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.
Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta says that the club will certainly benefit from the signing of Diego Costa, which is expected to be officially announced in the next few weeks. Chelsea have been working very hard to bring in the Atletico Madrid striker. They are believed to have agreed a £ 32 million deal, which matches the release clause figure in his contract. Apart from this, there are also thought to have agreed a £ 150,000 per week contract as well. They have been very keen to sign the player before the World Cup 2014.
Chelsea manager José Mourinho is set to endure a second season without any trophy on a personal level after his Chelsea team were knockout of the league title race following a 0-0 draw with Norwich city. Mourinho failed to lift any major title with Real Madrid last season. Only a few weeks ago, Chelsea were in contention for both the Premier league and Champions League. However, their season has come to an end in the space of a few days after being knocked out by Atletico Madrid in the semifinals of the Champions League.
Chelsea manager José Mourinho has claimed that he is proud of his team after they managed an improbable comeback in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Chelsea were trailing PSG 3-1 on aggregate from the first leg.
The late goal from Pastore in the first leg looked to have changed the whole dynamic of the tie because Chelsea needed two goals in the second leg in order to go through. However, they achieved this by the way of some never say die attitude, which has already been seen at Stamford Bridge in 2012.
Jose Mourinho has been downplaying Chelsea’s title ambitions throughout this campaign. He has consistently stated that Chelsea can be considered as title challengers only from next season onwards, as he is still building his team.
Chelsea are expected to make a move for striker Radamel Falcao in the summer after he has been consistently linked with the West London outfit over the last few years. Jose Mourinho, perhaps, made the interest public after admitting that a player like Radamel Falcao needs to play at a big team.
He has condemned the decision by the player to move to Monaco by saying that this is a decision he should have taken only at the end of his career. Falcao is believed to be one of the highest-paid players in the world after completing his £ 50 million move to Monaco.
There is some good news for the fans of the England national football team. They might be able to see one of their key players Theo Walcott playing in the upcoming FIFA World Cup.
A Scot doctor Gordon Mackay has said that he can help the Arsenal striker get back to full fitness in just about 15 weeks or so. That means Walcott would be able to represent the Three Lions in the World Cup which will start in the second week of June.
Michael Ballack, the former Chelsea playmaker, thinks that his former club is very much in the race for English Premier League this season, but the winter period would be very important.
Chelsea had a tough beginning in the English Premier League this season. At present, they are just 4 points adrift from leaders Arsenal. Still, the former German captain thinks that some good results would go in favor of Jose Mourinho's team and more that they would be able to lift the title.
The manager of Chelsea, Jose Mourinho, has said that his team has a very good chance now of making it to the next round of the Champions League.
Chelsea secured a convincing victory over the Romanian club Steaua Bucuresti yesterday and moved up in the Group E points table. The Blues are now at no. 3 with 3 points.