Wednesday, August 31, 2011



Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Raul Meireles from Liverpool on a four-year contract. The midfielder, 28, arrives after just over a season at Anfield in which he made 44 appearances for the Reds. Born in Aves, Portugal, the highly-rated international began his career with his hometown club before a move to top-flight Boavista, where he spent one season before moving to Porto in 2004. It was at the Estadio do Dragao that he flourished and helped Porto to a domestic treble in 2005/06. He scored against Chelsea in the Champions League knockout rounds a year later. Two more league titles followed in 2008 and 2009 and Meireles established himself in the national side, playing under Luiz Felipe Scolari in the lead-up to Euro 2008, where he scored his first international goal. He played every game in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, and then scored in South Africa during the 7-0 beating of North Korea to catch Liverpool's eye. After a low-key start in English football, Meireles came to life in January 2011, scoring five times in six games, including a winner at Stamford Bridge. The 5ft 10in midfielder appeared twice from the bench for Kenny Dalglish's side this season before completing his move to Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day.



Yossi Benayoun has tonight (August 31) joined Arsenal on loan until the end of the season. The 31-year-old came to Chelsea from Liverpool last summer, but after an impressive start, which included a first goal for the Blues in a 6-0 win at Wigan in August, he ruptured his Achilles on international duty last October forcing him to miss six months of the campaign. In total the Israeli midfielder has made 11 Chelsea appearances, most recently as a substitute at Stoke on the opening weekend of the season



Gael Kakuta has tonight joined Bolton Wanderers on loan until January 1. The Frenchman helped his country to the final four of the Under 20 World Cup in Colombia this summer and will now link up with Owen Coyle at the Reebok Stadium, following in the footsteps of Daniel Sturridge, who had a very successful loan spell at Bolton last season. To date, Kakuta has made 16 Chelsea appearances since making his debut in a 4-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in November 2009. The playmaker spent several months on loan at Fulham last season under Mark Hughes, appearing seven times in their colours and scoring his first senior goal in their 3-0 win at Sunderland in April. He signed a long-term deal with the club in December 2010 which will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2015.



Patrick van Aanholt has today joined Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan deal. The left-back, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Monday, signed a four-year deal at Chelsea in May and will join Roberto Martinez's side for the rest of the campaign in order to gain first-team Premier League experience. The Dutch Under 21 international has so far played eight times for Chelsea in competitive fixtures, as well as appearing regularly on loan for Coventry City, Newcastle United and Leicester City in the Championship.



Chelsea Football Club has reached agreement with Vitesse Arnhem for the season-long loan of Ulises Davila, who recently signed with Chelsea from Chivas. Davila, 20, arrived at Stamford Bridge on a five-year deal at the weekend, and will now head to Holland for a season spent acclimatising to European footbal

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Meet Chelsea's new signings Part 4 : Ulises Dávila


Ulises Dávila

Date of Birth:Apr 13, 1991 (Age 20)
Place of Birth:Guadalajara
Squad Number:7
National Team Page:Mexico Under 20

Meet Chelsea's new signings Part 3 : Oriol Romeu Vidal


Oriol Romeu Vidal

Date of Birth:Sep 24, 1991 (Age 19)
Place of Birth:Ulldecona
Height:182 cm.
Weight:79 Kg.
Squad Number:-
National Team Page:Spain Under 20

Meet Chelsea's New Signings Part :2 :: Lukaku


Romelu Lukaku

Date of Birth:May 13, 1993 (Age 18)
Place of Birth:Antwerpen
Height:191 cm.
Squad Number:-
National Team Page:Belgium

Meet Chelsea's new signings Part 1 : Juan Mata


Juan Mata 

Full Name:Juan Manuel Mata García
Date of Birth:Apr 28, 1988 (Age 23)
Place of Birth:Burgos
Height:170 cm.
Weight:63 Kg.
Squad Number:10
National Team Page:Spain



