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Chelsea have lost once 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace in a game that once again shows the defensive fragility of the team.

Chelsea linked up well on the right hand side early on, Willian and Pedro showing great understanding for only their second game together. The earliest advance into the away side’s area resulted in a shot from Pedro and an wide attempt from Ivanovic after the the Spaniard’s was blocked.

Both sides were keen to get forward and put pressure on the other in the first ten minutes, and it was in fact Palace that won the first couple of corners. Despite that the game soon drifted into the expected pattern of Chelsea having possession with Palace sititng back and hoping to counter-attack. They did so in the 25th minute when Sakho was put in down the left and forced a good save from Courtois.

The Belgian ‘keeper was Chelsea’s savour five minutes later when Palace finished a good period of pressure with a shot from Cabaye- the Frenchman receiving the ball from Zaha but couldn’t finish from just inside the penalty area.

The pressure from Palace ceased after that, and it was the Blues who finished the half the stronger with both Costa and Fabregas coming close. Azpilicueta crossed from the left but Costa couldn’t connect at the far post. A few minutes later it was once again two Spain internationals that almost opened the scoring. Costa shot from the edge of the box but his shot was pushed out to the feet of Cesc Fabregas, the attempt from whom was also prevented by the combination of Palace’keeper  McCarthy and Scott Dann in defence.

Chelsea have passed the ball well and have been willing to take shots when the goal is in their sights. Palace have defended deeply and well so far, as well as looked dangerous on the counter attack. Chelsea will have to be patient if they are to win this match, and Jose Mourinho may look to the bench in order to unlock Alan Pardew’s well organised side.

The second half began very quickly with both sides attacking early on and having sights on goal. Costa was felled and appealed for a penalty, and he then prevented his international teammate Pedro from connecting with a run from deep- the former Barcelona forward would have had a clear shot on goal in the penalty box had Costa just left it.

Sakho had a shot from the left hand side again that Courtois had to push around the post, and Palace continued to get forward, not at all intimidated by playing at the defending Premiership Champions. It was still the home side that looked the more likely, however, with Ivanovic and Zouma having volleys from outside the box after Fabregas drifted in a free kick from the left. Gary Cahill had a header cleared off the line, and then failed to make contact when the ball was bouncing around the area, and Hazard had a shot cleared behind.

Chelsea’s pressure came to nothing and Stamford Bridge was shocked in the 65th minute when Sakho scored at the third time of asking, in what was by far his easiest chance, when he finished with his right foot from the centre of the penalty area. The ball had been cut back from the dead ball line and the attempt initially blocked by Azpilicueta, but Sakho scored with Courtois and the goal at his mercy.

Chelsea were caught out far too easily once again, and their defensive flaws were obvious to see just a few minutes later when Sakho this time became provider for Bolasie who missed a fantastic chance to finish the game when he inexplicably missed at the far post. Jose Mourinho made a number of changes in response, one of whom paid off in the 78th minute when Radamal Falcao headed in a great cross from Pedro to equalise at the near post. Once the relief of being level again had died down, Chelsea were behind. Barely two minutes after Falcao’s goal, Ward put Palace back ahead after heading into an almost empty net after Sakho had knocked back Bolasie’s cross to the delirium of the travelling fans behind that goal and the dismay of the home ones.

Ivanovic failed to finish when the ball dropped to him in the area after Zouma headed down another Fabregas free kick as Chelsea started to become desperate. Fabregas had a shot from outside the area that McCarthy pushed away. He had another chance in stoppage time which was blocked again. The game drifted away from Chelsea and Jose Mourinho’s 100th at Stamford Bridge ended in defeat. It isn’t clear whether or not they will strengthen before the transfer window is closed, but it certainly appears that they need to. They may be willing to pay whatever price Everton are holding out for John Stones after this awful display.

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Chelsea are drawing 0-0 in their Premiership match with Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea linked up well on the right hand side early on, Willian and Pedro showing great understanding for only their second game together. The earliest advance into the away side’s area resulted in a shot from Pedro and an wide attempt from Ivanovic after the the Spaniard’s was blocked.

Both sides were keen to get forward and put pressure on the other in the first ten minutes, and it was in fact Palace that won the first couple of corners. Despite that the game soon drifted into the expected pattern of Chelsea having possession with Palace sititng back and hoping to counter-attack. They did so in the 25th minute when Sakho was put in down the left and forced a good save from Courtois.

