With Samuel Eto'o left behind, the comments made by Jose Mourinho about Fernando Torres were key and I am wondering if Mourinho plans to start with a "False Nine" again tonight against Atletico Madrid.
Of course Torres could start, so could Demba Ba for that matter but for me with doubts remaining over the match fitness of Eden Hazard, Mourinho could come up with a tactical surprise in the first leg.
Prendono il via questa sera, con la gustosa sfida tra i Colchoneros di Diego Pablo Simeone e i Blues di Josè Mourinho, le semifinali di Champions League. Andata al Vicente Calderon, prima tappa a Madrid (che sar grande palcoscenico domani nello scontro tra titani, tra il Real di Ancelotti e il Bayern dell'ex Barca, Guardiola, [.
Five strikers who could solve Chelsea's forward dilemma - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Over the course of this season Chelsea's midfield has done a sterling job of covering up for the fact that their strike force has woefully under-performed.
Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o have managed to muster just 16 goals in the Premier League between them, a figure that Liverpool's Luis Suarez has achieved almost twice over single-handedly.
Ibrahimovic Mourinho Post-Match- Ibra wishes Mou good luck is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Ibrahimovic Mourinho Post-Match- Ibra wishes Mou good luck is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter This little exchange between Ibrahimovic and Mourinho (VIDEO BELOW) saw the tall Swedish striker surprise the Chelsea manager from behind during the latter's post match interview after the Chelsea-PSG game.
Chelsea advanced to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday with a 2-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain that came as a result of a late goal from substitute forward Demba Ba. The triumph pulled Chelsea level on aggregate at 3-3, but the Blues advanced on away goals.
This summer could potentially be one of the busiest we have ever seen at Chelsea. With plenty of players being linked with a move to and from Stamford Bridge one player is sure to become the subject of interest and that's Romelu Lukaku. If this report in The Telegraph is true, Tottenham have made the Belgian their number one target.
Arsene Wenger is trying not to get caught up in all the talk about his 1000th game as Arsenal manager. What is more important to the Frenchman than this remarkable milestone is the fact that tomorrow's clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge could be the most important match of the season. Both the Gunners and [.
Around about this stage of last season, Arsene Wenger was under more pressure than he had ever been since taking over the reins at Arsenal Football Club back on October 1st 1996. But that all seems long ago as the Frenchman affectionately known as Le Prof approaches the massive milestone of his 100th game as [.
If I was the suspicious type, I would think that the football authorities in England do not want Arsenal to win anything this season. Is there a Tottenham fan in charge somewhere? Not only have Arsenal been handed the toughest draw in every cup competition draw bar one, we have had some shockingly bad decisions [.
Photo : Getty Images Sport When Roberto Mancini and Jose Mourinho clash, it is same old same old. Mourinho almost always finds a way to get ahead of his Italian rival. In the first leg, Mourinho clearly won the tactical battle of the first half by ensuring midfield dominance and Mancini tweaked his team to even things up.
Chelsea last suffered league defeat away at Stoke on 7th December. Our win over Spurs has extended our run to fourteen league games undefeated and you have to admit watching Chelsea, it's all down to teamwork.
We are all still celebrating the victory over Tottenham on Saturday and most of us would have loved our bragging rights at work today however, as we all know, Tottenham were well in the game right up to the penalty and sending off.
We have had welcome news in the past few days that Marco Van Ginkel has returned to training at Cobham during this international break as he makes his surprising return to action. Could Van Ginkel offer Jose Mourinho something different?
Plenty has been said of his injury and the prognosis back at that stage of the season.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is reported to be furious at being caught on camera in an honest exchange about his strikers.
Mourinho was caught in conversation with the boss of Swiss watch-makers Hublot, explaining that Chelsea did not have anyone to score goals. The conversation was recorded by French broadcasters Canal+ in Switzerland on February 17 and appeared as a video clip on their website.
The real reasons Mourinho is so angry By AondoaverK Jose Mourinho's media statements in response to the Arsenal manager's opinions on why the top coaches do not want to be considered title favourites did not come as a surprise. What is surprising is the sheer anger and outright disrespect that they contained.
The pre-match press conference yesterday had been planned to speak of the FA Cup this weekend as Arsenal prepare to take on Liverpool and Chelsea take on Manchester City.
