Mikel Obi Excited By Andre Villas-Boas Reign

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel is excited by the dawn of a new era at the club under Portuguese manager Andre Villas-Boas. Previous Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti was unceremoniously dumped at the end of last season after finishing second in the Barclays Premier League, and failing to make any headway in the club’s quest for the UEFA Champions League. While there was much speculation over who would take over at…

July 12, 2011

Premier League preview: Chelsea v Newcastle

Chelsea host Newcastle for the second time at Stamford Bridge this term, after the boys from the North took the spoils at their last visit. United won 4-3 in a thrilling Carling Cup encounter in West London last year, with Shola Ameobi netting twice in the upset result over Carlo Ancelotti’s men. A lot has changed at St James’ Park since, with notable differences to the first-team squad being striker…

May 14, 2011

Chelsea Players Must Believe: Ancelotti

The Blues boss urged his players to believe sincerely they could become the first team ever to knock United out of Europe having lost the first leg of a tie at home. Only two clubs have ever produced an equivalent turnaround in the Champions League but Ancelotti has insisted there is no reason why Chelsea could not become the third at Old Trafford. The Italian said: “In Italy, we have…

April 11, 2011

Preview: Chelsea v Manchester City

Chelsea host Manchester City on Sunday in a match that could end the title aspirations of one of the competition’s two biggest spenders. Chelsea were cruising on top of the English Premier League at the end of October and a second successive title looked a formality, but almost five months on and the script has been given an extensive rewrite. The wheels began to fall off in early November, and…

March 18, 2011

Ancelotti On Brink Of Sack

Following the champions’ shock FA Cup exit on penalties to Everton, The Independent claims that ‘Ancelotti flies to Copenhagen this morning with his Chelsea squad in the knowledge that defeat in Denmark could convince the club’s owner, Roman Abramovich, to change his manager before the end of the season.’ The paper claims that ‘The Chelsea hierarchy had intended to keep the Italian coach in place until the end of the…

February 21, 2011

Chelsea Hope Luiz Signing Will Be First of Many

Chelsea’s spending in the transfer window may not be limited to the imminent arrival of David Luiz from Benfica, with the club considering strengthening in other areas if they receive encouragement that long-standing targets have become available. Negotiations between the Premier League champions and the Benfica president, Luís Filipe Vieira, continued today with sources in Portugal suggesting the make-up of the proposed deal was still under discussion. Chelsea had hoped…

January 25, 2011