Petr Cech aces “ultimate goalkeeping drill”


Think stopping free kick blasts struck at 75+ mph is hard? Parrying shots from point-blank range? Okay, how about saving footballs and tennis balls in rapid-fire succession?

There’s a reason goalkeepers are hardly envied by their peers, but at the same time, the very best at the position possess traits coveted by all athletes, most notably their unrivaled reflexes and resolute focus.

Chelsea keeper Petr Cech - winner of three UEFA Best Goalkeeper awards — demonstrated both these skills in a recent Chelsea training video, dubbed the “ultimate goalkeeping drill:”

In the exercise, Cech is alternately ambushed by footballs kicked from both sides while tennis balls are struck at him from just a few feet away with a racquet. Incredibly, Cech doesn’t fail to catch a single one. 

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Samuel Eto’o’s old-man strength leads Chelsea

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Fernando Torres was a late scratch ahead of Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday, setting the stage for none other than “old man” Samuel Eto’o.

Eto’o turned out to be the match-winner as he opened the scoring in the 56th minute and won a penalty to set up Chelsea’s second just moments later. But Eto’o’s most brilliant moment of the night came on his goal celebration.

Coming off a week that saw his true age publicly questioned (by his manager, no less) Eto’o hobbled over to the corner flag holding his back and clutching the flag stick like it was his walking cane. The tongue-in-cheek celebration was priceless in light of Jose Mourinho’s recently leaked comment that he thought the officially 32-year-old striker might actually be 35.

Clearly Eto’o has taken the mini-controversy in stride, showing that, like a fine wine, perhaps he’s just getting better with age. Mourinho himself commented on it, telling reporters after the match: “I didn’t suggest Samuel’s celebration, but we knew [about] it. The best way to diffuse the situation is make fun of a funny situation.”

Of course, when you’re seven points clear atop the Premier League, everything is a little more amusing.


Chelsea could swap Courtois for Costa

It is a long way off the summer transfer period, but already clubs are preparing deals for when the window reopens. According to Friday’s newspaper reports, Chelsea have been approached by Atletico Madrid regarding a proposed swap deal for on-loan keeper Thibaut Courtois and striker Diego Costa. Jose Mourinho is bound to be looking for a striker in the summer and Courtois has impressed whilst at Atletico.

For this rumor and the rest of Friday’s transfer gossip, click here.


Mourinho targets Atletico star


Atletico Madrid have a habit of developing top-class strikers. Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan, Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa have all graced the Vincente Calderon in the past seven years. Atletico seem to get a good price for their top talent and then immediately replace with players of equal capability.

Diego Costa could be the next star striker on the way out of Atletico. A host of clubs are known to be admirers and Friday’s newspapers report that Jose Mourinho is set to make him his major summer signing.

For this rumor and the rest of Friday’s transfer gossip, click here.


United after Dortmund’s Gundogan


Manchester United continue to be linked with all the world-class midfielders in world soccer. The latest name to be linked with a move to Old Trafford is Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan. One newspaper says that the Red Devils will have to pay £24 million to prise the player away from Germany. David Moyes is desperate for midfield reinforcements and this rumor might not be too far wide of the mark.

Elsewhere, Arsenal full-back is a target for Turkish giants Galatasaray and AC Milan eye up a move for Chelsea wantaway midfielder Michael Essien.

For more rumors and the rest of Saturday’s transfer gossip, click here.


Chelsea consider Alonso raid


Jose Mourinho has confirmed over the last week that the door is open if Juan Mata and Michael Essien want to leave the club. The pair seem discontent at a bit-part this season and may leave in the next six months.

In Wednesday’s newspapers a possible replacement has been mentioned. Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso - who has already played in the Premier League with Liverpool - is interesting the Blues. The Spaniard is a free transfer in the summer and may be available on the cheap in the current transfer window.

For this rumor and the rest of Wednesday’s transfer gossip, click here.


Liverpool look to Blues defender


Chelsea have a wealth of defenders at Stamford Bridge and Jose Mourinho may look to offload a few in the transfer window. Mourinho has frozen Ashley Cole out of the starting 11, preferring Cesar Azpilicueta on the left-hand side of defense. 

Today’s newspapers report that the Blues’ third-choice Ryan Bertrand could be on his way out the door. The likely destination is Merseyside, where both Liverpool and Everton are admirers of the 24-year-old.

For this rumor and the rest of New Year’s Day transfer gossip, click here.


Mourinho plots Higuain transfer

It is clear to most people that Chelsea could do with a new striker. The current bunch could only manage a handful of goals in the calendar year and Jose Mourinho may be forced to enter the transfer market if things don’t improve. 

The latest player linked with Chelsea is Napoli hitman Gonzalo Higuain, who seems to have started well at the club. The forward could cost up to £48 million.

For this rumor and the rest of the Boxing Day transfer gossip, click here.


Mourinho, Chelsea renew interest in United’s Rooney

With Manchester United’s league position floundering, the vultures are circling over Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney - who only has 18-months left on his Red Devils contract - reportedly voiced his displeasure in the summer over his position at the club.

In today’s newspapers Chelsea are back in for United’s number 10. Jose Mourinho’s strikeforce is yet to click and Rooney would secure the goals he desperately craves.

For this rumor and the rest of Thursday’s transfer gossip, click here.