Authors Posts by Francesca Ceciarini

Francesca Ceciarini


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Diego Costa starts the year giving an outspoken interview to Chelsea official website.

The Spanish striker reflects on Antonio Conte‘s fantastic impact at the Blues:

“The manager has come, he’s applied his ideas, and things are going well,” the Brazilian born forward reveals.

“The truth is the manager is good with the players, every time making more jokes with the players. That’s good for us, to have a manager who is not just a boss, but like a person we can talk with, someone whose support we can count on in difficult moments.

“He is calm with the players and you can see the people love him more all the time.”

Diego Costa admitted he was close to leave to return to Atletico Madrid:

“I was about to leave but not because of Chelsea, because here there’s a lot of love with the supporters so I’m very happy here, I’m very content.

“Here, the people love me a lot. There was one thing I wanted to change for family reasons but it wasn’t to be and I continue to be happy here. It was important too that the manager, from the very first minute, said he counted on me.

Costa continues speaking about his season:

“Things are coming out well for me this season, but it’s very important that the team has other players, like Michy Batshuayi, who can do well, and that the manager knows he has good players that can replace me.”

Costa also explains why the good atmosphere is fundamental:

“If you work hard and there’s not a good atmosphere, the work doesn’t mean a thing.

“You can run 20km, 80, 100, and if there’s no spirit between the players, the coaches, as colleagues, it won’t come out as well. Work goes well if you give your best with the guy beside you.

“The team is very good, when we win the atmosphere is like this, but it’s important that during the week we train seriously, so we approach games like this.

“It’s important to keep winning games.

Speaking about the upcoming derby with Spurs, he said:

“Both teams want to win. It’s a London derby so the match is played a bit stronger, but there’s no problem with it. We go there looking to do the best we can.”


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Diego Costa was very close to Atletico Madrid return last summer, the Spanish striker himself admitted it in a recent interview when asked about this matter:

“Could I have gone in the summer? Yes, yes. I was about to leave,” the striker said. 

“I was about to but, well, I’m happy here as well and that’s that. 

“Did I want to go? Yes, yes. I had the possibility to go to Atletico, because of a few things, the family, the life I have there but not because of Chelsea, because, here, there’s a lot of love with the supporters, with the people, so I’m here very happy, I’m very content.” 

Now, also Colchoneros manager Diego Simeone reveals the Chelsea striker was close to go back to Vicente Calderón and he has not lost hope about the deal:

“You never know if situations might change. 

“It is impossible to think about it, because it did not happen,” he concluded speaking about the failed attempt to bring back Costa to Atletico.

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Here is another extract of Antonio Conte‘s post match interview to BBC Sport:

“Now, it’s important to celebrate the arrival of the new year, then to think of the next game,” the Chelsea manager said after the 4-2 win against Stoke City on New Year’s Eve.

“Numbers are not important if you do not win the title. Now, they are fantastic and we are proud, but we must concentrate on the second part of the season.”

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PSV Eindhoven confirmed the return of Marco van Ginkel on loan from Chelsea.

This is the official statement the Dutch club just posted on their website:

Marco van Ginkel will spend the remainder of the 2016/17 campaign on loan from Chelsea with Eredivisie champions PSV. The midfielder will sign his contract on 2 January before joining Phillip Cocu’s squad for training.

Fully fit 
After a successful first loan spell in Eindhoven, PSV were hopeful of bringing the player back on another loan deal, but Van Ginkel revealed a persistent knee injury had dashed his hopes of returning to PSV. He remained at Chelsea to correct the problem with his knee that he had been nursing for several months. Meanwhile he has had some matches with Chelsea’s U23 side under his belt. “I am happy to have taken this road”, said Van Ginkel. “I needed rest and physiotherapy but I feel I am ready now to play football at the highest level again and I am grateful for PSV to have offered me this opportunity. I had a really good time in Eindhoven last season and winning the Dutch championship was amazing. I am fully fit again and hope to have more of the same in 2017.”

Adds experience to the squad
PSV’s director of football Marcel Brands thinks that Marco van Ginkel is a player who adds a wealth of experience to the squad. “We kept in touch with him the past few months because we looked for January reinforcements. We are happy Marco has returned to the Philips Stadion and are delighted to have bolstered the squad with his signing.”

