for Juventus' 21-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba, who left Manchester United on a free transfer in 2012. Newcastle are keen to appoint Steve McClaren as manager and will wait until the summer to move for the Derby County boss. Tottenham have emerged as favourites to sign Yevhen Konoplyanka af ...
It was all change again at the top of the Premiership after Saturday’s fixtures when Chelsea laboured to a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge against a spirited Newcastle side, while Man City title challenge came unstuck at Goodison Park where they could only manage a point. Chelsea seemed to be suffering from a touch of the January blues in the first half, or a lack of confidence after their 5-3 thrashing at Spurs on New Years day. They were sluggish and simply outplayed by Newcastle, who came out of the blocks with a real purpose. The Magpies, who ended Chelsea’s unbeaten run at St James Park last month, came close to taking the lead on a number of occasions, but poor finishing and the woodwork denied them. Newcastle missed the quality of top-scorer Cisse in front of goal due to the African Nations Cup and Perez, who has impressed this season, struggled upfront on his own. Newcastle’s main attacking threat came from midfield; Cabella caused Chelsea all sorts of problems and nearly gave his side the le ...
Transfer Talks - 8th January, 2015 Manchester United will accelerate contract talks with David De Gea after agreeing an 18-month deal for Victor Valdes. (Daily Mail) Liverpool want Manchester City's James Milner, who's contract at the champions expires at the end of the season (The Times). Manchester United have bid for Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels - only to be told that the German is not for sale (Daily Express). Tottenham Hotspur are leading the chase for Burnley striker Danny Ings. (Lancashire Telegraph) Arsenal have seen a £5million bid for Marcelo rejected. The 22-year-old Dinamo Zagreb midfielder is also being tracked by Everton, Liverpool, Tottenham, AC Milanand Valencia (Daily Star). Shola Ameobi will not be re-signing for Newcastle United and will instead try to follow Steven Gerrard to the MLS. (Daily Mail) Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is set to leave Stamford Bridge once again in the summer. (Daily Star) Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic is poised to wrap up his move to Scha ...
Chelsea must cure their away day Blues or the title will be Manchester City's again (By Neil Ashton for MailOnline) There are some results that you look at on paper and they are decent enough. A draw at Manchester City, a point at Manchester United and a 1-1 at Southampton, given their fine run under Ronald Koeman, are decent returns for a club with Chelsea’s ambitions. Defeat at White Hart Lane, when they were fully aware Manchester City had just beaten Sunderland at the Etihad, is not. This, it has to be said, was an absolute mauling. Tottenham’s bracing victory here will be remembered as the day the Barclays Premier League title swung back in favour of the defending champions. The quicker we cut to the chase of January 31, when Chelsea play Manuel Pellegrini’s team at Stamford Bridge, the better. Here at White Hart Lane we were supposed to witness the great recovery, the Chelsea backlash after the perceived injustice at St Mary’s last Sunday. Instead they are searching for answers to their incr ...
EPL: Chelsea registers easy win over West Ham: Chelsea overpowered West Ham United and Manchester City outclassed West Bromwich Albion as the Premier League title rivals signalled their intent at the start of a hectic holiday programme on Friday. Goals from John Terry and Diego Costa helped leaders Chelsea to a dominant 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge before City overwhelmed West Brom 3-1 at a snowy Hawthorns -- Fernando, Yaya Tour and David Silva on target for the champions. Wayne Rooney struck twice for chasing Manchester United in a 3-1 home win over Newcastle United while Southampton's return to form was underlined by a 3-1 victory at Crystal Palace which lifted the Saints back into the top four. Terry tapped in Chelsea's opener after 31 minutes and Costa sealed the points for Jose Mourinho's side, although the scoreline disguised a gulf in quality between the two sides who were separated by only three places in the table at kickoff. West Ham ground out a 0-0 draw in the corresponding fixture last year ...
United continued their excellent recent run with a comfortable victory over Alan Pardew's Magpies who themselves are now in the middle of a poor run Manchester United continued their recent excellent run of form with a 3-1 win over inconsistent Newcastle at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney was in top form, scoring twice, while Robin Van Persie continued his recent resurgence with another goal as Louis Van Gaal's men continued their top four assault. Always in charge from the moment they took the lead, the Red Devils now head to White Hart Lane on Sunday on an eight game unbeaten run. Here's five things we learned at Old Trafford: 1 Rooney loves (or should that be hates) Newcastle The Magpies must be sick of the sight of the England skipper. Since turning down a move to Tyneside a decade ago, Newcastle have become Rooney's favourite opponents to stick it to. His clinical double here made it 12 goals against the Toon Army, more than he's managed against any other club. He also turned provider with a delicious cli ...
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Arsenal vs QPR live: Latest score and updates plus reaction to wins for Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Spurs Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of all 10 of today's Premier League matches, starting with league leaders Chelsea taking on West Ham at Stamford Bridge.
Confirmation of the blow to FA Cup tradition came after BBC and BT Sport revealed that their total of five televised matches, all involving Premier League teams, would be staged on Sunday, Monday and — for the first time — Tuesday. The FA have caved into demands from Premier League teams, who are playing a full set of fixtures on New Year’s Day, to play no earlier than the Sunday. The decision to bow to this pressure means only half the teams in the third-round draw will play on the Saturday. BBC will show the prestigious clash between AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool (Monday) plus Arsenal v Hull (Sunday). BT Sport will feature Dover v Crystal Palace (Sunday), Accrington or Yeovil v Manchester United (Sunday) and Everton v West Ham (Tuesday). Chelsea’s clash with Watford at Stamford Bridge has also been moved to Sunday at 4pm.
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 ...
FA Cup Third Round Draw: Arsenal host Hull City, Manchester United start at Accrington or Yeovil Getty Images Previous 8 Dec 2014 19:20:00 The Gunners must overcome the team they beat at Wembley to end their trophy drought in May while Louis Van Gaal will make his FA Cup debut against Football League opposition Holders Arsenal have been drawn to face Hull City in the third round of the FA Cup in a rematch of last season's final, while Liverpool will travel to AFC Wimbeldon. The Gunners were the first team out of the hat in Monday's draw at Hull's 'The Deep' aquarium and will once again take on the side they defeated in extra-time to end a nine-year trophy drought at Wembley in May. Brendan Rodgers' men, meanwhile, will continue their bid for a first FA Cup triumph since 2006 with a trip to Kingsmeadow to take on League Two opponents who have reached the third round for the first time. Premier League leaders Chelsea will welcome Championship promotion-chasers Watford to Stamford Bridge, while Manchester Ci ...
There have been 21 goals scored in the last four matches between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge
Our top flight Chelsea Football Club take on West Bromwich Albion after international break on satarday at Stamford Bridge kick off 9:00Gmt while Arsenal host Luiz Van Gaal's team Manchester United. The Brazilan born Diego Costa who missed International game for spain is fully recovery from his hamstring injury as Jose Mourinho confirmed while his teammate Cesc Fabregas doubtfull for tomorrow clash. are the only team in English professional football to have won all of their home games in the league this season ▶ Chelsea have scored at least twice im each of their 5 successive victories at Stamford Bridge ▶Jose Mourinho 's side can set a new club record of 12 matches unbeaten from the start of a top flight season ▶ chelsea's total of 29 points is the 3rd highest tally after 11 games in Premier League history {Chelsea 2005-06 and Manchester City in 2011-12 both had 31 points at this stage and they went on to win the tittle ▶West Brom have never won a game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for ...
All the football news and gossip from Thursday's regional newspapers. LONDON Evening Standard Chelsea supporters expect an overwhelmingly positive response to Jose Mourinho's remarks on the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge this Saturday. Arsenal and Liverpool are both viable options for midfielder Dennis Praet, though the Anderlecht star's agent admits North London could represent his ideal next move. Jack Wilshere says he has told Arsene Wenger that he is willing to play in the same deep-lying role for Arsenal which he has excelled in for England. Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal admits it is 'unbelievable' that he has been named on FIFA's Coach of the Year shortlist. Tottenham have been handed a boost by Emmanuel Adebayor's failure to help Togo reach the Africa Cup of Nations. Oscar and Willian will grow into two of the Premier League's top stars at Chelsea, according to Brazil great Ronaldo. Harry Redknapp says he has noticed a big change in Queens Park Rangers forward Charlie Austin following his ru ...
Real Madrid would be willing to offload Gareth Bale to Manchester United if it means they can sign Eden Hazard to replace him. The Chelsea winger is high on Carlo Ancelotti's wishlist and, according to reports in Spain, he will try to tempt Louis Van Gaal into a record-breaking deal for Bale to fund the move. Los Blancos would be looking to receive more than they paid for Bale, and would probably ask for upwards of £90million. It is unlikely that Jose Mourinho would be willing to sell Hazard, so it would take an enormous offer to lure him away from Stamford Bridge. The Belgian spoke of his desire to play in Spain earlier in his career when Real Madrid first came knocking, but has recently said Chelsea are the only club he wants to play for. "I made the choice to join Chelsea because I knew I was going to play. This is my third year here. I can take pleasure by playing in this team." "I never said that if I left Chelsea it will be for Real Madrid. The only club that makes me dream is Chelsea."
TOP FIVE PLAYERS Real Madrid ARE TARGETTING IN English Premier League. 5) Eden Hazard (Chelsea) With reports that Real Madrid could be ready to sell Gareth Bale to Manchester United in a somewhat surprising deal, it is thought that Chelsea's wing wizard Eden Hazard would be their first choice to come in as a replacement. The Belgian international has been world class since his move to Stamford Bridge in 2012, and would certainly fit in well at the Bernabeu. 4) Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) Despite being in talks to sign a new contract at Anfield, Liverpool's exciting young winger Raheem Sterling is believed to be high on Real Madrid's list of potential transfer targets. The England international is an outstanding prospect and could be a real star of the future befitting of the famous white shirt. 3) David De Gea (Manchester United) Linked recently as Real's ideal replacement for the struggling Iker Casillas, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea could be a top class signing by the Spanish giants after h ...
