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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Eden Hazard will top Real Madrid’s transfer wish list next summer after club President Florentino Perez decreed that the ten-time European Champions should make every effort to sign him. 

Hazard, 24, has been a target for Real Madrid for some time and is now they believe they can exploit the apparent schism that has appeared between player and club. Hazard, who has been poor this season by anyone’s standards, let alone his Player of the Year award winning exploits last term, was dropped for Chelsea 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Hazard signed for Chelsea from Lille in 2012 with Chelsea’s Champions League victory weeks earlier inspiring him to turn down a move to Manchester United. Last season was by far his best as he helped the Blues win the Premiership title for the first time in four years with himself getting the winning goal against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge in the game that secured it.

Despite signing a deal that will keep him at the club until 2019, Hazard remains a Real Madrid target and speculation is only made worse by Zinedine Zidane, believed to be Hazard’s childhood idol, working at the Santiago Bernabeu as Real’s youth coach. Zidane has himself spoken of his admiration for the Belgian.

Real Madrid have a long history of paying huge money for the Premiership’s best players with David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale all leaving England for the Spanish capital in the recent past. Jose Mourinho said in 2014 that anyone wishing to sign Hazard would have to pay £150 million.

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Konoplyanka has also made nearly 50 appearances for Ukraine

Chelsea are interested in bringing Seville winger Yevhan Konoplyanka to Stamford Bridge, according to the coach of Shakhtar Donestk. 

Mircea Lucescu says he has spoken to Jose Mourinho who confirmed to him that 26-year-old Konolyanka is a player of considerable interest at Chelsea, along with Andriy Yarmolenko, which ChelseaNews24 reported last week.

Mourinho was spotted in the crowd during Ukranie’s 1-0 loss to Spain in their final Euro 2016 qualifier. Lucescu was also there, and claims it was then that the Portuguese hinted his interest in the Ukraine internationals.

“Mourinho is interested in Yevhen Konoplyanka. I was at Ukraine versus Spain with Mourinho and he is interested in some players.

“Perhaps it is Yarmolenko or Teixeira, if not, then it is Konoplyanka.”

Konoplyanka moved from Ukraine side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk to Seville last summer.

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Chelsea are reportedly eyeing up a huge £50 million bid for Valencia striker Paco Alcacer.

The 22-year old, who signed a new five-year deal with the Spanish side earlier this year, was supposedly a target for Blues boss Jose Mourinho in the summer.

The Portuguese was said to have sent scouts to watch the Spanish international striker in his side’s 3-0 La Liga win over Malaga.

However, Valencia are set to stand firm on the £50 million buy-out clause in Alcacer’s contract.

The news comes a day after Mourinho defended his decision to start Eden Hazard on the bench in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa

Alcacer has scored 29 goals in 87 appearances for Valencia, whilst also scoring four goals in a season-long loan at Getafe.

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WILLIAN
Willian celebrating a goal with Diego Costa © Francesca Ceciarini

Brazilian midfielder Willian had an outstanding performance today against Aston Villa and he was also praised by José Mourinho in the post-match press conference.

The winger spoke about the game against Villains and the moment of the team with Chelsea TV after the final whistle:

“I’m happy with my performance but I’m happy today because we won, we played very well and fought until the end so we have to continue this way.

“The manager spoke to us he told us we had to fight on the pitch and to be mentally dominant, so when we came onto the pitch we tried to play the best football and I think today we played really well.

“It’s true I was a little tired after travelling so much in the international break but I rested two days at my home and today I felt good”

“We won today so now we got more confidence, we have to continue like this”

Willian moved to Chelsea from Ukranian side Shaktar Donetsk, where he played six years: Chelsea will be back there this Tuesday to face Dinamo Kyiv for the Champions League third matchday of the group stage:

“I am happy to be back there, I have good memories [of Ukraine] but I hope we will win the match”.

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MOURINHO
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

José Mourinho has spoken in his press conference after his side overcame struggling Aston Villa 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to the official Chelsea website, the 52-year old said that there were still improvements to be made despite hitting the ground running after the international break:

“It was not a brilliant performance, but it was solid performance,” Mourinho said.

“In football you are brilliant when the confidence levels are very high and the players are able to put all their qualities on the pitch. When the confidence is a bit low, the results are not good and they feel the pressure of the moment, the quality goes down a little bit, and you have to bring other kinds of ingredients to the game.

“They did it in an amazing way.

“Defensively [we had] great discipline and great effort, and there was great balance in the team. They had a couple of moments in the first half but apart from that everything was under control.

“That is what we need because at the moment it’s difficult to be brilliant. I would never expect to come from a bad period direct into a brilliant game. I was expecting this kind of answer, the answer was there and the result is the most important thing at the moment.”

Mourinho was forced to defend his decision not to start midfielder Eden Hazard, who didn’t start a league game for the first time since April 2014. However, the Blues boos said he had not spoken to the Belgian about his decision.

“I left Hazard out because we are conceding lots of goals.

