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Augsburg coach, Markus Weinzierl has admitted that he is very proud of Chelsea’s interest in his player, Abdul Baba Rahman.

According to the various sources, Chelsea are on the verge of completing a deal for Baba Rahman. It is said that his transfer is going to be announced within the next few days.

The negotiations between the German club and the Blues are now in the final phase. And, according to the rumours, the Ghanaian international will join Chelsea for a fee of around €25m.

Augsburg coach, Weinzierl has admitted that the fact that such a famous club as Chelsea are interested in his player, makes him proud.

Weinzierl told Kicker:

“I would like to continue working with all players, but when you sign someone like Baba from the second division and he’s on Chelsea’s radar 12 months later, it does make the coaching staff proud,”

Rahman joined Augsburg from Greuther Furth for just €2.5 million but his outstanding performances at WWK Arena, drew the attention in Europe.

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Jose Mourinho has said that he is pleased with Diego Costa’s physicality ahead of Sunday’s clash against Manchester City.

The Spanish striker missed the Community Shield final against Arsenal and a friendly match against Fiorentina due to the hamstring problem. Also, his participation in the opening match against Swansea until the very end was a question mark.

Luckily, Costa not only managed to play all the match, but he has also performed really well. That is why, the Portuguese coach seems not to worry about his physicality ahead of the battle against Manchester City.

Mourinho told the Chelsea official website:

“He did very well and in the second half it was very difficult because there was a big distance (between him and his team-mates), we had one player less and it was a great effort,”

“Even so, I was not expecting him to resist for 90 minutes but because we wanted to try to collect a goal we went with him until the end and it was very important for us that he played for 90 minutes with such a physical performance.”

“He’s very happy with the reaction of his body after such a difficult game.”

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Jose Mourinho has admitted that Chelsea do not miss their former goalkeeper, Petr Cech. What is more, the Special One is convinced that Asmir Begovic will replace well Cuortois in Sunday’s match against Manchester City.

The Portuguese coach has said, that he is satisfied with the goalkeeping options at his disposal. Even if Courtois is banned for the match against Manchester City, Mourinho is sure that former Stoke goalkeeper, Begovic will perfectly replace him.

Mourinho told the British media:

“Thibaut and Asmir are two fantastic keepers.”

“We don’t miss Petr,”

“We’ve got a good keeper, the problem with Petr is not that we miss him because we have two excellent keepers.”

”The problem with Petr is that an opponent is better than before.”

”My club did very well by getting a keeper on time and not on the August 31,”

Petr Cech joined Arsenal this summer from Chelsea, as he did not want to play second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge. However, in his first game for Arsenal in the Premier League against West Ham, former Chelsea goalkeeper showed up really badly

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Chelsea Ladies returned to the top of the WSL table after brushing aside Birmingham City 4-0, with Fran Kirby scoring on her debut.

Kirby emphatically rounded off the scoring after Eniola Aluko netted a double and Gilly Flaherty’s strike had given the Blues a commanding lead.

However, Gemma Davison was dismissed by referee Paul Forrester for receiving two yellow cards, the former midfielder given her marching orders after getting her second booking for diving with  the score at 1-0.

However, the win continues the Ladies’ good form after winning the FA Women’s Cup last weekend.

And it was the star of Chelsea’s Wembley date, Aluko, who set the game alight with her pace. The England striker was unlucky not to score sooner, being denied by a fine fingertip save from Birmingham keeper Rebecca Spencer.

However, after Davison fired over, Ji So-Yun led a swift counter-attack which resulted in Aluko turning in Drew Spence’s rebounded shot.

But, rather than letting Davison’s dismissal change the game negatively, poor marking allowed Flaherty to shoot in a second on the turn, as the first half drew to a close.

In the second half, the home side again dominated. Birmingham barely threatened, although Jo Potter saw a beautiful curling shot bounce agonisingly wide.

Emma Hayes’ side then sealed the win, with Aluko calmly placing her penalty after Aoife Mannion’s handball.

Kirby, who looked sharp on her debut, then stole the limelight when she scored on her debut after her move from Reading Ladies for a British record fee. The England striker ran through and smashed a fourth goal past Spencer.

 

 

In the league’s other games, Arsenal missed out on their chance to retake top spot after losing 2-3 to Manchester City. Lucy Bronze headed City into a deserved first-half lead, but Alex Scott’s dipping effort brought the Gunners level. Izzie Christiansen restored the visitors’ lead, before Toni Duggan curled in a stunning third. Natalia pulled one back for Arsenal, but City saw the game out, retaining their 100% record since the World Cup. The result sees City move to within three points of Chelsea, with a game in hand.

Sunderland moved to second after scoring a late equaliser to draw 2-2 with Liverpool. Beth Mead opened the scoring for the Black Cats with a penalty, before the Reds came back from behind to lead 1-2 thanks to goals from Natasha Dowie, who scored a 30 yard lob, and Rosie White. However, Kelly MacDougal equalised late on to rescue a point. Despite Liverpool missing an open goal and hnitting the post in injury time, they stay sixth.

