Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has posted on his official Facebook page a photo from his recovery from knee surgery.
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul hopes that Saturday’s clash against Chelsea at St James’ Park might be an opportunity to break the losing streak of the team.
The Magpies poor form started in the latter part of last season as from that time, they have only won one out of their last 17 league clashes. However, their goalkeeper strongly believes, that they may be able to turn things around on Saturday against Chelsea.
Krul told Newcastle’s official website:
“We need to be better than that, as a team and individually,”
”Everybody has to look at themselves in the mirror and ask if they gave everything. If not, they have to start straight away, because what we are doing at the moment is really not good enough.”
“A couple of players put in good performances but there were also some really bad ones.”
“The team we put out was more than good enough to win this game, and they didn’t really trouble us. But if you don’t score, you give them hope. That’s what we did and they took advantage.”
“The goal was just a long ball which dropped down and the shot got a deflection to take it in. That’s their game – the Championship long ball – but we knew that and should have dealt with it so much better.”
Asked about Newcastle’s disastrous start to the Premier League campaign he said:
“We are doing alright in some areas but the end product just isn’t there.”
“You have to be honest enough to say that we are getting up there and playing some good stuff to get there, but it’s all about the final quality in the final third, which just isn’t happening.”
“I’m not just blaming the forward though because we need to look at the whole team. Defensively we haven’t been on top form yet – nobody has been.”
“Everybody needs to grow now. We need to come out and show we are real men.”
“Chelsea and Manchester City are two massive games and we have to show that we’ve got the fight for it.”
In a few words also describe their expectations for Saturday’s match:
“We have to try and turn it around on Saturday against Chelsea, with 50,000 Geordies being that extra man that we really need right now. Hopefully they will give us the confidence and lift we need.
“We need them behind us but we need to show them something, too, and give them something to shout about. It’s a two-way street.
“Saturday is a new game and we have to show the fans fight and passion, and everybody needs to put in a proper performance.”
According to the reports, Chelsea are keen on signing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi as a replacement for John Obi Mikel.
Tuttomercatoweb claims, that Jose Mourinho wants to axe the Nigeria international and replace him with the French player.
However, the 28-year-old is currently contracted to PSG until 2018 but according to the French reports, Les Parisiens may let him go if they will receive at least £30 million for their midfielder.
Obi Mikel has been heavily linked with a move to Besiktas during the summer transfer window but at the last moment the transfer was canceled.
Matuidi joined PSG in 2011 from St-Etienne as a replacement for the departed Claude Makélélé. In 2013 he was one of five PSG players named in the Ligue 1 team of the year. From when he joined PSG scored 17 goals in 142 matches.
According to the latest information, Premier League Doctors’ Group will demand safeguards for the medical staff and clarification of their role in each club. The situation is the result of Eva Carneiro’s unexpected decision to leave Chelsea Football Club.
Dr Eva Carneiro and physiotherapist Jon Fearn were axed from Chelsea bench after a quarrel with Jose Mourinho on August 8.
Sky Sport claims, that dr Carneiro not be returning to work at Stamford Bridge. Therefore,Dr Mark Gillett, chair of the Premier League Doctors’ Group has took voice in the case. In his opinion, medical staff should receive a special safeguards in order to avoid similar situations as the one that happened at Chelsea.
“The news that Dr Eva Carneiro has left her position as first team doctor at Chelsea FC has been received by her colleagues in the Premier League Doctors’ Group with great sadness and considerable regret.”
“She has continued to display the highest standards of professional conduct and personal integrity throughout an extremely challenging period for herself.”
“This incident and the media attention given to it highlights the need to clarify and safeguard the doctor-patient relationship that exists between Premier League doctors and players.”
“The Premier League Doctors’ Group will continue to impress these issues to all stakeholders in Premier League football and seek to ensure that the highest standards of assessment and treatment are applied irrespective of any match situation.”
Loic Remy is convinced, that whoever starts up front at Newcastle on Saturday as Costa’s replacement will try to do his best for the team.
Due to the fact, that Diego Costa will face three-match ban, Jose Mourinho is likely to replace the Spaniard with Loic Remy or Falcao. The Frenchman made a great performance during Wednesday’s game against Walsall and it is very likely that he will play in the starting lineup on Saturday.
Remy told Chelsea’s official website:
”I think we will miss Diego because we know how important he is to the team, but we are focused on winning games and whoever is on the pitch will just try to do the best we can”
”Of course it’s a shame for us to lose him for three games”
”When you come in you try to do your best but when you’re not playing much it’s more difficult”
Remy scored some vital goals for Chelsea last season, and as he admits, it has helped him to increase his confidence :
”I can’t complain, I want to play and when the manager wants me to come in I try to score goals and give assists”
”I just try to play the way I play. I don’t want to put pressure on myself, I know my qualities and the manager knows he can use me as a striker or out on the side. With the games we have coming, maybe I will have an opportunity to play more, we will see”
Chelsea will face Newcastle on Saturday, where Remy spent the 2013/14 season on loan. The French player has admitted, that he is quite surprised that his former club are still without a win in the Premier League :
”It’s my old club so it’s always a pleasure to play against them, but the manager will decide the best team and pick 11 players, so we’ll see on Saturday”
”Yes, I’m surprised because they’re a big team, a strong team, but I’m sure they will get better soon”
Super agent Jorge Mendes has been named as the world’s most powerful football agent by Forbes. Among his clients are Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa.
