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Arsenal striker Aaron Ramsey commented the defeat at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea:

We wanted to get back to winning ways and have a positive game. We were doing that up until the sending-off.

On Gabriel’s red card after the incident with Diego Costa he said:

“I’m sure he’ll learn from that and we have to move on and put things right on Wednesday.

“It’s not good enough for a club like Arsenal to lose two games in a row. Hopefully now we can put things right on Wednesday.

Arsenal will face Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night for League Cup third round:

It will be a feisty game with hopefully some goals in our favour.

 

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While commenting Chelsea v Arsenal for BBC Newcastle legend Alan Shearer expressed his opinion on the incident that involved Diego Costa and Gabriel during the match, with the Brazilian that eventually was sent off:

“I like him, I’m a fan of his and I like the way he plays, I like the way he’s aggressive,” Shearer said about the Chelsea striker.

“But there’s a line and he crossed that line today, on more than one occasion. 

“This, I hate… trying to get Coquelin booked with his reaction. I hate that, I really do. He should get a yellow card himself for doing it, that’s the law.”

“With Koscielny, his hands… two in the face. He knows what he’s doing, he intends to catch him and he could be sent off if the referee sees that. He really is an angry man, you can see him scratch Gabriel, he’s winding Gabriel up… it’s got nothing to do with him at all. 

“And then he’s still at it, little slap, right in front of the referee. He’s sucked Gabriel right in, and Gabriel is absolutely pathetic for falling for it, he really is.”

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Former Arsenal manager George Graham reckons that after yesterday’s incident with Arsenal defender Gabriel Chelsea striker Diego Costa will now be targeted by the games’ officials and by his rivals:

I think Costa is going to be targeted man now by the officials and probably rightly so.

“[Didier] Drogba was the main [Chelsea] man for nearly 10 years and he was very, very physical but he didn’t take to the extremes that Costa has taken it to.

“Although you’ve got to keep that physical intensity, once you step over the mark he’s got to be dealt with by officials, it’s as simple as that – and I think he will be.

“Wenger is not the most strict manager and he really needs to get hold of his own players because there’s no way Gabriel should have been sent off – it’s his own stupidity that got him sent off and they’ve got to handle that.

“[But] Arsene does it his way and look at the record he has got in English football – he has been instrumental in getting a certain way of playing, the diet – he’s brought all these things and trophies as well so how can you fault him?”

 

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Yesterday Petr Cech returned to Stamford Bridge for the first time as a rival.

The reception the Czech goalkeeper got from Chelsea fans was “amazing” as he stated after the game:

“I came back and hoped that I could get a result for my new team.

“We prepared for the game but couldn’t win”, he continued.

“My individual highlight will be the reception I got from the fans which was amazing.

“I would like to thank everybody, but obviously I would have liked to win the game. We go home with no points so that’s the disappointing part”.

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Chelsea boss José Mourinho celebrating the victory against Arsenal with his son José Jr. and the fans in their car outside Stamford Bridge © José Mourinho Jr Twitter

It’s a very different José Mourinho the one we saw today after the victory in the derby against Arsenal from the one we saw in the last month, where Chelsea had an horror start of the Premier League with three defeats in five games.

The Special One looked much more relaxed and happy after these three vital points for his team and celebrated the victory with his son José Jr, who was at Stamford Bridge like in many other games, and the fans waiting for him outside while going back home in his car.

The photos were uploaded from Mourinho’s son on his Twitter public profile.

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Jose Mourinho explained that the decision to replace John Terry with Kurt Zouma was only a strategic move and he has no issues with the Chelsea captain.

The Special One claims, that he decided to drop Terry in order to combat the pace of Theo Walcott.

Mourinho said :

“John Terry doesn’t need me to speak with him because he knows what I feel and think. He knows he’s my man. If I have to choose one of 25 to be my man he’s the first. He knows I care about him as a player and a person. He knows my decision had only one intention, which was to help my team win the match. I thought Arsenal would come to play a defensive game, with a very fast striker who gets behind people. If we didn’t need to win the game so much we probably would have kept our block lower and more compact, but because we desperately needed a victory we couldn’t wait, we had to bring our defensive line up.

“Playing against Walcott the best player we have is Zouma. John knows how I think and if he’s normally a great captain, today he was even better. If every player had lots of respect for him, the way he’s reacted in the last days to this situation, he has even more respect from the players. If you want to paint a dark picture, I ask you please don’t because it’s not the reality. He’s in great condition and a great situation with the manager and club.”

