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Uwe Rösler: Lost In A Foreign Land

A story of the former East German international Uwe Rösler as he takes the reigns of Italy's fallen giants - A.C. Milan
Started on 22 May 2015 by Jack
Latest Reply on 9 August 2015 by Jack
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Milan Snap Up Defensive Duo




Uwe Rösler has today bolstered his back line by announcing the signings of two new defensive players for his side.

The German manager has paid out his second-highest fee as Milan manager today, after completing the transfer of Tenerife's Jorge for a sizeable fee of £10,500,000.

That transfer takes Rösler's summer spending up to £13.5 million, after signing up Atalanta's Luigi Foti for £3 million a few weeks ago now.

Jorge has recently become a familiar figure among Spanish football fans, making exactly fifty league appearances for Tenerife in the Liga BBVA, after a loan spell at AA Gent upped the centre-backs confidence of first-team football.

He was praised by his manager at Tenerife, Raúl Agné, with the 47-year-old calling the youngster 'brave and committed to the side' - not bad Milan fans?

Shortly after this was the announcement of the arrival of recently-released Manchester City defensive-midfielder Rodney Kongolo on a free transfer.

The Congolese man signed for City for £325,000 in the summer of 2014 from Feyenoord - but never made a single appearance for the club's first-team.

Rodney is a brother to highly-rated Feyenoord centre-back Terence Kongolo. They both grew up in Feyenoord, but Man City came in for Rodney and it's safe to say it didn't work out.

Now Uwe Rösler is willing to give the 19-year-old a second chance at a top club, tying the midfielder down to a three-year deal, earning £800 per week a the Milan Arena.

Arsenal Strike Fierro Deal



Arsenal have finally completed what will be the biggest transfer deal of the season, as they sign Milan's Carlos Fierro for a humongous fee.

Interest is inevitable when you have a 22-year-old striker banging in fifty goals in a season - but £55 million? That's a whole different story.

Uwe Rösler signed the Mexican for his side for a fee of £10 million, which has now risen up to £16 million with the addons coming into play.

Now with the squad travelling over to Brazil for their preseason tour, Arsenal representatives have gone with the club, and have today signed up the young Mexican.

The striker finished off fifty goals in all competitions last season after starting 53 in the whole season - making two appearances as a substitute.

He was one of the Serie A's leading goalscorers last season as he finished 33 goals in 37 games, behind Internazionale's Mauro Icardi.

This caught the attention of European titans such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain. But it was Arsenal who snapped up the wanted man, paying a grand 55 million pounds for the Mexican to play in the Premier League.

This will pay off a heavy majority of the stadium debt for the construction of Milan's new Milan Arena.

Other players have also left Milan on a temporary basis, those players are:
Alessandro Mastalli - Loaned to Sampdoria
Rosario Guarino - Loaned to Angers SCO
Alfredo Grego - Loaned to Heracles
Sandro Bonfiglio - Loaned to Ternana
Valentino Piacenti - Loaned to SC Bastia

Milan Sign One, Five Leave



Marcelo Báez has been loaned straight out to PSV after signing for £3.7 million from Boca - four more follow him.

Marcelo Báez is a striker who has just signed from Argentinian giants Boca Juniors for a fee of £3,700,000 (£850,000 added to pay to agent) for A.C. Milan.

Eight days later, though, the 20-year-old found himself on a flight to The Netherlands to finalise his season-long loan deal at Dutch giants PSV.

More players at the Milan Arena have copied his route by going on loan to other teams for the season. Thomas Ristori has found himself in Berkshire as he joins Reading in their first season back in the Premier League.

Andrea Petagna has found himself going out on loan yet again for his fifth loan spell in five years under contract by Milan. He joins fellow Serie A side Hellas Verona.

Daniele Rugani struggled to maintain a first-team spot in Rösler's starting eleven last season since joining from Juventus for £675,000. He joins AFC Fiorentina on loan for the season.

Finally, another striker is let out on loan as Michael Fabbro joins Sorrento in Serie C/C for his third loan spell in three years away from the Milan Arena.
Considering how last year went for you, I guess you know what you're doing.

An Unhappy Boardroom



Key:
WG:
Werner Gegenbauer
UR:Uwe Rösler
TS: Thomas Schilling

*Rösler knocks twice on door*

WG: Come in.

UR: Hey, you wanted to talk to me?

WG: Yes. Sit down.

UR: So what seems to be the issue?

