January 31, 2013 by
Chelsea target Willian had been firmly expected to move to mega-rich Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala, but that failed to materialise today.
Chelsea and Spurs have long been admirers of the Brazilian playmaker, who has been outstanding for Shakhtar Donetsk for some time now. He scored 3 goals against the Blues this season in his 2 Champions League games, and played an integral part in Chelsea’s expulsion from the competition they won only last season.
Spurs are keen to add some creativity to their midfield, having sold the likes of Rafael Van Der Vaart and Luka Modric last summer. They had failed to sign Joao Moutinho on deadline day over the summer, and were expected to add to their midfield options this month. .....Read more...
January 15, 2013 by
Chelsea target Willian has fallen out with current club Shakhtar Donetsk, after failing to return from the clubs winter break on time.
Willian was still in Brazil while the rest of his team-mates completed their first training session since Christmas.
His manager Mircea Lucescu said: “It is not very nice to say that Willian did not return from holiday on time and thus he is exerting a certain pressure on the club. I think it was unprofessional of him. .....Read more...
December 21, 2012 by
Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian has admitted he wanted to jump at the chance to sign for Chelsea when their offer came in, and still hopes to move to a bigger team in the near future.
The versatile attacking midfielder attracted plenty of attention over the summer, with Tottenham and Chelsea very keen on the player.
Chelsea had a bid rejected by the Ukrainian side, and Willian expressed his desire to move away from the club.
The Brazilian said: “My goal is to play for a bigger club in a high level league. .....Read more...
December 04, 2012 by
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. .....Read more...
November 28, 2012 by
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. .....Read more...