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José Mourinho© Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager José Mourinho analysed the victory in the derby against Arsenal in his post-match press conference:

It was a very good performance, a deserved victory, I’m happy with the performance and points.

“We improved a lot in the last two matches, in many aspects.  Defensively the team was much better. The attacking players defended much better than before, they created a compact zone and reacted very well to the moments when they lost the ball. That gives great stability for the players behind. We were confident and comfortable with the ball. When you play against 10 men, many times teams play bad, but we played very well against 10 men, we gave them no chances and kept good balance behind the ball. The attacking players started moving much more. We deserved the victory.

Mourinho was impressed by the defensive work of his attacking players:

“Tomorrow I will watch the game again and go for stats. I will see how many times my attacking players lost the ball and recovered the ball. Lost the ball and pressed. Their work – Oscar, Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Pedro– makes it easy to be a defender because you sit there and the attacking players do half of your job for you.

The Chelsea boss also responded to Arsene Wenger’s suggestion that Diego Costa should have been sent off for his part in the Gabriel red card episode

“I played against Arsenal many times and only once he didn’t moan. That day we lost the game, we lost the cup (Community Shield). It wasn’t good for us but we behaved in a fantastic way. No excuses, no crying, no moaning. I played my first derby in September 2000, Benfica against Sporting. I told my players before the game you need emotional control. I’ve played derbies in Portugal, Spain, Italy, England and you don’t win derbies without emotional control, it’s a basic thing. I think you should speak about Gabriel and his mistake. Diego Costa played like he has to play. That’s why you have full stadiums and you sell the game around the world for millions, because the game has to be played like that. That’s why tomorrow I will go to a game which is comparable in terms of passion and dedication, New Zealand against Argentina, I love it. Diego was fantastic, Man of the Match for me.

“It was the same referee that made every decision and didn’t give two clear penalties to us. Gabriel did something to Hazard which is allowed in rugby, not football. In the box it’s a penalty. In the second half another player did the same on Diego Costa. In rugby it’s fantastic, in football it’s a penalty.

“[Wenger] He said before the game I have to cope with my defeat, tonight he has to cope with his defeat.

Mourinho also explained why Terry didn’t start the game today:

“John Terry doesn’t need me to speak with him because he knows what I feel and think. He knows he’s my man. If I have to choose one of 25 to be my man he’s the first. He knows I care about him as a player and a person. He knows my decision had only one intention, which was to help my team win the match. I thought Arsenal would come to play a defensive game, with a very fast striker who gets behind people. If we didn’t need to win the game so much we probably would have kept our block lower and more compact, but because we desperately needed a victory we couldn’t wait, we had to bring our defensive line up.

“Playing against Walcott the best player we have is Zouma. John knows how I think and if he’s normally a great captain, today he was even better. If every player had lots of respect for him, the way he’s reacted in the last days to this situation, he has even more respect from the players. If you want to paint a dark picture, I ask you please don’t because it’s not the reality. He’s in great condition and a great situation with the manager and club.”

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

José Mourinho spoke to BT Sport tv just after Chelsea victory against Arsenal:

I don’t want to think about the title race, I just want to think about the next game. Let’s see where we are at the end

To win a derby, you need emotional control. I always repeat the same before derbies.

Gabriel red card? I don’t have a view of the sending off. There’s no controversy. Man of the match, for sure, was Costa.

A fantastic performance from Diego Costa , he played the game it needed to be played. I’m very happy with him.

I think I’ve played vs Arsenal 15 or 16 times. Only once they didn’t moan. All the other matches they have reasons to moan.

Remy gave a huge contribution in the end of the game, he did was he had to do.

My hand-shake with Wenger? I try to shake hands with managers at home all the time, because I am Chelsea manager, I represent a big club. If the opposite manager is happy to do it, fine. If not, also fine.”

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Frictions between John Terry and José Mourinho?! No, it seems their relationship is stronger than ever.

Despite the Blues skipper watching the whole match from the bench for the second straight time, the Portuguese manager and him hugged each other just after Mike Dean’s final whistle against Arsenal.

An episode that, maybe, will end all the stupid rumours on a ruined relationship between José Mourinho and his captain.

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is looking forward to the clash with Arsenal as all the Blues fans.

The English midfielder came back last year to Stamford Bridge has a rival while playing for Manchester City and had a great reception from his former supporters.

Today Petr Cech will return to the Bridge as a rival and Lampard is sure that the Czech goalkeeper will have a great reception too, as he stated on his Facebook profile:
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