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 Posted by at 11:28 am
Feb 252014
 

The World Cup must still seem a far-off event for the many international stars in Chelsea’s squad. There’s the small matter of some Premier League and Champions’ League silverware to contest before the club seasons out. The little horse has a long way left to run.

Still, unbelievably, the World Cup Finals in Brazil are now just four month’s away (meaning it’s now a terrifying three years and eight months since you first heard the dulcet tones of a vuvuzela). There’ll be no shortage of players from our squad jetting off on a variety of planes to South America, but only a select few are in with a real shout of individual and national glory, if you find yourself still asking When is World Cup 2014? Odds, group schedules and dates can all be found on Coral.co.uk, read on for our Chelsea players to watch:

Eden Hazard

The name on every Chelsea fan’s lips since that gloriously brutal hat-trick against mid-table Newcastle, Eden Hazard is one of the fastest rising stars in international football. Eden’s recent form has spurred on Jose Mourinho to hail him as the best young player in the world, and it’s an absolute joy to watch this prodigy blossom into a top, top player in a Blue shirt.

The World Cup finals represent a golden opportunity for Hazard. Belgium hasn’t traditionally been considered to be members of the international football elite, but mark our words, that have all changed. The Belgians looked fierce in World Cup qualifying, and with the likes of Man City star Vincent Kompany lining up alongside Hazard, no one will be taking this relatively small European nation lightly.

Fernando Torres

We’ve recently been seeing heartening flashes of the real Fernando Torres – the player who lit up the Kop at Anfield in a way which has never quite been repeated during his time at Chelsea. One thing’s for sure, the Spaniard possesses proven World Cup winning pedigree, and there’ll never be a better time for the striker to recapture his early brilliance than now.

Oscar

Our very own Brazilian ace Oscar will surely offer the host nation a dangerous option in midfield at this summer’s tournament. Along with Neymar, Oscar is one of Brazil’s leading lights and is amongst the best play-makers in the game.

John Terry

Ok John, we know you bonked everyone’s wives… but if England is to make respectable progress in the World Cup this summer, we need the experience, leadership and quality of this man in defence. Oh, and how about that new contract Jose?

Apr 222013
 

The Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez proved yet again that he is an absolute animal and should not be allowed to play in any competitive football match ever again. His totally unprovoked attack on Branislav Ivanovic in yesterdays game at Anfield was a vicious act, and his disgusting play-acting afterwards only compounded his guilt and emphasised what a devious, cheating, disgusting excuse for a human being he really is.

This is not the first time either. While playing for Ajax, he was banned for 7 games in Holland after doing exactly the same thing when he bit PSV’s Otman Bakkal on the shoulder, which led the Dutch papers to name him “The Cannibal of Ajax” and directly led to him being sold to Liverpool as he was so despised by the football supporters in Holland.

Suarez tried to minimise the uproar by immediately being told to publicly apologise to the whole world after the game. His statement said: “I’m sad for what happened this afternoon.

“I apologise to Ivanovic and all the football world for my inexcusable behaviour. I’m so sorry about it.”

“I have issued an apology and have tried to contact Branislav Ivanovic to speak to him personally.

“I apologise also to my manager, playing colleagues and everyone at Liverpool Football Club for letting them down.”

Well I’m afraid this is just not good enough and not only should he be banned for life but he should also be charged with assault and sent to prision as an example to any other animals out there who may think it is acceptable to go around biting fellow footballers…..

Apr 062013
 

Chelsea’s £50Million flop Fernando Torres is adamant that he will continue to work hard to regain his prolific goalscoring days, to repay the faith shown in him by the club.

The Spaniard scored a brace in Thursday’s home leg of The Europa League quarter-final match against Rubin Kazan, his third and fourth goals since the turn of the year. His other two goals came in the shape of the equalizing goal against Brentford to earn the Blues a FA Cup replay, and a goal in the home win over Steaua Bucureşti last month. He is yet to score a Premier League goal in 2013.

“I want to do the things I used to do all my life,” said Torres.

“I did them at Atletico, I did them at Liverpool and I am not doing them at Chelsea. I am working on it. If I knew the reason, I would fix it. The only way is to work at it.”

“I know my statistics have not been the same as in other years but I’m fighting to get back to those statistics, I am getting better but I’m still not at the level I want. I will try my heart out for this club.

“There are too many things I have to give back to these people and I want to show my thanks to them.”

Chelsea are still in the hunt for two trophies, with their Europa League quarter-final coming up on Thursday, followed closely by the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City on Sunday.

“Hopefully this season we can give them two more trophies and next season we can fight again for the biggest ones: the Champions League and the Premier League,” Torres said.

I do not believe Fernando Torres has earned the right to talk about Chelsea FC next season. He may have scored twice on Thursday, but he is still our third best striker (including Romelu Lukaku). His wages are way too high for a player who deserves, at best, to be sat on our bench. I don’t think Roman Abramovich could possibly be eyeing up another season that could be decided by Nando’s goals (or lack there of!).

