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
Guus Hiddink hints that he would be ruthless during his tenure at Chelsea and would not show any reluctance in making tough decision if the need arises.
Hiddink has been given the charge of the Blues for the remaining of the season.
It’s Pep Guardiola whom Chelsea is believed to be planning to rope in next summer.
But, according to Hiddink, the fact that he is there only on a temporary basis is not going to affect his working style.
In the words of the Dutchman, “It doesn’t matter whether the manager is appointed only temporarily; he is the man in charge and can easily give you an earful if you are not up for the job.”
“When you are playing for one of the best clubs in the world and are getting a lot of money for your services, it’s your duty to be consistent with your performances.”
“For me, what’s most important in the players is the hunger. If the hunger is missing, I would not want them in the squad.” Continue reading
Cesc Fabregas says that Chelsea can think about retaining the title only if they make a fast start to the season like they did last time around. The blues were quick off the mark last campaign and it proved to be the difference in the end. However, they started the season poorly after a 2-2 draw with Swansea at home on the opening day. Fabregas played in that game and he was less influential than in the 3-1 win against Burnley on the opening day of last season. The form of the Spaniard will be a little worrying for Chelsea, as he has been on the downhill for the last eight months.
The team will have to recover quickly because they travel to the Etihad stadium in order to play against Manchester City, who have begun the season in the best possible manner after a 3-0 victory over West Brom. Even though new signing Raheem Sterling has not yet been on the scoresheet, there is a lot of promise from the existing stars like David Silva, Yaya Touré, and Sergio Aguero. They are expected to be the dominant force when Chelsea are the visitors next week. Fabregas will have to come in with a big performance if the blues are to get the first win of the season. Continue reading
Chelsea striker Diego Costa says that his teammates are going to remain calm in the Premier League title race according to the instructions from manager Jose Mourinho. After having won league titles in four different European leagues, Mourinho is considered as one of the masters for winning league titles. His Chelsea team currently have a six-point advantage over Manchester City in the second spot along with a game in hand. This could potentially see them almost 10 points over the nearest competitor with just two months of legal action left.
At the start of the season, Chelsea captain John Terry revealed that the club had made it a priority to win the league title after having not won it since 2009-10. The early Champions League exit at the hands of Paris St Germain appears to have helped the club in this regard, while winning the Capital One Cup by beating Tottenham has also helped them take the pressure. For Manchester City and the chasing pack, the league title remains the only chance of glory this season. After struggling for form in the months of February, Costa is once again back scoring. He has found the back of the net in the last two league matches. Continue reading