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Chelsea Losing To Bradford Is One Of The Biggest Surprises Ever, Says Petr Cech

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech admitted that the shock result against Bradford City in the fourth round of the FA Cup was somewhat hard to explain despite the gulf in quality between the two sides. Chelsea surrendered a two-goal lead and let their league one opponents equalize in the second half. From then on, it was anyone’s game as the FA Cup is rarely a competition where results can be predicted. Cech told the club’s official website, “It’s one of the biggest ever surprises in the FA Cup. It’s one of those where it can always happen. Obviously we are not proud of the result but I wouldn’t want to take anything away from the Bradford team because they came here, they fought hard for their luck, they got chances and they scored four goals. Credit to them. “I’ve been here for more than 10 years and every year you can see these kinds of results in the FA Cup. That’s why […] Read more »

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Jose Mourinho after Bradford Defeat: ‘I Feel Ashamed’

After Ramires gave Chelsea a two-goal lead with eight minutes to go in the first half, the mood in the away stands was sombre as Bradford fans knew their side were on their way out. However, what could have turned into a rout became an almighty upset as Bradford retaliated in a stunning second half display to rob Chelsea of their pride and arrogance. With eight minutes to go in the second half, the Bradford fans were in sheer dreamland after Andrew Halliday’s goal gave them a 3-2 lead. Mark Yeates completed the upset in the fourth minute of extra time as Bradford scored an incredible four goals at Stamford Bridge and handed Chelsea their first defeat in Cup competitions this season. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was both confused and angry with his team’s performance and said, “I find among my bad feelings about the game and the result, space to feel happy for Bradford,’ said Mourinho when it was […] Read more »

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Chelsea vs Bradford City: Tactics, Line-Ups, Facts And Prediction

Chelsea host Bradford City in the fourth round of the FA Cup and despite Bradford’s giant killing exploits in the last few years, the Blues are strong favourites. Chelsea were second best in their last game against Liverpool but still came away with a point. They will rest a few players for the game against Bradford as they have a couple of key games coming up at the end of this month. They face Liverpool in the return leg of the Capital One Cup and play against title rivals Manchester City in the Premier League. Tactics and Probable Lineups Chelsea Kurt Zouma is expected to start alongside Gary Cahill in defence after Jose Mourinho confirmed in yesterday’s press conference that the captain will be rested for today’s game. Thibaut Courtois, who had a brilliant game against Liverpool, will make way for Petr Cech who has been Chelsea’s Cup keeper. Nemanja Matic will be replaced by Brazilian midfielder Ramires in front […] Read more »

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Chelsea Will Play A Strong Side Against Bradford City, Reaffirms Mourinho”

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that he will play a strong side against Bradford City as they want to avoid a replay or possibly a defeat at the hands of  the League One side in the FA Cup fourth round. Mourinho was in a good mood as he has a full squad to choose from and said, “At this moment we have all the reasons to be smiling because we don’t have injuries. He also added that he will select a team that will prove Chelsea’s desire to win the game and go to the next round, “My team tomorrow will reflect the fact that if we lose the game, we are out [of the FA Cup] and if we draw we have to go to Bradford. We don’t want to be out and if possible, we don’t want a second match. My team will reflect our desire to go to the next round and the respect Bradford deserve […] Read more »

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Kramaric Reveals Why He Snubbed Chelsea In Favour Of Leicester

Andrej Kramaric signed for Leicester City last week after rejecting an offer from Chelsea and he said that the chance of first team football is what attracted him to Leicester. Speaking to BBC East Midlands, Kramaric said, “Chelsea is the biggest team in the Premier League, but I chose Leicester because I feel something good here. I think I will play much more here and I hope we will stay in the Premier League. “The Premier League is the biggest league in the world with the most world-class players and I wanted to feel it.” Leicester City have scored just 20 goals in 22 Premier League games this season and as a result they find themselves at the bottom of the table. Leonardo Ulloa was in good form at the start of the season after signing from Brighton Hove Albion for £8m and was part of the reason why the Foxes did so well in the first couple of months. However, […] Read more »

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Chelsea Winning Games Is More Important Than Personal Form, Says Hazard

Chelsea’s wing wizard Eden Hazard has revealed that he tries to enjoy every game and that he isn’t satisfied if his team doesn’t end up winning. Speaking to Chelsea’s official club magazine, Hazard insisted that the result is always important when compared to personal achievements. When he was asked about what makes him satisfied at the end of the game, Hazard replied, “To win, of course. “Even if I score three goals and we lose the game, it’s no good for me. “I want more than that, though. Every game I try to enjoy myself, to take pleasure from the game, to give pleasure to the fans and, of course, for us to win the game. “I started the season very well, I have been able to score and make assists for the team. My job is to win the game and I get a lot of freedom on the pitch. I am free to play and I do what […] Read more »

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Lampard’s Injury Is Not Serious, Says Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that the injury sustained by Frank Lampard in Manchester City’s recent friendly game against Hamburg in Abu Dhabi is not serious. Lampard was substituted after just 20 minutes in what appeared to be a hip problem. The 36-year old has played a big hand in City’s revival during December and the fans will want his presence in their team’s crunch game against Chelsea on January 31st. The absence of Yaya Toure will mean that Lampard will have an extra load on his shoulders as the Ivorian is often a source of goals from the midfield. On the Lampard injury, Pellegrini said, “Frank was injured in the warm-up. He felt some problem in his muscle but I don’t think it will be very serious. We took him off just as a precaution. “I hope that he will be fit, not only for Chelsea, but for the FA Cup. “It was just a small problem, but he asked to […] Read more »