PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V MANCHESTER CITY – PART TWO

24.11.2012

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V MANCHESTER CITY – PART TWO

Ex-Chelsea winger Clive Walker joins up with club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton for the second half of their look ahead to Sunday’s Stamford Bridge fixture…

23.11.2012

BENITEZ: FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Following a busy 24 hours, the official Chelsea website sat down with the new manager on Friday afternoon to discuss his arrival, preferences on shape and style, and Manchester City as a first opponent…

23.11.2012

CHELSEA TV HEADLINES: SECOND SESSION

The latest Blues News bulletin, which can be viewed here, come from pitchside as the new manager takes training for the second time…

23.11.2012

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V MANCHESTER CITY – PART ONE

A week of change ends with a visit from the league leaders…

23.11.2012

YOUTH TEAM FIXTURE NEWS

The Under-18s league match away at Fulham, which had to be rescheduled due to the start of the FA Youth Cup campaign, will be played on Wednesday…

23.11.2012

LATEST QPR TICKET DETAILS ANNOUNCED

The latest ticket selling arrangements for our Barclays Premier League game against Queens Park Rangers have been announced…

23.11.2012

TRIO SIGNING NEW ANNUAL IN MEGASTORE TODAY

The club’s latest autograph-signing session will see three of our most recent acquisitions appearing in the Stamford Bridge Megastore (today)…

23.11.2012

CHILDREN`S CHARITY POLL BEGINS

Chelsea fans are being asked to vote for the children and young people’s charity they would like to see collecting at Stamford Bridge in the latest Online Charity Poll.

23.11.2012

MATCHDAY TRAVEL NEWS

Supporters heading to Sunday’s game against Manchester City may find the following information useful…

23.11.2012

CHANCE TO MEET FORMER BLUES

This Sunday, ahead of the Manchester City game, fans will have the opportunity to meet both John Dempsey and Dave Beasant in the Museum at Stamford Bridge…

22.11.2012

BENITEZ: GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Rafael Benitez starts his new job more hungry for success than ever before he has told the media at the end of his first day at work at Chelsea…

22.11.2012

ZENDEN RETURNS

New interim first-team manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed he will be adding former Chelsea player Boudewijn Zenden to the backroom staff…

22.11.2012

STATEMENT ON CLATTENBURG DECISION

Chelsea Football Club accepts the Football Association’s decision regarding Mark Clattenburg and welcomes the fact the FA recognises the club and players were correct in reporting the matter…

22.11.2012

BENITEZ TAKES TRAINING

Rafael Benitez took his first Chelsea training session at Cobham on Thursday afternoon.

22.11.2012

UNDER-21 PAIR LOANED OUT

Two members of the Chelsea Under-21 squad, Conor Clifford and Todd Kane, have today (Thursday) joined League One clubs on loan until 5 January.

22.11.2012

BAMFORD IN MK DONS LOAN

Under-21 striker Patrick Bamford also completed a loan move on Thursday afternoon, after joining MK Dons on loan until January 7.

22.11.2012

BENITEZ PRESS CONFERENCE LIVE ON CHELSEA TV

Rafael Benitez’s introductory press conference will be live on Chelsea TV from 5.30pm this evening.

21.11.2012

BENITEZ APPOINTED

Chelsea Football Club can confirm Rafael Benitez has been appointed interim first-team manager until the end of the season…

21.11.2012

BENITEZ: IN PROFILE

The official Chelsea website outlines the career and achievements so far of the 52-year-old Spaniard appointed our interim first-team manager…

21.11.2012

LATEST QPR TICKET DETAILS ANNOUNCED

The latest ticket selling arrangements for our Barclays Premier League game against Queens Park Rangers have been announced…

21.11.2012

STATEMENT ON ROBERTO DI MATTEO

Chelsea Football Club has parted company this morning with Manager Roberto Di Matteo.

21.11.2012

WORLD CLUB CUP UPDATE

With the FIFA World Club Cup now only a matter of weeks away, the official Chelsea website brings you the latest information with regards to ticket collections…

BENITEZ: FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Following a busy 24 hours, the official Chelsea website sat down with the new manager on Friday afternoon to discuss his arrival, preferences on shape and style, and Manchester City as a first opponent…

Rafa, welcome to Chelsea. What are your initial thoughts of the club?

I am really pleased with the attitude of everyone. Everyone wants to help, and when you are someone new who needs to learn things it is good. All the staff, not just the coaching staff, have been really good.

How have you found the players?

Good. They are keen to learn, keen to learn new ideas and ready. They have the right mentality.

You put them through a couple of tough training sessions…

Well, if you analyse the time we were working for, it was not so long. Normally the time of the training session is around an hour and 15 minutes. It was an effective time though, and there was lots of talking too.

