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Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini has backed his newly signed player, Raheem Sterling. The Chilean coach is convinced, that Sterling will prove, that he is worth money paid for him, during Sunday’s clash against Chelsea.

Raheem Sterling joined Manchester City from Liverpool for a record fee £49m. Many people think the Citizens have overpaid for the young footballer but Pellegrini is convinced that soon Sterling will show the first significant repayment.

Pellegrini told the reporters:

‘Sterling will be a very dangerous player”

“Maybe we were criticised for the amount we paid for him, but I am sure he will demonstrate during the year, especially against the big teams, why he was valued so much”

“I am sure he will score more goals than he did before. It is important for him to improve every year. I think last year he scored 11 in all competitions. I am sure this season he will improve.”

“It is always important for young players to play with good players,” 

“You can improve in the same way he did with Luis Suarez or [Steven] Gerrard for Liverpool.”

“Here he will play with David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure. Players that will make him improve in a lot of ways.”

“Young players always learn from important players. It is very important for them to play with him.”

What is understandable, Pellegrini asked about Sunday’s match against Chelsea, has asserted that he thinks only about victory :

“It is very important for our team to beat an important team like Chelsea, to beat the champions of last season,” 

“It always gives you more trust for what you are doing.”

“Also, it gives you the chance to make a gap from the beginning. We are not thinking about the title but it is important to make a gap against the big teams. For our team to win the three points would be important.”

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Nemanja Matic is convinced, that a victory over Manchester City on Sunday will help the team, to forget about a disappointing opening game against Swansea.

Chelsea midfielder believes, that it is important to look forward and forget about the false start with the Swans.

Matic told the reporters :

“It doesn’t matter what you did yesterday, the most important thing is what you’re going to do tomorrow. If we draw, then that’s not great for us. But if we win, then no one will be talking about Swansea.”

“These are the games I like to play in. It’s something special for all of us. We are prepared. Our statistics against big teams show how he (boss Jose Mourinho) prepares for these games and I’m happy because of that.”

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea travel to the Etihad Stadium tomorrow afternoon in what is bound to be one of, if not the most, important matches of the season against Manchester City.

The events of last weekend have made it more so- Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City in which the the Blues twice gave a lead away and ended up with ten players after Thibaus Courtois was sent off, and Manchester City’s win at West Brom.

Should Chelsea lose it will leave them five points behind City and without a win after two games. A win, however, will take them above City, such is open state of the Premiership table. This early on in the season it is probably wrong to suggest that this game, although between the two favourites for the league title, will have a bearing on who comes first at the end of the season, but it is safe to say that being five points back st any time is a very bad thing and something Mourinho will avoid above anything else.

Last season Chelsea won the title thanks to their dominance over their direct rivals; they were unbeaten against Manchester City, United, Arsenal and Liverpool, and took 14 points in total against those teams. The only blemish against the other top sides in the league was the horrendous 5-3 defeat at White Hart Lane against Spurs, but that game was remarkable for being unusual as much as it was humiliating for Jose Mourinho’s side.


It is notable that despite the massive points advantage Chelsea had over tomorrow’s opponents, did not beat them last season. Both games were overshadowed by the presence of Frank Lampard, playing for City after leaving Chelsea. This time there is no such situation, neither side has lost a player to the other, and there is no chance of Lampard hurting Chelsea with a trademark delayed run into the penalty area. Had Chelsea beaten Swansea City and not suffered a red card then it is likely Mourinho would put more emphasis on the two draws last season and the need to show once and for all that his group of players trump Manuel Pellegrini’s.

The result last weekend, and the second choice ‘keeper Asmir Begovic, means that this game must not under circumstances end in defeat. It will be of no surprise if Mourinho adopts the same approach that he did away at City last season and at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal when Chelsea settled for a draw after a bright start, the latter of those being the last big game Chelsea played before winning the title.

Against Arsenal Chelsea started quickly and could, had the referee made a different decision, had the lead through a penalty, but the team sat back to guarantee the draw late on. Earlier on in September at City they sat back to begin with and almost won the game having taken the lead with 12 minutes left through Andre Schurrle, before the infamous Lampard equaliser.

