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DIEGO COSTA
Diego Costa was top scorer for Chelsea last season © Francesca Ceciarini

After the game with Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup third round Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink revealed how he motivated Diego Costa to be back at his top level.

According to the Dutch coach, the Spaniard was losing too much energy in skirmishes around the pitch:

“I think Diego Costa has got a very energetic and powerful personality,Hiddink said.

“The conversations I had with the players were not big conversations but small conversations, around training, he focused himself now in what he’s good at.

[Before coming back here] I watched a lot of Premier League and Chelsea on TV, sometimes you lose your energy in things that are out of what you have to be…[I told him] ‘Don’t do that, don’t let people provoke you and let you into traps, just do what are you good at”.

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

Chelsea star Eden Hazard was not even selected for today’s game against Scunthorpe for the hip injury he suffered last week at Crystal Palace.

Probably the Belgian player was watching his team-mates game on TV and he celebrated Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s first official goal with Chelsea with this tweet:

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrating his first official goal with Chelsea against Scunthorpe © Francesca Ceciarini

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a source of pride for Chelsea academy and today he was even more, after scoring his first official goal with the first team.

The midfielder was, of course, euphoric after this special event for him, and just after the final whistle he commented:

 “It was a really nice moment when I got the goal. I’m really really happy with that. Just to come on and play 45 minutes was amazing.

“One for one – 100 per cent, I’ll try to keep that going and I was just happy to come on and help the team,” he laughed.

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RUBEN LOFTUS CHEEK
Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrating his first goal with Chelsea first team with Diego Costa © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea win against Scunthorpe United and reach the next round of FA Cup.

 After the cherish victory against Crystal Palace, Chelsea Fans were very confident about the FA Cup game against Scunthorpe United at Stamford Bridge. The Team let the Fans not down/. They have done their job, nevertheless it was not so much convincing as at the previous match.

 

The Blues struggled to deal with the very defensive play by “The Iron” from Scunthorpe at the beginning. The League One side did very well in parking the bus. Chelsea tried to come from the middle, the result was not successful. There were almost no chances at the first 10 minutes of the game. However, a great cross by Ivanovic from outside of the box arrived at the middle and somehow Diego Costa or Scunthorpe’s Liard hit the ball into the net! Officially, Diego Costa got awarded the strike. “The Iron” had problems to come back into the game, Fabregas (16th minute) and Pedro (21st minute) wasted two very good chances. The guests had too much respect against the Champions of England. Gary Cahill presented them two corners after sloppy defending. None of them were successful despite a blocked shot from outside of the box after Chelsea made a mistake at their counter attack. At the end of the first half, Scunthorpe United had several free-kicks, the most successful was a pass to Laird who poorly missed the shot. Another counter for the away team was blocked by a fantastic tackle by Zouma. The Blues were the better team overall though it was not a convincing performance at the first 45 minutes.

Guus Hiddink made one change and brought Ruben-Loftus Cheek for Oscar. Scunthorpe started with a lot pressure. Still, Chelsea got the first chance of the game with a free-kick which was saved by goalkeeper Daniels. The team from Stamford Bridge didn’t start well, “The Iron” got a plenty of chances. A penalty was rightly denied after a dive by van Veen. Scunthorpe gave Chelsea a tough game till Azpilicueta made a great cross from the left side into the middle of the box where youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek was waiting and he shot the ball into the bottom left corner – no chance for goalkeeper Daniels! A superb goal, the youth product lifted the whole game with that and Chelsea started to dominate again. The substitutes Kenedy and Loftus-Cheek brought a lot of joy with dangerous counter attacks. “The Iron” had a good try at the end, but Begovic made a great save. The Blues won with 2-0.

Guus Hiddink’s team have to play against West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday. Probably with a very similar team as he used today.

 

Report by Benjamin Neubauer 

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stamford_bridge

Ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup clash with Scunthorpe United at Stamford Bridge (14:00 GMT KO), the official lineups have been announced.

