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ponedjeljak, ožujak 29, 2010
\F.Lampard went into Saturday's match anticipating it might be a good day for him and his team, although it is unlikely he was expecting it to be quite so good. In helping Chelsea to equal our best top-flight wins of all time, matching 7-1 victories over Leeds in 1935 and West Brom in 1960, the midfielder leapt from scoring 17 goals to 21 for the season - maintaining the 20-a-season average of his previous five campaigns.

C.Ancelotti said beforehand that he wouldn't be sure the team was over its drop in form until it did the business against Aston Villa, but Lampard was confident the corner had been turned.

'I had a good feeling before the game,' reports four-goal Frank.

'I had scored against Portsmouth midweek and the team had played well in that game and now against Villa, this was us at our best. We showed what we are all about with our passing and movement. 7-1 is a strong result but we deserved it with the way we played.

'It was one of those days when the ball dropped for me and it is nice to do it against a top team like Villa but more than anything, it was good just to be part of a great performance.'

Reaching a personal goal milestone - netting his 151st for the club to take him to third in the all-time Chelsea marksman list ahead of R.Bentley and P.Osgood - is naturally a moment of immense significance for Lampard.

'I wanted to get there this season and P.Osgood and R.Bentley are two absolute legends of Chelsea history.I didn't expect to actually go past them on Saturday but I am very proud to do so and I will try to keep motoring on and scoring important goals.

'I am very ambitious and try to drive myself on week in, week out but it is not possible to score that amount of goals unless you have good players putting some of them on a plate for you. I have certainly had that at Chelsea so I am very fortunate.

'The first half against Villa was a bit tight,' he acknowledges. 'I think we deserved to be in the lead at half time and the pressure Villa tried to put on us in that first half maybe told.

'We know they are a dangerous team that can score at any moment and at 2-1 we were determined to score a third goal and once we got that, the confidence grew and grew. We moved the ball round and our passing and movement was fantastic.'

Now it is all eyes on Old Trafford next Saturday, Chelsea leading up to it with a clear week at Cobham while Manchester United are in Champions League action in Germany on Tuesday.

'Our belief and confidence is back but we have to be very wary of what happened when we lost a little bit of what we are all about recently,' Lampard warns.

'This week our training is very important. Our focus and preparation has to be right and if we can get our attitude right then we have the players we know can go to Man United and get a result, but we have to be very sure this week in how we prepare for the game.

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četvrtak, ožujak 25, 2010

Chelsea  manager C.Ancelotti  has hailed the performances o f D.Drogba and F.Lampard in last night's 5-0 destruction of  Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Florent Malouda, like Drogba, bagged a brace in the victory, whilst Lampard put the seal on the game with the final goal in injury time.

Whilst Ancleotti was pleased with the performance of his stars, he also wants them to maintain their standards as the Blues head into the last seven Premier League games still very much in the hunt for the title.

"Lampard had a good performance, like the other players," the manager told his club's official website.

"He was happy because he scored the last goal, and he worked for the team.

"It is a very important season for Drogba, a fantastic striker, but I am looking at what he can do the next nine games [seven in the League and a possible two in the FA Cup]. I hope he hasn't finished scoring."

Meanhwile, Ancelotti was able to confirm that the injury to Didier Drogba that saw him hobbling at the end of the game was "nothing special" and that Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou's being named on the bench was about keeping players fresh rather than anything tactical.

Ricardo Carvalho did leave the game in the first half, though, and the seriousness of the problem was yet to be determined.

The Italian explained: "Carvalho has turned his ankle, we don't know now if it is a big problem or not."

chelseafc1905mkd @ 18:27 |Komentiraj | Komentari: 0

Chelsea fired their Premier League title charge back on track with a comfortable win over troubled Portsmouth  at Fratton Park. Two goals each for D.Drogba and F.Malouda and a late goal by F.Lampard secured a vital victory for the Londoners that sees them leapfrog Arsenal into second place and within a point of leaders Man Utd

After dropping points against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday, manager Carlo Ancelotti made no less than five changes to his starting line up, bringing in Petr Cech, Daniel Sturridge, Ricardo Carvalho, Deco and Yuri Zhirkov.

Avram Grant, meanwhile, up against his former employers swapped Richard Hughes for Quincy Owusu-Abeyie with Steve Finnan also coming in at the expense of Nadir Belhadj.

Yet the visitors began the game brightly with Didier Drogba twice going close in the opening 10 minutes but unable to test David James in the Portsmouth goal.

However, against a battling home side Chelsea found it difficult to create many clear-cut openings in the early exchanges and their opening goal, when it did come, was unfortunately assisted by Pompey shot-stopper James.

