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Chelsea captain John Terry does not hide the fact that yesterday’s 1-0 win over Norwich was a great relief for the team and gives the hope that the team comes out of the crisis.

Diego Costa’s goal was the culmination of a really good performance the Blues. Team had many opportunities to increase the score, but only the Spaniard put the ball in the net. After the game, Chelsea skipper reflected on the game overall.

Terry told Chelsea TV:

”The performances have been there of late, just not the results, so I am delighted to get the three points on the board and you could see the relief and the delight from the other players as well. It was a good performance and hopefully this is a step in the right direction for us.”

”It was about being patient. Our build-up play was creating a lot of chances on goal, which we have been doing of late as well, so we are pleased with that and at half-time the manager was stressing we continue and the door will open, the goal will come, and thankfully it did.”

In a few words also commented on his opportunity to score in relation to the Chelsea’s strikers who have the last lot of pressure when it comes to shooting goals :

”Not when strikers are getting into those positions to score goals”

”Diego is a great finisher and it will always come. If he is not getting in those positions  for the chances then I think it is a problem but he was there today and was unlucky with a couple in the first half, and it was a great finish from him in the second half.”

”Eden Hazard is back to his best and not only this Saturday, the last five or six games you have seen from everybody the raising in performances individually and collectively and with this result, the delight and the relief from players is there to see.”

”It is a big week now with the Champions League. We have got one win out the way with hopefully more to come.’’

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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Jose Mourinho has said that his side fully deserved the three points as they overcame Norwich 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

A curling strike from Diego Costa just after the hour mark was enough to secure the win for Mourinho’s men, giving Chelsea the perfect start to life after the international break.

But despite his analytical assessment of the game, Mourinho was quick to dedicate the victory to a member of staff who was affected by the shocking attacks in Paris just over a week ago:

Obviously we are very sorry with everything that happened during the week, and the stadium and all the professionals gave a fantastic reaction of solidarity with all the victims.

“I would like personally to dedicate this victory to somebody who is so close to us. Gary Staker (player administrator) lost his dad yesterday and couldn’t be with us today.

“My thoughts are with a big friend from all of us.”

But despite the win, Mourinho said there was still work to be done after Norwich put heavy pressure on the Blues as the game drew to a close. However, the 52-year old then spoke of his relief at claiming an important three points, in what was only Chelsea’s fourth win of the season.

We didn’t deserve the heartbeat of the last four minutes. We deserved to be enjoying the last four minutes with a 2-0, 3-0 or 4-0 result, but we couldn’t.

“Once more the relation between how we played and the number of goals we scored wasn’t good. We should have scored three, four or five but we didn’t.

“We could cope with the pressure in the last five minutes because it was there, I felt it and the players felt it. We coped well with that and we got a result that we obviously needed very much.

It’s a bit of a relief.

I’m not nervous on the bench but you get a bit disappointed with the way things go. After the goal Zouma hit the bar, if he didn’t touch the ball it’s a goal. Then in the last four minutes you are there and you think that maybe we’d score in our own goal. So, yes, there is a bit of relief but fundamentally I’m happy for the players because they are working well and they deserved it.”

The manager said Diego Costa’s goal will be a boost for his confidence, with the Spaniard struggling to find the form he did last season:

I know for sure so many pundits we have were strikers and they know the feeling when you don’t score, you get heavier. For every game you don’t score you have five kilos more and the pressure is there.

“In the first half he missed two chances, the second one was a big one, so it was important for him.

“He’s working well, he’s a happy guy and tries everything. He’s positive. If I had to choose somebody to score the winning goal I would go with him.

“Everything is connected; when you are full of confidence you are fluent in your decisions, you choose well your movements and the number of touches, when to hold, when to keep possession. When you lose confidence you lose that. Yes he can do much better but one goal is very important.”

Mourinho also explained his reason for starting Kenedy, who made a surprise first Premier League start, in place of Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back:

He’s an attacking player, he was playing in a position where he wasn’t really a left-back.

