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Footballers’ Drives: Which players have the best cars?

on Thursday, December 12, 2013


It’s common knowledge that many top-flight players earn far beyond the average wage.  The average wage for players in the English Premier League, for example, is around £30,000 a week, enough for them to buy, after tax, a reasonable family saloon or low-end sports coupe with every pay packet. Some of the bigger names can earn up to five times that amount!

With so much money at their disposal, you might expect top players to buy some of the finer things in life, such as Tudor mansions, swimming pools and gold-plated statues, but does that extend to cars? We’re about to look at the top five cars owned by world-class footballers, who owns what and what they’re getting for their money:


Lamborghini Gallardo – Wayne Rooney

As one of the world’s best-paid players, Manchester United and England ace Rooney certainly has the funds to pay for this £260,000 beast. Although he’s not gone for the classic bright yellow paintwork, it still looks pretty impressive and will give him reason to cheer up, especially given his side’s disappointing start to the season.

Mercedes SL65 – Didier Drogba

Now plying his trade with Turkish giants Galatasaray following a disastrous spell in China, the former Chelsea star has a pretty cool main vehicle, costing him a whopping £330,000. On the streets of Istanbul, it may look a little out of place, but when he’s cruising along the motorways it’ll be as powerful and elegant as the man himself was in his prime.

Bugatti Veyron – Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo sees himself as the world’s best player, which probably helped him to reach the decision to buy the world’s best car. The Veyron, being so powerful, rare and, of course, expensive (it cost more than £1m when first released), is the star of the show in the Real Madrid forward’s garage, although he’s only likely to take it for a spin on special occasions.

Mercedes McLaren SLR – El Hadji-Diouf

After hopping around the Premier League, the ever-controversial Diouf now plays with Championship underachievers Leeds United. Buying the SLR back in 2009, the Senegalese is likely to have taken good care of it, given that it set him back some £400,000 when brand new. All about speed, the SLR is every bit as mad as its owner!

Maybach Cruisero Coupe – Samuel Eto’o

The Cameroon legend is approaching the end of his career, but after a lucrative spell in Russia, the Chelsea striker looks to have a set of wheels that will make it fun for him to drive once he decides to hang up his boots. The Cruisero cost him around £600,000 and, as the manufacturer is now no more, he will struggle to find any spare parts!


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Kevin De Bruyne, January Transfer Target?

on Sunday, November 24, 2013


Kevin De Bruyne could be on his way out of Chelsea if reports are to be believed. His Belgian team-mate and Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard also has thrown in the hint that De Bruyne could be a transfer target this January .

Eden Hazard speaking to a local Belgian news channel shared his views on De Bruyne saying that if he wants to be part of the 2014 World Cup and be part of the Belgium national side he would be better off leaving the club and look for first team football. Although Hazard didn't specify whether he was referring to a loan move or a permanent transfer.

De Bruyne who had joined Chelsea from FC Genk back in January 2012 has spent the last season on loan with German Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, where he had a good season scoring ten goals and his performance was acknowledged by Jose Mourinho which saw De Bruyne start first two of the three games against Hull City and Manchester United. But later he could only be seen in the reserve team.

Host of clubs have already showed in interest in signing De Bruyne when the transfer market opens up in January. De Bruyne looking for first team football is on the wishlist of three English Premier clubs, one of them being Southampton and other two being Manchester United and Liverpool but later two wont be able to guarantee first team football whereas Southampton could be a good choice. Southampton are playing good attractive football and could well enjoy the services of Chelsea's versatile midfielder. De Bruyne would also benefit from the style of football which Southampton have exhibited so far where midfielders play a crucial part in the success that they have endured till now.

Athletico Madrid and RS Anderlecht are the other two clubs out of the EPL who are keen to have the Belgium international on board. Atletico boss Diego Simeone is desperate to seek a replacement for Koke who could well be out in the January transfer window. Anderlecht Manger Herman van Holsbeeck also has lots of praises for the young Belgian's talent and looks to offer De Bruyne a chance to play first team football and help him secure a place in the Belgian national side come World Cup in Brazil next year.

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Has The Special One Ran Out Of Steam?


Jose Mourinho’s two spells at Chelsea could not be any different. The cocksure arrogance of The Special One seems to have disappeared, and his sharp, stylish modern gentleman look was replaced by a tracksuit just a few weeks ago. Is Mourinho feeling the strain of the Premier League’s ‘new’ look, or have the Blues inherited a new Jose?

There has been plenty of speculation surrounding Chelsea in recent weeks. Without a win in two in the league, and lucky to escape with a point at Stamford Bridge against West Brom prior to the international break, questions are beginning to be asked about their season, and especially whether the boss can maintain his incredible unbeaten home record.

Without a loss in an incredible 66 games at the Bridge, experts are suggesting the Portuguese Manager needs to settle on a team if he is to continue his run. Jamie Redknapp wrote, “Chopping and changing the side hasn’t helped the players build understanding and familiarity on the pitch, which is so important.”

And that could partly be the problem. Jose has inherited a very different team, and in fact a very different Premier League, to what he left back in 2007, and it looks as though even The Special One is taking time to adapt.

The Premier League has become a different animal in the past few seasons, with sides favouring ‘the Spanish way’ compared to Jose’s successful powerhouses that won him the title two seasons running from 2004 to 2006.

Both Swansea last season and Southampton this have added a breath of fresh air to the top-flight, whilst Everton and Liverpool are also looking good value this season. And compared to the South London club, alongside the ever-present Arsenal, they have settled sides.

Despite this, it’s not game over for Mourinho’s men. They say the best teams win when their back’s against the wall. They have only lost twice in the league and remain only four points off the top with a fairly good run in up to Christmas. Comfortable victories should be seen out against Sunderland and Palace before they face Arsenal on December 23.

