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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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Drogba and Fabregas lifting the trophies Chelsea won this season: the Premier League and Capital One Cup © Francesca Ceciarini

Our exclusive photo gallery from the Chelsea 2015 Champions Parade in Fulham.

Please note all pictures are © Francesca Ceciarini, every abuse will be prosecuted. 

 

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Here are today’s official line ups for the clash between Chelsea and Sunderland, in a game which sees nothing but pride to play for.

Didier Drogba, who is playing his last game as a Chelsea player after revealing he will be leaving the club at the end of the season, is given the captain’s armband as Blues boss Jose Mourinho makes six changes.

Petr Cech starts on what is expected to be his last ever game.

Cech, Cesar Azpilicueta, John Obi Mikel, Juan Cuadrado, Didier Drogba and Willian all come in, replacing Thibaut Courtois, Filipe Luis, Ruben-Loftus Cheek, Cesc Fabregas, Loic Remy and Diego Costa.

Eden Hazard does play despite emergency dental surgery earlier this week, and Loic Remy is dropped completely.

Izzy Brown and Loftus-Cheek don’t make the bench like he did against West Brom last Monday, but there are three academy products named amongst the subs.

Sunderland, who secured safety on Wednesday night with a 0-0 draw with Arsenal, make three changes: Vito Mannone replaces the injured Costel Pantilimon in the Sunderland goal, with Jack Rodwell coming in for Lee Cattermole. Steven Fletcher comes in for Danny Graham.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Matic, Cuadrado, Willian, Hazard, Drogba (C)

Substitutes: Courtois, Filipe Luis, Christensen, Boga, Remy, Costa, Solanke

 

Sunderland: Mannone, Jones, van Aanholt, O’Shea (C), Coates, Larsson, Rodwell, Johnson, Fletcher, Wickham, Defoe

Substitutes: Cattermole, Reveillere, Graham, Giaccherini, Vergini, Buckley, Pickford

 

Referee: Lee Mason

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he knew his side would win the Premier League.

The Blues will lift the trophy tomorrow after their match against Sunderland, having sealed it two weeks ago against Crystal Palace with three games to spare.

According to the Special One, who has steered Chelsea to three of their four Premier League titles and their first since 2010, Chelsea showed their title credentials earlier in the season. He said:

“We started in a way where we felt it was going to be, because we started very well. not just winning matches, but scoring goals, playing beautifully, dominating opponents.”

Chelsea showed their strength from day one, and never let it go, he added:

“We never did it twice in a row, so when we lost our first match after that match we won. When we lost our second match, after that we won again, and when we lost our third match it was too late because we were already champions.”

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Chelsea legend Marcel Desailly explained what makes Jose Mourinho so special in an interview with the Premier League.

The Blues are already Premier League champions with games to spare.

The title is their fourth in nine years.

The former defender Desailly claimed that Chelsea boss deserves credit for getting the Premier League title.

“The ability of Mourinho is, first of all, the ability to choose players who fit the exact profile of what he requires and, secondly, to control the squad.

“There has not been a single internal controversy, and each and every second-choice player, when called upon to do their job, have done very well. This is where Mourinho is very good.”

Blues legend praised even several players, since they are able to play in a number of positions.

“There is a greater diversity of the players now.

“If you look at Ramires, he can play as a winger or as a defensive midfielder; Branislav Ivanovic can play as a centre-back or a full-back; Kurt Zouma can play in defence or as a defensive midfielder. If you look throughout the squad, all these players are interchangeable, it’s just amazing.”

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