Philippe Coutinho’s future with Barcelona is going south after his dismal performance this season. His lacklustre showing on the field led him to be dropped to the bench most of the time.
For former Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell, Stamford Bridge resembles a “quiet stadium” which provides bleak atmosphere even during supposedly massive encounters. “Some stadiums get up for the big games more than others,” said Sidwell, who had a brief stint at the west London side back in the 2007-2008 season. “But generally, unless there’s real entertainment on the pitch, it’s a quiet stadium.”
Ross Barkley contends Chelsea can look forward to an exciting season ahead under the tutelage of new manager Maurizio Sarri.
Former Blues favourite John Terry has spurned reports of his retirement from professional football, saying he is considering all options on the table ahead of the upcoming season. Terry left Stamford Bridge to sign a one-year deal with Championship club Aston Villa last summer but following the Clarets’ failed bid to return to the English top flight, he has decided not to have his contract extended.
The arrival of Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea inevitably starts a revolution at Chelsea. In his first interview as Blues manager, Sarri emphasized his desire to bring fun and enjoyment both to the players and the Stamford Bridge support with his preferred playing style.
Cesc Fabregas has revealed his efforts in convincing Eden Hazard to rebuff the advances of Real Madrid and stay at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho and Didier Drogba enjoyed a very amiable manager-player relationship when they worked together at Chelsea, and in a recent television show, the pair demonstrated the bond that they formed during their time at Stamford Bridge.
This season has been the first ever where an English club side has used the national stadium as their home ground, with Tottenham using Wembley for all of their home fixtures. It was also the second campaign where West Ham had used the London Stadium (previously the Olympic Stadium) for their home games.
A London family of four could be sensationally set to derail Chelsea’s £1 billion redevelopment plans for Stamford Bridge – because they claim the new stadium would cast a permanent shadow over their home.