TS: Mr. Rösler. The board have offered you a very large transfer budget to spend on the squad.

WG: All you have done so far is sell our most talented players - replacing them with youth players? Please, let me hear your justification.

UR: Well, it was Silvio Berlusconi who agreed to the philosophy of trying to bring youngsters through the ranks into the first-team, I was just following that idea accordingly.

WG: Yes, but Uwe, we are competing in the UEFA Champions League this season. We want to make a good impression.

TS: A force that is feared across Europe.

WG: Do you really rate these youth players enough to challenge the worlds elite players?

UR: Well, I suppose tha-

WG: No, it's not like that Uwe. We've offered you a perfect amount of money to bring in three or four brilliant players, without the need to sell anyone - you've sold our best players and signed nobody of significance besides a 35-year-old Xabi Alonso on a free transfer.

TS: What we're saying is that you have over a month of the transfer window now - you have a perfect budget to go and us some top quality players - if you can't do that, we'll have to hire a Director of Football in January to handle transfers for us, as the responsibility left with you is of no use.

UR: You want me to spend big?

WG: Yes. That is what we are saying. Come to me with a shortlist of players, we'll do everything in our power to bring them here.

UR: Okay...

WG: Come back to me soon, okay?

UR: Yeah, sure?

WG: Yes. Okay. That's us done today then? Thomas, anything?

TS: Nope. That's it from me.

WG: Thank you for your time, Uwe.

UR: Thank you, Mr. Gegenbauer, Mr. Schilling.
Hmm, it'll be interesting who you'll bring in.
2015-08-04 16:05#217758 Jer : Considering how last year went for you, I guess you know what you're doing.
Leave it to Rösler B)


As players come and go, preseason is the set of fixtures that settles them in. This season we organised eleven friendly matches, with the Italian Super Cup Final added onto them. Out of the eleven games, we played six of them teams from the top-flight in their country. We went on a Brazilian tour where we played Juventude, Ponte Preta and Salgueiro AC. Our toughest fixture was no doubt the one against Spanish giants Real Madrid at home. It was also the first time our new stadium - the Milan Arena was used in it's only purpose for us, hopefully we can turn it into a fortress this coming season.

FIXTURES


EC Juventude vs A.C. Milan

10/7/2017
Estádio Alfredo Jaconi
Friendly Match


ECJ: Maycki (Freidrich 74), Vacaria (Hélder 56), Piaia (Dedé 66), Carraro (Obina 56), Julinho (Mailton 85), Vitor Hugo (Heverton 56), Lucas (Itaqui 45), Roiter (Jardel 56), Ricardo (Cadu 45), Roberson (Lazaretti 66), Macena (Lusa 56)

ACM: Rulli, Calabria, Rugani, Biffi, Zorloni, Xhaka, Leali, Roger, Douglas Escobar, Suso, Benzia

Goalscorers: Douglas Escobar (31), Yassine Benzia (56), Suso (59)
Booked: None
Attendance: 10,094

AA Ponte Preta vs A.C. Milan

12/7/2017
Moisés Lucarelli
Friendly Match


AAPP:
Richard (Robson 90), Jeferson, Pablo, Silva (Biro 86), Anderson (Novak 90), Eduardo (Ademir 81), Alef, Ferrugem (Rava 69), Renan (Cajá 45), Márcio (Ademir 81), Vitor Hugo (Rossi 81)

ACM: Rulli, Bellerín (Valmir 74), Biffi, Rugani (Medzvelia 57), Tamás (Zorloni 85), Xhaka (Nardi 80), Roger (Mertens 80), Esser (Tariq 67), Niang, Babych (Suso), Bern (Douglas Escobar 45)

Goalscorers: Douglas Escobar (90)
Booked: Krisztian Tamás, Héctor Bellerín, Daniele Rugani
Attendance: 9,768

Salgueiro AC vs A.C. Milan

14/7/2017
Cornélio de Barros
Friendly Match


SAC:
Henrique (Alexon 74), Jairo, Eduardo, Alemao, Pery, Taubaté, Josa (Alemao 84), Luiz (Lopes 74), Panda, Geison (José 56), Patrick (Cicinho 56)

ACM: Rulli, Calabria, Biffi, Medzvelia (Navratil 74), Zorloni (Bellerín 84), Xhaka (Nardi 68), Xabi Alonso (Leali 58), Roger (Tamás 84), Niang (Suso 74), Mertens (Tariq 68), Benzia (Fabbro 68)

Goalscorers: None
Booked: None
Attendance: 9,499

A.C. Milan vs Real Madrid C.F.

