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BRANISLAV IVANOVIC

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has said his side’s extra work on the training ground has warranted their recent good results.

The Blues beat second-placed Arsenal on Sunday, meaning they are still unbetean since the arrival of Guus Hiddink as interim manager.

Speaking to the Chelsea website, Ivanovic, who has recently signed a one-year contract extension, said that the performance deserved three points:

“It was a very important win and as a team we deserved it,” the Serbian said.

“The key point was our team spirit and after the game we can be happy with the three points. We started really well and controlled the game until the red card. We wanted to score another goal and, honestly, I think we deserved the win.

“We played a hard game against an opponent who always ask questions of you if you want to take something from their stadium. It could be a real turning point for us but we need to be focused on the next game.”

Between the home match against West Brom on 13th January and the trip to Watford next Wednesday, Guus Hiddink’s side have been playing one match per week, and Ivanovic has said that this extra training time is proving extremely beneficial:

“The first thing we have to say is that we’ve had more time to work, we’ve had a week between games and we’ve worked very hard,” Ivanovic explained.

Our physical condition is better and the result is that we are showing it on the pitch.

“We are really working hard because when the games start coming every three days we won’t have time for that.

“The cups are always a chance to win trophies and make the season positive, but we still have to think about the Premier League.

“We are starting to play as a team which is very important. During a year it can be good or bad and you have ups and downs. This season a lot of times we have been down so we are trying to make half the season positive, that’s what we’re looking for.”

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Chelsea and West Brom have both been fined by the FA after their feisty 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge earlier in January. 

The Blues were fined £65,000, and the Baggies £35,000, for failing to “ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.”

Tony Pulis’ side twice came from behind to steal a point in the game, with Chelsea striekr Diego Costa again the limelight for the wrong reasons after several confrontations with West Brom players, including midfielder Cluadio Yacob and goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.

Yacob, who had already been booked, was swiftly substituted after the flare up between himself and Costa, with Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink branding referee Anthony Taylor “one of the worst” that he had experienced in the Premier League for not dismissing him.

 

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Jose Mourinho has made a huge impact on English football during his 2 spells at Chelsea, these spells ranging from 2004 to 2015. He won a lot of silverware for the club and not just this, he won the hearts of the Chelsea fans.

Today the former Chelsea boss celebrates his 53rd birthday but unfortunately he’s not celebrating with the Blues at Stamford Bridge. He struggled in the opening few months of the 2015/16 season and he left owner Roman Abramovich with seemingly no choice but to dismiss the manager.

Chelsea players and fans were gutted with the decision. Mourinho has done more than prove himself in the English league over the years and maybe should been given longer to save the season which we all know was a possibility.

Injuries had a part to play in the downfall of Chelsea’s season and also poor form with the likes of Eden Hazard not playing well. However, if there is anyone in the world of football to motivate players to perform, it’s surely Jose Mourinho himself.

The feelings between Mourinho and the supporters could be seen a few months back when Chelsea played at home against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League. It was a dramatic game that saw Willian score the winner in the 83rd minute and shortly afterwards the Chelsea fans chanted Mourinho’s name and he bashfully waved with tears in his eyes. His emotion and love for the fans was so clear that night.

Jose Mourinho’s determination and loyalty is second to none. He spoke out towards the end of his time at Chelsea.

“I want to make it clear. One, I don’t run away. Two, if the club wants to sack me, they have to sack me because I’m not running away from my responsibility, from my team.”

He also released a statement through his agents 2 days after his sacking and he gave a lot of thanks to the supporters but left out the Chelsea club as a whole.

“Jose Mourinho is pleased that he returned to Chelsea Football Club because he was able to give the fans another Premier League title, which they had not won for many years. He is immensely proud of his eight trophies at Chelsea, and thanks the fans for all their support throughout his two spells at the club.”

This shows just how much love and pride he has for his fans and the happiness to give them what he knows they deserve. He has no thanks for the club, indicating the relationship had deteriorated with the way he was treated by the Chelsea board and directors.

Who knows what Jose’s wish will be tonight when he blows out the candles on his cake. Maybe a new start for him, a new job? Maybe even a little wish for all the Chelsea fans out there that supported him when he needed them most. I’m sure the fans will be wishing Mourinho all the best for the future in whatever he does in his career.

No matter where he finds himself in the future and however Chelsea end the season, Jose Mourinho will always be loved by football fans in general but Chelsea fans in particular. He will always be known as a Chelsea LEGEND!

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Newcastle want Loic Remy back at St. James’ Park.

The Geordie club is ready to sign again the French striker on loan, after his positive spell during 2013-2014 season with them.