With a little over half an hour on the clock, the England international came to clear a Deco header on the edge of the box only for the ball to take a vicious bobble, which led James to miss the ball completely and allowed Drogba the simple task of slotting into an empty net.

Within minutes of taking the lead the visitors could have had a second; Frank Lampard striding through on goal before firing a shot over the bar from inside the box.

Ancelotti’s side were clearly on top but were then forced into a change with Alex replacing a hobbling Carvalho as Chelsea suffered yet another defensive injury.

The Portuguese international was swiftly followed off the pitch but Ricardo Rocha, stretchered off in a head brace after a clash with Florent Malouda, that angered the Fratton Park faithful.

Tempers rose once again just before the break after Sturridge caught Tommy Smith in the face with a stray elbow that required treatment but no caution for the young striker and led to jeers as the two teams left the pitch at half-time.

Indeed it was little surprise when Smith failed to appear for the second half replaced by Owusu-Abeyie and within five minutes of the restart Chelsea had doubled their lead through Malouda.

Lampard out wide on the left was the creator, lofting in a ball to the Frenchman who lashed the ball home past James at his near post to give the visitors some breathing space.

Chelsea could have added a third moments later with James saving well from substitute Joe Cole but the veteran could do nothing on the hour mark when Malouda bagged his second of the evening.

Again the provider was Lampard, the midfielder firing in a low shot which James could only parry into the Frenchman’s path and he fired the rebound high into the net for the Blues’ third of the night.

A minute later and Chelsea almost scored again, a super effort from Lampard looked destined for the top corner until a diving James denied his international team-mate with an excellent save.

With the home side struggling to offer any sort of attacking threat it was little surprise to see the Blues add to their tally with Drogba grabbing his second of the goal with 15 minutes remaining. The Ivorian latched onto a diagonal ball before shrugging off Steve Finnan and firing the ball past James at his near post.

There was still time for Chelsea to add another goal with Lampard nodding home in injury time to add some gloss to the scoreline.

Ultimately it was a comfortable victory for the visitors, who did not have to be at their best to claim the three points, but they will welcome the boost to their goal difference column ahead of Saturday’s visit from Aston Villa before they head to Old Trafford and Manchester United.

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srijeda, ožujak 24, 2010
Cole suffered the injury during a league match against Everton at the beginning of February and first assessments predicted he would not play again until the end of May, missing Chelsea’s run-in and arriving at the World Cup lacking match fitness.

However, Cole, who after W.Rooney is Capello’s stand-out performer, appears to be ahead of schedule on his recuperation to provide a welcome fillip to the national team as injuries continue to define Capello’s thinking three months away from the finals.

One of the Italian’s predecessors, and the last England manager to lead a team at the World Cup finals, Sven-Goran Eriksson, believes taking Cole, even less than 100 per cent fit, is a gamble worth taking.

Eriksson faced similar dilemmas when D.Beckham broke his metatarsal before the 2002 World Cup, and when Rooney did the same four years later, and the Swede has no regrets about taking them to the finals.

“You have to be in the situation of Capello to decide that, by talking to the doctors and experts,” he said.

“It’s important you take exact advice on the injury and whether he will get back in a couple of weeks.

“They (Beckham and Rooney) were two extremely important players and when the doctors said it was OK, I had no problem with my decision.

“Every case is different. [But] remember you have three or four weeks of preparation time at the end of the season [before the World Cup]. I leave it to Capello.”

Eriksson also reserved special praise for the man everyone is praying remains fit ahead of this summer - Rooney.

The Manchester United forward is having a stunning season and has scored 33 goals in all competitions so far.

Rooney has easily filled the gap left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer departure to Real Madrid, but Eriksson claims he is unsurprised by the 24-year-old.

Eriksson, who handed the former Everton man his international debut in 2003, said: “Rooney can play on his own, as he does now for United, so I’m not surprised by that this season. He is as strong as an ox.

“The way he wants to defend for the team is a strength and it is very rare for a [goalscorer]. I think he can do it all; he can run all day.

“Scoring more than 30 goals this season confirms he is among the best in the world.”

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Manager Carlo Ancelotti sees the Dutchman as the perfect man to operate at the tip of his diamond (after Joe Cole and Deco have both singularly failed to shine there this season) and will make an early move for the 27-year-old to prevent a good World Cup upping his valuation.
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utorak, ožujak 23, 2010
Carlo Ancelotti, a self-confessed fan of statistics, believes a points tally of 86 would be enough for Chelsea to take the league title. With our current total on 65, that means Chelsea can afford to drop only three points in the remaining eight games to reach the manager's target. He is also clear those three points cannot be let slip in the game against Manchester United.