CONFRONTATION OF THE CHELSIAN BULLDOG:: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted it is too early to compare his class of 2014 with the team of serial trophy winners he assembled in his first spell as Stamford Bridge boss. Mourinho will take on his one- time mentor Louis Van Gaal when he takes his table topping side to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday and while Mourinho is confident he has another team that is ready to start winning major honours, he has brushed off suggestions that he revamped team can already be hailed as a match for the first team of champions he built at Chelsea a decade ago.
Man Utd full-back Luke Shaw to undo Chelsea ties when clubs meet on Sunday Luke Shaw will put aside any feelings he has for Chelsea on Sunday and concentrate instead on proving why Manchester United paid £28million for his services. Louis Van Gaal will come face to face with his friend Jose Mourinho on Sunday in the biggest test of his Old Trafford reign to date. With so much focus on Van Gaal's relationship with his former assistant, one sub-plot has flown under the radar in the build-up to the match - that of Shaw's relationship with Chelsea. Shaw spent much of his childhood on the terraces at Stamford Bridge, and he actually had a trial at the West London club as a youngster, but he was rejected after being deemed too short. The Blues had a chance to sign Shaw again this summer, but they balked at his wage demands, according to Mourinho, and United swooped to land the Londoner
Manchester UniteD v CHELSEA: BIG MATCH STATS AND FACTS William Hill: 24th October 2014 Manchester United have won only six of their last 22 Barclays Premier League games against Chelsea. Chelsea have kept clean sheets in their last two Premier League games at Old Trafford. They have not kept 3+ clean sheets in a row there since a spell of five between 1968 and 1972. United have had a man sent off in two of their last three Premier League encounters with Chelsea. The last man to score a goal in this fixture (at Old Trafford) was Juan Mata, playing for the Blues. Angel Di Maria has assisted a goal in four of his last five Premier League games for Manchester United. Cesc Fabregas has been involved in eight goals (one goal, seven assists) in eight league games for Chelsea. Robin Van Persie has scored six Premier League goals against Chelsea but all of them have come at Stamford Bridge. Only 14 players have started for Chelsea in the Premier League this season, a smaller spread than any other team, while Manch ...
Chelsea 10-1 Manchester United: Angel Di Maria the only Red Devil good enough to make combined XI Manchester United host Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday In Sportsmail's combined XI, only one United player makes the side.There are 10 Chelsea players, including Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas.Angel Di Maria is Louis Van Gaal's solitary player in the composite XI United have invested heavily over the summer in a bid to bridge that gap but the early signs are that there is still some way to go. Here, Sportsmail looks at the two squads and brings you our composite XI in a 4-2-3-1 formation… GOALKEEPER – Thibaut Courtois The Belgian is already widely considered the division’s best stopper, and this after just eight matches back at Stamford Bridge. David De Gea, of course, rivals Courtois for that mantle, but it is the Chelsea custodian who gets the nod. RIGHT BACK – Branislav Ivanovic The Serb is everything you want in a full back - he is powerful, pacey, combative and classy. It isn’t really a contes ...
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has declared himself fit for the Blues’ upcoming league encounter against Manchester United this weekend. The West London club will visit Old Trafford on Sunday and Jose Mourinho is likely to be without the services of his first and second choice strikers, Diego Costa and Loic Remy. The Spain international is yet to feature for Chelsea after returning from international duty, while the former Queens Park Rangersman picked up an injury during their midweek Champions Leagueclash. Drogba scored in the midweek against Maribor and the 36-year-old, who returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer believes he is still needs more playing time. “It’s up to the manager to decide who is going to start on Sunday but, if you were a player, how would you feel if they said you can play at Old Trafford? You would be happy. I’m ready,” Drogba told Sky Sports. “I remember that game against United in 2010. Both goals were fantastic. It was a very good feeling to win there. We had the . ...
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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."
Mourinho’s Handshake Before Final Whistle Is Disgraceful, Says Keane Roy Keane has warned Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho he would be “knocked out” if he tried to shake hands before the final whistle in Sunday league football. Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert refused to take Portuguese’s hand as he prepared to head down the tunnel before the end of his side’s 3-0 defeat by the Blues at Stamford Bridge on September 27, and his assistant Keane’s reaction was even more withering. Asked about the incident as he launched his new autobiography, The Second Half, in Dublin on Thursday afternoon, Keane said: “It’s disgraceful. “I’ve seen him doing it to other managers, it is a disgrace. The game is still going on. You wouldn’t do that on a Sunday morning, you would get knocked out.” But while Mourinho found himself in the firing line, it was Keane’s former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson upon whom the spotlight fell as Keane discussed the falling-out between the pair as his time at Ol ...
Shock As Man Utd Are Interested In Another Chelsea Superstar Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech’s agent Viktor Kolar has confirmed that Premier League sides Manchester United and Liverpool are interested in signing the Czech Republic international. Cech has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge since being ousted from the number one spot by Belgian youngster Thibaut Courtois. Courtois has become Jose Mourinho’s first choice since returning from his three consecutive years away on loan with Spanish champions Atletico Madrid. With his opportunities diminishing in West London, Cech has been considering a move away in order to get first team football and, according to his agent, plenty of big clubs are willing to take him on. Italian giants Roma and European champions Real Madrid are both keen on the 32-year-old as well, but Kolar is yet to hold talks over a possible transfer. “I cannot confirm anything at this time, I have to meet with Petr and speak for the good of his future,” said the agent. ...
Manchester United are keeping an eye on Petr Cech’s situation at Chelsea as rumours persist that Real Madrid want to sign David De Gea, according to the Daily Express. The Red Devils could be set to lose their Spanish shot-stopper to Madrid in a £24m deal if recent reports are to be believed, and the club are said to be considering the sale if Cech is available. United would no doubt need a top class replacement for the in-form de Gea if he were to leave for the Bernabeu, and with Chelsea finding no place for Cech in their starting lineup this season, he could be an ideal signing. The experienced Czech Republic international has been linked with several clubs since falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, with Belgian youngster Thibaut Courtois taking his starting spot this season after a fine run of form in a three-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid. Cech will no doubt be unhappy at dropping to the bench after a long career as Chelsea’s number one, during which time he has shown himself to ...
Transfer Gossip Juventus are considering a January bid for Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, 26, who is also wanted by his former club Valencia. (Daily Express) Cech joined Chelsea from Rennes in 2004 The Italian side could also move for Manchester United's Mexico international Javier Hernandez. The 26-year-old is currently on loan at Real Madrid, who have the option to buy him. (Daily Star) Real Madrid are planning a January swoop for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, who has lost his first-team place to Thibaut Courtois, 22. (Evening Standard) Former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez, now in charge at Napoli, is eyeing Manchester City's James Milner, 28, and Liverpool defender Glen Johnson, 30. (Daily Mirror) Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu, 23, says he will be happy to stay in the Bundesliga with Stuttgart if Jose Mourinho is unable to guarantee him a future at Stamford Bridge. (The Sun - subscription required) Aston Villa will have to double Ron Vlaar's wages to prevent Manches ...
EPL RESULTS: Colombian striker Radamel Falcao's first goal in English football helped give Manchester United a 2-1 lead over Everton while goalkeeper de Gea saved twice late in the game to seal the victory. Eden Hazard and Diego Costa got on the scoresheet to get a win for Chelsea against cross-town rivals Arsenal in a tough match at Stamford Bridge, and Tottenham defeated Southampton 1-0 through a Christian Eriksen goal.
SPORTS UPDATE WITH EMMAH ATAI: Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman has said that his players will not be intimidated by Chelsea. The Championship outfit will take on the Premier League leaders in the third round of the Capital One Cup at Stamford Bridge tonight at 9:45PM. The Trotters will head into the encounter as the underdogs and on a run of poor form, having slipped down to just a place above the relegation zone following a 1-0 away defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. Freedman understands that it will be a tall order for Bolton to win at Chelsea, but insists that his players will give Jose Mourinho’s team a run for their money. OTHER FIXTURES FOR TONIGHT INCLUDE; 21:45 Burton-Brighton 21:45 Manchester City-Sheffield Wed 21:45 Tottenham-Nottingham 22:00 Crystal Palace-Newcastle Utd 22:00 West Brom-Hull City Marouane Fellaini has vowed that his nightmare first season at Manchester United has made him a stronger player. The much-maligned midfielder endured a disappointing first ter ...
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal is planning to get Angel Di Maria to convince close friend Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid next summer, Express reports. Ronaldo has been recently linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu after expressing his frustrations with the Real for the way the club allowed Di Maria to leave. The conflict has also alerted Manchester City and Chelsea, with the Blues already putting aside £60million to lure Cristiano Ronaldo to Stamford Bridge instead.
Today's Football Titbits Manchester United are preparing a £100m package to bring Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria to Old Trafford, which would cover the Argentina international's £50m transfer fee and wages. Manchester United have reignited their interest in Roma's Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman with Juventus confident they will hold onto 27-year-old Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal. Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are on alert after Paris St-Germain's contract talks with their 29-year-old Argentine winger Ezequiel Lavezzi broke down. Senegal striker Demba Ba who left Chelsea to join Besiktas in the summer, insists he only struggled at Stamford Bridge because manager Jose Mourinho picked players on reputation rather than performance.
Transfer News & Stories •Ipswich Town have now announced they have signed Republic of Ireland international striker Conor Sammon on loan from Derby County. •Cardiff City have completed the signing of Sean Morrison from Reading. •Hull City boss Steve Bruce has played down talk linking him with a move for Manchester United's Danny Welbeck, Watford striker Troy Deeney and Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart. •Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he is happy with his squad at Stamford Bridge. •Sami Khedira's contract dispute with Real Madrid could persuade Arsenal and Chelsea to launch a cut-price bid for the German midfielder. •Alan Pardew has been told he would have to ship out one of his four centre-backs if he wanted to introduce a Micah Richards into his back four. •Leeds United were closing in on the signing of forward Kieran Agard last night after further talks with Rotherham United. •Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is remaining tight-lipped over a possible move for Southampton midfielder M ...
