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Jorginho now Chelsea's key player; Eden Hazard down to third

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 01:00:00 PDT

source url At the beginning of last season, we looked at the 15 potentially most important players for Chelsea in their ultimately disappointing 2017-18 title defence. With a brand new campaign under way and the summer transfer window shut, some have departed or slipped, while others have grown in importance. Here's new head coach Maurizio Sarri's revised list of crucial performers. This list is not extensive and has been ranked according to varying factors. Some players still with a part to play, like Mateo...

Cesc Fabregas Chelsea hopes in limbo after Maurizio Sarri arrival

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:28:00 PDT

i need to order Lamictal without a prescription Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri doesn't want to turn his new side into Napoli 2.0. The appointment of a new manager always creates some winners and losers. Maurizio Sarri's arrival has spelt good news for David Luiz and Willian, both set for a promising future at Chelsea having both been bound for the exit after falling out with Antonio Conte. But while both Brazilians look suited to Sarri's football philosophy, Cesc Fabregas' future looks decidedly precarious. It would be interesting to know Fabregas' inner thoughts at Sarri's appointment. The emphasis on technical, possession-based...

Salah, De Bruyne, Sanchez, Jorginho among Premier League most important

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 04:20:00 PDT

go here The Exploding Heads are here to tell you that the more changes a new football season brings, the more things stay the same. A year ago, ESPN FC's correspondents each selected their club's 15 most important players and just 12 months on, there's been a huge amount of changes. Mohamed Salah's rise has made him Liverpool's main man while it's a new era at Arsenal with Unai Emery looking to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score the goals in his first season at the club.  Kevin De Bruyne's influence has grown even further at Manchester City and it's all change at Chelsea too, with Jorginho set to be integral to how Maurizio...

Transfer Talk: Real Madrid return for Eden Hazard with £200m offer

Sat, 11 Aug 2018 05:32:00 PDT

Chelsea manager expects Eden Hazard to stay at the club, and reveals his thoughts on new signings Arrizabalaga and Kovacic. Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins chats with ESPN about Chelsea's outlook this season and Eden Hazard's future with his favourite club. Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois wishes he can play with Eden Hazard at the club in the future and thanks Chelsea fans for their support. The English transfer window is closed, but the rest of Europe is still open for business, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer. When does the transfer window close in the top European leagues? All completed moves: Prem | Champ | La Liga | Serie A | Bundesliga | Ligue 1 Real prepare world record Hazard move Real Madrid's interest in Eden Hazard has not dimmed even though the Premier League transfer window has closed. Despite...

Chelsea's all-round effort ensures Maurizio Sarri makes winning start

Sat, 11 Aug 2018 11:33:00 PDT

Maurizio Sarri starts off his Chelsea tenure with an easy victory as N'Golo Kante, Jorginho and Pedro all got on the score sheet. Following a win in their opener against Huddersfield, Craig Burley reveals the key areas Chelsea will need to focus on to ensure a top-four finish. Following a win in their opener against Huddersfield, Craig Burley reveals the key areas Chelsea will need to focus on to ensure a top-four finish. ESPN FC's Craig Burley reflects on the first Saturday of Premier League action, including a debut victory for Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri. Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri doesn't want to turn his new side into Napoli 2.0. Maurizio Sarri's reign as Chelsea manager got off to the best possible start with an eye-catching 3-0 win away at Huddersfield. After a choppy opening half hour, N'Golo Kante made the breakthrough and, from that point on, there was only going to be one outcome. Jorginho doubled the visitors' advantage from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time and Pedro wrapped up the points with a smartly-taken goal following a dazzling run by substitute Eden Hazard. Positives An away win, featuring three...

N'Golo Kante, Jorginho impress in new-look midfield as Chelsea cruise

Sat, 11 Aug 2018 09:05:00 PDT

Maurizio Sarri starts off his Chelsea tenure with an easy victory as N'Golo Kante, Jorginho and Pedro all got on the score sheet. Following a win in their opener against Huddersfield, Craig Burley reveals the key areas Chelsea will need to focus on to ensure a top-four finish. Following a win in their opener against Huddersfield, Craig Burley reveals the key areas Chelsea will need to focus on to ensure a top-four finish. ESPN FC's Craig Burley reflects on the first Saturday of Premier League action, including a debut victory for Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri. Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri doesn't want to turn his new side into Napoli 2.0. HUDDERSFIELD, England -- Three thoughts on Chelsea's 3-0 win vs. Huddersfield in the Premier League. 1. Chelsea do enough to start with victory Maurizio Sarri said this week that his Chelsea team might not play entirely as he wants until the second half of the season and, against Huddersfield, they certainly were not the whirling, fast-paced team of the new manager's ideals. As such, the fact they won 3-0 anyway is a good sign that the acclimatisation period might not be too calamitous. Sarri's...

