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During his press conference in the eve of Chelsea v Arsenal José Mourinho revealed that the only player who will be out of the selected squad for sure is Willian, besides long-time-injured Thibaut Courtois.

Pedro, Falcao and Oscar will have all an option to be part of the starters or substitutes tomorrow in the derby against the Gunners.

I don’t have many many news I selected every player, because we have doubts,stated the Chelsea boss.

During the warm-up many players had some bad feeling, Willian is not even an option, but Pedro, Falcao and Oscar can be.”

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Cesar Azpilicueta has admitted, that Chelsea’s poor start to this year Premier League season has surprised the players as much as anyone. However, he has no doubts, that the Blues will come back on the winning track very soon.

Chelsea have suffered one of the worst start to the Premie League season in the club history. But, Chelsea full-back is convinced, that it’s just a matter of time and the Blues will turn things around. An impressive victory over Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the first leg Champions League is already harbinger of change.

Azpilicueta told the Guardian :

“We want to change things as quickly as possible and it is true that we haven not had the start that everyone expected,”

“None of us are happy with the situation but we know that we can put it right.”

“We are as surprised as anyone, but we are convinced that with the work we are doing we will turn things around. We all know we need to improve, to get back to last season’s Chelsea and there is belief that we can do that.”

“I had forgotten that [winning] feeling. I can imagine what it would have been like going into training the next day if we had lost [against Maccabi]. We have had a bad start and we have a tough job ahead to turn things around but it is in our hands.”

 

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke before the clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The French coach commented on the fact that the Gunners finally won against the Blues in August at Wembley after a long run made of defeats and draws:

It can sometimes be a mental block for the players or the team when they do not win against certain teams. On that front it was good [to win the Community Shield].

What you expect from these kinds of games is [that they are] always high intensity, full commitment and of course you want to prepare for that and play with a full focus.

For us it’s a big game. Let’s not forget it’s the start of the season and only five games have been played. We know our position at the end of the season will depend on how well we do in the big games.

“I do not think too much about where Chelsea stand in the league at the moment. I focus more on us performing well, with full power.

About Chelsea’s position in the table and the fact that a victory of the Gunners can extend their gap, Wenger stated:

These are very difficult situations to assess.

“There are always periods where things don’t go as well. We are used to dealing with that. It is less enjoyable when it doesn’t go well of course but I think everybody who has stayed a long time in the game knows that.”

Tomorrow’s match will be also Petr Cech’s return to Stamford Bridge:

It is always difficult to go back to your club and play but I believe that he has fortunately handled that this season, [and] that is why I decided to play him as well in the Community Shield. It is the first step that is important and he has dealt very well with it.”

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Jose Mourinho has praised his ace Eden Hazard, calling him the currently best player in England despite his poor start to the Chelsea’s campaign. 

The Belgium international has a difficult start to the season. Criticism has intensified even more when he missed a penalty in the match against Maccabi Tel-Aviv on Wednesday.  Even so, the Portuguese coach has no doubt, that Chelsea winger is currently the best player in England.

Mourinho told Goal.com :

“He’s the best player in England,”

“It’s not because Rooney doesn’t score goals for three weeks that he’s not a fantastic player. Eden is the best player in this country.”

“It’s not because a bad performance or a penalty missed, or nor scoring goals for three of four weeks. He’s the best.”

“He’ll be the best again. I don’t know if it’s tomorrow or next week but one of these days he’s man of the match.”

 

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Arsene Wenger ensures, that Arsenal overcame a mental block when they beat Chelsea in the Community Shield last month. The French manager hopes to repeat the victory tomorrow at Stamford Bridge.

During the pre-game press conference , Wenger said :

“It can sometimes be a mental block for the players or the team when they do not win against certain teams,”

“On that front it was good [to win the Community Shield].”

“What you expect from these kinds of games is [that they are] always high intensity, full commitment and of course you want to prepare for that and play with a full focus.”

