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Jose Mourinho has surprised everybody saying that he is thinking about bringing some of Chelsea’s younger players into his squad and Ruben Loftus-Cheek seems to be in the pole position for that.

As John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic are disappointing since the start of the new season, the Portuguese coach starts to thinking about bringing some of Chelsea’s younger players into the Blues first squad.

According to the Special One words, the starlet who has the biggest chances to find himself in Chelsea’s starting line up for the next game is Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Mourinho told FourFourTwo:

“Clearly it is time not to play four, five or six kids because also some of them are not ready,”

“But I think Ruben is a case where he is one who is more ready so if everything goes normal during these two weeks, yes, he is a player to start the next game.”

“I am not saying it is a young player to save the season. I think it is a good moment to do it. My senior players won the title for me also last season, but it is easy to see some are in difficulties. I was never afraid of responsibilities and I have to persuade Ruben not to feel the pressure because if somebody should feel pressure he is the last.”

 

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic admits, that the international break is something that the Blues need now the most, to rebuild the self confidence and improve their style of play.

According to his words, the Euro 2016 qualifiers are more than welcome as Chelsea’s title defence went from bad to worse. The Blues are currently on the 16th position with just eight points collected. Begovic admits, that the confidence in the team is really low and two weeks break may be helpful to everybody.

Begovic said:

“Hopefully this break comes at a good time, we get a result in the next game and drive on from there,”

“When things are not going your way it’s tough,”

“It’s a mental thing as well, we need to keep fighting … run through a brick wall, as they say.”

“That’s the way it goes when results don’t go your way, confidence takes a hit. That’s life, that’s football. You go through your ups and downs.”

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Football Association board member Heather Rabbatts is convinced, that dr. Eva Carneiro will return to football one day, but now she needs a moment for herself.

Ex-Chelsea doctor has released a special statement after she found out that the FA did not decide to accuse Jose Mourinho of making any discriminatory comments towards Carneiro.

In her statement she admitted that the FA had never asked her to comment on the situation what was really disappointing for her.

And today, the Football Association board member Heather Rabbatts has decided to back up former Chelsea doctor.

Rabbatts told BBC:

”I have spoken to her in the last few days,”

“She felt she had support and it’s very important, as you can imagine this is a terrible time for her.”

“Up until August 8 she was one of the most highly respected medics in her profession and at the moment she is out of the game she’s loved. I hope, with all of us learning lessons around these issues, that she will come back to the game in future.”

“I can’t go into what her ambitions and aspirations are but I know how much she loved her job and cares for the players. Becoming a highly-qualified doctor takes years of training, she was years at Chelsea, and I’m sure she doesn’t want to be lost to the game.”

“And we don’t want to lose her from the game. There are so few women in these professions that when people like her leave the game, it’s a real loss to so many other women and girls who aspire to play a role.”

The FA board member recalled also that there will be no excuse for any use of discriminatory language :

“We love the game for the strong passions but when that tips over into abusing somebody, ridiculing them, referencing them as a ‘secretary’, I do not believe that’s acceptable.”

“As I said in my statement, I was disappointed by how it was handled and I hope there are lessons for the future in how these very significant issues that affect the whole game are tackled,”

“There is something broader here. There must be really enforceable guidance so that no medic feels there can be any interference when they are called onto the field of play.”

“Remember, Dr Eva Carneiro did nothing wrong – in fact, if she had not gone onto the field of play, she would have been in breach of her own (General Medical Council) guidance.”

 

 

 

 

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José Mourinho tried to do a deep analysis of the home defeat against Southampton and of the bad moment of the team speaking to Chelsea TV after the game:

“I thought in the first half we were fine, more than fine, we deserved to arrive in the end of the first half winning, they scored the equaliser and then the second half was very difficult because the team emotionally is very fragile, they are feeling too much the pressure of the bad result, the negativity, the fact that every time you make a mistake you’re normally punished and I knew that the second half was going to be more difficult [for these reasons].

