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Chelsea legend Ray Wilkins claims he’s not convinced about Marcos Alonso‘s signing, saying he would have preferred to see Ryan Bertrand in his position.

Bertrand was part of the squad that won the Champions League in 2012, starting also in the final, but failed to impress after that and was sold to Southampton for £12m in summer 2014, establishing himself as one of the best full-back in the Premier League since then.

“When you look at the players he has at his disposal, he has very intelligent footballers,” Wilkins told Sky Sports.

“Therefore it shouldn’t take too long to get over how he wants them to play.

Victor Moses has been a revelation at Chelsea this season.

“But I’m not too sure about Alonso on the left hand side. 

 “I would prefer Ryan Bertrand there but they sold him for £10m and brought in Alonso for £30m.

“I can’t quite add up that maths. They would be stronger down the left with Bertrand.”

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TEAM NEWS

Chelsea

– Branislav Ivanovic recovered from his injury and he’s fit

– Cesc Fabregas still out for a thigh problem

– Kurt Zouma is in the final part of his recovery process from ACL injury, getting fit for the games

 

Southampton

– Ex Chelsea player Ryan Bertrand might be back today after recovering from a hamstring issue

– Shane Long out for a hamstring injury

– Jay Rodriguez doubt for a head injury

 

Possible Line Ups

SOUTHAMPTON – Foster, Martina, Fonte, Van Djik, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Austin, Tadic.

CHELSEA - Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, David Luiz, Moses, Alonso, Matic, Kante, Hazard, Diego Costa, Willian.

 

 

 

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There is a lot of Leicester City in the PFA Team of the Year chosen by John Terry, and it couldn’t be really different due to the extraordinary season the Foxes are undergoing.

The Chelsea captain revealed his choices posting a picture on his Instagram account.

He voted for Ryad Mahrez as player of the year as well, and for Harry Kane as young player of the year.

Here are is his team:

Schmeichel (Leicester), Smalling ( Man United), Huth (Leicester), Morgan ( Leicester), Bertrand ( Southampton);Mahrez ( Leicester), Drinkwater (Leicester), Payet ( West Ham), N’Golo Kante; Vardy (Leicester), Kane ( Spurs).

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Southampton left back Ryan Bertrand has no doubts that during tomorrow’s match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the pressure will be firmly on the Blues.

Chelsea have collected only eight points from their opening seven games and Bertrand knows that the Blues will be desperately seeking for a victory at Stamford Bridge tomorrow but he hopes, the Saints will not help them to complete their task.

Bertrand told the official Southampton page:

“It’s possibly a bigger game for them than it is for us, considering last year was probably a bigger game for us,”

“We were on a good run and we really wanted to perform well and keep it going, whereas now they are in a sticky patch and we’re going there full of confidence.”

“It should be an interesting game. They are the champions and they have fantastic individuals. It’s still early days in respect to them and I’m sure they will pull it together soon and everyone will be talking about them again.”

“The Swansea game was big for us in terms of getting the win we needed. There’s a lot of movement within the league still,”

“One win can do you wonders, one loss can be terrible. It’s all about establishing consistency and hopefully we can get a good result at the weekend.”

The Southampton player is convinced that the Saints are able to win at Stamford Bridge:

“It’s good to be back and playing football. It’s always frustrating when you’re watching the boys training and playing matches and you can’t be out there,”

“No two seasons are ever going to be the same. If you don’t quite get the result against a team you did last season at a certain stage, it puts more emphasis on getting a result the next time you play.”

“It’s all about balancing the fixtures out. We’re in a good position. Every team has a slow start and we’ve managed to patch that up.”

“We’re looking good and we are going into the game on Saturday with plenty of confidence.”

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RYAN BERTRAND
Bertrand won a Champions League with Chelsea in 2012

Speaking before England’s friendly match against Ireland, ex-Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand admitted he doesn’t hold grudges against his former club.

The English full-back impressed last season at Southampton, racking up 40 appearances. That form equated in him being selected for Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the upcoming friendly against Ireland and the European Qualifier next Sunday.

Talking about his choice to leave Chelsea and join Saints, for whom he signed permanently in February. He said:

“For me it wasn’t a case of ‘my career didn’t go right, I’m not playing for Chelsea. I know personally I should still be there and I should still be playing but it is no drama. That is football and these things happen.

“I am fantastically happy at Southampton, playing week in, week out and developing as a footballer and really enjoying life.

“I know in myself – that’s my inner confidence, I have the capabilities. It’s nothing to do with my capabilities that I’m not there, it’s purely circumstance.”

Bertrand was also in the PFA Team of the Year, the only non-Chelsea player in the back four:

That’s not really in my mind to go out and prove people wrong. I’ve no grudges, no chip on my shoulder about showing him ‘look, I’m better than him’ – it was just about me. That was the whole decision. As a footballer you can’t get too carried away or too attached.

“I would play there and was happy, but now I play at Southampton I really feel part of it. I really feel like a footballer. When the team gets a win and you are playing consistently, you feel good about it. You get a day off the next day and you feel like you deserved a day off.”

Bertrand won the Champions League with Chelsea three years ago, starting in the final in Munich:

“The whole achievement of the Champions League year [is something] I become more and more in awe of it the further it gets.

“At the time it went by so quickly and you are aware it’s the biggest club competition, but the further you get away from it, the more respect you have for it in a way, when you start to realise the greats and the teams that have won it.”

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