Chelsea on Sunday evening made it three wins to continue their perfect start of the season. The win left them on 9-points with table toppers Liverpool with a better goals difference and also Watford who are on the same goals differences as the Blues.
The Stamford Bridge side dominated proceedings setting a club record number of passes in the game that was decided by a controversial Eden Hazard strike from the penalty box and a very late DeAndre Yedlin own goal following his deflected shot from Athletico Madrid target Marcos Alonso.
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Rafa Benitez stunned the visitors with his ultra-defensive approach to the game against the Blues playing with five defenders and a lone striker up front. Chelsea however, controlled the game for most of the match and at some point enjoyed an 81 percent ball possession over Newcastle’s paltry 19 percent. Jorginho once again was the pass master on this one having completed a massive 173 number of passes just one short of Ilkay Gundogan’s record 174 passes in a single Premier League game.
After the game, Sarri said:
‘It was a difficult game for us.
‘I think here [St James’ Park] is very difficult for every team. Last season Chelsea, Manchester united and Arsenal lost here.
‘I was surprised at the beginning because in Italy i have never seen Rafa [Benitez] play with five defenders. So I was really surprised.
‘Newcastle were very compact, so we could only move the ball and be patient.’
Former Newcastle coach Graeme Souness who was critical of Rafa’s tactics on Sunday opined that as a player in the team, he would rather lose by 3-0 attacking than losing the way they did.
Benitez who has only managed to pick one point from his side’s opening three games was defiant and unapologetic of his tactics. He said: ‘You have to do what you have to do.’
How Real madrid wish favours Chelsea ahead of United for Gareth Bale
West London outfit Manchester United might be made to lose out on their long term target Gareth Bale despite his wish to join the Old Trafford but that might not happen because his club wants otherwise.
Gareth Bale has been on the radar of the Red Devils team even before he left the North London outfit Tottenham to join the La Liga outfit but all of their efforts failed to fall through.
Now that he is being rumoured to be unsettled at the club and seek a move away, it is claimed that he is now willing to answer the call at Man United but the Real Madrid are not willing to sanction that.
It is claimed that the Spanish giants are willing to let go of Gareth Bale to the West London outfit Chelsea rather than United because of the already existing good relationship between both sides.
However, it is not clear how much would be tabled for the star player but suggestions are that the Blues and the Red Devils will well consider Gareth Bale’s price before making a move for him because of his age which is already 30,
It is no longer news that Chelsea have a policy of not signing a player who is more than 30 for more than a year contract.
Few years ago, Alex Teixeira confirmed talks with Chelsea, should the Blues be worried now
Three years ago, former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder confirmed that he had talks with Chelsea FC.
“I know there has been some interest from Chelsea lately, but at the moment nothing is concrete”.
The former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder has scored 22 goals in that season which has attracted a lot of clubs because of his performance.
With the current Chelsea team, Texeira is more likely to replace Pedro than any other players in the squad.
Williams and Hazard play in the wild position, while Alex Teixeira can operate mostly in the central position.
The Brazilian would have been an excellent scorer that will add value to Chelsea’s failing attack, however, Chelsea never agreed a fee with his Ukrainian side and Chinese side Jiansu Suning tabled an incredible deal for Alex Teixeira, The Guardian reported that it was worth around £38 million, smashing the Chinese transfer record.
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Alex Teixeira’s completed his transfer same year and moved to China two years ago now, with Chelsea failing to score goals back to back, so has he shown Chelsea what they are missing now?
So far the attack-minded player has been a success in China, undoubtedly, but his form has certainly not left Chelsea fans wondering what it might have been to have a player that can assist Higuain.
He scored 13 goals for Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2016 and this season his side have been facing relegation. In all honesty, he has not been the massive success his stats at Shakhtar Donetsk projected he would be in China.
Alex Teixeira has failed to win any silverware with Jiansu in two years and there is no headway he will make the Brazil national squad soon. Fans must have believed that a move to Chelsea would have been a good step in the right direction for his career.
We could simply say he is operating at a lower league, due to the lower level of competition in the Chinese Super League – but we strongly doubt if Chelsea fans will be losing any sleep over this missed transfer from two years ago.
