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Thibaut Courtois

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois ensures that he and his teammates fully support Jose Mourinho.

During the pre-match press conference, Courtois spoke about his relation with the Special One:

”We have a very good relationship.”

“Last season it was a bit difficult with the other goalkeeper that was here.’

“It has always been a professional relationship.”

”I think results don’t say we are not committed to the manager.”

”Sometimes we were better than other teams but we lost. We are still confident in the manager.”

”We are one team and we are trying to get out of it with him.”

On Eden Hazard:

”Eden is important for us. He’s got good actions.”

“I think it will come. If one goal comes, he will score a lot more.”

About Chelsea’s form:

”There’s been no change. We work in the same way.”

”The results are not good and we need to improve as a team.”

”All of the staff need to work hard.”

”If we knew (what was wrong) we would’ve changed it before.”

”Some games we were unlucky but tomorrow we need a good performance and a good result in front of our fans.”

”That will give us confidence for our game against Leicester and get us going.”

On the last game against Bournemouth:

“I wouldn’t say there’s a lack of belief. We’ve been unlucky. There’s been a wrong decisions by the referee.”

“Everybody has the confidence to be back at it and finish first in the group.”

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Chelsea players trained ahead of Wednesday’s clash against FC Porto at Stamford Bridge. Players are strongly motivated, because only victory counts if they want to qualify for the next round of the Champions League for sure.

 

 

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Ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League match against Porto, Jose Mourinho adressed the media during his pre-match press conference. The Blues must win tomorrow’s clash, because if they draw with the Portuguese team it can really complicate their promotion for the next phase of the tournament.

On tomorrow’s game:

“It’s a group phase match which the group has transformed into a knockout match.”

”I’m actually not so concerned about Porto, under these circumstances I need to focus fully on my own squad”

”At the moment we’re taking this as just one match and we need to win it.”

”I think we are slight favourites because we were already prepared for reaching the game in this situation”

Asked a bizzare question if he considers winning the Europa League the only chance to qualify for the next year Champions League:

“I know what you mean … but there is another possibility. Win CL.”

‘We want to play in the Champions League, against the best teams, Barcelona, Real, Bayern.”

“There is such a difference in level of competition that not fair for EL teams to do group stage then get CL teams in February.”

On Chelsea’s disappointing results:

“If you can read well the numbers, you can get good info. Match after match we beat Chelsea records of high-intensity work.”

“In last three matches, we beat Chelsea records for running, levels of ball possession.”

“As a manger this period makes me better because it’s the first time for me, a new experience.”

“After a defeat I wake up the next morning with even more desire to go and work. I’ve found myself to be really strong.”

On so called the ‘football on the moon’ style he recently criticized:

”The numbers do mean something, they are the most important thing after the goals. They show that it is collective responsibility at the moment.”

Asked if he will remain Chelsea’s manager if the Blues go out of the Champions League:

”Winning is the only option. I’m an optimist, you are a pessimist.”

On the problems with scoring goal by Chelsea players:

“It’s clear we’re creating lots of chances and not scoring goals. We are having many situations where it just needs a tap-in.”

On the injuries:

”Falcao is not fit, it was his first time training in a while. He’s still a couple of weeks away.”

”JT and Ramires look fine.”

Asked if he lacked leadership at Chelsea:

”No”

On having Abramovich’s backing:

“I don’t think the owner is a person to change with the wind.”

“I know the wind of the results are really strong. But I know he feels I am best to do job. I don’t speak more about the owner.”

”I think I’ve done enough good things at the club for the owner to know the quality I have”

Asked about the words of support, which gave him Alex Ferguson:

”I didn’t read his comments. But he’s my friend and his words are very nice. He is very honest in his analysis and I thank him.”

 

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Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas predicts Chelsea victory over FC Porto in tomorrow’s clash at Stamford Bridge in the last game of the Champions League group stage.

The Blues need a win to guarantee their place in the knockout phase of the Champions League and according to former Arsenal player Chelsea are favorites in tomorrow’s game.

Nicholas told Sky Sports:

“This is the most confusing thing I’ve witnessed with a club of this stature. We’re playing a guessing game week by week trying to work out what we’re going to get from Chelsea.”

“I said last week, I don’t know why Jose Mourinho wants to keep playing Cesc Fabregas in a deeper role. His influence has to be creative, not work ethic. He’s not got the pace about him but he has speed of mind to open things up, just as he did last season with his assists for Diego Costa and Eden Hazard. Willian seems the only man to keep them going.”

“I think Mourinho had to leave Costa out after the incident last week but I think he’ll bring him back on Wednesday night as his job is genuinely on the line. I never thought I’d say that about Mourinho. I don’t think they’ll make the top four now so what have they got to play for if they go out?”

“They still need to draw and I think they’ll fall over the line with a potentially uncomfortable but ultimately successful night.”

 

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According to various reports, former Juventus manager Antonio Conte is the leading candidate to replace Jose Mourinho as Chelsea manager if the Special One will be released from Stamford Bridge.

Italian manager has guided Juventus to three consecutive Serie A titles and according to the rumours he may be considered as Mourinho’s replacement at Chelsea. However, Conte is currently head coach of Italy, which he is unlikely that he will vacate his post before Euro 2016 on summer.

According to the Independent, Conte is understood to be open to a move to the Premier League after his contract expires next summer.

