Chelsea and PSG agree £40m Luiz deal


Chelsea have agreed a deal with Paris St-Germain, worth in the region of £40m, for the sale of defender David Luiz to the French champions.
Luiz, 27, joined the Blues from Benfica for £21.3m in January 2011.
“The move is now subject to David Luiz agreeing personal terms with PSG and passing a medical,” a statement on Chelsea’s official website (external) read.
The Brazilian has three years left on the five-year contract he signed at Stamford Bridge in September 2012.
Luiz has been the subject of interest from Barcelona (external) in the last two summers, but French champions PSG – despite recently failing Uefa’s financial fair play (FFP) rules – will break the transfer record for a defender to secure his services.
World’s most expensive defenders
PlayerFromToAmount (£m)Date
Thiago Silva AC Milan to Paris St-Germain £36M 2012
Rio Ferdinand Leeds United to Manchester United £33.1M 2002
Marquinhos Roma to Paris St-Germain £27M 2013
Fabio Coentrao Benfica to Real Madrid £27M 2011
Pepe Porto TO Real Madrid £25M 2007
Luiz is not part of manager Jose Mourinho’s first-choice central defensive pairing and his exit would provide funds to strengthen in other areas, especially as Chelsea themselves only narrowly complied with FFP rules.
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is among those linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
Because of FFP, Chelsea cannot afford to spend heavily on incoming players unless they recoup similar amounts from outgoings – which they could, and did, in the earlier years of owner Roman Abramovich’s reign.
The new financial restrictions, coupled with Mourinho’s plans from a footballing perspective, are now at the forefront of the club’s thinking and also explain the £37.1m sale of midfielder Juan Mata to Manchester United in January.
All 12 of Luiz’s goals for the Blues came in his first two-and-a-half seasons and although he played 34 games during the 2013-14 campaign, Mourinho prefers John Terry and Gary Cahill at centre-half and Luiz is not seen as a long-term option in midfield.
Chelsea have high hopes for 21-year-old Czech Tomas Kalas and 19-year-old Englishman Nathaniel Chalobah as defensive options.
The Blues also spent £12m on St Etienne centre-back Kurt Zouma in January.

Records broken in 2013/14 Champions League season

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This season’s Champions League will finally conclude at
The Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on Saturday 24
May when Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid face off to
be crowned the European Champions.
While Real have their sights set on La Decima, Atletico
are hoping to win their first ever Champions League.
#La Decima: If on the 24th of May, against Atletico
Madrid, Real come out victorious, it will mark their record
10th European Cup, and in the process making them the
only team ever to do so.
Now, that would be a remarkably amazing feat in itself,
but we will have to wait till the 24th to witness the
final and the records that will be broken with it. But
here are the records that have been broken so far in
this season’s Champions League.

#12 Olympique de Marseille join an infamous list with 0 points
16 – Olympique de Marseille joined an
infamous list of teams to have finished with
0 points in the group stages, becoming the
16th team to do so.
They scored 5 goals but conceded 14 in 6
games!

#11 Napoli and Benfica were knocked out on tie-breakers
Benfica and Napoli join a unique list of teams
to have been knocked out on tiebreakers,
after both lost on head-to-head.
Benfica were up against Olympiacos, while
Napoli lost out to Borussia Dortmund and
Arsenal. This was the 20th and 21st time in
the history that a team has been knocked
out on tie-breakers.

#10 Barcelona’s impressive run of consecutive semi-finals came to an end
6 – FC Barcelona hold the record for most
consecutive semi-finals in the Champions
League, with six appearances.
The run began in 2007-08 and came to an
end after their loss to Atletico Madrid in the
quarter-finals of this season’s competition.

#9 Manchester City with 15 points fail to win the group; Napoli with 12 points fail to qualify
12 – Napoli now hold the joint record for
most points collected in the group stages
and still get knocked out of the tournament.
Paris Saint-Germain had also racked up 12
points in 1997-98.
15 – With 12 points under their belt,
Arsenal and Napoli follow Manchester City,
who managed 15; and became the team to
have collected the most points in the group
stage and still not win the group. Bayern
Munich won Manchester City’s group, while
Borussia Dortmund were the winners of the
group involving Arsenal and Napoli.

#8 Specialist in Failure?
8 – Jose Mourinho has now managed in eight
Champions League semi-finals with four
different teams and has made it to the
finals on only two occasions.
He has managed Porto (2004), Chelsea
(2006, 2007, 2014), Internazionale
(2010) and Real Madrid (2011, 2012 and
2013).

#7 Zenit make the knock-outs with just 6 points
6 – Zenit St. Petersburg are 2nd in a rather
unique list of teams to have managed the
least points in the group stages and still
being able to make it to the knockout stages
with just 6 points. Only Milan in 1994-95
have qualified with a worse point tally of 5,
when they had 2 points deducted.
7 – Galatasaray also feature in the list at
9th position, while becoming the 7th team
to have qualified after having achieved only
7 points.

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Andre schurrle and Mourinho’s reaction to a disappointing season for chelsea.


Andre Schurrle felt chelsea didn’t do enough from an attacking point of view as they were held to a goalless draw by Norwich City at Stamford Bridge.

With only one game left to play, next Sunday at Cardiff, the result all but ended any lingering hopes chelsea had of winning the title, although they have now secured automatic qualification to next season’s Champions League.

Schurrle came closest to breaking the deadlock when he hit the inside of the post during the first half, probably the best chance of the game.

‘We didn’t have many good chances in the match apart from my shot which hit the post and maybe a few shots from outside the box,’ he recalled.

‘We’re disappointed, we wanted the win so much. It was our last match at home and, with a win, we still had hopes for the title. Now, we are third and we’ll probably stay there.’

