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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink spoke to the press today ahead of clash with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge:

SQUAD – “The squad is looking OK after Watford where we should have made the three points not we did not in the last part. The players have come in and are fit except that Falcao is not in and Remy is not in.

“Pedro got a little injury, we will see how he reacts.

REMY - “Remy will be involved next week.

PATO“Pato is in his pre-season and we have made a training plan which he is doing now every day at least once and sometimes twice training so he is getting his fitness but not full fitness yet. He will not be in for the upcoming few games. We want him fit and don’t want to risk injury for this tough lead.

“He is skillful, you can see he’s got quality. He is ambitious, but he needs more physical condition in this moment, he played his last game 28 november, and then went on vacation, so it’s like in pre-season for him, we cannot go over the top.

“It’s good to have him on loan ,as the club has not offered him a longer deal. It is good for us both. We can see if he makes an impact in the 20 games he can play

HAZARD - “Perfect game for him? Yeah, every game for him is perfect. Whether he will start we will see. He came in the last game, I played a little bit more than a half for FA Cup and we don’t want to take big risks for him. We will see if he starts.

TERRY - “I have not noticed any change because first of all he is very experienced player. He’s been through good things and storms so you don’t notice differences. He likes to train and he is having laughs.

Any update?

“No we talked about it last week and have no updates regarding this.

“Fans reaction? That’s true he was well received at Watford, they supported and cheered him so hopefully we will have a good reaction.

BIG MATCH“It is a big match, big clubs through the years. Both Manchester likes to compete and they must go in the Champions League positions. The history of Chelsea recently have underperformed but we are getting back a bit on track. But I’d like some more victories than unbeaten draws. The team is more stable and now we hope to go into a beautiful springtime.

“Have they underperformed?

“Difficult for me to judge. I like the players here so I am not going into the problems of other clubs as well.

VAN GAAL“I have a professional relationship, we have met in our professional life so much, we have met in Spain and Holland a few times, but we have a professional relation.

“My good record against him? I don’t think we must overvalue the role of managers and coaches. We prepare the games and focus on the opponent, that’s it, but then the players have to execute what you want to do. We should not overvalue battle between managers, it’s the team.

“We can talk all morning about Manchester United but we are different colours. Every club has periods where they might worry a bit. I don’t like to go too much into other people’s kitchens.

“He has to perform. That is normal. There is pressure, there still is big ambition and they have to cope with that. If you have the possibility to go into first position, the pressure is on.

TOP FOUR -  “For us it’s difficult to go fourth spot, we have to do 3.1 points average!

“But we need to win, because we made too many draws, so it’s very very difficult.

TARGETS - “Now in the FA Cup we have to confront Man City, that we consider an early final, and then we got also Champions League.

PLAYING STYLE -The previous game was better against a lesser opponent but in the last few minutes against Watford we like to have the game wrapped up which we didn’t do. We did not have the ultimate sharpness to finish it off and my former goalie [Gomes] extended his legs and arms.

“We have to finish it off well. I said before the game in the FA Cup we must not just depend on Diego [Costa. Oscar responded after that, we need the attackers to finish it off.

CHINESE FOOTBALL -  “China are very serious in getting into the international football, they want recognition from football world.had some contacts over there that were very keen, not to bring in big money and star players, but it is equally important for the development of Chinese football to bring in players to educate and help academies. You can’t just buy big star players and think you have grounded Chinese football. They are basic things, but I know even from high ranked government people they have a very good approach. It will not be profitably tomorrow, but in the future.

“We had a great offer for Ramires and everybody agreed, Oscar was just speculation and I don’t want to go into that.

ZIDANE AS REAL MADRID MANAGER -It’s not easy, it depends on how the big players cope with their status as big players.  If former players think they can do the job overnight, being player and then be manager, I guess they do a mistake, there must be a foundation, knowledge, in how to practice and how to train the team. They need reputation to get a good course.

“When I was in the Dutch we brought ex players like Koeman, Gullit, Rijkaard and Van Basten to do coach courses, at the beginning they were not convinced, but then it paid off. It’s the same with Zidane, I loved seeing him play, he was one of those players that are beautiful for the eyes.

“He can make a good progress, he knows the club, he was coach of Castilla, on top of that I guess the personality is important, how do you cope with being a big star and cope with feet on the ground.

PEDRO“We will see how he reacts to this morning intensified training this afternoon, the injury was in his groin.

STRIKERS PRESSURE - “I don’t know if strikers at big clubs feel pressure, in the case of Vardy I think he made this beautiful goal, without thinking, I think [big clubs strikers] they don’t feel the pressure from outside.

“We practice, we prepare them tactically and that’s what we do. We are depending in their contribution on the day.

“Whenever you can score, score…we don’t say ” don’t score from distance” it’s their feeling in the moment.

“I am not worried when a striker in one game doesn’t score, like it happened to Diego in the last game. Other players must take the opportunity”.

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Guus Hiddink commented the signing of Pep Guardiola by Manchester City:

I think people were expecting this since his exit from Bayern Munich was announced, I think for young managers to act in this league is beautiful.And he will face another league than he’s used to.