The candidacy of Antonio Conte, however, is rather surprising considering that he did not appear earlier in the list of potential Mourinho’s replacement. In the list of names of Mourinho’s successors appeared former Chelsea coach, Carlo Ancelotti, who has however ruled out his return to Stamford Bridge. Also current Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola was taken into consideration however the Citizens will try to do all their best to lure him instead of the Blues.

So far, the 46-year- old  did not comment on rumors about the opportunity of taking charge at Chelsea. Therefore it belongs to approach those revelations with appropriate caution.

 

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Sky Sports Spanish football expert Terry Gibson says that, there is a chance that Antoine Griezmann will join Chelsea in in a swap deal involving Diego Costa but not earlier than on summer.However, the factor that decides whether the Frenchman even begin to consider the potential transfer at Stamford Bridge, will be Chelsea’s qualification for next season of the Champions League.

Gibson told La Liga weekly podcast :

“No I do not think it [a move] does (depend on Chelsea finishing in the top four),”

“If you were Griezmann and in any way interested in going to the Premier League, then you would still look upon a club like Chelsea as an attractive proposition.”

“Similar to when a lot of people made that assumption when Manchester United did not qualify for the Champions League whether they could attract the players.”

“But if a club is willing to pay the transfer fee and the wages, then the reputation of a big club like Manchester United or Chelsea does mean that players will go to those sort of clubs and risk not being in the Champions League hoping it is just for the one season.”

“It is being talked about a lot and from the outside there is surely a swap there with Griezmann and Diego Costa somewhere along the line,”

“But I do not expect that to happen in January as that does not suit either club, because if they are both in the Champions League then they will have a player they cannot use. So Griezmann will stay put until the summer.”

 

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Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has slammed Diego Costa for his recent behaviour. In his opinion, Jose Mourinho made a good decision leaving the Spaniard on the bench against Bournemouth.

Redknapp went even further and has described Costa’s  behavior as disgusting. Chelsea striker was benched during the clash against Tottenham Hotspurs at White Hart Lane. His shameful behavior when he threw his bib probably towards Mourinho has already been widely criticized by all.

According to Redknapp, Mourinho has already given to the understanding between the words that will try to get rid of the Spaniard in the upcoming transfer window.

Redknapp told the Daily Star:

”When you think of Jose Mourinho teams, you think of Didier Drogba, you think of Costa last season,”

“If someone had said Costa would be out of the team, falling out with the manager, you would have never believed it.”

“He’s a volatile character, but I think the manager has almost made a statement.”

“You cannot behave like that, I don’t care who you are, it’s so disrespectful to the manager and it sets the wrong example to all those players on the bench. It’s disgusting behaviour.”

“I’m a big fan of him as a player, but at times like this he really lets himself down. No one likes to be sub, it’s not great, but you get on with it.”

 

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Former Manchester City manager and legendary Liverpool forward Kevin Keegan has no doubt that Chelsea are unable to finish in the Premier League top four this season.

Jose Mourinho’s team sit 14th in the Premier League table, already 15 points behind a top four. Defeat to Bournemouth was their eighth league loss and according to Keegan, there is no chance for Chelsea to finish in the Premier League top four this season.

Keegan told beIn Sport:

“Chelsea are struggling to find any kind of form,”

“I felt if ever Chelsea were going to have a chance of getting back into the top four, which I still thought up until this match they could, it’s gone now.”

“It’s not only gone because there is a gap appearing, it’s gone because they’ve lost their way.”

“Their best players (last season) are almost their worst players and they just seem like a club that’s not able to dominate a game anymore,”

“You watch that team and you can’t see them going on a good run.”

Keegan has admitted also that several Chelsea players, such as Nemanja Matic, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas or Branislav Ivanovic have failed to live up to expectations this season:

“Matic was outstanding last season. This season, he’s not the same player. Ivanovic used to set the standard and now he’s not the same. Hazard is the same. If you take all those things away, you see now what looks a very average team.”

“I’ve said it before with their pre-season but Chelsea look a little bit behind the pace and you can’t catch that up very quickly. For Fabregas it looks like the game is too quick for him. You take confidence out of a player, it can have that effect. The coach doesn’t really know how to put this right.”

“Mourinho has never been in this situation before. He’s always had success on success. Something happened between him and Roman Abramovich. At the start of the season, we felt he wasn’t happy because he hadn’t got the players in that he wanted and I still feel it’s a little bit of that.”

 

 

 

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Chelsea are reportedly in a race with Liverpool to sign Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic, according to the Daily Express.

The 6ft 3in midfielder has been dubbed the ‘new Nemanja Matic’ and has turned several heads since lifting the U20 World Cup with Serbia last summer.

Grujic is a friend of Matic, and said to reporters: Nemanja Matic is a friend, he’s Serbian and he has been at Chelsea for over a year. He tells me that they want me.”

However, the Reds have also now registered their interest, with Liverpool assistant manager Zeljko Buvac, who along with Liverpool scouts held informal talks with Grujic and his agent last Saturday.

The Express claim Red Star could sell Grujic for as little as £3 million – but Italian side Inter Milan are also reportedly interested.

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victor moses chelsea

On-loan West Ham winger Victor Moses is to have a scan on a hamstring injury picked up in the 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Saturday. 

The Chelsea midfielder was seen limping off in the 37th minute at Old Trafford.

The 24-year old, who has also been to Liverpool and Stoke on-loan, is set to undergo the scan on Tuesday.

Should Moses be out for a lengthy amount of time, he will be another name on an already-long West Ham injury list which includes Dimitri Payet, Enner Valencia and Manuel Lanzini.

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