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Everybody now want to have a say on the “crisis” between Chelsea and Diego Costa.

This time is the Spanish striker who “scores a point” as former Blues manager Ruud Gullit blames Antonio Conte for the current situation.

“It’s a little bit strange that you hear at the end of the season that you’re not welcome, and now he’s training somewhere in Brazil and that’s not good for Costa, not good for the club, not good for anyone”. – Gullit told BBC Five Live –  “It was not very wise to do. You don’t do that. I think it is a mistake by Conte and I hope that he has learnt from it. He still has the possibility to do something about it, just got to him and say, ‘I’m sorry that I did it, you have to come back, we will talk’. You need to see each other face to face. You don’t need to like each other, but you need to respect each other. If he doesn’t want to come back then you have to find the best solution for the club.”

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Speaking to BBC Chelsea legend Ruud Gullit claims the weakest player in Chelsea side is left wing-back Marcos Alonso:

“Alonso is also not as strong as their right wing-back Victor Moses when it comes to getting back to help his centre-halves,” the Dutchman said.

“It is a weak spot because it leaves space to exploit if teams can get the ball into that channel behind Alonso, but you usually have to do it quickly.

“Burnley managed it early on by playing long balls up to Andre Gray that forced Gary Cahill and David Luiz to come out wide, out of their comfort zone.”


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Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit is said to be interested in the job at Aston Villa after Remi Garde was dismissed earlier this week.

Aston Villa are almost certainly facing the drop into the Championship and the Aston Villa board and directors need to ensure their decision is a correct one, for the sake of the club and the fans.

Ruud Gullit hasn’t managed a club since 2011 and hasn’t managed in the Premier League since 1999. Gullit, however, is willing to consider the job if it is offered to him.

“If they come to me then I will really, really consider it.”

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Ruud Gullit, former Chelsea manager, told BBC Sport: “Romelu Lukaku scored a fantastic goal. The way he turned Gary Cahill, an experienced player, he came with power and pace. This game needed something magical, I loved it. This is the FA Cup, it is a good thing that the two teams had nothing to play for elsewhere”

Then, he added: “Diego Costa ’s reaction summed up what he did before. He banged into him and Gareth Barry says, ‘OK’. Did he bite him?”

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Former Chelsea player and trainer Ruud Gullit is convinced that Eden Hazard should work less in defensive areas of the pitch in order to rediscover his best form.

In his opinion, the Belgium player should conserve his energy on the final third of the pitch just like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi do.

Gullit said on the BBC’s ‘Match of the Day 2:

“He worked too hard [against Spurs]”

” I want him to be sharp in front of goal. He kicks the ball, head’s down, head’s down, he still has to run forward.”

“This is a sign of a player like: ‘Oh my God. I have to run again.’ All players know that, when you put your head down like that.”

“He is as important as Ronaldo is for Real Madrid. He is as important as Messi is for Barcelona. Do they chase back as much? No, because they need to save their energy for the right moment.”

“He did it to prove a point but to get the best out of him, I don’t want him to chase that much. I want him to concentrate on the moments that the team gets the ball. ”

“They have to give him the ball as quick as possible and then he does his thing. When that is coming back, he’s going to get goals again.”

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Former Chelsea player and trainer Ruud Gullit is convinced that Jose Mourinho has decided to drop Diego Costa against Tottenham Hotspurs because he has got enough of his poor form and lack of goals.

The Portuguese coach left the Spaniard on the bench for the game against Spurs at White Hart Lane, just few days after widely commented clash between Mourinho and Costa during Chelsea’s Champions League game against Maccabi Tel Aviv.

According to Gullit, Jose Mourinho has had enough of the controversial behavior of footballer. Perhaps the Special One would  not pay attention to the behavior of the Spaniard, if he presented at least good form, but unfortunately it is exactly the other way around.

Writing in his column for the BBC, Gullit said:

“Mourinho kept picking Costa when he was not scoring for weeks and weeks and also defended him when he behaved badly on the field.”

“He was very loyal to his player but there was always going to be a time where he would say ‘enough is enough’ and leave him out, and it came at the weekend.”

“When you do that and the player himself still thinks he has done enough to be picked, then you have a problem – that seemed to be what was happening with Costa’s behaviour at White Hart Lane.”

“But Mourinho is the manager and now Costa knows he will be tough with him too. What happens next is up to him, but if he is not playing well, then he will stay on the bench.”

“I don’t see it being a permanent situation, because Mourinho is still searching for an answer up front.”