Brendan Rodgers: 'Van Gaal is the reason for Jose Mourinho' Liverpool boss believes Manchester United manager made Mourinho the man he is today Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho owes his successful career to Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal. Rodgers was asked about Van Gaal in his recent press conference, as the two rivals prepare to go head-to- head in a pre-season friendly tonight, and he admitted that despite not knowing much about the Dutchman, he knows that he helped Mourinho become the man he is today. Van Gaal and Mourinho worked together at FC Barcelona and Rodgers admitted that the Chelsea boss told him some stories during their time together at Stamford Bridge. "I've never met Louis Van Gaal before, but obviously I know of him through Jose Mourinho, and I know he was very instrumental in mentoring Jose at Barcelona," Rodgers said. "I'm aware of the methods, I'm aware of how he works, and obviously he's had a very good career. "He's a very experienced m ...
Regional Paper Talk All the top stories and transfer rumours from the back pages of the regional newspapers on Friday. LONDON Evening Standard Jose Mourinho has suggested Petr Cech is behind Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea pecking order - and hinted at a possible Stamford Bridge exit for the Czech international. Thibaut Courtois believes Petr Cech is still one of the best goalkeepers in the world and wants to learn from his rival at Chelsea. QPR are facing late competition from Southampton in their bid to sign Norwich midfielder Leroy Fer. MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS Manchester City's summer transfer business will be complete following the addition of a centre-back, Ferran Sorriano has revealed. Louis Van Gaal is determined to leave a legacy at Manchester United - even if he's only at Old Trafford for three years. Jonny Evans accepts he is facing a make-or-break season at Manchester United. Liverpool Echo Liverpool are closing in on a double swoop for Spanish full-backs Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo. St ...
Transfer Gossip Spanish champions Atletico Madrid are looking to sign Arsenal winger Santi Cazorla, 29, Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, 30, and Manchester United's 26-year-old forward Javier Hernandez. Daily Star Mexico international Hernandez admits he is unsure whether he will remain at Old Trafford next season, saying "only God knows" about his future. Guardian Arsenal's Santi Cazorla is one of three Premier League players wanted by Atletico Madrid Tottenham are expected to return with an improved offer for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin despite Saints' insistence the 24-year-old will not be allowed to leave. Times Spurs are poised to sign Sporting Lisbon's England Under-21 defender Eric Dier for £4m after the 20-year-old turned down a new deal with the Portuguese club. Daily Telegraph Sporting Lisbon have told Southampton it will cost them £16m to sign 24-year-old Argentina defender Marcos Rojo. Daily Express Marouane Fellaini, 26, has agreed to join Serie A side Napoli, but Manchester ...
MAVHARIVHARI (Rumours) & INTERNATIONAL UPDATES - Southampton want to keep France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 24, and will tell Tottenham and Arsenal they need to pay in excess of £27m if they want to sign him. - Barcelona are considering a move for Arsenal central defender Thomas Vermaelen, 28, who is also a target for Manchester United. - QPR are in final negotiations to sign Marseille's France World Cup midfielder Mathieu Valbuena, 29, although Dynamo Moscow are also interested. - Everton hope to complete the £18m signing of Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, 21, after 36-year-old Didier Drogba's return to Stamford Bridge. The Toffees are also exploring the possibility of re-signing Monaco forward Lacina Traore, 23, on loan. - Roma boss Rudi Garcia says midfielder Kevin Strootman, 24, will not be leaving for Manchester United this summer. - Liverpool have made a £14.2m bid for Bayern Munich's Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri, 22. - Atletico Madrid want 23-year-old Real Sociedad striker Antoine Griezmann, ...
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Manager Jose Mourinho is confident Chelsea have assembled a squad capable of winning the Barclays Premier League next season - but also knows any of the title hopefuls could also easily end up fifth. The Blues have moved quickly in the summer transfer market, bringing in Cesc Fabregas before the World Cup, and have since added fellow Spaniard Diego Costa and also defender Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid, as well as promising 19-year-old midfielder Mario Pasalic from Hajduk Split. Mourinho, however, understands all too well each of the other leading sides have also strengthened their armoury, while Manchester United are expected to recover and challenge again under new manager Luis Van Gaal. "Last year, if you had asked me in July, I would never have said Man United would be outside the top four. This season I will tell you one (to miss out) and I have a big percentage of making a mistake," said Mourinho, who is an ambassador and pundit for BT Sport next season and took part in a Q&A session at BT Tower i ...
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 ...
SPORTS UPDATE WITH EMMAH ATAI: Louis Van Gaal has confirmed that he will begin work at Manchester United on Wednesday. The 62-year-old, who guided Netherlands to third place in the 2014 World Cup, was named as David Moyes' permanent successor in May, signing a three-year contract. On sad note though, Netherlands and Bayern Munich forward ,Arjen Robben, 30, has turned down an offer from Dutch boss Louis Van Gaal to follow him to Manchester United this summer. Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger is hoping to complete the £3m signing of Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, 25, from Nice this week. Chelsea have opened discussions about bringing Didier Drogba, 36, back to Stamford Bridge as a second choice striker and coach. Liverpool striker, Iago Aspas, 26, is set to join Sevilla on a season-long loan. Tottenham's summer transfer plans are on hold as midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, 24, and defender Michael Dawson, 30, are reluctant to leave. Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu is convinced Liverpool striker Luis Suare ...
Rumour: Porto's Eliaquim Mangala stalls on Manchester City deal, amid Manchester United and Chelsea interest Squawka News Jul 11 2014 191 Eliaquim Mangala Eliaquim Mangala Manchester City’s attempts to sign Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala have hit a snag, writes the Daily Star . Manuel Pellegrini is working hard to increase The Sky Blues’ central defensive options next season and is said to have deals in principle in place to sign Porto’s Mangala and Roma’s Mehdi Benatia. However, due to the Financial Fair Play sanctions imposed on City, they cannot afford both in-demand defenders and are waiting on Mangala to make a decision. The Daily Star reports that Mangala has yet to commit his future, amid interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea. City were hoping that the 23-year-old France international would’ve come to a conclusion in light of Les Bleus‘ exit from the World Cup, but Pellegrini is yet to receive a phone call. To make matters worse, Red Devils boss Louis van ...
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 ...
The Stamford Bridge side have also bid farewell to Ashley Cole and goalkeeper Hilario following the expiration of their contracts as Jose Mourinho plans for next season Chelsea have confirmed the departure of Samuel Eto'o following the expiration of his one-year contract at Stamford Bridge. Eto'o spent just one season with the Blues, scoring 12 goals in 35 games, including a hat-trick against Manchester United in the Premier League. The 33-year-old never looked likely to stay on at the club beyond the summer and the Cameroon international even publicly criticised manager Jose Mourinho following comments regarding his age. "Contrary to what a puppet says about my age, I am still physically fit," he said. "At 33, I feel really good. I have proven that I can do better than the younger players." It was revealed in May that Eto'o has been in talks with Guangzhou Evergrande over a move to China this summer. Chelsea also confirmed Ashley Cole's exit from Stamford Bridge after eight seasons and 338 appearances in ...
Meanwhile, we can confirm the deals of Carlos Vela, who had been linked with a return to Arsenal, and Manchester United full-back Alexander Buttner. Man Utd Set To Sign Herrera Manchester United are set to complete the £28.4m (R 510 million) signing of Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao. According to Spanish and English media, Herrera is undergoing a medical in Manchester today and has agreed personal terms with United worth around £50 000 a week… Ferdinand To Join QPR? Rio Ferdinand has reportedly agreed a deal to be reunited with Harry Redknapp at QPR. The 35-year-old is a free agent after leaving Man Utd at the end of last season and will reportedly take a huge pay cut to team up with the manager who gave him his professional debut at West Ham in 1996… Oscar To Stay At Chelsea Chelsea star, Oscar, has told French media that he has had contact with Paris Saint-Germain, but insists he will not be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer. “I had contacts with PSG, that is true, but it did not go any fu ...
Jose Mourinho will wield his Stamford Bridge axe this summer by selling at least FIVE players in an audacious £75million squad restructure. Manchester United target Toni Kroos has admitted his future at Bayern Munich is still up in the air. AC Milan are set to demand Costa Rican star Joel Campbell as a makeweight in any deal with Arsenal for Mario Balotelli. Liverpool are ready to sacrifice Sunderland loan star Fabio Borini to break the deadlock reached in negotiations with Southampton over Adam Lallana. Alexis Sanchez is keen on a move to the Premier League with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United all interested. Laurent Blanc has ruled out a renewed bid from PSG for Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard this summer. Chile star Arturo Vidal has refused to commit his future to Italian giants Juventus after knocking Spain out of the World Cup. Liverpool have been linked with a shock £8m bid for United winger Antonio Valencia.
BLUES TRAVEL TO BURNLEY TO KICK OFF CAMPAIGN The Barclays Premier League fixtures for the 2014/15 season have been announced and two freshly promoted teams will be our first opponents. Jose Mourinho and his squad will head north to Burnley on the opening weekend before our first home game a week later when we host Leicester City. Our fifth league fixture takes us to champions Manchester City, scene of a famous victory last season, with the home game against City scheduled for the end of January. We face away games against Manchester United and Liverpool in quick succession in late October/early November, with home London derbies against Arsenal, QPR and Tottenham all taking place before Christmas. We host West Ham on Boxing Day with Southampton away and Tottenham away other fixtures over the festive period. In the final weeks of the season, Manchester United at home is followed by Arsenal away and then two home games -versus Crystal Palace and Liverpool. A trip to West Bromwich is the final away game with ...
City begin title defence at Newcastle June 18, 2014 Premier League champions Manchester City begin their defence of the title at Newcastle on Aug. 16 -- and then take on runners-up Liverpool at the Eithad Stadium a week later. The opening day fixture list gives Louis Van Gaal a home debut as Manchester United manager, taking on Swansea at Old Trafford, while third-placed Chelsea travel to newly-promoted Burnley. FA Cup winners Arsenal begin their campaign at home to London rivals Crystal Palace before facing a tough first away game against Everton at Goodison Park. Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert is reunited with his former club Southampton at Anfield on day one, and West Ham and Spurs begin their campaigns with a London derby at Upton Park. Leicester City start their return to life in the top division with a home game against Everton, and playoff winners QPR do so at home to FA Cup runners-up Hull. Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool's tough start to the season continues with a visit to Spurs on the third wee ...
