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Tonight Under 21's are playing a home-game at Aldershot against Liverpool

solanke
solanke

Tonight the young Blues are facing the young Reds at Aldershot at 7.05 pm.

Last Monday Chelsea U21’s played against Fulham, securing a 3-1 win thanks to Dominic Solanke and Charly Musonda. The young Blues players are going into the game unbeaten in four and off the back of three consecutive victories.

The assistant coach Andy Myers is understandably pleased with the players, since they scored five goals without reply in the previous matches against Southampton and Everton.

“The boys are confident, it’s been good to keep a couple of clean sheets recently while at the same time playing well and getting results,” he tells the official Chelsea website.

“It’s important not to be overly confident but the boys are maturing and now they know what needs to be done.”

Andy Myers is confident Chelsea U21’s can maintain this recent form.

“We need to maintain the winning habit to keep the pressure on the teams above us,” says Myers.

“Tomorrow’s game is a really big one because Liverpool are in the same situation as ourselves, so it’s important for both sides. We want to put the pressure on so teams in front of us have to keep looking over their shoulders.”

Supporters are being encouraged to watch the game at Aldershot tonight as all proceeds raised will go to the Disaster and Emergency Committee (DEC) Nepal Appeal.

Myers really hopes they will raise a lot of money.

“It’s so important to raise money for the victims of the Nepal earthquake because obviously what happened was really shocking,” he adds.

“I think it will be a good game and the fact it’s for such a good cause makes it even more important to get a big crowd.”

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Champions-League

With the first legs of this season’s Champions League done and dusted, we summarise all the action as the two mouth-watering ties go to the second legs.

In last night’s game, Juventus will take a slender advantage to the Santiago Bernabeu as they beat Real Madrid 2-1 in Turin. The Serie A side are looking for their first success in the competition since 2003 and they have taken a huge step towards that goal. Juve, who recently clinched their fourth consecutive league title, have lost just once in 18 European matches at the Juventus Stadium. Former Madrid striker Alvaro Morata opened the scoring just before the half hour mark after Iker Casillas spilled a shot from Carlos Tevez. The build up to the opener involved 27 passes, the highest number in the Champions League this season. But, Colombian James Rodriguez ghosted free of Patrice Evra and lifted a precise cross onto the head of Cristiano Ronaldo just before half time to level the matters. Rodriguez then headed against the bar from close range when he should of scored, and Los Blancos were soon made to pay for it as Tevez was tripped in the box by Dani Carvajal, with the Argentinian striker dispatching the spotkick just before the hour mark. The home side could of doubled their advantage had Llorente not shown a cooler head, but Juve held on to secure a vital first leg win as they look to make it to the final.

In tonight’s semi-final game, Barcelona left it late to secure a 3-0 win over Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp. Having been foiled by the typically impressive Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal and a stubborn away defence,, Lionel Messi turned on the class, opening the scoring after 77 minutes. After Dani Alves picked out the Argentinian striker, he made no mistake as he fired a low shot into the net – his 76th goal in the competition. Messi then showed why he is one of the world’s best – scoring a sublime chipped goal with 10 minutes left after picking the ball up 30 yards from goal. Neymar then maybe flattered the home side, after coolly beating Neuer when through one-on-one when Barca attacked on the counter. It leaves former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola with plenty of work to do if he wants his side to be in the final in Berlin.

The second legs will be played on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th May, with the final being held in Berlin on Saturday 6th June

 

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DYBALA
DYBALA

Chelsea target Paulo Dybala’s future will be decided in the next two weeks.

The Argentinian talent is one of the new Serie A sensation, having netted 13 goals in this season with Palermo, and will be on the market next summer.

Chelsea are one of the club interested in him: the player expressed the desire to move to a top team to play Champions League, so the Blues will surely fit his interest, although speculations in Italy say he already reached an agreement with Juventus.

Anyway, Palermo chairman Maurizio Zamparini declared to Giornale di Sicilia that his future will be decided in the next two weeks:

At least three teams are really interested in him,. he apple is ripe and we are ready to pick it”

“I think in 10, or a maximum of 15 days we will know his future. We will meet with the player and his agent to complete the deal. Those who understand football realise his potential“.

