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Jose Mourinho spoke during the pre-conference before Saturday’s match against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. He surprised everyone when he announced calmly that it is uncertain whether Chelsea will qualify for the Champions League next season

Asked about Chelsea’s disappointing performances and the reasons of it :

“If you read the papers you will know the reasons because every day it comes. My view is not important because the way you write is clearly the truth so there is no room for discussion. The truth is the truth. I think Chelsea is a big club, is the club that I chose to come to.

On Eden Hazard :

“It’s not because he missed a penalty I will criticise Eden Hazard. He had a positive game at Stoke and I was pleased with him.

“I was happy with his performance against Kiev. Before that he was on the bench for a couple of matches”

“I was not happy and felt it was the best thing for him but I am happy with his positive reaction to that.”

On Ramires new deal :

“Not many people understand what Ramires really offers. He’s a guy every manager loves. He deserves this new contract. He’s a player who is ready to play, be on the bench, it’s his mentality as a group man.”

Asked whetever he had any conversations with Roman Abramovich :

“I don’t have to tell you.”

However, Mourinho surprised everyone when he announced calmly that it is uncertain whether Chelsea will qualify for the Champions League next season :

“I can’t promise.”

“I think Chelsea is a big club. It’s the club I choose I come to and live in a very specific way every day the life of this club. ”

“But with all the respect, Liverpool is a big club, Manchester United is a super big club. And last season Liverpool won nothing and didn’t qualify for the Champions League and they are still a big club.”

“Two years ago Manchester United didn’t qualify for the Champions League or even the Europa League, they win nothing and they’re still a monster club. That’s football.”

“How do I deal (with this worse set of results in his career)? By working.”

Speaking about Jurgen Klopp and his similar problems at Borussia, the Special One said:

“I don’t want to speak about it. I’m also a good friend of the top people in Borussia, I know how good and stable they are. No more than that.”

“I don’t want to say anything (whether he sees Klopp as an ally in this situation). I just say I’m not a close friend, football doesn’t normally allow that. But he’s a guy I like a lot, we have a good relationship and as a manager, his work speaks. ”

“In spite of what happened last season being one to forget, I consider him one of the top managers in Europe.”

Mourinho said that the German coach can have a great impact on his new club ( Liverpool) :

“They were a good team and are a good team. They had good players, they have good players. They had a very good manager, they have a new very good manager. Everything is the same. ”

“Some details in their tactical approach have obviously changed, this is the nature of the game, especially when you are thinking of two top managers.”

“When you change a top manager for an ordinary one (pulls face), but if you change a top one for another top one, the level is high, they know what to do. It’s just a little different the way they both think about football.”

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Legendary Arsenal player Thierry Henry suggested that Chelsea players are disillusioned by Mourinho.Former striker has particularly pointed out, that Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic have special reasons to be dissatisfied.

Henry told Sky Sports :

“I see a team that is not buying into what Mourinho wants any more. Hazard and Nemanja Matic for example. Matic was substituted against Southampton then went to play for Serbia and got sent-off. He then got sent-off again at West Ham. Whether that was right or wrong, you can tell they are all on edge,”

“The body language of Hazard suggests that he doesn’t want to play in the same way. Maybe Mourinho has to deal with his main players not accepting the way he likes to play.”

“It’s very demanding for Hazard to track back, tuck in and play on the counter. Mourinho has shown he’s been very successful winning games that way but when you win the league and come back the year after you need to do more.”

However former Arsenal player is convinced that whatever is happening at Chelsea now and no matter what kind of difficulties the team is facing, Jose Mourinho should not be sacked as he has proven time and time again that he is a winner and among the best managers in the world.

“You have to give him the respect about what he’s achieved in the game. People forget that he won the treble with Inter Milan. Wherever he’s been, he’s won things. This is one of the first times he’s had to deal with a crisis at a club. I think he’s smart enough to deal with it. He has the team and the experience to recover. Let’s not forget what he’s achieved at Porto, at Inter Milan, at Real Madrid. It’s amazing,”

 

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OSCAR
Brazilian midfielder Oscar © Francesca Ceciarini

Begovic 6- Made a few very good saves. Not much he could have done about the penalties.

