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Chelsea vs Gareth Bale could determine Champions League places 1

Posted on April 30, 2013 by PaddyMac

The Chelsea versus Gareth Bale (AKA Tottenham Hotspur) game is being touted as the key in the battle for a top-four finish.

The one-man-team show that is Tottenham Hotspur Football Club have endured a fine season, with their main man bagging 19 goals so far in this campaign, including 2 in his last two games against Manchester City and Wigan Athletic.

Spurs form is all over the place at the moment, with an emphatic 3-1 win over Manchester City sandwiched between a 2-2 draw with Wigan Athletic, and consecutive 2-2 draws with Everton in the Premiership and Swiss side Basle twice in the Europa League culminating in their demise on penalties.

AVB: Chelsea had to sack me 2

Posted on January 16, 2013 by PaddyMac

Current Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has finally admitted that Chelsea had to sack him for a change in results.

AVB was sacked after only 8 months in charge, despite Roman Abramovich paying Porto €15Million to break his contract and getting the Ex-Porto manager to sign a five-year deal.

The Portuguese manager tried to shuffle the experienced players around too much, which caused conflict in the dressing room. He lost the respect of club captain John Terry along with Chelsea favourites Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard, leaving Roman Abramovich no choice but to relieve him of his duties.

Shakhtar Donetsk unhappy with Chelsea target Willian 1

Posted on January 15, 2013 by PaddyMac

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.

Chelsea´s Taison Freda fail could be a Willian winner 3

Posted on January 12, 2013 by PaddyMac

Chelsea lost out on their bid to sign Taison Freda yesterday, as the Brazilian joined Shakhtar Donestk.

This could turn out to be a blessing in disguise, with Shakhtar thought to have signed Taison to soften the loss of Willian to the Premier League.

Willian has been a long-time target of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, with his impressionable performances in the Champions League for the Ukrainian club.

The 24 year-old’s £22Million fee is thought to be quite steep for Spurs, but may wish to try and splash the cash for such a highly rated player.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas blasts Chelsea hierarchy 0

Posted on January 10, 2013 by PaddyMac

Ex-Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has started the mind games early in the battle for third place, with the Portuguese manager claiming Chelsea have no long-term plans.

The Spurs boss was sacked after only 9 months into a 5 year deal, in which he had been promised time to build his own team to fit his fluent and attacking style of play.

The manager was subject to speculation that he had lost the confidence and control of his team, with the term player-power being blamed for his departure.

Chelsea to save Real Madrid star from Primera Liga exile 12

Posted on January 08, 2013 by PaddyMac

Chelsea are rumoured to be keen on saving Ex-Spurs midfielder Luka Modric, who has been out-of-favour at Real Madrid.

Modric was recently given the unfortunate title of worst Spanish signing of the season, by Spanish daily newspaper Marca who asked readers to vote for the best and worst signings this season. Barcelona’s Jordi Alba was voted best signing.

Modric narrowly beat Alex song to the fore, who joined Barcelona from Arsenal over the summer. The Croatian has played 22 games in all competitions since his move over the summer, 9 of which he made from the bench.

Chelsea emerge as Favourites for Ba signature 5

Posted on December 30, 2012 by PaddyMac

Chelsea have emerged as favourites to sign Newcastle United’s Demba Ba, who is available for a bargain fee of £7.5million.

Chelsea are widely expected to sign two strikers in January, with Daniel Sturridge leaving the Blues to join Liverpool.

Ba scored twice against potential suitors Arsenal yesterday in Newcastle’s 7-3 loss, with Demba levelling the score just before half-time to make it 1-1 with a deflected free-kick, then netting Newcastle’s third to equalise in the 69th minute before the Gunners took control with 4 more goals.

Chelsea target Spurs left-back as long-term Ashley Cole replacement 1

Posted on December 23, 2012 by PaddyMac

Chelsea are rumoured to be considering a bid to buy Benoit Assou-Ekotto, to replace the expected loss of Ashley Cole at the end of the season.

The Cameroon international has struggled with a persistent knee injury this season, making only 3 appearances so far this term.

The 28 year-old was outstanding last season for Tottenham Hotspur, missing only 4 Premier League games, and Chelsea are rumoured to be keen on bringing the left-back to Stamford Bridge.

Villas-Boas: “Extremely unfair” that Chelsea have joined Spurs in Europa League 3

Posted on December 07, 2012 by PaddyMac

Current Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has complained about UEFA regulations that “reward” clubs “failure” in the Champions League group stages, specifically Chelsea’s inclusion in the Europa League round-of-32.

Andre Villas-Boas has claimed his former club Chelsea should not be rewarded for Champions League failure by playing in the Europa League.

But the ex-Stamford Bridge boss now wants his Tottenham side to meet Rafa Benitez’s Blues in Europe’s second-tier competition after Christmas.

“Sometimes it’s destiny,” he said.

Tottenham reached the last 32 of the Europa League with a 3-1 win over Greek side Panathinaikos on Thursday – their fourth straight victory in all competitions.

Chelsea scouting American goal-scorer 1

Posted on November 27, 2012 by PaddyMac

Chelsea have been sending scouts to Holland, to watch AZ Alkmaar star Jozy Altidore, who is also being followed by Tottenham Hotspur.

The 23-year-old spent a disappointing spell on loan at Hull three years ago, but since moving to Holland, Jozy has shown real development and is tipped to become one of the big strikers in Europe.

Altidore has scored 9 goals already this season, in only 7 appearances and is attracting interest from Europe’s elite according to Earnest Stewart, the director of football at AZ.

“Jozy is developing fantastically, is a real target man for the team and translates that into goals,” he told the club’s official website.

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