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According to the Daily Express, Chelsea are now leading the race to sign Antonio Rudiger.

The report claims Italian side Roma have already enquired about the Stuttgart defender with a view to a season-long loan deal, but this was immediately rebuffed, putting Chelsea on alert as a result.

Roma are apparently set to table a bid for a permanent deal, as they seek a replacement for Alessio Romagnoli.

However, Jose Mourinho is set to try and sabotage this bid for the 22-year old with a £20 million bid, as he seeks more defensive options – he substituted John Terry for the first time ever as a Chelsea manager yesterday.

Arsenal were also reportedly interested in the German international, but they have seemingly been beaten to the chase.

Rudiger, who is contracted to the Mercedes-Benz Arena club until 2017, has yet to reveal if he wishes to leave Germany this summer.

The former Borussia Dortmund youth player has made 66 appearances for Stuttgart, scoring two goals, as well as making six appearances for the German national side.

 

 

 

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has insisted there is no need to panic after his side’s damning 3-0 defeat at Manchester City yesterday.

The defeat leaves Chelsea with just one point from their opening two games, with City and their near neighbours Manchester United having taken six points from six.

Goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho sealed a commanding victory, despite Begovic making a string of fine saves early on in the game.

The defeat capped off a disappointing week for the Blues, with the 2-2 draw against Swansea last weekend overshadowed by the on-going row between Jose Mourinho and his physios.

However, Begovic, who made his first competitive start for Chelsea at the Etihad due to Thibaut Courtois’ suspension, sees no reason to panic with the season only two games old:

“All we can do is get past this start, improve on the training ground, get our sharpness going and look to West Brom,” he told the club’s official website.

“It’s still early so we have time to pick up the points we have lost but we need to get some results in the next couple of games to get our season going and then hopefully we can push on for the rest of the season.”

But the Bosnian, who moved from Premier League rivals Stoke City for around £8 million earlier this summer, has said that his side should have taken their chances against title rivals City:

“Man City had a point to prove and they came on aggressively from the start. We didn’t match that intensity in the first half, but we responded and in the second half had some chances and were more in control.

“If you don’t score it’s difficult though and unfortunately they sucker-punched us with the second goal which killed the game.”

 

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Chelsea have had their official website ridiculed after releasing a somewhat biased match report after their comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Manchester City yesterday.

The defeat at the Etihad concluded a miserable week for the defending Champions, with goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho capping off a confident performance.

Although Ramires had a goal ruled out for offside, which the Chelsea website falsely claimed was an incorrect decision, the visitors rarely threatened Joe Hart.

However, the match report neglected to elaborate on the goals City scored, and stated that Ramires’ disallowed goal “changed the complexion” of the game, whilst also incorrectly saying that Diego Costa should have had an early penalty.

After the game, many took to Twitter to ridicule the Chelsea report, with one person saying in a tweet, “This is why clubs cannot be trusted with ‘journalism’. Ludicrous ‘report’ on the Chelsea site.”
Some even suggested that the report was written by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who, with a straight face, said that yesterday’s scoreline was “completely fake.”

“This report seems to have been written by Mourinho himself,” one tweet said.

 

 

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Manchester City coach, Manuel Pellegrini has mocked Jose Mourinho saying, that the Citizens always dominates over Chelsea in all matches.

After today’s clash, Manchester City have a five point advantage over Chelsea, and Pellegrini is already dreaming about winning the Premier League trophy.

But it seems, that the joy of today’s victory has obscured his common sense when he stated that the Citizens are always better than Chelsea.

Pellegrini told talkSport :

“I think that we always dominate Chelsea, not just today,”

“Maybe we draw in both games last year and in my first season when we won the title we lost both games, but I still think we always dominate.”

“I think today we made complete work.”

“I think that we didn’t give them any chances to counter attack. They are a very dangerous team because they have very good technical players which make it difficult for the other team to control.”

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Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has no doubts, that 3-0 victory over Premier League champions Chelsea it’s an impressive start of the season.

Fernandinho told BBC Sport :

”It’s a good way to start. Two wins form two games, six goals, none conceded. Beat the champions at home? It’s the best way to start,”

“You can see on the pitch, every player works very hard during the week in training and then in matches. Two wins and I hope we can do that in the following games because we are fighting for the title.