Chelsea made it consecutive home victories after a troublesome afternoon against the newly-promoted Norwich City. We were in front after just five minutes when Jose Bosingwa netted a stunning drive from around 30 yards, and looked well in control before Norwich got back into the game, forcing Hilario into a string of saves. The Portuguese was eventually beaten after a mix-up with recalled defender Branislav Ivanovic, allowing Grant Holt to level the scores on the hour, but Chelsea's resilience came through once more when a Frank Lampard penalty nine minutes from time earned the three points after Ramires had been brought down by red-carded goalkeeper John Ruddy. Injury to Didier Drogba meant there was 11 minutes of added time, at the end of which substitute Juan Mata opened his Chelsea account, slotting low into the bottom corner after Norwich had gifted him possession inside the area. Romelu Lukaku also came off the bench for his Chelsea debut. BEST MOMENT No doubt it was Bosingwa's opener just five minutes in. The full-back's first goal since November 2008, it gave the goalkeeper no chance and absolutely rocketed into the net. TEAM NEWS Andre Villas-Boas paired Fernando Torres and Drogba together from the start for the first time this season in an apparent change of shape. Florent Malouda was recalled after his winner against West Brom last week, and slotted in on the left of a diamond midfield. In defence, Branislav Ivanovic was picked ahead of Alex, who he replaced during last week's narrow victory. Norwich had Leon Barnett available after suspension, while Wes Hoolahan had shrugged off a hamstring problem to play. FIRST HALF It took less than two minutes for Chelsea to call Ruddy into action, Ramires letting go with a dipping 25-yarder that forced the goalkeeper to concede a corner with a decent save. It was a warning for the Canaries, who had allowed the midfielder space, but they did not learn their lesson and after five minutes the Blues were in front from an almost identical position. Bosingwa strode forward and invited to shoot, cracked an unstoppable drive into Ruddy's top-right corner. An early contender for Goal of the Season that will take some beating, it was an early reward for Chelsea's initial dominance, which also saw Torres and Drogba almost combine for another goal, and the Spaniard have a shot on the turn blocked by a defender. The goal had severely damaged Norwich's game plan, with five defenders and a narrow midfield they had been looking to contain the Blues, but had only served to allow our full-backs, Bosingwa and Ashley Cole, free reign to attack, and additionally Torres and Drogba were linking up well against three centre-backs. They regrouped though, and proceeded to create some impressive openings. Captain Grant Holt had held the ball up well in the corner before attempting to latch onto Hoolahan's lofted ball from deep. Beating the offside trap, he had time to bring the ball down inside the area but went for the first-time finish and failed to connect, Hilario falling on the loose ball. The Chelsea goalkeeper had to be on top form before the half-hour though, first denying Chris Martin one-on-one with a low save from close range, then back pedalling to his goal-line to tip over a vicious Kyle Naughton drive destined for the net and finally to keep out a well directed Holt header low to his left. A Hoolahan shot from distance proved rather easier, but it showed a worrying stat that the visitors had now had five shots on target to Chelsea's two. They were more than holding their own having replaced Zak Whitbread with Anthony Pilkington and moved to a 4-4-2. There was respite for Chelsea five minutes before the break when Drogba was clumsily tripped by Crofts. The Ivorian brushed himself off to take the free-kick, shooting inches over the bar with Ruddy seemingly beaten. Then John Terry fouled Holt at the other end, allowing Bradley Johnson a venomous shot at goal which Hilario was grateful to see come straight at him. Florent Malouda fizzed a half-volley low into Ruddy's arms shortly afterwards, and that was the final event of a lively first half. SECOND HALF It was Chelsea who started on top once more, a John Terry header from a Malouda corner flicked over his own crossbar by a Norwich defender and then Ivanovic nodded another wide from a Lampard centre. They were chances Chelsea could rue, and sure enough we were punished just after the hour mark. Norwich had consistently been playing long balls towards the head of man-mountain Holt, and for the most part he had been well looked after by Terry and Ivanovic. On this occasion, a hopeful ball came into the area and both Hilario and Ivanovic went for the ball, leaving it to bounce nicely for Holt who could volley into an empty net over his shoulder. On the balance of play Norwich had deserved it, but in this second half it was the first time they had had the ball inside the Chelsea box. Moments later things got worse as Drogba collided with Ruddy and fell heavily to the ground, requiring lengthy treatment after a wince-inducing landing. The 33-year-old required a stretcher to leave the field. He could not continue and was replaced by Anelka. Malouda came off too, replaced by debutant Mata. Chelsea went 4-3-3 with the subs either side of Torres. Norwich could have gone in front soon afterwards when Morison broke clear into the area, but Terry recovered his ground well to block. At the other end Mata introduced himself with a neat sidestep and bending cross for Torres, the forward's header ending up in Ruddy's arms as time just began to tick away, as it was doing a week earlier against West Brom at this stage. Then Norwich won a corner, Chelsea hacked it clear and Anelka could break. It looked like he may have to go it alone but then from nowhere came Ramires on the blindside, galloping through and taking the pass in his stride. The Brazilian attempted to take the ball past the goalkeeper, succeeded, but was then brought down by Ruddy's flailing arms. Penalty. Red card said Mike Jones. Lampard stepped up in front of the Matthew Harding End, and hammered his spot kick straight down the middle and past substitute goalkeeper Declan Rudd. Villas-Boas brought on Lukaku for Torres as he looked to consolidate. It seems we have another Drogba on our hands, quick, strong and incredibly difficult to take the ball from. Just like West Brom a week ago, Norwich had a late chance to get back into it, a free-kick running all the way across the box to Morison, the forward mis-hitting his cross-cum-shot over the bar as Holt waited at the far post to tap home. Lukaku sent a glancing header wide before Ivanovic had a golden opportunity to wrap it up. Mata had sent Lampard away down the left and the midfielder crossed perfectly for the Serbian, only for him to somehow miss the target from mere feet away. Still, with an extra man and back in control, Chelsea looked to have the three points sewn up. Then came the signal for 11 added minutes, and a little more tension around a rainy Stamford Bridge. Norwich weren't threatening though, and with one minute left, Mata wrapped it up. Marc Tierney's ball inside from the left-back position was pounced upon by the little Spaniard, who took his time and slotted home into the bottom corner to secure a three points and a memorable cameo. It is international break time now, and the Blues return on September 10 with a trip to Sunderland. Chelsea (4-4-2 diamond): Hilario; Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry (c), Cole; Mikel, Ramires, Malouda (Mata 67), Lampard; Torres (Lukaku 82), Drogba (Anelka 70) Unused subs Turnbull, Ferreira, Alex, McEachran Goals Bosingwa 5, Lampard (pen) 81, Mata 90+10 Booked Bosingwa 35, Torres 55 Norwich City (5-3-2):Ruddy; Naughton, De Laet, Barnett, Whitbread (Pilkington 29), Tierney; Crofts, Hoolahan (Morison 60), Johnson; Martin (Rudd 80), Holt (c) Unused subs Rudd, R Martin, Jackson, Fox, Bennett Goals Holt 62 Booked Crofts 40, Naughton 57 Sent off Ruddy 79 Attendance 41,765

