December -1- 15-
Chelsea have decided to appeal against
Joe Cole's two-match ban which was imposed for an incident that
occurred last season when the England international was with West Ham
The midfielder was fined £15,000 and suspended for two matches by the
Football Association after becoming involved in a fracas after the Hammers'
defeat at Bolton. Cole will make a personal appearance before an FA
disciplinary panel in the new year.
"We're being punished for something that happened over 230 days ago
when Joe wasn't even a Chelsea player," Chelsea's acting chief executive
Paul Smith told the London Evening Standard.
| AS Roma general
manager Franco Baldini has slammed reports that Chelsea are to make a
£20 million bid for Francesco Totti. "We don't pay attention to
these sorts of rumours," claimed Baldini. "But I will say, if this is
true, then that figure of £20 million is ridiculous and an insult!" Totti
said: "Its up to (president Franco) Sensi, but obviously I do not want
to leave. "I have a contract to 2006 and I intend to respect it." But
he added, "If the right offer comes in, then it will be out of my hands…"
Ranieri fears his players are
trying too hard to make an impression - and that it could prevent Chelsea
from mounting a serious challenge to Manchester United and Arsenal´s
bid for trophies this season.
The Blues were a goal up and in control against Bolton yesterday, but
once the visitors equalised Ranieri´s men lost their cool - and ended
up losing their unbeaten home record in the Premiership this season.
Ranieri felt the result just went to prove what he has been saying all
along - that Chelsea are not yet on the same level and United and Arsenal.
vice-chairman David Dein has revealed that the club have turned down a
reported bid of £50m from Chelsea for Thierry Henry. Arsene Wenger
also insisted Henry and Patrick Vieira is not for sale at any price. Wenger
told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme: "When you have the money
but not the players, it does not help you a lot. The target is not to
have a bank full of money but good players on the pitch. "People will
never understand if you sell your best players. That would be the wrong
signal to send." .
13 Dec 2003
1v 2 Bolton
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Ranieri was pleased with the way his
players coped with the volatile atmosphere in Gelsenkirchen as the Blues
beat Besiktas 2-0 to secure top spot in Group G of the Champions League.
"It was a difficult match, the atmosphere was fantastic and I am very
pleased with my players," Ranieri said after the match.
"It was difficult to play tonight because their crowd was fantastic,
but I was very pleased at the end of the match to listen to our 300
fans rather than their 50,000.
"I was curious to see how we'd play tonight because of the strong atmosphere
and it was important to maintain our calm and play football, and slow
down the tempo. "I asked my players to control their nerves, this was
a big step and they gave a great performance."
09 Dec 2003
Besiktas 0 v
Hasselbaink 77' - Bridge 86'
v Chelsea - 09
Dec Germany ( moved fromTurkey)
Besiktas should have the majority
of supporters in the Aufschalke Arena due to the Turkish population
in Germany, but it will not be the same as having home advantage,
which they've been denied due to security concerns.
Chelsea are in the driving seat and only need a draw to win the group,
although Besiktas have the motivation of not having their place in
the second round secured. Both teams are in fine form, but Chelsea
have shown real resolve in recent weeks and will secure revenge on
the side that beat them at Stamford Bridge two months ago. Prediction:
Besiktas 0 Chelsea 1
Juventus' sudden loss of form has forced
general manager Luciano Moggi to step up talks with Bayer Leverkusen
over defender Lucio.
While coach Marcello Lippi plans to bring fullback Lilian Thuram into
a central defensive role, Moggi will look outside the squad to improve
Juve's soft centre. After months of on-off negotiations with Bayer,
Juve are now ready to open talks over a transfer fee for Lucio ahead
of January's market.
Bayer are in a strong position, with Chelsea also keen to do business.
Lucio favours a move to Italy, but still could end up in London if Blues
Mr Abramovich offers enough money.
06 Dec 2003
Leeds 1 v
Pennant 18' -
hard game !!!!!!!
insisted he will not make any major purchases in the near future
as he moved to reassure his existing squad of his faith in them. Speculation
has therefore been rife as to Chelsea's next target, with reports indicating
interest in the likes of Lucio, Michael Ballack, Roberto Ayala and Rivaldo,
quite apart from David Beckham.
However, Ranieri has stressed there will be no major upheavals to his
squad next month as he has been so impressed with the way that his existing
players have gelled as a unit.
'I have a lot of champions. My players understand my philosophy and
I believe in all of my players. 'It is important to be focused on my
team. I have 21 players plus the goalkeepers and for me that is enough.
'I want to try to win every match. I want to win the respect of opponents
and the opponents' crowd.' 'We want to be strong and show good football.
We are top of the league but we do not think about it, we are thinking
about continuing, working hard and being consistent,' he maintained.
'I said at the beginning of this year that it is important for us to
build the group and to build the foundations.
' I am seeing a good attitude on the training pitch and that is important
for me because my idea is you train in the same way that you play.'
Tues 9 Dec - Besiktas. v CHELSEA
|Besiktas have responded angrily after
losing their appeal to have their Champions League match with Chelsea
moved back to Turkey. |
On Wednesday the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) backed Uefa's decision
that the Chelsea match should be played at Shalke's stadium in Gelsenkirchen,
Germany on 9 December.Uefa made the decision following the terrorist attacks
in Istanbul which killed 61 people and injured more than 700 last month.
But Besiktas say the decision was taken because two Leeds fans were killed
before a Uefa Cup match against Galatasaray in April 2000."Two Englishman
lost their lives in Istanbul years ago... the decision is based on absurd
reasons," Besiktas communications director Mete Duren said.Besiktas
manager Sinan Ergin was also deeply unhappy about the decision. Can't
Ergin see the logic of it ?? .
Sat 6 Dec - Leeds Utd. v CHELSEA
|Chelsea travel to Elland
Road on Saturday for the ultimate Top vs Bottom clash. The two clubs could
not be more unevenly matched. Not only do Chelsea sit proudly at the top
of the Premiership and Leeds at the bottom, the financial gap between
these two sides is huge. |
Chelsea have Abramovich's billions to invest whilst Leeds continue to
post the worse financial results in English football history with debt
of over £78 million.
|| Chelsea will decide today
or tomorrow whether to appeal against the two-match suspension and £15,000
fine the Football Association delivered to their England midfielder Joe
Cole yesterday. The punishments were for his involvement in incidents
prior to his £6m summer move from West Ham. Cole had been charged with
misconduct for confronting and abusing the fourth official during West
Ham's visit to Bolton last season.
Cole said: "I am disappointed with the
outcome. But I attended a training session straight after the hearing
to prepare for tomorrow night's Carling Cup match against Reading.
"The other players had already left but I didn't want to miss out and
made sure I put in my own hard work in preparation for another big game."
Cole will allow his club to choose the next step.
Should they choose not to appeal against the ban, he will sit out Chelsea's
trip to Charlton on Boxing Day and the visit to Stamford Bridge of Portsmouth