Forbes has revealed, that the Portuguese football agent had negotiated contracts for his clients worth £627.88million what makes him second-most powerful agent in world sport and world’s most powerful football agent.
Among Mendes clients are Jose Mourinho, Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao but also Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Angel di Maria and Eliaquim Mangala.
This is an another award for the super agent as he was named FIFA’s Agent of the Year three times in the past.
Chelsea striker Loic Remy has promised, that even if he is aware of the fact, that replacing Diego Costa is a difficult task he will do his best to fill the void left by the Spanish striker.
Chelsea ace was given a three-game ban after being found guilty of violent conduct by the FA during last Saturday clash against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. One of the players who can replace the Spaniard is Loic Remy. The Frenchmen does not conceal that he would be happy to lead the line against Newcastle on Saturday.
Remy told ESPN:
“When we play for Chelsea it’s a question of giving the best – 100% – so of course I will do the best I can,”
“I think we will miss him [Costa] because we know how important he is for the team, but we are all focused on winning games. Whoever is on the pitch we will try to do the best we can. Of course it’s a shame for us to lose him.”
“Whoever is on the pitch will give their best. It’s my old club so it’s always a pleasure to play against them. The manager will decide and pick 11 players, we’ll see on Saturday.”
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed, that he is deeply hurt with the FA’s decision to ban Diego Costa for three matches after the Spaniard has been found guilty of violent conduct. The Special One has admitted also , that the Blues might not be able to cope with the loss.
The Portuguese manager does not hide that he is very disappointed with the FA’s decision regarding his striker. Especially after finding out that the FA rescinded Gabriel’s red card. What is more,the Special One has said, that in his opinion the club might not be able to cope with the loss of Costa.
“Every time you lose a player it’s not good for the team and easier to accept an injury. An injury is part of the game and we have to be mentally ready,”
“The team has lost an important player for three matches and don’t need to lose their manager. So I prefer to keep calm and quiet.”
“If I bring examples and go deep and bring feelings into the discussion a big suspension will be waiting and I don’t want that. The team doesn’t need that.”
The Spaniard will miss Premier League clashes against Newcastle and Southampton.
Walsall manager has said, that even if the Saddlers lost 4-1 to Chelsea in the third round of the Capital One Cup, he is proud of his team’s performance. Dean Smith has thanked Jose Mourinho for showing respect to his team.
Smith told Walsall’s official website:
“But the way we played, and the way we stuck to our philosophy, was a credit to the players.”
“It’s one of those few occasions where we got beat because they’ve got better players.”
“Their success criteria is totally difficult to ours and is to win competitions – the League Cup, FA Cup, Champions League and Premier League. ”
“So they had to come here and get the win, which they did. ”
“But I’d like to think we tested them and gave them a game.”
“The way he handled the ball and used his body against world class players was excellent. His distribution was very good.”
Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has praised the Blues for their impressive performance during yesterday’s match against Walsall in the third round of the Capital One Cup.
Begovic told the Chelsea official website:
‘‘Walsall had looked forward to the occasion, they were going to be up for it and they’re a decent side, so we had to do a professional job, take our chances and take control of the game,”
‘‘I think overall we did okay and got the job done, but it was never going to be easy and credit to Walsall because they made it difficult at times. We scored at the right times, that helped a lot and saw us through.’’
Goalkeeper commented also on the fact of failing to keep a clean sheet:
‘‘You don’t like to concede,”
‘‘It would have been nice to have kept a clean sheet but it was all about getting into the next round and keeping the trophy defence going.”
‘’From our point of view it’s something we’ll look at; it was a tough goal to concede just before half-time but we scored pretty soon in the second half and that settled everything down again.’’
Speaking about Courtois long-term absence, the Bosnian goalkeeper said:
‘‘It’s really unfortunate for Thibaut and I wish him a speedy recovery but I’m enjoying the games, enjoying playing, and the main thing is I’m contributing to the team,’’
‘’I see every game as an opportunity. I’ll play when the manager decides to play me and it’s just nice to be part of so many games in each competition and obviously the further we go the more games we’ll have and the players are going to be happy.”
‘‘I came here to help the team compete for trophies, so this was a good step forward, we’re in the next round and obviously still in contention for the trophy.’’
Begovic spoke also about last weekend’s win over Arsene Wenger team:
‘‘Overall we’re not happy with the start, it’s not the standard we normally set so we’ve looked to turn it around,’’
‘The last week has been really good for us with three wins in a row and we need to keep it going. We’ll just take it one game at a time, try to claw those points back and look forward to the rest of the season.
‘’The Premier League is very unpredictable and a lot of things can happen, we’ll just have to take care of our job and hopefully the rest will take care of itself.”
‘‘It’s a big game so we obviously have to recover quickly, get over this one and prepare for Saturday. It’s never easy going to Newcastle so we’re well up for the game.’’