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Mourinho celebration with Julio Cesar: he ran from the dugout toward Inter goalkeeper after Sneijder scored the winner at last minute

Jose Mourinho has praised the home support in his press conference after his side’s 2-1 Champions League group stage win over Dynamo Kiev. 

Speaking to the official Chelsea website, the Blues boss said that the win lifted a weight off the shoulders of his team.

He said he was particularly pleased with way his side responded to conceding a leveller late in the game.

“To qualify we didn’t need a win so it wasn’t a drama at 1-1, Mourinho said.

“We knew with a draw that if we win the next two matches we would qualify in second. From a metal point of view it was important to have a reaction to a negative moment. In other matches we’ve had good periods and played well, but when the negative moment arrived the team felt it too much and it was difficult to emerge again.

“Today it was perfect because we conceded a goal with 15 minutes to go and the team emerged.

“They knew a draw would be acceptable but they wanted to win. To have people like Hazard and Pedro on the bench helps the morale of the team because they know they can change the type of game we were playing, because with Oscar and Willian as wingers it’s a certain kind of football, with Pedro and Hazard it’s different.

“To win after conceding with 10-15 minutes to go was important. It’s something I spoke with the players a lot about in the last two or three days, saying when the difficult moment arrives, face it, don’t be affected, keep the belief and they were fantastic.

“Now we can still finish first, which isn’t the most important thing. The most important thing is to finish second (and qualify) but we can still finish first.”

Mourinho also praised the quality of his side’s Ukrainian opponents, who suffered their first defeat in the Champions League this season having drawn two and won one of their previous three games, including a 0-0 draw with Chelsea at the Olimpiskiy Stadium early last month.

“I have to say Dynamo are a very good team.

“I already told Rebrov and Sheva because they were here together. This Dynamo is much better than the one I played with Inter in 2010. In the last 10 years you look at Russian and Ukraine and you don’t think the teams are very good but it’s changing.

“To beat them is difficult. I knew it would be difficult to score and they are good on the counter attack. They have five giants from set-pieces and it’s difficult to control them.

“I knew the risks but in the first half we were very good and we deserved a different result. In the last part of the game the normal tendency is that if the game went on for another five or 10 minutes we would score more goals because the game was open. I hope they go to the Europa League, which would mean we go to the Champions League last 16, because their team in the Europa League will be a real contender.”

However, the 52-year old reserved special praise for the home supporters, who sang his name and displayed banners throughout the game, despite the club suffering their worst domestic start in almost 40 years and having crashed out of the League Cup.

“The moment I came back to the club and we played at home to Hull City, the way the stadium welcomed me was amazing, but not comparable to today, because today came in a moment when results aren’t good.

“It came at a moment when you (the media) are asking for the end of me. The fans read papers, watch television, listen to pundits and commentators’ opinions. They read blogs, and it’s quite unbelievable what they tried to say.

“They tried to say we want you here, and they probably wanted to say to you guys let him work. It’s a fantastic feeling.

“The players showed again they wanted to win and the fans show their passion for the club. That’s fundamentally what they showed, and then to support the club manager is a way to show their respect. It was amazing.

“It’s an amazing feeling for the club to know the fans are there in good moments and bad moments. In good moments when you see them celebrating on the streets with the bus, it’s easy. It’s easy for kids to go to school with a Chelsea shirt when we win every match, it’s not easy for kids to go to school with a Chelsea shirt when we are losing matches, they are probably bullied by other kids.

“The club has to be very proud of the fans. I don’t have another way of thanking them but to give all I have, which I have done always and which is what I will do always.”

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WILLIAN
Willian celebrating a goal with Diego Costa © Francesca Ceciarini

Begovic 6- Did well for the most part but should have cleared the ball that led to the Dynamo Kiev goal.

Azpilicueta 7- Solid throughout the game, linked up well on the right.

Zouma 7.5- Generally played well. Cleared most that came at him and made a superb tackle to deny Kravets.

Terry 7- An improved performance.

Baba 7- Quite good. Played a superb pass to Willian who set up the first goal.

Ramires 6.5- Started well but disappeared at the start of the second half as Dynamo looked dangerous.

Matic 6.5- Similar to above. Recovered well, however.

Willian 8.5- Once again Chelsea’s best player. Set up one and scored another with a fantastic free-kick.

Fabregas 7- Better but not perfect.

Oscar 7- Energetic for the most part. Could have done better with the final ball in some cases.

Costa 7- Generally quite good.

 

Substitutes:

Pedro 7- Lively when he came on.