“For us it’s a big game. Let’s not forget it’s the start of the season and only five games have been played. We know our position at the end of the season will depend on how well we do in the big games.”

“I do not think too much about where Chelsea stand in the league at the moment. I focus more on us performing well, with full power.”

Asked about the pressure that Jose Mourinho can might be feeling after Chelsea’s poor start to the season, he said :

“These are very difficult situations to assess,”

“There are always periods where things don’t go as well. We are used to dealing with that. It is less enjoyable when it doesn’t go well of course but I think everybody who has stayed a long time in the game knows that.”

He also referred to Petr Cech’s comeback at Stamford Bridge :

“It is always difficult to go back to your club and play but I believe that he has fortunately handled that this season, [and] that is why I decided to play him as well in the Community Shield. It is the first step that is important and he has dealt very well with it.”

 

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Jose Mourinho press conference ahead of Arsenal:

I don’t have many many news I selected every player, because we have doubts, during the warm-up many players had some bad feeling, Willian is not even an option, but Pedro, Falcao and Oscar can be”

“Ivanovic? I never spoke about him, I don’t want to analyse or isolate any player in public”

“Nor me either the club gave any info about him”

“The quality of the training sessions was always the same in the past weeks: same quality, intensity, professionalism…of course you could see some bad faces, I guess is normal”

“Two seasons ago we won every match against the champions, but then we didn’t win anything…to win [tomorrow] is good, but it’s not crucial”

“Tomorrow doesn’t matter our fantastic record against Arsenal, it’s a match that I want to isolate from every possible context: it’s a Chelsea v Arsenal, and I want to win it”

“It’s important to win because is a match: in this moment if you look at the table and see where we are, especially in relation to the top of the league, we’re not happy, we have many games in this period in different competitions, and this help us to focus just match to match on one game”

“To meet Cech before or after the game wouldn’t be same to meet other players, of course…during the game nothing changes, he’s Arsenal goalkeeper, when the game ends if he wants to come to our dressing room, he’s more than welcome”

“I think in everything you do in life you need confidence to be better, and when in football you lose matches you’re affected, when you browse the internet and find everywhere a dramatic story like fights, Diego Costa and Terry fighting, and even a translator was brought to help them to understand each other during the fight…Mourinho doesn’t want to renew to Terry…Mourinho wants to replace Ivanovic…this is all the drama you can read…of course when you lose a match you’re affected, you lose confidence, but then you have to be strong to cope with it, and with Maccabi we were strong from the beginning, we missed the penalty after five minutes and we had a fantastic reaction, so for us that victory is very important, now I won’t say that we will win 15 matches in a row, but people now is more relaxed and it’s important”

“I’m not going to tell you if Terry will start or not, against Maccabi he was on the bench, and even there he was a captain”

“I don’t understand why both Chelsea and Arsenal played on Wednesday and we play on Saturday and not Sunday, but this is an old story”

“We go a game at the time, we want to win, doesn’t matter where we are”

“The confidence cannot change the philosophy, so if you think one match at the time, we think just in Arsenal and nothing more”

“Against Maccabi a result came, luck didn’t”

“The fact that Hazard was not performing very well or missed a penalty and those things doesn’t change the fact that he is the best player in this country”

“Terry last year played every match, the season before almost, the season before very few…what does it change now? he’s still one of my men, I trust him”

“Gerrard is a wonderful player, but as a pundit he said something that is not true, I have a good relationship with all of my players…You can try to find many reasons for bad results, but problems between me and my players, zero”

“The penalty that Hazard missed? Maybe he had some agreement with some sponsor to promote rugby world cup [laughs] he’s still the best penalty taker in the country, but anyway in the PL he doesn’t have many chance to take penalties”

“The time of the kick off? Doesn’t matter, but I like it, you wake up, go and play: I prefer that than waiting for the game the whole day, as I did in Spain or Italy, I prefer early kick-off”

“Oscar is a good player and when the team has the ball, especially when the team has the ball, he’s very important because he’s creative, and in some moments you need that creation, especially in matches when the opponents have a defensive approach, it’s good to have players like him”

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho won’t be charged by the FA for the Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn’s case.

