Next up for Chelsea is trip to Spain where they take on their nemesis Atletico Madrid in the new Wanda Metropolitano stadium. It will be the stadiums` first taste of Champions League football. The two clubs have quite a recent history regarding players who have appeared for both clubs.
Thibaut Courtois, who Chelsea bought from Genk in 2011, had a three year loan spell with Diego Simeone`s side before being recalled by then manager Jose Mourinho prior to the start of the 2014-2015 season. Mourinho opted to oust Petr Cech in favour of the Belgian shot stopper as the Blues no.1 between the sticks.
The good times are returning to Stamford Bridge, unbeaten in all competitions since the first game blip against Burnley, and with wantaway striker Diego Costa finally leaving. Antonio Conte, it could be argued, got his team selection and tactics wrong in the Arsenal game, but in a busy month of football there`s not much time to dwell upon it.
Saturday afternoon, Chelsea travel to the Bet365 stadium to take on Stoke City, who have had a mixed start to the season. An home win against Arsenal and a draw with Manchester United prove it will not be a walkover for Antonio Conte`s side.
Chelsea have finally managed to negotiate Diego Costa`s dream move back to his beloved Atletico Madrid. In a saga that has dragged on all summer the Brazilian born Spanish international has been AWOL since receiving a text, from Antonio Conte, telling him he was surplus to requirements this season.
Understandably Costa`s popularity amongst Chelsea fans has dropped somewhat since he took it upon himself to disown the club. When he signed back in 2014, he was pleased to have arrived in London,
‘I am very happy to sign for Chelsea. Everybody knows it is a big club in a very competitive league, and I am very excited to get started in England with a fantastic coach (Jose Mourinho) and team-mates. Having played against Chelsea last season I know the high quality of the squad I am joining.’
My blog looking at Antonio Conte dumping Diego Costa by Text. First Published on Vital Chelsea on 14th June 2017
My Blog on the current Diego Costa saga. First Published on CaughtOffisde on 8th June 2017
My Blog on Diego Costa missing the sunshine. First Published on CaughtOffisde on 12th April 2017