19/7/2017
Milan Arena
Friendly Match



ACM: Rulli (Robsón 72), Valmir (Calabria 45), Biffi, Medzvelia (Navratil 51), Tamás (Zorloni 57), Xhaka (Leali 57), Roger (Tariq 66), Esser (Xabi Alonso 51), Niang (Bellerín 72), Suso (Mertens 72), Bern (Babych 51)

RMCF: K Navas, Carvajal, Varane (Pepe 72), Ramos, Marcelo, J Navas (Bale 45), Martínez, Kroos, Rodríguez, Nem (Modric 56), Cristiano Ronaldo

Goalscorers: None
Booked: Francesco Biffi
Attendance: 44,322

Mainz vs A.C. Milan

22/7/2017
Coface-Arena
Friendly Match


MFC:
Strutz (Karius 74), González (Nedelev 45), Vranjes (Strobl 74), Avevor (Bungert 54), Rausch, Koch (Peters 45), Jairo (Pavlicic 45, De Blasis 51), Saller (Moritz 85), Malli (Stumpf 74), Morschel (Montenegro 45), Schmitt (Dembele 45)

ACM: Rulli, Bellerín (Valmir 87), Biffi, Medzvelia, Zorloni, Xhaka (Leali 74), Roger (Nardi 64), Esser (Xabi Alonso 21), Niang (Suso 74), Mertens (Tariq 79), Benzia (Bern 35)

Goalscorers: Francismar Bern (45+1), Francesco Biffi (53), Dario Leali (87)
Booked: Roger
Attendance: 18,741

A.C. Milan 7 - 0 BaSe 96 Seveso

24/7/2017
Milan Arena
Friendly Match


ACM:
Rulli, Calabria (Valmir 62), Biffi, Medzvelia (Navratil 62), Tamás (Zorloni 62), Xhaka (Nardi 62), Leali (Xabi Alonso 62), Roger (Douglas Escobar 62), Niang (Bellerín 62), Suso (Tariq 62), Babych (Bern 74)

B96S: Trapani (Perpetuni 45), Cutini, Giuda, Crivelli, Venditti, Bravi (Tesone 45), Bianchi, Aprile, Montemorra, Tripicchio, Tieghi (Valle 45)

Goalscorers: Suso (9), M'Baye Niang (16), Eugene Babych (28, 35, pen 74), Humam Tariq (66), Francismar Bern (88)
Booked: None
Attendance: 15,624

C. Atlético Madrid SAD vs A.C. Milan

26/7/2017
Vicente Calderon
Friendly Match


AMSAD:
Oblak (Moyá 88), Peruzzi, Alderweireld (Godín 67), Giménez (Radoja 76), Siqueira (Jorgensen 62), Moreno (Baptistao 45), Fernando (Gudelj 56), Gabi (Canales 51), Goméz (Cerci 45), Turan (Griezmann 45), Rodrigo (Mandzukic 56)

ACM: Rulli (Oliviero 81), Calabria, Biffi, Medzvelia, Zorloni (Navratil 56), Xhaka, Leali (Xabi Alonso 62), Roger (Suso 81), Niang, Mertens (Douglas Escobar 62, Babych 70), Bern (Tariq 56)

Goalscorers: None
Booked: Fulvio Zorloni
Attendance: 47,501

FC Red Bull Salzburg vs A.C. Milan

28/7/2017
Red Bull Arena
Friendly Match


RBS:
Stoyanov, Lindelof, Vitória, Papp (Qazaishvili 45), Lumb (Calvo 52), Ilsanker, Hassan, Ildiz, Atanga, Gavilán (Minamino 49), Keseru

ACM: Rulli, Valmir, Biffi, Medzvelia, Tamás, Xhaka (Leali 90), Roger (Xabi Alonso 67), Esser (Tariq 74), Douglas Escobar (Niang 8), Suso, Bern (Babych 61)

Goalscorers: Givi Medzvelia (48), Francesco Biffi (75)
Booked: None
Attendance: 6,152

A.C. Milan vs Hoffenheim TSG 1899

1/8/2017
Milan Arena
Friendly Match


ACM:
Rulli, Valmir, Biffi, Medzvelia, Tamás, Xhaka, Roger, Esser, Douglas Escobar, Suso, Bern

