Nemanja Matic has ensured Chelsea’s rivals, that their ace Eden Hazard is back in his best form.
The Belgium international scored his 50th goal for the Blues during Saturday’s clash against Arsenal. Chelsea won 2-0 at Stamford Bridge with goals from Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard.
But Matic has no doubt, that this is just the beggining for Hazard. Chelsea midfielder told London Evening Standard:
“It’s a big goal for Eden”
“He needs to score goals for his confidence and to be on his top level. He is very important for our team. I am very happy he scored his first goal and I hope it gives him more self-belief.”
“He needs to know that he is the best player in the Premier League and use his qualities. When he scored it was an important moment in the season for him.”
”In two games we scored six goals and didn’t concede,”
“That’s very important for confidence and for team spirit.”
Ex West Ham and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand stood up in defense of his ex England mate John Terry, who was benched in the last two Chelsea games by José Mourinho:
“What you’ve got to remember is he’s 34-years-old. He’s had a big, long career. A successful career. There are times when you’ve just got to accept it [getting older and not starting].
“I don’t think he’ll be sat there thinking: “This the end for me”.
Jose Mourinho is planning to sabotage Tottenham’s attempts to sign Victor Wanyama.
The Kenyan midfielder reportedly said he wanted to leave Southampton in the summer transfer window, but manager Ronald Koeman refused to sell.
Spurs offered £18 million and Erik Lamela in the last days of the transfer window – an offer which was immediately rejected by the Saints.
Chelsea are supposedly going to offer £20 million for the 24 year old’s services.
It may prove to be a tough decision for Southampton, with Wanyama apparently unwilling to sign a new deal at St. Marys. He has just two years left on his current deal.
Mourinho wants to improve his central midfield options and has had teenagers Ruben Neves at Porto and Marko Grujic at Red Star Belgrade scouted.
Juventus star Paul Pogba is also on their radar but competition from Barcelona for the Frenchman makes Wanyama more realistic.
Chelsea are interested in defender Dani Carvajal, according to Italian website TMV.
The Blues have let in 12 goals in six games so far this season, and claimed just their second win of the season on Saturday as they overcame Arsenal 2-0 at Stamford Bridge – they had previously won just one of their opening five games.
It is believed the Blues would aim to secure the Spaniard’s signature in the January transfer window.
However, it is believed Los Blancos would be against any sale for the 23-year old, who signed a contract extension in July which keeps him contracted at the Bernabeu until 2020.
The report suggests that Carvajal, who has made almost 100 appearances in all competitions for Madrid, would replace Branislav Ivanovic, who has struggled to find form so far this season.
Legendary English player Gary Lineker has decided to defend Diego Costa after the controversy over striker performance against Arsenal on Saturday.
According to numerous comments, Diego Costa played a major role in the red card for Arsenal defender Gabriel during yesterday’s match at Stamford Bridge.
But former Tottenham striker has no doubts, that every player would like to have the Spaniard in his team despite his provocative style of playing.
”Diego Costa may be the world’s grumpiest, most annoying striker, but you would always choose to play with him rather than against him. ”
“He’s a real street fighter, and let’s not forget that he’s also a proven goalscorer.”
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho surprised everyone by saying that in his opinion, Baba Rahman is yet not ready to play in the Premier League.
In Chelsea match against Arsenal, the left back was replaced by Branislav Ivanovic. The decision of the Portuguese coach was a big surprise, considering Rahman’s good performance in his debut for the Blues on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League clash against Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
The Special One explained his decision by saying,
“Branislav Ivanovic replaces Baba Rahman, who is not yet ready for the Premier League. Champions League is different football.”
What is more, Baba Rahman was not even named on the bench for the game against Arsenal.
Chelsea are interested in signing Sion striker Moussa Konate, claims his agent Antoine Issa Kossoko.
The 22-year-old Konate has impressed as a youngster at the 2012 Olympic Games. Since then, the young player was monitored by a majority of Premier League clubs including Chelsea.
The Senegalese striker so far has scored seven goals in nine games for Sion this season. He joined the Swiss club in 2014 from Genoa. Since that time, he has scored 23 goal in 36 matches.
Konate’s agent Antoine Issa Kossoko said :
“Lots of English clubs are interested in Moussa,”
“Chelsea and Arsenal scouts are keeping an eye on him – but he is not obsessed with the Premier League and will consider good offers from Germany, Spain or England.”
“Hannover, Mainz and Bruges were keen on him this summer, offering up to £6m.”
“But Sion said they would not sell for less than £10m.”
Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic claims, that the Blues wanted to win Saturday’s derby at Stamford Bridge more than Arsenal.
Thanks to goals from Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard, Chelsea reached their first home Premier League triumph of the season. Chelsea midfielder hopes, that the result can help kickstart their season.
Matic told Chelsea TV:
“We wanted to win more than them,”
”It was a very important three points for us, especially against them.”
“We didn’t start the season very well so it was very important to win these two games – Champions League against Maccabi [Tel Aviv] and the derby against Arsenal.”
“We didn’t concede one goal and we scored six. We have to continue to play like this, especially the next game – it’s going to be very important for us.”
West Ham United manager, Slaven Bilic has praised his attacking duo Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho after unexpected 2-1 victory against Manchester City on Saturday.
The Nigerian winger was the author of the first goal at the Etihad Stadium and his fantastic performance has not gone unnoticed. The Hammers manager has hailed Moses impact on the victory against the Citizens.
Bilic told West Ham official website :
“It is great for the club and I am so happy for everyone at West Ham, but especially for the players because you cannot win here without playing well,”
“City created some chances and in the second half, the players were fighting like a unit from the goalkeeper to the last man.”
“At times we were lucky but you have to be when you are winning at City’s stadium. Man City is such a massive team.”
“City is by far the best team we have played so far. But we were able to control City’s pressing and we are so happy about it.”
“I am glad for Moses and he is a great asset for us and we are just pleased to have him.”
“Sakho is a great player. Some strikers have to score goals to prove their game. If they don’t score they are not playing, but Diafra doesn’t just have to score goals to play well.”
“When you defend like he does when we don’t have the ball, if anyone deserved the victory it was him.”
Yesterday’s victory caused that West Ham moved up to second in the Premier League table. What is more, with the result favourable for the Hammers, City’s club record run of 11 consecutive league wins came to an end.