May 072013

Andre Villas-Boas returns to Stamford Bridge tomorrow night for the first time since he was sacked as the manager last March. The 35-year old has spoken before about it and is obviously unhappy with the way he was treated, although he must have known that Abramovich has been going through managers the way most people go through toilet rolls.

His Tottenham side are currently lying outside the Champions League places in fifth place and they desperately need a win to push them above Arsenal. So you would think that AVB would not try to do anything to wind the Chelsea players up and make his task even harder. Well you would be wrong, because the Portuguese coach has suggested that it was the players’ fault he was sacked.

“The experiences of managing Chelsea and Spurs are different and I learned a great lesson from last year,” said Villas-Boas.

“It becomes easier when the players are willing to commit to your ideas. They need to be able to take something from learning new things and also enjoy learning new things that they can use in their game.

“All the players have received me well and, when you receive that sort of openness, you can create a good environment.”

I am sure those words will help you and your team to get a good reception tomorrow Andre! If it was not for Di Matteo steadying the ship last season and steering us to a fantastic Champions League triumph, Chelsea would not have been in this season’s competition and may even have gone into a downward spiral.

AVB seemed to upset a lot of senior players and his tactics were not working, so whose fault is that? His `brilliant` tactics for Tottenham this season seem to consist of giving the ball to Bale and hoping he scores.

We beat them 4-2 at White Hart Lane back in October and we are playing much better now, so hopefully we can do them some serious damage tomorrow. You can be sure the Chelsea players will be fired up for it.

Apr 292013

Rafa Benitez did not start Frank Lampard yesterday but, once Ramires picked up an injury, the 34-year old midfielder came on to put Chelsea withing touching distance of Champions League qualification. Lampard looked like a man on a mission when he came on and a typical bursting run and pass set up Oscar for the opener after 43 minutes. Just two minutes later, Lampard was given the chance to add to his 200 goals from the penalty after Maya was fouled. Nobody expected him to miss, and he is now just one goal behind the all-time club record of Bobby Tambling.

“He is a gentleman,” said Lampard.

“I saw him before the game and I saw him afterwards. You would not meet a nicer guy in football.

“He has been in some bad health recently, but it is great to see him come across for the game and I am very proud to be up and mentioned alongside a name like his in football terms, but also as a bloke.”

Tambling was a guest of honour yesterday and his record still stands for now, but surely not for much longer. With Tottenham and Arsenal both drawing at the weekend, the win over Swansea has put Chelsea above both of them into third. We have a game in hand on Arsenal, too, while being a point above them and three above Spurs. The boomkies make the Blues favourites for a top four spot at 2/11 with Arsenal at 3/10 and Spurs trailing at 16/11.

Jan 312013

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.

The Brazilian admitted to being in contact with Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, and declared once more of his wishes to leave the Ukrainian club.

Willian said: “Everyone inside Shakhtar knows I am keen to leave.”

On Tottenham Hotspur boss AVB, he added: “Villas-Boas is a good guy, we speak on the phone and are constantly in touch.”

The 25 year-old is keen to leave Ukraine, adding: “I do not intend to be here any longer after the next window.

“On the other hand, nowadays things are much different from when I arrived. Shakhtar get more attention, we are in the Champions League.

Shakhtar know the situation and are already planning for life without their star player, having recently signed a ready made replacement in the form of Taison Freda.

“It is no secret that he has arrived to take my position when I leave,” Willian said. “Everybody knows this.”

Willian is no doubt an outstanding player who possesses a great amount of flair, and is a player who can change a game in the way that Juan Mata can. Mata has almost single-handedly won some of Chelsea’s games this season, and we need more match-winning players in his mould.

Nov 262012

Chelsea and a host of other clubs are chasing 20 year-old spanish-born wonderkid, Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria.

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur were due to fight it out for his signature, but now look to face further competition from Italy and Spain.

Chelsea have sent scouts to Italy to watch him and are rumoured to be preparing a bid ahead of the January transfer window.

The midfielder’s agent, Jose Miguel Gonzalez, played down reports somewhat, saying: ‘We know that several Italian, English and Spanish clubs are following him, but Pedro is a mature guy and is thinking only about Sampdoria.

‘We are excited about the interest of other clubs, there are many rumours, but we have not spoken to anyone.

‘It’s early to talk about the market, Pedro works with humility and wants to help the team to climb up the table. Among February and April we will see what happens.

‘Samp is the team which have focused on him and we will always be grateful to them.’

Obiang is a great prospect for the future but I don’t think he is quite ready for the physicality of the Premier League and would suggest loaning the player out should he arrive on the books at Stamford Bridge. One for the future!

Jun 032012

There is a shocking report out this morning that claims that Roman Abramovich is seriously considering bringing in the Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp as the full-time replacement for Andre Villas-Boas.

Although Roberto Di Matteo did everything possible to earn a permanent contract, it seems that the silence from the Chelsea board is an indication that there will be no new contract forthcoming, which leads to even more speculation.

Pep Guardiola has already said that he wants a year sabbatical from managing although Abramovich is reportedly trying to persuade him otherwise, but the Star reports today that Redknapp is being considered as a viable replacement.

Daniel Levy was considering a multimillion offer for Redknapp to stay for another four years, but Tottenham’s spectacular collapse at the end of the season has made the Spurs chairman to reconsider his options.

