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Eden Hazard And Thibaut Courtois Reveal The Secret Code They Kept For Real Madrid While At Chelsea

Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have been the two most recent additions to Real Madrid from Chelsea in the recent past. The formidable duo joined Real Madrid in a year’s difference and have become an integral part of the Los Blancos squad. Both, Hazard and Courtois also have the backing of their manager, Zinedine Zidane.

To much extent, it was a similar case for both of them while their stints at Chelsea. During their stay with the Blues, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois knew that they were on board to join Real Madrid sooner than later. However, they weren’t publicly allowed to speak about their transfer rumours and hence kept a secret code for the Los Blancos.

Eden Hazard And Thibaut Courtois
Eden Hazard And Thibaut Courtois Credits: Twitter

Now, that both the stars have completed their transfer successfully to the Los Merengues, they have revealed the secret code that they kept for Real Madrid while they were at Chelsea.

Eden Hazard And Thibaut Courtois Reveal The Secret Code They Kept For Real Madrid While At Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois told El Mundo, “In the Chelsea dressing room, we were talking about the possibility of playing here.”

Thibaut Courtois
Thibaut Courtois Credits: Twitter

“‘The White House, the White House…’, we said. It was nice to speculate about it. Now, we are very eager to win trophies,” he added.

My First Season In Madrid Is Bad: Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard said, “My first season in Madrid is bad, but not in its entirety. It is an adaptation season. I will be judged in the second. It is up to me to be in good shape next year. The group is good. For me, it has been a great experience. I still have four years on my contract.”

Eden Hazard Real Madrid
Eden Hazard Image Credits: Getty Images

Hazard’s first year at the club has been heavily disrupted due to a problematic ankle which required surgery. He only started nine LaLiga matches before the season went into lockdown and scored just once after revealing he was eleven pounds overweight when he first signed.

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Frank Lampard (Credits: Twitter)

Frank Lampard Reveals How He Deals With Upset Players In His Chelsea Squad

The head coach of Chelsea FC, Frank Lampard, has shed light as to how he deals with those players who feel upset about his managerial decisions in the team. Frank Lampard has worked wonders with Chelsea as a player. He is their fourth most-capped player of all-time and is loved by the management at Stamford Bridge.

This was a major reason behind his managerial debut with the Blues this season. And Frank Lampard has not disappointed by any means, considering this is only his 2nd full-time season as a manager. However, like, every other team, there are players who aren’t happy at all times with their managers’ decision-making approach.

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard Credits: Twitter

Now, Frank Lampard has opened up on his experience of managing such upset players and revealed his technique of having a good relationship with his players.

Frank Lampard Opens Up On His Tactics To Deal With Upset Chelsea Players

“I know that a manager is going to upset 10-15 of his players every week and make decisions that people are going to be unhappy about and scrutinise,” Lampard said. “I think you just have to accept that as part of it, and I try not to make that the focal point,” he added.

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard Credits: Twitter

“I try to see the bigger picture and think if I can be honest and upfront with the players – which is not always easy – then the players will respect you in the end, even if they are upset when they’re walking down that corridor. That’s how I felt as a player and I certainly respected the managers who were upfront with me, even if they were giving me bad news sometimes,” Frank Lampard further said.

Chelsea FC Are Currently On The Fourth Spot In The Premier League Points Table

It is due to Lampard’s great tactical ability that Chelsea have performed really well this season. They are currently on the fourth spot in the Premier League points table. They have earned 48 points in the 29 games played so far and would like to stay in the top four to secure a berth in the UEFA Champions League next season.

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In the 29 games played this season, Chelsea FC have managed to win 14 games. 6 of these games have ended in a draw and they have been on the losing end for 9 times. Their recent league form has been decent enough as they have a couple of wins, a couple of draws, and a loss in their last five fixtures in the Premier League.

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Frank Lampard Says Premier League Should Only Return When It Is Safe For Players

Chelsea’s manager-in-charge, Frank Lampard has stressed that football in England must only return when the league can assure complete safety of players. It is notable that Premier League is aspiring a June 12 return after being suspended for almost two months due to the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic.

For the same, all the Premier League clubs resumed distant training from May 18 this week. However, some players have also refused to train as they feel it is not safe for them amid the COVID-19 crisis to head to the training grounds. One of them is Chelsea’s midfield maestro, N’Golo Kante.

N'Golo Kante
N’Golo Kante Credits: Getty Images

With one of his ace performers refusing to train, Frank Lampard has also stressed upon the fact that players’ safety should be the utmost concern for the management at this point of time.

Frank Lampard Opens Up On Resumption Of Premier League

Speaking to Football Focus on the BBC, Frank Lampard said, “All of us here we want to do it, it’s our job, we are very fortunate to have this job, to play football, and we want to finish it.”