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You brought the 4-2-3-1 shape to England, it’s now very fashionable…

I used this system in Valencia and even Tenerife, also I think in Extremadura. It depends on the players you have. If you have one striker, then the second striker has to be very offensive, and the wingers have to be very offensive if you are to score goals. Also one of those central, deeper midfielders, has to be offensive, it is not just two holding midfielders. If they are more defensive, then you need offensive full-backs, you have to find that right balance. The idea of one striker and three players with freedom and an offensive mentality is interesting.

Is that the shape you will use here?

Before I have used 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 5-3-2, but because this is the shape Chelsea have been using until now, I think at this moment this is the best shape for the team. You cannot change too many things, we have to do the things they were doing well, carry on with these things and then change the other little things.

People say your Liverpool wasn’t an attacking team. Are they right?

We scored 119 goals in the 2008/09 season. People don’t see the difference between a team that is organised with balance and a team that is defensive. We had a lot of clean sheets, I remember Petr Cech and Pepe Reina were always competing, but we liked to go forward and score goals. If you look at the stats we had attacking mentality. Sometimes when you are attacking you are defending better.

Do the players here suit a very attacking game?

Yes, especially the three small players, and even the players on the bench have a very good attacking mentality, and the quality, so they can do it. Again, we have to look for the balance, but we have good mentality.

Does the squad have enough depth?

At this moment it is fine, but we have to think about the rest of the season and have to manage with the players we have available. We have some injuries and have to be careful.

What is the team news ahead of Manchester City on Sunday?

We have another training session still, but Daniel Sturridge is not fit, as well as JT and Lampard.

And finally, what do you think of Manchester City as a first game in charge?

It is a tough first game, at the top of the table. They are a very strong team physically, but they have pace, ability. The strikers they can change, they have two they can change in who are as good as the first two. They have Silva, Nasri, Toure, who are all very dangerous, they are strong in defence and have a strong goalkeeper, so it is a tough, tough team to play against but okay, this is the Premier League, and when you want to compete and to win, it has to be against these teams.

CHELSEA TV HEADLINES: SECOND SESSION

The latest Blues News bulletiin, which can be viewed here, come from pitchside as the new manager takes training for the second time.

There is also news on several Chelsea players who have made the shortlist for the FIFA FIFPro World XI of 2012 – an accolade voted for by players around the globe.

There will be more news on Chelsea TV tonight in Friday Night Live at 6.30pm and 10pm.

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V MANCHESTER CITY – PART ONE

23.11.2012

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V MANCHESTER CITY – PART ONE

A week of change ends with a visit from the league leaders…

22.11.2012

BENITEZ: GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Rafael Benitez starts his new job more hungry for success than ever before he has told the media at the end of his first day at work at Chelsea…

22.11.2012

ZENDEN RETURNS

New interim first-team manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed he will be adding former Chelsea player Boudewijn Zenden to the backroom staff…

22.11.2012

STATEMENT ON CLATTENBURG DECISION

Chelsea Football Club accepts the Football Association’s decision regarding Mark Clattenburg and welcomes the fact the FA recognises the club and players were correct in reporting the matter…

22.11.2012

BENITEZ TAKES TRAINING

Rafael Benitez took his first Chelsea training session at Cobham on Thursday afternoon.

22.11.2012

TRIO SIGNING NEW ANNUAL IN MEGASTORE ON FRIDAY

The club’s latest autograph-signing session will see three of our most recent acquisitions appearing in the Stamford Bridge Megastore on Friday 23 November…

22.11.2012

UNDER-21 PAIR LOANED OUT

Two members of the Chelsea Under-21 squad, Conor Clifford and Todd Kane, have today (Thursday) joined League One clubs on loan until 5 January.

22.11.2012

BAMFORD IN MK DONS LOAN

Under-21 striker Patrick Bamford also completed a loan move on Thursday afternoon, after joining MK Dons on loan until January 7.

22.11.2012

BENITEZ PRESS CONFERENCE LIVE ON CHELSEA TV

Rafael Benitez’s introductory press conference will be live on Chelsea TV from 5.30pm this evening.

21.11.2012

BENITEZ APPOINTED

Chelsea Football Club can confirm Rafael Benitez has been appointed interim first-team manager until the end of the season…

21.11.2012

BENITEZ: IN PROFILE

The official Chelsea website outlines the career and achievements so far of the 52-year-old Spaniard appointed our interim first-team manager…

21.11.2012

LATEST QPR TICKET DETAILS ANNOUNCED

The latest ticket selling arrangements for our Barclays Premier League game against Queens Park Rangers have been announced…

21.11.2012

STATEMENT ON ROBERTO DI MATTEO

Chelsea Football Club has parted company this morning with Manager Roberto Di Matteo.

