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Begovic 7- Had a good game, not a great deal to do but made saves when needed.

Azpilicueta 7- Overall very good.

Zouma 7- Quick and commanding.

Terry 6.5- Kept the defence well organised throughout.

Baba 7- A great relief after the poor showings from Ivanovic.

Ramires 6.5- Improved in the first half and made a strong challenge that led to the second goal.

Fabregas 6.5- Much better compared to past weeks. Great pass for the second goal.

Willian 7- Good awareness and work rate, set up the first goal.

Loftus-Cheek 6.5- Probably the best player in the first half, taken off at the break.

Pedro 6- Still trying to fit into the team but did show moments of promise.

Costa 7.5- Very good, great to have him back. Looked sharp, scored one and made another.

 

Substitutes:

Matic 6.5- Came on for Loftus-Cheek, gave good cover in midfield.

Hazard N/A- Came on late.

Remy N/A- Came on late.

 

Manager:

Jose Mourinho 7- The team generally played much better than they have done this season, was cautious with the Matic/Loftus-Cheek change.

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TERRY DIEGO COSTA
Merson claims Chelsea team spine is the best one

Chelsea have beaten Aston Villa 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in their latest Premiership game in a match that saw them benefit as much from their opponents’ mistakes as they did their own upturn in form.

Chelsea’s first opening came after just six minutes when Loftus-Cheek had a shot deflected just wide near the edge of the area.  They were just as fortunate to not concede a goal soon after when Hutton, marauding up the right wing for the visitors, went past Baba far too easily and had a shot saved down low by Begovic with his follow up going wide.

Both sides continued to make bright starts but neither side were able to create any clear openings on goal. Aston Villa were not intimidated in the slightest by their surroundings and clearly felt they could end their own poor run of form by compounding Chelsea’s woes.

It was Villa with the clearest chances in the first half hour and Stamford Bridge waited nervously. The fans’ anxiety, however, turned to delight in the 33rd minute when Diego Costa, back from suspension, opened the scoring after some terrible defending from the vistitors. Willian collected a ball from ‘keeper Guzan, meant for Lescott at left-back, and, running in on goal, played the ball square to the Spain international who put it into the empty net.

Chelsea’s second half started brighter than the first and they doubled their lead less than ten minutes after the restart when Alan Hutton finished into his own net. Diego Costa received the ball in the area from deep and had his shot deflected into the goal by the Aston Villa defender.

Chelsea spent the rest of the game largely in control with much improved performances from all the team’s key players. Fabregas rediscovered his passing, it was his ball that found Costa for the second goal, Costa was back to something approaching his ferocious best and no errors came the defence’s way.

It is a crucial win for the Blues and one Jose Mourinho will be mighty relieved to have under his belt. The back four and the comfort with which it defended the teams lead will no doubt be of great satisfaction, as will the supports’ resounding support for him after his outburst and subsequent FA punishment following the 3-1 loss to Southampton two weeks ago.

While there is still room for improvement, it is great to see the players play like a team again, and one that looks as if it will put at least a bit of a fight to retain its Premiership crown. While they are still ten points behind Man City at the top of the table, they have at least stopped the rot.

 

Teams:

Chelsea:

Begovic, Azpilicueta, Terry, Zouma, Baba; Ramires, Loftus-Cheek (Matic-45), Willian (Remy- 92), Fabregas, Pedro (Hazard-82); Costa

Substituites:

Oscar, Hazard, Mikel, Remy, Matic, Cahill, Blackman

Aston Villa:

Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Richardson, Westwood, Gueye, Gil, Grealish, Ayew, Gestade

Substitutes:

Bacuna, Sinclair, Traore, Amavi, Sanchez, Bunn, Crespo

Ref: Roger East
Attendance: 41,596

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remy diego costa

Chelsea are leading 1-0  at half-time against Aston Villa in their latest Premiership game.

Chelsea’s first opening came after just six minutes when Loftus-Cheek had a shot deflected just wide near the edge of the area.  They were just as fortunate to not concede a goal soon after when Hutton, marauding up the right wing for the visitors, went past Baba far too easily and had a shot saved down low by Begovic with his follow up going wide.

Both sides continued to make bright starts but neither side were able to create any clear openings on goal. Aston Villa were not intimidated in the slightest by their surroundings and clearly felt they could end their own poor run of form by compounding Chelsea’s woes.

It was Villa with the clearest chances in the first half hour and Stamford Bridge waited nervously. The fans’ anxiety, however, turned to delight in the 33rd minute when Diego Costa, back from suspension, opened the scoring after some terrible defending from the vistitors. Willian collected a ball from ‘keeper Guzan, meant for Lescott at left-back, and, running in on goal, played the ball square to the Spain international who put it into the empty net.

