Three years ago, British eSports company Gfinity opened Britain’s first ever eSports stadium, just a stone’s throw away from the doorsteps of Stamford Bridge. Three years later, the multititled tenants of that hallowed stadium has formally joined in on the eSports craze.
The Premier League, in partnership with game developer EA Sports, launched last October the e-Premier League (ePL), the official digital version of the acclaimed league. All teams, including Chelsea, will be fielding in a team in the ePL, which according to ESPN will kick off in January of next year. It will run for three months, giving gamer-fans the rare opportunity to actually win a title for their favourite club. The inaugural champions of the ePL, though, won’t be receiving a cash prize, unlike in the e-World Cup — yes, even the FIFA World Cup has an eSports version — where thousands are at stake. Nevertheless, the first ePL winners will receive a trophy, and earn bragging rights for themselves and their club. Continue reading
Chelsea favourite Roberto di Matteo believes his former club should stick with Antonio Conte beyond the current campaign. The Blues have underperformed during Conte’s second season in charge of the club and there has been strong speculation that the Italian could be replaced in the summer.
Despite this, Di Matteo believes the 48-year-old should be offered another year at the helm with the opportunity to become their head coach for the long-term, he told Sky Sports: “It’s great, I think it’s good (if Conte is still in charge). I hope he can stay on as well, I hope he stays. I hope he’s going to be the long-term manager at the club.So I think it’s the way forward. But I don’t know really, this is just my opinion.” Continue reading
ESPN Pundit Alejandro Moreno admitted that he was wrong to suggest that Alvaro Morata would turn out to be a success with Chelsea during the ongoing season. The Spain international was brought in as a straight replacement for compatriot Diego Costa from Real Madrid, and he made an instant impact with the Blues, scoring seven goals in his first eight appearances.
However, he has since struggled to find the scoresheet regularly, owing to injuries, fitness and a loss of form, and he is currently on 13 goals across 39 games through the season. Speaking on the ESPN FC show, Moreno admitted that Morata has underperformed during his maiden English campaign, and believes his struggles have been due to Conte’s management as well as his average showing in the frontline, he said: “I have to say I was wrong on Morata. I thought he would be better than he has been. Now, Conte hasn’t exactly done him any favours. But Morata himself his performances individually have not been good.”
After another season full of the usual shocks, surprises and general drama, the Premier League is coming to an end once again. It’s a shame to have to say goodbye to one of the country’s most celebrated pastimes but at least we have the consolation prize of the World Cup, which will set sail in a few short weeks.
The more regular punter will set out their bets prior to the weekend’s action getting underway, so it makes more sense than ever to take a look at the Premier League fixtures in the run-up to the final weekend of the season. Choosing your own bets can be difficult, especially to the newcomer, but that’s where sites like Footy Accumulators step in, providing their own football tips for today, tomorrow, and any day where football is in full flow, with their own recommended bets, betting tips and insightful previews. Continue reading
Chelsea star striker Alvaro Morata has had to publicly come out and re-pledge his desire to play for the club after appearing to say he wants to go back to Italy and finds living in London “too much stress”.
The Spanish international, who had previously spent two seasons in Italy with Juventus, was signed by the Blues in the summer from Real Madrid for a club-record £58m.
Antonio Conte and his squad have recently had a very busy week which saw Chelsea facing off with West Bromwich Albion and claiming a very dominant 4-0 triumph and 4 days later having to make a 2,500 miles trip over to Azerbaijan in order to face off with FK Qarabag for a UEFA Champions League qualifying match.
3 days after making this trip and Antonio Conte as well as his team had to make another return trip in order to play with Liverpool, before another hectic spell against Atletico and Manchester City. Continue reading
Antonio Conte’s debut season as the head coach of Chelsea was widely considered to be as one of the best in the history of the entire English Premier League. The Italian coach was able to surpass the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp.
It was a sensational season for Chelsea as they dominated the 2016-17 season of the EPL with the vast majority of the campaign for the team of Antonio Conte being spent at the top spot with very little opposition from any of their main rivals. Continue reading
New Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is set to miss at least six weeks in the current Premier League season after suffering an injury in the match against Manchester City. It has been revealed that the striker has sustained a hamstring injury and had to be substituted in the first half of the match. Chelsea was beaten at home by Manchester City.
The player was supposed to be part of the Spanish team that was going to face Albania and Israel at the end of the week. These matches will be part of the World Cup qualifiers, and it now appears that Alvaro Morata will be missing both these games. Continue reading
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is determined to start the new season on a high in order to avoid a repeat of the 2015/16 campaign where the Blues slumped to a lowly 10th in the league standings.
The Blues had been crowned champions during the 2014/15 season, and none would have predicted what would happen next as the Blues lingered near the drop zone when Jose Mourinho was axed in December 2015.
Conte took the Blues to the Premier League title during his maiden season in English management last term, but he is expecting a tougher challenge next year with the Champions League adding the extra pressure of games. The former Juventus boss cited that he would like to avoid a similar season to that of Mourinho’s in 2015/16 whilst he will also try to keep his managerial position unlike Mourinho and Claudio Ranieri, who were sacked within months of their respective league triumphs for Chelsea and Leicester City respectively.
“We know the difficulty of the next season and for sure we want to avoid the Mourinho season with Chelsea. Continue reading
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has insisted that Alvaro Morata was his prime striker target for the summer despite missing out on Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United. The Red Devils signed Lukaku for an initial £75m earlier this month and Conte was said to be fuming after missing out on the Belgium international.
However, during a press-conference in Beijing, Conte has highlighted that Morata was their first choice for the transfer window and hopes to utilise his services for the upcoming campaign and beyond, he said: “Morata for sure is our first choice. He is a good player, the right prospect for Chelsea and hopes to show his value with us.” Continue reading