New boys and Camp Nou goal in latest magazine
news Wed 14 Feb 2018
The fresh edition of Chelsea is on sale now, featuring our three January signings on the cover and interviews with the latest arrivals, Emerson Palmieri and Olivier Giroud.
Emerson joined the day before the transfer window closed, having impressed during his time in Serie A with Roma. He explains how he is excited to be a Blue and what fans can expect from him.
'I’m a player who loves to attack and loves to help the forward players, but I’m also someone who is always battling and never gives up on the pitch,' he tells Chelsea.
'My targets here at Chelsea are to give everything I can every day in training and, in every match I play, to help my team-mates and to help this club get as high as it possibly can, and up to the level it deserves to be at.
'The best message I can give to Chelsea fans is that here you have a player who is always going to give his absolute all out on the pitch and make you proud.'
Giroud arrived 24 hours later, making the move from north London after spending five-and-a-half seasons with Arsenal. He explains how the opportunity of remaining in the capital was a plus, but not the main reason for joining the Blues.
'As soon as I knew that Antonio Conte wanted to work with me, I did the maximum to make sure I came here. I wanted to sign for Chelsea and nobody else,' he said.
'I wanted to stay in the Premier League and Chelsea for me is perfect because I can stay in London. But the first reason is the sporting challenge. That has always been my first priority. Everything is here for me to be happy.'
The Blues face Barcelona in the first leg of our Champions League last-16 tie next Tuesday, and we caught up with a man who scored one of the most memorable Chelsea goals of all time the last time we faced the Spanish side.
Ramires won practically every piece of silverware available during his time at the Bridge, but unsurprisingly it is our European exploits of 2012 which make him most proud, including his remarkable chip at Camp Nou.
'I received the ball, then I passed it to Lampard and I started to run,' he reminisces. 'Their defence was not that compact, so I ran through the middle. Lampard saw this, he took away Mascherano and saw me, so he passed me the ball. I ran and ran and then I saw Valdes coming and I knew I had one thing I could do to score a goal – to put the ball over him. I was so happy with my finish and it was an amazing goal.
‘After I chipped it, I went to celebrate but I had to look again to make sure it had gone into the back of the net! When I saw it touching the net, I ran to celebrate and I could only hear our fans. The stadium was quiet, but our fans were screaming. That was a good feeling for me.’
Leading the way
We also look back on the career of another former Blues midfielder, who wore the shirt during less successful days for the club, but nevertheless is regarded highly by all those who saw him giving every ounce of effort in more than 400 appearances. John Bumstead's playing days at the Bridge began in the late Seventies and lasted the duration of the Eighties as our fortunes fluctuated drastically, unlike his commitment levels.
After the club launched a new antisemitism campaign at our Premier League game against Bournemouth, you can read more about it in our exclusive feature, which also looks at Holocaust survivor Harry Spiro's visit to Cobham. European Retrospective reflects on our exploits against some of the continent's finest in the 2004/05 season and we also round up our development squad's thrilling Checkatrade Trophy run, which came to an end last week at the semi-final stage.