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John Terry: Chelsea deserved Stuttgart victory Chelsea skipper
John Terry insists his team deserved to come away from Stuttgart with
their 1-0 win. The only goal of the game came when Stuttgart defender
Fernando Meira turned Glen Johnson's 12th-minute cross into his own
net. Terry told Sky Sports:
"They put pressure on us but we stuck in there. "It was a great ball
in (by Johnson).
The manager said all afternoon get wide and whip balls in, they don't
like it. We did that and got three or four chances from that. "They
had a couple of chances but at the end of the day it's the win for
us and we're very pleased.
"But we've still got to go back to the Bridge and perform just as
well to go through. We've got to defend well again and hopefully we
will get that win at the Bridge." Manager Claudio Ranieri said: "It
wasn't easy after two defeats. It was important for us to score and
after 15-20 minutes we started playing and showed our football.
"But of course we were a little anxious and nervous at the beginning.
It was important for us to close down the space and not give Stuttgart
time to counter-attack and it was important to dominate the tempo
of the game." As for his personal situation, Ranieri added: "My players
don't believe the newspapers - they know very well I am the manager
and we continue to work together. I'm close to the club and the players."
What's he thinking?
Claudio Ranieri fears his future could have already
been decided, even if he manages to win the Champions League this
season. "Another coach in my place?" he told Corriere dello Sport. "The
matter is simple. "If he (Abramovich) has decided to change the coach
at the end of the season, I surely can't change his mind. "As for myself,
I can only say that I'll continue working as I have to take the right
to see out my contract. "The signals I have had are different - I've
had a blank sheet."
"When he arrived last summer, I told Abramovich: 'If
you want, I will leave'," Ranieri admitted. "He answered me, saying:
'I believe in you'. I don't know if he said it out of conviction or
necessity because he hadn't been able to find a coach to put in my
place. "As far as I know, he hasn't changed ideas.
To build a big Chelsea, there is a lot to do and he gave me the possibility
of a free hand. It is me who talks with the people who are building
our new headquarters. "When Abramovich comes, he sees the training
sessions. Friday afternoon, for example, before the match with Arsenal,
he was there.
"He's close to us in a positive way. "After the defeat? Surely, he
would have preferred winning, but he liked the match. In fact, he
told us he found it absolutely interesting." .
"I watched the match and there were an awful lot of fans waving their
programmes at me and pointing to my page and saying 'where the hell
|Chairman Ken Bates
has told Chelsea to 'shove it ' and will not be doing any more programme
notes for the club. |
Bates has been writing his controversial columns for 21 years but was
told not to bother for the Charlton game on Sunday.
His notes were replaced by a profile piece on new chief executive Peter
Kenyon and the accompanying picture of Kenyon being welcomed by Chelsea
Village chairman Bruce Buck is being taken as further proof that Bates
is being pushed out of the club.
"Bruce Buck told me Peter Kenyon would be doing a profile piece and it
would be better if I didn't do my notes.
"I told him he could shove it. I shan't be doing them again," said Bates,
who has upset and amused for years with his programme notes
."I've been doing my programme notes for 21 years and I shan't be doing
them again "
Only success can safeguard Claudio Ranieri's job this
season but at least his Chelsea side scraped past Charlton 1-0
at Stamford Bridge to keep their title challenge alive.
It was by no means a convincing win as a badly-depleted Chelsea line-up
struggled to prevail in this battle of third against fourth in the
Barclaycard Premiership table. But while Adrian Mutu squandered a
hat-trick of chances, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink saved Chelsea's blushes
with his 99th Premiership goal when he converted a penalty after being
brought down by Mark Fish on 27 minutes.
That was enough in a largely uneventful match, in which the most controversial
moment came when new signing Scott Parker was unveiled at half-time,
albeit not on the pitch but in the executive boxes. That still enraged
the Charlton fans, who were aggrieved by the .
Chelsea forward Adrian Mutu earned the backing
of boss Claudio Ranieri after the 1-0 win over Charlton Athletic at
The Romanian has netted just three goals in his last 18 games, but
Ranieri is content with his player's overall contribution to the side,
despite him missing several chances in the victory over the Addicks.
He said: "I want to kill him, it hurts my heart! Everyone wants to
kill me and he does that. "But it's okay. The team created a lot of
chances to finish the match. Sometimes you score once and sometimes
more, but that's football. "I'm very pleased with Mutu's performance
as he was a threat."
Ronaldo's agent has moved to play down talk
of a summer move to Chelsea by insisting the Real Madrid striker will
not make a decision on his future until the end of the season.
The Brazilian superstar has been persistently linked with a blockbusting
move to Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea's billionaire owner Roman Abramovich
believed to have offered the striker a double-your-money deal. Talk
of a move during January was continually evaded, as Ronaldo insisted
he was fully focused on helping Real Madrid in their battle to secure
silverware on three fronts. However, money appears to be no object
to Abramovich and he is believed to have made Ronaldo his number one
transfer target for the summer. The fire has been fuelled in Ronaldo's
native Brazil by respected journalist
Jorge Kajuru who claimed on his television programme that he has learned
of the deal the striker has been offered. Ronaldo's agent Rodrigo
Paiva has moved to play down talk of a deal being offered, saying
nothing will be decided until the summer.
