Chelsea Announce Antonio Conte As Head Coach

Antonio ConteChelsea Football Club has announced the appointment of Antonio Conte as First Team Head Coach.

Conte, who is currently the manager of the Italy national side, has signed a three-year contract. He will begin work in London following his country’s participation in this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament.

The 46-year-old said: “I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club. I am proud to be the coach of the national team of my country and only a role as attractive as manager of Chelsea could follow that.

“I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and the day-to-day challenge of competing in the Premier League.

“Chelsea and English football are watched wherever you go, the fans are passionate and my ambition is to have more success to follow the victories I enjoyed in Italy.

“I am happy we have made the announcement now so everything is clear and we can end the speculation. I will continue to focus on my job with the Italian national team and will reserve speaking about Chelsea again until after the Euros.”

Conte will be the fifth Italian to manage Chelsea, following on from Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo. In common with the first three of those names, he was formerly at Juventus, in his case as both a player and a manager.

Having played more than 400 games for the Italian giants, Conte’s three years in charge of the team between 2011 and 2014 yielded three straight Serie A titles – Juventus’s first league championships in eight years and their first three-in-a-row since the early 1930s. They had finished seventh the two seasons prior to Conte.

The Bianconeri also won two Italian Super Cups with him in charge. Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal were among his signings during a spell so productive he was named Serie A Coach of the Year in all three seasons there.

Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia said, “We are very pleased to have recruited one of the most highly regarded managers in world football and we are equally pleased to do so before the end of the current season. This aids our future planning.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Guus Hiddink, who has done a great job since he joined us in December.”

Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck added, “Antonio Conte has a record of consistent success in his career as a manager and as a player. We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge and are confident he will find all he needs to maintain that high standard of achievement.”

Mourinho Admits To Using Mind Games Ahead Of Newcastle Match

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confessed that not everything he says in the Premier League title run-in will be the truth.

“Everything I say is mind games, everything I do is mind games, everything is mind games, you know. The only thing that is not mind games is the results,” he told reporters on Friday.

Mourinho fooled no-one on Monday when he ruled his team out of title contention after masterminding a 1-0 win at free-scoring Manchester City that left his team two points behind leaders Arsenal.

The Portuguese coach had a glint in his eye when he described his side as “a little horse that needed milk” in a race with the “two big horses” of Arsenal and second-placed City.

And he carried on that tone by maintaining that his squad’s big goal for the season was simply to finish in the top four places of the Premier League.

“Big objective for all of us is to finish top four, if possible top three, with direct qualification to the Champions League.”

However, his stance has now softened because Mourinho acknowledged that Chelsea could land the crown in May although he confirmed that they were outsiders.

“I am not saying we are not going to win, I am not saying that. I am saying we are not candidates. I am saying that we are outsiders,” he said on the eve of Saturday’s home league game with Newcastle United.

“Do we dream to win the Premier League? Of course, if you don’t do, we don’t play.”

Mourinho also hailed Chelsea’s improvement this season compared to their last campaign under Roberto Di Matteo and Rafael Benítez.

“I think last season in this moment, how many points we had less, how many points we were from Man United, I think huge difference. I think in this moment Chelsea was for sure outside of every possible race and struggling to get a top four position to play Champions League, so the people is enjoying. I see the boys enjoying the situation very much and that’s what I want them to do.”

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.

Racial slur will mark Clattenburg’s end in officiating if found guilty – Winter

Jeff Winter; former Premier League referee on one of the thrilling events that encapsulated Sunday’s EPL clash between Chelsea and Manchester United in Stamford bridge which is the allegation of racial abuse brought against  the officiating referee Mark Clattenburg by Mikel Obi and Juan Mata during the game.

An official complaint was lodged by the West London club over the alleged use of ‘inappropriate language’ by referee Clattenburg that was directed at two of their players, Mikel Obi and Juan Mata.

It was reported by a major British newspaper that Clattenburg has been accused of making a racial slur towards Mikel and called Mata a ‘Spanish t**t’.

If the allegations are true then Clattenburg is never going to get a game to officiate ever again and rightly so, but if it is true, where does it leave the game?

Officiating referee of the English Premier League?

It was reported that Mikel went to the referee’s dressing room to demand an apology following the match, with chief executive Ron Gourlay and manager Roberto Di Matteo.

According to the former EPL referee, Clattenburg’s position will be untenable if he’s found guilty of the offence, that “If a match official has used racial insults or language to a player then he’s for the high jump. He won’t be getting a four-match or an eight-match ban, it’ll probably be the end of his career, but that is if indeed he did say anything.”

“I feel it very unlikely that Mark Clattenburg would be allowed to referee until it’s dealt with so we certainly don’t want this going on for weeks and months.”

Talking racial abuse that has been lingering for a long while in the British football community for a while now with the recent case  between John Terry and Anton Ferdinand which has generated so much uproar, this again will run and run with so much discord. he said

To go into investigations, television pictures will be scrutinised and reports suggest that a number of players heard the alleged comments, whilst the other officials Michael McDonough, Simon Long and Michael Jones could be crucial as they were all wearing microphones during the game.