Wednesday, August 24, 2011



Juan Mata completed his transfer from Valencia today, and will be available for Saturday's game against Norwich having already trained with the squad at Cobham. The left-winger, who can also operate centrally, signed a five-year contract and spoke exclusively with the official Chelsea website following his first training session. He becomes our fourth signing of the summer following Oriol Romeu and Romelu Lukaku's arrivals, as well as the capture of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who has joined Atletico Madrid on loan. 'Right from the first moment there have been good feelings all around me,' Mata said. 'Training has been great and the players are a great group to train with. 'Valencia was a big club anyway but I have left to join a bigger club and it is all about the opportunity to win trophies and I have that here.' After four years at the Mestalla, in which he scored 43 times in 179 appearances, Mata spoke with Andre Villas-Boas and was convinced Stamford Bridge was the place for him despite interest from other clubs. 'He said he wanted Chelsea this season to play more attacking football, and that I would be a big part of that,' the player explained. 'Villas-Boas is someone who won almost everything last year and we are both here with the idea of winning lots this season. 'The plan is that I can play on either flank or even in the middle playing in between the lines of midfield and attack. I like to keep the ball and use it well, I am an attacking player and above all I like to set up goals and score them also. 'I want to adapt as quickly as possible to my new surroundings, my colleagues and this league, and I would love to win a trophy in my first season. If it can be the Premier League then great.' Mata becomes the third Spaniard to join Chelsea in 2011, following international team-mate and fellow World Cup-winner Fernando Torres and Romeu, who arrived from Barcelona earlier this month. The newest recruit, who has 11 full international caps, also captained their Under 21s to glory in this summer's European Championship, admitted he had spoken to Torres prior to the move. 'Fernando got me excited about the thought of coming here,' Mata revealed. 'He said it would be good for me here and that me and him together could be good. I also talked to my family and friends about it as well.' Among those advisors was his father, also named Juan Mata, who played professionally in Spain for Burgos, where the younger was born, and Salamanca. 'This is obviously a big thing for me, to have a father who knows football, and he has always given me good advice and I never had a problem because he was there to help,' said the Real Madrid-trained man. 'Despite there being football in my family, I always wanted to have skills other than football so I studied while I was in Madrid. 'It wasn't easy but I wanted to do it, and I learned about marketing and sports science. Away from football I like normal things for someone of my age, the cinema, music, theatre and reading. I am looking forward to living in London and adapting to a new cosmopolitan city and getting to know that.' For the duration of the interview, Mata has been speaking in his native language, but listening and absorbing the questions put to him in English. To finish, he is asked when he expects to feel comfortable sharing the language of those around him, and the answer is a pleasant surprise. 'I hope as soon as possible!' he says, typically, in perfect English. It is an impressive start for the Spaniard off the pitch, now he will be wanting to catch the eye on it.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Villa Boas starts off with a controversial draw.. Stoke City 0-0 Chelsea