And a trip to Liverpool could be crucial as they head closer to January, a month which could prove equally as pivotal.

The rumour mill already rolling, Chelsea will be desperate to keep hold of Ramires, who is linked with a switch to Barcelona whilst they will almost certainly be bringing in new faces during the window to try and combat a lack of goals.

Strong rumours circulating in the press are that Jose is ready to offload struggling Torres in a move to tempt Monaco’s Radamel Falcao to the Premier League. Watching the Columbian against Belgium in mid-week, Mourinho looks as though he will revert to type, with a powerful, goal-scoring forward, which may be key to keeping their title chances alive.

It’s almost certain there will be movement in January, and as long as they stay within contention in the next month Mourinho should be able to fend off the media ghouls. Chelsea are still the most popular bet for the title according to odds comparison websites, despite being 3rd favourites, with best prices currently at 7/2 with a Coral free bet.


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Chelsea vs Manchester City - Preview

on Saturday, October 26, 2013

Chelsea vs Manchester City

Match Preview
Sunday 27th October, 16:00 GMT 
Stamford Bridge


Chelsea take on Manchester City in what will be the toughest test yet for the Blues. Chelsea are currently 2nd in the Premier league table with 17 points two behind leaders Arsenal, while Manchester City find themselves in 4th position with 16 points. Even though the game is at Stamford Bridge it will be a tough game fought between the two Title contenders for this years EPL crown.

Chelsea have started to hit form lately with the squad gelling up well under Jose Mourinho and with an unbeaten streak of seven straight games Chelsea will look to continue where they left off. Eden Hazard, Oscar, Torres and Eto'o look in supreme form and could again dictate the game for Chelsea in the attacking line up. As far as defense is concerned there's some good news for Chelsea supporters as Ashley Cole has been declared fit and could play against Manchester City this Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City have also started to hit some form lately by winning their last three matches by scoring eight goals and conceding three. Aguero, Silva and Toure are the men to look out for when it comes to Manchester City's attacking prowess. Vincent Kompany will miss out on this game as well due to thigh problem.


By the looks of it, this game promises to bring out the attacking talent within both teams and it will be a tough job for both teams defense to stop them from scoring goals. It does promises to be an exciting tie and it also marks debut for Mourinho vs Pelligrini clash. Chelsea won their last game against Cardiff city with a scoreline of 4-1 whereas Manchester City won their first away match of the season with a scoreline of 3-1 against West ham at Upton Park. Last time when the Eastlanders visited Stamford Bridge it ended in a goalless draw, when the both teams were under different management. Sports betting giant bwin currently have Chelsea down as favorites due to their home advantage, however we all know what Man City are capable of on their day.

Here's what the Juan Mata had to say before the start of the game which takes place on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.




Here's what the Manchester City coach Pellegrini had to say before the start of the game which takes place on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea Trusts Mourinho

on Friday, October 25, 2013



Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho returned this season to England with the mission of getting Chelsea back on the first places of Europe and he´s done a good job so far.

This week they’ll face Manchester City at home in one of the most attractive games of the season. In the sportbooks reviews and odds, Chelsea is favorite, despite the good march of the Citizens, who are in fourth place.

The Blues had a good start this season with victories at Stamford Bridge against Hull and Aston Villa. But then they tied without any goals against Manchester United and suffered their first loss of the season after failing versus Everton at Goddison Park.

After that defeat, Mourinho’s men have four consecutive games without losing, winning against Fulham, Norwich, Cardiff and drawing at White Hart Lane versus Tottenham. They are in second place of the table after eight weeks with 17 points, only two behind the leader, Liverpool. Thanks to Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech, Blues are the second best defense of the tournament with five goals accepted; only after Southampton who have three.


At the start of this week Mourinho won for the first time in his career at Germany, when Chelsea easily defeated 3-0 Schalke 04 at Gelsenkirchen Stadium in Champions League match. The Blues are in first place of Group E with six points and have high expectations with Mou to get their second title of this famous tournament.


Mourinho had his first era at Chelsea from 2004 to 2007, finishing a drought of 50 years without titles. He guided the team to a record season with 95 points winning Premier and League Cup championships. In his second year retained the title and in 2006-07 finished in second place, winning the FA Cup and League Cup.
 

Fans in Stamford Bridge are happy with Mourinho's return, because he is doing what he does best…winning.



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Best is yet to come at The Bridge

on Monday, October 21, 2013


When Jose Mourinho was confirmed as the Chelsea boss back in June it certainly dominated all the headlines, given the special one’s past successes and controversial characteristics.

However, we are now seven games into the new season and all the hype and hysteria that surrounded Mourinho and his Chelsea side upon his arrival fizzled out quickly, with Chelsea not performing to the standards everyone expected of them at the start. One can can only imagine that The Special One will be telling Roman that the best games are yet to come!

The London club currently sit 3rd in the table, which is of course a good position, and are only two points off 1st placed Arsenal. Even with this positive start to season, Chelsea fans expected and are expecting better from their trophy laden team.

Mourinho’s second coming was seen as a revolution and a guarantee for even more success than previous seasons, granted it is early in the season still, but Chelsea ‘s current style of play is anything but easy on the eye.

They have only been winning games by the odd goal or two, something that the fans were expecting less of; given the calibre of players they have at their disposal. They’ve endured drab draws against Manchester United and Tottenham to date and suffered a lacklustre defeat at the hands of Everton in September.
It is clear to see that the reasoning behind this stuttering start to the season for Chelsea is because Mourinho himself still doesn’t know his best starting eleven yet. He has experimented a lot in the opening games and has yet to find a consistent eleven that work well as a unit.

It is likely that Mourinho will be looking to add to his squad in January if this stop-start form continues. The question is...what players will Mourinho need to bring in for the team to perform better?
Chelsea’s support towards Jose is nothing shy of exceptional. They weren’t crazy to see him leave; they were delighted to see him return. ESPN stats for The Blues home games averaging at 41,503 tickets being taken for each game.

