Time for our annual bout of "who can get kicked the most by the red and white donkeys" somewhere in the frozen wastes of the north. Hazard stayed at home with a muscle strain. I envied him. Probably not a bad thing either as I have it on good authority that Stoke spent the whole week kicking a papier-mâché model of him to pieces in preparation for this afternoon.
Chelsea midfielder, Willian, in a candid interview this week with Brazilian outlet, Globo Esporte, has revealed that he is enjoying his life in London. Willian joined Chelsea in 2013, and has made over 150 appearances for the club.
Willian enjoyed a fantastic 2015-16 season, where he scored 11 goals for the Blues.
Over 60,000 are expected in the estádio Mineirão for Brazil's clash with Argentina on Thursday. Four straight wins have lifted Brazil to top slot in the South America qualifiers but this will be Tite's first real test as coach. Manchester City-bound Gabriel Jesus will line up alongside Neymar.
Tite has called up 24 players for the World Cup qualifiers against Argentina in Belo Horizonte 10th November and Peru in Lima six days later. Marcelo, Casemiro and Douglas Costa are back from injury. São Paulo's Rodrigo Caio is amongst the centre-backs. Manchester City's Fernandinho, Chelsea's Willian and Liverpool's Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho are all in.
With reports this past summer that PSG were more than interested in his services, Willian has distanced himself from any possible move away from Chelsea and has expressed a willingness to extend his contract to finish his career here.
That is fantastic news in my opinion as if you look at his performances overall for the club since he arrived, he has been outstanding.
It’s difficult to describe Diego Costa without using the word ‘controversial’. Every time he plays it seems that he is involved in some sort of incident with an opposition player. However, the Spaniard has proved that when it comes to football, he is one ofthe top strikers in the Premier League, and he could be the man to fire Chelsea to the title this season.
Tite has announced his first squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador on 1st September and Colombia six days later. Seven of the squad that won the Olympic gold at the weekend have been called up (Neymar, Renato Augusto, Weverton, Rodrigo Caio, Marquinhos, Gabigol Barbosa and Gabriel Jesus).
As expected with Jose Mourinho joining Manchester United, there will be all sorts of players being linked with a move to Old Trafford. According to reports today, The Special One is preparing a double your money offer for Willian and is prepared to pay £60m this summer!
I wrote an article two days ago listing the five players that I believe Jose would be interested in signing here, Willian was listed as one of those five so news of reported interest has not come as a surprise.
According to reports over the past few days, "Big Phil" Scolari is trying to lure Willian from Stamford Bridge with a double the wages offered by Chelsea to move to the football revolution in China. Having taken over Guangzhou Evergrande, the ex-Chelsea Manager has made Chelsea's player of the year one of his main targets and is prepared to offer £50m.
Dunga has announced a 23-man squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay March 25th in the Arena Pernambuco, Recife, and Paraguay four days later in the Estádio Defensores Del Chaco in Assunção. Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho gets a recall. Chelsea's Oscar and Willian are in as well as Manchester City's Fernandinho.
As Chelsea prepare for life outside of the Champions League next season, they are preparing to offer Willian a new contract as they expect bids for his services in the summer. He is one signing that Chelsea MUST confirm as quickly as possible!
If you were to ask any Chelsea fan who would be their player of the season this year the answer would be Willian.
Having watched his Chelsea side slump to yet another Premier League defeat their ninth of the season so far against Leicester last night, a beleaguered Jose Mourinho told the baying press that he felt "betrayed" by the performance he'd just witnessed.
The loss left Chelsea in 16th place, dangling precariously just onepoint above the dotted line of doom after 16 games.
Without question, Willian has been Chelsea's player of the season so far. Despite our struggles, his form and goals have kept us going and according to reports, he is about to be rewarded with a new contract.
The £30m signing back in 2013 has really grown into Premier League football and to life at Chelsea and is one of the first names on Jose's team sheet as far as I am concerned as his willingness to work hard throughout ninety minutes has really impressed all of us.
Brazil face Peru on Tuesday evening. Dunga's men managed a 1-1 draw away to Argentina on Friday but were less than convincing. Against Peru, Corinthians centre-back Gil is expected to come in for David Luiz who is suspended. Up front, Douglas Costa may be given the nod ahead of Ricardo Oliveira.
Brazil take on arch-enemies Argentina in Buenos Aires this evening. Argentina have taken just one point from their opening two games in the World Cup qualifiers including a 2-0 home loss to Ecuador. Dunga's team arrive on the back of a 3-1 win over Venezuela. Neymar returns after suspension. Argentina will be without Messi, Aguero and Tevez.
Three things we learnt from Chelsea's win over Dynamo Kiev - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea eased the pressure on manager José Mourinho after a hard-fought but crucial Champions League victory over Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge. Here are three things we learnt:
1. Williansaves Mourinho more embarrassment
When it looked like Jose Mourinho's misery is going to continue, the Brazilian scored a brilliant late goal and ensured both his coach as well as Begovic, who conceded a sloppy equalizer initially, were not left blushing.
Brazil face Venezuela this evening in Fortaleza. Dunga has yet to confirm his team but is expected to make changes from the side that lost 2-0 away to Chile last week. Neymar is suspended. Brasileirão top scorer, Ricardo Oliveira, may lead the line up front. See the Brazil squad in full here Brazil (possible): Jefferson, Daniel Alves, Miranda, Marquinhos, Filipe Luís, Luiz Gustavo, Elias, Oscar (Lucas Lima), Willian, Douglas Costa, Ricardo Oliveira (Hulk) Coach: Dunga Venezuela (possible): Baroja, Rosales, Vizcarrondo, Amorebieta, Cichero, Rincón, González, Seijas, Falcón, Jeffrén, Rondón Coach: Noel Sanvicente Date: 13 October 2015 Kick-off: 22:00 Brasilia 02:00 (London) Venue: Arena Castelão, Fortaleza, Brazil Officials: Dario Ubriaco, Carlos Pastorino, Nicolas Taran (All Uruguay)
With speculation due to intensify this weekend now that the Jose Mourinho / Manchester United love-in has officially started, NEW Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has already made his feelings known and has told the Chelsea Board veto any move for Willian but to allow Oscar to leave!
As I posted only yesterday, Willian has been linked with a move from Jose Mourinho to his former employers this summer as part of a massive £60m bid.
With the deal to take Jose Mourinho to Manchester United due to be announced as early as tomorrow, here are the FIVE Chelsea players I believe he could attempt to sign with his reported £200-£300m war chest this summer.
One thing I will say before we go into too much detail is that Chelsea will not be willing to do business with any of their direct rivals for the top four next season and it would take ridiculous amounts of money to persuade the Chelsea hierarchy to do business.
It Must have been a Perfect Sunday for the Anti Arsenal Bandwagon By Tinashe Shamuyashe As an Arsenal fan, every time we drop points, I have to endure the disappointment of things not going our way, and a barrage of negativity from the media, pundits, and some ungracious Arsenal fans (referred throughout this article as [.
Because of the circumstances in the Premier League and Champions League, both Arsenal and Chelsea are badly in need of a win in the London derby at Stamford Bridge tomorrow. This is always a tasty fixture and even more so with Jose Mourinho in charge, because of the palpable tension and dislike between him and [.