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Aston Villa caretaker manager Eric Black believes something has to change if the club are going to have any chance of moving off the bottom of the table.

Speaking to Aston Villa’s Official website Black said “We have to try and change something. I said that to the players.

“We have to take this next seven games and get some respect back into the Club and show the supporters what it means to the players.

“I can’t do that – I can help that process. But ultimately I won’t be out on the field.

“It’s up to the players to show what it means to them.

“We have seven very difficult games – but very competitive games. We’re not down yet and the Club now has to change direction.

“I would just like the fans to feel like we’re heading in another direction. That’s not their responsibility – it’s the responsibility of the Club and the players.

“I just want them to feel like we’ve come to a line in the sand and we’re now moving on with a different atmosphere.

“I can understand their frustrations. It’s been an enormously difficult time for a fantastic football Club.

“But I think we need to look forward now and we need them with us without doubt, more than we need anyone else.”

Chelsea take on Aston Villa at 12:45pm at Villa Park.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrates his first goal with Chesea first team © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea starting XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic (c), Miazga, Baba; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy; Remy

Subs: Begovic, Jake Clarke-Salter, Matic, Oscar, Traore, Pato, Falcao

Manager: Guus Hiddink


Aston Villa Starting XI: Guzan, Hutton, Lescott, Richards, Cissokho, Sanchez, Westwood, Gana, Gil, Gestede, Ayew

Subs: Okore, Bacuna, Sinclair, Veretout, Bunn, Lyden, Grealish

Manager: Eric Black


Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Venue: Villa Park

Kick Off: 12:45pm GMT

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Guus Hiddink during last year's spell at Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea interim manger Guus Hiddink says the young players will get a chance ahead of todays game against Aston Villa.

Speaking to the clubs Official website Hiddink said ‘The young players will [have the chance to play], as we have done already with Kenedy,’ Hiddink says.

‘He was unlucky he got hit in the last game because they are good experiences against good teams like West Ham. You can see he has the potential to grow rather fast, the same as with Traore at the beginning of my spell.

‘We did some work with him to focus on what to do and especially what not to do, and he responded and got his chances. Loftus-Cheek has had a few chances too and may get some more options but without any guarantees. I don’t want to give guarantees but we have options.’

But then there are big demands and there is always a gap between the top talents of the academies and the Premier League,’ he adds.

‘I have noticed that it is well-received when clubs bring in young players but then at the higher level of the clubs you have to take into consideration that by doing those experiments you have a little more of a risk that you lose points.’

‘It is good to have the development of young players and every now and then I talk with the directors and they are also very open to this philosophy. They don’t say just get us the three points, they think development is good in the strategy of clubs.’

‘When you start a season you don’t aim at disappointment, everyone wants to win every game and be competing,’ he states, ‘but also in the life of a coach and players you have disappointment sometimes. There is the disappointment that some players don‘t get what they are used to which is a piece of silverware every year, but normally that must strengthen a player. A season of disappointment must be beneficial for players as well.’  

Chelsea take on Aston Villa at 12:45 at Villa Park.

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Former Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown believes that Roy Hodgson should not recall Chelsea captain John Terry to the England squad.

Hodgson recently commented on Terry returning for the national side fuelling speculation ahead of Euro 2016. But Keown believes that would dent the confidence of the current squad.

Speaking to the Daily Mail Keown said “This group of players has helped Roy to qualify with an impeccable record and I wouldn’t think he’d be about to jettison any of them now.

“You have to trust in the players and protect their long-term development, especially John Stones.

“I think if Hodgson did go back to Terry it would be such a hit to their confidence because it would suggest he thinks they’re not good enough when they are the future of this team.”

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Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores has praised on loan Chelsea defender Nathan Ake for making a “very good” first impression as a player. 

Ake, 21, has made 23 first team appearances at Watford and has become an integral member of the squad. Playing primarily at left-back but has also stood in at centre back when needed.

The Watford boss believes Ake will want to head back to Chelsea next season in order to stake a place for a first team slot next season.

Flores went on to say “Ake is young and he is making a very good impression as a player.

“Of course he wants to [go back] to try and show himself at Chelsea.

“It is natural he wants that but what happens in the next three months it is impossible to know that.”


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Eccentric PSG forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out-of-contract with the French Ligue 1 winners at the end of the season and is therefore able to discuss and negotiate contracts with other clubs.

There are several clubs said to be interested in signing the Swedish international, including Premier League teams Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City.

However, the 34-year-old is said to be demanding a staggering, record breaking wage of £600,000 per week.

It’s quite obvious that even the richest clubs in the world would be slightly dubious paying so much to a player that is so far into his career. Despite Zlatan, in recent interviews, claiming he is ‘just warming up’.


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Chelsea club captain John Terry retired from international football in 2012 and began to concentrate on his club career with the Blues.

Recently, England fans have criticised the defence in the team. They believe that conceding 4 goals in 2 games is not good enough and will not give them any chance during the European Championship which is just over 10-weeks away.

England manager Roy Hodgson shared his thoughts on the international friendlies and on the defence itself.

“I thought [Chris] Smalling’s performance [against the Dutch], until he came off, was very good.

“And I think [John] Stones, who has not played many games recently, showed a lot of assurance and showed signs of the type of player he can be.

“Your point that we haven’t got the left-sided one is quite right but there is nothing I can do about that unless suddenly in the next five weeks some brilliant English left-sided centre-back appears on the scene and I don’t anticipate that.”

Roy Hodgson was then asked about the possibility of John Terry coming out of retirement to figure in the England set-up this summer.

“John Terry who, because he retired so long ago, doesn’t feature in my thinking very often but I can’t deny that is a valid point.

“He is a left-sided centre-half, although not a left-sided player. He’s a right-footer. He retired four years ago.”

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Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit is said to be interested in the job at Aston Villa after Remi Garde was dismissed earlier this week.

Aston Villa are almost certainly facing the drop into the Championship and the Aston Villa board and directors need to ensure their decision is a correct one, for the sake of the club and the fans.

Ruud Gullit hasn’t managed a club since 2011 and hasn’t managed in the Premier League since 1999. Gullit, however, is willing to consider the job if it is offered to him.

“If they come to me then I will really, really consider it.”

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Chelsea club captain John Terry is currently out injured after suffering damage to his hamstring back in February. Terry is looking to return to first-team action in the next few weeks. However, his team-mate Kurt Zouma looks be out for much longer after sustaining a painful looking injury to his knee.

Terry has been showing his support for Zouma after tweeting a picture together and the caption reading:

“@kurtzouma working hard to get back fit. Get well soon my friend.”

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Rangers legend Andy Goram wants his former club to sign Chelsea captain John Terry.

Terry has been heavily linked with a move to the MLS and is still yet to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge fuelling reports of an exit.

Goram tweeted last night “Wouldn’t it be great if Rangers pushed the boat out and signed John Terry for next season to really push for Champions League.”

The defender has recently come back from injury and should be fit to start Saturdays game away at Villa Park.


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