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Thibaut Courtois

Thibaus Courtois believes Chelsea will be ready for the Community Shield against Arsenal on Sunday after the final game in their US tour ended in a 2-2 draw with Barcelona.

Courtois, who made good saves in regular time, and in the subsequent penalty shoot-out which Chelsea won 4-2, spoke after game.

The first half was good, we played well but the second half was more difficult. It was difficult to close the gaps and they (Barcelona) were lucky to score twice, but then we came back and with the penalties we win again. It’s good we are shooting that well as we might need it at later stages of the season.”

Courtois voiced his approval at playing such high profile teams in pre-season, Chelsea also beat PSG on penalties last week.

“Barcelona are a very strong team, and we always play against quality teams, just like PSG and so for us it means we will be ready to play Arsenal on Sunday.”

Barcelona’s fist goal was the source of some controversy as it did not appear to cross the line.

I think in England the referee’s whistle would say no goal,” Courtois said.

But I can understand the linesman had to come from far away and I don’t think he could see. For me it didn’t cross but that is the decision of them and maybe I am wrong. I don’t think it was a goal, but no problem.”

Chelsea traveled back to London straight away and Courtois is confident the momentum gained from two wins will be to their benefit on Sunday.

We use these days now to prepare, and of course it is the first trophy of the season and we want to win it as much as Arsenal. They have started very well as well and it will be a very good game. We hope we win. 

 

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Chelsea won 4-2 over Barcelona after penalty shootout: the score after 90′ was 2-2 with goals of Eden Hazard, Luis Suarez, Sandro and Gary Cahill.

Mourinho’s side played a good first half and also took the lead with a Hazard’s stunning goal at minute 11. At the beginning of the match Barcelona’s defense had a lot of problems with Chelsea’s attacks. As early as the third minute, the Blues could already take the lead, but Ter Stegen defended Kurt Zouma shot.

Barcelona had his part in the first half too and Thibaut Courtois was the protagonist with good saves on Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic. In the last minutes of the first half, Mathieu received a yellow card for a foul on Hazard.

In the middle of the first half, Oscar could increase the score, but the ball hit the crossbar.

The first half finished 1-0. The Blues played really good the opening half but only with one goal advantage in the score.

Chelsea had started the first half with this formation: Thibaut Courtois ,Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Kurt Zouma, Branislav Ivanovic , Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic ,Eden Hazard, Oscar, Kenedy ,Diego Costa.

At the beginning of the second half, Willian replaced Kennedy and Ramires went in for Oscar.

Barcelona’s players quickly went into attack in the second half, which very quickly brought results. In the 53 minute after Azpilicueta’s mistake, Luis Suarez scooped the ball over Courtois and scored. Kurt Zouma attempted to keep it out, but it looked to have crossed the line.

Shortly after the goal, both teams decided to make numerous changes to the teams. Costa, Matic, Fabregas and Azpilicueta were replaced by Terry, Mikel, Remy and Moses. John Terry received great applause as he entered the pitch. While Barcelona replaced Ter Stegen with young and unexperienced goalkeeper Massip. Also Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta, Jordi Alba and Pedro entered as a substitutes.

Blaugrana did not want to settle for a draw and continued to attack. And in the 66 minute, after a strong hit from distance Sandro scored the 2-1 goal. Two minutes after, Radamel Falcao entered the pitch. The Colombian striker replaced Eden Hazard.

A few minutes before the end of the game, Gary Cahill scored the equalizer. However shortly after he scored, he had to left the pitch because his nose was terribly bleeding after a collision with Barcelona’s keeper. Cahill was replaced with Chalobah.

The game ended 2-2 and penalty shootout had to proclaim the winner: Iniesta and Halilovic made the decisive mistakes for Barcelona while at Chelsea, Falcao, Moses, Ramires and Remy properly executed their penalty kicks.

The final kick for Chelsea was taken by Loic Remy, who gave the victory to the Blues.

Despite Mourinho’s words, Juan Cuadrado did not play in the match.

Match statistics ( Sports Mole)

CHELSEA
Shots: 9
On target: 4
Possession: 31%
Corners: 2
Fouls: 13

BARCELONA
Shots: 18
On target: 6
Possession: 69%
Corners: 7
Fouls: 14

Chelsea Courtois; Ivanovic (c), Zouma, Cahill (Chalobah 87), Azpilicueta (Terry); Fabregas (Moses 60), Matic ( Mikel 60); Kenedy (Willian h-t), Oscar ( Ramires h-t), Hazard (Falcao 68); Diego Costa (Remy 60).
Barcelona Ter Stegen (Masip 60); Bartra (Pique 60), Douglas (Sergi Roberto 17), Mathieu (Vermaelen 60), Adriano (Jordi Alba 60); Rakitic (Iniesta 60), Busquets (c) (Samper 60), Gumbau (Rafinha 60); Sandro Ramirez, Suarez (Pedro 60), El Haddadi (Halilovic 73).

 

 

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Chelsea have named a strong lineup for their last clash of the Northern America International Champions Cup against Barcelona. Both teams have made a good start to the game. They played very fast, listing a large number of passes.

Surprisingly, at Chelsea first team appeared Kenedy. It’s an unexpected move on the part of Mourinho, due to the fact that, the Blues are yet to formally complete the signing of the teenager. While the new Chelsea purchase, Falcao was not in the starting line-up.

Chelsea were close to score the first goal at the beginning of the match. In the third minute Kurt Zouma was close to score but Ter Stegen has defended his hit.

