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Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has questioned Jose Mourinho’s decision to replace John Terry with Kurt Zouma at half-time.

John Terry had not been substituted since May 2013, that is why Mourinho’s decision is widely commented upon by all. According to Wright, the Special One could have dealt with the situation in a different way in order to avoid questioning Terry’s role at the club.

Wright told the Evening Standard :

“I do feel the Chelsea boss could have handled things a little bit different with Terry at the Etihad. Terry was subbed at half-time with Mourinho admitting it was tactical because he wanted more pace to handle Sergio Aguero and Co.”

“If that was the reasoning, I’d have to ask why Jose played him at all.”

“I think he could have called Terry into his office, explained his decision and while John wouldn’t have been happy, he’d have handled it professionally and accepted it as best for the team.”

“His absence could have been explained as having a tweak, a little knock, then it’s not an issue at all. As it is, his whole future has become a talking point,”

 

 

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, has urged the Blues to sort themselves out and reach the level needed to compete for the Premier League title.

Former Stoke City goalkeeper is convinced, that Chelsea should not feel sorry for themselves following a disappointing start to the season. The Bosnian player has no doubts, that the Blues will soon return to form and pick up all lost points.

Begovic said :

”We still have a strong squad. We just need things to click. ”

“We are getting our sharpness back. Training has been competitive and strong.”

“A couple of things are not quite going our way right now but this is no time to start feeling sorry for ourselves – we have to pick ourselves up quickly, improve and pick up points.”

Asked about his performance in the match against Manchester City, Begovic has stated, that it was a very difficult clash :

“I was obviously delighted to start the game, but it was a shame that it was such a difficult one. ”

“It’s not the start we wanted after the first couple of games, having just one point on the board, but there is plenty of time to claw it back and make up those points.”

“City were very good. They have top quality players and have obviously strengthened. ”

“They are a top quality side and we expected nothing less than a very difficult game and that’s what it turned out to be.”

The Bosnian has urged his teammates to reach the level needed to compete for the title:

“We know we have to raise our game, pick ourselves up and reach the levels we need to compete for the title.”

“The gap is not something we’ll look at now. We will try and correct our performances and improve those levels. Then hopefully pick up the results and see how things are going. ”

“You never want to be behind but there is still time to recoup those points and be where we want and need to be come the business end of the season.”

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Chelsea will revisit the potential purchase of Isco in their attempts to get their season back on track after earning just one point from their first twp games.

Jose Mourinho was at Real Madrid shortly before Isco joined the ten-time European Cup winners in 2013, and the Portuguese is reported to believe that the answer to Chelsea’s troubles are in the shape of the midfielder.

The 22-year-old is apparently happy in the Spanish capital and is a part of Rafael Benitez’ plans, despite some reports to the contrary earlier this summer. Despite that, Chelsea will pursue the signing of Isco before the transfer window is out.

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Chelsea’s attempts to sign Antoine Griezmann have taken a blow after Atletico Madrid refused to compromise on their price for the Frenchman. 

Chelsea have been trying to sign the winger all summer and have intensified their efforts after their dreadful start to the season. The 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday damaged the team’s title defence as they looked insipid and slow going forward.

The Champions have been reluctant to pay over £40 million for Griezmann and had hoped Madrid’s second club might negotiate on the price. Spanish media outlets are reporting that Atletico will do no such thing and that the price, as Griezmann’s buy-out clause, is the bare minimum they will accept for him.

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John Terry has seemingly cheered himself up after his half-time substitution last weekend – by buying himself a £1.75 million Ferrari 275 GTB.

Terry, who was substituted for the first time under Jose Mourinho’s management at Chelsea, shared images of his new purchase on Instagram.

Terry's Instagram photo
Terry’s Instagram photo

It appears the Blues captain has managed to turn his frown upside down, with the classic car, built in the mid-1960’s, boasting a 3.3-litre V12 engine capable of up to 163mph.

The 34-year old bought the car from Tom Hartley Junior, who claims to have several years of experience selling luxury cars.

In a tweet, Hartley, who revealed the car was sold around three weeks ago, said he was “pleased” with the purchase:

“Our very special, very rare Right Hand Drive 275 is now sold. Sold to a new client whom I’m pleased to get on the books. #Ferrari #275GTB #RHD.”

 

 

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has shrugged off suggestions that his side’s fitness isn’t up to scratch.

The claims have arisen after the Blues’ humiliating 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, which followed a disappointing 2-2 draw against Swansea on the opening weekend.

Jose Mourinho admitted last week that his squad tired at the end of their title-winning 2014/15 campaign, and said that the build up to this season, with a three-game tour of North America ending just two days before the Community Shield Final (which Chelsea lost), was ‘a slower start’.

Costa himself has been slowly returning from a recurring hamstring injury, which forced the Spaniard to sit out the 1-0 Community Shield Final defeat to Arsenal on August 2nd. However, he has started both of the club’s games this season.

But Costa is confident that his side will get their title defence back on track with three points against West Brom.

“We need to keep a cool head and communicate better,” the 28-year old told The Express.

“The coach (Mourinho) did the pre-season just as he needed to, our fitness is fine, we just need to win a game and everything will change.”

“I feel very well,” he added. “I’m coming off an injury but I’m getting minutes and I feel better every time out.”

 

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According to the latest reports, Everton have set a £40 million price tag for defender John Stones.

It’s the latest twist in a summer-long transfer saga, with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all reportedly interested in the 21-year old.

Jose Mourinho, who’s substitution of John Terry last weekend has been interpreted as the clearest sign yet that Chelsea want a new centre-back, has already seen a £20 million and £26 million bid rejected for Stones.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has previously said that the Toffees would not be selling their talented centre-back, but it appears they have performed a huge U-turn.

The Daily Mail reports that Mourinho is set to see a £30 million bid for Stones rejected.

 

 

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Former legendary Manchester United player Gary Neville is convinced, that John Terry’s substitution at Manchester City clash, does not mean that his career at Chelsea is coming to an end.

During the Sunday’s clash against the Citizens, John Terry was taken off by manager Jose Mourinho at half-time. This decision was shock for Chelsea fans and a surprise for the experts.

In the meantime, the English media have begun to speculate about the end of the career of John Terry at Stamford Bridge.

Former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville also decided to comment on Terry’s situation. In his opinion, the rumors about the end of Terry’s career are bogus. Because it is normal that Terry from time to time will be replaced by another player

Neville told Monday Night Football :

”John Terry is 34, and this is going to happen”

“He’ll wake up this morning and the world’s ending, his career’s over – but I saw Jamie Carragher sit on the bench for Liverpool for 18 months, I’ve seen the same with myself when I was substituted three times within 55 minutes in my last year at United.”

“I saw it with Steve Bruce at the end of his career at United, when I was playing alongside him, or with Tony Adams for England, or with Laurent Blanc. It happens.”

“There will be certain games where, as a 34-year-old centre-back, other players will need to start to be phased in.”

“My genuine belief is that it’s not the end of the world for John Terry. It was a big shock to him yesterday, and it’s almost like a public embarrassment – we’ve been there.”

“But I don’t buy into the fact that his career’s over”

“There will be certain games where, as a 34-year-old centre-back, other players will need to start to be phased in.

 

 

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