It has been suggested in an article in The Express that the Portuguese manager is after Real Madrid defensive midfielder Sami Khedira. Another Midfielder? Really?

It is established that Chelsea do possess an array of top talent in the midfield area, however the 50 year old may be thinking long term with the potential acquisition of the German International.
Current Chelsea midfielders such as Frank Lampard and Michael Essien are no spring chickens anymore and may find themselves surplus to requirements once this season is over. The pair have both found themselves in and out of the Chelsea side since the beginning of the season.

If Chelsea did sign 26 year old Khedira, it would be a signing that is worthwhile. He is renowned for his dynamism in the holding role with his strongest attributes being his aerial ability and athleticism, not forgetting that he also has an eye for goal. Mourinho knows him well too from his time at Real Madrid, having been the manager who brought him to club back in 2010.

Khedira’s strengths would impact Chelsea in many positive ways, he would be the robust figure that can break down attacks and with his willingness to keep possession under pressure too; this would provide the blues with a top quality player with the required steel and determination to see out games.
It does look as though Khedira will be on the move when the window opens, having public lambasted the Galácticos recently over his treatment in the media and his heavy criticism of German team mate Mesut Ozil’s exit to Arsenal.

If Khedira does become available when January arrives, it is evident that there will be many suitors after his signature. Chelsea being one for sure, but don’t be surprised if another Premier League giant in the form of Manchester United come calling too, as they were allegedly knocked back in their efforts to secure Khedira’s services back in August.
It certainly isn’t the first time that Chelsea and Man United will be at loggerheads over a player, so let’s hope Khedira is prepared for the tug of war that will commence.



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Marco Van Ginkel is Chelsea's New Midfielder

on Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Chelsea has just managed to sign the young Dutch talent Marco Van Ginkel as a natural successor to Frank Lampard.

It’s not official yet but Chelsea FC will have to pay around £9 million to Van Ginkels’ former club Vitesse Arnhem. This is probably the price to see the 20-year old play for the Blues next season. An agreement of the transfer has already been made, Van Ginkel only needs to pass a medical and agree to personal terms. With the help of the Sportingbet promotional code we can wait in suspense how the new midfielder will perform together with the rest of the team.

The young Dutch player hesitated for a while to join Chelsea because his success story with Vitesse has just started in 2010 and with 10 assists and 8 goals in only 33 league matches he had a major impact on the outcome of Arnhems’ qualification for the European league. Furthermore he really wants to attend the World Cup in Brazil 2014 and is afraid of sitting on the bench more often when playing for Chelsea. But fortunately he has changed his mind and will be José Mourinho's second signing after getting Andre Schuerrle for the new season 2013/2014.

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Andre Schurrle Joins Chelsea

on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Andre Schurrle Joins Chelsea



Andre Schurrle became the first signing under the watchful eye of Jose Mourinho.

The 22-year old joins Chelsea from Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen where he spend two years. Schurrle has signed a five-year contract and will wear the number 14 Chelsea blue jersey.

Andre Schurrle shared his first feelings after joining Chelsea Football Club

"I am so happy now I have signed and it is an honour for me to play for this club, with this team and for these great fans. I am really looking forward to it."


Schurrle is considered as a versatile striker who can play as an attacking wide player or as a central striker. Andre is very well known for his movement around the flanks and his ability to score some spectacular goals. He began his footballing career with German Club Ludwigshafener SC, before moving to Mainz in 2009. It was here where he was able to showcase his talents and was pivotal in guiding Mainz to a respectable ninth position in the league, Andre scored five goals in 34 appearances during his first year at Mainz.

This was soon followed by the announcement of a five-year contract with Bayern Leverkusen, the club which he was going to join after the end of 2010/11 season. Andre finished the 2010/11 season with Mainz in style, by playing a crucial role in helping Mainz qualify for the Uefa Europa League. He finished the season on a high by scoring a club-record 15 goals in 34 appearances for Mainz.

Andre-Schurrle-Leverkusen

Having completed his move to Leverkusen, Schurrle scored on his debut in a 4-3 German Cup win against Dynamo Dresden. Schurrle scored his first league goal for the club in October during a 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach. In his first season with Leverkusen he scored 9 goals in 40 appearances for the club.

After his impressive first year at Leverkusen, Schurrle continued and improved his goal tally for the next season and finished thr 2012/13 season by netting 14 goals in 43 matches.

Andre Schurrle has also played senior international games for Germany where he has scored 7 foals in 24 appearances.

On behalf of all the Chelsea Fans around the world, I would like to welcome Andre Schurrle to this amazing football club.

What are your opinions about Chelsea’s first signing for 2013-14 season? Let us know in the comments section below or send in your comments on our Facebook page.


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New 2013/14 Chelsea Away Kit Revealed

on Thursday, June 6, 2013

New 2013/14 Chelsea Away Kit



Chelsea and Adidas today revealed the upcoming 2013-14 Chelsea Away kit.

And the new kit looks good!!

The new away kit follows the most recently launched Chelsea home kit under the "IT'S BLUE, WHAT ELSE MATTERS" campaign.

This away will be worn in selected away fixtures in the upcoming 2013-14 season. The new design leads with white as the primary color, the sixth time a Chelsea away kit has featured this color scheme. The strip is a clear homage to the club's iconic white kits with blue and red trim during the 1960s.

The use of red makes a return with its first appearance on a kit since the 2010/11 season's home shirt.



Technology

The traditionally-styled white kit features the latest Adidas technologies to ensure that it gives the players an edge on the pitch:

Climacool - Adidas ClimaCool™ technology provides a mixture of heat and moisture controlling materials, ventilation channels and 3D fabrics to improve air flow to the skin in key heat zones.

