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Monday, 25 August 2014

Under-21s report & Highlights video: Chelsea 3 Norwich City 1

Under-21 report: Chelsea 3 Norwich City 1
The Under-21s made it two wins from two at the start of the season as they beat Norwich City at Aldershot Town this afternoon (Sunday). Jeremie Boga’s strike put the hosts ahead after 30 minutes before a quick second followed through striker Dominic Solanke to send the Blues in 2-0 up at half time.
The visitors responded well in the second half, pulling a goal back through Luciano Becchio’s 50th-minute header, however an own goal from Cameron King just after the hour mark (pictured top) restored the home side’s two-goal advantage and settled the contest.
Team news
There were four changes for the hosts from the side that started the season opener against Manchester City, with Fankaty Dabo and Nathan Ake coming into the back four alongside Andreas Christensen and Ola Aina. Mitchell Beeney continued in goal, while Dominic Solanke led the line up front and last week’s winning goalscorer Charly Musonda returned to the starting eleven.
Lewis Baker continued to captain the team from midfield, alongside Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with Charlie Colkett and Jeremie Boga comprising the remainder of the attacking quartet.
The visitors also made four changes from their side that were beaten 3-0 at Manchester United in their opening game of the campaign and Dale Brook’s team featured three former Chelsea academy players in goalkeeper Ben Killip, defender Reiss Awuah and skipper Cameron McGeehan.
First half
Viveash spoke before the game about his side demdonstrating their tactical flexibility in this encounter and he set his team up in a system resembling 4-2-2-2 with the ball in the opening exchanges, with Solanke supported by Boga up front. Skipper Baker fired a free kick over inside the first four minutes after Boga was tripped on the edge of the box, however opportunities were limited throughout the early part of the game.
Jacob Murphy brought the first save of the game from Beeney after 10 minutes, though his tame shot was comfortably gathered by the Chelsea goalkeeper, before Solanke’s deflected effort flew behind for a corner following a period of sustained pressure from the young Blues.
However, the visitors from Norfolk were defending deep and in numbers, proving difficult to break down and restricting spaces in and around their penalty area. Colkett’s driven low free kick arrowed narrowly wide of the far post after Loftus-Cheek was brought down and the hosts’ hard work and persistence soon paid off as they found the opener.
Boga burst forward on a rare opportunity to break and the young Frenchman made up 40 yards as he powered at the Norwich defence. With defenders retreating and reluctant to put in a tackle on the jinking midfielder, he unleashed a dipping low shot from the edge of the box that squirmed under Killip and into the back of the net.
The advantage that Chelsea had worked hard to gain was then doubled a couple of minutes later as a lovely flowing attack finished with Solanke grabbing his first Under-21 goal. The Blues probed down the left and Colkett squared the ball across goal from an advanced position to give the lurking Solanke a simple finish from close range.
Norwich responded to the disappointment well as Lucciano Becchio fired over from a promising position 20 yards out and Nathan Fox saw a header cleared off the line by Christensen(pictured below), though it was Viveash’s side firing the final warning shot of the half as a wonderful team move carved the Canaries open and only an offside flag against Ake prevented them adding a third goal.