Mourinho was accused of “abusive and sexist” language after a video emerged about his rant against the doctor and the physio while they were attending Eden Hazard on the pitch against Swansea in the first Premier League game of the season.

The FA are still studying video evidence of the incident, but as Standard Sport reports and understands it is highly unlikely that Mourinho will have a case to answer.

Both Carneiro and Fearn were demoted from first-team duties after the match and the doctor has not been to work since being told she would not be required on the bench at games and would no longer travel with the team. It has been reported that she is considering legal action.

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Gary Cahill spoke to Chelsea website before the game with Arsenal.

The defender admitted that the victory with Maccabi Tel Aviv, with a clean sheet, was what the team needed in this particular moment:

It will be of use because we’ll go into training in better spirits than we have been off the back of a win. Everybody will be happier, more lively. We know the situation in the league so we’ll flip straight back to that and we know this is a huge game. 

I’m not going to say it’s going to have an absolutely massive impact on the weekend, because it probably won’t, but in terms of the feel-good factor around us it certainly will. 

I’m sure that when it comes to Saturday nobody will be stepping out on to the pitch thinking about midweek, they’ll be fully focused on what they’ve got to do. For us, we want to build confidence and for Arsenal, they’ll want a response.’ 

Oscar and Ramires came back last Wednesday with Maccabi, after being injured:

“It’s fantastic to see Oscar back out there for us, and Ramires, who’s back fit as well.

“Hopefully Willian’s injury isn’t too bad but it was great to see those two guys out there again. Oscar is a top player; he plays for Chelsea and Brazil. He’s a top performer so to have him back out there is great. 

“He’s another option for the number 10 role or wherever the manager wants to use him, so for sure we’d rather have him fit than not.”

Cahill praised also Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who performed really well against Maccabi, but got a yellow card after just five minutes:

I thought it was harsh. I’ve been there myself, in the first 30 seconds getting a yellow card for the first little tackle you do, and obviously the European referees are slightly different, so he would have been on egg shells for the rest of the game, which is never nice, but I thought he was great. 

He’s a down-to-earth guy and works hard in training. He looks the complete player but obviously time will tell how he develops and how he does here. I can only speak for when I’ve seen him in training and worked alongside him, and he’s top drawer.”

Speaking about Arsenal he stated:

We have huge players in our dressing room who have done loads and loads in the game, but it’s just normal that when you go on a bad run or lose games you maybe get a dip in confidence, that’s just natural.

The only thing that turns it around is winning games and we have another chance to do that tomorrow.”

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Chelsea Ladies vice-captain Gilly Flaherty has insisted that the pressure of winning the treble was not a factor in their Continental Cup defeat.

The Blues lost 1-0 in the quarter finals to fellow WSL1 side Birmingham City thanks to Jo Potter’s freekick, with Birmingham currently languishing second from bottom in the domestic table.

Chelsea have however already won the FA Women’s Cup, and are two points clear at the top of the WSL1 table with two games remaining (Liverpool away and Sunderland at home).

Despite the somewhat disappointing defeat, Flaherty has insisted that the pressure coming into the game wasn’t on any of the Chelsea players’ minds:

We approached this cup in the same way that we approached the league and the FA Cup,” the 24-year old told BBC Sport.

“It was something that we took seriously. Last year we got to the semi-finals – we wanted to go one more this year and get to the final.

“If you are up there with the best, you have to accept that pressure. I don’t think it affected us.

“We weren’t really at the game. Birmingham showed up and we didn’t.

“Don’t take the credit away from Birmingham. They were the better team and deserved to get into a semi-final.

“It’s tough to break down that (defensive) wall. But we’ve got to find a solution because we might face it again, in the next two games in the league.”

 

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