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The clash between Manchester City and Chelsea was over on the pitch on Sunday night but still goes on on papers.

Citizens star Fernandinho, probably the MVP of the match, accuses Chelsea striker Diego Costa to “try to offend the opposition”.

The Brazilian midfielder claimed while speaking to the Daily Mirror:

“He is always trying to offend the opposition, but I keep calm and keep playing.

“I just didn’t want to fight or have any confrontation and just to play for my team”.



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Abdul Baba Rahman has gave his first interview as a Chelsea player where he outlined his targets for the campaign.

Baba Rahman told Chelsea official website :

Hi Baba, welcome to the club. How does it feel to be a Chelsea player?

Thank you very much. I’m very happy to be here and I’m really looking forward to meeting my team-mates and getting started.

What are your first impressions of Cobham?

It’s a fantastic training ground, the facilities are amazing and the pitches are world class. It’s very good here.

Could you explain a little about your playing style?

I’m a left-back and, as a defender, it’s important for me to be strong in the tackle, which I always try to be. I also like to get forward as much as possible and help the team in attack.

As a full-back who likes to get forward, do you think English football will suit your game?

Yes, I think so because In the Premier League there is a heavy emphasis on getting up and down the pitch, which I like to do.

You attempted more crosses than any other player in the Bundesliga last season. How important is it for a modern full-back to produce quality deliveries from wide areas?

It’s very important because obviously if you can provide crosses from out wide there is a higher chance of providing assists and chances for the team.

Is it true that you can also play as a winger or in midfield?

I can play as a winger but I haven’t played in midfield for a while. I played on the left wing in Germany for Greuther Furth not so long ago and scored two goals in the game, but the next day I left for Augsburg.

Which players were your biggest influences growing up?

When I was growing up it wasn’t just left-backs I watched, I liked to keep an eye on all of the top players, but since becoming a left-back I like to watch Marcelo. But I enjoy watching the best players in action, it doesn’t matter what position they play in.

You were playing second-tier German football at the beginning of last season, so your rise has been a rapid one. What do you put this down to?

Last season was amazing for me, and my coach and team-mates at Augsburg helped me a lot, but I fought very hard to try and improve as much as possible.

Do you watch a lot of Premier League football?

Yes, when I’m not playing I enjoy watching all football but especially the Premier League and of course Chelsea. It wasn’t always easy for me to watch because sometimes it wasn’t shown, but I always tried to watch it when possible. It’s a very strong league.

You’re the third Ghanaian to sign for the club following Michael Essien and Christian Atsu. Did you speak to either of them prior to the move?

Yes, I spoke with both of them and they were very positive about Chelsea. They told me it was a great club with very nice people, which was good to hear.

Essien, in particular, has a big history at the club. Do you remember watching him in action when he played here?

Yes, I watched him whenever I could. In Ghana they only showed the Premier League at that time so I was always watching him, he was a great player for Chelsea.

Is the impressive history of Africans at Chelsea encouraging for you?

Yes, of course, it’s a big inspiration for me and I’m really looking forward to trying to carry on the pattern of African players doing well for the club. I can’t wait to get started.

Could you tell us why you’ve chosen to have Baba, rather than Rahman, on your shirt?

It’s because my dad’s name is Baba, I love my dad so that’s the reason. He’s a Chelsea supporter so he’s very happy and proud. He’s not in the country at the moment but he will definitely be watching every game.

What are your main aims for this season?

My main aim is to win trophies for the club. Obviously Chelsea won the Premier League last season and I hope we can repeat that, and do even more. That’s what I hope to achieve.

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Everton forward Steven Naismith has revealed, that he hopes, that John Stones will remain at Goodison Park.

Even if Everton coach Roberto Martinez, has repeatedly stressed that it has no plans to sell John Stones, the rumours about his departure did not fall silent.

During today’s press conference, Everton forward Naismith has emphasised, that Everton are very much looking ahead to a future with John Stones in the team.

Naismith told Press Association Sport:

“We definitely want him to stay – he is a fantastic guy and footballer, and a mainstay in our team.”

“You want your best players to be here to hopefully continue bringing success to Everton.”

“He has progressed rapidly in the last two years and we want him to continue that under the leadership of the manager (Martinez) and also (Stones’ Everton captain and fellow England centre-back) Phil Jagielka – I’m sure Stonesey would be the first to say he learns so much from him on a day-to-day basis.”

 “I think the club’s stance on it has been pretty straightforward and the manager is looking forward with Stonesey in the team.

“The manager has mentioned wanting to bring in three more players in to strengthen, and I don’t think anyone has ever thought about Stonesey moving on.”

Chelsea have already seen a £20 million and £26 million bid rejected for Stones, and according to the latest informations, Everton had recently turned down also the third bid of £30million from the Blues.

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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has criticised Cesc Fabregas for a lack of ”tactical intelligence” during Sunday’s clash against Manchester City.

The Spanish player has failed to have any impact on the game at the Etihad Stadium. According to Sky Sports pundit, one of the reasons of Chelsea’s defeat on Sunday, was Fabregas’ lack of ”tactical intelligence” during the game.