What are your opinions about Chelsea’s new away shirt for the 2013-14 season? Let us know in the comments section below or send in your comments on our Facebook page.


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Jose Mourinho returns to Chelsea

on Monday, June 3, 2013

Jose Mourinho Returns


He is back!!! SPECIAL ONE Returns!! Jose back home!! Mourinho reunited with Chelsea!!!
Words are falling short, after nearly two and half months of speculation, rumors and gossips, but like any other Chelsea fan I am absolutely delighted to see Mourinho return back to Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho has signed a four-year contract and will return to the club where he won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups between 2004 and 2007.

We have been waiting and waiting and waiting, but today Jose Mourinho has made my day! It feels great to welcome him back to the Bridge, a home welcoming for a manager who carries Chelsea in his heart and this new beginning for him and Chelsea surely seems to bring excitement and expectation for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

Here is the exclusive interview of the Special One after joining Chelsea

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On behalf of all the Chelsea fans worldwide, we would like to welcome Jose Mourinho to Chelsea and wish him All The Very Best for the season's to come.

Catch the full interview on Official Chelsea FC website.

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Guinness International Champions Cup

on Saturday, June 1, 2013

Guinness International Champions Cup




The International Champions Cup in America marks the first competitive tournament in which Chelsea will be participating after the recently concluded EPL 2012-13 campaign and the triumphant Europa League.

The tournament begins on July 27 and will take place in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Indianapolis and New York. All eight teams will play in Miami's Sun Life Stadium.


The International Champions Cup which starts on July 27th includes eight teams split in two groups with AC Milan, Inter and Valencia the other teams on our East side of the draw, and Real Madrid, Juventus, LA Galaxy and Everton making up the West side.



This will also mark the first competitive outing for Chelsea players but most importantly it will mark the entry of the new manager at Chelsea Football Club. Jose Mourinho seems to be the answer here and its all over the media that he is the Chosen One for Chelsea but for now its only to speculate until officially confirmed. But if he truly comes on board (announcement of which is expected in the next few days) then it will mark a return to Jose Mourinho to his formerly managed clubs Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

Everton will be the second English team in this competition, again a club who is still to announce their manager for upcoming season. Similar to Chelsea, Martinez (ex-Wigan manager) seems to the hot favorite to take this job but nothing is official yet. Inter, AC Milan and Juventus are the three Italian sides participating in this competition, with Inter and AC Milan in same group as Chelsea. LA Galaxy will be the sole MLS side representing American contingent in the International Champions Cup. The last two teams include Real Madrid and Valencia who will be playing their last domestic matches today on 1st June, which will conclude the 2012-13 La Liga campaign for both teams. It will also mark the last game in-charge for Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.



Chelsea finished the season on a strong note by winning the Europa League in an emphatic manner and also sealing third spot in the English Premier League table thereby confirming automatic qualification in next season's Champions League.


It marked an end for Rafa Benitez who left Chelsea on a very good note and later joined Italian team Napoli. Benitez who was rumored to take on Everton as his managerial club decided to join Italian side Napoli where his first task will be to keep hold of Italian striker Cavani who seems bound to Manchester City. 

On behalf of majority of the Chelsea fans worldwide, we would like to THANK Benitez for his valuable contribution and CONGRATULATE him for his new venture at Napoli.

 

Everton finished sixth in the Premier League and had to part ways with longtime Manager David Moyes who has recently joined Manchester United. David Moyes spent 10 years at the Toffes before his move to Manchester this season following Alex Ferguson's retirement. Just like Benitez, the first task at hand for Moyes will be keep hold of Rooney who has already handed over a transfer request and is on the wish list of Real Madrid, PSG and Chelsea.

Chelsea's participation in the Guinness International Champions Cup in America will begin when we meet Inter Milan at Indianapolis's Lucas Oil Stadium on August 1.

On August 4, we will travel to the MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants to meet either AC Milan or Valencia. Valencia, Milan, Chelsea and Inter will play the tournament's "eastern" semifinals at MetLife Stadium in New York on 4 August; Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, Everton and Juventus will contest the "western" semifinals at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on 3rd August.

All eight teams then descend on Miami, Florida, and the Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, for a two-day final festival. From August 6-7, four matches will be played where each first, second, third and fourth-placed team meet their corresponding opponents from the opposite group, with the finalists meeting at 9pm on Wednesday, August 7.

Guinness International Champions Cup Schedule



July 27 - Valencia v AC Milan - Mestalla Stadium, Valencia
July 31 - Everton v Juventus - AT&T Park, San Francisco
August 1 - Chelsea v Inter - Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis (8pm)
August 1 - Real Madrid v LA Galaxy, University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix
August 3 - West side semis - Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
August 4 - East side semis - MetLife Stadium, New Jersey
August 6 - 7th place and 5th place matches - Sun Life Stadium, Miami
August 7 - 3rd place and 1st place matches - Sun Life Stadium, Miami

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Chelsea Europa League Champions

on Thursday, May 16, 2013

Chelsea Europa League Champions


YES!! We are the Europa League Champions!! What a win!! Chelsea once again were crowned the European Champions and with that became the first team in the history to hold UEFA Champions League and Europa League trophy simultaneously.  


Fernando Torres scored the opener, a wonderful solo goal, typical of his style. But Benfica hit back via a Cardozo penalty few minutes later and it seemed as if the game was going into extra-time but Branislav Ivonovic pounced with a fantastic header deep into injury time to give Chelsea a hard-fought but an emphatic win over Benfica and lift the EUROPA LEAGUE trophy.

It was a remarkable win that is worth watching hundreds of times. As predicted in my Benfica vs Chelsea match preview, things started on a slow note and it was Benfica who looked the most dangerous. They had some good exchanges and Chelsea were finding it hard to keep the ball in Benfica's half. Possession-wise as well Benfica held the upper hand and were looking to negate the influence of Mata and Lampard as much as possible.

