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

It was a nervous Diego Costa the one we saw last night at the final whistle: he clashed with West Brom’s goalkeeper Boaz Myhill in the middle of the pitch and the two had to be separated by Chelsea captain John Terry and full back Cesar Azpilicueta.

During the game he also quarreled with Claudio Yacob and Jonas Olsson.

The Spaniard left the pitch so furious that he had to punch the wall in the dressing room tunnel to relieve his tension: the result was a big hole.

When manager Guus Hiddink was asked about this in the press conference straight after he joked:

“A hole in the tunnel wall? We can repair that easily, it’s not a problem.

“He’s an emotional guy and I like that very much. If you have to push players it’s difficult to survive in the Premier League, but if you have to control them it’s much better.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois thinks that the 2-2 against WBA tonight came also because of the attitude of Pulis‘ guys on the pitch: according to the Belgian they kept provoking Chelsea players, so to destabilise them in a match that was already tense between two teams that are struggling at the bottom of the table:

We are very disappointed,” said the Blues keeper.

It was a tough game with them playing the long ball and, second ball, trying to provoke players.”



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The ghosts were back to Stamford Bridge tonight to haunt Chelsea players and fans in what seems a season curse.

The team seemed to have improved under Hiddink in attitude and confidence but tonight not one, but twenty steps back were made.

Chelsea seemed again the team we saw from August 2 to December 14, when Mourinho was in charge this season: sloppy attitude, poor confidence, low pace.

WBA get a well deserved 2-2 in west London and remain 3 points ahead of Chelsea, that is still 14th in the table, with 27 points, while the Blues collected 24 until now, just 6 more than Sunderland -18- that would be the last team to relegate if the Premier League ended tonight.

Almost 20 points behind the two teams in the top of the table- Arsenal and Leicester- that both lead with 43 and 12 point from the 4th place, the last Champions League spot ( after playoff) where we find Spurs with 36 points: in between ten teams.

Too many, probably, to reach the fourth spot in the remaining four months if the attitude and the determination will be the same Chelsea showed tonight and in many other games this season.

Is Hiddink’s magic touch already finished after nearly one month? We hope not.

But tonight we saw a movie we’ve already seen many times in this campaign: Chelsea starting well, with a good rhythm and pace, trying to dominate the opponent, then getting the equalizer from the opponent and having a mental collapse.

The Blues found an early goal- at 20′ with Cesar Azpilicueta after Diego Costa incredibly missed the ball on an almost perfect cross by Ivanovic, concluding a nice playing by Willian, again the best player in his team- and then relaxing and conceeding too much to the rival instead of trying to find the 2-0 to virtually close the game.

And the sloppy attitude was evident in Pedro’s superficial mistake, when the Spaniard lost the ball on Chelsea midfield and Fletcher was quick to serve Craig Gardner, who beat a numb Courtois that dived way too late to try to save the ball. It was minute 33 and Chelsea, like it happened in other matches before, lost all their confidence after the opponent scored.

West Bromwich then went very close to score 2-1 and Chelsea seemed to become a little nervous.

At half time Pedro leaved the pitch for Kenedy, and – like it happened on Sunday with another youngster, Ruben Loftus-Cheek – the young substitute immediately brings freshness to the team, creating chances and opening up space for the team-mates with his speed.

Also Diego Costa seemed to be very dangerous with Kenedy supporting him, and the Brazilian youngster gets his reward where after a good playing by Fabregas and Willian he provokes McAuley own goal, with the WBA defender deflecting the ball behind Myhill with his knee.

It seemed that Chelsea could go home with the 3 precious points, but the team relaxed again conceding too much to the rival, that never lost the faith and continued to attack, being dangerous especially on corners.

And, at the end, also WBA got their reward and McLean canceled his mistake on the own goal when with a great shot beat Courtois – again not reactive enough – with just 4′ to go.

Chelsea had little nervous reaction to try to get the victory, but West Bromwich kept calm and at the end almost risked to win with a couple of chances around 90′.

When referee Anthony Taylor blew the final whistle the “boos” from Chelsea fans invaded Stamford Bridge again: the ghosts were back, let’s hope Hiddink can shoo them away again.


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Ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with West Brom at Stamford Bridge (19:45 GMT KO), the official lineups have been announced.

The Blues are looking secure back-to-back league wins for the first time this season against a West Brom side who the Blues beat 2-3 in the away encounter.


CHELSEA: Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Fàbregas, Willian, Oscar, Pedro, Costa

Subs: Begovic, Kenedy, Ramires, Remy, Cahill, Matic, Loftus-Cheek.

Manager: Guus Hiddink


WEST BROM: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Evans, McClean, Fletcher, Yacob, Brunt, Morrison, Rondon

Subs: Foster, Chester, Gardner, Anichebe, Berahino, McManaman, Sessegnon

Manager: Tony Pulis


Referee: Anthony Taylor    Assistant Referees: Simon Long, Darren Cann    Fourth Official: Jon Moss

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK.

Kick Off: 19:45pm GMT

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WBA manager Tony Pulis refused to give credit to Guus Hiddink for Chelsea’s revival.

Pulis always had a good relationship with Hiddink‘s predecessor, José Mourinho: the pair got a lot of mutual respect and often sent esteem messages to each other.

