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Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood was clearly disappointed after the defeat his team suffered at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea, but the Villains’ coach also reckons there was something positive in this match for them, especially in the first half:

We will move on now. It was encouraging at points in the game.

We dominated the game in the first period without opening them up too many times. We have had a few chances.

They have had none except the one we gifted them.

There were positives. We have come to the Bridge and matched them.

We haven’t sat back and tried to dig in and nick something. We have took the game to them. Unfortunately we didn’t have that cutting edge which you’re going to need to win football matches.

We have come here and played on the front foot. We have matched Chelsea stride for stride.

Unfortunately we have gifted them a first goal and it was an uphill struggle after that but it’s onwards and upwards now.”

 

On the conceded goals he said:

“We gifted goals away: the second one was a little bit fluky.

We have had a few deflected goals against us. When you’re down there that’s what you get.

I’ve lost count. I think it might be five or six deflected goals we’ve conceded this season.

That one wasn’t even on target. It’s come off Alan’s heel and it shouldn’t have been a problem but you get punished and you just have to move on.

To give away the first was so important. In the Premier League, scoring the first goal gives you a chance. To gift them one like that was very disappointing.

On attacking philosophy of his team:

I thought we carried the ball well. We had good possession of the football. We created our own chances. Our full-backs got forward at the right times.

Carles Gil and Jack Grealish, especially in the first period, were a threat in between lines.

We had good possession and were in control of the football and in control of the game in the first period.”

On being a leader in the dressing room:

“The players have got to look to me. I am positive. I am not going to shrink. I will stand there at the front and take the brunt of it.

I take responsibility for results. If they need inspiration, they need to look to me.”

 

 

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José Mourinho press conference ahead of Aston Villa:

“We have only Ivanovic’s injury and Courtois recovering, everyone else is available.

“I have four solutions to replace Ivanovic: Azpilicueta, the adaptation of Zouma or Ramires,  and then I have Ola Aina: 18 years old, never played a game in the first team, but a guy with a great potential.

“Ruben [Loftus Cheek] has been with us since January, training with us every day, improving in all aspects, he’s going to be a real top player.

“This game is a must win game, for different reasons. We cannot run away from the reality of the table of the Premier League: of course we know we’re not going to be relegated, we know that in two months we will be in a a place where we are more used to be, but the reality is that we need points, so to win it’s our objective.

“I decided to appeal with the FA decision, so I think it’s time to stop to ask for my opinion, of course I’m very sad for the situation.

“Maybe I am näif, but English football, English football fans have a mentality I love and English football is not FA.

“I don’t know what people write or think how to stop it and what to do, and to be fair it’s a big concern for me: we just have to win matches, for us and for the Chelsea fans. I don’t know why they write such stories.

“I feel that my players are ok [here at Chelsea] , I don’t see any player unhappy to be here or not happy when they are together: to be in the national team is an honour for a player, it’s very positive and they like very much to go. One of the reasons why we were especially keen on these fixtures was also to understand if some players’ poor performances were our fault, so my staff and I watched every game, we also went to Ukraine, Serbia, Belgium: no player had a better performance than in our club, so this means they have to improve and go back to their levels, now we have one month together, one great month because we have a game every three days, so I guess this is great because we can improve, of course we have not to lose because then a psychological condition gets in, but if we go back to our normal situation winning some games, for us it’s great.

“Today we had a good conversation all together, we laughed a lot because Diego Costa gave us the solution to go back to our results: I cannot tell you which one, but we found it.

“Matic is fine, he’s a top player, he’s not in his best period but he’s a very good player.

“Aston Villa is a good team, [they have got] good players, the manager is trying to rebuild it after losing the best two players, I believe in a couple of months they will be a in a better position too.

“One thing is going to a stadium where you know the home team have good results, another one is going to a stadium where the home team only won once in the last two months: of course the confidence is high for them, but it’s also a challenge for us, confidence level is important, and we have to be back to our level”.

