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Former Manchester City manager and legendary Liverpool forward Kevin Keegan has no doubt that Chelsea are unable to finish in the Premier League top four this season.

Jose Mourinho’s team sit 14th in the Premier League table, already 15 points behind a top four. Defeat to Bournemouth was their eighth league loss and according to Keegan, there is no chance for Chelsea to finish in the Premier League top four this season.

Keegan told beIn Sport:

“Chelsea are struggling to find any kind of form,”

“I felt if ever Chelsea were going to have a chance of getting back into the top four, which I still thought up until this match they could, it’s gone now.”

“It’s not only gone because there is a gap appearing, it’s gone because they’ve lost their way.”

“Their best players (last season) are almost their worst players and they just seem like a club that’s not able to dominate a game anymore,”

“You watch that team and you can’t see them going on a good run.”

Keegan has admitted also that several Chelsea players, such as Nemanja Matic, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas or Branislav Ivanovic have failed to live up to expectations this season:

“Matic was outstanding last season. This season, he’s not the same player. Ivanovic used to set the standard and now he’s not the same. Hazard is the same. If you take all those things away, you see now what looks a very average team.”

“I’ve said it before with their pre-season but Chelsea look a little bit behind the pace and you can’t catch that up very quickly. For Fabregas it looks like the game is too quick for him. You take confidence out of a player, it can have that effect. The coach doesn’t really know how to put this right.”

“Mourinho has never been in this situation before. He’s always had success on success. Something happened between him and Roman Abramovich. At the start of the season, we felt he wasn’t happy because he hadn’t got the players in that he wanted and I still feel it’s a little bit of that.”

 

 

 

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JOSE MOURINHO WEST HAM
Ex Chelsea boss José Mourinho will return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, this time as Manchester United manager © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea and Porto legend Ricardo Carvalho spoke in the eve of the game that will see is ex teams facing each other at Stamford Bridge.

The game is very delicate for both teams, but especially for the Blues, as a defeat could mean the end of Mourinho’s second spend with Chelsea:

“Mourinho can’t live with defeat, that’s why he isn’t doing great,” the 37-year-old told to Spanish radio Cadena Ser.

Despite that, I think he’s the right man to turn things around at Chelsea.

“If they qualify, I think that Chelsea can go a long way in the Champions League. They aren’t doing great in the Premier League, but they can knock out anyone in Europe.”

Carvalho also claimed that he still doesn’t know which team he will cheer:

“I don’t know if I’ll support Porto or Chelsea. I grew up at Porto, but I spent more years at Chelsea. Mourinho is there and I have a lot of friends at the club.

“Chelsea are favourites because they’re at home and only need a draw, but the smallest details decide these types of games and Porto have an outstanding team.”

 

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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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