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mile jedinak

Crystal Palace skipper Mile Jedinak said that the team’s response to the first Chelsea goal let them down.

The Blues took the lead against the run of play after half an hour with Oscar’s strike, before goals from Willian and Diego Costa sealed a comfortable win.

Post-match, the Palace captaij rued his side’s poor response as the reason for the defeat: “I just think when you concede a goal like that in the first-half it’s not ideal and it probably helps hem get their tails up after that,” Jedinak said.

“We know they’re a good side and it’s a false sense of where they are in the table at at the moment but if we had got the first goal then maybe we would have seen a different Chelsea.

“It was pivitol but we still had a lot of time to get ourselves out of that and the response was OK, but wasn’t sustained for long about and everyone n the dressing room knows that.

“We got a little bit wayward in the second half and allowed them to score two quick goals which went away from what we were trying to do so it’s very disappointing. They controlled the game after that and it never looked in doubt.”

The defeat marked Palace’s first defeat in seven games, but Jedinak has said that the result has to be quickly learnt from and put behind them:

“We’ve got to pick ourselves up and rectify that next week,” he added. 

“We’ll be back on the training pitch as soon as we can getting ready for Southampton and we know that’s going to be tough.

“We’ll make sure we do what’s asked of us and put in some hard work. We’ve got to this point with that and today it was still there but we lacked a little bit of composure at times and I’m sure we’ll rectify it going forward.

“You don’t like to start the year with a loss but there’s plenty of time to change that. Although today was a disappointing result we’rs still pushing forward and we’ll be up for the coming fixtures.”

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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink praised the team’s work ethic after his side deservedly beat Crystal Palace 0-3 at Selhurst Park.

Goals from Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa gave Hiddink’s side a comfortable win which puts them six points clear of the relegation zone.

After the match Hiddink, who remains unbeaten in his second spell at Stamford Bridge, said that hard work has paid off:

I have been here for three games plus a game I was in the stand,” began Hiddink.

We have started working and of course there is a lot of quality in this squad – not just the first 11 but from one to 22 with some youngsters.

“If the team hasn’t been doing well for a long period then it is important to look for security.

“That’s why we emphasised on good, hard work in a tactical defensive way. I don’t like to see a team drop back very far and seek false security but to look forward and get the ball forward as soon as possible. When they get the ball they know how to play.

“We don’t need to add a lot to the quality of the players.

“They are blessed by nature with a big quality but they have to know that when things are not going well, you have to look for the causes.

“That’s why the very talented players started working on the dirty work and not just the beautiful game – because this league is very demanding and if you think you can do it just on your natural quality this league will kill you.

“The attitude is okay and automatically their quality comes through. The efficiency of this quality in the past half-year has been very low. We talked about that, we did it in training – small conversations – but if they have this quality and the team is well organised they must produce and then we can enjoy how they play.”

John Mikel Obi again shone in central midfield in place of Nemanja Matic, after an impressive performance against Manchester United earlier this week.  Hiddink was quick to praise the Nigerian, and explained what he adds to the team:

He played very well as he also did in the previous games. He’s the ideal player in my option to bring balance to the team.

“If the team is not willing to defend well or have the right balance then you concede a lot of goals.

“I thought John Obi can be one of the key figures in getting the balance back. On top of that the talented players can then explore their qualities.

“He can recover the radar. He knows the game very well. He knows where the strength of the opponent is and he knows exactly how to cope with that.

“He has a very good eye, a very good nose, and a very good sense of where to recover.

“He doesn’t do it in a very brutal way – he’s very, very elegant. What I like to see very much is not just a quality player but a player who can defend so smoothly. It’s beautiful to see.

“He doesn’t lose many balls, he’s good in short passing. I don’t expect and I don’t ask him to make the decisive final pass. He can but no, we let the other players do that.”

One of the players mentioned by the Chelsea boss was Cesc Fabregas who played an important role in our opener and looked back to his best today:

He performed as he can and as we like to see him.

