Diego Costa’s move away from Chelsea got another push

After selling Jackson Martinez to China Atletico Madrid want to lure Chelsea striker Diego Costa back to the club, according to The Daily Mail. The Primera Divsion team have money to spend after selling forward Jackson Martinez to Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande for an Asian record fee £31 million on Tuesday. Now, Atletico are willing to spend that money to lure Costa back to the Vicente Calderon this summer, after selling the 27-year-old to Chelsea in the summer of 2014, with the Blues meeting the Spain international’s £32 million release-clause. Costa never really…

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Chelsea star back to his antics, draws sharp criticism [Tweets]

Chelsea striker Diego Costa can’t stay out of the limelight. The hot-headed Brazilian-born player was again involved in an untoward incident in the FA Cup tie with MK Dons. Just five minutes into the game, the 27-year old had his hand on the throat of an opponent player and as expected, his action attracted some severe criticism on Twitter. The irony of MK Dons fans booing Diego Costa, a man who renounced his original home because it was more lucrative to move somewhere else. — Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) January 31,…

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Former Arsenal chairman blasts “serial cheat” Diego Costa

Diego Costa is a serial cheat, according to former Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood. The Chelsea striker was the key player in the Blues 1-0 win at the Emirates on Sunday, when Per Mertesacker became the latest Arsenal player to get a red card due to the Spaniard. The German defender was sent-off in the 18th minute for a late foul on Costa, who was running towards goal. Costa, who controversially got Gabriel sent off at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, then netted the winning goal five minutes later. “He is a serial cheat and he…

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Arsenal vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will be hoping to finish another weekend leading the standings as they attempt to get the better of Chelsea for the first time in the Premier League since October 2011 and gain revenge for a controversial defeat at Stamford Bridge back in September. It is all very tight at the top, and with such expectation on Arsenal in a season where their fellow title hopefuls are dropping points on a regular basis, they are under pressure to continue leading the way. Two points from two very tough away matches…

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Chelsea vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Chelsea will be hoping to make it eight points from a possible 12 under interim boss Guss Hiddink as they take on West Bromwich Albion, who are three points above their opponents after two straight wins. After going away to Manchester United and getting the clean sheet they wanted, Chelsea looked much more like their old selves in sweeping aside the challenge of London rivals Crystal Palace. They spent the majority of the first half hour of match forced back into their own half, but once Diego Costa unselfishly set…

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Chelsea duo separated after training ground bust-up

A strong tackle during a “highly competitive” training session at Chelsea led to an altercation between Diego Costa and Oscar, Sky Sports reports. Team-mates and coaching staff had to step in to calm the situation down. No one was harmed and, according to witnesses, the Blues’ pair walked off the pitch together. They were laughing and seemingly had settled their differences from the Oscar’s challenge. The Brazilian midfielder played down the incident via his official Twitter account: For those who are talking to me and @diegocosta struggle today in training he’s lying, he’s one of my best…

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Man Utd vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

Two ailing giants come together at Old Trafford for what looks set to be a highly significant encounter, as Manchester United go all out to arrest their slide against Chelsea, who will remain in crisis until they start climbing the table. The pressure that currently rests on the shoulders of United boss Louis van Gaal could hardly be any heavier, and as every abject display and every poor result goes by the question marks over his long-term future at the club are only growing larger. The losing run now stands…

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Chelsea vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Chelsea will be intent on securing back to back home wins in the Premier League for the first time this season when they host a Bournemouth side which is still in the bottom three despite late heroics last time out. The most pleasing aspect for Jose Mourinho his side’s last match away to rivals Tottenham was the quality of Chelsea’s defending, as they looked much more secure at the back than they had at any other time this term, especially considering the strength of the opposition. While centre-backs Gary Cahill…

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Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs Chelsea – Match preview and team news

Chelsea could secure their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League if they manage to take three points from their long trip to Israel to face Maccabi Tel-Aviv, who have lost all four of their matches so far. Victory over Dynamo Kiev in their last European outing was crucial for Jose Mourinho and his team, however nervy it may have been, with yet another marvellous free-kick from Willian proving to be the winner after they had been pegged back to 1-1 having been forced on to the defensive…

