The fallout from Ashley Cole’s tweet barracking of the FA continues to emerge, with the FA announcing they will be charging the defender. Cole has until Thursday to decide whether he will appeal the charge, and further questions will now be raised about his place in the England squad for matches on Friday and Tuesday.
Reacting to the John Terry and Ashley Cole situation, Roberto Di Matteo has stated that his players need to raise their standards. The manager said “The image of the club is very important to us of course. We have rules, and anybody who breaks the rules faces disciplinary action against them. We strive to have high standards and hopefully, going forward, we can be better at showing those."
Di Matteo has also been speaking about the clubs excellent form. Despite Chelsea’s near flawless start to the league, he wants Chelsea fans to keep calm about their title challenge at least until Christmas. Chelsea have a tough run of fixtures coming up, if they can maintain their form through those, I imagine they’ll be sitting pretty come the festive season.
In the wake of further diving controversy around the Premier League this weekend Di Matteo has said that he fears Eden Hazard may also be branded as someone who goes down easily. Hazard won three penalties early on in his Chelsea career but since then has had some calls go against him, giving rise to fears that he may already have a reputation amongst referees.
Ryan Bertrand has been called up to the England squad as the replacement for Kieran Gibbs, who has pulled out with a thigh injury.
In transfer gossip, Oscar has reportedly been in touch with Neymar extolling the virtues of Chelsea as a possible destination for the outrageously talented striker. However Oscar is not the only Brazilian trying to convince Neymar, who has stated Dani Alves is a superb salesman for his club as well. So far the striker is playing his cards close to his chest saying “There are maybe five clubs in the world that you know you must at least listen to.”
Juan Mata has reacted to his being left out of the Spain squad by he has faith in Del Bosque’s decision and that he hopes he can earn himself a recall by maintaining his current form.
Kevin de Bruyne has faced criticism whilst on loan at Werder Bremen. A poorly translated interview seems to have given the impression he wasn’t happy at the club, but he has since clarified the situation through his twitter account.
Finally, there may be two weeks of international football before the next league match, but former boss VIllas-Boas is already focused on Chelsea’s trip to Spurs. Both Spurs and Chelsea are in excellent form going into the break, and the match will be test of each of their ambitions.
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