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Chelsea midfielder Oscar has said that his side are disappointed with the outcome of the game against Liverpool on Saturday.

The Brazilian, making his 100th appearance in a Chelsea shirt, started as he saw the Blues lose a one-goal lead to lose 1-3, the sixth defeat out of 11 games for the Premier League.

And the 24-year old has said to the official Chelsea website that defeat was hard to take:

“It is very disappointing because we played so well in the first half but at the end of it, Coutinho scored but we tried, we came back for the second half and we played well again but we had a lot of bad luck.

“They scored two and it was a difficult game for us.”

Oscar was asked to consider whether Liverpool might have gone down to 10 men, when their midfielder Lucas escaped a second yellow card after a foul.

“We tried everything all the game but everything was for Liverpool,” he responded, “and Liverpool played the second half better than us. Coutinho played well, we tried everything but we didn’t win. We need to keep going.”

The midfielder also said that everyone in the team is behind Jose Mourinho, with reports suggesting the manager will be sacked with the club currently sitting in 15th in the table.

“Everybody tries to help him but the situation is not good for Jose and for the players and the fans but for Chelsea, we need to start winning again,” he added.

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa will not be charged by the FA for violent conduct after seemingly stamping on Martin Skrtel on Saturday.

The Spaniard tussled with the Liverpool defender in the second half of the game, with the pair falling to the ground before Costa seemed to stretch out his boot into Skrtel’s chest.

Referee Mark Clattenburg awarded a freekick to Liverpool, with Skrtel not reacting vigorously to Costa’s actions. Clattenburg then rushed in, preventing any further issues between the pair, who have history with eachother from previous games.

Costa himself was banned for three games earlier this season after being caught by TV cameras striking the face of Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.

But the Football Association do not plan to take any action on this occasion, because Clattenburg witnessed the incident and dealt with it at the time.

Television pundits and ex-referees claimed Costa could be banned again for his clash with Skrtel, but no action will be taken and he will be free to face Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday.

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Ex Chelsea boss José Mourinho will return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, this time as Manchester United manager © Francesca Ceciarini

Jose Mourinho will be paid a £9.5 million pay-out should he be sacked, the Daily Mirror states.

The 52-year oversaw his side lose a one-goal lead to slip to a 1-3 home defeat to Liverpool – Chelsea’s sixth defeat of the season out of 11 league games. The defeat at Stamford Bridge followed the Blues’ exit from the League Cup in midweek.

After the Blues’ worst start since 1978, which currently sees them sit in 15th, reports yesterday from Sky Sports suggested that Mourinho WOULDN’T be sacked, and that talks between Mourinho and the club’s hierarchy weren’t to take place.

However, the Sunday Mirror has in turn said that Mourinho is on the brink of the exit door in South London.

He is believed to be paid around £9.5 million a-year. But there is a clause that stipulates he will receive one year’s salary if the contract is terminated.

 

 

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Mourinho and Perez have a great relationship

Spanish football expert and Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague said that until Florentino Perez is in charge as Real Madrid chairman he will try to get back José Mourinho to the Santiago Bernabéu.

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Mourinho stayed at the Merengues for three years: his adventure in Spain ended in June 2013, when he came back to Chelsea, but the Portuguese manager always stated that he didn’t have a good personal experience in Madrid so it’s unlikely that he will come back in a place where he didn’t feel appreciated and had many issues both in his professional and personal life.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

According to BBC 5 presenter Garry Richardson the situation in the dressing room is not the best one for José Mourinho: the journalist reported that one Chelsea player made an incredible statement to him:

“Here’s a staggering quote. One player said recently: “I’d rather lose than win for him.” Now that last quote may well have been said in the heat of the moment, but it perhaps gives an insight into the mood of some of the players.

“Let me tell you what I know on the Chelsea story. My information comes from a Chelsea first-team player.

“The information was actually passed to me by a football contact. I was told that Jose Mourinho’s relationship with many of his players is at rock bottom.

“I was told they’re fed up with the way he’s been dealing with some of them. They’re fed up with his outbursts. I was told that his relationship particularly with Eden Hazard was under immense strain,

Is this just another attempt to destabilise Chelsea or Richardon’s sources are right?

The hope is the situation is not as dramatic as he describes, as Mourinho always dismissed this kind of rumours in this very delicate moment for the team, stating that these kind of gossip is not good for the players and for their emotional control, since the gossip is totally unfounded.

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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Jose Mourinho is not to be sacked as Chelsea manager in the imminent future, reports from Sky Sports state. 