Lampard though had his goal bound shot saved brilliantly by Benfica goalkeeper Artur, a swerving hit was palmed to safety by Artur's out-stretched hand as he misjudged the flight and swing Lampard generated off his shot. Benfica tried their best but couldn't get the lead they were looking for, as the first-half ended goalless at the amazing Amsterdam Arena.

Chelsea began the second-half on a much more attacking tempo and started to create chances of their own. Second-half got lively when Cardozo thought he had headed his side in front on 50th minute only for the linesman to flag him offside.



But at the stroke of an hour Fernando Torres struck for Chelsea with his vintage strike. Torres showed pace and body strength to escape the attentions of Ezequiel Garay and Luisao before rounding Artur to score from the tightest of angles. The goal did bring back the memories of his winner against Barcelona, which he had scored at Camp Nou in Chelsea's win in 2011-12 Champions League semi-final.



Although Chelsea couldn't hold on to the lead for that long, as Cesar Azpilicueta handled Eduardo Salvio's header and referee was quick to point to the penalty spot. And it was Benfica's leading goal scorer Cardozo who scored emphatically from the penalty spot to level the tie just ten minutes after Torres' opener.

Both teams now looked nervous as the game neared its end and it was that man again Cardozo who nearly gave Benifca the lead but it required superb acrobatic save from Cech to prevent Cardozo putting Benfica in front with nine minutes left, a full stretch by Cech to turn Cardozo's dipping 20-yard shot over the bar.

If that wasn't enough then it was our record goal-scorer Frank Lampard who came even closer with only three minutes left when his 20-yard drive beat Artur but bounced back out to safety off the bar. It was a superb curling effort by Frank Jr. and even he knew how important that could have been had his shot been a few inches lower.


And as the game was destined for extra-time, out came Ivanovic with a looping header off Mata's cross over stranded Artur.  Ivanovic scored in the final minute of extra-time to send Chelsea fans wild around the stadium and all those watching worldwide. It was a fitting end to a thrilling encounter at Amsterdam Arena more so for Ivanovic who missed last season's Champions League final against Bayern.

With that win Chelsea became the first team in the history to held Europa League and Champions League accolade's simultaneously



WE WILL LIKE TO THANK THE ENTIRE CHELSEA SQUAD AND MORE SO OUR MANAGER RAFA BENITEZ WHO HAS DONE A VERY GOOD JOB IN HIS SHORT STINT AS THE CHELSEA MANAGER. KUDOS TO BENITEZ!!

Goals and Match highlights



Frank Lampard after winning the Europa League



Fernando Torres after winning the Europa League



Branislav Ivanovic after winning the Europa League





Rafa Benitez after winning the Europa League





Montage of the Europa League Win





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Benfica v Chelsea - Match Preview

on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Benfica v Chelsea

EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL

Date: Wednesday 15th May; Kick-Off: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Amsterdam Arena, Holland



Breaking team news: Benitez rules Eden Hazard out of the game. John Terry's fitness will be assessed tomorrow.

Its going to be a big big night for Chelsea at Amsterdam Arena as we gear up for the Europa League Final against Portuguese opponent Benfica. This final against Benfica will be the penultimate game of our 2012-13 campaign. And a Europa Cup will be a fitting cup glory that Chelsea players can enjoy after some grueling schedule of football fixtures which they had to endure in these last couple of months.

Chelsea have never tasted Europa League glory before and if we win then we will become the first ever team to win back-to-back European competitions (in reverse way), having won the UEFA Champions League last year. Jose Mourinho achieved the same feat when he managed Porto by winning the Europa Cup and then the Champions League in consecutive seasons. Chelsea could also become only the fourth team to lift all three of UEFA's major club trophies, after Juventus, Ajax and Bayern Munich; the European Cup Winner's Cup in 1970/71 & 1997/98 and the UEFA Champions League last year 2011/12.

Having already secured Champions League qualification for 2013-14 season Chelsea can now breathe easy and focus entirely on their clash against Benfica. A home game against Everton in the weekend will be our last game of the season. It will also mark the last game of the season for Rafa Benitez who will leave after the game at Stamford Bridge.


Benfica v Chelsea - Match Preview


Both Chelsea and Benfica wouldn't have thought of it coming to this when it all started for both teams in the UEFA Champions League this year. But both Chelsea and Benfica were knocked out at the group stages of the competition, Chelsea at the hands of Juve & Shakthar whereas Benfica at the hands of Barcelona & Celtic.

It was not that long time ago since we met Benfica, both teams faced each other in the knockout stage of last years UEFA Champions league. Although Chelsea came out on top and progressed to the semis, it was a hard fought match over the two legs. Chelsea who traveled to Benfica for the first leg, came out on top with a narrow 1-0 win courtesy of a goal by ex- Chelsea man Salomon Kalou.

With that scoreline and the second leg being at Stamford Bridge, it was thought that Chelsea will easily progress without much scare. But it proved to be otherwise, Chelsea did go ahead with a well taken penalty by Lampard but Javi Garcia equalised for Benfica late in the second half to set up a thrilling finish, one more goal and Benfica would have progressed at the expense of Chelsea. But another ex-Chelsea player Raul Meireles scored the winner in stoppage time to take Chelsea into the semi-finals of 2012-13 UEFA Champions League competition.

With Chelsea clearly aware of what problems Benfica can cause, this game again promises to be a close fought affair. And with the Europa Cup at stake it will be more fierce and competitive than the game that took place last year with both teams going all out for this single leg game.


