Few years after the golden generation of John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes retired and left behind unfulfilled collective potentials at the international, Gareth Southgate’s current side appear not to be faring better either.
On the back of the disappointing Euro 2012 overseen by Roy Hogdson, Sam Allardyce’s scandal-terminated run and Southgate’s takeover, the Three Lions
appear to be different from the so called golden generation in terms of personnel and at the same time mirror challenges that befell such era.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney remains the last piece of leftover from star studded era. An era that saw a group of talented English professionals thrive seamlessly at club level yet struggled to gel together once converged for a major tournament.
Since taking over mid last year the 46-year old has managed to forge a new identity on the Three Lions and although they have managed to pick up decent results in their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, the perennial inability to measure up to the A-grade teams of Europe and the rest of the world persists. Continue reading
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has reportedly met with the club owner Roman Abramovich over several issues.
The unsettled manager had asked to have a tete-a-tete with the Russian billionaire and he finally got his request.
The squad had failed to match expectations the previous season but the tactical switch Conte implemented saw the team drive all the way to the finish line, lifting the Premier League for the second time in three years and in the Italian’s debut term. Conte is faced with managerial options back in Italy or with replicating the results in his second term, while leading the team to Europe – where his personal coaching record is not as impressive.
Conte had concerns about his new contract, the club’s transfer policies and some other issues that needed him to thrash out with the ownerwho is active in the club’s affairs. Continue reading
The first and only time that Chelsea has ever managed to win the Champions League title was during the 2011-12 season when the Premier League club defeated Bayern Munich in the finals in a penalty session which was played on May 19 of 2012.
This historic accomplishment was made when Chelsea was under the guidance of Roberto Di Matteo and no other manager in the history of the Premier League club has managed to reach this feat.
However, this might be changing in the near future as Antonio Conte wants to help Chelsea in snatching the prestigious title back into the hands of the English club as the Italian manager said:
‘’A great team and a great club like Chelsea has to play in the Champions League every season,It is important for us. The Champions League has to be our house to stay’’
“It’s important to think now about this season and go step by step.We have 12 league games till the end of the season to try to reach a dream for me, for the players and for the club. Then we will prepare for next season but when your name is Chelsea, you must always fight to win the Champions League, the Premier League, the FA Cup, all the competitions.” Continue reading
Spain international Diego Costa won’t be facing Leicester alongside Chelsea squad on Saturday after a dispute with his coach over his fitness.
The striker has not undergone any training this week and also failed to travel for the Premier League leader’s match with the defending champions.
Costa, 28, with 14 goals and 5 assists this season has an offer to move to China worth £30m a year. Chelsea refused to respond to the comment due to reasons unknown. We were made to understand that the Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich does not want to release him for the contract which is to expire by 2019, as he sees a better future ahead with the Spanish striker and won’t subscribe to the idea of being forced to release him. Continue reading
English Premier League giant Chelsea are already planning for the forthcoming season.
The club reportedly wants to bring Radja Nainggolan to Stamford Bridge at all costs despite losing out this season. La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the Blues also want Roma’s Kostas Manolas next summer. The report claims that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is a big fan of the pair and really wants them to join his squad next season.
Nainggolan stats are one of the reasons any top side would want him. According to OptaPaolo, the player has “made the most recoveries over the last 5 Serie A campaigns (1325) among outfield players.” After Roma tied down Nainggolan for a long term this summer, it would cost Chelsea a lot to meet his release clause. However, the Giallorossi have angered the player, as he did not get the promised pay rise despite tying him until 2020.
On the other hand, the club is hesitant in meeting Manolas’ £2.58 million annual salary in a new deal. This might push the player Chelsea’s way. With the form and stability in the Chelsea team, Conte would want the tireless players to contribute next season. Nainggolan would surely provide competition for Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante though their partnership has been very rewarding of late.
Though Manolas remains a target for Man United, Chelsea are keen in getting the player in a bid to improve defensive options. Kurt Zouma’s return is being awaited, but with Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry possibly following John Obi Mikel out off the team at the end of the season, then Manolas would be a good option. The Greek player is one of the most reliable players at the back in the Serie A. Both players still have enough time on their current contracts but Chelsea would be hoping to lure the players at the end of the current season.
