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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has admitted he is struggling to deal with Chelsea’s disastrous performances since the beginning of the new season. He has also confessed that has already spent many sleepless nights thinking about club’s difficult situation.

Fabregas told the Mirror:

”It keeps me awake at night when things don’t go right,”

“Football is my life. It is ­everything to me.”

“My family keep me happy sometimes but when football doesn’t go well, my life isn’t happy. I try to fix it and try to put it right. We are used to always being at the top.”

“Sometimes when I’m at home, in bed, I wonder. You have your own thoughts and the manager will have his thoughts about what is going on and it is all about talking about things and putting this right all together.

“It’s been really difficult. It’s not the best time at the club and we want to lift ourselves up and to start playing better.”

“Me and the manager and some other players have always been lucky enough to play for big teams. Always trying to get to the top and always fighting for things.”

“In the Champions League, we are still there and the FA Cup hasn’t even started yet so it is all about the league.”

“We need to put the good performances in week-in, week-out and try to be as high as we can around Christmas because then, it will be a very, very tough time. But when you know things aren’t going your way, you have to do even more.”

“When things go well, you touch the ball with any part of your body, you’re not looking and it goes in. We need to put extra work in.”

“I can’t support Mourinho even more than I’m doing. I’m always saying he deserves it, 100 per cent,”

“We’re not playing well but that doesn’t mean we’re not in favour of the manager or something like that.”

“We want to win for Chelsea, that’s the first thing. We want the club to be at the top and someone like Mourinho who is having difficult times and the players, then you have to support each other and give our best.”


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Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti thinks the club has made the decision by sticking with Jose Mourinho despite the club suffering its worst start to a season for a generation.

Ancelotti won the Premiership in his first season with Chelsea and added the FA Cup days later to give the club its first ‘Double’. He was sacked after a disappointing second season in which Chelsea won nothing. He has since won the Ligue 1 title in France with PSG and the Champions League with Real Madrid, where he replaced Mourinho after the Portuguese returned to Chelsea.

Since being sacked by Real Madrid last summer Ancelotti has been on a break from football; the Italian has been linked with several clubs, including the Blues with some thinking he could replace Mourinho should the club decide to sack their most successful ever coach. ChelseaNews24  recently reported that Manchester City had made Ancelotti their number one choice to replace Manuel Pellegrini, having given up on trying to persuade Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola to take over at the Etihad.

Ancelotti, however, refutes all notions that he will replace Mourinho for a second time in a few years, saying that the Stamford Bridge hierarchy have done the right thing in keeping faith with the two time Champions League winner during this difficult period as there are signs that Chelsea’s luck is about to change and Mourinho is the best man to see it through.

Speaking to the BBC, the Italian said this:

“To have success you have to be at 100%. If you are at 90% in football now is not enough. You need 100% if you want to compete at the top level like Chelsea are used to doing.

“They have lost confidence in their play but I think now slowly they can move on from this situation and I think Mourinho is the best manager to manage this because he is involved and knows the situation of the players. I think the club took the right decision to keep Mourinho.”

On the possibility of returning to Stamford Bridge even in the short term, he continued:

“No, no. I try to find a club for next season but for now my idea is to start then and not now.

He did, however, admit that the Premiership is his preferred option when he next steps back into football:

“The Premiership is  my number one choice. In football anything can happen and I had a fantastic experience but the most important thing is to find a club with a good project and that is competitive, but if it is in England then it is better.”

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Cesc Fabregas thinks Chelsea still have time to turn the season around despite their worst start in a generation, and points to his former club’s success last term as inspiration. 

Barcelona, under the stewardship of Luis Enrique, made an unassuming start to the season but won the treble of league, cup and Champions League- defeating Juventus 3-1 in a dramatic final in Berlin.

Speaking to Goal,  the Spain international said this:

“We will have to see but the best example is Barcelona last season. They didn’t look good until January, but from then they reached a spectacular level and they finished the season in the ascendant.

 “A lot can happen yet, even if we are a little off the pace at the moment. We have to start winning and moving up the table now.”

Fabregas had a brilliant season last time but has failed to reach the heights so far this campaign.

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Didier Drogba says he wants to train with Chelsea during the MLS off-season, but will only be able to if his club Montreal Impact allows him to.

Drogba left Chelsea at the end of last season having helped the club regain the Premiership title. He had returned the previous summer after a two year absence having won the Champions League with his final kick in the final against Bayern Munich.

Since leaving Stamford Bridge for the second time he has scored 12 goals in 14 matches, helping Montreal Impact to the MLS play-offs where they eventually lost to Columbus Crew.

The former Ivory Coast captain is quoted by French news agency AFP saying that, should it be possible, he would like to return to Chelsea again if only to train in preparation for the new MLS season next year.

“To train? Why not? But it’s something I would need to discuss with [Montreal], because I belong to them,” the 37-year-old said.

Ruling out the prospect of playing for Jose Mourinho’s side again, he continued:

“I signed a one-and-a-half year contract, I always like to respect what I have signed.”