“We need to defend better. We need our midfield players to be just worried about the central area of the pitch, not to be worried about compensating for the left side or the right side.

“Playing with Pedro and Willian, the midfield players don’t have to look to the left or the right. They did amazing defensive work on very good offensive players, Hutton and Richardson, and later Amavi. They allowed the midfield players to be very comfortable, and to have performances like Ramires and Fabregas had, totally controlling the centre of the pitch.

‘It was just a tactical decision leaving super quality on the bench but bringing tactical discipline and hoping that the team could be solid. I continue in that way or he [Hazard] comes in our direction and tries to replicate the same work Willian or Pedro did.

“I told the players this is not the moment to think about themselves, to moan, to try to be selfish in their approach – this is the moment for the team, just the team and nothing else.

“I asked them exactly that: to look at the picture in a different way to a normal situation, to look at a picture where I have to try to make decisions to bring results back, and when the results are back and we have better stability in our confidence levels, then go back to what you are.”

Blues striker Diego Costa scored the first and created the second on his return from his three match ban, and Mourinho has praised the Spaniard for the effect he had on the game:

“It’s good. He was very strong.

“Against Arsenal he was very good, then we lost him for three matches and I knew he would be good. I cannot say goals but the way he was working in the past two weeks with us I knew clearly he would bring something positive for us.”

Ruben Loftus-Cheek started his first game for Chelsea this season, but was taken off at half time as Mourinho looked to seal the win. In the press conference, the Blues boss was again made to justify his team decisions:

“I wanted more solidity. He is brilliant with the ball. He doesn’t look like a 19-year-old boy with the ball; he looks a solid, stable, mature player. He is fantastic in his vision and the way he analyses the game and the decisions he makes in the game.  

“But without the ball we cannot compare him tactically with the others, and in this moment, again, it was one decision in favour of stability and control.”

Despite Chelsea securing a vitally important three points, Mourinho said that it is yet to be seen if the result signals a return to form:

“I don’t know, but I know today we were able to find these ingredients that we need especially when we are not playing at a top level.

“When you are not playing at a top level, and on top of that you have no concentration, you make defensive mistakes, you don’t defend well, you lose the ball and you don’t have 10 players fighting to recover it as soon as possible, you cannot win.

“So let’s try to keep this mentality, let’s try to keep this tactical attitude, and at the same time, with a little bit more happiness and confidence, go in the direction of what we are.”

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

José Mourinho explained why he left Eden Hazard on the bench against Aston Villa: according to the Portuguese manager the Belgian wasn’t doing enough work for the team, maybe playing more in a selfish way:

“I left [Eden] Hazard out because we are conceding lots of goals,” revealed Mourinho.

“We need to defend better. We need our midfield players to be just worried about the central area of the pitch, not to be worried about compensating for the left side or the right side.

“Playing with Pedro and Willian, the midfield players don’t have to look to the left or the right. Willian and Pedro did amazing defensive work on very good offensive players, Hutton and Richardson, and later Amavi. They allowed the midfield players to be very comfortable, and to have performances like Ramires and Fabregas had, totally controlling the centre of the pitch.

“It was just a tactical decision leaving super quality on the bench but bringing tactical discipline and hoping that the team could be solid. I continue in that way or he [Hazard] comes in our direction and tries to replicate the same work Willian or Pedro did.”

Mourinho also admitted that he didn’t speak to Hazard to explain him why he didn’t start:

I told the players this is not the moment to think about themselves, to moan, to try to be selfish in their approach – this is the moment for the team, just the team and nothing else. I asked them exactly that: to look at the picture in a different way to a normal situation, to look at a picture where I have to try to make decisions to bring results back, and when the results are back and we have better stability in our confidence levels, then go back to what you are.”

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that things had improved after he saw his side overcome struggling Aston Villa 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Diego Costa grabbed his third goal of the season in the first half in what was his first league game after his three match ban, with an own goal from Alan Hutton securing a confidence-boosting three points for the Blues.

The Portuguese said that today’s performance was strong, whilst also justifying his team selection:

“It was not a brilliant performance but it was a solid performance. Defensively we had great discipline and effort. ‘Today we were able to find the ingredient you need when you are not playing at your top level.

“I left out Hazard because we are conceding lots of goals. Willian and Pedro did amazing defensive work.

“It was just a tactical decision, hoping the team would be more solid.

“The way Diego [Costa] was working in the past two weeks, I knew clearly he would bring something positive for us.”

For the full press conference go HERE.

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Begovic 7- Had a good game, not a great deal to do but made saves when needed.

Azpilicueta 7- Overall very good.

Zouma 7- Quick and commanding.

Terry 6.5- Kept the defence well organised throughout.

Baba 7- A great relief after the poor showings from Ivanovic.

Ramires 6.5- Improved in the first half and made a strong challenge that led to the second goal.

Fabregas 6.5- Much better compared to past weeks. Great pass for the second goal.

Willian 7- Good awareness and work rate, set up the first goal.