Zouma 6- Generally quite solid.

Terry 6- A better performance than recent weeks.

Cahill 6- Same as above.

Baba 6.5- A good performance generally in attack and defence.

Ramires 5- Missed a sitter in the first half. The team improved once he left.

Mikel 6- An improvement on Matic’s awful performances of late.

Willian 6.5- Played with his usual energy but lacked a cutting edge.

Oscar 7- Refreshing to have some attacking energy from the midfield. Should start against Liverpool for sure.

Hazard 6- Better than previous performances but still a long way from his best. Missed the decisive penalty.

Costa 5- Looked bright to begin with but was take off after sustaining injury.

 

Substitutes:

Kenedy 7- Superb. Fast, decisive and accurate. Deserves his Premiership start before long.

Traore 6- Provided fresh legs and looked good brought on.

Remy 6- Scored a good goal but his positioning off the ball continues to let him down.

 

Manager:

Jose Mourinho 6- There will be more pressure after this defeat but the team is improving. The key players are finding their form of last year and he was not afraid to make changes when needed. He should start Oscar on Saturday and begin to bring the younger players into the first team.

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Chelsea have been knocked out of the League Cup after losing a penalty shoot-out 5-4 to Stoke City following a thrilling 1-1 draw at the Britania Stadium.

Chelsea started on the front foot and almost took the lead in the first few minutes as Costa forced a smart save from Butland in the Stoke goal when he attempted a back hell finish from Oscar’s right sided cross.

The travelling Chelsea fans made their support for their team’s under pressure manager early on as Jose Mourinho’s name rang out from the away end of Britania Stadium. They saw their team miss another chance as Costa ran in from the left and his cut back was almost turned into his own goal by Wollschied, and then again when Oscar had a right foot shot tipped over the bar.

Chelsea’s play generally was much better than it has been in previous weeks- Hazard, Costa and Oscar, reintroduced into the team at the expense of Fabregas, linking up brilliantly on a number of occasions. A bad foul on Zouma did not bring a card for Diouf when it should have done, and Chelsea missed the best chance of the game by far just before the half hour when Ramires was put through by Mikel and put the ball into the side netting when he had taken it round Butland.

An injury to Costa meant the Spain striker was taken off after 32 minutes to be replaced by Remy, something sure to be of the utmost concern to Jose Mouirnho.

For the home side’s part,  their best opening came ten minutes before the break when Walters received the ball in the middle of the area and couldn’t finish beyond ex-Stoke ‘keeper Asmir Begovic in the Chelsea goal. Stoke have mainly been limited to shots from distance, but that moment, specifically the way Stoke moved through the Chelsea central defence with relative ease.

It was been the away side, however, that was largely in control of the first half. Hazard had a shot pushed over and Chelsea found the net from the subsequent set piece only for the linesman’s flag to intervene when Terry finished cleverly past Butland from an offside position.

Chelsea were punished for their first half wastefulness as Stoke took the lead just five minutes into the second half. Jonathan Walters, who famously scored two own goals when Chelsea played Stoke in 2012, finished brilliantly from outside the box when found in space by Whelen. The Ireland international scored with a superb right foot volley which Begovic couldn’t get to.

Willian failed to respond with his usual free-kick brilliance when he put a set-piece over the bar just a few minutes later, the foul having been earned by Remy on the edge of the box. Stoke almost added to their lead when Walters again tried his luck from outside the box but this time the ball mercifully went over the bar.

Willian again tried his luck from outside the box but the shot was saved down low. Kenedy was brought on for Baba as Mourinho tried to turn the tie in Chelsea’s favour with an influx of attacking energy. Zouma hit the post, and Kenedy himself had a shot saved with the game entering its final 15 minutes. It became more and more difficult to find space around the area as Stoke sat back to defend their lead, but they did miss another chance to finish the game, again through Walters, who put the ball wide after a counter attack.