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Video: Diego Costa shows his wild side, again

Chelsea striker Diego Costa once again showed his wild side while modelling the new Spain shirt, produced by Adidas. The out-of-form forward will don the new kit in Euro 2016 in France next Summer, and may well feature before that against England on Friday night. ¿La quieres? Who wants it? #BeTheDifference @adidas_ES @sefutbol https://t.co/uDg4pESpaO — Diego Costa (@diegocosta) November 12, 2015 ¿La quieres? Who wants it? #BeTheDifference @adidas_ES @sefutbol https://t.co/uDg4pESpaO — Diego Costa (@diegocosta) November 12, 2015

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West Ham vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United have already ruffled a number of feathers in their first nine games of this Premier League season, and will now set their sights on overcoming defending champions Chelsea at Upton Park. It was another fabulous result for the Hammers last time out as they enhanced their fine away record further with victory at the home of one more of their London rivals, with fellow high-flyers Crystal Palace seen off. After an opener from Carl Jenkinson was cancelled out by a penalty, the game changed on a sending…

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Dynamo Kiev vs Chelsea – Match preview and team news

With a win and a defeat from their opening two Champions League Group G matches, Chelsea make the long trip to face Dynamo Kiev for an encounter which could go a long way towards deciding to qualifies for the knockout stages. The current group table currently sees Chelsea third, a point behind their opponents who are joint top alongside FC Porto, who got the better of Jose Mourinho’s side on match day two. With two games against bottom club Maccabi Tel-Aviv coming up, Porto should be expected to all but secure…

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Chelsea vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Chelsea will be desperate to begin turning around their floundering defence of the Premier League title when they entertain an Aston Villa side that is gearing up for another battle to avoid the drop. Jose Mourinho came out fighting after the last miserable Blues performance against Southampton, with his words leading to the vote of confidence that he wanted from the club’s board. He has plenty to think about as his side have rarely threatened to score goals in recent weeks, and have been run ragged in defence. Even the…

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Chelsea gossip: Costa dropped from Spain squad but Porto star targeted

Friday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer rumours. Jose Mourinho has confirmed Chelsea are in the process of signing veteran Italian goalkeeper Marco Amelia as cover for current no.2 stopper Asmir Begovic, according to the Daily Star. Begovic, who moved to Stamford Bridge this summer from Stoke, is currently deputising for Thibaut Courtois, who is on the sidelines with a knee injury. Diego Costa has been dropped from Spain’s squad for their final two Euro 2016 qualifying fixtures – with Vicente Del Bosque critical of the striker’s antics against Arsenal, the…

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Newcastle vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

Newcastle United will be desperate for a win in Saturday’s teatime clash to kick-start their season, but face a tough test against a Chelsea side that is working its way up the Premier League table. One thing that counts in their favour is that visiting boss Jose Mourinho has still never tasted victory on Tyneside, experiencing frustration on each of his six visits in all competitions, but given the way the Magpies are playing at present, achieving a positive result here looks set to be an uphill task. Just one…

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Chelsea vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Lying just a place above the bottom three, defending champions Chelsea will hope to build on their midweek Champions League victory by getting the better of an Arsenal side who triumphed when the clubs met in the Community Shield in August. Although up against limited opposition in Maccabi Tel-Aviv, it was huge for the Blues to get back to winning ways in what has been a very poor start to the season, bouncing back well from a jaw-dropping penalty miss from Eden Hazard, who along with Cesc Fabregas is still…

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa thinks win against Arsenal will kick-start season

Chelsea striker Diego Costa believes that all of the side’s problems will be forgotten should they go and beat Arsenal this weekend, the Daily Express report. While the Blues emphatically defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv 4-0 in midweek, their start to the new Premier League season is a major concern, with just one win coming in their first five games, but Costa thinks that their campaign will be well and truly off and running if they beat the Gunners (via Express). “If we win then we’ll take a step forward in…

