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Even though Chelsea lost against New York Red Bull 4-2 in the friendly match with Asmir Begovic as goalkeeper, which who conceded the four goals, José Mourinho wants give  him another chance.

The goal weren’t all Begovic’s fualt, but Mourinho thinks Begovic is still a good player and deserves another chance to show his signing by the Blues was not wrong.

In fact, the ex Stoke City goalkeeper will be a starter in the next match against French giants Paris St Germain. The match is going to be played next Saturday night in Charlotte, USA.

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Asmir Begovic

Asmir Begovic didn’t start his adventure at Chelsea very well, collecting four goals in 45 minutes in awful second half the Blues played against NY Red Bulls.

The Bosnian goalkeeper, that the Blues just signed from Stoke City to replace Petr Cech, did a bunch of mistakes in two of the four goals, and his reactions didn’t seem so sharp on the Americans’ shots.

Chelsea manager José Mourinho spent nice words on him in his post-match press conference to highlight they were just episodes, due to tiredness, and to explain he doesn’t regret his signing:

He was very tired, the same as Courtois. When the goalkeepers are very tired the coordination is low, the agility doesn’t exist, and the speed of reaction doesn’t exist. Courtois made a mistake in the first half with the ball at his feet.

“Begovic in the second half was not sharp in his reactions but it’s a consequence of being tired from training. I’m so happy to have him and in the next game against PSG he will start. He will play the first half. There’s no problem, it’s just a process“.

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho spoke to the press after the Blues were defeated 4-2 in New Jersey by NY Red Bulls in their first appearance of the new season:

They gave us a good training session. If we came here and won 10-0 I would not be happy because it would mean it was too easy. We needed the game they gave us.

Obviously we needed to play better than we did in the second half defensively, and there were also too many missed chances, but the intention of pre-season matches is to play, to run, to bring intensity back, so no problem. We are a top team, we have top players. We only started training six days ago.

“The kids that played for Red Bulls were very good opponents for us: sharp, quick, fast, and highly motivated. I believe they were so happy to play against Chelsea.

“They gave us a good match, maybe better than they should, but a very good match! They are not going to forget they beat Chelsea, even if it was pre-season.

Mourinho also spoke about Bertrand Traore and Victor Moses, two players that spent the last season on loan and that started the game last night:

“He’s 19, he’s a kid,” he said about Traore.

“He was in Africa, then Vitesse, and now he’s at Chelsea. He’s not going on loan. We want to keep him and improve him. With the ball he has a lot of talent. Sometimes he didn’t always make the best decisions, but this is absolutely normal. He’s a good kid, a good talent, and I repeat he’s not going on loan

Victor is strong, he’s experienced and he knows the Premier League well,’ Mourinho said about Moses.

He’s fast and aggressive. Okay, he has to learn how to play with us but I’m happy with his week and his 45 minutes. Let’s see what happens but Victor had an evolution in the last couple of years.

On Asmir Begovic, the new goalkeeper that made a couple of mistakes in two of the goal of NY Bulls, Mourinho said:

He was very tired, the same as Courtois. When the goalkeepers are very tired the coordination is low, the agility doesn’t exist, and the speed of reaction doesn’t exist. Courtois made a mistake in the first half with the ball at his feet.

“Begovic in the second half was not sharp in his reactions but it’s a consequence of being tired from training. I’m so happy to have him and in the next game against PSG he will start. He will play the first half. There’s no problem, it’s just a process“.

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager José Mourinho commented the 4-2 defeat with NY Red Bulls as soon as the game was over at Chelsea TV:

I know it was going to be difficult but the second half was too bad, even [if we were] tired even [if we did] ten [training sessions] in five days, it was too bad, too many mistakes.

“I’m happy with the preparation but I don’t like to lose, we lost and we did in a bad way because the second half was really bad.

“In the next games with Barcelona and PSG I expect, of course, more quality than these guys in NY Red Bull but, at the same time, they are also in pre-season like we are“.


