Chelsea’s Willian And Pedro Sign On For Rest Of Season

Chelsea's English head coach Frank Lampard (R) touch the elbow of Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian as he is substituted off during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Chelsea at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on June 21, 2020. MOLLY DARLINGTON / POOL / AFP
Chelsea’s English head coach Frank Lampard (R) touch the elbow of Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Willian as he is substituted off during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Chelsea at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on June 21, 2020.
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Chelsea wingers Willian and Pedro have extended their contracts until the end of the current campaign, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.

Both Brazilian star Willian and Spanish playmaker Pedro could have left Chelsea on June 30 when their original deals were set to expire.

With the Premier League season set to run until the end of July due to the coronavirus hiatus, that would have been a blow to Chelsea’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

But now the pair will be able to feature for Frank Lampard’s team until the campaign is concluded.

“As a result of the global pandemic and the subsequent delayed conclusion to the campaign, Premier League clubs unanimously agreed to be allowed to enter into short-term contract extensions with players whose deals were due to expire at the end of this month,” a Chelsea statement said on Tuesday.

“Willian and Pedro were among those affected, and they and the club have now mutually agreed to extend contracts until the finale of the current season.

“It means they will be available for our remaining Premier League fixtures in 2019/20, as well as any future involvement in the FA Cup and Champions League.”

Willian has been a key figure for Chelsea this season, while Pedro has mostly appeared as a substitute.

Chelsea are currently fourth in the Premier League and face Manchester City on Thursday.

They also have an FA Cup quarter-final date with Leicester on Sunday and are still in the Champions League, albeit trailing 3-0 after the first leg of their last 16 tie against Bayern Munich.

 

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Pedro Suffered Multiple Fractures, Says Conte

Chelsea Beat Bournemouth 3-1 To Set Club Record

Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte says Pedro suffered multiple facial fractures in a collision with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina in a friendly on Saturday but should return to training in 10 days.

Pedro was taken to hospital following the game in Beijing, which Chelsea won 3-0, and stayed overnight.

He also suffered a concussion but posted a message saying “everything is OK” before travelling back to London.

Pedro is expected to wear a protective mask when he returns to training.

The rest of the Chelsea squad are now in Singapore where they will play two games against Bayern Munich on Tuesday and Inter Milan on July 29.

FA Cup: Liverpool Crash While Arsenal, Chelsea, City Advance

Liverpool Crash Out Of FA CupChampionship side Wolverhampton Wanderers held on to oust Liverpool and reach the FA Cup fifth round with a deserved victory at Anfield.

Richard Stearman put the visitors ahead after only 53 seconds and Helder Costa set up Andreas Weimann to double Wolves’ lead later.

Divock Origi scored a late consolation for the largely subdued Liverpool.

The result is the second defeat in cup competition in four days for Jurgen Klopp’s side after they lost to Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-finals on Wednesday.

However, it was a massive win for Arsenal in spite of the manager Arsene Wenger’s touchline ban.

A Danny Welbeck brace, followed by a Theo Walcott hat trick ensured that the Gunners trashed Southampton 5-0 at the St Mary’s Stadium.

In other FA Cup matches played on Saturday, Sean Dyche’s Burnley knocked out championship strugglers Bristol City with a 2-0 win  at Turf Moor, while league leaders Chelsea put four goals past Brentford with Willian,  Pedro, Branislav  Ivanovic and Michy Batshuayi all getting on the score sheet.

Elsewhere, Manchester City put their troubles in the league behind them to beat Crystal Palace 3-0.

Blackburn Rovers also defeated Blackpool 2-0 while League One side, Oxford pulled off the biggest upset in the round with an impressive 3-0 victory over promotion chasers Newcastle United.

Stewart Downing’s superb 69th minute strike sent Middleborough through to the next round as Aitor Karanka’s men beat Accrington Stanley 1-0.

Tottenham came back from behind to beat League Two side Wycome Wanders 4-3 as South Korean forward Son Heung-Min scored a stoppage-time winner.

FA Cup: Chelsea Cruise Past Peterborough 4-1

FA Cup: Chelsea Cruise Past Peterborough 4-1Pedro scored twice but captain John Terry saw red as Chelsea eased to a 4-1 win over Peterborough United in the third round of the English FA Cup on Sunday.

The Blues made nine changes for the third-round tie with Michy Batshuayi and Willian both getting goals.

Chelsea will know their fourth round opponents in Monday’s draw.

