Chelsea take on Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday as the new season gets underway with the Community Shield. There's plenty of intrigue, too: a look at how Maurizio Sarri has imposed his style on Chelsea, Riyad Mahrez potentially starting for Manchester City and another new-boy, Jorginho, set to line up for the Blues, having seemed destined for Manchester.
Manchester United have completed the signing of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea on a three-year contract. United will pay Chelsea a £40 million transfer fee, sources said, to reunite Matic with Jose Mourinho, who brought the midfielder to Stamford Bridge in January 2014. The 28-year-old becomes Mourinho's third signing of the summer after the arrivals of Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku and takes United's summer spending toward £150m. Mourinho told the club's official website: "Nemanja is a Manchester United player and a Jose Mourinho player. He represents everything we want in a footballer; loyalty, consistency, ambition, team player.
Chelsea is a win away from the Premier League title, while Middlesbrough has officially been relegated after a 3-0 result at Stamford Bridge on Monday. Chelsea's path to the title is clear, with the club needing just three points to secure the title no matter what second-place Tottenham does in its final three games this season. A win at West Brom on Friday will clinch the Blues' fifth title since the 2004-2005 season and cement its rebound after last season's mid-table finish.
If the blue ribbons weren’t already being tied onto the Premier League trophy, you can go ahead and do that now. After Antonio Conte‘s side beat Middlesbrough 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Monday, Chelsea need three more points to be crowned Premier League champions (they play West Bromwich Albion on Friday when they can seal the deal) while Boro were relegated back to the Championship at the first attempt. Here’s five takeaways from a routine win for the champions elect.
On Saturday the Blues strode into the Vitality Stadium and beat Bournemouth 3-1 with minimum fuss, regaining their seven point lead atop the Premier League after Tottenham had momentarily cut it down to four points. Throughout the game Chelsea’s fans sang “Tottenham Hotspur, we’re waiting for you!” with a smugness which suggests they know the deal has almost been sealed. Playing after Tottenham in two of their next four games, Chelsea will have to handle seeing their lead diminish for a time before they get the chance to move clear again.
Chelsea are keeping tabs on Atalanta defender Andrea Conti. The Blues are in the market for a right wing-back during the January transfer window to provide competition for Victor Moses. They have been linked with Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore as well as Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner. But, according to reports in Italy, Chelsea are also contemplating a move for Conti before the transfer window slams shut. The 22-year-old has been a regular for Atalanta this season, helping them climb to seventh in the Serie A table after 20 games.
Chelsea have completed the signing of sought-after Belgium international striker Michy Batshuayi from Marseille. Batshuayi, 22, has signed a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge and joins for an undisclosed fee.
If Leicester's rise to the top of English soccer is the most bewildering aspect of this chaotic season in the Premier League, then the implosion of Chelsea runs a close second. A 3-2 loss to Sunderland on Saturday made it official: Chelsea will end the season with the worst title defense in the 24-year history of the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho has officially been sacked as Chelsea manager, and the club are worse off for it. Since Roman Abramovich took over as owner 12 years ago, no other Chelsea manager has enjoyed the level of success Mourinho has; no manager has bonded with the club’s fans the way he did.
Amidst conflicting reports in the media regarding a Chelsea board meeting to discuss José Mourinho's future, we're also apparently lining up candidates to take over from The Special One, should it come to that. The latest report from The Times - reproduced by Eurosport, among others - claims that former Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Tottenham and Real Madrid manager Juande Ramos is under consideration as a potential interim replacement.
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