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Jose Mourinho explained that the decision to replace John Terry with Kurt Zouma was only a strategic move and he has no issues with the Chelsea captain.

The Special One claims, that he decided to drop Terry in order to combat the pace of Theo Walcott.

Mourinho said :

“John Terry doesn’t need me to speak with him because he knows what I feel and think. He knows he’s my man. If I have to choose one of 25 to be my man he’s the first. He knows I care about him as a player and a person. He knows my decision had only one intention, which was to help my team win the match. I thought Arsenal would come to play a defensive game, with a very fast striker who gets behind people. If we didn’t need to win the game so much we probably would have kept our block lower and more compact, but because we desperately needed a victory we couldn’t wait, we had to bring our defensive line up.

“Playing against Walcott the best player we have is Zouma. John knows how I think and if he’s normally a great captain, today he was even better. If every player had lots of respect for him, the way he’s reacted in the last days to this situation, he has even more respect from the players. If you want to paint a dark picture, I ask you please don’t because it’s not the reality. He’s in great condition and a great situation with the manager and club.”

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JOSE MOURINHO
José Mourinho© Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager José Mourinho analysed the victory in the derby against Arsenal in his post-match press conference:

It was a very good performance, a deserved victory, I’m happy with the performance and points.

“We improved a lot in the last two matches, in many aspects.  Defensively the team was much better. The attacking players defended much better than before, they created a compact zone and reacted very well to the moments when they lost the ball. That gives great stability for the players behind. We were confident and comfortable with the ball. When you play against 10 men, many times teams play bad, but we played very well against 10 men, we gave them no chances and kept good balance behind the ball. The attacking players started moving much more. We deserved the victory.

Mourinho was impressed by the defensive work of his attacking players:

“Tomorrow I will watch the game again and go for stats. I will see how many times my attacking players lost the ball and recovered the ball. Lost the ball and pressed. Their work – Oscar, Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Pedro– makes it easy to be a defender because you sit there and the attacking players do half of your job for you.

The Chelsea boss also responded to Arsene Wenger’s suggestion that Diego Costa should have been sent off for his part in the Gabriel red card episode

“I played against Arsenal many times and only once he didn’t moan. That day we lost the game, we lost the cup (Community Shield). It wasn’t good for us but we behaved in a fantastic way. No excuses, no crying, no moaning. I played my first derby in September 2000, Benfica against Sporting. I told my players before the game you need emotional control. I’ve played derbies in Portugal, Spain, Italy, England and you don’t win derbies without emotional control, it’s a basic thing. I think you should speak about Gabriel and his mistake. Diego Costa played like he has to play. That’s why you have full stadiums and you sell the game around the world for millions, because the game has to be played like that. That’s why tomorrow I will go to a game which is comparable in terms of passion and dedication, New Zealand against Argentina, I love it. Diego was fantastic, Man of the Match for me.

“It was the same referee that made every decision and didn’t give two clear penalties to us. Gabriel did something to Hazard which is allowed in rugby, not football. In the box it’s a penalty. In the second half another player did the same on Diego Costa. In rugby it’s fantastic, in football it’s a penalty.

“[Wenger] He said before the game I have to cope with my defeat, tonight he has to cope with his defeat.

Mourinho also explained why Terry didn’t start the game today:

“John Terry doesn’t need me to speak with him because he knows what I feel and think. He knows he’s my man. If I have to choose one of 25 to be my man he’s the first. He knows I care about him as a player and a person. He knows my decision had only one intention, which was to help my team win the match. I thought Arsenal would come to play a defensive game, with a very fast striker who gets behind people. If we didn’t need to win the game so much we probably would have kept our block lower and more compact, but because we desperately needed a victory we couldn’t wait, we had to bring our defensive line up.

“Playing against Walcott the best player we have is Zouma. John knows how I think and if he’s normally a great captain, today he was even better. If every player had lots of respect for him, the way he’s reacted in the last days to this situation, he has even more respect from the players. If you want to paint a dark picture, I ask you please don’t because it’s not the reality. He’s in great condition and a great situation with the manager and club.”