HTSG: Baumann (Alomerovic 90), Advíncula (Beck 64), Bicakcic, Sule, Toljan (Zuher 45), Blaszczykowski, Rudy (Schwegler 69), Amiri, Biteco, Ben Khalifa

Goalscorers: Roger (1), Douglas Escobar (10, 90), Francismar Bern (13)
Booked: None
Attendance: 39,587

Reggiana vs A.C. Milan

9/8/2017
Oreste Granillo
Friendly Match


RFC:
Rotili (Pellegrino 56), Letizia, Di Lorenzo, Bartolini, Alborno, Lollo, Zecchin, Zibert, Benincasa, Scopelliti, Sprocati

ACM: Rulli, Bellerín, Biffi, Medzvelia (Navratil 66), Zorloni, Xhaka (Nardi 66), Xabi Alonso (Esser 66), Roger (Suso 72), Niang (Douglas Escobar 66), Mertens (Tariq 66), Bern (Babych 66)

Goalscorers: Aaron Mertens (1), Francismar Bern (20, 30, 55), M'Baye Niang (35), Givi Medzvelia (41)
Booked: None
Attendance: 7,692

Juventus vs A.C. Milan

19/8/2017
Stadio Olimpico
Italian Super Cup Final


JUVE:
Sepe, Hysaj, Nkoulou, Chiellini, Murru (Lichtsteiner 75), Wanyama (Pereyra 83), Vidal, Pogba, De Bruyne, Aboubakar, Alcácer (Benzema 66)

ACM: Rulli, Bellerín, Jorge, Biffi, Zorloni, Xhaka, Xabi Alonso, Roger, Niang, Suso, Babych

Goalscorers: M'Baye Niang (77)
Booked: Xabi Alonso (Sent off)
Attendance: 70,634

Juventus vs A.C. Milan

21/8/2017
Juventus Stadium
Friendly Match


JUVE:
Ujkani (Buffon 90), Mustafi (Hysaj 45), Nkoulou, Bianchetti (Chiellini 56), Murru, Pereyra (Vidal 62), Gutiérrez (De Bruyne 62), Coman (Pogba 51), González (Benzema 56), Alcácer (Aboubakar 45)

ACM: Tariq, Bellerín, Biffi, Jorge (Medzvelia 82), Zorloni (Navratil 71), Nardi (Suso 71), Xhaka, Esser (Xabi Alonso 66), Douglas Escobar, Roger (Mertens 45, Babych 66), Bern (Niang 62)

Goalscorers: None
Booked: None
Attendance: 38,758

NEXT MONTH: AUGUST/SEPTEMBER



With an easy first half of the month(s) coming up, playing Catania, Latina and Hellas Verona - the second half of the month doesn't look as easing. We are yet to find out our Champions League Group Stage opponents yet, but we play Lazio and Sampdoria on top of that which will always be a challenge no matter what.

Verratti Signs Up For Milan



After a transfer window without causing too much confidence among the A.C. Milan fanbase, the firesale of millions-worth of players has finally come to something.

Marco Verratti has returned to the Serie A after a four-year absence from the Italian top-flight.

The 5'5" midfielder grew through Pescara's youth academy after rejecting offers from Internazionale and Atalanta at 16 years old.

He made his first-team debut in 2008 at the same age against Reggiana. But when the 2009/10 season came around, Verratti appeared a lot more times for Biancazzuri.

His performances generated national media coverage as a potential star of the future and Italian international.

With Zdeněk Zeman as manager, Verratti excelled as a deep-lying playmaker in a Pescara team which won the 2011–12 Serie B title playing "the best football in Italy", earning promotion to Serie A the following season.

In 2012, the youngster signed a five-year deal with Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, in which he ended his first season with a Ligue 1 winners medal.

Verratti had an even better season in the 2013/14 season. He was named as the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year and included in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year for 2013–14.

But after a £14.25 million move to Premier League side Arsenal, he excelled in a Josep Guardiola side, making 28 appearances in his first season.

He made 116 appearances in all competitions in his four seasons at Arsenal. This form has now led to a £36,000,000 move back to Italy, playing for Uwe Rösler's A.C. Milan.

His new manager, Rösler said the 24-year-old has the potential to be Milan's 'next Andrea Pirlo'. A quote which will certainly get Milan fans excited about their new big-money signing.
Brilliant signing who can really improve your team
Great signing. HOW WAS HE LET GO FOR 14.25M!?!?!