It was perhaps not quite the start Andre Villas-Boas would have liked to his Chelsea managerial career but he would have to settle for a 0-0 draw in a tightly contested match with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday. However this was largely in part to an inspirational performance from goalkeeper Asmir Begovic who kept the Potters in it with some fantastic saves thwarting the Blues three pronged attack – especially in the second half. Jonathan Woodgate, plagued by injuries over the last few years, made his debut in defence for the Potters and produced a solid display alongside Robert Huth at the back. Long throw-in specialist Rory Delap recovered from a hamstring injury which kept him out of Stoke’s Europa League tie against Hajduk Split and his arrowed balls in were cause for concern on numerous occasions. Perhaps a slight surprise for the Blues was the inclusion of Fernando Torres. The striker suffered concussion midweek after playing for Spain but Villas-Boas felt that the former Liverpool man was still capable of giving the hosts a torrid time. Ryan Shawcross was determined for that not to be the case but found himself needlessly lunging in on the striker, picking up a caution early in the match. The Potters made a strong start roared on by their excitable fans, but it was the visitors who forced the first save of any real note from an unlikely source in Jose Bosingwa. The Portuguese full-back bombed forward and unleashed a cross-come-shot which had Asmir Begovic scrambling to his near post to put the ball behind for a corner, which came to nothing. Torres who looked lively in the opening period was next to try his luck but he dragged his 20 yard shot wide of the target. The Potters bombarded the Chelsea defence with an assault of long throws and high balls into the box typifying their sometimes unattractive but effective style of play, however the opening 30 minutes had elapsed without either side breaking the deadlock. Ramires sought to change that with a fine run that deserved better than the final outcome allowed. The Chelsea midfielder drove at the host’s defence finding a rare chink in the Potters rearguard, before squaring the ball across goal but no-one was there to take advantage of the chance. Stalemate | Etherington and Malouda battle it out in goalless draw in the Potteries Stoke were next to threaten and had appeals for a penalty waved away by Mark Halsey as Jonathan Walters looked to bring the ball down in the box, but it appeared to hit Blues defender Terry on the right shoulder before he cleared the danger, leaving the striker perplexed. Delap then floated a delightful ball to the back post as the hosts piled on the pressure but Alex nodded the ball behind to safety - feeling the presence of Kenwyne Jones lurking behind him – which ensured that the score would remain goalless at half-time. Play resumed and it was not long before Ashley Cole produced a scorpion kick to beat Jones to the ball with the type of imagination and flair that Chelsea’s performance had so far lacked. But that was all about to change as the visitors then had two penalty claims in quick succession turned down. Firstly Torres went down under the challenge of Woodgate and then Frank Lampard went surging into the box and fell rather easily to the ground although there looked to be only slight contact. Jon Obi Mikel nearly silenced the home fans with a stunning volley from 30 yards out but Begovic reacted brilliantly to tip the ball over the bar. Malouda stung the palms of the Potter’s keeper moments later as the Blues started to find their rhythm. The home side responded well and another arrowed throw-in from Delap caused panic and confusion in the box with Cech caught underneath the ball under pressure, but the ball would not fall kindly for Walters and the Blues survived. Nicolas Anelka was brought on for the ineffectual Malouda midway through the second half as Andre Villas-Boas sought more attacking impetus upfront and the Frenchman nearly provided the opener with an exquisite chip from the angle of the box but Begovic tipped it onto the bar. Torres then produced a great cross to pick out Kalou but the Ivorian could only direct his header straight at the goalkeeper adding to his manager’s frustration and signalling the end of his day as he was replaced by Didier Drogba. The Blues continued to pile on the pressure but the Potters defence stood firm and held on to the final whistle on a day of frustration for the Stamford Bridge club

