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Walsall winger Milan Lalkovic has revealed, that in his boyhood he was a big fan of the Blues. Interestingly, the player is graduated from Chelsea youth system but he promises, that on Wednesday night he will try to do all his best, to beat Premier League champions.

Between 2007-2010 Lalkovic was the player of the senior Chelsea team, but never made a competitive appearance for the club. He spent several years on different loans at Doncaster Rovers,  ADO Den Haag, Vitória de Guimarães and Walsal. In 2014 the Blues released Lalkovič and made him available for free transfer. Lalkovic joined Walsall on a free transfer from Barnsley this summer.

Slovak winger told Walsall’s official website :

“I was hoping we would get them away, but maybe it’s good for us that we’ve got them at home because it would have been more difficult at Stamford Bridge,”

”I have good memories of my time there. It just didn’t work out, unfortunately. ”

”But I have nothing to prove to them. ”

“It’s in the past and it’s about me being a Walsall player. Playing against Chelsea is a little bit different because I grew up there and became a man there, but I haven’t got anything to prove. ”

“I’m just going to enjoy the occasion and play as well as I can. ”

“We’re not under any pressure. We have to make it as hard as we can for them.”


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Legendary Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has no doubts, that Gabriel should have kept emotions hold when he has been provoked by Diego Costa.

Chelsea won 2-0 against Arsenal on Saturday, but the victory was overshadowed by the controversial behavior of Diego Costa, Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista. As a result, Arsenal’s players finished the game 9.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper is convinced, that Paulista should remain calm when he had been provoked by the Chelsea ace.

Seaman said:

“I think it spoilt a good game.”

“It was a great game until then. I thought the decision was really harsh. But it’s Gabriel’s inexperience that got him into that situation.”

“We know that Diego does that sort of thing. And that sort of thing goes on at corners every game, so it’s nothing new.”

“It’s just that it was highlighted a bit by what happened after.”

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Walsall manager Dean Smith is convinced, that Jose Mourinho will turn things around at Chelsea sooner than anyone thinks.

The Saddlers coach believes, that the Portuguese coach still has a chance to defend Premier League title. He has no doubts, that it is only a matter of time before the Special One take Chelsea back to winning path.

Smith said:

”I think this time last year it was all guns pointing towards Manuel Pellegrini and he is now sat top of the league with a 100 per cent record.”

”It doesn’t take an awful lot for top coaches with top players to get them back on track again.

‘That (pressure) goes with the job.”

”Jose will know that better than me. We were top of the league last week and were still probably being criticised by a few for different systems and different players you chose.”

”That is football, you are never going to please everybody.”

”He is in the same job as me, he is a football manager. Our jobs are the same, our job descriptions are the same. My chairman and board of directors and supporters want to win as much as Chelsea’s.”

Some time ago, Smith has been nicknamed the ‘Ginger Mourinho’ by Walsall fans. He has admitted, that he is flattered by the comparison:

”It is one of those things which happens in football, isn’t it. He is one of the best-known coaches in the world.”

”Our fans obviously relate that to myself by having ginger hair. I don’t think their fans will be calling him ‘Grey Smith’, will they?”

”When it first came out it was a wee bit embarrassing at first but if they liken me to one of the top coaches in the world then it is very flattering.”

Chelsea will face Walsall on Wednesday night at the Banks’s Stadium.


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According to reports in France, Chelsea are interested in signing Marseille defender Nicolas N’Koulou.

L’Equipe reveals, that the Blues will make a bid for the Cameroonian international during the January transfer window.

It is said, that Marseille will ask for minimum a fee of around £7.2m for their defender.

In 2011 N’Koulou signed four years deal with Marseille. So far in 130 appearances he scored five goals. He won Individual Ligue 1 Team of the Year in 2012 and 2013 and was included in the Cameroon U-23 team that participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has admitted, that two consecutive home victories have boosted the team morale.

First the Blues have won against Maccabi Tel Aviv in our opening Champions League fixture, then they defeated Arsenal in the derby, the Blues fans can finally say that Chelsea back into play.

The Serbian player  has no doubts, that those consecutive home victories will add self-confidence to all Chelsea players.

Matic told Chelsea official website:

”The game was important to win to get some more confidence,’’

‘‘I can say for myself I’m feeling better. When you win the feeling is always better.”

‘‘We looked better on the pitch. Maybe mentally we are stronger. We had more pressure than normal before the game because we only had four points. We recognised the situation. It was time to win. We played like one on the pitch and we fought for every ball. This is just the beginning.”

‘‘In two games we have scored six and not conceded. It’s important for confidence and team spirit, and now we have to continue in this way. We have games every three days and I think our team is ready for that. It’s going to be interesting. We will see what we can do. I am sure we can win all the games. We have quality for that and every game you play for Chelsea you have to want to win.”

Speaking about Diego Costa, the Serbian said :

‘‘Everyone knows Diego is a great player,’’

‘’You know how many goals he scored last season. He is very important for us. I am happy to play with him.’’


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Chelsea midfielder Oscar claims manager Jose Mourinho has helped him develop as a footballer, and that he is quickly beginning to master the number 10 role.

