Salomon Kalou believes a victory at Anfield would be a huge boost in Chelsea’s bid to retain the Premier League title. The 25-year-old has stated that games against Liverpool always have an edge due to the Champions League history between the two clubs.
According to The Guardian, Kalou said: “When you go to a stadium like that and win, it gives you a big boost to win the title. Liverpool have had a bad start but you can never give up on them. They are still a big club with big players. It doesn’t matter about league positions. We have to be ready for a battle.”
Alex: Brazilians need time to adapt.
Chelsea defender Alex has told chelseafc.com that Brazilian players tend to find the adjustment to life in the Premier League hard. The centre-back struggled in his early days at Stamford Bridge, but has begun to enjoy his football once again.
He told the website: “Every time you are on the pitch it is very fast, we like to play in midfield slowly, so if you see the national team play it is slow, but in England the play is very quick.” The 28-year-old, who spent three years at PSV, feels his time in the Netherlands has helped him adapt to the English game – and now feels more at home than ever. He continued: “This season I have been here longer than PSV, it feels like home and I hope I can stay here for the rest of my career.”
Ashley Cole has thanked the Chelsea medical staff for helping his rejuvenation. Earlier this year Cole admitted to feeling 35 or 40 years old, despite only being 29.
He has told BBC Radio Five Live, however, that the physios, masseurs and general facilities at the club have helped him to feel more like his own age.
The England defender said: “In the mornings it’s the hardest part but we have great physios, masseurs and facilities and I owe a lot to them for the way they look after me.” The left-back also admitted his recent form is not to his usual standard: “The last few games have not been to the standard I was at at the start of the season but in the last two or three years I’ve got back to my best. When I had the ankle operation it felt freer and I could move better. I felt I was back to my best, if not better.”