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Cagliari club has confirmed, Chelsea’s interest in signing the young midfielder Godfred Donsah.

According to the Italian media, Chelsea have joined the race in signing Cagliari youngster. Besides, the Blues also Arsenal and Manchester City had previously shown an interest in Donsah.

Cagliari president, Tomasso Giulini told the reporters:

”We had a chat a few weeks ago with Juventus and Chelsea, but I am stunned by all these rumours around him. The lad needs to grow up with us,”

“We have many other players on low wages and their contracts will be renewed at the right time, including Donsah’s.”

“We received a request to attend a meeting via a lawyer, but I am accustomed to doing things a different way. As soon as the right moment comes, we’ll be happy to renew his contract.”

Tuttomercato.web claims that Cagliari have rejected a €6m bid for Donsah, however the club does not reveals who has made the offer.

 

 

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Swansea coach, Garry Monk has stated, that beginning the season from a clash against Chelsea is a really big challenge for his team.

During the last match between Chelsea and Swansea, the Swans were beaten 5-0. That is why, Monk hopes that Saturday’s clash will be a way different meeting. What is more, he plans to remind his players of how they felt after the defeat last time, hoping to motivate them.

Monk told PlanetSwans:

“It’s the hardest start we could possibly have. Chelsea are a side of such quality that they can walk all over you if you do not compete.

“The players did brilliantly for me all season and there were not many times I had to tell them they had not been good enough.

“But that 5-0 defeat was one of the few occasions we simply did not turn up and got what we deserved.

“It was a real low point of the season and we do not want to experience that again.”

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Ahead of the 2015/16 Premier League season, this is the first part of a comprehensive preview of Chelsea’s Premier League rivals, and their goals for the season ahead.

The Blues won their fourth Premier League title with three games to spare last season, their first since 2010, and the third under Jose Mourinho’s leadership.

But after yet another summer of intense transfer business, along with three new teams, we round up the key info and goals of all of the E-M clubs that Chelsea will face in the next campaign:
Everton

Manager: Roberto Martinez – Ground: Goodison Park (221miles to Stamford Bridge)Position last season: 11th (47 points)SQUAD RATING: 7

PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL: TOP 10

DOMESTIC CUPS GOAL: QUARTER FINALS

Everton had a somewhat subdued season last year, failing to match their achievements in the 2013-14 season. But, the signing of Gerard Deulofeu, who helped them achieve Europ League football two seasons ago, and the club managing to keep hold of stars such as Romelu Lukaku and Leighton Baines (and, for now at least, John Stones), means they should be able to easily achieve a top 10 finish in the new campaign. With the strength of their squad in mind, a decent cup run is a realistic aim.

 

Leicester City

Manager: Claudio Ranieri – Ground: King Power Stadium (105 miles to Stamford Bridge)Position last season: 14th (41 points) – SQUAD RATING: 6

PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL: MID-TABLE

DOMESTIC CUPS GOAL: GET THROUGH THE FIRST FEW ROUNDS

Last Christmas, most people wouldn’t have expected Leicester to be in reviews such as this – but thanks to a near-miraculous run of form the Foxes survived in the top flight for at least another season. But, now Nigel Pearson has gone, it’s hard to predict if former Chelsea boss Ranieri will hit the ground running. His new squad has decent strength, with a couple of noticeable signings, and no ostriches whatsoever. The club will be looking to improve upon last year’s somewhat misleading 14th-placed finish, and with this in mind a cup run may be thrown out of the window as many in a Leicester shirt will be hoping for a smoother season.

 

LIverpool

Manager: Brendan Rodgers – Ground: Anfield (221 miles to Stamford Bridge)Position last season: 6th (62 points) – SQUAD RATING: 8

PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL: QUALIFY FOR THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

DOMESTIC CUP GOAL: WIN THE CUP

It was a very, very poor showing from Liverpool last term. The absences of both Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge could be seen from the very start, and no European football coming to Anfield this season compounds how miserable the last campaign was for Rodgers’ men. However, with Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling gone, it’s all change on the red half of Merseyside. Some eye-catching signings, such as Christian Benteke, James Milner and Roberto Firminho, will surely help the Reds resurrect themselves, but they aren’t strong enough as a team to lift the title just yet. But, the strength of the squad means that a Champions League place is surely on the horizon, and after falling at the penultimate hurdle last year, cup success must be both high and the agenda and a realistic goal.