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Chelsea gossip: Terry among four set to be dropped, while Spanish defender wanted

Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: John Terry is among four first-team players that are set to be dropped for the Blues’ Champions League tie with Maccabi Tel Aviv, according to Daily Mail. Nemanja Matic, Branislav Ivanovic, and Diego Costa are reportedly all set to be rested for the game at Stamford Bridge. Asmir Begovic has suggested that it is up to the players to end Chelsea’s poor run of form, rather than Jose Mourinho, according to the London Evening Standard. The champions have collected just one win…

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Chelsea captain John Terry to be DROPPED for Champions League clash

John Terry is set to be one of four first-team players that will be dropped for Chelsea’s Champions League group stage opener against Maccabi Tel Aviv, according to the Daily Mirror. The Daily Express previously reported that Branislav Ivanovic, Diego Costa, and Cesc Fabregas were all set to be left out, but it now appears that Jose Mourinho has decided to change his mind slightly. The Mirror suggest that Fabregas could well be given another chance, but Terry, and Nemanja Matic will both be dropped for the clash at Stamford…

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Chelsea news: Trio could be axed for Champions League tie, and banter banned from training ground

Here is Tuesday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: Branislav Ivanovic, Cesc Fabregas, and Diego Costa are all set to be axed for the Blues’ Champions League group stage opener with Maccabi Tel Aviv, according to the Daily Express. The trio are set to be punished for the side’s poor start to the campaign, with Baba Rahman, and one of either Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy being possible replacements. Jose Mourinho has taken the bizarre step to ban players from joking around on the training ground as the club try to…

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Jose Mourinho set to drop out-of-form trio for Chelsea’s Champions League opener

Jose Mourinho appears to have lost his patience with some of the stars that took Chelsea to the Premier League title last season, as the Daily Express report that Branislav Ivanovic, Cesc Fabregas, and Diego Costa are all set to be dropped for the Blues’ Champions League group stage opener with Maccabi Tel Aviv. Like the rest of the team, the trio have struggled for form during this season. Ivanovic has been a part of the leakiest defence in the Premier League – no side in the top flight has…

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Chelsea predicted line-up vs Everton: Thibaut Courtois to miss clash through injury

After the start they made to the new season, Chelsea would have probably been quite grateful for the international break, as it allowed Jose Mourinho the time to assess how the Blues are going to get their Premier League title defence off and running. Three points on Saturday is arguably a must, even at this early stage of the season, but the Toffees will fancy their chances, especially if they can keep things tight at the back, as the champions have conceded at least two goals in everyone of their…

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa vows to start scoring again as poor form continues

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has vowed to do everything he can to make sure that he starts hitting the back of the net again after he failed to score for Spain, the Daily Express report. “I’ve got a lot to improve and I’ve got to start scoring goals,” he said. “There will be no lack of effort on my part. “I’ll keep working hard at my club to improve. I am always filled with ambition whenever I get called for the national team,” he added. The 26-year-old’s inability to score…

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Chelsea news: Hazard explains shaky start, while France defender could be Premier League bound

Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: Eden Hazard has suggested that the Blues have made a lacklustre start to the new season because it is more difficult to play as champions, the Daily Mail report. Jose Mourinho’s side have collected just one win so far this campaign, and the Belgian believes that it is natural that they would start slowly. “It’s difficult to play as a champion because everyone wants to beat you, everyone wants to kill you,” he said. Athletic Bilbao fear that reported Chelsea target Aymeric…

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Chelsea news: Pogba reveals why he rejected move, and Pedro speaks about Mourinho

Here is Tuesday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: Blues target Paul Pogba has revealed that he rejected a £69m move to Stamford Bridge in the summer because it was not the right time to go, according to the Daily Express. The 22-year-old did hint that he may be on the move in January, however. “Why would I not stay? I didn’t have any motive to go, it wasn’t the right time,” he said. “Has a deal been struck with Barça in January? I don’t know, for now I’m at Juventus…

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