Ancelotti is naturally demanding the full three points collected from the visit to bottom club Portsmouth tomorrow (Wednesday) and for that challenge he welcomes Petr Cech back in goal after five games out with a calf injury.

The goalkeeper injury picture is improving fast with groin strain victim Hilario expected to be fit for Saturday's visit by Aston Villa. Ancelotti also has an update on Ashley Cole's ankle fracture.

'Ashley's recovery is going very well,' he says.

'He started to train in the sand today and I think that he will start to train on the normal ground in 15 days, so he will be ready to play before the last game of the season.'

There was not so good news on another full back however. Ancelotti confirms B.Ivanovic  suffered a tear in a collateral medial knee ligament during the Blackburn game.

'Ivanovic is an important player for us. He is out for one month but we hope to recover him before this period. We have fortunately recovered Y.Zhirkov so we can put P.Ferreora at right back and Zhirkov at left back.

'The mood was not good after the Blackburn game because when we don't win we are disappointed,' the manager continues.

'But we have a possibility to come back tomorrow. We know our results have not been good enough because we have the possibility to win every game and we haven't done this, but I am happy with the players' attitude and everyone has kept the right behaviour, players and club.'

The Italian insists that with hindsight he remains happy with the preparations for the Inter and Blackburn games and is not dropping his attention to detail ahead of Portsmouth.

'I know Portsmouth have a lot of difficulties but I also know Portsmouth won their last game against Hull when they were 2-1 down and in two minutes they won the game. We have to pay attention because they have the possibility to play without pressure so they can do a good job against us.'

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Contract negotiations between Chelsea and J.Cole  appear to have hit an impasse and  Manchester City,Liverpool and Tottenham could all be in on the England international in the summer transfer window. With the midfielder’s current deal running out this summer, stalling discussions could mean that Cole will leave Stamford Bridge after seven seasons with Chelsea.

Cole does not wish to leave Chelsea, and is keen to re-open contract talks so that an agreement can be reached.

"I've never spoken publicly about contracts before,” Cole told The Sun.

"I don't think contracts should really be discussed mid-season. I have always signed mine in the summer in the past.

"But this time it's different. We can't seem to find common ground and it's distracting. At the moment there is no offer on the table, so I know where I stand. I still hope to talk in the summer."

Cole has made 272 appearances for the Blues since joining from West Ham United in 2003 for £6.6million.

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Carlo Ancelotti  has announced that Petr Cech  will return for the game at Portsmouth tomorrow (Wednesday).

Hilario is also close to full fitness as the goalkeeping injury picture improves. He is expected to be ready for Saturday's visit by Aston Villa.

The Chelsea manager has confirmed he expects Branislav Ivanoviic to be out for one month with a collateral medial knee ligament tear suffered at Blackburn

chelseafc1905mkd @ 16:41 |Komentiraj | Komentari: 0

Chelsea  have been handed a blow with regard to their push for the Premier League  title, with defender Branislav Ivanovic  expected to be sidelined for a month.

The Serbia international sustained an injury during the recent 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, and reportedly underwent scans on Monday to determine the extent of the injury.

According to a report on Sky Sports, the former Lokomotiv Moscow defender has damaged medial ligaments in his right knee, and will require a four-week recovery.

This means that the full-back will be unavailable for the trip to Fratton Park to play Portsmouth, while manager Carlo Ancelotti will be short on defensive numbers for the important fixtures that follow.

The Blues have two fixtures against Aston Villa - one in the FA Cup - that sandwich a potential title tilter against Manchester United coming up.

Carlo Ancelotti is expected to call upon Paulo Ferreira to man the back-line, as Jose Bosingwa is on a long-term injury.

Chelsea travel to play Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Wednesday.

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Chelsea  and Manchester City  are believed to be on red alert as Valencia  have reportedly agreed to sell their star striker David Villa , in order to alleviate the financial strain at the club.

In an effort to reduce the mountainous debt that is currently weighing down los Che, The Sun claims that David Silva will also be dispatched to another club at the end of the season.

It is said that the Primera Division outfit is looking to raise £50 million by selling the pair, but speculation is rife the price on Villa's head may rise to £40 million should a bidding war ensue following the player's alleged availability.

Unnamed insiders at the club have reportedly admitted that Barcelona and Real Madrid are chasing the striker's signature, but it is said that the Spain international is keen to test his mettle in the Premier League, with Chelsea being his first choice.

Moreover, French striker Nicolas Anelka is said to be facing difficulties in talks with the club over a one-year contract extension; fuelling speculation that Villa could be on his way to Stamford Bridge should the former Fenerbahce forward fail to extend his contract
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