Chelsea manager José Mourinho analysed the friendly game won against PSG in Charlotte at penalty shootout in the post-match press conference:
“Paris St-Germain are a good team and they have good players”
“They started training a couple of weeks before us, they have already four matches in their legs and they are clearly one step ahead of us in their preparation, so this was a fantastic test for us from the physical point of view. It was very important for us.
Falcao made his debut in Chelsea shirt and he looked very sharp and lively:
“That is because he is not so tired as the others, because he trained two days and the others 10 days and they are accumulating fatigue. Falcao, Willian and Juan Cuadrado are with the sharpness but without the fatigue so they looked good, and it was good for them to play this 20 minutes and it was good for Falcao from the penalty spot to put the ball into the net.’
PSG defender Serge Aurier had a tough tackle on Diego Costa, not a very normal thing in a friendly match:
“Aurier is not a player who normally plays in the PSG team. Normally they play with Thiago Silva and David Luiz and Marquinhos. So he had a chance, he faced the game like a big game and it was important for him, and he was I too aggressive.
“For me no problem, I understand football, and Diego behaved tremendously well.
The atmosphere at Charlotte’s Bank of America stadium was impressive and many of the 60,000 spectators turned out to be Chelsea fans:
“The people gave us an atmosphere that is not normal in a friendly match.
“This is a match in which you are not obsessed with the result, you want to train, you make changes in the team because you have a plan for a certain amount of minutes, but the people made it a big atmosphere so thanks a lot for that.
“It is not easy for a friendly match to bring 60,000 but this was the French champions and English champions, two big clubs with lots of big players.
“I see the MLS, I see passion and I see the difference in the street.
‘When me and my players go for a walk, 10 years ago it was paradise and it is not paradise anymore so I think people know us. The passion is coming and what the US Women did in the World Cup must also be a plus so I think step by step – Kaka, Lampard, Gerrard, Raul – these guys must also be important for this. For 11 years I’ve been coming here and every year I come for pre-season I see a difference.’
Chelsea won 6-5 over PSG after penalty shootout: the score after 90′ was 1-1 with goals of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Victor Moses.
The Blues started with this formation: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Moses, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa.
PSG played a great first half and Asmir Begovic was the protagonist with a couple of great savings on Lucas Moura but he couldn’t do anything at minute 25 when Blaise Matuidi hit the post with a great shot from outside the box and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on the rebound with a great powerful shot.
In the second half Courtois replaced Begovic, Zouma went in for Cahill and Ramires for Obi Mikel.
Paris St. Germain started a little better but on minute 67 the game changed when Cesc Fabregas found Victor Moses in front of Sirigu in the box with a perfect assist lob: the Nigerian scored with a great volée and since then Chelsea ruled on the pitch.
The Blues took courage and when after three minutes Mourinho sent on the pitch Falcao ( at his debut with Chelsea), Oscar, Remy and Willian for Diego Costa, Matic, Moses and Fabregas Chelsea playing style improved even more and the team was able to create several goal chances, without taking advantage of their supremacy.
Cuadrado entered the pitch on minute 74 and played a good game but he threw the chance to seal it with five minutes to go when, alone in front of Sirigu after a good accelaration on the right lane, he lost the moment for the killing shot.
The game ended 1-1 and penalty shootout had to proclaim the winner: Bahebeck and Thiago Silva made the decisive mistakes for PSG while Cuadrado was the only one to miss the goal for Chelsea, since Sirigu made a great save on his shot.
The final kick for Chelsea was taken by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who gave the victory to the Blues with an incredibly powerful and perfect penalty.
Charles Aranguiz impressed a lot in Copa Amrica and now has some eyes focused on him: some of the main teams in Europe are thinking offering a bid for him.
Chelsea and Arsenal are on top of the list and Marseille also said to be keen. But Bayer Leverkusen won’t but a bid on him just because Premier League is interested on him.
The presidet of Bayer Leverkusen left a clear message That other big clubs have more money to lure him does not scare us. We believe he is perfect for us, and we will fight for him.”
So for now this kind of deal might be hard to finish it, but at the Aranguiz stays where he is.
Watch new Chelsea signing Radamel Falcao in his first training with the Blues during pre-season training camp in Montreal, Canada.