Jan 042013
 

Manchester City defender Micah Richards has reportedly become a surprise target for Chelsea FC.

Chelsea were expected to try to sign an experienced centre-back, but now appear to be chasing Micah Richards, with a view to Branislav Ivanovic returning to play in the centre, allowing David Luiz more time in midfield.

Richards is currently out injured, and expected to make his return in early February.

The Englishman was at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to watch Chelsea’s 1-0 loss at the hands of Queens Park Rangers, sparking various rumours to circulate. Rafa Benitez when asked, did not rule out such a move, further fuelling speculation the versatile Man City defender could be a Blue player in the near future.

Richards won his first Premier League title last year with Manchester City, in a tense final day thriller, in which City scored two goals in injury time to clinch the title, and could be Chelsea’s third January signing, after Demba Ba and 18 year-old right-back Wallace who now have Chelsea contracts. Wallace however is to spend the rest of the season with his previous club Fluminense.

I don’t personally believe buying a right-back is a priority. Ivanovic has been awesome in that position, and Azpilicueta has impressed as well. I think replacements for Ashley Cole and a centre-back to allow David Luiz to make a permanent move to midfield should be at the top of our wish-list, with a young forward like Taison Freda or Willian.

Jan 032013
 

Queens Park Rangers’ boos Harry Redknapp has claimed that yesterday’s 1-0 win over Chelsea was one of his best ever victories.

Chelsea were entering the match in form, having won 7 of their last 8 matches, with QPR however started the game on the back of three consecutive defeats, and without an away win for over a year!

Chelsea dominated much of the game, but could only muster up two shots on target, from 26 shooting chances. This allowed Shaun Wright-Phillips goal for QPR to snatch all 3 points.

After the match, Redknapp told reporters: “I said to Joe Jordan after the game that I can’t remember having many better wins than this one.

“To come here against a Chelsea team who were absolutely flying and after the Liverpool and West Brom defeat, it was a great result for us.

“We changed it up, I stuck Adel Taarabt up front. He’s never played there before, but he gave us a focal point where we could hold the ball up. It was a good night.

“Liverpool was difficult. The way we set the team up, I felt the players didn’t really understand what we were trying to do. Yesterday we spent a couple of hours with them doing loads of shadow work, so everyone knew exactly where they should be.

“Most importantly, we worked hard. If they all graft, we’ve got a chance.”

Chelsea fans will no doubt be disappointed to lose a game they dominated, but you won’t win games without challenging the goalkeeper. I think Rafa didn’t give QPR enough respect and paid the price.

Jan 032013
 

Marko Marin has denied rumours suggesting he was about to be sent out on loan, with a Bundesliga return reported.

Marin has struggled to break into the team since joining Chelsea, having missed 3 months through injury, and a loan move had been expected to help the player gain match-fitness.

The German winger signed for the Blues from Werder Bremen in August for around £7million, and signed a 5 year deal.

Marin had been heavily involved in Chelsea’s pre-season, and had been expected to play a big part in the team’s season before being ruled out until November.

The 23 year-old has declared that he wishes to stay at Chelsea and fight his way into the team, and does not wish to return to Germany regardless of the interest in him.

Marin said: ‘I signed a five-year deal at Chelsea, so there is no reason to put that into question after just five months here.

‘I have also been out injured for three months. Of course I would love to play more minutes, but there are quite a few factors why I have been unable to do so.

‘Rafa Benitez is a good manager and the club have put their trust in me and I have a clear idea about my future role.

‘I could imagine a loan deal. It could be an ideal option to get me playing more regularly and help me with my general development, but I think at this time it is out of the question and I won’t be heading back to the Bundesliga.’

The winger has failed to make an impact because of his injury, and I hope in time he can bring something new to the team.

He played in last night´s 1-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers, and had a poor game. I don’t think the German fits into our team currently, and think he will need more time in training to form an understanding with his team-mates.

Hopefully he can make an impact before the January window shuts. Do you see a future for the German winger at Chelsea?

Jul 112012
 

Barcelona are looking into re-signing Oriol Romeu from Chelsea as a replacement for Seydou Keita. The defensive midfielder won 14 trophies during his four years at Barcelona but had a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave for free if he didn’t play enough games in a season. The 32-year old has joined Chinese club Dalian Aerbin on massive wages and Barcelona are desperate for a replacement.

Romeu only joined Chelsea last summer after failing to tie down a place in the starting eleven for Barcelona. He rose through the club’s youth system and played 49 times for the B team but only twice for the full team. He started well for Chelsea under Villas-Boas but lost his place in the second half of the season under Di Matteo.

He is going to play at the Olympics and has stated that he is unaware of interest from Barcelona, but he must be anxious about his position in the team. The 20-year old will want some reassurance from Chelsea that he will be given an opportunity. There is some kind of buy back clause in his contract but, apparently, it only gives Barcelona first refusal if Chelsea decide to sell.

