Authors Posts by Francesca Ceciarini

Francesca Ceciarini


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He never impressed at Chelsea, but he knows how to make an impact at the Italian sides.

Along with veteran goalkeeper Gigi Buffon, that was the man of the match, Blues loanee Juan Cuadrado was the Juventus hero last night in Lyon, scoring the winner with a stunning shot with fifteen minutes to go.

The Bianconeri now lead their Champions League group with seven point along with Sevilla and the Colombian winger is set to stay there on loan for the next three seasons.

Watch his goal here:

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Yesterday their injury extent was still unknown and it was rumoured they would have missed next weekend top clash against Chelsea, but now it’s official that Manchester United stars Anthony Martial and Morgan Schneiderlin have recovered for the Stamford Bridge game.

The pair was left out of the squad by José Mourinho for last Monday night game at Anfield, but this morning they normally trained with the rest of the group ahead of the Europa League game against Fenerbahce, scheduled at Old Trafford for tomorrow night.

A good news for the Red Devils, that now can count on two more important men to face Antonio Conte’s side next weekend.

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Former English midfielder Jermaine Jenas has fallen in love with new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.

The ex Spurs and Newcastle player reckons the Conte is the right man to bring the Blues up where they belong again and praised the Italian coach in a long article wrote for Yahoo Sports:

“In Conte, he has appointed someone equally strong-minded, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the pair did clash. Conte is anything but a yes man, but right now he is exactly what the Blues need,” Jenas started.

“I’ve been very impressed by the Italian since he arrived in west London after Euro 2016. It always takes a bit of time for a manager to stamp their authority on a club – and patience in invariably required – but the signs are increasing that Conte is the right man for the job.

“For one, he’s very quickly managed to get the best out of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. When these two key men were struggling last season, you knew they hadn’t just become bad players overnight. But even Guus Hiddink, who is an excellent man manager, was unable to get them back to where they were the season before. Conte did it almost instantly.

“Meanwhile, he’s had a good look at the rest of Chelsea’s squad and decided what he wants and needs. Victor Moses, for example, has played for everyone except Chelsea over the past few seasons, but Conte is using him as a wing-back with impressive results.

“It shows he is a manager who is prepared to give everyone a chance – he doesn’t go by reputation. Doing that at a club like Chelsea can be tough, but it tells the players they are dealing with a strong character who believes in what he sees on the training pitch. For a player like Moses, that’s a blessing.

“I don’t think Chelsea will challenge for the title. The reality is that they face a battle just to finish in the top four. Right now Arsenal, along with Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool, all seem to have the edge on them.

“But that’s not Conte’s fault. The Blues are, essentially, in the same kind of transition period that Manchester United faced when Alex Ferguson left Old Trafford, with a lot of older players at the club.

“Performances and results in this phase are bound to be irregular, and that’s exactly what’s been happening to the Blues already this season.”

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PSG star Thiago Silva was heavily linked to Chelsea in the past months, also thanks to his agent’s words that put fuel on the speculations.

Paulo Tonietto has spoke again, putting his player further from the French side and probably closer to Chelsea, that could be a well-accepted destination for the ex Milan centre-back, as CN24 already reported

“We’re not negotiating a new contract, let’s see what happens before December. Thiago’s deal ends on June 30th 2017 if PSG don’t qualify for the Champions League. Everything is possible in football,” he was quoted by Le Parisien today.

Chelsea need to revamp their defense in order to get more stability in their back and the Brazilian centre-back would be the perfect match for the Blues.

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Brazilian star and Blues fans hero David Luiz revealed why he joined Chelsea back in a long interview to the club official website:

I missed Chelsea a lot. I was very happy here before,” he explained.

“I was also very happy in Paris. I was winning trophies, I was having a great life there, but I know me and I like to have new challenges in my life, to have ambition.

“One of the reasons I decided to come back here is because I know the Premier League well, but I never had the opportunity to win it, so it is still one of my goals in my career.”

