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Diego Costa missed yesterday’s clash at Wembley for a minor injury.

José Mourinho revealed in his press conference on Friday that all the players were fit, including Cahill and Diego Costa, who felt something on his hamstring in the friendly game against Barcelona.

Anyway, yesterday Mourinho revealed that Diego Costa stated he was not feeling good after the last training on Saturday, that’s why he was out of the squad roaster before the game.

When asked about this,  Chelsea captain John Terry replied:

You will have to ask the manager. He’s looked good in training and everything, so whether it was just a precaution, I don’t know.

He’s a top player so he’s going to be missed in all teams.

“But it was a chance for Loic to stamp his authority in the side and for Falcao to come on in the second half.

“It’s down to those boys to fight for their place. We have three great strikers and they will all be fighting.

Speaking about the general form of the squad before the Premier League start, Terry said:

Yes it’s looking good. We have another game on Wednesday, which will give a few other players and the late arrivals a chance to get a few more minutes under their belt. The most important thing is the Swansea game and the three points.

We have experience in the squad, we have the character. It’s going to be even tougher this year. We go again and prepare ourselves for Swansea”.

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After congratulating all Arsenal players and avoiding Arsene Wenger, José Mourinho went straight into the dressing room tunnel and before entering, he threw his runner-up medal to a young Arsenal fan, making his day.

The manager then commentated the episode like this:

“I threw it to a kid, an Arsenal (supporting) kid. I don’t keep the one (medal) when I win, imagine the ones when I lose.

“I think this is a good memory for him. He wins and takes a medal from the loser.”


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José Mourinho obviously didn’t seem quite happy in front of the Chelsea TV camera after the defeat with Arsenal in the Community Shield.

The Portuguese claimed that his side was better than Arsenal on the pitch, but Wenger’s side was “tactically brilliant” adding that “when we do this they say we park the bus”.

From a game like the one of today I learned what I’ve known for a long long time,” starts the Blues boss.

“Sometimes the best team don’t win, sometimes the team that have the initiative don’t win and the team that defensively is compact and defend with ten men and are lucky to score one goal without doing nothing then deserve that and [that is] the team that win; it happened to us sometimes but when we do that people say that we park the bus and we are negative, probably today they are going to say that they are tactically brilliant.

But, at the end, with the possibilities we have in this moment, without the sharpness we have in this moment, we controlled the game, we dominated the game, and the chances they created were pure counter-attack situations and it was not so bad; the result obviously was bad, but the performance was not so bad.

Let’s see if we can start well the Premier League in the next weekend, the players are really working very well, we are getting difficult opponents in this pre-season [like] PSG, Barcelona, Arsenal…not the best matches to win 3-0 or 4-0 and to get lots of confidence out of it but [these are] good matches to bring the best out of us.

Today [there was] an awful pitch, a very slow pitch, it was also a very warm weather and [we were facing] a very defensive opponent so the result is very bad, obviously, but in terms of preparation [it was] good.

On Wednesday [with Fiorentina] we go back to the friendlies, we go back to preparation, we play the fifth match of the season. This one was not a friendly but we go back to the friendlies and [it will be] important for other players to play more: Mikel didn’t play, Cuadrado didn’t play, the boys didn’t play, so [it will be] a good match for them, a good match to bring Chelsea supporters to Stamford Bridge and to welcome them. Let’s go and be ready for the first game of the Premier League on Saturday“.

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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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Curious episode at the end of the Community Shield’s game: Chelsea boss José Mourinho held back at the end of the winners catwalk to congratulate each Arsenal player, shaking their hands.

The Portugues manager, that of course didn’t look happy for the defeat, also hugged his ex players Özil and Cech and in the end of the line Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was coming, but Mourinho snubbed him, turning quickly on his back and heading immediately to the dressing room tunnel.

Anyway, Wenger didn’t look very annoyed by the episode, and probably wanted to snub the Chelsea boss too since at the end of the game he acted the same way, avoiding Mourinho and heading to the tunnel too.

The pair won’t ever stand each other.


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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has vented his frustration after seeing his side slip to a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal in the Community Shield Final.