“It’s good because they are a good team, but our team is strong, we have a good team as well.”

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Jose Mourinho has said the scoreline didn’t reflect the game after he saw his side go down 3-0 at Manchester City.

A first half strike from Sergio Aguero put the home side infront, before Vincent Kompany’s header and Fernandinho’s blistering shot gave City a commanding victory at the Etihad.

Ramires had a goal ruled out for offside for the Blues with the score at 1-0, however the loss means Chelsea’s title rivals City move to the top of the table, with six points from six and no goals conceded.

The result also means that this season the first in 17 years in which Chelsea have lost their opening two Premier League games.

Mourinho however did say that his side deserved something from the game, despite a “poor” first half showing:

In the first half the best team was winning, in the second the best team was Chelsea.

“We didn’t score and if the 1-0 result after the second half was an unfair result in my opinion, imagine 2-0 or 3-0. They were the best team in the first half, they controlled the game and created chances. We were comfortable on the ball but defensively we were quite fragile.

I’m the first one to be disappointed when all week you are speaking about movements, directions of the game, mechanisms, Aguero’s runs and positions, wingers coming from the outside to the inside, and then after 10 seconds he [Aguero] is in the face of Begovic. We were defensively poor in the first half.”

However, the Portuguese was quick to praise the Blues’ second half performance:

In the second half everything changed.

“We brought our defensive line to the midfield line, we pressed them and had control of the game. We created chances and had space in midfield to play. They couldn’t cope with that. I’m nobody to analyse the opposing manager’s work but I don’t think anybody will misunderstand if I say we did very well.

“They felt the result was in danger; their first change was a control change, Navas for Nasri, the second was defensive, Sterling for Demichelis. At that moment they wanted to keep the 1-0 and they were having trouble keeping it.

“We were punished by our mistakes for the second and third goals and we couldn’t capitalise on the good second half we had.”

The Chelsea manager also said that he felt City midfielder Fernandinho was fortunate to remain on the pitch, after seemingly elbowing Diego Costa whilst the pair jumped for a header:

My feeling? (It should have been a) red card. Yaya Toure should also have had a second yellow card, but the score was 3-0 so it had no relation to the result, but it had a relation to the rules.”

Mourinho also brought on Kurt Zouma at half time in place of John Terry – the first time ever that 52-year old has substituted the Chelsea veteran.

However, Mourinho has defended his decision:

“I had to decide on John or Cahill because Zouma is the fastest player we have in our defensive line,” Mourinho explained.

“When you are going to play with a high block and you are asking your players to do that, the fastest player has to be on the pitch.

“The point was not to bring John out but to bring Zouma in. I wanted to have my fastest player on the pitch and not on the bench because I knew they would play counter attack and long balls into Aguero. I knew I wanted my team to be dominant and to play in the opposition half.

“I’m the one that plays John every game, made him captain, brought him back from a difficult situation with other managers. I’m the one who has the right to look at the game and say I want Zouma on the pitch.

“I was losing 1-0, in minute 35 I was trying to anticipate what I was going to say to the players, and ask the players at half-time, and immediately I had Zouma warming up because it was clear to me he had to play.”

Simultaneously, Chelsea completed the signing of full-back Baba Rahman from German side FC Augsburg, and Mourinho explained why the defender will be an important addition to the squad:

It’s important because he’s a left-back and he can compete with Azpilicueta. At the same time, Azpi can also compete with Ivanovic for the right-back position. This player replaces Filipe Luis in terms of the balance of the squad.

“Hopefully next week he will be ready.”

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Begovic 7- Kept the team in the game in the first half with some very good saves, wasn’t a great deal he could do with such a porous defence in front of him.

Ivanovic 4- Caught out many times by Sterling on the left.

Terry 5- Was utterly outplayed, along with Cahill, by Aguero and others. Substituted at half-time.

Cahill 5- See above, looked far out of his depth.

Azpilicueta 5- Played badly in the first half and was ready to get forward in the second.

Fabregas 5- Failed to find his range in his passing and didn’t get one free-kick right.

