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The departure of the symbolic midfielder Frank Lampard from Chelsea means that the squad which is being guided by Jose Mourinho will have a huge gap to fill but the arrival of Cesc Fabregas is expected in some way to fill the void which going to be left by the English midfielder.
Not only will Fabregas join Stamford Bridge with a transfer fee of €27 million but it’s believed that the Spanish midfielder was promised to have a substantially important role in his new club. Fabregas will be given the chance to perform in the centre of Chelsea’s attacking play in the middle of the pitch in the next season.
Fabregas will be joined by: Nemanja Matic, Oscar, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge. The combination of all those players performing in the team of Jose Mourinho has given hope to the supporters of the club that Chelsea can not only compete and win the Premier League of the upcoming season but battle for the Champions League as well.
Last season Chelsea was on the verge of claiming the English league title but fell short by 3 points and had to settle with a 3rd place finish but with the arrivals of: Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, Mourinho now has more players at his disposal to achieve the results he has on his plans.
Thibaut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku are players that will be returning to Stamford Bridge after having played on loan deals outside of the club and both of them impressed in their respective squads. The return of those players is another boost for Jose Mourinho who will be aiming to win it all in the next season.
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The manager of Barcelona, Gerardo Martino, believes that a win against the arch rivals Real Madrid in the final of Copa Del Rey will not be enough for him to silence his critics.
Martino has been crucified by the fans as well as by the Spanish media recently for under par performance of his team in the ongoing season.
Blaugrana has already been knocked out of the Champions League after losing to Atletico Madrid in the quarter final clash and they have fallen behind in the La Liga title race too, but, they will have the opportunity to grab silverware tomorrow night as they will be up against Real Madrid at Estadio de Mestalla.
Talking to the reporters on the eve of that match, Martino said, “When you are in charge of such a big team, your performance always tends to get over analysed.”
“I am not making any excuse for the failures. I know the team could have done better in the league and in Europe, but, this (Copa Del Rey) is also a huge tournament and if we win it, it would certainly bring smiles on the faces of the supporters, but, I don’t think there will be reduction in the criticism that I have been receiving.”
As far as the La Liga points table is concerned, it’s Atletico Madrid which is topping that at the moment with 82 points. At no. 2 is Real Madrid with 79 points, while, with one point lesser, Barcelona is at the third position.
All the teams have to play 5 more matches in the competition. So, their positions can change, but, considering how Barcelona has played of late, they need a dramatic turnaround in their game to win the league from this stage.
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