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Michael Essien was axed from the Chelsea squad for the game against Aston Villa
Ghana midfielder Michael Essien was axed from the Chelsea 18-man squad that escaped with a slim win over Aston Villa in the English Premiership on Wednesday night.
The 30-year-old was overlooked by manager Jose Mourinho as he watched the entire regulation minutes from the stands at the Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea needed a Branislav Ivanovic header to beat a resilient Aston Villa side 2-1 at the Stamford Bridge to record their second straight win of the season and take temporary leadership of the Premiership.
Essien was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s opening day victory over Hull City over the weekend.
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Jose Mourinho expects Tottenham target Willian will sign for the Chelsea ahead of their London rivals.
Tottenham appeared poised to sign the Anzhi Makhachkala forward after he completed a medical, but Chelsea now appear to be in pole position for the deal.
"I think he's already made his decision," Mourinho said.
The self-styled 'Special One' nodded in the...
Jose Mourinho wants his Chelsea team to show a ruthless streak and "destroy" opponents when the opportunity presents itself.
Chelsea were scintillating at times early in their 2-0 win over Hull on Sunday and host Aston Villa in the Premier League on Wednesday night.
Villa's most recent trip to Stamford Bridge was on December 23, when they were thrashed 8-0 by the...
Jose Mourinho: Willian has chosen Chelsea over Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.comChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed in a press conference today that Willian has chosen to join the Blues, despite the Brazil international having a medical ahead of a proposed £30m move to Tottenham.
The Anzhi Makhachkala midfielder initially attracted the attention of Liverpool...
Don't chant for me any more, Jose Mourinho beseeched the Chelsea fans after his rapturous welcome back to Stamford Bridge before, during and after the opening victory over Hull City -- chant for the team. Yet Mourinho seems still to be stealing every show.
As we move into a Premier League weekend that culminates in a mouthwatering Monday game, as Mourinho's team take on...
The Villa-Chelsea match will be more known for a couple of events on the pitch than anything else...
Should Ivanovic have been given a red card for his elbowing of Benteke for the challenge in the air...???
Should Villa have been given a stoppage time PK for a John Terry hand ball in the box...???
Answers are, probably, yes and yes...
Jose Mourinho and Chelsea will wait until after Monday's Barclays Premier League match with Manchester United to make a third approach for transfer target Wayne Rooney.
Chelsea have seen two offers for Rooney rebuffed by United, who insist the England striker is not for sale.
Mourinho will test that resolve, but not until after the trip to Old Trafford.
"I don't want...
Jose Mourinho’s striker woes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has managed Chelsea through two games of the new Premier League season – winning both. However, he has named a different striker to play the lone role upfront in both games – Fernando Torres left and Demba Ba right.
Romelu Lukaku has come on as a sub in both league games – impressing...
Chelsea will test Manchester United 's determination to keep Wayne Rooney before the transfer window closes, boss Jose Mourinho has hinted.
Chelsea have already seen two bids for the United striker rejected, but Jose Mourinho is not yet prepared to cut his losses and will continue his pursuit until the September 2 deadline.
Mourinho was asked the motivation behind a probable...
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says a new bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney won't be submitted until after Monday's match at the Premier League champions.
Chelsea has had two bids rejected for the unsettled Rooney, who indicated to United toward the end of last season that he wanted to leave.
United has said Rooney is not for sale but that has not deterred Chelsea...
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has hijacked Tottenham’s proposed £30million deal for Brazil winger Willian.
And the dramatic swoop for the Anzhi Makhachkala star immediately put Gareth Bale’s world-record switch to Real Madrid in doubt.
Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas insisted his side could cope without Bale after they stormed to a 5-0 win against Dinamo Tbilisi in their Europa...
Hull City Winger Elmohamady
Ahmed Elmohamady is positive ahead of Hull’s first home game of the season when they face Norwich on Saturday.
Hull were handed a tough start to life back in the top flight with a trip to Stamford Bridge and suffered a 2-0 defeat to Jose Mourinho’s men.
But Elmohamady says he cannot wait to face a home crowd and compete with the elite.
“It felt great...
Eto’o is available for around £5million with his current employers Anzhi looking to trim their massive wage bill.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho is on the lookout for a new forward and is keen to be reunited with the 32-year-old who he managed at Inter Milan should he miss out on number one target Wayne Rooney.
However according to Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport United have...
Chelsea strikers Demba ba and Romelu Lukaku
Spanish side Malaga are keen on a move for Chelsea’s Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku, according to reports from the Daily Star.
The La Liga outfit have made securing the young Belgian and the Senegal international their top priority before the transfer window closes, and are hopeful that the Blues’ pursuit of Wayne Rooney will make a...
Anzhi striker Samuel Eto'o
Former Anzhi Makhachkala coach Rene Meulensteen has revealed Cameroon international striker Samuel Eto’o could make a move to Chelsea this summer.
The 32-year-old veteran striker who joined the Russian side in 2011 has been linked with a move to English giants Manchester United and Chelsea.
Eto’o and other Anzhi have been made available by...
Pellegrini, Manchester City and the benefit of a calm hand on the tiller - originally posted on Soccerlens.comThere’s an old Chinese curse along the lines of:
“May you live in interesting times.”
The point being that although there may be plenty of fireworks and noise to distract and attract during times of excitement, the best road map to success is through a calm and measured...