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Terry celebrating his last second equaliser with fans © Francesca Ceciarini

John Terry: the leader, the captain, the legend.

With his last second equaliser he shoos the ghosts out of Stamford Bridge and gives Chelsea a 3-3 that is not so important for the table or for the mere point gained: it’s an incredible morale boost.

With the first defeat of the Hiddink’s second era aftr the sloppy draw with WBA on Wednesday night Chelsea would have precipitated again in a dangerous spiral and this time would have been even more difficult to get out of it.

Of course Chelsea haven’t solved all their problems with this wheezy last second draw, but to avoid the defeat was something really important for the self-confidence of the group and dressing room’s morale.

The game was poor in the first half, with Chelsea having another sloppy approach again.

Only two chances per team, with Willian and Mirallas, and the sensation that Everton was more in control of the game.

Chelsea’s attitude in the first minute of the second half was even worse: the team was totally out of concentration and pace, and after five minutes John Terry puts the ball in his own goal, trying to anticipate his ex team-mate Romelu Lukaku, after a nice playing among Barry, Barkley and Baines.

0-1 and Chelsea that seem to disappear from the pitch, with Everton easily controlling the game.

Not even six minutes passed, and the Toffees stroke again: Lennon eludes Terry’s tackle and give the ball to Baines, whose cross is a little behind for Mirallas, the Belgian magnificently controls the ball, swivels and sends an exquisite half-volley past Courtois and in at the near post!

This was the crucial moment of the game, with Everton believing to have it in their hands, and Chelsea finally finding a nervous reaction.

The Blues start to play with more concentration and determination and at minute 64, eight minutes after Mirallas’ wonderful goal, they find the 2-1 with Diego Costa: a great pass from Fabregas from the midfield surprises Everton’s defense, Jakielka is indecisive and even slips, the players stops for a while waiting for the referee’s whistle, but there isn’t any foul and the Costa can easily score.

Chelsea have now a furious reaction, and after two minutes another combination between Fabregas and Diego Costa leads the Blues to equalise: the midfielder’s shot is clearly deflected by Jagielka, and Stamford Bridge’s roar is impressive.

The game is stopped for almost five minutes due to a serious injury for Oviedo: the Toffees’ player is carried off in a stretcher and Funes Mori takes his place.

In the same moment, Kenedy enters for Pedro.

Costa suffers an injury and limps off the pitch, substituted by Remy. Meanwhile Barkley is replaced by Pienaar in Everton.

Hiddink’s guys now try to take the lead, but their nervous reaction ends after fifteen minutes.

That’s when Everton strikes again: Lukaku goes close to score and in the playing after a splendid cross by Deloufeu ( entered some minutes before for Lennon) is reached by Funes Mori, that beats Courtois with a stunning header.

Only four minutes to go and it seems the end for Chelsea, with the ghosts hauting back at Stamford Bridge.

Referee Michaeld Jones gives seven minutes of injury time due to the five goals, the five substitutions and the time lost for Oviedo’s injury.

In this moment Chelsea understand that they got some chances to equalise the game: the minutes pass by and it seems a mission impossible,  but at the last second here he appears: the captain, John Terry.

His nice touch  after a confused playing between Ivanovic and Oscar in front of Howard is slightly offside, but it was difficult to see for the referee and his assistants in this pacey moment.

Terry goes crazy in the celebration and jump among the fans, to hug them, a dedication that can be read like: this is for you, we are not going to surrender.

 

 

 

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Chelsea ace Eden Hazard admits that he feels a bit unsatisfied after Sunday’s match against Tottenham Hotspurs, because he believes Chelsea deserved at least one goal.

Hazard told Chelsea’s official website:

” A draw is a good result but I think we deserved to score a goal to cap off a good performance ”

” In the first half Oscar gave a great cross to me which I headed over. We didn’t have a lot of chances but Hugo Lloris stopped a volley from me which was a beautiful save. If I had scored then it would have been 1-0 and it could have been a win for us. ”

” It’s always difficult to play at Tottenham. Last season we lost here 5-3 and we tried to get revenge but I think a draw is a good result. ”

” There was a lot of movement with small passes between us. It was not always easy but we did a good job and tried to score. We enjoyed playing together. ”

” I have played on the left, on the right, recently in the number 10 role, and I just enjoy playing. I know to give my all wherever I am on the pitch. ”

” We try to take game after game and win game after game, ”

”We won against Norwich, we drew here and we play a good game at home next week which we have to win.”