 

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini – Ground: Etihad Stadium (210 miles from Stamford Bridge)Position last season: 2nd (79 points)SQUAD RATING: 9

PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL: WIN THE TITLE

DOMESTIC CUP GOALS: WIN THE CUP

EUROPEAN GOALS: SEMI-FINALS

No prizes for guessing this – City want their title back. Despite managing to keep almost neck and neck with Chelsea up until around Christmas, they fell away and lacked the consistency that Champions need. However, that desire to win may give them that extra push this season, with there being no doubts about how much quality that team possesses. Cup success certainly at home and preferably abroad as well are also objectives Pellegrini must fulfil – if he doesn’t, his time at the Etihad will surely come to and end.

 

Manchester United

Manager: Louis van Gaal – Ground: Old Trafford (208 miles from Stamford Bridge)Position last season: 4th (70 points)SQUAD RATING: 9

PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL: WIN THE TITLE

DOMESTIC CUP GOALS: WIN THE CUP

EUROPEAN AIMS: REACH THE FINAL

Any side with Bastian Schweinsteiger in their team must mean business – as well as Memphis Depay and all the other world-class names that United have on their books. Van Gaal didn’t take the league by storm last season, but after the disastrous season of David Moyes, anything would have been better. Now though, trophies are in van Gaal’s sights, and his dealings in the transfer window so far are proof of this. However, they will need to make a much better start than what they did last season (a 5-3 defeat to Leicester springs to mind), and then they may be serious title contenders.

 

 

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Jose Mourinho is grateful for the lack of injuries after Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Fiorentina tonight, and described the game as a “training session” in his press conference following the 1-0 defeat to Fiorentina tonight. 

On how his team are playing ahead of the new season, Mourinho claimed to be satisfied.

“I am happy where we are. “

On Radamel Falcao, who put another poor performance following the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday, Mourinho said that he was happy with the form the Colombian was showing. He went on to speak about his counterpart Paulo Sousa, Mohammed Salah and whether or not Diego Costa will be fit for next Satuday’s match against Swansea.

“He is very good (Falcao) for the situation. He has only had one week of traning, and not many minutes. I took him off at the right moment and I am very happy with the revolution.”

When asked about tonight’s opponents, Mourinho continued:

“It isn’t up to me to comment on Fiorentina but I thank them them for a good training session.”

“Paulo doesn’t need me to speak about him. He is doing his career and nobody gave him anything for free. Some people of his generation got big jobs for nothing.”

“He (Salah) has arrived at a good club like Fiorentina because he has done something good. I have no idea about Salah, all I know is that he left a few months ago to play for Fiorentina to play games because that is the objective of a loan.”

On Costa’s fitness:

“I don’t risk my reputation again, you asked me before the last weekend and I told he was ready to play, but he wasn’t. I don’t know, ask me on Friday and I will tell you for sure. I really don’t know.

 

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has said that he is certain that his side will lift the Premier League title next season.

The Chilean saw City fall eight points short of Chelsea last season as the Blues won the title with three games to spare – meaning that City couldn’t defend the title they won in the 2013-14 campaign.

Despite shipping four goals against both Real Madrid and Stuttgart in pre-season friendlies this summer, Pellegrini has said that he is happy with how his squad is shaping up.

The 63-year old was speaking at the club’s season launch party on Wednesday night, and was in optimistic mood ahead of his third season in Manchester:

“I am absolutely sure that we are going to have a very successful season. We must bring back the title here to our fans,” he said.

“All together, we must win game by game to try to do it. We need to play in the way we know how to play to continue with our attacking style and score the most amount of goals.

 “We are sure, as I have just said, that we are going to bring it back. We had a good pre-season . We have been working for around 30 days and we are going to arrive next Monday in our best shape.”

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Chelsea have lost their final pre-season match of the summer 1-0 to Fiorentina in a match that leaves questions of the team’s preparation to defend its Premiership title.

It was the visitors who had the first chance when Fernandez found himself just inside the area with plenty of space and forced Begovic to make a good save down low in the second minute. It was clear from as early on as that, a friendly it may be, it was certainly going to be a competitive one, the way both managers had hoped it would be.

Both sides spent the first ten minutes probing their way forwards, and Chelsea’s first piece of effective approach play came when Loftus-Cheek found himself on the left side of the area and was able, after taking the ball past two defenders, to fashion a shot that was blocked.

