Premier League: Burnley Force Chelsea To Draw

Chelsea, Burnley, Premier LeaguePremier League leaders, Chelsea missed the chance to move 12 points clear at the top of the table as they were held to a draw by resilient Burnley at Turf Moor.

The hosts, who won all four of their previous home games without conceding, were shocked on Sunday when Pedro Rodriguez finished off a sweeping attack seven minute after the match began.

Record signing Robbie Brady subsequently netted a stunning free-kick in the 24th minute to level the score for Burnley.

Both teams made efforts to claim three points from the game but to no avail as the match ended 1-1.

The Blues, who face Wolves in the fifth round on the FA Cup on Saturday, now sit 10 points clear at the top of the table.

However, Manchester City can cut the margin to eight if they beat Bournemouth on Monday.

Fabregas Confident Of Grabbing Key Role For Chelsea

Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea, Leicester City Chelsea’s midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, is confident that he can play a key role for the club.

The Spaniard made the assertion after scoring an extra-time brace to help the Blues knock English Premier League (EPL) Champions, Leicester City out of the League Cup on Tuesday night.

Fabregas has been on the fringes of Coach Antonio Conte’s squad since the start of the season, having made just three league appearances from the bench.

The 29-year-old, who made his second start in all competitions this season, struck twice in the space of two minutes as Chelsea rallied from two goals down to beat 10-man Leicester City 4-2.

Meanwhile, Coach Claudio Ranieri has admitted that the big difference he noticed between the current season and the previous was that teams were more determined to beat the champions.

Ranieri was aware of the size of the task that faced Leicester in their bid to retain the trophy.

Since the formation of the EPL in 1992, only Manchester United and Chelsea have managed to do so.

Chelsea are fifth on the table with 10 points from five matches while Leicester are 11th with seven points from five games.

Schmeichel Confident Leicester City Will Defend Title

Leicester City, Kasper SchmeichelLeicester City Goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel, says the Foxes will defend their English Premier League title
with the same determination they took to become winners last season.

Schmeichel told BBC on Monday that he was very sure his side would work harder to defend the title in spite of the changes witnessed by the club such as N’Golo Kante’s move to Chelsea.

“I can assure you the hunger is 100% still there. We have to go again, do exactly the same again and see where it takes us,” he said.

The 29-year-old was an ever-present figure for the Foxes in the Premier League last season.

Leicester City’s shocking title win was described as one of the greatest sporting stories.

Chelsea Move Is A Dream Come True – N’Golo

Chelsea , N'Golo KanteLatest Chelsea signing, N’Golo Kante, has described his move to the Stamford Bridge as a “dream come true”.

The former Leicester City midfielder told the club’s website that he was happy to have signed for one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

“The opportunity to work with Antonio Conte, a brilliant coach, and some of the best players in the world was simply too good to turn down.

“My first season in English football was very special and now I hope to go on to achieve even more during my time as a Chelsea player,” he said.

The Frenchman, who signed a five-year contract expressed his preparedness to meet up with his new team-mates and help Chelsea achieve a lot of success.

He joins Chelsea on a five-year contract after he won the English Premier League title with Leicester City in the last EPL season.

The 25-year-old came close to adding to that success on the international stage in July, being part of the France squad that lost to Portugal at the Euro 2016 finals.

Chelsea Offer John Terry One-Year Contract

John Terry, ChelseaChelsea captain, John Terry, has been offered a new one-year contract on Friday.

The Blues confirmed the English professional footballer’s extension on its website and twitter handle.

Interim manager, Guus Hiddink, who is preparing for his final Premier League match against champions, Leicester City, at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday said that Terry was considering the offer.

The 35-year-old former England defender would be out of contract at the end of the season.

He made his debut in 1998 and has played more than 700 games for the West London side.

EPL: Chelsea Set For Norwich, Leicester Loses Kante

EPLChelsea manager, Guus Hiddink, has confirmed Brazilian Alexandre Pato could make his debut soon for his side but that there is competition among the strikers.