Milan Draw Chelsea



As the new season gets underway across Europe, this years UEFA Champions League groups have been drawn today.

Shortly after A.C. Milan's 5-0 battering of Catania on Wednesday, the good news kept on coming for the Rossoneri, as they were drawn in the Champions League once again.

Uwe Rösler's team were placed in Group C. The highest rated side in this group besides Milan, would have to be Chelsea - led by Jurgen Klopp.

The Kensington side have been recently accused of using A.C. Milan as a 'feeder club' in recent seasons.

They have received this name by their relentless purchases of Milan's players. It started in 2015 when the London side completed the deal involving Milan's highly-rated winger Stephan El Shaarawy for a fee of around £15,000,000.

This has continued every season since, with Chelsea completing big-money deals for Milan right-back Mattia De Sciglio and this summer it has been defensive-midfielder Ramiro for a fee of almost £40 million.

Other teams in Group C are Swiss Super League champions FC Basel, with Cypriot team APOEL Nicosia entering as a fourth seed.

The annual 'Group of Death's' have been between Group F, consisting of Bayern Munich, Valencia, Internazionale and Dinamo Moscow, or Group G - Real Madrid, SL Benfica, AFC Ajax and Besiktas.

A.C. Milan will kick off their Champions League campaign on 19th September when they face FC Basel at St. Jakobspark in Switzerland.
mo_123: Thanks mate :)

Jer: Thanks! AND DON'T ASK ME!?!?!?

Milan Complete Second Big-Money Deal



A.C. Milan have finally hit back at Chelsea's obsession with buying their players by completing a £38million deal for their world-class centre-back.

Kurt Zouma has left Stamford Bridge after spending three full seasons with the London side.

The centre-back joined up with Chelsea in January 2014 for a fee of £11.25 million from AS Saint-Etienne, but was loaned straight back to his club in France for the remainder of the season.

The French centre-back played 106 games in all competitions in his time at The Blues, including a 50-game haul in the 2015-16 season, followed by 44 the next season.

In January 2014, Zouma was named by British newspaper The Observer as one of the ten most promising young players in Europe. They wrote "Blessed with exceptional power and technique, Zouma is also coveted by many for his leadership qualities".

Match of the Day pundit Danny Murphy likened Zouma to Marcel Desailly, another Frenchman who played in defence for Chelsea.

Writing after a draw with Manchester City, Murphy noted Zouma's reliability and confidence against the strong opponent, in addition to his pace. He predicted that Zouma could be a Chelsea mainstay for years to come, and would be an ideal replacement for John Terry, then aged 34.

But now Zouma has linked up with Uwe Rösler's A.C. Milan for the next five years - so his contract tells us. The 22-year-old signs for Milan for £38,000,000 from Chelsea.


I'm not sure if it was the factor of our new stadium - the Milan Arena - which has given us a new lease of life, but we have started the season off in an absolutely tremendous fashion - winning every game but one, which was a draw to Sampdoria. Kurt Zouma has had a great first month for us, but it was Francismar Bern who caught the spotlight as he scored in every single game this month - finishing the month with eleven goals in seven appearances in all competitions.

FIXTURES


A.C. Milan vs Calcio Catania

30/8/2017
Milan Arena
Serie A



ACM: Rulli, Bellerín, Zouma, Biffi, Medzvelia, Roger, Esser, Niang, Douglas Escobar, Mertens, Bern

CCS: Frison, Ceccherini, Jansson, Fazio, Tibi, Rinaudo, Monzón, Fossum (Possebon 51), Lodi (Capezzi 68), Scepovic, Ghilas (Aguirre 56)

Goalscorers: M'Baye Niang (7, 57), Francismar Bern (16), Calvin Esser (20), Francesco Biffi (62)
Booked: Kurt Zouma
Attendance: 46,032

U.S. Latina Calcio vs A.C. Milan

3/9/2017
Domenico Francioni
Serie A


USLC:
Carrizo, Omeruo, Esposito, Barba, Lo Bue (Vesovic 81), Verre, Strinic, Minotti, Fossati, Sala (Núnez 61), Rodríguez (Politano 61)

ACM: Rulli, Bellerín, Zouma, Biffi, Medzvelia, Xhaka, Esser, Niang, Roger (Jorge 52), Mertens, Bern

