Authors Posts by Francesca Ceciarini

Francesca Ceciarini


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Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker was one of the protagonist of England U21‘s win in a friendly game against Italy last night in Southampton.

The striker, playing on loan to Vitesse Arnhem this season, scored the 2-2 equaliser at 60′ with a great shot, while Stephens scored the winner at 93′.

Another Chelsea youngster, Nathaniel Chalobah, was also a starter in the game.

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According to rumours coming from France Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants to bring PSG star Marco Verratti to Stamford Bridge.

The Italian international doesn’t get along really well with new Paris Saint Germain coach Unai Emery and already expressed his desire to leave the French side.

Anyway, Chelsea wouldn’t be the only team interested in Verratti, as the Italian midfielder is followed also by Juventus, Inter and Bayern Munich.

Ex Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti, anyway, dismissed the rumours about an immediate deal:

“Juve or Bayern for Verratti? I wouldn’t know. Agents are always playing little games to raise the prices,” the Italian coach said to ESPN.

“We are not planning the future yet, there will be time for that. Getting players from a top club like PSG is hard, as you saw with how it went with [Blaise] Matuidi. Juventus have [Miralem] Pjanic anyway so I don’t think they need Verratti. They are different, but I think they can fill the same roles.”

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has missed Spain’s two opening training sessions in Madrid with muscle fatigue and a left groin bruise but Spanish coach Julian Lopetegui reassures about his fitness, saying his issues are not so serious:

“We haven’t discarded Diego for Saturday’s game,” Lopetegui said to Radio Onda Cero.

“We will see how he progresses. It’s true that his recovery has not been as positive as we had expected.

“But we are hopeful that he will feel better tomorrow and we can take a small step forward thinking ahead of Saturday’s game. We have to wait.”


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Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham admitted that he would be ready to join any Premier League club to boost his career:

“In three years I want to be playing at the top level, at whichever team I’m at. I just want to be one of the best in the Premier League, scoring goals,” said the youngster that this season is playing on loan to Bristol City.

“I’m not too surprised with how it’s gone this season because I know my ability and I’m confident in what I can do.

“Scoring goals is what I love and it gives me that confidence every time I hit the net.”

Abraham already scored 12 goals in 20 appearances and analysed his moment:

“I knew what I was going out on loan for when the deal was agreed with Bristol City and I had to get into the right mentality.

“I’m playing men’s football now and just needed to adapt to the situation. Luckily I’ve been doing that. I’ve been performing on the pitch, and giving my all.”

“Whenever I’m out there on the pitch I’ve just got to try my best and give my all – you can’t really ask for more than that. I love scoring goals, so if scoring goals is the way that I break through then I will keep doing that and keep trying hard.”

“My height does give me an advantage, but I’m not really an ‘air-ball player’. I’d say I’m better with my feet, which is probably surprising, but I’ve got good feet and that’s something I like to explore against defenders.”

Abraham says he can see some resamblance in his playing style with the one of Chelsea legend Didier Drogba:

“Yeah, I’m more of an in-the-box striker than outside. Every time the ball comes into the box that’s where I try to be – in the right positions, at the right time. Luckily I’ve been getting my finishes in, and you can’t ask much more from a striker.”

Then he spoke about his physical characteriscts:

“The last time I measured myself, which was a while ago, I was 6ft 4ins-and-a-bit, so I’m nearer 6ft 5ins right now. Yeah, I’m quite tall, but I like the way I’m built. It suits my style of play, so I wouldn’t really change anything. In fact, I hope I’ll stop growing soon!

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Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah was selected for England U21 upcoming fixtures but this morning got a surprise call: his ex coach, Gareth Southgate – now England interim manager- asked him and Southampton’s Nathan Redmond and James Warde-Prowse to join the senior team training session.

Here is a photo of him with Blues team-mate Gary Cahill:

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Eden Hazard against Everton last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Blues legend Pat Nevin analyses Chelsea fantastic moment and he’s full of praise for Belgian star Eden Hazard, as well as his attack partner Diego Costa and defender David Luiz:

“There were stunning performances throughout, with Eden Hazard showing precisely why it is not silly to ask whether he is capable of consideration alongside the likes of Gareth Bale and Ronaldo, Nevin said.

“Diego Costa was colossal and David Luiz bestrode the match like a world-class footballer playing against an under-11 side.”

The former striker, anyway, claims feet must remain on the ground:

“This isn’t to say Chelsea are going to walk away with the league title but at the very least it suggests this is a team that will be in the shake-up come May.”

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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil revealed he apologised to Chelsea star after inflicting him a huge humilation with a 7-1 defeat.

The Germand midfielder claimed he felt sorry for Blues defender David Luiz and the other Brazilian players:

“All the players, me as well, were a little bit surprised.

“After 20 mins it’s 4-0 and you’re like ‘What’s happened here?’.

“If you lose a big game and you see all the fans outside crying and the players crying, you feel with them.

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Antonio Conte is not fully satisfied yet: the Italian manager is aware that Chelsea have not achieved anything at the moment, despite being in a fantastic moment of form.

The former Juventus and Italy coach knows the way to reach triumphs, and for a perfectionist like him, can be only hard work:

“I think you can always improve.

“I know we played a fantastic game and I’m pleased for my players. When you have this type of game you can continue to work very hard and show what we work on in the training session.”

“It’s important to continue to wor: for us, it was very important to win and win in this way, playing very well.

‘Now it is important to look at ourselves, not at the others and think we can do this or this. It’s important to improve and to work together. Then we can see in the future what happens.”

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Eden Hazard analysed this fantastic moment both for him and the team: the Belgian is back to his top level, shining again on the pitch, where he’s been fundamental for the team last successes:

“We are in good form and we want to stay like this: we are near the top of the league, a good place, where Chelsea has to be.

“We are enjoying our football and playing very well. We are creating a lot of chances and we haven’t conceded any goals for a few games now.”

Hazard also spoke about the change of playing style with this new tactical system:

“It hasn’t changed a lot, I just have a little bit more freedom with and without the ball.

“I don’t have to defend on the right-back because Alonso is there, I just have to stay in my position. When I get the ball I have more freedom and I can go where I want to go.

“People tell me I don’t shoot enough so now I try to do it more because if you don’t shoot you don’t score. I don’t know if the ball will go in but I have more chance if I shoot.”


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