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Cesc Fabregas Denies Suggestions of Moves Away from Chelsea

Cesc Fabregas has denied suggestions that he is looking for a move away from Chelsea.


He has categorically deny these rumours and says that he is only focused on the blues. Since coming to Chelsea in the summer of 2014, the midfielder has been an immense part of the squad. He was a major factor behind of the club winning the league title in the 2014-15 season. Even though he has not been a regular starter this season, largely due to the lack of Champions League football, Fabregas has played a crucial role in Chelsea remaining top of the table for much of the campaign.

The blues midfielder, though, has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool in the last couple of weeks. Both clubs are ready to make an offer of around £25 million for the 30-year-old. Chelsea would not be in the mood to lose him, as it is extremely difficult to replace a player like Fabregas. Continue reading

Kurt Zouma Says There is A Lot to Learn from Antonio Conte

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

STAMFORD BRIDGE UPGRADE PLANS APPROVED BY MAYOR

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

Eden Hazard only considers Arsenal and Manchester United as real threats

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

Chelsea players confident match against Liverpool

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.

 

MOURINHO: SLIP COST LIVERPOOL

In his press conference yesterday evening, the Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho tried to put the Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard under a bit of pressure by talking about his slip in the previous season.

The Reds were on their way to win the Premier League in 2013-14. They just had to secure a draw versus Chelsea and they would have been fine, but, it wasn’t to be. Continue reading

Chelsea looking to spoil Wenger celebrations

Premier League leaders Chelsea will hope to put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack as they welcome third place Arsenal to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

Victory for Jose Mourinho’s men will see them regain a seven point advantage over their London rivals and Liverpool, who travel to Cardiff City later in the day while Manchester City in fourth face Fulham at Craven Cottage.

David Luiz may return to the Blues starting line-up after being fit enough to be named on the bench for Tuesday evening’s Champions League last sixteen second leg victory over Galatasaray, though Ashley Cole is set to remain on the side-lines with the knee problem that saw him miss out midweek.

Brazilian internationals Willian and Ramires miss out having both been sent off in last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa.

Should Chelsea lose to the Gunners in what is Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge, it would give all of the three sides below them the chance to overtake them in midweek.

Arsenal host Swansea City and Manchester City travel to neighbours Manchester United on Tuesday evening, while Liverpool host a struggling Sunderland side twenty-four hours later.

Blues lead at the summit cut to four points

Chelsea’s hopes of winning a first league title in four years were dealt a blow at the weekend as they lost 1-0 at Aston Villa.

Fabian Delph’s back-heel eight minutes from time was enough to secure all three points for Paul Lambert’s side, who moved into the top half of the table.

However, the Blues’ lead at the top has been cut to four points, with second place Liverpool and third place Arsenal winning at Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur respectively, whilst fourth place Manchester City, who also took all three points from their game at Hull City, are a further two behind.

All three of the chasing pack have games in hand over Chelsea; one in the case of Liverpool and Arsenal and three for Manuel Pellegrini’s men who have been reinstalled as favourites by the bookmakers.

 The Blues will now turn their attention to tomorrow evening’s Champions League last sixteen second leg with Galatasary, before returning to league action against Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime.

Lose to the Gunners, they could fall to as low as fourth by the time of thier game at Crystal Palace the following weekend, with the other sides in the Champions League places all playing in midweek.

Chelsea looking to strengthen grip with Villa trip

Chelsea can extend their lead at the top of the table by as much as nine points with victory against Aston Villa in Saturday’s late kick off in the Premier League.

With Arsenal and Liverpool not playing until Sunday afternoon, Jose Mourinho’s men will be keen to tighten their grip at the summit though they must attempt to do so without the injured Ashley Cole while David Luiz and Fernando Torres are both doubtful having missed last weekend’s 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Mourinho is likely to select his side with Tuesday evening’s Champions League last sixteen second leg against Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge in mind.

Ryan Bertrand, who is on loan at Villa for the rest of the season, will be ineligible to face his parent club.

The Blues ran out 2-1 winner when the sides met at Stamford Bridge back in August, while they also recorded the same result in last season’s corresponding fixture in May – the day Frank Lampard broke Bobby Tambling’s goal-scoring record for the club.

Elsewhere, Paris Saint Germain striker Edinson Cavani has insisted he is happy in France, despite reported interest from both Chelsea and Manchester United.

The Uruguay international has rebuffed claims there isn’t pleased with his role in the team, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic often playing as a sole striker in Laurent Blanc’s side.

Blues set for Spurs clash

With no other sides in the top four playing in the Premier League this weekend, Chelsea will be looking to increase their lead at the top as they take on fifth place Tottenham Hotspur.

The Blues, who will increase their unbeaten home league run under Jose Mourinho to seventy-five games if they avoid defeat, should have top scorer Eden Hazard available after he declared himself fit despite suffering an ankle injury in Belgium’s 2-2 draw with Ivory Coast.

Midfielder Marco van Ginkel, who is still some weeks away from returning to action, is Jose Mourinho’s only injury concern.

Chelsea can move seven points clear of both Liverpool and Arsenal, and nine clear of Manchester City if they take all three points though the latter will have three games in hand.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has hinted that he may make a move for Mario Balotelli at the end of the season, according to the Metro.

The AC Milan striker, who played under the Blues boss at Inter where together they won three league titles, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League, is reportedly unhappy with life in Italy leading to speculation that he could be set for a return to the Premier League.