Archive | May 4, 2015

Chelsea team of the last decade….

Former Chelsea captain and assistant manager Ray Wilkins picked their best team from 2005 to the present as below:

Ray Wilkins' Chelsea team of the decade

Do you agree with him?

Chelsea announce trophy parade….

Chelsea have announced plans for a parade on Monday, May 25 to celebrate winning the Premier League and Capital One Cup this season. Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge gave the Blues an unassailable lead at the top of the table and a first Premier League title in five years. A statement on the club’s official website read: “Following our success in winning the Barclays Premier League and with agreement from London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police, we can confirm that a victory parade will be held on Bank Holiday Monday, May 25, commencing at 12pm.” The first-team squad will be joined on the open-top bus parade through west London by players and staff from Chelsea’s academy, who this season won the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League.¬†Three coaches will leave the west entrance of Stamford Bridge before travelling east along Fulham Road before going to Eel Brook Common, where the parade will finish.

Mourinho says Premier League title is a reward for his risk….

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says the Premier League title is his reward for the risk he took in returning to Stamford Bridge for a second spell. Eden Hazard’s goal gave Chelsea the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace that saw them crowned as champions. Mourinho also said he will stay for as long as owner Roman Abramovich wants. He said: “When you go back to where you had success before you risk a bit of your prestige and your history. I risked it but I can say we won again.” Mourinho won two titles in his first stint in charge and claimed his third after coming back to Chelsea at the start of last season. He said: “I could choose another club in another country where it is easier to be champion but I chose the most difficult league in Europe where I was happy before. “In my country, Portugal, we say don’t go back to where you were happy before because it is a risk. “But I have taken that risk and I’m so happy because I won another Premier League 10 years later in my second spell. “To win titles with two generations, 10 years apart, I feel I have a place in Chelsea’s history”

Pellegrini says Chelsea won title without Man City flair….

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says Chelsea have matched the feats of his side last season – but without City’s attacking flair or goals. Chelsea won the Premier League title after a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, having already lifted the League Cup. Pellegrini says it was not done with the same swagger as City a year ago. “It is important for the fans to play attractive football. We did exactly the same that Chelsea did this year, but we scored 158 goals last year,” he said. “We scored more goals in another style.” Pellegrini spoke after his City side clinched a 1-0 win over Tottenham thanks to a goal from Sergio Aguero which effectively secured a Champions League place. The 61-year-old Chilean says he will not deviate from his attacking approach to the game, even though Jose Mourinho’s team have taken the title off them. “This team continues as the most scoring team,” Pellegrini added. “That side is important, to continue winning in that sense.”

Van Persie taken off penalty duties….

Robin van Persie

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has stripped Robin van Persie of penalty duties after Saturday’s miss cost his side against West Brom. Asked if Van Persie would continue as first-choice penalty taker, Van Gaal said: “No. He is now at the end of the road.” “It is always [the same],” he added. “Wayne Rooney has missed also, so when you miss, you are at the bottom again.” West Brom’s 1-0 victory was United’s third league defeat in succession. Van Persie, 31, had the opportunity to equalise Chris Brunt’s 63rd-minute opener from the spot after referee Anthony Taylor ruled Saido Berahino had handled in the box. But Baggies keeper Boaz Myhill guessed right and palmed the Dutchman’s effort to safety, helping West Brom to a second straight win at Old Trafford.