The Belgian ‘keeper was Chelsea’s savour five minutes later when Palace finished a good period of pressure with a shot from Cabaye- the Frenchman receiving the ball from Zaha but couldn’t finish from just inside the penalty area.

The pressure from Palace ceased after that, and it was the Blues who finished the half the stronger with both Costa and Fabregas coming close. Azpilicueta crossed from the left but Costa couldn’t connect at the far post. A few minutes later it was once again two Spain internationals that almost opened the scoring. Costa shot from the edge of the box but his shot was pushed out to the feet of Cesc Fabregas, the attempt from whom was also prevented by the combination of Palace’keeper  McCarthy and Scott Dann in defence.

Chelsea have passed the ball well and have been willing to take shots when the goal is in their sights. Palace have defended deeply and well so far, as well as looked dangerous on the counter attack. Chelsea will have to be patient if they are to win this match, and Jose Mourinho may look to the bench in order to unlock Alan Pardew’s well organised side.

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Here are the official line ups for today’s game at Stamford Bride between Chelsea and Crystal Palace.

Chelsea:

Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic, Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa

Substitutes:

Begovic, Rahman, Falcao, Mikel, Nunes do Nascimento, Remy, Loftus-Cheek.

 

Crystal Palace:

McCarthy, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Cabaye, McArthur, Zaha, Puncheon, Sako, Wickham

Substitutes:

Mariappa, Bolasie, Hennessey, Lee Chung-Yong, Gayle, Mutch, Ledley

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As Chelsea look to continue their new-found winning form, we preview their clash with Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (15:00 GMT KO).

The Blues will look to make it back-to-back wins after their 2-3 win over West Brom last weekend, with new boy Pedro scoring and grabbing an assist on his debut.

Palace are also looking to continue their good start, having beaten Norwich and Aston Villa in their opening two games.

 

Last six games:

Crystal Palace: DLWLWW (including two friendlies and a cup game)

Chelsea: WLLDLW (including three friendlies)

 

Team News:

– John Terry is out after he was sent off against West Brom last week. He is to be replaced by Gary Cahill, who started on the bench last week.

– Oscar and Victor Moses are both still out with injuries.

– New signing Baba Rahman is still short of match fitness.

– Mile Jedinak is out for the Eagles afetr he picked up a hamstring injury in the midweek cup win over Shrewsbury. Recover time: two-three weeks

– Yannick Bolasie is available after missing the midweek cup clash with The Shrews following the death of his father.

– Goalkeeper Julian Speroni (finger) and strikers Marouane Chamakh and Fraizer Campbell (both hamstring) are likely to be absent again.

 

Statistics:

– Chelsea have lost just one of the last 15 league meetings against tomorrow’s opponents (W10, D4, L1).

– Palace however have only won two of their 21 trips to Stamford Bridge – in 1982 and 1976.

– This will be Jose Mourinho’s 100th Premier League home game in charge of Chelsea. He has won 76 and lost just one of the previous 99.

– It is also Mourinho’s 200th Premier League match. He has amassed an unrivalled 453 points in his first 199 games.

– Chelsea are without a clean sheet in six league games, conceding 12 goals during that period.

– Palace have won seven of their nine league away matches under Alan Pardew. One of their two defeats came at Chelsea in May.

– No team has won more points than Palace away from home in the Premier League in 2015 (22 – level with Chelsea and Arsenal).

 

Starting XI last time out:

Chelsea (away vs. West Brom, won 2-3): Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Willian, Pedro, Hazard, Diego Costa.

Crystal Palace (home vs. Aston Villa, won 2-1): McCarthy, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, McArthur, Cabaye, Zaha, Puncheon, Sako, Murray.

 

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As Chelsea prepare to take on Crystal Palace, we preview the odds as the Blues look to continue their title defence at Stamford Bridge (15:00 GMT).

All odds provided by SkyBET (SB), Ladbrokes (L), William Hill (WH) and Coral (C), correct as of 28th August.