Matic 5- Lost the midfield battle with Toure early on and never recovered.

Ramires 6- Looked bright and perhaps was unlucky to have a goal disallowed.

Willian 6- Worked hard and linked up well with Hazard etc but he was limited.

Hazard 5- Did produce a couple of moments of skill but was often marked out of the game.

Costa 5- Lost his temper when elbowed in the head by Fernandinho and was limited to only a few moments of effectiveness.

Substitutes:

Zouma 5- Brought on at half-time and gave cover and speed to the defence but foundered under late pressure.

Cuadrado 5- Brought on in the second half to little effect.

Falcao N/A- Brought on late, barely touched the ball.

Manager:

Jose Mourinho 5- Was left relatively helpless to stop the rot, even though his change at the break did make a slight difference if only temporarily.

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Chelsea FC announced to have reached an agreement with German side Augsburg to sign Ghanian left-back Abdul Baba Rahman.

The negotiation has been going on for at least one month and the deal was closed yesterday for an amount around £20m.

His first words to Chelsea website as a new Blues player:

Rahman said: ”I am very happy to sign for Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world, and I can’t wait to train with my new team-mates and very much looking forward to working with them and Mr Mourinho. ”

Then he added :

‘I am also looking forward to having the opportunity to meet the fans as soon as possible.’ 

Stefan Reuter (FC Augsburgs Manager) said:
“We just agreed all terms with Chelsea. We are very happy for him, he is a Champions League player. We are proud to send him to one of the best clubs in Europe. We will follow his games and we wish him all the best. He will be always welcomed at Augsburg”

 

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Speaking at his post-match press conference, Manuel Pellegrini has praised his team for a great performance. The Chilean coach has no doubts, that the Citizens deserved to win.

Pellegrini did not hide his satisfaction with victory over Chelsea :

“It is very satifying because it’s not easy to beat the champions. Chelsea are the best team – they won the title last season – and in the first 45 minutes, we really deserved at least three goals.

“We played very well without conceding chances for Chelsea to score and it was only a great performance from Asmir Begovic that meant we couldn’t score more goals.

“It was a great performance.

“In the second half, we were restricted by the yellow cards we received so our intensity was not the same but even in our worst moment, Chelsea didn’t have chances and finally we scored the goals we deserved.

“We deserved at least three or four goals. The second half was more equal – Chelsea played better but I only remember one chance which Joe [Hart] saved.

“We played better and 3-0 is the minimum we deserved.”

Pellegrini has praised Sergio Aguero for his commitment to the game :

“Aguero is in the best moment of his career. This season, he can be even better. He has matured and his work ethic is good. He is improving a lot of things.

“I don’t think he will suffer any injuries. Last season, he had no muscle injuries and he can be a top player for us this season.

“That’s why he started the game. In the pre match press conference, I was asked whether he was 100% fit and you could see that.”

“The three important saves denied him from scoring three or four goals.”

The Chilean coach has also highlighted Fernandinho’s great performance

“Fernandinho is working very hard.

“After the World Cup last season, he was shocked but this season he came back the same player we bought two seasons ago.”

Asked if he feels the favorite in the race for the Premier League trophy, he said:

“No, we have played just two games but we scored three goals in each game.

“In football, nothing is significant until the end. Chelsea were eight points in front of us last season and on New Year’s Day, we were on the same number of points.

“It is important not to drop points.”

“We are trying to play the way we always do. I am proud to manage this team in the way we play. Last year, we made a lot of mistakes but we we the highest scoring team.”

“We have more concentration in defending – that’s why we have had two clean sheets. It’s a balanced team. We never change the style to defend.”

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Sergio Aguero has said he’s convinced that his opening goal today against Chelsea allowed the team to believe that they could win.

The Argentine ace has admitted, that he is happy with his debut in the new Premier League season, with City making a strong statement of intent as they look to win back the Premier League title. 

Aguero opened the scoring just after the half hour mark, with goals from Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho in the second half sealing the win.

Aguero told Sky Sport News:

”It was very good. It’s important the goal because the first one is always important.

“Then the team is more calm. It’s important the three points because Chelsea is difficult, they are the champions.”

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