Marcel Desailly: André Villas-Boas Has To Win Over Stars

Chelsea legend Marcel Desailly says it will be vital for the club’s new manager Andre Villas-Boas to win over the dressing room early in his reign. Desailly believes 33-year-old Villas-Boas cannot afford to make any mistakes if he is to gain the respect from the Blues’ star studded squad. Failure to do so, and the former Porto manager could face a player backlash similar to the one that plagued Roy…

July 29, 2011

Chelsea Fail To Impress In Malaysia

The locals had considered this akin to an international fixture, a crowd of 84,980 whipped into a frenzy to the drone of the vuvuzelas, but there is too much rustiness to Chelsea at present for this team to scintillate. Liverpool and Arsenal may have run riot here, but the latest Premier League club to visit these parts spluttered in the muggy heat. AndrĂ© Villas-Boas is still experimenting and will not…

July 21, 2011

Timing Not Ideal For Fernando Torres: Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti will restore Fernando Torres to his starting line-up against Newcastle with an admission that Chelsea’s failure to secure the Spain international’s services from Liverpool last summer, rather than in mid-season, has seriously hampered his impact to date for the London club. Attempts were made to secure both Torres and David Luiz, from Benfica, at the end of last season only for bids to be knocked back. Their clubs…

May 14, 2011

Goalkeeper Jose Reina keen To Stay At Liverpool

Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina has been convinced he still has a future at the club by the turnaround effected by Kenny Dalglish, who yesterday signed a three-year contract to become permanent manager. When Dalglish was brought in on an initial temporary basis on Jan 8 to replace the sacked Roy Hodgson the situation at Anfield looked bleak. The team were 12th in the Premier League, four points off the relegation…

May 13, 2011

Premier League Preview: Manchester United Vs Chelsea

Manchester United host Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday in what amounts to a playoff for the English Premier League title. United top the table by three points from second-placed Chelsea, with the same goal difference as the defending champions. A draw will preserve their advantage going into the final two matches of the season, while a win will see Sir Alex Ferguson’s team take a six-point lead and virtually…

May 7, 2011

The Real Didier Drogba Is Back

Tottenham Hotspur know what is coming. Visiting centre-halves will glance up with trepidation on Saturday evening as the man mountain restored as the pivot of Chelsea’s attack steels himself to deliver another bruising. The notion that Didier Drogba was a spent force, his energy critically sapped by malaria and his significance to this side undermined by the mid-season splurge on Fernando Torres, has long since been shattered. The Ivorian is…

April 30, 2011