Chelsea were eager to get forward, the younger players on display clearly keen to use this chance to impress manager Jose Mourinho. It was the Italian side, however, who grew into the game as the first hit the bar with a shot from Vecino, and took the lead with a tap in from their captain Gonzalo Rodriguez in the 36th minute. Begovic failed to handle a shot from the edge of the box, leaving the goal almost open.

A definitive lull took hold of the home side as the first half drew nearer to its end. Chelsea didn’t create any more chances and went into the break a goal down.

When the second half began, it was with the double substitution of Matic and Azpilicueta on for Mikel and youngster Ola Aina respectively. The changes did have a positive effect, with the team suddenly more assured of itself as it went forward.

The first chance of the second half came from an Oscar free-kick that Ivanovic, usually so assured in the air headed wide. The manager made further changes before the hour mark as Hazard, Fabregas and Willian came on for Cuadrado, Oscar and the impressive Loftus-Cheek. Loic Remy also came on  for the out of touch Falcao.

The attacking changes put extra zip into Chelsea’s attacks- Remy did better than the man he replaced in coming in deep to collect the ball, and Hazard was able to produce some his flair- but it was still tough to break down a resilient Fiorentina side. The attacks were still too narrow, and even predictable, showing that some of the bad habits of last season still haven’t been corrected.

A Gary Cahill header, from a Fabregas free-kick, was easily saved and Chelsea were almost caught out when Fiorentina broke away, only for Rebic’s shot to be saved by Begovic.

Remy was almost clear on goal in the 78th minute, but Ricardo Bagadur got the ball before the Frenchman could shoot, but Chelsea were dominating the final exchanges. Fabregas and Matic were controlling the midfield and Hazard drifted in from both wings. Another chance was missed as Cahill again guided a brilliant free-kick into the goalkeeper’s arms. Remy wasn’t quite in the right position to attack Hazard’s cross, and he missed another chance on 85 minutes- curling a right foot shot wide on the left side of the box.

Kurt Zouma was lucky to not receive a red card for jumping in Fiorentina’s Bagadur in stoppage time as he tried to reach a loose ball in the middle of the pitch, and the game ended 3 minutes later in defeat for the Blues.

It was a game that confirmed much of the suspicions Chelsea fans had after the defeat to Arsenal on Sunday. One hopes that necessary adjustments are made before Saturday’s match against Swansea City.

 

 

 

Chelsea: 

Begovic, Kurt Zouma, Terry, Aina, Oscar, Jon Obi Mikel, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Juan Cuadrado, Victor Moses, Traore, Falcao

Fiorentina:

Sepe, Rodriguez, Moraes, Roncaglia, Alonso, Diakhate, Tomovic, Vecino, Fernandez, Suarez, Rebi

 

Attendance: 41,435

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Ahead of the 2015/16 Premier League season, this is the first part of a comprehensive preview of Chelsea’s Premier League rivals, and their goals for the season ahead.

The Blues won their fourth Premier League title with three games to spare last season, their first since 2010, and the third under Jose Mourinho’s leadership.

But after yet another summer of intense transfer business, along with three new teams, we round up the key info and goals of all of the A-C clubs that Chelsea will face in the next campaign:

 

Arsenal

Manager: Arsene Wenger – Ground: Emirates Stadium (11 miles to Stamford Bridge)Position last season: 3rd (75 points)SQUAD RATING: 8

PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL: WIN THE TITLE

DOMESTIC CUPS GOAL: WIN THE CUPS

EUROPEAN GOAL: SEMI-FINALS

Lifting the Premier League is the only goal now for Chelsea’s London neighbours – Mourinho said that there will be no excuses for Arsenal if they don’t win the league next season – he’s right. The Gunners have conducted one of the best bits of transfer business this summer with the signing of Petr Cech, and Theo Walcott has also returned. The title is their biggest priority, but domestic cup successes are also very much achievable, as well as much more European success than last year.

 

Aston Villa

Manager: Tim Sherwood – Ground: Villa Park (126 miles to Stamford Bridge)Position last season: 17th (38 points) – SQUAD RATING: 6

PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL: MID-TABLE

DOMESTIC CUPS GOAL: SEMI-FINAL

After a near-disastrous season last year, Sherwood will hope to build from the ground up this campaign. But, without Christian Benteke, who has just moved to Liverpool, the Villains’ attack may be slightly blunt. Thus, their defence will need to be much more watertight than last season. Avoiding relegation is the main concern, but the club has the potential to resurrect itself in the Premier League. It would be an incredible feat for the Midlands club to repeat last year’s club success, but it almost came at a heavy cost last year, so is less of a priority.

