Numerous fans arrived on the ANZ Stadium in Sydney to participate in Chelsea’s open traning before the big match tomorrow.
Manchester United defender Daley Blind believes his side are capable of overturning the deficit on Chelsea and winning the league next side.
The Red Devils finished in fourth place and 17 points behind the champions, but Blind believes that under the stewardship of his compatriot Louis van Gaal, it is possible the gap can be bridged. Blind is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying:
“I think we’re not far off. If you look at the end of this season we’ve done well and we’ve picked up a lot of points, even though the last few games were difficult, but I think we have a good chance next year.
“If you look at the games we’ve played against the top teams, we’ve won a lot of points and a club like Manchester United will always aim to win the title. Next year, we’re going to do that.
“I think in a lot of games this year we’ve carried on fighting until the end and got some points because of that.
“It comes from the players and the dressing room is really great, everyone gets on really well with each other.
“We want to fight for each other, on and off the pitch, and that’s where the spirit comes from.”
Blind, 25, was bought by van Gaal from Ajax last summer.
Jose Mourinho and his players are currently staying in Australia due to the match against Sydney FC on the 2nd of June. Between press conferences, meeting with fans and trainings they found a moment for some relax.
Some of them like Petr Cech and Cesar Azpilicueta went to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo to make friends with koalas and kangaroos.
The captain, John Terry decided to take a sunbath.
While Jose Mourinho went on a boat trip
Chelsea appear to have won the race for Augsberg left-back Abdul Rahman Baba.
Baba was one of the most impressive players for Augsberg as the Bavarian minnows finished in fifth place and qualified for European competition for the first time.
If reports of his impending arrival at Stamford Bridge are true, then it would almost certainly be the end of Filipe Luis’ short Chelsea career. Baba would fit in behind Cesar Azpilicueta as Chelsea’s second choice left-back should he indeed choose Chelsea ahead of Juventus or Manchester United, two of the other clubs competing for his signature.
The Ghana international will reportedly sign for 15 million Euros.
That’s definately the kind of news that none of Chelsea fans would like to hear. Diego Costa the26-year-old striker is seriously considering his return to Atletico as he feels unable to settle into life in London.
The Spanish striker doesn’t feel comfortable in England, he can’t get used to English food and especially English rainy weather. What is sure the decision of leaving has nothing to do with the Chelsea team or Jose Mourinho, on the contrary Costa is really happy about being a part of the Blues but the feeling of homesick is too strong.
Costa joined Chelsea last summer in a €38m transfer. During the 2014/2015 season he scored 21 goals in 34 games and played a significant role in the Premier League success.
It is not suprising that Atletico’s coach Diego Simeone would be more then happy to see the striker back on Vincente Calderon. What is more Costa is ready to lower his salary expectations in order to leave England fast.
Chelsea will resist all offers for the supposedly unhappy Diego Costa, according to reports in the British press this morning.
There have been reports in the Spanish media that the man who Chelsea signed for just over £30 million last summer has grown homesick and wishes to return to his old club Atletico Madrid.
However, the London Evening Standard is reporting today that Chelsea have no intentions of letting the Spain striker go, and are in fact looking to strengthen their front-line with another Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann. Some bookmakers have stopped taking money on Chelsea signing Griezmann, and it is believed the English champions have already met his £43 million buy-out clause.
Chelsea have also been heavily linked with Manchester United flop Radamal Falcao. The Colombian is keen to stay in England despite his poor form at Old Trafford and could be bought for £25 million from Monaco, his parent club, should Chelsea pursue the transfer
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has insisted that his team are capable of winning the Premiership next season after retaining the FA Cup on Saturday.
Ramsey, whose goal won Arsenal its first trophy in nine years in 2014 in the same competition, celebrated with his teammates in an open top bus parade yesterday. He is quoted in the London Evening Standard voicing his optimism for the next campaign:
“I think we are closing the gap on Chelsea. I think we’ve learned in the big games how to manage them and it will be important to go into next season with that sort of mentality.”
Arsenal finished 12 points behind Chelsea last season but did for a short time emerge as the Champions’ nearest challenger, something that fell away after failing to beat a resolute Blues side at the Emirates Stadium towards the end of season.
Ex Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez is very close to become new Real Madrid coach.
The rumour was confirmed by Real Madrid vice-president, Eduardo Fernandéz de Blás, during an event last Saturday, when he’s reported by AS to have said:
“I’ll tell you one thing, Carlo Ancelotti is a real phenomenon. We give our thanks to him. Until three days ago, he was, for me, the best coach in the world, just as two years ago it was José Mourinho, and as from this week will be Rafa Benítez.”
Benitez managed Napoli for the last time yesterday and then announced he has intention to leave the Italian club.
A curiosity: all the last three Real Madrid coaches – Mourinho, Ancelotti and now Benitez- were also Chelsea bosses.
Chelsea are enjoying they trip to Australia and the players and the staff met some koalas while exploring Sidney.
One of them was the boss, José Mourinho, who met a cuddly koala while visiting the city with his staff.
Here is the video, with José asking “Are they happy to be touched?”
While taking the photos Eden Hazard decide to make some joke to his friend from the team and started to pose like if he was squaring up John Terry. After both of them burst out laughing.