Second halfNorwich had shown signs of their enduring threat in the contest towards the end of the first period and came out after the break with renewed belief, halving the deficit after five minutes. Reece Hall-Johnson made good progress down the right flank and floated a cross into the box, where Becchio powered home a simple header under little pressure from close range.
Solanke had a couple of opportunities to get his second goal of the game as the match opened up. Firstly, he was thwarted by a last-ditch tackle as he latched on to the end of Musonda’s pass forward, before an acrobatic scissor kick attempt following Colkett’s great flighted cross was kept out well by Killip.
Yet the young Canaries’ goalkeeper was helpless just after the hour mark as Chelsea restored their two-goal advantage. A corner from the right wasn’t cleared to safety and Baker’s clever powerful drive across the face of goal was turned into his own net by the unfortunate King.
That third goal deflated the visitors and the Blues controlled the final half hour as they probed for a fourth goal. Boga fired in a strike from 25 yards that thumped back off the base of the far post and Killip pulled off a fantastic save as Baker’s looping effort appeared to be dipping in under the crossbar.
The former Chelsea keeper was in impressive form in the final stages, pulling off another wonderful save to his left to palm away Loftus-Cheek’s close-range header, while substitute Kiwomya shot narrowly over as the hosts finished strongly and secured all three points.
Next up for the Under-21s is a trip to face Everton on Monday 15 September.
Manager Reaction
Viveash spoke after the game of his pleasure at his side’s performance and indicated they had adapted to a different system very maturely. Speaking to the official Chelsea website, he said: ‘It’s nice to win two games from two but it’s about development at this level as well and we have to challenge the players in different positions.
‘We started with a 4-2-3-1 with three number 10s and it’s a system we played last year against Wolves with the Under-18s that actually gave us a lot of frustration on that day. It can appear very narrow but Nathan Ake gave us good drive down the left and Fankaty grew into the game.
Dominic got his first Under-21s goal and put in a real number nine performance with great movement and strength. Some of our play in the first half was exceptional and Lewis Baker really drove the game for us in midfield. Their midfield usually cause us problems and stifle the game but I thought we did very well in there today.'
With both sets of players frequently locking horns with one another, there was an extra spice to proceedings and the manager admitted it was a former Chelsea academy player that influenced the final scoreline heavily in the last quarter of the match.
‘Ben Killip made a little mistake for Boga’s goal but to recover the way he did shows a strong mentality and I’m sure that’s where he’s maturing now. He’s playing Under-21 games and he made three fantastic saves today.
I’ve coached all three of the ex-Chelsea boys so I do look at them and I’m sure it’s nice for Neil Bath [Chelsea Academy manager] to see as well. We’ve had some feisty games with Norwich in the past and that Youth Cup final defeat will always hurt us but we’re pleased to win again today.’
Chelsea: Mitchell Beeney; Fankaty Dabo, Ola Aina, Andreas Christensen, Nathan Ake; Lewis Baker (c), Ruben Loftus-Cheek; Charly Musonda Charlie Colkett (Alex Kiwomya 63); Jeremie Boga, Dominic Solanke (Reece Mitchell 83)
Subs: Alex Davey, Bradley Collins, Jordan Houghton
Scorers: Boga 30, Solanke 32, King o.g. 62
Norwich: Ben Killip; Michee Efete, Harry Toffollo, Ray Grant, Nathan Fox (Louis Ramsay 64), Reiss Awuah, Jacob Murphy, Cameron McGeehan (c), Lucciano Becchio, Cameron King (Sam Kelly 63), Reece Hall-Johnson (George Couzens 76)
Subs: Marcus Beauchamp, Jake Simpson
Scorer: Becchio 50


Highlights video: Chelsea 3 Norwich City 1
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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Under-18s report & Highlights video: Arsenal 5 Chelsea 1

Under-18s report: Arsenal 5 Chelsea 1

The youth team suffered their first defeat of the season at a blustery London Colney.

An even first period saw the sides go in level at the break after Mukhtar Ali’s deflected effort cancelled out Stephy Mavididi’s headed opener. However, the hosts created the better chances after the restart and proved more clinical, restoring their lead after an hour through Mavididi’s second goal of the game and then doubling that advantage six minutes later through substitute Harry Donovan.

As the young Blues pushed forward looking for a route back into the contest they were punished on the break with two goals from another substitute, Tyrell Robinson.

Team news

There were three changes to the side that came from behind twice last week to secure a 4-3 home victory over Southampton, with schoolboys Josh Grant and Ike Ugbo coming into the side. Grant was joined in the back four by new scholars Jake Clarke-Salter and Jay Dasilva, along with George Brady, while Bradley Collins continued in goal.

Tammy Abraham led the line up front alongside Ugbo, while the midfield diamond in behind the front pair consisted of Ruben Sammut, Isaac Christie-Davies, Ali and Kasey Palmer.

First half

The opening exchanges were even and tactical at an overcast London Colney as both sides sought to gain control of the match. Clarke-Salter cleared well from under his own crossbar after a dangerous delivery across the face of goal from Chris Willock, before Collins made a very good stop to deny striker Mavididi after an incisive ball forward split the two centre-backs.

However, chances were largely restricted through the opening half hour as a midfield battle dictated a cagey start and the momentum swung both ways in short bursts. The home defenders made a couple of good clearances from dangerous Chelsea balls into the box and set-pieces, while Ben Sheaf fired wide from distance for the hosts.

