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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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José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

It seems like Chelsea manager José Mourinho will go out for dinner tonight, probably with his family, as he take the chance do dine out more often when his team lose, as he revealed yesterday speaking to the press:

When you ask me about dinner, I’m more the opposite. If I lose, I go out. More that than if I win. I don’t go out there. I have four or five restaurants where I go,” admitted the Portuguese manager.

It’s like a family thing. I don’t have to hide myself because I’ve lost a match, to make my family more sad than what they are because you lose, and stay at home because we lose.

When people do their best, like I always try, and you lose you don’t have to hide.

Sometimes I walk to a restaurant close to the stadium. Like, the game can finish at 5pm and I can be walking there at 7.30pm and still people are in the bars and the streets.

Mourinho’s 100th game at the Bridge was ruined by the defeat: of course, he stated this would have been special just in case of a victory, but it was Crystal Palace who took the three points home:

“It’s a nice record only if I win,” he said yesterday

At this moment, it’s only game 100 that means something. The other 99 don’t mean anything. Tomorrow, if I don’t win, I’m not happy. It’s only fantastic if I win against Crystal Palace.

So, not happy Mourinho will go out for dinner tonight trying to get over the defeat: maybe the international break will help the Chelsea manager to improve the team, that had an horror start this season, getting just one win of five games, Community Shield included.

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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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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 legend and captain John Terry © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea skipper John Terry was very disappointed after the defeat in the Community Shield game with Arsenal.

Speaking to the press after the game he also stated he doesn’t think this success can get Arsenal an advantage in the league race.

“I thought we were on top, if anything,” started Terry.

These games are always a bit slow with players finding their feet and fitness, but it’s disappointing we didn’t win.

“Losing is just horrible in all aspects… forgetting the record, it’s a trophy that’s gone now.

“It means a lot, because you’ve earned the right to be here so we’re just disappointed.

It hurts. It doesn’t matter if it’s a friendly or the Community Shield – it’s a trophy at the end of the day.

Terry was then asked if Arsenal’s win could impact upon the title race ahead, he replied:

“I don’t think so. I think it’s one of them where they’ll probably come out and say differently. They do mean something, but win or lose, I don’t think you can say that [it will affect the league]”.


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Nemanja Matic spoke to Chelsea TV after the defeat in the Community Shield to analyse the game against Arsenal, and explained that the Blues will be ready for the Premier League start:

“It was a very difficult game for us, I think that we woke up after we received the goal and we played good football and controlled the game. We didn’t have the luck to score one goal, we had some great opportunities but we didn’t score and of course we are not happy, we are not a team that is used to lose games, but I’m sure that we will work very well and we will be ready for the first games in the season.

“Every game in England is difficult, doesn’t matter how aggressive you play, so today it was the same, we were ready for everything but, as I said, we have to score goals if we want to win and today we didn’t score and of course we are not happy.

“We are almost ready and we must be ready for the first game against Swansea, I’m sure that against them we will be 100% ready and we want to win.

We have one more game [against Fiorentina] which is good for us to prepare ourselves very well. I’m sure that the team is ready, we know what we can expect, it’s going to be very hard this year for us but we have quality to compete with every team”.


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José Mourinho obviously didn’t seem quite happy in front of the Chelsea TV camera after the defeat with Arsenal in the Community Shield.

The Portuguese claimed that his side was better than Arsenal on the pitch, but Wenger’s side was “tactically brilliant” adding that “when we do this they say we park the bus”.

From a game like the one of today I learned what I’ve known for a long long time,” starts the Blues boss.

“Sometimes the best team don’t win, sometimes the team that have the initiative don’t win and the team that defensively is compact and defend with ten men and are lucky to score one goal without doing nothing then deserve that and [that is] the team that win; it happened to us sometimes but when we do that people say that we park the bus and we are negative, probably today they are going to say that they are tactically brilliant.

But, at the end, with the possibilities we have in this moment, without the sharpness we have in this moment, we controlled the game, we dominated the game, and the chances they created were pure counter-attack situations and it was not so bad; the result obviously was bad, but the performance was not so bad.