After that it comes an episode that…..I think it’s time for people to be honest and say that I am right – maybe I’m going to be punished- but I have to say it because my players and Chelsea supporters deserve that I say it: we don’t get one decision from the referee, ONE. We lost in Porto with a big penalty in the last minute that was in the face of two officials, not just one, two…and today we had a big penalty that the referee should be here now with you and me to explaining why he didn’t give us that penalty, which is a crucial penalty: a penalty that if you score you go 2-1 up and we would have been in control of the game and in control of the emotions: they didn’t give it to us, they don’t give it, never, they’re afraid to give [them] and we were punished by that. Then, the second goal was an individual mistake and when you make an individual mistake the team is like a castle of cards that collapse because mentally the team is in trouble, the confidence level is very low and the team are feeling a lot that: they fought, they tried, but mentally the team was really in trouble after the second goal.

I cannot complain the supporters, they have their profiles, they are super enthusiastic like in other cultures but they did support: the boos for me because of the substitution of Willian [are right] because I would have done the same if I didn’t know that Willian was ill, the Willian ten minutes before was vomiting and he was not in conditions to stay on the pitch, he was feeling really bad: I would have done the same if I didn’t know that the truth, now they know the truth…I am not stupid, I knew that he was doing ok and I would have never changed him if there wasn’t that situation. I think they tried to support the team and I have to complaints for them“.

Mourinho is then asked if the international break is coming in the right time, giving him the chance to have players with fresher heads when they will come back from their international duties:

I don’t know that: maybe I’m different than them…I am so sorry that I don’t have a game tomorrow, I am too old to play and I have not the quality to play in a team like Chelsea and I am so sorry because I would love to play: I don’t know what is good or bad for them in this moment“.

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Chelsea captain John Terry has made it clear, that only Jose Mourinho can guide the team upwards. The Blues skipper admits also, that the team must stay together if they want to improve their performances.

Terry told the Chelsea official website:

”We are not in the familiar position we are normally in”

”We find ourselves in it and it is down to the group of players and the manager to get ourselves out of it and we must do that very soon.”

‘‘Generally I think we are looking low on confidence but we have a big group of players in that dressing room and we need to stand up, which we will do. There is no difference from last season.”

‘‘We need to be hungry like we were. Like many teams find, it is difficult to come back after winning the Premier League, we have seen it with Man City. We are suffering a bit of late but we have big characters in the dressing room and we will remain together along with the manager and get ourselves out of this.’’

”Once you can get one win you build on that. We must win at home to Aston Villa after the international break, which is maybe a good opportunity for players to go away and clear their heads and come back after that and really kick on, because we need to start winning football matches.”

‘‘We have a big group of players and we have the best manager who we remain behind and we remain together. That is what you do in tough circumstances. I have been here a long time and I have seen managers come and go and if anyone is going to get us out of this hole it is going to be Jose Mourinho.”

‘‘And the players will remain together and fight, and keep fighting for the supporters because they were excellent on Saturday.’’

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jose mourinho

According to the pundits Alan Shearer and Jamie Redknapp, Jose Mourinho is no more able to rely on his key players such as Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic and John Terry what makes Chelsea team suffering defeat after defeat.

The Blues suffered their fourth league defeat of the season. This time it was Southampton that won 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. It means that Chelsea have already lost more games than during their their title-winning campaign in 2014-15.

According to the pundits Redknapp and Shearer there must be something happening in the Chelsea dressing room.

Alan Shearer told Sky Sports:

”I think there are major problems in the Chelsea dressing room”

‘All his rocks from last season are crumbling. All his players are under performing. The players are not responding to him.

‘He has tried criticising them in the media. He says he is the best manager, I say he is the best manager but he now has to go out and prove that. 

”His players are not listening to him. He put Matic on at half-time and took him off 25 minutes later.”

”That is saying to the player and to the rest of the players “I am the boss, you’re not messing with me and if you don’t give me something I am going to humiliate you in public”.

”He has now got major, major problems at Chelsea, particularly in the dressing room.”

The other Sky Sport pundit Jamie Redknapp totally agress with Shearer’s words:

”Those players, if they’re behind Jose Mourinho they’re doing a bad job of showing it because there wasn’t a tackle made”

”They never got close to anybody, a really poor performance. You can blame it on lack of confidence but that to me is a very worrying sign.”

”He seems like he’s losing his players, he’s got to bring them back somehow.”

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Many people were disappointed when José Mourinho took off Willian, the best player on the pitch until that moment, in the second half again Southampton.

