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Guus Hiddink commented the signing of Pep Guardiola by Manchester City:

I think people were expecting this since his exit from Bayern Munich was announced, I think for young managers to act in this league is beautiful.And he will face another league than he’s used to.

“You have always this kind of domination at the teams he’s worked at before, and no one can achieve what he did. England is different from Spain and Germany because there are not dominant teams like there, it’s different but even for him is more attractive. In Spain in September you already know that one between Real Madrid and Barcelona is going to win the league, in Germany there is Bayern’s dominance.

“The big difference is that here you got a big team to play every three days.

“Guardiola is not naif, I know him personally he’s a very stable person.

“When he was playing he was already the tactical leader of the team.I met him once or twice on the pitch, working there with a team who hired the training ground and he was in the second team. He knows the youth as well. He’s very kind, but he’s also a guy that knows what to do.

“The transition to the Premier League is not that difficult because you have, in this case they have, a lot of time to prepare for the new year. They know their plans properly. You can adjust to that. But it’s a new experience, knowing that every week, or every three or four days, there will be huge opposition. But he will know. It’s not his first year in management, and the Spanish guys at Manchester City know this league.”

Hiddink was asked if after this move current Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini can go to Chelsea:

“That’s up to Chelsea to decide. What I think of him, not having met him or spoken to him, I admire his approach to football, to his team and to the game, and he’s a well balanced manager. I respect him without knowing him.”

 

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of Premier League’s game at Watford:

PATO -He is somewhere in fitness, he had worked for a few trainings, I don’t know if he can play, but he is in his preparation so he is not fully fit.

“Paperwork is done and formally he is available, but he has to be ready also physically and mentally, he hasn’t been playing since november, so we have to be careful.

INJURIES – “Falcao is out. Remy has got an injury on his calf since 10 days, so he’s not available.

TERRY“I like very much the way he plays and how much he is committed to the team, he still have his contract to the end of the season and there will be time to speak.

“His statement a bit surprising, but he was entitled to do that.

“I think there was no specific decision, I think he didn’t see any progress of what’s coming up, the decision was from his side and club side

“The door is not shut, everything is always possible.

“John is very fit and he’s not what you normally see in players his age, I had other players that age, also at lower levels, and you could see they had some issues, but this is not his case.

“I think he will be not just professional but also work hard as well.

“Every case is different, you cannot compare Remy and Ramires’ situation to John’s one, Terry is one of the key players.”

Steve Atkins, Chelsea head of commuication and public affaris, intervenes to say the club’s point of view on the iusse: ” We have said we will continue speaking to John.”

The Hiddink goes on:

HIS FUTURE“I try to stay here also for next season, it’s not up to me.

REMY - “I don’t know if the club wanted to sell him. If he can go to China before the end of February? I cannot speak about that.

GUARDIOLA AT CITY – “I think people were expecting this since his exit from Bayern Munich was announced, I think for young managers to act in this league is beautiful.

“England is different from Spain and Germany because there are not dominant teams like there, it’s different but even for him is more attractive. In Spain in September you already know that one between Real Madrid and Barcelona is going to win the league, in Germany there is Bayern’s dominance.

“The big difference is that here you got a big team to play every three days.

“Guardiola is not naif, I know him personally he’s a very stable person.

“When he was playing he was already the tactical leader of the team.I met him once or twice on the pitch, working there with a team who hired the training ground and he was in the second team. He knows the youth as well. He’s very kind, but he’s also a guy that knows what to do.

“The transition to the Premier League is not that difficult because you have, in this case they have, a lot of time to prepare for the new year. They know their plans properly. You can adjust to that. But it’s a new experience, knowing that every week, or every three or four days, there will be huge opposition. But he will know. It’s not his first year in management, and the Spanish guys at Manchester City know this league.”

PELLEGRINI FOR CHELSEA? - “That’s up to Chelsea to decide. What I think of him, not having met him or spoken to him, I admire his approach to football, to his team and to the game, and he’s a well balanced manager. I respect him without knowing him.”

FOURTH SPORT CHANCES-73 points is the maximum we can achieve and usually the fourth spot is not less than 68? I haven’t’ calculated how many points we can make until the end of the season, we go game by game

“We need a sequence of wins now to have some chance.

WATFORD“They gave us a test at Stamford Bridge. They have a very dangerous team who can score at any moment, with strikers who are very dangerous. They have a very well organised team around them.

“Quique Sanchez Flores was my player. I know how he can construct a team and make it solid, very difficult to beat.

“When you compare a bit with the past, my first experience was the FA Cup game against Watford in 2009, a rather easy game for Chelsea on 60% of effort. Nowadays it’s impossible to think like that. It has grown a lot. The gap between the top clubs and the lower qualified clubs has not vanished, but it has been reduced.”

