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Chelsea Confirmed Ex-Liverpool Boss Benitez as New interim Team Manager

Chelsea announced that Rafael Benitez had been appointed their interim first team-manager until the end of the season after the European champions sacked Roberto di Matteo.  The 52-year-old former Liverpool boss travelled back from Abu Dhabi to his Merseyside home on Wednesday. He is expected to arrive in London to meet his new players after training. The Spaniard has signed a deal until the end of the season, but it is understood the contract includes an option for a further year. A Chelsea statement said: “The owner and the board believe that in Benitez we have a manager with significant experience at the highest level of football, who can come in and immediately help deliver our objectives.

The two-time Uefa Manager of the Year comes with outstanding pedigree.” Rafael Benitez began his managerial career in his homeland, most notably at Valencia where he built a reputation as one of Europe’s top coaches by winning the Spanish League twice and the UEFA Cup. He then spent six years at Liverpool and led them to their fifth European Cup and an FA Cup. Reports in Holland suggest that former Netherlands midfielder Boudewijn Zenden, 36, who spent three years at Chelsea until 2004, will be Benitez’s assistant manager. Zenden played under Benitez at Liverpool for two years from 2005.  Benitez is Chelsea’s ninth manager since Roman Abramovich became owner in 2003. His first match in charge will be Sunday’s game at home to Manchester City, with Chelsea four points behind the league leaders. Benitez left Liverpool by “mutual consent” in 2010 after the club finished Premier League season in seventh place, their worst since 1999. However, days later, he then took charge of Inter Milan only for his spell in charge of the Italian giants to last just a matter of months. Benitez quit Inter in December 2010 after calling on the club to back him or sack him in the upcoming January transfer market following the team’s FIFA Club World Cup final win over Congolese side Mazembe in Abu Dhabi.
In between all that, Di Matteo joined the ever-increasing list of men to be ruthlessly sacked by Abramovich, who is now on his ninth manager in a little over eight years. It would be no exaggeration to say Benitez would be the least popular of his appointments judging by the reaction of Chelsea supporters on social media. However, given the break clause in Benitez’s contract, whether he gets beyond the next seven months could be in doubt.

Chelsea Manager Di Matteo Says Chelsea Can’t Become ‘Barca in Blue’ Overnight

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has said his team cannot play like Barcelona, but promised that the Blues would be equally exciting to watch. Chelsea’s Champions League glory in May was a triumph due to a sense of purpose rather than owner Roman Abramovich’s desire to see ‘Barcelona in blue shirts’. Di Matteo inspired the Blues to the greatest triumph in their history last season when he scrapped former manager Andre Villas-Boas’ plans for change and was rewarded with a UEFA Champions League and FA Cup double.

Villas-Boas had been tasked by billionaire owner Roman Abramovich with transforming the way Chelsea played and the Russian was said to have long held a dream of seeing ‘Barcelona in blue shirts’.“Everybody would like to play like Barcelona but there isn’t another team in the world who play like them,’’ reflected Roberto Di Matteo at Cobham on Friday, breaking off from preparing his players for Sunday’s Community Shield match with Manchester City. “It’s a culture, a way of life, a style Barcelona have produced through the club for many, many years,” added DI Matteo. The £66million splashed out on the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Marko Marin since the Champions League success suggest Abramovich remains determined to get Chelsea playing more attractively. But Di Matteo, whose appointment on a full-time basis was only confirmed after persistent reports linking the Blues with outgoing Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, has hinted he would not fall into the same trap as Villas-Boas and try to change too much, too soon.

However, Di Matteo refused to be drawn on whether he had learnt from the mistakes of Villas-Boas, saying: “I don’t really want to go back over that too much. Everybody would like to play like Barcelona, but the reality is there isn’t another team in the world who play like them”. Di Matteo inspired the Blues to Champions League and FA Cup double, and said of his methods for the new season: “There won’t be radical changes. Certainly, with the influence of the new players once they are integrated, they will be a bit different because they have different characteristics and abilities.

” He added: “I know we need to win games as well. But I don’t think you can expect a completely different Chelsea overnight. The majority of the team are still here and, with those players, the club have been very successful already.” “It’s a culture, a way of life, a style Barcelona have produced through the club for many, many years,” added DI Matteo. “The aim for a lot of teams and clubs is to get there. But, as far as I’m concerned, there isn’t one who plays like Barca. And there’s only one Lionel Messi around.”
Chelsea have an unprecedented seven trophies to go for this season, starting in Sunday’s traditional curtain-raiser against Manchester City, which is being played this year at Villa Park. “Our biggest aim, or our ambition, is to be able to be challenging at the right end of the season for the trophies that are still available,” Di Matteo said.

Chelsea sign Brazil playmaker midfielder Oscar from Internacional on five-year deal

Chelsea have signed Brazil international Oscar for a fee understood to be about £25m. The 20-year-old midfielder, who has joined the Champions League winners from Internacional, is currently part of his country’s Olympic squad. The 20-year-old, who is in Brazil’s Olympic squad for the Games in London, arrives at Stamford Bridge from Brazilian side Internacional. The attacking midfielder, whose full name is Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior, began his career at Sao Paulo. He left the capital for Internacional in Dec 2010 and has played at every level of international football from Under-15 to Under-20. In 2011 he attracted the attention of several clubs when he scored a hat-trick in Brazil’s 3-2 win over Portugal in the final of the Under-20 World Cup. He has six caps for Brazil’s senior side and made his debut as a substitute in a 0-0 draw with Argentina in September 2011.

Images from metro.co.uk
Images from metro.co.uk

He underwent a medical at Stamford Bridge after arriving in London to compete at the Olympics and helped Brazil beat Great Britain 2-0 in a pre-London 2012 friendly. He is expected to make his Olympic debut on Thursday when Brazil face Egypt in Cardiff. “He is a fantastic player, one of the youngest to push through to Brazil’s national team, He will add a lot of options and solutions for us in midfield.” Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo told the club’s website.  “Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Oscar,” the European champions announced on their website.No transfer fee or contract details were given. British media reports said the deal was worth approximately 25 million pounds ($38.7m). Oscar’s signing adds to Chelsea’s spending in the off season. They have already acquired Belgian Eden Hazard from Lille and German Marko Marin from Werder Bremen. Lampard, who is on Chelsea’s tour to America, believes Chelsea will benefit from the increased competition for places. “We proved to be a great team and a great unit in the second half of last season, this year maybe we are slightly different because we have more new young players coming in.” he said. “It will be a challenge to make sure we have the right balance within the team, so we will have to see how we fit the team together with all the players,” said the Chelsea manager. He continued, “The club has always been competitive, looking to improve, get better and fight at the top end of the league so it will only give us a better chance in the Premier League.”

The 20-year-old who calls himself the “modern playmaker” has become the latest young Brazilian to make a move to European soccer, joining the European champions as soon as the Olympics are over. The expectations about Oscar are so high in Brazil that he is seen as one of the players guaranteed to be on the team which will try to give the nation the World Cup title at home in 2014. This newest signing has a big role to play helping Brazil try to win its first Olympic gold medal in men’s soccer. Oscar will be wearing the No. 10 jersey made famous by Pele and will be in charge of leading the Brazilian midfield during the London Games.