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Can Chelsea show maturity and make Hazard and Courtois regret?
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Can Chelsea show maturity and make Hazard and Courtois regret?

The clash between Real Madrid and Chelsea will see a Los Blancos side with a squad that have vast experience in these stages of the UCL come up against a squad with relatively no experience in this stage of the competition in the Blues. The Blues may have the advantage after the 1 all draw away at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium but every well-versed follower of the UEFA Champions League knows that the tie is far from over. The new-look Chelsea side who saw some new additions in the summer were whitewashed 7:1 by Bayern Munich in last season's UCL round of 16 under former manager Frank Lampard but have improved since then. They are currently managed by Thomas Tuchel and have done well in the competition but must now beat an experienced Zinedine Zidane-led side and eliminate them fr...
Man City showed that Paris Saint-Germain haven’t come of age
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Man City showed that Paris Saint-Germain haven’t come of age

Manchester City have progressed to the final of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League after beating Paris Saint-Germain 2:0 at the Etihad on Tuesday night and 4:1 on aggregate. The fixture was a potential banana peel for Pep Guardiola and his men as they've not reached the final of the competition since his appointment as Man City boss.  This is one title that has eluded the Citizens under the Spaniard and it was believed that the Ligue 1 giants could give them a run for their money. This is because there was this belief that PSG came of age, especially after they played in last season's final and eliminated the likes of Barcelona and PSG on their way to the semifinal stage of this year's competition. However, this was not the case as they fell short and performed below expectations. ...
Hoddle makes prediction ahead of Blues vs Los Blancos clash
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Hoddle makes prediction ahead of Blues vs Los Blancos clash

Glenn Hoddle has opined that Real Madrid will be boosted by the return of captain Sergio Ramos to action ahead of their UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. However, he believes that the Blues will get the job done against Los Blancos and has backed them to go through to the finals of the competition. The Blues started the first leg at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium as the lively side and took the lead through Christian Pulisic shortly after Timo Werner struck a close-range effort at Thibaut Courtois. However, Thomas Tuchel's men failed to capitalize on their early dominance of the game before Karim Benzema sent an unstoppable volley past Edouard Mendy in Chelsea's goal for the equalizer and set up an exciting seco...
Thomas Tuchel slams the proposed new UCL format
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Thomas Tuchel slams the proposed new UCL format

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has spoken out against the proposed new UEFA Champions League reforms that will be in place from the 2024/25 season. The European Super League which was heavily criticized has fallen apart but UEFA's plan to change the current UCL format and increase the number of teams from 32 to 36 has not received a warm reception either. The idea has not gone down too well and will see teams that qualify, play at least 10 league stage games with the traditional group of four teams scrapped and replaced with one division ahead of the elimination stages of the competition. Ahead of Chelsea's UCL semis against Real Madrid in Spain on Tuesday, Tuchel was asked what he thought of the planned changes and he didn't hold back with his criticism. He noted that top sides alrea...
West Ham vs Chelsea – A potential banana peel for the Blues?
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West Ham vs Chelsea – A potential banana peel for the Blues?

The race for the top 4 is the rave of the moment in the Premier League as Manchester City are very close to title triumph. Therefore, we'll see one of the fiercest London derbies this Saturday when Chelsea travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham. This should be one of the biggest games ever between the two sides as they are fighting for a place in the top four to seal qualification to next season's UEFA Champions League. They are both tied on 55 points respectively as Chelsea sit 4th while the Hammers sit 5th. Therefore, this game has what it takes to be a cracker and one of the best games of the weekend. The Hammers have been very impressive on their home turf and the Blues have a game on their hands. West Ham last lost at home to Liverpool in January 2021 and before the...
Chelsea will fight for the top four the hard way
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Chelsea will fight for the top four the hard way

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has expressed concern over his side's Premier League top four bid after they were held to a goalless draw by relegation-threatened Brighton and Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. It can also be recalled that they lost 5:2 to relegation-threatened West Brom at the same venue some weeks back. Brighton went a man down in the closing stages of the game but held on for a precious point. It can be said that the Blues were lucky on the night as Ben White wasted the best chances of the game and Tuchel had no choice but to point out that his side were lucky. He added that the Blues will now have to fight for a top-four place the hard way. "I fear I will never be pleased with a point at Stamford Bridge," said Tuchel. "It was clearly our target to win...
Tuchel and Conceicao react to post-match row after Porto’s win
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Tuchel and Conceicao react to post-match row after Porto’s win

FC Porto head coach Sergio Conceicao has claimed that he was insulted following Tuesday's UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Chelsea but Blues boss Thomas Tuchel played down the row that occurred during the game. The Blues progressed to the semifinal stages of the competition irrespective of the 1 nil loss to the Portuguese side on the night. This was so as they won the first leg 2 nil, ensuring that the game ended 2:1 on aggregate and in their favor. Porto substitute Mehdi Taremi scored the winner late into added time with a brilliant overhead kick. It was gathered that tempers flared after the final whistle went off at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium as the coaches and some players were involved in what can be described as a brief post-match spat. READ: F...
Tuchel’s pep talk to Havertz that inspired his improved performance
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Tuchel’s pep talk to Havertz that inspired his improved performance

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has opened up on the pep talk he gave Germany international Kai Havertz which resulted in one of his finest performances for Chelsea since he arrived from Bayern Leverkusen in the summer. Havertz has struggled to adapt in his first season in the Premier League, failing to live up to expectations and the £72million the Blues shelled out to acquire his signature. He was subbed off in the 65th minute against Porto in the UCL last Wednesday after failing to impress in his time on the pitch. However, he bounced back and produced the goods in the next game against Crystal Palace in the Premier League in a 4:1 win away from home at Selhurst Park last Saturday. He scored the game's opener and also provided an assist. Speaking about what he told his compatriot...
5:2 defeat could be a one off, as Mount impresses against Porto
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5:2 defeat could be a one off, as Mount impresses against Porto

Chelsea put the 5:2 bashing by West Brom in the Premier League behind them as they ran out 2 nil winners against FC Porto in the first leg of their UCL quarterfinal encounter at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán in Seville. The Blues were heavy favorites for a win after the draws were made but doubts came up after the defeat to West Brom. However, the Blues went into the game with the intent of clearing those doubts and did it, thanks to goals by Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell. They'll now go into the second leg which puts them technically at home at the same venue with a 2 goal lead. Day 2 of the quarterfinal fixtures was the day for the away sides to shine as Paris Saint-Germain also beat Bayern Munich 3:2 at the Allianz Arena. READ: FIFA suspends Chad and Pakistan due to poor ...
Baggies hand Blues rude awakening ahead of UCL tie against Porto
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Baggies hand Blues rude awakening ahead of UCL tie against Porto

Football is one very unpredictable game that many folks should be aware of by now, and stop underrating teams. Thomas Tuchel's winning run at Chelsea was halted by the unlikeliest of teams in the Premier League on Saturday and no one saw it coming. A good one for the bookies indeed! Chelsea were hammered 5:2 by Sam Allardyce's West Brom at Stamford Bridge in the early kickoff game on Saturday and it was a big shocker. The Blues have been stingy in letting in the goals under Tuchel, but when they did, it was against 19th placed West Brom. We could say the Blues' momentum was halted by the international break but they were not the only team whose players engaged wholly in the internationals. READ: Diego Llorente reveals major shock at Bielsa’s approach The game was an eye-open...