Falcao is expected to play his first Chelsea game against Barcelona on Wednesday 29 July but, if Mourinho will need him, it’s possible he will make his Blues debut already tonight against PSG in Charlotte, USA.
Chelsea will face tonight PSG at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC, USA – for the second clash of the Northern America International Champions Cup.
The kick off will be at 23.10 UK time, 00.10 of Sunday 26 July in central Europe and 18.10 local time.
The friendly match will be broadcasted live on Chelsea TV and Sky Sports in the UK, Canal Plus in the USA, ESPN Deportes in the USA and Americas, Esporte Interativo in Brazil, Direct TV in South America, Televisa and Sky Mexico in Central America, Sport TV in Portugal, Mediaset Premium in Italy, BeIn in France, TV3 and Prisa in Spain,Eredivisie in the Netherlands, RDS in Romania and Hungary, Belgacom in Belgium, DIGI in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, BTV in Bulgaria, DigitalB in Albania, Arena in the Balkans, SBD Discovery inScandinavia, Forthnet in Greece, Cyta in Cyprus, Dogan Group in Turkey, Go in Malta, Star India in India, LETV in China, Jsports in Japan, SCTV group in Indonesia, PPTV in Thailand, BeIN in MENA and North Africa, Star Times in SubSaharan Africa.
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New Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao knows Juan Cuadrado very well as they are both Colombian and have been sharing the national team dressing room for years.
The former Atletico Madrid striker is sure that his fellow mate will make an impact at Chelsea, after a difficult settling time last season:
“Juan is a happy person with very good qualities and skills and he only needs time to grow in this club and be important, like he was when playing in Italy,” he said to Chelsea official website.
“He is a fantastic player and everybody supports him because all the players and coaches know about his quality. He is so quick over a few metres and I think this season will be a good one for him”.
According to Spanish paper Marca Chelsea left-back Filipe Luis secretly underwent a medical last Thursday with his former club, Atletico Madrid.
The defender is set to leave Stamford Bridge to go back to Simeone’s side but the transfer, that seemed imminent in the past days, is still far to be completed.
Marca reveals that it was the defender’s wish to get the medical out of the way so he felt closer to the move being completed: the player was pictured both in Madrid Barajas airport and around the Spanish capital but the transfer is not completed yet.
Atletico Madrid chairman Enrique Cerezo said a couple of days ago a deal should be announced within the coming hours and even Chelsea manager José Mourinho stated before the friendly game with NY Red Bulls on Wednesday: “We can sell Filipe Luis now or tomorrow” but then it seems something happened.
Chelsea haven’t still found a player to replace Luis and, always according to Marca, they rejected the initial Atletico Madrid offer, considering it inappropriate.
Colombian striker Radamel Falcao gave his first interview as a Chelsea player to the club website.
He seems very enthusiastic to start this new adventure with the Blues:
It has been a busy summer for you…
“Yes, I had the Copa America, playing with my national team, and then a holiday. I went for 14 days to visit my family and friends in Colombia and had time to enjoy my people, and then straight here where I have quickly joined the pre-season.”
Jose Mourinho says you come to Chelsea with great motivation to show England how good you are…
“I am with a lot of motivation to join Chelsea. I have challenged myself to play in the Premier League and I am enjoying living this experience with a lot of motivation, with a lot of concentration, because I want to triumph with Chelsea. I want to win the league and to be important in the team.”
It must have been good to hear the manager make it clear over the course of the summer how much he admires you?
“He sent some messages to support me and he said that he believes in me and has faith in me, and for that reason I am very grateful to him and I want to give my 100 per cent for the team and for him.”
You moved to Porto from South America five years after he left but did people there still speak about Jose Mourinho during your time?
“Yes, he left a lot of influence in Porto, and the tactics and the way Porto plays is a legacy of what Jose did there.”
Chelsea fans were grateful when your powerful shot hit the post rather than the net back in April and we went on to record an important 1-0 win over Manchester United. Were Chelsea the best team you played against last season?
“Chelsea showed during the whole season their quality and they maintained that during the whole season. The performance was high and they were the best team during the season.”
There are many of your Colombian fans making their presence heard in Montreal this week. How big are Chelsea back in Colombia?
