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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Despite scoring the winner at 86′ in a tough match at Cyprus, Chelsea star Eden Hazard was slammed by Belgium coach, Marc Wilmots, who criticised him and Liverpool striker Benteke for their disappointing performances  in the Euro 2016 qualifier game:

He [Hazard] was the worst tonight,“pointed out Wilmots after the game.

I thought about substituting him, but in the last 10 minutes he always has the ability to do that [score]. At the World Cup, this was the case.

I obviously expect more from him, but he will grow as the season progresses.”

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Eden Hazard won the Player of the Year Award last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Belgian talent Eden Hazad was Premier League Player of the Year in the last season and there is no doubt Chelsea benefited a lot from his performances in the conquest of the title and of the Capital One Cup.

But this campaign the Little Belgian Wizard still has still to ignite his gunpowder and was one of the worst players of the Blues in this horrible start of the season.

Chelsea manager José Mourinho teased his star to try to inflame him and get better performances in the next games:

If you are the best player in the league, I think it should be a good responsibility to have a similar season than in the previous season.

“I don’t want to analyse individual performances. In general terms, it is difficult to have a consistent performance when some of the players are not performing at a good level.

“When you have six or seven performing and three or four who are not at an acceptable level, it is hard for a team to be consistent in the performance“.

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After the really poor start of the season Chelsea need to raise up again and manager José Mourinho thinks that some young talents can help the Blues to restore the level of the past campaign, the one of the fifth Premier League title.

Speaking to the club official website, Mourinho said about the talented youngsters in his squad:

This is about the young players working and coming in and using the opportunities they have to improve and show their qualities.

I have beautiful young eggs in Kenedy, in Ruben [Loftus Cheek] and in Zouma. If you look at the game all of these young eggs did well. Zouma- great personality, great game. Kenedy changed the game and gave a different intensity and a different quality. Ruben was fine too.

I’m not saying they are ready and they can be consistent and play every game. I am saying these young guys have good talent. Zouma with the experience of the last season has reached a fantastic level for a 20-year-old. Kenedy and Ruben, these kinds of boys, are players with very good talent.

Before heading off to Liverpool to face Everton in two weeks, José Mourinho won’t have the chance to deeply work on his squad, since many of players will join their national teams and will go back to Cobham in the middle of the next week, so for the Portuguese manager won’t be easy to work on what went wrong in these first game of the season that gave Chelsea just four points:

I can tell you in general terms it’s difficult for a team to have a consistent performance when some of the players are not performing at a good level. You could clearly identify two or three players who could do better, and this is what we have to do.

If you ask me if I’m going to accept this, cross my arms, sit in a nice chair and wait calmly for the performance level to be back – no [I am not]. I have to work, I have to react, I have to analyse, and if I feel the players are not in conditions to react and give more, I have to make changes.

It is not about being loyal or not loyal, it is for me to analyse if they are ready to give an answer and try to fight against that bad individual form or not“.

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Radamel Falcao scored yesterday his first goal with Chelsea shirt but, unfortunately, this was not enough to avoid the Blues the home defeat against Crystal Palace, as Joel Ward netted the winner just three minutes after his fantastic header that had set the score on 1-1.

The Colombian striker, even if disappointed for the result, spoke to Chelsea TV after the game, revealing that now the team will do everything possible to improve the performances:

We’re disappointed with this result, we could win this match but it was not possible, now we have to look ahead to improve.

I’m pleased to have scored my first goal with Chelsea: it was a very good header, I scored a lot of goals this way but this is special, because it was my first goal with the team.

Yes, I think that I can have again a great partnership with Diego Costa after our Atletico Madrid’s experience, he’s a very clever striker, we’ve already played together so we know each other, and I hope to play with him in the future.

What do we have to improve before Everton’s game in two weeks? I think the manager and us will speak in the dressing room to see what we have to improve“.

