Chelsea
Lambang Chelsea
Nama lengkap Chelsea Football Club
Julukan The Blues
Didirikan 1905
Lapangan Stamford Bridge, London
Kapasitas 42.449
Ketua Bruce Buck
Manajer Luiz Felipe Scolari
Liga Liga Utama Inggris
2007-08 Liga Utama Inggris (2)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Mineiro Tak Permasalahkan Posisi di Chelsea

LONDON - Gelandang anyar Chelsea Mineiro mengaku tak mempermasalahkan posisinya sebagai pemain cadangan. Meski demikian, Mineiro mengaku siap memberi kontribusi terbaik jika pelatih memberinya kepercayaan tampil.

Ya, sejak direkrut The Blues dengan status bebas transfer dari Hertha Berlin, enam pekan lalu, Mineiro memang baru sekali mendapat kepercayaan pelatih Luis Felipe Scolari turun membela Chelsea. Itupun, hanya sebagai pengganti Nicolas Anelka saat Chelsea meluluhlantahkan Sunderland 5-0.

Kendati jarang mendapat kesempatan membela The Blues, namun gelandang asal Brasil itu tetap mengaku senang. Mineiro menilai, pelatih memiliki kekuasaan penuh untuk memberi kepercayaan kepada para pemain yang dianggap fit untuk turun ke lapangan.

"Saya sudah berbicara dengan pelatih. Dan ia menegaskan jika hanya akan menurunkan pemain yang fit dan mampu memberikan kontrubusi maksimal bagi tim. Untuk itu, saya tak pernah mempermasalahkan keputusannya membangkucadangkan saya," papar Mineiro sebagaimana dikutip AP, Sabtu (8/11/2008).

"Saya datang ke sini untuk menunjukkan permainan terbaik saya. Sebab itulah yang diinginkan pelatih. Ia ingin semua pemainnnya selalu siap meberikan kontribusi maksimal setiap kali dibutuhkan," tambahnya.

"Semua pemain di sini termasuk saya memiliki tujuan sama yakni tampil reguler. Namun, saya datang ke sini bukan untuk bertarung memperebutkan posisi. Saya datang ke sini dengan tujuan memberikan kontribusi maksimal bagi kemajuan tim," ungkap gelandang yang sempat terpilih membela Timnas Brasil itu.


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Chelsea Siap Rekrut Owen

LONDON - Pelatih Chelsea Luiz Felipe Scolari nampaknya tidak cukup puas dengan kinerja lini depan timnya musim ini. Pasalnya, Scolari dikabarkan siap merekrut bomber Newcastle Uniited, Michael Owen pada bursa transfer Januari mendatang.

Seperti diketahui, Scolari mendapat suntikan dana sebesar 10 juta poundsterling dari pihak manajemen klub sebagai biaya untuk menambah skuadnya. Untuk itu, pelatih asal Brasil itu berniat menambah amunisinya di lini depan dengan merekrut Owen.

Sebenarnya, prioritas utama Scolari dalam bursa transfer Januari nanti adalah bomber Sevilla Luis Fabiano. Namun, banderol 25 juta euro yang dipatok manajemen Rojiblancos memaksa mantan pelatih Timnas Portugal itu mengalihkan bidikannya kepada Owen.

Peluang Chelsea mendapatkan tanda tangan Owen memang bisa dikatakan cukup besar. Pasalnya, kontrak mantan bomber Real Madrid itu di Stadion St James Park akan berakhir pada akhir musim ini. Selain itu, banderol Owen yang ditaksir mencapai 3-5 Juta poundsterling tak membuat kubu The Blues keberatan.

Klub asal London itu bahkan juga siap membayar Owen dengan gaji seperti yang diterimanya di Newcastle, yakni 108 ribu pounds per-pekannya, demikian seperti dilansir AP, Jumat (7/11/2008).

Satu hal yang nampaknya masih mengganjal Scolari untuk segera melayangkan tawaran kepada Newcastle adalah faktor cedera. Seperti diketahui, sepanjang musim ini, Owen memang lebih banyak menghuni kursi cadangan selain beraksi di lapangan.

Untuk itu, dalam beberapa pekan ke depan kubu The Blues kabarnya akan terus memonitor kondisi kesehatan dan performa Owen, sebelum melayangkan tawaran resmi kepada kubu The Magpies.

Chelsea memang harus bergerak cepat dalam proses negosiasi itu. Pasalnya, Tottenham Hotspur juga dikabarkan siap membajak Owen. Keinginan Spurs melabuhkan mantan bomber Timnas Inggris itu ke White Hart Lane memang tak lepas dari datangnya pelatih baru Harry Redknapp yang mengaku butuh tambahan striker berkualitas.

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

CHELSEA SIGN MINEIRO

Chelsea Football Club can confirm the signing of Mineiro who was released by Hertha Berlin as a free agent at the end of last season.

The deal, the details of which will remain confidential, will see him remain at the club until the end of the season.

Mineiro becomes the third Brazilian in the squad, linking up with manager Luiz Felipe Scolari and his backroom staff alongside Juliano Belletti and Alex.

A defensive midfielder, he has 24 caps for Brazil, and was a member of the 2006 World Cup squad, as well as appearing against England at Wembley in 2007.

Mineiro was released by Hertha at the end of last season, and has since been unattached.

Upon announcing the imminent arrival, Scolari explained the decision to sign the 33-year-old.


'He is a player that I need because I lost Michael Essien for six months. I have one midfielder like him, Mikel.

