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Snooker’s UK champion Neil Robertson announced that he will bring his trophy for Chelsea match against Porto at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in order to inspire the Blues for the victory.

Robertson who is a massive Chelsea fan who is also a good friends with Terry revealed that Chelsea skipper sent him a motivating message before the final round of the tournament so he decided to repay him in similar way by bringing his trophy on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge to inspire Terry and his teammates in the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Robertson said:

”JT texted me after I made the max and said, ‘Just keep concentrating and bring the trophy on Wednesday”

”He’s maybe asked me to do that to motivate the boys, so I’ll definitely take the trophy to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, that’s the next thing I’m excited about.”

“That’s not going too well at the moment and it’s been quite hard to concentrate on snooker.”

“Only the players know – I had a really lean spell for about 12 months until I won the Champion of Champions title last month.”

“There’s no specific reason for it, sometimes results just go against you and your opponents play too well. I’m sure they can turn it around and I’ll be cheering them on, on Wednesday night.”

 

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Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has revealed that when he was a teenager he was really close to sign for Chelsea but in the end he decided that joining the Blues too big a step for him to take.

The 23-year-old joined Tottenham from Ajax for £11.5m two years ago and became one of the pillars of Mauricio Pochettino team. 

He spent two trial periods at Stamford Bridge but he ruled out a move at Stamford Bridge because of a really tense atmosphere at the club.

Eriksen told the Daily Mail:

”Me and Rasmus Falk, my team-mate from kids football and also Odense, went to Chelsea on trial,”

”I also went back the next year and had to think what I wanted.”

“I played three games at Under 18s – versus Millwall, West Ham and some other team. We ate together with first-team players and you see Jose Mourinho and Didier Drogba walking around.”

“But the whole thing was really different to Denmark where everyone goes in and everyone goes out, no problem. Relaxed.”

”Chelsea, boom, the door closes behind you and stays closed. It would be too big a step for me as a person back then.”

What’s more Chelsea offered Eriksen a third trial but he refused to take it and joined Ajax in 2008.

 

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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri who is the author of a huge sensation in the Premier League this season as the Foxes are currently leading the table warns against too much optimism. Italian coach admits that the real challenge before his club is yet to come and the first of many will be the match against Chelsea next Monday.

Leicester City will face Chelsea on Monday at King Power Stadium and according to Ranieri it will be the first important matches in which Leicester will have to show what they stand. Italian coach made no secret that he wants to see how his team will cope with the pressure against the Premier League champions.

Ranieri told the Leicester Mercury :

”Now arrive Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City,”

”That is a big problem for us, but now we must concentrate just on the next match. It is very important because I want to see how we play against big, big champions.”

“We have to put in very good performances to go through this period against such rocks.”

“I am just thinking about Leicester and how we can improve,”

”We make some mistakes and against the big teams and you can pay for those mistakes.”

“That is not important for me. I am just looking at Leicester and saving Leicester. That is still our goal this season – 40 points.”

“We must improve. Maybe you improve but you lose the match. Football is strange.”

“We made some mistakes and I want us to try and take out these mistakes.”

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ANTOINE GRIEZMANN

Chelsea target Antoine Griezmann revealed that he feels good in Spain and do not feel the need to replace La Liga by any other European league.

The 24-year-old forward currently playing at Atletico Madrid has been heavily linked with a move away from Vicente Calderon. His great form at Atletico caused that both Chelsea and Manchester United signaled a desire to lure the young Frenchman in the winter transfer window.

However, according to his last words, he has no intention to leave the Spanish giants.

Griezmann told Canal Football Club:

”I do not feel the need to play in Ligue 1, nor in the Premier League or in Serie A”

”I am in Spain- I’m happy. Lige here, football, I like it all”

Griezmann has a contract with Atletico Madrid, which expires only in 2020, and it seems that till this time the young player has no intention to leave Los Colchoneros.

 

 

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Thibaut Courtois

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois admits that he and his team are about to face a really difficult week. On Wednesday the Blues will face FC Porto in the group stage of the Champions League while the next Monday they will play against current Premier League leaders Leicester.

Courtois told Chelsea’s official website:

”Of course we are upset, but we have to regroup again and show strength against Porto in the Champions League and next Monday at Leicester,”

”It’s an important week for us. On Wednesday we have to win to make sure we are first and qualified. That will be a big boost for the team as well.”

”Then Leicester away is a difficult game. We knew last year it was not easy there and now they have the confidence and are playing really well. It will be a very tough game but we are confident we can push on there.”