Traore, brought on for Ramires, almost equalised with a brilliant shot from distance with Stoke packed inside their own box, and Chelsea were at last rewarded for their efforts in the 92nd minute when Remy finished beyond Butland from close range after Kenedy won a corner on the left. The Blues desperately sought a winning goal late on but were forced to settle for extra-time. Stoke’s Phil Bardsley was sent off for a second bookable offence late on.

Chelsea started the extra-time the better and made the first chance- Hazard putting the ball wide after linking up with Kenedy. Traoe then headed wide from a Willian cross on the left as Chelsea pressed up the pitch in search of what would have been a winning goal with their man advantage on the pitch. They couldn’t and the game went into a penalty shoot-out.

Willian scored Chelsea’s first and Oscar the second as it was 2-2 after two penalties each. Remy and Zouma scored as Chelsea kept up with Stoke but Eden Hazard missed so that the holders went out 5-4.

Despite the result this was a much better game than Chelsea have had in recent weeks. The performance from Oscar should mean he plays against Liverpool instead of Fabregas and the contribution of Kenedy and Traore should also give one optimism for the near future.

 

 

CHELSEA – Asmir Begovic; Kurt Zouma, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Baba Rahman (Kenedy, 70); Ramires (Traore), John Obi Mikel, Willian, Oscar, Eden Hazard; Diego Costa (Remy, 32)

Unused Substitutes: Marco Amelia, Papy Djilobodji, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Scorers: Remy (92)

Manager: José Mourinho

STOKE CITY – Jack Butland; Phil Bardsley, Ryan Shawcross, Philipp Wollscheid, Marc Muniesa (Wilson 49); Glenn Whelan, Charlie Adam, Mame Biram Diouf, Ibrahim Affelay (Shaqiri (75), Marco Arnautovic; Jonathan Walters

Unused Substitutes: Shay Given,  Steve Sidwell, Stephen Ireland,  Peter Odemwingie, Peter Crouch

Scorers: Walters (50)

Manager: Mark Hughes

Referee: Kevin Friend

Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

Attendance: 24,866

 

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JOSE MOURINHO WEST HAM
Ex Chelsea boss José Mourinho will return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, this time as Manchester United manager © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea are drawing 0-0 at half-time of their League Cup tie at Stoke City.

Chelsea started on the fornt foot and almost took the lead in the first few minutes as Costa forced a smart save from Butland in the Stoke goal when he attempted a back hell finish from Oscar’s right sided cross.

The travelling Chelsea fans made their support for their team’s under pressure manager early on as Jose Mourinho’s name rang out from the away end of Britania Stadium. They saw their team miss another chance as Costa ran in from the left and his cut back was almost turned into his own goal by Wollschied, and then again when Oscar had a right foot shot tipped over the bar.

Chelsea’s play generally was much better than it has been in previous weeks- Hazard, Costa and Oscar, reintroduced into the team at the expense of Fabregas, linking up brilliantly on a number of occasions. A bad foul on Zouma did not bring a card for Diouf when it should have done, and Chelsea missed the best chance of the game by far just before the half hour when Ramires was put through by Mikel and put the ball into the side netting when he had taken it round Butland.

An injury to Costa meant the Spain striker was taken off after 32 minutes to be replaced by Remy, something sure to be of the utmost concern to Jose Mouirnho.

For the home side’s part,  their best opening came ten minutes before the break when Walters received the ball in the middle of the area and couldn’t finish beyond ex-Stoke ‘keeper Asmir Begovic in the Chelsea goal. Stoke have mainly been limited to shots from distance, but that moment, specifically the way Stoke moved through the Chelsea central defence with relative ease.

It has been the away side, however, that has largely been in control so far. Hazard had a shot pushed over and Chelsea found the net from the subsequent set piece only for the linesman’s flag to intervene when Terry finished cleverly past Butland from an offside position.

Despite the lack of goals it has been a much better showing from Chelsea this evening. They have been by far the better side and could have at east one goal to their name by now. They will have to continue with the initiative in the second half and take advantage soon if their bid to retain the League Cup doesn’t go the same way as the Premiership has so far.

