Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Ronaldo Recognises Hazard's "wonderful job" At Chelsea

Eden Hazard has arguably been Chelsea's best player this season, the 23-year-old is leading Chelsea's title bid with 13 goals in the league. His scintillating performances on the pitch has brought him praise from observers, the latest recognition of his brilliance comes from former Brazil and Real Madrid forward, Ronaldo.

 “He’s a very good player and seems to be doing a wonderful job in Chelsea. His hat-trick performance [against Newcastle United] gave him more confidence. He’s very young but very talented so am sure he will do well at the World Cup.”
                                                                  -Ronaldo (RWD football)

Hazard will want to continue with his excellent form for Chelsea by helping them surge past Galatasaray in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Do you think just like Ronaldo, Hazard will become the best player in the world at one point? 

Jose Mourinho: Didier Will Return One Day...

Jose Mourinho made a prediction while talking to the press ahead of Galatasaray's date with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge that Chelsea legend who now plays for the Turkish giants will one day return to Chelsea.

"He is one of the most important players in the history of this club. All we Chelsea supporters agree with that."
"We don't say he is the most important because it's not fair for other people who were at the same level and were of the same generation."
"His return has to happen one day, when I don't know. As a player, as a coach, as an ambassador, next year, in four or five years, 10 years, I don't know," 

"But when a person gives so much to a club and a club represents so much to a person, as in this case, I think he has to be back one day."

Mourinho was quick to admit that it isn't the right time to discuss the Ivorian's imminent return to the Bridge and claimed that Drogba remains one of the best strikers in the world.
"We know he is a free agent at the end of the season but this is not the right moment to speak about this,"
"Is he the same player at 36 that he was at 26? I think nobody is but he's one of the best strikers in the world, that's for sure."
Drogba will be out to knock his beloved Chelsea out of the Champions League on Tuesday but apparently almost every Chelsea fan will also want him to return one day.

Will you like Didier Drogba back at Chelsea?

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Confirmed Lineup: Aston Villa Vs Chelsea

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SUBSTITUTES: Mark Schwarzer, Tomas Kalas, John Obi Mikel,  Frank Lampard, Andre Schurrle, Mohammed Salah, Demba Ba.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

VIDEO, ALL THE GOALS: Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham


Chelsea beat Tottenham convincingly at the Bridge earlier today. Goals from Samuel Eto'o, Eden Hazard and Demba Ba (2x) sealed a good day for Chelsea and their fans all over the world.

Samuel Eto'o mocked "old man" jibes with his celebration after putting Chelsea Chelsea one goal up following an erroneous pass by Jan Vertonghen.

Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham Hotspur - All Goals by FastGamer
Eden Hazard made no mistake and sent Lloris the other way after Samuel Eto'o was brought down in the box. Demba Ba came off the bench and made his short cameo a very big deal by grabbing two late goals against 10-man Tottenham.

Great performance especially in the second-half, Chelsea have now moved seven points clear at the top and Jose Mourinho will be pleased. Who was your man of the match?

CONFIRMED LINEUPS: Chelsea Vs Tottenham

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CHELSEA SUBSTITUTES: Mark Schwarzer, Tomas Kalas, John Obi Mikel, Oscar, Willian, Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o.

TOTTENHAM: Lloris; Naughton, Dawson, Kaboul, Vertonghen; Bentaleb, Sandro; Walker, Lennon, Sigurdsson; Adebayor.  

SUBSTITUTESFriedel, Fryers, Chadli, Paulinho, Townsend, Kane, Soldado.

Friday, 7 March 2014

VIDEO: Oscar's Goal Vs South Africa


Oscar started Brazil's 5-0 win over South Africa and he opened the scoring for Brazil before a Neymar hat-trick and a super goal by Fernandinho made sure.


I hope this is a sign we are set to have our "real" Oscar back now!  

VIDEO: Mohammed Salah's Goal Vs Bosnia and Herzegovina


Mohammed Salah was in action for Egypt and below is his goal. In case you haven't seen it yet.

So how do you rate his goal? Do you think Jose is right that all he needs is time?

Match Preview: Chelsea Vs Tottenham

WHEN: Saturday, March 8, 2014. 17:30 UK Time

WHERE: Stamford Bridge, London, 

Chelsea will be looking to go seven points clear at the top of the league. Another London derby and Chelsea will need to win to further secure their position as League leaders. Chelsea are currently on a 13-games unbeaten streak.