Carragher said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football :

‘‘Why do you play Ramires? Because you’ve got someone in Cesc Fabregas who is a fantastic footballer, creates goals, scores goals, but he can’t defend – as we saw in the first 10 seconds when David Silva turns him and puts Sergio Aguero through.”

‘‘He lacks tactical intelligence, especially defensively. That’s one of the reasons Barcelona let Chelsea take him.”

‘‘If you play him in there [central midfield], Fabregas needs protection from Matic and Ramires and he didn’t get that, especially from Ramires,’’

‘‘The problems they had down that left side came from Ramires and Fabregas together.’’

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Jose Mourinho considers Rahman’s signing as extremely important and relevant to the club.

Baba Rahman has signed for Chelsea from Augsburg for an amount of around £20m. The Ghana left- back is considered as Filipe Luis successor at Stamford Bridge.

The Special One does not hide his satisfaction with the finalization of the transfer. The Portuguese coach hopes, that Rahman will be ready to play as soon as it is only possible.

Mourinho said :

It’s important because he’s a left-back and he can compete with Azpilicueta,”

 “At the same time, Azpi can also compete with Ivanovic for the right-back position.”

“This player replaces Filipe Luis in terms of the balance of the squad.”

“Hopefully next week he will be ready.”

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Chelsea defender Nathan Ake who has recently joined Watford on a loan, reveals, that Quique Flores’s faith in the young players convinced him to join the Hornets.

Ake does not hide, that he is impressed with Quique  Flores’s record with young players. The young Dutch, can’t wait for his regular first-team appearances.

Ake told Watford’s official website :

“He’s a big manager and he has managed big clubs,”

“He told me he had young players when he was at other clubs, like Koke at Atletico Madrid, and he said age doesn’t matter to him, he’ll play you if you’re ready.”

“I was really impressed with him, we had a good chat and he made me feel welcome straight away.”

“I’m really excited because I’ve been waiting for this, to get on loan and play a lot of games, and Watford have given me this opportunity.”

Asked about his position in the team, he said :

“I can play in midfield, left-back or centre-back. I’m a player who works really hard, a left-footed player who tries to play football on the ground,”

“But I can also do the other side of the game like defending, and I just try to help the team really.”



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Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has questioned Jose Mourinho’s decision to replace John Terry with Kurt Zouma at half-time.

John Terry had not been substituted since May 2013, that is why Mourinho’s decision is widely commented upon by all. According to Wright, the Special One could have dealt with the situation in a different way in order to avoid questioning Terry’s role at the club.

Wright told the Evening Standard :

“I do feel the Chelsea boss could have handled things a little bit different with Terry at the Etihad. Terry was subbed at half-time with Mourinho admitting it was tactical because he wanted more pace to handle Sergio Aguero and Co.”

“If that was the reasoning, I’d have to ask why Jose played him at all.”

“I think he could have called Terry into his office, explained his decision and while John wouldn’t have been happy, he’d have handled it professionally and accepted it as best for the team.”

“His absence could have been explained as having a tweak, a little knock, then it’s not an issue at all. As it is, his whole future has become a talking point,”



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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, has urged the Blues to sort themselves out and reach the level needed to compete for the Premier League title.

Former Stoke City goalkeeper is convinced, that Chelsea should not feel sorry for themselves following a disappointing start to the season. The Bosnian player has no doubts, that the Blues will soon return to form and pick up all lost points.

Begovic said :

”We still have a strong squad. We just need things to click. ”

“We are getting our sharpness back. Training has been competitive and strong.”

“A couple of things are not quite going our way right now but this is no time to start feeling sorry for ourselves – we have to pick ourselves up quickly, improve and pick up points.”

Asked about his performance in the match against Manchester City, Begovic has stated, that it was a very difficult clash :

“I was obviously delighted to start the game, but it was a shame that it was such a difficult one. ”

“It’s not the start we wanted after the first couple of games, having just one point on the board, but there is plenty of time to claw it back and make up those points.”

“City were very good. They have top quality players and have obviously strengthened. ”

“They are a top quality side and we expected nothing less than a very difficult game and that’s what it turned out to be.”

The Bosnian has urged his teammates to reach the level needed to compete for the title:

“We know we have to raise our game, pick ourselves up and reach the levels we need to compete for the title.”

“The gap is not something we’ll look at now. We will try and correct our performances and improve those levels. Then hopefully pick up the results and see how things are going. ”

“You never want to be behind but there is still time to recoup those points and be where we want and need to be come the business end of the season.”

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Chelsea will revisit the potential purchase of Isco in their attempts to get their season back on track after earning just one point from their first twp games.

Jose Mourinho was at Real Madrid shortly before Isco joined the ten-time European Cup winners in 2013, and the Portuguese is reported to believe that the answer to Chelsea’s troubles are in the shape of the midfielder.

The 22-year-old is apparently happy in the Spanish capital and is a part of Rafael Benitez’ plans, despite some reports to the contrary earlier this summer. Despite that, Chelsea will pursue the signing of Isco before the transfer window is out.


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