The Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo has said that he is confident that the team will certainly growing belief and confidence following the 2-1 win over Arsenal in the weekend. This was certainly the biggest test Chelsea have faced so far this campaign.

The club has been trying to implement a different style of football following the arrival of technical players like Eden Hazard and Oscar. Roberto di Matteo is aware that it certainly will not be easy to change the style of play overnight. However, it can be only done by a gradual process and the victory against Arsenal will give a lot of confidence to the players in their efforts to do so.

Chelsea have spent close to £ 80 million in rejuvenating the attack of the squad. Even though it has not always been excitingly brilliant, the Chelsea manager reckons that the team will ultimately start playing great football once they understand each other. Only Fernando Torres and Juan Mata have been at the club since last season, while the other front players are new additions to the squad. Hence, they will take time before they can understand each other.

Roberto di Matteo will be taking his Chelsea squad for the second Champions League group match.

"I am really pleased with the way we played, away at the Emirates, with the performance and the consequences. That gives the team a lot of confidence and belief that now we can play differently. We have to. We need to change our style a little bit from last season. We still have a lot of work to do to improve as we have not been together for much time," said the Chelsea manager after the 2-1 win over Arsenal, which put the club four points clear at the top of the table.


Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has said that he will fight for his future at the club, despite reports linking him with a return to France. The 29-year-old midfielder was once regarded as the best defensive midfielder in the world. Apart from his defensive abilities, the former Lyon midfielder also had an impressive engine that helped him score very important goals for the club as well. However, after suffering two anterior cruciate ligament injuries in the last two seasons, his pace has dropped significantly. He has also not been able to nail down a first-team spot with the club.

As a result, it is thought that the club will be willing to listen to offers for the player. Chelsea have been extremely active in the summer transfer window in a bid to reduce the age of the squad. At 29 years of age, Michael Essien is definitely one of the experienced members of the squad. Hence, there have been rumours that Chelsea are willing to listen to offers for both Michael Essien and the 32-year-old midfielder Florent Malouda. The Ghana midfielder, though, has said that he wants to stay at the club and fight for his place. Michael Essien still has many years left on his current contract.

"My intention is to stay and I'm looking forward to a new season. I still have two more years here. I'm still here, I'm still around. I feel now that I am coming back to what I used to be. It's been a long road but I am almost there. It's always frustrating when you are injured and not playing but you have to work and stay positive. I'm the sort of person who is very calm, I'm a very positive person. I just get on with what I have to do, what work I have to do," Essien told the Telegraph.


Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien is one of the players looking to start the match against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. Chelsea will be playing in their second Champions League final on May 19 looking to win the competition for the first time. They lost their last match against Manchester United back in 2008 on penalties.

Michael Essien started the match back then, but he has been a shadow of the same player in the recent seasons. A number of knee injuries has meant that he has lost the driving force in the midfield. As a result, he has started less than 20 matches this season.

However, he seems to be finally overcoming the problems that he has faced in the last two seasons and slowly seems to be coming back to his best. The 29-year-old Ghanaian midfielder was regarded as one of the greatest in the world, but his performances of late have been the other way around. Michael Essien, though, started the match against Blackburn Rovers on the final day of the Premier league season. He was extremely impressive in the defensive midfield position for Chelsea. It has led to speculation that he might even start the Champions League final.

Due to the suspensions of both John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz and Gary Cahill remain the two proper centre backs for Chelsea. However, they are also struggling with hamstring injuries suffered in the matches against Tottenham and Barcelona respectively.

Due to the fact that they are major doubt to make it to the final, Chelsea interim manager Roberto di Matteo may actually field midfielder John obi Mikel in the centre back position alongside José Bosingwa. This would mean that Michael Essien could return to his favourite defensive midfield position in the biggest match for Chelsea this season so far.


Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that it will not be until January that we get to see Chelsea's star midfielder Michael Essien back in action.

Michael Essien has been ruled out with an injury for quite some time now, but many were hoping that he will be returning to action in December. However, it has had not happened up until now, as Michael Essien does not seem to have made the sufficient regeneration from the injury. Now, the Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has said that he may get to see Michael Essien only after a month. This will also crucially ruled him out of the African cup of nations.

Chelsea are set to lose a number of stars due to the African cup of nations, but Michael Essien will not be one who will travel to the African continent to play in this tournament. Michael Essien has been troubled by a number of knee injuries in recent seasons. He injured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the summer, which has kept him out of the side throughout the season. Many were hoping that his return would be the perfect answer for Chelsea's midfield problems as of now, but it seems that Chelsea fans need to wait a little longer.

John obi Mikel has failed to deliver the promise, while Romeu – signed from Barcelona this summer – still lacks experience. In such a situation, the presence of Michael Essien would have seriously strengthened the Chelsea defence, but as it is, manager Villas-Boas has to do with out on the influential Ghanaian during the Christmas fixture list.

"We're looking at mid-January, that's the best we can think about. There was a setback at the beginning of December if I'm not wrong which took him back 10 days and that's extended into January, so I don't think he will go to the African Cup of Nations," said Villas-Boas.


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