Hazard 7.5- Did very well when brought on and could have scored or set on up.

Cahill N/A- Brought on for Willian in stoppage time.

 

Manager:

Jose Mourinho 7- The team did well but there are still improvements to be made. There were periods of nervousness in the second half but the team did well to respond. Mourinho should be commended for making two changes when the team lost its lead but could have done so earlier in order to finish the game off.

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Jose Mourinho has spoken of his relief after he saw his side beat Dynamo Kiev 2-1 at Stamford Bridge to move to second in Group G.

An excellent late Willian freekick was enough to seal victory for Chelsea, after Kiev defender Aleksandr Dragovic put the ball into his own net in the first half before equalising with just over 10 minutes to go.

The win takes considerable pressure off Mourinho and his side, who are currently struggling to hit their stride in domestic competitions.

However, the Portuguese said that the win provided huge relief for all, not least himself:

“The win is a big relief. The players deserve to get compensation for their hard work.

“Many players are coming to their normal levels, despite having feelings as a team when negative moments come – and they are coming every game.

“The difference today was that we had confidence in the negative moment.

“The negative moment is always arriving for us. We had that good reaction against Stoke in the League Cup and today we conceded that goal with 15 minutes to go. I think the team was strong mentally, they kept trying and I’m happy with that.”

The 52-year old also praised matchwinner Willian, who has become somewhat notorious at scoring from set pieces in recent weeks. However, Mourinho was quick to praise the whole team for their display, and the fans for their support:

“He’s playing very well, not just today. He has been playing well for a long time. 

“Everybody did their job very well. It is fair to look at Willian because of his work-rate, quality on the ball, participation in the first goal and quality of second goal.”

“The fans recognise I’m a good pro, brought a great moment and have had great memories. Until my last day in this club, if that is in four years, 10 years, 15 years, I will give everything to them.”

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Chelsea have beaten Dynamo Kiev 2-1 in their latest Champions League group stage game after an entertaining and tense match that is bound to be of great relief to Jose Mourinho.

The game began brightly for the Blues and they fashioned the first sight on goal after two minutes when Ramires’ shot hit Diego Costa after the Spain international won a corner. The home side had the majority of the possession in the opening five minutes and used width more intelligently than they have down in recent weeks. Oscar had a shot saved by Shokovskiy having received the ball in the box from the right side.

Chelsea continued to apply pressure on Dynamo Kiev, their recent habit of starting games quickly evident once again. Both Azpilicueta and Baba got forward routinely, the latter venturing into the Kiev area just after the quarter hour mark but lost out. The on running Willian couldn’t quite make contact with a Oscar cut back from the far left side. The best chance came following a Willian free-kick in which the ball was out back into the box from the right side and not put in the goal by either Oscar, who couldn’t reach it in time as it drifted across the goal, or Costa who volleyed high and wide from eight yards out.

Chelsea were rewarded for their high pressing game just a few minutes later however, and they did so with a bit of luck that has eluded them this season. A mis-kicked clearance from Begovic found Baba who pushed forward and passed to Willian. The Brazil international, the author of almost everything good Chelsea have done this season, ran quickly down the right and put the ball in at pace which the hapless Dragovic put into his own goal from just outside the six yard box.

Chelsea’s approach play thereafter was good- all the star players present seemingly past their alarming dip in form. Fabaregas had the ball on the by-line but couldn’t find a teammate in the box as Chelsea did not, thankfully, sit back on their first half lead in the disasterous way they did against Liverpool on Saturday. Oscar had a shot from the edge of the box that curled about a yard wide seconds after.

Diego Costa had an apparently strong appeal for a penalty turned down just before the break when he ran into the box sandwiched between the two Kiev centre backs. On further inspection it is clear there was little if any contact and Costa should consider himself lucky to not have been booked for diving.

The second half started with Dynamo’s own close call in the box. A brilliant through ball from deep found Kravets who appeared to beat Zouma for pace and bore down on the Chelsea goal before the Frenchman recovered brilliantly to win the ball from the Dynamo forward. Willian should have doubled the lead when he headed the ball from six yards that Shovkovsky saved down low.

Vida had a shot into a crowded Chelsea box on 52 minutes and appealed for hand ball- the referee’s denial was another good decision from the Czech-but the away side were playing with more confidence than they did in the first half. Just before the hour mark Morales took advantage of a slight mix up between Terry and Matic and shot straight at Begovic.

Another chance to extend the lead went by and this time Willian was the one assisting with a typically brilliant free-kick from the right that was bundled wide by Zouma from close range. Willian dragged a shot wide minutes later and Oscar had a shot saved having received the ball from Costa- the Chelsea forward line pressing well as Kiev tried to play out from the back as they tried to assert the authority on the game once again.

