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John Obi Mikel has called his teammates to show Sydney A league who they are and why they have been crowned champions in the Premier League.

Chelsea will face Sydney FC at the ANZ stadium and John obi Mikel believes it is a good opportunity to show them their strength, he said:

“We’re here to play well and show why we’re the champions. We’re used to big crowds and good atmospheres, so we’re looking forward to that and it was nice to see so many fans come to watch us training as well.

“So far it’s been a good trip. I’m feeling a little jet lag since we arrived in Sydney, so I’ve been resting and sleeping a lot, but it will be a great game. Sydney had a good game against Spurs and will want to do even better against us.”

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Manchester United defender Daley Blind believes his side are capable of overturning the deficit on Chelsea and winning the league next side.

The Red Devils finished in fourth place and 17 points behind the champions, but Blind believes that under the stewardship of his compatriot Louis van Gaal, it is possible the gap can be bridged. Blind is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying:

“I think we’re not far off. If you look at the end of this season we’ve done well and we’ve picked up a lot of points, even though the last few games were difficult, but I think we have a good chance next year.

“If you look at the games we’ve played against the top teams, we’ve won a lot of points and a club like Manchester United will always aim to win the title. Next year, we’re going to do that.

“I think in a lot of games this year we’ve carried on fighting until the end and got some points because of that.

“It comes from the players and the dressing room is really great, everyone gets on really well with each other.

“We want to fight for each other, on and off the pitch, and that’s where the spirit comes from.”

Blind, 25, was bought by van Gaal from Ajax last summer.

 

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has insisted that his team are capable of winning the Premiership next season after retaining the FA Cup on Saturday.

Ramsey, whose goal won Arsenal its first trophy in nine years in 2014 in the same competition, celebrated with his teammates in an open top bus parade yesterday. He is quoted in the London Evening Standard voicing his optimism for the next campaign:

“I think we are closing the gap on Chelsea. I think we’ve learned in the big games how to manage them and it will be important to go into next season with that sort of mentality.”

Arsenal finished 12 points behind Chelsea last season but did for a short time emerge as the Champions’ nearest challenger, something that fell away after failing to beat a resolute Blues side at the Emirates Stadium towards the end of season.

 

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Arsenal midfielder, Jack Wilshere is confident his team can upset Chelsea next season when it comes to the title

Arsenal ended their Premier League season 12 points behind leaders Chelsea who were already crowned champions with three games spare. This didn’t prevent the midfielder to show his confidence of beating the Champions next season, as he said:

“We have made a big step mentally. I remember in previous years going to big games, Man United, City, Chelsea, thinking ‘have we really got a chance today?’ But this year, from the first big game, Man City at home, we did well and then we won at their place.

Asked whether or not, his team was capable of winning the Premier League title one day, he added:

“Next year we feel that can really push Chelsea, City and United for the title. It will be ferocious competiton”

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Juventus will meet Barcelona in Berlin for the Champions League final on June the 6th for their first European taste since 1996

Barcelona are favourite to win it but not according to to Gianluca Vialli. He reckons his old club still has it and can win it despite being the underdog. He said:

“They will have to defend with so many men behind the line of the ball, even if that means parking the bus like Jose Mourinho and Roberto Di Matteo.”

Vialli admitted, Barcelona are still stronger, especially with their tri at the front but his old club should have a go and give everything, he added:

“Barcelona are stronger, don’t forget that. They’re best encountered in a one-off game as they’re rarely below-par twice. If you have people like Messi, Neymar and Suarez, you can do a lot of damage.”

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The Chelsea players were in great spirits yesterday as they paraded around London on an open top bus and more than thousands of fans lined the streets all the way from the stadium to Parson’s Green.

They are the new Premier League champions.

Chelsea player Cesc Fabregas thanked his fans not only for the love they show, but even for creating a song in Fabregas name.

During the parade, when his team-mate Oscar was interviewed, he made fun of him since he is still not able to speak English properly after three years in England (18.00 into video).

In a magic and happy atmosphere the Brazilian laughed about it.