“We were ready for them to come and play with four at the back, which they did, but we were also ready for them to play with five at the back which they did against Man City, so I wanted to have a player in that position who could adapt to both situations.

“If they played with five at the back I would have played with three at the back and used Kenedy as a left winger. When they came with four we knew what we had to do.”

The Portuguese then went on to praise Eden Hazard, following an impressive display by the Belgian:

I think everybody played well; between Eden, Pedro and Willian they had a good dynamic.

“Eden created chances for us which was important, and also for his confidence. Again, he’s a player who hasn’t been performing especially well and every top player who isn’t playing well feels it more than the others.”

Finally, Mourinho stressed the importance of taking each game as it comes, as Chelsea aim to stage a revitalised title defence:

We have to go game after game.

“The fourth position is not an impossible mission. To recover points to teams who are normally in the middle of the table and to catch one of the teams who will have a bit of a collapse for sure, because everybody will have one, is a possible target.”

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Chelsea have beaten Norwich City 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in their first Premiership game since the international break in an entertaining but dramatic game.

The game began relatively slowly as both sides sought space in the other’s half without clear success, but Chelsea’s pressing was good in the first few minutes. Norwich won a corner that was easily dealt with and Chelsea’s passing across the middle of the pitch improved compared to previous performances.

The midfield benefited greatly from having Kenedy- starting at left-back- coming into the centre and giving support to a part of the pitch that has been porous so far this season. The first chance just before the 10th minute when Hazard ran down the left wing, beating his marker easily, and cutting the ball back from by-line for Fabregas to put it over at the near post.

A corner from Willian was the flicked wide from Terry moments later, and then the Brazil international himself had a shot on goal when given the ball by Hazard- who had made a fantastic, searing run through the centre of the pitch- but could only find Ruddy’s legs from inside the area as Chelsea began to take control of the game.

Some of those who have been well below their best looked sharper than they have done at any other point this season. Hazard’s skill complemented Willian’s usual energy as Chelsea looked brighter and were able to apply pressure for longer periods of time. For Norwich’s part, their first chance of the game came from good work across the edge of Chelsea’s box but Mbokani put the ball over the bar when he should have done better.

Brady, Norwich’s brightest player in the first half, ran into the box and looked for a moment as if he was going to fashion a clear cut chance but Zouma did well to cover his run and shepherd the ball back to Begovic. Costa should have at least got the ball on target when Pedro cut it back into the centre of the box, his international teammate putting it over the bar. Costa probably would have done better from a Hazard cross soon after had it been him a few yards out and not Willian over whom the ball just drifted over.

Despite the lack of cutting edge in the away side’s area, there was something approaching the energetic, high pressing game that was on display 12 months ago. Norwich have showed signs of ambition and were denied what they thought was a penalty when Brady fell under pressure from Willian just inside the area but both real time and replay footage showed the Canaries’ forward went down far too easily.

Chelsea were denied a penalty themselves as the game approached the break when Costa received the ball from a cutting pass into the box from Willian and fell as he tried to turn Bassong. Like Brady it was obvious that he could have stayed on his feet had he wanted to.

The game opened up even more as it approached the break with chances as first Sebastian Bassong and then Diego Costa had shots blocked- by Terry and Ruddy respectively- when both found themselves in the box with time on the ball.

With the game still deadlocked at half time, it was the home side that began the second half the better as they sought to increase the pressure. Two free-kicks from Willian in similar positions on the right hand side of the box came to nothing, and Zouma should have got the ball on target when the Brazil international put another ball into the box, this time from a corner.

By far the better side at the start of the second half, Chelsea hemmed Norwich into their own half without cutting through or turning their pressure into openings on goal. Hazard, Pedro and Fabregas all took turns with the ball on the edge of the box but none could create a chance for an opponent or themseles.

