Chelsea boss Antonio Conte on hearing of Diego Costa’s interview of how the management was treating him like “a criminal,” burst into fists of coughs and crackers before maintaining thereafter that the exiled striker was “in the past.”

In the turn of the month, Diego Costa had gone on air complaining that Chelsea was treating him “like a criminal” then on Friday, the Spain international accused The Blues of setting his transfer fee above the heights of Athletico Madrid.

The words “It’s great, it’s great. I prefer to laugh,” was all the pressmen that gathered around Conte got on Friday and that was after he received the news like a man listening to a clown.

“I can tell you that everyone who was in Chelsea knows very well what happened last season with Diego. It’s funny, this interview.” He added.

After having a clash of interest in January when an opportunity presented itself for a move to the Chinese Super League and spending the rest of the season in silent beef with the coach, the striker, much to the astonishment of the club, flared up after Conte told him he wasn’t in his plans via a text message in June. Read more »


German side Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that Ajax coach Peter Boszwould join them next season.

After sacking former boss Thomas Tuchel, the team needed a new manager to help them reach greater heights.

Fifty three year old Dutch tactician Bosz helped Ajax reach the Europa League final before falling to his Portuguese counterpart Jose Mourinho who led his Red Devils side to victory. Bosz finished second in the Eredivisie as Dirk Kuyt lifted the title for Feyenoord. However, everyone – the club management, fans and others, praised Bosz for his impressive effort with the youthful Ajax side.

Tuchel reported clash with the management earned him his dismissal despite winning the German Cup and finishing in the top three in the Bundesliga. Bosz is a disciple of Dutch legend Johan Cruyff. He replicated the ideal of the late icon in the current Ajax team and Dortmund want a piece of it.

Bosz started with an amateur team in his hometown, but after spells at De Graafschap, Heracles and Feyenoord, he is one of the biggest names in football management now. His spell at Vitesse Arnhem made the headlines ahead of his Ajax move. Now it’s Germany. Read more »


German football legend Michael Ballack has advised Chelsea star Eden Hazard not to be lured into a move to Spain.

Real Madrid is reportedly weighing up an offer for the Belgian winger but Ballack has advised that he might not have the mental capacity to compete with the egos in Madrid.

Chelsea remain confident that Hazard would agree to a new deal amid interests from other clubs. Real have held long-time interests in the player and they have revisited it with their transfer ban off the table.

Ballack himself had to say no to Madrid at the height of his career in 2002. He moved to Bayern Munich instead, so his advice might be in order. He said Hazard’s last season – when Chelsea slumped following a Premier League title win – was not as good. And that he noticed Hazard was an “emotional player” who needed off-field activities to be good for him to perform well.

“I’m pretty sure if he moved to Real Madrid, he would have to fight for that standing again and it would take time because he’s a bit of an introvert. He’s not a player who talks a lot and Real Madrid, if you see the players they have, it would be a different situation for him,”Ballack warned. Read more »


Chelsea legend Michael Ballack has labelled Coach Antonio Conte a winner, going by his observations of the Italian manager.

Chelsea sit comfortably at the top of the Premier League with at least ten points. They are also favourites for a double if they win the FA Cup having reached the semi-final alongside Arsenal, Man City and Tottenham.

There are ten games left in the league but many seem to have given up on the race, leaving Chelsea to await crowning.

“I’ve been really impressed so far. Since Conte came in, he brought the team back in line and they’re leading the table comfortably in front of Tottenham and Man City. All teams have high expectations but he seems to be able to have good access to the players and built up a quick new relationship which is always important after a disappointing season last season,” the retired star told Sky Sports.

Ballack whilst at the Bridge won the Premier League, three FA Cup titles and a League Cup.

Ballack also commented on the change in formation. The German said it was interesting to see how the coach quickly helped the team adapt to the new formation and remain consistent but added that it was nice that he changed it “very early” in the season. Read more »

Ballack on Antonio Conte

Former German international and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack believes that Chelsea is the favorites to win the title.

He said that Antonio Conte has managed to build a team that is both strong physically and technically and that Premier League teams are finding it hard to stop them.

He said that he has no doubt that the Italian coach would be a success in the Premier League but he did not think that this would have come so quickly. He believes that Chelsea already had a good squad and that they were underperforming last season. He said that the Italian coach has managed to give confidence back to players such as Eden Hazard and Diego Costa and that they are again giving their best on the field.

Michael Ballack said that for him Chelsea are the favorites to win the title and that given the fact that they are not participating in any European competition this could be an advantage for them. He said that Antonio Conte would have all the time in the world to prepare his team for the weekend goals without getting distracted with games during the week. Read more »

Ballack criticizes Mourinho

Michael Ballack has criticized Jose Mourinho for his treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger after the latter was forced to train with the youth team.

He said that the former Germany international does not deserve this treatment especially after the career he has had at the club and international level.

Michael Ballack joins a long list of international footballers that have criticized Jose Mourinho’s decision to treat Bastian Schweinsteiger in this way.

Bastian Schweinsteiger has not featured for the Manchester United first team after he has been removed from the squad at the start of the season and has also not featured in the official team photo.

Michael Ballack said that he does understand Jose Mourinho’s decision other than he just wants to humiliate the former German international. He said that the Portuguese should at least show some respect for what the player has achieved at club and international level.

Michael Ballack believes that Bastian Schweinsteiger is still a good player and that he can still contribute something to this Manchester United team. He said that Jose Mourinho is making a mistake for keeping such a talented player on the bench and that the team will benefit a lot from his experience Read more »