'So this week he will not play but maybe after 15 days to two weeks, he is ready to play normal games. He needs to play some games in the reserve team, and for me it is very good because I have one more player in this position. If not I have to put in Belletti or Ferreira, or Ballack, and they are not for this position.

'I say to fans of Chelsea, if they remember Makelele, Mineiro is the same. Good positionally, a very good marker. He is a man that works for the other players and he is also a good man outside of the pitch.'

Mineiro spent 18 months in the German capital, scoring twice in 36 league appearances, including a debut strike against Hamburg.

Prior to that the player, whose full name is Carlos Luciano da Silva, had played his entire career in his homeland, representing Sao Paulo and Sao Caetano after beginning his career with Ponte Preta.

While at Sao Paulo, he scored the goal that defeated Liverpool in the 2005 Fifa Club World Championship.

We are delighted to welcome him to Stamford Bridge, and wish him well in his time here.


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NEW CLUB, NEW COUNTRY, NEW COACH

Recent signing Mineiro has been talking about settling to life in England, comparisons to Claude Makelele and his new manager Luiz Felipe Scolari.

The midfielder, previously unattached since leaving German side Hertha Berlin in the summer, signed for the Blues towards the end of September and is looking forward to getting down to business.

Now in England some six weeks, he is beginning to get used to Chelsea life, and made his debut a week ago against Sunderland.

'My plans with my family were to remain in Europe because that would be the best for us. I had some proposals to return to Brazil but we decided it would be better for us to remain in Europe,' he explained. 'Luckily I got this opportunity at Chelsea to do my best and give everything I can.


'I have been to England before and have many friends here so have been to visit. What has struck me mostly is the affection I have been getting from people, I have been very well welcomed here,' he smiled.

'Friends told me it is a great place and because of the way we have been welcomed, my family and I are very happy. We are now trying to know the culture a little better so we can adapt as quickly as we can.

Ninety minutes in the reserves against Stoke City on Monday will certainly have given him something of a taster for typical English football. His calmness in defensive midfield was a reassurance for young team-mates, reminiscent of another defensive midfielder recently departed.

'I believe that every player has different characteristics and styles. Makelele was a great player and had a great time here at Chelsea, but I want to write my own history,' he said.

'Many players have similar characteristics and we have similar body types and ways of playing but every player has their own style they can develop themselves. I want to write my own history and be remembered as Mineiro, who was a great player for Chelsea.'

Mineiro in training

When he signed, he became the third Brazilian in the squad, working under a predominantly Brazilian coaching staff. Contrary to what many may expect, Mineiro had not previously worked with Scolari, even at international level where he has won 24 full caps.

'I knew him before as an opponent when he was a coach in Brazil but I didn't know him with the Brazilian team. He is very well respected and loved by all Brazilians, including myself. He is a wonderful professional and I am happy to be here working with him and I am sure we will do great work together,' he said, before elaborating on what it was people back home liked about the 59-year-old.

'He is a coach that tries to protect his group, he is very protective and tries to help in every area he can so the group can get better,' Mineiro said.

'He is a great person and tries to be very correct in everything he does, professional and personal. That's what we knew about him in Brazil. He is a man manager and I believe that's what people see in him at Chelsea now, being a good person in everything he does.'


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Thursday, November 6, 2008

CECH: WE DIDN'T DO ENOUGH

After conceding three goals in Chelsea colours for the first time since Boxing Day, Petr Cech was understandably disappointed with defeat in Rome.

Beaten by a close-range strike from Christian Panucci in the first half, we came undone at the start of the second as Mirko Vucinic added a second and then a third to condemn us to defeat, rendering John Terry's goal no more than a consolation.

The result will be a huge surprise to anyone who watched the first 30 minutes, where the Blues dominated possession and chances, as Roma goalkeeper Doni beat away shots from Deco and Frank Lampard.

Cech believes the home side, playing for their Champions League lives and under-fire manager Luciano Galletti, upped their game and left Chelsea shocked.

'I think that we started the game quite well, we had lots of possession, opportunities to score goals, but it was not enough to score a goal and I think when the time went on they got more confidence and then they got a goal and I think it changed the game.

'We knew it was going to be difficult because they are at a difficult moment, they needed some points as well, and they were not doing well in Serie A, and this can be a big factor.

'They were playing for everything and once they scored the first goal they had the advantage and in the second half we started too slow and conceded two goals,' he added. 'We started thinking too much bout scoring goals and they had the opportunity to counter-attack and they took it.'

Indeed the second period was a huge contrast to the first, and the 26-year-old explained the difficulties of conceding as early as the 48th minute.

'After two minutes we conceded a goal and then everything was much more difficult for us. We wanted to score a goal as soon as possible to get back in the game and we made some mistakes and they punished us for them.

'We are very disappointed, because we came here to get three points and our qualification and we got beaten, and we didn't play well.'

We travel to Bordeaux in three weeks with another opportunity to seal our progression into the knockout rounds, and Cech remains confident, firstly pinpointing our next fixture at Blackburn as the ideal time to recover from this result.

'We have another game against Blackburn in the league, so this is the first chance to bounce back. We are at the top of the league and we want to stay there, so this is the first opportunity,' said the goalkeeper.

'Until so far we have played really well, we have the confidence and we know we can go far in all competitions and one game in Roma cannot change that.

'We have two games to play, we have one away and one at home and we have enough quality to bounce back again.'

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