After having a highly productive 2012/13 season where he had many outstanding performances in key matches and scored or assisted key goals the 25-year-old has started just nine Barclays Premier League games this season since the self-proclaimed Special One returned for his second managerial spell at Stamford Bridge.
During Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Southampton the Spaniard was substituted in the 53rd minute and had an angry reaction on the bench by throwing his arms in the air and pointing to the sidelines where Jose was. Mourihno has quickly jumped to defuse the situation by claiming Mata reacted that way due to the score being 0-0. I highly doubt that was the reason of Mata’s actions, nice try Jose.
With the 2014 World Cup which will be played in Brazil coming up in the summer making the national team will be high priority for the Spaniard and with very limited playing time with the Blues he must feels that his chances of making the team is dwindling. A move away from Stamford Bridge will be best for the player if he wants to fulfill his dreams of making it to the 2014 World Cup and get some much needed playing time.
Regarding Mata’s future the Chelsea boss said:
“I want to keep him. I don’t want him to go. That is my opinion, my wish, but my door is open,” the Chelsea manager said. “The club’s door is open too so when a player wants to speak to us we are there waiting for them. If you are asking do you want the club to sell him? I don’t want to.”
Chelsea captain John Terry appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court where his racial abuse case started. The former England skipper was accused of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in a match on October 23rd, 2011. Terry and Ferdinand got into a heated argument and words were exchanged, during this argument Ferdinand allegedly taunted Terry about his affair with the Chelsea captain’s former teammate Wayne Bridges wife in which the skipper responded by racially abusing Ferdinand.
The prosecution was opened by David Penny who said: “The Crown alleges that the words he used demonstrated hostility based on Mr Ferdinand’s membership or presumed membership of a racial group.”
“The Crown alleges that the defendant, most probably in response to physical gestures being made by Mr Ferdinand which the defendant understood to refer to the well-publicised allegation of an extra-marital affair with a team-mate’s wife, shouted at Mr Ferdinand.”
During the case the Chelsea skipper was shown video footage of his alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand. This case is expected by some fans to be a long one where the Chelsea captain could wrongly walk away with just a slap on the wrist even though he deserves more than that. Racism is something that FIFA has been fighting to get rid of from football and behavior like this by the former England captain is highly unacceptable.
“The Crown’s case is that the words were abusive and insulting in a straightforward sense and they were uttered by the defendant in response to goading by Mr Ferdinand on the issue of his extra-marital affair, rather than by way of exaggerated and instant querying of a perceived false allegation.”
Chelsea are through to the UEFA Champions League Final for a second time in three season. The Blues surprised football spectators just under a week ago when they won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge with Didier Drogba scoring the goal. It was a good defensive performance by the Londoners who also had the help of some very poor finishing from Barca most notably Cesc Fabregas.
The road to Munich was still a long way away from Roberto Di Matteo and his men as they had to go to Camp Nou and try to hold off Barca once again. Many had already written Chelsea off by saying they will be overwhelmed by the Catalans on their huge pitch. Some went as far as saying that Chelsea will have to deploy a 11-0-0 formation in order to secure passage through to Munich.
The match started off as expected with Barca dominating the possession and pushing their counterparts back. Things were made tougher when Gary Cahill had to leave the field injured with twelve minutes on the clock and replaced by Jose Bosingwa.
Barca fans and players were probably licking their lips seeing Jose Bosingwa replacing Cahill, when it comes to going forward the Portuguese is strong but defensively he is poor which was a worrying sign seeing the Blues had to defend.
The Catalans took the lead in the 35 minute through Sergio Busquets, things got troubling for the Blues as captain John Terry was sent off for kneeing Alexis Sanchez in the leg in and off the ball incident. Now with a man advantage Barca capitalized on Terry’s dismissal and extended their lead six minutes later from Andres Iniesta. Continue reading Blues Book Their Ticket To Munich
Benfica who were group winners in a group which consisted of Manchester United couldn’t get pass the London club and their quest ended at Stamford Bridge. Roberto Di Matteo’s men took another step towards winning a first ever Champions League trophy for the club after eliminating Benfica to advance to the semifinals where they will meet defending champions FC Barcelona.
The manager of Benfica Jorge Jesus felt his club deserve to go further in the competition and he was not shy to give his opinion on his clubs exit from the competition.
Jesus said: “We have defeated better sides than Chelsea in the Champions League.
“When you reach the quarter-finals, anything is possible, but Chelsea will have no chance against Barcelona. We are the ones who deserved to play against Barca.