The English Premier League champions signed Pato from Corinthians in January on loan until the end of the season but the 26-year-old has lacked match fitness.

Chelsea will face Norwich City in Tuesday night’s EPL clash and Hiddink says he is pleased with the progress of his squad since he took over in December.

Leicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri, says midfielder, N’golo Kante, will miss the night’s English Premier League clash against West Bromwich Albion with a hamstring injury.

Coach Ranieri said that the defensive midfielder would also miss the trip to Watford on Saturday.

Leicester lead second-placed Tottenham Hotspur by two points with 11 games left and Coach Ranieri admits his side still has a lot to play for.

Chelsea Have Quality To Overcome PSG – Hiddink

ChelseaGuus Hiddink says his team are improving with every game and believes they have the quality to overcome Paris Saint-Germain and progress in the Champions League.

The absence of the skipper, John Terry, who has a minor problem with his hamstring and ligament, is a big blow, but Hiddink feels they are well equipped to cope.

“Well, it was not a decision made by me,” said the Chelsea manager.

“He was having too much trouble to travel. We made a test this morning and it didn’t work out well, so the decision was made to leave him at home. He was, himself, also convinced he could not be of worth to the team at the moment.

“He has a bit of a problem on his hamstring and on the tendon in that area. That’s why we had the test this morning and we decided he would not participate. It will be difficult to say whether he can play this weekend. That’s why we’d prefer him to keep undergoing treatment back at Cobham.

“We’ve practised with other people in at central defence, so it was not a surprise for the players that we had to make some changes. Of course, not having John is a bit of a setback. He’s a leader. But I’m not the type of coach to moan and moan. We have to go on. The players who will replace him I have complete faith in them.”

The current form of the team notwithstanding, Hiddink considers the Champions League a winnable trophy for Chelsea.

“It’s about winning the Champions League, not looking just to get back into it next year,” said Hiddink. “You have so many good teams, though, it’s very difficult. It’s beautiful to win a big, big cup.

“We are growing. Everyone knows the situation of Chelsea in recent months and weeks. We have, step by step, tried to establish more security in the team. To play with the quality of players we have.

“We are not quite where we’d like to be. We’d like to have an array of games where you’ve imposed the way you like to play. We’ve tried to do that step by step. But to give even more security, you need a number of games won where you’ve controlled and been dominant.”

Paris Saint-Germain have been impressive domestically this season, but Hiddink feels the teams are evenly matched.

“It’s 50-50,” he said. “If you see where we are now and where PSG are now, they are building a very strong team and dominating the French league completely. They are 24 points ahead, and are focusing to get this Champions League. A big club has to win the Champions League.

“The league didn’t start well for us this year, and we’ve had some recovery from December up to now, but we’re desperate to get into the next round of the Champions League.

“It’s a big test for us to get into the next round and I hope we can do something to swing it to our advantage.”

Ramires Exits Chelsea For China’s Jiangsu Suning

RamiresBrazilian midfielder, Ramires Santos do Nascimento, has joined Chinese Super League club, Jiangsu Suning in a permanent transfer.

The 28-year-old exited Chelsea after five years and six months in which he had helped the Blues win every major domestic and European league.

On his arrival at the Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2010, Ramires progressively enforced himself with his resilient running and hard tackling where he scored Chelsea’s Goal of the Season in March against Manchester City.

Having signed a 4-year contract extension on October 29, 2015, Ramires lost his place in the team and wanted to leave after Chelsea’s boss, Jose Mourinho, was replaced with Guus Hiddink.

He joined Jiangsu Suning FC on a four year contract with the transfer fee of £25 million, making the Brazilian the most expensive signing in the Chinese club’s history.

Chelsea Appoint Hiddink As Interim Manager

Chelsea Appoint Hiddink As Interim ManagerTwo days after Chelsea sacked Jose Mourinho, the Blues have confirmed that Guus Hiddink will take over as manager until the end of the season.