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Chelsea are Premier League champions, but according to Graeme Souness, they still have to improve to succeed.

Souness explained his reasons to Sky Sports.

“Didier Drogba found life tough when he got his games towards the end of the season.

“He found it a difficult league to play in at his age.

“So with him going I think they need to get another striker and I’m sure he’s going to address that.

“With Diego Costa, is his hamstring fully cleared up? He arrived with it and it seemed to be a problem for him throughout the season.

“When he was playing early on, he was doing a real job for them. But they will add.

“When you are at that level or perhaps any level, if you’re not adding to it then you’re standing still because your rivals will be strengthening.

“Manchester City will, Manchester United will and Arsenal certainly will. So Chelsea have to strengthen otherwise they’re standing still.”

Mourinho believes the Blues’ youngsters are a key priority. Indeed, he introduced Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Izzy Brown and Andreas Christensen into the fold in the latter stages of the season.

The Portuguese manager even claimed that they won Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup this season,  because some of the youngsters did make the transition into the first-team.

“I think genuine failure if you’re Chelsea is not winning the big trophies,” added Souness. “The failure of not introducing youngsters is a poor second. It’s way down the road.

“I think the priority for Jose, as it should be if you ask any supporter, is to win trophies. But it’ll be hard for him. Winning the Premier League back-to-back is not easy.”

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Didier Drogba played his last game for Chelsea on Sunday.

Frank Lampard paid tribute to the Blues legend and claimed that without him in the team Londoners wouldn’t have enjoyed the same level of success.

Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba enjoyed eight successful years at Chelsea from 2004 to 2012.

Lampard posted a picture on Instagram of Drogba while he was carrying off by his team-mates following final Premier League against Sunderland on Sunday.

He said: “Without him I wouldn’t have enjoyed the personal success I had at Chelsea but also the club would not have leagues and Champions leagues titles to their name.

“He always produced in the big games. He was a monster in the dressing room and a great friend away from football.

“It was an honour to have played with him and I wish him well in whatever his next move is. I know he still has lots to give. Thank you Didi! #legend.”

Drogba could now join Lampard in the MLS after playing his final game for Chelsea on Sunday

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As we’re also enjoying the fact that Chelsea are Champions once again after 5 years, we took up the streets of Fulham area to talk ton the Chelsea fans about their excitement, joy shortly before the bus parade. Here is what they had to say:

How does it feel to be Champions again, after 5 years?

Selena: Well it feels so good, it’s been long to wait 5 years but here we go! We are massive Chelsea fans so we really wanted to come down and and cheer up.

John: We still have a way to go (laughing) but it feels so good to be Champions once more, we really deserved it and we stayed at the top since day 1.

Would you describe this parade as the bigger one than the Champions League, three years ago?

Alice: Well, not very much so because Champions league is a European competition so ‘s very massive, but it still great.

John: It’s a different feeling, the Champions League has been something much rarer, I mean for me my generation (compared to his father)

Dominic: Not really , but still this parade means so much for us. We’re champions and it takes the club to a new level and greater status.

The likes of Petr Cech and Didier Drogba will be leaving the club this summer, are you sad?

Nathan ( John’s father ) : It’s quite a shock, especially for Drogba. I thought he would stay on, they should have given him an extra year contract.

Dominic: It’s a great shock to be fair. Drogba’s penalty kick got us the Champions League, he will always be a legend for us. Petr Cech has been so good over the years so we’re quite sad but I’m happy to have witnessed it

Do you think the the departures of two legends is the beginning of a new Chelsea era?

Selena: No, I wouldn’t say it’s the beginning of new era. Jose said we’ve got a magnificient squad of young talents, so I think it is time for the legends ( Drogba, Lampard, Cech) to move on and make some room for the future legends..

Dominic: I don’t think so. Maybe he (Jose Mourinho) can give some players the chance, for example the under 21 so I would say it is the beginning of a new generation instead.

Nathan: He’s building a new team but still needs a team based on experienced players, so hopefully John Terry can have another great year, before he goes too..

 

Thanks to Alan, John, Dominic, Alice and Selena to share some words with us!  

 

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