The visitors’ spirited attempts to get back into the game left space at the back and gave the Chelsea the chance to counter attack. Yarmolenko, with whom Chelsea have been linked with in recent weeks, was dangerous over every dead ball situation- which became more common as the game moved into its final quarter. One corner, following a free-kick brilliantly cleared by Zouma, was flicked on at the near post and missed everybody as it went across the face of the goal. Indeed, it was from a  78th minute Yarmolenko corner that Chelsea’s worst fears were realised as Dragovic redeemed his first half own goal by finishing after Begovic didn’t deal with the original ball into the box.

Jose Mourinho responded by making two changes as Hazard and Pedro came on. The Belgian had an immediate affect on the game with a run down the left and drew the free-kick. Willian. often Chelsea’s saviour this campaign, was so again with probably his best contribution yet as he put the free-kick into the top corner of the net with a strike that few if any ‘keepers could have saved.

Chelsea didn’t sit back in the last few minutes and sought to score again. Hazard, though only on for less than ten minutes, could have created another two goals with brilliant runs down the left, both of which came to nothing. Pedro played in Costa in stoppage time but no goal came from it. The referee’s whistle went seconds later and Chelsea mercifully have a win that could see them turn around their rotten form so far this season.

There are many positives to take from this win. The performance was good despite the nervous moments in the second half that ultimately led to the Dynamo Kiev equaliser. The team’s resolve, especially after conceding, is a great relief. They have lost control of games in recent weeks; that they didn’t tonight is as much a positive as the win itself.

 

CHELSEA – Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry, Baba Rahman; Ramires, Matic; Willian (Cahill, 90), Fabregas (Hazard (78), Oscar (Pedro 78); Diego Costa

Unused Subs: Blackman, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Remy

Manager: José Mourinho

DYNAMO KYIV – Shovkovskiy, Antunes, Dragovic, Vida, Khacheridi, Sydorchuk (Garmash, 45), Rybalka, González, Buyalskiy, Yarmolenko, Kravets (Morales, 55)

Unused Subs:  Veloso , Morozyuk, Petrovic, Gusev, Rybka

Manager: Serhiy Rebrov

Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)

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Chelsea are leading Dynamo Kiev 1-0 in at Stamford Bridge in their latest Champions League group stage match after 45 minutes in which they have been clearly the better side.

The game began brightly for the Blues and they fashioned the first sight on goal after two minutes when Ramires’ shot hit Diego Costa after the Spain international won a corner. The home side had the majority of the possession in the opening five minutes and used width more intelligently than they have down in recent weeks. Oscar had a shot saved by Shokovskiy having received the ball in the box from the right side.

Chelsea continued to apply pressure on Dynamo Kiev, their recent habit of starting games quickly evident once again. Both Azpilicueta and Baba got forward routinely, the latter venturing into the Kiev area just after the quarter hour mark but lost out. The on running Willian couldn’t quite make contact with a Oscar cut back from the far left side. The best chance came following a Willian free-kick in which the ball was out back into the box from the right side and not put in the goal by either Oscar, who couldn’t reach it in time as it drifted across the goal, or Costa who volleyed high and wide from eight yards out.

Chelsea were rewarded for their high pressing game just a few minutes later however, and they did so with a bit of luck that has eluded them this season. A mis-kicked clearance from Begovic found Baba who pushed forward and passed to Willian. The Brazil international, the author of almost everything good Chelsea have done this season, ran quickly down the right and put the ball in at pace which the hapless Dragovic put into his own goal from just outside the six yard box.

Chelsea’s approach play thereafter was good- all the star players present seemingly past their alarming dip in form. Fabaregas had the ball on the by-line but couldn’t find a teammate in the box as Chelsea did not, thankfully, sit back on their first half lead in the disasterous way they did against Liverpool on Saturday. Oscar had a shot from the edge of the box that curled about a yard wide seconds after.

Diego Costa had an apparently strong appeal for a penalty turned down just before the break when he ran into the box sandwiched between the two Kiev centre backs. On further inspection it is clear there was little if any contact and Costa should consider himself lucky to not have been booked for diving.

Chelsea should perhaps have more than one goal considering all the possession they have had, but it is a relief to see them get the halfway stage of a match in the lead. They have not backed off having scored the goal and have looked relatively comfortable at the back. They must still be aware of the danger the visitors possess. Now that they have the goal they can and should continue to play with freedom and should win the game easily from here. Anything else will be another huge disappointment.