“He is good with his short passing, very smart with the final pass and that’s the Fabregas we like to see.

“It’s possible to have three very creative players but in this league, which is one of the most competitive leagues in the world, it’s difficult. That’s why we looked for the balance [and played Mikel].”

Despite the impressive performance, there was one worry for Hiddink, with midfielder Eden Hazard going off injured.

He slipped, spread his legs and he has a little problem with a muscle inside his groin,” Hiddink said.

We’ll see tomorrow with the MRI scan how damaged it is.”

 

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TERRY

Chelsea captain John Terry has compared his side’s performance in the 0-3 win over Crystal Palace to those of last season. 

Goals from Oscar, Willian and the returning Diego Costa secured a deserved win for Guus Hiddink’s men, putting them six points clear of the relegation zone.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Terry said that the win is a massive confidence boost:

This was the Chelsea of last year, the football was first class and we kept the ball in tough conditions.

“A near year, a new start, we just have to keep winning games now.

“We are delighted and it is the feeling we want.”

The Blues skipper also praised interim boss Hiddink, who is unbeaten in his second spell at Stamford Bridge. Over those two spells, the Dutchman has lost just once out of his 16 games.

Guus has been great since he has come in,” Terry said.

It was unfortunate what happened but he has come in and picked everyone up. We are, where we are, we have not dwelled on it.

“If we can put together a run of games who knows hopefully we can go a long way.”

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Ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park (13:30 GMT KO), the official lineups have been announced.

The Blues are looking to win their first game under Guus Hiddink as they come up against a Palace side who are unbeaten in the last six.

Lineups:

CRYSTAL PALACE: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souaré, Lee Chung-Yong, Jedinak, McArthur, Zaha, Puncheon, Campbell.

Subs: McCarthy, Williams, Mutch, Sako, Ledley, Chamakh, Kelly.

Manager: Alan Pardew

 

CHELSEA: Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Fàbregas, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Costa.

Subs: Begovic, Baba, Ramires, Traore, Pedro, Matic, Loftus-Cheek.

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

Referee: Kevin Friend

Venue: Selhurst Park London, UK.

Kick Off: 13:30pm GMT

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Chelsea players celebrate their title success

Guus Hiddink is looking for his first Chelsea win as his side take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday (13:30 GMT KO).

The Blues were held to a 0-0 draw by Manchester United last Saturday, and Hiddink will look to maintain his record of having not lost a game thus far in either of his spells at Chelsea.

Palace currently sit in seventh place – nine places and 11 points above Chelsea. They drew their last game 0-0 against Swansea at home.

Earlier this season at Stamford Bridge, Palace secured a 1-2 thanks to a headed winner from Joel Ward.

 

Last six games:

Crystal Palace: WDWWDD

Chelsea: LWLWDD (includes one Champions League games).

 

Team News:

– Diego Costa returns after suspension.

– Gary Cahill is also expected to shake off an ankle injury.

– Loic Remy is doubtful and striker Radamel Falcao is a definite absentee.

– Palace’s absentee list has continued to grow as Yohan Cabaye is suspended.

– The hosts are also without Patrick Bamford, who ended his loan spell at Selhurst Park early.

– Yannick Bolasie, Connor Wickham, Bakary Sako and Dwight Gayle all remain injured.

 

Statistics:

– Palace have never completed a league double over Chelsea.

– The Eagles have conceded just two goals in the last five games.

– Chelsea haven’t won in their last seven Premier League away games (D3 L4).

– Guus Hiddink has won 11 of his 15 games in charge of Chelsea.

– Alan Pardew has won five of eight games against Chelsea since 2012 – the highest of any manager.

 

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Crystal Palace (home vs. Swansea, drew 0-0): Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Hangeland, Souaré, Jedinak, McArthur, Zaha, Cabaye, Puncheon, Chamakh.

