Pato linked to Chelsea

The 26 year old Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato has recently been turning up as a possible January signing for a number of Premier League clubs as a lot of teams in the top tier English league have shown interest in signing the former AC Milan player.

Pato for Brazil

Alexandre Pato reached headlines around the world when AC Milan signed him and the Brazilian player scored his first goal in the Italian League Serie A at the young age of 19. Pato is a very skillful player who showed what he is capable of doing in San Siro but the thing which crumbled his career was his consistent injuries. Continue reading

Jose Mourinho claims that Chelsea can utilise

Jose Mourinho claims that Chelsea can utilise their underdog status and potentially aim to win the Champions League this season.

The blues are not even listed as amongst the favourites to win this season’s title after having been very poor so far. Surprisingly, the Premier League champions are involved in a relegation fight with the season almost about to approach Christmas. Mourinho has still been kept in the job and it has been unlike Roman Abramovich, who has resorted to sacking managers even at the slightest hint of poor results. It seems that Mourinho will stay at the club irrespective of the results – at least until the end of the campaign.

For the time being, the manager can hope to impress the owner with some good performances in the Champions League. It has certainly been arriving for the club and the latest was in the 2-0 win over FC Porto at Stamford Bridge. Abramovich was in the stands to witness this victory and he applauded the team following a good performance. Mourinho says that this victory has done little to change Chelsea’s status as one of the underdogs especially in the competition that has the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona. However, the club’s previous success in the competition came under similar circumstances and Mourinho has targeted a repeat of the same. Continue reading

HIDDINK BACKS TERRY

John Terry’s form has been a subject of discussion amongst the Chelsea fans of late. However, Guus Hiddink, who is temporarily managing Chelsea, is of the view that the defender’s fitness isn’t starting to go downhill in spite of him getting into his mid thirties and he can easily go on to play for the club for a bit more time.

John Terry

Terry had started each and every match for the Blues in the English top tier in the 2014-15 Season, but, it has not been the same for him in the ongoing season. The centre half has shown a dismal form which has put question marks over his appetite. Not too many people are sure if he’s still got that same appetite to achieve success. Continue reading

BIG PLAYERS MUST STEP UP

Cesc Fabregas has had to face a chunk of the criticism for Chelsea’s poor form this season. The Spaniard feels that this is undeserved, but it is largely down to the impact that he had at the club last season.

Fabregas was an instrumental figure in Chelsea winning the league title – after a gap of five years – last season. He came up with a record 18 assists – most of them in the first half of the season – and a fair number of goals. This time around, he has scored only once and created only one goal for the team.

Cesc Fabregas
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CHELSEA STILL STRUGGLING

Chelsea’s recent 1-0 defeat against Stoke City was the seventh defeat of the season for the blues. They are already out of the League Cup and are huge doubts to qualify for the Champions League next season. The collapse comes just six months after the club won the Premier League title and this remains the most fascinating aspect.

Defender Branislav Ivanovic has admitted for the first time that the club did not react well to winning the title. The league success came after a period of five years. Even though the club was successful in other competitions during this time, it appears that the success has gone into the heads.

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Willian reckons victory against the Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev

Willian reckons victory against the Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev the other day in a European clash shows that Chelsea is starting to find a bit of confidence again.

The Blues beat Kiev 2-1 with Willian playing a major role in that, converting a free kick at a crucial juncture.

Willian has actually been somebody, who unlike most of the other Chelsea players, has not come for much criticism recently. He has produced the goods.

The Brazil international has made 16 appearances in Chelsea jersey across all competitions in the season so far and has put the ball into the net 5 times which is not a bad performance at all.

Talking to the press yesterday, he said, “I think it’s all falling in place for us. Confidence wise, we are getting there and the results are only going to help. It was important to try and secure three points over here and we will have to capitalize on this win now. It’s not been easy at all for us this summer, but, we’ve always believed we can turn the tables.”

Chelsea is now occupying the second position in the standings in the Champions’ League Group G and they are well and truly in race for making it to the pre quarter final round of the competition. Continue reading

FABREGAS – COSTA IS ANGRY

Cesc Fabregas, as many other people, also believes that Diego Costa did not deserve the ban that he was handed for his demeanour in the Arsenal game that had taken place earlier this month.

Costa has, however, completed his ban now and is all set to return to take on Porto in the European Cup. According to Fabregas, his countryman is annoyed at the moment and he has every reason to be in that sort of mood. Fabregas said, “You are never happy when you are treated that harshly and Diego is no different. He feels he’s hard done by and he is probably right.”