The former PSG defender also spent very nice words for his team-mate Diego Costa:

“I like Diego because he never forgets where he came from. That’s why he fights until the end for his team. He never gives up.

“Diego now plays for one of the best clubs in the world, Diego now plays in some of the best stadiums in the world, Diego is now one of the best strikers in the world.

“But he never forgets when he was playing in the second and third division, with small teams in difficult leagues and difficult stadiums, suffering many injuries and fighting for his career. He never forgets where he came from in Brazil. I like these kinds of people, because they really want to give everything.

“I love the way he plays, and I am happy now because he plays in my team and it’s difficult to play against him. It’s better to have him on my side. He never makes life easy for the defenders.”

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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Morgan Schneiderlin and Anthony Martial were both missing from Manchester United’s squad last night through injury.

The pair suffered physical issues over the past weekend and the extent of their injuries is still unknown.

Red Devils boss José Mourinho could be forced to drop them also for the clash against Fenerbahce in Europa League this Thursday and it’s uncertain if they can recover for the big match against Chelsea next weekend: it would be an important drop for ex Blues boss, since the two players could be key players for the game against his ex team.

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Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas was often linked to AC Milan in the past months and latest speculations stated the Spanish midfielder was ready for a move to the Italian side, even he was house-hunting in the Lake of Como area, a beautiful place close to Milan and Switzerland where many VIPS and footballers got their mansions ( also José Mourinho was living there while managing Inter).

Fabregas’ wife Daniella Semaan -expecting her fifth child, the third one with Cesc, like he revealed a couple of days ago- took Twitter to dismiss these rumours with two significant posts:



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According to the Daily Mail and other English press sources Chelsea are keen to keep current sport director Michael Emenalo despite Antonio Conte‘s desire to bring an Italian transfer market guru: ex Roma sport director Walter Sabatini.

Sabatini and the Italian club parted ways ten days ago, so now he is free on the market, over the years he made good deals for the Giallorossi: Erick Lamela was signed for £ 10m and sold for 25.5m to Spurs, Marquinhos was signed for £ 3.9m and sold for £30m to PSG, just to make a couple of examples, but he brought to Roma also champions like Nainggolan and Manolas, that are still part of the club.

Despite Conte’s respect for Sabatini, Chelsea have no intention for now to let him take Emenalo’s place, as Daily Mail website reports:

The former Notts County defender is highly rated by owner Roman Abramovich, who values his work and experience in heading up the club’s complex system of loans and recruitment across Europe.

 Conte, though, would like to find a way to work with Sabatini, credited with the emergence of Miralem Pjanic, Erik Lamela and Radja Nainggolan at Roma.

One option would be to change Emenalo’s role to make room for the Italian but no decision has been taken on such a switch-up.”

Sabatini was spotted at Stamford Bridge last spring: he denied any contact with Chelsea to get a job at Blues, anyway, claiming he travelled to London to discuss the final details for Salah definitive move to the Giallorossi.

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No one has the guarantee to be a regular starter at Chelsea, Antonio Conte made it really clear and assured that only the players who deserves will be ensured a place in the starting XI game by game:

“People who know me will know I don’t gift a place to anyone,” Conte said.

“Only those who deserve to play will play for me. It is important for Chalobah and Aina to understand this.

“When I have called Chalobah he has always answered me in a positive way. 

“If they are ready I will put them in.

“In the future they can play from the start. Age is not important. I made my first appearance in Serie A at only 16.”


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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante claimed he feels better at playing in Antonio Conte‘s new tactical system.

The new system is working well,” Kante told Chelsea‘s official website.

“We have been better with and without the ball, and we have conceded fewer chances.

“Personally I like the system too. My job in a defensive central midfield position is to cut off attacks against us, but it has been a bit different in the past two games as I have been able to get forward a bit myself.”


Ahead of tomorrow's Premier League game between Chelsea and Liverpool many are focusing their attention on Salah who has already netted 14 goals this season and is also a former Blues...