Marco Van Ginkel returned to full training this week. Eden Hazard picked up a knock during Belgium's friendly against Ivory Coast but participated in full training yesterday and Jose Mourinho has declared him fit. David Luiz returned from the Internationals injured, Ashley Cole is injured too.


Jose Mourinho has been in the habit of starting David Luiz in midfield in the big games this season. It has worked so far but Luiz is injured so should be Ramires and Matic together.

There's a decision to make in attacking midfield too, Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle will almost certainly start. The last slot will be taken by one of Willian, Oscar and Mohammed Salah. 

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One player that will have more motivation to win against Tottenham than others is Willian. After the controversies that surrounded his transfer to Chelsea and the involvement of Tottenham, Chelsea fans composed a song for Willian, "He Hates Tottenham". A goal by Willian will surely cause an uproar at the Bridge!

Like Mourinho said, Samuel Eto'o has been Chelsea's best striker at Stamford Bridge this season but he hasn't played as well away from home. All his goals have come at the Bridge, this Mourinho's observation is the reason I expect Samuel Eto'o to start.


#TS confirms #Walker & #Kaboul are "in contention" to face #CFC tomorrow #Eriksen a late test #Rose #Lamela #Chiriches remain out #Spurs

Tottenham have not won at Stamford Bridge for many years (since 1990) and the last time they beat Chelsea anywhere was 2010. They will still be looking to do an upset at the Bridge and walk away with three points in a bid to force their way into Champions League football next season.

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Chelsea fans will be hoping Sherwood either starts Soldado as a lone striker on the back of his winner in their last game or plays the two upfront and allow Chelsea dominate the midfield. Starting Paulinho, Dembele and Sandro away from home looks like the most logical move, with Adebayor on his own in the box.


Eden Hazard is Chelsea's key player in every game as long as he's fit. Jose Mourinho declared him fit after whispers of an injury following a kick to the knee by Tiote during the International friendlies.

Hazard is Chelsea's best player and the focal point of the attack. He will need help from his team-mates, they will need to create openings for him, finish off chances he creates and give the ball to him when he calls for it.

With Kyle Walker being an attacking minded full-back and Azpilicueta being a reliable defender, Eden could find lot of joy on the counter quite often tomorrow.

PREDICTION: Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

The last time Tottenham won at Stamford Bridge, Eden Hazard wasn't born.

With all these, Chelsea fans will be expecting nothing less than a win and with what we can see that's not too much to ask of the boys.

VIDEO: Eva Carneiro's Perfect Free Kick

Dr. Eva Carneiro, Chelsea's physio is a very beautiful woman and is very popular among the Chelsea fans. Not many fans knew about her footballing skills. Check out this video of her brilliant free kick during training!

Amazing free kick, isn't it? Yes, Eva is hot! But then this is another reason to like her even more than you do already... isn't it?

This season, the boys haven't been netting as many free kicks and they could do with some tutorials from Eva. I'm pretty sure they will learn ten times faster than you can imagine.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

PHOTO: Marco van Ginkel Returns To Full Training

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Marco van Ginkel has returned to full training after spending six months following a knee surgery as a result of an anterior cruciate ligament damage suffered against Swindon Town.

He trained with the first team today and shared the picture above with the caption “Nice training @ft9_official.”.

Chelsea fans have been drooling on twitter over his return! 

Chelsea TV has reportedly confirmed his return too

  Marco van Ginkel has returned to full training this week after recovering from his knee injury. (Chelsea TV) #CFC

Marco's return can't be a bad thing, the potential is there for all to see and he adds to the squad depth at this point in the season where the whole squad will be important. The prospect of him playing alongside Nemanja Matic is attractive too but it remains to be seen the way Jose Mourinho will deal with his return.

Welcome back Justin!  

Saturday, 1 March 2014

VIDEO: Hazard Dazzles Against Fulham


Like everyone else, Eden Hazard didn't have a good first half but came out of the dugout after half-time to gun down the West London whites. The Belgian bagged two great assists for Andre Schurrle first two goals.

Classy "rabona" pass!

Eden Hazard might have been tired against Fulham but once again he made difference for Chelsea. It was his hundredth appearance for Chelsea and he has proven to be a big purchase by Chelsea. Whatever success Chelsea will achieve this season, central to it will be that man, Eden Hazard.