“Playing? I’m not too hot on that idea. I need to rest and make sure that I’m ready for the new season.”

Drogba scored 164 goals in 381 games after originally signing in 2004 from Ligue 1 Marseille.

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Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross has been given a year’s supply of deodorant following his side’s game against Chelsea.

Costa, who was kept relatively quiet by the Stoke captain throughout the 1-0 defeat last Saturday, gestured to Shawcross that his armpits stank after the pair clashed in the second half by pointing to his armpits and holding his nose.

After the match at the Britannia Stadium, Shawcross’ wife Kath tweeted a picture of the 28-year old holding a bottle of Dove deodorant, with the caption, “Made sure Ryan Shawcross put his deodorant on this evening.”

Shawcross, along with Potters manager Mark Hughes, attended a BBC Radio Stoke fan’s forum on Wednesday, where he was presented with 12 months’ worth of body spray.

“When Costa was concentrating on me and not the game, then the battle was won,” Shawcross told the forum.

“He is a top player and I was pleased to keep him quiet.”

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Chelsea youngster Dominic Solanke made his England U21 debut as the Three Lions drew 0-0 with Bosnia-Herzegovina in their Euro 2017 qualifier.

The 18-year old partnered Arsenal’s Chuba Akpom upfront, as fellow Chelsea players Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah and Lewis Baker also started in midfield in Sarajevo.

Baker, who is on loan with Solanke at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, fired one of the few chances of the game wide of the post and was replaced with 20 minutes to go by Sunderland’s Duncan Watmore. Loftus-Cheek and Solanke were both replaced in the dying stages, with Chalobah playing a full game.

Ola Aina, who was promoted to the U21 squad from the U20’s earlier this week, was an unused substitute and John Swift, another late addition to the group, wasn’t involved. Gareth Southgate’s side currently top their group.

At U19 level, Tammy Abraham scored an equaliser two minutes from time as England came back from two goals down in a friendly away in the Netherlands, having come on in the 70th minute. Izzy Brown played the whole game.


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Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes has said her side gave their opponents too much respect as they lost 1-2 to Wolfsburg in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday night.

An own goal after just three minutes from Gilly Flaherty gave the Germans the lead but a Babbett Peter own goal drew the Blues level just after the start of the second half.

However, a low finish from Caroline Graham Hansen 12 minutes from time left the Blues needing at least two goals in the away leg on the 18th November.

And Hayes, who guided her team to a league and cup double this year, has said that her side were naïve against a Wolfsburg side who won the competition in 2012 and 2013:

“It took us a while to get started and it was a poor goal to concede so early in the game,” said Hayes in her post-match press conference.

“It was a little bit naive from us, but I thought other than that there wasn’t a lot in it between the two teams. We perhaps paid them a little too much respect in the first 45 minutes.

“We adjusted our tactics at half-time to get the team higher up the park and I thought we dominated for about 30 minutes. They scored when we were really on top of the game.

“The difference at this level is that we had two glorious chances to score but we didn’t and they countered us to go up the other end and score.

“When Fran [Kirby] had the chance to put us 2-1 up, if it had gone in then I’m sure the outcome would have been different as we could have adjusted our tactics.

“This team wants to attack and at times we are naive – and in this competition if you do things like trying to keep the ball in at the side of the pitch or give the ball back to them quickly, they will exploit you.

“Wolfsburg did exactly that and they got a goal against the run of play. They go home victors, but I felt they were a little lucky.”

With the English domestic season finishing in early October, the first leg represented the first game in nearly a month for Hayes’ side – and the manager feels that played a part in the Blues’ uncharacteristically slow start.

Hayes suggested earlier this week that FA should do more to help English teams prepare for European competition.

“I don’t think freshness was the difference, it was sharpness,” she said. “When you haven’t played a game of football for four weeks, it takes a while for your engine to get going.

“Four weeks between games showed in the first 45 minutes. If an English team is going to win the Champions League, we have to be more game-ready.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic said that working with Jose Mourinho in one of the best clubs in Europe is a great honor for him.

The Bosnian has once again expressed his support towards the Portuguese coach. Words of support will certainly help now Mourinho, who found himself under fire after recent Chelsea’s weak performances.

Begovic said:

”I think it is unnecessary to talk about Jose’s qualities.”

”This is one of the leading experts in their work and it really is a privilege to work with him.

“He and all of us are doing everything to improve our game. When it comes to the Premier League, it is certain that we can do better. ”

”In some games we have not had any luck and in some we have not reflected our real quality. On the other hand, in the Champions League we are solid.”

“The fact that we are now in a worse league position than we expected does not affect my mood when it comes to my decision about signing for Chelsea,”

“I still believe that I made the right choice and it’s great a step ahead of me in my career, because Chelsea is a top club.”

“My time spent at Stoke was really great and I enjoyed it there, but Chelsea is a club on another level in terms of organisation, the environment and the global popularity.”

“The pressure is higher but it is a top club and it’s great to be a part of it.”


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