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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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After the friendly game with Barcelona was Chelsea boss José Mourinho revealed that Gary Cahill might have a broken nose after the impact with Blaugrana’s goalkeeper Jordi Masip while scoring the equalizer:

Cahill has a chance of a broken nose, maybe yes, maybe no. If no, perfect. If yes, he will get a mask tomorrow to be ready for Sunday!

What can be more concerning is Diego Costa’s form, since the Spanish striker was stopped many times last season by this kind of injury:

Diego felt a little thing in his hamstring. We believe it is just a feeling, no more than that, but we have to wait“.

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Former Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran will be sidelined for three months due to a foot injury.

Josh McEachran will face three months out after breaking three bones. The midfielder suffered the injury on Friday when he was trying to to block a shot from Toumani Diagouraga.

McEachran has recently joined Brentford on four-year-long deal from Chelsea.

Brentford coach Marinus Dijkhuizen said:

“He blocked a ball. It seemed nothing but he went to the hospital.”

“He has broken three bones in his foot and he will be out for at least three months.”

“It is bad news for him and for the squad of course.”


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The Express report that Sunderland are closing on a loan-deal to bring Marco Van Ginkel in from Chelsea this summer.

The Dutch midfielder spent the previous season on loan with AC Milan, having a limited playing time in the first part of the season also due to a bunch of injuries, but earned a regular place in the starting XI from March, impressing for his playing style.

At the end of the campaign Van Ginkel declared his wish was to stay at AC Milan, where he’s now settled, for the next season but it is now said to be keen on gaining more experience within the Premier League, having managed only two league appearances in 2013 for Chelsea before being ruled out for the season through a serious knee injury.

Sunderland are now said to urgently want to loan the Dutch international, and are confident of beating Newcastle in the deal.

Black Cats manager Dick Advocaat has been known very well the player since their time in the Dutch Eridivisie, when Van Ginkel was starring for Vitesse Arnhem.

The midfielder is under contract with Chelsea until 2018, having signed a five-year deal on arrival in 2013.

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Drogba in his last season at Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba spoke of both his happiness and gratitude as the club celebrated their title success. 

Drogba has helped Chelsea win their fourth Premier League title but is now set to leave the club for a second time.

After faking an injury in the club’s 3-1 win over Sunderland earlier, and then raucously celebrating the title win, Drogba said afterwards:

I think you can’t do better than the Champions League final, but today is a special one because it’s the fourth league [title] in nine years, and at Chelsea it’s a great record.”

The 37-year old leaves Stamford Bridge after becoming one of the club’s best ever strikers. But Drogba was quick to devote the Premier League trophy to the club’s fans, with whom he is a firm favourite:

That’s their [the fans’] trophy, they are travelling with us every weekend, in and out, at home, away games, they are always there.

“They’re the best fans and this a way to say thank you to them for what they give to us.”

When asked why the Ivorian thought Chelsea won the title, he was quick to respond:

Number one Premier League team, from day one until today, that’s special.”

Many commented on Drogba’s substitution in the first half, in which the Chelsea players carried him off the field. It was later revealed to be planned, but the veteran striker said he knew little of it:

JT [John Terry] just decided to lift me up and, it’s an emotional moment.” 

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Sunderland latest team news ahead of Chelsea game on Sunday:

– Goalkeeper Vito Mannone is set to return at Stamford Bridge eight months after his last game against Arsneal in October

– Costel Pantilimon will miss Sunderland’s final game of the 2014-15 season: the Romanian keeper is unavailable due to a knee problem

– Danny Graham (ankle) is also a doubt

– Sebastian Larsson is fit despite limping through the final stages of Wednesday’s survival-clinching trip to the Emirates Stadium.

– Jordi Gomez, Wes Brown and Liam Bridcutt remain sidelined.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager José Mourinho spoke today ahead of Monday night’s game against West Brom at the Hawthorns.

The Portuguese coach stressed the fact that Chelsea are not going to completely clear out their squad for next season but, first, this one has to come to an end and there is a 90 points league “record” that can be reached:

“90 points…it’s not just that tha matters in the game, I keep repeating I was impressed by Palace, the attitude they got at Stamford Bridge: they didn’t need points and made a fantastic game.

I’m happy that WBA are champions in their league and don’t need points too, but it’s their last game at home, and we are the champions,we have a responsibility as champions.

“To be champions is to be champions, and the maximum points we can do, the better, the maximum possible distance from the second one, the better.”

Mourinho mentioned Chelsea keeper Petr Cech, who, according to his agent, has been given the green light to speak to other clubs.

I don’t think if it’s absolutely true what Cech’s agent says, maybe the reality is a little different, but he still got a contract.

“I want the best players and the most important players in my squad. My position, my desire, is him to stay. I would like him to stay and I’m optimistic.”

Patrick Bamford was also mentioned, with question marks over whether the youngster will be at Stamford Bridge next season. He has had a brilliant campaign with Middlesbrough, who are currently in the Championship play-offs. The Teesiders play Brentford tonight to decide whether they will be in the play-off final.

