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Chelsea vice captain Branislav Ivanovic

Chelsea legend Branislav Ivanovic officially moves to Zenit St Petersburg on January 2017 transfer window deadline day.

The Serbian defender, who scored in his last Stamford Bridge appearance last Saturday, posted a selfie of himself with a Zenit training t-shirt, probably after undergoing a medical.

Here is the snap:


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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed Chelsea defender David Luiz as a ‘world-class’ player after the Brazilian star scored last night at Anfield.

The Reds’ boss praised Luiz, who scored from a free-kick: “That was world-class from David Luiz we have to say that, – he told BT Sport – You have to say we have to be prepared but he was surprised”,

“Even if he was prepared it would have been difficult to save it because it was hit well and right in the corner”,

“Two seconds before he scored David Luiz was stood next to me talking to Conte and drinking water on the touch-line!”

David Luiz made his 100th appearance with Chelsea last night.


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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte regrets missing the chance to get three points at Anfield, but the Blues manager is happy anyway since his team maintained a huge gap on the chasers after both Tottenham and Arsenal dropped points tonight, with a draw and a defeat:

“I think at the end of the match we could have won. It was a very tough game, both games tried to play with intensity. I’m pleased. We saw a different game to when we played Liverpool and lost at home,” Conte told BT Sport after the game with Liverpool.

“It’s a pity Diego Costa missed the penalty because he played very well. We had different chances to score goals, but we must be happy with the result and the performance because it is not easy to play away at Liverpool.

“The best thing is to see ourselves, not the others. We stay top of the table and that is a great achievement but it is important to focus on ourselves.

“There are 15 games remaining and 45 points. It’s important to draw against a really good team and now we must focus on playing Arsenal next week.”

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David Luiz was one of the protagonist of tonight’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool: after the match the Brazilian defender spoke about the stunning free-kick with which he gave the lead to Chelsea half-way through the second half:

“Sometimes you need to try the surprise,” Luiz said on his free-kick.

“I’m not in the best position to take free-kicks because my knee is hurting and I can’t train every day,” he said speaking of the small injury that followed Sergio Aguero‘s dreadful tackle back in December “but in a game you need to see the opportunity.

“I’m pleased I scored.”

“It is never easy to play here at Anfield and win points.

“We had an opportunity to win the game, and we’re unlucky we didn’t win it. But it was a good result.”

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The Anfield big match ends 1-1 but it feels like a win for Chelsea, because their closest rivals all drop points and the Blues increase their gap: in fact, Spurs leave Sunderland with a goalless draw while Arsenal lose 2-1 to Watford at the Emirates and now both teams are second with 47 points, with Chelsea still leading the table with 56, 9 points clear, that at this point of the season can be lost only with a [sport] suicide.

Chelsea could have won a game that Liverpool, anyway, played better if Diego Costa didn´t miss a penalty at minute 77: Mignolet’s save gave even more adrenalin to the Reds, that in the last minutes were even more convinced to get the three points, but the Blues stayed focused and showed their impressive tactical organization, especially in the defense.

Pedro even missed two more chances in a couple of counter attacks, but also Liverpool went close to score when Firmino missed a goal with a weak header, even if the Brazilian missed an even more clamorous occasion half way in the second part, when he sent the ball – really – high on the crossbar when he was alone in front of Courtois, this was just some minutes after Wijaldum’s equaliser, a beautiful header in one of the few occasions where Chelsea defence and Courtois didn’t seem concentrated and ready.

The Dutchman was also the protagonist of the first dangerous chance of the night, when he tested Courtois’ reflexes with a great shot after 11′.

Nothing much happened in the first part, until minute 25′, when Eden Hazard tripped Adam Lallana that pushed him down the floor: on the following free-kick, David Luiz found an incredible powerful shot that surprised Mignolet and took Chelsea to lead 1-0.

After a couple of minutes the Belgian keeper saved a ball coming from a Willian´s free-kick from the left.

Liverpool, anyway, put pressure on Chelsea for the entire game but Conte’s side showed again their great defensive skills and organization.

