Chelsea has confirmed that there are plans of changing Stamford Bridge with expansion of the stadium being a priority. Stamford Bridge has a total capacity of 41,798 and this is a very low amount compared to other top English clubs such as: Arsenal which has a total capacity of 60,272 and Manchester United which has a capacity of 75,635 in Old Trafford.
In terms of stadium capacity, Chelsea is behind their rivals but the head chiefs of the club are seriously starting to consider the possibility of expanding it, which would allow the club on having more revenue whenever games are hosted at Stamford Bridge.
A statement was released by the official website of Chelsea and it read: “MrAbramovich has appointed a professional team to assess, in more detail, the feasibility of expanding the existing stadium capacity at Stamford Bridge Grounds.
“The process now enters a further local consultation phase. This will include an explanation of the rationale for expansion, driven by spectator demand for more seats and the need to increase stadium revenue to remain competitive with our major rivals, this revenue being especially important under financial fair play rules.”
One of the challenges that Chelsea will be facing with the potential expansion of Stamford Bridge has to find a temporary home during the moment that this period of time that this redevelopment stages are being done. Wembley and the rugby union stadium Twickenham cited are possible options. Read more »
Hull City manager Steve Bruce has showered a lot of praise on his Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho by saying that he has immense respect for the Portuguese. Bruce started out as a manager during his time at Birmingham City.
The former Manchester United defender has revealed that he received a huge help from Mourinho at the time. Birmingham managed to secure the loan deal for striker Mikael Forssell, who turned out to be a great success at the St Andrews. Apart from it, Bruce also reveals that Mourinho is one of the few managers who is always ready to help the younger counterparts.
Chelsea will be coming up against Hull in the Premier League this weekend. Bruce will be hoping to inflict more misery on Chelsea, who have drawn a number of league matches in the last couple of months. They have been able to sustain their lead in the Premier League only by virtue of Manchester City encountering poor form themselves. After having eliminated a 1-1 draw against Southampton last weekend, Chelsea will be keen to get three points. Bruce says that his respect for Mourinho will not come in the way of his team trying to get three points. Hull are in a relegation fight but they recently moved three clear of the drop zone. Read more »
Chelsea endured yet another disappointing night at Anfield in a cup competition after only managing a 1-1 draw against Liverpool. The result could have been very different going by the statistics, as Liverpool created numerous opportunities compared to Chelsea.
The blues had just one shot on target and this came from the penalty spot. Chelsea also scored from this penalty. Unlike in recent seasons, they were not looking defensively solid as the attacking threat of Liverpool from Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho, and later, Adam Lallana frequently exposed the Chelsea backline.
Chelsea were thankful to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who made a string of great saves upon his return to first-team action. Read more »
Manchester United might have been on a winning streak right now, but, the thought of the league title is not crossing the mind of the boss Louis Van Gaal as yet.
The Dutchman gave a wry smile to the reporters yesterday when he was asked whether he thinks the title is within the reach of Manchester United.
Van Gaal reckons his players have to improve a whole lot before they can even think about becoming the champions again.
United won 3-0 versus Liverpool, but, Van Gaal did not find his team dominant there. He felt at times the Reds were allowed to take control of the ball rather too easily.
According to Van Gaal, it’s great that Liverpool could not score any goal at Old Trafford, but, they could have because they were being given the space and opportunities.
Speaking in the post match press conference, the 63-year old said, “The score that we ended with is indeed very satisfying, but, as a manager, you see a lot of other things as well and one of the things that I noticed today was that we could not keep them at bay. They were having the possession every now and then and we were letting it happen. They were in a position to score a couple of times.”
“It’s something that we’ve got to understand. We need to keep playing the same way for the whole of the match. We can’t sit back at any point of time because the opponent teams, they are of high quality and good enough to punish you for mistakes. Yes, we did not concede today. But, you know we’ve got to take a lesson from our mistakes. We can’t allow matches to drift.”
Aston Villa is going to be United’s next opponent.