Diego Costa played for 10 minutes during Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Stoke City which was played at Stamford Bridge on April 4. The Brazilian born Spain international player underwent a number of scans and it has been revealed that the forward will not be able to play at least until May.
Despite dropping two points in the hard-fought 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge against Southampton, Manchester City’s shock defeat at Burnley put Chelsea six points clear at the Premier League summit.
Jose Mourinho’s side also have a game in hand over their closest rivals, and with just nine games remaining in the 2014/2015 Premier League season, the title is Chelsea’s to lose. However, the Blues cannot afford to become complacent with the finishing line within touching distance, particularly with fixtures against Manchester United and Arsenal coming up in late April.
Chelsea dropped 2 points after having to settle with a 1-1 draw when playing a Premier League match against the relegation zone club Burnley. It was a surprising result as the match was played in the home turf of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge which is where the team of Jose Mourinho has managed to win most of their matches in the Premier League in this season.
This result has allowed Manchester City to close the gap between them to 5 points, which used to be a lot higher not too long ago.
If you ask anybody in England which stadium he likes watching a game of football in or which stadium has the best environment, he would probably say Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge or Wembley Stadium.
But, you would get a very different answer to this question from the Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino.
For Pochettino, the English ground which has the best environment is Bramall Lane.
Chelsea would start 2015 by taking Tottenham Hotspur on.
These two teams had played against each other just a couple of weeks ago and in spite of the fact that Chelsea’s most important player Diego Costa was not available for them, they just ran through the Spurs’ defence and surged their way to a 3-0 win.
Costa’s ready to roar on Thursday though and that’s not a good news for Tottenham. The Spanish striker has found some rhythm going into the New Year.
Even before the start of the Premier League 2014-15, everyone knew that Chelsea would be the team to beat.
They were the favourites for the title, but, they were not expected to have it easy. But, what has been seen till this point of time, it seems no team would be able to get even close to them as far as the no. of points is concerned.
Jose Mourinho was involved in a touchline spat with Arsene Wenger during the recent 2-0 win for Chelsea against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. For a change, Mourinho was not the perpetrator after Wenger came into the opposition touchline, laid his two hands and pushed him. After the defeat, Wenger claimed that he did not appear to do anything wrong because he was merely protesting the referee’s decision not to award a red card for Gary Cahill after his challenge on Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.
Jose Mourinho has claimed that Chelsea’s star midfielder Eden Hazard will sign a new contract within one month. The Belgian international is fast becoming one of the best players in the world. Last season, he was a major source of goals and assists for the West London outfit. Despite a poor World Cup 2014, the 23-year-old is expected to play a key role in the Premier league and Champions League campaigns this season.
Didier Drogba played his first match of his new tenure at Chelsea yesterday as he was sent onto the pitch as a substitute in the second half of the pre-season friendly match against the German club SV Werder Bremen. He couldn’t create an impact though as the Blues ended up losing that game by 0-3.
Right through the last season, the Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, kept on saying in his interviews that his side was not the strongest contender to win the league title. He tipped Manchester City for being the Champions and that’s what exactly happened.
The Blues themselves were not that bad though. They finished at the third position in the table.