When Pulis was asked about Chelsea’s good run after Mourinho‘s sacking, he reacted like this:

To be honest, what’s been said is a load of c**p in lots of respects.

“The fact Mourinho won the league by a country mile – to say someone’s come in and changed it and they’re playing better and doing everything else better.”

There might have been other reasons that things didn’t go so well this year.”

Pulis also added that sacking Mourinho was really disrespectful to the Portuguese coach and the players who won the title last year:

“But to put Jose down is completely and utterly out of order. It’s disrespectful to Mourinho and also the players that won the league last year, because they played some great football.”

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Ghana full back Baba Rahman arrived to Chelsea last summer but he didn’t have all the chances he was expecting at Stamford Bridge.

He made a total of 6 appearances so far, 3 in Champions League and 3 in the Premier League, playing 516 minutes.

Not so bad considering the players he has to compete with, but the Ghanian players was expecting more, and now that the January window is open he reveals his frustation:

“Of course it’s frustrating for any footballer to sit in the stands,” the 21-year-old told German newspaper Bild.

“It’s not something I’ve experienced a lot of.

“As a young player you have to get used to it, and I have to get accustomed to life at a big club and this world-class league.

“In my view, the first half year was quite okay. But in the second half I will definitely play more.

Chelsea are one of the best clubs in the world,” he concluded.


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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

When Guus Hiddink was asked if Chelsea would make some signings in this January transfer window to revamp their attack, he answered:

“We also have Bertrand Traore who is a youngster. And then we are thinking.

“I’m thinking. It’s not good to talk when you are thinking. Why shall we go public? If, suppose something is going on, it can be harmful when you go public. That’s my intention, to get you confused,”

“I have good contact with the board and they are open to discussing all the options. That’s not to say it has to be done but it is open. And if the window is open the mouth is shut”.

Hiddink was also asked about Patrick Bamford, that had a bad loan spalle to Crystal Palace, about a chance for him in the first team squad:

“Things haven’t worked out for whatever reason. I would have been more content if I had been given a chance and not taken it, but I haven’t started a game in the Premier League. For a young player like me, that’s not what you need so I had to take my development into consideration and make it the priority. He will continue to play with the U21 because he has to prove something.”

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Before the clash with West Bromwich Albion tonight at Stamford Bridge Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink spoke about the options he would have in his attack, claiming that Loic Remy – that was coping with an injury in the last weeks- will have his chances:

“With the multitude of games coming up I hope Loic Remy  will deliver if he is needed,” assured Hiddink.

I hope he and Diego Costa will stay fit and I hope Remy can make his next step and get even more fit. I haven’t seen that much of him because he has repeatedly got injured. I have seen him in training the last few days but before that it was yes, no, yes, no, so I am curious.

Falcao is just with the physios working. It is purely medical what he is doing now; he is not on the pitch. He is completely in the doctors’ and physios’ hands. If he is declared fit then it will take time to get him game-fit so I don’t know how long, I don’t know how many weeks [before he is available].



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The Daily Express have claimed that both Tottenham Hotspur and Turkish side Galatasaray are both interested in Chelsea striker Loic Remy. 

The report from the Daily Express comes after fellow Premier League sides Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Newcasstle United  all registered their interest in the Frenchman.

Remy has struggled for form since his £8.5 million move from QPR in 2014, and has failed to secure a first team place.

The Express claim that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is eyeing Remy as a strike partner for Harry Kane, and is hoping to secure a cheap deal in the January transfer window.

However, it is believed Chelsea want £9 million for Remy.

Galatasary are also in need of a striker, sitting 11 points behind league leaders Besiktas.



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Tony Pulis

Guus Hiddink is looking for successive Premier League wins as Chelsea take on West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday (19:45 GMT KO).

The Blues easily overcame Crystal Palace 0-3 at Selhurst Park in what was a perfect start to 2016, and Chelsea will look to complete the double over the Baggies.

West Brom currently sit in 12th, three points and two places above Chelsea, having won a game more after 20 matches this season.

Earlier this season at the Hawthorns, Chelsea’s new signing Pedro scored and grabbed an assist as Jose Mourinho’s side won 2-3.


Last six games:

Chelsea: LWDDWW (includes one FA Cup game).

West Brom: DLLWWD (includes one FA Cup game). 


Team News:

– Diego Costa will be fit to play having overcome a bruised knee.

– Loic Remy is also set to return after recovering from a calf problem.

– Midfielder Eden Hazars and striker Radamel Falcao are both definite absentees.

– Jonas Olsson and Victor Anichebe are boy set to miss out due to hamstring issues.

– Goalkeeper Ben Foster could also make his return after 10 months out with a serious knee injury.



– West Brom haven’t beaten Chelsea away from home since 1978.

– Chelsea are looking for their first back-to-back wins this season.

– Chelsea could lose five home matches in a single Premier League season for the first time in 20 years.

– Tony Pulis’ side have kept a clean sheet in their last eight away games.

– Blues striker Diego Costa has scored three goals in two games – as many as he has all season.


Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

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

West Brom (home vs. Stoke, won 2-1): Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Brunt, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Yacob, Gardner, Morrison, Lambert.


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