does not appreciate it when the bigger Manchester City picture is ignored Pep Guardiola hit out at the disrespect shown towards the history of Manchester City as he explained what convinced him to sign a new contract with the club.Having entered the final year of his deal this season, the Catalan took a break with the Blues chairman and their respective families that reminded him of the incredible support that he had been given by the hierarchy.
Boss Carlo Ancelotti admits Everton face a battle to reach Europe and may need to win their final three games of the Premier League season to qualify.The Toffees missed the chance to move level on points with fifth after a dull goalless draw at Aston Villa.Emi Martinez thwarted Ben Godfrey and Dominic Calvert-Lewin but, aside from late pressure, Everton rarely looked like claiming victory.
Carlo Ancelotti wants Everton to win their next two games at Goodison Park but hinted they may need to beat Manchester City on the final day of the season to qualify for Europe.Carlo Ancelotti still believes his Everton side are in the fight for Europe after their 0-0 draw against Aston Villa on Thursday evening.
Verdict - Phil Kirkbride considers what a draw at Aston Villa means for Everton as Dominic Calvert-Lewin requested an energy top-up ahead of the run-in If this does come down to goal difference then Everton cannot really have many complaints.As laid bare again this evening, the Blues know where they are strong and they know where they are lacking.
The 17-year-old, who made five appearances for the Shrimpers first team, has been snapped up by the Canaries following their promotion to the Premier League.And Blues academy manager Ricky Duncan revealed the move come around after the striker impressed in a recent clash against the Norfolk side.
Abdoulaye Doucoure impressed upon his return to the Everton starting line-up at Aston Villa One positive that Everton can at least take from their trip to Aston Villa is that Abdoulaye Doucoure is finally back.In many ways, it was like he'd hardly been away - but his inclusion did come with a caveat that might have to be corrected in the future by Carlo Ancelotti.
Chelsea star Andreas Christensen suffered an injury against Manchester City that could rule him out of the FA Cup final against Leicester on Saturday but one academy graduate has stepped up Chelsea fans could get a glimpse and the next academy star this weekend after Andreas Christensen's injury.The Denmark international suffered an injury that looks like it has ended his Premier League season at the weekend.
The clubs fighting for National League promotion - and their Carlisle United links It is a race that is going down to the wire as clubs battle for the two promotion places the National League.And there are a number of former Carlisle United players in the mix as teams fight it out to join the Blues in League Two.
N'Golo Kante has been one of Chelsea's standout players this summer.Chelsea have the chance to end the season in the best way possible by winning the Champions League, FA Cup and finishing third in the Premier League table, but Thomas Tuchel will need one of his most reliable players to do so.
Several of Birmingham City's young players have spent the season out on loan - and this one has made a huge impact Charlie Lakin is the toast of Ross County following his match-winning cameo in the relegation showdown with Hamilton Academical on Wednesday evening.The Birmingham City academy product has spent the season on loan with the Staggies, helping them fight for their Scottish Premiership status.
Chelsea showed off their new kit for the 2021/22 season with a 60s-inspired video - but the Blues faithful were less than impressed, especially at the £105 price Chelsea fans have been left unimpressed with the kit design for the 2021/22 season, describing it as “garbage”.
We don’t know yet who the Blues will play in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but we finally know when the puck will drop.The Blues will play either the Vegas Golden Knights or the Colorado Avalanche.If the Avalanche beat the Kings Thursday night, the Blues will play Colorado in the first round.
The Blues will have a decision to make ahead of this summer's transfer window.While Chelsea near the end of the season under Thomas Tuchel, it is easy to forget about their players not currently at the club.The Blues are preparing for the Champions League and FA Cup finals, but many of those under contract with the club will not be involved.
Football kits are an art form.They split opinions, some obsess over them and others couldn’t care less.Chelsea has had some of the most divisive kits over the course of the last few years with the 2020/21 third kit coming to mind.Ever since the Blues switched from Adidas to Nike following the 2016/17 title-winning campaign, fans have asked for something more creative than the bland home and away kits the American sportswear company debuted during Antonio Conte’s second season.
SOUTHEND United manager Phil Brown would love Ricky Duncan to become the club's director of football.Duncan, Blues' academy manager, stepped up to work with Brown in the first team set up for the final six games of last season.And Brown is keen for Duncan to remain involved.
Birmingham City will be a Championship club next season after these two character emerge to save the club from relegation Birmingham City fans have crowned Harlee Dean Player of the Season – and given a huge vote of confidence to Lee Bowyer.The Blues head coach took just eight games to save the club from relegation by engineering a remarkable turnaround in performances and results.
Danny Cowley admitted his whirlwind arrival has left Pompey playing catch-up with their summer recruitment.But the Blues head coach stressed he will guard against making ‘emotional’ decisions in the transfer market as he sets about a Fratton rebuild.Cowley was this week confirmed as staying at PO4 on a permanent basis, after seven weeks at the club on a short-term deal.
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho insists that he has no plans to leave and wants to focus on the club’s exciting journey under Thomas Tuchel.The Italy international has proved a key figure for the Blues since moving to Stamford Bridge in 2018.He initially followed Maurizio Sarri to London from Naples, but has kept his place under Frank Lampard and Tuchel.
CHELSEA have released their 1960s-inspired home kit for the 2021-22 season - but fans have blasted the 'horrific' £105 design.The Blues showed off their new home strip with a psychedelic video featuring stars such as Callum Hudson-Odoi dancing to The Zombies hit Time Of The Season.It's that time of the season.
Liverpool are the biggest threat to the Blues qualifying for the Champions League next season Chelsea remain in control of their Champions League destiny, despite defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday night.The Blues are on course for a top four finish, but suffered a bump in the road by losing to their London rivals at Stamford Bridge.