 

 

 

CHELSEA – Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry, Baba Rahman; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Oscar; Diego Costa

Subs: Blackman, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Hazard, Pedro, Remy

Manager: José Mourinho

Scorers: Dragovic OG (34)

DYNAMO KYIV – Shovkovskiy, Antunes, Dragovic, Vida, Khacheridi, Sydorchuk, Rybalka, González, Buyalskiy, Yarmolenko, Kravets

Subs: Morales, Veloso , Garmash, Morozyuk, Petrovic, Gusev, Rybka

Manager: Serhiy Rebrov

Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)

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Here are the official line ups for today’s game at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Dynamo Kiev.

CHELSEA – Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry, Baba Rahman; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Oscar; Diego Costa

Subs: Blackman, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Hazard, Pedro, Remy

Manager: José Mourinho

DYNAMO KYIV – Shovkovskiy, Antunes, Dragovic, Vida, Khacheridi, Sydorchuk, Rybalka, González, Buyalskiy, Yarmolenko, Kravets

Subs: Morales, Veloso , Garmash, Morozyuk, Petrovic, Gusev, Rybka

Manager: Serhiy Rebrov

Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK

Kick off: 7.45 pm GMT

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Eden Hazard insists there has been no breakdown in communication at Chelsea despite the poor start to the season. These words are important because recently appeared speculation about a potential conflict between him and Jose Mourinho. What is not a surprise Chelsea ace hopes to win against Dynamo in tonight’s Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard told Chelsea official website :

“In a good moment or in a bad moment, we are professional,”

””Personally I don’t read the newspapers. I try to focus only on my football and win games.”

“I need to train and try to forget everything and be a better player. It is the case I learn every day now. We try to speak about it together. The communication is very important.”

“We know when we are in a bad way we need to keep going with communication.”

“People are sad when you don’t win but the communication is very important and we did very well because every day we spoke together, and this is good.”

“We need to keep going in training; we want to improve together and just want to win matches. We know the season after you are champion, it is difficult as everybody wants to beat you.”

“We missed chances, I missed penalties, it’s very difficult but we need to keep going and improve.”

Speaking about today’s clash against Dynamo Kiev, he said:

”We want to win tonight’s game but at the same time we must not lose so we have to come out and play well like we have been playing the last few games, and hopefully we can get the luck we haven’t had.”

”Hopefully it can all come today. We have to play well and take a big step towards achieving qualification. Hopefully we can get a win that we deserve.’

Then he reflected on the previous meeting with Dynamo:

‘‘We drew the last game in Kiev and we know they have good players, but the game there we deserved to win, and if we can win for the fans at Stamford Bridge it will be a good result.”

‘‘All the things were not in the favour of Chelsea. We tried everything but didn’t score. Okay, 0-0 was a good result but when you watch the game you can see we deserved to win.”

‘‘We drew there, we lost in Porto and we need to improve and take three points on Wednesday night.”

‘’We are not winning games, this is the most important thing. We need to keep going in training; we want to improve together and just want to win matches. We know the season after you are champion, it is difficult as everybody wants to beat you.”

‘‘We missed chances, I missed penalties, it’s very difficult but we need to keep going and improve.’’

 

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Chelsea legend and captain John Terry © Francesca Ceciarini

Former Chelsea and AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko believes that the age of John Terry in no way should be the subject of speculation about his departure from the club.

According to Shevchenko,Terry has much in common with Paolo Maldini, who played in AC Milan into his 40s and presented always a great form.

Shevchenko said:

“When people ask me about players getting a little bit old, I tell them when I joined AC Milan, Paolo Maldini was 31 and when we did the speed tests, Paolo was one of the first, always.”

“He played into his 40s, and John Terry is a player like Maldini. He looks after himself and doesn’t have many injuries. On the pitch, he knows how to read the game. At his age, if he is 100 per cent fit, he can still perform well.”

 

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Chelsea face Dynamo Kiev tonight in a game they must win if they wish to retain the initiative in the Champions League Group Stage.

Radamel Falcao is definitely out but Ivanovic and Pedro participated in a training session yesterday.

Predicted Line-ups:

Chelsea:

Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Ramires, Hazard, Oscar, Willian; Costa

 

Dynamo Kiev:

Oleksandr; Yevhen, Danilo, Dragović, Pacheco; Husiev Oleh, Sydorchuk Serhiy, Rybalka Serhiy, Buialskyi Vitaliy; Yarmolenko Andriy, Moraes Junior

 

Kick-off: 1945 GMT

 

 

 

 

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