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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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Chelsea are in pole position to sign Marko Grujic and could beat Manchester United to the Red Star Belgrade midfielder with a £4 million bid. 

ChelseaNews24 reported last month that the Premiership champions were interested in Grujic and were planning on sending him out on loan to Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt.

Grujic has been compared to Nemanja Matic for his passing ability in the middle of the pitch as well as his height- he is 6″3 tall.

Manchester United have shown an interest but Chelsea are the favourites to land the 19-year-old. Grujic is one of the most highly rated young players in Europe and recently helped his native Serbia win the U20 World Cup.

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Chelsea skipper John Terry admitted that being captain of the team in a hard time is no easy task. However, he is convinced that having such a great players like Eden Hazard and one of the best coaches in the world Jose Mourinho, the Blues will get back to winning soon.

Terry told Chelsea official website:

”It’s been difficult and unfamiliar for me but I’ve been doing my normal role within the dressing room and around the club that stays among us as a group of individuals,”

”Speaking about me personally and my own form, I can certainly be better for sure. I need to be back up to where I was last season, and where my stats and records show from the last year.”

”If I can do that, and collectively we can all do that, we’re going to be in a much better position. It’s been difficult but I’m prepared to stand up because I’m sure we’re going to get out of it”

Chelsea captain has also stressed the importance of keeping talented young players and managers at Stamford Bridge:

”There’s been talk about this, that and the other with the manager and Eden”

”We’re talking about the best manager at this football club I’ve seen and Eden being one of the best players I’ve seen, and there’s been talk about them leaving the club or going elsewhere.”

”For me, we have to keep them in the Premier League and here. People can’t be happy to see us, Jose and the team doing badly. We need to keep the best people in English football and make English football the best in the world year after year. The only way we do that is with the best managers. He’s the best manager by far and Eden’s one of the best players I’ve ever worked with by far.”

 

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Chelsea have turned down an offer of £35 million from Monaco for Jose Mourinho, according to reports in the English press this morning.

The Mail says that the Ligue 1 club, who have reportedly sought Mourinho’s services in the past, are hoping to benefit from Chelsea’s terrible start to the season.

The Blues are currently 15th in the Premiership table- 14 points behind leaders Man City- having won just three matches all season. There is unprecedented pressure on Jose Mourinho with rumours of an imminent sacking.

Monaco, the parent club of on loan Chelsea forward Radamel Falcao, have reportedly offered a way out of the mess by buying out Mourinho’s contract- roughly £35-40 million- but Chelsea have flatly refused, according to the Mail. 

Mourinho has said over and over again that he has no intention of leaving Chelsea. The club for its part released a statement a few weeks ago stating their support for the Portuguese. ChelseaNews24 reported yesterday that former Chelsea forward Andriy Shevchenko claims Mourinho retains the support of owner Roman Abramovich.

Should the Mail be correct then it is yet another sign that Mourinho will not be leaving Chelsea any time soon.

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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

Chelsea boss José Mourinho already met Dynamo Kiev on a 4th of November, and it was a crucial match that changed the history of a season, like it can be tonight.

The year was 2009 and the Portuguese was managing Inter, it was always the 4th matchday and the Nerazzurri had collected only three draws in the three previous games of the group ( with Barcelona and Dynamo Kiev at home and Rubin Kazan in Russia) so the game was really delicate, because a defeat could mean missing the qualification for the last 16.

Inter was, anyway, in a good situation in Serie A, leading the league, but the Champions League had been their “curse” in the previous years: people were accusing the team to show no character and confidence in the European nights.

Inter had a very good approach and dominated the game at the Olimpyskiy but Dynamo found a lucky goal on their only shot when Andriy Shevchenko‘s attempt was deflected with the back by Esteban Cambiasso: Julio Cesar was tricked and the ball went on goal.

Inter went at half time losing 1-0 and practically out of the Champions League at the group stage, Mourinho played the second half with three defenders and five attacking players ( Sneijder, Milito, Eto’o, Stankovic and Balotelli) and in the last ten minutes of the game he even substituted the centre-back Samuel with another midfielder, Sulley Muntari, leaving just Zanetti and Lucio to protect their goalkeeper.

The Nerazzurri seemed to have no luck: missed chances, hit posts, Dynamo’s keeper Bogush saving everything, it seemed like a nightmare until minute 84, when Diego Milito picked up a ball from Sneijder in the box and with a dirty but efficient shot finally beat Bogush.

It was the turning point of the game and the season: after three minutes Wesley Sneijder scored the winner with a smart goal anticipating Bogush in the coming out after Milito saved a ball on the touch line and put it in the box for him.

Mourinho went mental in his celebration: he ran from the dugout toward goalkeeper Julio Cesar jumping on him for an enthusiastic hug.

After the match he commented: “I almost had a severe muscular injury because it was really really cold….”

Despite the defeat for 2-0 at Camp Nou against Barcelona in the next game Inter could qualify for the last 16 beating Rubin Kazan at home for 2-0 in the last matchday of the group: the Nerazzurri then knocked out Chelsea with a 3-1 aggregate and at the end won the Champions League, making a treble that is still unique in the Italian football history.

Inter had been chasing the Champions League trophy for 45 years, since their last triumph in the competition was in 1965 with La Grande Inter: it was the dream of every fan, but it seemed to have turned into a curse, that was interrupted that night.

Mourinho later revealed what he said to his squad in the dressing room at half time, when Inter were losing and were out of the competition: “I don’t want to see you in the end of the game here crying: I want to see you here DEAD, we can lose but we must give everything, we have to come back here in the end of the game knowing that we did everything to win it, with no regrets”.

Words that made an impact on his side that night, a 4th of November like today, but in Kiev.

It was a turning point of the season for Mourinho and his players, like some of them revealed later.

Who knows if this curious and lucky precedent for Jose can strengthen in him more confidence for tonight’s game, a game that can turn things around like exactly six years ago.

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