The Brazil international signed from Internacional in 2012 and played for two managers in his first season. He has blossomed under Mourinho’s stewardship is one of the first names on the team sheet every week.

Speaking to adidas, Oscar praised the Portuguese manager for his improvement.

The 24-year-old is quoted as saying:

“I played very briefly under Roberto di Matteo, who I liked. Under Rafa Benitez, I did not play too much, although I do think he was a good manager. But Jose has been the one who has really brought me on and developed my career,” Oscar was quoted as saying by adidas on Monday.

“He has helped me evolve as a player and I think his real strength is in understanding how to get the very best out of his players. It is great working with him,” he said. 

“This is where Mourinho has been great for me. He says that I’ve evolved mentally and tactically and he’s right, I’ve learned from him what a no.10 needs to be.

“It’s about coordinating things, analysing the game around you, creating that balance and making things happen.”

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Andy Gray described the FA charging Diego Costa with violent conduct as “inevitable”, and that Chelsea would be unwise to not accept it. 

Gray claimed to be a bog fan of Diego Costa’s but that the Spain striker had gone too far with his antics on Saturday that resulted in Arsenal’s Gabriel being sent off. The Arsenal full-back was dismissed after reacting to Costa’s provocation.

Should Chelsea accept the charge it would mean Costa would be banned for three games, but only two in the Premiership as one would be tomorrow’s League Cup tie against Walsall- reason enough for them to not appeal it.

Speaking to TalkSport, Gray said this:

“It (Costa’s charge) was inevitable, such has been the clamour for something to be done.”

“He lives on the edge and I like that – I’m a big fan of Diego Costa’s.

“But when you operate on the edge you sometimes cross over that line, and he did that against Arsenal.”

“The FA had no other option but to charge him and I think Chelsea will have to accept it, I don’t think they would be wise to launch an appeal.

“I think they’ll take the punishment. It’s a three game ban, but one of the games is a League Cup tie, so he’ll only miss two Premier League games.

“It’s not as bad as it might have been.”

Should Chelsea not challenge the ban then Costa would miss the Premiership matches against Newcastle United and Southampton, along with tomorrow’s tie.

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Chelsea donated £1 from every ticket sold for Saturday’s 2-0 over Arsenal to Plan International a charity for refugees making their way to Europe, and many of the continent’s top clubs were equally generous at the weekend.

European football has seen an unprecedented outpouring of empathy for refugees and migrants escaping from war torn countries, particularly Syria, while politicians have hesitated over how to solve the crisis, be it through donating gate money, auctioning shirts or inviting the children of those who have made it to safety as mascots.

Bayern Munich, the biggest club in the country most appear to be going, started the goodwill by opening a refugee centre designed to help refugees integrate into German society, as well as donating one million Euros to the relief effort. Banners with the message “Refugees Welcome” have become a common feature at Bundesliga games this season. Vfl Wolfsburg invited over a thousand already settled refugees to their Champions League game against CSKA Moscow for free.

Real Madrid acted likewise by setting up football camps around Spain and inviting a Syrian family to the Santiago Bernabeu; the son being Cristiano Ronaldo’s mascot. PSG donated a million Euros while charitable initiatives have been set up by Serie A club Roma.

Chelsea have been the Premiership’s most generous club, with £1 from every ticket sold in their 2-0 win over Arsenal going to charity Plan International- the Gooners having done something similar recently- and selling the shirts from Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Israeli club Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

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Sir Alex Ferguson says Gianfranco Zola was the player who annoyed him most while he was manager of Manchester United, and that the Italian proved to be much better than he first thought. 

Zola, who played for Chelsea from 1996 to 2003, is widely regarded as one of the best players to have played in England and was voted the club’s greatest player shortly after leaving.

Remembered for his skill with the ball at his feet, free-kick taking ability and, above all, his sportsmanship, Zola is thought of fondly by supporters, players and coaches of all clubs- except, it seems, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson retired in 2013 after almost 30 years of success with Manchester United but was often the victim of Zola’s talent. The Blues No25 scored a superb goal in his first match against the Red Devils in 1997 when he famously left United left-back Dennis Irwin on on his backside and finished at the near post.

Ferguson claims that it was the joy with which Zola played football, and especially against his team, that so frustrated him. He does, however, concede that watching Zola was ultimately a great pleasure.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Scot said:

“Little Gianfranco Zola, he annoyed me. He was one of these players who was unperturbed about who he was playing against. He always seemed to have a smile on his face and that annoyed me.

“How can he be enjoying himself playing against United? Nobody else does. He was a fantastic player and I loved watching him. 

“It was enjoyable and for me to say that about an opponent tells you how much I admired him.”


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AFC Wimbledon striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has challenged Diego Costa’s strength, saying that he would win should the pair ever face off. 

The 33-year old striker is well known in the footballing world despite playing for a League 2 side – he is the strongest player on the console game FIFA, with 97 points out of 100 for strength.

The former Swansea and Northampton striker has however admitted his liking of Chelsea frontman Costa, but is confident of success if the two ever paired up:

I like Diego Costa as a player,” Akinfenwa told JOE.co.uk at a FIFA 16 launch event.

He’s got that aggression, but there’s only one winner if he comes up against me.”



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