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The Chelsea back-up goalkeeper was involved in Nizhny-Novgorod as Croatia destroyed Argentina last night at the World Cup.

Willy Caballero, following a positive performance in the first half, made a disastrous clearance which went badly and Ante Rebic was superb in scoring with a volley.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric and Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic were absolutely stunning and their goals secured a 3-0 score.

Croatia are now top of the Group D with 6 points, while Iceland and Nigeria have a huge chance to claim the 2nd place courtesy of Argentina, who remain relegated with 1 point after 2 games.

Speaking about Caballero’s performance against Iceland, former Chelsea manager José Mourinho told Russia Today: “One chance, one goal, Caballero in goal or myself would be the same because I would save the same”.


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Nemanja Matic move from Chelsea to Manchester United is still a topic of discussion and former Blues player Ray Wilkins believes the London club made a big mistake.

“It’s the worst I’ve ever seen, if I can say. I cannot see that for the life of me. You’ve got a guy here who was so paramount to Chelsea along with Kante in the middle of the pitch, winning the championship with Chelsea the year before and all of a sudden you’ve sold him to one of or the biggest rival we have” – Wilkins told Metro “I say we because I am a Chelsea supporter so I’m speaking from the heart when I speak. I just could not see that for the life of me, why would we let Nemanja go there? He’s been outstanding for us and you’ve seen in the short period that he’s been there how he’s allowed Pogba to basically do what he wants. I just couldn’t see that piece of business at all.”


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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrating his first official goal with Chelsea against Scunthorpe © Francesca Ceciarini

Arsenal legend and now Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson claims England caretaker coach Gareth Southgate was wrong in not selecting two youngsters for the World Cup qualifier against Malta scheduled for tonight: Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Southampton winger Nathan Redmond.

“Redmond has done well at Southampton this season and every time he’s gone away with the under-21s he’s performed,” the former Arsenal, Villa and Portsmouth midfielder claimed.

“He’s turned up for every game but all of a sudden the senior squad comes and he’s not in it.

These lads might get disheartened,” he added.

The under-21s should be a stepping stone to the seniors. These players deserve a chance.

“Why isn’t Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the squad? It’s Malta. You can experiment. I reckon a lot of the under 21s thought they had a chance of getting in considering it was Gareth, their old boss.”



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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte backed Gary Cahill, that was recently picked on by Chelsea fans for some mistakes that led to opponents’ goals:

“When we lose, we lose together,” the Italian coach pointed out.

“Not just because of one mistake. There was a single mistake, but we had 80 minutes to recover the situation. And, in 80 minutes, we didn’t recover it,” Conte said when asked whether it had been difficult to lift Cahill’s spirits this week.

“A single mistake can happen during a game. I hope we can improve also on this aspect, but I don’t like to single out players for individual mistakes. 

“We lose and we win together. We must understand this. If someone makes a mistake, together we must help him and solve the situation. 

“Against Arsenal we had 80 minutes to solve the situation and repair the mistake. Cahill is a good player, a great defender and a great player. I trust him and he plays tomorrow.”

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Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel changed his name: the Nigerian midfielder now is Mikel John Obi.

The Blues legend was born John Michael Ncheckwube Obinna, but  was dubbed ‘Mikel’ following a mistake by the NFA. They mistakenly used ‘Mikel’ instead of Michael on his paper work for the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championships.

Since then, he was known as John Obi Mikel in the world of football: now he got his name also on his official documents.


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Today at Swansea Chelsea lost not only a game but also a huge part of the – already small- chances to get into European competitions for next season.

The Blues were not able to respond to Sigurdsson‘s goal that arrived halfway in the first part and now they find themselves again in the 10th place with 44 points: it will be really hard to climb up to the sixth place, even with a game in hand.

Guus Hiddink said yesterday he preferred to give chances to the youngsters rather than keeping his unbeaten record in the Premier League, but with his record gone now, he could understand that not every game you are facing an almost relegated side with no motivation and some of the youngsters didn’t fulfill the expectations after the good performances against Aston Villa: one of them is Matt Miazga, that did a big mistake in Swansea’s goal with a weak clearing that gave the ball to Sigurdsson.

Chelsea then was not able to equalise, with Pato wasting two big chances before the end of the first half but they risked also to get the second goal after a mix-up between Begovic and Baba Rahman that Andre Ayew didn’t exploit.

In the beginning of the second half Begovic avoid the 2-0 with a great save on Paloschi.

Meanwhile Kenedy made his way into the pitch at half time, replacing Matt Miazga.

A 2-0 that could came right after this chance, when Ivanovic terribly loses a ball near the box delivering that to Sigurdsson, that didn’t take advantage of Chelsea defense’s present like in the first half.

Pato then misses another chance on a terrific cross by Baba and that’s when Hiddink decides to replace him with Bertrand Traorè (minute 64).

Chelsea seem to be more confident to get the equaliser now, but they miss another chance with Pedro and, at the end, it’s Swansea going closer to score with another incredible chance missed by Montero. ( minute 74).

At minute 77 Hiddink tries another desperate move to try to get at least a draw and substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek ( poor today) with Radamel Falcao, who comes back to play an official games after six months from his previous one and a long recovery from two muscular injury.

The result is not what expected, since the team seem to be a little nervous now, throwing balls into Swansea area but in a confusional way.

Anyway Falcao gets his big chance at minute 86′, when he shoots after a quick spin on a great ball gave by Traore but Swansea defender Williams is able to deflect the ball before Fabianski gets it and save his goal.

Chelsea desperately continue to attack but the anxiety to get the result don’t help the team to be lucid when coming close to the goal.

The game ends with a defeat that can be tougher of what imagined: Antonio Conte will have a great job to do next season to restore confidence in this team and take it back to to football top levels.