Strong character
PSV head Phillip Cocu is also satisfied with the return of Marco van Ginkel and hailed his strong character. “He is a truly great box-to-box midfielder with stamina, tactical astuteness and defensive as well as attacking diligence. Moreover he is a clinical finisher. He showed his skills last season. I like his style of playing and I am happy he is back.” Last season, Van Ginkel scored eight goals in 13 league appearances as PSV won the Dutch title for a 23rd time.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke to Sky Sports after Stoke City clash’s final whistle, a game that his guys won 4-2, keeping to lead the Premier League table, now with 49 points.

“I have to congratulate with my players,  to win 13 games in a row in the Premier League is extremely difficult and we could see it today: Stoke City played very well, they were really organised and aggressive, they crated us problems.

“I am happy because my players showed they could adapt to any situation, they work very hard and during the training sessions and also the matches they show me a lot of commitment and will to fight and win, so I am really happy for them.”


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Gary Cahill is back to his top form this year © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea current pitch captain Gary Cahill, that today scored also the goal that gave the Blues the 1-0, spoke after the 4-2’s win over Stoke City on New Year’s Eve:

“We had to dig deep and work hard at times. We were disappointed over their first goal, I thought it was offside.

“Nevertheless, we showed good character. We never felt like we were beaten, but it was a tough game, as we expected.

“We have to keep grounded and focused on what we are doing. This was difficult.

“We have a feeling at the minute that we don’t think we will get beaten, but that is because we’re working hard.”


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Chelsea obtain the 13th win in a row since the beginning of October and now are leaders with 49 points.

Liverpool, who are second with 40, will play Manchester City – third – in half an hour at Anfield.

The goals were scored by Cahill, Willian ( brace) and Diego Costa, with Stoke City trying to challenge Chelsea until the 3-2, scored by Willian just two minutes after Peter Crouch’s equaliser.

The other Potters’ goal was scored by Martins Indi in the beginning of the second half.

Full Match Report Coming Soon

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Cahill Post-Match Interview: 2-goals for Willian

CAHILL the Chelsea captain says “we have this feeling at the moment where feel like we’re not gonna get beat”. CAHILL added that it’s because the Chelsea team is keeping focused and working hard. The Chelsea Captain said that no game is easy in the Premier League and the game today was difficult but the Blues have shown character on more than one occasion. When asked about defensive displays after conceding two goals, he responded by saying “No” and No again that matches “do not always run smoothly”.

By: Samuel Georgewill


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1-0 Chelsea at halftime

At 33minutes in the first-half of today’s game against Stoke, the fourth goal for the central defender this season.
GARY CAHILL has scored. So it’s 1-0 CHELSEA at the end of the first half.

Gary Cahill scores 33rd minute power-header to give Chelsea the lead in the first half with no attempts on target yet by Stoke City.

By: Samuel Georgewill














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Football Focus stat: one goal conceded by Chelsea in 12-game run

In twelve consecutive Premier League wins so far, CHELSEA has only conceded once says the BBC Football Focus pundit John Motson on today’s final programme of the year.  MOTSON asked his fellow pundits in the studio the question: “Chelsea have conceded just once in their 12-game winning run but to whom?” To the astonishment of the Football Focus pundit team with Presenter Dan Walker, the answer eventually was sifted out before the end of the programme.

It was revealed that CHELSEA this season has been on a 12-game consecutive winning streak with just the one goal scored against them by Tottenham.  There was another occasion when one goal was actually conceded or rather scored against CHELSEA. This was in-fact an own goal. Therefore, going into the New Year’s Eve last game for this year, CHELSEA will be confident in knowing they can possibly keep yet another clean sheet.

Today’s game against Stoke City sees CHELSEA playing at home captained by GARY CAHILL who scored that own goal that has created stats that pundits like John Motson have brought into focus. No team have scored against CHELSEA this season with a headed goal and DAVID LUIS in defence alongside the Chelsea captain and CESAR AZPILICUETA have to stay firm in their 3-man defensive back line.

With NGOLO KANTE and DIEGO COSTA both back from suspension, it could be another winning streak continuation for the Blues and with another possible clean sheet. Manager ANTONIO CONTE has been very consistent with the use of his strong and high flying midfield players and wing-backs that have made sure the defence is both on the back as well as front-foot pressing for goals. This includes CESC FABREGAS, VICTOR MOSES and WILLIAN plus the CHELSEA goal-striking attacking-midfielder EDEN HAZARD.

At 33minutes in the first-half of today’s game against Stoke, would you believe it?
GARY CAHILL has scored. So it’s 1-0 CHELSEA right now and CAHILL has scored in the right goal.

By: Samuel Georgewill



























































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