The Blues lost a one goal lead to lose 1-3 at home to Liverpool earlier today; their sixth loss in 11 Premier League games.

The defeat also followed Chelsea’s exit from the League Cup in midweek.

However, despite Mourinho seemingly running out of chances, Sky Sports claim that the club’s hierarchy have no plans for talks with the 52-year old.

Mourinho himself has said that he is planning as usual for his side’s Champions League game against Dynamo Kiev next week.

The Portuguese has overseen Chelsea’s worst start to a season since 1978, having lost nine of his las 17 games. Last season, he lost just four of his 54 games.

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Ex Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

After the defeat with Liverpool we witnessed to an unusual fact: while the players that didn’t play against the Reds were training on the Stamford Bridge pitch with Mourinho’s staff, we saw the Portuguese manager – who just finished his press conference- take the pitch again and speaking to them for at least 10 minutes.

Jose and his assistants had concerned and sad looks, were they commenting the news the most of Chelsea fans would not like to hear in these hours? Or were they just commenting the game and how to set up things before the Champions League’s clash against Dynamo Kiev? Will be Mourinho still on the Chelsea bench next Wednesday?

Here is the photo-gallery of those special post-match moments:

Please note that ALL the pictures are © FRANCESCA CECIARINI: don’t use without permission, any abuse will be prosecuted.

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Jose Mourinho admits that today’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool was another disappointing day for him and his players but he expects to continue as Chelsea boss.

During the post match press conference Mourinho said:

“I’d like to listen more than being questioned,”

Asked if he thought it was his last game as Chelsea boss:

,,No”

Asked about Lucas Leiva avoiding a second yellow:

“What do you think? You are not punished by the FA. I’m punished if I tell you,”

“There are things that are out of our hands,”

“Two minutes extra time (at the end of the first half), we concede the goal on two minutes 35 seconds.”

“Then what happened in the second half everything is a consequence of some crucial moments.”

“Moments that the stadium saw, the players more than see, the players felt it, from now, what happens is just a consequence.”

Asked about his players performance today:

“I have some players really sad in the dressing room and I am full of respect for them. We see it match after match,”

“As professionals they are not getting the respect they deserve. I don’t think we, myself and them, are not going to have a great Saturday dinner, even families for sure.”

“They have the same feelings that we have and I’m really sorry with that lack of respect for professionals.”

Asked to explain what he meant by lack of respect, the Special One said:

“You are all intelligent guys. If you want to write, you write.”

“Next press conference I will bring you nice glasses, maybe you see the game in a better way.”

Asked about his preparations for Wednesday’s Champions League Group G match against Dynamo Kiev:

”I go home, I go find a sad family,”

“I will try to watch some of the rugby (World Cup final) and disconnect a little bit from this.

“Then I will start preparing the training session for tomorrow morning and the game for Wednesday.”

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Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp is confident that his team deservedly won 3-1 against Chelsea today. According to the German coach, the Reds were simply the better team on the pitch.

Klopp told LFC TV:

” It’s very, very pleasing, a good day and a good moment. It was a very, very good game, an intensive and interesting game with a difficult start for my side”

”The start was really hard for us, we could have defended better”

”We stood in the game and that’s the best news for us. We played football, our build up was very good and very brave”

”We made our goal and over time the game was open. From some moment on we were the better team and they were very well played goals”

”3-1, I think it’s deserved and very important for us”

 

 

 

 

 

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Begovic 4- Wasn’t tested in the first half but conceded three goals.

Zouma 4- Started well but lost his way.

Cahill 4- Made many mistakes in the second half.

Terry 4- See above, two goals deflected off him.

Azpilicueta 5- Provided a good cross for the goal.

Ramires 5- Scored a good goal but his influence waned.

Mikel 5- Provided than Matic has this season but was sometimes too slow.

Willian 5- Worked hard but lacked his usual quality.

Hazard 4- A shadow of what he was, Quite rightly taken off.

Oscar 5- Started with the energy he showed against Stoke and almost scored from distance. Not enough, however.

Costa 4- Should have seen red for kicking out at Skirtel. Started well but waned.

 

Substitutes:

Falcao N/A- Barely touched the ball.

Fabregas 4- Brought on but ineffectual.

Kenedy 5- Started well and shot from distance straight away.

 

 

Manager:

Jose Mourinho 4- The team began well but gradually got worse. Individual mistakes cost dear, as did lacking concentration before half-time, and it doesn’t look like these mistakes are going to be fixed anytime soon.

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