Missing out on the Champions League has been a big blow for Levy, and Redknapp is now seeking assurances that he still has the full confidence of the owner of he may consider resigning from his post and make himself available for the Chelsea job.

Are there any Chelsea fans that would be happy with Redknapp? Coz i certainly wouldn’t!

May 112012

From the looks of it, 27-year-old midfielder Milos Krasic has grown tired of pasta and has decided to leave Juventus behind and most likely the whole Serie A, as Chelsea are roaring to sign the winger in their attempt to freshen things up a bit.

According to Krasic’s agent the main reason for his departure is the lack of playing time, and although that wouldn’t get solved at Chelsea the winger is still willing to take a risk: “He wants to leave, he has not played enough this season and that’s why his time in Turin is finished”.

Once the transfer window is open, Milos plans to spread his wings, and according to latest updates his next destination seems to be the Premier League, as Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea have all been linked with him:
“Tottenham or Liverpool? There is not a specific side who want to sign him. But believe me, he has a lot of clubs interested in him.” sais Krasic’s agent, Dejan Joksimovic.

To my mind the Serbian international is a strong acquisition for any Premier League club who is genuinely interested in him, and Chelsea would seem like the best destination for him, despite the significant fee that Juventus will surely demand.

Sep 222010

Arsene Wenger’s young Arsenal side continued their impressive play in the Carling Cup last night by demolishing Tottenham in extra time. Arsenal played a stronger side than usual in this competition as they were up against their (and Chelsea’s!) great rivals, and the finishing score of 1-4 was a pleasure for both the Blue and Red sides of London!

Wenger said after the game that he enjoyed it as well, despite being forced to watch it from the stands, due to his touchline ban: “The game was enjoyable.” he said. “We played well in the first half but we were only one goal in front and after that Tottenham came back. We were for a few minutes a little bit in danger but slowly we took over again and in the final 20 minutes it looked that would could score, but we didn’t. Then we got these two penalties which in my opinion were penalties and that was the turning point of the game. But overall we played very well.”

Watch out for Nasri’s goal-line save after scoring two penalties!

Aug 292010

It would have taken a brave man to predict a Wigan win at White Hart Lane yesterday, especially as Wigan had shipped ten goals in their first two games this season without reply. Spurs were expected to win comfortably but a Rodallego winner in the 80th minute left the Tottenhams fans frustrated and shocked.

He was asked if they had a “Champions League hangover” after beating Young Boys 4-0 in midweek, but Redknapp said there was no excuses. “Why should it be?” Redknapp said. “You should come full of confidence after winning 4-0 in a Champions League game.

“You should feel fantastic, not have a hangover or feel lethargic.”

“People have got to work harder to get in the game,” he added. “Too many today were too easily marked out of the game.

“We lacked the guile to break them down. You miss Luca Modric in these games. When the games are tight, he takes the ball for you.

“We were poor and we got what we deserved.

“Credit to them they worked hard, closed us down and we really couldn’t come up with any answers as to how to open them up. That was disappointing on the back of a great week.

“We started sloppy in the first five minutes. We kept giving the ball away and we never got out of it; it was a poor performance.

“They defended great, made it difficult for us and hit us on the break. We were devoid of ideas in many areas.”

Spurs will have to be better than this if they are to compete with the likes of Inter Milan in the Champions League……….

Aug 072010

Robbie Keane helped Tottenham to a comeback win against Fiorentina today by scoring the winner in the last minute. Spurs were 2-1 down at half-time, but Keane’s performance with both goals in the second half has certainly given Harry Redknapp food for thought ahead of next Saturdays opening League game against Hull.

Redknapp said after the game: “It was a good run out against good opposition,”

“They only had two strikes on goal and they both ended up in the back of the net, but we came back and that was good.

“They were difficult to break down but we came from 1-0 and 2-1 down and then Robbie supplied two great goals, the sort of runs and finishes he’s been doing throughout pre-season.

“I was pleased and I thought we looked lively.

“We went to Benfica on Tuesday and put on a good performance against fantastic opposition, a very good team, a clever team with top players, so to win there was great.

“We conceded poor goals against Fiorentina but to respond how we did was good.”

“There were some good performances,” he continued. “Robbie was outstanding in the second half and took two fantastic goals. He is still a quality player, still got a lot to offer.

“Gio was outstanding, he did ever so well. He has the ability to be a top player. I thought Younes did well at right-back as well, showed a lot of energy, got forward and was strong.

“We’re a good team, we’re playing well, we’re full of confidence and we’re looking forward to the start of the season.”

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Jul 192010

According to reports today, the ex-Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has made his mind up and plumped for a move to Anfield for the new season.

A report on ESPN said: Liverpool have signed former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole on a free transfer.

The 28-year-old England international left Stamford Bridge at the end of last season after failing to agree a new contract with the club and has agreed personal terms on a four-year deal at Anfield.

The England midfielder will undergo a medical in the next 48 hours.

Cole was linked with a number of Barclays Premier League sides, including Arsenal and Tottenham, but has opted to move to Merseyside.

He could have gone to a team offering Champions League football but has chosen to join new Reds boss Roy Hodgson at Anfield even though they can only offer the Europa League this season.

It’s probably come as a shock to Harry Redknapp, who tried very hard to convince Cole that he would be looked after at White Hart Lane. Hard luck ‘Arry……….

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