On more than occasion a ball was played into the box that Costa wasn’t alive to and didn’t make the run across the box in order to exploit. He compensated, however, in the 63rd minute when he gave the Blues the lead to the great relief of almost everyone inside Stamford Bridge. A quickly taken free-kick from Willian on the half way line found both Costa and Pedro running clear on goal. With the former Barcelona man drifted away to the centre to create space for Costa, the striker cut in from the left and finished brilliantly with his right foot past Ruddy into the corner.

Chelsea almost doubled their lead minutes later, a free-kick from Willian finding Zouma but the Frenchman could only hit the bar with the out stretched right foot. Norwich came to close to leveling in the 68th minute with a good shot from the impressive Brady going just wide.

Norwich responded by making a triple substitution to bolster their attack but it was still Chelsea that had most of the ball and threatened the game’s next goal. More passing across the box resulted in a shot from Pedro that went wide. The Spaniard was denied a clear penalty with ten minutes left when he was put in on goal after more good passing but hacked down by Bennett.

A long run from Matic past several Norwich defenders forced a good save from Ruddy at his near post, and Norwich did their best to level in the last few minutes, the away side playing a number of balls into the box in the hope of finding the head of Cameron Jerome. Chelsea’s defence, so bad at vital times this season, still looked shaky but they held firm and see the team out to a 1-0 win that will settle some nerves at Stamford Bridge.

There is still a great deal of work to do, but this is a start.

 

CHELSEA: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Kenedy; Fabrégas, Matic; Willian (Ramires, 87), Pedro (Oscar, 85), Hazard (Azpilicueta, 90); Costa.

Subs: Blackman,  , Traore, Cahill, Remy, Azpilicueta.

Scorers: Costa (63)

Manager: José Mourinho

 

NORWICHRuddy; Wisdom, R.Bennett, Bassong, Olsson, O’Neil, Redmond, Mulumbu (Dorrans, 73), Brady, Howson (Hoolahan, 73), Mbokani (Jerome, 73).

Unused subs: Rudd, Whittaker, Lafferty, Odjidja-Ofoe.

Manager: Alex Neil

 

Referee: Craig Pawson

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During the press conference, Jose Mourinho has given the updates on the injury situation at Chelsea ahead of Norwich clash on Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

Chelsea coach spoke about Courtois’s return to the team’s training. And he has provided a timeframe for the Belgian goalkeeper. He spoke also about Radamel Falcao who is suffering a muscular injury and about Hazard’s recent flu.

On Courtois:

“The photos that you have are not photoshopped pictures – he is training with the team. He is in the hands of the medical department.”
“He will be back in December, I cannot tell you more than that.”

On Falcao:
“In a couple of weeks Falcao is coming back from injury,”
“Thibaut will be back in December too.

On Hazard:

”I don’t know if it’s true [Hazard being ill] or not but he arrived and he trained yesterday.”

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Legendary player Gianfranco Zola has admitted that Chelsea ace Eden Hazard reminds him himself at the early stage of his career at Chelsea. He is convinced that Hazard’s current struggles will have a positive impact in the long run.

Zola told Omnisport:

”Hazard is in a similar situation to I was at Chelsea in my second year,”

“The first year was very good, as it was for Hazard, he did so much, received so much recognition and now the spotlight is on him all the time and this is making everything he does a little more difficult.

“Every player goes through this but in a way I think it will be good for him as it will make him think more about his game a bit more.

“So it’s an opportunity for him to become a better player. He is young and has the potential to be one of the best.”

“From the outside you can see it’s not working,”

“The last game [a 1-0 defeat at Stoke] gives you an idea. They played well but the ball didn’t go in. On the other hand they [Stoke] created a chance and they scored and then they defended really well.”

“If you want to come out of this situation you have to work really hard and stick together.”

“Mourinho is the right person, he has done so much for Chelsea, he has won so much and he has the experience to come through this.”

“He is a good manager, no-one can doubt him. Sometimes seasons don’t go the way you want, that doesn’t take anything away from your qualities.”

“There is plenty to play for, the Champions League and the FA Cup so a season that has not been good so far they can turn around.”