“We have been the best team in Lisbon and London. I am very proud of my men. We played with 10 men for the best part of an hour and we were still the best team. We made Chelsea look ordinary.”
Some managers are gracious in defeat when they get this far in the competition but Jesus obviously isn’t one of them.
Chelsea have finally signed 26 year old defender Gary Cahill from Bolton Wanderes on a reported £7million deal after the player successfully passed a medical on Saturday morning. Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas had the defender set in his sights for the January transfer window.
Cahill will be paid £80,000-per-week which is £20,000 less than the defender was hoping for. A few clubs were also chasing the defender, most notably Arsenal and Tottenham but both failed to land the England international.
On his signing to the club Cahill told the clubs official:
“Chelsea is a massive club, it is a club that looks to win trophies season in, season out and it is a big opportunity for me to be a part of that.
“Opportunities like this, you can’t turn down.”
Cahill could make his debut for the Blues this coming weekend when they come up against newly promoted Norwich City.
Once the main man at Stamford Bridge things have changed a lot for the Ivory Coast international. The arrival of 50m Fernando Torres and the promising Daniel Sturridge performances seem to be the direction the former champions are focused on.
The 33 year old recently turned down a one year contract extension offer by the Blues, his contract expires next summer and the striker to leave the London club for free but his agent Thierno Seydi is considering a couple moves which could see the striker playing is the United States, Asia or Russia. Continue reading Drogba Seeking Stamford Bridge Exit
Viva John Terry, viva John Terry, you could have won the game, but you slipped up again, Viva John Terry!
The England and Chelsea skipper has made slipping a form of art!
Princess Aurora had a curse placed on here by the evil fairy Maleficent which can only be broken by the kiss of a prince. The princess was sent into hiding to avoid being harmed but and was protected by fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. However the princess still fell under the evil spell by Maleficent.
In football there is a similar tragedy which involves the captain of England & Chelsea, John Terry.
In the 2008 Champions League Final which was held in Moscow the Prince of Chelsea stepped up to take his team 5th penalty kick which would’ve given them their first ever UEFA Champions League trophy but the skipper slipped upon taking the spot kick and missed it. Continue reading Slipping Beauty
Carlo Ancelotti’s time at Stamford Bridge has come to an end after a season in Chelsea ended trophyless, the manager failed to deliver on the high expectations placed on him by owner Roman Abramovich. When Ancelotti was given the job he was expected to win them the Barclay’s Premier League and get Chelsea to the UEFA Champions League Finals and win it in the process. In his first season at the club the Italian managed to win the double of the Premier League & FA Cup, a first in the history of the club.
This season was all to different for the London based club as they stormed out the gates and were destroying their opponents in fashion and had opened up a nice lead at the top of the table but that didn’t last too long as the club started to have some slip ups. One of the major talking points of this season was the firing of Ancelotti’s assistant manager Ray Wilkins last November, the reason for Wilkins departure is still unclear.
Chelsea had become very inconsistent after a bright start to the season and lost their grip of pole position in the league, things were going from bad to worse for the Blues and rumors of the manager possibly losing his job started to surface. With Chelsea still competing in the Champions League winning it seemed to be Ancelotti’s lifeline at keeping his job as Chelsea manager. Anchelotti’s fortune took a u-turn as the Blues started to regain the form they showed in the earlier parts of the season and mounted a run towards regaining their league title while getting the right results in the Champions League aswell.
This resurgence was just what the manager needed as Chelsea cut a once 12 point gap between them and now Champions Manchester United down to 3 points, with Chelsea managing a controversial but important 2-1 victory over United at Stamford Bridge, giving Carlo Ancelotti another lifeline in the process. This resurgence took a blow when Chelsea were eliminated in the hands of Manchester United from the Champions League 3-1 on aggregate leaving the Blues with only the league to play for.
The final chance of Ancelotti keeping was ended once again in the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford after a 2-1 loss to the now Barclay’s Premier League Champions. Now six points behind United with two games left Chelsea’s title hopes were all but over as United only need one more point to secure a record 19th league title which they got at Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers. During a press conference leading up to Chelsea’s final match of the season against Everton at Goodison Park Ancelotti said:
“The club have to judge my job, be objective. If they decide to change it’s not a problem. You won’t see me crying or doing something. I will accept the decision of the club and find another ‘solution.”
Chelsea went on to lose the match 1-0 to a Jermain Beckford goal, a goal which was the final blow to the career of Carlo Ancelotti as the manager of Chelsea, the Blues finished the season in 2nd place above Manchester City only goal differential. I’m sure Carlo Ancelotti won’t find it hard getting another job anytime soon and a return to Italy looks likely to be the place for him.