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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink: “I think with the Premier League, Capital One Cup and FA Cup but not being in Europe will give the new management and directors a chance to build a good team competing for the four places.”

“Sometimes when you start somewhere new and have games every three or four days then it is difficult to get the team very well prepared tactically.”

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harry redknapp

The 69-year-old former Tottenham and West Ham boss Harry Redknapp, currently under contract with Jordan national team, wrote in his column for The Telegraph“When Chelsea named their team to play Manchester City on Saturday I looked at it and thought “that’s a really poor side”. They had a couple of young players in there, a couple who have been out of form recently and a couple more who have been poor all season.”

“That said, I didn’t expect them to get torn apart by Manchester City in the way they were, but I can’t say I was wholly surprised when it happened – and it just summed up what has been an absolute disaster of a season for them. Before the season they were my favourites for the title, along with Manchester City. Well, that didn’t turn out as we expected.”

“Look at Eden Hazard, for example. If you didn’t know who he was and were told he was the reigning Footballer of the Year you wouldn’t take it seriously.” he said about Eden Hazard‘s recent poor performances.

About incoming manager Antonio Conte: “Guus Hiddink is obviously a fantastic manager, but his style is to be nice to the players in order to get results. It’s hardly a secret, but I gather Antonio Conte, who will take over this summer, is the polar opposite of that. People who know him well tell me he’s a real disciplinarian, and he works his players very, very hard. If you don’t start a game then after the match he’ll have you out on the pitch doing lap after lap. He’ll get them fit and he’ll get them going again.”

“Make no mistake, Chelsea’s dressing room needs sorting out – and it really sounds like Conte is the right man to do it. He needs to bring in some players to help him, and I’d expect him to make at least three signings this summer – probably from Italy, where he has worked all his career.”

About John Terry: “It’s a tough job though – and if I were Conte one of the first things I’d do is sign John Terry up on a new deal. For me he’s been one of Chelsea’s best defenders this season, when fit, and you need characters like him when things are changing. Conte will know this, of course.”

About Europe: “It looks almost certain they won’t qualify for Europe next season, which could end up helping them as they go for the Premier League title – and make no mistake, they will still be expected to challenge for the title even after the last eight months. Anything less simply will not be good enough.”

“Chelsea, though, should be right up there. If they are then Conte will have ensured the memories from this awful season have been forgotten about as quickly as possible.” he ended.

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Jason Cundy has claimed he is worried about what Tottenham Hotspur could do to Chelsea; Spurs, who are chasing the Premier League title, are due to visit the Blues on Monday 2nd May.

The former Chelsea defender told Chelsea TV he is concerned about a defeat: I fear for us, if I’m honest. Anyway I think the fact it is a night kick off will add something to it.”

At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea enjoy a good record against Spurs, not having lost at the ground to Tottenham since before the year 2000.

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Diego Costa © Francesca Ceciarini

As Chelsea took on Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, the Blues with next to nothing to play for, while City are aiming to secure a Champions League spot.

Both went with their strongest teams and to the delight of Chelsea fan 20 year-old academy product Ruben Loftus-Cheek started in behind Diego Costa.

After a frantic start to the game at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea went closest as a mix up at the back for City meant the ball fell to Pedro to strike past Hart only to have the ball cleared off the line by Otamendi.

The returning Diego Costa started the game very sharply and was nearly rewarded as pressure upfield by Baba Rahman played Costa in behind the City defence for him to slot home. Only for the assistants flag to be raised and the goal chalked off for offside.

The first clear cut opportunity fell to City as Yaya Toure played in former Chelsea man Kevin De Bruyne as he was left one on one with Courtois who managed to smother his low drive.

With the Blues defence all at sea they were sliced open again as Nasri was played in by Aguero only to delay his shot slightly to late and toe poking it straight at Courtois.

Just after the half hour mark the City pressure told as a quick break away from a Chelsea corner fell to Kevin De Bruyne who raced up field, squared the ball to Aguero on the edge of the box who managed to bend it past Courtois via a slight deflection off Gary Cahill to deservedly put City 1-0 up.

The half finishes 1-0 to Manchester City, the Blues will be looking to tighten up their defence in the second half.

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (c), Baba Rahman; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro; Diego Costa.

Subs: Begovic, Miazga, Matic, Kenedy, Traore, Pato, Falcao.