"Ronaldo will not say anything about this at the moment," said Paiva.
"He will only comment at the end of the season. "He is fully concentrated
on Real Madrid and is under contract until 2006. "We have to wait,
it is not worth answering these kind of questions at the moment."
Ronaldo was in London during January undertaking commercial work,
which prompted talk of a deal being struck with Abramovich, and it
seems that the rumours of a move to Chelsea are refusing to go away.
||Claudio Ranieri does not
mind being tagged 'The Tinkerman' - and believes his improved English
has helped him enjoy his time in England more. The Chelsea manager picked
up the nickname for the way he rotates his players in his large squad
in a bid to find the right team for the right occasion. And the Italian
revealed that he enjoys the nickname - although he is looking forward
to being given another tag.
He said: "I love being called the Tinkerman as I
like the nickname. It's also very close to 'thinkerman' - so that's
even better! "Now if I work hard, maybe I can change the word. "I'm
the Tinkerman but many other managers change tactics during the games
and that is good for football
.'' Ranieri has warmed to life in England, adding: "I enjoy the atmosphere
a lot, not only at Stamford Bridge but in other stadia. "In Italy,
when the cup is on, there are very few fans there. In England, every
match is full. "There is another culture here and I like that.'' Asked
whether he considered it harder to manage with millions or on a shoestring,
he added: "A manager's life is hard. "Everyone wants to win - if you
have good players, maybe you have more chances to win. "Of course,
it's not easy to buy 10, 11, 12 players and link them together into
"Expectations are very high but I said from the start that we must
build the foundations. "For this reason, I bought not only experienced
champions but also young champions. I am looking now but I am also
looking at the future. "Maybe I'm not the manager who can close this,
but I am sure that I'm working well for Chelsea, not for Claudio Ranieri
and that is important for me."
With two goals against Blackburn Rovers last weekend
capping a sizzling spell for his club, Chelsea's Frank Lampard
has already done enough to earn a place on England's trip to Portugal
in June. Lampard says this year he is not making any end-of-season holiday
plans. He hopes his first destination will be the Euro 2004 finals.
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||Chelsea midfielder Claude
Makelele has admitted he quit Real Madrid for the money. Makelele
trebled his wages by joining Chelsea in the summer and he told The Sun,
"I don't regret a thing. I took the decision for the good of my financial
future and my health. "I'm not an egotist but a moment came when I had
to be - because other people were only thinking of themselves and nothing
The former head of English Premier League football (soccer)
club Manchester United has been hired as the chief executive by rival
Peter Kenyon, who helped Manchester United become one of the
biggest names in the world of football, will try to do the same for
The new chief executive of the London club is credited
with developing United's global brand image and taking them into new
markets such as the United States and the Far East. Bruce Buck, the
chairman of Chelsea's parent company, Chelsea Village, says Kenyon
built United into a club worth £400-$600 million.
In addition to achieving success on the field, Buck expects Kenyon
to increase the London-based club's value and develop a worldwide
marketing strategy and public profile that will surpass United. In
a controversial move, Kenyon quit United last autumn to move to Chelsea.
He begins the job on Monday.
and now CHELSEA with Blackburn
Blackburn 2 v 3
Flitcforft 3 Gallagher 86 -
Lampard 25, 35 Johnson
BLACKBURN V CHELSEA - Scott Parker is poised
to make his Chelsea debut after injuries and suspension robbed Ranieri
of much of his midfield. Juan Sebastian Veron is out for at least
two months with his back injury, Emmanuel Petit hurt his knee in the
midweek training camp at La Manga and Damien Duff's Achilles problem
also rules him out of the meeting with his old club.
Joe Cole serves a two-match suspension dating from his West Ham days
while Geremi is on African Nations Cup duty, a tournament which has
also been occupying defender Celestine Babayaro. Striker Adrian Mutu
has a muscle strain and must prove his fitness while fellow forward
Hernan Crespo will only be back in light training after his calf injury.
AC Milan will step up talks with AS Roma over midfielder
Emerson in the coming weeks. The Brazilian international's
talks with Roma chief Franco Baldini over a new contract have hit
gridlock, with those close to the deal indicating that there's little
chance of a positive outcome.
Emerson is asking for a pay-rise, but Roma's cash problems are restricting
Baldini's options. Emerson's agent revealed last week that Chelsea
were one of several Premiership clubs to have contacted him about
the midfielder's availability. However, Tuttosport says Milan are
favourites to land the Brazilian and are ready to offer Roma �4 million
at the end of the season for the player. Emerson's Roma teammate Jonathan
Zebina could also be on his way to Milan in the summer. �
Ajax fullback Hatem Trabelsi says he hopes
to secure his future by next week. The Tunisia international is off
contract in the summer and revealed: "I want to have it sorted out
by next week. Three years with Ajax is enough. I want to experience
other things." Trabelsi says he is fielding enquiries from Arsenal,
Chelsea and Juventus. .