MIND GAMES

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has also joined in the mind games after suggesting that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is correct when he says that Manchester City are the favourites for the title.

Mourinho has been maintaining throughout this season that City remain as the favourites for the title since they have the strongest squad in the division. Even though Pellegrini’s men have fallen nine points behind table leaders Chelsea, this admission by the Chelsea boss has been viewed with suspect by many.

HAZARD STAYING

The manager of Chelsea, Jose Mourinho, has rubbished off the reports that Eden Hazard might be making his way to Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the ongoing season.
Mourinho has also made it clear that he doesn’t have plans to put any of his players on sale.

Hazard had been brought to Stamford Bridge about one and half years ago. Chelsea had paid a transfer fee speculated to be around 40 million Pounds to Lille for securing his services and Mourinho reckons that the winger is a far better player now than what he was back then. So, his value at the moment would probably be out of the reach of most of the clubs.

Chelsea playmaker Oscar close to join Real Madrid

Oscar, the Chelsea playmaker, has stated that he almost agreed a contract with Spanish giants Real Madrid. The talented Brazilian footballer signed for Chelsea before the beginning of the past season in a huge money contract and has since that time he has become a fans’ favorite at the London club.

He, however, stated that the move almost did not happen following a preliminary dialogues with the Spanish giants.
According to reports, while speaking to a leading Brazilian magazine, h e told that a month before signing for the London club, he was close to doing so with Real Madrid. But Mourinho told him that he wanted him in the team. They came to watch him in some matches but they had the playmaker spot well covered and he then signed for Chelsea.

Chelsea Chase tevez?

This morning in the Mirror, Chelsea are being linked to a massive £40m bid for Manchester City striker and Captain, Carlos Tevez!. The article says:

"Chelsea are preparing a £40million bid for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez. The London club have instructed super-agent Pini Zahavi to broker a deal that would see Tevez partner Fernando Torres in Chelsea’s attack next season.

City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners are aware that Zahavi has been tasked with landing the 27-year-old Argentine for Stamford Bridge benefactor Roman Abramovich. But City are unlikely to contemplate selling their captain and top goalscorer to another Premier League club - even if they meet the asking price.

Game Over?

An immovable object met an unstoppable force on Saturday at Brittania Stadium.

Stoke City are unbeaten at home this season. Chelsea had beaten Stoke 5 out of 5 times in the Premier League, a perfect record. Something had to give.

The loser? Chelsea’s chances of retaining their Premiership title. They vaporized in a 1-1 draw. Manchester United now sit 11 points clear with just eight contests remaining after coming back from 2-0 at West Ham.

With one eye firmly on Wednesday’s massive Champions League match against Manchester United, Carlo Ancelotti might have let a victory slip away. He’s probably not too disappointed. His clear priority was protecting his star players.

On the bench were Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic. Ramires was yanked in the second half despite being Chelsea’s most dangerous player, as was Anelka. Ancelotti was trying to keep key players fresh for Wednesday after a busy week of international play.