Tomorrow’s game will be tense, and probably more exciting for its lack of goals as opposed to the quality of the attacking play from England’s two best sides, and ultimately Chelsea’s approach may be out of their hands if, probably when, the home side take the initiative. To win the game is undoubtedly a bigger prize for City, one does think that they will need a lead to give themselves the momentum into the Autumn and Winter given Chelsea and Jose Mourinho’s experience in winning league titles. The game itself will not decide the title, but it could well determine the first half of the season, with either side having an early advantage.

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Eva Carneiro will be replaced on the Chelsea team bench by Chris Hughes, during Sunday’s clash against Manchester City.

Jose Mourinho has decided that Dr. Chris Hughes will take the place of Dr. Eva Carneiro in Chelsea’s medical staff for the game against the Citizens at the Etihad Stadium. 

Also physio Jon Fearn will not participate in tomorrow’s match,he is going to be replaced by Dr. Steven Hughes.

Steven Hughes has been with Chelsea since 204, while Chris Hughes has joined Chelsea’s medical staff in 2012.

Both Carneiro and Fearn have been axed from Chelsea bench as a result of a quarrel from the previous match against Swansea.

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Chelsea midfielder, Nemanja Matic has just posted on his Twitter account a photo from Chelsea’s bus. The Serbian player immortalized a funny moment in which Kurt Zouma fell asleep. It seems, that Chelsea players are in good spirits before tomorrow’s match.

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Antonio Rudiger could become a Chelsea player next week as the Blues lead the race for the German defender.

Rudiger is being chased by a number of top European clubs, including Chelsea’s Premiership rivals Arsenal, but the Champions are the only ones with enough money to persuade VfB Stuttgart to sell.

There were suggestions in the past few days that Chelsea might have Roma as a rival after the Serie A club sold Alessio Romagnoli to AC Milan. Roma did indeed make an offer, significantly less than the price Chelsea are willing to pay, and were turned away.

Rudiger has been a Stuttgart player since 2011 having signed from Borussia Dortmund where he won one league title. He has been capped by the German national team six times.

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As Chelsea prepare to take on title rivals Manchester City, we preview the odds for the Blues’ first away game at the Etihad (16:00 GMT) as they look to build on their opening day draw.

All odds provided by SkyBET (SB), Ladbrokes (L),William Hill (WH) and Coral (C), correct as of 15th August.
Chelsea win: SB – 12/5, L – 11/4, WH – 13/5, C: 14/5

Draw: SB – 18/5, L - 12/5, WH – 11/5, C: 12/5

City win: SB – 11/10, L – 11/10, WH – 23/20, C: 21/20


First goalscorer:

Eden Hazard: SB – 8/1, L - 8/1, WH - 7/2, C – 8/1

Diego Costa: SB – 5/1, L – 6/1, WH – 8/1, C – 6/1

Radamel Falcao: SB – 13/2, L – 23/10, WH - 14/5, C – 7/1

Cesc Fabregas: SB – 11/1, L - 16/1, WH –  5/1, C – 11/1

Loic Remy: SB – 15/2, L – 8/1, WH –  10/3, C – 7/1

No goalscorer: SB – 10/1, L – 9/1, WH – N/A, C – N/A

Sergio Aguero: SB – 9/2, L – 4/1, WH – 13/5, C – 9/2

Raheem Sterling: SB – 5/1, L – 8/1, WH – 16/5, C – 8/1

Wilfried Bony: SB – 5/1, L – 5/1, WH – 16/5, C – 6/1

Yaya Toure: SB – 15/2, L – 10/1, WH – 4/1, C – 9/1

David Silva: SB – 8/1, L – 8/1, WH – 5/1, C – 7/1

Final Score: 

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 9/1, L – 10/1, WH – 9/1, C – 10/1

2-0: SB – 16/1, L – 18/1, WH – 18/1, C – 20/1

2-1: SB – 10/1, L – 12/1, WH – 11/1, C – 11/1

3-0: SB – 40/1, L – 50/1, WH – 40/1, C – 45/1

3-1: SB – 28/1, L – 33/1, WH – 28/1, C- 28/1



0-0: SB – 10/1, L – 10/1 , WH – 9/1, C – 9/1

1-1: SB – 5/1, L – 6/1, WH – 6/1, C – 11/2

2-2: SB – 12/1, L – 50/1 , WH – 16/1, C – 12/1

3-3: SB – 50/1, L – 80/1, WH – 66/1, C – 55/1

4-4: SB – 250/1, L – 500/1, WH – 200/1, C – 150/1

Manchester City win: 

