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West Brom manager Tony Pulis is convinced, that John Terry should not receive the red card in today’s clash at Hawthorns.

Terry was shown a red card by referee Mark Clattenburg early in the second-half of the game against the Baggies. Although Chelsea played in 10, they managed to win the match 3-2.

During the post-match conference, West Brom manager has said, that in his opinion Clattenburg’s decision was exaggerated.

Pulis said :

“It looked a bit harsh to me to be honest,”

“I think John (Terry) touched him, but I suppose if he gives a free-kick he’s got to do it (send him off) because he’s the last man.”

“But it most probably looked a bit harsh.”

Commenting the defeat to Chelsea, said :

“The goals we’ve conceded have been disappointing.

“You have to be very resolute when you haven’t got the ball and have that flair when you have got the ball. I thought we got 50 per cent of it right. 

“We looked good in possession and we looked like we were going to create opportunities and chances but we’ve got to be more resolute.”

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Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed,that the club is on the verge of signing Juan Cuadrado on loan from Chelsea. The Colombian winger will fly to Turin tomorrow to undergo medical at Juventus. And that complicates the transfer of Paul Pogba at Stamford Bridge.

Marotta told Sport Mediaset :

“Cuadrado will arrive on loan. It could be made official as soon as tomorrow.”

La Gazzetta dello sport  claims, that Cuadrado will join Bianconeri on loan with option to buy for €25m.

Cuadrado’s transfer to Juventus make Chelsea unlikely to sign Paul Pogba.All because of the transfer policy requirementsThe Blues have offered Oscar and Cuadrado in exchange for the French star but both the Brazilian and the Colombian are non-EU players and Juventus can sign just one of them because they got just one free spot for non-European players.

What is more, according to the latest information, Oscar has refused to leave Chelsea. And this will definitely complicate the negotiations on Pogba’s transfer.

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After Chelsea’s first win of the Premier League season against West Brom earlier, we rate all of the players who featured in the 3-2 win at the Hawthorns. 

Courtois – 7: The returning Belgian saved the penalty after just 14 minutes – possibly saving the score, and maybe Chelsea’s start to the season. Let two good goals in, but like all the top players, he is always there when needed.

Ivanovic – 4.5: Very poor performance, especially in defence. Callum McManaman rang rings around the Serbian more than once – rumour has it contract talks are affecting his form. Either way, he needs to improve.

Terry – 5.5: A strong performance during the time he was on the pitch. Maybe a harsh second yellow card, but the foul was somewhat uncharacteristic.

Zouma – 6: The usual determination was present from the big Frenchman, but not at his best.

Azpilicueta – 6: Not the best defensively, but finished his goal well, which sealed Chelsea’s first three points of the season.

Matic – 6: Solid as always in the centre of the midfield, but not creating likehe did last season.

Fabregas – 6.5: The Spaniard’s form is improving, but he needed time find his passing.

Willian – 6.5: The usual hard work all over the final third. The Brazilian needs to work on his shooting, but was instrumental in the second goal.

Hazard – 6.5: Influential, and key in the build up to the goals. Also provided an important attacking outlet on the counter attack when Chelsea had 10 men.

Pedro – 8: The best man on the pitch by far he ran well, protected the ball, shot, scored, and grabbed an assist. Today the Spaniard’s showed why Mourinho wanted to sign him so desperately – only time will tell if it’s worth it.

Diego Costa – 7: A first goal of the season for the Spaniard – a decent performance to go with it. However, he must continue this if Chelsea are to retain the title.

 

SUBS

Cahill – 5.5: Still very slow and far from his best form. He is at least determined was solid enough during his time on the pitch.

Falcao – 5: The Colombian hasn’t really had a chance to prove himself yet – he missed a good chance that came his way, but few strikers can make an impact in 12 minutes.

Obi Mikel – 6.5: Important in the last 10 minutes as Chelsea tried to seal out the game.

 

MANAGER

Mourinho – 6.5: Finally the first win ot the season and a determined performance to show for it. Fitness is improving, but this Chelsea is far from the magnificent team that dominated and won the Premier League last season, especially in the first four months.

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JOSE MOURINHO
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that he was happy with the team performance after he saw his side narrowly overcome West Brom 3-2.

A debut goal from Pedro, as well as first half strikes from Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta, were enough to seal a first Premier League win of the season fo the Blues, despite a brace from West Brom’s James Morrison, who also had a penalty saved by the returning Thibaut Courtois early on.

Mourinho, however, said that despite making things difficult for themselves, his side deserved the win:

We deserved it.

“It was difficult but we deserved it.

“3-1 was short with 11 against 11, and with the chances we created, the space we found, and the way we attacked their defensive line.

‘Then with one player less – we are getting experience of that – we adapted well but they scored to make it 3-2. We had the best chances to score the next goal.

“I’m happy we controlled the game well, and I’m happy with the spirit because the players really wanted to win.”

The Portuguese also commented on the performance of new signing Pedro, who was good on the eye at the Hawthorns. The £22 million signing grabbed a goal and an assist on his Blues debut, and his new manager has only heaped on more praise, and encouragement:

He’s a very good player.