Benfica come into this game on the back of a disastrous last-minute defeat to arch rivals Porto which could cost them their domestic title, incidentally this was their first loss since September. Kelvin (Porto) scored an injury-time goal as Porto won 2-1 to end Benfica's unbeaten domestic league season and go top heading into the final day. Benfica manager Jorge Jesus' ambition will certainly be to lift the Europa League cup but also to win the Portuguese SuperLiga (domestic league) where they are currently second in the table two points behind leaders FC Porto. So with one eye on the last day results in mind Jorge will definitely look to divert his players focus away from domestic competition to the Europa League finals come this Wednesday at Amsterdam Arena.


Chelsea on the other hand come into this fixture after having secured their Champions league status for next season. A hard fought 2-1 win against relegation contenders Aston Villa was the perfect result which Chelsea could have asked for before going into Wednesday's final. Frank Lampard brace in the second half was enough for Chelsea to secure 3rd position in the EPL table ahead of the last day fixture against Everton at home. The Blues have been on an incredible run off-late by going unbeaten in their last eight matches.


With those two goals Frank Lampard became Chelsea's all time leading goalscorer, the record previously being held by Bobby Tambling. Lampard matched the record number of 202 goals with his first strike and then went on to break the record with second strike late in the second half. Earlier it was Benteke who had given Aston Villa the lead in the first half. It was a memorable day for Frank Jr. who was under tremendous pressure to achieve this feat from the day he started to get close to the record. But with the record now past him and with league position secured, both Lampard and Chelsea can now concentrate solely on the Finals that take place on Wednesday night.

Chelsea and Benfica's route to the final of Europa League


Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo and Lima will be the men to watch out for as the pair have scored 44 goals between them. And with the talented Pablo Aimar and Nemanja Matic in the midfield Benfica do posses the attacking threat to muster Chelsea's defense. A point to note will be that Oscar Cardozo has scored in six of his team's last ten matches against English teams.

For Chelsea major concern is around the pair of John Terry and Eden Hazard , both of whom were injured during Chelsea's win over Aston Villa last weekend. Terry is suffering from a soar ankle whereas Hazard has an hamstring injury.


This game marks Rafa Benitez's last European game for Chelsea, Benitez has done a decent job since he took over from Di Matteo. He came into the club knowing that he was the Interim Manager and would be departing at the end of the season irrespective of the results he achieves. It all started off on a bad note for the former Reds manager, given his previous connections with Liverpool and his comments regarding Chelsea Football Club during his reign at Merseyside. A Europa League Cup will mark a fitting a farewell for Benitez, who himself will have this win as a silver lining on his CV.

Team News




Captain John Terry, Eden Hazard, John Obi Mikel and Bertrand all are part of the 25-man squad that has traveled to Holland to face Benfica in the Europa League final. Terry (ankle) and Hazard (hamstring) are serious doubts for this game but Terry will be part of the training the takes place on Tuesday at the Amsterdam Arena. Mikel (hip) and Bertrand (knee) who missed Chelsea's last four matches have also traveled with the squad. Demba Ba who is cup-tied also forms the part of the 25-man squad traveling to Holland.





Jorge Jesus has no injury concern ahead of the final at Amsterdam and will field his strongest side in-spite of the last day important domestic league fixture that could be the title decider. Cardoza will lead the attack along with Lima and Aimar. Salvio and Gaitan  are expected to take the wide flanks with Matic in the central holding midfielder role. Despite their defeat against Porto, Jorge might be tempted to field the same defensive line-up for the finals.



Player and Manager Column

 

"Hazard will not be available. John still will try and see how he feels but we will decide tomorrow, Now it is not easy for him, obviously it is not the best injury but we will see today and tomorrow with the medical staff, and after we will decide."
"Jorge Jesus is a good manager, they are a good team and they have experience in Europe, In a final it is 50-50 and we will see what happens. We can make changes, they can make changes but in the end it depends on the players on the pitch."
"We can be ready but still something can change the game. It will be an interesting final for everyone, they have experience and hopefully we can use our experience too."
"A European final is massive. Maybe you can score an early goal and change, or concede three and have to change at half-time. You have to have confidence and belief you can do well. Your team has to have the same feeling, and you have to see what happens but it depends on the other team too."
"This is the final and I want to win. If we can do it I will be really proud because we worked so hard in difficult circumstances. You have to give credit to all the people involved, the staff and the players."
"We have been playing two games per week so every time, it doesn't matter the name of the opponent, we have had to deal with a small squad, injuries or suspensions, every game was difficult, so all of them."
"I cannot say this one or the other one. It doesn't matter how close to the final, they were all difficult and every game we played against very good teams, offensive teams with offensive mentalities. It was difficult for us to manage because sometimes we were coming from an important game and had an important game in two or three days, so to manage the squad and make decisions was difficult."
"If we win it will be easier for people to realise to be here at this stage of the competition means we have done a lot of things well."
"You can always improve, or make more mistakes. It is not an easy situation but we managed quite well. I think people realise now this is right. We have the feeling we have done a good job and hopefully we can do even better."

