Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has officially opened the door back for former club captain and cult hero Fernando Torres to return to his side in La Liga in the summer.
‘The new Maradona’ ‘The new Messi’ or ‘The new Pele’.
If I had a penny for each time one of these comparisons was made, I may well be able to purchase our star performer of the last two seasons, Juan Mata.
The £17m purchase from Valencia has shown his worth in just 18 months at the club, finishing as Player of the Year in his debut season at the club, as well as receiving the Man of the Match award in the 2012 FA Cup final win.
Any football fan would find it hard to dislike David Luiz, but Tottenham and Arsenal fans may well have a reason to if their Champions League hopes are dashed at the expense of Chelsea come May time.
The flamboyant, frizzy haired central midfielder has become a mainstay figure in the team this season, and despite the frantic run of games they face in the run-in, Luiz expressed his desire to keep playing, in a recent interview he was quoted as saying:
The instance Hernandez cleverly redirected the ball past Petr Cech, the tingle that surged through me felt all too familiar. Why raise hope for a team that could hardly create a chance against Steaua Bucharesti?
When Rooney scored the second via a freekick with the help of our disjointed defence, the little hope I had left in me swiftly dissipated and I felt the hammering had already begun.
‘A team in transition’ Finally. Something I agree with old Rafa Benitez about.
Like it or not, we are exactly that. No club can go on winning trophies year after year for decades, and although they seem to be the best at this ‘transitioning’ stage, even Manchester United have had poor seasons and spells.
I wouldn’t say it is wrong to be worried and skeptical about our immediate future, and I do agree that Champions League qualification is vital, but not much more than that is.
It's safe to say that Rafa Benitez's spell at Chelsea has not been his most successful one, nor the most well-received by the club's faithful. The sacking of double-winning ex-Chelsea player Roberto Di Matteo was a very unpopular one, and hiring a manager who had a strong rivalry with the club during Jose Mourinho's time atChelsea was even less popular.
Just what are Chelsea going to do to get out of their current rut? Sign more players of course, with The Daily Express reporting that Mario Gomez is the latest individual being lined up on there seemingly limitless radar. To be fair, it is at least indicated that a move for the player would be as a replacement for Fernando Torres, nevertheless you can't help feel that a little bit of continuity wouldn't go a miss.
‘Time flies when you are having fun’. Apparently. Not that we would know, although we can tell you that the opposite is true.
Since losing to Corinthians on December 16th, it was clear this season was a write-off, and most fans would’ve given their right arm to fast-forward until pre-season there and then.
With the same record as Fulham and Swansea over our last 5 games, it’s clear now that the priority is qualifying for the Champions League next season, even more so after Gareth Bale FC scraped an unlikely victory away from home on Monday night.
Good question. A quick search of Google and YouTube, and immediately your sanity is questioned. Christian Cueva, that is who you are looking for isn’t it. No, it certainly isn’t.
You can bet it is only a matter of time before Cuevas - known as ‘Cimby’ - outguns his fellow South American though, after Chelsea added him to their ranks, paying £1.7million for the 17 year old.
The veil that masked Chelsea's previous campaign has again enveloped the club, bringing forecasts about how The Blues will end the season completely off course. In simple terms, there is a huge vacuum of uncertainty about how Chelsea will finish the season – Top Four? Or in tatters.
In spite of this ambiguity around the club and the beloved fans, I (of course predicting) still believe that Chelsea will end up clinching a spot in the Champions League, despite our erratic form.