“You have always this kind of domination at the teams he’s worked at before, and no one can achieve what he did. England is different from Spain and Germany because there are not dominant teams like there, it’s different but even for him is more attractive. In Spain in September you already know that one between Real Madrid and Barcelona is going to win the league, in Germany there is Bayern’s dominance.

“The big difference is that here you got a big team to play every three days.

“Guardiola is not naif, I know him personally he’s a very stable person.

“When he was playing he was already the tactical leader of the team.I met him once or twice on the pitch, working there with a team who hired the training ground and he was in the second team. He knows the youth as well. He’s very kind, but he’s also a guy that knows what to do.

“The transition to the Premier League is not that difficult because you have, in this case they have, a lot of time to prepare for the new year. They know their plans properly. You can adjust to that. But it’s a new experience, knowing that every week, or every three or four days, there will be huge opposition. But he will know. It’s not his first year in management, and the Spanish guys at Manchester City know this league.”

Hiddink was asked if after this move current Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini can go to Chelsea:

“That’s up to Chelsea to decide. What I think of him, not having met him or spoken to him, I admire his approach to football, to his team and to the game, and he’s a well balanced manager. I respect him without knowing him.”


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Chelsea have been keeping an eye on the progress of Real Madrid’s full back Dani Carvajal for a potential January transfer.

It seems that the Merengues boss Zinedine Zidane is favouring Danilo for the remainder of the season leaving 24-year-old Carvajal sitting on the bench.

However, if they cannot come to an agreement in the next four days, Chelsea are willing to wait until the summer to sign the right back from Spain.

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Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is craving to play for Real Madrid and he’s not considering other options.

According to The Indipendent the Polish player already rejected Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea that were trying to open negotiatons with him, waiting for the end of the Spanish giants market embargo, that will end in June 2017.

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Chelsea target Antoine Griezmann has said that he is happy at current club Atletico Madrid, denting the Blues’ chances of signing the midfielder.

Atletico have reportedly increased the buy-out clause in Griezmann’s contract to a huge £75 million, but Chelsea are believed to want to match it after continued interest in the Frenchman.

The 22-year old, who has attracted attention from Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain and Bayern Munich, has been in fine form this season, netting 18 goals in the league.

Griezmann’s current deal at the Vincente Calderon runs until 2020, and has said that he wishes to stay in Spain:

“I am feeling very well at Atletico,” he told French publication Telefoot.

“This is a big club and I want to achieve great things here. I am ambitious and my goal is to win trophies here. I have become more mature. The club and my team-mates rely on me.

“I have become a more complete player and have to continue on the same path. I am not at my best just yet. I work every day to improve and reach my top. I am still far away from the best players.”

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The Metro have claimed that Chelsea are willing to accept offers for midfielder Eden Hazard in the summer, as long as they meet the £61.5 million price tag on the Belgian.

French side PSG and Spanish side Real Madrid are both reportedly interested in Hazard, despite him having struggled to recreate the form he showed last season as Chelsea won the title. He has yet to find the net this season.

Hazard is reportedly keen on a move away from Stamford Bridge, but wants to wait until the summer.

Buzzfeed have also reported that Chelsea are keen to do business, and have put a price of £61.5 million on Hazard, who won the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards last season.

It is unclear if any firm contact has been made, or indeed if Hazard has any preference as to where he will go next, if he moves at all.

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

FIFA just announced to have banned Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid from signing new players for the next two transfer windows: summer 2016 and winter 2017 for illegal actions in the young players market.

The two clubs can still be operative and sign players in this section, winter 2016, and they can still sell players if they want in the next two.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard was linked to Real Madrid more than once over the past months, and it is rumoured that his bad form this season is due to the interest of the Spanish giants, that would distract him.

With just this session left and then having the market blocked for one year, will Real Madrid try to get Hazard before the end of January?

The Blancos are used to sign at least one top player every summer, but since next summer they won’t be able to do any signing, it’s possible they will try to get as many players as they can in this winter transfer window.

Everyone knows that Eden Hazard has been on their and Zidane‘s top list for months: Chelsea could ask around 60/65m £ to sell the Belgian star but they also can try a swap with some Real Madrid stars: James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale are on Abramovich‘s wishlist in case the deal can be completed.

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Eden Hazard is living the worst season of his recent career and rumours is not that focused into Chelsea are growing day-by-day, especially after the past two injuries where he was accused by some fans to give up too early.

Some reports in the past days suggested that Eden is not sure to stay at Chelsea for the next season and that is not very focused into this season and Chelsea because he would have been tempted by a big contract at Real Madrid, his father and agent, Thierry Hazard, decided to speak to clarify what’s going on and dismiss all the rumours around his son:

“Eden is at Chelsea and thinks only of Chelsea. Even with Chelsea, he has ambitions yet. Win a title might be hard, but the top three is still possible.”


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Reports from the Daily Mail have claimed that Chelsea star Eden Hazard wants to leave the club.

The Belgian has struggled to show any of the form he showed last season, where he was voted PFA and FWA Player of the Year.

Hazard has yet to find the net this season, but is reportedly wanted by several suitors including PSG, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

However, Chelsea have reportedly put a £90 million price tag on their midfielder.

No official comment has been made by Hazard, but the Mail claims he has told his friends that he wants to leave the club at the end of the season, despite signing a five-year deal at the end of last season.




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