£32 million was the transfer fee that Chelsea had to pay in order to sign N’GoloKante from Leicester City, the French player completed his move to Stamford Bridge on July 16 of 2016 and so far it seems like he has impressed the head coach Antonio Conte.
N’GoloKanté has performed in all 3 of the opening league matches of Chelsea and Antonio Conte has stated himself that he has been impressed by what he has seen in relation to the 25 year old French midfielder.
On August 15, Chelsea played against West Ham in their opening match of the season 2016-17 and Antonio Conte said: “N’Golo is a great player, a great buy. He’s important for the team; he has good technique and fantastic stamina. He’s able to cover a lot of space and help his team-mates always. We are happy with his performance but I was happy with the performance of all my players.”
This was the statement released by Antonio Conte as the Italian manager said that he was impressed by the performance that N’GoloKanté displayed during that match. Chelsea went on to win that game with a final scoreboard of 2-1 and they have continued their string of positive results with successive triumphs over Watford and Burnley. Continue reading
We’re only four matches into the new Premier League campaign but both Diego Costa and Antonio Conte have already had major impacts on Chelsea’s results this season. The Italian’s charismatic and passionate nature on the touchline has helped to re-ignite energy and vibe at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea supporters have bought into Conte’s energetic enthusiasm.
Meanwhile, Costa is firing the goals in – just as he did when the Blues lifted the title in the 2014/15 campaign. The Spain international has already scored four league goals this season, including a spectacular equaliser in the dying embers of Chelsea’s most recent contest away at Swansea City. Continue reading
The rumours linking Diego Costa with a move away from Chelsea do not seem to be going away even after the appointment of Antonio Conte.
The striker has been linked with an imminent return to Atletico Madrid, where he became a legend in the last few years. Costa was a major factor in helping Chelsea lift the league title in the 2014-15 season, but he had a very poor season the last time around. His poor form was especially pronounced in the first half of the season when José Mourinho was the manager. Incredibly, Costa’s form including dramatically after Mourinho was sacked and Guus Hiddink was appointed.
The patchy form for the Spaniard in the last two seasons may have been one of the reasons, while language issues have also been spoken about. Costa has scored 36 goals in the last two campaigns, which is a good return for someone who cost only £ 30 million. At 27 years of age, the striker still has plenty to offer for the club if he manages to strike good form. After having been an extended holiday due to Euro 2016, Costa was seen only towards the latter end of the Chelsea’s pre-season. It remains highly doubtful if he would start the game against West Ham on Monday night.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has stated that Diego Costa should stay with the London club.
There were reports that the striker might be looking for a move to Atletico Madrid, but Conte has denied the existence of such rumors. He said that Diego Costa is happy to play with Chelsea and that he will be staying with the club next season.
Antonio Conte said that Diego Costa is an important player for the team and that there is no reason that he should be leaving in the summer. He admitted that he has always been a fan of the player and that he wants the player to stay at the club. Conte said that Diego Costa is an outstanding player and that he is one of the best forward players in the world at the moment.
For Antonio Conte, Chelsea needs to have the best players in the world and that they will not allow Diego Costa to leave. He said that Costa is happy at the club and that they are building a team around him. He stated that he is not aware of any rumors that Diego Costa wants to leave the club. At the moment he is a Chelsea player and said that he would be staying for the long term.
Neither Alexandre Pato or Radamel Falcao have been making impressive performances in Stamford Bridge and both of them have returned to their parent clubs as Chelsea did not opt to extend their respective loan deals any further.
Both of those players were signed on loan deals and Chelsea had the option to extend their respective deals for a longer period of time but after disappointing, the head chiefs of the Premier League club decided to not risk spending more time or money in them as they returned to their original parent clubs and Chelsea
are now setting their sights on other players who might be signed during the summer transfer window.