 

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GUNDOGAN
Gundogan can leave Borussia Dortmund to play in Premier League

Wolfsburg sporting director, Klaus Allofs, declared to newspaper WAZ “Gundogan is not an option at Wolfsburg” so now Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea have been left to battle it out for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder.

Gundogan revealed last week that he would not be renewing his contract with Borussia, that will expire in one year, starting speculation he will be sold next summer so his club can recoup some money for him.

After missing almost all 2013/2014 season for a back injury, he’s now back to his best form but the announcement that Jurgen Klopp is set to leave the club at the end of the season is also thought to have affected Gundogan’s thinking with him believing this summer could be the right time to look for a new club.

He is valued at around £25m and has reportedly been tracked by Manchester United and Chelsea as well as Real Madrid.

 

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PETR CECH
Petr Cech will move to Arsenal this summer © Francesca Ceciarini

Ex Chelsea player and assistant manager Ray Wilkins claimed that a move to Arsenal for Petr Cech is almost impossible.

The current Jordan coach stated:

“If you look at Chelsea’s actions over the last few years, with the like of Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou, they were all sold outside the country so they couldn’t do any damage to the club in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho will do the same with Petr Cech”

Wilkins also said that PSG can be a possible destination for the Czech goolkeeper:

“I don’t know why Paris Saint-Germain have not tabled a bid already because Salvatore Sirigu, the Italian goalkeeper, isn’t good enough

Cech has still got one year of contract with Chelsea, but his relegation to “number 2” in favour of Thibaut Courtois put him in uncomfortable position, as Petr declared he would not cope with a similar situation for another year.

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WEMBLEY STADIUM

Chelsea will play Community Shield at Wembley on August 2, facing the winners of the FA Cup ( Arsenal or Aston  Villa, the final will be played on May 31).

The kick-off time has not be set yet and the game will be played just six days before the new Premier League season starts, on August 8.

The day before the Community Shield, Chelsea Ladies will play Wembley too, for the FA Women’s Cup final, against Notts County.

Chelsea keen on Pedro, Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane and Fabio Coentrao

PEDRO

 

Chelsea showed interest in Barcelona’s player Pedro since he has been available earlier this year.

Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann is still one Blues targets as well.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho took interest in Vicente Guaita, Getafe’s 28-year-old goalkeeper, as back-up to Thibaut Courtois.
However, an English goalkeeper would be more helpful according to the quota regulations.

Concerning defensive targets, Raphael Varane is still the top one, if he can be prised out of Real Madrid.
But The Special One may opt for another full back, since he knows that Branislav Ivanovic can operate in central defence.

Filipe Luis is set to leave Blues club and he’s likely to make his return to Atletico. Consequently, Real left back Fabio Coentrao is back on the radar.

Chelsea’s players will start preparations for their next home-game against Liverpool on Sunday.
Chelsea Boss Mourinho is giving them another four days off next week before they play at West Bromwich on Monday week.

The Brazilian midfielder Oscar will not play any part in the final three games because of a thigh muscle injury and will not take part in the Copa America in June.

Ramires is suffering from a kidney problem and he has not been selected by Brazil boss Dunga, while Luis and Willian are going to play in their national team.

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Bobby Tambling was presented with the three England caps he won during his carreer with the national team in the 1960s.

 

The legendary Blues striker Bobby Tambling made 370 appearances at Chelsea and scored 202 goals during his carreer at the club. After Frank Lampard, who surpassed him in 2013, Tambling was Blues all-time highest goalscorer.

Sunday’s game was the perfect day for Tambling to be presented with the caps, since he moved to Crystal Palace after leaving Chelsea club.

Gary Lineker, former England striker, made the presentation in the directors’ box prior to kick-off, with Tambling.

“It’s a very emotional day,” he told Chelsea TV. “We thought it would be because of what could happen today with Chelsea, but what I’m holding in my hands are the three England caps I won back in the early 1960s, which unfortunately were destroyed.

“Now they’re back in my hands again, I never thought I’d see them and I’m so proud to have them again.

“It was a complete surprise. I can’t believe it, I’m still in shock and shall treasure these now. I received a golden boot from the Chelsea Foundation last year and that was the best trophy I ever received.