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Chelsea reach an Agreement over LUKAKU


An agreement has been reached with Anderlecht for the transfer to Chelsea of striker Romelu Lukaku.
The move is now subject to the player passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.
Speaking after the win against Rangers, Andre Villas-Boas said:
'He [Lukaku] is a very interesting young prospect and we have to be able to position ourselves to be able to get this kind of talent.'
The son of a former Belgian professional, Roger, 18-year-old Lukaku was born in Antwerp in May 1993, and joined the Lierse academy as a 10-year-old, scoring more than a goal a game in their youth team before being signed by Anderlecht at 13.
He signed a professional contract with the Constant Vanden Stock side on his 16th birthday, and wasted no time in making an impression on the first team, making his debut shortly afterwards and contributing 15 league goals in the title-winning 2009/10 season while still only 16.
Standing 6ft 4ins, Lukaku is a powerful presence with a dangerous left foot, and helped himself to 16 league goals last term, while also scoring his first international goals for Belgium. He has 10 senior caps.



Zirkov has left Chelsea, returning to his homeland to sign for Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala.

The move brings to an end a two-year stay. Chelsea Football Club thanks the player for his contribution during that time.

Zhirkov joined Chelsea in July 2009, moving from CSKA Moscow.

A knee injury prevented his debut until late September when the Russian international played 60 minutes in a 1-0 win over QPR in the Carling Cup.

Injury to Ashley Cole and the good form of other attacking players meant he was seen more often at left-back in his first season than the more forward left-wing role he could also take on.

The player himself admitted there was a struggle as he adapted to a new country and a new club, and a season out of sync in the calendar with the one he was playing before.

However he impressed in games as 2010 began, creating goals and figuring regularly when others were at the African Cup of Nations, but he was unfortunate to suffer an injury of his own soon after Cole was ruled out for two months.

Zhirkov returned for a highlight of his Chelsea career when Aston Villa were hosted at the Bridge in March 2010.

Given free rein to attack, Zhirkov was twice brought down for penalties and supplied a pinpoint cross for Florent Malouda to volley home the goal of the game. Chelsea won 7-1.

Cole's return to fitness in late April meant Zhirkov featured less in the run-in to the League and FA Cup double triumph, and he was again only a periphery figure as 2010/11 began.

Playing in central midfield, he did grab a first Chelsea goal in his homeland, crashing in an unstoppable 25-yard half-volley against Spartak Moscow in October. That began a run of seven starts in a row but he lost his place after a heavy 3-0 home defeat against Sunderland.

It was nearly four months before he began a game again as an injury took a long time to heal and his last start came in the home Champions League defeat by Manchester United.

In total Zhirkov made 32 starts and 17 substitute appearances.
Andre Villas-Boas after the Rangers game said: 'In the end it was moistly his [Zhirkov's] decision. It was a great financial offer for him, it is a return home for him.'



Super-sharp finishing by Daniel Sturridge kept the 100 per cent pre-season record going as the team maintained their composure despite conceding for the first time this summer. The England Under 21 international netted twice in the first half with Florent Malouda scoring in the second. Frank Lampard was denied from the penalty spot.
Andre Villas-Boas's men dominated against a team four games into their competitive season and the back line in particular was well-organised. The game drew a bumper crowd of over 47,000 fans, the home support seeing their own side contribute to their goals conceded. Chelsea look ready for Stoke next weekend.
Best moment
Sturridge's first goal was the mark of a predator but his second topped it as he had plenty to think about before smashing in. It is a shame he must serve a suspension when the season kicks off.

Team news
Ramires who returned to training this week went straight into the team. Frank Lampard moved to his more usual left-side berth with the Brazilian back. Alex started his first game of pre season alongside John Terry. Up front, Torres started with Kalou and Sturridge out wide. Changes were made before and during the second half.

Rangers picked their first-choice attack but did include at the back some less-used players this season.
First half
There was a suspicion of a Rangers foul in their area early on when Wallace had his hands on Kalou but Chelsea were awarded a free-kick much further back on five minutes which Alex smacked well off target.
A minute later Chelsea conceded the first goal of the summer preparations, caught by a smart Rangers counter attack. The diminutive Davies was played into space on the right and crossed to the far post where centre-forward Jelavic was unmarked to head past a helpless Cech.
As Chelsea looked for a quick response, Torres was released into the area by a long ball and looked to have a good shout for a shove in the back as he tumbled before shooting.