The fans at Stamford Bridge also booed Mourinho for the decision, but the manager then explained it in the post-match press conference:

When the supporters booed the Willian decision, I would so the same as them if I didn’t know Willian was ill and vomiting at half-time and the doctor said it would be difficult for him to continue. If they have a negative reaction I would do the same because the results are not the results we want.”

Nemanja Matic was taken off having been introduced at half-time, some people were shocked by the decision and thought could be humiliating for the Serbian player.

Mourinho explained also this decision:

It was not humiliating [for him]. I don’t do that to anyone in football or in life. It’s something if I do, I do without any intention. I like the players, I trust them and I know they are good players but some of them are in a difficult moment, and Matic is one of them. He is not playing well, he is not sharp, defensively he is making mistakes.

“I played him because Ramireas was doing a great job on Mane, but with a yellow card and an inexperienced referee I was afraid of a second yellow card, so I changed him for Matic. With the second goal I needed to make a change, play another striker for a player from midfield.  

“I kept Oscar because he creates more, I kept Fabregas because, maybe because of his formation at Barcelona, he copes better with the pressure. Even not playing well his emotional stability is high. I decided to take Matic off, but I like the player very much. I have a fantastic relationship with the boy.”

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Southampton midfielder Steven Davis has praised his teammates for defeating Chelsea in a very good style.

It is no surprise that the Northern Irish player was delighted to score against the Blues. In his opinion his goal gave the team a real belief that they are able to win at Stamford Bridge.

Davis told youtube.com/southamptonfc :

“I thought I’d save the goal for a good occasion,”

“It has been a frustrating time, but I had a good chance early on and snatched at it.”

“I was disappointed with that. It was a great lay-off from Graziano [Pellè] and it was nice to see it hit the back of the net. Hopefully it’s the start of a few more to come.”

“I think getting the goal before half time meant the belief started to come back into us. We showed in the second half that we fully deserved the win and caused them a number of problems.”

“It took us a little bit of time to find out feet in the game but it’s important we start to show the consistency that we did last season.”

“It was nice to follow up the Swansea win with a big result here against Chelsea.”

“I thought the second half was very good,”

“Sadio started to find pockets of space and we know he can cause all sorts of problems.”

“We were unlucky not to go ahead before we did, but we kept plugging away.”

“Defensively I thought every man did their job. It’s important you stay compact against a team like Chelsea.”

“It was a great performance and a deserved three points.”

 

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JOSE MOURINHO
Ex Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Jose Mourinho has said that Chelsea shouldn’t sack him in his press conference, despite seeing his side lose 1-3 to Southampton.

The defeat leaves Chelsea 10 points of leaders Manchester City after eight games, of which the Blues have won just two.

But, Mourinho stressed there was absolutely no chance he would walk away from his position. He added stability at the club he loves was the key to turning things around.

He also explained why Willian and Nemanja Matic were withdrawn in the second half today, before naming one youngster he expects to be given a chance in our next match after the forthcoming international break. First though he clarified his own position…

“No way I resign,” Mourinho said. “No way.

Why? Because Chelsea cannot have a better manager than me.

“There are many managers in the world that belong to my level, but no better. So no chance I run away.

“Why? For two reasons. One: because I have my professional pride and I know I’m very good at my job. Secondly because I like this club very much. If that’s not the case it could be different, but in the accumulation of both situations I want the best for my club and the best for my club is for me to stay, so I stay.

“When we were champions last season I said I was going to stay until the owner and the board wanted me to leave. No club can persuade me to leave; no financial offer can persuade me to leave. I’m going to stay until the day the owner and or the board say: “Jose, it’s enough”.

“I said that when I was a champion and I say that now when I am 16th in the table. No chance I resign. That is completely clear.”

The 52-year old has said that he expects to guide his team to a top-four finish this season, despite the club suffering their worst start in over 30 years.

“I know that you know the history of this club, and you know every time the results were not good there was a change of manager, but when I was contacted to come back, I was told “we have had so many managers and we know you are the best”.

“I think it’s time for the club to act in a different way, to mark a position: a position of stability, a position of trust. Three months ago we were all together on the bus with the cups. It’s time for us all to be together now at the bottom of the league.

“I think in December, January, February, we are top four. To be champion will be very difficult, but top four is completely doable. When you are in such a bad season with such a bad start, if at the end of the season you finish in the top four it’s because you kept the balance in a difficult season.

