Chelsea vs Newcastle Preview – Sunday 15th May, 13.30
Carlo Ancelotti will be keen to finish the season with a win, he has already said that Fernando Torres will be recalled to the starting line-up on Sunday, but Jose Bosingwa will miss out again, having missed last two game due to a knee injury.
For the away side, keeper Steve Harper and skipper Kevin Nolan are both out injured, the latter has just had ankle surgery.
Cheik Tiote is expected not to play as he is one booking away from a three-match ban which will be wiped clear at the end of the season.
In 131 league matches meetings, the away side have won 44 times compared to the Blues 52 victories. The Geordies have not won a league game away against the Blues since 22 November 1986, but Newcastle did have a 4-3 win in the Carling Cup third-round tie at Stamford Bridge earlier this season after Shola Ameobi scored an injury-time winner.
The Blues have won 31 of 37 league games at Stamford Bridge under Carlo Ancelotti, and will want to finish their home campaign with a win. The defeat to Manchester United last time out ended a run of five consecutive Premier League wins.
The Magpies’ win against Birmingham was their second in nine league games, and have only scored two second-half goals in those nine matches.
Out-of-contract Chelsea star closing in on a move to arch-rivals
Arsenal closing in on veteran star Willian
The Brazilian has been a faithful servant to the club for seven years. He has played under five different managers, occupying a key role under all of them.
With his current contract running out, Willian is yet to pen new terms, which had led to speculation regarding his future.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is keen to keep the 31-year-old. Although there were reports of the club reaching a breakthrough in negotiations, it is yet to translate into a contract.
The main contention between the player and the club is the duration of his contract. Willian wants a new three-year deal while Chelsea are only ready to offer two years.
His situation has attracted the attention of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. The latter now appears to be in pole position to sign him.
Willian had revealed that he and his family would like to remain in London. Arsenal certainly gives him the chance to do so. More so, the Gunners are looking to rebuild and could do with an experienced head such as the 31-year-old.
The player, however, is aware of the consequences of joining a rival. With more than 300 first-team games for Chelsea, Willian could risk damaging his legacy if he moves to North London.
Willian was brought t the club by Jose Mourinho and has since proved himself to be a key player for us. He has since made 339 appearances, scoring 63 goals and assisting 62.
He still has a few years left in him and has the potential to be an excellent mentor to some of our younger players. The club will do well to retain the winger than let him go to a direct rival.
It was confirmed by the player’s agent that his client will make a decision on his future after the FA Cup final against Arsenal.
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Willian started off with a bang after the restart. His goals were crucial in Chelsea’s efforts to qualify for the Champions League.
If anything, he has proven to his detractors that he is not past his best. It now remains to be seen where his future lies.
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Chelsea keen to bring in Dean Henderson to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga
The 23-year-old has been in sensational form on loan at Sheffield United. He once again showed what he is capable, as he kept a clean sheet against us yesterday.
Henderson, on the other hand, has distinguished himself as a player to watch out for. Chelsea will face stiff competition for the player from Sheffield United, who are keen to keep him on.
The player for his part is keen to become the number one at United. However, with David de Gea signing an extension just last year, it is unlikely to happen anytime soon.
Not being able to get into the team despite the Spaniard’s mistakes could be a source of frustration for Henderson. This is something Chelsea should try to exploit.
At Chelsea, there is a requirement for a player with his set of skills. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a fan of the player though, making this deal a difficult prospect.
This gives us an option to bring in the player on loan. Having a proven keeper at the club albeit temporarily will give us more time to do our due diligence for potential replacements.
Whether a deal in any capacity can be agreed on remains to be seen.
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Some classy Chelsea fans come together to wish former hero on his special day
Twitter reacts as former star Hernan Crespo celebrates his 45th birthday
Former Chelsea star Hernan Crespo celebrated his 45th birthday at the weekend.
The Argentine spent five seasons at the club, three of which were spent out on loan. He will make 73 appearances for Chelsea while scoring 25 goals and making four assists. (h/t Transfermarkt)
He was a part of the Chelsea side that retained the Premier League title in 2006, the first league title of his career.
Crespo was a complete striker, who possessed good technique, composure, and an eye for goal., He was also a dominant presence in the air. His stoppage-time winner against Wigan Athletic on the opening day of the 2005-06 campaign will live long in the memory of the Blues faithful.
A number of fans took to Twitter to reminisce about the striker’s brilliance on his birthday. We take a look at a few of them below.
Twitter reacts as Hernan Crespo celebrates birthday
Happy birthday Hernan @Crespo, once a blue always a blue 💙✌️— Korede Chelseafc 💙💙💙 (@Adeyemiblues4) July 5, 2020
Herman your goal at Wigan was my favourite 👏👏💙 #cfc— Harry Hartley (@HJHCFC) July 6, 2020
What a player 👏— anti barca (@Anti_barca_q8) July 6, 2020
Great goal scorer remember the goal again liverpool when he clip the keeper happy birthday— Stephen (@Stephen01088146) July 5, 2020
That last minute strike against Wigaaaaaaan— ♿️ (@moazCFC) July 5, 2020
Happy birthday you you goal hitter of that time— iam_kamalzeus (@daniel12586) July 5, 2020
Happy Birthday to @Crespo. A player that doesn’t get spoken about enough in my opinion. Was fantastic in the title winning 2005/06 season coming back off a loan. Scored some fantastic vital goals as well. Loved his passion when scoring goals. Great player! 👏— Chris Wright 🏴 (@chriswrightzz) July 5, 2020
Do you recognize the geezer in the background?— Tolu Banjo (@tolubanjo1) July 5, 2020
It’s super Frankie!!!
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Hello hello Hernan Crespo Hernan Crespo… Happy birthday you absolute legend! One of my favourite strikers ever 😁🥳— Collis11 (@colski11) July 5, 2020
I still remember his first goal of the season against Wigan in the last minute of added time. Was sensational— Jake – Currently 🎮 FFVII Remake and NFS Heat! (@One_Speed94) July 5, 2020
Lampard set to formulate plans to integrate Chelsea new stars into team training
Frank Lampard to integrate Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech to Chelsea training
The duo is set to move to Stamford Bridge after Chelsea beat off rivals to the highly coveted duo. They will, however, be ineligible to take part in our remaining fixtures this season. The earliest they can don their blue jersey is next season.
As Liverpool and Manchester City have shown over the last two seasons, every point matters in the English Premier League. It is imperative that we ensure that the duo hit the ground running.
Bring incorporated into the training sessions will clearly help achieve that goal. With a lot still to be played for, our players will also benefit from going up against these world-class stars.
Ziyech has not played since the Dutch league was cancelled. Ensuring that he is up to speed when it comes to match fitness is of utmost importance.
Lampard said (h/t Independent):
“We will formulate a plan for them that will look slightly different individually.”
“Whether that means mixing with the squad or whether that means some physical work in the shorter term for themselves.”
The Blues wasted no time in securing two of the sought after players in European football. This infusion of fresh blood will give us the edge over our rivals while it will also help us close the gap to the top.
Lampard understands the importance of getting the duo up to speed. He is keen to ensure that fitness and freshness levels for next season are attained.
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By easing the duo into the Chelsea system, we will steal a march on our rivals. By the time next season rolls around, both Werner and Ziyech will already be familiar with the way we play.
The fact that we can get the bedding-in period out of the way should give us a competitive advantage on the pitch.
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