However, after seeing his side stutter and lose the lead in the Premier League title race, Arsene Wenger choose to try and turn up the heat on Jose Mourinho by stating that the title is Chelsea's to lose:
Video: Wenger: Chelsea's title to lose As you can imagine, the press wanted to hear Jose Mourinho's opinion on the comments made by Wenger and it's fair to say that he didn't hold back!
We all know that Jose Mourinho likes a mind game or three. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger really locked horns with the Portuguese coach the first time he was the Chelsea manager and he probably got under Wenger's skin more than the other way then. They have been reasonably civil with each other this time around, [.
There seems to be a bit of a love-in going on between Arsenal and Hull City, or between the two managers of the clubs at least. After Arsene Wenger praised Steve Bruce and Tony Pulis in his pre-match press conference, suggesting that either one of them should be up for the Premier League manager of [.
After Arsenal put in a truly awful performance for Arsene Wenger's 1000th game in charge of the Gunners, allowing Chelsea an easy 5-0 win, the thought of catching Jose Mourinho's team in the Premier League was laughable at best. And, to be honest, it is still very unlikely, but it is looking a lot more [.
Why we lost to Chelsea today by KJ It was an absolutely harrowing performance by Arsenal at Chelsea. The most embarrassing defeat I've ever seen as an Arsenal fan. This is far worse than the 8-2 against Man United, simply because that team was made up of reserve/youth players whilst this team was first choice [.
What can I say Arsenal fans? I for one have had enough of this garbage and an heading for the nearest boozer! And on the landmark day of Arsene Wenger managing the Gunners for the 1000th competitive game. I am more ashamed to be an Arsenal fan than I have ever been. The only small [...]
There are all sorts of different reasons for the Arsenal manager to spend all this week getting his players built up mentally and prepared physically for the trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Saturday. The main one is that, if he doesn't, Arsenal could find themselves out of the race for the Premier [.
There is a section in the Observer newspaper (a Sunday broadsheet published in London) called Said and Done in which the ludicrous things that are said within the world of football are contrasted with what actually occurs.
It could be very good indeed lots of other journalists give it awards for [.
It is time for the players to take responsibility by M.E.S. Since Jose Mourinho has come out and criticized the Arsenal manager, I have certainly been annoyed. Years ago I liked him, while in Spain he became a bit boring and now, after his attack on Wenger, I thoroughly dislike him. Being an Arsenal supporter [.
Just when we thought Jose Mourinho had mellowed. by Dan Hello Arsenal fans. Since returning to English football it appeared that the Portuguese one was picking his fights more wisely. Sir Alex Ferguson was apparently his long term friend who he was sad had gone, Brenden Rodgers and Steve Clarke his young prodigies while after [.
Arsene Wenger may well be the happiest and most pleased with himself person in London right now. The Arsenal fans who had me in stitches chanting behind the BT Sports commentary stand ran him a close second, but it is safe to say that today was a good day to be a Gunner. Wenger and [...]
Jose Mourinho isn't one to bite his tongue. If something comes to his mind, he'll say it and worry about the consequences later.
Take for instance his Friday press conference to preview Chelsea's next match. The Blues aren't playing Arsenal (they're facing Manchester City in the FA Cup), but that didn't stop Mourinho from lobbing a verbal grenade at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, calling the Frenchman an expert at failure.
As you would have seen and read almost everywhere over the last couple of days, the future of Fernando Torres is under increased scrutiny. This afternoon in his pre match press conference, Jose Mourinho backed his man for the remaining games of the season.
When asked of Torres, speculation of his future and if he still has a future at Stamford Bridge beyond this season, Mourinho said:
The Champions League Semi Final draw takes place this Friday and I am asking if you believe in fate? Just ask any Chelsea fan back on that night in Munich if they did. Forget the fact that there are two ties still to be played this evening to complete the four Champions League semi finalists, Jose Mourinho will be drawn to face Real Madrid as it's destiny.
FIFA's last deadline for Brazil's World Cup stadiums to be ready has finally arrived.
With members of each of the 32 qualified nation's technical staffs meeting this week in Florianopolis, FIFA's staff will be in Curitiba to announce on Tuesday whether the southern Brazilian city will indeed remain a host city.