It is perhaps the piece of luck that Jose Mourinho believes has alluded Chelsea so far this season, though they should be aware that the Aston Villa have shown signs of promise so far in this match, and that with Chelsea’s pourous defence no lead is currently safe.

Teams:

Chelsea:

Begovic, Azpilicueta, Terry, Zouma, Baba; Ramires, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Fabregas, Pedrp; Costa

Substituites:

Oscar, Hazard, Mikel, Remy, Matic, Cahill, Blackman

Aston Villa:

Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Richardson, Westwood, Gueye, Gil, Grealish, Ayew, Gestade

Substitutes:

Bacuna, Sinclair, Traore, Amavi, Sanchez, Bunn, Crespo

Ref: Roger East

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Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes has played down talk of her side going on to win the Champions League. 

The Blues cruised to a 4-0 aggregate win over Scottish champions Glasgow City in the round of 32 earlier this week, and are now the only British side left in the competition.

Hayes’ side also secured a domestic double this year, winning their first ever FA Cup and WSL1 title.

However, the 38-year old, who was the only female manager in the WSL1 last season, has said that there is little room for complacency with the club having already achieved their competition aims:

“Our goal was the last 16,” Hayes told BBC Scotland. “We have achieved that goal. (Now) it all depends on the draw.

“If we draw one of the top two or three teams in Europe, that’s very challenging, in our first season.”

“Going forward we’re deadly, but defensively, we are the best team in England,” Hayes added.

“Coming away without conceding was as important as winning the game.

“I think Glasgow probably realised why we’re champions of England, after that performance.”

Chelsea will find out their opponents for the round of 16 on Monday, with former winners Wolfsburg and Lyon potential opponents.

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Chelsea will look to get back to winning ways as they return from the international break as they face Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge (15:00 GMT KO).

The Blues will see this game against struggling Villa as the perfect opportunity to reverse their poor fortune this season – they have won only two of their eight league games this season and currently sit 16th in the table.

Tim Sherwood’s side are also struggling this season. The Villains currently sit in the relegation zone, with just four points, but bizarrely are only two places behind Chelsea. The Midlanders haven’t won since the opening day, where they beat Premier League newcomers Bournemouth, and have lost their last four. Their only other point came in a 2-2 home draw with Sunderland.

Jose Mourinho’s side saw opposing fortunes with tomorrow’s opponents last season, winning the home game 3-0 thanks to goals from Oscar, Diego Costa and Willian, but losing the away game 0-1 and having Willian and Ramires both sent off. Mourinho was also sent to the stands.

 

Last six games:

Chelsea: LWWWDL (includes two Champions League games and one League Cup game)

Southampton: LWDLWW (includes one Europa League game and one League Cup game)

 

Team News:

– Chelsea forward Diego Costa is available once again after completing his three match ban for violent conduct.

– Branislav Ivanovic is out after picking up a hamstring strain in Serbia’s European Qualifier against Albania.

– Thibaut Courtois is still out, but Mourinho has no other injury concerns.

– Gabby Abonglahor and Ciaran Clark are both out for the visitors.

– Jores Okore is also out after knee surgery.

– Adama Traore is fit enough to return, whilst Carlos Sanchez is to be assessed before the game.

 

Statistics:

– Chelsea have lost only one of their last 13 home meetings with Villa.

– Villa have let in 30 goals in their last eight visits to Stamford Bridge.

– Mourinho has never lost consecutive home league games as Chelsea boss.

– Should the Blues lose, however, it will be the first time they have lost consecutive home league games in nearly four years.

– Villa have suffered 17 Premier League defeats in 2015, more than any other club.

– The Villains have also made their joint-worst start to a Premier League season, with four points from their opening eight games.

 

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Chelsea (home vs. Southampton, lost 1-3): Begovic, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Fàbregas, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Falcao. 

Aston Villa (home vs. Stoke, lost 0-1): Guzan, Crespo, Richards, Lescott, Hutton, Veretout, Westwood, Gueye, Amavi, Sinclair, Gestede.

 

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STAMFORD BRIDGE

Ahead of Chelsea’s game against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (15:00 GMT KO), we take a look at the odds on offer.

All odds provided by SkyBET (SB), Ladbrokes (L) and Coral (C), correct as of 16th October.