Much of the young Gunners’ best play came down their left flank and it was from that area they created the opening goal. Full-back Marc Bola and Willock combined to fashion an opportunity and Mavididi had the simple task of nodding the ball into the back of the net beyond an exposed Collins.

Joe Edwards’ side had to defend strongly in the next five minutes as Arsenal were buoyed by their advantage, however the visitors rode the storm and soon found themselves in the ascendancy. Palmer brought a routine low save from Ryan Huddart in the Arsenal goal before their good spell was rewarded with the leveller as Ali’s strike from 25 yards out flew past the goalkeeper courtesy of a large deflection off the defender.

Collins then denied Kaylen Hinds with a crucial foot to the ball as the attacking midfielder looked to go round him, and Huddart kept out Abraham’s header with an excellent reaction stop from close range as the opening period ended in a flurry of chances.

Second half

The second period resumed as the first had started, with opportunities few and far between. Palmer struck a half-volley wide from the edge of the penalty area after 57 minutes, and Sheaf fired a free kick straight into the Chelsea wall.

Yet the home side were creating the better opportunities and soon found themselves back ahead through Mavididi once more. Josh Da Silva supplied the low delivery across the face of goal from the right and the forward made no mistake from close range for his second goal of the morning.

Like in the first half, taking the lead put wind in the Arsenal sails and this time they were able to extend their advantage. Substitute Donovan had only been on the field for seven minutes before he got on the scoresheet, skipping past the challenge of Clarke-Salter and slamming the ball past the onrushing Collins to give his side a crucial two-goal cushion.

As Chelsea pushed forward looking for a way back into the game, inevitably there were spaces left at the back and these were exploited by a confident Arsenal attack. Abraham shot wide from 25 yards before Robinson grabbed the Gunners’ fourth, tapping the loose ball in from a couple of yards after Hinds’ shot was parried by Collins.

Robinson scored with a wonderful individual effort for Arsenal’s late fifth, beating a few defenders down the right before slotting the ball inside the near post.

Next up for Edwards’ side is a trip to Leicester City next Saturday, 30 August, while the Under-21s resume their league campaign tomorrow (Sunday) as they take on Norwich City at Aldershot Town FC.

Chelsea: Bradley Collins; Josh Grant (Fikayo Tomori 46), George Brady, Jake Clarke-Salter (c), Jay Dasilva; Ruben Sammut, Mukhtar Ali, Isaac Christie-Davies (Kyle Scott 67), Kasey Palmer; Tammy Abraham, Ike Ugbo (Charlie Wakefield 76)
Unused subs: Jared Thompson, Faiq Bolkiah
Scorer: Ali 42

Arsenal: Ryan Huddart; Chiori Johnson, Marc Bola, Ben Sheaf (Harry Donovan 60), George Dobson, Elliot Wright, Josh Da Silva (Tyrell Robinson 69), Renny Smith, Stephy Mavididi, Kaylen Hinds, Chris Willock (Tolaji Bola 83)
Unused subs: George Phillips
Scorers: Mavididi 32, 61; Donovan 67; Robinson 76, 83

Highlights video: Arsenal 5 Chelsea 1

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Premier League Match report & Highlights video: Chelsea 2 Leicester City 0

Match report: Chelsea 2 Leicester City 0

The Blues had to be patient before making it two wins out of two but second-half goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard sent the first Stamford Bridge crowd of the season home happy.

The first half was one of few chances with the two defences on top, but from the very start of the second period Chelsea were in the ascendant with Kasper Schmeichel in the Foxes goal a busy man. Thibaut Courtois also saved well before the breakthrough came just past the hour, Diego Costa scoring his second in two games with another close-range finish following good work from Oscar and Branislav Ivanovic.

Eden Hazard doubled the lead with an individual goal with 13 minutes remaining and the points never looked in doubt after that as a second promoted side were dispatched in this opening week.

Team News

Unsurprisingly given the at-times-silky football played at Burnley, Jose Mourinho fielded the same 11 that started on Monday night so there were home debuts for Thibaut Courtois, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa. Ramires was back on the bench after suspension.