A good passage of Chelsea play followed, but being camped in the Rangers half couldn't be turned into much ball inside their penalty area.
The pressure did pay off however when after 21 minutes, Torres and Lampard forced a defensive mistake and a loose ball across the six-yard box. Sturridge pounced and smashed it high into the net. Rangers fans had been welcoming to Chelsea in general but they didn't like that one, Sturridge having previous been involved in a row with their left-midfielder Ortiz having been kicked in a foul.
McGregor in the Rangers goal had not been tested before the equaliser but now Torres warmed his hands with a shot.
Cech had to be quick to the ball to stop Naismith snapping up a chance from a set-piece delivery into the area but on 29 minutes the visitors took the lead. Again the home team defence was complicit, left-back Wallace caught with the ball out wide by Sturridge who then showed a great killer touch to advance on goal and give McGregor no chance. It was 2-1 Chelsea.

McGregor did well to keep out Kalou after Torres had penetrated the 'Gers defence with a skilful run and Sturridge could have completed a first-half hat-trick had his second touch on a Ferreira pass not been too strong.
It was all going well leading up to the break, but unfortunately the good mood was spoiled when Mikel was forced off on 43 minutes, clearly in some pain due to an ankle injury. McEachran came on.

Second half
There were two more changes before therestart, Drogba for Torres and Bosingwa for Ferreira.
One of Rangers subs, David Healy was denied a clear run at the Chelsea goal by an offside flag and for a while the Glasgow club were looking a match for the Premier League side. Terry made sure he dominated in the air but when one ball dropped kindly for the home side, Ortiz volleyed wide.
Just before the hour, France pair Anelka and Malouda were added to the mix, and Anelka's first job was to cross after good approach work from McEachran but he couldn't hit a target.
Rangers, as throughout the game were getting the ball forward quickly but they were up against a smooth-operating offside trap.
Drogba began to make his considerable presence felt. He fired a 66th minute rocket just inches wide and five minutes later was given the time and space inside the area he can only dream of having when the campaign kicks off next week. He used it to tee up a header for Malouda who obliged by nodding in from close range.

A minute later the Ivorian surged into the area and was tripped by the foot of Broadfoot, the ref giving the penalty after looking at his linesman. Lampard was prevented from making it 4-1 when he shot too close to McGregor who saved on the deck.
The keeper also stopped a tame shot when Anelka should have done better and he pouched when Drogba headed on target.
Before the end there was some work for Cech, who was pleased to see a Healy's well-struck effort fly straight into his hands.
The Chelsea team were given a big ovation by the home support on leaving the pitch.

Chelsea (4-3-3): Cech; Ferreira (Bosingwa h-t), Alex (Kalas 86), Terry (c), Cole; Ramires (Benayoun 71), Mikel (McEachran 43), Lampard (Chalobah 85); Kalou (Malouda 59), Torres (Drogba h-t), Sturridge (Anelka 59).
Unused sub Turnbull.
Goals Sturridge 21, 29, Malouda 71.
Rangers (4-4-1-1): McGregor; McMillan, Bartley (Perry h-t), Broadfoot, Wallace; Davis (c) (Bendiksen 62), Hutton, Edu (Fleck h-t), Ortiz (Kerkar 82); Naismith (Ness 62); Jelavic (Healy h-t).
Subs Alexander, Little, Hemmings, Beattie.
Goal Jelavic 6.
Referee Craig Thomson
Crowd 47,379.

Thursday, August 4, 2011



Chelsea Football Club delightedly announced the signing of Oriol Romeu Vidal from Barcelona on a four-year-contract.
The 19-year-old will join us once his duties with Spain's U20 World Cup squad in Colombia are complete. Midfielder Romeu has so far played 90 minutes in each of Spain's two matches, a 4-1 win over Costa Rica and a 2-0 win against Ecuador.
Romeu began with Barcelona's smaller neighbours Espanyol before joining the famous Camp Nou academy in 2004, progressing through the ranks until a reserve team regular playing in Spain's second tier under Luis Enrique.

He made his La Liga debut for the senior Barça side at the end of last season, coming on as a late substitute in a 0-0 draw against Deportivo La Coruna, having also appeared at the beginning of the campaign in a Spanish Supercup loss away at Sevilla.

The 6ft Catalan can also play in central defence and is renowned for his strength and his expansive passing ability.
While in Bangkok, Andre Villas-Boas announced the club had agreed terms with Barcelona for the player's transfer.