VIDEO: Andre Schurrle's "brilliant" Hat-trick


It was two halves of football apart for both Chelsea and Andre Schurrle as the German scored three beautiful goals in the second half against Fulham after a shambolic display in the first.


 Jose Mourinho was impressed too

Well done Andre!!!

CONFIRMED LINEUPS: Fernando Torres And Darren Bent Lead Attack

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CHELSEA SUBSTITUTES: Schwarzer, Ashley Cole, David Luiz, John Obi Mikel, Frank Lampard, Willian, Demba Ba

Fulham XI: Maarten Stekelenburg; Sascha Riether, Brede Hangeland, John Heitinga, Kieran Richardson; Ashkan Dejagah, Scott Parker, Steve Sidwell, Clint Dempsey; Pajtim Kasami, Darren Bent.

FULHAM SUBSTITUTESStockdale, Riise, Burn, Kvist, Holtby, Karagounis, Rodallega

Mourinho: "If I Could Choose, I'd Lose To Fulham..."


Jose Mourinho has claimed he wants Fulham to escape relegation this season. "The Special One" said he likes Fulham and other local rivals to remain in the division and that he has an "emotional connection" with Fulham.

”If I could choose, I’d say defeat tomorrow, then 10 victories and win the Premier League, I’d like the London teams to stay up. I have that emotional connection with Fulham, they are our neighbours and our rivals. I think rivals need each other. I think it’s very important for rivals to be rivals. I don’t think it’s good to play without rivals and especially local rivals. I think it’s good for everybody. Hopefully they can stay in the Premier League. Tomorrow, we have to try to win but. I’m concerned with people that I know and do their best for the club and the people I have contact with and I’d like them to stay in the division, nothing else.”
                                                                 - Jose Mourinho (getwestlondon)

I guess Jose Mourinho's soft spot for Fulham could be in large part because of his son who is a goalkeeper and was recently signed by Fulham. Mourinho surely and admirably loves his family, but like he said, we have to try and win. I can assure you that Mourinho wants this win as much as if not more than anyone else. His son is a Chelsea season ticket owner and this match will question his own loyalty too.

Jose Mourinho: "I Can't Rest Eden."


Jose Mourinho has admitted he cannot afford to rest his main man, Eden Hazard even though he agrees the Belgian is in need of it. Chelsea currently sit at the top of the Premier League table. Eden Hazard's 12 goals and 6 assists shows he has been very important for Chelsea.

 “He needs a rest, It would be perfect if his national coach doesn’t play him on Wednesday. But he cannot have a rest with the club. His national team plays friendly matches, he needs a rest and they could give him a rest.”
                                                                          - Jose Mourinho

When asked if he could rest Hazard

“No I can’t. He’s important for us even if he is tired because I know he can produce things. I prefer to have him on the pitch than don’t."
                                                                             - Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho was also asked if he will tell Belgium's coach to rest Hazard.

 “I don’t do that. I respect the national coaches and they do what they want.” 
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Mourinho Backs Lampard And Cole


Jose Mourinho has suggested that Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole deserve to go to the World Cup at Brazil this summer.

 "It is not my decision, but I try to be pragmatic, so if one day I am the national team manager of any country, I are the players I am going to take to the Euros or the World Cup. They took me, by qualifying, so after that, I take them on my plane.  I don't think it makes a lot of sense if you trust some players to do qualification and, after that, you don't select them and pick others."
                                                                                 - Jose Mourinho (Sky Sports)


Roy Hodgson hinted that at least one of his veteran players will not make it to Brazil. Hodgson's comment most likely prompted Mourinho's reaction probably because Cesar Azpilicueta has taken Cole's place in Chelsea's starting eleven.  

Both Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole were selected in Roy Hodgson's 30-man for the friendly match against Denmark. Mourinho's opinion makes a lot of sense but it remains to be seen if Hodgson will take to his advice. 

Friday, 28 February 2014

Match Preview: Fulham Vs Chelsea


WHEN: Saturday, March 1, 2014. 15:00 UK Time

WHERE: Craven Cottage, London, England

WEATHER FORECAST: Good Temperature, Rainfall is unlikely

Chelsea failed to hold on to a one goal lead at Istanbul as a result of their failure to kill off the game during the first half. In the end, it was a good date with our legend, Didier Drogba, it was good to see Drogba come up against us and share passionate hug with the boys.