The 2014-15 English and Scottish League football fixtures are announced at 09:00 BST on Wednesday. Manchester City will begin the defence of their Premier League title on the weekend of 16 August. Celtic, under new boss Ronny Deila, start their bid for a fourth successive Scottish championship a week earlier. The remainder of the Scottish League and the English Football League also start on 9 August. BBC Sport online will have each team's fixtures in full. In Scotland, there will be huge interest in the Championship given it contains Rangers, Hearts and Hibernian, who between them had three of the five highest average attendances last season. Manchester City, who secured their second Premier League crown in three years with a last-day win over West Ham, are joined in the top flight by Leicester, Burnley and QPR who were all promoted from the Championship. However, given David Moyes was irritated by a tough opening fixture list prior to his ill-fated spell at Manchester United, it will be interesting to se ...
Here's the top transfer tales in Saturday's papers... Santi Cazorla has told Arsenal he wants to quit the club and join Atletico Madrid this summer. (Metro) Chelsea are looking to rub salt in Arsenal's wounds by following up the signing of Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas with former Gunner Alex Song, despite interest from Manchester United. (Daily Express) Chelsea are weighing up a £12million move for Dinamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko. (Daily Mail) Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho also wants to bring Real Madrid ace Sami Khedira to Stamford Bridge this summer. (Daily Star) Thibaut Courtois insists he WON'T return to Stamford Bridge to be second-choice keeper behind Petr Cech. (Daily Mirror) Liverpool are set to open talks with German club Hoffenheim over a deal for midfielder Roberto Firmino. (Metro) But Liverpool are in danger of missing out on Southampton defender Dejan Lovren after Barcelona unexpectedly joined the race for his signature. (Daily Express)
TOP Transfer News: 1) Madrid demand at least €50m for Di Maria Real Madrid will only entertain offers above €50 million (£40m) for Angel Di Maria. Manchester United and Arsenal are keen on a move for the Argentina international. Source: L'Equipe 2) Liverpool close in on Shaqiri Liverpool are close to completing a £15 million deal for Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri, with the Switzerland international keen to secure more first-team opportunities after featuring only sparingly at the Allianz Arena last term. Source: Daily Star 3) Man Utd quoted €75m for Pogba Juventus have told Manchester United that it will cost the Premier League club £60 million (roughly €75m) to re-sign midfielder Paul Pogba. Source: The Guardian 4) Chelsea to hand Fabregas bumper deal Chelsea will offer Cesc Fabregas a significant improvement on his £100,000-a-week wages as they attempt to lure him to Stamford Bridge, and are confident of agreeing a deal below Barcelona's asking price for the Spaniard. Source: The Tim ...
Free agents 1. Samuel Eto'o The Cameroon striker has left Chelsea after a solitary season in which he clashed with boss Jose Mourinho over the manager's comments regarding the veteran’s age. Having made it clear he’s 33, Eto’o will also point to his moderate return of nine Premier League goals in 21 appearances. While no longer a main striker, he certainly remains a threat. Arsenal have been linked with a surprising move, and you can already picture Eto'o having a point to prove if he faces the Blues next season 2. Rio Ferdinand Things are changing rapidly at Manchester United these days. Nemanja Vidic has already been allowed to leave and so has long serving defensive partner Rio Ferdinand. The 35-year-old has not been offered a new contract after 12 years at Old Trafford and both Tottenham and QPR are reportedly lurking, ready to tempt the former England captain into staying in the Premier League 3. Ashley Cole Let go by Chelsea, Cole had a season to forget at Stamford Bridge. Shunted aside by Jos ...
The deal for the Atletico Madrid hitman is due to be completed this week, having been a long-term target of Blues boss Jose Mourinho. And it's understood the big money switch will also be biggest the Stamford Bridge side pull off this summer, due to fears of missing the mark on their financial targets. Owner Roman Abramovich is keen to see the club to continue on a sure monetary footing and wants to avoid incurring penalties from the new Financial Fair Play rules. The arrival of Costa will also see Torres and Ba leave the club, with the former Liverpool ace a target for Spanish side Valencia. The La Liga outfit, who finished eighth in La Liga and will not play in Europe next season, have been bought by Singapore billionaire Peter Lim and are looking to splash some cash. Top of their transfer list are Chelsea's Torres and Manchester United's Hernandez. 29-year-old Ba meanwhile is a top transfer target for Turkish side Besiktas. Besiktas board member, Deniz Atalay, revealed the club's intentions to snap up ...
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Papers Talk: - Chelsea are considering a surprise £12m move for unsettled Tottenham midfielder Sandro. -Chelsea close in on Jurgen Damm after opening talks with Pachuca. -Hazard handed Chelsea No 10 shirt for next season. -Valencia willing to pay £18m for Romelu Lukaku. -Schwarzer set to re-sign with Chelsea . -Jose Mourinho gets his man as Diego Costa passes Chelsea medical. -Chelsea are in the advanced stages of talks to take Manchester United and Manchester United target Eliaquim Mangala to Stamford Bridge. -Atletico Madrid sign Miguel Angel Moya as replacement for Thibaut Courtois. -Barcelona want Chelsea's interest in Cesc Fabregas to trigger bidding war as Blues start Koke talks.
HAZARD TO WEAR NUMBER 10 Posted on: Tue 03 Jun 2014 Eden Hazard will wear the number 10 shirt for Chelsea in the 2014/15 season. The Player of the Year will change from his existing number 17, which he has worn for the previous two years. Hazard said: 'I am very pleased to be able to wear the number 10 for Chelsea. 'It is my favourite number and is one I am used to wearing for the national team, as well as the one worn by some of my heroes from when I was a kid, like Zinedine Zidane. 'I hope it brings me a lot of luck in the future and I look forward to the fans seeing me in it next season.' The previous incumbent of the number 10 was Juan Mata, who departed for Manchester United in January after two-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge. He replaced Yossi Benayoun in 2011, while the Israeli had taken the shirt following Joe Cole's departure the previous summer after eight years as our number 10. Chelsea Football Club understands that many supporters will already have purchased the new 2014/15 home shirt wi ...
Romelu Lukaku's hat trick and Adnan Januzaj's debut wiped from record books FIFA has wiped Belgium's 5-1 win against Luxembourg from the record books due to using too many substitutes in the World Cup warm up match, which saw Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku claim a hat trick and Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj make his debut. FIFA rules allow a maximum of six substitutes in friendlies, while Belgium coach Marc Wilmots used seven. Lukaku's three goals and Januzaj's international debut in the May 26 match in Genk will no longer count. Tottenham winger Nacer Chadli also scored, with former Stamford Bridge playmaker Kevin De Bruyne netting the fifth with a last minute penalty.
Chelsea Set To Commence Talks Over Winger Jurgen Damm Talks Could Begin Over The Talented Youngster In The Coming Days According to some reports, Mexican side have agreed to negotiate a deal regarding winger Jurgen Damm. Andres Fassi, the club’s vice-president, has revealed that talks over the player could commence in the coming days and says Chelsea have had a close-eye on the Mexican-born winger for a while now. Damm was linked with a move to Manchester United, after he undertook a two-week trial in early 2013. The 21-year-old holds a Mexican/German dual nationality meaning he wouldn’t have to be granted a work permit to complete the move. "Yes, there is interest but we have to see how much they are interested," Fassi told Medio Tiempo. "In principle we have a sporting plan for Jurgen and we hope he stays, but if something comes up from abroad, we have to take it into account and if it's serious, we have to respond, we will have news in the next 48 hours." Fassi also devoted that representatives of ...
Hazard wants to stay at Stamford Bridge – and all because, according to the Daily Mail, Chelsea have decided to give him the No10 shirt. This is an intriguing development that could yet save clubs a fortune: perhaps Arsenal could persuade Cesc Fábregas to join them rather than Chelsea by offering to let him have his name in shiny glitter on the back of his jersey, Manchester United can placate Wayne Rooney when he starts demanding another new contract in a few months by appointing ball boys to carry the striker on to the pitch in a sedan chair before each game, while Yaya Touré could be cheered up by being awarded an official Manchester City tiara. Talk sport
Chelsea have a £30m-rated replacement lined up for Frank Lampard; Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United are to miss out on a top target; and Bayern Munich want to sign a Manchester City player – the top stories from the morning’s papers. ‘Chelsea’s £30m Lampard replacement’ - Chelsea are ready to offer Cesc Fabregas the chance to become Frank Lampard’s long-term successor after Barcelona stepped up their interest in Koke, according to the Daily Telegraph. Lampard has released a statement officially confirming his departure from Stamford Bridge. With Arsenal indicating they will not take up their option to re-sign Fabregas, Chelsea will try to convince £30million Fabregas to return to London. Paper Round’s view: Fabregas is reportedly disappointed Arsenal have not shown any firm interest in him, but is willing to look at other options in the Premier League and Chelsea could well be a good fit for him. Chelsea had apparently made Atletico Madrid star Koke one of their top summer targets, ...
Kurt Zouma: I turned down Man United Kurt Zouma has revealed he rejected an offer from Manchester United to join Chelsea and work with Jose Mourinho. The French defender sealed a 12 million-pound move to Stamford Bridge in January, although he was loaned back to his previous club, St Etienne, for the remainder of the season. But the 19-year-old claims he turned down the Red Devils -- along with Monaco and Inter Milan -- to sign for the Blues. United are likely to look for a new central defender this summer with both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic leaving Old Trafford, and Zouma suggested he was wanted by David Moyes, but said Mourinho's influence was crucial in his eventual decision. "I really wanted to go to Chelsea," the 19-year-old told France Football. "Did I have other offers? Yes, there were Internazionale, Monaco and Manchester United. All those clubs called. "Monaco was the first to call, with the sport director. I thought about it, but with Mr Mourinho, that is a strong signal. "I know it is a r ...
