Sky Sports reports that Alex believes Chelsea are playing like Brazil. The Blues have scored 25 times this season and have conceded just twice in the league and the Brazilian defender declared: “The way we’ve been playing throughout this year, I’d liken us to Brazil. Brazilian teams have the same mentality. They just want to attack. However, there is one difference – here we try to have more composure in defence.” The 28-year-old also added that he hopes to achieve his Champions League dream with Chelsea: “Everyone has this dream. Everyone wants to score in a Champions League final. In Brazil everybody says Chelsea need to win the Champions League.”
Blues in Afellay link.
According to Sport.co.uk, Chelsea are ready to make a move for PSV Eindhoven winger Ibrahim Afellay.
The 24-year-old has failed to agree a new deal and the club will be looking to sell him in the January transfer window rather than let him walk away for nothing in the summer. A statement on their official website read: “PSV and Ibrahim Afellay have jointly concluded that, for several reasons, it is unrealistic to have his contract extended. Afellay has pledged to make every effort to ensure he would not leave PSV without a reasonable fee for the club.”
Afellay has spent his entire career at the Philips Stadion, and he has made an impressive start to the season, scoring six goals in 10 appearances. He also netted his first international goals with a brace in the Euro 2012 qualifier between Holland and Sweden. The Blues are one of a number of clubs showing interest in the Utrecht born midfielder with Arsenal, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Juventus also reportedly keen.
Cech: Defence the key for Europe.
The Metro reports that Petr Cech believes Chelsea’s watertight defence can be key in their quest for European and domestic glory.
Although the Blues’ display was less than impressive against Wolves at the weekend, Cech pointed to the fact that they were again able to keep a clean sheet: “When you keep a clean sheet you have the biggest chance of winning games. We are not conceding goals at home but the most important thing is that we are winning those games. You would swap keeping a clean sheet for winning the game every time but I am pleased all those clean sheets are helping us to win games. Last season our home record helped us to win the Double so hopefully it will do the same this season.”
John Terry also praised his team’s defensive capabilities: “We’re a unit because we defend from the front. Everyone tracks back and helps and that’s key for us. We have been defending really well with the likes of Michael Essien and Florent Malouda tracking back and doubling up with Ashley Cole and Jose Bosingwa. That’s really important. We defend from the front and defend together.”