Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma says that manager Antonio Conte is a perfectionist when it comes to preparing the team for the games.
Conte has managed to transform the fortunes of Chelsea from a team that struggled to even qualify for the Europa League last season into title contenders once again. A 10 point advantage at the top of the table sees the team classified as favourites to win the league title for a second time in three seasons. One of the reasons for this excellent form in the campaign appears to be the meticulous preparation taken up by the manager.
Zouma spend a significant chunk of the campaign on the sidelines, but he recently returned to first team action. Even though he has been unable to establish itself in the starting lineup, Zouma remains an integral part of the squad. Continue reading
Chelsea have been given the permission to build a £500 million 60,000-seat stadium by the mayor of London, according to reports.
This means the club can demolish or rework the current state of the stadium to increase the capacity from the current 41,600 to 60,000.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council approved the plans earlier in the year but the mayor – who makes the final decision – has given the go-ahead.
“Having taken a balanced view of the application, I’m satisfied this is a high-quality and spectacular design which will significantly increase capacity within the existing site, as well as ensuring fans can have easy access from nearby transport connections.
“I’m confident this new stadium will be a jewel in London’s sporting crown and will attract visitors and football fans from around the world,” the mayor Sadiq Khan said.
The Premier League side was elated at the permission to proceed. Continue reading
Antonio Conte says that he is disappointed to see the referee Mark Clattenburg leave the Premier league.
One of the best referees in England, Clattenburg has been given the opportunity to take charge of some of the biggest games like the English FA Cup final. He was regarded as the next big thing in English football refereeing aside from Howard Webb, who retired from refereeing a few years ago. Clattenburg was recently rumoured to be considering offers from China and Saudi Arabia. These were far more lucrative than the £ 100,000 per year contract he currently receives as the Premier League referee.
In addition to this contract, Clattenburg is understood to be receiving around £5,000 per match. Now, the referee will be receiving a whopping £ 500,000 per year. More importantly, this will be money that does not attract any taxes since Saudi Arabia is a tax haven. It is also understood that China offered him around £ 1 million per year in order to be the head of refereeing. Continue reading
With the 2016-17 Premier League title Chelsea’s to lose now, questions are already being raised as to how much further Antonio Conte will go with his brilliant rebuilding project. Rumours suggest that Roman Abramovich will be providing the impressive Italian with a war chest of £100 million to spend in the summer. The former Juventus manager will look to bring in world-class players who can take this awesome Blues side back to the summit of the European elite.
Chelsea topped off a fine start to the New Year with a victory over Hull City followed by a draw with Liverpool in the league. Continue reading
When it comes to winning the Premier League title of the current season, Chelsea are the favorites as Antonio Conte has led his team to the top of the English League with 56 points secured from the 23 opening league matches that they have played so far.
Tottenham Hotspur is sitting in 2nd
place with 47 points, Arsenal in 3rd
also with 47 points, Liverpool in 4th
place with 46 points, Manchester City also has 46 points and Manchester United is slightly behind the rest of the table-toppers with 42 points.
Eden Hazard believes that despite Manchester United falling behind in the English Premier League standings, they are one of the main teams that Chelsea should be worried about along with Arsenal.
‘’I think Arsenal and Manchester United are the biggest title rivals. United had a bad first part of the season and I think for a couple of games now, they played well. They drew against Stoke, but they have good players and the squad is very good. The manager is good, so they will be second or third. Tottenham also are strong. We lost there, but for me it is more Manchester United. They are more experienced. That is my opinion, maybe I’m wrong’’ Chelsea’s Eden Hazard said. Continue reading
Antonio Conte has taken a parting shot at midfielder Oscar, who has secured a move to Chinese football, by saying that the midfielder has lost a fantastic opportunity to play in the Premier League.
Regarded as the best league in the world, the Premier League is one of the home pitch for some of the greatest players in the world like Paul Pogba and Eden Hazard. However, Oscar has chosen to follow the riches on offer, as he has moved to an unknown league where he will be earning £ 20 million per year. Oscar has become the best paid player in the world following this move.
Chelsea will be receiving £ 60 million, which can be invested on new players like James Rodriguez even in the January transfer window, for the player who was signed for just £ 25 million for years ago. Even though they have made an extremely healthy profit on the player, it seems that manager Antonio Conte is sad to lose a player just entering into the prime of his career. Continue reading
Antonio Conte he says that Chelsea manager Roman Abramovich is a very demanding boss. On the positive side, he says that Abramovich is very keen on learning the different aspects of football.