Chelsea's positive transfer window saw squad boosted and key players kept

Thu, 9 Aug 2018 10:19:00 PDT

Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga says he's unfazed by becoming the world's most expensive goalkeeper. Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer believes record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga will be confident playing out from the back. The Premier League is back! Who are the bookies' favorites to lift the trophy in 2019? Even by Chelsea's standards, it has been a haphazard summer. On the managerial front, Antonio Conte started preseason training despite being on the brink of an exit, while the club struggled to secure Maurizio Sarri even though Napoli had already appointed his replacement. As for transfers, there was not a sniff of a new signing until Jorginho arrived in mid-July. Factor in confusion over the future of three key players and the earlier-than-usual deadline and it has been a chaotic few weeks. Yet...

Thibaut Courtois tarnishes Chelsea legacy as fans rejoice at Madrid move

Thu, 9 Aug 2018 03:21:00 PDT

Thibaut Courtois was Chelsea's problem child, but thankfully for the club's supporters he's not their issue anymore. Finally, after what feels like an eternity of his whinging and whining, the goalkeeper has realised his "dream" of being transferred to Real Madrid.  There was always a chance that the drawn out saga centred around Courtois' desire to return to the Spanish capital would become bitter and twisted. No other player in the Chelsea history has polarised fan opinion in the way...

Kepa Arrizabalaga pronunciation delivered by Chelsea teammate Cesar Azpilicueta

Thu, 9 Aug 2018 02:47:00 PDT

With Kepa Arrizabalaga completing his world record £71 million move to Chelsea, some fans appeared to be daunted by the correct pronunciation of the young goalkeeper's 12-letter Basque surname. Thankfully, fellow countryman Cesar Azpilicueta -- himself having been in a similar situation upon his arrival at Stamford Bridge -- was on hand to lend an assist by way of an instructive video. Now you've mastered Dave's (@cesarazpi's) name, it's time to learn how to pronounce our new signing - @kepa_46's name! = #WelcomeKepa pic.twitter.com/4ukQTS1uX8— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 9 August 2018 The name is basically phonetic with a slight Basque flourish, but we suspect that won't stop the Blues faithful...

Deadline Day W2W4: Man United desperate, Spurs stasis, Chelsea busy

Wed, 8 Aug 2018 10:56:00 PDT

The Exploding Heads have to cut their holiday short to take calls from footballers around the world searching for moves on deadline day. Steve Nicol talks Chelsea scrambling to buy players as well as Paul Pogba, Yerry Mina and Patrick van Aanholt. FC's Paul Mariner sifts through all the latest rumours surrounding Paul Pogba, Luka Modric, Ousmane Dembele and many more in Rumour Rater. A little earlier than in previous years, the Premier League's transfer deadline day is upon us. And, as the clock ticks toward the window closing at noon ET / 4 p.m. GMT on Thursday, it appears that many of the big clubs have plenty of work to do. Will Tottenham endure a signing-less summer? Should Spurs supporters be alarmed? On the one hand, they are already blessed with an excellent core of players that improves by the year and it can be overlooked in the modern-day transfer frenzy that there...

Kepa Arrizabalaga to Chelsea: Five things to know about Spain keeper

Wed, 8 Aug 2018 03:07:00 PDT

With Thibaut Courtois insistent on a move away from Chelsea, the FC crew evaluate his potential replacement: Athletic Bilbao's Kepa Arrizabalaga. With Kepa Arrizabalaga seemingly on his way to Chelsea as Thibaut Courtois' replacement, here's five things to know about the Basque goalkeeper. 1. Set to be world's most expensive With Chelsea prepared to trigger an €80 million release clause in his Athletic contract, Kepa is set to become the world's most expensive goalkeeper. Alisson's move to Liverpool is the biggest ever deal for a keeper so far, with Chelsea's hierarchy having reportedly decided last month that £65 million...

Meet the new class: Europe's new managers have a point to prove

Wed, 8 Aug 2018 12:18:00 PDT

Niko Kovac, Julen Lopetegui and many more have changed jobs this summer. FC's Paul Mariner delves into how each will fare at their new clubs. Julen Lopetegui says there is a buoyant mood at Real Madrid ahead of the new season. This summer, a host of top European clubs have changed their manager. Some by choice, while others were forced into it. Here's what we can expect from the new arrivals. Illustrations by Rafa Alvarez. REAL MADRID: JULEN LOPETEGUI -- Move past Spain and Cristiano Ronaldo issues Sometimes a picture paints a thousand words. The look on Real Madrid president Florentino Perez's face as Zinedine Zidane announced his decision to leave on a high after winning the Champions League three years running...

Transfer Talk: Chelsea agree Mateo Kovacic loan, Tiemoue Bakayoko set to depart

Tue, 7 Aug 2018 07:15:00 PDT

Steve Nicol talks Chelsea scrambling to buy players as well as Paul Pogba, Yerry Mina and Patrick van Aanholt. The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer. When does the transfer window close in the Premier League and the top European leagues? All completed moves: Prem | Champ | La Liga | Serie A | Bundesliga | Ligue 1 TOP STORY: Chelsea, Madrid agree Kovacic, Courtois deals The Thibaut Courtois saga is over. Well, almost anyway. Real Madrid and Chelsea announced on Wednesday evening that the Belgian...

