Jan 092013

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has expressed his admiration for Frank Lampard, insisting he would love to play alongside him in Italy.

The Chelsea legend’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season, and Roman Abramovich has reportedly refused to offer the 34 year-old an extension. No official stance has been given by the club or player.

Manchester United, Juventus, Inter Milan, Queens Park Rangers and various others have all been linked with moves for the England veteran, with the R’s unlikely to be able to afford his wages.

Dec 062012

David Luiz believes Chelsea could restore their European reputation in the Europa League following the “embarrassment” of becoming the first Champions League holders to crash out of the competition before Christmas.

Chelsea we’re last night eliminated from the Champions League, regardless of their 6-1 win at home to Nordsjaelland, after Juventus’ away win against Shakhtar Donetsk put the Italian champions through.

Chelsea finished the group in third place, losing out to second-placed Shakhtar Donetsk by an away goal, and are now consigned to playing in the Europa League.

Dec 042012

Andrea Pirlo is determined to kill off Chelsea’s hopes of being the first team to successfully defend the Champions League on Wednesday night.

A win or a draw for Juventus against Shakhtar Donetsk will send holders Chelsea out of the competition.

The Blues’ only hope is a Shakhtar win in Ukraine coupled with a Stamford Bridge victory over Group E whipping boys Nordsjaelland.

Juve playmaker Pirlo, said: ‘I’m sorry for Chelsea fans but the next thing they know they will be saying goodbye to the Champions League.

Nov 282012

Chelsea’s hopes of qualifying past the group stages took a huge blow last night as Luiz Adriano received a suspension for the final group game against Juventus, with Chelsea needing Shakhtar to claim a win.

The striker was suspended for unsporting behaviour, after chasing down a ball and rounding the keeper when the dropped ball was to be given back to the keeper because the referee stopped play for an injury.

The striker went on to score a hat-trick in the 5-2 win over FC Nordsjaelland, but the team we’re currently 1-0 down in the game when the incident happened and may have changed the game.

Nov 202012

In a week full of intense pressure, from the speculation surrounding his job safety to the build up to two crunch games, Roberto Di Matteo has spoken out in the press this week.

Rumours surrounding Stamford Bridge are suggesting that the Italian manager, who lead the Chelsea team to success in last years Champions League, could well be sacked if they were to lose on Tuesday night in Turin, against a very strong Juventus team.

A loss to Juventus will potentially put Chelsea into third in their group with only the one game remaining, and could leave them at risk of becoming the first Champions League holders to be eliminated via the group stages.

Nov 192012

David Luiz spoke to reporters after the loss on Saturday, and seemed unconcerned with the loss in form, pointing out that 2 wins could put us back on the top of the Premier League table.

After a run of 3 league games without a win, Chelsea had hoped to return to winning ways, but that was never going to be an easy feat against a West Brom side who has dropped only two points at home all season.

Speaking to reporters after the match on Saturday, Luiz said: “The thing about the Premier League is its magic. In my first season we were 18 points behind and then in the last two games we could have won the league.

Nov 192012

Roberto Di Matteo has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks, with the Chelsea team´s current slump in form, as well as Pep Guardiola speaking about a return to management next summer, then on Saturday after Chelsea´s 2-1 loss to West Brom, raised voices and arguing were heard coming from the Chelsea dressing room.

Petr Cech is rumoured to be at the centre of the dressing room bust up, furious after Chelsea’s poor defensive display left them four points behind Premier League leaders, Manchester City.

It is not known as to who said what, but the lines ‘rubbish – and you all know it’ and ‘Call yourself Champions League winners?’ Were overheard.

Nov 192012

Roberto Di Matteo has been answering questions this weekend, after Chelsea´s second league defeat of the season, on the subject of addressing the current slump in form, and on the possibility of making changes to the way the team are playing.

The manager admitted: “Absolutely it is a challenging time when you don’t win games and you need to instil confidence in players and to the team and that is going to be a tough job.”

He was then asked if Fernando Torres could be dropped, he replied “I think we will have to assess the whole team and see how everybody is, and how they have recovered.

Sep 222012

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has called upon his Chelsea teammates to improve the team’s defensive record or face a trophy-less season. Chelsea have only conceded 2 goals in 4 league games this season so far, however they have looked shaky in defence at times and Ivanovic wasn’t happy with how Chelsea conceded 2 cheap goals in their opening Champions League game against Juventus on Wednesday.

The European Champions were 2-0 up against the Italian league winners, but as the game progressed, the defence started to struggle and Juventus scored 2 goals to draw the game 2-2. Juventus are a strong side who were unbeaten in Serie A last season but still…

Sep 122012

Italy’s most successful ever team, the old lady Juventus, are back at the top after the scandal of match fixing saw them demoted to the second division, stripped of titles and many of their players leave. The club won Serie A last year after going the whole season unbeaten in the league.

Their record goal scorer Alessandro Del Pierro has left the club on a free transfer and their attempts to sign a big name replacement in the summer were somewhat less than successful. They ended up loaning Denmark and Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner on loan with an option to buy, and have since admitted that they didn’t really want him all that much.