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Chelsea manager José Mourinho was interviewed by Chelsea TV after PSG game in Charlotte.

The Portuguese coach seemed quite satisfied for his team performance and progress:

It was a fantastic training session, they started before us, they had four matches before this one, their intensity was obviously much higher than ours but, as a training session, as a complement for what we are doing it was very good for us.

We go step by step, the players have some more ‘happiness’ in the legs, you still feel that some of them have an accumulation of fatigue, some of them have slow moves, slow thinking, they recover the ball too slowly, they think too much when normally the press, they take the ball and they score…it’s normal but, step by step, we’re coming.

Falcao, Willian and Cuadrado joined Chelsea squad just three days ago but they already played:

Falcao, Willian and Cuadrado played tonight because we thought than 20 minutes of playing would have been richer and would have more ingredients than a small group of three [players training] so we decided to give them these 20-25 minutes which is also good for them.

“These three players cannot start against Barcelona, but I guess they can go from [playing] 20 to 30 minutes.

Victor Moses played a good game, scoring a very nice goal that gave Chelsea the 1-1 draw:

Victor Moses was two seasons on loan but he had a lot of hopes and I could feel his hope and desire to come to Chelsea and standing, when he was on loan he played every game, every weekend so it’s a very different situation but he’s very keen to stay so we have to discuss, but he’s a very good player.

 

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho analysed the friendly game won against PSG in Charlotte at penalty shootout in the post-match press conference:

“Paris St-Germain are a good team and they have good players”

“They started training a couple of weeks before us, they have already four matches in their legs and they are clearly one step ahead of us in their preparation, so this was a fantastic test for us from the physical point of view. It was very important for us.

Falcao made his debut in Chelsea shirt and he looked very sharp and lively:

“That is because he is not so tired as the others, because he trained two days and the others 10 days and they are accumulating fatigue. Falcao, Willian and Juan Cuadrado are with the sharpness but without the fatigue so they looked good, and it was good for them to play this 20 minutes and it was good for Falcao from the penalty spot to put the ball into the net.’

PSG defender Serge Aurier had a tough tackle on Diego Costa, not a very normal thing in a friendly match:

“Aurier is not a player who normally plays in the PSG team. Normally they play with Thiago Silva and David Luiz and Marquinhos. So he had a chance, he faced the game like a big game and it was important for him, and he was I too aggressive.

“For me no problem, I understand football, and Diego behaved tremendously well.

The atmosphere at Charlotte’s Bank of America stadium was impressive and many of the 60,000 spectators turned out to be Chelsea fans:

“The people gave us an atmosphere that is not normal in a friendly match.

“This is a match in which you are not obsessed with the result, you want to train, you make changes in the team because you have a plan for a certain amount of minutes, but the people made it a big atmosphere so thanks a lot for that.

“It is not easy for a friendly match to bring 60,000 but this was the French champions and English champions, two big clubs with lots of big players.

“I see the MLS, I see passion and I see the difference in the street.

‘When me and my players go for a walk, 10 years ago it was paradise and it is not paradise anymore so I think people know us. The passion is coming and what the US Women did in the World Cup must also be a plus so I think step by step – Kaka, Lampard, Gerrard, Raul – these guys must also be important for this. For 11 years I’ve been coming here and every year I come for pre-season I see a difference.’

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Chelsea won 6-5 over PSG after penalty shootout: the score after 90′ was 1-1 with goals of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Victor Moses.

The Blues started with this formation: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Moses, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa.

PSG played a great first half and Asmir Begovic was the protagonist with a couple of great savings on Lucas Moura but he couldn’t do anything at minute 25 when Blaise Matuidi hit the post with a great shot from outside the box and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on the rebound with a great powerful shot.

In the second half Courtois replaced Begovic, Zouma went in for Cahill and Ramires for Obi Mikel.

Paris St. Germain started a little better but on minute 67 the game changed when Cesc Fabregas found Victor Moses in front of Sirigu in the box with a perfect assist lob: the Nigerian scored with a great volée and since then Chelsea ruled on the pitch.

The Blues took courage and when after three minutes Mourinho sent on the pitch Falcao ( at his debut with Chelsea), Oscar, Remy and Willian for Diego Costa, Matic, Moses and Fabregas Chelsea playing style improved even more and the team was able to create several goal chances, without taking advantage of their supremacy.

Cuadrado entered the pitch on minute 74 and played a good game but he threw the chance to seal it with five minutes to go when, alone in front of Sirigu after a good accelaration on the right lane, he lost the moment for the killing shot.

