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The enthusiasm of Radamel Falcao for his new adventure with Chelsea seems very huge, as the Colombian striker posted another picture after his first training with Blues on his account after the ones we showed you before.

Here is the latest Chelsea’s signing for the attack with Willian and Juan Cuadrado after their first training of this pre-season in Montreal.

The three look all very happy to have join the squad and start this new campaign.

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Sky Sport Italia reports that Roma and Chelsea have agreed a fee for Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian should sign for the Giallorossi soon, while Roma will pay a £1.5m fee to the Blues for a season long loan, and £15m next year to buy him permanently.

According to the Italian media, Roma sports director Walter Sabatini negotiated last night with Salah’s entourage and a deal was found.

Salah also updated his Twitter profile, where he still have pictures with him in Fiorentina  -his last club- shirt, saying “Be ready to change profile picture” another signal his transfer to Roma is really close.

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ASMIR BEGOVIC

Even though Chelsea lost against New York Red Bull 4-2 in the friendly match with Asmir Begovic as goalkeeper, which who conceded the four goals, José Mourinho wants give  him another chance.

The goal weren’t all Begovic’s fualt, but Mourinho thinks Begovic is still a good player and deserves another chance to show his signing by the Blues was not wrong.

In fact, the ex Stoke City goalkeeper will be a starter in the next match against French giants Paris St Germain. The match is going to be played next Saturday night in Charlotte, USA.

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Chelsea just announced on their official website that Cech defender Tomas Kalas extended his contract with the Blues for 3 further years.

The youngster is back on loan to Middlesbrough, where he already played in the last season, after spending one year at Stamford Bridge in Mourinho‘s squad in 2013/2014 season.

He played before for Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie, and Chelsea hope he can improve more his playing style with this other year in the Championship side.

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Augsburg chairman Jonas Hoffman stated his club don’t need to sell left-back Rahman Baba to Chelsea to get the Londoners millions:

“We do not need the Baba millions: we have a good, solid team here,” he claimed speaking to the Bild

I am very optimistic that Baba will continue his great performances with us. He’s made a very good impression at our recent training camp.

Why keep Baba? I am an Augsburg fan. To me, it’s more important that I spend the evening watching Augsburg win with a beer in my hand than when we have more money in the bank account.

There’s no need to even talk about an offer under €20m, as I’ve previously stated.

Chelsea have targeted the young defender to replace Brazilian Filipe Luis who is set to return to Atletico Madrid.

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Asmir Begovic

Asmir Begovic didn’t start his adventure at Chelsea very well, collecting four goals in 45 minutes in awful second half the Blues played against NY Red Bulls.

The Bosnian goalkeeper, that the Blues just signed from Stoke City to replace Petr Cech, did a bunch of mistakes in two of the four goals, and his reactions didn’t seem so sharp on the Americans’ shots.

Chelsea manager José Mourinho spent nice words on him in his post-match press conference to highlight they were just episodes, due to tiredness, and to explain he doesn’t regret his signing:

He was very tired, the same as Courtois. When the goalkeepers are very tired the coordination is low, the agility doesn’t exist, and the speed of reaction doesn’t exist. Courtois made a mistake in the first half with the ball at his feet.

“Begovic in the second half was not sharp in his reactions but it’s a consequence of being tired from training. I’m so happy to have him and in the next game against PSG he will start. He will play the first half. There’s no problem, it’s just a process“.

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho spoke to the press after the Blues were defeated 4-2 in New Jersey by NY Red Bulls in their first appearance of the new season:

They gave us a good training session. If we came here and won 10-0 I would not be happy because it would mean it was too easy. We needed the game they gave us.

Obviously we needed to play better than we did in the second half defensively, and there were also too many missed chances, but the intention of pre-season matches is to play, to run, to bring intensity back, so no problem. We are a top team, we have top players. We only started training six days ago.

“The kids that played for Red Bulls were very good opponents for us: sharp, quick, fast, and highly motivated. I believe they were so happy to play against Chelsea.

“They gave us a good match, maybe better than they should, but a very good match! They are not going to forget they beat Chelsea, even if it was pre-season.

