hopes of winning the Champions League this season have been 'written off'
by their Group G rivals Turkish Besiktas. . "It will be very difficult
for Chelsea to win the Champions League this season, although they can
gain good experience for the coming years," said Romanian coach Lucescu.
"It's not easy for Ranieri to find the right system. He has had to
make a lot of changes because he has to give opportunities to all the
players that the new owner has bought."
Lucescu reported a full-strength squad after training
at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening, and promised his team would
be going all out for a victory on Wednesday, having lost their opening
group game against Lazio a fortnight ago. Yeah
Claudio Ranieri says communication problems are slowing
the development of his team. Three of the new arrivals at Stamford
Bridge - Claude Makelele, Hernan Crespo and Adrian Mutu - do not yet
speak English. That means Ranieri has to give team talks in Italian
and Spanish, as well as English.
Ranieri himself could not speak English when he arrived at the club
and the Italian admitted it caused problems. I could speak with Marcel
Desailly in Italian or Gus Poyet in Spanish and they would pass it
on to other players
"Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is Dutch but he can speak Spanish and
can talk to Crespo. Ranieri has to speak to Crespo in Spanish or Italian
"Mutu is Romanian and Crespo is Argentine but they can communicate
with each other because they both speak Italian.
"When I talk to the players I speak first of all in English,
then I say 'sorry, now I will speak in Spanish, or Italian'. "Then
on the touchline I speak another language so the other manager doesn't
understand what I am saying!"
||Eriksson must finally end Chelsea
speculation, the Swede chose the unlikely location of a business conference
in Cheshire to drop his heaviest hint yet that he will return to club
football after Euro 2004. It added fuel to the fire of speculation
that has raged around Eriksson since he was caught making a clandestine
visit to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's London apartment earlier this
summer. Too many mixed messages. Too much uncertainty.
It is time for Eriksson to face the serious questions
about the continuing speculation and deliver definitive answers. The
man deserving all the sympathy is Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri, who
has every right to feel aggrieved by growing whispers that he is to
be jettisoned from his job.
Ranieri is an increasingly popular figure, both with Chelsea's supporters
and within football.
The notion that he should be unceremoniously shunted aside to accommodate
Eriksson and Abramovich's fantasies is a shameful nonsense.
Chelsea fans have made their opposition to Eriksson vociferously clear
in recent matches, with the performances of his team suggesting a
change of management is hardly a priority
It is time for Eriksson and the FA to make a joint public appearance
to put the Chelsea stories to bed once and for all - not least out
of respect for the dignified figure of Claudio Ranieri.
posted a scout to Italy last weekend to watch Modena striker Diomansy
The young forward scored in the 1-1 draw against Ancona and Blues scouts
submitted a glowing report to Ranieri yesterday.
The Chelsea boss is keen to keep tabs on Kamara and will have a scout
watch the 24 year-old regularly this season, Arsenal and Birmingham City
have also been linked with the Frenchman
The link between
Eriksson and Chelsea refuses to go away suggests there may be an element
of truth in the possibility of a future relationship, even if the
club insisted yesterday that they were happy with Ranieri while the
travelling fans sang "we don't need Eriksson".
Ranieri used logic and past experiences to answer questions over his
future. "Look," he began, "it is very important in
my life to have a job. I try to improve my career but first there
is always my team, Chelsea."I even
enjoy the pressure; I am Italian and managers in my country are used
to pressure - not every week, but every day. But I also put myself
under my pressure . . . and that's the worst pressure in the world."
But the speculations goes on ...'. Chelsea
footballclub.net , as an independent fansite,
will report it as matter of fact so to offer a fair and balanced view
to our users , we do not support or deny any of these claims
Chelsea have offered England manager Sven Goran Eriksson a four-year
deal worth £34 million to move to Stamford Bridge.
The Sun says Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is confident he will
land the Swede on a salary of £4.5 million - plus an amazing £1
million-a-trophy bonus.Eriksson is likely to join
Chelsea at the end of the Euro2004 championships, though Abramovich
would prefer to have him installed by January to coincide with the arrival
of new chief executive Peter Kenyon.'
Worth every penny
Crespo's first goals helped Chelsea to reach the
top of the premier league after an effortless 5-0 win over bottom club
Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Saturday.
Crespo's dramatic introduction in place of first-half scorer Jimmy Floyd
Hasselbaink wiped out memories of his three misses in their 1-0 Champions
League win at Sparta Prague in midweek.
.Ranieri said: "This is a striker's life. Sometimes he has lots of
chances and doesn't score, and today he had two chances and scored them
|On the evidence of Saturday's
performance, Chelsea are set to mount a sustained challenge to the two
clubs who have dominated English football for the last decade.