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Marin has failed to make an impact at Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder Marko Marin is set for a move to Turkish side Trabzonspor, according to transfer rumours.

The 26-year old’s spell at Stamford Bridge has been plagued with persistent injuries since he moved from German side Werder Bremen in 2013, and has spent the last three seasons at Sevilla, Fiorentina and RSC Anderlecht.

According to Trabzonspor sporting director Suleyman Hurma, Marin is set to move to the club soon:

“[Marin] will arrive in Trabzon tonight and undergo a medical tomorrow before completing his transfer.” 

It is believed a fee of around £2.5 million will be paid for the German, with Marin having made only 16 Chelsea appearances.

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Chelsea Ladies went three points clear at the top of the WSL on Sunday with a 0-2 win over title rivals Arsenal.

A Vicky Losada own goal and a Gemma Davison penalty were enough to seal the win, which puts Chelsea clear of second-placed Sunderland. Arsenal, however, drop to fourth.

The Blues took an early lead after just eight minutes, with defender Losoda deflecting a Gilly Flaherty header into her own net.

The Gunners failed to really threaten Chelsea keeper Hedvig Lindahl, and the visitors made their dominance pay off. Fran Kirby, who had several shots saved by Sari Van Veenendaal on her first start, was brought down by Emma Mitchell, and Davison made no mistake in doubling Chelsea’s tally.

Jordan Nobbs had a very rare shot tipped onto the post in injury time, as the Gunners lost ground in their title chase.

 

Arsenal Ladies: Van Veenendaal, Mitchell, Stoney, Losada (Humphrey 77), Natalia, Carter (Nobbs 64), Corredera, Rose, Janssen, Wubben-Moy (Ubogagu 46), Bailey.

Subs not used: Byrne, Sampson, Yankey, Kelly.

Chelsea Ladies: Lindahl, Blundell, Flaherty, Fahey, Davison (Coombs 87), Aluko (Borges 75), Ji (Bright 83), Rafferty, Kirby, Chapman, Spence.

Subs not used: Hourihan, Legg, Brett, APrimus.

Attendance: 1,517

Referee: Ashvin Degnarain

 

Liverpool stayed in sixth after a 2-0 win over Bristol Academy, who stay rooted to the bottom of the WSL table. Natasha Dowie’s double, both of which came from Ashley Hodson, was enough to win the game for the Reds.

Notts County grabbed a last minute equaliser as they came back from two goals behind to draw 2-2 with Manchester City. Steph Houghton put the visitors ahead, with Nikita Parris hitting the post soon after. Houghton then doubled the lead with a 30-yard freekick, but Jess Clarke pulled one back from the penalty spot for the Magpies after Lucy Bronze handled. But, with seconds left, Rachel Williams scored to end City’s seven game win streak. City leap to third, whilst County stay in fifth.

Sunderland missed a chance to go top of the league with a 1-1 draw at seventh-placed Birmingham City. City took the lead in the first half through Freda Ayisi, but Abbey Joice’s close range finish soon after the restart secured a point for the Black Cats.

 

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is convinced, that a victory over West Brom was very important for the team‘s morale. The Spanish player has no doubt, that the team will do everything to win the next matches.

Fabregas told Chelsea’s official website :

‘‘I think as a team we had a point to prove,’’

”We are the champions,we have to perform like that.”

”We have had our difficult moments, we know that. I have said we will soon be at our best individually and collectively. We are still not there but we showed the character and the honour of this team never goes. It was much needed.”

‘‘Lately it looks like every time we have a comfortable game and we are dominating, something happens, so we have to make sure whatever we do, the effort we make pays off at the end.”

‘‘We bounced back from a difficult situation in a difficult place where we lost last year. We are proud but we have to keep going. We need these six points before the international break.’’

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Eden Hazard praised Pedro for his impressive debut at Chelsea. The Spanish player in his first match as a Chelsea player scored one goal and assisted on the second.

The Belgian winger has not doubt, that Pedro’s arrival at Stamford Bridge has strengthened the Blues.

Hazard told Chelsea’s official website:

‘‘He has brought his experience and he is a big competitor as he has shown throughout his career,’’

‘‘His arrival is very good and his debut couldn’t have gone any better.”

Asked about yesterday’s victory, he said :

‘‘We had a very good week in training in preparation for the match. Everybody was 100 per cent concentrated. It was hard but I think at the end the three points were merited.’’

Also Cesar Azpilicueta has praised his compatriot:

‘‘It was a crucial point of the game with the penalty when Thibaut made a good save. It was important for the team not to start losing again. It was a big point for us.”

‘‘It wasn’t the start we wanted but we showed great team spirit even in difficult moments. We played as a team in attack and defence and I think we deserved the three points in a difficult place to play.’’

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Fiorentina manager Paolo Sousa has thanked Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho for opening the door for Portuguese coaches at Serie A.

New Fiorentina manager Sousa, who, like Jose Mourinho is Portuguese, has no doubt that Mourinho’s success with Inter, opened the Serie A for Portuguese trainers.

Sousa told Mediaset television :

“I’m grateful to Mourinho because he’s a great example,”

“He’s won everything and he opened the door for us Portuguese [coaches]. I always want to improve myself and I always try to take the best from others to improve what I’ve already got.”