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard (Credits: Twitter)

“The feeling that you might be involved in a relegation battle or towards the top of the league, I think that is probably… we all felt that when we finished, we were so into it. But we have seen much more important things in the country and the world than football happen and I think that has been a bit of a reset for all of us,” Lampard added.

Safety Has To Come First: Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard took charge of training this week as his squad were allowed in groups of five while still social distancing.

Callum Hudson Odoi
Callum Hudson Odoi Credits: Reuters

Chelsea’s Callum Hudson Odoi Arrested For Breaching Rules Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Chelsea’s young prodigy, Callum Hudson Odoi has been arrested as per certain media reports on Sunday after a woman called the police and an ambulance. Callum Hudson Odoi was accused of breaking the lockdown regulations in place due to coronavirus with a woman he met online.

Hudson Odoi had tested positive for coronavirus in March and now, as Premier League prepares for a return following the example of Germany, he has breached the rules. The report says that Hudson Odoi had apparently asked the woman to visit him wearing lingerie.

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As per the report, Callum Hudson Odoi is still in police custody while the woman was taken to a hospital.

Callum Hudson Odoi Arrested For Violating Rules Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Hudson Odoi reportedly met the woman on social media on Saturday and then invited her to his penthouse. For the duration they interacted online, the two are said to have exchanged flirty messages that indicated they were to have “fun” together.

Callum Hudson Odoi
Callum Hudson Odoi Credits: Reuters

The report also said that the woman showed the Chelsea star a selection of her photographs in raunchy outfits. Hudson Odoi reportedly sent a car to collect the woman to get her to his penthouse but the woman later called the ambulance and the police.

Earlier, Manchester City star Kyle Walker had broken lockdown rules as he paid two prostitutes to visit him at his home and is facing disciplinary action from the club for the same. The defender had later apologised for “letting down” his fans and family.

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Liverpool won the UEFA Super Cup 2019 (Image Creidt: Google)

UEFA Super Cup 2019: Liverpool Wins Their Fourth Super Cup Title After Beating Chelsea In The Penalty Shoot-Out

The UEFA Champions League 2018/19 winners Liverpool FC won their fourth Super Cup trophy after beating the UEFA Europa League 2018/19 winners Chelsea in the penalty shoot-out of UEFA Super Cup 2019 at Istanbul.

On last Wednesday (14th August) night, these Premier League sides met in the Super Cup. In the first 90 minutes, they had a 1-1 scoreline. While the Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud opened the scoreline on 36 minutes, Sadio Mane equalled the scoreline in the early second half (48′).

In the early first half of the extra-time (95′), Mane put ahead Liverpool. Six minutes later,  Jorginho equalled the scoreline through a penalty. After the extra-time, the scoreline was 2-2.

Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham was the only unsuccessful in the penalty shoot-out

Liverpool and Chelsea both were equally running with the perfect finishes in the penalty shoot-out until Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham’s shot was blocked on their fifth attempt. Finally, Liverpool won their fourth UEFA Super Cup crown with their favourable scoreline of 2 (5) – 2 (4).

Liverpool, Chelsea, UEFA Super Cup 2019
Liverpool FC (Image Credit: Google)

Liverpool managed better shots on target

The Blues played strong football from the beginning while The Reds slowly grew up in that game. In the entire match, Liverpool managed 21 shots while Chelsea had 20 shots. Out of those, The Reds had 11 shots on target while The Blues only managed to put six shots on target.

In the 16th minute, Chelsea goalie Kepa Arrizabalaga brilliantly saved Mohamed Salah’s attempt. Six minutes later, The Blues winger Pedro hit on the top of the post.

In less than 15 minutes left of the first half, Olivier Giroud put Chelsea 1-0 ahead. Christian Pulisic brilliantly beat the defenders and raised a through ball to the French striker. Unmarked Giroud calmly beat the Liverpool debutant goalkeeper Adrian and opened the scoreline.

Just four minutes later, Pulisic’s grounded shot found the net, but then it was declined due to the earlier offside offence.

Liverpool, Chelsea, UEFA Super Cup 2019
One moment during the match between Liverpool and Chelsea (Image Credit: Google)

In just 3rd minute of the second half, Sadio Mane levelled the scoreline 1-1 with an open finish. After Fabinho built up that ball and Roberto Firmino’s touch beat Kepa, Mane easily put the ball in the net.

Both sides got some great opportunities to take the lead in that half, but they failed in their attempt. Chelsea substitute Mason Mount was successful in beating Adrian and hit the net, but the referee caught him offside.

