Schalke managed to spring a surprise opening group match of the Champions League this season after a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The German club came into the match on the back of the very poor form that has seen manager Jens Keller’s job come under threat in the last few days. After a 4-1 defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach during the weekend, it was widely speculated that Jens Keller may not last until the weekend if Schalke suffered another heavy defeat against Chelsea. However, they managed to get a point at Stamford Bridge against all the odds.
The Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that Diego Costa has taken his new teammates by surprise with his exceptional skills.
Costa made his way into the Blues camp last month from Atletico Madrid. He cost Chelsea 32 million Pounds.
The Spaniard had smashed 27 goals in the La Liga last season playing for Atletico. He was the X-factor for the Los Indios. It was his debut season at Vicente Calderon Stadium and he made a huge impression there straightaway.
Costa has made a good start at Chelsea as well. Featuring in the pre season game against Olimpija Ljubljana a few days ago, he had found the back of the net and had made Chelsea win by a narrow margin of 2-1.
According to Mourinho, Costa is one of those guys who think about the team all the time. He doesn’t always look to score himself. He is pretty good at setting goals as well and that’s what makes him a manager’s delight. His commitment level is pretty high too.
As per some of the reports in the Turkish media, Chelsea has placed a bid of about 15 million Pounds for Emmanuel Emenike, the 27-year old Nigerian forward, who is currently a contracted player of Fenerbahce.
The Blues are keen to get in a few quality forwards this summer. They are already after the Spaniard Diego Costa and now, they have set their eyes on Emenike as well.
Chelsea should be able to secure the Emenike deal with the amount of money that they have reportedly offered to Fenerbahce.
Emenike himself is also quite interested in playing in English top tier. Recently, he said in one of his interviews in Brazil that if he is approached by a good English club, he would not reject the offer.
When asked about the rumours of him on the radar of Chelsea, the Nigerian international said, “Right since my childhood, I’ve wanted to play in the English league. So, if I am given any such chance, I would definitely grab it.”
Chelsea star Eden Hazard has revealed that he has started negotiating a new contract with Chelsea, which would finally put an end to the transfer rumours. Hazard has been heavily linked with a move to Paris St Germain in the last few months. PSG have been open in trying to persuade Hazard to move across the Channel. It has been rumoured that the club would be coming in with a £ 75 million offer in the next few weeks. This comes just weeks after they managed to sign David Luiz for £ 50 million.
José Mourinho has stated that he has enjoyed his return to the Premier league despite not winning any major trophy this year. The Portuguese boss is set to end his second consecutive year without a trophy, as the blues dropped out of contention for the league title and the Champions League in the final few weeks of the season. Mourinho came back to Chelsea with big expectations. He also tried to implement a lot of new things at the club. However, they will be only finishing third in the table for all their hard work.
Mourinho, though, sees this as a major improvement from the last campaigns. Chelsea struggled to finish in the top four for the last two seasons, despite winning the Champions League, Europa league, and FA Cup during this period.
Mourinho has confirmed that the club will not be celebrating their third place finish and also reaching the semifinals of the Champions League. Instead, the club will be starting the rebuilding work for the next campaign immediately.