Loftus-Cheek 6.5- Probably the best player in the first half, taken off at the break.

Pedro 6- Still trying to fit into the team but did show moments of promise.

Costa 7.5- Very good, great to have him back. Looked sharp, scored one and made another.

 

Substitutes:

Matic 6.5- Came on for Loftus-Cheek, gave good cover in midfield.

Hazard N/A- Came on late.

Remy N/A- Came on late.

 

Manager:

Jose Mourinho 7- The team generally played much better than they have done this season, was cautious with the Matic/Loftus-Cheek change.

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TERRY DIEGO COSTA
Merson claims Chelsea team spine is the best one

Chelsea have beaten Aston Villa 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in their latest Premiership game in a match that saw them benefit as much from their opponents’ mistakes as they did their own upturn in form.

Chelsea’s first opening came after just six minutes when Loftus-Cheek had a shot deflected just wide near the edge of the area.  They were just as fortunate to not concede a goal soon after when Hutton, marauding up the right wing for the visitors, went past Baba far too easily and had a shot saved down low by Begovic with his follow up going wide.

Both sides continued to make bright starts but neither side were able to create any clear openings on goal. Aston Villa were not intimidated in the slightest by their surroundings and clearly felt they could end their own poor run of form by compounding Chelsea’s woes.

It was Villa with the clearest chances in the first half hour and Stamford Bridge waited nervously. The fans’ anxiety, however, turned to delight in the 33rd minute when Diego Costa, back from suspension, opened the scoring after some terrible defending from the vistitors. Willian collected a ball from ‘keeper Guzan, meant for Lescott at left-back, and, running in on goal, played the ball square to the Spain international who put it into the empty net.

Chelsea’s second half started brighter than the first and they doubled their lead less than ten minutes after the restart when Alan Hutton finished into his own net. Diego Costa received the ball in the area from deep and had his shot deflected into the goal by the Aston Villa defender.

Chelsea spent the rest of the game largely in control with much improved performances from all the team’s key players. Fabregas rediscovered his passing, it was his ball that found Costa for the second goal, Costa was back to something approaching his ferocious best and no errors came the defence’s way.

It is a crucial win for the Blues and one Jose Mourinho will be mighty relieved to have under his belt. The back four and the comfort with which it defended the teams lead will no doubt be of great satisfaction, as will the supports’ resounding support for him after his outburst and subsequent FA punishment following the 3-1 loss to Southampton two weeks ago.

While there is still room for improvement, it is great to see the players play like a team again, and one that looks as if it will put at least a bit of a fight to retain its Premiership crown. While they are still ten points behind Man City at the top of the table, they have at least stopped the rot.

 

Teams:

Chelsea:

Begovic, Azpilicueta, Terry, Zouma, Baba; Ramires, Loftus-Cheek (Matic-45), Willian (Remy- 92), Fabregas, Pedro (Hazard-82); Costa

Substituites:

Oscar, Hazard, Mikel, Remy, Matic, Cahill, Blackman

Aston Villa:

Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Richardson, Westwood, Gueye, Gil, Grealish, Ayew, Gestade

Substitutes:

Bacuna, Sinclair, Traore, Amavi, Sanchez, Bunn, Crespo

Ref: Roger East
Attendance: 41,596

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remy diego costa

Chelsea are leading 1-0  at half-time against Aston Villa in their latest Premiership game.

Chelsea’s first opening came after just six minutes when Loftus-Cheek had a shot deflected just wide near the edge of the area.  They were just as fortunate to not concede a goal soon after when Hutton, marauding up the right wing for the visitors, went past Baba far too easily and had a shot saved down low by Begovic with his follow up going wide.

Both sides continued to make bright starts but neither side were able to create any clear openings on goal. Aston Villa were not intimidated in the slightest by their surroundings and clearly felt they could end their own poor run of form by compounding Chelsea’s woes.

It was Villa with the clearest chances in the first half hour and Stamford Bridge waited nervously. The fans’ anxiety, however, turned to delight in the 33rd minute when Diego Costa, back from suspension, opened the scoring after some terrible defending from the vistitors. Willian collected a ball from ‘keeper Guzan, meant for Lescott at left-back, and, running in on goal, played the ball square to the Spain international who put it into the empty net.

It is perhaps the piece of luck that Jose Mourinho believes has alluded Chelsea so far this season, though they should be aware that the Aston Villa have shown signs of promise so far in this match, and that with Chelsea’s pourous defence no lead is currently safe.

Teams:

Chelsea:

Begovic, Azpilicueta, Terry, Zouma, Baba; Ramires, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Fabregas, Pedrp; Costa

Substituites:

Oscar, Hazard, Mikel, Remy, Matic, Cahill, Blackman

Aston Villa:

Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Richardson, Westwood, Gueye, Gil, Grealish, Ayew, Gestade

Substitutes:

Bacuna, Sinclair, Traore, Amavi, Sanchez, Bunn, Crespo

Ref: Roger East

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