Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger Eyes Barcelona Revenge Following AS Roma Embarrassment

?Chelsea are not alone when it comes to being embarrassed by Barcelona, new signing Antonio Rudiger also feels the pain. During his time at AS Roma last season, the Catalans defeated Rudiger’s side 6-1 but now he’s ready for revenge. 

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Within a recent interview (Evening Standard), the German defender has expressed his desire and eagerness to play Barcelona following the thrashing he received during his time in Italy. 

However, Rudiger has assured the Chelsea fans that he will play to the best of his ability, despite the German defender issuing an apology for the teams ‘disgusting performance’ to Roma fans last season. 

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“Football is played out on the pitch for 90 minutes, it is not what happens before. Anyone who has fear or something like that should not play. You have to be mentally ready when the referee blows the whistle. That’s it. I’m ready for them,” Rudiger said. 

The German defender also went onto say: “When I was younger, I was dreaming about playing in a game like this. I think everyone does. I played against them before with AS Roma, but now I’m with Chelsea.”. 

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In addition to this, Rudiger mentioned the importance of Chelsea’s recent win over Hull City following ?shock defeats to Watford and Bournemouth. 

“It was important for us to bounce back after two defeats and is just what we needed,” Rudiger mentioned. 

Chelsea will take on the Catalans at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night, where they hope that the  Blues home advantage will affect the result. 

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PHOTO: Didier Drogba’s 17-Year-Old Son Isaac Signs for French Side Guingamp

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba may have someone coming up behind him to carry the family name and possibly take it to new heights.

The Phoenix Rising striker, who made his name in French football before joining the Blues to rise amongst Europe’s elite, has seen his son Isaac follow in his footsteps by signing for Guingamp as an academy player, as reported by ?L’Equipe.

Didier also played for Guingamp in the past, spending a season with the club after leaving Le Mans in 2002. 

He would go on to play for Marseille ahead of Jose Mourinho recruiting him for the Stamford Bridge side, where he won four Premier League titles and the Champions League.

Isaac, 17, seems intent on copying the pattern his father set, but at a much younger age, as Drogba senior was a bit of a late bloomer.

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It will be quite interesting to see how the youngster’s career turns out. And who knows? He could possibly end up at Chelsea one day as well.

Watch this space.


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Tea & Busquets: Chelsea’s Ex-Barça Duo Pick Their Ideal Partner for a Cuppa Before UCL Clash

Premier League champions Chelsea are set to play host to a threatening Barcelona side in what should be a heated match at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

…But there’s no reason why ex-teammates can’t have a cup of tea together ahead of the highly-anticipated clash.

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Former Barcelona stars Pedro and Cesc Fabregas now ply their trade at the Bridge, but they both maintain great relationships with their old teammates from Barca.

Asked which one of their former colleagues most they’d like to have a cup of tea with (I’m not sure why either), in a video posted on Twitter by Barcelona, Fabregas replied: Well the truth is I have always gotten on really well with Gerard [Pique], since we were little, with Leo [Messi] as well. I’ve become friends with Luis [Suarez] too in the last few months.

“But also there’s Busi [Busquets], Jordi [Alba] and Andres [Iniesta] with who I played with for so long. So all of them, really.

“With Busi, Jordi, Andres,” Pedro chimed in. “They are the ones I have the best relationship with, so I would have tea with all of them to have a chat about things and have a laugh.”

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The Blues knocked Barcelona out of the Champions League the last time they met, going on to lift the trophy after defeating Bayern Munich in the final, and they will be hoping to get past the Spanish side this time around as well.

Given the season they’re having, it’s going to be really tough. Yet their league form was nothing to boast about when they stunned La Blaugrana over the course of two legs back in 2012.

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Antonio Conte Reveals Month-Long Barcelona Scouting & How Chelsea Can Punish ‘Weaknesses’

?Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed he has been studying Barcelona for the past month to dissect the defensive “weaknesses” within Ernesto Valverde’s outfit ahead of their Champions League last-16 meeting on Tuesday. 

The Blues welcome the runaway Premier Division leaders to Stamford Bridge in midweek, with the visitors making the trip after only tasting defeat once in any competition since the beginning of the season.

But despite recognising that Blaugrana will be an extremely tough test, the Italian is confident his side can inflict damage on their opponents when they are in possession of the ball. 

“We have been analysing this team for a long time”, the 48-year-old told ?Sky Sports in preview to the west London showdown. “We started one month ago and analysed this team.

“We are speaking about one of the best teams in the world. We have to try to have the perfect game and to try to make the best decisions for this type of team.

“This is a different opponent. They have a fantastic characteristic with the ball, but they can have a weakness without the ball and we must try to exploit this.”

Barcelona ace Lionel Messi has failed to find the back of the net in any of his previous meetings with Chelsea – his worst record against any club during his success littered career – and Conte is hopeful that the Argentine’s troubles continue on Tuesday, although knows it will be an arduous task for his players

“I hope that we maintain this tradition but we are speaking about a fantastic player”, he added.

“We must have great respect but at the same time we must be excited to play this type of game and take on this type of challenge.

“It won’t be easy because we know very well this player. We are talking about one of the best players in the world.

“But we for sure will work together, work with the team, but not just to try to stop him. If we focus on just man-marking Messi, it can be very dangerous.”

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Cesc Fabregas Reveals Continual Contact With Old Barca Teammates Has Ceased Ahead of Crunch Clash

?Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed that all has gone quiet between himself and his old Barcelona teammates ahead of the sides’ huge Champions League clash this week.

The Spaniard says he usually keeps in regular contact with those used to play with at the Nou Camp, but there is now hardly any contact as the massive last 16 game looms.

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As reported by the ?Mail, Fabregas said: “I speak to some of them nearly every day. Probably now, we speak less – maybe because of the game.

“It’s my hometown, it’s the club I supported for all my life. In that way, yes, it will be emotional. But once you step into the pitch, that just goes away. I did it with Arsenal.”

Fabregas, who spent three seasons at the Nou Camp after leaving the Gunners in 2011, is close with with Lionel Messi, who he’s been on holidays with, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique, but accepts friendship has to take a back seat for the moment.

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He added: “It’s a massive night for the players, for the club, for English football in general, so hopefully we can do well and give a good image of what we can do.

“Barcelona are still a great side. They try to put the first pressure very high, always work towards the ball. But if we can past this first phase and not put ourselves under too much pressure then I think that we can hurt them.

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“They will leave a lot of spaces at the back. We have three days to work on the game and I’m sure the manager will find the best solution.”

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Chelsea need to find a positive result from the first leg, with the Champions League one of two remaining sources of silverware on offer to the club.

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