13.9.09

STOKE 1 - CHELSEA 2

Carlo Ancelotti saw his Chelsea side stretch their 100% record to five matches at the Britannia Stadium as a stoppage-time goal from Florent Malouda secured a 2-1 victory.
 
Florent Malouda scored an injury-time winner as Chelsea battled back from a goal down to beat Stoke 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium.
 
The France international broke Stoke hearts after Didier Drogba's goal in first-half injury-time had cancelled out Abdoulaye Faye's opener for the hosts.
 

12.7.09

DECO TO STAY AT STAMFORD BRIDGE

Chelsea midfielder Deco is prepared to stay at the club after seeing Inter Milan withdraw their interest in him. Deco described last season as the worst of his career and was desperate to join Inter, but the Italians insist they cannot afford him. Now the 31-year-old Portugal international has hinted he may stay at Stamford Bridge for another two years.
 

5.7.09

STURRIDGE TO STAMFORD BRIDGE

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of striker Daniel Sturridge on a four-year contract.
 
The 19-year-old starlet has joined Carlo Ancelotti's side after Manchester City continued to stockpile strikers with the signing of Roque Santa Cruz.
 
Sturridge will link up with his new team mates for pre-season training next week. He scored four goals in 26 appearances at Eastlands last term.
 
The fee was undisclosed, and settled by a tribunal. Sturridge is the nephew of former Derby forward Dean.
 

27.6.09

CHELSEA IS JUST A TOY FOR ABRAMOVICH

 
Chelsea's want-away midfielder Deco has accused Blues owner Roman Abramovich of treating  the club like a 'toy' and has blamed him for the exit of Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Portuguese playmaker Deco was brought to West London from Barcelona last summer for a fee of £8m and he enjoyed an excellent start to his career with the Blues. However, the 31-year-old struggled for appearances and form during the second half of the campaign, and is now seeking an exit.

23.6.09

NOW CHELSEA WANTS TORRES-VILLA

 
Chelsea are ready to test Liverpool's resolve with a £50 million bid for Fernando Torres. They have also offered Valencia £35m for the spanish striking partner David Villa.
 
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is worried the huge sum offered by Chelsea could tempt American owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks. Liverpool's true financial state will be revealed soon, and Benitez is beginning to fear the worst.
 
Benitez was hopeful of landing 27-year-old Villa. Now he not only has to face up to Chelsea signing Villa but also possibility of losing Torres. Chelsea's bid for Villa is £4m higher than Real Madrid's and preferred by debt-ridden Valencia.

Roman Abramovich is prepared to take advantage of Liverpool's own money worries by making the sort of offer he hopes Gillett and Hicks will not be able to refuse. 

22.6.09

CHELSEA WILL APPEAL FOR DROGBA

Chelsea have told UEFA they intend to lodge an appeal against the lengthy European bans handed out to striker Didier Drogba and defender Jose Bosingwa.
 
Drogba was given a six-match ban, the last two games suspended for two years, for his angry confrontation with referee Tom Henning Ovrebo at the end of their Champions League semi-final defeat to Barcelona in May.
 

20.6.09

PATO HEADING TO STAMFORD BRIDGE?

 
AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato has urged Carlo Ancelotti to take him to Chelsea, admitting that he would love to link up with his former boss at Stamford Bridge.
 
The youngster arrived at the San Siro from Brazilian club Internacional in 2007 and was thrown straight into first-team action by Ancelotti. Scoring 18 goals last season, Pato has become a sensation in Serie A and, although under contract until 2012, made it clear that he would be willing to follow his former employer to England.
 

12.6.09

DECO WANTS TO LEAVE STAMFORD BRIDGE

Chelsea midfielder Deco has declared he plans to leave Stamford Bridge.

The Brazilian-born midfielder joined Chelsea from Barcelona last summer and after a bright start to life with the Blues he has been reduced to the periphery at the club following the sacking of coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Deco has now made no bones about his wish to quit Chelsea after becoming disillusioned with life at Stamford Bridge.

