FIFA World XI: Which Premier League Stars Could Make the Cut?

FIFA World XI: Which Premier League Stars Could Make the Cut?

12 Premier League stars are among the nominees for the FIFA World XI of the year 2014. But which ones could realistically get the honour of being one of the 11 players standing on the stage in Zurich at the FIFA Gala event on January 12th? The Premier League nominees are: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Angel di Maria (Manchester United), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Yaya …
Brazil vs Germany Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Semi-Finals

Brazil vs Germany Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Semi-Finals

As the semi-finals beckon, only four teams remain. The European duo of Germany and Holland will be joined by the South American pair of Brazil and Argentina, with all four teams knowing that they have an opportunity of a lifetime to lift football’s most coveted prize. The knock-out matches have been filled with drama and controversy throughout, keeping everyone on the edge of their seat. Just as you think you’ve seen it all, this World Cup keeps throwing spanners into …
Is Matic ready to return to the Bridge?

Is Matic ready to return to the Bridge?

Chelsea could be ready to bring former player Nemanja Matic back to the Bridge. According to reports in Portugal, Chelsea are ready to re-sign former Blue Nemanja Matic from Benfica for a fee believed to be around £20 million pounds. Matic, who was part of the Chelsea squad back in 2011 made only 2 appearances in 2 years at the Bridge. He was part of the deal that saw David Luiz move to Chelsea from Benfica in the same January …
Chelsea 2 Liverpool 1 | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Chelsea 2 Liverpool 1 | Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Chelsea jumped to 3rd in the table and sent Liverpool crashing from 1st to 5th in the space of three days, highlighting just how tight things currently are in the top eight at this midway point in the season. Mourinho lined Chelsea up in their usual 4-2-3-1, but interestingly he went with David Luiz alongside Lampard in midfield and dropped Jon Obi Mikel to the bench. Samuel Eto'o started as the lone striker, while the attacking midfield three of Hazard, …
Is Cole paying for being Merry with the Arsenal?

Is Cole paying for being Merry with the Arsenal?

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has refused to criticise defender Ashley Cole for attending Arsenal's Christmas party on Monday evening, however in his pre-match press conference he made a point of explaining that the England man would remain on the bench. When asked about the incident Mourinho said "I keep my opinion to myself - it was a free day for them," I'm not a father, I'm a manager. "From the beginning Ashley's not playing." He continued: "But today is Friday, the …
Carmille’s Chelsea Column: Hazard, David Luiz and Jose’s Preferred XI

Carmille’s Chelsea Column: Hazard, David Luiz and Jose’s Preferred XI

This week’s column will discuss the issue surrounding Chelsea’s preferred XI and in doing so will focus on Eden Hazard and David Luiz. Could the talent at Jose Mourinho’s disposal be causing more harm than good? Chelsea endured a week of fantastic results, rising to second on the domestic league after a late victory over Manchester City and a Capital One Cup victory over Arsenal, only to be disappointed by a dismal and uncharacteristically lacklustre display at St James’ Park …
Jose Mourinho - Then And Now - The Differences

Jose Mourinho - Then And Now - The Differences

The Special Happy One Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea F.C. was a big story in the offseason, and could just be the biggest coaching change during the summer break. While his first tenure at the club was a standout success, his second is meeting with jitters right from the off-set. Be it shocking results away from home or the players sidelined individually due to performance and adaptation issues, this time things look a wee bit too different for Jose Mourinho than the last …
Carmille’s Chelsea Column: Pre-Season Wrap-Up and Season Preview

Carmille’s Chelsea Column: Pre-Season Wrap-Up and Season Preview

This week’s column will start by wrapping-up the last two pre-season results, highlighting the positives, and previewing the 2013/2014 Premier League campaign. The Blues played two matches last week, the Champions Cup final against Real Madrid and a club friendly against Roma, which ended their pre-season campaign in the USA. Jose Mourinho’s side were unable to beat his former club Real Madrid in the final on Wednesday, which resulted in a 3-1 victory for the La Liga side, thanks to …
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