Michael Ballack Believes Thomas Tuchel Could Join Chelsea On One Condition

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack believes the Blues must finish in the top-four of the Premier League this term in order to enhance their chances of recruiting Thomas Tuchel as their next head coach. Blues boss Antonio Conte still has 15 months left on his existing contract, but reports suggested that the Italian will be relieved of his duties at the end of the season.

Speaking for Betfair, Ballack spoke about the interest from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, and Chelsea in Tuchel, and feels Champions League football is a must for his former side to recruit the 44-year-old manager, he said: “One thing I am sure of is that Thomas Tuchel is ready and able to manage a top club. Whether is it Arsenal, Paris or even at Chelsea, it does not matter. He is ready. Chelsea's participation in the Champions League next season will have a big impact on Tuchel's next role.”

Fabregas Disappointed With Results

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas said that he is disappointed with the result against Manchester City and that it was a result that he finds hard to accept. He said that the team prepared well for the game and they were hoping that they could come out with a positive result. Cesc Fabregas said that it was always going to be a difficult game to play against Manchester City and that it became much more difficult when they conceded a goal at the beginning of the second half.

The former Barcelona player said that Manchester City is one of the best teams in Europe at the moment and that you need to be at your best if you want to get a result against them. The Spanish international said that they came with a clear plan to frustrate the City team but unfortunately for them, it backfired when they conceded a goal at the start of the second half.

Cesc Fabregas Won’t Throw In The Towel On His World Cup Hopes

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has yet to give up on the prospect of making Spain’s squad for the summer World Cup. The 30-year-old is presently La Roja’s eighth most-capped player in history, but he has been involved with the setup since their poor defence of the European Championship during the summer of 2016.

In an interview with Goal.com, Fabregas stressed that he has yet to give up on a potential comeback into Julen Lopetegui’s squad, and he is hoping that his experience playing at the biggest stage could earn him, prior to the country’s departure to Russia, he said:“I am not a player who throws the towel. I have a small hope, in some way, but I know it is hard [to get called up for the World Cup].

Antonio Conte's agent delivers update on the manager's future

The agent of Antonio Conte has suggested that the Italian will honour the remainder of his Chelsea contract. The 48-year-old had come under pressure following back-to-back defeats for the Blues in the Premier League, but the club have since reacted with convincing victories over West Bromwich Albion and Hull City in the league and FA Cup respectively.

Speaking on Rai Sport, Federico Pastorello talked up his client's future at Stamford Bridge, and hinted that Conte would not want to leave the Blues without unfinished business, he said: "Conte has already been through that experience and prefers to work with the squad on a daily basis. I see him at Chelsea next year, as he has a contract valid for another season-and-a-half and doesn’t like to leave things unfinished."

Antonio Conte Happy with Commitment from Cesc Fabregas

Antonio Conte has confirmed that he had to be persuaded a lot in order to get Cesc Fabregas in the regular first-team positions. The Spaniard was not one of the first choice players when Conte initially came to the club, but this quickly changed when it became apparent that Fabregas improves Chelsea going forward on almost all occasions. Conte only used Fabregas in four starts for a period of six months when he first came to the club. Two of those starts were surprisingly in the League Cup. It showed the extent of Fabregas’ importance to Chelsea under Conte.

However, this has all changed in recent years with the 30-year-old now an instrumental part of the blues. He has played in close to 1200 minutes of action in the league while he has featured in all of the six Champions League group matches to date. This transformation has been brought about by the impressive performances of Fabregas going forward. This season, he has come up with four assists and two goals in 23 competitive matches across the Premier league and Champions League. While this is not impressive, his past performances have led to immense success at Chelsea. In just 13 starts last season, Fabregas came in with five goals and 12 assists.

How Klopp Transformed the Ox

It wasn't so long ago that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was resigned to being a bit-part player at Arsenal and many wondered if he would ever fulfil the potential that prompted Arsene Wenger to part with £15m for his services back in 2011.

At the time, ‘the Ox’ was still 18 years old and the world naturally assumed that he would need time to develop; North London was seen as the perfect environment for that to happen. After all, Wenger had built a reputation for unlocking potential in young talent. However, things never quite panned out as expected and the midfielder never fully established himself as a first-team player at the Emirates.


Former Chelsea forward Chris Sutton insists that Antonio Conte should take the blame for the Blues' mini-crisis in the forward department. The Premier League holders have suffered back-to-back league defeats to Manchester City and Crystal Palace, and this sees them nine points off the summit after just eight games into the season.

Top-scorer Alvaro Morata is back in first-team training after recovering from a hamstring problem, but Sutton doubts whether the Spaniard can handle the overload through the Premier League campaign. The 24-year-old was a regular substitute during his time with Juventus and Real Madrid, and Sutton feels the Champions League winner cannot be relied upon as the sole striker.

Joe Cole thinks Fabregas is a Diamond

Joe Cole is under no illusions as to Cesc Fabregas’s continued ability to impact a game. Cole came up against Fabregas many times when he played for Chelsea, whilst the Spaniard was wearing the colours of Arsenal. Those heated London derbies were fast-paced and didn't leave room for the faint of heart.

Joe Cole’s career may be in the twilight period and at 36, playing in the MLS for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, it’s clear to see the Londoner's best days are behind him. The same can’t be said for 29-year-old Fabregas, who Cole thinks is every bit the class act he was when they use to come up against each other. Cole called Fabregas a diamond and thinks that the former Barcelona man doesn't have an equal in the league –apart from possibly David Silva.

Stewart Robson explains why Aaron Ramsey dominated Cesc Fabregas in the London derby

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson has hailed the performance of Aaron Ramsey, who dominated the midfield during the Gunners' goalless draw against Chelsea in the London derby on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger's side had lost their previous five outings at Stamford Bridge, and they managed to avoid a similar result after they put in a solid performance from the back.

Speaking on ESPN FC, Robson admitted that Cesc Fabregas initially got the pick of things as he provided a stellar pass to Pedro, who failed to get the ball past Petr Cech. However, as the game went on, Ramsey started closing down on the 30-year-old, and this restricted his movement in the forward direction.

Chelsea exit a shame for Diego Costa - Cesc Fabregas

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has paid tribute to compatriot Diego Costa after he sealed his proposed move to Atletico Madrid.

The Spain international, however, added that it is a shame for the 28-year-old as he would have to spent the next couple of months away from the playing field.

Costa had made his mind up to join Atleti in early June after Antonio Conte privately texted the Spaniard to state that he does not feature in the Blues' first-team plans. The marksman followed to spent the next couple of months in his native Brazil with a personal trainer, although he was spotted playing beach football with his friends on a number of occasions.