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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrates his first goal with Chesea first team © Francesca Ceciarini

ASTON VILLA V CHELSEA 0-4 

 

PLAYER RATINGS

Starting XI 

COURTOIS 6.5 – Not a busy day, but decisive save in the first half from Gil, when Chelsea were just 1-0 up

AZPILICUETA 6.5- Very active in the attacking plays, not perfect in defense: Villa attacked mostly on his side

MIAZGA 7 – Impressive debut, he didn’t concede anything to his rivals. Very concentrated and keen to keep a clean sheet.

IVANOVIC 6.5- Acted like a real captain and leader, very focused

BABA 5.5- Not the best display, a mistake in clearing after Courtois’ save on Gil gave a great chance for Ayew to draw level in the first half

FABREGAS 7- He is back to last years level: unfortunately, too late

MIKEL 6.5 - Great first half, he showed a lot of confidence maybe a little tired in the second half

LOFTUS-CHEEK 7.5 – Man of the Match: super in the first half, he was everywhere. Really keen playmaker, he suffered a little fatigue towards the end of the game.

KENEDY 6.5 - He always played with the right attitude, great play for the first goal.

PEDRO 7.5 – The other Man of the Match with Loftus-Cheek: he was involved in every dangerous action, scored a brace, sealed the game…what more do you need?

REMY 6- He got injured and didn’t have many chances before. Twenty minutes of nothing

Subs

PATO 7- Good debut, he still misses some pace, but he was very confident on the penalty, and then played more fluently in the second half. Superb pass for Oscar in the build up for the third goal.

OSCAR 6.5 - He entered and immediately gave an assist, then the game was in control and didn’t have to work too much

CLARKE-SALTER 6 – He entered when the game was already over, but he looked confident and well-focused on his debut

Manager 

HIDDINK 6.5 - Not the toughest match to prepare for, but with these kind of sides the biggest mistake would have been to underestimate them: with his experience it was almost impossible to fail. The team was always in control of the game and remained focused when they were 4 goals up after just 60 minutes.

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was upset at UEFA officials last night after they showed at Spain training camp in Las Rozas, near Madrid, around 11.30 pm.

The men from the most important European football institution visited the current Champions of Europe to let them undergo some doping tests.

Fabregas was annoyed by the time of the visit and posted this sarcastic picture on his Snapchat profile:

fabregasuefa

 

Visiting the UEFA anti-doping page we can read:

The 2015/16 campaign will finish with UEFA EURO 2016 in France.

“UEFA has planned an extensive testing programme to ensure that the expanded tournament, with 24 teams, remains free of doping.

UEFA will start conducting tests on all the finalists from the beginning of January, with a combination of urine, whole blood and serum samples being collected in-and-out-of-competition.

“Tests will also be conducted at each of the 51 matches in France, involving at least two players from each team at every game.”

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West Ham lead twice at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, first through Manuel Lanzini and then via Andy Carroll. The Hammers though were reached by Cesc Fabregas, who scored the first equaliser with free-kick and then a seriously disputed penalty at the end of the second half.

After the game, Fabregas took to Instagram and did not seem too happy with the draw, given that he posted: “Not the result we wanted. Let’s fight until the end.”

Fabregas instagram

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Starting XI

Courtois 6 – Played well in goal and made some good saves. Couldn’t do much about the goals.

Ivanovic 7 – Got down the wing well in an attacking sense and put some quality balls into the box.

Cahill 6 – Held the line well. Made some good tackles.

Terry 6 – A good partnership with Cahill and seemed solid at the back despite the team conceding 2 goals.

Azpilicueta 7 – Got forward well and played well defensively.

Mikel 6 – Didn’t have much impact on the game.

Fabregas 8 – Scored 2 goals. A fantastic free-kick and a calmly struck penalty.

Willian 7 – Did well in the game but couldn’t influence with a goal or an assist.

Oscar 6 – Made some good attacking runs and found himself in some good positions.

Kenedy 5 – Struggled to get into the game. Replaced at half time after a blow to the face.

Remy 6 – slightly isolated upfront for some parts but did hold the ball up well when asked.

Substitutes

Pedro 6 – Good control on the ball but couldn’t influence the game much.

Traore 6 – Played well and made some good runs on the ball. Also saved a goal after a goal-line clearance late on.