A superb long-range strike from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the first half was enough to give the Gunners victory, which was Arsene Wenger’s first win over his Chelsea counterpart in 14 attempts.

After the game, Mourinho, who didn’t shake Wenger’s hand at full time, said that the scoreline didn’t reflect the game:

We were the best team.

“We had more initiative, we controlled the game by having ball possession. But when a team is behind, the energy and intensity to turn results around is more difficult because people are not sharp.

“Arsenal defended with 10 players, they put everybody in front of their own line and they had good organisation, congratulations to them. They had a couple of chances in counter attacks but we had ours in organised football. They played their game tactically and found themselves one goal in front without any reason, included players in the back and they did well.”

Mourinho also said that today’s game set the bar for the upcoming season, where the Blues will be looking to defend their title:

This season the Premier League title is very difficult but it is very difficult for everyone.

“The way other teams are spending they have big power in the hands while we are the same as last season. And with that we are going to try.”



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Chelsea have lost 1-0 in the Community Shield to Arsenal in a match that appeared to show a considerable lack of fitness and imagination from Jose Mourinho’s side.

The game started quickly for Arsenal as they dispossessed Chelsea straight away from the kick-off and made runs in numbers at the Chelsea goal, a cross from the right was dealt with by Thibaus Courtois in the Blues goal.

Chelsea’s first sight on goal came barely two minutes later when a ball from deep sought to play in Loic Remy behind Arsenal’s high back line, but the defence did its job and caught the Frenchman offside. it was the FA Cup holders that started the game sharper- getting to the ball quicker than Chelsea and passing the ball more with more confidence.

The match’s first moment of controversy came in the 9th minute when Chelsea were denied what, on the face of it at least, appeared a clear penalty when Cesc Fabregas reached a loose ball first before being shoved to the ground by Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker. The Blues’ fans behind that goal reacted angrily, in tandem with Jose Mourinho on the Champions’ bench.

It took those early moments of pressure and injustice for Chelsea to settle; the initiative being taken by Chelsea, the midfield pairing of Fabregas and Nemanja Matic, whose collective ability was so important to last season’s league success, probing forwards with the support of Willian and Eden Hazard on either wing. The full-backs Azpilicueta and Ivanovic got forward periodically, but the team was able to get back and defend deeply in numbers when needed and not allow their opponents the space to create chances in or before the penalty box.

For Arsenal’s part, their first genuine attempt on goal came from a 22nd minute Theo Walcott header- the England international turning Santi Cazorla’s free-kick backwards into the safety of Courtois’ hands. They did breakthrough, however, in the 24th minute, when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was not closed down quick enough when he received the ball on the right hand side of the box and subsequently finished beyond Courtois with his left foot.

The goal put Chelsea off their game for a few minutes, but they did create half a chance five minutes later when Willian found himself in space on the left. His pull back found no one save a group of Arsenal defenders. Ramires was able to fashion a shot which did not bother Cech and Brazilian international missed a great chance on 36 minutes when he headed over Remy’s cross from six yards. Despite said moments of encouragement for Chelsea, Arsenal did show a resilience and a tactical variety that one has not come to expect from them in recent seasons- switching from a high defensive line to a deep one when under pressure, and counter attacking with quick one touch passing. They would have doubled their lead in the 41st minute when Oxlade-Chamberlain reached a through ball and put in a cross into the six yard box over the on rushing Courtois had Ivanovic not headed the ball over an open goal.

As the game progressed towards the break Chelsea tried to take back control of the game but were unable to significantly threaten Cech’s goal.

The second half began with the substitution of the unimpressive Remy for Radamal Falcao, and Chelsea instantly getting forward to try and level the score. Cech was equal to Willian’s cut back but the Blues did take the initiative at the start of the second half in a way they didn’t do in the first. The first few minutes saw Arsenal being pushed back into their own half and trying to break out when the chance arose. A second change for Chelsea came in the 53rd minute with Oscar replacing Ramires. Oscar was in the game straight away when he shot wide from distance. Falcao almost had an opening when a ball over the top found him between both Arsenal centre backs but unable to work the ball over Cech.