The Blues are looking to progress into the fourth round for the 18th successive season.

Lineups:

CHELSEA: Begovic, Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Ramires, Willian, Oscar, Pedro, Costa.

Subs: Courtois, Baba, Traore, Kenedy, Mikel, Terry, Loftus-Cheek.

Manager: Guus Hiddink

SCUNTHORPE UNITED: Daniels, Laird, Wallace, Mirfin, Clarke, Bishop, Davison, Madden, Ness, Williams, van Veen.

Subs: Wiseman, McAllister, Canavan, Anyon, Adelukan, King, Wootton.

Manager: Mark Robins 

 

Referee: Craig Pawson

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK.

Kick Off: 15:00pm GMT

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alex texeira

It seemed that was all done for Alex Texeira‘s transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk to Chelsea but the Ukrainian club’s boss, Mircea Lucescu, quenched the enthusiasm of Blues’ fans claiming that the Brazilian midfielder is going anywhere, at least now.

“If there is an offer that will satisfy both player and the club I will fully support his move,” said Lucescu.

“At the moment, Alex is Shakhtar’s player. We’ll see in the summer, now there’s no point talking about it. This year, he needs to play so that he grows even more, despite the fact that Alex’s level is very high even today.”

Shakhtar will play Schalke 04 in Europa League Round of 32 in February and Lucescu wants all his top players in a good form:

“I want to see my players perform in the best, top teams in Europe. This means that both my assistants and I have not been working in vain for so many years,” added the Shakhtar manager.

“We signed players, who were 17-19, and brought them to the level of the top clubs. I wonder how many coaches in Europe are working based on such a scheme?”.

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STAMFORD BRIDGE

Ahead of Chelsea’s game against Scunthorpe United at Stamford Bridge tomorrow (14:00 GMT KO), we take a look at the odds on offer.

All odds provided by SkyBET (SB), Ladbrokes (L) and Coral (C), correct as of 9th January.

 

Full-time score:

Chelsea win: SB – 1/5, L – 1/5,  C – 1/5

Draw: SB – 11/2, L –6/1, C – 6/1

Scunthorpe win: SB – 12/1, L – 8/1, C – 12/1

 

First goalscorer:

Cesc Fabregas: SB – 7/1, L – 9/1, C – 8/1

Oscar: SB – 9/2, L – 9/2, C – 9/2

Willian: SB – 11/2, L – 11/2, C – 13/2

Diego Costa: SB – 5/2, L –11/4, C – 9/4

Pedro: SB – 9/2, L – 11/2, C – 6/1

No goalscorer: SB – 22/1, L – 20/1, C – 20/1

Paddy Madden: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1, C – 11/1

Kevin van Veen: SB – 16/1, L – 16/1, C – 16/1

Luke Williams: SB – 14/1, L – 16/1, C – 16/1

Darius Henderson: SB – 14/1, L – 16/1, C – 16/1

Kyle Wootton: SB – 18/1, L – 18/1, C – 20/1

 

Final Score:

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 8/1, L – 8/1,  C – 8/1

2-0: SB – 6/1, L – 6/1 C – 11/2

2-1: SB – 17/2, L – 17/2, C – 17/2

3-0: SB – 13/2, L – 13/2, C – 6/1

3-1: SB – 9/1, L – 9/1, – 9/1

Draw:

0-0: SB – 22/1, L – 20/1, C – 22/1

1-1: SB – 10/1, L – 12/1, C – 12/1

2-2: SB – 22/1, L – 22/1, C – 25/1

3-3: SB – 80/1, L – 80/1, C – 80/1

4-4: SB – 250/1, L – 300/1, C – 150/1

Scunthorpe win:

1-0: SB – 33/1, L – 33/1, C – 33/1

2-0: SB – 66/1, L – 80/1, C – 80/1

2-1: SB – 33/1, L – 33/1, C – 33/1

3-0: SB – 200/1, L – 225/1, C – 150/1

3-1: SB – 100/1, L – 100/1, – 100/1

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Chelsea will be looking to avoid suffering a cup upset for the second year running as they face Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge on Sunday (14:00 GMT KO).