 

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Former referee Dermot Gallagher is convinced, that Mark Clattenburg has made a right decision by showing  John Terry red card during yesterday’s match against West Bromwich Albion.

Chelsea captain received a red card in the second half of the match against West Brom. However, referee Clattenburg did not dictated the penalty for the Baggies. His decision aroused a lot of controversy. Most people find that the referee’s decision was exaggerated, but there will be some who think that he was right. For example former referee Dermot Gallagher.

Gallagher told Sky Sport News HQ:

”It’s a foul. It’s a great spot from the referee and when you see it again, he (Terry) actually grabs hold of his arm and lets it go just before they get into the penalty area. It is also good team work because it is not a penalty. So between them, they’ve got it all right. Rondon’s arm is being held. It’s just outside the penalty area and it’s a foul, there’s no doubt about it. So between the officials, they have got it 100 per cent correct.”

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Chelsea new signing Pedro has revealed, that he has decided to join the Blues because he was not able to compete with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez for a place in the starting team at Barcelona.

During his farewell press conference in Barcelona, Pedro said :

“It was not about money. It was the need to play consistently,”

“I’m sad in a way, to be leaving. There was an option to stay, that’s what the club wanted. I discussed it with everyone but the Chelsea offer attracted me.

“The easiest thing would have been to stay, it’s a difficult decision. I am taking a risk but I am decided.

“Barcelona is the best club in the world, there’s no other place like this. But I’ve joined a club I like and where I will play more. Last season was one of my worst, because there was a lot of competition and I didn’t have enough playing time.”

“I’m ambitious and I knew it would be difficult to have a lot playing time here. I’m happy to have this new challenge.”

“I was very flattered by the interest from some of England’s biggest clubs like Manchester United, City and Chelsea, but Chelsea’s offer convinced me most. I talked with [Blues coach] Jose Mourinho, it’s true he called me. I liked what he said. He convinced me.”

“The atmosphere in the Premier League is fantastic, the stadiums are always full and it’s an attractive league for spectators.”

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Former Chelsea winger Florent Malouda has joined Delhi Dynamos for the second season of the Indian Super League.

The 35-year-old Malouda joined Chelsea in 2007 from Lyon. He made 149 appearances for the Blues and scored 35 goal. In 2013 he left Stamford Bridge and joined Turkish Süper Lig side Trabzonspor.

The French player, will join Roberto Carlos at Delhi. Former Real Madrid ace has praised Malouda for his great career in Europe.

‘Malouda is a classic player and brings with him years of world class experience,”

“I am sure both the Indian and international players will learn a lot from him. His presence will not only strengthen the team but will also create high excitement levels among the ISL fans,”

Malouda told Delhi’s official website :

“I am extremely excited for my new innings and to join forces with Roberto Carlos,”

“India has great football talent and a league like ISL will bring certain amount of interest and will help develop Indian football.”

“I look forward to give my best to the league and make the Delhi fans proud.”

 

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Jose Mourinho did not blame John Terry for receiving red card during yesterday’s clash against West Brom. Chelsea manager is convinced, that appealing the decision will be a waste of time.

The Portuguese coach has stated, that he doesn’t blame John Terry for being sent off on Sunday.

During the post match press conference Mourinho said :

“No (I don’t blame Terry).

“It’s a ball into space behind the full-back. The full-back is pressing high. The striker makes the movement and then Mr Clattenburg decides a red card.”

”I don’t want to make (anything of it). To speak about that, I have to speak about many other things in the game – some things you can see, others we can see. And so many things.”

“We have to train 11 against 10. We have to do it. It’s something we want to do in training. Today, we wanted to keep the result.”

Asked if Chelsea are about to appeal Terry’s red card he said :

“Normally. I think we should appeal, but normally it’s a waste of time.

“Matic against Burnley last year, Diego Costa against Liverpool, Courtois (in the season opening draw with Swansea)… it’s a waste of time.”

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Cesar Azpilicueta Pedro Chelsea

Cesar Azpilicueta scored yesterday the goal that, at the end of the game, brought the first three points of the season to Chelsea, his first goal in the Premier League.

The Spanish defender was obviously satisfied after the game and also spoke about the latest additions to the Blues squad, Baba Rahman and Pedro, his Spanish fellow-mate was also the man of the match:

Their arrival will help everybody. We will have more competition and that can only benefit the club.

“I know Pedro very well and knew he would fit very well in the team. I know his ambition, he is hungry to help the team and to get trophies. But to start like that in his first game is amazing.

“Pedro is a top player. He played for Barcelona for many years and will fit into the Premier League and our team. He knows a few of the players already and I think he is going to do a really good job.

“He has trained with us for only one week. He has just played his first Premier League game and has already scored. So I’m sure he will get better.”

Azpilicueta continued: “He doesn’t need any advice from me. He has won the World Cup, the European Championships and three Champions Leagues. He has all the experience. 

“Of course there are a few details about playing in England, there are a few differences like the pace and how the opposition always push until the end, especially when they are losing. There is not much to say to him, honestly. He scores goals, he does everything!”

The left back was also asked if the new arrivals felt like a warning to the squad and he claimed: “We know in football you can’t rely on what you did in the past, you have to prove yourself every day. 

“We won the League last season, but we have to show in every game and every day in training that we are ready to perform in every game.”

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