Chelsea 'lead chase with Arsenal and Manchester United backing away' Barcelona star's camp claim Gunners are NOT interested in re-signing their for-sale former skipper - paving the way for a move to Bridge Cesc Fabregas could put his love affair with Arsenal on the line after Chelsea entered the race to sign him. Blues boss Jose Mourinho has made Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke his No.1 target – but faces major competition from Barcelona for his signature. That has prompted a move for Fabregas and the Stamford Bridge club now lead the chase. Arsenal do still have first refusal on their former captain, and Barca must inform them if they accept an offer for the Spanish midfielder. But it would leave the Gunners with a major dilemma as they already have Mesut Ozil in Fabregas’ position. Manchester United have ruled themselves out, Manchester City may only be interested if Yaya Toure leaves and Liverpool’s priority is Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana. City insist that Toure is not for sale, but are a ...
GOODBYE FOLKS - As David Liuz prepares to become the highest signed defender in the world. World's most expensive defenders : 1. Thiago Silva from AC Milan to PSG £36m in 2012 2. Rio Ferdinand from Leeds United to Manchester United £33.1m in 2002 3. Marquinhos from Roma to PSG £27m in 2013 4. Fabio Coentrao from Benfica to Real Madrid £27m in 2011 5. Pepe from Porto to Real Madrid £25m in 2007 Chelsea have agreed a deal with Paris St-Germain, worth in the region of £40m, for the sale of defender David Luiz to the French champions. Luiz, 27, joined the Blues from Benfica for £21.3m in January 2011. "The move is now subject to David Luiz agreeing personal terms with PSG and passing a medical," a statement on Chelsea's official website. The Brazilian has three years left on the five-year contract he signed at Stamford Bridge in September 2012. Luiz is not part of manager Jose Mourinho's first-choice central defensive pairing and his exit would provide funds to strengthen in other areas, especially as ...
Last week, Chelsea completed a youth double in the form of the FA Youth Cup and the U21 Premier League title. It was a proud moment for the Blues youth system, who have now reached the final of the former tournament five times in the last eight years. But in truth, the Chelsea development squad’s 2-1 victory against Manchester United in the U21 Play-Off final at Old Trafford was a rather hollow victory. For all the millions spent, time consumed and players prioritised in making the West Londoners one of England’s most formidable youth outfits, just three Chelsea academy products have become first team regulars at Stamford Bridge since the turn of the millennium – John Terry, Ryan Bertrand and Nemanja Matic. And although the Chelsea captain’s rise to the starting XI in the early 2000s was a simple enough path, Bertrand and Matic have not been so lucky. Struggling to adequately prove himself as the rightful successor to Ashley Cole, Bertrand has been sent out on loan to Aston Villa this season and . ...
*GREAT MOMENT* GGM 01: Arsenal go 49 league games unbeaten Played 49, Won 36, Drawn 13, Lost None. The Arsenal squad which set a new unbeaten league record between May 2003 and October 2004 will live long in the memory and forever in the history books. The Gunners' historic run actually began amid the ruins of a failed Premiership bid. Arsenal shook off the disappointment of a home defeat against Leeds which handed Manchester United the title to thrash Southampton 6-1 at Highbury on May 7, 2003. No one had an inkling about what would follow. Arsenal started the 2003/04 campaign in style with four straight wins but almost came unstuck at Old Trafford in game No 8 of their run. Ruud van Nistelrooy's late penalty cannoned off the crossbar and Arsenal escaped with a 0-0 draw. It was the closest shave of the entire 49-game sequence. For the most part Arsenal brushed aside all-comers home and away. There were memorable wins at Elland Road, Stamford Bridge and Anfield, plus some great goals along the way. Robert ...
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.
Eastenders has had 14 births, 24 weddings and 45 deaths – and yet Dot battles on – while Footballers’ Wives and Top of the Pops have come to an end. Nine different managers have been in charge of Chelsea, including Jose Mourinho’s two stints at Stamford Bridge. Barack Obama became the first black president of the United States Sir Alex Ferguson has finally retired as Manchester United manager oh and DOT COTTON IS STILL IN EASTENDERS lol since arsenal last won a trophy
Chelsea to reap rewards of youth spending after being crowned U21 Premier League champions Chelsea believe that manager Jose Mourinho will buy into their plan to bring through the current all- conquering crop of Under-21s and academy players into the first-team squad over the next few years, following the youngsters' latest triumph on Wednesday Night. CFC were crowned champions at Old Trafford, beating their Manchester United counterparts 2-1 in the play-off final with a goal from Lewis Baker, a Luton-born 19-year-old who has been at the club since he was 10. This month they also won the Under-18 FA Youth Cup for the third time in five years. In spite of the millions Chelsea spent signing promising teenagers from all over the world for their academy, most notably under former director of football Frank Arnesen between 2005 and 2010, it has yielded no first-team regulars in recent years. This time the club are confident that Mourinho will bring young players through, having committed to that approach when ...
Chelsea’s Marco Van Ginkel: Man United target Louis Van Gaal is like Jose Mourinho Chelsea midfielder Marco Van Ginkel has revealed that their are similarities between West London boss Jose Mourinho and Louis Van Gaal is expected to be appointed Manchester United manager next week. The 21-year-old has enjoyed a close working relationship with both managers, having played under the Portuguese at Stamford Bridge and benefiting from Van Gaal’s influence at international level with the Netherlands. A summer signing from Vitesse last season, van Ginkel’s season was cut short when he picked up an anterior cruciate ligament injury in September but was quick to praise the manner in which Mourinho boosted his morale during his stint on the sidelines. “There are some similarities between Mourinho and Van Gaal. A lot of people want to know what Mourinho’s like. He’s incredibly fanatical and always wants to win. You occasionally see him do something crazy on the sidelines, but he’s a very warm person. ...
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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 ...
Chelsea F.C. manager Jose Mourinho wants to bring in a ‘killer striker’ when the Transfer Window re-opens in the summer. The likes of Demba Ba, Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o have struggled to consistently provide a goal-scoring threat for the Blues, who are all-but out of the title race. Last summer, Mourinho made it clear he wanted to strengthen the strike force at Stamford Bridge with his public pursuit of Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney. With Rooney having put pen to paper on a new long-term deal at United, the Portuguese will likely turn his attention to Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa.
2009/10 Chelsea 1-0 Man United: 08/11/09 Man United 1-2 Chelsea: 03/04/10 Chelsea and Man United battled at the top of the table throughout the 2009/10 season and it was the Blues, guided by Carlo Ancelotti, who succeeded. John Terry scored the game's only goal at Stamford Bridge and Joe Cole and Didier Drogba goals at Old Trafford ensured proved crucial in the titke race, with Chelsea going on to lift the FA Cup at Wembley, too. Those who were doubting wheather we ever defeated Manchester United home and away in a Premier League season, this are some of your answers.
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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 ...
Norwich Confirm Yobo’s Absence Norwich City of England have confirmed that their veteran central defender, Joseph Yobo will miss action in the English Premier League this weekend, as the Super Eagles skipper is still nursing the same injury that kept him out of The Canaries’ line up for the previous fixture. The development means Yobo, who is on loan at Carrow Road from Fenerbahçe of Turkey, will not be dressed for against once fearsome but now embattled Manchester United, as the former Everton stopper will now set eyes on making a return for the next tie out against Chelsea. The 33-year-old Yobo has made eight appearances for Norwich since his January loan move from Fenerbahçe but will not be part of their trip to Manchester on Saturday due to calf injury. Yobo will be eager to show the national team coaches he is fit enough to be part of the Nigeria squad to the World Cup in June when he makes his expected return to full fitness for the game against Chelsea on May 4 at Stamford Bridge. Norwich man ...
Chelsea fans in the Football Transfer Tavern are having a rather good week and it has gotten even better with the news from the . The publication seem to think that Paris Saint-Germain duo Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi both want to join the Blues, and given Jose Mourinho labelled them 'real strikers,' we think that the move could be a feature of the summer. Cavani is hot property despite a poor showing at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League, and is desperate to leave the Ligue 1 leaders after failing to enjoy life in the French capital and not being prepared to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Lavezzi meanwhile has made no secret of the fact he would fancy having a go in the Premier League, and destroyed Chelsea in the first leg of their quarter-finals, showing exactly how good he is. The Blues would face tough competition for both players, with Manchester United keen on Cavani and also willing to use Nani as a bargaining chip. As we know, Jose Mourinho has targeted three new forwards t ...
Jose Mourinho has backed Mohamed Salah to be a key player for Chelsea. Pacy winger Salah made his second start for the club in Sunday’s 1-0 win at Swansea after arriving at Stamford Bridge in an £11million deal from Basle in January. While Mourinho has used the Egyptian sparingly since his capture in the wake of selling Juan Mata to Manchester United, the Portuguese boss insists the 21-year-old has needed time to settle in to his new surroundings. 'I think he has the potential to be a very exciting player,’ Mourinho told Chelsea’s official magazine. 'He has come from a different situation to most of the squad, because he was playing in Switzerland before he came here, and in Egypt before that, so he has to adapt to his surroundings here. 'He has incredible pace and he is comfortable receiving the ball in space, like a traditional winger, so he offers us another way to beat the defence.'
Official Declaration from Rahul Ananthanarayana Reddiar: " From today onwards, I will be a CHELSEA FAN, I don't hate Manchester United... BUT I am not going to be a fan of Manchester United any more.. A end to my 10 years of support for Manchester United... Really terrific feeling when moving from Old Trafford to Stamford Bridge.. I love that... Bleed Blue".
My disdain,inability to comprehend the how&why &unappreciation of David Moyes has always been clear,whilst I wish the man prosperity&good health,certainly not the Man U managers job. Which leads beautifully to an excerpt in the papers "Jose Mourinho was at it again on Tuesday,charging down the Stamford Bridge touchline in celebration of a goal which takes his team to the Champions League Semis . You have to wonder if the Manchester United power brokers were watching with regret at not luring a born winner like Jose instead of David" Food for Thought in the highest echelons of Old Trafford,hmm,hmm
Sorry for Borussia Dortmund who came so close in pulling off a 'miracle' in their 2-0 home win over star-studded Real Madrid and yeah what a night for Mourinho's Chelsea in a thrilling encounter at Stamford Bridge winning the tie on away goal advantage.good football overall and next Bayern Munich vs Manchester United; BRING IT ON !
