A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Branislav Ivanovic has told the Merseyside Police he does not wish to make a complaint about Luis Suarez after the Liverpool striker bit him during yesterday’s 2-2 draw at Anfield. Liverpool have confirmed they will fine Suarez for the incident, with the money being donated to the Hillsborough Family Support Group.
Suarez has this evening been charged by the FA, with violent conduct, as the incident was not seen by match officials. He has until 6pm tomorrow to respond.
Both Ivanovic and Rafa Benitez have been praised for their calm reaction to the incident, even after Suarez stayed on the pitch and scored a very late equaliser. The BBC has a round-up of several pundit’s reaction to the incident.
Juan Mata has said Chelsea are still targeting third place in the Premier League despite falling behind Arsenal after the weekend’s results. Chelsea are one point behind Arsenal, but have a game in hand, which will be against fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur next month.
Petr Cech has said the players are feeling the pressure of attempting to finish a disappointing season on a high by winning the Europa League and finishing in the top four. Chelsea play Basel on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final, and Cech has said they need to put the weekend’s result behind them:
“We had a disappointing end to this game [Liverpool] but we have a massive game on Thursday so we need to forget about this one and concentrate on the next.”
Cech also said that Chelsea need to be more ruthless if they are to beat Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal to a Champions League place.
Yossi Benayoun has said that being booed by Chelsea fans will not faze him, after receiving a mixed reception from the away support when he was brought on in the 78th minute on Sunday. Benayoun’s contract expires at the end of the season, and he has said he hopes to achieve as much as he can with the Blues before moving on then. The Israeli midfielder also suggested the club would deal with any fans that crossed the line.
Chelsea are reportedly considering a bid for Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez this summer, with the Chilean player being tracked by several clubs after a poor season in Spain. Manchester United and Arsenal are also apparently interested in Sanchez.
On HITC today we look at how both Suarez and John Terry have an unhappy knack of attracting attention.
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