The 52-year old then went on to speak further about the upcoming transfer window:

Bamford is still a Middlesbrough player, today it’s an important day for them, they are playing the playoff second leg.

“I hope he does the best for them, after that is time for us to think and speak about it. Impressed by him? I will be impressed if he scores three goals tonight”

“Will I have a busy summer? I expect to be busy going from my towel in the sand to the water and swim a little bit, that’s how I expect to be busy.

“Last season I was for sure more keen in selling players, in this moment the base is to keep my squad.”

One talking point recently is the fact that the Chelsea boss wasn’t given the April Manager of the Month award, despite the Blues winning the title. But, attention hads turned to the Manager of the Year award, which many expect Mourinho to claim. However, the Portuguese says he will be happy either way:

Manager of the year award? In this season the big trophy didn’t come to my house, but stay at Stamford Bridge.

“I was glad the second trophy was won by Hazard, that was voted the best player in the league. If the third one, the Manager of the Year award, comes I will be happy.”

Mourinho will face Baggies manager Tony Pulis, who coincidentally won the Manager of the Year award last year. The Chelsea boss was quick to praise his colleague and opponent:

If I were an English club owner – and this will never happen- I would sign Tony Pulis as a manager: he never manages clubs to be champion or in the top four, but he brings stability and does what the club want. 

“Not everybody stresses that but for me an important thing in a manager work is what the manager wants and what the team actually is: his teams are exactly what he wants.”

Ahead of Monday’s game, which kicks off at 8pm, Mourinho revealed that the squad does have some absentees. Nathan Ake is expected to start.

Injuries; Ramires, Oscar and Zouma… season over. Cech can come back for the last game, Diego Costa is supposed to be selected for this game, he should be ready. 

The game has nothing but pride resting on it, as West Brom are safe and Chelsea are guaranteed first place. Now, Mourinho’s attentions have started to turn to preparation for next season.

“We don’t have the pressure that you got when you are almost there anymore, that situation is over, but I don’t change a lot, I will follow the normal route,” Mourinho said.

“We got also friendlies in Thailand and Australia and the end of the season, before our holidays, step by step we will think about next season.”

Mourinho was asked why he didn’t celebrate like his squad did when Chelsea won the title, but he was quick to respond.

It’s not true I hadn’t celebrated when we won the league with Palace: I was celebrating in my office, I left the players the pitch because it was their moment, of course I celebrated.”

Last week saw the Blues face Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. It was Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s last game in a Liverpool shirt at Chelsea, most likely. Mourinho praised the veteran midfielder both before and after the game, revealing he had tried to sign him more than once. Gerrard rebuffed Chelsea’s attention.

When I tried to bring Gerrard to my teams I tried to be keen and intelligent, I never put pressure on him to leave Liverpool. I think tomorrow he will realise why that decision worked.”

Another story this week was that of Andre Schürrle’s surprise to receive a Premier League winners medal, despite leaving the club in January.

All the players that started the season with us were invited to get the Premier League medal and also to the Player of the Year dinner, I’m not sure they can come.

“So Schürrle, Salah, Schwarzer and Lewis Baker were all invited even though you need 5 appearances to get the official medal, and players like Schwarzer hadn’t got a single minute, but we are going to buy medals and do replicas of the cup. One minute or nothing, for us they’ re champions.

“John Terry, Ivanovic and Eden Hazard they all want to start every game in the Premier League, and we will try to do it,even because to do that here in England is not easy.”

Mourinho’s last comment was on Vhelsea’s shape ahead of the upcoming transfer market:

The market is difficult but we are in a good situation. We don’t want dramatic changes but stability in the squad. We believe in this team, we are stable and last season we got stability to analyse to improve the team. We want to keep the squad and improve the motivation. We will just bring a couple of extra players to improve the squad”

We are not going to go in the market game, we know what we want, it’s not much”.



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Gerrard and Mourinho always had huge mutual respect

In the press conference ahead of Liverpool’s clash Jose Mourinho claimed he’s very sad to face a champion like Steven Gerrard for the last time.

The Blues boss also stated that Chelsea will try to win the three next upcoming matches and that the club and him are already planning the next season to improve the results.

“We want to win, we want to win all matches, three difficult matches, Liverpool needs points, normally Sunderland needs points, only WBA will be just in a situation where they don’t need point- even if they play the last match at home. Crystal Palace was perfect, it was the perfect example of what football has to be. If we can reach 90 points it will be a beautiful number for a competition like the Premier League”

“It’s not true I gave the players four days off. Every player has his needs, and for this reason there were some players that got two days off, some had three or four, some were here working on Monday”

“Manager of the Month? I think my objective of the season was to be champion, apart from that, what comes comes, what doesn’t come doesn’t come. I would like to know what people in the panel is, because maybe some day I meet them at an event or on the pitch and I want to hug him [laughs]. To enjoy my title is the most important thing”

“I don’t need a contract, Mr Abramovich has to be very calm, because he has me, I’m in his hands, I want to stay, I don’t want to leave, if he wants me to stay I stay, and where he wants me to leave I leave. I know that for next season he wants me to stay, because we are working on it. The most important thing is not a two years contract or ten years contract, the most important thing is that I want to stay”