Manchester United touted favourites to win league

Manchester United has now been confirmed to be leading the outright market after their controversial victory against league leaders Chelsea at home in Stamford Bridge as Southampton got the worst rating of the season being main relegation candidates.

A most dramatic weekend so to say since the new season began, with wins for Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, the prices in the outright market changed significantly. Meanwhile, with Queens Park Rangers, Reading, Southampton, Aston Villa and Norwich all failing to win, Wigan Athletic is the only team to see their relegation odds lengthened.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were pitched as new favourites ahead of Chelsea to win the EPL title for the season after an eventful 3-2 win over nine-man Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Javier Hernandez’s late winner cut the Blues’ lead at the top of the table to just one point and as a result, bwin now make Sir Alex Ferguson’s men 8/5 (from 2/1) to win the league. The defeat leaves Chelsea as a 5/2 chance, out from 9/4.

Manchester City are also just one point behind Chelsea after a Carlos Tevez strike gave them a 1-0 win over Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium and Roberto Mancini’s men are now 7/4 to retain their crown.

A late win for Arsenal doesn’t seem to have impressed punters or odds compilers alike, with the Gunners longer for the title than they were before the weekend began. A 1-0 win over ten-man Queens Park Rangers at the Emirates saw Arsene Wenger’s side move into the top six, but they are now 20/1, out from 18/1, to win the Premier League.

Tottenham have been cut to 50/1 (from 66/1) after winning 2-1 against Southampton at St. Mary’s. Spurs now occupy the fourth Champions League place ahead of this weekend’s clash with Wigan at White Hart Lane.

At the other end, that defeat for QPR leaves Mark Hughes’ side at the foot of the table and the Hoops are now 2/1 to be relegated, cut slightly from 11/5.

However, Southampton is the favourite for the drop at 13/20 after that loss at home to Spurs. Saints were 17/20 before the weekend’s action and have now overtaken Reading, who is 3/4 (from 7/10) for the drop after a pulsating 3-3 draw with Fulham at the Madejski Stadium.

Aston Villa and Norwich City played out a 1-1 draw at Villa Park as Paul Lambert’s old club faced his new one, a result which leaves the Canaries 9/10 (from 3/4) for relegation, while the Villans have gone from 12/5 to 2/1.

The only team in the bottom six who won were Wigan, who beat West Ham United 2-1 at the DW Stadium. It means that Wigan’s odds to be playing Championship football next season have gone out from 8/5 to 7/4.

Rooney warns teammates against complacency ahead of Chelsea clash

Manchester United striker and England International gave a stern warning  to teammates not to get complacent ahead of the English Premiership clash between the Red Devils and the Blues Chelsea later today.

He said Manchester United must not give lapses for an early goal against the European champions.

Chelsea,surprise winners of last season’s UEFA champions league competition sent out a note of warning to fellow clubs that the new season will be different following their victory in the champions league, as owner Abramovich went on extravagant shopping spree to get the signature of best of the best in the round-leather game and recruited Oscar and Eden Hazard in the off-season for a combined fee of almost 60 million pounds, joining Juan Mata in attack playing just behind Fernando Torres – and the combination has proved to be formidable so far.

Rooney has emphasized the need for United to prevent early goals from the blow of the whistle as they are being hosted in Stamford Bridge by an in-form Chelsea team.

Rooney said it would be better if United can prevent such early goals which will count against them because coming to get equalizers are sometimes very difficult against best teams like Chelsea and this happened against Braga in the Champions League during the week but United was lucky to get back into the game and win it.

Rooney continued that although last season United was able to pull it off against the Blues when they went 3-0 down before they drew, but he is not sure that United can pull it off again if that happens this time as United cannot afford to be going one or two goals down against Chelsea away as it has new crop of talented players now.

He said “Mata is a great player and Hazard has settled in really well in his first season so I think those two along with Torres are the three biggest threats.

“It’s a great start and it’s clear having won the Champions League last season it has given them a lot more confidence, they have brought a lot of new players in and added more speed to the team,” Rooney said.

Chelsea is undefeated in the League, winning seven of their eight games whilst drawing the other against QPR.

Chelsea will exploit United’s defence weakness – Di Matteo

Recent European Champions Chelsea will be clashing with their arch rivals the Red Devils; Manchester United this weekend and the Blues are optimistic that they take down Manchester united if their weakness in the defence can be capitalised on.

The Italian manager of the London Roberto Di Matteo said this when he was describing the EPL clash as a Classic as it will go down as a make or mar clash.

Chelsea is sitting atop the EPL table with 22 points while Manchester United is just four points behind them with 18 points and occupying second position.

He said “It’s a massive game for both clubs and a classic in the fixture list, but they are conceding a few goals and we have a big threat as well with our players, so we will try to exploit those weaknesses”.

“We know Man United very well and they are always very difficult games. But we have to take advantage of our home crowd and our home pitch and play with the belief and confidence we’ve shown so far.”

Di Matteo is also keen for Chelsea to put their 2-1 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk behind them, citing the United clash as the perfect opportunity to do so.