31.5.09

ENGLISH FA CUP FINAL: CHELSEA 2 - EVERTON 1

Chelsea came from behind to win 2-1 at Wembley after Everton's Louis Saha had scored the fastest ever goal in an FA Cup final.

It took just 25 seconds for Saha to break the deadlock with a well-struck volley. The Blues continued to dominate possession for the rest of the first half, and Chelsea quickly regained their composure and equalised through a Didier Drogba header on 21 minutes.

There were few clear-cut opportunities but both sides maintained a high tempo in soaring temperatures and the crucial goal arrived after 72 minutes as Frank Lampard crashed a powerful shot past Tim Howard from distance.

20.5.09

ANCELOTTI IS ONE OF THE GREATS FOR CHELSEA

David Beckham believes Chelsea would be getting "one of the greats" if they lure AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti to Stamford Bridge. He also added, every single one of the Milan players adores him and doesn't want him to go. They are pleading with him to stay.

The former England skipper has spent the second half of the season playing under Ancelotti at the San Siro. Beckham claims that he have been lucky in his career to play under a few of the best in the business and Ancelotti comes into that category.

16.5.09

TERRY IS BACK AT HIS BEST

John Terry believes he has rediscover his best form after the arrival of interim coach Guus Hiddink. The Dutch coach transformed the Blues after agreeing to replace axed Felipe Scolari in February.

The Chelsea captain Terry has played 48 club games this season, and his next appearance, the 403rd, will put him in the Blues' top 10 of all time. He is pleased overall with his form, he acknowledges that he only got back to his best when Hiddink arrived.

13.5.09

ANELKA WILL REMAIN A BLUES

chelseamag.blogspot.comChelsea striker Nicolas Anelka seems unlikely to leave the club in the summer after his agent insisted he was happy at the club. The France international has found himself on the bench following the arrival of Guus Hiddink as interim manager, with Didier Drogba back in favour, despite him being the Premier League's leading scorer for much of the campaign.

The lack of first team action led to rumours that the 29-year-old wished to move on. Anelka is no stranger to transfers having already played for Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City, Fenerbah├že and Bolton Wanderers.

6.5.09

GERRARD ALMOST A BLUES

Steven Gerrard admits he considered moving to Chelsea because he felt Liverpool were a long way from being title contenders.
 
The England midfielder was on the verge of a move to Stamford Bridge in 2005. However, the 28-year-old remained at Anfield. Gerrard admits he had considered going to Chelsea but is now relieved he chose to stay in the north-west.
 

CHELSEA 3 - FULHAM 1

Chelsea warmed up for their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona next week with a comfortable 3-1 win over west London neighbours Fulham.

Goals from Nicolas Anelka, Florent Malouda and Didier Drogba ensured Chelsea also kept the heat on second-placed Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League.

14.1.09

SCOLARI DROPPED DROGBA FOR SOUTHEND

Didier Drogba has been sensationally axed from Chelsea's side to face Southend United in the FA Cup as manager Luiz Felipe Scolari's adopts a get-tough policy. In the wake of the Blues' 3-0 mauling by Manchester United on Sunday, Scolari blasted that some of his players had only performed to "35 per cent" of their potential in the last five games.
 
Drogba's exclusion for the trip to Roots Hall has placed a huge question mark over the future of the Ivory Coast striker, who has been linked with a return to Marseille or a reunion with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan.
 
Scolari also hinted at more major changes after giving his squad of highly-paid players enough opportunities to impress him since the summer. The Brazillian insists he has the backing of his players ahead of what he is viewing as their biggest game of the season against Southend in the FA Cup.

12.1.09

MAN UTD 3 – CHELSEA 0

Manchester United has issued an early warning to Liverpool as they destroyed Chelsea 3-0 at Old Trafford. The Red Devils begin the match nervously as the Blues seem to have made the earlier impact. Park Ji Sung and Berbatov missed the chances to open the scoring.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricardo Cavalho were shown yellow cards as both Portuguese argued with each other. Nemanja Vidic scored from a corner right after Ronaldo's goal was disallowed.

