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Juve could offer David Luiz Chelsea exit after bust-up with Antonio Conte

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:09:00 PST

With the calendar soon turning over to the new year, the gossip ahead of the January transfer window is heating up. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest rumours. Conte set to ax Luiz David Luiz could be set for the exit at Stamford Bridge next month, after a falling out with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, according to the Mirror. The Brazilian has been displaced by Andreas Christensen at the heart of the Chelsea defence, with the young Dane grasping his chance. Juventus could offer the former...

Alonso's delightful free-kick goal seals Chelsea victory over Southampton

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:11:00 PST

Chelsea inched past Southampton 1-0 in an entertaining Premier League contest at a rainy Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The first half was a vibrant affair with both teams looking to get forward. Chelsea enjoyed the lion's share of the chances with N'Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso and Pedro all forcing Fraser Forster into sharp saves. Chelsea had a couple of alarms to deal with themselves and had Gary Cahill to thank after he cleared away a dangerous cross from under his own crossbar. The Blues eventually...

Didier Drogba shows off new bald look

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:12:00 PST

Didier Drogba has unveiled a new look, with the Ivorian shaving his flowing locks in favour of a bald head. Drogba, 39, scored 164 goals in 381 games across two spells at Chelsea and won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and one Champions League during his time at the club. All while sporting a lengthy style -- usually accompanied by a headband. 15/12/2000 was the Beginning,15/12/2017 Born is the new Me pic.twitter.com/SFB5xac1zn— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) December 15, 2017 However, to celebrate the birth of his son Isaac, who was born on Dec. 15, 2000, he has changed his look. Now at...

Conte is a realist and he's right to curb Chelsea's title expectations

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:30:00 PST

Chelsea's lacklustre display last Saturday against West Ham culminated in a deserved defeat and led to Blues boss Antonio Conte commenting that retaining the Premier League title was "impossible" given the loss to the Hammers was his side's fourth inside the first half of the campaign. Conte's remarks were met with a fair amount of criticism on social media from Chelsea fans who felt that the team lacked motivation and commitment. How could the players be expected to raise their game if the manager...

Man United eye Chelsea's Willian, expecting winter Mkhitaryan bids

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:55:00 PST

With the calendar soon turning over to the new year, the gossip ahead of the January transfer window is heating up. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest rumours. Willian to Manchester United? It was reported a couple of weeks ago that Jose Mourinho has asked his scouts to find him a "magician" in January and Chelsea's wing wizard Willian has emerged as the leading target, according to the Daily Mail. The Brazilian was in fine form in the Blues' victory over Huddersfield on Wednesday but...

Conte must rest Hazard, Kante as Chelsea enter busy holiday schedule

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:03:00 PST

Chelsea's 3-0 stroll against Huddersfield had its roots in several places. A chastening defeat a few days earlier against London rivals West Ham was one; callow and technically inferior opponents were another. A freshened-up starting 11 was also fundamental to victory. Antonio Conte is not a huge fan of making unnecessary adjustments to his preferred lineup, yet for Huddersfield he made four changes from the one that lost 1-0 at the London Stadium. Admittedly, one was enforced with Alvaro Morata...

Christensen, Courtois show pros and cons of Chelsea long-term loans

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:05:00 PST

The Exploding Heads recap the midweek Premier League fixtures, including some social media expertise from Benjamin Mendy. Antonio Conte doesn't mince words about Chelsea's title chances after his side temporarily reduced their gap with Man City to 11 points. Chelsea's hold over Thibaut Courtois is looking more precarious than ever and the speculation over his future as he edges toward the final year of his contract, which expires in June 2019, is likely to overshadow the rest of this season. Last week, the goalkeeper laid out in full the family situation that pulls him toward Spain despite his general satisfaction with life at Stamford Bridge. Real Madrid are long-term admirers of his talents and Chelsea's appeal will ultimately count for nothing...

With City so far ahead, Premier League focus may shift for the chasing pack

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:54:00 PST

The Exploding Heads recap the midweek Premier League fixtures, including some social media expertise from Benjamin Mendy. The FC panel discuss the positive impact Pep Guardiola has had on English football and whether or not his City side can finish the season unbeaten. Although it was a narrow 1-0 victory, Jose Mourinho was happy for Man United to follow their derby loss with three points. If nothing else, Jose Mourinho said all the right things after Manchester United's unconvincing 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on Wednesday night ensured that Manchester City's 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League did not stretch any further. "If the title is over, I'll go on holiday tomorrow, to Brazil or Los Angeles." Mourinho said. "But I think it is over in May. We play match after match, one at a time. And I believe all the teams behind, the third, fourth, fifth, sixth are going to...