Goalscorers: Aaron Mertens (47), Francismar Bern (64)
Booked: Kurt Zouma, Givi Medzvelia Sent off: Kurt Zouma
Attendance: 7,191

A.C. Milan vs Hellas Verona

16/9/2017
Milan Arena
Serie A



ACM: Rulli, Bellerín, Biffi, Jorge, Medzvelia, Esser (Xhaka 67), Roger, Niang, Douglas Escobar (Verratti 74), Mertens (Suso 67), Bern

HVFC: Leali, Koné, Danilo, Mbaye, Pereirinha, Hallfredsson, Koné, Trezeguet, D'Ambrosio (Maksimovic 64), Borja (Mbakogu 69), Defrel (Riski 74)

Goalscorers: Jorge (10), Francismar Bern (65, 67, pen 84, 85), Roger (pen 88)
Booked: Givi Medzvelia, Calvin Esser, M'Baye Niang
Attendance: 46,344

FC Basel 1893 vs A.C. Milan

19/9/2017
St. Jakobspark
UEFA Champions League Group C



FCB: Vaclik, Zuccolini, Roco, Ivanov (Kakitani 51), Safari, Suchy, Xhaka, Furrer (Idrizi 45), Tavarini (Hamoudi 45), Wieser, Emeghara

ACM: Rulli, Bellerín, Zouma, Jorge, Biffi, Roger, Esser (Valmir 59), Niang (Xhaka 32), Douglas Escobar, Mertens (Suso 67), Bern

Goalscorers: Aaron Mertens (24), Francismar Bern (45, 66)
Booked: Jorge, Kurt Zouma, Calvin Esser Sent off: Jorge
Attendance: 37,584

U.C. Sampdoria vs A.C. Milan

24/9/2017
Luigi Ferraris
Serie A



UCS: Romero, Kaderabek (De Silvestri 90), Kaya, Romagna, Gilardi, Radosevic, Poli, Rossi (Soriano 84), Candreva, Correa, Lacazette (Destro 90)

ACM: Rulli, Bellerín, Zouma, Biffi, Medzvelia, Roger, Esser (Suso 62), Niang (Valmir 89), Douglas Escobar (Xhaka 57), Mertens, Bern

Goalscorers: Roger (pen 84), Francismar Bern (90)
Booked: None
Attendance: 27,650

A.C. Milan vs S.S. Lazio

27/9/2017
Milan Arena
Serie A



ACM: Rulli, Bellerín, Zouma, Biffi, Medzvelia, Roger, Esser (Xhaka 66), Niang, Douglas Escobar (Suso 60), Mertens, Bern

SSL: Berisha, Caldirola, van Aken, Radu, Zappacosta, Crisetig, Lulic (Parolo 45), Biglia (Baselli 73), Darida, Salah (Poulsen 45), Zapata

Goalscorers: Roger (56), M'Baye Niang (70), Francismar Bern (77)
Booked: None
Attendance: 46,706

S.S.C. Napoli vs A.C. Milan

30/9/2017
San Paolo
Serie A



SSCN: Rafael, Nwakali, Kjaer, Lovren, Mandi, Cristante (Castro 45), Bentaleb, Cerutti (Gabbiadini 53), Hamsik (Eremenko 58), Ayew, Embolo

ACM: Rulli, Bellerín, Biffi, Zouma, Medzvelia (Zorloni 77), Roger (Suso 77), Esser, Niang, Douglas Escobar (Xhaka 71), Mertens, Bern

Goalscorers: Douglas Escobar (25), Francismar Bern (30), M'Baye Niang (34, 71, 88)
Booked: None
Attendance: 46,383

LEAGUE TABLE



Our draw against Sampdoria meant that we ended up in second place come the end of September, with Juvenus taking the lead with six wins. Internazionale are five points behind us, but have a game in hand to use on us. This case is the same with Udinese. Obviously, the league will change a lot as it goes on but I believe we have set a good standard to play on for the rest of the season.

NEXT MONTH: OCTOBER



I believe this month is one of the toughest we are likely to come across this season in terms of team quality we play against. We play our second Champions League fixture against APOEL Nicosia from Cyprus at home, which may be a challenge, I don't follow Cypriot football too much. We then go onto face Juventus who sit top of the table at the moment, followed by Udinese who are five points behind us with a game in hand. That isn't even mentioning what I believe is the toughest game in Chelsea in the third group stage match of the Champions League. I just hope we are able to pull through it without losing that many points.

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