Chelsea and PSG at Parc de Princes

The 1rst leg of the Champions League round of 16 battle between Chelsea and PSG has already taken place at the home turf of the French team at the Parc des Princes and the hugely important match finished off in a 1-1 draw but the scoreboard does not reflect what actually happened in the pitch as PSG dominated the match from start until the end.

After the match was over, statistic show that PSG enjoyed having 54% of possession which isn’t a very dominating percentage but the aspect of the game where Paris Saint-Germain was really efficient at was in the sheer amount of shots that were launched from the home team.

ThibautCourtois has once again turned into the hero for Chelsea as he had to be at his best in order to deny the opposition from scoring.

The impact that the Belgian goal-keeper has made upon arriving to Stamford Bridge is simply amazing as he has forced PetrCech on having to stay on the sidelines for the majority of the season. Continue reading

Luis Enrique dont think that he answered all Critics

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has dismissed suggestions that he has managed to overcome his critics after just one victory over Atletico Madrid.

The Catalan club managed a stunning 3-1 victory which seemed to favour the away team given that Barcelona had the best opportunities throughout the match. Their forward line up comprising of Neymar, Luis Suarez, and Lionel Messi all scored against Diego Simeone’s reigning champions.

This has helped take some pressure away fromEnrique. Barcelona have constantly been in the headlines for the last couple of weeks after they returned back from the winter break with a shock 1-0 defeat against Real Sociedad. Continue reading

Chelsea FC increases wages of Football Workers

Chelsea FC became the first club in England to agree to pay all of their workers the living wage of £9.15 an hour. Currently, the minimum wage is of £6.50 an hour. This higher amount of money was established by the Living Wage Foundation in an estimate of what is the amount of cash needed in order to cover the basic needs of living.

Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck said: “As a responsible employer we are proud of this significant achievement for the club.We believe the move to the Living Wage underlines our commitment to ensuring that all our employees receive a fair rate of pay for their hard work and dedication.Quite simply it is the right thing to do.”

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Dos Santos regrets contract signing with Hotspur

Giovani Dos Santos regrets his decision of signing for Tottenham Hotspur instead of Chelsea FC in 2008.

Dos Santos stayed at Tottenham for 4 years and during that period; he got only 15 matches to play.

According to the Mexican playmaker, at the time of signing, the Spurs had promised him that he would not lack playing time at the club and that’s the reason, he opted for that move, but, there were changes made in the management there at White Hart Lane soon and the new manager, who came in, did not give him confidence at all.

In an interview the day before yesterday, Dos Santos said, “I got a call from Juande Ramos and he told me that I would be playing on a regular basis and that prompted me take his offer.”

“I could have gone to Chelsea as well which, now I think, I should have done because at Tottenham, things turned out to be pretty different than what I had thought. Juande departed and it was Harry who took over and for some reason, he kept me out continuously.”

“I, sometimes, felt very frustrated to be in that situation. I would train as hard as anyone else and then, on the game days, I would be sitting out. However, one thing that I liked about Tottenham is their fans. The passion that they would bring to the ground, it was wonderful and I had that desire to win games for them, but, unfortunately, I did not have enough opportunities.”

Dos Santos was finally sold by Tottenham to the Spanish club Mallorca in 2012. He played for Mallorca for just one season before leaving for Villarreal.

Presently, the 25-year old appears to be quite settled at Villarreal.

Messi career under Speculation

The future of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been intentionally speculated in the last few weeks with reports suggesting that the Argentine may finally look to conclude his career with the Catalan club. Teams like Paris St Germain, Manchester City, and Chelsea are thought to be monitoring the situation. The 27-year-old has been at Barcelona throughout his career and he is on the verge of breaking numerous more records. Messi appears to have fallen from the incredible heights that he hit a few years ago. After scoring close to 100 goals in a calendar year, the Argentine finds himself with only 15 goals from 22 games.

This may seem as an incredible statistics for every other player, but when put against the competition that includes Cristiano Ronaldo, it is rather low. Messi has been signing new contracts with Barcelona almost every season. The Catalan club have been keen to not allow him to leave under any condition, although it is believed that he has a £ 200 million release clause in his contract. Due to the FFP regulations from UEFA, it is highly unlikely that any club will be interested in paying this amount of money for one player. Manager Luis Enrique said ahead of the match with Sevilla that he has not spoken with Messi.

“When I’ve listened to Messi he says he is happy at Barça, I don’t want to talk about speculation, I know that he is very happy here, he’s very proud to defend the Barça and shirt that’s the only thing I care about. I didn’t speak with Leo about his statement, I don’t talk with my players about what they say, I didn’t speak with him about it.For me there’s no Leo Messi case, the fans will congratulate the team as they have done during the season,” said Enrique.