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
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.
The current European champions Chelsea will be facing the likes of Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus and the newcomers Nordsjaelland in the group stages of the Champions League this season. The draw for the group stages was recently conducted in Monaco and Chelsea have not been handed the best of groups this time around. Due to the fact that they will be facing the likes of the Italian champions and the Ukrainian team Shakhtar Donetsk, the Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo has said that it certainly not going to be easy way into the last 16 of the Champions League.
The Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo managed to get the team to the final of the competition last season, while also Chelsea became the surprise winners following the 4-3 penalties victory over Bayern Munich. In doing so, Roberto di Matteo brought the only trophy that has been missing from the trophy cabinet. The manager has said that it is going to be extremely difficult to win the Champions League for the second consecutive season because no team has managed, but they will try nonetheless. He has said that matches against Juventus and Shakhtar Donetsk will be the ones to watch in this group stage.
“It’s not an easy group, it’s going to be tough. Juventus I know very well, champions of Italy. They play some high tempo football, some good football, and have some good players. Shakhtar because of the connection with our club doctor Paco Biosca, who spent seven years there, we know a lot as well. Nordsjaelland are probably the weakest team in the group, but I think we will have to be at our best from the first game with juventus at home,” said the Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo, who is preparing for the UEFA Super cup match against Athletico Madrid.