Leicester make two changes from the side which drew at home to Everton last weekend. Jeff Schlupp and Dean Hammond came in for Anthony Knockaert and Danny Drinkwater who were injured but they maintained their 4-4-2 shape.

First Half

There was plenty about this first 45 minutes at Stamford Bridge that was in contrast to the first-half at Burnley, not just the warmer, sunnier weather.

Leicester, the side that finished one place higher in the Championship last season than our most recent opponents, had enough organisation and quality at the back to initially make the job of breaking them down difficult.

Oscar shot early on after a move of quick passes but his effort deflected over. Schurrle cleared the bar too soon after as he and Diego Costa got in each other’s way a little.

As the Blues explored other avenues to goal, Schurrle stood a cross up to the far post but Oscar didn’t have the height to make it count and so the first 15 minutes passed without a goal.

Leicester began to play more in Chelsea’s half. Ivanovic was called upon to head one dangerous cross behind for a corner before Chelsea won a corner of our own thanks to a deflection. Matic, using his height to make life tough for Schmeichel kept the pressure on in the ensuing penalty-area scrap, and the ball fell to Cahill to volley. The big defender has shown the ability to take such chances before but this time his clean strike was blocked by the head of Dean Hammond.

Terry’s tackle on Riyad Mahrez as the Leicester wide man attempted to take on our skipper had the Bridge break into applause but Leicester were also defending well – Chelsea’s most promising moments coming when we moved the ball quickly from our half and Diego Costa was running into some space. Schurrle, with a cross played slightly behind him, headed over as the half-hour mark approached.

Mahrez, with as good a piece of individual skill as seen all afternoon, produced the first shot on target on 32 minutes having turned tightly, but Courtois got both hands and his body behind the strike.

Chelsea’s best shot towards the target followed soon after, Diego Costa fed by Hazard pulling the trigger, but that was deflected over.

Diego Costa was again at the centre of the action moments later after Hazard had tried to worm his way through a tightly packed Leicester penalty area. The ball broke the Chelsea centre-forward’s way as he was upended by defender Wes Morgan’s clearance. The calls went up for a penalty but referee Lee Mason disagreed.

It had long looked as if a special piece of play would be needed to break the deadlock and Hazard almost obliged with a lovely shift of weight wide of his marker and then a cross with the outside of his boot, but Leicester half-cleared before Schurrle skied his follow-up shot.

Second Half

No personnel changes at the interval but the Chelsea performance quickly shifted up a gear with first the width of a post and then a good diving save from Schmeichel denying goals inside the first four minutes.

Oscar was the player who hit woodwork, with a clean, low strike from outside the area. It was Ivanovic’s header from Azpilicueta’s cross that was stopped by the keeper.

The incidents were coming thick and fast now. Hammond was the only player of the game booked for a late lunge on Schurrle before our World Cup-winner went close at the end of a swift break started by Courtois’ long throw and moved on by Oscar’s pass.

The two keepers continued to write the headlines with first Schmeichel flying to the top corner to tip wide Ivanovic’s effort. Then came the chance for Leicester to counter-attack and when no offside flag went up, only Courtois stood between David Nugent and goal. The shot was low but with long arms already spread wide, the Belgian was able to touch it wide. It was fine goalkeeping.

There was also a second Chelsea penalty claim of the game turned down when no handball was given when an Oscar shot was stopped.

Schmeichel again kept Chelsea at bay on 57 minutes when he saved Fabregas’s chip, Ivanovic’s reverse pass having found the Spaniard, but the Leicester resistance was soon to break.

The move started in a similar way to the previous chance, this time Oscar skilfully playing a pass down the right-hand channel and Ivanovic the receiver.

The defender turned inside the area and left two red-shirted players on their backsides. His square pass, via a slight deflection, came into Diego Costa range and as at Burnley the striker gobbled it up, this time taking a touch before burying the ball from six yards out.

Ramires came on for Schurrle with Stamford Bridge still celebrating, with Willian on for Oscar a little later as those who had the shortest pre-season were withdrawn.

Hazard doubled the lead in the 77th minute with a solo effort. Having collected the ball from Fabregas far out on the left, our Player of the Year was allowed perhaps a surprising amount of space by a tiring Leicester as he ran into the area. He made them pay with a low shot under Schmeichel and into the Matthew Harding End net.

