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Cesar Azpilicueta

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EDEN HAZARD KOALA
Hazard with his new friend: the koala

Eden Hazard seems to enjoy Chelsea post-season celebration tour and, particularly, Australia.

The Belgian player was all smiles with José Mourinho and John Terry during the pre-match event with Sidney FC in the Australian city, then he posted a bunch of pictures on his Instagram account where he shows he is relishing his staying there.

The first one in an oriental restaurant with Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic, Cesar Azpilicueta, Petr Cech, Jamal Blackman and goalkeepers’ coach Cristophe Lollichon.

Then a selfie with one of Australia’s symbol, a koala, stating he found a new friend.

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Filipe Luis has made 24 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions this season

Athletico Madrid midfielder Tiago has said that Filipe Luis would be welcomed back to the club, should he choose to return. 

The 29-year old joined Chelsea for £16 million last summer, but has struggled to truly make an impact at Stamford Bridge after facing fierce competition from Cesar Azpilicueta. He has made just nine appearances in the league this season, two of which came after the title was secured.

This has been coupled with reports that Madrid want their former man back. The La Liga side have failed to win any major trophies this season after their title success last term.

They have already enquired about the Brazilian defender, and Tiago has said he would welcome back his former team-mate: “We all know Filipe. I love him. If he is not happy then he knows the doors are open here.

Here we always want players who have served the club and I have no doubt that he’d be well received.” 

Luis made 180 appearances for Madrid in a four year spell at the Vicente Calderon, scoring five goals and grabbing 13 assists.

 

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TERRY
Chelsea legend and captain John Terry © Francesca Ceciarini

Speaking to Chelsea TV after the game, Chelsea captain John Terry analysed the game against Arsenal, where he had a stunning performance:

It was a really big point, stepping in the right direction, we’re where we wanted to be after today’s result”

“They’re a good side, they made it difficult for us but we defended well, we attacked well, we performed wisely, I think it’s up there with the best”

Terry also reflects on the words of manager Jose Mourinho, who praised his captain’s performance saying it was one of his best performances in a Chelsea shirt:

“Yes, I felt good, it’s funny because before the game I havent’ felt so good, I was kind of sicky…delighted because firstly I got through the game, secondly for the result, I think the game was not good just for myself, I think collectively [we were good]: Thibaut [Courtois] lighted on, Cesar [Azpilicueta] has been different class, everyone, literally everyone, they all dug deep, it was a great performance by everyone.

“The mindset coming in, I think you could see by the set up, was not To defend like we did in the Manchester United game. I think we came here to hit them on the counter attack, to open them up a little bit.

“The first half was a little bit too much end-to-end than what we would of liked, but we got a lot more possession and were a lot more comfortable.

“The main thing coming here today was not losing, or giving them a chance or hope that there’s belief in their dressing room, so hopefully we have taken the wind out of their sails today and deflated them a little bit. Two games and we’re there, we’re almost there but it’s a tough game on Wednesday.”

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MOURINHO
José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Jose Mourinho looked quite satisfied after the very important victory over Manchester United this evening at Stamford Bridge: now Chelsea are 10 points clear of Arsenal -that are second in the table and today were playing the FA Cup semifinal against Reading, so they got one game in hand too- and next weekend they will face the Gunners at the Emirates, another crucial game on the route to the title.

But today’s win was another step toward it, and the players seemed very happy after the referee blew the final whistle, celebrating in the end of the pitch, so Mourinho was immediately asked about this in his post-match press conference, and he explained:

The celebrations were because we beat one of the biggest teams in the world: I understand that. The players gave everything to win the game and they felt the result of the work they’d done all week to prepare

The team were fantastic. I’m the one that knows how fantastic they were because the game was exactly what we wanted. When you manage to play the game you want to play, it’s fantastic. The players were magnificent, on top of that Eden had that magic the top players have, especially in big matches

Obviously he was fundamental  for us but Cahill made an amazing block on Falcao, John Terry was amazing, the keeper was there for us all the time, Azpilicueta was for me the best player on the pitch and Ivanovic was fantastic. Matic worked like an animal, Zouma put Fellaini out of the game, our number 11 [Drogba] was another animal, fighting against two kids young enough to be his sons. Hazard was what you know, Oscar worked fantastically well, Ramires came in and gave us what we needed, Mikel came in for two minutes and held the ball”

Mourinho revealed Willian had been ill for the two days leading up to the game

Willian coming on was a bonus I wanted to give him, he’s been in bed for two days and today he came straight from his house, making himself available to give us some help, he was fantastic

Then Mourinho spoke about the next two games, that Chelsea will play away from Stamford Bridge ( Arsenal and Leicester)

It’s three more points. Obviously every point we get now, every victory we get, is one step in the title direction

We need to win matches. What we can say is that we play for nine points at home, we can be champions just from the matches we play at home. But obviously if we can get points away it’s better’.

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