Liverpool’s youngest ever starting eleven failed to break down an obdurate Plymouth defence as they were held to a goalless draw at Anfield.

Ten-man Middleborough made it into the fourth round with a 3-0 win over championship side Sheffield Wednesday.

Fulham beat Cardiff City 2-1.

Chelsea Sweep Premier League Awards For November

Chelsea Sweep Premier League Awards For NovemberChelsea have swept the board for the Premier League’s individual monthly honours for November with Diego Costa, Antonio Conte and Pedro claiming the prizes.

Costa claimed the EA Sports Player of the Month award with two goals and two assists as Chelsea won three straight matches against Everton, Middlesbrough and Tottenham Hotspur to extend their winning run to seven consecutive Premier League victories.

This meant Conte was rewarded with his second successive Barclays Manager of the Month award.

Pedro received the Carling Goal of the Month award for his curling strike in the 2-1 win against Spurs.

Costa and Conte claimed their awards after receiving the most votes from a panel of experts, Premier League captains and the public were combined.

Pedro also came out on top after a combination of votes from a panel of experts and the public, who voted via the Carling Tap.

The Premier League 2 Player of the Month award went to Josh Sims, the Southampton winger.

Chelsea Beat Manchester United 4-0

Chelsea, Manchester United, EPLFormer Chelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho was humiliated on his return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday as the Blues thrashed Manchester United 4-0.

The Blues led after just 30 seconds when Pedro capitalised on slack defending. Smalling hesitated as a long ball flew in, De Gea charged out and Pedro stole in to whip the ball round the ‘keeper into an empty net for what is now the fastest goal of the season.

The evening got worse for Jose Mourinho 20 minutes later. From a corner, the ball broke to Gary Cahill six yards out and he volleyed high into the net past De Gea.

United offered little sign of making a comeback after failing to capitalise on their good spell in the second half and they fell further behind when Eden Hazard drilled in a precise 15-yard strike to make it 3-0.

It was no way back at this point for the Reds. N’golo Kante sealed victory with a stunning goal; his first for Chelsea.

He took the ball after a clever flick from Pedro, brilliantly dribling past Chris Smalling and then rolled sublimely into the corner past David de Gea.

Chelsea with the victory, moved within a point of English Premier League leaders Manchester City who had earlier played a 1-1 draw with Southampton at the Etihad Stadium.

 

Conte Commends Chelsea Players’ Work Rate

Antonio Conte, Chelsea, The Manager of Chelsea Football Club, Antonio Conte, has expressed delight over the work rate of his players during training.

“I am very happy because I am finding the players with the right attitude and the right behaviour,’ Conte said.

“They are great workers and this is very important because we need to have a bit of time to go into a new idea of football, and a new method of work with different tactical, physical and mental aspects,” Conte told the club’s website.

“It’s also important to have a bit of time for me to know the players and for the players to know me.

“In the Euros I had a finished team. Now we are building. In this moment it’s normal I have a bit of difficulty with this change because with Chelsea we are beginning our season.

“I am getting to know a lot of new players and I’m bringing them a new idea of football. We need a bit of time but I saw a lot of positive things this week.

“And then today Fabregas, Pedro, Cuadrado, Cahill and Azpi arrived,” added Conte.

“This is important because I need to have the complete group to work, and to transfer my ideas to all the players.’

Commenting on Diego Costa, Conte said that the Spaniard is an important asset for the team.

“Diego is our player. He is a fantastic player, a player with a fundamental importance and there is no problem.

“He stays with us, he is working very hard, he is very happy to work with his teammates and with me in the new idea of football. He is a Chelsea player.

“He is an important player, a very strong player, one of the best in the world, and I am sure when he goes into our ideas he will score a lot of goals for us.”

UCL: Chelsea Captain, Terry To Miss PSG Game

ChelseaChelsea FC captain, John Terry, will miss Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Paris St Germain at Stamford Bridge due to injury.

Diego Costa, Pedro and Kenedy were all involved in the team’s final training session before the game, but John Terry was absent as the 35-year-old central defender is still struggling with a hamstring problem that has kept him out of the last five matches.

Confirming the fears, Terry said on Instagram on Tuesday. “I’m gutted to be missing the PSG game.

“It’s so frustrating missing any game but these big Champions League nights at the Bridge are unbelievable and it hurts as a player not to be involved.

