Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has sent an order to Chelsea midfielder N’GoloKante to stick to his role in midfield after having individual post-mortems with his Chelsea players following their defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Chelsea legend John Terry has stressed that he has not decided to retire from professional football. A recent report suggested that the legendary defender has opted to hang up his boots to focus on coaching but the 37-year-old has now taken to Instagram to nullify the claims, he wrote:”Just to confirm I haven’t retired. I’m currently enjoying my holidays with my family and weighing up ALL my options.”
There are indications that Chelsea might allow its striker Alvaro Morata move to Juventus after only a year at Stamford Bridge. The Spaniard has not been as lively upfront as expected. With Olivier Giroud joining him in the winter window, the player still could not muster enough motivation when the Blues really needed it.
Former Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa believes that Chelsea can win the title again this season.
He said that the London side had been impressive last season and that there is no reason why they cannot do it again.
He said that Antonio Conte knows his players better now and that the players are also used to play with this system now.
The former Chelsea defender said that the only issue is that Diego Costa does not want to play for the team. He said that the striker has been a major asset last season and that his goals will be missed this season. However, he believes that Antonio Conte has made a good replacement in Morata and that the latter should be able to compensate in terms of goals.
Jose Bosingwa said that the team would have to manage their Champions League campaign as well this season. He said that it is one thing to play in one major competition as it was last season and another thing altogether to do it when competing in the Champions League.
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is set to lead a team of England players in the inaugural six-a-side tournament.
The event is slated for the London O2 Arena where former international stars will line up.
Twelve teams would compete for the top prize as former stars roll back the years and entertain fans. The teams would be playing for national pride but there would be a goal of silverware.
“This football will be totally different. This is inside, the pitch is smaller and the fans will see more dribbling, more skills. I’m very happy to be a part of Star Sixes. I’m a competitor and although I’m retired, when you play football the most important thing is to win!” France skipper Robert Pires said.
The invited nations will play a 20-minute game in three groups of four teams each. The top two from each group would then qualify for the last eight with two best third placed teams joining. The four quarterfinal games are set for Saturday while the semi-finals would be played on Sunday. The third place and final game would hold on Sunday as well.
Franck Ribery has said that Chelsea wanted him at Stamford Bridge in 2009.
The 33-year old is now past his prime was one of the most outstanding wingers. He was in high demand about a decade ago with Bayern Munich president Karl Heinz Rummenigge confirming that Chelsea badly wanted him.
Rummenigge revealed that the Blues offered £56 million and Jose Bosingwa in a cash plus player deal for Ribery but the German side were not fazed. The Bayern chief believes that the move helped the club dominate Europe.
Ribery added that the biggest clubs in Europe were on his case, naming Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United as interested parties.
“Of course, I thought about a move. In 2008 or 2009, every big club wanted me: Juventus, Inter, Milan, Barca, Real, Chelsea, Manchester United…
Chelsea have a brilliant defender in Cesar Azpilicueta in their hands but could the player be under-appreciated at Stamford Bridge?
Azpilicueta has been adjudged one of the best legs at the club in the last four years. He joined as a right back but he has been spectacular in the left back role. He is one of the reasons why the tweak in formation by manager Antonio Conte is making the headlines.
Conte has praised him numerously for his efforts in the team. At the club’s Pitch Owners gala dinner, the former Italy national team boss said; “He’s incredible in his new role. One of the best in the world in this role”.
The Blues signed the player from French club Marseille in 2012 and the Spaniard has more than delivered on his investment. Even when right back Jose Bosignwa had to exit the team after their Champions League victory, Azpilicueta took over effortlessly.
Former Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa rejoined Trabzonspor earlier in the year after signing a one-and-a-half year deal.
Bosingwa, who was released by the Turkish Super Lig club in November last year following an injury, confirmed the news through the club’sTwitter account on Saturday.
The 33-year-old has struggled for fitness since he left Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers nearly three years ago.
Despite his relatively injury-plagued career, the Portuguese international is one of the most successful full-backs in European football. Before he arrived in England and West London, Bosingwa spent five years at Porto.
He made over 100 appearances for the Portuguese side, played in the team that won the Champions League in 2004 under manager Jose Mourinho and won four consecutive PrimeiraLiga winner’s medals.
Bosingwa featured 89 times in four years with the club but Chelsea supporters will always remember him from his involvement in the successful Champions League campaign in the 2011-12 season.
He was key in the semi-final second leg against Barcelona at the Nou Camp after coming on to replace injured Gary Cahill after just 12 minutes.
Chelsea legend Pat Nevin feels sorry for the club’s current first choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as he is ‘underemployed’ as Chelsea’s form gives me little to do these days. The last time Courtois conceded a goal for either club or country was the middle of September. The record for country would have continued but for Estonia’s Henri Anier who scored when they clashed with Belgium on Sunday.
Courtois exploits means that in over 14 hours of competitive football, he has allowed just one goal score. His teammates on the other hand have netted 37 goals within the same period. Courtois would definitely be feeling underemployed if the situation continues.
Jose Bosingwa was part of a Champions League winning squad with Chelsea during the season of 2011-12 as the Premier League club defeated Bayern Munich in the finals in a match that was decided with a penalty session.
This match was played on May 19 of 2012 at the Allianz Arena in Germany. Bosingwa played for the entirety of this encounter. The Portuguese defender received huge praise from his performance in that match as he managed to keep Franck Ribery at bay as the French defender was not able to play at his usual pace and was limited to only a few moments with the ball under his control.
3 months after this Champions League final and Bosingwa made a move to Queens Park Rangers where his career took a significant dip as he had an unhealthy relationship with the coach at that time, Harry Redknapp.
When the Champions League finals between Chelsea and Bayern Munich was over, Didier Drogba later revealed that Jose Bosingwa was actually one of the most influential and key figures who made the victory happen.
In the autobiography of Didier Drogba, there is a segment where the Ivorian writes about the impact of Bosingwa in the finals of the Champions League which says: “The players really stepped up to take responsibility. The manager was telling BranislavIvanovic to play centre back but Jose Bosingwa said, ‘No, no, I will play centre back’, and carried on to say where he thought others should play. “‘I don’t care’, I remember saying. ‘I can play left back if necessary. We don’t need a striker. I’ll play striker and left back, whatever it takes’.”