Remy scored 14 goals in 26 games: he impressed Chelsea and José Mourinho so much then they eventually signed him the following summer with a permanent deal from QPR, that was his parent club in that moment.

The forward seemed on his way to Crystal Palace, where his former boss Alan Pardew was pushing to sign him, but then the interest of Eagles cooled and last night also Leicester City’s interest was recorded.

In this moment the Magpies are in pole position to sign him back, since Remy wants more playing time.

Current Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink is not very keen on let him go, and the French striker will only be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge if the Premier League champions find suitable replacement.

Now that Pato seems really close to sign for the Blues, probably the club will let Remy go.

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Ex Formula 1 driver, Felipe Massa, confirms Pato’s deal with Chelsea with a post on Instagram.

The former Ferrari driver is a close friend of the Brazilian striker, and probably by accident, he gave us the done deal news with this post.

He uploaded a picture with Pato and the message in Portuguese, read:

“Brother, I am sure this will be realy good for you!! Congratulations and be strong, come one! @pato ” and continued in English, with an almost literal translation: “I am sure it will be very good for you my bro!! Congrats @chelseafc

Now we have just to wait for Pato to arrive to London to sign the deal: the Brazilian will fly tonight to the English capital. More HERE.

 

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Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato will fly to London tonight to sign for Chelsea.

The former AC Milan striker will travel to England by the end of Tuesday in a 11:50pm flight (9:50 pm in London) after solving some issues regarding his visa. Chelsea is expected to pay the entirety of the £137,000 per month in wages from his Corinthians contract.

Pato’s contract will include a release clause in case Chelsea want to sign him on a permanent deal.

Hi parent club, Corinthians, will also extend his contract for another year. His current deal ends by the end of the current year, and the Brazilian club don’t want to risk to losing Pato on a free transfer.

Chelsea won’t announce the deal until the stiker arrives in England, but the transfer was confirmed to the Brazilian media SportTV by his agent Gilmar Veloz.

Pato arrives to revamp a squad that this season got some issues in the forward department.

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Chelsea Forward Patrick Bamford is a transfer target for a few teams in this January transfer window. Struggling top tier side Norwich and in form Championship teams Hull and Middlesbrough are said to be the teams interested. Bamford has spent some time on loan at Middlesbrough and isn’t shy of scoring goals at that level. The 22-year-old scored 17 goals in 39 games at the riverside stadium and seems really suited for their style of football.

It’s unknown at this time where the Chelsea man will end up. Norwich will be looking to lure him in with Premier League football but Middlesbrough can surely guarantee the striker first team football on a more frequent basis and he already knows his way around the ground.

Furthermore, Chelsea are said to have a deal in place to sign Alexandre Pato from Corinthians and if the deal is completed it will surely help Guus Hiddink make the decision the let Bamford go.

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Chelsea’s number 1 goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois has praised Diego Costa over his recent form and also his goal against Arsenal at the weekend.

We knew that when he scored a few goals again he would go on and score more, and I think he has confidence.

“He’s a top striker and he will score more goals for us, this was a big one.”

Costa has struggled to match his debut season with the Blues, scoring 20 goals in 26 games which is an unbelievable record to have in your first season in the Premier League. However, since the dismissal of Jose Mourinho, playing under Guus Hiddink the striker has netted 6 times in 6 games and his confidence seems to be extremely high at present.

Chelsea have climbed to 13th place in the league and look to be on the up with an unbeaten run of 7 games.

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Peter Hill-Wood, former Arsenal chairman from 1982 to 2013 has said that Diego Costa is a serial cheat and should have been shown the red card instead of Mertersacker in the London Derby that finished with a Chelsea victory and Costa scoring the only goal in the game.

Costa went through on goal in the 19th minute and was brought down by a sliding tackle by Per Mertersacker. He was sent off and 5 minutes later Costa went on to score.

“He is a serial cheat and he gets away with it,” Hill-Wood told the daily star “I think he deliberately ran in front of Mertesacker, who hardly touched him.

“Personally I think the referee should have sent him [Costa] off for diving. It’s very annoying because to me it is blatant.”

Former Liverpool centre back Jamie Carragher analysed the decision after the game and couldn’t disagree more. He said it to be a “100% red card”. The replay shows Mertersacker looking across the line when he goes to ground to make the tackle and not looking at the ball and Carragher says this is “bizarre”

“I think its a 100% certain red card. Is he looking for the linesman? Is he looking for Koscielny? If you’re going for the ball, go for the ball and make the challenge. I’ve never seen anything like it. Bizarre. Stupid”

Mertersacker will face a suspension and miss The Gunners next 3 matches which will be a big blow to the London club and their challenge for the title.

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