During his time at Real Madrid, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was reportedly angered by the lack of unity among his squad when Michael Essien's birthday was attended by just two of his teammates.
AC Milan superstar Ricky Kaka has confessed that Rossoneriai??i??s target of qualifying for Europe for next year has become a distant dream now. Milan are closing in on Michael Essien
San Siro giants Milan have a potential loan bid for Chelsea midfielder Michael EssienAi??in mind this January. Several news agencies in Italy including La Gazzetta Dello Sport have confirmed it today that the Rossoneri are ready to offer escape to Essien who is finding it hard to get the playing time at Stamford Bridge. TheAi??RossoneriAi??are expected to act during this transfer window to try and improve their options in the middle of the park and are believed in reports today as interested inAi??Essien. In 2005, Chelsea fought off stiff competition from Manchester United to pay A?24.4 million for a Ghanaian central midfield with a fine reputation after some outstanding performances for Lyon – but few could have predicted just how crucial Essien would become for the Blues. In his prime, Essien was a commanding figure in the middle of the park – a fearsome tackler but also able to drive the team forward with powerful runs. He has also shown […]
A look at how Essien and Mikel turned out to be such very different propositions for Chelsea FC.
With a host of players, purchased or promoted to first-team action, Chelsea FC can now look at fielding a variety of different midfield formations. Gone are the days when Lampard, Ballack and Essien virtually pencilled their own names into the starting line-up. Now, with a little bit of imagination, common-sense and a dash of adventure thrown in, Chelsea's midfield can morph into a multitude of forms.
It seems like West London's Blues are making contingency plans to develop successors, and plans, to deal with Lampard's eventual exit in the not so distant future.
Can Chelsea overcome Everton after almost two years of coming up short against the Toffees? And will the result make any difference to Carlo Ancelotti?
On Saturday, Chelsea will entertain London rivals Tottenham Hotspur with nothing less than a victory on their mind. TheHardTackle previews the London Derby.
West Brom host Chelsea at the Hawthorns. Will Chelsea prevail for the 1oth time on trot? Or will it be yet another resolute backlash from the Baggies?
In the absence of DJ Campbell and Charlie Adam, Blackpool will find it difficult to play as they did against Tottenham or even Man United. Nevertheless, the Blues will take their opponents seriously and will try to consolidate their position in the top-four. TheHardTackle presents a comprehensive preview of the match, which will see Chelsea's 4-4-2 take on 4-3-3 of Blackpool.