Chelsea Defender Miazga Joins Nantes On Loan

Matt Miazga

 

American centre-back Matt Miazga has joined Nantes on a season-long loan from Chelsea with an option to buy, the French side confirmed on Monday.

Miazga, 23, has made just two appearances for Chelsea since joining from New York Red Bulls in January 2016 and spent the past two seasons on loan in the Netherlands with Vitesse Arnhem.

“Nantes offers its third new summer signing,” Nantes said in a statement. “American central defender Matt Miazga is loaned to FC Nantes for the 2018-2019 season by Chelsea FC with an option to buy.”

Miazga has been capped seven times by the USA at international level and helped keep France’s world champions in check in a 1-1 draw before the World Cup in June.

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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.”

Kurt Zouma Out For Six Months, Chelsea Confirm

zoumaChelsea Football Club’s medical team have diagnosed that Kurt Zouma sustained an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament during Sunday’s Premier League game against Manchester United.

Kurt will undergo surgery in the next 48 hours and is expected to be out for approximately six months.

Zouma also tweeted, “Scan today has shown I injured my anterior cruciate ligament. I will have surgery this week and will come back stronger.”

The France centre-back has made 32 appearances for Chelsea this term.

The Blues came from behind to earn a point courtesy of Diego Costa’s 91st-minute equaliser after Jesse Lingard had given Man-U the lead in the match played at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea Getting Their Confidence Back – Azpilicueta

chelseaChelsea defender, Cesar Azpilicueta, says the Premier League champions Chelsea are getting their confidence back after winning back-to-back games for only the second time in the 2015/16 campaign.

The Blues defeated Norwich City 1-0 on Sunday in the Premier League and then produced a dominant 4-0 victory over Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League on Tuesday.

“It’s a start. Obviously we want to carry on, we are in a position where we’ve come from two wins in a row, two games in which we’ve played really well and players are getting confidence back,” Azpilicueta told the club’s website (www.chelseafc.com).

“We’ll take it step by step. Now we have a tough game against Tottenham away on Sunday and we want to keep going.

“We were playing well in the last few games but we didn’t get the results we deserved. Obviously for confidence it’s hard but you have to face the reality, keep working, keep trying and I think now the results are coming for us.”

Chelsea face in-form Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and will be hoping to win back-to-back league games for the first time this campaign.

Spurs are unbeaten in 12 league matches and are in the 5th position while Chelsea sit 15th on the table.

Chelsea Defender Admits Man City Game ‘Will Be Difficult’

ChelseaChelsea defender, Kurt Zouma is expecting a tough match away to Manchester City in their Barclays Premier League Match Day 2 fixture on Sunday.

He is, however, relishing the challenge that awaits the team and this is because of the impressive performance he produced against Manchester City at the end of January, when the Premier League’s top two sides met at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea five points clear at the summit.

Four days earlier, Chelsea had beaten Liverpool to progress to the Capital One Cup final when Zouma shone from the off. It was enough to earn him only his second start in England’s top-flight for the visit of their nearest title rivals.

“It is a good memory,” he recalled in a chat with the official Chelsea website. “And it was an important stage in my development.

“First of all I played the game and I was really proud of that. We drew 1-1 and we defended well. For my part I think I did well against a good attack, helping the team to a draw.

“We know we are playing against a good team on Sunday and it will be difficult, but we have a chance to win. I think it will be a very interesting game.

“It’s a chance early in the season to show why we are champions. We want to defend our title. The season after a very good season is always hard but we have to show we are ready to try and do it.”

Zouma showed his versatility in the 2014/15 season when he lined up in central midfield for certain games, most notably the League Cup triumph over Tottenham at Wembley.

He had grown up as a right-sided defender but both in the pre-season game against Barcelona and the Community Shield he featured on the other side of the back four.

Cesc Fabregas would also make his 50th appearance for Chelsea if selected for the game.

The Spaniard’s 49 appearances to date have come in the Premier League (35), the FA Cup (1), the League Cup (4), the Champions League (8) and the recent Community Shield.

Ashley Cole tenders apology for twitter comment against FA

The English Football Association said Chelsea and England defender; Ashley Cole has tendered an apology to the association for his social media message directed at the FA.

According to the FA Chairman David Bernstein; the defender personally tendered the apology last night over the Twitter messages to boo the Football Association.

It is yet to be decided if the Chelsea defender will be seeing action against San Marino for England come Friday for the World Cup qualifier and as FA Chairman said England Manager Roy Hodgson will be the one to decide that.

Ashley Cola has however been charged by the Football Association nonetheless for misconduct over his outburst with a Twitter message targeted at the FA referring to the Association as a “bunch of t****” in response to the independent regulatory commission’s damning judgement on his evidence in the John Terry racial abuse verdict.

Bernstein that Cole had initially apologised but had followed up his apology to the FA on Friday with a personal apology last night.

According to Bernstein, Cole apologised immediately on Friday and he came to him last night and apologised to him personally, as he showed real contrition saying he was really sorry.

Bernstein admitted, though, that the Chelsea full-back’s actions meant he was unlikely to captain England for what could be his 100th cap against Poland next Tuesday, even though he was convinced Cole’s apology was heart-felt.

He continued saying “He is free to play for England over the coming matches. It is up to the manager to decide whether he plays or not.”

Cole was given until 4pm on Thursday to respond to yesterday’s FA charge, given a 24-hour deadline before England face San Marino at Wembley.

With Bernstein confirming it is up to Hodgson to decide whether or not to play Cole, the only threat to his chances of winning a 99th cap would appear to be if the England manager opts to rest him ahead of the crucial trip to Poland four days later.