21.11.2012

WORLD CLUB CUP UPDATE

With the FIFA World Club Cup now only a matter of weeks away, the official Chelsea website brings you the latest information with regards to ticket collections…

21.11.2012

LATEST QPR TICKET DETAILS ANNOUNCED

The latest ticket selling arrangements for our Barclays Premier League game against Queens Park Rangers have been announced…

21.11.2012

CECH: WASTED CHANCES

Petr Cech believes our inability to make the most of good opportunities cost us dearly in Turin…

20.11.2012

FINAL WHISTLE VERDICT: A DIFFICULT NIGHT

Following a defeat that leaves our participation in the Champions League knockout stage in doubt, Roberto Di Matteo discussed his team selection and an unfortunate opening goal that made the task very tough…

20.11.2012

MATCH REPORT: JUVENTUS 3 CHELSEA 0

The Blues will now need to keep one eye firmly on the result in Donetsk when we take on Nordsjaelland in the final group game, having been well beaten in Italy…

20.11.2012

TEAM NEWS: JUVENTUS V CHELSEA

Fernando Torres is on the bench and with no Daniel Sturridge due to injury, Eden Hazard will play the striker role…

20.11.2012

CHELSEA TV HEADLINES: COUNTDOWN TO KICK-OFF

The latest Blues News bulletin from Chelsea TV, which can be viewed here, comes from central Turin ahead of tonight’s important meeting with Juventus.

20.11.2012

IVANOVIC: THE RIGHT APPROACH

Winning, rather than avoiding defeat, must be the aim against Juventus this evening, says Branislav Ivanovic…

20.11.2012

LEEDS TICKET AND TRAVEL UPDATE

After meetings involving Chelsea Football Club, Leeds United Football Club, West Yorkshire Police and the Football League we have been given an allocation of 3,000 tickets for the Capital One Cup tie at Leeds…

BENITEZ: GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Rafael Benitez starts his new job more hungry for success than ever before he has told the media at the end of his first day at work at Chelsea.

The Spaniard begins life here just a month short of two years since he left his previous managerial role at Inter in Italy. He confirmed he has since had many offers of three or four-year contracts across Europe but he was biding his time for a club where he believes he can have repeated silverware success, which is why he accepted an interim role at Stamford Bridge until the end of the season.

‘This is a massive club that allows me to fight for trophies,’ Benitez declared.

‘When you have an opportunity like this you have to take it. I will try to win from day one. In seven months we can win some trophies and I am sure that everyone will be delighted.

‘What happens in the future nobody knows, we have a massive game at the weekend and when you analyse why you go to a top club like this for seven months it is because you have the chance to win trophies. For a year and a half, maybe two years, I was waiting for the right opportunity. I have this chance now and I will try to do my best.

‘Since leaving Inter I have been analysing games and players, watching games every weekend so I have not been out of the game. My mentality, my passion, my forward thinking about the game is there and I have lost nothing. I think it is the opposite. I have more hunger, more desire to win trophies than before.’

Benitez also spoke about some of his words in the past that might not have gone down well with Chelsea fans at the time of big matches against Liverpool, and emphasised the point that he and his new club’s supporters share the same aim – to taste victory.

‘I like to do things in the right way for the fans because at the end of the day it will be good for me,’ said the 52-year-old.

‘I am sure they will be happy with a manager who has this winning mentality, this passion for the game, and will do everything he can to win games. I can understand that it is not easy at the beginning, people can have doubts, but in the end I think they will be pleased.

‘In the past I was playing against Chelsea, a top side, in the semi-finals of the Champions League and if I am a fan I like to see my manager fight for my team, trying to win every game and doing almost everything, so I don’t see a lack of respect for Chelsea fans, it was more a manager defending his team against another top side. I am sure they will like to see me defending my club now in the way I defended Liverpool at this time.

‘Hopefully the fans will be really pleased at the end of Sunday’s game. At the beginning, they are very clever and they will say we have to support the manager because that is the best for the team, and I think they will.’

Benitez said that although he is prepared to sit down with the club and discuss possible new signings if necessary, he understands his role to be mostly getting the best out of the existing squad. The style of play will be his decision.

‘I have spoken mainly with [technical director] Michael Emenalo and he has explained to me what the club want and expect. When you have experience at this level, it is very easy to know what is expected of you and that is to win games, try to do it playing well and win trophies.

‘Talking with Michael, he didn’t say you have to do this and you have to do that, he said they are behind me because they trust me, think I can do well, that we have a good team and he thinks I can do well with these players. The principle object is I have to win games.

‘Today I spoke to the players and everything was fine – the intensity was there and I spoke to them about ideas and I saw no problems.

‘I know everybody will be talking about Fernando Torres and today I was talking with him like I was talking with the other players and his attitude was good.

‘Everybody has been talking about he was not doing well and I was the same because I was watching games and his attitude was really poor, and today it was the same as all the others.

‘The players have trained really well and I am sure that with this attitude, they will improve and I think that with the players and staff together, we can win important things for the club.’