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"We're talking about the highest level of club football in the world and you can't have it your way every year, we were lucky enough to have a great run to the final last year and to win it, and this year we were disappointed to end up in the Europa League but the more we have been involved in it, the more we have grown to love it." 
"The closer you get to a final the more you want to be in it, and we have realised this is a huge European final. We are very much looking forward to it and we want to win it." 
"Every game and every year is different. We were underdogs in Munich and the game panned out in our favour for a lot of reasons, but I have been lucky enough to play a few finals and they are very particular games. Small things that happen, focus and concentration, dictate the game, and whether it was Munich last year or tomorrow, we need our utmost concentration because Benfica are a very good team, as Bayern Munich were." 
"For all of us who had been involved with Chelsea for a long time, that was the big trophy we had missed out on. This is another outstanding one so all of us here, including the players who have just come to the club, want to win it." 
"We are now fourth in the Premier League at least and we want third, and it will be defined in terms of the success of the season by how we get on tomorrow."
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"All the season has been difficult, but now is almost the end of the season and we have to do everything to finish the job off."
"It was very disappointing for us to go out of the Champions League. We tried to motivate ourselves to do our best in the Europa League. We're in the final and we're happy about that. We will do everything to try to win the trophy."
"It's going to be very hard. We will play against Benfica, a very good team. It's very important, another final for the club and another chance to win a trophy. It's very important for us as a group to get the chance to finish the season with a trophy."
"This is, for us, as a group, a great chance to try to finish the season with a trophy, which is very important for us, for the club, for the supporters. We're looking forward to that. You have to be just focused for this game. Finals are special games and we play against Benfica which is a very tough team. We have to be ready for it."
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"We have now the chance to win two European trophies in a row, which is not easy for any club and we will try to do it, It would be very, very nice. After winning the Champions League and FA Cup [last season], it would be really nice and I would be really pleased to win another trophy with Chelsea."
"It's been a long season in terms of the amount of games, but I think it's good. I'm really happy with the season personally, but it's not finished yet. It can be even better, if we win the title."
"The manager's trying to rotate the players, we're resting. It's been a pleasure for me. He's a top manager, he's tried his best. If we win the trophy it will be great for him and the team."
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"Everyone knows that I have Benfica in my heart, but when you start the game, you forget everything. I want to win with Chelsea, I want to win this title. When you play a final, you always play against big teams, big clubs. That's why Benfica are in the final, that's why Chelsea are in the final."
"It's an important final, an important competition, If you look at this season, we've lost three finals, so now we have a moment when we have another opportunity to win a title, a big title. It is important motivation. It will be a fantastic game against a historic team, so we need to win."
"Benfica have an amazing philosophy, With the ball they press high, so it is difficult when you play against them. When they press high you shouldn't leave any space [for them] to move the ball, so you need to be focused all the time. We need to be ready for all challenges."
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"Winning the Europa League would be a very important moment in the club's history, and for the players and staff. Getting to the final is a great achievement in itself but coming away victorious would be even greater. Benfica are always under pressure when they play and we know that in every competition we take part in, the aim is to get to the final and win."
"I know that Benfica's great moment in sporting history was in the 1960s. I was born in '54, but I know the history of the club because I have read about it and it is illustrated in photos at the training ground."
"They have David Luíz and Ramires, but I'm not forgetting about Paulo Ferreira and Hilário. That is an important thing to note, and we're happy to meet them in the final."
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"I know that it has been a long time since Benfica reached a European final, I know that they are a team with a lot of victories in the past. Now we have a chance to achieve that as well. So in terms of history, the time is now. It doesn't matter if you win two games here or three games there, it's all about how you play and what happens on the day [of the final]. You have to do well on that day and nothing else."
"You've been watching this since you were a child and now it is a reality and you've made it. I am very happy, because you dream about this as a child. Now that we are here, we want to win it, and I am sure it's the same for Chelsea."
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"I have a lot of affection for Benfica when they are playing in their own competitions, but on the pitch I am a Chelsea player and I don't want to think about Benfica or anybody else. Before the game you talk to everybody and joke with your friends, you wish them well because they are your opponents, but once you start playing your mind is only on winning the game, you don't remember anything else."
"In this final I will be doing everything I can for Chelsea to win, and it's easy to separate these feelings. Whoever is in your way, it doesn't matter. Of course I still have friends like Luisao, Maxi Pereira, Oscar Cardozo and Pablo Aimar. They're very good players and what I can tell you is they are a very good team, well organised and dangerous. They score goals, don't have a doubt about that."
"In a game like this you have to keep attention on all the 11 players. If you focus on one player who might give you trouble, one of the others could do something special and leave you in a difficult situation. No player wins anything alone, so we have to be at our best throughout the team. We must give them plenty of respect, which they deserve because a lot of them are internationals and they have been playing together a long time."
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Predictions


Predicting for the finals is never an easy task, let alone any other game. Any Cup final promises to be a tough game, with both sides eager not to give away any goal, so we can expect a defensive display from both teams at the start. I do expect both teams to score and the second half could get really interesting if either Benfica or Chelsea score in the first half. Given the experience I expect Chelsea to come out on top but by only a single goal margin

Scoreline: Benfica 1 Chelsea 2


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Team News - Aston Villa vs Chelsea

on Saturday, May 11, 2013

Team News - Aston Villa vs Chelsea


Team News - Aston Villa vs Chelsea

Frank Lampard and Captain John Terry start the game against Villa, with Terry making his 550th appearance for the Blues.

Eden Hazard has passed the fitness test and is in the starting line-up at Villa Park.

Fernando Torres is replaced by Demba Ba up-front.

Aston Villa right-back Matthew Lowton has failed a fitness test so Eric Lichaj comes in.


Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry (c), Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Moses, Mata, Hazard, Ba.

Subs: Turnbull, Ivan, D Luiz, Ake, Benayoun, Oscar, Torres

Aston Villa (4-3-3): Guzan; Lichaj, Vlaar (c), Baker, Bennett; Sylla, Westwood, Delph; Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor.

Subs: Given,Gardner, N'Zogbia, Williams, Holman, Bent, Bowery.

Referee: Lee Mason.


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Aston Villa vs Chelsea - Match Preview

on Friday, May 10, 2013

Aston Villa vs Chelsea

English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 11th May 2013; Kick Off: 12:45 GMT
Venue: Villa Park


The fight for the top four finish continues yet again and this time Chelsea travel to Villa Park to face a rejuvenated Aston Villa side. Both teams have picked up good form off late, which sees Chelsea closing in on the third spot in the Premier League table whereas Aston Villa with three wins and a draw out of their last five games have somewhat ensured their presence in 2013-14 EPL.

A win here for either side will confirm their respective status, for Chelsea a win will ensure they qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League whereas for Aston Villa a win will ensure that they stay in the top flight of football for yet another season.