Chelsea win: SB – 1/3, L – 4/11,  C – 1/3

Draw: SB – 4/1, L –4/1, C – 17/4

Aston Villa win: SB – 8/1, L – 9/1, C – 9/1

First goalscorer:

Rudy Gestede: SB – 9/1, L – 10/1,  C – 15/2

Jordan Ayew: SB – 11/1, L – 12/1, C – 10/1

Gabriel Agbonlahor: SB – 11/1, L – 12/1,  C – 12/1

Adama Traore: SB – 12/1, L – 14/1, C – 12/1

Scott Sinclair: SB – 12/1, L – 14/1, C – 8/1

No goalscorer: SB – 14/1, L – 11/1, C – 14/1

Eden Hazard: SB – 9/2, L – 5/1, C – 6/1

Oscar: SB – 11/2, L – 13/2, C – 7/1

Falcao: SB – 7/2, L – 4/1, C – 5/1

Diego Costa: SB – 4/1, L – 10/3, C – 7/2

Loic Remy: SB – 9/2, L – 4/1, C – 5/1

Final Score:

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 6/1, L – 6/1,  C – 13/2

2-0: SB – 11/2, L – 11/2, C – 11/2

2-1: SB – 7/1, L – 15/2, C- 15/2

3-0: SB – 15/2, L – 15/2, C – 15/2

3-1: SB -10/1, L – 10/1, C- 10/1

Draw:

0-0: SB – 14/1, L – 12/1, C – 14/1

1-1: SB – 15/2, L – 8/1, C – 8/1

2-2: SB – 18/1, L – 18/1, C – 16/1

3-3: SB – 80/1, L – 66/1, C – 60/1

4-4: SB – 250/1, L – 275/1, C – 150/1

Aston Villa win:

1-0: SB – 20/1, L –22 /1, C – 28/1

2-0: SB – 50/1, L – 50/1, C – 66/1

2-1: SB – 22/1, L – 25/1, C – 25/1

3-0: SB – 150/1, L – 150/1, C – 150/1

3-1: SB – 66/1, L – 80/1, C- 80/1

 

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Chelsea new goalkeeper Marco Amelia surprised everyone by giving an interview in which he admitted that when he learned of Courtois’s injury, he volunteered to Chelsea

Amelia told Chelsea official website:

‘‘I learned English in the dressing room at AC Milan,’’

‘’For me it is important to speak English and when Clarence Seedorf, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kevin-Prince Boateng and other players spoke it, I learned from them. In Italy at my school the teaching of English was not good. For me now, it is very important to practice it with the players here at Chelsea and with my wife who speaks very good English.’’

Later in the interview he surprised, saying that in fact he volunteered to Chelsea:

”I am a lucky man because after the injury to Thibaut Courtois, I sent a message to Jose Mourinho’s staff to ask if they need a new goalkeeper and he called me and said Marco, come here and train with us and then we will decide about you. Then the club called to give me a contract so now I am staying here and I am very happy.”

‘‘My story is unusual as one year ago I said stop playing because I wanted to work on a project in my small town but I had played just in Italy and when other clubs outside Italy spoke with me, I said I won’t stop, I want to play because for me it is an experience, and when you are wanted by a big club like Chelsea it is impossible to say no.’’

Asked how does it feels to be a part of Chelsea he said:

‘‘It is different, but I have played for big clubs like AC Milan and Roma. I think that Chelsea is a big, big, big club, a special club. Now we have not so good results but for me it is important to work with the staff and players to help the team back to winning.”

‘‘Now it is important for me to stay with the team for a match and to help the other goalkeepers and if the manager says to me okay, Marco, you must play, I am ready. No problem.”

‘‘I have a lot of experience and for a young team that is important. I want to speak with the young players to help because we can change this moment.’’

 

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Chelsea’s highly-rated starlet Tammy Abraham has signed a new contract with the club today.

The young player was one of the authors of Chelsea’s the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League successes.

It is worth recalling that Abraham finished last season with 41 goals and shared club’s golden boot award with Dominic Solanke.
Jose Mourinho has been heavily criticized for not giving Abraham chances to play in Chelsea senior team while Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Solanke and Kurt Zouma have all been given such an opportunity
The forward confirmed the deal his Twitter page:

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has suggested that Pedro slightly hurried with his decision to join Chelsea and he may regret his decision.

Pedro joined Chelsea during the summer transfer window, his transfer cost £21million but the Spaniard (besides his debut game) has struggled to make an impact at Chelsea .

According to Blaugrana coach Pedro’s arrival has coincided with Chelsea’s worst start to a season since many years. And that can cause the Spaniard begins to regret his decision to join the Blues.

Luis Enrique said:

“We know what the situation was with Pedro, we understand it, it’s logical, he wanted to play more and over the course of a player’s career you have to make decisions.”

“Perhaps now he might want to change that decision I don’t know.”

“It’s not a question of us missing him, that’s what life in football is like.” 

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