Extra-time: Liverpool managed an early goal; Chelsea equalised through a penalty

With the scoreline of 1-1, the match entered the 30 minutes extra-time. In the fifth minute of the first-half in that extra time, Mane netted for the second time in this game. Once again. Firminho set up the ball for the unmarked Mane who finished that superbly without giving any chances.

Just a few minutes later, Adrian fouled Tammy Abraham inside the box after going to clearance a ball. Chelsea midfielder made no mistake to convert that penalty into the equaliser goal.

In the penalty shoot-out, Roberto Firminho, Fabinho, Divock Origi, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah scored for the Reds. Meanwhile, Joginho, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount and Emerson Palmieri successfully netted for the Blues. Finally, Adrian stopped Abraham’s attempt and secured a victory for Liverpool.

With this victory, Liverpool became the fourth team to win UEFA Super Cup for at least four times. Spanish giants Barcelona (five times) and Real Madrid (four times), and Italian club AC Milan (five times) are the other three sides who have won it for at least four times. After the 1977, 2001 and 2005 edition, Liverpool won the UEFA Super Cup 2019 edition.

Eden Hazard, Olivier Giroud
Eden Hazard has a word of praise for Olivier Giroud. Image Courtesy: Getty

Olivier Giroud is World’s Best Target Man – Eden Hazard

Despite conceding early, Chelsea thrashed Cardiff City 4-1, courtesy of Eden Hazard’s hattrick. However, the Belgium star has given a lot of credit to Olivier Giroud for the win and labelled him as the world’s best target man.

Hazard scored a hattrick while Giroud assisted two of them.

Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard scored his first hat-trick of this season. Image Courtesy: Getty

Giroud, who got criticised for not scoring enough goals, as the hat-trick hero has defended a forward. Giroud assisted Hazard twice and played a significant role to help Chelsea make a comeback. Hazard told BBC Sport,

“He’s a target man, maybe the best in the world. I think so.”

Hazard also insisted Giroud and Alvaro Morata are completely different players and the team is lucky to have two good strikers.

“He can hold up the ball… it’s a pleasure to play with him. When Alvaro is playing it’s completely different, he’s a different player to Olivier. They both have quality, so we are happy to have good strikers in the team.”


Hazard score twice before second half to erase Sol Bamba’s shock opener. And then later in the second half, he converted a penalty to complete his hattrick and put Chelsea on top.

The 27-year old now has five goals in five games, and he gave credit to his new manager and appreciated his style of play.

“We have a lot of freedom on the pitch and, at the moment, when we try and do something, it’s coming off. I’m always happy when I’m playing football. I just want to do my best for this club, which has done a lot for me. I’m always trying to do more – create more chances, score more goals, and today [I scored] a hat-trick so I will try to do this more.”

Chelsea will face West Ham in their next league game on 23rd August.

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Maurizio Sarri says if John Terry wishes to return to Chelsea, the gates are open. Image Courtesy: Getty

Maurizio Sarri Keeps Gates Open for John Terry at Chelsea

Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri has said John Terry can come back and play for Chelsea again if he wants to. The manager has kept all gates open for the Chelsea legend at the Stamford Bridge.

John Terry is now a free agent after leaving Aston Villa.

After leaving Aston Villa, the 37-year old defender is now roaming as a free agent. He rejected an offer last week from Spartak Moscow. However, Terry has opened his desire to join Aston Villa again for one more season, and he has been linked heavily since then.

John Terry
John Terry is a free agent now. Image Courtesy: Getty

Meanwhile, Sarri has insisted the club will not say no if Terry wants to come back at Chelsea.

“The last time I spoke with him he told me he wants to play for another season. I don’t know now the situation, but Chelsea is his home, of course. Of course [I am open to the idea]. He would be a point of reference for me and everyone here. I don’t know [if there is a chance]. He told me other things; he told me he wants to play. I have to speak to him.”


The manager further added,

“It is up to him. If he wants to play for another season, it is right he tries to play. If he wants to help us, I am really very happy.”

Sarri was also asked if Terry can return in a playing role or as a managerial role?

“I think in the coaching staff, I think. Because, as I said before, I want to give space to the young players. Fortunately, we have very strong young players: [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, [Ethan] Ampadu… and I’d like to give them the right space.”

It is now all down to John Terry to make the final decision. While the Blues hope to get an opportunity to bid him a legendary farewell before retiring from football.

Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea Fans
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Obviously, They Don’t Know The Truth: Thibaut Courtois on Behaviour of Chelsea Fans

Thibaut Courtois, who joined Spanish football club Real Madrid in the summer transfer window has not received a proper treatment from the Chelsea fans.

Courtois is utterly sad and thoroughly disappointed and feels the Chelsea fans don’t know the truth.

The Golden Glove winner of the 2018 World Cup in Russia is in a complicated situation at the moment. Out of the four matches, Madrid played so far, Courtois managed to play only one.