“There is always a question mark because of how many top players come to England and don’t perform immediately.

“We have examples in our club and there are lots of examples at other clubs, so it’s very nice for him to come and straight away perform the way he did.

“I expected him to perform like that because he had a good pre-season, and he played three competitive matches. He came with minutes, with intensity, so it was not a question of intensity and condition, it was a question of understanding.

“We worked tactically every day since he arrived for him to try understand the team and for the team to try to understand what he wants and needs. It was a very good performance.”

John Terry was however dismissed my referee Mark Clattenburg for bringing down Salomon Rondon, which capped off a somewhat misrable week for the Blues captain after he substituted against Manchester City last week.

But Mourinho has said the red card is irrelevant as he pushes on with the season:

I prefer to focus on us.

“To speak about the sending off I have to speak about many other things in the game – some you can see, others we can see, so many things.

“I have to do what is in my hands which is to train. We have to train 10 against 11. We have done it a couple of times already in Canada.

“We have to do it more because we have to know what to do with 10 men when you are winning, or losing, or chasing a result.

The difference between today and Swansea was exactly that. Against Swansea we had 10 and we wanted to change the result, and today we had 10 and we wanted to keep the result.

“We must have clear ideas about it so it’s something we have to do in training, and that is the only thing in our hands.”

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has no doubts, that Pedro brought a new quality to Chelsea. Fabregas praised his friend for a great debut.

Fabregas said :

[He was] Fantastic. I knew straight away he would make an impact in this team because basically it was something that we didn’t have in this team,”

“It’s basically a player that goes behind defenders, that can dribble, goes one against one. He goes behind defenders and stretches teams.”

“On the side we have Diego and Remy that do that but on the wings with Eden and Willian, they like the ball more at their feet.

“I knew straight away the mentality of this guy is fantastic and I’m very happy for him.”

In his opinion, Chelsea showed today that they will count in the race for the triumph in the Premier League:

“Yeah, I think as a team we did. We are the Champions, we have to perform.”

“We have had our difficult moments but I have always said soon we will be at our best individually and collectively. We are still no there but today showed the character, honour, pride of this team never goes and it was much needed.”

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Chelsea secured their first win of the Premier League season with a 2-3 win over West Brom. 

The champions suffered in the first twenty minutes of the game, during which the Baggies dominated, and indeed missed a penalty after 14 minutes. Nemanja Matic brought down the lively Callum McManaman, but James Morrison could only shoot straight at Thibaut Courtois.

But the game soon changed when, after combining with Eden Hazard on the she of the box, Pedro struck his first goal in a Chelsea shirt, despite the shot taking a deflection.

From that moment on Jose Mourinho’s side dominated, and the Blues doubled their lead soon after. Cesar Azpilicueta set Willian away, and after an excellent pass to Pedro, the ex-Barcelona striker tried to shoot. The ball ran across the face of goal to Diego Costa, who made no mistake in scoring his first goal this season.

With the visitors cruising, after six James Morrison pulled one back for the Baggies with a great shot after a superb acrobatic assist by Salomon Rondon.

But, Chelsea’s reacted and two minutes before half time, Azpilicueta scored to make it 1-3 after latching on to a loose ball.

Despite the game seemingly being under control, ten minutes into the second half, Chelsea captain John Terry was sent off for a second yellow card.

Mourinho replaced Willian with Gary Cahill, but with ten men Chelsea started to feel the pressure, as West Brom became more confident. Just two minute after Terry left the pitch, Morrison bagged his second goal with a wonderful header.

Chelsea became more defensive, trying to exploit Hazard, Pedro and Diego Costa’s qualities on the counter attack.

Both Costa and McManaman missed chances as the game drew to a close, as well as Radamel Falcao, who replaced Costa late on.

However, the Blues held on to seal their first win this season.

 

 

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Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has praised Pedro for his stunning debut at Chelsea during today’s clash against West Bromwich Albion.

Chelsea won 3-2 at Hawthorns, and there is no doubt that Pedro played a significant role in the victory. The Spanish player scored the first goal, then assisted on the second. Everyone is impressed on his debut and the internet is filled with positive comments on his game.

J.Redkanpp said :

“Pedro looked an absolute bargain. He was sensational today.”

“He was the player in the Chelsea team that made the real difference today.

“It looks like an inspired piece of business.”

While Gary Neville  tweeted :

“Pedro has settled in well! Mmmmm!”

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According to the Italian media, Juan Cuadrado will fly to Turin tomorrow to complete his Juventus move.

Sport Mediaset in Italy claims, that the Colombian will be in Turin on Monday to undergo medical at Juventus and to sign the contract with the Serie A giants.

It is still unknown whether the player will sign a permanent deal with Juventus or he will join the Old Lady on loan.

According to la Gazzetta dello sport Cuadrado will join Bianconeri on loan with option to buy for €25m.

Cuadrado joined Chelsea from Fiorentina in January for €31m. In addition, the Blues have signed Mohamed Salah on a loan from Viola as a part of the deal.

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