So on to Fulham (the worst team in the division, not Manchester United). This is the sort of game Chelsea have to win even though it's a London derby. Chelsea may be a little tired as a result of their journey to Turkey and the inconsiderate Premier League scheduling, only a win will be acceptable.


Marco Van Ginkel is sure to miss out of this fixture. We don't know if David Luiz will be available as he wasn't on the bench against Galatasaray. Mohammed Salah and Nemanja Matic were cup-tied for the Galatasaray fixture but are now back in contention.


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It's important that Mourinho avoids starting a tired side against Fulham. Cole in place of Azpilicueta should not be a bad move, the Spanish international has given his all in every game and deserves a rest.

Nemanja Matic has become the first choice in the pivot within a very short time and will almost surely start given his ineligibility for Chelsea in the Champions League. Fulham will potentially park the bus so I picked Frank Lampard ahead of Ramires and John Obi Mikel. 

I think Eden Hazard has looked like he needs rest in recent games but he is needed in every game at this point of the season so he will need to come strong in this fixture. Oscar needed to rest, he came on late against Galatasaray so he has to bounce out of that dip in form. Salah's ineligibility in the Champions League might allow Mourinho hand him his first start for the club.

Fernando Torres started and scored Chelsea's only goal in the Galatasaray game so there's a good chance he will start. I selected Eto'o ahead of him mainly because of his good linkup play with Eden Hazard especially and also due to the Cameroonian's ability to operate in little spaces.

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Since his hat-trick against Newcastle, Eden Hazard hasn't been playing at the same level. It's hard to play at that level in every game though but Eden Hazard and we all want him to become the very best soon so he needs to be at that level in most games.

Fulham are the worst in the division in almost every department, their full-backs are not good, their defence is poor so they concede in every possible manner and they are not fast too. Hazard will spend most of the time running at Riether which should not be a difficult task for the Belgian.

Eden Hazard needs to step up to the occasion not just to help Chelsea win but own the headlines too by putting up an hazardous display. He will need as much help as possible from Oscar, Lampard and others.

PREDICTION: Fulham 0-3 Chelsea

Chelsea have what it takes to batter Fulham but the only problem will be the one Jose Mourinho has always highlighted, Chelsea can't kill games. They will need to improve on that or settle for a 0-0 or 0-1 scoreline, neither result will be good enough.

John Terry and company must work hard to keep a clean sheet. Only a clean sheet will be good for the defence's reputation. It's also very important to concede less goals and score more as pointed out by the present standings.

If Chelsea live up to expectation, this is a game we really should be winning and by a very good margin too. Good luck Chelsea!  



Saturday, 15 February 2014

CONFIRMED LINEUPS: Cahill Starts, Negredo On Bench.


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Chelsea Substitutes: M. Schwarzer,  Cole, Lampard, Salah, Schurrle, Oscar, Torres.

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Manchester City Substitutes: Hart, Richards, Demichelis, Kolarov, Navas, Negredo, Nasri.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Mourinho Brands Wenger A 'Specialist In Failure'


Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho dropped a bombshell today during his presser. Mourinho labelled Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger a "specialist in failure". He was responding to a comment Wenger made earlier.

Arsene Wenger seemed to have taken a swipe at Jose Mourinho by claiming during his press conference that managers who claim their team isn't ready to win the title simply have "a fear to fail". Jose Mourinho has repeatedly played down Chelsea's chance of winning the title this season so the swipe was definitely at him.


Journalists never miss a trick so Jose Mourinho was asked about Wenger's claim during his own press conference at the Cobham training ground. 

“He [Wenger] is a specialist in failure. I'm not. So if supposing he's right and I'm afraid of failure, it's because I don't fail many times. So maybe he's right. I'm not used to failing. But the reality is he's a specialist because, eight years without a piece of silverware, that's failure. If I did that in Chelsea I'd leave and not come back.”
                                                           - Jose Mourinho

As we all know, Jose Mourinho is a winner and has won numerous trophies in football, Wenger? No way as much.