Why Marco Silva Wants Permanent Deal For Kurt Zouma
Everton manager Marco Silva has revealed that he would like to pursue a permanent transfer for defender Kurt Zouma at the end of this season.
Zouma, 24, is on a season-long loan at Goodison Park from Chelsea having joined the Toffees at the start of the current campaign.
Marco Silva spoke to the Liverpool Echo about the French international centre back as he said that he was desperate for the player to join him at Everton before the Portuguese tactician added that he wants to keep the player at the club.
Kurt Zouma joined Everton on the deadline day of the last summer’s transfer window.
The French defender has made 27 appearances for the Merseyside giants in all competitions.
Zouma has been one of the standout players for Everton in what’s gradually becoming a difficult season for the Toffees under Marco Silva.
Everton fans are unhappy with the league status of the team with the Toffees in ninth position on the Premier League log.
Kurt Zouma spent last season at Stoke City but he was unable to prevent them from dropping down to the second tier of English football.
It remains to be seen whether he has a future at Chelsea or the Blues would want to do a deal for him.
Why Alvaro Morata Joined Atletico Madrid Revealed
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has revealed what prompted him to sign for Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid during the January transfer window.
Spanish international Morata talked about his move to Atletico Madrid in an interview with AS.
According to him, the Atletico Madrid made contact with him over three years ago in their bid to sign him over three years ago before adding that he promised Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simone about signing for the club.
Chelsea paid a club-record transfer of £71m to secure his transfer from European champions Real Madrid in the summer of 2017.
Morata didn’t have the best of times at Stamford Bridge despite the fact that he had a great start to his Chelsea career.
The Spaniard joined Atletico Madrid on loan from Chelsea in January with the option to make the transfer permanent in the summer.
His position was taken at Chelsea by Gonzalo Higuain who also joined the Blues on loan from Italian Serie A champions Juventus.
Higuain has scored two goals for Chelsea since his transfer to the West London club last month.
Juventus have already told Chelsea that the can sign the Argentine international player for €36m at the end of his loan deal this summer.
No Juventus Transfer For Chelsea Target Mauro Icardi
Inter Milan owner Steve Zhang has revealed that there’s no chance that unsettled striker Mauro Icardi will join Italian rivals Juventus.
Juventus officials have already confirmed their interest in the Argentine national team player.
Sporting director Fabio Paratici in a chat with Radio Rai revealed that they enquired about Mauro Icardi and his admission has understandably drawn the fury of Inter Milan bosses.
Inter Milan owner Zhang in his latest interview monitored by trusted Spanish newspaper AS said that it’s always tempting to do business with a big club like Juventus before adding that the case of Mauro Icardi is a special one and that the player won’t be sold to Juventus.
Italian champions Juventus are one of several clubs keen on a move for the prolific striker who was recently dropped as the Inter Milan skipper amidst his contract standoff with the San Siro giants.
Mauro Icardi made his first team debut for Italian side Sampdoria in 2012 having joined from the famed La Masia (Barcelona) Academy.
The 25-year-old scored 11 goals in 33 league games for Sampdoria before joining Inter Milan after one season.
He has scored 109 league goals for Inter Milan in 179 games since his transfer to Inter Milan in 2013.
Chelsea Champions League Winner Signs For FC Zurich
Former Chelsea winger Florent Malouda has joined Swiss Super League club FC Zurich.
His transfer was confirmed by the club earlier on Tuesday morning.
The 38-year-old will team up with FC Zurich in a player-coach capacity.
Florent Malouda has joined the Swiss club as a free agent.
The French international star is not eligible to face Italian Serie A giants Napoli in the last 32 of the Europa League.
FC Zurich lost the first leg 3-1 at home and they have a big mountain to climb in the second leg scheduled to take place in Sao Paolo on Thursday night.
Florent Malouda was a fantastic servant for Chelsea whom he played for between 2007 and 2013.
The 80-cap French international player was a regular fixture on the left side of the Blues midfield for almost a decade.
He was part of the Chelsea squad that won the 2009/10 Premier League title under the guidance of current Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti before helping the Blues win the Champions League title in 2012.
Malouda and Chelsea saw off German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in front of their fans via the penalty shootout route.
FC Zurich would be hoping that Florent Malouda brings his wealth of football experience to the team both on and off the pitch.