Chelsea win: SB – 4/11, L – 4/11, WH – 4/11, C – 2/5

Draw: SB – 15/4, L – 4/1, WH – 7/2, C – 7/2

Crystal Palace win: SB – 7/1, L – 9/1, WH – 17/20, C – 17/2

 

First goalscorer:

Eden Hazard: SB – 9/2, L – 9/2, WH – 9/2, C – 5/1

Diego Costa: SB – 3/1, L – 10/3, WH – 3/1, C – 7/2

Radamel Falcao: SB – 7/2, L – 4/1, WH – 7/2, C – 4/1

Pedro: SB – 4/1, L – 9/2, WH – 4/1, C – 7/1

Loic Remy: SB – 9/2, L – 9/2, WH – 9/2, C – 4/1

No goalscorer: SB – 14/1, L – 12/1, WH – 12/1, C – N/A

Glenn Murray: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1, WH – 11/1, C – 8/1

Connor Wickham: SB – 10/1, L – 11/1, WH – 10/1, C – 8/1

Yannick Bolasie: SB – 18/1, L – 20/1, WH – 20/1, C – 8/1

Jason Puncheon: SB – 14/1, L – 14/1, WH – 14/1, C – 12/1

Yohan Cabaye: SB – 18/1, L – 20/1, WH – 20/1, C – 10/1

 

Final Score: 

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 6/1, L – 6/1, WH – 13/2, C – 6/1

2-0: SB – 7/1, L – 11/2, WH – 6/1, C – 11/2

2-1: SB – 8/1, L – 7/1, WH – 15/2, C – 7/1

3-0: SB – 8/1, L – 8/1, WH – 15/2, C – 8/1

3-1: SB – 10/1, L – 10/1, WH – 11/1, C– 10/1

Draw:

0-0: SB – 14/1, L – 12/1, WH – 12/1, C – 14/1

1-1: SB – 15/2, L – 15/2, WH – 17/2, C – 8/1

2-2: SB – 18/1, L – 18/1 , WH – 22/1, C – 18/1

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

4-4: SB – 250/1, L – 275/1, WH – 200/1, C – 150/1

Crystal Palace win: 

1-0: SB – 18/1, L – 20/1, WH – 18/1, C – 25/1

2-0: SB – 50/1, L – 50/1, WH – 50/1, C – 60/1

2-1: SB – 22/1, L – 22/1, WH – 22/1, C – 25/1

3-0: SB – 100/1, L – 125/1 , WH – 100/1, C – 125/1

3-1: SB – 66/1, L – 75/1, WH – 66/1, C – 80/1

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Everton have announced the signing of striker Leandro Rodriguez as they continue to reject Chelsea’s advances for John Stones. 

The club announced the signing on their official website as they secured the services of the 22-year-old from River Plate Montevideo. Roberto Martinez, the Everton manager, had this to say about his latest player:

“Leandro Rodriguez is a young striker with a real knack of scoring goals,” the Spanish coach began.

“But he’s much more than that, too. His contribution is a lot more than that and hopefully we can provide a path where he can develop and enjoy his football. If he can do that, clearly that’s going to bring goals to the first team.”

Rodriguez scored 19 goals in 71 games for his previous club. The signing, for an undisclosed amount, is likely to increase the speculation surrounding defender Stones with the possibility that Everton are already spending the money they will receive for the Englishman.

Chelsea have made two bids for Stones and he has handed in a transfer request which has been rejected by Everton.

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Chelsea have not made a bid for Galatasaray left back Alex Telles, and the Turkish giants are in fact yet to receive any offers despite reports to the contrary, according to his agent. 

Telles, 22, has been the subject of numerous rumours regarding his future with Chelsea, Real Madrid and PSG the most prominent clubs linked to him.

It was reported earlier this summer that Chelsea had made a bid of £5 million, and were preparing to double that figure following Galatasaray rejecting it.  Telles’ agent, Fernando Otto, told Eurosport that in actual fact no such offer has been received.

He said:

“We are yet to receive an official offer for Telles. Reports saying that PSG or Chelsea have made a bid are not true.”

Telles joined the Istanbul side from Gremio in 2013 for £4.3 million.

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Pogba stayed at Juventus last summer but hinted an exit soon

John Stones and Paul Pogba were the two names that were most linked to Chelsea in the latest transfer market rumours in this crazy week before the window shuts next Tuesday.

It was reported by many media, especially in England, that Chelsea was in heavy negotiations for these two future top players, but it was understood that Everton rejected even Chelsea latest £40m bid and Stones’ official transfer request, while the negotiations for Pogba were over after the past weekend, when Oscar refused to move to Juventus – as he was included in the offer: £40m and him- as our source in Pogba’s entourage confirmed yesterday, while English media still insisted that Chelsea was going to place a £73m bid.