1-0: SB – 13/2, L – 7/1, WH – 13/2, C – 13/2

2-0: SB – 9/1, L – 10/1, WH – 9/1, C – 17/2

2-1: SB – 15/2, L – 8/1, WH – 15/2, C – 15/2

3-0: SB – 18/1, L - 18/1 , WH – 18/1, C – 18/1

3-1: SB – 16/1, L – 16/1, WH – 16/1, C – 16/1

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Nathan Ake

Chelsea defender Nathan Ake has signed a five-year deal with the club, and has been immediately loaned to fellow Premier League side Watford on a season-long loan deal.

The 20-year old moves to Vicarage Road just in time for to be part of the Hornets’ squad for their first home game tomorrow against West Brom, and is the club’s 11th summer signing.

However, the Dutch defender, who can also play in midfield, has signed a new five-year deal at Stamford Brigde, committing him to the club until 2020. Since joining the club in 2011, Ake has won the FA Youth Cup twice and the club’s Young Player of the Year Award.

Ake has made 12 appearances for the Chelsea first team, one of which came against Watford in the FA Cup in January.

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Ahead of Chelsea’s second game of the season, we preview their clash with title rivals Manchester City on Sunday (4pm GMT KO).

The Blues will look to bounce back after a somewhat disappointing 2-2 opening day draw at home to Swansea, the aftermath of which has overshadowed the week – John Fearn and Eva Carneiro, two of Chelsea’s doctors, will not be joining the away contingent on Sunday at the Etihad.

City on the other hand will look to make a statement of intent by beating the team that took the title from them last season, after cruising to a 0-3 win at West Brom on Monday night.


Last six games:

Manchester City: WDLWLW (including friendlies)

Chelsea: LWWLLD (including friendlies)


Team News:

– Chelsea will be without goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who was sent off against Swansea last Sunday. Asmir Begovic is to replace him.

– Oscar is out after picking up an injury in training.

– Gael Clichy could return after recovering from an ankle injury.

– Fabian Delph and Fernando are both out.



– Chelsea are unbeaten in their last four against City (won two, drawn two).

– Manchester City have won their last seven Premier League games – they have kept six clean sheets in that period.

– The last time Chelsea didn’t win their opening two Premier League games was in 1998.

– Chelsea have kept only one clean sheet in their last six games.

– City completed 693 passes against West Brom on Monday night – 212 more than any other Premier League side on the opening weekend.


Starting XI last time out:

Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov, Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Bony.

Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Diego Costa.



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Jose Mourinho has praised Chelsea’s owner, Roman Abramovich for his great dedication to the club from Stamford Bridge.

During today’s press conference, Mourinho was asked about Chelsea’s lack of transfer activity. The Special One stated, that the Blues fans can sleep peacefully, because Roman Abramovich cares about the team. He assured everyone that they should not worry about Chelsea transfer policy.

‘Chelsea supporters worried about the transfer window must be until the moment Mr Abramovich bought the club. Because since Mr Abramovich bought the club, Chelsea supporters cannot speak in a negative way about the transfer market. They have only to speak in a positive way and praise the owner and praise the board because their dedication and all the owner did for the club has been absolutely amazing and has obviously been one fantastic contribution for the club in previous years.”

”We managers want titles, players want titles, the club wants titles. Everyone has a contribution and I think the contribution of the owner has been massive in that aspect. So if in this moment we are not top of the league in relation to the spenders, that doesn’t mean that people have tp be worried.”

”First of all, because the transfer window is not closed, it is open until the 31st of August. Secondly, you don’t always have to be champion in the market. And third, because we do things when we think we have to do, when we think we can do and when we think it is the right thing to do.’

”And for example, two years ago we didn’t buy a striker, and people were a bit disappointed that we didn’t buy a striker. We didn’t buy a striker because we know the next year Diego Costa is coming and coming for a price that doesn’t need discussion, that is established in his contract, so sometimes you have to think more than the moment, and many, many times there is a reason we don’t discuss things publicly, we don’t explain or try to explain these things publicly because we work inside.”

”And the owner is the owner and, I believe will be the owner for many, many years. And the board has a close relation with owner, and the board just gave me a four-year contract. So we are in great stability and we work fantastically well.”


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