Madrid are finding it difficult to choose as both Keylor Navas and Courtois are in top form at the moment.

Meanwhile, after the match against Scotland on Friday, Courtois revealed he is sad to get the treatment he’s getting from the Chelsea fans.

“It makes me feel sad. Obviously, they don’t know all the truth; I think in March the decision was already made and I thought the club would accept it. Then because the transfer was close, I didn’t show up [to training] because I thought it was better not to disturb the squad. I didn’t want it to be toxic. It’s a pity because I love Chelsea. I loved playing there,” he asserted.

Thibaut Courtois Real Madrid

The goal-keeper was also heavily criticised after he made a statement last week saying “the level of training is higher here than Chelsea’s.” However, he insists the report was not to offend anyone.

“I never meant that. I just said that maybe in training it goes a little bit faster. But that’s also the quality of Real Madrid, that’s not saying Chelsea doesn’t have quality. I always give back a happy feeling to Chelsea. I had a chance to go back to Spain to be closer to my kids, and that was important to me,” he added.

Despite being hated, Thibaut Courtois wishes all the best to Chelsea fans in particular.

“I know a lot of Chelsea fans will understand my decision and I wish them the best. I am happy they have won the first four games, and I hope they go on and win the league,” he concluded.

After the international break, Real Madrid Club will play against Athletic Club on 16th September.


N’ Golo Kante Makes Surprise Visit To Indian Cricket Team’s Hotel

Chelsea midfielder N’ Golo Kante made a surprise visit to Indian Cricket Team’s hotel on Monday and met with two Indian players KL Rahul and Umesh Yadav.

Kante spent some time with KL Rahul and Umesh Yadav.

Indian team, who are currently on a 70-day England tour have already played three T20Is, three ODIs and four Tests. The fifth and the final test is yet to take place. However, England have already won the series as they have taken a 3-1 lead.

After winning the World Cup and winning all the matches so far for Chelsea before the International break, Kante is now in a good mood and took some time to take his attention to cricket.

The 27-year old midfielder made a surprise visit to the Indian team hotel while they were staying in London. He dropped in  to see the tourists and lend his support. Kante told that he is a big fan of India captain Virat Kohli and caught up with a number of other players including batsman KL Rahul and bowler Umesh Yadav.

N' Golo Kante Makes Surprise Visit To Indian Cricket Team's Hotel 3

A meeting was set up by Kante’s advisors as they have  close ties with the Indian cricket team. The Indian team congratulated Kante for winning the World Cup in Russia and wished luck for the future. While, Kante hopes to follow up his visit with a future trip to India.

Rahul took to Instagram to talk about his meeting with Kante:

“Swipe left to watch me discuss Cricket and Football with the champion. We spoke about his World Cup experience. How he started off and made his way up. He wasn’t really happy that I ain’t a Chelsea fan though. Really humble guy. Respect.”

Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea, Europa League
Maurizio Sarri says Europa League is Chelsea's priority.

Europa League is One of Our Targets – Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri has urged his players to fight for everything and said Europa League is one of their targets.

Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea drawn in Group L.

Sarri is yet to chose the new Chelsea captain, but he knows he wants to win the Europa League. Gary Cahill was the captain of Chelsea under Antonio Conte. However, Sarri wants other options and Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Eden Hazard are in contention for the role.

Azpilicueta is currently the vice-captain of the side. Before entering the international break, Sarri had set himself some targets. He wants to announce the new captain soon and then to challenge for the Europa League. Sarri told the reporters,

“Nothing decided at the moment; I want to decide during the international break for the final one. I want to win everything if I can. I want to win everything. For me, it’s a pleasure to play in Europe. It’s a pleasure to play in the Europa League. It’s one of our targets.”

Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea
Maurizio Sarri is yet to announce Chelsea’s new captain.

Before the international break, Chelsea will face Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. The Blues doesn’t have too many good memories against them in the past. Bournemouth shocked Chelsea twice in the last couple of years at Stamford Bridge. The side stunned them previous season with a 3-0 win against Conte’s man.

Sarri and Howe have a good relationship between them. The Chelsea coach spoke in detail about the relationship that he built with the manager.

“I knew that Bournemouth, in this period, were winning the Championship. I didn’t know him or the players, but I knew the situation. No, I was in a non-professional team [Tegoleto] in Italy’s Serie D. I’m not surprised that Eddie has got to where he has, because he’s very clever and very intelligent.”

“So I’m not surprised. I think he is ready. He is 40, but he is ready. Probably, when I was 40, I wasn’t ready. They are a dangerous team. In the defensive phase, they are very organised. If they have the possibility to have space, they are very dangerous on the counter-attack.”

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