Despite the draw Chelsea still have a good gap from their chasers and after Arsenal’s defeat tonight they can even face Saturday’s derby with less pressure, even if a win from the Gunners would give them again faith for the title race, so Conte’s guys cannot underestimate this crucial game that, if won, can give them wings in their title’s pursue.

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LIVERPOOL – Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson (c), Can, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino

Subs: Karius, Klavan, Moreno, Leiva, Mane, Origi, Sturridge

Manager: Jurgen Klopp


CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard.

Subs: Begovic, Terry, Zouma, Chalobah, Fabregas, Pedro, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte


Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Kick Off: 8 pm GMT

Venue: Anfield, Liverpool, UK

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We report from TalkSport an article by a Chelsea fan that is trying to explain why he can’t stand Liverpool, the big rival of tonight’s clash at Anfield.

Why can’t I stand Liverpool? Four simple words get me going. Luis Garcia‘s ghost goal.

It’s irrelevant that Liverpool may have had a penalty/Cech may have been sent off if the goal, rightly, had not been given. The fact is a goal was given that should not have been, after Liverpool had fluked their way out of the group stages, and it took them to a Champions League final they should never have won – but did. As a Chelsea fan, I can’t abide any of that.

Then there is the fact that, off the back of a lucky final win, where Milan should really have seen them off, Liverpool fans have perpetuated the myth that Rafa Benitez is some kind of world class manager.

That’d be like us claiming Roberto Di Matteo is the second coming. 

Benitez, lest anyone forget, destroyed Jose Mourinho’s treble-winning Inter team. He also lasted just seven months at Real Madrid– a Madrid that swiftly went on to win the Champions League and go 42-games unbeaten under Benitez’s successor, a managerial novice no less. And now the Spaniard is down in the Championship with Newcastle. Does that strike anyone as world class? 

Credit where it’s due, winning La Liga twice with Valencia was impressive from Benitez, but he’s been living off that and a fluky Champions League win for over a decade now. He may have achieved more than Di Matteo, but to compare him with the likes of a Guardiola, a Ferguson or a Mourinho is simply laughable.

I couldn’t write something on the Chelsea-Liverpool rivalry without addressing its most famous moment – Steven Gerrard’s slip. When John Terry slipped and cost us the Champions League against Manchester United we were always going to get a load of stick. United fans still sing about it now, they probably always will and we accept that.

So why do I see Liverpool fans crying over us singing about Gerrard? Get over it? Why should we? It seems funny to me how the fans who always sing to us about their ‘history’ want to erase a major part of it.

Oh and one final thing, the fact you’ve won ‘five European Cups and 18 leagues’ – as you’ve been chanting at us for the past 10 years – doesn’t make up for the fact you’ve won just one League Cup in that decade.

Try not to be annoyed by this article Liverpool fans and, if you are, don’t take it out on us Chelsea fans. Instead you should be angry with your team for letting Jesper Gronkjaer score the goal which took us into the 2003/04 Champions League.

This was the moment that ultimately attracted Abramovich to our club and changed the course of our ‘history’ altogether.

Without that Gronkjaer goal we probably would never have had our rivalry and I almost certainly wouldn’t be here writing this article today. Wouldn’t that have been a shame?


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Asmir Begovic is set to stay at Chelsea as one of the main Blues targets to replace him, Salvatore Sirigu, is close to join Osasuna from Valencia.

As reported by Calciomercato.com the Italian goalkeeper was the main Antonio Conte‘s choice to replace the Bosnian one, but with the ex PSG player set to be loaned to Osasuna, the Courtois’ number two is not free to move, as Chelsea wasn’t able to find a good substitute for him.

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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is in Russia as he needs to undergo a medical ahead of permanent move to Zenit St Petersburg.

It is understood the 32-year-old centre-back has already agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal to join the Russian Premier League Side.

The transfer market window in Russia remains open until tomorrow night, so the deal could be even confirmed after UK’s deadline at 11pm.

Also West Bromwich Albion were said to be interested in signing Ivanovic, anyway manager Tony Pulis dismissed any further rumor earlier this morning.



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