A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
There has been plenty of reaction to Chelsea last gasp victory over Shakhtar Donetsk at Stamford Bridge last night, with Gary Cahill saying the manner of the victory made it all the sweeter. Chelsea won the game 3-2 with Victor Moses heading in the winning goal in the last minute.
Moses has expressed his delight at scoring his first Champions League goal, netting for the second time in two games for his new club. The midfielder also said there is more to come from him, and that he isn’t fazed by the stars he is playing alongside:
“I’m delighted to be here at Chelsea and it has been great for me so far. Was I fazed when I arrived and saw all these big stars in the dressing room? No, I just want to play football. There are a number of great names here, quality players, it’s just great to be working with them and yes, I feel like I belong.”
Despite the win Fernando Torres has said he believes Chelsea were lucky last night and must do better in future games. The striker also said that Chelsea have now built a habit of coming out on top in vital games, following on from last year’s matches with Valencia, Napoli, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
The Shakhtar manager has said he believes his side should have won the game yesterday, refuting Di Matteo’s statement that his side got the win they merited. Lucescu singled out his keeper, who made errors leading to Chelsea’s first two goals, for particular criticism.
Willian, who scored a brace yesterday and is reportedly wanted by Chelsea, also said he didn’t believe his side deserved to lose, but that he hopes they can bounce back in the next match against Nordsjaelland. The match at Stamford Bridge was Shakhtar’s first loss in any competition this season.
Although Chelsea won last night, the group is still on a knife-edge, with the Blues level on points with Shakhtar and one point ahead of Juventus. Victory in their next game in Turin would seal qualification, but a loss there would mean that if Shkahtar beat Nordsjaelland and then drew with Juventus in the final game, Chelsea would be out.
Juventus’ assistant coach Angelo Alessio has said how vital the next match will be, as losing to the European Champions would likely put the Italians out, assuming Shakhtar defeat Nordsjaelland.
Ryan Bertrand and Gary Cahill have both been included in the England squad for next week’s friendly with Sweden. Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard miss out through injury, with the left back still poised on 99 caps for his country.
Pep Guardiola’s agent has said that the former Barcelona manager will not start thinking about a new role until next year. Guardiola is on a sabbatical in New York until January, and is not talking to any clubs, despite rumours linking him with the Chelsea job amongst others.
Chelsea are apparently leading the race for the “new Drogba” Wilfried Bony. The Vitesse striker was recently talked up by Chelsea loanee Tomas Kalas, who is on loan at the Dutch club. In other transfer news, Fluminense have all but confirmed Wallace is on his way to Chelsea with the club’s director Rodrigo Caetano saying the deal is close to being tied up.
Lucas Piazon scored one and set up two as Chelsea’s Next Gen side won 6-0 against Molde. Chelsea are third in their group, with tricky games against Ajax to come.
Finally, as the investigation into what happened at Stamford Bridge continues, Mark Clattenburg was today interviewed by the FA, along with the other officials involved on the day.
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