One youngster who will be leaving Chelsea, if only briefly, is 17-year old central defender Nathaniel Chalobah. The talented young player helped Chelsea win the FA youth cup last season, and will continue his progress in the Championship. Di Matteo is looking for a loan deal to continue his education. Chalobah is currently with England’s under-19 team at the European finals in Estonia.

The defender has scored one goal already and helped England to reach the semi-final stage. A star is born.

Dec 062011
 

Chelsea host Valencia in the final group game in the series of games in the group stage in the Champion’s league. Chelsea is most probably going all out in the game, having so much staked on the fixture. As such Villas-Boas is most likely going to maintain the high line structure that he has been adopting since the start of the season as an attempt to play the Offside rule and to lend the force of the Midfielders in counter attacks. At first sight there seems to be a few key battles that would be happening.

The first main battle would be that in Chelsea’s third, where the likes of John Terry and David Luiz would be looking to stop their opposing nuber Roberto Soldado, whi is in form, scoring for Valencia in the recent Espanyol game off the bench. He might be a little out of form due to his thigh injury, but he would nonetheless be in form and raring to score goals, with the winner at Espanyol in the weekend. Luiz would have to play fast and be ready to stop the big-sized striker, either in one-to-one fights or by cutting his supply from Jonas Goncalves, who usually plays behind Soldado.

In Midfield, Meireles and Ramires could be starting, and could go against the speed of of Canales and Alba. Chelsea has always dominated midfield with the presence of both Frank Lampard and Michael Essien, but Essien is out due to injury at the start of the season and would be back in the new year, so Frank Lampard would be toiling around the field looking to stop the young and energetic people from Valencia.

In Valencia’s third, Juan mata would be meeting his former club having just making a transfer from Valencia to Chelsea in the last transfer season, and it is left to be seen if the Spaniard would react to the chants of the travelling fans. Up front Drogba could start, making a very much physical presence as compared to the thin Fernando Torres. Torres could come on as an impact substitute late in the game.  However the strikers have to overcome Ruiz who was one of the targets spotted by Chelsea scouts in the summer. He could be much of a threat when not handled properly.

Overall the match would be an all-out between both teams, with too much depending on the result of the game. Villas-Boas would definitely attack with his entire team if possible if it could help him keep his job, and Rocchi would also be itching to get in the knock out stage in the Champion’s League.

 Posted by at 2:55 pm
Dec 062011
 

In a few hours the defining game between Chelsea and Valencia would begin. Never in Chelsea’s recent history under the reign of Roman Abramovich has the qualification for the knock out stage been so tense. The job that Andre Villas-Boas now holds could most possibly come down to this. As have been seen Luiz Felipe Scolari have been sacked in the 08/09 season due to him not being able to win the Premiership.

It has also become vaguely believable that the seemingly criteria for a Chelsea manager to keep his job as Manager would be that of to win the Premiership. Jose Mourinho, Luiz Felipe Scolari , and Carlo Anceotti have also been sacked, and they all come as a coincidence that when they were sacked the club never finished as Champions in the Barclays Premier League. Given the recent poor run of results, despite the “career-saving’” games as some have touted the Newcastle and Wolverhampton Rovers game to be, this does not cover the fact that Chelsea is still presently languishing in fourth place and ten points behind leaders Manchester City.

Adding to this, the possibility of qualifying for the knock out stages would lie not only in the hands of Chelsea alone. Although if Chelsea manage to sniff out a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge tonight, it would still be hard for Chelsea to qualify. If Genk manage to win, then perhaps nothing less than a win is necessary to see Chelsea into the next stage. If Andre Villa-Boas even manage to fail in the qualifying for the Knock out stages, he would be committing an heinous sin of getting eliminated in the group stages which is unprecedented in the current Abramovich era.

Along with the position in the table this would warrant Andre Villas-Boas in a very precarious position to be in, despite the recent claims by the Chelsea players that Villas-Boas would be here to execute his 3-year plan. Even the affable Carlo Ancelotti was not able to move the trigger happy Abramovich with a League and Cup Double in the 09/10 season, only to be ruthlessly sacked after ending the 10/11 season empty handed, not being able to carry out his ambition sof rht eclub to the fullest.

 

As the players and Villas-Boas have said in multiple channels, they would not be playing out a 0-0 draw, but a win, and with the formation and the high-line defence. Thiswould only be possible for Chelsea to progress if the best in Sturridge and Mata is turned on, and with Torres turning in passes and crosses into the net for maximum converting of chances. It is only through the team playing not even at their best, but just normally, the team should be able to progress given the form of the effervescent Juan Mata, putting in scintillating crosses and assists this season. And if everything go smoothly, Andre Villas-Boas could find himself still balancing himself in the precarious seat, and if he does not, he could be shown out of the door in a 5 minute meeting the Chelsea’s board room, just as Ancelotti was after the last game in the 2010/2011 season with the loss at Everton as the final game.

 Posted by at 2:33 pm