 

 

 

CHELSEA – Asmir Begovic; Kurt Zouma, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Baba Rahman; Ramires, John Obi Mikel, Willian, Oscar, Eden Hazard; Diego Costa (Remy, 32)

Substitutes: Marco Amelia, Papy Djilobodji, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Bertrand Traore, Kenedy, Loic Remy

Manager: José Mourinho

STOKE CITY – Jack Butland; Phil Bardsley, Ryan Shawcross, Philipp Wollscheid, Marc Muniesa; Glenn Whelan, Charlie Adam, Mame Biram Diouf, Ibrahim Affelay, Marco Arnautovic; Jonathan Walters

Substitutes: Shay Given, Wilson, Steve Sidwell, Stephen Ireland, Xherdan Shaqiri, Peter Odemwingie, Peter Crouch

Manager: Mark Hughes

Referee: Kevin Friend

Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

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Here are the official line ups for today’s game at Britannia Stadium between Stoke City and Chelsea in the Capital One Cup fourth round.

CHELSEA – Asmir Begovic; Kurt Zouma, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Baba Rahman; Ramires, John Obi Mikel, Willian, Oscar, Eden Hazard; Diego Costa

Substitutes: Marco Amelia, Papy Djilobodji, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Bertrand Traore, Kenedy, Loic Remy

Manager: José Mourinho

STOKE CITY – Jack Butland; Phil Bardsley, Ryan Shawcross, Philipp Wollscheid, Marc Muniesa; Glenn Whelan, Charlie Adam, Mame Biram Diouf, Ibrahim Affelay, Marco Arnautovic; Jonathan Walters

Substitutes: Shay Given, Wilson, Steve Sidwell, Stephen Ireland, Xherdan Shaqiri, Peter Odemwingie, Peter Crouch

Manager: Mark Hughes

Referee: Kevin Friend

Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

Kick Off: 7.40 pm GMT

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Chelsea’s hopes of signing Isco have been reignited after the forward reportedly asked for a transfer away from Real Madrid.

Isco, who Chelsea tried to sign in the summer, wants a “change of scenery” according to Spanish football website Fichajes.com.

His future was the subject of speculation throughout the previous transfer window due to his lack of playing time under Carlo Ancelotti last season. He has since been brought back into the team by manager Rafael Benitez and has played in all of Real Madrid’s nine La Liga games so far. Despite that, the Spain international has his heart set on a move away from Spain and has also chosen England as his destination of choice.

Should Chelsea choose to pursue Isco again they will face competition from Arsenal who also inquired about his services last summer but were put off by the price.

A January purchase could well be what Chelsea need to perk up their as of yet dreadful season. There is even the possibility Isco could be used by Real Madrid as a bargaining chip in a player+cash deal to buy Eden Hazard, who is the club’s number one transfer target.

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EDEN HAZARD
Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Manchester City and United are both interested in luring Eden Hazard away from Chelsea, according to reports in the English press today. 

Last season’s Player of the Year Hazard has had a terrible time of it this season and was recently dropped for the win over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge. He has been linked with PSG in the past and is believed to be the number one transfer target of Real Madrid.

It is now come to pass that Chelsea’s Premiership rivals Manchester United and Manchester City are interested in signing the Belgian and believe they can do so. Hazard turned down advances from both clubs to join Chelsea in 2012.

City, currently favourites to take Chelsea’s Premiership crown, think the presence of Hazard’s international captain and teammate Vincent Kompany will be enough to tip the balance in their favour. United, meanwhile, are still in transition since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and are hoping to attract world class talent now they are back in the Champions League.

Reports in France suggest PSG will be the first to test Chelsea’s resolve with a bod of £70 million for Hazard in January. The 24-year-old recently signed a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

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WEST HAM v CHELSEA Diego Costa Obi Mikel disappointed defeat

Chelsea have lost 2-1 to West Ham United as they resume their woes after a promising week at home and in Europe.

West Ham , in keeping with Slaven Bilic’s words prior to kick-off, started the game with belief and were not afraid to get forward early with Chelsea being forced, for the most part, to venture ahead on the counter attack.

Chelsea’s first sight came from the boot of Costa as his international teammate Fabregas chipped the ball through and the forward volleyed high and over. The home side’s early initiative was met attack for attack as Chelsea looked bright going forward but lacked the final pass or finish. Costa won a corner which he then failed to connect with properly and soon after the defending champions were paid to pay as West Ham took the lead.

