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ray wilkins

Ex Chelsea player and coach Ray Wilkins stated that José Mourinho is still the Blues manager just for what he achieved in the past with them:

Any other manager would have gone, there are no two ways about it,” he said to BeIn Sports.

Mourinho is only still there, purely and simply, for what he’s done in the past.

“The big thing for Mourinho is Europe, he loves the European competition and Abramovich just adores it, so if they lose against Porto, then he could be on his way.

“They are away at Leicester next week so if something is going to happen, it will happen, I would have thought, after this week. I don’t think it will happen this week.”

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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma analysed the team’s difficult moment with The Sun, and stated that manager José Mourinho has been very honest with his squad and always took his responsibilities:
“What’s good is that he tells us we’re all together, if things are going badly there’s a problem with everyone.

He doesn’t leave us, how shall we say, in the s***, in the poo, and we’re always together.

“He’s very close to his players, you sense he loves his players.

“Even when things aren’t going well he’ll say: ‘Listen lads, things will be OK’. He believes in us.

“Keeping your confidence is the most important thing — with confidence you can do anything. That’s what we tell each other.”

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Chelsea are reportedly in a race with Liverpool to sign Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic, according to the Daily Express.

The 6ft 3in midfielder has been dubbed the ‘new Nemanja Matic’ and has turned several heads since lifting the U20 World Cup with Serbia last summer.

Grujic is a friend of Matic, and said to reporters: Nemanja Matic is a friend, he’s Serbian and he has been at Chelsea for over a year. He tells me that they want me.”

However, the Reds have also now registered their interest, with Liverpool assistant manager Zeljko Buvac, who along with Liverpool scouts held informal talks with Grujic and his agent last Saturday.

The Express claim Red Star could sell Grujic for as little as £3 million – but Italian side Inter Milan are also reportedly interested.

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victor moses chelsea

On-loan West Ham winger Victor Moses is to have a scan on a hamstring injury picked up in the 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Saturday. 

The Chelsea midfielder was seen limping off in the 37th minute at Old Trafford.

The 24-year old, who has also been to Liverpool and Stoke on-loan, is set to undergo the scan on Tuesday.

Should Moses be out for a lengthy amount of time, he will be another name on an already-long West Ham injury list which includes Dimitri Payet, Enner Valencia and Manuel Lanzini.

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Chelsea are to face EITHER Leyton Orient or Scunthorpe in the third round of the FA Cup after the draw was made earlier tonight. 

Orient sit 8th in League Two having been relegated to the fourth tier last season, whilst Scunthorpe are 14th in League 1.

The draw in Cardiff saw Jose Mourinho’s side drawn against the O’s OR the Irons, who drew 0-0 in London on Sunday, with a replay to decide which team will travel to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea, who are sitting 14th in the Premier League, were knocked out of the FA Cup at the same stage last season after losing 2-4 at home to League 1 side Bradford City.

The ties are to be played inbetween the 8th-11th January 2016.

All third round ties:

Watford vs. Newcastle United

West Brom vs. Bristol City

West Ham vs. Wolves

Salford City or Hartlepool United vs. Derby County

Exeter City vs. Liverpool

Tottenham vs. Leicester City

Colchester United vs. Charlton Athletic

Peterborough United vs. Preston North End

Northampton Town vs. MK Dons

Arsenal vs. Sunderland

Newport County vs. Blackburn Rovers

Ipswich Town vs. Portsmouth

Birmingham City vs. AFC Bournemouth

Wycombe Wanderers vs. Aston Villa

Sheffield Wednesday vs. Fulham

Oxford United vs. Swansea City

Brentford vs. Chesterfield or Walsall

Bury vs. Bradford City

Manchester United vs. Sheffield United

Everton vs. Dagenham and Redbridge or Whitehawk

Southampton vs. Crystal Palace

Eastleigh vs. Bolton WandererS

Nottingham Forest vs. QPR

Carlisle United vs. Yeovil Town

Doncaster Rovers vs. Stoke City

Leeds United vs. Rotherham United

Cardiff City vs. Grimsby or Shrewsbury

Huddersfield Town vs. Reading

Middlesbrough vs. Burnley

Norwich City vs. Manchester City

Hull City vs. Brighton and Hove Albion

 

 

 

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Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed that in 2009 Manchester City have offered £29million to Chelsea for his services but after Terry’s meeting with Roman Abramovich, the club’s owner refused the bid.

Terry who has spent his entire senior career at Stamford Bridge admits that the Citizens were interested in bringing him at the Etihad Stadium. However, Terry made it clear to Abramovich that, if he accepted the proposal it would be a signal that Terry was not wanted at Stamford Bridge.

Terry told the Daily Mail:

“There was the thing with Manchester City,”

“They offered £29million for me in 2009 and Chelsea turned it down.”

“I had a meeting with Roman (Abramovich) about it.”

“I said to him, if the club accepts the offer then it tells me you don’t want me.”

“So then you haven’t got a choice, you have got to go. ”

“But if they don’t accept the offer, it tells me everything that I need to know. ”

“Chelsea refused the offer and that was it.”

Asked whether he intends to follow in the footsteps of Frank Lampard, he said:

“No. No chance. No chance,”

“America, maybe. But physically I feel like I can still play. Do I want to play? Of course I do.”

“But then decisions come in to it with your family.”

“What if you go somewhere and it doesn’t work out? Everything else comes into play, doesn’t it?”

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BABA RAHMAN

Chelsea left back Baba Rahman gave an interview in which he talked about his childhood fascination with football and his opinion about his technique and skills.

Rahman gave an interview to Chelsea official website to speak about this :

How old were you when you first started kicking a ball around?

My Mum told me that when I first set eyes on a football and started kicking one was when I started walking, so maybe one-and-a-half or two years old.

How old were you when you first mastered keepy-uppies?

I think I was eight or nine years old. At that time I could about 10.

How did you play football for the first time?

My first experiences were playing street soccer back in Ghana. There was loads of people playing, probably 30 or 40 running after one ball. We didn’t have boots, it was tough conditions but always fun.

What skills did you work on as a child?

When I was young I watched a lot of soccer skills which I tried to learn to do with the ball. I loved watching Brazilian skills, samba skills.

What is the best piece of skill or technique you have seen in a match?

I think it’s particularly awesome when somebody makes a perfect long pass from one end of the pitch to the other. People don’t praise them enough.

Are there any other pieces of skill you think are underrated?

Just going past a player. I don’t think people talk about that enough. Also tackling is a great skill.

What is the best piece of skill you have done in a match?

Stepovers. That is what I can do the best.

Who is the most skilful player outside of Chelsea you have played with or against?

Probably Frank Ribery at Bayern Munich. Him and Arjen Robben were hard to play against.

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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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