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Photos: How Chelsea battled from 4-1 dramatic to draw 4-4 with Ajax in UEFA Champions League

 Chelsea battle from 4-1 to draw 4-4 with Ajax in UEFA Champions League  Chelsea starlets Reece James and Jorginho were the heroes as Chelsea recorded an incredible comeback draw at home to Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday evening despite being 3-1 down at half time.

The first leg ended with a win for Chelsea in Amsterdam, so it was no surprise as the match started at a hectic pace, as Tammy Abraham scored against his own team with an erroneous  touch from Ajax Promes free kick after just two minutes.

Chelsea then almost swiftly equalised from the penalty spot through former Chelsea coach Maurizio Saree’s protege Jorginho, but Dutch champions Ajax were soon back ahead through attacker Quincy Promes. Ajax then increased their lead when Hakim Ziyech’s amazing free kick went in after hitting the bar and then slamming Kepa Arrizabalaga’s face before going into the net.

Ajax star, Donny van de Beek made it 4-1 after the first half, before Ajax were then reduced to nine men as Daley Blind and Joel Veltman were both given second yellow cards resulting in Jorginho’s goal from the penalty spot.
Academy graduate Reece James then completed the comeback to 4-4 before Cesar Azpilicueta scored, but Azpilicueta’s goal was then ruled out.

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Diego Costa heads to Wolves?

Image result for diego costaDiego Costa has been sensationally linked to make a return to the English Premier League this summer. It is understood that the Atletico Madrid striker is ready to make a swoop to join top English side Wolves ahead of the coming season. The 30-year-had a successful spell with Chelsea from 2014 to 2017 before returning to Atletico for a second spell after being told by Antonio Conte he was surplus to requirement at Stamford Bridge.

Costa has been linked with a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano this summer following the mega money signing of Portuguese starlet Joao Felix and Alvaro Morata from Chelsea. He is a client of super-agent Jorge Mendes – a man known to have incredibly close links to Wolves and owners Fosun .

The former Sporting Braga forward was handed an eight-match ban after insulting the referee during Atletico’s 2-0 loss to Barcelona at Camp Nou, with just two matches left to play. He was also involved in a spat with coach Diego Simeone when he refused to attend training session after the suspension. And a move to the Molineux to play under Nuno Espirito Santo who earned an Europa League spot with the Wanderers last season will bring an exciting striking partnership with Raul Jimenez.

Chelsea set to sign Lampard as manager after gaining £10m from Sarri sale to Juventus

Chelsea are set to open talks with Derby County over making Frank Lampard new Blues manager following Maurizio Sarri’s departure to Juventus. This is according to the reputable Evening Standard reporter Simon Johnson.

The media also claims that the severance package for Sarri agreed by Chelsea is worth up to £10m. In turn, it will cost £4m for the Blues to prise Lampard away from Derby.

Now Chelsea are determined to make a swift appointment of Lampard as Sarri’s situation has been almost resolved. According to the media, Frank is ‘certain to make a dream return’ to the Blues, where he played in 2001-2014, scoring a club-record 211 goals.

Recently Derby owner Mel Morris admitted that he expected Lampard to be Chelsea manager one day:

“I’m sure Chelsea and Frank will reunite at some point and if that ever happened, you’d understand because that’s his club. One day maybe Frank will manage Chelsea, I don’t doubt that will happen at some point in the future.”

Chelsea eyes Red Bull Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick

Reports have it that German newspaper Bild claim that Chelsea have added Red Bull Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick to their list of potential Maurizio Sarri replacements.

The 60-year-old will leave his coaching role at Red Bull in the summer as he aims to become the German side’s new Head of Sports Development.

However, Rangnick could still be tempted if the offer from Chelsea comes his way, Bild report. The Blues have not come up with an offer as of yet, with the German’s name only added to the shortlist for now.

Rangnick led RB Leipzig to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga last season. They also advanced to the German Cup final where they were defeated 3-0 by Bayern Munich.

Previously the manager has worked at Schalke and Hoffenheim and worked as Leipzig’s sporting director as well.

Meanwhile, according to Sky Sports, Chelsea await on Sarri release agreement with Juve to then ‘trigger an official approach from Chelsea to Derby for permission to speak to Lampard.’

Real Madrid unveils Hazard on Thursday

Real Madrid have issued another official announcement minutes after Luka Jovic’s presentation. We will finally welcome Eden Hazard to the club and see him wear the white/gold shirt.

“The player Eden Hazard will be presented tomorrow, Thursday 13 June, at 7pm, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Hazard will step out on the pitch at the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time wearing the Real Madrid C. F. jersey and will speak to the media in the press room.”

Nigerian players who have won the UEFA Europa League

Image may contain: 4 people, people smiling, outdoor and textUEFA Europa League final is coming up on Wednesday , 29th May 2019.

The final will feature Chelsea and Arsenal. Both football clubs are from United Kingdom. Only Nigerian player in the team is Alex Iwobi , Arsenal.

See the list of Nigerian football stars who have played in the final and won the lucrative cup.
1. Taribo West Inter Milan 1997/98
2. Chidi Odiah CSKA Moscow 2005
3. @mikel_john_obi Chelsea 2012 / 13
4. Victor Moses Chelsea 2012 / 13

(Football) Eden Hazard says bye bye to Chelsea fans as Real Madrid plans to ‘officially announce £86m

Heartbreak for Chelsea fans as Real Madrid plans to It has been confirmed that Premiership club, Chelsea is about to lose their best star, Eden Hazard, who will be officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player after the club’s Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29.

According to reports in France, Real Madrid have finalized a €100million (£86m) deal for the forward.

Now L’Equipe reports that an agreement for the 28-year-old was done weeks ago, but will only be made public once the Blues’ season officially ends.

Hazard also fuelled speculation suggesting he would link up with Real manager Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu by refusing to commit his future to Chelsea.

After Chelsea’s 0-0 draw at Leicester City on Sunday, Hazard revealed he had informed the club of his desire to leave for Real this summer.

He said: ‘I have made my decision but it is not just about me. I told the club a couple of weeks ago. I wanted it to be cleared up earlier but that’s not happened. I’m still waiting, like the fans are waiting.’

Hazard who was Chelsea’s best player of the season, scored 16 goals in 37 Premier League appearances and also provided 15 assists last season.

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