“People ask if I won any England caps and I say I won three, then they look around the house and ask where they are. My youngest son took them and had an accident with them, but now I’ve got them back it’s a really happy day.”

Tambling made his first England appearance in 1962, in a 4-0 win against Wales in 1962. Then he played in further games against France, where he scored his one goal for the Three Lions, and Yugoslavia.

He was happy to see his former club secure the Barclays Premier League title on Sunday.

 

 

 

“They deserve it more than anybody else,” he said. “They’ve been so consistent and deserve to be where they are. It just shows you how marvellous the manager is, this is the second team he’s built and it’s in its early days.”

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Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas have made 65 league appearances at Chelsea so far this season.

Matic was named in the PFA Team of the Year and this shows his excellent season.

Surprisingly, Fabregas didn’t get the nomination, but no player in England has made as many assists as him.

The magic pair have written their place in Blues history.

“I’m very proud and very happy,” claimed Fabregas. “It’s a fantastic feeling to win the Premier League.

“It’s also a relief. I have been waiting for it for a long time. I have been in this league for many years now and to win this trophy means a lot.

“To do it at home is very important as well. I think we are all proud and we cannot wait for next season now.”

There are still three league games to play. Matic explained he and his teammates want to maintain these high standards.

“We will be prepared for those,” the Serbian said. “Of course we don’t have the pressure of needing to win the league anymore, we are first whatever, but we will play seriously and try to enjoy the games we have left.

“We have done a great job this season and we want to carry on like that until the end.”

In the last three matches Chelsea supporters sang a song starting in this way: Fabregas is magic…

“I first heard it at Leicester,” said Fabregas.

“It’s always nice to feel important to the fans and to experience these kinds of things is fantastic for me. It’s a great feeling.”

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Their carreers are different, but Terry and Courtois have both worked hard to secure the League title.

Almost 10 years ago John Terry captained the side to championship.

This time is his fourth.

After spending his time on loan in Spain, Thibaut Courtois made a great impact in Blues side, particularly in his first season.

“It is even more special when we do it in front of our own fans for sure,” Terry said.

“We managed to set it up with the win at Leicester and it was a tough game against Crystal Palace. They are a good side and they made it difficult, especially late on but we managed to get over the line and we are champions.

“We’ve worked so hard this year. The first time you win it is obviously very special but when you go four or five years without winning it and you’ve grafted all year and you get nothing for it, it really hurts – so we’re going to enjoy this.

“I’ve been a ball boy here, a mascot, I’ve painted the stadium and this is what I live for, to give the championship to the fans after five years.”

The Premier League title is not the first title Courtois got, since he won even in Belgium and Spain.

“I am very proud because I am 22 years old, nearly 23 and it is an amazing feeling to have already reached that in my career, because it was only a dream to win La Liga title and the Premier League title,” he said.

“Being champion at Atletico was something special because Barcelona and Real Madrid dominate so much and it is always hard for another team, but in England you have four or five contenders for the title and to win it four games before the end of the season is a great feeling.

“We knew it would be a hard game. Crystal Palace under Alan Pardew are playing well and we had a lot of opportunities but they always went outside the post.

“They had a good block and tried to counter attack with the fast players they had up front. Then they put on more strikers and put long balls in and it was hard, but we won it and we are very happy to do it in front of our fans.”

The Belgian goalkeeper talked about Terry and his fellow Petr Cech as well.

“Working together every day at a high level with the goalkeeping coach and the other goalkeepers, we push each other in the games to play better and to achieve better results. We have seen all season that if I had an injury or I didn’t play, Petr was fantastic. We worked very well together.

“It was not easy in the last weeks but the team handled the pressure well.

“The last four games I have played I kept clean sheets and the defence was very strong in the last part of the season.

“He [Terry] is a great leader and captain and he helped us through this season with his experience. He played a great season and he had some massive games including last weekend’s against Arsenal. He was important for us.”

The captain had words for his boss Jose Mourinho and his influence.

“He has been different class all year, he deserves a lot of respect,” he claimed.

“He is the best by a long, long way and we were the best side footballing-wise up to Christmas and then teams made it difficult, and he found a way to beat teams.”

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