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Chelsea and the search for Champions League glory

Chelsea picked up a vital point away at Dynamo Kiev last week to provide a much-needed boost to their Champions League aspirations. Although the Blues have struggled in the early stages of the season, Jose Mourinho’s men have two home matches remaining in the group stages and will be quietly confident of securing the victories that they need to book their place in the knockout stages of the competition. The Blues have reached the last-16 or better in 11 of the last 12 seasons, with the 2012-13 campaign as the lone exception.

Mourinho’s men have one of the most talented squads in Europe’s elite club competition but they have failed to reach the same heights of last season. In the 2014-15 campaign, Chelsea won the Premier League title but slipped up against Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16 stage of the tournament. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has made it clear that the Champions League is his favourite competition and, after winning the domestic title last season, it is likely that the Russian will be targeting a third major success on the continent.

Unfortunately for the Blues, they simply aren’t playing well at the moment and may need a drastic change in strategy if they are to climb out of the slump that they currently find themselves in. The likes of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic and John Terry are struggling to inspire confidence and have all been in and out of the team this season. While these four stars were imperative to Chelsea’s title victory last term, they have perhaps been their most disappointing players at the beginning of the new campaign.

However, these are world class players and the likelihood is that all four stars will turn their form around. Every player goes through a bad patch but the truly great footballers come out of their blip stronger and hungrier for success. With the exception of Terry, Chelsea’s world class talents are likely to improve in the near future and will help the club to climb up the Premier League table, as well as challenge for Champions League success. Footballers don’t suddenly become bad players overnight – that’s a fact.

Compared to last season, Chelsea’s home supporters have been starved of goals. According to figures at Fortune Frenzy the average Blues season ticket holder is paying £71 for every goal at Stamford Bridge – an insane statistic. In the Premier League, Mourinho’s side have netted 15 times this term but their defensive displays have cost them dearly. The likes of Gary Cahill, Kurt Zouma and Terry have all been given the opportunity to showcase their talent and make the central defensive position their own but they have all failed to inspire confidence.

Realistically, the domestic title is out of Chelsea’s hands now. It’s a long season but they are just too far behind to mount a serious challenge. The Champions League, however, could be on the cards. While they cannot compete toe-to-toe with Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona, they can set-up to defend and this is one of their greatest traits. With a bit of luck and vast individual improvements, they stand a great chance of reaching the latter stages of the competition.

José Mourinho has dismissed suggestions that John Terry is no longer the first team choices

Chelsea boss José Mourinho has dismissed suggestions that John Terry is no longer the first team choices that he has been for more than a decade.

Terry was recently dropped to the bench for the Champions League game againstMaccabi Tel Aviv. Chelsea’s disastrous form at the start of the season was thought to be the reason behind this decision from Mourinho. After securing a comfortable 4-0 win with Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahill at the back, Mourinho went on to keep Terry on the bench for the crucial league encounter against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

His decision to keep Terry on the bench was viewed with surprise at the start of the game, but not many questioned it after the 2-0 win that was achieved with Zouma and Eden Hazard on the scoresheet. Now, many believe that the time of Terry has come to an end, but Mourinho says that it is not the case and that the 34-year-old is still his important player. Terry signed a 12 month extension to his contract only in the summer. He will consider his future in the next few months with speculation that the former England captain made decide to join the MLS for one final hurrah. Continue reading

Eden Hazard says that he has had several arguments with manager José Mourinho

Chelsea star midfielder Eden Hazard says that he has had several arguments with manager José Mourinho, but he has ruled out any issues with the Portuguese. Just like in any other relationship, the manager and the player have had some disagreements that especially cropped up in the 2013-14 season.Hazard was publicly criticised by Mourinho for being responsible for the 3-1 semi-final defeat against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. The failure on the part of the Belgian to track his opponent led to several goals. Since then,Hazard has been a player transformed and the 24-year-old managed to win a clean sweep of all the individual accolades last season.

The newly crowned PFA Player of the Year refused to rule out the lack of disagreements in his relationship with Mourinho, but he thinks that the Portuguese has made him a better player overall. In the 38 league matches last season,Hazard came up with 14 goals and an impressive nine assists. He was one of the players to have played in every match of the league. Mourinho has constantly stated thatHazard will be forgotten if he does not make an impact in every match he plays. After an inconsistent couple of seasons,Hazard says that he is now making an impact in every match. Continue reading