Demba Ba Says He Is Off At End Of Season

by David on April 14, 2014

Demba Ba is determined to quit Chelsea in the ­summer claiming he has been driven to breaking point by his boss Jose Mourinho, writes Steve Goodman in the Sunday People.

And the French-born Senegal striker wants to join hometown club Paris Saint-Germain – just days after his goal knocked them out of the Champions League.

The forward scored three ­minutes from time against PSG on Tuesday to give the Blues a 2-0 second-leg win at Stamford Bridge that took them into the semi-finals on away goals.

However, Ba has vented his dismay at his treatment by Mourinho, insisting he wants to quit London for Paris.

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ose Mourinho is the most hated coach in European football, according to Ronald Koeman, the former Barcelona star now in charge at ­Feyenoord, but he says that he’s been won over by ­Mourinho’s sharp brain and winning tactics.

The Chelsea manager’s touchline and verbal antics infuriate many opponents. But Koeman, who has won eight trophies in his coaching career in Portugal, Spain and Holland, can see both sides of the debate on The Special One.

He said: “Many people in the game can’t stand ­Mourinho – [but] I am the ­opposite.

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Post Match Reaction: Holland on Swansea Win

by David on April 14, 2014

Chelsea TV spoke to assistant first team coach Steve Holland after our 1-0 win at Swansea.


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Chelsea TV spoke to Petr Cech after our 1-0 win at Swansea.


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JT: Pressure on our rivals

by David on April 14, 2014

Chelsea captain John Terry believes the Blues have managed to keep the pressure on their title rivals with a 1-0 victory over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Liverpool‘s dramatic 3-2 win against third-placed Manchester City saw Brendan Rodgers’ men pull five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League table, but Chelsea cut that gap to just two points by downing the Swans through Demba Ba’s second-half strike in south Wales.

Centre-back Terry, who watched his counterpart Chico Flores pick up a red card after 16 minutes, revealed Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had demanded his players ignore the result at Anfield to focus on their own performances.

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Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea Comparison

by David on April 11, 2014

A comparison of the two sides that will meet in the Champions League semifinals: Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea


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CFC-TrophiesChelsea have been drawn against La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semifinal, while the other semifinal matches holders Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. The first leg will take place on April 22/23 and the return the following week.

The draw sets up an intriguing situation with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, the 21-year-old goalkeeper on loan with Atletico from Chelsea. I wrote yesterday how the Courtois situation was
threatening to overshadow the draw
, and Uefa moved quickly to clarify that Courtois will be eligible to face the Blues in both legs. A statement from European football’s governing body read:

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Thibaut-CourtoisWhen Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger criticized the loan system last week in how it was giving Chelsea and Manchester City an unfair advantage in the title race, most fans and writers rolled their eyes at the comments.

But the loan system is coming under renewed scrutiny after the Atletico Madrid president said that Thibaut Courtois will not play against Chelsea should they be drawn together in Friday’s Champions League semifinal draw.

Courtois, who is on loan at Atletico from Chelsea, has once again been brilliant this season for Los Rojiblancos and is one of the major reasons why Atletico are top of La Liga and in the Champions League semi-finals.

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Mourinho hails “special” Blues

by David on April 9, 2014

Etoo-GoalJose Mourinho believes Chelsea‘s “special spirit” was key in overcoming Paris St Germain and will worry whoever is pitted against them in the Champions League semi-finals.

Having suffered a 3-1 defeat in the French capital last week it looked a big ask for the west Londoners to progress from their quarter-final against the big-spending Parisians.

However, substitute Andre Schurrle gave Chelsea hope in the first half and fellow replacement Demba Ba – a boyhood PSG fan – netted late on to secure a 2-0 win that saw them progress on away goals, with the tie ending 3-3 on aggregate.

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CFC-TrophiesChelsea and Jose Mourinho dare to dream of European glory once more after overturning a two-goal deficit to advance to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain.

Mourinho raced down the touchline in celebration of substitute Demba Ba’s 87th-minute goal, which secured the 2012 winners a 2-0 win and a place in the last four for a seventh time in 11 years courtesy of Eden Hazard’s away goal in the first leg. It was a scene reminiscent of Mourinho’s sprint at Old Trafford en route to his first European Cup success with Porto in 2004.

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