Before kick-off Jose Mourinho had promised Didier Drogba would be introduced at some stage and he was true to his word with 10 minutes to go, with Diego Costa withdrawn. There was plenty of applause for both players.

Drogba soon set Ramires away with a great pass but the Brazilian was crowded out before shooting. Willian did test Schmeichel one more time before the end with a fine, swerving shot on the run but it was saved. The whistle followed soon after.

Match Facts

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Schurrle (Ramires, 63), Oscar (Willian 69), Hazard; Diego Costa (Drogba 79).
Unused subs Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel.
Scorers Diego Costa 63, Hazard 77.

Leicester (4-4-2): Schmeichel; De Laet, Morgan (c), Moore, Konchesky; Mahrez (Albrighton 67), King, Hammond (Taylor-Fletcher 72), Schlupp; Nugent, Ulloa (Wood 83).
Unused subs Hamer, Hopper, Knockaert, Wasilewski.
Booked Hammond 50.

Referee Lee Mason
Crowd 41,604

Higlights video: Chelsea 2 Leicester 0

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Premier League Team news: Chelsea v Leicester City

Premier League Team news: Chelsea v Leicester City
Jose Mourinho memilih starting line-up yang sama saat mengalakan Burnley.

Thibaut Courtois, Cesc Fabregas dan Diego Costa memainkan pertandingan kompetitif pertama mereka di kandang. Ramires, bebas dari hukumannya, dan di bangku cadangan ada Fernando Torres.

Oscar memainkan pertandingan ke 50-nya bersama Chelsea dan di tempatkan di belakang Diego Costa.

Leicester membuat dua pergantian di formasi mereka pada saat menahan imbang Everton. Jeff Schlupp dan Dean Hammond menggantikan Anthony Knockaert dan Danny Drinkwater.

Chelsea diperkirakan akan bermain dengan formasi 4-2-3-1:

Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa.

Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Ramires, Willian, Drogba.

Leicester akan menurukan line-up sebagai berikut:

Schmeichel; De Laet, Morgan (c), Moore, Konchesky; Mahrez, King, Hammond, Schlupp, Ulloa; Nugent.

Subs: Hamer, Albrighton, Hopper, Taylor-Fletcher, Knockaert, Wasilewski, Wood.

Pertandingan akan dipimpin oleh wasit Lee Mason.
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Premier League Fixtures: Chelsea v Leicester City

Premier League Fixtures: Chelsea v Leicester City
  • Sabtu, 23 Agustus 2014
  • Stamford Bridge, London.
  • Kick-off 03.00pm (local time) 

Chelsea akan menjadi tuan rumah di pertandingan ke dua mereka yang akan diadakan di Stamford Bridge, ini merupakan kali pertama Stamford Bridge digunakan untuk kompetisi Liga Inggris setelah menjalani renovasi dan penggatian rumput pada musim panas kemarin.

Pertemuan terakhir Chelsea dan Leicester City berakhir dengan skor 5-2 yang dimenangkan oleh Chelsea pada kompetisi Piala FA musim 2011/12. Pada musim 2000/01 Chelsea tidak pernah memenangkan pertandingan melawan Leicester City baik tandang maupun kandang di kompetisi Liga Inggris.

Pertandingan terakhir yang mempertemukan Chelsea dan Leicester City di kompetisi Liga Inggris pada musim 2002/03 juga diadakan di Stamford Bridge dengan jumlah penonton sebanyak 41,074, pertandingan itu dimenangkan oleh Chelsea dengan skor 2-1.

Pada pertandingan pembukaan, Leicester City berhasil menahan imbang Everton dengan skor 2-2.

Stamford Bridge, London.
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Loan: Fiorentina move for Marin

Loan: Fiorentina move for Marin
Marko Marin hari ini (18/8/2014) bergabung dengan Fiorentina dengan status pemain pinjamn selama satu musim.

Pemain internasional Jerman yang lahir di Serbia ini akan menghadapi Roma pada 30 Agustus.

Marin bergabung dengan Chelsea pada April 2012 dan telah bermain bersama Chelsea sebanyak 16 kali pada musim pertamnya dengan. Dia menghabiskan musim lalu bersama Sevilla dan berhasil memenangkan Europa League.
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