 ”We want to finish in the top four and we know it’s difficult but we will try. We will continue to work hard and continue to take pleasure from our game. ”

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Ramires

Ramires spoke to Chelsea TV after his good performance with Newcastle: he entered in the second half when Chelsea were losing and helped the team with the goal that set the score on the 2-1 with eleven minutes to go, then Willian scored for the 2-2 at 87′:

We started losing 2-0 and we reacted in the second half, I had to enter the pitch and help the team”

Before entering the boss told me he had to try to tie and to try my best and I tried my best to help the team because the team was losing, and I helped the team with one goal, I wanted to do more to help the team”

Yes, I scored two goals in two games…I came back to my form and scored two goals and I keep it up to help more the team”

“My new-born baby? Yes, it was a nice week…I scored one goal the other day, then yesterday he was born and today I scored another game for him and my wife and I am very happy

“We need to prepare ourselves for the game with Porto: they are a very good team, they are difficult [to face] I played there a lot when I was playing for Benfica and to win there is really really hard”.

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Nemanja Matic has ensured Chelsea’s rivals, that their ace Eden Hazard is back in his best form.

The Belgium international scored his 50th goal for the Blues during Saturday’s clash against Arsenal. Chelsea won 2-0 at Stamford Bridge with goals from Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard.

But Matic has no doubt, that this is just the beggining for Hazard. Chelsea midfielder told London Evening Standard:

“It’s a big goal for Eden”

“He needs to score goals for his confidence and to be on his top level. He is very important for our team. I am very happy he scored his first goal and I hope it gives him more self-belief.”

“He needs to know that he is the best player in the Premier League and use his qualities. When he scored it was an important moment in the season for him.”

”In two games we scored six goals and didn’t concede,”

“That’s very important for confidence and for team spirit.”

 

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EDEN HAZARD
Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Despite scoring the winner at 86′ in a tough match at Cyprus, Chelsea star Eden Hazard was slammed by Belgium coach, Marc Wilmots, who criticised him and Liverpool striker Benteke for their disappointing performances  in the Euro 2016 qualifier game:

He [Hazard] was the worst tonight,“pointed out Wilmots after the game.

I thought about substituting him, but in the last 10 minutes he always has the ability to do that [score]. At the World Cup, this was the case.

I obviously expect more from him, but he will grow as the season progresses.”

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falcao goal chelsea

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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JOHN STONES

Chelsea will make a third bid for Everton‘s defender John Stones.

The Blues will offer £34m to the Toffees to sign the English centre-back that manager José Mourinho wants to revamp his defense.

The Liverpool side already reject two bids from Abramovich‘s club in the past month: the first one was £20m and the second one £26m plus some add-ons.

Despite claiming that Stones is not on the market Everton’s goal has always been to reach the amount of money requested to sell the player, £34m.

After Manchester City and Manchester United joined the race to sign him it seems the goal was reached, so now the club that has been keen on Stones since the beginning of the transfer window will offer the money the club has always wanted.

The offer now is difficult to reject.

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Chelsea new signing Radamel Falcao is convinced, that soon he will start to score goals for the Blues.

The Colombian striker has recently joined Chelsea on a season-long loan deal. Even if Falcao failed to make impact at Community Shield he is confident that soon he will start to score goals for the Blues as he wants to prove his doubters wrong.

Falcao told the Sun:

“I feel very well, free and with a lot of confidence. I don’t feel pressure to score,”

“Strikers always want to score goals, clearly, but I’m calm. The goals will come.”

“We have great strikers in this team. Diego Costa and Loic Remy are excellent finishers.”

“We hope to have healthy competition and the coach will decide.”

However, it seems that Jose Mourinho has taken a gamble on Falcao.

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