Barcelona’s players many times tried to beat Curtois, but the Belgian goalkeeper was flawless. Even Luis Suarez could not believe that he is not able to score a goal.

Mourinho’s side played a good first half and also took the lead with a Hazard’s outstanding goal at minute 10.

Oscar and Diego Costa both spurned further opportunities as The Blues played really good the opening half but only had one goal to show for it.

The Blues got less ball possession but they had several chances to score more goal, however they weren’t able to increase the score.

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is the official line ups for today’s game at FedExField between Chelsea and Barcelona.

Chelsea:
Thibaut Courtois ,Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Kurt Zouma, Branislav Ivanovic , Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic ,Eden Hazard, Oscar, Kenedy ,Diego Costa.

Barcelona:
Ter Stegen, Bartra, Douglas, Adriano, Mathieu, Busquets, Rakitic, Gumbau, Ramirez, Suarez, El Haddadi.

 

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Cesc Fabregas has admitted that he is ready for a hostile reaction from Arsenal fans in the Community Shield clash on Sunday.

Cesc Fabregas who spent eight years at Arsenal has revealed that expects a hostile reaction from Arsenal fans during Sunday’s clash between Chelsea and Arsenal in the Community Shield.

The Spanish midfielder has admitted that he will never forget his years at Arsenal. What is more,he added, that thanks to Arsene Wenger, he has become one of the best midfielders in Europe.

Fabregas told the Guardian:

“Whatever it is, it is. The love I have for that club will never change whatever happens and what is the most important is what I have with me are the memories,”

“The rest doesn’t matter. I have great memories, love and respect for the club. You will never hear anything bad from me about them.”

“Of course, it is not the most important game but we want to win and compete. It is a big game, a London derby at Wembley in front of all the fans – it’s a nice competition to play in. Even if it is a pre-season game you still want to win. We are not worried that they might be fresher than us – they started 10 days before us – but we are competitors, we will want to win and it will probably be a great game.”

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Jose Mourinho is convinced that at Chelsea, Falcao will start to score goals again.

Jose Mourinho has revealed, that he was a bit scared when Manchester United have signed Radamel Falcao last year. The Special One was aware of Falcao’s impressive goalscoring record,during his stay at Atletico Madrid, and as he admitted, he was sure the same thing will happen in England. But the Colombian striker who joined the Red Devils on a season long loan from Monaco last year failed to impress Luis van Gaal.

Falcao has a problem with the return to form, after he suffered a serious knee injury before the World Cup in 2014. Even so, the Portuguese coach has decided to give him a chance in his team. El Tigre has recently joined Chelsea on loan.  And the Special One is sure that at Chelsea, Falcao will start to score goals again.

Mourinho told ESPN:

“When he went to Manchester United I have to say I was a bit scared.”

“Because he’s a predator in the box and a guy who does score goals all the time. He did that in every club in every league, so I was convinced he was going to do that in our league, in England.”

“We had a very exhaustive analysis of his condition before we made a decision.

“Our doctor had real work to investigate all of that. He is not, for sure, a physical problem.”

“So if it’s not physical. We can make him score goals again.”

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is convinced that the Gunners are able to win the Premier League in the coming season.

The Gunners have finished 12 points behind Chelsea in the last season and since 12 years are unable to win Premier’s League title. Despite this, Arsene Wenger seems to be very optimistic about the new campaign. In his opinion the upcoming season is a great opportunity for his team to triumph.

Wenger told Express:

”Is this Arsenal’s best chance of winning the Premier League for years? Yes,”

“You cannot say that we finished third in the league and that we have no chance at all. The desire is to improve and move up there to fight for the championship.”

“We know many teams will also be in that position so let’s start well and try to give our best.”

“If I didn’t think that then it would mean we were standing still. We want to improve, the difficulty for us is always to know how much.”

“We know we will be better and we work very hard to be better. It’s difficult to know how much better our opponents will be because everybody tries to be better.” 

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Jose Mourinho has claimed that he had no intention to mock Manuel Pellegrini when he called him ”Mr.Pellegrino”.

The Special One has twice mispronounced the Chilean’s name in press conferences during the last season. Instead of Pellegrini, the Portuguese coach called him Pellegrino. Due to the fact that there is no love lost between the two managers, Manchester City manager was sure that Mourinho again tries to mock him.

However, during his last press conference, Mourinho has claimed that he didn’t do it on purpose.

“It was because I had a player called Pellegrino and because there were two in football at the same time.”

“One was Mauricio Pellegrino and Mr Manuel Pellegrini… I always made a mistake by calling one the other. I always made a mistake.”

“The last thing I’d do is show a lack of respect.”

 

 

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Cesc Fabregas has admitted that he can not wait for the match against his former team FC Barcelona.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who joined Chelsea in 2014 from Barcelona, has revealed that he will be delighted to play against his former team at Wednesday’s night.

Fabregas has praised his former team calling Blaugrana best team in the world.

Fabregas told the Guardian:

“It is nice to play against Barcelona. I spent beautiful years there, some of the most beautiful moments of my career and my life personally as well. It will be great to play against them again,” he said.

“I think they are the best team in the world, especially when the front three are on form.

“I don’t remember a front three in [Lionel] Messi, [Luis] Suarez and Neymar as powerful and talented as those three since I was born. Obviously they are a threat to everybody [in the Champions League] again this season.

“We won’t be playing against Messi and Neymar in this game, so we are a bit lucky because of that. But if we want to win Champions Leagues, we have to compete against the best. We will have to do well.”

Chelsea will face tonight Barcelona  for the last clas of the Northern America International Champions Cup.

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