Belgium international did not hide that he is dissapointed with Saturday’s defeat against Bournemouth:

”We had some chances, we didn’t finish them and at the end the game can change,’ he reflected. ‘It was difficult creating open chances, although we had them, and if we had scored one then maybe more would come.”

”At home you always want to win. We had the confidence after our last games. We were unlucky in our finishing.”

”I think this season we are a bit unlucky some games, but we have the same good team as last year and that team was champions so I think we have the quality to get out of this situation and we just have to fight every day, every game.”

Courtois who has just returned after suffering an injury admits that he has mixed feelings about his comeback:

”I just try to play my game, help the team like every player wants to do,”

”I think I started well with some good saves, but it’s a pity for the goal I couldn’t have a good touch on the ball.”

”If you’re being pushed by another guy it’s not easy to have a hard hit on the ball and it ended up at the wrong foot and it was a goal.”

 

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Legendary former football manager Alex Ferguson is convinced that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich would have taken a very wrong decision if he decided to release Jose Mourinho in the nearest future.

Former Manchester United coach has praised the Special One calling him one of the best coaches in contemporary football. In his opinion, Mourinho’s release from Chelsea would be the worst possible decision that Abramovich can take now.

Ferguson told Moritz:

”He has sacked so many coaches in the last 10 years that I am sure he has learned by it”

”He has to trust and have confidence Jose can turn it around. There is no point in sacking one of the best coaches of all time.”

”He’s won the European Cup twice; he’s won the league in each country he’s managed in, he’s won the big trophies.”

”It would be foolish to take that step to sack him. That would be bad management; it’s poor leadership, that.”

”I’ve been watching Jose and I’ve spoken to him a couple of times,”

”It’s the first time he’s been confronted with non-success.”

”If you look at his whole career it’s been nothing but a rise all the time, so for the first time in his life he’s had to deal with bad publicity, adversity, and that’s a challenge but there are signs he is getting back to a balanced level even though they lost on Saturday.”

‘I watched the game and they could have won by a few goals, but they lost and you still have to face that publicity, the negative publicity and it’s never easy for a manager in present day football because the media attention is huge.

”Football has become such a big financial industry, television deals etc, the fans. It’s a very high risk job today: the average time a manager lasts now is about a year through the leagues, which is not a big time.

”For Jose, all good leaders will eventually find a solution. He will find a solution and I think he will get back to normal. It’s not looking great at the moment, but I know the guy and work he has done in football and I can’t see it lasting long.”

”Things have been overlooked like (Thibaut) Courtois being injured in first game. That was a big loss. John Terry at the beginning of the season was not having a great time and that is a loss because he is a leader in the team. When you lose two really influential players like, that can make a difference.”

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Chelsea are interested in Rennes talent Ousmane Dembelé.

It is believed that José Mourinho sent his scouts to France to watch the young striker.

The 18-year-old is being one of the sensations of Ligue 1 and is also tracked by other European giants: in fact also Atletico Madrid, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund are tracking him.

A move is January is almost impossible, but the Blues can still try to sign him next summer.

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Chelsea are ready to recall some of their 34 loanees around Europe in January.

The adventures to other clubs can be shorter for some of the Blues guys around UK and Europe, mostly because of lack of game time.

Wallace and Nathaniel Chalobah are struggling in Serie A: in fact, their loans to Carpi and Napoli are not being successful, with one start each.

Islam Feruz is set to return from Scottish side Hibernian and could be loan to some Championship club.

Patrick Bamford made just two appearances for Crystal Palace, in the League Cup, and is set to return at Stamford Bridge: probably to fit the first team squad, who desperately need some good scorer.

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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

After the defeat with Bournemouth Jose Mourinho revealed that he won’t ask for any player to his club in the January transfer window. 

The Portuguese manager admitted that everybody has to take their responsibilities for the awful start of the season and he’s confident that his players and him can improve and make better in the Premier League:

“We don’t have the right to ask the club for players. I don’t think so,” claimed the manager after the eighth defeat in the Premier League so far.

‘We started the season with this squad and we have to do better. This is more about players doing better than the club going to the market.

“People must feel responsibilities. We had a lot of half chances and we couldn’t touch the ball. If you are in the box you have to attack the ball.”

 

 

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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Reports from English media claim that if Chelsea fail to beat Porto on Wednesday manager José Mourinho could lose his job.

According to The Guardian and other papers Roman Abramovich is beginning to lose his patience: the defeat with Bournemouth at home was the eighth in the Premier League this year.

The Chelsea owner has been supporting Mourinho since the beginning of the season but a defeat to Porto could mean an early exit from the Champions League and a qualification for Europa League: a thing that a club like Chelsea could not stand.

 

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