LONDON Evening Standard Romelu Lukaku's agent today confirmed he had held talks with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy over a possible summer transfer to White Hart Lane. Ezequiel Lavezzi is convinced Chelsea will not repeat their 'Napoli miracle' when they face Paris Saint- Germain at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Ramires says Chelsea must take their domestic home form to Europe to be in with a chance of overturning a two-goal deficit against Paris St Germain. MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS Sergio Aguero is set to give City's title push a huge boost by joining the squad for Saturday's clash with Southampton. Wayne Rooney has hit back at his accuser Bastian Schweinsteiger in the alleged diving incident that has cost the German powerhouse his place in Bayern Munich's midfield for United's visit to the Allianz Arena next Wednesday. Joey Barton has said that Manchester United star Wayne Rooney is not world class and claims the Reds star's lifestyle has hampered his career. Liverpool Echo Simon Mignolet admits the last 1 ...
Epl test. 1) Which two players have won Premier League titles with Arsenal and Chelsea? 2) By what scoreline did Arsenal beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in November 2011? 3) Which Sunderland player was sold by Martin O'Neill when he was Aston Villa boss? 4) What number does Demba Ba - famously snubbed by Stoke - wear for Newcastle? 5) Who were the last three players signed by Everton from Manchester United? If u get ol of em credit mara hyo hyo.
Chelsea's Demba Ba wants a summer move away from Stamford Bridge, with West Ham interested in the striker. Real Madrid could rival Premier League giants for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw. Christian Benteke could leave Aston Villa this summer. Arsenal chiefs fear the club could suffer a similar fate to Manchester United if Arsene Wenger reverses his intention to sign a two-year contract.
Must read. Gunned Down At The Bridge On the day when Arsene Wenger was meant to be celebrating his 1000th game in charge of Arsenal, faith dealth him a deadly blow in form of his number 1 enemy Jose Mourinho & his Chelsea side at fortress named Stamford Bridge. Arsenal where destroyed in the first 15 minutes of a game which ended 6-0. It was also a weekend of braces & hat-tricks. Yaya Toure and Luis Suarez bagged hat- tricks from thier repective side as City brush aside Fulham & Liverpool maintained thier title charge with a 6-3 game against striggling Cardiff. Manchester United made it 2 wins in 2 games with a brace from Wayne Rooney, one of which was a wonder goal from around the half way line (David Beckham was at the game). Tottenham's Eriksen inspired a comback with a brace to beat Southampton by 3-2 while Stoke City delivered a shocking 1-4 lesson to Aston Villa's young side. The El Classio This as we all know is the biggest single match in the world and it lived up to it expectation in a 7 game th ...
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher feels the Old Trafford pitch is too big for Juan Mata. Carragher has questioned whether Manchester United will see the best of the Spaniard. He told the Daily Mail: "Mata reminds me of Dimitar Berbatov. He was brilliant for Tottenham and he looked every inch a Manchester United player before he signed. "But White Hart Lane has a smaller pitch than Old Trafford and Berbatov didn’t have the speed to get around it. Similarly, Mata stood out at Stamford Bridge, which is also tight. "There is no doubt he has talent but does Mata have the legs for Old Trafford’s wide open spaces?"
ARSENAL DRUBBING LETS LIVERPOOL, CITY POUNCE Arsenal risk being cut adrift in the English Premier League title race after a humiliating 6-0 defeat at leaders Chelsea in Arsene Wenger's 1,000th match as manager. Wenger described the result as "one of the worst days" of his career and his misery was compounded by handsome victories for Liverpool and Manchester City that saw his side slump to fourth place in the table. Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Liverpool won 6-3 at Cardiff City to move to within four points of Chelsea, while City are two points further back -- but with three games in hand -- after Yaya Toure also claimed a treble in a 5-0 win over Fulham. Meanwhile, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney scored an astonishing 58-yard lob in a 2-0 win at West Ham United. Arsenal are now seven points below Chelsea, albeit with a game in hand, after Wenger's side were blown away by a flurry of first-half goals from Samuel Eto'o, Andre Schurrle, Eden Hazard and Oscar at Stamford Bridge. Hazard's goal cam ...
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 ...
Beating United at Old Trafford was twice as good as 2009... this would be up there with the glory days of Shankly and Paisley Liverpool went to Old Trafford and played Manchester United off the park When we won 4-1 in March 2009, the scoreline was a little distorted The impact of Sunday's win reached the Etihad, Stamford Bridge and the Emirates - Brendan Rodgers' side are soaring with confidence Jon Flanagan, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson have come of age If Liverpool were to win the league, it would be on a par with Bill Shankly’s FA Cup triumph in 1965 or Bob Paisley’s European Cup success of 1977 By Jamie Carragher PUBLISHED: 22:16 GMT, 17 March 2014 | UPDATED: 23:17 GMT, 17 March 2014 132 shares 6View comments On my way home from White Hart Lane on Sunday evening, I sent Steven Gerrard a message as I do after most Liverpool games. Normally I’ll ask him how he felt the match went or for his views on any major talking points but this time, having watched Liverpool dismantle Manchester Unite ...
Manchester United has been thrashed by Liverpool 3 nil at Old Trafford. But am tempted to question the integrity of ref Mark Clattenburg most especially by his seemingly dubious decision to send off captain Nemanja Vidic. Of course the other 2 were very clear penaults. But he was blind to the point of never seeing Glen Johnson's handball in the 16 yard area, which was almost similar to Rafel's. I however forgive him because he sometimes back did the same against Chelsea when United also benefited from his misjudgements at Stamford Bridge.. Although being beaten by them, it will never take away the fact that LIVERPOOL LAST WON THE LEAGUE TITLE 20 YEARS AGO, maybe its now their turn because vemiti mukanwa vakati USHE MADZORO, lets find out.
Defence the name of the game as odds improve on Chelsea winning title As the most intriguing Premier League title race in recent years enters its final phase, Chelsea have emerged as the front-runner to register what would be their fifth topflight triumph and third with manager Jose Mourinho at the Stamford Bridge helm. Despite leading the pack by seven points and being unbeaten in their past 14 league encounters, Mourinho continues to downplay the Blues' chances, insisting that Manchester City, currently in fourth place with three games in hand, are the team most likely to succeed. The bookmakers are unconvinced. Chelsea are now the odds-on favourite to win the title with City and second-place Liverpool lagging in a market that shows little support for third-place Arsenal and none whatsoever for reigning Premier League champion Manchester United. A look at the remaining fixtures of the key protagonists provides further clues as to why the bookies may be calling the shots correctly. While Chelsea still ha ...
Inter owner Erick Thohir has denied that his team have been in talks with Javier Hernandez and Fernando Torres about luring the Premier League strikers to San Siro. Report understands that Valencia and Atletico Madrid are one of several clubs interested in signing the Manchester United forward, with the Red Devils willing to sell, and the Nerazzurri have been linked with the Mexico international as well. Torres, who has often struggled since his £50 million move from Liverpool to Stamford Bridge, is also expected to leave in the summer but Thohir is adamant that neither men have been approached.
Emergence (1963–71) Tommy Docherty Bobby Tambling and Barry Bridges, two key players in the Chelsea side of the 1960s, pictured at Stamford Bridge in 2009. The swinging sixties ushered in an era that saw football and inimitable style merge in the heart of London; with the fashionable King's Road at the heart of the swagger. Superstars of the time, including Michael Caine, Steve McQueen, Raquel Welch, Terence Stamp and Richard Attenborough (now Life Vice President of the club) were regularly seen at Stamford Bridge as the team became one of the most glamorous and fashionable in the country. A 60s Chelsea side that oozed charisma and class established the club as a big name for the first time, but ultimately failed to match its swagger with on-field triumphs, and endured several near-misses. Docherty imposed a regime of strict discipline, sold off many of the club's older players, and replaced them with the new generation of talented youngsters emerging from the youth system, supplemented by some shrewd t ...
Samuel Eto'o 's goal was the 300 th of his club career. All nine of his strikes in Chelsea blue have come at Stamford Bridge. He is the first player since Didier Drogba to score against Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham in the same league season, the Ivorian having managed that feat in 2009/10. Frank Lampard started his 400 th Premier League game for Chelsea, and also moved above David James as the second all-time record appearance maker in the Premier League. It was his 573 rd game in England's top flight.
Galatasaray 1-1 Chelsea | Champions League last-16 first leg report This knockout tie lacks the sense of dread that grips the other three English clubs after first leg defeats, with Chelsea retaining a sense of authority going into the return at Stamford Bridge. But events in Istanbul probably exposed Chelsea's challenge for what it is. José Mourinho publicly considers his team outsiders to win this competition and, in failing to kill off Galatasaray, they provided ample backing for that assertion. The visitors' initial profligacy was punished after the interval, and thereafter with Chelsea were stretched at times. They departed for home with a draw the like of which Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United so crave, but this still felt like a missed opportunity. The build-up to this tie had been dominated by talk of emotional reunions. Aside from Wesley Sneijder coming up against Mourinho, Didier Drogba's last kick in a Chelsea shirt had been to claim the 2012 Champions League title and this was h ...
CHELSEA TOP TEN FLOP OF ALL TIME The poorest players to tarnish the pitch at Stamford Bridge. For every Didier Drogba there is a Robert Fleck and for every Frank Lampard there's a Juan Sebastian Veron - here is Chelsea's 10 worst signings of all time. 10. Juan Sebastian Veron This Argentine star just couldn't cope in England, failing to live up to a £28.1m price-tag at Manchester United and failing similarly when the Blues paid £15m just two years later. 9. Brian Laudrup The Danish legend and former AC Milan and Bayern Munich ace was well past the forward's best when arriving in West London in 1998 and managed just seven appearances. 8. Slavisa Jokanovic Many could be forgiven for having forgotten about Claudio Ranieri's first signing as manager in 2000 and the Serbian departed in 2002 as a very unpopular figure with the club. 7. Andriy Shevchenko A signing forced upon the team by the owner Roman Abramovich and at £30.1m one of their most expensive mistakes, with 22 goals in three years. 6. Chris Sutto ...
To say it was a transfer mired in controversy is probably understating the convoluted process by which John Obi Mikel ended up at Stamford Bridge, finally signing for Chelsea after Manchester United thought that they had secured a deal to take the Nigerian teenager to Old Trafford from Lynn Oslo. Ne...