Loftus-Cheek 7 – Won the penalty for the equaliser after a winding run into the box. Could have won the game with an opportunity late on.

Manager

Guus Hiddink 7 – Did well to change his tactics after West Ham seemed to control the game early on.

 

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A first half with two great goals. first from Lanzini to put West Ham 1-0 up  and then stoppage time of the first half saw Cesc Fabregas equalise with an emphatic strike from a free-kick which sailed into the top right corner.

A substitution from Chelsea at half-time sees Pedro replace Kenedy.

The first chance in the second half came from Oscar after a great ball across the goal from Ivanovic but Oscar couldn’t quite wrap his foot around the ball to divert it towards goals.

Chelsea looked threatening early in the second half, winning corner after corner, a goal in the coming it seemed.

West Ham hit Chelsea on the break and Cresswell found himself in the box, he hit a left footed shot which struck the underside of the crossbar and rolled calmly out for a Chelsea throw-in.

The hour mark and Remy found himself on the edge of the box, held off Reid but could only find Adrian with his shot. West Ham got the ball up the pitch quickly, Payet played in Andy Carroll and he found the net with a left-footed shot. Carroll only being on the pitch for a matter of seconds. An inspired substitution from West Ham boss Slaven Bilic.

2-1 West Ham.

A chance for Fabregas in the 72nd minute. A corner whipped in from Willian and an unsuspecting Fabregas headed the ball over the bar. He should have done better.

Fabregas with another chance just 2 minutes later. An acrobatic over-head kick from the middle of the box. The Spaniard unable to hit the target and the ball flew over the crossbar.

Chelsea pressing for the equalising goal, John Terry attacking the corner from Willian but he couldn’t keep the ball down and hit the target.

Chelsea looking likely to score but unable yet to produce the goods after 78 minutes of football.

West Ham tried to conserve their one goal advantage by staying deep and catching Chelsea on the counter attack. West Ham managed to win a corner and Andy Carroll forced a good save from Courtois.

After soaking up a lot of West Ham pressure, Chelsea find a counter attack in the 88th minute in which substitute Loftus-Cheek was brought down inside the box and won a penalty for Chelsea.

Fabregas stepped up to take the resulting penalty, a slight stutter in the run-up and he placed the ball in the bottom right hand corner, sending Adrian the wrong way. Calmly done by Fabregas.

Chelsea 2 – 2 West Ham.

An exciting and very heated few last minutes in stoppage time with Chelsea fighting for the winning goal and West Ham hanging on to the draw.

The final whistle goes after 97 minutes of play with the scores level at 2-2.

 

CHELSEA - Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Kenedy, Remy

Subs – Begovic, Rahman, Pato, Traore, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Matic

Manager – Guus Hiddink

WEST HAM – Adrian, Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Valencia, Lanzini, Payet, Sakho

Subs – Randolph, Song, O’Brien, Oxford, Emenike, Carroll, Obiang

Manager – Slaven Bilic

 

Referee – Robert Madley

Venue – Stamford Bridge, London, UK.

 

 

 

 

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Chelsea play host to West Ham at Stamford Bridge in round 31 of the Premier League.

An even start to the game with an equal share of possession, West Ham playing high up the pitch with a very pressing style of play.

A fantastic bit of Chelsea play in the 8th minute that gave Remy a shooting opportunity but the angle was tight, Adrian saved with his feet and West Ham were able to clear.

Ivanovic received the first yellow card of the game in the 16th minute after a cynical trip brings down a forward running Payet.

A fantastic strike from Lanzini in the 17th minute, around 20-yards out, finds the top right corner giving Thibaut Courtois absolutely no chance of saving. 1-0 to West Ham. West ham found some good momentum after taking the lead, pegging Chelsea back into their own final third.

After half an hour, Chelsea managed to find their feet and gain some possession in threatening areas but West Ham held out well.

Ivanovic got forward well in the 38th minute, fired a cross into the box but the ball was blocked and went out for a corner. The resulting corner got headed out well but only as far as Kenedy, who got brought down on the edge of the West Ham box. kenedy took a knock to the face and had to leave the pitch to receive treatment. Willian hit the free-kick from around 30-yards out but the ball fizzed past Adrian’s right hand post and the keeper seemingly had it covered.