The game ended 1-1 and penalty shootout had to proclaim the winner: Bahebeck and Thiago Silva made the decisive mistakes for PSG while Cuadrado was the only one to miss the goal for Chelsea, since Sirigu made a great save on his shot.

The final kick for Chelsea was taken by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who gave the victory to the Blues with an incredibly powerful and perfect penalty.

 

 

 

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JOSE MOURINHO EDEN HAZARD

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has pleaded to referees to give him more protection from rough tackles on the pitch, singling out Stoke’s Phil Bardsley as a particularly aggressive offender.

Hazard, who won the PFA and Writers Player of the Year awards last season, was the most fouled player in the Premier League last season, has revealed he has had to take anti-inflammatories after some games, due to the amount of pain he was suffering.

The Belgium international has picked out Bardsley in his plea, referring to a late challenge which resulted in only a yellow card for the no-nonsense defender.

Hazard feels tougher action needs to be taken, as he prepares to help his side defend their Premier League title. He said: “If the referees can protect me, it would be good for me. They know now that I get a lot of kicks and I want to be protected by the referee.

Sometimes I am in pain after games. I have to take some anti-inflammatories or something like that. I like to have the ball at my feet and when I have the ball at my feet, I get a lot of kicks. But this is football.

“Whenever I feel pain, I try to keep a smile on my face. Sometimes, I get kicked, sometimes not. We have a lot of physio, and they work very well because we play every three or four days. It’s important.

The worst tackle? Of course against Stoke. Bardsley. When I see the video, it’s crazy. But I just play. I always say after the game, if  I’ve had a lot of kicks, the game was good.”

Jose Mourinho has also expressed his frustration and concern over the somewhat aggressive tackles seen being used on his player on numerous occasions, more of which were showcased in the Blues’ friendly against New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night.

However, the 24-year-old has has stepped up his training regime to get physically stronger to cope with the tackles he receives.

He added: “I work in training in the gym. I have to work. If I don’t work and do the training, the defenders they kill me. It’s my job. How do I stay calm when I get kicked on the pitch? I’m like this. I don’t speak a lot to the players or the defenders. I just want to play, to dribble something, to do some skills.

“I just want to win the game and my job is to score goals, to create and try to take the advantage against my opponents. I try to play my game, my football and my football is with the ball and I will never change my style of football.”

Despite being labelled world-class by many around the world, Hazard himself has attempted to distance himself from the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

He achieved a personal best in a Chelsea shirt last season, scoring 19 goals as he helped them win the Premier League for the first time since 2010, and the Capital One Cup.

But he said: “If I want to reach this level [of Messi and Ronaldo], I have to score 40, 50 goals just for one season. I think last season I scored 19. Maybe it’s good but maybe it’s not enough.

“Is it possible? Yes. If they score 60 goals it’s possible. Maybe not in the Premier League but we will see. Maybe. Why not? But my main goal for the season is just to bring a trophy to Stamford Bridge.”

Mourinho, however, has said that he believes the playmaker has the potential to become the best in the world.

“That’s a bit of pressure for me!” said Hazard. “But I try to enjoy. It doesn’t matter if I’m the best or not the best. I just want to play and give pleasure on the pitch and to win trophies at the end  of the season.

“[The manager and I] have a very good relationship. He knows I give everything on the pitch and he loves that. When you give for him, he gives back for you.”

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The official line-ups for Chelsea’s pre-season friendly with Paris Saint Germain (23:10 GMT, 18:10 Local Time), at the Charlotte Stadium in North Carolina, have been announced.

The meeting is the first between the two sides since the meeting of the two at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League in March, where the visitors knocked the Blues out of the competition despite having striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off.

Chelsea have made six changes from their 4-2 defeat to New York Red Bulls earlier this week, with Asmir Begovic starting despite letting in four goals in 45 minutes on his debut.

The line-ups

Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Moses, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa.

Subs: Courtois, Zouma, Aina, Clarke-Salter, Chalobah, Ramires, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Cuadrado, Willian, Solanke, Remy, Falcao.

PSG: Trapp; van der Weil. Aurier, Luiz, Maxwell; Verrati, Stambouli; Lucas Moura, Ibrahimovic, Augustin.

Subs: Nkunku, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Motta, Cavani, Bahebeck, Digne, Rabiot, Sirigu, Kimpembe, Ongenda, Sabaly, Maignan

 

 

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According to reports in the Daily Express, Arsenal are to battle Chelsea and Manchester City for Isco.

The Real Madrid midfielder struggled to hold down a place at the Bernabeu last season, and thus attracted several suitors, including clubs from the Premier League.

Chelsea were supposedly the frontrunners for the 23-year old’s signature, with midfielder Oscar set to be exchanged – the recently had a £20 million bid rejected by Los Blancos.