“For me everything is clear. I have been in football for a long time and the power is always with the owners and the boards in the end. I was taught that from day one in my life, I was coached to understand and respect that all the time.

“Do the players trust me and feel I am the man for the job? This week we spoke about it and the answer was undoubtful.

“When the supporters booed the Willian decision, I would so the same as them if I didn’t know Willian was ill and vomiting at half-time and the doctor said it would be difficult for him to continue. If they have a negative reaction I would do the same because the results are not the results we want.”

The Portuguese has however defended Matic, who was substituted at half time and was omitted from the starting XI for the Blues’ midweek Champions League trip to Porto, whilst also defending other team decisions he made today:

“It was not humiliating [for him].

“I don’t do that to anyone in football or in life. It’s something if I do, I do without any intention. I like the players, I trust them and I know they are good players but some of them are in a difficult moment, and Matic is one of them. He is not playing well, he is not sharp, defensively he is making mistakes.

“I played him because Ramires was doing a great job on Mane, but with a yellow card and an inexperienced referee I was afraid of a second yellow card, so I changed him for Matic. With the second goal I needed to make a change, play another striker for a player from midfield.  

“I kept Oscar because he creates more, I kept Fabregas because, maybe because of his formation at Barcelona, he copes better with the pressure. Even not playing well his emotional stability is high. I decided to take Matic off, but I like the player very much.

“I have a fantastic relationship with the boy.”

But, Mourinho was adamant the home side were denied a clear penalty when Falcao was brought down inside the box minutes before Southampton’s second:

“The referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea. At 1-1, it is a huge penalty and once again we don’t get it.

“The penalty was a giant penalty and after that the team lost even more confidence.”

Mourinho was also asked if he would bring young players into the team when the Blues return to Premier League action in a fortnight:

“Yes. 

“My job is not so simple because I have to measure the situation and ask myself in difficult moments if the best thing is to keep more experienced players. Can they cope better with the pressure of the moment?

“You do the same. When I don’t play Terry to play Zouma you are the first ones to say immediately: “why aren’t you playing the captain?”

“With Ruben [Loftus-Cheek], it’s exactly the same thing. Ruben, Matic, Ramires, Fabregas – who can cope better with the pressure? I know Fabregas for sure, but maybe the situation is so negative for us a young player feels less pressure than when the team is top of the league fighting for a victory to be champions.

“Clearly it’s time – not to play four, five or six kids because some of them are not ready – but I think Ruben is the one who is more ready. If everything goes normally in the next two weeks yes, he is a player to start the next game and have a run of matches to try to get that stability as a first-team choice.”

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RONALD KOEMAN

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has no doubts, that his team was better tonight and deserved to win at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea lost 3-1 to Southampton after the strikes from Steven Davis, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle.

Koeman told Southampton’s official YouTube channel :

”It’s a fantastic win, even against Chelsea, who are maybe a little bit more struggling than usually and you saw that even at the 1-1,”

“When we scored the 1-1 we were the better team on the pitch and we had the better chances. It was perfect.”
“A very strong start and we scored the 2-1 and the 3-1. After that we had a really strong defensive organisation and fantastic spirit. It was outstanding.”
“We spoke about it at half-time about how not to go back, try to press them and play offensively. We showed that in the second half how we played.”

Asked about the 1st goal scored against Chelsea tonight :

”That give you the belief that we can win the game and we have already had this experience last year, it happened a little bit the same, the first 1-0 down and after that we were the better team on the pitch and we scored 1-1 and we spoke about that in the half time – ,,don’t go back, try to press them, try to play offensive” and the example is the second half as we played”

“We had a difficult start to the game, but we came back and we made it 1-1 with a great goal. The difference was how we came out of the dressing room, pressed Chelsea and had fantastic movement. In my opinion, we totally deserve three points today. Maybe, if they had one penalty we had two penalties, that’s a decision for the referee. ”
“We got what we deserved. And we deserve great credit. ”
“It’s a great moment because we were waiting a long time for an away win and we get this one against Chelsea. That makes it more special,”
“Maybe the way how we got the win last week gave the players that real confidence what you need. If you can show that against teams like Chelsea that’s very positive.”
“Maybe we were a little bit disappointed about the fast 1-0, but after that we played like we had the belief to win the game and we showed that in a fantastic second half.”

 

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