Chelsea FC winger Willian has warned his team mates that they will have to focus for the entire 90 minutes if Brazil are to avoid a repeat of their Copa America defeat four years ago to Paraguay as they prepare to meet La Albirroja in last eight fixture later tonight. The five-time world champions have lost only one game to Paraguay in 11 meetings at the Copa America, but that sole defeat in 2011 has left Brazil wary as they head into Saturday’s quarter-final. . For many, Paraguay’s 2015 Copa America campaign is starting to carry an ominous echo of 2011, when they reached the final in Argentina without winning a single game in normal time. In Chile, Paraguay have been similarly obstinate, clawing their way back from 2-0 down to force a 2-2 draw with Argentina in their opening game, squeezing a narrow win over Jamaica and grinding out a 1-1 draw with Uruguay. “Everyone remembers what happened in […]

Premier League leaders Chelsea maintained their seven-point advantage at the top of the table with a dramatic late win over Roberto Martineza s resilient Everton side. An 89th minute strike from Brazilian midfielder Willian secured all three points for the Blues, who also had their goalkeeper Petr Cech to thank for the result. The Blues are now firmly in the driving seat going into the final third of the season, thanks largely to their outstanding home record a winning eleven and drawing just one out of their twelve league fixtures at the Bridge. Despite being unable to take any points back to Merseyside, Everton did have plenty of positives to take away from the game a particularly the performances of 20-year-old English centre-back John Stones, and returning veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard. Whilst a poor first half of the season means that the Toffees will not have any designs on a European place this term, a strong finish would go a […]

Andre SchA?rrle reported for Chelseaai??i??s pre-season training in the summer of 2014 having just experienced the single greatest moment in his football career ai??i?? winning the FIFA World Cup in Brazil with the German national team. In a team packed with stars from Europeai??i??s top clubs ai??i?? including the likes of Manuel Neuer, Phillip Lahm, Mats HA?mmels, Toni Kroos and Thomas MA?ller ai??i?? SchA?rrle managed to stand out, making a telling contribution to Germanyai??i??s successful campaign with 3 goals and crucially, the assist for Mario GAi??tzeai??i??s strike that ultimately clinched the title for Die Mannschaft. Ai??After such a successful World Cup, it appeared as though the Chelsea midfielder would make the natural progression from the periphery of the Bluesai??i?? first team to the starting XI. Unfortunately for SchA?rrle, things have not quite gone to plan so far this season. A promising start to the 2014-2015 campaign has fizzled out quickly, with the German international finding himself on the bench and […]

Finally the UEFA Champions League away match jinx, under Pep Guardiola, is broken and FC Barcelona secured their first away victory in Europe against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Donbass Arena. TheHardTackle brings to you the match analysis.