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Speaking to Sky Sports after the game Chelsea boss José Mourinho gave his vision of the WBA game: despite the defeat, the Portuguese manager didn’t seem particularly disappointed:

“[The result] is not a big surprise for me: I know the players, I know myself, I know the nature of the game, I know what normally happens when a team are champions with some games in hand to play,  Bayern Munich also lost three games in the league, this is just an example, when you’re champions so early is difficult to keep the motivation high, we have lots of injuries , we have players we’re protecting for not having any risk…motivation is not so high, the intensity is not so high, and when you lose that salt and pepper of the competition is difficult to compete at the highest level”

“The result could be different, I think 3-0 doesn’t reflect [what happened] every shot was a goal, we hit the post, Myhill made a couple of good saves…the result could be different, but to be fair football is to be played at maximum intensity, maximum concentration and in our situation is not easy to do that”

“The  major turning point of the game was a bit of everything [Berahino early goal and Fabregas red card] but maybe we started the game already losing because we you don’t compete…when you’re not ready to compete you lose qualities individually and collectively”

“I cannot be critic with my players because to be fair it was also my mentality, I cannot blame them without blaming myself because the ideal scenario is to be champions and go home and don’t play again, so if we have to blame somebody we have to blame Man City, Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool because they let us win the title so early and because we have to play these last three matches and this can happen; but in the last match, if other teams are waiting for us…if Sunderland needs the game, if Hull City needs the game, if Newcastle needs the game I think we’re going to fill that responsibility and hopefully we can perform different that today”

“The red card episode…you know…The referees have big experience, [are] stable, [got] a big personality, [got] big control of the game, I think that especially in a game where you play for nothing, especially when it was nothing special, it was just…a ball, with no any aggressivity, nothing…I think one of the top referees would resolve the problem with words, but the referee decided to give a red card which I disagree completely but he is the referee”

“Diego temperament? You have to speak more about the opponents than about himself, I keep saying the same: if you see what the opponents did to him from the first minute I think is easy to understand that there are other people to blame”

“Is he a marked man? It depends on the referee: if the referee wants to protect the talent and punish the bully is easy for him“.

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling shared his feelings after the Red Devils’ defeat at Stamford Bridge with a Twitter post.

The defender revealed to feeling “gutted” after losing at Chelsea, a score that represented the end of United’s already slim title chances. The defender then paid tribute to the fans that followed his side during the game, defining them as “class”.

Here is his post:

Smalling’s tweet after defeat at Chelsea

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Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal gave a somewhat prickly interview after he saw his side lose 1-0 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard’s winner was enough to all but secure the title for Chelsea, and enough to end United’s already slim hopes of winning the title.

Chelsea are now 10 points clear with a game in hand, and Van Gaal said that after the game, his opinions didn’t matter:

“It doesn’t matter how I feel.

“In football, we only count the goals, and they scored one goal. It was the first shot on goal, and against Crystal Palace I believe, it was the 19th minute so they did it better today.”

United had 70% of the possession, but Van Gaal refused to state that he was frustrated about his side’s performance:

“I’m not frustrated, I am very proud of my team. Why do I have to be frustatred? We played the best match of the season.

Injury forced Van Gaal to name a patchwork side, with five key players out of the squad through injury. When asked how he thought the changes affected the side, Van Gaal said:

“When I say we have played the best match of the season, this is a rhetorical question I think.”

Ander Herrera was booked late on by referee Mike Dean for diving, but Van Gaal said it was up to the referee:

“When you want to influence the referee, you have to influence the first goal. But it’s the main decision of the referee.

“Maybe people can watch on television, repetition.”


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Ahead of Chelsea’s important London derby with QPR at Loftus Road, there are quite attractive odds for both teams to score (correct as of 2.05pm, 11/04/2015).

Odds: QPR wins – 8.50 Draw – 5.00 Chelsea wins – 1.36 Under 2.5 – 2.10 Over 2.5 – 2.10

First goalscorer

Austin – 9.00

Zamora – 15.00

Zarate – 15.00

Remy – 5.00

Drogba – 6.00

Hazard – 6.50


Statistical facts:


— Most goals conceded in Premier League (58)

— Involved in an entertaining 3-3 draw against Aston Villa this week.

— QPR have been losing at half-time in 4 of their last 5 league matches

— They have lost 9 of their last 12 league games


— Most goals scored away from home in Premier League (33)

— In their last 10 league games they haven’t lose

— They won 5 of their last 7 league games


by Francesco Pozzetti


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