By far Chelsea’s best chance came, and piece of play generally, came after an hour when Fabregas found Hazard with a brilliant pass, but Koscielny’s pressure made the Belgian put the ball over. Despite the missed chance, Chelsea were beginning to dominate the pace of the game for longer periods and find gaps in their opponents’ defence, thanks in no small part to Oscar’s running. Oliver Giroud missed a chance for Arsenal when a cross from Oxlade-Chamberlain was just too far ahead of him to turn the ball into the goal.

Oscar had a free-kick saved by Cech on 68 minutes, and Arsenal counter attacked from the resulting corner but Giroud couldn’t finish from six yards. Kurt Zouma, who had been brought on for Azpilicueta, headed a high ball straight at Cech with less than 20 minutes left, and Oxlade-Chamberlain shot straight at Courtois from just outside the box as the game more and more stretched as it neared its end. Falcao tried and failed to connect to a Hazard cross before Jose Mourinho took a risk by taking off captain John Terry for Victor Moses.

Arsenal missed a great chance to finish the game with five minutes left when Cazorla was clear on goal but was denied by Courtois. A series of free-kicks at the end of the game came to nothing and the game ended with Chelsea losing their unbeaten record against their London rivals.

It was a game in which Chelsea were for large parts second best. Arsenal wanted the trophy more and appeared to be much fitter than last season’s champions. The game raises significant questions for Jose Mourinho, the largest of which is the striker problem. Neither Remy or Falcao appeared sharp enough to break Arsenal down, or to make the most of the chances that the midfield created for them. Chelsea will have to improve if they are to retain the Premiership title this season.




Chelsea :

Thibaut Courtois; Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, John Terry (c), Cesar Azpilicueta; Ramires, Nemanja Matic; Willian, Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard; Loic Remy.

Subs: Asmir Begovic, Kurt Zouma, John Mikel Obi, Juan Cuadrado, Oscar, Victor Moses, Radamel Falcao

Arsenal :

Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott.

Subs: Martinez, Debuchy, Gibbs, Gabriel, Arteta, Iwobi, Giroud.

Attendance: 85,437

Referee: Anthony Taylor

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho revealed that the London club can give up in the race for Everton’s defender John Stones.

The Toffees already rejected two offers by the Blues ( £20m and £25m plus some add-ons) and also Manchester United and Manchester City joined the race for the young centre-back: although Everton claims the defender is not on the market, their goal is to sell him for £34m.

That’s why Chelsea are keen to give up in the race, as Mourinho explained:

“The market sometimes has no rules,” he told to the press.

“We, as Chelsea, we make our own rules.

“To make our own rules is to evaluate the players, and to know the players’ value, and to know when we have to stop and turn to another side, and think in another option”.

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Chelsea boss José Mourinho spoke to Chelsea website about his expectations for the upcoming season.

The Portuguese manager thinks that being champions bring to the club and him more responsibility:

“When you are champions you owe something to the players as a manager. I feel that. I prefer loyalty to kicking people out and bringing in new faces when you are champions. I prefer the group to know that I am there for them and I recognise what they did for us.

“Even if other teams make huge investments and go with lots of new faces, I prefer this feeling of loyalty to the squad. What they did last year is more than enough to trust them and to respect them.

“Being champions doesn’t change me for bad, it changes me for good. Hopefully it is the same thing for the players. I want them to feel good but not relaxed or with less motivation. It can only influence us in a positive way.

“The atmosphere is brilliant. The players’ relations are good, and the relations between me and the players is good. Everything is going well but we know we have the most difficult domestic competition in the world, with more candidates and top teams.

Mourinho claims that the Premier League is going to be even more difficult after the other teams’ efforts on the market:

“It was always difficult to win matches in England and now it’s even more difficult. The teams are going to be stronger. Look at Crystal Palace, one example, who have signed Yohan Cabaye and Conor Wickham.

“What others are doing will make a different Premier League. To win it we won’t need as many points as before. I think fewer points will win the title, and there will be more defeats and lost points for the top teams.

“I welcome this mentality, this economic power, and this ambition. If the Premier League was difficult it will be even more difficult now“.


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