WILLIAN“He was not on the pitch yesterday, because he had a sligh contusion on the foot. Today he will be on the pitch and we’ll see how his reaction is.

MIAZGA“He is not in the squad yet, because he still in preparation. We’ll see tomorrow.”

 

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Former Chelsea manager José Mourinho was today at Wembley to endorse Gianni Infantino‘s race to FIFA presidency.

The Swiss UEFA general secretary claimed:

I feel a lot of emotion and a big responsibility,’ The 45-year-old told a news conference at Wembley.

“The image and reputation of FIFA is not very high and it has to rise again. All these legends here are a testimony for the love we have for football.

“Let’s open the doors of the FIFA administration, the secretary general does not have to be a European, why not an African? There are many capable people in Africa, we have to open the doors of FIFA to men and women from all over the world.

‘”here is no problem in distributing $1.2billion when revenue is $5bn”.

Also ex England coach Fabio Capello and football legend Luis Figo- former candidate to the FIFA presidency- were present at the launch of Infantino’s campaign.

 

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Radamel Falcao can still leave Chelsea: the Colombian striker can move to China until the 26 of February, when the transfer market window shuts in the Oriental country.

Chinese side Jiangsu Suning just spent £25m on Blues legend Ramires and Shanghai Shenua just signed former Inter midfielder and Falcao’s Colombia fellow-mate Fredy Guarin for £10m, so the attitude of the China’s sides to try get some stars from the European championships to improve their football is clear.

Falcao is currently recovering a calf injury, but this situation wouldn’t compromise his transfer.

Also Loic Remy got offers from Chinese sides, but he rejected them.

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Arsenal legend Martin Keown commented John Terry imminent exit from Chelsea in his weekly column on the Daily Mail.

The former Gunners player said he’s never respected too much Terry as a player.

Here are his words:

“I’ve never been his biggest fan. Chelsea need to change and bring in fresh blood. Maybe they need to remove any obstacles. I’ve not worked with him, but I wouldn’t have been wholly comfortable with him as a teammate.

“I don’t know how much I would have enjoyed working with him. I respect that people who played with him admired him. He was powerful in the dressing room, but was he too powerful? Nobody can question what he has achieved on the pitch — he is a Chelsea legend — but maybe he could have gone about some of it differently.”

Asked to sum the former England captain in three words, Keown said: “Adams was better.”

“Managers will still try to take him. Mark Hughes tried to sign him for Manchester City and I’m sure there are managers who will think he can be persuaded to stay in the Premier League. Yes, he isn’t the force of old. But he can still do a job.”

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According to Spanish website Fichajes.com Chelsea are targeting Barcelona‘s defender Thomas Vermaelen to substitute John Terry next summer, after the Blues captain announced his contract won’t be extended for next season.

Vermaelen already spent five years in the Premier League, playing from 2009 to 2014 for one of Chelsea’s London rivals, Arsenal.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrating his first official goal with Chelsea against Scunthorpe © Francesca Ceciarini

MK DONS – Martin; Spence, McFadzean, Walsh, Lewington (c); Potter, Forster-Caskey; Carruthers, Hall, Murphy; Bowditch.

Subs: Cropper, Hodson, Kay, Williams, Powell, Church, Maynard.

Manager: Karl Robinson

 

CHELSEA – Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill Terry (c), Baba; Matic, Fabregas; Oscar, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard; Diego Costa.

Subs: Begovic, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Mikel, Pedro, Willian, Traore

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Venue: Stadium MK

Kick Off: 4 pm GMT

 

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Jamie Vardy is having an impressing season with Leicester © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea are still really keen on Jamie Vardy: according to the Daily Mail the Blues are still targeting the English striker and ready to place a £39m bid to Leicester for him.

Vardy already scored 16 goal in the season so far for the side managed by former Blues coach Claudio Ranieri.

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The expected line-ups for today’s FA Cup match against MK Dons.

The latest team news:

– Chelsea strikers Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy are out for injury

Diego Costa is fit despite picking up a slight knee injury against Arsenal last Sunday.

Eden Hazard could make his first start in four weeks.

– MK Dons striker Nicky Maynard (hamstring) is a major doubt.

– Matthew Upson (hamstring), Ben Reeves (thigh) and Carl Baker (ankle) are all confirmed absentees.

– George Baldock has returned following his loan spell at Oxford, but is cup-tied.

 

MK DONS – Martin, Spence, Kay, Walsh, Lewington, Potter, Forster-Caskey, Carruthers, Williams, Murphy, Church.

CHELSEA – Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Cahill, Baba; Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas; Pedro, Hazard, Willian: Diego Costa.

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