April 2012

Torres Is The Hero As QPR Hit For Six

Chelsea were looking to gain on both Arsenal and Newcastle today, as both dropped points on Saturday afternoon.
                              
Torres was given a start after his exploits at the Nou Camp in midweek, but it was his striker partner Sturridge who made the first impact, smashing into the roof of the net from 20 yards after just a minute.

Nou Camp Set To Provide Massive Test For Chelsea

Drogba: In a race to be fit tonightChelsea have the massive task of attempting to avoid defeat at the Nou Camp tonight, meaning they would progress to the UEFA Champions League Final.
                  
Should they lose by the solitary goal, it would also be enough to send them through on away goals, unless the score is 1-0 to the Catalans, meaning the game would go into extra-time, and possibly penalties.
                     

Transfer Target: Willian

Chelsea have reportedly been given the go-ahead to snap up Brazilian winger Willian this summer, providing they meet the asking price of his Ukrainian club, Shakhtar Donetsk.
   
The Londoners had a bid rejected in January, which was around £17m, but Shakhtar wanted around £20m-£25m it is rumoured. Santos were Chelseas biggest threat to capture his signature, as they desperately wanted him to link up with Brazilian striker Neymar, but in February, the Santos president ruled his club out of the race, leaving Chelsea as the forerunners.
     

Weekend Review

The battle for Champions League spots intensified tonight, as Newcastle leapfrogged Tottenham into 4th with their sixth win on the bounce, while Arsenal and Chelsea shared the spoils in the early kick-off, and Spurs carried on their awful form with a drab 1-0 defeat to relegation threatened QPR.
    

Arsenal vs Chelsea Preview

Both Chelsea and Arsenal come into this game not knowing which European front they will be competing in next season.
     
The task is simple for Arsenal, win their games, and they will finish third, and qualify for the Champions League. Finish fourth, and they will qualify, providing that Chelsea do not win this seasons competition.

From The Opposition Corner…

Chelsea travel to the Emirates, in what should be a very interesting game on Saturday morning. Chelsea come off the back of a 1-0 victory against world-beaters Barcelona, whilst the home side were beaten by lesser opposition on their home turf, in the form of Wigan.

Chelsea vs. Barcelona Preview

Chelsea face Barcelona tonight in the Champions League semi-final, coming off the back of an enthralling 5-1 victory over neighbours Tottenham at the weekend.

David Luiz picked up an injury in that game, so Chelsea will be without him tonight, so Gary Cahill will fill in for him. The Catalan side have David Villa, Gerard Pique and Eric Abidal sidelined, so Chelsea have an opportunity to exploit the usual resilient defence of Barcelona.

Transfer Target 4: Edinson Cavani

The 25-year-old 6ft 2 striker, put his name on the map in the 2007 South American Youth Championship, attracting most of the big names in Italian football.

Late in the January of 2007, Palermo announced the signing of Cavani, who didn’t take long to make an impression. Entering the field with his team 1-0 down, just 15 minutes into his debut, he scored a peach of an equaliser, and the whole of Italy took notice.

Transfer Target 3: C├ęsar Azpilicueta

One player that Chelsea would be mad to miss out on, is hardly a household name, but has all the ingredients to become one in the future.

César Azpilicueta, at only 22, is on the fringes of the prestigious Spanish national side, and that is no easy feat, with the defensive masterminds of Carlos Puyol, Gerard Pique, and Sergio Ramos to contend with.

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