 

Bournemouth

Manager: Eddie Howe – Ground: Vitality Stadium (103 miles to Stamford Bridge)Position last season: Championship Champions (90 points) – SQUAD RATING: 5

PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL: AVOID RELEGATION

DOMESTIC CUP GOAL: GET THROUGH THE FIRST FEW ROUNDS

Eddie Howe has conducted his summer transfer business the same way he has steered the Cherries’ rise to the top flight – extremely smartly. Signing Lee Tomlin from Middlesbrough and Sylvain Distin from Everton are two good deals amongst others, but the squad may not have the experience to keep the club up. With survival in mind, the cup will probably mean little.

 

Crystal Palace

Manager: Alan Pardew – Ground: Selhurst Park (nine miles from Stamford Bridge)Position last season: 10th (48 points)SQUAD RATING: 7

PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL: TOP 10 FINISH

DOMESTIC CUP GOALS: QUARTER FINALS

Last season was a very good one for the Eagles, and the signing of players such as Yohan Cabaye from PSG this summer shows true intent to repeat that feat – or indeed better it. The competition for top 10 places will be tough, but Alan Pardew will not be wanting to do worse than last season. The cup is something that Palace could do well in, but again, isn’t a top priority.

 

 

 

 

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Chelsea captain John Terry has said that the growth of women’s football at the club and nationwide can only be a positive thing, and that the female game has rapidly improved since his early days.

Terry is the president of Chelsea Ladies, who won their first ever piece of silverware last Saturday with a 1-0 win over Notts County in the FA Women’s Cup Final.

The 34-year old has said that only more success will come as women’s football in England grows stronger for the future generations, compared to the limited opportunities for women in his own childhood:

“It’s great to see the growth in women’s football and obviously the Chelsea women in the FA Cup Final was a great feat, the first Chelsea ladies side to do that, and hopefully going on to bigger and better things.

“We are seeing after the World Cup in the summer, not only my daughter that plays but the young girls that are playing, are being accepted to play. Growing up in a different era, it was unfortunate but girls football wasn’t accepted when I was growing up. Now its accepted and rightly so as the standard of football is first class. We’re seeing what the girls are doing on TV and its a great start for young girls.”

Speaking at a launch event for the Chelsea Foundation ahead of the new season, Terry said that these improved opportunities benefit all, especially his own nine-year old daughter Summer:

“She’s a defender like dad and she’s quite aggressive, but she loves it and that’s the main thing for me, that she enjoys it, and that she plays with a smile on her face.

“For me that’s what its about when they’re kids, there’s so much pressure if you do go on to succeed and make it as a professional, not only in mends football but ladies football, so the main thing for me is that she enjoys it and her friends are enjoying it.”

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Here is the official line ups for today’s game at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Fiorentina.

Chelsea:

Starting XI: 1.Begovic; 11.Cuadrado, 5. Zouma, 26.Terry (c), 34.Aina, 12. Mikel, 36.Loftus-Cheek,14.Traore, 8.Oscar, 20.Moses, 9.Falcao.

Subs: 13. Courtois, 2.Ivanovic, 4. Fabregas, 7. Ramires, 10.Hazard, 18.Remy , 21. Matic, 22.Willian, 24. Cahill, 27.Blackman (GK), 28. Azpilicueta.

Fiorentina:

Starting XI: Sepe, Rodriguez, Junior, Tomovic, Alonso, Vecino, Fernandez, Suarez, Roncaglia, Rebic, Babacar.

Subs: Tatarusanu, Lezzerini, Hegazy, Bagadur, Badelj, Joaquin, Valero, Ilicic, Bernardeschi, Fazzi, Rossi

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Salah’s agent, Remy Abbas claims, that Fiorentina have no reasons to start legal actions against the Egyptian forward. What is more he is convinced that Viola have no rights to demand anything from his client.

According to the latest informations, Salah is on a verge of signing for AS Roma. The Egyptian player has already arrived to Rome and even took part in Giallorossi training.

Fiorentina’s board got furious, after finding out, that Chelsea have agreed on the transfer. That is why, the team from Tuscany does not exclude starting some legal actions against Salah. However his agent, Remy Abbas claims that his client is innocent.

Abbas said:

“Salah does not need the approval of Fiorentina,”

“The last day of his contract with Fiorentina was June 30 2015 and they have always known that.”

“We do not need agreements with Fiorentina or anyone else.”

“Comments on Salah getting a disqualification for six months are absolutely ridiculous.”

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