Stoppage time in the first half and Reid makes a mistake at the back for West Ham and conceded a free-kick in an attempt to recover.

Fabregas placed the ball down and struck a fantastic shot into the top right corner, well out-of-reach for Adrian. A great goal from the Spanish midfielder.

An exciting first half came to a close with the score 1-1 after Fabregas managed to convert a free-kick to cancel out Lanzini’s effort in the early stages.

The scores level at the break.

CHELSEA - Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Kenedy, Remy

Subs – Begovic, Rahman, Pato, Traore, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Matic

Manager – Guus Hiddink

WEST HAM - Adrian, Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Lanzini, Valencia, Sakho, Payet

Subs – Randolph, Song, Carroll, Obiang, O’Brien, Emenike, Oxford

Manager – Slaven Bilic

 

Referee – Robert Madley

Venue – Stamford Bridge, London, UK.

 

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

The line ups for today’s game at Goodison Park.

NOTE: Eden Hazard is out for a small injury in the tendon area of his hip.

 

EVERTON – Robles, Coleman, Funes Mori, Jagielka (c), Baines, Cleverley, Barry, Lennon, McCarthy, Barkley, Lukaku

Subs: Howard, Stones, Niasse, Besic, Osman, Deulofeu, Kone.

Manager: Roberto Martinez

CHELSEA - Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (c), Kenedy; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Diego Costa

Subs: Begovic, Baba Rahman, Terry, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Remy.

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

 

 

Referee: Michel Oliver

Venue:  Goodison Park, Liverpool, UK

Kick Off : 5.30 pm GMT

 

 

 

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Chelsea players were spotted taking a stroll around their Liverpool hotel this morning.

The Blues stars seemed a little upset for the gloomy weather but some of them stopped anyway with fans that were asking autographs or pictures.

Also Diego Costa and John Terry, not sure to be involved in the match due to fitness issues, were taking part at the stroll as well as manager Guus Hiddink and his backroom staff.

Chelsea will play at 5.30 pm at Goodison Park for FA Cup quarter finals.

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TEAM NEWS

Everton

  • Kevin Mirallas is unavailable through his suspension for the red card in the 3-2 loss to West Ham;
  • Browning and Tony Hibbert are both injured, while Tom Cleverley, Gareth Barry and Aaron Lennon are doubts.

Chelsea

  • Diego Costa and Eden Hazard are both biting the bullet and may not be risked;
  • Captain John Terry is closing in on a return, but probably won’t be in the starting XI, while Kurt Zouma and Falcao are still absent.
  • Bertrand Traore is expected to lead the attack in Costa’s absence.

 

PREDICTED LINE UPS

 

EVERTON - Robles, Oviedo, Funes Mori,  Jagielka, Stones, Coleman, Besic, McCarthy, Lennon, Barkley, Lukaku

Manager: Roberto Martinez

 

CHELSEA. Courtois, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Kenedy, Mikel, Fabregas, Willian, Hazard, Pedro, Traorè

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

Referee: Michel Oliver

Venue:  Goodison Park, Liverpool, UK

Kick Off : 5.30 pm GMT

 

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Pat Nevin played 193 League games for Chelsea, scoring 36 goals, and 109 for Everton, scoring 16.

He told BBC TV: “Chelsea will be able to play with a bit of freedom today. They are not going to go down so the pressures there are off. This is their last chance so they can go for it”

“There is more lightness and belief about Chelsea’s football now,”  – he said – “there were several factors that caused the problems in the first half of the season, before Guus arrived. When one or two big players are not playing well it can really have an effect on a team. Of late, Diego Costa and Fabregas have been fantastic for Chelsea. We are still waiting for Eden Hazard. He is not back to his best yet.”

He said about Cesc Fabregas: “I watch what Cesc has been doing in games,” – said Nevin – “Before Christmas he was taking care of his passes, thinking about them. But when you are playing well you don’t think about it. It comes naturally. Now he has got that sort of nonchalant confidence back that he had last season. When your confidence is high, it comes effortlessly. He does not need to think. Before he was working too hard, doing too much chasing. That is not a bad thing. There is nothing wrong with working your socks off when things are not going well. But it is hard, particularly if others are in the same situation.”

About the opponent: “Yes, Everton actually have a lot of miffed fans. They seem to be worried about Roberto’s ultra-positive attitude to attacking.”

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