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Chelsea legend Ruud Gullit has compared the Blues to golfing icon Tiger Woods. Former player sees many similarities between Chelsea and golfer, as they both first won everything they could to then get a massive slump in form.

According to former Blues, Chelsea lost their aura of invincibility and and now more and more teams begin to think that they are able to win against the current Premier League champions.

Gullit told Sky Sports:

” Chelsea are like Tiger Woods.”

”In the beginning everybody who was competing with Tiger Woods already knew that they had lost the game. Now people see him and Chelsea and think: ‘We can beat them’ ”

”They lost that aura of invincibility. They lost it. You can feel it. You can sense it. The players also sense it that the opposition is not afraid of you anymore. You only get it back by getting results.”

”In Holland there is a saying, Mourinho he has to drink the last drop of the cup of poison. To the last drop. If the last drop is done then things will change. I think he is the only one who can change it.  He can change it.”

“If he had said after the last game: ‘I’m wrong. I didn’t need to do that. I was emotional. You’re right. I should have this punishment.’ Then everyone would forgive him. ”


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Jose Mourinho when he was Chelsea manager © Francesca Ceciarini

Legendary Chelsea player Ruud Gullit says that the Portuguese coach should show humility and accept that the Chelsea players are not the only ones responsible for the bad results of the team because a large part of the blame also rests on him.

Speaking to Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday, Gullit said:

”In the past, when a Mourinho team won, it was Mourinho who won, and when a Mourinho team lost, it was Mourinho who lost.”

”But all of a sudden, this year, it is Mourinho blaming the players. It is Mourinho who wins, but the players who lose. He is criticising the players, whereas before he always protected them.”

”If you keep on moaning all the time, if people wait for the moment, then you get things against you. Be humble and say ‘okay, it’s wrong, and I take all the blame for it’ and then people can get over it.

“He is the only one that can change it. If he’d have said after the last game ‘I was wrong, I didn’t need to do that, I was emotional. You’re all right, I should have the punishment’, then everyone would forgive it and forget it.”

“If he makes that humble statement, only that one, then it will change everything. Maybe I am wrong, but that’s my opinion. You can’t only be humble when you win, but not humble when you lose, and I think that’s something he should do now.”

“People look at Chelsea and think ‘we can beat them’. They have lost that aura of invincibility,”

”You can sense it, and the Chelsea players sense it; that the opposition is not afraid anymore. And to get it back comes only by results.”

 “Players want to win. There’s no player who doesn’t want to win. Chelsea played well against Stoke but the attitude of the opposition is different, and they now attack Chelsea and make chances nobody had. They go on you, press you. It’s different.”

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No club at the moment of signing the player can predict whether this transfer decision will be successful or not. Also Chelsea over the last 23 years made some spectacular transfers but there were also those less successful.

Charlie Skillen from the Sportsmail, has chosen in his opinion 10 best and 10 worst Chelsea signings of the Premier League.

1. Ruud Gullit
Definately best Chelsea’s transfer ever made. During his career, Gullit won Ballon d’Or in 1987, World Soccer Player of the Year in 1987 and 1989. In 2004 he was named one of the Top 125 greatest living footballers as part of FIFA’s 100th anniversary celebration.
2. Gianfranco Zola
Arrived to Chelsea from Parma 1996. In 249 appearances, scored 89 goals.
3. Frank Lampard
Won everything that was to win. He overtook Bobby Tambling as the club’s record scorer.
4. Petr Cech
Joined Chelsea from Rennes in 2004. He was always between the posts during Chelsea’s successes era.
5. Didier Drogba
Arrived to Chelsea from Marseille in 2004. Was Chelsea’s hero during the Champions League final in 2012.
6. Tore Andre Flo
Made 163 appearances for Chelsea and scored 50 goals.
7.  Eden Hazard
Joined Chelsea from Lille in 2012. Premier League Player of the Season 2014/15 and PFA Players’ Player of the Year 2015 .
8. Claude Makelele
One of the best defensive midfielder in Chelsea’s history.
9. Eidur Gudjohnsen
Together with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink they created the best strike partnerships in Premier League history.
10. Ashley Cole
Quoting Charlie Skillen ,,Arguably the finest left back this country has ever produced”
1. Fernando Torres
2. Andriy Shevchenko
3. Chris Sutton
4. Shaun Wright-Phillips
5. Juan Sebastian Veron
6. Winston Bogarde
7. Adrian Mutu
8. Gael Kakuta
9. Robert Fleck
10. Khalid Boulahrouz
And what’s yours 10 best and 10 worst Chelsea transfers ?


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