Thursday, January 29, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
We have been drawn to play away against Watford in the FA Cup fifth round.
The game reunites our former reserve team manager Brendan Rodgers with the Blues - he left for the managerial post at Vicarage Road in November.
The game will be played on the weekend of 14/15 February.
We met the Hornets at the third round stage in 2004, winning 4-0 at Stamford Bridge after a replay. We were eliminated by Watford at the fourth round stage in 1987, and were 5-1 winners in the semi-final en route to winning the competition back in 1970.
The full fifth round draw is:
Sheffield United v Hull City
Watford v Chelsea
West Ham v Middlesbrough
Sunderland or Blackburn v Coventry City
Derby County or Nottingham Forest v Manchester United
Swansea City v Fulham
Liverpool or Everton v Doncaster or Aston Villa
Cardiff City or Arsenal v West Brom or Burnley
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The skipper, 28, missed the weekend win over Stoke after aggravating his back in the warm-up.
Terry is desperate to play in Saturday’s fourth round but may not train until tomorrow.
The Blues have crucial Premier League games with Middlesbrough and Liverpool next week so boss Phil Scolari may rest Terry against Ipswich.
Meanwhile, Spaniards Villarreal are preparing a £9million bid for Chelsea winger Florent Malouda, 28.
Malouda has flopped despite a promising start after he signed from Lyon for £13.5m in July 2007.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Benfica have accepted that Di María will leave sooner rather than later, although they are reluctant to sell him while they remain in contention for the Portuguese title.
Scolari received some good news yesterday when Terry, the captain, returned to training after missing the 2-1 win over Stoke. The centre half is expected to play in Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie against Ipswich Town at Stamford Bridge.
Didier Drogba is also likely to be recalled to face the Coca-Cola Championship club after he trained well again yesterday and suffered no ill effects from his troublesome right knee. The Ivory Coast striker has been omitted for Chelsea's past two matches but is determined to stay and fight for his place.
Monday, January 19, 2009
During 2008, Fabio Capello awarded caps to 35 players in ten games as England won eight, drew one and lost one. Today we look at Frank Lampard, winner of the England Player of the Year title in 2004 and 2005.Age 30
Date of Birth 20.06.78
Caps in 2008 6
Career Caps 66 Career Goals 14
England fans chose Frank Lampard as their Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005, when he got 40% and 29% of the votes respectively.
He missed Fabio Capello's first two fixtures in charge, but was back in the fold for the Wembley friendly with USA at the end of May. He slotted a superb pass through for Jermain Defoe early in the second half, substitute goalkeeper Brad Guzan blocking the Portsmouth striker's shot, and then made way for Gareth Barry on 57 minutes.
Frank was almost an ever-present in the second half of the year, starting five out of six matches. Late in the first half of the new season's opener against Czech Republic his clever dummy allowed midfield partner Steven Gerrard to test Petr Cech with a firm right-footer that he saved low to his left. Eleven minutes from time he was substituted by David Bentley.
He played all but the last few minutes of the 2-0 win against Andorra in Barcelona in September and then the whole 90 minutes as England achieved a fabulous result in Croatia in the second World Cup Qualifier four days later. He helped to create the second goal of Theo Walcott's hat-trick and had his own "goal" disallowed after Emile Heskey was adjudged to have fouled Simunic.
England picked up six more qualifying points in October and Lampard played for the whole 90 minutes against both Kazakhstan and Belarus. He set up the first two goals in the 5-1 win against Kazakhstan, watched by more than 89,000 at Wembley. His international experience - he was first capped ten years ago - continued to serve England during an encouraging year.
"I do play with minor knocks at times. I'm not saying I'm a Braveheart compared to others, but I do just get on with it."
"I can't stress the importance of working hard enough, work on all aspects of your game. If you do that and you have the ability, you'll come through."
"I think I work harder on the pitch, I cover more ground and my passing is more accurate."
Out of favour Chelsea striker Didier Drogba could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge if an acceptable offer is received.
Blues boss Luiz Felipe Scolari explained to setanta.com,
"Sell him? It’s my choice but I think if someone offers a lot of money, the club might accept it. He still trains very hard and could be in my side next week – but I make the decisions."
The Chelsea boss also insisted that this applied to all of his players and not just Drogba. He said: "If people offer money for my players, it’s down to the club to accept them."
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
စတုတ္စီးတီး အေနျဖင့္ အနီကဒ္ထိထားတဲ့ တိုက္စစ္မႈး ဖူလာအစား အရင္ပရီးမီးယားလိဂ္မွာ ေျခစြမ္းျပသြားသည့္ ရွက္ဖီးယူနိက္တက္ ေရွ႕တန္းတိုက္စစ္မႈး James Beattie ေခၚယူထားပါတယ္။
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Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Chelsea are ready to give Luiz Felipe Scolari the additional attacking threat that the manager believes he needs to fulfil the squad’s potential by launching a summer bid for Ángel Di María.
Scolari would prefer to sign the Benfica winger during this month’s transfer window because he is concerned about a lack of width in his side, but with the club reluctant to sanction any additional spending as they strive for self-sufficiency, the Brazilian has accepted that he must wait until the end of the season.
Scolari is in full agreement with Chelsea’s new policy of signing young players on modest wages with a potentially high resale value. He has identified Di María, 20, an Argentina international, as among the best of the next generation and made him one of his principal transfer targets. Benfica bought Di María from Rosário Central in July 2007 for ¤8 million (then about £5.4 million) and, after two good seasons in Portugal, his transfer value has increased to £15 million.
Di María has also attracted interest from Real Madrid, but Chelsea are confident that their links with his agent, Jorge Mendes, will help them to complete the deal. Mendes sprang to prominence through representing José Mourinho, the former Chelsea manager and now Inter Milan coach, and has become one of the most influential agents in Europe and South America, while retaining a close relationship with the London club.
Chelsea are planning an overhaul of their squad at the end of the season, regardless of what they win in the meantime. Di María made his name by helping Argentina to win the Under-20 World Cup in 2007 with a series of outstanding performances that alerted Benfica and elevated him to the full national squad. He has won two caps and scored the only goal in the gold-medal match against Nigeria at last year’s Olympics in Beijing.
Chelsea's shortage of wide players was highlighted when Robinho opted to join Manchester City last summer, with Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou likely to pay for their poor performances by being sold at the end of the season.