Chelsea v Everton (Saturday, ko 13.45pm CET) Chelsea are 8/13 (1.62) to get their revenge over Everton, having lost the reverse fixture 1-0 at Goodison Park in September, and their impressive home record  - they've dropped just four points from a possible 39 at Stamford Bridge - will inevitably draw many punters into backing them to do just that. However, recent league draws against West Ham and West Brom highlight how they can still make hard work for themselves and Everton, who have shown signs of emerging from a sticky spell, could be the latest side to nick a result. The Toffees' 'no fear' mentality under Roberto Martinez have made them tough to beat on the road this season and, the demolition job at Anfield apart, they've given all the top sides a real test. They've already beaten Manchester United and drawn with  Arsenal on their travels and, while they are without their top scorer Romelu Lukaku, they have some great attacking options in new signing Lacina Traore, Steven Naismith, Kevin Mirallas a ...
SPORTS UPDATE WITH EMMAH ATAI: Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney has agreed a new five-and-a-half year contract worth up to £300,000 a week. The new deal ties the 28-year-old England international to the club until June 2019. Rooney joined United from Everton in August 2004 and is only 42 goals shy of passing Bobby Charlton's record total of 249 for United. Meanwhile, Manchester United legend David Beckham is ready to battle Manchester City for Barcelona star Xavi. Beckham wants Xavi to play for his new Miami-based MLS franchise. However, City are also keen on the midfielder for their New York City FC team. Arsenal have been forced to deny Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Flamini were involved in an embarrassing training ground bust-up ahead of their home clash with Sunderland tomorrow. The midfield duo were pictured in an apparent disagreement at the club's training ground base just 24 hours before Arsenal host the Black Cats in their Premier League clash. Arsenal have since moved to insist the pair ...
José Mourinho's bold sense of direction makes Chelsea a side to look up to Compared to what is happening at Manchester United and to a lesser extent Arsenal – or what is not happening at those clubs – the Chelsea manager's decisiveness stands out Share 59 inShare0 Email Chelsea's Nemanja Matic Chelsea's Nemanja Matic is the kind of industrious yet high-quality midfielder Manchester United could have done with. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters Never mind the little horse nonsense, the two points dropped at West Bromwich Albion or the distraction of whether Chelsea are better equipped to win the title this season or next. José Mourinho's return is proving a success, isn't it? If there is truth in the maxim that it is never a good idea to go back, Mourinho is unafraid of it. While Chelsea may not have been his preferred destination, at this stage you would never have guessed. Despite approximately half the country hoping he would fall flat on his face at Stamford Bridge, things have gone so smoothly ...
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Scholes hails Mata Juan Mata’s impressive start to his Manchester United career has not gone unnoticed by a man who made the ‘creator-in-chief’ tag his own during 20 years as a Red. That man is, of course, Paul Scholes who was as delighted as anybody to see the diminutive forward make the move from Stamford Bridge to Old Trafford, even going as far as to say that, in Mata, United have signed English football's top performer in recent times. “For the last couple of years Mata has probably been the best player in the league,” Scholes told MUTV and ManUtd.com in an exclusive interview. “We had to pay a lot of money for him and we were very lucky that he wasn’t in Chelsea’s plans, and only we can benefit from him now. “Hopefully he can have a strong end to the season and he can help us climb the table.” Although vocal in his praise for the Reds' latest acquisition, the typically bashful Mancunian was keen to dismiss those who have compared Mata with Scholes himself. He also spoke of how, i ...
PREVIEW Chelsea v Newcastle; Premier League | Stamford Bridge | Sat 8 Feb | 3pm Billed as After inspiring his charges to beat the world's best away from home, can Jose Mourinho do the same at Stamford Bridge against a mid-table club in turmoil? The lowdown Selling their double player of the year to Manchester United; benching Ashley Cole in favour of a right-back; recalling a Serbian for £17 million more than the club sold him for – whichever eyebrow-raising decisions the Chelsea manager makes, the response from the Blues faithful is unequivocal after Monday night’s win at Manchester City: "In Jose we trust". CHELSEA FORM Man City 0–1 Chelsea (Prem) Chelsea 0–0 West Ham (Prem) Chelsea 1–0 Stoke (FAC) Chelsea 3–1 Man Utd (Prem) Hull 0–2 Chelsea (Prem) NEWCASTLE FORM Newcastle 0-3 S'land (Prem) Norwich 0-0 Newcastle (Prem) West Ham 1-3 Newcastle (Prem) Newcastle 0-2 Man City (Prem) Newcastle 1-2 Cardiff (FAC) The Etihad victory was a managerial masterclass in stifling the opposition before bl ...
Chelsea Transfer News: Jose Mourinho Shows Faith in Oscar with Juan Mata Sale The biggest story to emerge from Stamford Bridge during the Transfer Window was a departure rather than an arrival. Juan Mata—Chelsea's player of the season for the past two years—was sold to Manchester United. Such a move would have been unthinkable even six months ago, but it could prove to be an inspired piece of man-management by Jose Mourinho. The "Special One" has made no secret of his intention to build his Chelsea side around Oscar, and selling Mata was a statement of Mourinho's intent as much as it was a display of absolute faith in the Brazilian youngster. Matt McGeehan of The Independent reports: Another thing is to adapt to the way we want to play. In this moment, Oscar is my No. 10 and, if somebody tells me that Oscar is not Chelsea's best player since the beginning of the season, I'd have to disagree. Many column inches were written expressing shock at Mourinho's preference for Oscar over Mata, but such an outc ...
Players who have left Stamford Bridge in this Transfer Window. Juan Mata (Manchester United, £37.1million), Michael Essien (AC Milan, undis)
Diego Costa will join Chelsea in the summer, with Atletico Madrid signing goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in return on a permanent basis. There has been much speculation over Costa, who has 19 La Liga goals this term. With Wayne Rooney set to stay at Manchester United, Brazilian-born Costa has emerged as Mourinho’s No.1 striking target. The 25-year-old has a £32million release clause in his contract, but Atleti want to keep £20million-rated Courtois, who has starred during three years on loan at the Vicente Calderon. Belgian keeper Courtois has no interest in returning to Stamford Bridge as anything but first choice, and with Petr Cech still in that role, it is a move which may suit all parties. (Daily Mirror) What do Chelsea fans think?
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 ...
Demba Ba is perfect for Arsenal Chelsea striker Demba Ba would be the perfect solution to Arsenal's problems in attack, according to former Gunner Ray Parlour, reports talkSPORT. The Senegalese international has fallen down the first-team pecking order at Stamford Bridge, following the summer arrival of Samuel Eto'o. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger could do worse than negotiate a deal that will bring Ba to the Emirates Stadium this month, but Jose Mourinho appears reluctant to let him leave West London, while Fernando Torres is sidelined by injury. "You need a big squad and I'm sure Arsene Wenger is looking at the situation and thinking, 'who can we bring in to help?" Parlour told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. "Demba Ba would be perfect for Arsenal. They need someone like that, but would Chelsea let him leave for Arsenal? "I don't know at the moment. They have sold Juan Mata to Manchester United but maybe they are viewing Arsenal as a little bit more of a threat at the moment." Arsenal allegedly had a ...
How Mata deal was done: Perhaps the most intriguing part of the long, complex process that finally led to a helicopter carrying Juan Mata arriving at Manchester United's training ground on Saturday is that a £37.1m deal can be arranged without as much as a telephone call between the clubs. Several months of positioning, mutual suspicion and political bargaining, and everything was done without a single word being exchanged in person. Chelsea certainly tried. On more than one occasion, a message reached Ed Woodward, United's chief executive, that the relevant people at Stamford Bridge were open to sitting at the other side of the negotiating table. Each time, he politely declined. Everybody in football knows Chelsea want to sign Wayne Rooney and Woodward reasoned that it would be virtually impossible to keep them sweet on Mata while also informing them they could forget about anything happening the other way. Instead, the background to the Mata deal is a case study about how complicated and sensitive thes ...
Match Report If, at any point over the past two seasons, Juan Mata had been sold to Manchester United, it is safe to say there would have been uproar amongChelsea supporters. Imagine if Rafael Benítez, the former stop-gap manager, had presided over the deal. Mutiny would not have covered it.And yet, as Chelsea entered the post-Mata era, following Friday's confirmation of his £37.1m move to Old Trafford, with the most comprehensive of 1-0 FA Cup victories over Stoke City at Stamford Bridge, there was barely a flicker.There was one message of thanks to Mata scrawled on a small white sign held aloft by a supporter and that, in terms of acknowledgment of the sale, was that. There was no dissent, no protest and, if that reflected in part how Mata's fortunes have plummeted this season, it also reinforced where the fans' faith has come to lie.José Mourinho said afterwards that it was not him but the club who sanctioned the deal and, moreover, he intimated that they were powerless to resist once the scale of t ...
Chelsea vs Stoke City 26 January 2014 15:30 (GMT) Stamford Bridge, London Juan Mata’s departure from Chelsea has dominated headlines in the last few days so much that it has put our FA Cup clash with Stoke City a non-existent affair. However, Mata is now history as far as Chelsea is concerned and focus returns to football. The fourth round clash at Stamford Bridge is expected to be a tightly fought encounter given that it was only a few weeks ago that Chelsea lost to Stoke at the Britannia stadium. The 3-2 defeat will still be fresh in the minds of Chelsea players. Stoke come into the match with almost an identical form – one win in the last five. Mark Hughes’ teams, though, seem to raise their game against the big teams. Recent form, therefore, should not be a factor in judging the strength of the opponent. Team News: Fernando Torres has been ruled out for the next three weeks due to the injury he sustained in the 3-1 win over Manchester United. Apart from it, Mourinho has a full strength squad at ...
It's quite a sad thing, that NOBODY at Stamford Bridge could snap Jose Mourinho out of this madness. Thank you Juan Manuel Mata Garcia, it's been a wonderful & great pleasure having you @ Chelsea Football Club. Wish you the very best of luck, as you take on new challenges @ Manchester United.
