Ross Barkley is pretty sure that Maurizio Sarri will be able to make a difference at Stamford Bridge, but he has urged all the Blue faithful to be patient with him and let him take his own time to get the team into shape and impart his though process on the players.
It’s been only about 20 days or so that Sarri has taken up the manager’s role at Chelsea and it’s fair to say that it’s not been an easy beginning for the Italian. Continue reading
Chelsea’s move for Alex Sandro has stalled due to the heavy asking price by Juventus. Coach Antonio Conte is very much sold on the idea of having Sandro so the Serie A champs want big money for him. The Italian side told Chelsea an inflated asking price when they enquired about their player, with the hope that the Blues would make them a good offer. However, Conte and his team are quiet.
Chelsea are still in four competitions: the Champions League, where they would have to battle high flying Barcelona in the Round of 16; the Premier League, where they are looking for a top four finish preferably behind Manchester City; the EFL or Carabao Cup, where they play Arsenal over two legs in the semi-finals; and the FA Cup, where their second string side would have to see of Norwich in the replay. Continue reading
Twenty year old Bundesliga star Leon Bailey says he dreams of playing in the Premier League as interests in him become obvious. Chelsea and Arsenal are gunning for his signature this window after an impressive showing in the German Bundesliga.
The Bayern Leverkusen man has netted eight times in 26 matches since joining a year ago. His performances have earned the attention of top English sides who want to lure him from Leverkusen after only a year.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that it is easier to retain a league title in Italy than in the Premier League. He said that the Serie A teams will not want to challenge his team for the title and will all sell their best players making it easier for him.
However, this is the case in the Premier League. He said that all the other teams have strengthened massively during the transfer window and are now serious threat to Chelsea’s title. Indeed both Manchester clubs have invested in new players and are currently top of the Premier League with the exact number of points.
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
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
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.
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