Transfer Rater: Chelsea linked with goalkeeper Jan Oblak, forward Nabil Fekir

Tue, 7 Aug 2018 03:10:00 PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Yannick Bolasie to Crystal Palace Bolasie could be on his way back to Selhurst Park, after leaving for Everton in 2016. The 29-year-old has reportedly been told he can leave...

Premier League: Man City, Liverpool fight for title; Man United uncertainty under Mourinho

Mon, 6 Aug 2018 01:00:00 PDT

After a record-breaking campaign in 2017-18, the FC crew assess the expectations for Manchester City in the Premier League this season. FC's Stevie Nicol feels Liverpool have strengthened in all the right areas to challenge for the Premier League title this season. With Jose Mourinho's antics reaching a tipping point this preseason, the FC panel examine the effect it's having on Man United's dressing room. Jurgen Klopp contends his top players 'don't use Liverpool and then go,' but Shaka Hislop explains why that's not a sure thing. The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on Man City's Champions League chances, Milan's top-four hopes and Herc's questionable wardrobe selection. The Premier League is back! A new season brings fresh optimism and hope for the campaign ahead -- but how are the clubs shaping up? ESPN FC's club correspondents, bloggers and staff run the rule over all 20 teams and predict their final position in 2018-19.  Using last season's table, with the three promoted teams at the bottom, here's a look at each club's season ahead. MAN CITY Biggest signing and biggest loss: It's hard to think that there was too much missing from Manchester City's...

Transfer Talk: Manchester United to swap Anthony Martial for Chelsea's Willian?

Sun, 5 Aug 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Paul Mariner and Alexis Nunes rate all the latest transfer rumors as deadline day rapidly approaches. FC's Craig Burley takes a look at a few big names who could still move in the summer transfer window, including Eden Hazard, Yerry Mina and many more. The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer. When does the transfer window close in the Premier League and the top European leagues? TOP STORY: United to swap Martial for Chelsea's Willian? Manchester United are ready to swap Anthony Martial for Chelsea's Willian as they try to bring the Brazil international to Old Trafford before the close of the window, the Mirror reports. It says United boss...

Willy Caballero 8/10 as Chelsea slump to defeat in Community Shield

Sun, 5 Aug 2018 11:55:00 PDT

Steve Nicol lauds the Man City attack and inclusion of Riyad Mahrez, while expressing concern over the work ahead for Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea. Sergio Aguero scored twice, including his 200th goal with Manchester City, to lead his club to a 2-0 win over Chelsea and win the Community Shield. The Maurizio Sarri era at Chelsea got off to an uncertain start with a comprehensive 2-0 defeat to Manchester City in the FA Community Shield. The Blues were second best for the entire contest as they struggled to create anything in the final third and rarely tested Claudio Bravo in the City goal. Their opponents looked far more refined and familiar in their patterns of play and it took them just 13 minutes to open the scoring, with Sergio Aguero firing home after Phil Foden ran unchallenged...

Man City ease to Community Shield victory over work-in-progress Chelsea

Sun, 5 Aug 2018 09:30:00 PDT

Sergio Aguero scored twice, including his 200th goal with Manchester City, to lead his club to a 2-0 win over Chelsea and win the Community Shield. LONDON -- Three points from Man City's comfortable 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield. 1. Man City cruise to easy victory Ultimately, Sunday's victory wasn't a massive shock, as it was expected that last season's Premier League champions, with a settled squad and genius of a manager, would easily beat a side who started preseason training with the old coach in charge and have thus barely had time to get used to their new manager, Maurizio Sarri. Still, Manchester City's amble to...

Chelsea vs. Manchester City: Jorginho, Mahrez, Sarri's style key areas at Wembley

Sat, 4 Aug 2018 12:19:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on a potential swap deal between Chelsea and Man United, Jose Mourinho's odds of seeing out the season and more. Chelsea take on Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday as the new season gets underway with the Community Shield. There's plenty of intrigue, too: a look at how Maurizio Sarri has imposed his style on Chelsea, Riyad Mahrez potentially starting for Manchester City and another new-boy, Jorginho, set to line up for the Blues, having seemed destined for Manchester.  Mark Worrall (Chelsea) and David Mooney (Manchester City) pick through all that and more ... (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='https://embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); What shape are you in ahead of the new...

When Manchester City face Chelsea, Pep Guardiola will see similarities in Maurizio Sarri

Thu, 2 Aug 2018 11:57:00 PDT

Pep Gaurdiola and Maurizio Sarri dished out the compliments ahead of Manchester City and Chelsea's Community Shield clash. Paul Mariner says it's imperative for new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri to convince Willian to stay. Time moves fast in football. In the short term, it's remarkable that we're already preparing for Sunday's Community Shield between Manchester City and Chelsea at Wembley (10 a.m. ET, ESPN+), just three weeks after France were holding the World Cup trophy aloft in Moscow. In the longer term, it's incredible that Pep Guardiola is now a decade into his managerial career. Other revolutionary managers find themselves washed up 10 years after their "defining" campaign, as Guardiola's 2008-09 season should...


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