Notts County fell to a disappointing 0-1 defeat to Bristol Academy on Friday, giving them their first win this season. Jade Boho Sayo scored the only goal, heading in a deflected shot in the first half. Sayo, who had only just returned from a 4,000-mile round trip due to international commitments, has scored in all four of the Vixens’ games since her summer move. Laura Bassett then fired over the bar from six yards as the hosts looked to equalise, but they were unable to draw level.

 

Chelsea Ladies: Lindahl, Blundell, Fahey, Flaherty, Borges, Bright, Chapman, Spence (Coombs, 71′), Davison, Aluko (Kirby, 58′), Ji (Banusic, 74′).

Subs not used: Hourihan, Meiwald, Primus.

Birmingham City Ladies: Spencer, Sargent (Ayisi, 45′), Mannion, Harrop, Lawley, Winsall, Allen, Carney (Wellings, 50′), Potter, Linnett.

Subs not used: Baggeley, Edwards, Westwood, Torkildsen, Haines.

Attendance: 851

Referee: Paul Forrester

 

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Everton coach, Roberto Martinez has praised John Stones for the focus and maturity shown in the match against Watford.

John Stones has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea. Everton have already rejected two bids, that the Blues have made for the defender, but according to the latest reports, the third offer may be considered positively by the Toffees.

After the draw with the Hornets, the Spanish coach did not hide his admiration for Stones performance.

Martinez said :

“I think John was sensational.”

“Maybe I am a bit biased, but when I see him on the pitch I feel safe – him and Phil Jagielka have developed an understanding and a partnership that I think is going to be very strong.”

“I think his performance was of someone who was focused on the game, very mature, and I think he led from the back.”

“He is at a very young age, and sometimes it is incredible to try to justify his age.”

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Arsenal’s ace, Hector Bellerin has admitted that Cesc Fabregas inspired him to leave Barcelona for the Gunners.

Bellerin joined Arsenal in 2011 from Barcelona. The 20-year-old right-back exactly like Cesc Fabregas joined Arsenal straing from Barcelona soccer school La Masia. And it looks like that he plans to follow in the footsteps of his Spanish colleague.

Bellerin told Goal :

“Fabregas definitely was a big inspiration to me,”

“To see someone else make the same move as me and be successful was really important for me.

“To leave my family, friends, my city… to see that someone succeeded was really important and showed that it could happen if you work hard and want it enough.

“It’s definitely been a hard journey, lots of ups and downs. Moving to London was a really hard thing for me, but I had a lot of support and I’m really happy that I made that step and came here.

“I think all the work has paid off after such a great season to be here now.”

He also commented on the Arsenal’s last trophy, Community Shield:

“It’s been very special for me, it’s something I didn’t even expect at all at the beginning of last season,”

“It’s been amazing, especially with the way that it ended with the FA Cup trophy and I’m just really happy.

“I can’t wait to start the new season and hopefully live the same experiences as this one. To feel and taste what it’s like to win a trophy makes you want it more. We want to get more next season.

“To get that taste at such a young age makes you hungry to get more trophies and I think we’ve got the right squad to do it. We just need to make a bit better season than last season.”

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Gary Cahill has stated, that Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Swansea in the first clash of the new Premier  League season disappointed him.

Chelsea centre back has praised Swansea’s great preparation for the game. But he admitted that playing 10 was very difficult for the Blues.

Cahill told Sky Sports 1 :

“They made it tough for us,”

“We played with 10 men for a long period of the game, so it was difficult. I feel a bit flat, I feel a bit disappointed after the game.”

“It seemed like it was a bit of a frantic game, especially in the second half – it was like we attack them, they attack us, we attack them, they attack us.”

“So maybe a bit more control in the game (was needed) but unfortunately obviously a draw at home which is, to be honest, not ideal but give a lot of respect to Swansea, they played well.”

Cahill has admitted, that in the next two games, Chelsea will have to face very demanding rivals:

“We’ve got two tough away games now,”

“We always have difficult games away at West Brom and obviously Man City; everyone knows how hard it is there.”

“We’ve got two massive games coming up. It is only the first game but it is not an ideal start.”

“But we keep working hard – dig in, work hard in what is going to be a very tough season. We knew that from the start, so we need to keep going, keep digging in and make sure we get results.”

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According to The Guardian, Augsburg have rejected Chelsea`s £17.7m bid for Baba Rahman.

Abdul Baba Rahman has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea. The Ghanaian is considered as a replacement for Filipe Luis, who has rejoined Atletico Madrid.
The German team are holding out for £21.2m fee for their left-back and have no intention to lower the price tag. Due to the fact, that there are not a lot alternative left-backs available, Chelsea may be forced to increase their offer.

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