Showing posts with label Abramovich. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Abramovich. Show all posts

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Conte's troops lift title

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Leicester out of Champions League

US Sports executive Charlie Stillitano has come under criticism for stating Leicester should not be allowed a spot in the Champions League given their status as talk of a European Super League intensify.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Stubborn mule Mourinho refuses to budge on failing forwards

Jose Mourinho has insisted Chelsea will not sign a striker when the transfer window reopens in January and says that he is happy with the club's current forward line.

Blues strikers Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres are conspicuous by their absence in the Premier League's topscorer list with Oscar currently the club's top marksman in the league with six goals.

Rumours have linked the club with a big-money move for Jackson Martinez, but Mourinho has dismissed claims he could sign the Porto man and looks set to dig his heels over his misfiring forward line.
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Friday, May 10, 2013

Going, going, gone? Rooney bidding war begins




David Moyes' appointment as the next Manchester United manager has sparked uncertainty over the future of Wayne Rooney.

On Thursday, Goal.com exclusively revealed that Arsenal and Chelsea have joined the race to sign the England international, who has already told United that he wants to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.

Let the bidding war begin. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

No place like home: Mourinho prepares for Chelsea return

The latest in a string of clues pointing towards Jose Mourinho's return to Chelsea came on Monday after 50-year-old was spotted in a south-west Madrid branch of Ikea.

According to reports, Mourinho wasn't there to spruce up his own Madrid home either as £168 was spent on boxes and other items that have all the hallmarks of a house move. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Atletico & Simeone offer Torres a Chelsea escape

For one reason or another, it just hasn't worked for Fernando Torres at Chelsea.

But the Spaniard could still be salvaged after Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone hinted that the striker could make a return to Spain.

"Fernando Torres is currently playing for another team. We have to wait for the season to finish and decide which of the available players could come here and do a good job," Simeone told Onda Cero.

"Fernando knows about the club's history, what it means to play here and I don't need to speak about his ability.

"We were team-mates [from 2003 until 2005]. I know how important he can be." 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Humpty dumpty Benitez falls off the wall

Chelsea's 'interim' manager Rafa Benitez has finally lost his rag with the club's supporters' continual protests against his reign.

After the 2-0 FA Cup victory over Middlesbrough on Wednesday night, the Spaniard slammed fans for having an "agenda" against him while also hitting out at the board for giving him the temporary tag.

And now it seems, with the 52-year-old confirming he will leave at the end of the season, that the manager has firmly fallen from his post and the Blues' can do nothing to put him back together again... 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Which of Europe's card sharks is holding the aces this year?

Stick or twist? That's the real question as Europe's top bosses limber up to do battle in the second half of the season - even if they all seem to be playing their own game.

Will Arsene Wenger Go Fish this January? Who'd win in Top Trumps if Jose and Tito laid their star cards down?

How long before Roman increases the tension on Rafa before he hears that all-too-familiar Snap and finds a new willing victim for Bridge?
Can Pep, er, pep up the Bayern players after the upcoming depature of Old Maid Jupp? And will Sir Alex Beggar My (noisy) Neighbour to reclaim the Premier League crown?

All we know is we want to be in the room if this game ever takes place...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Club World Cup champions Corinthians deliver Benitez knockout blow

Just when it appeared Rafa Benitez might be on the verge of receiving some goodwill from Chelsea fans, Corinthians spoil the party.

The Blues romped into the Club World Cup final with a convincing 3-1 victory over Monterrey.

But Benitez and his charges came unstuck against the Brazilian outfit, who won the competition by knocking out the Stamford Bridge side with a single Paolo Guerrero goal.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Job cut - Abramovich ends Di Matteo’s Chelsea reign

After a 3-0 defeat to Juventus left Chelsea's chances of securing qualification for the Champions League knockout stage, Roman Abramovich has called time on Roberto Di Matteo's reign at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian took charge after Andre Villas-Boas was axed in March and guided the club to FA Cup glory, as well as their first Champions League trophy since the Russian bought Chelsea in June 2003.

But after failing to register a win in the Premier League in four attempts, along with an inconsistent campaign in Europe which could the club eliminated at the group stage, Di Matteo was ousted from his role as Chelsea now search for their ninth manager in eight-and-a-half years.

Friday, June 1, 2012

A case of the Blues as Hazard plumps for Chelsea

After months of speculation, rumours and toying with Europe's top clubs, Eden Hazard finally put an end to one of the longest running transfer sagas in recent times by announcing he will join Chelsea.
Just a month ago the Belgian wizard had looked certain to move to Manchester from Lille, with both City and United battling it out to secure the 21-year-old's signature.

However, the Blues' dramatic victory in the Champions League final changed Hazard's mind one last time, with the continent's hottest property opting for a move to west London, leaving Roberto Mancini and Sir Alex Ferguson in a spin...
 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Chelsea's Drogba love story comes to an end

Didier Drogba confirmed on Tuesday that he will leave Chelsea this summer after an eight-year spell in west London in which he has cemented his place as a club legend.
The Ivorian's last kick for the Blues came in Saturday's Champions League final victory, with his penalty sealing a dramtic win for Roberto Di Matteo's side and also his very own fairytale swansong.

While John Terry made a last ditch attempt to persuade Drogba to stay during Sunday's open-top bus parade, Chelsea have no choice but to accept the 34-year-old's decision, handing Fernando Torres the opportunity to take up his mantle in the side.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Chelsea victory written in the stars

As Chelsea lifted the Champions League trophy on Saturday night following an unlikely victory over Bayern Munich, it was hard not to feel that fate had played a large part.
The turnaround against Napoli, a backs-to-the-wall performance against Barcelona and, finally, shoot-out success in Bayern's own stadium all capped a campaign which seemed destined for success against the odds.

When ex-Chelsea winger Arjen Robben missed an extra-time penalty, it felt as though Roberto Di Matteo's side would continue to be bestowed with luck until they actually lifted the trophy.

Didier Drogba, a man who played such a large part in the Blues' presence in Munich, scored the crucial equaliser and winning penalty said it all...

Sunday, April 29, 2012

'German Messi' Marko Marin

On Saturday, Chelsea confirmed the the signing of Marko Marin from Werder Bremen for a reported fee of €7 million to €8m.

The Germany international earned himself the nickname 'the German Messi' following a string of fine performances early in his career, but his progress seems to have stagnated as he has failed to make much of an impact in Bremen in the last couple of years.

Nevertheless, this didn't stop Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich from snapping up the 23-year-old. Perhaps the Russian believes he has signed the real Messi ...

Friday, April 6, 2012

Beat Barcelona, then we'll talk ...

When Andre Villas-Boas and Chelsea went their separate ways, the Blues were on the brink of Champions League elimination. European domination has long been the dream of ambitious owner Roman Abramovich, who has dispensed with a host of coaches, including the Portuguese, for failing to deliver his most-coveted prize.

However, under the stewardship of Roberto Di Matteo, the Blues have had an upturn in fortunes, and edged ever closer to the Champions League final with a 3-1 aggregate victory over Benfica in the quarter-finals on Wednesday night. However, the Italian will have to win a few more games yet if he wants a permanent stay ...