Today Chelsea boss José Mourinho was asked about these two negotiations in his press conference to preview Crystal Palace clash, but the Blues manager refused to comment these rumours:

Stones? I don’t speak about players of other teams, if I get another player before the window close good, if I don’t get it, I work with the players I got

Pogba is a Juventus player, the other day I made a little critics to my friend [ Massimiliano] Allegri because I didn’t like the way he spoke about Oscar in the summer, so I don’t speak about Pogba.

And when asked about Everton manager Roberto Martinez‘s comments on Stones future he answered acting a little nervous:

“I don’t comment Roberto Martinez’s words…do you think I will comment Martinez’s words…do you think so? so don’t ask me please.

 

 

 

 

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Chelsea youngster Dominic Solanke has spoken of his happiness at his success last season.

Solanke was part of the Chelsea Under 19 side that won both the UEFA and FA Youth Cup, and was named the Academy Player of the Year last week.

The 17-year old also made his Chelsea debut last season, being a second-half substitute in the Blues’ Champions League group game against Maribor last October.

Solanke also appeared for Chelsea at the end of last season, as Jose Mourinho tried to introduce some of club’s youth players into the first team with the title already secured.

“It’s been brilliant,” Solanke tells the official Chelsea website.

“Last season was good for me with winning the Youth Cup and the European Championships with England Under-17s, but this season has been even better.

“The Youth League was a competition we all wanted to win, it’s only been running two years so to win it in its second year was very good for us.

“It’s amazing to have been crowned the best Under-19 team in Europe. We got to sample a lot of different places and cultures in the tournament, and to come out on top shows the level we’re at.

“I’ll never forget making my first-team debut. It was an amazing opportunity for me to go out and play in front of all of those supporters. I can only learn from that type of experience. I was the youngest ever player to do it for the club as well so I was really pleased.”

Solanke, who is currently on a loan spell at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, scored an incredible 41 goals last season, including in the FA Youth Cup final, and the England U17 striker says he thrives on finding the back of the net:

“I got around 20 goals last season and everybody was telling me I’d have to do the same, but I managed get double it so it’s been a really good season for me,” he said.

Solanke was one of a number of youngsters chosen by Mourinho to take part in Chelsea’s post-season trip to Thailand and Australia, starting the game against Thailand All Stars in Bangkok. After just a few minutes, he’d scored.

“When the season finished I was told I’d be going on the trip and it was a chance for me to impress,’ he said.

“I managed to score against the Thailand All-Stars and it was the winning goal, so that was good for me.

“It was the best time to impress because there weren’t so many of the first-team players there and we all managed to get some game time. When those opportunities come along you have to take them.”

Solanke was afforded the opportunity to work alongside attacking talents such as Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Eden Hazard, learning from all three, and he praised the senior players for their welcoming manner.

“Having people you know here helps you because you feel more comfortable and you can speak to them whenever you need to, but all the first-team players have been really helpful,” he added.

“They’ve done brilliantly this year and the experience was an enjoyable one for all of us.”

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The dates for Chelsea’s Champions League group stage games have been released, as the Blues look to lift the trophy for the second time.

The Blues were drawn to face Portuguese side Porto, who won the Champions League under Jose Mourinho in 2004, as well as Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev and Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Now, the fixture dates for the six of Chelsea’s Group G games have been released:

HOME vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv – Wednesday 16th September 

AWAY vs. FC Porto – Tuesday 29th September

AWAY vs. Dynamo Kiev – Tuesday 20th October

HOME vs. Dynamo Kiev – Wednesday 4th November  

AWAY vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv – Tuesday 24th November 

HOME vs. FC Porto – Wednesday 9th December

 

Should the Blues qualify from the group stages, they will play in second qualifying round. The dates of this round are:

First leg: 16th – 17th February 2016

Second leg: 23th – 24th February 2016

 

The dates of the quarter finals are:

First leg: 5th – 6th April 2016

Second leg: 12th – 13th April 2016

 

The dates of the semi finals are:

First leg: 26th – 27th April 2016

Second leg: 3rd – 4th May 2016

 

The final is to take place at San Siro, in Milan, on 28th May 2016.

 

As normal, this year’s groups will be mirrored in the UEFA Youth League, which Chelsea won last season.

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