The Blues were knocked out of the competition last season thanks to a stunning display by fellow League 1 side Bradford which resulted in the home side being defeated 2-4.

Scunthorpe currently sit in 15th in League 1, seven points off the relegation zone and eight off the play-offs.

 

Last six games:

Chelsea: WLWDDW (includes one Champions League game).

Scunthorpe United: DWLWDD (includes one FA Cup game). 

 

Team News:

– Guus Hiddink yesterday confirmed that strikers Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao, as well as midfielder Eden Hazard, are all out.

– Chelsea have no other injury concerns.

– Irons striker and top scorer Paddy Madden is expected to be fit despite a tight hamstring.

– Tom Hooper and Gary McSheffrey both return from injury.

– New signing Conor Townsend is out however, as he is cup-tied.

 

Statistics:

– Chelsea have progressed past the third round in each of the last 17 seasons.

– The Blues beat Scunthorpe 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in 2005, in what is the two sides’ only meeting in the FA Cup.

– Paddy Madden has scored 14 goals in 25 games for the visitors so far this season.

– Mark Robins’ side have conceded three or more goals in each of their past four FA Cup games against top-flight teams, conceding five last time out to Everton in the third round in 2011.

 

Starting XI last time out:

Chelsea (away vs. Crystal Palace, won 0-3): Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Willian, Mikel, Oscar, Hazard, Diego Costa.

Scunthorpe United (home vs. Wigan, drew 1-1): Daniels, Laird, Canavan, Mirfin, Clarke, Bishop, Dawson, Madden, Ness, Williams, van Veen.

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Eden Hazard is living the worst season of his recent career and rumours is not that focused into Chelsea are growing day-by-day, especially after the past two injuries where he was accused by some fans to give up too early.

Some reports in the past days suggested that Eden is not sure to stay at Chelsea for the next season and that is not very focused into this season and Chelsea because he would have been tempted by a big contract at Real Madrid, his father and agent, Thierry Hazard, decided to speak to clarify what’s going on and dismiss all the rumours around his son:

“Eden is at Chelsea and thinks only of Chelsea. Even with Chelsea, he has ambitions yet. Win a title might be hard, but the top three is still possible.”

 

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Before the FA Cup with Scunthorpe Guus Hiddink praised Chelsea captain John Terry, that at 35 still got the eager and the ambition of a young player:

“I must say John looks physically fit but also what is important when you are halfway through a season is that he looks fresh in his mind, and he is very eager to train every day and very eager to play.

“One day, not now, the body will say slow down a bit but I have not seen any of that. I have not been asked yet [about Terry’s contract situation] but these guys are very important for Chelsea.

Hiddink also spoke about players at different stages of their career path, beginning with the older ones.

“Normally it depends a bit on the physical shape and genes, but most of the time the players when they are coming to 32 their speed is dropping down and everything is more difficult, but of course there are exceptions. It depends on position as well.

The Chelsea boss also spoke about talented players that sometimes don’t fulfill their potential because they are not good professional and they haven’t got enough success hunger or ambition:

“There are many talented players who have fallen down in what they could have achieved with their talent, not having this super ambition and drive to go all this way and see where the talent can bring you.

“Also lifestyle plays a part, how you like to invest in yourself as a young player. Nowadays there are a lot of attractions in the outside world, so it is how you focus on getting the most out of your talent.

Cesar Azpilicueta suffers a double-fracture in his jaw, meaning that he has wear a mask to play the upcoming games:

“He has a little fracture in his jaw. He needs a mask,” revealed Hiddink who has Nemanja Matic till recovering from a broken nose.

“Maybe we have two Zorros tomorrow!”.

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