How Inter Supremo Blasted Juventus Official Over €100m Chelsea Target
Inter Milan chief Beppe Marotta has slammed an official from Juventus over his admission that they have registered an interest in unsettled striker Mauro Icardi.
Beppe Marotta was the chief executive officer (CEO) at Italian Serie A giants Juventus before he left to assume the same role at Inter Milan.
According to the publication from ESPN, the Inter chief blasted Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici after he openly talked about their interest in Argentine international Icardi.
Paratici had listed several Juventus’ transfer targets which include the aforementioned Icardi during a recent interview with Radio Rai.
Other targets mentioned by the Juventus official include Sandro Tonali (Brescia), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Nicolo Zaniolo (AS Roma) and Nicolo Barella (Cagliari).
Mauro Icardi has been linked with major European sides like Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus and Chelsea.
Those transfer rumours have intensified in the past few days after the Inter Milan striker was dropped as the Nerazzurri captain on Wednesday.
He has since been replaced by goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.
In addition, Mauro Icardi is in a contract standoff with the club though Inter Milan officials have maintained that the captaincy decision is in isolation.
Inter Milan is rated at €100m for potential suitors like Chelsea and others.
Bayern In £40m Summer Bid For Chelsea-linked Defender
German champions Bayern Munich are eyeing a big money move for highly rated Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka according to reports coming out of the media in the United Kingdom.
The Sun claim that the Bavarian giants are plotting a £40m move for the England junior international.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been attracting the interest of several major European sides like Manchester City and Chelsea.
The young defender is reaping the rewards for a stellar season in the colours of Crystal Palace.
The 21-year-old is enjoying a breakthrough season for the Eagles having displaced former first choice right-back Joel Ward since the start of the season.
Wan-Bissaka has played in all but one Premier League games for Crystal Palace in the current season.
Earlier reports had claimed that Premier League champions Manchester City want to strengthen their fullback positions with young England defenders Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Leicester City star Ben Chilwell.
Chelsea have also been mentioned as a potential transfer destination for the young English right-back.
The Blues’ defence is crying out for major surgery with Chelsea in defensive shambles in recent matches.
Chelsea have conceded 12 goals in their last three away games in the Premier League including the 6-0 mauling at the hands of Manchester City.
Will Aliko Dangote take over ownership of Chelsea from Roman Abramovich?
We have a very reliable report that Aliko Dangote who happens to be Africa richest man will take over ownership from Chelsea current owner Roman Abramovich.
In 2017 Aliko Dangote, the President of Dangote Industries displaces several billionaires including Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich to become the 100th richest man on earth with a net worth of $14.1billion.
The report also claimed that the takeover could happen in summer 2019.
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When Aliko Dangote said: “he will turn his attention away from Arsenal and buy another football club, if Stan Kroenke makes it clear he will not sell to him“, we never knew he had his hands stretch at Chelsea.
A report by BBC last year about Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich “withdrawing” his application for a UK visa and the delayed plan to build a new stadium could be the reason he intends to sell Chelsea.
We know Roman Abramovich is looking to sell a minority stake at Chelsea as reported by the Telegraph, what remains mysterious is the full take over by the African richest man Aliko Dangote.
Chelsea Contact AS Roma For £55m-rated Winger
Former European champions Chelsea have reportedly made contact with Italian Serie A club AS Roma over the transfer availability of winger Cengiz Under.
According to the publication from Turkish-Football, Chelsea have made an enquiry over the transfer availability of AS Roma star Cengiz Under who has been interest from far and near in the last few months.
Apart from Chelsea, fellow London clubs like Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have been touted as a possible destination for the 21-year-old.
It could take as much as £55m to secure his signing from the Italian capital club.
Arsenal scouts watched him in action earlier this year when he scored a very good goal in a league match with Inter Milan which ended in a 2-2 draw.
Cengiz Under began his football career at Turkish club Altinordu before joining Istanbul Basaksehir FC of the Super Lig in Turkey in 2016.
The Turkish international player scored nine goals in 43 games for Istanbul Basaksehir before joining AS Roma at the start of last season.
Cengiz Under has scored 12 goals in 57 games for Roma in all competitions since signing for the club.
He was part of the Roma team that reached the last four of last season’s Champions League.
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