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In June of 2014, Thibaut Courtois made his return to Chelsea as the Belgian goal-keeper ended his loan deal with Athletic Madrid and sparked a shockwave in Stamford Bridge and the Premier League as the 22 year old player is arguably one of the best players of the top tier league with sublime performances in every match he plays in.
The remarkable season that Courtois is going through is great news for Chelsea as the club has only conceded 26 goals in 30 matches but at the same time this also brings negative consequences for other players who have had to be sidelined for the majority of the season and Petr Cech is the player who has had his spot snatched away from him.
Rumors are now claiming that Chelsea are prepared to sell Petr Cech and have placed a price tag of €10 million for the experienced shot-stopper who is being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.
Petr Cech has a contract with Chelsea which extends until the end of the 2015-16 season but if the contract could be terminated depending on the situation of the player and the club. If Mourinho wants to sell Cech, then he could be offloaded and it does seem like Cech will be exiting Stamford in the summer transfer window as the player has already stated on a number of occasions that he wants to join a club where he can have a secured regular starting spot. Continue reading
Even though Chelsea’s 1rst leg Champions League match against PSG was played over one week ago, it’s still one of the main topic’s of discussion of fans, managers and analysts of the sport. It was clear that the French side deserved to secure the victory but had to settle with a final score of 1-1.
There was an incident that occurred even before the match had started which is reaching headlines all over the world even in places where football is not usually a subject of debate and talk. A video which display a group of Chelsea fans blocking the pathway for a black man has been making it’s way everywhere of websites all over the world and now the victim of this incident has spoken up and stated that he blames Chelsea FC for this event that happened in an underground train on the Paris Metro.
SouleymaneSylla was the victim of this incident and he was recently interviewed by BBC as he took the chance to express his thoughts about what occurred to him. Sylla said: “I felt truly wounded to the bottom of my heart that I really couldn’t believe it. Of course it’s Chelsea’s responsibility. It’s their supporters.”We’re in 2015 aren’t we and we’re in France. We’re in a civilized country and when you are in a civilized country, there are certain things you can’t do. Continue reading
When the draw was made for the fourth round of the FA Cup I’m sure, like me, most of you were pretty excited at the prospect of facing old rivals Millwall for the first time since our infamous clash way back in 1995. As it turns out, they’ll do anything just to annoy us – that’s what I’m putting their defeat away by Bradford City in the replay down to anyway.
As interesting as it might have been to face The Lions once again, I reckon it’s not all bad that we’ve dodged them this time‘round, especially seeing as there’s a very limited chance of trouble flaring up when Bradford come to town. Continue reading
A lot of people might not agree to Jose Mourinho’s statements that he made in the press conference after his team’s away game against Southampton last weekend, but, what he said was not completely wrong.
Well, he is someone who speaks pretty directly and that’s why, he does not sound good at times, but, if he thinks that something wrong is being done to his side deliberately, he has every right to speak about it.
It was a clear case of penalty when the Southampton player Matt Targett fouled that evening at St Mary, but, the referee made the call against the Blues and this is not the first time that Chelsea has got such a decision in the ongoing league. It has happened to them many a time.
For Instance, during the game versus Manchester United, their players were frequently being shown yellow card, while, the Red Devils were getting away and even that day, Mourinho had looked dissatisfied with the referee’s decisions.
The Portuguese had not come down hard that day though while he faced the media. He had maintained his cool, but, not on Sunday. He was absolutely fuming and very clearly said what he felt.
He has obviously been criticized by the supporters of other clubs and also by some of the former footballer who believe that the match officials have been fair in all the games, but, it’s important for people to understand that Mourinho has reacted this way after getting a number of bad decisions.
If the penalty was given to Fabregas, there was 90% chance of Chelsea getting ahead in that Southampton game and winning it.
Similarly, if Chelsea had not been reduced to 10 players at Old Trafford, they might have won there as well. So, the referees’ decisions have cost Mourinho points and no manager in the world would like that.
Despite having played in Europe just a couple of days back, there was no sign of exhaustion in the game of the Chelsea players when they took on Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.
They were far from being fresh. Some of them were even playing with minor fitness issues, but, they did not let the level of their performance go down.
According to the boss Jose Mourinho, the thing which kept his not-so-fresh-players going in a tough atmosphere at Anfield was the will to win against the strong teams away from home.
Speaking in the post match press conference, Mourinho said “It was all about mental toughness. The physically freshness was obviously not there, but, we were determined to win in difficult conditions.”
It was Chelsea’s 9th win in their 11 games in the league this season. The remaining two games have been draws. They have looked completely untroubled against every opposition. They are 4 points clear at the top and their goal differential is +17.
Liverpool, which had finished second in the last season, seems to be missing Luis Suarez quite a bit. This defeat against Chelsea has got them out of the top 10 now. They are at no. 11 with just 14 points and a goal differential of -1.
For the second time consecutively, the Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers made a whole lot of changes in his starting XI. Seven players who had featured in the Champions League game against Real Madrid the other day got dropped.
The new set of players definitely showed a little bit of intent at the start, but, it was all Chelsea later on.
A couple of referee decisions could have gone in Liverpool’s favour. They could have got a penalty towards the end, but, there’s no denying that they were not as good as Chelsea on the day.