Let’s see if we can start well the Premier League in the next weekend, the players are really working very well, we are getting difficult opponents in this pre-season [like] PSG, Barcelona, Arsenal…not the best matches to win 3-0 or 4-0 and to get lots of confidence out of it but [these are] good matches to bring the best out of us.

Today [there was] an awful pitch, a very slow pitch, it was also a very warm weather and [we were facing] a very defensive opponent so the result is very bad, obviously, but in terms of preparation [it was] good.

On Wednesday [with Fiorentina] we go back to the friendlies, we go back to preparation, we play the fifth match of the season. This one was not a friendly but we go back to the friendlies and [it will be] important for other players to play more: Mikel didn’t play, Cuadrado didn’t play, the boys didn’t play, so [it will be] a good match for them, a good match to bring Chelsea supporters to Stamford Bridge and to welcome them. Let’s go and be ready for the first game of the Premier League on Saturday“.

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said congratulated Arsenal on their Community Shield Final success after slipping to a 1-0 defeat at Wembley. 

However, the Blues manager said that there were several points to take from a feisty encounter:

For me it depends on the perspective,” the Portuguese said.

“Normally the media like to say a team that is defensive and defends very well doesn’t deserve to win.

“But I also have my opinion, different from your opinion. My opinion is the team that defends very well, that leaves their philosophy in the dressing room, changes their attitude, plays all the second half with nine players in front of the box, doesn’t concede and scores one goal, from that perspective they deserve to win.

“This is football. This is very good tactical organisation. Congratulations to them.”

Mourinho did however acknowledge that his team are not up to full speed just yet, with the Blues still competing in the International Champions Cup in America amid tough pre-season fitness preparation.

I expected the lack of sharpness.

It’s normal. Some players like Falcao started a week ago. The others have had two weeks and half of this week. The pitch was a disaster, so slow, the weather didn’t help too but it was the same for both teams so no excuses. I know Arsenal also like a good, fast pitch.”

One team played counter-attack football well. One team played with initiative well but without the sharpness you need to be more aggressive with the ball.

“The team tactically tried everything.”

The defeat marked Arsene Wenger’s first ever victory over his Chelsea counterpart at the 14th attempt.

However, the pair snubbed eachother’s handshake at full time, maintaining the frosty relationship between the two. But, Mourinho has insisted that the record between himself and Wenger added no extra value to the defeat:

I never had a psychological edge.

“It’s not normal what happened before, and because it’s not normal I never paid attention to that. I always thought one game is one game and has no relation with other games. Thirteen matches is an eternity. It has never been a question of beating someone and losing to another one.”

New signing Radamel Falcao failed to make an impact on the game after coming on as a half-time substitute. His strike partner, Diego Costa was not involved at all, and the manager said he didn’t know if he would be available for the league opener next weekend, but has again insisted that the club’s striking options are by no means insufficient:

Two days ago he [Costa] was ready to play.

“When I told you two days ago he was ready to play he was ready to play. He trained normally on Friday and yesterday at the end of the training session he said he was not feeling good.”

“But Falcao will have had a bit more football, he will play against Fiorentina from the start. We have [Loic] Remy too, so if we don’t have Diego I am happy with the strikers I have.”

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has vented his frustration after seeing his side slip to a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal in the Community Shield Final.

A superb long-range strike from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the first half was enough to give the Gunners victory, which was Arsene Wenger’s first win over his Chelsea counterpart in 14 attempts.

After the game, Mourinho, who didn’t shake Wenger’s hand at full time, said that the scoreline didn’t reflect the game:

We were the best team.

“We had more initiative, we controlled the game by having ball possession. But when a team is behind, the energy and intensity to turn results around is more difficult because people are not sharp.

“Arsenal defended with 10 players, they put everybody in front of their own line and they had good organisation, congratulations to them. They had a couple of chances in counter attacks but we had ours in organised football. They played their game tactically and found themselves one goal in front without any reason, included players in the back and they did well.”

Mourinho also said that today’s game set the bar for the upcoming season, where the Blues will be looking to defend their title:

This season the Premier League title is very difficult but it is very difficult for everyone.

“The way other teams are spending they have big power in the hands while we are the same as last season. And with that we are going to try.”




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