Will Monaco bite on Chelsea's offer of Michy Batshuayi for Thomas Lemar?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:04:00 PST

Stevie Nicol assesses the latest transfer rumours surrounding Mesut Ozil, Daniel Sturridge, Donnarumma and many more. With the calendar soon turning over to the new year, the gossip ahead of the January transfer window is heating up. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest rumours. Chelsea to offer Batshuayi as bait for Lemar Chelsea are looking to tempt Monaco into selling Thomas Lemar by offering Michy Batshuayi as a makeweight, reports the Telegraph. The Belgian striker is out of favour under Antonio Conte, who left him on the bench for Tuesday's 3-1 win over Huddersfield despite Alvaro Morata missing...

Chelsea bid for Bayer's Bailey knocked back; Man United join Sandro pursuit

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:09:00 PST

With the calendar soon turning over to the new year, the gossip ahead of the January transfer window is heating up. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest rumours. Chelsea see Bailey bid knocked back Chelsea have failed with a £22 million bid for Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, reports the Mail. The Jamaica international has thrived in the Bundesliga, scoring four goals and creating four more with assists following a £12m move from Genk last term and the 20-year-old is thought...

Eden Hazard stars, Tiemoue Bakayoko silences his critics in Chelsea rout

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:34:00 PST

Chelsea get back to winning ways by easily handling Huddersfield 3-1. With the Premier League all but done and a difficult Champions League draw with Barcelona, the FC panel discuss how Chelsea can stay in top form for the rest of the season. Eden Hazard and Willian share a laugh about Chelsea's attack and the title race after their win at Huddersfield Town. Chelsea cruised to a comfortable 3-1 victory over Huddersfield Town at a rainswept John Smith's Stadium. The Blues dominated possession throughout the contest, and the result was never in doubt from the moment Tiemoue Bakayoko's deflected shot beat Terriers 'keeper Jonas Lossl midway through the first half. Willian doubled the London club's lead with a headed goal just before the break and Pedro wrapped up the points with a fine shot from the edge of the box five minutes after the...

Chelsea cruise to much-needed win at Huddersfield without Alvaro Morata

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:02:00 PST

Chelsea get back to winning ways by easily handling Huddersfield 3-1. With the Premier League all but done and a difficult Champions League draw with Barcelona, the FC panel discuss how Chelsea can stay in top form for the rest of the season. Eden Hazard and Willian share a laugh about Chelsea's attack and the title race after their win at Huddersfield Town. HUDDERSFIELD, England -- Here are three points from Chelsea's routine 3-1 win at Huddersfield. 1. Chelsea cruise to win without Morata Chelsea showed they can win without a striker by cruising to a 3-1 victory against Huddersfield Town in the absence of out-of-form centre-forward Alvaro Morata. Morata, who missed the trip to the John Smith's Stadium due to a back problem, had scored just one goal in his past six games, including a blank during the 1-0 defeat at West Ham at the weekend. But...

Chelsea's last-16 draw of Barcelona is what glamourous UCL is all about

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:48:00 PST

If Chelsea wanted to know how costly failing to finish top of Champions League Group C would be, they got their answer on Monday morning. When the draw for the round of 16 was made in Nyon, Xabi Alonso selected the ball that announced that the Blues would once again be pitted against their old foes Barcelona. To be fair, at that stage of the draw there were only two options remaining for Chelsea, though the possibility of a more benign tie against Besiktas still lingered. The real disappointment,...

Champions League draw: Neymar to haunt Real? Chelsea to fall at Barca?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:50:00 PST

With Real Madrid and PSG set for an intriguing last 16 clash in the UCL, Craig Burley examines what both sides need to do to advance. With Real Madrid and PSG set for an intriguing last 16 clash in the UCL, Craig Burley examines what both sides need to do to advance. Alison Bender and Stewart Robson discuss some of the biggest ties of the UCL last 16 draw as Real Madrid face PSG. Stewart Robson joins Alison Bender to assess the chances of the five English teams in the UCL round of 16. With all five English teams advancing to the Champions League knockout stage, Stevie Nicol predicts who'll go all the way. The draw for the Champions League round-of-16 has been made, and there's one clash that stands out as Neymar's PSG take on champions Real Madrid. But there are plenty more storylines to follow. Here's what to watch for. Real Madrid vs. PSG Real's punishment for finishing second in Group H could hardly have been more severe -- a tie that many would have fancied for this year's final and one that will eliminate one of the tournament's super-favourites in one stroke. There is not much head-to-head...