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Petr Cech will go back tomorrow to Stamford Bridge after he moved to Arsenal last summer after eleven years at Chelsea.

It will be a particular day for the Czech goalkeeper, that will reunite with many people he worked with for many years and will be a rival for the first time in his old stadium that gave him many good memories.

Blues boss José Mourinho stressed that Cech will be welcome at the stadium and in the Chelsea dressing room:

“To meet Cech before or after the game wouldn’t be same to meet other players, of course…during the game nothing changes, he’s the  Arsenal goalkeeper, we are professionals…when the game ends if he wants to come to our dressing room, he’s more than welcome”

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Brazilian midfielder Oscar © Francesca Ceciarini

During his press conference in the eve of Chelsea v Arsenal José Mourinho revealed that the only player who will be out of the selected squad for sure is Willian, besides long-time-injured Thibaut Courtois.

Pedro, Falcao and Oscar will have all an option to be part of the starters or substitutes tomorrow in the derby against the Gunners.

I don’t have many many news I selected every player, because we have doubts,stated the Chelsea boss.

During the warm-up many players had some bad feeling, Willian is not even an option, but Pedro, Falcao and Oscar can be.”

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke before the clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The French coach commented on the fact that the Gunners finally won against the Blues in August at Wembley after a long run made of defeats and draws:

It can sometimes be a mental block for the players or the team when they do not win against certain teams. On that front it was good [to win the Community Shield].

What you expect from these kinds of games is [that they are] always high intensity, full commitment and of course you want to prepare for that and play with a full focus.

For us it’s a big game. Let’s not forget it’s the start of the season and only five games have been played. We know our position at the end of the season will depend on how well we do in the big games.

“I do not think too much about where Chelsea stand in the league at the moment. I focus more on us performing well, with full power.

About Chelsea’s position in the table and the fact that a victory of the Gunners can extend their gap, Wenger stated:

These are very difficult situations to assess.

“There are always periods where things don’t go as well. We are used to dealing with that. It is less enjoyable when it doesn’t go well of course but I think everybody who has stayed a long time in the game knows that.”

Tomorrow’s match will be also Petr Cech’s return to Stamford Bridge:

It is always difficult to go back to your club and play but I believe that he has fortunately handled that this season, [and] that is why I decided to play him as well in the Community Shield. It is the first step that is important and he has dealt very well with it.”

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Jose Mourinho press conference ahead of Arsenal:

I don’t have many many news I selected every player, because we have doubts, during the warm-up many players had some bad feeling, Willian is not even an option, but Pedro, Falcao and Oscar can be”

“Ivanovic? I never spoke about him, I don’t want to analyse or isolate any player in public”

“Nor me either the club gave any info about him”

“The quality of the training sessions was always the same in the past weeks: same quality, intensity, professionalism…of course you could see some bad faces, I guess is normal”

“Two seasons ago we won every match against the champions, but then we didn’t win anything…to win [tomorrow] is good, but it’s not crucial”

“Tomorrow doesn’t matter our fantastic record against Arsenal, it’s a match that I want to isolate from every possible context: it’s a Chelsea v Arsenal, and I want to win it”

“It’s important to win because is a match: in this moment if you look at the table and see where we are, especially in relation to the top of the league, we’re not happy, we have many games in this period in different competitions, and this help us to focus just match to match on one game”

“To meet Cech before or after the game wouldn’t be same to meet other players, of course…during the game nothing changes, he’s Arsenal goalkeeper, when the game ends if he wants to come to our dressing room, he’s more than welcome”

“I think in everything you do in life you need confidence to be better, and when in football you lose matches you’re affected, when you browse the internet and find everywhere a dramatic story like fights, Diego Costa and Terry fighting, and even a translator was brought to help them to understand each other during the fight…Mourinho doesn’t want to renew to Terry…Mourinho wants to replace Ivanovic…this is all the drama you can read…of course when you lose a match you’re affected, you lose confidence, but then you have to be strong to cope with it, and with Maccabi we were strong from the beginning, we missed the penalty after five minutes and we had a fantastic reaction, so for us that victory is very important, now I won’t say that we will win 15 matches in a row, but people now is more relaxed and it’s important”

