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Mikel happy with start

Even though some people will state that Chelsea have started the new campaign unconvincingly in terms of performance, few will doubt that the Blues have started proceedings in excellent fashion in relation to results. One man who is very satisfied with how things are going is John Obi Mikel, with the midfielder stating that he is happy with how the Blues have overcome all of their challenges. Continue reading

Di Matteo: Qualification will be tough

Even though the Blues have just come off the back of an emphatic 4-0 victory over FC Nordsjaelland in the Champions League, Roberto Di Matteo has announced that it will still be difficult for the club to progress to the latter stages of the tournament. Continue reading

Di Matteo: Hazard can be as good as Zola

Having splashed £32m on Eden Hazard, there was already little doubt that Roberto Di Matteo was a huge fan of the player. However, the Blues boss has paid the Belgium international the greatest compliment yet, stating that Hazard could even become as good as Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola. Continue reading

Di Matteo wants Lampard stay

Even though Chelsea have experienced a hugely busy summer in the transfer market, many Blues supporters have still issued concerns over veteran midfielder Frank Lampard. Despite being one of the club’s best performers over the years, Lampard has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge with just twelve months remaining on his current deal. Continue reading

Sturridge desperate for leading role

It would be fair to say that Daniel Sturridge has flattered to deceive somewhat following his move from Manchester City several years ago. However, having now been with the Blues for three years, the 23-year-old claims that he wants to establish himself in the first team this term and get a good run of games under his belt. Continue reading

Di Matteo looking to offload players

It would be fair to say that Chelsea have been one of the most active clubs in the transfer market this summer, having spent over £64m on new players. Moreover, with many expecting that figure to increase with the acquisition of two more players in recent weeks, some people have questioned just how the Blues are going to balance the books. However, Roberto Di Matteo has said that following all of this investment, several players will have to be allowed out of Stamford Bridge. Continue reading

Blues agree deal for Oscar

Since Roberto Di Matteo’s official appointment several weeks ago, there is no doubt that things have quietened significantly on the transfer front. However, if reports are to be believed, the Blues could be set to enter the transfer market once again with Internacional’s Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junio supposedly set to switch to Stamford Bridge. Continue reading

Di Matteo frustrated with Olympics

The club-versus-country row has been ongoing for a number of years now and it is no secret that domestic managers are completely against their players overdoing it for their country. It appears Roberto Di Matteo is part of this brigade, stating that the upcoming Olympics are not ideal for his squad as he prepares for a first full season in charge at Stamford Bridge. Continue reading

Di Matteo confirmed as Blues boss

It has been dragging on since the club’s memorable Champions League victory last month, yet Blues supporters can finally rest easier after Roberto Di Matteo was officially announced as Chelsea’s new manager.

Having initially taken over from Andre Villas-Boas in March, the former West Brom boss oversaw a terrific improvement at Stamford Bridge and eventually masterminded an FA Cup and Champions League victory. Such success prompted the vast majority of Blues fans to call for the club’s ex-midfielder to be named as permanent manager, but there were always doubts about such a move with Roman Abramovich’s first choice thought to be Pep Guardiola.

However, the move has officially been confirmed, with Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay saying, “We all believed he was a young coach with much to offer when we first asked him to take charge and the manner in which he worked with us, the players and all the staff, and the success that followed, made him the clear choice when it came to selecting the person to take us forward in the seasons to come. Although he has set the bar very high in the short time he has been in charge, we know that Roberto is the right man to lead Chelsea on to further success.”

Di Matteo has signed a two year contract with the club and the 42-year-old was clearly delighted with the news. He said, “Our aim is to continue building on that [previous success] and I’m already looking forward to the squad’s return for pre-season.”

Even though the club have been without a permanent manager in recent weeks, they have still managed to complete the signings of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin, while they have also been linked with a move for Brazilian striker Hulk. It remains to be seen whether or not their transfer policy will have changed now Di Matteo is permanently at the helm.