A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Rafa Benitez has said his players need to be more clinical, as they gave up a two goal lead to draw 2-2 with Southampton at Stamford Bridge last night. The draw was the latest in a string of poor results at home, and Benitez was disappointment his players allowed Southampton back in the game by not taking their chances.
Here on HITC today, Dan Coombs looks at five things we learned from the game, which might have ended Chelsea’s hopes of fighting back in the title race.
With Benitez highly unlikely to be staying on past his current interim appointment, and Pepe Guardiola now heading to Barcelona, Jose Mourinho has become the clear favourite to take over at Stamford Bridge this summer. The former Blues boss is expected to also be targeted by PSG and AC Milan.
Ahead of the weekend’s derby Jack Wilshere has said that Chelsea do not enjoy playing against Arsenal. Whilst Arsenal have already lost to Chelsea once this season, Wilshere believes his side can repeat the victory they claimed at Stamford Bridge last year.
“We play football so if we can take the game to them and get in behind them, we can cause problems.
“We won there 5-3 last season, so we know we can do it and we have to be confident going there.”
Chelsea might be prepared to let Florent Malouda leave on a free as there have been no offers for his services so far this January. Chelsea are keen to get Malouda’s wages off their bill, and have made the player train with the reserves so far this season as a punishment for not accepting a move last summer.
Atletico Madrid have given a clear indication that Falcao will be allowed to leave the club in the summer, sparking what could be a huge bidding war between Chelsea, Real Madrid, PSG and Manchester City.
Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon has said he is looking forward to demonstrating his talent in his spell at Malaga. The young Brazilian also said he’d be happy to play anywhere for the Spanish side:
There has been speculation that part of Piazon’s loan deal might have been that Chelsea get first option on Malaga midfielder Isco. The young player is one of the most exciting talents in Europe, and will likely leave Malaga in the summer.