“I’m not going to tell you if Terry will start or not, against Maccabi he was on the bench, and even there he was a captain”

“I don’t understand why both Chelsea and Arsenal played on Wednesday and we play on Saturday and not Sunday, but this is an old story”

“We go a game at the time, we want to win, doesn’t matter where we are”

“The confidence cannot change the philosophy, so if you think one match at the time, we think just in Arsenal and nothing more”

“Against Maccabi a result came, luck didn’t”

“The fact that Hazard was not performing very well or missed a penalty and those things doesn’t change the fact that he is the best player in this country”

“Terry last year played every match, the season before almost, the season before very few…what does it change now? he’s still one of my men, I trust him”

“Gerrard is a wonderful player, but as a pundit he said something that is not true, I have a good relationship with all of my players…You can try to find many reasons for bad results, but problems between me and my players, zero”

“The penalty that Hazard missed? Maybe he had some agreement with some sponsor to promote rugby world cup [laughs] he’s still the best penalty taker in the country, but anyway in the PL he doesn’t have many chance to take penalties”

“The time of the kick off? Doesn’t matter, but I like it, you wake up, go and play: I prefer that than waiting for the game the whole day, as I did in Spain or Italy, I prefer early kick-off”

“Oscar is a good player and when the team has the ball, especially when the team has the ball, he’s very important because he’s creative, and in some moments you need that creation, especially in matches when the opponents have a defensive approach, it’s good to have players like him”

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José Mourinho spoke to the Italian tv just after the game with Maccabi Tel Aviv:

“I’m happy for the score and the result. Our bad start? Well, many people have been waiting for this for years, for me it’s not normal to start with 3 defeats, so many people were happy.

“If I did watch the Milan derby that Inter won? No, I couldn’t. But I’m happy if Inter win and can go back to win trophies, of course I’m happy because I’m an Interista and I don’t forget anything”.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic spoke today to the press to preview Champions League game with Maccabi Tel Aviv:

“We’re all looking forward to it. The Champions League is very special. It’s the highest level of club football. You work a long time to get yourself to this level and test yourself against the best. I’m really excited and honoured.

“A good performance and a good result can really steer us in the right direction and kick our season on. Ultimately we are not satisfied with the situation. We are all winners so when you lose it’s disappointing.

“We’ve had a couple of days to dust ourselves down, regroup and focus on the next game. We are all motivated to turn things around and push Chelsea and this team where it belongs, which is with the best teams in the world and at the top of the table. We can’t forget what the group have achieved in the last year. We have some of the best players in the world.

“There’s always going to be a little hit on confidence when things aren’t quite going your way but if you’re experienced and you’ve seen the game you understand that it’s part of football and sports in general that there will be dips in form. It’s going to make us stronger going forward. We are all very much together.

“It’s great being part of this group. I have been around the guys for a couple of months now. We understand each other better every day. I’m enjoying the experience and the exposure. I’m playing for this team which is the main thing. There is not really too much time to think about anything else, it’s just about doing your job.

“I have kept in a good rhythm in terms of match practice. That’s never been an issue. Then you just go out and play. The manager gives you confidence to perform so from that point of view I feel comfortable with the team.”
Begovic also analysed his working experience with Mourinho:

From the outside looking in I always thought he was the best manager in the world and you can now see working with him each and every day what makes him the best manager in the world.

“The manager has led from the front from the first day. I have worked with him for the last couple of months and he has motivated us as much as ever.

“I have certainly enjoyed it. The lads enjoy it every day. We are very much together. We’re behind him. It’s difficult sometimes in football when things aren’t going your way but we remember what this team is and what this team is capable of”.

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