 

Things were just not right for Felipe Scolari's team as Didier Drogba missed golden opportunities to bring them back into the game. Big names like Deco, Michael Ballack and Ashley Cole also failed to impress. Wayne Rooney scored a second from Patrice Evra cross and Berbatov completed the Devil's feast with a lightning tap in from Ronaldo's cross,

 

BOLA BOYZ  MAN UTD  CHELSEA

10.1.09

LAMPARD WARNED DEFENDERS

The Blues' midfielder Frank Lampard has warned his team-mates they cannot afford any more basic defensive errors when they face Manchester United on Sunday.  Chelsea's unimpressive form in recent weeks has seen them slip three points behind leaders Liverpool at the Premier League's summit.
 
Defeat against the Red Devils at Old Trafford on Sunday could leave them six points adrift of Liverpool who face struggling Stoke. Chelsea have been working on defending from set-pieces in training this week as coach Luiz Felipe Scolari attempts to stamp out errors that are beginning to cost his team dearly.
 

5.1.09

IT'S POOR FINISHING SAID SCOLARI

Southend became the latest side to make the most of Chelsea's home jitters and John Terry's enforced absence by claiming a deserved 1-1 draw in the FA Cup third round on Saturday. However, Luiz Felipe Scolari insists the absence of suspended Terry has not been the reason behind a string of defensive lapses.

 

The Blues dominated the game but once again their poor finishing let them down. Terry, banned for three games following his red card in the goalless draw at Everton, watched his teammates draw with Southend. But Scolari insists his absence was not a factor in another disappointing home draw, it was the consequence of missed chances.

 

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CHELSEA 1 - SOUTHEND 1

It is though a draw that may steal the headlines in Sunday's papers, as Chelsea's Stamford Bridge blues continued with Southend coming away from West London with a 1-1 draw. Chelsea dominated the match from the outset and took the lead through Salomon Kalou after he headed in Frank Lampard's corner on 31 minutes.

 

Southend defender Peter Clarke hit the bar on 82 minutes following teenage full-back Johnny Herd's cross. But Clarke would not be denied a second time as he headed Herd's throw-in in front of 6000 away fans.

 

2.1.09

LAMPARD BELIEVES CHELSEA CAN FIGHT ON

Frank Lampard insists Chelsea have the fighting spirit required to mount a title challenge in the new year. The London side drew three of their four games over the Christmas fortnight and head into 2009 three points behind Premier League pace-setters Liverpool. Manchester United will overhaul Chelsea if they win all three of their games in hand, making the Blues' trip to Old Trafford on January 11 a vital fixture. Chelsea have dropped 11 points from their last available 21 but Lampard is confident they can rekindle the resilience that carried them to the title under Jose Mourinho in 2005 and 2006.

 

Lampard, sporting the captain's armband with John Terry suspended, embodied that attitude at Craven Cottage where he was Chelsea's outstanding player. Unfortunately for Scolari the same attention to detail was not evident at the back as Lampard's best efforts were undone by poor set-piece defending.

 

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DROGBA LOSING FIRE POWER?

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has revealed he became disillusioned with football over the summer. Drogba had a troubled end to last season and was linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, while he was criticised by fans for not trying hard enough. Moreover, the Ivory Coast international did himself no favours as he was sent off in the Champions League final defeat to Manchester United at the end of the campaign.

 

Chelsea had to suffer the ignominy of ending the season empty-handed after being on the verge of triumphing at home and abroad and Drogba admits he started to lose interest in the sport. The 30-year-old has struggled with injury and disciplinary issues this season and has been forced to play second fiddle to Nicolas Anelka at Stamford Bridge. Drogba insists he is happy to bide his time, although he admits he is baffled as to why the pair are not played in the same team more often.