Spanish international midfielder, Juan Mata completed his £37.1 million move to Manchester United on Saturday evening, but the 25-year-old will always hold a special place in his heart for the Stamford Bridge and those fans that fill it every weekend.
Matt Law runs the rule over the players in Chelsea's 3-1 win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge
A Samuel Eto'o hattrick heaped more misery on David Moyes as his Manchester United side lost 3-1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. A late consolation from Javier Hernandez was not enough for the Red ...
Juan Mata looks set to leave Stamford Bridge, with Manchester United and Spanish club Atletico Madrid poised. (Mirror)
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Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic admits his teams Premier League title hopes are over following the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Samuel Eto'o has scored his first Chelsea hat-trick as they thumped a struggling Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Read more here:
Ahead of the much anticipated clash between Manchester United and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge later today, a fan has successfully recorded a phone conversation between Jose Mourinho and David Moyes over wantaway striker Wayne Rooney. Moyes (obviously) insists the Englishman is not for sale and Mourin...
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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V Manchester UniteD - PART TWO Posted on: Sat 18 Jan 2014 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 ...
Sunday's clash between Chelsea and Manchester United is an invitation for Jose Mourinho to take his revenge. He was devastated to not get the Old Trafford job, and he'll desperately want to put them to the sword at Stamford Bridge...
David Moyes says he has received an apology from Jose Mourinho after claims the Chelsea manager had inside information Manchester United “are not happy”. Moyes revealed he was contacted by the Chelsea manager and their press office to clarify the remarks and is satisfied Mourinho was misinterpreted when he said he was privy to the mood at Old Trafford. Asked about the report, Moyes said: “I have seen it and I have had an apology from the Chelsea media department and from Jose. I think it was poor journalism actually.” Moyes must try to inflict Mourinho’s first Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge without Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, the latter being expected back in full training on Monday. Moyes, meanwhile, has been fined £8,000 and warned about his future conduct by the Football Association after admitting a misconduct charge arising from comments about referee Andre Marriner and his assistants following the recent 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat at Sunderland. admin - nEshun
Cahill: We will attack Utd: Gary Cahill insists Manchester United's trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday wi...
Manchester United take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon looking to close in on the top four. Here's the latest on Rooney and Van Persie.
Manchester United will be at Stamford Bridge on Sunday Night for 3 Points to Chelsea My Prediction 3-1 clear victory over Man Utd Yours...?
SPORTS UPDATE:With Emmah Uganda Cranes Coach Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has praised the cranes upon yesterday’s 2-1 victory over Burkina Faso but insists they must improve in time before facing Zimbabwe in their next game on Thursday.Meanwhile, Ghana faces Congo today at 6pm and later at 9,Libya will take on Ethiopia. The hunt for 2013 Mapinduzi Cup glory comes to end this afternoon at 4pm when Uganda’s representatives KCC FC take on Tanzania’s Simba SC in the finals to be played at Amaan stadium. INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL: Chelsea have made a £25m move to bring Benfica's Nemanja Matic back to Stamford Bridge. Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has apologised for foul-mouthed abuse of Manuel Pellegrini after an ill-tempered clash at St James’ Park . ‘It was a heat of the moment thing,’ said Pardew later. ‘I’ve apologised to him and I’m fortunate that he’s accepted that.’ Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi vowed to "never forget" his four-goal salvo in the 4-3 win over Milan on Su ...
There's too many Liverpool pundits on TV, claims Mourinho (who then vows to fight back as Chelsea voice... when he's 75!) We could be seeing Jose Mourinho on our TV screens for many years to come. Mourinho bemoaned the lack of pundits with Chelsea allegiances after his side's 2-1 win over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge - and promised he would fly the flag when he stops managing. The Blues boss responded to TV analysis saying Luis Suarez should have been awarded a penalty by insinuating most pundits have ties to Anfield. There are lots of people on TV, but nobody is a Chelsea man,' said Mourinho. 'Carragher, Liverpool. Thompson, Liverpool. Redknapp, Liverpool. Neville, Manchester United. We don’t have one. When I retire, 75 years old, I go as a pundit to defend Chelsea on television.' One the penalty incident, the Portuguese praised Reds talisman Suarez, but also alluded to the Uruguayan's reputation for going to ground easily - calling it an 'acrobatic swimming pool jump.' He said: ‘This is a special co ...
A QUEUE FORMS FOR MATA There's a list of suitors for Juan Mata, apparently not needed by Jose Mourinho, in The Daily Mirror this morning. The paper reports that Rafa Benitez is at the head of said line, with Napoli keen to take Mata to Italy this month. The Mirror claims: 'Sources close to Mata are adamant he will not push for a move and that he will only leave this month if it is made clear he has no future at Stamford Bridge. 'But Benitez, who made Mata the cornerstone of his Chelsea side last term, believes he can win the race to land the 25-year-old. 'Serie A rivals Juventus and Inter Milan, as well as French champions Paris Saint-Germain, are interested in the £30million-rated star. 'Liverpool and Manchester United are too, but Chelsea will not allow Mata to join a Premier League rival.' The Manchester Evening News claims United are on 'red alert' for Mata, confusingly saying that David Moyes wants to bolster his midfield and will thus move for Mata. That United already have at least three No.10s in ...
Manchester United are hoping to lure Juan Mata away from Stamford Bridge in the January Transfer Window. (ESPN)
Football - Premier League Weekend Team News: Van Persie set for late fitness test All the Team News ahead of the Premier League fixtures, with Manchester United's Robin Van Persie in contention to face Norwich. Click on the games for full Team News, manager quotes and match facts Saturday West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion - 12:45 James Collins will have a calf complaint assessed on Friday and looks unlikely to feature. The injury resulted in the Welsh centre-back being forced off in the first half of the Hammers' 3-1 Boxing Day defeat to Arsenal. Norwich City v Manchester United - 15:00 Phil Jones is out for a fortnight with a knee problem but Nemanja Vidic could come in and there will be late tests on Michael Carrick (Achilles) and Robin Van Persie (thigh). Aston Villa v Swansea City - 15:00 Midfielder Leon Britton returned from a broken toe at Stamford Bridge and could continue as Laudrup plans changes for the second match in 48 hours, as his side bid to improve a run of one win in six. Manchester ...
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Transfer Rumours - 21 - December - 2013 • David Luiz's future at Stamford Bridge is being discussed by the Club's board. • Manchester United and Arsenal are joining the race or Fabian Schar. • Chelsea want Andrea Ranocchia. • Tottenahm want Mirko Vucinic, they are also looking into Cesare Prandelli taking over after the World Cup. • Inter Milan could be surprise contenders to sign Hulk, this will mark their re-birth amongst Europe's elite under Erik Thohir. • Milan coach Masimilliano Allegri has stated they have too many players and need to cut the squad to around 24-25 players.
ROONEY TO CHELSEA: Ok, so realistically this was always going to happen – Chelsea interest in Wayne Rooney attracted a lot of interest over the Summer, and so it was always going to be revisited as we headed into the January window. Today, Martin Lipton writes in The Mirror that Jose Mourinho is still keen, and that the London club will launch a new bid for the player in the Summer. Maybe. The problem is, though, that the story seems to hinge on Rooney not having signed a new contract at Manchester United, rather than anything information which has come out of Stamford Bridge – so, is this an actual story, or is it just a re-hash of something from the past based on a very flimsy premise? Given The Mirror’s record, you’d probably say the latter – United have already shown that they’re not about to panic in the face of Rooney’s contractual situation (due to expire in 2015), and Chelsea have demonstrated an unwillingness to make an offer which actually reflects the player’s value. Realistical ...
Capital One Cup: Chelsea Reduces Arsenal’s Title Hopes as United Proceeds Into Last Eight. The duo of Cesar Azpliqueta and Juan Mata scored to help Chelsea knock out Arsenal from the English League Cup on Tuesday as Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez grabbed a brace for Manchester United in the 4-0 thrashing of Norwich City. Blues’ boss Jose Mourinho had expressed dissatisfaction with the club’s tight fixtures schedule, having played two of English football giants- Manchester City on Sunday and then Arsenal- in the space of three days, but the Portuguese, as promised, rang out ten changes to the side that defeated City at Stamford Bridge with only Garry Cahill keeping his place. Despite resting the likes of Andre Schurrle, Fernando Torres, Eden Hazard, Spaniard Mata made his sixth start of the season and stood out all through as Chelsea dominated the ‘Gunners’ at their Emirate Stadium home- largely due to a superior squad strength. John Mikel Obi and Mikael Essien bossed the midfield while Willia ...
Chelsea career On moving to Stamford Bridge, Fernando Torres took over the vacant number nine jersey, but took 14 games before he found the net, a joyously received effort on a sodden Stamford Bridge pitch against West Ham. It remained his only goal for the Blues that season but with a rare summer of recuperation following, hopes were high that 2011/12 would see the Fernando Torres that tormented Chelsea so much when he was wearing red. His start had been encouraging, with an opening day display at Stoke which lacked only a goal. That eventually came at Old Trafford in a 3-1 defeat against Manchester United, but his afternoon will be remembered not for the instinctive flick over David De Gea's head but the missed open goal that followed in the closing stages. The Spaniard bounced back quickly to open the scoring against Swansea with a smart touch and finish though, but he was then sent off, forcing him to miss three domestic games. In Europe though, he then netted twice in the 5-0 Champions League victory ...
FOOTBALL NEWS NOW: Manchester United's winger, Wilfred Zaha has recently shown interest in a loan move to Newcastle if Manu's exile continues. Torres out for three weeks with a knee injury Wayne Rooney ready to face sunderland despite missing the journey to Ukraine yesternight with a shin injury FINALLY, listen to this proued Basel fans after a win at chelsea: 1) Tim (a proud Basel fan at Stamford Bridge) : We've silenced Old Trafford, we've silenced White Hart Lane, and now we've silenced Stamford Bridge! Come on FCB! 2) Vikram in Aberdeen : Too many midfielders, not many strikers. Mata on the bench. Lukaku on loan. Young eggs. Scrambled egg. Troubled times ahead. 3) Dan in Cornwall : Jose needs to pick his preferred 11 and stick to
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