The attacking department of Chelsea is one of the areas that Antonio Conte is expected to reinforce the most as the main goal-scorer of the Premier League club is Diego Costa but the Brazilian attacker has not been performing at his usual best. In the 2015-16 Premier League season, he scored only 12 goals which is a significant drop in goals compared to the 2014-15 season when he scored 20, almost double. Continue reading
Chelsea’s interim manager Guus Hiddink believes that defender and captain John Terry is worthy of a new contract.
The 35-year-old is set to leave the club at the end of the campaign as his contract runs out in a few weeks. Chelsea confirmed six months ago that they would not be extending the deal of their talisman even though the player himself expressed his desire to stay. After his recent sending-off against Sunderland, Terry will be unavailable for the last two games against Liverpool and Leicester City. This denies him a chance to put on a Chelsea shirt for one final time at Stamford Bridge.
After having given impeccable service to the club over the last decade, Hiddink feels that Terry deserves a great sending-off if he is to leave the club. However, he has urged the club to reconsider their decision since he feels that a player like Terry is invaluable in the dressing room. The presence of Terry is especially important next season considering that new manager Antonio Conte comes to the club to replace Hiddink. He has no experience of managing outside England and any help from experienced players with the Chelsea squad will be immense. Terry is last of the old guard left at the club. Continue reading
The second half of the campaign has been excellent for Chelsea, according to interim manager Guus Hiddink.
He replaced Jose Mourinho midway through the campaign. At the time of his arrival, there was even a possibility of relegation battle for Chelsea. Such was the incredible fall from grace for the 2015-16 champions that Hiddink was largely expected to not make much of an impact in terms of league position. This has been true to a certain extent, as Chelsea have been only able to make it back into the top 10 of the table.
They have missed out on top four qualification and will not be playing in the Champions League or Europa League next season. This will be the first time Chelsea are without any form of European football since the arrival of Roman Abramovich in 2003. However, Hiddink says that the damage was done in the first half of the season. Since his arrival, Chelsea have lost only a handful of matches in all competitions. Just like in his first spell as the interim manager, Hiddink has revealed that he will not be staying at the club beyond the end of the campaign. The club decided to go for Italy boss Antonio Conte on a three-year contract. Continue reading
Guus Hiddink believes that Chelsea were disappointing in the 3-0 loss against Manchester City because some of the players may have started to focus on the Euro 2016.
The summer bonanza is now the biggest prize for many of the Chelsea players like Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, and so on. The large number of European-based players in the Chelsea squad could be blamed for the loss, according to Hiddink. The blues were lambasted by several pundits for their unprofessional attitude in this game. For much of the opening minutes, Chelsea played with zest and endeavour but they were undone by a fortunate goal for City.
Sergio Aguero’s effort to a huge deflection from Gary Cahill’s foot to get past Thibaut Courtois. The goalkeeper was later sent off in the game after conceding a penalty. Aguero scored his hat-trick, but Chelsea will look back on two of them being fortunate. The club, though, were frequently exposed on the counter-attack by the brilliant Samir Nasri and Kevin De Bruyne. Chelsea players will want to finish the season as soon as possible. It has been one to forget after the club underwent a managerial change once again. Finishing outside the top four will feel like a new feeling for most connected with the club, but they will have to accept the disappointment of not being in Europe next season. Continue reading
Chelsea’s latest Premier League result saw them sustaining a 2-2 draw against West Ham United as the team of Guus Hiddink had to settle with only being able to claim 1 point from this game.
There is a question that is surrounding Chelsea and it’s the decision of Guus Hiddink to not give any playing time to the Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato who joined from Corinthians on a loan deal which extends until the end of the current season in the summer. Continue reading
Ray Wilkins, the former England international, believes that Guus Hiddink should not be let go by Chelsea and they should seriously consider giving him the permanent charge as there is no other manager available at the moment who has done as much of English Football as he has.
Hiddink was brought to Chelsea only as a temporary arrangement mid way through this season, but, what he has done so far, it has been hailed by all. Hiddink has seen Chelsea losing only once under his watch till now which is remarkable considering how many times the Blues had been getting beaten before the appointment of the Dutchman. Continue reading