SWANSEA – Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Fer, Sigurdsson, Ayew (Routledge 67′), Montero( Naughton 84′), Paloschi (Gomis 75′).

Unused Subs: Nordfeldt,, Amat, Ki, Barrow.

Manager: Francesco Guidolin

CHELSEA – Begovic; Azpilicueta, Miazga (Kenedy 46′), Ivanovic (c), Baba Rahman; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Loftus-Cheek (Falcao 76′), Oscar; Pato (Traore 64′)

Unused Subs: Courtois, Aina, Colkett, Palmer.

Manager: Guus Hiddink


Scorers: Sigurdsson 25′

Yellow Cards- Swansea: Rangel 30′, Taylor 43′, Paloschi 71′, Williams 78′, Leroy Fer 79′. Chelsea: Azpilicueta 36′, Miazga 40′, Pedro 71′, Fabregas 78′


Referee: Andre Marriner

Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea, UK


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Cech left Chelsea last summer after eleven years and many trohpies

Guus Hiddink revealed in his pre Arsenal press conference that Chelsea legend Petr Cech paid a visit to Cobham, the Blues training ground, a couple of days ago.

The goalkeeper was not trying to get a new deal by his former club or to destabilise them before Sunday’s clash at the Emirates Stadium.

He had just to go to Cobham to collect his new gloves that his technical sponsor, Adidas, sent by mistake to Chelsea’s training ground instead that to the Arsenal one in St. Albans:

“Petr [Cech] showed up here yesterday afternoon or the other afternoon and it was nice, we had a chat.

“Almost everyone was gone. We tried to hide them, also we tried to make them slippery but he discovered that,” joked Hiddink.

“They were sent here and we gave them back. That’s the story.


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Controversial Chelsea ace Diego Costa confessed that he made a mistake when he threw a bib at Jose Mourinho during Chelsea clash against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. However, the Spaniard ensures that despite this incident, he has a great relationship with his Portuguese coach.

The 27-year-old returned to the starting XI during yesterday’s triumph over Porto and promotion to the next phase of the Champions League. Chelsea striker admitted that he needs to work on hiself and on his behavior.

Costa told Onda Cero:

“I have to improve a bit,”

“The start of the season has not been good for me — not in how I have played nor in goals.”

“I know I have to be better to go to Euro 2016 with Spain. I have to work hard and fight, but I know I have time to improve and I hope I will.”

”The bib [incident] is in the past. I made a mistake, but my relationship with Mourinho is amazing, we get on really well. There are things you need to control, but the bib thing was an impulse.”

“The truth is Chelsea haven’t been in a great moment, above all losing the other day at home [against Bournemouth]. Today it was important to win to make the fans happy and to recover our confidence.”

Asked about his possible return at Vicente Calderon, the Spaniard said:

“You never know, look where Filipe Luis is now,”

”Life takes plenty of twists and turns — I always wish Atletico the best and I always follow them, support them from afar.”


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Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley is convinced that the Blues made a huge mistake by not replacing Jose Mourinho with Jurgen Klopp while he was still available.

According to Burley, Chelsea will soon regret their decision because Mourinho is pulling Chelsea to the bottom and has no idea how to turn the situation around.

Burley told talkSPORT:

“I said a couple of weeks ago when all this nonsense was going on [with Mourinho] that Chelsea should get rid of this guy now.”

“Klopp was out there, he was going to go to Liverpool, and Chelsea should have gone and got him. That didn’t happen and clearly it wasn’t going to happen but that was my opinion of what they should have done. I would have gone and got him.”

“I was not saying Mourinho should go because of a few bad results,”

“I was basing it on the fact that Chelsea are a global brand and the way Mourinho was acting, behaving and speaking outside of the 90 minutes of football was dragging the club, the players and their image through the mud.”

“Managers can get bad results, but Mourinho has to have a look at himself in terms of the way he handles things. It is not everyone else’s fault all the time.”



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After the incident between Diego Costa and Gabriel in the derby with Arsenal that led to the defender’s red card Chelsea player Kurt Zouma was interviewed by BeIN sport and added fuel to the fire, claiming: “the French centre-back added fuel to the controversy by saying: “We’re not surprised because we know Diego. Everyone knows Diego and this guy likes to cheat a lot and put the opponent out of his game. That happened in the game but he’s a really nice guy. We’re proud to have him, like the other players, and we’re happy to win this game today.

This other incident, this time verbal, caused some more embarrassment to Chelsea and Costa, but the French defender explained that it was just language mistake and that Diego didn’t take it personally.

Speaking to Standard Sport Zouma also explained how he apologised to his team-mate and his reaction:

I spoke to him and said, ‘Sorry, mate’ because I didn’t want to say that. English is not my first language, so I did not mean it. He told me: ‘It’s OK, no problem. I know what you wanted to say.

Diego is a really nice guy. People just don’t see it. He is clever because he likes to put a guy off his game, so he loses control. Diego knows what he has to do,” the centre-back added. “In training he jokes a lot. He is so friendly. Diego is the craziest guy in the club. He is too funny. Everybody is very happy to have Diego in the team

I did a mistake because I just wanted to say that Diego likes to put pressure on his opponent. After the game, I was tired and was chosen for doping control [a random post-match test for all clubs] so I wanted to go quickly back to my house

I didn’t remember what I said and I didn’t expect it to come out like it did. It was a mistake and I am really sorry for it. It is my second year in England and my English is not perfect. Everybody can make mistakes. That day, I did. I never thought Diego was a cheat. He is a friend. I like this guy. On the pitch he gives everything for the club and the team. I hope he will continue like this. He should not change.”


Assistant manager Gianfranco Zola was on press conference ahead of Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool today and was obviously asked to give some thoughts...