A free-kick, given away by Fabregas, was tipped over the bar by Begovic. The resulting corner was not cleared and the ball fell to Zarate on the right side who was inexplicably allowed to shoot through the crowded area and in at Begovic’s near post.

Chelsea’s response was timid at first but as the first half continued were able to get forward- resuming their early incisiveness with the ball at feet. They were inches from equalising with ten minutes to go of the first half when a corner was headed by Zouma and almost turned over the line by West Ham forward Lanzini on the line. The same player almost, and should have doubled West Ham’s lead minutes later when put through on goal by Payet but put the ball over Begovic and bar; the Bosnia and Herzogovina international doing well to put off the forward enough to force the miss.

Chelsea’s half did not improve as it neared its end with two defining events. Chelsea were denied an equaliser, this time incorrectly, when Fabregas finished past the West Ham ‘keeper having received the ball from Willian with replays showing him to be level with the last defender.  The next was rather less contentious but potentially a great more damaging when Matic pulled back Sakho on the right wing as the West Ham man turned past him and ran towards the area and was given a second yellow card- he was cautioned for something similar seconds after Lanzini cleared the ball off the line as the home side broke forward.

The second half began rather tentatively for the home side, as if having an advantage in men and score disconcerted them. As a result it was Chelsea that took the initiative and found the leveler they were denied in the first half. A corner was drifted in and West Ham’s defending proved to be as sloppy as Chelsea’s earlier on as Cahill was given leave to fire in the loose ball from close range.

The equaliser gave new life to both sides- West Ham’s Mark Noble had a half volley caught by Begovic, and Costa almost caught out West Ham’s defence when a back pass was short but Adrian was first to the ball. Being a player down curtailed Chelsea’s ability to counter attack although Ramires should have done better with a cut back from Hazard when Begovic cleared away.

Chelsea’s troubles seemed for a time in this past week to be at least almost behind them but they were more acute than ever before as West Ham retook the lead through a header from Andy Carroll. Azpilicueta was isolated and Begovic off his line as Chelsea fell behind again with 12 minutes left. The goal was coming after a period of pressure from the home side and proved once and for all Chelsea’s brittle defence.

The game drew to a close with few chances for Chelsea to regain parity. A stoppage time free-kick from Willian came to nothing and Chelsea once again look like the same empty shell that they have done for much of this season. It is another defeat and one where Chelsea could and should have got at least one point from. It is true to say the referee disallowed a legitimate goal in the first half, but the Premiership champions, now surely destined to relinquish their title in May, must fix the defensive and fitness problems that continue to pervade their football if they are to reach their minimal target of finishing in the Champions League places.

 

 

 

WEST HAM: Adrian, Jenkinson, Tomkins, Collins, Cresswell, Noble (c), Kouyate, Zarate, Payet, Lanzini, Sakho.

Subs: Randolph, Carroll, Valencia, Obiang, Ogbonna, Jelavic, Antonio.

Manager: Slaven Bilic

Scorers: Zarate (17) Carroll (78)

 

CHELSEA: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas (Mikel 45), Hazard; Diego Costa.

Subs: Amelia, Baba Rahman, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Falcao.

Manager: José Mourinho

Scorers: Cahill (55)

 

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Venue: Upton Park, London, UK

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Ahead of Chelsea’s clash with West Ham (15:00 GMT KO), the official lineups have been announced.

The Blues are looking to keep their winning form against their London neighbours, having won just three of their opening nine games.

 

Lineups:

WEST HAM: Adrian, Jenkinson, Tomkins, Collins, Cresswell, Noble (c), Kouyate, Zarate, Payet, Lanzini, Sakho.

Subs: Randolph, Carroll, Valencia, Obiang, Ogbonna, Jelavic, Antonio.

Manager: Slaven Bilic

 

CHELSEA: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa.

Subs: Amelia, Baba Rahman, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Falcao.

Manager: José Mourinho

 

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Venue: Upton Park, London, UK

Kick Off: 3 pm GMT

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