Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta has posted on his Twitter, a photo with his teammates from the Spain national team. La Rioja will face Slovakia on Saturday in Euro 2016 qualifier.
Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis signed Nathaniel Chalobah on loan on the deadline day of Italian market and he already pointed out that if the youngster will do a great campaign he aims to sign him permanently:
“I hope he does well,” he told reporters.
“Chelsea didn’t give us the option to buy him, but should he prove to be an important player during the season we will go on the offensive to keep him”.
Pedro’s move to Chelsea was huge not only for the importance of the player that the Blues signed but also because the champions of England hijacked his transfer to Manchester United, that seemed already done.
Among the causes of last minute Pedro‘s change of mind, many people hinted to the fact that the Spanish winger could have had problems with Red Devils’ manager Louis Van Gaal, especially after he had not a very good treatment of ex Pedro’s fellow-mate Victor Valdés, but the Spaniard denied this was the reason he preferred Chelsea to Man United:
“It’s true that I don’t like that treatment for my colleagues, especially for Victor, who has been a reference as a team-mate and as a professional,” the 28-year-old Pedro told Marca.
“I don’t believe it’s fair but it didn’t influence my decision. I just saw that Manchester didn’t take that move forward, that they were taking too long. Chelsea were more decisive.
“I had an important chat with José Mourinho and he said many things that I liked to hear. That, combined with the possibility to live in London, was what made me decide”.
Cesar Azpilicueta believes David De Gea will be welcomed back to Manchester United despite trying to engineer a move to Real Madrid.
De Gea’s transfer fell though on the last day of the transfer window due to administrative errors after a Summer of speculation surrounding his future. It was long accepted that De Gea wanted the move to happen and will most likely leave at the end of the season when his contract expires.
Speaking about his international teammate, Azpilicueta said this:
“As a rival, I’ve experienced the affection the United fans have for De Gea.
“They always respect him and they will continue to do so.
“He is very loved there, and the United fans will welcome him with respect.”
De Gea has not played this season but could do this weekend when his team plays Liverpool.
Asmir Begovic insists that Chelsea’s bad start to the season is no reason to panic and that the team has the quality to come back from a start that has seen them just one out of four Premiership games, namely with the manager Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea’s second goalkeeper spoke to Sky Sports following Bosnia’s 3-1 loss to Belgium in their Euro 2016 qualifying campiagn, a game which saw goals from Eden Hazard and ex-Chelsea man Kevin De Bruyne.
He spoke of the team’s poor fortune afterwards, saying:
“I think it’s a combination of things. A little bit of bad luck, the other teams playing well, we’re not playing quite as well as we should have and a lot of things haven’t gone our way.
“It’s been difficult, I think the second season after being champions is the most difficult and there is a bit of a reaction to that.
“It’s nothing that our dressing room can’t handle, we have a manager to take us forward so we’re not panicking just yet.”
Thaibaus Courtois admits that Chelsea’s slow start to the season has been unexpected and disappointing but believes that the team will bounce back soon.
The Chelsea ‘keeper spoke to Sky Sports following Belgium’s 3-1 victory over Bosnia in the latest round Euro 2016 qualifiers about the team’s poor form that has earned them just one win four matches, and his compatriot Kevin De Bruyne’s arrival Premiership with Manchester City.
“No, obviously it is not the start we expected but it’s the Premier League, every game is difficult and we will fight back- starting next week against Everton.
“It’s a very difficult away game but if we manage to win there it will help us to be back at our best.”
On De Bruyne, he scored from long range:
“It shows his quality and mental strength that after two weeks of negotiations and difficult days he managed to play a good game.
“We’re looking forward to having him in the Premier League and show his quality. “
Chelsea manager José Mourinho was presented with five Guinness of Books records:
Longest football unbeaten home run by a manager: nine-year stretch covering 151 games across his time in charge of the four clubs.
Most Champions League titles with different clubs (two): He led Porto and Inter to European glory, so he entered the record books as one of only five coaches to have won the Champions League with different clubs.
