Jan 312013

Chelsea are trying to reach an agreement with Stoke City for goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, with the deal appearing to be reliant on Stoke’s capture of Jack Butland.

Chelsea had a bid accepted for the young England keeper yesterday, only for Butland to refuse talks with the club. The 19 year-old now appears key to the Blues latest goalkeeping target.

Stoke City have apparently had a £4Million bid accepted by Birmingham City, and are set to hold talks with the highly-rated keeper on a permanent move.

Butland refused to talk to Chelsea as he did not see the possibility of playing first-team football at the club, and rightly so.

Jan 132013

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has claimed his team has improved under his guidance, despite the hostile reception he continues to receive at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have been in better form away from home of late, and one reason for this could be the Benitez effect, with many Chelsea fans opposed to the current manager in charge.

Rafa was hired in November despite Chelsea’s Supporters Group warning Roman Abramovich that Benitez would not be welcome at Stamford Bridge. The Spanish manager made some enemies at the Bridge whilst managing Liverpool and the Blues fans have not forgiven or forgotten.

Jan 122013

Chelsea scored 4 goals in their 4-0 demolition of Stoke City today, giving the hosts their first home loss since February of last year.

Chelsea have to thank Stoke’s Jonathan Walters for their first two goals, with two defensive headers beating Begovic in the hosts goal on the stroke of half time, and then again just after the hour mark.

Juan Mata was tackled in the box by Robert Huth, and went down quite easily (it has to be said) to earn the penalty on 65. Frank Lampard steps up, and pounds the ball into the roof of the net, with the keeper having no chance.

Jan 122013

Chelsea take on Stoke City at the Britannia today, which in my opinion should be called ‘Fort Britannia’.

Stoke are one of the most organised units in the Premier League, and are yet to lose at home so far this season. We will be hoping to change that.

Chelsea are likely to be boosted by a return of their captain John Terry today, and are expected to give Demba Ba his Premier League debut for the club today.

Jan 112013

John Terry this week made his return to action, in the Chelsea U21′s match against Fulham, and is set to make the squad for Saturday’s tough Premier League tie against Stoke City.

Terry has been sidelined since Chelsea played Liverpool on November 11, when he clashed with Luis Suarez, with a knee injury. JT had originally expected to be out for 2-3 weeks but has found complications in recovery, and has taken two months to near recovery.

The Chelsea captain played 45 minutes of last nights U21′s 2-0 win over Fulham, but has yet to make his debut under interim boss Rafa Benitez. Team manager Dermot Drummy said: “He looked in good shape.”

Jan 092013

Rafa Benitez has declared that John Terry could make his long-awaited return in Saturday’s Premier League tie with Stoke City.

The Chelsea captain has resumed full training following a lengthy injury received in the Chelsea-Liverpool Premier League match on November 11.

Benitez said: “The good news is John Terry is back in training and we’re considering playing him on Thursday to give him some minutes with the under-21 team against Fulham.

“At least it is a positive thing because before he was just doing the warm-up and now he has been training, and if he can play he’ll be closer.”

Nov 232011

Romelu Lukaku’s lack of playing time for Chelsea has not been ignored by other Premier League teams, and now the interest for a possible loan move on the player became a top priority for some. Everton’s boss David Moyes wants to snatch the 19-year-old in January for a short-term loan until the end of the season according to The Sun.

Rumours have it that Everton will have to fight Stoke City for the player and that Moyes wants to submit the offer quickly to make sure they get a fair chance.

Oct 252010

Stoke City haven’t beaten Manchester United for 26 years, but they must have had high hopes of changing that record yesterday with the Wayne Rooney saga seemingly affecting Alex Ferguson’s team.

But Man United returned to their usual tactic of scoring the winner in the dying minutes of the game, and the new young Mexican star Chicharito Hernandes was the hero of the day.

He scored the first with an absolutely brilliant twisting header, but when Tuncay Sanli got the equaliser with just nine minutes remaining it looked like United had thrown away another two points until Hernandes popped up with the winner four minutes from the end.

May 102010

Man Utd knew that they could only win against Stoke City, and desperately hope that Wigan could get a result at Stamford Bridge (as if!). It was a forlorn hope of course, as Chelsea were already 2-0 up before Fletcher got the first goal for United.

Giggs made it two before half-time, but celebrations were muted as the news came through from Stamford Bridge.

Wayne Rooney limped off in the second half and lost all chance of winning the Golden Boot as Didier Drogba was scoring a hat-trick for Chelsea in their 8-0 massacre over Wigan.

Apr 242010

Carlo Ancelotti is a bit short of defenders for tomorrows game against Stoke City, and he will pick his first Chelsea team that hasn’t got his captain John Terry on the teamsheet, for the first time since his arrival at Stamford Bridge, but he thinks that he has got an able deputy in Branislav Ivanovich.

“John Terry is an important absence for us but now we have Ivanovic fit we can substitute him into the centre position very well because Ivanovic is a centre-back,” Ancelotti said.