The man in charge of the managerial job in Stamford Bridge Antonio Conte praised his team for delivering a “perfect game” as they defeated Southampton 2-0 on Sunday.
A goal each in the two halves from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa respectively secured the Blues their fourth win and a clean sheet in as many games in the Premier League and moved them to a point difference compared with the table leaders, Manchester City. Continue reading
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was extremely disappointed with the performance of referee Andre Marriner in the 2-2 draw with Swansea City.
Gary Cahill appeared to be clearly fouled by Swansea striker Leroy Fer, but the referee waved away any appeals for the move that directly led to the second goal scored by the home team. The goal from Swansea came just minutes after they had equalised through aSigurðsson penalty. Chelsea opened the scoring in the 18th minute through Diego Costa, who has scored more goals against Swansea than any other Premier League team
The goal by the Spaniard took his league tally to three goals in four games. However, the five minute spell in the second half lead to Chelsea going down and once again needing to the chase the game. Chelsea came into the game with a 100% start to the campaign, but two of those victories came in the final 10 minutes. The blues looked destined for another such victory when Costa came up with his second goal of the evening, but it was not a fairytale finish. Chelsea had to settle for just one point and losing the 100% record in such a manner was extremely difficult for Conte to accept.
Antonio Conte has revealed his ideas for Chelsea’s style of play in the 2016-17 season. After taking over as the manager from Guus Hiddink, the former Juventus boss has a huge task on his hands.
Chelsea finished a lowly 10th place in the 2015-16 season. Apart from recovering back to their title challenging days, Chelsea also have to play attractive football along the way.Conte is also finding it hard to attract the best players since the club are not in the Champions League for the upcoming campaign
. Despite the issues,Conte managed to bring in a few big-money names.
Furthermore, the club are reportedly in talks with Everton over the signing Romelu Lukaku for twice the fee that they received for him two years ago. Lukaku was sold at Everton for £ 28 million, but it is reported that Chelsea are ready to pay around £ 65 million along with Loic Remy for the Belgian international. Chelsea recently concluded their pre-season with a 4-2 win over German outfit Werder Bremen. After a mediocre start in the pre-season, the blues have been doing well since the return of stars like Diego Costa and Eden Hazard. They were amongst the scorers on Sunday night.
Spanish outlet Valencia has rejected Chelsea’s bid for Portuguese talented player Andre Gomes.
The 22-year old has been in emphatic form at the Euro 2016, contributing his quota as they breeze into the semi finals. The player is a top target for incoming Chelsea coach Antonio Conte.
The former Juventus coach submitted a bid of £40 million for the player but Valencia have rejected the bid, based on reports from The Mirror.
The Portuguese international is poised to leave the Mestella this summer because the club wouldn’t be playing in Europe this campaign. Juventus are also keen on landing the player but the Blues have submitted their bid. Gomes’ performance was inconsistent in the last campaign but he has been doing well at the continental tournament in France. He is believed to be one of the most energetic yet young midfielders at the moment, hence the interest from Conte.
Former coaches of the national side have compared him to former Chelsea player Michael Ballack for his box-to-box abilities. Gomes has however shown he is comfortable playing wide in a team.
There is news that Chelsea might be going after Roma defender Antonio Rudiger and might be prepared to make a bid of £23.2 million for the German defender.
Chelsea, who will be managed next season by Antonio Conte, are keen to build a team that will allow them to challenge for the title as from next season itself.
Antonio Rudiger has been on loan from Stuttgart last season and has certainly impressed the Italian side. They have made the deal permanent only this week, but they now might be interested in selling the player to the highest bidder. At the moment, it is believed that there is a host of European clubs that might be interested in signing the defender. Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, and Paris Saint-Germain are the other clubs that might be interested in signing the German international.
Some media have reported that Chelsea are currently the most interested club and that discussions have reached an advanced stage. Indeed, the London club is keen to find a successor to John Terry. Continue reading