“In Colombia Chelsea has a lot of supporters and now with Juan Cuadrado and me, 45 million people watch each game, and not only in Colombia, in all of the continent Chelsea has fans.”
You know Juan well, tells us about him…
“Juan is a happy person with very good qualities and skills and he only needs time to grow in this club and be important, like he was when playing in Italy. He is a fantastic player and everybody supports him because all the players and coaches know about his quality. He is so quick over a few metres and I think this season will be a good one for him.
“I talked with Juan before I came to Chelsea but I had decided I would like to join Chelsea some years ago. The media talked about me and Chelsea and it was not possible but this summer finally I come.”
Did you also ask your team-mate at Monaco, Ricardo Carvalho, about us?
“He spoke with me about the club and told me how big is Chelsea and that he had a very good time here. He enjoyed it a lot and he is grateful to the team. He is also a very good defender.”
You are reunited with Diego Costa, a true character…
“He is crazy! And happy. I know him from Atletico and we enjoyed very good times. We shared very good moments and he is a great guy. Among funny moments there, I remember from the cold pool he sent the water over the players – every time!
“We are used to playing together, and the 2012/13 year was very good for Atletico when we scored a lot of goals. We are different kinds of strikers and we complement each other.”
The 2013 Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid when you provided a great assist for Diego Costa to equalise equally well especially stands out…
“We were great in that game. For us it was a fantastic win in the stadium of our main rival. It had been a lot of years without a win in that stadium.”
Thibaut Courtois played too…
“He is very good. He grew a lot as a goalkeeper at Atletico and I am happy for him. He’s a fantastic person as well.”
Coming on as a second-half substitute in a group-stage game for Porto against Chelsea in 2009 might not normally stick in the mind, but this was your Champions League debut…
“I never forget that first match in the Champions League, it was in Stamford Bridge and I liked the club and I thought in that moment I would like to play in this club in the future.
“That was a fantastic Chelsea squad with very good players. It was raining and I remember the pitch was fantastic, perfect, and I came on in the second half and I played well. I remember John [Terry] and Ricardo [Carvalho] were the central defenders and for me it was a very good experience. Then when Porto played at home against Chelsea I was in the starting line-up.”
The next time you played Chelsea was in Monaco in the Super Cup in 2012, a game Blues fans remember but not for good reasons. You were brilliant that night…
“It was maybe my best performance in a match in Europe. I scored three goals and I hit the post twice in the first 45 minutes. It was a fantastic night and the whole Atletico team was brilliant.”
It might have been harder for you had John Terry played…
“John Terry is a legend of this club, of England and of football, and he is a leader. I am happy to share a dressing room with him.”
You might not have noticed but when you came off near the end, not only were the Atletico fans applauding you but the Chelsea fans also…
“I didn’t notice, but that is good.”
We are yet to know but your first football for Chelsea might be against Barcelona in Washington DC, an opponent you of course know well…
“It will be a very good match, two strong teams. The meaning in pre-season is different but always these type of matches create a good atmosphere in the crowd. It will be a good game for American fans to watch.”
Your full name is Radamel Falcao Garcia Zarate, with Garcia from your father [a former player] and Zarate from your mother. Often with names in Spanish you would be known by a name containing one of those surnames, so why are your two first names used?
“I don’t know. A lot of people call me Falcao only. Radamel Falcao I am used to as well. My father is called Radamel too, and for that reason I like it that people call me just Falcao.”
Tells us about your English roots…
“My great grandfather was born in Yorkshire and he emigrated to Colombia and he had my grandmother there. Some people from my family came to England to visit Yorkshire and one year some of my cousins wanted to take British nationality but it was not possible. But all of the people in my family have a love for England”.
Chelsea are planning to expend Stamford Bridge capacity from 42,000 to 60,000 spectators with a £500m project in the next years.
During renovation works the Blues might require a temporary stadium for home games, with both Wembley and Twickenham being lined up as potential options.
Manager José Mourinho had his say on this:
“I’ve taken charge of 98 matches on my bench in Stamford Bridge and hope to have more.
“I know the club needs to make the next step and that is a new Stamford Bridge, more seats.
“At a certain point of our lives as a club, we will have to leave, which is a bad thing but, if we need to play at another stadium, we will try to make it our new home while we wait”.