Pep Guardiola was unimpressed by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s sacking of Roberto di Matteo last week. Pep Guardiola was unimpressed by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s sacking of Roberto di Matteo last week.With major clubs queuing up to speak to Guardiola and offer him a return to the game, Di Matteo’s sacking has made it less, not more, likely that he will listen to Abramovich’s overtures.”When he does return, Pep will want stability and the events of the past few days shows again that Chelsea are not a club that offer a manager time to build anything,” one source told the Mail on Sunday.”Roman Abramovich has been trigger-happy with managers at the best of times, and that’s not a plus for Pep.”He’ll listen to what anyone has to say but at this stage as far as English clubs are concerned, he’s more impressed with the stability shown by both Manchester clubs than anything he’s seen at Chelsea.”
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech feels the change of style and personnel will take time to adjust. Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech feels the change of style and personnel will take time to adjust.Cech admits he is a little baffled by what has happened to Chelsea’s season. Before the past two results, he had talked confidently about the stylistic change that Chelsea had been embracing, from a direct, powerful team to an intricate passing side.”You can see the change of the generation is happening slowly but surely,” he says.”We have a lot of new players and players that haven’t been here for a long time. So it feels like a new Chelsea and obviously the players are really different players and have brought a different style; their way of playing football is completely different.”
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insists Chelsea striker Fernando Torres remains a top drawer player. Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insists Chelsea striker Fernando Torres remains a top drawer player.One of the reasons Rafa Benitez has been hired by Roman Abramovich following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo is to get his former Liverpool striker firing again like he did at Anfield.Mancini warned: “Fernando had a problem after Liverpool, but he’s scored important goals for Chelsea and he won the Champions League with them.”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is lining up a surprise move for Liverpool outcast Stewart Downing. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is lining up a surprise move for Liverpool outcast Stewart Downing.The Mail on Sunday says Wenger is ready to make a shock £10million move for Liverpool’s out-of-favour winger Stewart Downing in the January transfer window.Wenger was outbid by Liverpool when he wanted to sign Downing in 2011 as a replacement for Samir Nasri and now believes he can rescue his career after the England international’s torrid time at Anfield.Current Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers does not want Downing, who has lost form and confidence since his £20m switch to Merseyside.
Rafa Benitez expects to hear from Pep Guardiola if the Spaniard is to take the Chelsea job from him next year. Rafa Benitez expects to hear from Pep Guardiola if the Spaniard is to take the Chelsea job from him next year.Benitez insisted he had no problem keeping the manager’s hotseat warm for his fellow Spaniard following his own appointment on an interim basis until the end of the season.If he elects to join Chelsea, Benitez expects to be among the first to know.”I think so!” he joked.He added: “I have good relations with Pep so any time I call him, I say, ‘How are you doing?'”I know he is enjoying life in New York, now, with his family.”And would Benitez’s bosses at Chelsea also tell him if they were in talks with Guardiola?”I don’t think that they will let me know,” he shrugged.He added: “But I don’t have any problem. I know the situation. I have come to create a competitive team and to win trophies. It might be that you can win three trophies, which would be difficult for anyone.”
Liverpool hero Jan Molby believes Rafa Benitez can get the best from Chelsea striker Fernando Torres. Liverpool hero Jan Molby believes Rafa Benitez can get the best from Chelsea striker Fernando Torres.Great Dane Molby, part of the 1986 Double-winning side under player-boss Kenny Dalglish, reckons Torres is down to his last chance to prove himself at Chelsea.He told the Daily Star Sunday: “Torres was fantastic at Liverpool under Benitez – so if he cannot get him scoring, nobody can.“A key factor is his relationship with Torres because Roman Abramovich is desperate to see his pet signing succeed.“There are even reports claiming he rejected the chance to sign Radamel Falcao because of Torres – and even ordered Di Matteo to pick him.“Benitez is exactly what Chelsea need in the short term.“He will get them organised after some shambolic defensive displays in recent weeks.“Over the years, his Liverpool side produced some really incredible performances away from home, especially in Europe.“They controlled the game even without the ball because they were so well organised.“He is the right man to stop the rot and make sure they stay in the top four and keep their place in next season’s Champions League.”
Manchester City are waiting to pounce for Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling as new contract talks drag on. Manchester City are waiting to pounce for Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling as new contract talks drag on.The Daily Mail says City are monitoring Sterling’s situation closely and could consider launching a bid in January if the stand-off is not resolved by then.Sterling’s advisers have held two meetings with Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre – the second of which took place at the start of the week – but the player has yet to receive a formal offer, despite the fact he is entering the final 18 months of his current contract.