Youngest manager to reach 100 Champions League matches (49 years, 12 days)
Most points in a Premier League season (95): The tally came when he won the title with Chelsea in the 2004-05 season.
Most games unbeaten at home in the Premier League (77)
“The fact they gave me the awards in a way that I can put them up in my office is nice,” Mourinho said after receiving the framed awards.
“It’s something fun and as a kid you could never imagine that one day you would be in the Guinness Book of Records.
“You know me, these awards are for something I did in the past and obviously it’s nice, but for me what’s more important is what I can do in the future.”
Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has been left out of Roma’s Champions League and Serie A squads for the new season.
The 34-year old struggled to pin down a first team place for the Italian side in his debut season last year, making just 16 appearances.
It now seems Cole is out of head coach Rudi Garcia’s European and domestic plans, with the former Arsenal man not even listed on Roma’s official website as one of their players.
Cole moved to the Stadio Olimpico last July after he ran out his deal at Stamford Bridge, after making over 200 appearances for the Blues. However, after Roma signed new left-back Lucas Digne in the summer, it appears his time in Italy is drawing to a swift conclusion.
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has said that his side had already agreed a deal for Chelsea defender Michael Hector.
Hector moved to Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day for £4 million from Championship side Reading, before immediately being loaned back to the Berkshire side.
Palace spent over £25 million on new players this summer, including an eye-catching signing of Yohan Cabaye and the capture of Patrick Bamford from Chelsea on a season-long loan.
But Parish has revealed Chelsea hijacked the Eagles’ move for Hector, and has said that he is disappointed at losing out on the 23-year old.
“We had a deal for Michael Hector at Reading – that was a done deal and we thought we had that one.
“Unfortunately the might of Chelsea came in and the player chose to go there, so at least we’re getting the right targets.
“We must be doing the right thing, so that was disappointment but you don’t win them all and we live to fight another day.”
However, Parish has backed Hector, who has also been on loan spells at Barnet, Shrewsbury, Aldershot, Cheltenham and Aberdeen, to shine at the top level:
“I am sure Michael will do very well at Chelsea and we wish him all the best.
“We don’t hold grudges, Chelsea are a big club and I think he has supported them since a kid, so you can understand why he chose them.”
Chelsea Ladies “have the firepower” to go on and win the WSL title, says Rachel Brown-Finnis.
Speaking to BBC Sport, the former Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton goalkeeper has said that the Blues have the right credentials to beat off their title rivals, with just three games of the season left to play.
Chelsea have a three-point lead at the top of the table, and the teams in second and third – Sunderland and Manchester City, are yet to play each other. City however, who are five points off the leaders, have a game in hand, whilst Sunderland also have to play Arsenal.
If other results go their way, Emma Hayes’ side could seal the title before the end of September, provided they can beat Notts County (home, 6th September), and Liverpool (away, 26th September).
If not, they face a potentially decisive clash on the last day of the season, at home against Sunderland on 4th October.
However, Brown-Finnis, who retired aged 34 in January this year, has said that despite the potentially tough challenge ahead, the Blues will be strong enough to lift their first WSL title:
“They’ve gone from strength to strength since the FA Cup final.
“Their depth of players is at least on a par with Manchester City’s but Chelsea have the firepower that will be decisive to go on and win the title.
“They’ve learnt from last season so I think, come that last game against Sunderland, they won’t make the same mistake twice.”
Chelsea went into the final day of last season two points clear at the top of the table. But a 2-1 loss to Manchester City saw them surrender the title to Liverpool – who started the day in third.
Should they win the league, they will have done the double in what is the first season ever that they have won silverware, after their FA Women’s Cup success earlier this year.
Mathematically, six teams (Chelsea, Manchester City, Sunderland, Arsenal, Notts County and Liverpool) could all win the title. However, should Chelsea win only one of their remaining games, the latter two will have their already slim hopes dashed.