So with just two games to go in this season's English Premier League, here are the remaining fixtures and current table positions with points.

               Chelsea (3rd - 69 points)     Arsenal (4th - 67 points)       Spurs (5th - 66 points)
                         Aston Villa (a)                          Wigan (h)                                Stoke (a)
                           Everton (h)                          Newcastle (a)                        Sunderland (h)


Aston Villa vs Chelsea - Match Preview


Chelsea vs Aston Villa has always promised a lot of goals, this can be seen from the recent previous encounters in which both sides were involved. A 8-0 demolition by Chelsea on 23rd Dec 2012 at Stamford Bridge is game that will always haunt Villa and their supporters. It was a game that saw eight goals being scored by seven different Chelsea players, a record set by us. This equaled Chelsea's biggest-ever league win and this became Aston Villa's heaviest-ever league defeat.

Last four fixtures between these clubs saw 24 goals being scored with Chelsea winning two out of these four games and in process scoring 16 goals. Last time Chelsea traveled to Villa Park which was in March 2012, Chelsea came out on top with a thrilling 4-2 win over Villa. Flurry of goals in the last thirteen minutes of the game brought to an end one of the most exciting games of the season.


Chelsea come into this game with 2-2 draw against Spurs at Stamford Bridge, a game which Chelsea dominated for most of time and should have won it, had we been more clinical in front of the goal. Goals from Oscar and Ramires seemed to put Chelsea in the drivers seat for a confirmed top four finish but a late goal from Gylfi Sigurdsson meant that the fight for top four finish now will go down to the wire and could well be decided on 19th May, the final day of 2012-13 EPL campaign.


If the fight for top four finish is going down to the wire then the same can be said for the relegation battle. With Reading and QPR already relegated, only thing left now is which third team will join these two back in the Championship. And mathematically Aston Villa still could get dragged down but realistically its along shot. One point in last two games should be sufficient enough for Paul Lambert's side to stay up in the Premier League, though Aston Villa come into this game with some good confidence after 2-1 win over Norwich away from home. Gabriel Agbonlahor scored a last-minute winner as Aston Villa took a giant stride towards safety with a win that increases Norwich's relegation fears.


Biggest news for Aston Villa fans this week was that of captain Stiliyan Petrov who announced his retirement last week. The reason being his on-going fight against acute leukemia, its been more than a year when he was diagnosed with this condition. It was revealed in August that Petrov was in remission after four months of chemotherapy.

And as mark of honor, Petrov will lead his Villa team-mates out on the field in Villa Park before the game against Chelsea.

Our best wishes with Petrov and hope he achieves full recovery and gets back to his love for football.


So given the last few encounters between Chelsea and Villa, this again promises to be a high-scoring game. Who will come out more relieved out of this game? Can Chelsea do the double over Aston Villa?, well only time will tell.


Team News



As confirmed by Benitez, Frank Lampard looks all set to start this game and would be looking to equal Bobby Tambling's record of 202 goals. Eden Hazard (calf) and Victor Moses (leg) are doubtful for the game against Villa, Hazard who came off in the second half against Spurs will be assessed before the game. Mikel who has returned to training could find himself on the bench but Ryan Bertrand is still not available. Oriol Romeu is in contention following his long-term absence with a knee problem. Ba and Terry should start as well.




Aston Villa right-back Matthew Lowton is a doubt with a thigh strain. Lowton was forced off in the 2-1 win over Norwich, and he could join Ciaran Clark and Karim El Ahmadi on the sidelines. Richard Dunne, Marc Albrighton, Gary Gardner and Chris Herd are the long-term absentees.

Watch this space for latest team line-ups


 

Player and Manager Column

Coming soon

Predictions


As mentioned earlier, last four games 24 goals scored; out of which 16 had the name of some or the other Chelsea player written on it. So this again promises to be a cracker of a game! GOALS GALORE!!!

Scoreline: Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 4


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Goals - Chelsea 2 Tottenham 2

on Thursday, May 9, 2013

Goals - Chelsea 2 Tottenham 2


Both teams secured a point each as they played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. As predicted this was one of the crucial London derby's that both clubs have played but none could come out on top. 

Chelsea began strong and took the lead in the 10th minute via Oscar, he nodded in at the far post after Gary Cahill had flicked on Juan Mata's corner. But Emmanuel Adebayor levelled the scoreline with a solo effort which was the result of a swift counter-attack by Spurs off a Chelsea corner.

As half time approached Oscar, Torres and Ramires were involved in a one-two before the latter poked home off a well placed lay-off from Torres. It looked as if that goal was enough for Chelsea to see out the game but a late strike from Gylfi Sigurdsson just 10 minutes before the end made sure that both teams secured a point each in the race for top four which still hangs in the balance.

Anyways, if you missed last-night's game then don't worry; here are the goals from yesterdays 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.



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Team News - Chelsea vs Spurs

on Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Team News - Chelsea vs Spurs


Fernando Torres starts for Chelsea as Rafa Benitez makes three changes to the side that beat Manchester United at Old Trafford few days ago. Chelsea vice-captain Frank Lampard is on the bench for this one. Gary Cahill and Ivanovic will form the central defensive pair for Chelsea. And Oscar replaces Victor Moses.

Andre Villas Boas also makes three changes to the side that beat Southampton at White Hart Lane. Mousa Dembele missing out through injury. Scott Parker comes back into the central midfield area for this game. Holtby starts in place of Client Dempsey with Adebayor preferred to Defoe up-front.


Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Ramires, David Luiz, Oscar, Mata, Hazard, Torres.

Subs: Turnbull, Terry, Lampard, Ake, Moses, Benayoun, Ba.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Huddlestone, Parker, Holtby, Adebayor, Bale

Subs: Friedel, Caulker, Naughton, Carroll, Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Defoe

Referee: Mike Dean

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