Di Matteo says Mikel is one of Chelsea’s unsung heroes

Chelsea manager Italian Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed that Nigerian International and Chelsea player John Mikel Obi is one of the English Club’s unsung heroes.

Di Matteo said it is just unfortunate for the Nigerian players that his value most of the time passes without fame from the media and football lovers. The Chelsea manager said the player mans the anchor role where it is sometimes difficult to get chances for goal scoring in the London club as the Super Eagles player to bag his first-ever goal in 135 Premier League appearances for his club.

Di Matteo said on the official website of the club that the Nigerian is a very important player in the Chelsea squad even though he is usually underrated by the media and the fans alike but he is really rated high by Chelsea going by his functions on field because most of the times he does the dirty work for other players to shine on.

Chelsea are presently leaders of the Premier League with a four-point and from this weekend they will be facing a difficult series of fixtures one of which is with Tottenham Hotspur spearheaded by former Chelsea coach Villas Boas after which they travel to Ukraine to meet Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League next week, after which they will hosting Manchester United in the league cup and Premier League games.

But over the weekend, John Mikel Obi lashed in a goal for the Super eagles of Nigeria in the 2nd leg of the African Nations Cup qualifiers when he scored a penalty against Liberia in game that ended in favour of Nigeria with a 6-1 score line.

According to Di Matteo, Mikel has always been there for Chelsea whenever his attention is needed but other players take the glory for his performances that is forwards players in the squad and this can be evidenced by his contribution last season into the clubs victory as the end of last season and start -up this season too is not below par.

Torres describes scoring ‘all-important’ goal

It was as if Fernando Torres read the minds of manager Roberto Di Matteo concerning the solution to finding a suitable replacement for the Spaniard upfront as he braced up  against the Gunners, stunning the London club with what will pass as his fifth goal of the season after 20 minutes into the local derby during the weekend.

Torres said It was important because it gave Chelsea the time to settle into the game and he was very happy for his goal and country man Juan Mata’s goal.

Gunners’ player Gervinho equalised for Arsenal shortly before half-time before another Spaniard Juan Mata scored the winning goal for the Blues in the 53rd minute.

Arsenal has been criticised though for not knowing how to deal with its set pieces while in the game against Chelsea as it became a constant threat to the backline of Arsenal with Koscielny taking the fault for Torres’ ‘all-important’ opener.

According to Fernando Torres “It was a one-against-one against Koscielny and he wasn’t facing the ball, so I could touch the ball before he could put the ball away.”

The 28-year-old was delighted to keep the Blues top of the Premier League with victory.

Victor Moses ready to play ‘Striker’ role for Chelsea

As Ivorian and former Chelsea Striker Didier Drogba decided to leave Stamford Bridge last season after their Champions League victory, the striking role fell upon the laps of the Spaniard Fernando Torres by default ad to assert that, no striker was signed up. But a little into the new season Torres has returned his days of underperformance with dismal performances against QPR, Juventus and Stoke City and he has been under heavy criticism of late.

Manager Di Matteo and Chelsea owner probably decided against signing a replacement for Didier Drogba but their hope of his replacement; Fernando Torres has probably not been playing to expectation as Di Mattio attention turned to Danny Sturridge who unfortunately is now struggling with armstring injury ,opening the chance of every possibility for new signing Victor Moses to fill up that role.

The Nigerian international in response said he will be willing and ready to play the striking role for Chelsea if Manager Roberto Di Matteo will let him as he is up to the task.

Victor Moses said position change on field comes naturally to him as he really does not mind what position he plays from as he is very versatile.

Former Chelsea winger Trevor Sinclair recently urged Moses to ease the scoring burden on the out-of-form Torres. The Spaniard, however, is expected to start the game against Arsenal at Ashburton Grove on 29 September.

Victor Moses completes move to Chelsea

Nigeria forward, Victor Moses from Wigan Athletic Thursday completed his move to Chelsea FC.

The 21-year-old, who featured for the Latics against the European champions last week, agreed personal terms to complete his switch to Stamford Bridge.

No details were released regarding the fee or the length of Moses’ contract.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan accused Chelsea last week of “messing about” over the fee to be paid for Moses, with the Blues’ offers up to that point conditional on add-ons and Wigan thought to be holding out for around £9million.

A bid was finally accepted on Thursday and Moses was given permission to discuss personal terms.

Moses represented England up to under-21 level before switching allegiance to Nigeria for his senior international career.

He emerged from Crystal Palace’s academy to make his first-team debut in 2007, before joining the Latics in 2010 and making 74 league appearances with eight goals.

A statement on Chelsea’s official website read: “Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Victor Moses from Wigan Athletic.

“The 21-year-old winger’s last appearance in Wigan colours came in Chelsea’s 2-0 win at the DW Stadium last weekend, when he caught the eye with his strong running out wide.”

Moses becomes Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo’s second signing of the day, following Friday morning’s capture of Marseille full-back Cesar Azpilicueta.

The 22-year-old, who played for Spain in this summer’s Olympics, arrived for a reported £7m.