However, Manchester City reportedly entered the race for the Spaniard last week, with City boss Manuel Pellegrini thought to be keen on a reunion with a player he managed at Malaga.

But, according to The Telegraph, Arsene Wenger is now weighing up a move to trigger a three-way battle for Isco, with a fee of £35 million touted as being enough to tempt Real and their new boss Rafael Benitez into surrendering the midfielder.

Juventus might also challenge the Premier League trio, after manager Massimilliano Allegri publicly saying he liked the former Malaga and Valencia man “a lot.”

 

 

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Chelsea have been given a major boost in their hopes of signing Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

It was earlier reported that Tottenham were leading the race to sign the Frenchman, with French publication Foot Mercato reporting that Spurs boss Mauricio Pottechino was planning to make an offer for the 28-year old.

However, the Evening Chronicle has reported that now, Spurs shall not make a bid.

Due to this, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers are now on high alert to secure Sissoko’s services.

But, it’s though the Reds are less likely to make a bid, with the club already having made several signings this summer.

The Magpies are set to demand £16 million for the former Toulouse man.

Chelsea’s transfer hopes are further improved as Sissoko has expressed a desire to play in Europe, something Liverpool can’t provide:

He said: “Didier Deschamps says he will only select players who are regulars for their club.

“With a year until the Euros, I shouldn’t change club and risk ended up on the bench. But at the same time I want to play for one of the biggest clubs.

“I want to play in the Champions League, which we don’t have at Newcastle.”

 

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Former Chelsea striker Franco di Santo has completed his move to Schalke 04 from Werder Bremen.

According to the latest informations, Schalke04 have activated a release clause in Di Santo’s contract. The Argentinian joined Werder Bremen in 2013 on a free transfer from Wigan Athletic and still had a year of his contract to run. But it is said that Schalke 04 have paid the €6 million release clause for the forward.

The German club made a statement on the club’s official website:

”Franco Di Santo leaves Werder with immediate effect after a clause was activated in his contract. Consequently, he will no longer train with the team and will be unavailable for selection for this afternoon’s game against Sevilla.”

While Schalke 04 have tweeted :

Di Santo joined the Blues in 208 from Audax Italiano. He made 8 appereances and scored no goal. When he was playing at Chelsea he was nicknamed ‘Crespito’ after Chelsea’s former Argentinian striker Hernan Crespo.

 

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Wolfsburg manager Dieter Hecking has claimed that the German club have not received any offer from Manchester City for Kevin de Bruyne.

Wolfsburg winger Kevin de Bruyne has been linked with a move to Manchester City all summer. But according to Dieter Hecking, the Citizens have not made any offer for the former Chelsea player.

Hecking said:

“There is nothing for me to say. We have no offer from Manchester City or anybody else for De Bruyne. He has been very good with me.”

He was also asked about the rumours that Manchester City are prepared to pay a British record £60million fee to sign Kevin de Bruyne but he refused to answer on this question.

“I am not here to talk about contract matters,”

“There is no clause, but that is not the question.

“Of course, you want to see a conclusion. We were second last season with Kevin De Bruyne and he played a big part in that. We want the speculation to end soon.

“Even Paris Saint-Germain face speculation every year over Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It’s great for the media, but, as a coach, I only want to concentrate on my team and preparing for the start of the season.”

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa admits that he is desperate to win next season’s Champions League.

The Spanish striker still can’t accept defeat against PSG in the last-16 in the last edition of the Champions League. Even worse memories are coming back from the Champions League final in 2014 when he was playing at Atletico. Los Colchoneros led until the 90th minute to then lose 4-1in overtime.

That is why Chelsea striker is really desperate to win next season’s Champions League.

Real Madrid in the Champions League final in 2014.

Costa told the Mirror:

“I think any player in the world would want to win the Champions League. It’s a very different tournament to any other and is really great to play in.”

“I came very close, but then I got injured and I don’t think we had the luck we deserved. But you have to work really hard in the Champions League because it’s not an easy tournament to win.

“It’s a competition that demands a lot of you, and any mistake can really hurt you because there are some great teams in it.”

“We are going to fight hard and prepare well to do our best this season to see if we can get as far as we can in the competition, or even, fingers crossed, win the thing.’

“I think the manager has the squad and the team that is capable of winning this trophy. He knows what he wants and the players know what is needed to do well in all the competitions that we take part in.”

“I think we have all in our favour to have a great season and that’s what we’ll be fighting and battling hard to achieve, because there is a lot of talent and desire in this group of players, and I think we are in a good position to have an outstanding season.”

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