“Liverpool is a giant club and if they want to honour the champions is ok, now it’s my time to honour the champions, like Steve Gerrard, because if I am the manager I am is for opponents like him, I learn from my players and from my opponents, in the way they make me study them: Steven Gerrard is for sure one of my favourite ‘enemies’, for sure is England is one of my dear ‘enemy’, I lost to him, I won, he played in all positions, in one of the last matches he came from the wing, I’m very sad I will play for the last time against him. The same is for Frank Lampard, but it was different because Frankie was here with me, Steven was always on the other side, I tried to bring him to Chelsea, to Inter, to Real Madrid, but he was always my dear enemy. It’s too late to bring him to Chelsea, he won’t ever play against Liverpool: he’s one of the last players that won’t go to other  big clubs or leagues to not play against Liverpool, maybe one day I will play against him when he will be Liverpool manager”

“I’m not happy to be out of the Champions League in the last 16, but with the players we lost it would been tough to play against Barcelona, and Man United and Arsenal in the same days”

“The most important thing is to keep the squad, the players we have, in my previous squad I had players I was happy to sell and make money out of them, in this squad no, and the board agree with me. In the squad we have 16-17 players and the youngsters, of course we don’t sell the young boys, obviously we want to improve the squad, some young players are ready to go on long-term loan to improve, Loftus-Cheek is staying, not going on loan”

“Solanke is playing a lot, he plays everywhere, in every team, in the first team, U21, U18, Champions League, Youth League..and this is very good for him. On Sunday he won’t play because I have Drogba and Remy. I’m not surprised of what he did, because in the last pre-season he played with us everywhere, but these guys have to learn to control emotions, this is very important for them”

“I think is a title to remember for the stability from day one to the last day”

“Next season I guess will be a very important season”

“Oscar got an important muscular injury in the quadriceps, and this take one month-six weeks to recover, we spoke to Dunga, and he made the decision for Oscar not to go”

“I think the evolution of the other teams if what we need to be better. If next season in England we are the same I think is not enough, difficulties make us better, we expect our opponents to be stronger, and this is what we need”

“Key moments in this season? Maybe the stability after Tottenham defeat: 1st of January, 5-3, London derby…the stability after that, everybody was confident, everybody sticking together, that moment defined the stability of our group”.

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José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had the mentality of two points dropped after he saw his side draw 0-0 with third-placed Arsenal in a competitive game at the Emirates.

In a game which saw Cesc Fabregas booked for diving on his first return to the Emirates for four years and Oscar go to hospital with suspected concussion, Mourinho acknowledged that winning the title is very much in his side’s hands as they face Leicester on Wednesday night.

Had the Blues beaten the Gunners, and then won on Wednesday night, they would be Champions.

Mourinho said: “It is a point. We need five to be Champions and we are in the countdown. We need points so if we get three points in the next game, we need two, if we get one, we need four. If we lose we need five. The team is very confident and playing extremely well so we know it is in our hands.

“We got what we got. I leave it to you to analyse but we performed very, very, very well. Against a team in second place with nothing to lose and everything to win. The game was under in control.”

Mourinho was particularly impressed by the performance of captain John Terry, who kept a tight ship in the goalless draw:

“I told John Terry in the dressing room that he made fantastic performances with me but this was his best.

“It was the best JT has ever played. It was absolutely amazing.”

Chants of “Boring, boring Chelsea,” were shouted by the Arsenal fans at the end of the game, but when asked by BBC Radio 5 what he thought of the incident, the Portuguese man was quick to defend his side:

“Boring is 10 years without a title. That is very boring when you support a club and you are waiting, waiting, waiting for so many years, but maybe they were not singing for us. When you are at home and you want to win the game and you take off your centre-forward, maybe for the home fans they wanted more, they wanted to play Giroud together with Welbeck in the last minutes.

‘The boring team is the one with the second-most goals in the Premier League and the best team on goal difference. We score a lot of goals and in a period when we don’t have Diego Costa and Loic Remy and only one striker, we changed a little bit and are not scoring as many as before, but even so only Man City have scored more goals”

Mourinho did reveal that Oscar was taken to hospital for a scan after a nasty collision with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina. The Brazilian midfielder continued to play for another 25 minutes, but was taken off at half time: “He went for a scan because we were a little scared,” Mourinho said to Sky Sports.


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Chamberlain is likely to sit out rest of the campaign because of his groin injury

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s last appearance came in at Old Trafford on March 9, when he played for Gunners’ FA Cup and now could miss the rest of the season.

The England midfielder, 21, was substituted in the second half of the Arsenal’s FA Cup win at Manchester United.

The Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger, said that Chamberlain has not yet returned, even though it was initially expected that the player would out for weeks rather than months.

Hopefully, he doesn’t need surgery, but he is going to miss the rest of the season for the second successive year after receiving a groin injury.

Last year he missed the final month, and, consequently, didn’t play in the FA Cup Final victory over Hull.


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