The 69-year-old also managed the Blues on a temporary basis for the final three months of the 2008-2009 campaign.

The Dutchman left his role as Netherlands Manager during their unsuccessful European qualifying campaign.

Chelsea sacked Mourinho seven months after he led them to the Premier League title.

The 52-year-old Portuguese had been in his second spell at the club as the Blues are currently 16th on the EPL table.

Chelsea finished eight points clear last season and also won the League Cup, but have endured a terrible start to their defence, losing nine of their 16 league games so far.

Chelsea Fire Coach Jose Mourinho

MourinhoChelsea have finally sacked manager, Jose Mourinho, seven months after he led them to the Premier League title.

The 52-year-old Portuguese had been in his second spell at the club as the Blues are currently 16th on the EPL table.

Chelsea finished eight points clear last season and also won the League Cup, but have endured a terrible start to their defence, losing nine of their 16 league games so far.

The former Porto manager’s final match with the Blues was Monday’s 2-1 loss to Leicester City.

Pep Guardiola, Guus Hiddink, Brendan Rodgers and Juande Ramos have all been touted as possible successors.

Abramovich looking to cut losses on Torres

Signed from Liverpool to Chelsea for a whopping £50 million, Spaniard Fernando Torres has always been topical since his arrival at Stamford Bridge making as he has proved to be the player the Blues can rely on.

An arrow head in the Blues team,in terms of formation, Chelsea’s Russian owner is considering to cut his losses on the £50 million man, tagging  Torres with an ultimatum of one more month to prove pundits wrong and deliver like he used to while he was at Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Abramovich is not sleeping with his two eyes as Chelsea moved on another striker to likely replace Torres and  Brazilian striker, Taison was the choice of the Stamford Bridge club,  as reports indicate that he will sign a £10 million deal next week ahead of the opening of the January transfer window.

Taison was at Stamford Bridge to witness the 0-0 bore draw with Fulham.

The 24-year-old, a former Internacional team-mate of Chelsea’s big money summer signing Oscar, was tracked in the summer. His name has come to greater attention this season following his spectacular Marco Van Basten-esque volley for his club Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League three weeks ago.

Benitez, on a short-term deal until the end of the season, still believes he can help Torres recapture the form he showed under him during his spell at Anfield.

When asked about Torres’ contribution in the back-to-back goalless draws over the past week, Benitez said: “We have had, maybe, five training sessions.

“It’s still too early. But for me we are watching things that are positive.”

Torres is currently on a run of 648 minutes without a Premier League goal, and has managed just one shot on target during Rafa’s first two games in charge.

Chelsea plans ‘Fright Night’ for United ahead of Capital One Cup clash

Chelsea promised to give United so much to worry on come Wednesday as the league leaders play host to United again in the  in the Capital One Cup.

Manchester United has been promised a “horror show” as Wednesday was tagged ‘Fright Night’ as the night will be a night of vengeance.

And after Sunday’s thrilling Premier League encounter, which ended with a controversial 3-2 victory for the visitors, Chelsea has encouraged Blues fans to turn up in west London in Halloween attire.

Chelsea Manager Roberto Di Matteo who has been desperate for revenge as well as his Chelsea players as they will be hoping to mess up their arch rivals on Wednesday night, and to also use the win to book their place in the competition’s quarter-finals, chasing out Sir Alex Ferguson’s side from the Capital One Cup in the process.

Fans were urged to wear their scariest fancy dress costumes, in a bid to terrify the Manchester United players and help Chelsea secure an easy win.

“Wednesday night sees Chelsea take on Manchester United in the League Cup and it’s sure to be a brilliant match, but it also happens to be Halloween – the spookiest night of the year,” read a statement on the club’s official website.

“We want all ‘bridge kids’ who have tickets for the game to come along early and wear their best Halloween outfits so that we can help scare the United players and help the Blues get a win.