Chelsea (away vs. Manchester United, drew 0-0): Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Willian, Mikel, Oscar, Pedro, Hazard.

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JOSE MOURINHO WEST HAM
Ex Chelsea boss José Mourinho will return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, this time as Manchester United manager © Francesca Ceciarini

Paris Saint Germain are set to dispel rumours that Jose Mourinho is coming to the club by offering manager Laurent Blanc a new contract.

Mourinho was sacked in December last year and has since been linked with a host of clubs including PSG, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

The French side have however reportedly had a long-term interest in Mourinho, but due to Blanc’s success this season he is to be rewarded with a new deal.

PSG are currently 19 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 and are set to face Chelsea in the knockout rounds of the Champions League.

 

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The Independent has said former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has ruled out a return to Real Madrid. 

The report states that Mourinho has been in contact with Madrid CEO Florentino Perez to tell him that he isn’t interested in the hotseat at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Current boss Rafael Benitez is under serious pressure, with the club in third and having played a game more than leaders Barcelona.

Mourinho spent three years with Los Blancos before he became Chelsea boss in 2013, winning the La Liga title and the Copa del Rey.

However, the report claims that “family” was cited by the Portuguese as his reason for staying, with his goalkeeping son Jose Jr. in Fulham’s academy.

Since his dismissal at Chelsea in December last year, Mourinho had been linked with managerial posts at several clubs, including Manchester United, PSG, Roma, and Real Madrid.

 

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bertrand traore

Chelsea’s own scout has criticised the club for not playing midfielder Betrand Traore more, despite a successful Dutch loan spell.

Dutch scout Piet de Visser has said Traore is being “wasted” at Chelsea, having only played 60 minutes football this season.

The Burkina Faso international scored 13 goals in a hugely impressive loan spell at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem last season. He was then recalled to the Chelsea squad by former Blues boss Jose Mourinho having been granted a work permit.

But, speaking to Voetbal International, de Visser has said that the 20-year old would be better off in Holland, with Ajax reportedly interested in a deal to bring him back to the Eredivisie:

“Marc Overmars [Ajax’s Director of Football] has already asked about him, but Jose Mourinho did not want to let him go,” De Visser told Voetbal International.

“At this time, he is being wasted on the bench at Chelsea.

“That’s a shame, because Bertrand is a super talent.

“He has tremendous technique and is cool in finishing. At Vitesse he stood out; at Ajax he would be working with better players.”

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has criticised his Aston Villa counterpart Remi Garde regarding his public interest in Loic Remy. 

Garde openly stated earlier this week that the Frenchman would be “an interesting player” for his Villa side, who are four points adrift at the bottom of the table. They have just seven points after 19 games.

It is unclear if both Remy or indeed Chelsea are interested in a deal, but Hiddink has criticised Garde for publicising his desire to sign the player:

You have to respect where the players are,” Hiddink said.

If you are interested, talk first to the people with whom they are contracted. You cannot go into details.”

“The player has signed a contract here and must be fit for us.”

Remy has struggled to hold down a first team place since his £8.5 million transfer from QPR last year. But, Hiddink says injuries have had a part to play, and will effect any potential deal.

He’s having a difficult time regarding his injuries. He has had a calf problem for several days.” he said.

“He has to prove first of all that he’s a good Chelsea player. 

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falcao goal chelsea

Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao will be out until mid-January after suffering a setback in his recovery from injury. 

The Colombian, who hasn’t played for Chelsea since the 1-3 defeat to Liverpool on 31st October, suffered a recurrence of his thigh injury during training.

Speaking to the press, manager Guus Hiddink said the setback will keep Falcao out for 10 days:

“I think it’s back to square one,” Hiddink said.

We had him in a game and he had this injury again that he had before. It’s the inside of his thigh.

“We hope within 10 days he might be fit again, though not to play.”

The 29-year old is on a season-long loan from Monaco but has found the net just once this season.

 

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