Not the first time the pair will publicly clash. Mourinho tagged Wenger a "voyeur" back in 2004 after the french man criticized Chelsea's playing style at the time. Wenger responded to Mourinho's "voyeur" comment angrily and said when success is given to stupid people, they tend to become more stupid. Jose Mourinho would go on from there to win even more, (back to back Premier League trophies at Chelsea, Treble at Inter Milan and a nerve breaking, record 100 points La Liga winning campaign at Real Madrid.


For Jose Mourinho, there have been friends and foes but only an idiot will deny he has been a very huge success in football and has done enough to be mentioned in the same bracket with the greatest managers this game has ever seen.


This is not likely to be the last we will hear from the two as Chelsea are now league leaders with Arsenal tightly behind them. But for now, Wenger has to deal with this bombshell Mourinho has dropped. 


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

CONFIRMED LINEUPS: Ramires replaces Frank Lampard, Eto'o leads attack...

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SUBSTITUTES: Schwarzer, A. Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Schurrle, Salah, F. Torres

WEST BROM 11: West Brom team v Chelsea: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Dawson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Amalfitano, Morrison, Brunt, Thievy, Berahino.

OFFICIAL: Chelsea Rated The Best Club In England


If you've not heard about IFFHS before, International Federation Of Football History & Statistics is an official football body outside outside FIFA and UEFA so their rankings and ratings are respected unlike ordinary football websites.

They have released the statistics for the past twelve months and Chelsea have been rated the best club side in England and the third best in the world. SEE HERE 

Tottenham Hotspur are placed on 7th position, Arsenal on 12th and Manchester City on 16th. That's about all for English clubs as the next Premier League side find themselves on 30th position, I'm sure they will be pretty happy with that as they are currently 7th in the league. 

Top of the league, but this is something else to brag about! 

Match Preview: West Brom Vs Chelsea


WHEN: Tuesday, February 11, 2014. 21:00 UK Time

WHERE: The Hawthorns

Last game week, Jose Mourinho's "little horse" sneaked ahead in the race for the Barclays Premier League title. Arsenal got whooped at Liverpool and Manchester City were held at Norwich City to a goalless draw so Chelsea now sit at the top of the league, one point ahead of Arsenal who will welcome the club we are all loving at the moment, Manchester United.

Back to business, Chelsea will travel to the hawthorns and will be looking to secure their position on the table. Anything less than three points will be disappointing and the blues will have to guard against what happened at the bridge the last time these two teams walked out of the dug-out. 


Jose Mourinho has confirmed today that club captain, John Terry will miss this one but should be available for the FA cup encounter with with Manchester City. Fernando Torres has also been declared available for selection against West Brom. Long term absentee, Marco Van Ginkel is still working hard to come back earlier than anticipated. 


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 I really hope Ashley Cole starts tomorrow, he deserves to play more because he was good last time out, its just that Azpilicueta has been better. 

Ramires sat out the last game, his form declined recently in my opinion but the rest would have done him some good. And Matic? Chelsea haven't conceded in 301 minutes he has played, his numbers when it comes to interceptions and tackles are incredible. He has contributed a great deal to the attack too, giving the attacking trio the freedom they need to express themselves and combining with them even on some occasions.

We have a large squad and there's need to try and keep most if not all happy. That's the reason I think Andre Schurrle should start this one.

Eto'o has started all games recently, we need to make use of the large squad and I don't expect the manager to just throw a player just coming back from an injury like that. So maybe Eto'o will start with Torres to come on later. 



"23 years old, the world at his feet.", those were the words of the commentator after Eden Hazard's second goal against Newcastle. He had a storming game and went on to celebrate a memorable hattrick, his first for Chelsea. Eden Hazard is in, (permit me to say) an insane form. Even when he doesn't score or assist, he completely leaves defences in shambles. He has a way of making defenders chase his shadow for 90 minutes.

And like in every game this season, Chelsea will be looking to Eden Hazard for inspiration against West Brom. As we all know, when Eden is in this kind of form he's as good as unstoppable. Expect him to have a direct influence on this result.

PREDICTION: West Brom 0-4 Chelsea


Things have changed at West Brom since that 2-2 draw at the bridge. West Brom sacked Steve Clarke and now have a new manager, Pepe Mel.

West Brom have won one, drawn two and lost three in their last six Premier League games. Chelsea on the other hand have won five and drawn one of their own last six.

With that, I think if the Chelsea boys can keep up the concentration and not allow complacency, this one can easily end up being noy much of a contest.