“It’s a good opportunity for Chelsea to be stronger.”

 

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The legendary French footballer Zinedine Zidane has expressed his admiration for Chelsea’s ace Eden Hazard but at the same time warns against giving faith to the speculation about his transfer to Real Madrid.

Zidane told during a news conference:

”You’ll have to ask other people that,”

”I’m not in a position to answer. Me, I love the player.”

”He’s my favourite player [on the Belgian team],”

”He’s the one that gives me the most when I see Belgium play.”

”He has six months left. It’s part of a career — you have to accept that there’ll be times when you’re not as good.”

”But I’m not worried about him for the European Championship.”

 

 

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Thorgan Hazard has denied the rumors that his brother Eden is in conflict with Mourinho. Since some time Chelsea winger is a subject of the speculations about his departure from Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window.

After the numerous rumors about the conflict between Chelsea’s ace and the Portuguese coach everybody wonder what kind of future awaits the Belgian player. But his brother ensures that all those story has nothing to do with the truth.

Thorgan told Het Laatste Nieuws:

”He has never had a problem with Jose Mourinho. They accept each other.”

“There never has been. If Eden is not good, Mourinho says. If he is good, it’s the same.”

He is also convinced, that his brother will do everything possible to return to his best form:

“At Chelsea everything goes wrong, but with Belgium the atmosphere is different. I hope he will show that he still knows how to play football against Italy and Spain.”

”Eden doesn’t give up. He doesn’t doubt his qualities, he doesn’t panic. Even after a bad game, he keeps on trying.”

 

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All indications are that Chelsea ace Eden Hazard is set to be called as one of Eva Carneiro’s key witness over her claim for constructive dismissal. 

According to the Independent, the Belgian would be asked to confirm whether he asked match referee Michael Olivier for medical attention before Carneiro and Fearn entered the field of play. It is said, that Hazard himself is reluctant to involve himself in the case but probably he will have no choice.

After the famous ”medical attention” during August clash between Chelsea and Swansea dr Carneiro was relieved of her first team duties and as a result she decided to leave Stamford Bridge.

She has also decide to bring a claim for constructive dismissal against the club. What is more, the Gibraltar-born medical has also made an individual legal claim against Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

 

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has once again flatly denied that he is the player responsible for leading a mutiny against Jose Mourinho at Chelsea’s dressing room. The Spain international has revealed that the Special One is as frustrated as the playing squad with their current results.

Fabregas told Radio COPE :

“Those of us who have been most criticised are [Eden] Hazard, Diego Costa and myself, but you get used to it,”

“We’re not doing well in the league at the moment. Last year we lost four games all season and this season we have lost seven already.”

“But Mourinho is a winner, when he loses he goes home p***ed off like I do.”

“The results at Chelsea aren’t what we would want and don’t reflect the level of our play.”

“I feel good in myself, but when the results aren’t coming everything is negative and everything looks bad.”

“Mourinho trusts us and we trust him.”

”I backed him in a very difficult time.”

””My relationship with Mourinho is good, as always, but when things aren’t going well people are always looking for something.”

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Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola believes the poor form of key offensive players is the main reason behind the team’s rotten form so far this reason, especially Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.

Zola, widely considered Chelsea’s greatest ever player, left the club in 2003 and is now manager of Qatari club Al-Arabi. Speaking to reporters he said the appalling displays from Chelsea’s key front men has had a detrimental effect on the side to the point where it now sits in 16th position following its worst start to a season for a generation.

Having won the title comfortably last season, mainly due to its blistering start and consistency of Player of the Year Eden Hazard, Chelsea’s almost non-existent defence of it has come as a shock to the football world, and Zola blames his old side’s woes on those that were so good last season.

He is quoted as saying:

“There is one compelling reason for the poor start to the season. The poor form of key offensive players Eden Hazard and Diego Costa has not helped. 

“Defensively as well the team has dropped the standards set last year so the players have lost confidence as a group and this has led to poor results. The club has it in them to turn around their fortunes.” 

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