In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Chelsea fans are unhappy with the scheduling of games on the opening weekend of the Premier League, Ola Aina says goodbye to Chelsea with a heartfelt message and video montage, and Jonathan Walters offers his help to Chelsea with a tongue-in-cheek posting.
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Chelsea fans fume at opening weekend schedule
TalkSport is reporting on the angry reaction of Chelsea fans after it was revealed that Liverpool will enjoys two more days than the Blues to prepare for our Super Cup clash in Istanbul.
The Reds host newly promoted Norwich City in their Premier League opener at Anfield on Friday 9 August, while Chelsea travel north to face big six rivals Manchester United on Sunday 11 August, three days before the showpiece match between winners of the Champions League and Europa League in Turkey.
According to TalkSport, the timing of the games upset a large number of Chelsea supporters who felt that the Premier League had given a significant advantage to Liverpool for the Super Cup and they listed some of the comments made by irate fans on Twitter.
‘Obviously Chelsea would get the late Sunday kickoff on the first game when the super cup is on the Wednesday. And obviously Liverpool would get the earliest possible Friday night one,’ said one angry fan.
‘So Liverpool given 5 days and we're given 3 days plus our game is away at Old Trafford? What are the Premier League on? Blatant bias,’ alleged another.
‘Very decent of @SkySportsPL to hand the team their coverage has been massively biased in favour of for 20+ yrs a massive advantage for the Super Cup,’ added one more.
Aina bids farewell to Chelsea
With his permanent departure for Torino confirmed earlier this week, Ola Aina has sent a heartfelt thank you message on Instagram to everyone at Chelsea who has supported his development as a footballer over the past 12 years.
The 22-year-old Nigeria international defender posted a video montage of his time as a Chelsea player and wrote about the happy memories he will take from his time at the club.
‘The start of a new chapter,’ he began.
‘Words cannot express how I feel. Joining the club as a 10-year-old was the best thing that happened to me combined with playing football for the team which I support was just amazing.
‘Now I’m 22, I look back on all the great times I’ve had from: training, going on tours every year and spending time with some amazing players I looked up to most of my life.
‘I’ve also had the pleasure of playing and training with some great players in the 1st team, but most importantly the players that I can call bros from the academy over the years. My best highlights will always be the memories of growing up and becoming a man whilst also improving my craft with these players.’
Signing off, Aina added: ‘Twelve years have gone so quick and I’m forever grateful to Chelsea FC - (my boyhood club) this place will forever be in my heart.
‘Until next time I wish this club all the success in the future, love you guys @chelseafc.’
Walters offers his help to the Blues
Walters never played for Chelsea during his career but the former Ireland international is well remembered by Blues fans for scoring two own goals and missing a penalty for Stoke when we beat the Potters 4-0 in the Premier League in January 2013.
The 35-year-old recalled that game in his tongue-in-cheek message on Twitter.
‘Now that @hazardeden10 has left. If you want goals from someone who has produced for you in the past @ChelseaFC ....I could be tempted #2in0,’ he posted.
Walters retired in March after struggling to recover from an Achilles injury that he suffered while playing for Ipswich Town last September.