English teams land good UCL draw, but Chelsea have it all to do vs. Barcelona

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:17:00 PST

Stewart Robson joins Alison Bender to assess the chances of the five English teams in the UCL round of 16. With all five English teams advancing to the Champions League knockout stage, Stevie Nicol predicts who'll go all the way. Chelsea feared the worst and the worst actually happened, as the Blues discovered that the price for failing to win their Champions League group is a round of 16 date with Barcelona and Lionel Messi. Two draws at Stamford Bridge, at home to Roma and Atletico Madrid, saw the Premier League champions miss the chance to progress as group winners and, while Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool were rewarded for winning their groups with easier knockout ties against Basel, Sevilla and Porto...

UCL draw: Real Madrid vs. PSG, Chelsea vs. Barcelona, Juve vs. Spurs

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:00:00 PST

The Extra Time crew talk Liverpool's Champions League chances and the round-of-16 draw. The Extra Time crew talk Liverpool's Champions League chances and the round-of-16 draw. The Extra Time crew talk Liverpool's Champions League chances and the round-of-16 draw. The business end of the Champions League starts here. The draw for the round-of-16 has been made, and there's a bunch of intriguing clashes as teams plot their way to the Kiev final on May 26. Here, correspondents covering the remaining 16 teams give their verdict on the clash awaiting their team in the first knockout round, with Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain arguably the highlight. Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain REAL MADRID Real Madrid will not be happy to have got Paris Saint Germain...

After dream start, second season blues could doom Conte at Chelsea

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 09:41:00 PST

Marko Arnautovic's 6th minute strike against Chelsea was enough to give David Moyes his first win as West Ham manager. Craig Burley breaks down how West Ham's defensive shape and organisation were effective in their 1-0 win over Chelsea. After Chelsea's fourth league defeat of the season, Antonio Conte says it's 'impossible' to think Chelsea are still in the title hunt. Gary Cahill did not hold back his disappointment following Chelsea's poor result against West Ham. LONDON, England -- Chelsea's title race is already over, according to Antonio Conte after Chelsea's surprise 1-0 defeat to West Ham United on Saturday afternoon. In fact, he continued, it never really started. "This is the fourth defeat this season in 16 games," said Conte. "When you have this start, it's impossible to think you are in the title race. From experience, if you want to stay in the title race, in the first part of the season you can lose only once or twice." It was an understandable...

N'Golo Kante 8/10 lone bright spot for lethargic Chelsea in loss to West Ham

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 08:40:00 PST

Marko Arnautovic's 6th minute strike against Chelsea was enough to give David Moyes his first win as West Ham manager. Craig Burley breaks down how West Ham's defensive shape and organisation were effective in their 1-0 win over Chelsea. Gary Cahill did not hold back his disappointment following Chelsea's poor result against West Ham. After Chelsea's fourth league defeat of the season, Antonio Conte says it's 'impossible' to think Chelsea are still in the title hunt. Chelsea saw the last embers of their title defence burn out as they lost 1-0 to West Ham at the London Stadium. The early kickoff seemed to catch Chelsea half asleep as the home side showed much more desire in the opening stages. Some dozy defending from the visitors allowed Marko Arnautovic to find space in the penalty area after six minutes and he slipped the ball past Thibaut Courtois for the game's only goal. When Chelsea conceded early last week against Newcastle, it prompted a powerful...

West Ham grab surprisingly comfy 1-0 win over lacklustre Chelsea

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 06:49:00 PST

Marko Arnautovic's 6th minute strike against Chelsea was enough to give David Moyes his first win as West Ham manager. English Premier League: Marko Arnautovic (6') West Ham 1-0 Chelsea LONDON -- Three points from Chelsea's stunning 1-0 defeat against West Ham United on Saturday at the London Stadium. 1. Chelsea awful in defeat at West Ham On a cold, sleepy Saturday lunchtime at the London Stadium, this didn't feel like a London derby. There were no crunching challenges, no fiery atmospheres and no controversial moments: it was a 1-0 victory that would have been considered entirely routine were it not the underdog that triumphed. West Ham went ahead after six minutes through...

Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi keeps face warm on bench with hot water bottle

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 05:27:00 PST

Watch as Michy Batshuayi and other Chelsea players pass around a hot water bottle to stay warm on the bench at the London Stadium. Winter is most definitely setting in now in England, with cold winds and snow sweeping down the country. Spare a thought for all those footballers forced to sit on the substitutes' bench all game -- they must be chilled to the bone. Well, all apart from Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, who is determined to make sure he stays warm. Television cameras caught the Belgium international snuggling up to a hot water bottle on the bench against West Ham on Saturday. We think that's surely taking things...


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