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UEFA announced the dates for Champions League group stage clashes.

Chelsea are in Group C with Atletico Madrid, AS Roma and Qarabag.

These are the Blues games dates:

 

12 September

Chelsea v Qarabag

 

27 September

Atletico Madrid v Chelsea

 

18 October 

Chelsea v AS Roma

 

31 October

AS Roma v Chelsea

 

22 November 

Qarabag v Chelsea

 

5 December 

Chelsea v Atletico Madrid

 

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Paris Saint-Germain should close part of their stadium for next season Champions League’s games.

Last April Sportsmail  had revealed that five Chelsea’s disabled fans have suffered horrific abuse while watching the first leg of last Champions League round of 16 at Parc des Princes in Paris.

Supporters were spat, and they had coins, bottles and chewing-gum thrown at them by PSG crowd.

Following these shameful facts UEFA opened disciplinary action against PSG for ‘alleged offences concerning racism, other discriminatory conduct and propaganda.’

PSG will defend themselves at a hearing scheduled for this Friday and the matter will then be decided by UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body on July 17.

 

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was upset at UEFA officials last night after they showed at Spain training camp in Las Rozas, near Madrid, around 11.30 pm.

The men from the most important European football institution visited the current Champions of Europe to let them undergo some doping tests.

Fabregas was annoyed by the time of the visit and posted this sarcastic picture on his Snapchat profile:

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Visiting the UEFA anti-doping page we can read:

The 2015/16 campaign will finish with UEFA EURO 2016 in France.

“UEFA has planned an extensive testing programme to ensure that the expanded tournament, with 24 teams, remains free of doping.

UEFA will start conducting tests on all the finalists from the beginning of January, with a combination of urine, whole blood and serum samples being collected in-and-out-of-competition.

“Tests will also be conducted at each of the 51 matches in France, involving at least two players from each team at every game.”

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TEAM NEWS

Chelsea

  • Chelsea can welcome back Nemanja Matic from suspension, but Radamel Falcao and Kurt Zouma are both sidelined through injury.
  • The captain John Terry remains doubtful with hamstring injury.
  • Baba Rahman is expected to feature at left-back once again, with Cesar Azpilicueta at the right, Branislav Ivanovic will start alongside Gary Cahill in central defense.

Paris Saint Germain

  • PSG is in doubt for use of Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi even if they decided to travel and train with the squad.
  • Edinson Cavani may find himself back on the bench for this fixture.
  • Serge Aurier is still unavailable.

PREDICTED LINE UPS

Chelsea (4-2-3-1)

Courtois; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Matic, Hazard, Willian, Oscar; Costa

Paris Saint-Germain (4-3-3) 

Trapp; Van der Wiel, Silva, Luiz, Maxwell; Verratti, Motta, Matuidi; Di Maria, Ibrahimovic, Lucas Moura

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PSG manager Laurent Blanc spoke in the press conference ahead of the game against Chelsea:

VERRATTI- “I am not sure about playing him in tomorrow match. I hope that he is fit but we have to wait”.

“Conte and Castellacci [the Italy national team doctor] really went to Paris to check physical condition of Verratti? Antonio just went to watch a game of us, but is a normal thing because Verratti is an important player of Italian national team, so nothing strange”.

CHELSEA PREVIOUS TIES – “The two previous games I don’t now if will have an influence on the clash of tomorrow. I think that we have to be careful with Cheslea even if we have a good advantage, but we need to impose our style of playing with the correct mental approach. Because we have gone through once we can do it a second time”

HAZARD – “They have a lot of players good in counterattack, good and quick in the last 30-40 yards. I think that we need to play on the high line because they cannot pick up pace. It’s difficult to do it for 90 minutes but it’s something we have to do to stop those dangerous players”.

PSG PROJECT – “As Zlatan said before our is a very young project, the club is making progresses as quick as possible. It’s not a long distance but we know it is closer”.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the press conference before the game with Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: “I feel young, age is just a number, I am the same player even if I do not win Champions League. When I was young for me it was an obsession, but now I’m happy for my career. I’m just warming up, I’m not old. I am grateful to have played with some of the greatest club in the world”

JOHN TERRY: ¨I missed him in the game in Paris, I would like him to play tomorrow, if he is not on the pitch the team is not the same. He is one of the best players for Chelsea, so without him the game will not be the same as with Terry on the pitch. If we will play as we can play I think we have good possibilities to win: we have to follow orders and what mister tell us to do.”

PARIS SAINT GERMAIN: “Project of PSG is the same of Chelsea but ten years later”
Future: “I think my future is to have other months with Psg and then with Sweden, I am not worried about the future. It looks good, I’m not old as many people said. I am just warming up”.

THE MATCH: “The key of tomorrow’s match? I will keep it as a secret.”

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WILLIAN
Willian celebrating a goal with Diego Costa © Francesca Ceciarini

“We will try to give him one trophy to go with. I think we can win it. It will be difficult because there are so many good teams, but we have to think about Wednesday first and then step by step we can go to the final.”

Chelsea star Willian revealed the Blues want to win the Champions League this season for interim manager Guus Hiddink.

When Jose Mourinho was sacked in December, Chelsea were in the bottom of the Premier League table with nine defeats of their opening 16 matches, but they are unbeaten since then as Hiddink has overturned the mood in the camp and in the stands. Now, with a chance to put out Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, Willian has revealed that the Blues want to win the competition for their manager.

“There is always pressure at Chelsea to win titles, we know that. We have to concentrate for this game.”

 

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Ex UEFA Secretary General Gianni Infatino just became the new FIFA president.

Infantino, born in Switzerland in 1970 from an Italian family,  polled 115 votes at the second count, 27 more than his closest rival and original favourite Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa.

He succeeds Sepp Blatter, who was FIFA president since 1998 and some months ago was banned from football for six years for breaching ethics guidelines.

His first words as the new president of the football most important organization were:

“I find hard to express my feelings in this moment”.

“I want to work with all of you together in order to restore and rebuild a new era of Fifa where we can put again football at the centre of the stage,” he said.

“Fifa has gone through sad times, moments of crisis, but those times are over. We need to implement the reform and implement good governance and transparency. We also need to have respect.”

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Chelsea midfielder Willian has revealed why he has been so successful with his free-kicks so far this season. The Brazilian has scored a total of 6 free kicks so far and has been praised for his efficiency. His free-kick idols include fellow Brazilian Ronaldinho and David Beckham.

Talking to Uefa.com, Willian said “There are some players I always watched – various players who I knew hit the ball well. Ronaldinho and David Beckham, they took free-kicks and took them very well, so there are some players I always try to follow and to learn important things from so that I am able to score goals.”

“You’ve got to do your research but ultimately it’s myself, my technique and how I feel comfortable hitting the ball”

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