“I have thrown everything at my injury trying to get back fit but sometimes you have to let the injury settle. thankfully I’m on the mend and hope to be back soon.”

Diego Costa missed Saturday’s draw with Stoke because of a minor tendon injury, but he joined the group in training on Tuesday, as did Pedro who suffered a hamstring injury at Southampton.

John Terry and Kurt Zouma were the only absentees from the Chelsea first team squad.

PSG lead 2-1 from the first leg in Paris.

Mourinho Expresses Pleasure In Chelsea’s Victory Over Maccabi

MourinhoChelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho, admits he is happy to be back to winning ways after his side’s 4-nil victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League.

Despite Eden Hazard blazing an early penalty high over the bar, the English Premier League champions scored twice in the first half.

Diego Costa, who replaced Willian after the Brazilian was injured after 20 minutes, brilliantly volleyed in Chelsea’s third after 58 minutes with Cesc Fabregas finishing off a breakaway for the fourth after 78 minutes.

Mourinho also confirmed that Chelsea would be without Pedro and Willian in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal.

Mourinho’s team have made a stuttering start to their premier league title defence, managing four points from their five games that left them fourth from bottom in the league table.

However, the Chelsea Manager lashed out at his critics, saying he remains “a fantastic manager” in victory and in defeats.

 

Overnight downpour causes flood and traffic gridlock in Lagos

Residents in Lagos on Thursday witnessed an unusual heavy downpour that started on Wednesday night, causing massive floods in parts of the city.
A number of houses and roads were submerged by the flood caused by the rain that lasted for several hours.

Sections of Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway were cut off on both sides by the flood, leading to a gridlock.

Many road users were forced to  return home or seek alternative routes while others remained at the spot, waiting for the flood to abate.

A portion of Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road by Mobil Filling Station was submerged, as were some areas in Mafoluku and Oshodi.

Seven-day rainfall
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) recently warned that residents in Lagos would soon experience a seven-day rainfall.

Abayomi Oyegoke of NIMET Central Forecast Unit, Oshodi, Lagos had said that a total of 570 mm of rainfall had been recorded in Lagos State between January and June.

He explained that the rains being experienced in state were the beginning of a seven-day rainfall.

Please send your story and pictures of the flood/traffic gridlock in your area to [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

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Barcelona wins to mount pressure on Madrid

Defending champions Barcelona upped the pressure on leaders Real Madrid on Tuesday as they moved to within a point of their bitter rivals after a 4-0 thumping of Getafe.

Two goals from Alexis Sanchez, one from Pedro Rodriguez and Lionel Messi’s 39th in the league this season gave Barca a 10th consecutive league victory after another near perfect performance by the Catalans.

In the 22nd minute the home crowd chanted the name of Eric Abidal, the French international who on Tuesday underwent a liver transplant, in recognition of the number 22 shirt he wears as part of Barca’s squad.

Real can restore their four point advantage if they beat Atletico Madrid on Wednesday – they have not lost to their city rivals since 1999.

The clash between Barca and Madrid on April 21st in the Camp Nou has become increasingly important as the Catalans have reduced the gap on Madrid from 10 points to only one in less than a month.

Barcelona dominated Getafe throughout, controlling possession with their usual passing game and goalkeeper Victor Valdes summed up the situation on the final whistle.

“Our work is done here, lets wait and see what Madrid do tomorrow night in their game,” he said.

However coach Pep Guardiola was cautious about talking about his team’s title chances.

“All we can do is think about our games, we have a big game away to Levante at the weekend and then a Champions League semifinal, we have to focus on those games and nobody elses,” he said.

Andres Iniesta had the game’s first chance when his shot was tipped over by Miguel Angel Moya in the Getafe goal on 12 minutes.

A minute later and Barca were ahead. Iniesta started the move on the left for Messi to chest the ball into the path of the Chilean Sanchez who made no mistake from 20 yards out.

On 17 minutes the lead was almost doubled when Xavi Hernandez had appeared to finish perfectly a neat passing move only for Argentinian centre-half Cata Diaz to scoop the ball clear on the goal-line.

Barca continued to dominate but did not add to their lead until just before halftime when Iniesta supplied Messi with a delightful back flick for the Argentinian to finish with a powerful shot.

On 72 minutes Alexis doubled his tally heading home an inch perfect right-wing cross from youngster Isaac Cuenca.

Two minutes later and it was another header from Pedro who rounded off the scoring when he was quickest to meet a right-wing free-kick from Messi.