Mourinho also spoke about Bertrand Traore and Victor Moses, two players that spent the last season on loan and that started the game last night:

“He’s 19, he’s a kid,” he said about Traore.

“He was in Africa, then Vitesse, and now he’s at Chelsea. He’s not going on loan. We want to keep him and improve him. With the ball he has a lot of talent. Sometimes he didn’t always make the best decisions, but this is absolutely normal. He’s a good kid, a good talent, and I repeat he’s not going on loan

Victor is strong, he’s experienced and he knows the Premier League well,’ Mourinho said about Moses.

He’s fast and aggressive. Okay, he has to learn how to play with us but I’m happy with his week and his 45 minutes. Let’s see what happens but Victor had an evolution in the last couple of years.

On Asmir Begovic, the new goalkeeper that made a couple of mistakes in two of the goal of NY Bulls, Mourinho said:

He was very tired, the same as Courtois. When the goalkeepers are very tired the coordination is low, the agility doesn’t exist, and the speed of reaction doesn’t exist. Courtois made a mistake in the first half with the ball at his feet.

“Begovic in the second half was not sharp in his reactions but it’s a consequence of being tired from training. I’m so happy to have him and in the next game against PSG he will start. He will play the first half. There’s no problem, it’s just a process“.

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager José Mourinho commented the 4-2 defeat with NY Red Bulls as soon as the game was over at Chelsea TV:

I know it was going to be difficult but the second half was too bad, even [if we were] tired even [if we did] ten [training sessions] in five days, it was too bad, too many mistakes.

“I’m happy with the preparation but I don’t like to lose, we lost and we did in a bad way because the second half was really bad.

“In the next games with Barcelona and PSG I expect, of course, more quality than these guys in NY Red Bull but, at the same time, they are also in pre-season like we are“.

 

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Chelsea have unexpectedly lost 4-2 with the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, in their first match of the pre-season and of the USA International Champions Cup.

Mourinho’s side played a good first half and also took the lead with a Remy’s goal at minute 26: the French started in the attack along with Traore and Moses, and this line-up was the real surprise of the game.

Oscar was in their back while Courtois was in the goal and the defensive line was formed by Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill and Azpilicueta. Fabregas and Obi Mikel were in the midfield, completing the starting XI.

The Blues got more ball possession and had several chances to score more goal, but they weren’t able to increase the score.

In the second half only Zouma, Azpilicueta and Oscar stayed on the pitch: new Chelsea keeper Asmir Begovic took Courtois’ place in the goal, Aina went in for Ivanovic and Terry for Cahill; Ramires, Loftus-Cheek and Matic played in the midfield, while Hazard and Diego Costa completed the attack.

Since the beginning of the second part the impression was that Chelsea lost some of concentration and after just six minutes a sloppy and slow back pass of John Terry to Asmir Begovic led to a little misunderstanding that allowed Castellanos to score the 1-1 goal.

From this point on the Blues started to play really bad and NY Red Bull took courage and soon were the masters of the pitch.

Jesse Marsch’s side produced numerous goal chances and eventually found 2-1 goal with Tyler Adams at 69′, and after four minutes, at 73′, Sean Davis scored the third goal for the American team.

Mourinho’s face on the bench at that point was massive about the bad moment of his team and his expression didn’t change when after two minutes, at 75′, Hazard found the 2-3 goal for Chelsea with a nice shot from just outside the box, a sign of pride.

It seemed that Chelsea could have a reaction and draw, but after two minutes, at 77′, Sean Davis again scored the final 4-2 goal.

The Blues tried then to react and hit the crossbar in a confused action in the box, before Diego Costa sent out the ball in a chance where he usually scores blindfolded.

“NY Red Bulls deserved to win tonight” like Eden Hazard said in a very short interview after the game, and it was well said.

It’s true that the Americans are in the middle of the season and are physically more reactive at the moment, with Chelsea being just one week into pre-season training, but the lack of concentration in the second part is something Mourinho has to worry about, as well as his distracted and slow defense and his un-prolific attack.

PSG is the next rival on Saturday night in Charlotte, and if Chelsea will play like this it won’t be easy to avoid another defeat.

 

 

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