Arsenal vs Chelsea FC Rivalry Exists Within Illinois Basketball Team

chelsea arsenal

Chelsea are Arsenal are two giant London clubs with popular appeal worldwide. That appeal includes athletes who play other sports, and you’ll find two examples on your 2017-18 Illinois basketball team. Matic Vesel (Arsenal) and Greg Eboigbodin (Chelsea), are two freshmen big men for the Illini, a team and a program that are about to undergo a reset season.

With a new head coach, coaching staff and a slew of newcomers, there will be a lot of new faces getting major minutes in Champaign, and you can include Vessel and Eboigbodin amongst them.

[Read more…]

Antonio Conte Still Maintains He’s Not on the Hot Seat

There has certainly been a lot of talk about Chelsea FC manager Antonio Conte potentially getting the sack lately. Whether that’s that’s a very realistic situation, or just gossip to sell newspapers, today’s game against fourth place Watford was indeed an important one, and Conte must keep winning in order to still have a future at the club.

Conte got it done today at Stamford Bridge, as the Blues bested the Hornets 4-2 at home. All along Conte has rubbished claims that his players are feeling angry and disappointed about the way things are going.

[Read more…]

Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction, Injury Report vs Watford


After a disappointing loss against Crystal Palace, Chelsea will be wanting to spring back into form with a win against Watford.

There has been talk recently of manager Antonio Conte getting the sack, and whether that’s realistic, or just gossip, this game will be an important one, and could have some influence towards his future at the club.

Conte has rubbished claims that players are feeling angry and disappointed about the way things are moving along at the moment. He will want to regain some positive momentum heading into the next stretch of games.

[Read more…]

Antonio Conte Fires Back at Jose Mourinho After UCL Draw


The November 5th meeting between Manchester United and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge is going to be a whole lot of fun for fans and general observers. It’s going to be extremely tense and acrimonious for the two managers. United boss Jose Mourinho once again fired shots at his former club and the man who replaced him there, Antonio Conte, today.

Conte also did his part by returning fire on Mourinho.

[Read more…]

Antonio Conte Questions Chelsea Ability to Compete on Several Fronts

Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte wondered aloud if his club might be lacking all that is required to compete on multiple fronts this season. The Italian also warned his team that defending their Premier League title will be very difficult.

This point was certainly driven home Saturday when the Blues fell to last place Crystal Palace; shocking the football world. It was more than just a loss to a last place side, it was a defeat at the hands of a team that had not even scored during the entire season and lost all of their previous seven games, and it inspired a ton of schadenfreude on social media worldwide.

[Read more…]

Antonio Conte Admits He Hates Being a Manager Sometimes

antonio conte

Chelsea FC Manager Antonio Conte is certainly an intriguing and interesting guy. He’s an extremely hard-line leader with a very strong ego and penchant for maintaining centralized authority. Since he took over at Chelsea, there have been plenty of news stories, rumors and gossip linking him with a return to home country of Italy.

We’ve also heard a lot of narratives related to Conte being at odds with Chelsea club leadership, butting heads with his superiors and therefore being on the hot seat.

[Read more…]

Arsenal and Chelsea Schadenfreude Ensues on Social Media After Bad Losses


I’m sure someone, somewhere on Twitter did the “hold my beer” bit regarding Arsenal and Chelsea today.

You know the routine- Chelsea: “we’re going to be the big London club to suffer a gut punch loss today,” Arsenal: “hold my beer.”

[Read more…]

Chelsea FC First to Fall to Crystal Palace; Astounding Football World


Is Chelsea FC the new Liverpool (i.e. beat the top teams, lose to the bottom feeders)? Well, they certainly put down a significant building block towards establishing that kind of resume today by not just dropping points but actually losing to lowly Crystal Palace. This isn’t just the first win for Palace, it’s their first goal and first points, and amazing it came against the reigning league champions. 

[Read more…]

Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction, Injury Report vs Crystal Palace

chelsea fc

Chelsea head into the upcoming game week after the international break with a decent amount of momentum. After losing 1-0 to Manchester City in their last outing they will want to bounce back strong against fellow London club Crystal Palace. With the Champions League also resuming later next week, manager Antonio Conte will have to take that into consideration when selecting his team for this fixture.

[Read more…]

David de Gea Only United Player Named to Ballon d’Or Short List


David de Gea is one of seven Premier League players named to the Ballon d’Or short list which was announced today. De Gea is the only United player to make the list, as Paul Pogba was among the most blatant snubs from the list, if not the most glaring omission.

The full Ballon d’Or list, which honors the best player in the world for both club and country combined (not just club), is below.

[Read more…]

Manchester Clubs Lead Six Way Race for Premier League Top Four Finish


Bookmakers are convinced that the race for the English Premier League top 4 will be between just the top six this season. Thus, once again the British top flight is a world of the big six, and then everybody else. In order of favorites, it all starts with the two Manchester clubs, which are also the two sides which happen to be strongest league title contenders by far. 

Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are all odds on to finish in the top four, with Liverpool next up at best odds of 7/4 and Arsenal FC coming in at 9/4 odds of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

[Read more…]

Chelsea Star N’Golo Kante Suffers Thigh Injury with France

Chelsea could be without their reigning PFA Player of the Year N’Golo Kante for their weekend clash at Crystal Palace on Saturday, as the midfielder suffered a thigh injury today. Kante went off clutching his hamstring in the 34′ of France’s win over Belarus tonight, and after the match France manager Didier Deschamps gave an update to the media.

N’Golo Kante is now ruled out for their clash against Belarus on Tuesday.

[Read more…]