The Russian billionaire has been very much a hands-on owner since he bought into the club in the summer of 2003. He has invested more than £1 billion into Chelsea and he has been rewarded with four league titles and one Champions League medal. Abramovich has been very insistent on Chelsea playing the beautiful game as it should be. This policy has led to many great managers being shown the door much earlier than expected.
After recently bringing in Conte as yet another new option, the Russian would probably be extremely happy with the way the team has been playing of late. Since the switch to the 3-4-3 formation, the club has been experiencing an incredible upturn in fortunes.
Conte would have been expected to be a pragmatic coach due to his Italian origin, but this has not been the case since the club has scored 16 goals in the last five matches while conceding none. At 47 years of age, the Italian has the capability to be in charge of Chelsea for several years but he knows that Abramovich is always demanding when it comes to results.
“He’s a very demanding employer but a great football enthusiast.Mr Abramovich is an employer and owner who has great passion for football. He wants to know and understand your ideas. He went to Austria to follow our training sessions. He comes to Cobham to spend time with us and watch the videos I show to my players, because he really wants to understand. I think this is wonderful,” said Conte. The club are currently second in the league, just one point behind Liverpool.
The Stamford Bridge dwellers are on the lookout for Thiago Maia who plies his trade with Brazilian giants, Santos.
Maia, just last year, made the needed breakthrough into the club, making 37 appearances in all club competitions. This season has also seen the defender in top form, having played a total of 48 games for his team.
And since after winning Rio Olympics gold with his country over Germany following a penalty shootout, several clubs have been on his radar, with Chelsea having the most interest.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, has been keen on getting the young defender to move to the club in August. It appears that his interest is still there. Conte is hoping to secure the Santos defender’s services and has edged ahead of former club, Juventus in the hope of getting Maia down to Chelsea.
Conte is said to see Maia as a player who can easily adapt to the playing style in English football. Rumors coming in from several quarters have it that the 47-year old coach is lining up no less than £8.9m in a bid to persuade the defender to make the move.
Several other teams, such as Napoli, Paris St. Germain and Milan are said to be on the radar of the player as well. However, the man who is alleged to be able to make the move a possible one is no other than Kia Joorabchian.
Joorabchian, an Iranian businessman, has been linked with the move of several other players in the past, such as Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez’s move in 2006 to West Ham. Chelsea may have to do a little convincing on the side, in order to make the Iranian businessman help them bring the defender to Stamford Bridge.
Recent revelations have showed that Chelsea really wanted to get Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly during the summer.
Sky Sports reported that Chelsea’s bid of £38 million was rejected in July, but the club’s chairman has said that the Blues actually re-submitted a bid of £58 million in a bid to get the defender this summer.
Aurelio De Laurentiis said Chelsea came to them more than once as they really wanted the defender before they turned their attention to their former player David Luiz last minute. Paris St Germain released the Brazilian to join them in defense, else the Blues would have had to wait till January for an addition.
“They offered to me £30, 35, 40, 45, 50 [million]. Mr Conte I said ‘Marina [Granovskaia, Chelsea Director] is behind me, follow me,’ I offered him that. Last moment, two days before the closing of the market, I hear £58 [million] – something like that,” De Laurentiis said.
The deal couldn’t be completed, and Koulibaly eventually renewed his contract with Napoli that would ensure he remains with the Serie A side till 2021. However, De Laurentiis hinted that the deal doesn’t mean he still couldn’t be sold.
“Koulibaly I need here to make the match. I need to play, so I need the players. Koulibaly, this year, will remain here. Next year, we will speak about,” he said.
Chelsea’s 2-0 victory away to Southampton brings up not only the Blues’ fourth straight victory in the Premier League, it is also the club’s fourth consecutive clean sheet as the West London club sit just one point off the top of the standings following their rich run of form.
When the signing of Antonio Conte was announced back in April, Chelsea fans were very excited about the then Italy manager’s pending arrival at Stamford Bridge. Conte has a record of producing football team which are solid at the back and tough to beat therefore he has been a highly sought manager for a number of years.
Results early this season did not reflect the Conte model at Chelsea. When the Blues were rolled over 3-0 by Arsenal
, panic bells started to ring around the club. That result brought up Conte’s third consecutive game in the league without a win. Continue reading