Manager: Guus Hiddink

MANCHESTER CITY – Hart; Zabaleta, Mangala, Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Toure (c), Navas, De Bruyne, Nasri, Aguero

Subs: Caballero, Sagna, Demichelis, Fernando, Delph, Bony, Iheanacho.

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Yellow cards: Zabaleta 28′, Otamendi 44′

Goals: Aguero 33′


Referee: Mike Dean

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK

Kick Off: 5.30 pm GMT

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Diego Costa returns after and is seen as the favorite to feature against Citizens;

Eden Hazard, John Terry, Loic Remy and Nemanja Matic are injured, while Gary Cahill and Willian is still a doubt;

Thibaut Courtois is expected to return to the starting line-up as a substitute for Begovic.

Manchester City

Raheem Sterling is the only worry for Manuel Pellegrini;

Vincent Kompany may not be risked as he is short on fitness.

Yaya Toure remains a doubt after the Ivorian was named in the bench for the mid-week Champions League clash against PSG.



CHELSEA – Courtois (Begovic), Baba, Miazga, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Obi Mikel, Fabregas, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Diego Costa.

Manager: Guus Hiddink

MANCHESTER CITY – Hart, Clichy, Otamendi, Mangala, Zabaleta, Fernando, Fernandinho, Silva, Navas, De Bruyne, Aguero

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini




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– Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin has a full fit squad to choose from;

– Swansea are playing in a diamond formation these days;

Andre Ayew has just returned to full training;

– Bafétimbi Gomis is likely to start as lone striker, with Alberto Paloschi ready to substitute him during the game.


Gary Cahill is unlikely to play but he’ll have a fitness test ahead of the game;

– Branislav Ivanovic will be in the starting XI alongside Matt Miazga, with Baba Rahman and Cesar Azpilicueta in the full back positions;

Alexandre Pato, with Costa’s absence, is likely to start;

– According to rumours, Guus Hiddink could place Courtois on the bench to give Asmir Begovic a chance;

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has a good chance of featuring and Kenedy could replace Willian, but the 27-years-old is seen as the favorite to feature against Swansea.


SWANSEA – Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Naughton, Cork, Britton, Fer, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Gomis.

Manager: Francesco Guidolin

CHELSEA – Courtois (Begovic), Baba, Miazga, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Obi Mikel, Fabregas, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Pato.

Manager: Guus Hiddink

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Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola is keen to see his former club back at the top and he thinks Conte could be the proper man, claiming he is on par with Pep Guardiola.

He told beIN Sports: “He is a great coach, has done so well in Italy, he has some very good qualities, strong character and is the man who can start a new cycle for Chelsea so I hope things go well for him,” 

“He has very strong ideas, very determined and is very disciplined. He will bring all these qualities to Chelsea and hopefully he will be able to integrate into the culture.”

“He has already coached in Italy, all these things, the language, they can influence the results, but he will bring self discipline and determination, as well as tactical awareness and all these things can be good for Chelsea.”

About other managers: “Conte is one of those managers like Guardiola, like Simeone, like Mourinho. They have got the careers to manage big teams. The results will tell us whether it is right or not but I really hope so.”


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Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires, now playing in China after a lucrative move to Jiangsu Suning, claims he left Stamford Bridge due to interim manager Guus Hiddink‘s refusal to give him playing time.

Ramires told The Sun: “One of the big reasons I left Chelsea was the arrival of Hiddink.”

“It wasn’t just because I had a good relationship with Jose Mourinho , but when he was in charge, I knew there was a chance of playing and that the fight for a place in the team was always open.”

About Chelsea: “I always had a good relationship inside the club and I still have today. I played and performed in some important matches for Chelsea and can honestly say that I always worked hard for the team.”

“The previous coaches always trusted me to perform in the key games and I loved my time at the club” Ramires added.







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The Blues won their last game thanks to Thibaut Courtois' penalty

Express Sport claims the Blues will allow Thibaut Courtois to leave if a bid of around £60m is received; the Belgian International could be replaced with Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who seems to be the Blues number one target.

Recently, Chelsea goalkeeper spoke about his future: “I don’t know where I will be the next season, I have a contract for other three years and I don’t know what my club wants to do.”

“I want to finish well this season, even if this will be the only one where I won’t win any title. Of course this season changed me, now I hope to do well at EURO 2016 with Belgium.”


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