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

The resounding home defeat with Crystal Palace in his 100th game at Stamford Bridge left Chelsea boss José Mourinho really disappointed, so disappointed to blame himself for some mistakes in the substitutions:

“I cannot say I had 11 players at the same time performing. To be fair, two or three of them, individual performances were far from good,” he admitted after the match.

I blame myself for not changing one of them, because I kept him in the game for 90 minutes. When I made the third change, I realised I needed a fourth.

If a player is not performing, there are two ways: trust the player and wait for improve, or… have to change. I can go both.

Mourinho also praised Crystal Palace:  Alan Pardew’s side took nine points from their opening four games.

The first thought is for Palace. They come with everything. Team ready, players ready, fans ready, fantastic spirit.

They were lucky, but they deserved a lot. I think we deserved more, but not deserved to win.

“Finally, the referee, with a big mistake, a clear penalty with the result at 0-0.”

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José Mourinho© Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager José Mourinho will reach other two important records tomorrow in the clash against Crystal Palace: that game will be his 100th at Stamford Bridge on Chelsea bench and, furthermore, it will be the 200th game in the Premier League, in which he lost only 20.

Speaking about the home games, in which he lost just one two season ago with Sunderland, Mourinho commented:

I’m proud with my record of 100 matches at Stamford Bridge that I will reach tomorrow: 99 matches and just one defeat, that is not a real defeat because we know how we lost that day with Sunderland, but I’m very proud of it.

“It’s not normal, 99 matches in the most competitive league and a defeat could have happened in so many matches.”


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England U21 coach Gareth Southgate thinks that the possible transfers of 20-years-old John Stones to Chelsea and 22-years-old Sadio Berahino can affect their careers in a negative way:

The key initially is that they need to play,” said the ex defender.

“So both of those players are currently at clubs where they are playing regularly, which is a great position to be in.

Southgate understands the lure of playing for one of the Premier league’s bigger clubs, but he still thinks that regular playing time is more important.

With the senior team, Roy will want as many of his players playing Champions League football as possible. 

“That’s where they test themselves against the very best.

“But with the younger players, they need to play regularly and that should be high on their consideration. 

“I have seen what happens when players are not playing regularly and there’s a moment their development dwindles and they don’t progress“.

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Fiorentina manager Paolo Sousa has thanked Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho for opening the door for Portuguese coaches at Serie A.

New Fiorentina manager Sousa, who, like Jose Mourinho is Portuguese, has no doubt that Mourinho’s success with Inter, opened the Serie A for Portuguese trainers.

Sousa told Mediaset television :

“I’m grateful to Mourinho because he’s a great example,”

“He’s won everything and he opened the door for us Portuguese [coaches]. I always want to improve myself and I always try to take the best from others to improve what I’ve already got.”


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Chelsea boss José Mourinho explained to the club official website why he signed left-back Baba Rahman from Augsburg and what his skills are:

He’s our pure left-back, because Azpi is an adaptation.

“He’s left-footed, a left-back, the offensive one, the one that has a cross, has a pass, and likes to go forward. I would say he’s a younger Filipe Luis. Filipe Luis is a good player, that’s why he plays for Atletico and for the Brazil national team. Baba is a young Filipe – Filipe is 30, Baba is 21.


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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

A winner like Chelsea boss José Mourinho cannot be happy with the Blues horror start of the season and, of course, he admitted it.

After claiming he’s particularly unhappy with seven of his stars, he revealed that he’s unhappy with himself, that is the first one to be out of form, so he hits the gym every day to be fitter and get more concentration:

“For me the first thing is I’m not happy with my form, because I used to get better results than I’m getting. This is the start of everything.

“This week, we are more active in training, we are watching more videos, working harder. I go to the gym every day now to get fitter. Maybe I need more action on the touchline, so I need to be fitter.


Chelsea midfielder Kenedy, on loan at Newcastle United, has avoided retrospective action for his off-the-ball challenge on Cardiff City's Victor Camarasa last Saturday. The Brazilian winger appeared to...