Jose Mourinho s side had two penalty appeals waved away in the second half, first for a foul on Schurrle and shortly after when Eden Hazard was brought down. The German, though, felt the call on his claim was the correct one.

‘Their player did touch me a bit but I saw him touch the ball so it wasn’t a penalty,’ he said.

A win against the relegation-threatened Canaries, regardless of results elsewhere, would have ensured we remained in the title hunt going into the final day of the season.

Having dropped points against Sunderland in our previous home game, however, there is no secret as to why we have fallen short, as Schurrle explained.

‘We had a chance, it was only a little chance but we wanted to win so that we were still involved on the last day because you never know what can happen,’ he said.

‘We played very well against the big teams – Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Arsenal – but at home you have to win against teams like Sunderland and Norwich. We didn’t do that and that’s why we won’t win the league this year.’

Who Will Win the Premier League?


Who will win the Premier League?

Who will win the Premier League?

This year’s title race is one of the most
open in the history of the Premier
League, with Liverpool, Chelsea and
Manchester City in a three-way tussle
that may only be decided on the last day
of the season.

Goal difference handed City their first title in
44 years in 2012, while Manchester United
finished a point ahead of Arsenal in 1999, with
Chelsea just a further three points back
Liverpool had their lead over Chelsea cut to just
two points when their 11-game winning run was
ended by Chelsea’s 2-0 win at Anfield on Sunday,
with the two clubs having just two fixtures left
to play.
But City are now only three points behind
Liverpool with a game in hand and a superior
goal difference, after they beat Crystal Palace
2-0 following the Liverpool-Chelsea match.
On Sunday BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson
told Match of the Day 2 Extra he expected
Liverpool to “blow Chelsea away”, but speaking
on BBC Radio 5 live the morning after Chelsea’s
win he encapsulated the changing nature of the
title chase by saying:
“Up until yesterday, Liverpool were in control of
their own destiny. Liverpool have to win the
league this year because Chelsea will be
stronger next year, so will City, Arsenal, and
Manchester United. This is their opportunity and
the fact that they let it slip was obviously for
them not good.”
There could still be plenty of twists and turns to
come, but here is how the rest of the season
shapes up for the three title contenders:
LIVERPOOL
The Reds could be as low as third by the time
they play again, away at Crystal Palace on
Monday, 5 May. Their title rivals City and
Chelsea are in action on Saturday and Sunday
respectively, and wins for both would put Jose
Mourinho’s men above Manuel Pellegrini’s side
by the time Liverpool kick off at Selhurst Park.
Victory at West Ham on 6 April put Liverpool,
seeking to win a first Premier League title and
first league championship since 1990, to the top
of the table for the fourth time during the
current campaign.
But the topsy-turvy nature of this season’s title
race is shown by the fact that they were as low
as sixth on 12 January, when they were seven
points behind then-leaders Chelsea.
Palace have secured their Premier League
status with a fine run of form since the start of
2014, but their 2-0 defeat by City was their third
loss in their last five outings at home.
On the final day of the season, Liverpool host a
Newcastle side who are comfortable in mid-
table and last won in the league at Anfield on 16
April 1994.
CHELSEA
If City beat Everton on the evening of Saturday,
3 May, Chelsea will be in third place when they
play struggling Norwich at Stamford Bridge just
under 24 hours later.
A win over the Canaries, who have plummeted
down the table with a run of five straight
defeats, will put the Blues back to the top
position that they occupied for nearly two
months until supplanted by Liverpool at the
start of April.
But Blues boss Jose Mourinho has repeatedly
written off his side’s chances, even greeting the
win at Anfield by saying: “We are not in it. The
champions will be Liverpool or City, we have
nothing to celebrate.”
They round their campaign off with a trip to
Cardiff, who could be relegated by then but
could also require a win to remain in the top
flight.
MANCHESTER CITY
City know more than anyone about the fine
margins that separate success from failure in
the Premier League, having claimed the title on
goal difference in 2012.
That hardly begins to describe the dramatic
circumstances of the win, with Sergio Aguero
scoring deep into stoppage time for a 3-2 win
over QPR that snatched a 20th title away from
local rivals Manchester United.
Some big winning margins this term – with the
biggest being 7-0 over Norwich – have given the
Blues the best goal difference in the league, but
a surprising 2-2 draw at home to lowly
Sunderland seemed to put them at a
disadvantage.
However, the most recent set of results have
revived their title prospects ahead of their trip
to Everton on Saturday, 2 May at 17:30 BST.
Everton will need to win to maintain their hopes
of a Champions League place – but a draw or win
for them would boost their Merseyside rivals’
title chances at City’s expense.
City follow that with their game in hand at home
to Aston Villa, currently without a win in six
games, on Wednesday, 7 May. The Blues’ season
ends at home to West Ham, and manager
Pellegrini – who insisted after the win at Palace
his side are not title favourites – thinks it will
still be up for grabs until the last possible
moment.
“This league will be decided by a narrow margin,
maybe one point, maybe even goal difference,”
said the Chilean following his side’s 2-0 win at
Selhurst Park.
WHAT THE STATS SAYS
Manchester City finished level on 89
points with Manchester United at the end
of the 2011-12 campaign, but won with a
goal difference of +64 compared to
United’s +56.
City’s current goal difference is +58,
Liverpool are +50, Chelsea are +43.
No team has ever won the Premier League
while in third place with three games to
play – City were second after 35 games
two years ago.
The maximum points any side can finish on
this season is 86. The highest points haul
in the Premier League era is Chelsea’s 95
– under Mourinho – in 2004-05. The lowest
points total that has won the Premier
League title was Manchester United’s 75 in
1996-97.