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Former England U-21 manager Peter Taylor says that John Stones should stay at Everton for one more year despite Chelsea’s interest.

Taylor is convinced that John Stones should remain at Everton for at least one more year. According to Taylor’s words, Stones will not have a possibility to play regularly at Chelsea and this can slow down his development. However, former England U-21 manager is aware that Chelsea can make an offer which would be hard to refuse.

Taylor told Sky Sports:

I would say at the moment probably staying at Everton if he’s guaranteed a first-team place, for John’s education and progression he’s probably better off staying at Everton.”

”But who would ever turn down going to work for Mourinho? Especially on the defensive side of it, being in the same changing room as John Terry.

“He’s going to improve either way, but at the moment maybe if he could hang around for another year, play 38 league matches for Everton.”

“I think he would be a better player at the end of the season.”

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Jose Mourinho says that Chelsea’s rivals are trying to buy silverware in the upcoming season.

The Portuguese coach has accused the contenders for the Premier League title that they are trying to mirror the kind of spending that Chelsea have made in 2004.

In 2004 when Roman Abramovich has took over Chelsea, the Blues have spent over £150m on Didier Drogba, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Arjen Robben and Petr Cech. At the time, Chelsea were accused of trying to buy the title due to the fact that  Abramovich has spent a huge amount of money on transfers. That is why today, Jose Mourinho has accused his opponents about the same thing.

Jose Mourinho told ESPN :

“In the beginning of Mr Abramovich coming to Chelsea, Chelsea was buying the title,”

“Now, they are buying the title. All of them, they are buying the title.”

“It is up to us to be strong and to fight them and, obviously, to try and win it again, even without the big investments.”

In the current transfer window, Chelsea have not spent significant cash on the transfers. The Blues have signed Asmir Begovic and Radamel Falcao. What is more Chelsea have not spent more than £30 million on one player since 2011.

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho was interviewed by Chelsea TV after PSG game in Charlotte.

The Portuguese coach seemed quite satisfied for his team performance and progress:

It was a fantastic training session, they started before us, they had four matches before this one, their intensity was obviously much higher than ours but, as a training session, as a complement for what we are doing it was very good for us.

We go step by step, the players have some more ‘happiness’ in the legs, you still feel that some of them have an accumulation of fatigue, some of them have slow moves, slow thinking, they recover the ball too slowly, they think too much when normally the press, they take the ball and they score…it’s normal but, step by step, we’re coming.

Falcao, Willian and Cuadrado joined Chelsea squad just three days ago but they already played:

Falcao, Willian and Cuadrado played tonight because we thought than 20 minutes of playing would have been richer and would have more ingredients than a small group of three [players training] so we decided to give them these 20-25 minutes which is also good for them.

“These three players cannot start against Barcelona, but I guess they can go from [playing] 20 to 30 minutes.

Victor Moses played a good game, scoring a very nice goal that gave Chelsea the 1-1 draw:

Victor Moses was two seasons on loan but he had a lot of hopes and I could feel his hope and desire to come to Chelsea and standing, when he was on loan he played every game, every weekend so it’s a very different situation but he’s very keen to stay so we have to discuss, but he’s a very good player.


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Chelsea manager José Mourinho analysed the friendly game won against PSG in Charlotte at penalty shootout in the post-match press conference:

“Paris St-Germain are a good team and they have good players”

“They started training a couple of weeks before us, they have already four matches in their legs and they are clearly one step ahead of us in their preparation, so this was a fantastic test for us from the physical point of view. It was very important for us.

Falcao made his debut in Chelsea shirt and he looked very sharp and lively:

“That is because he is not so tired as the others, because he trained two days and the others 10 days and they are accumulating fatigue. Falcao, Willian and Juan Cuadrado are with the sharpness but without the fatigue so they looked good, and it was good for them to play this 20 minutes and it was good for Falcao from the penalty spot to put the ball into the net.’

PSG defender Serge Aurier had a tough tackle on Diego Costa, not a very normal thing in a friendly match:

“Aurier is not a player who normally plays in the PSG team. Normally they play with Thiago Silva and David Luiz and Marquinhos. So he had a chance, he faced the game like a big game and it was important for him, and he was I too aggressive.

“For me no problem, I understand football, and Diego behaved tremendously well.

The atmosphere at Charlotte’s Bank of America stadium was impressive and many of the 60,000 spectators turned out to be Chelsea fans:

“The people gave us an atmosphere that is not normal in a friendly match.

“This is a match in which you are not obsessed with the result, you want to train, you make changes in the team because you have a plan for a certain amount of minutes, but the people made it a big atmosphere so thanks a lot for that.

“It is not easy for a friendly match to bring 60,000 but this was the French champions and English champions, two big clubs with lots of big players.

“I see the MLS, I see passion and I see the difference in the street.

‘When me and my players go for a walk, 10 years ago it was paradise and it is not paradise anymore so I think people know us. The passion is coming and what the US Women did in the World Cup must also be a plus so I think step by step – Kaka, Lampard, Gerrard, Raul – these guys must also be important for this. For 11 years I’ve been coming here and every year I come for pre-season I see a difference.’

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Chelsea won 6-5 over PSG after penalty shootout: the score after 90′ was 1-1 with goals of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Victor Moses.

The Blues started with this formation: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Moses, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa.

PSG played a great first half and Asmir Begovic was the protagonist with a couple of great savings on Lucas Moura but he couldn’t do anything at minute 25 when Blaise Matuidi hit the post with a great shot from outside the box and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on the rebound with a great powerful shot.

In the second half Courtois replaced Begovic, Zouma went in for Cahill and Ramires for Obi Mikel.

Paris St. Germain started a little better but on minute 67 the game changed when Cesc Fabregas found Victor Moses in front of Sirigu in the box with a perfect assist lob: the Nigerian scored with a great volée and since then Chelsea ruled on the pitch.

The Blues took courage and when after three minutes Mourinho sent on the pitch Falcao ( at his debut with Chelsea), Oscar, Remy and Willian for Diego Costa, Matic, Moses and Fabregas Chelsea playing style improved even more and the team was able to create several goal chances, without taking advantage of their supremacy.

Cuadrado entered the pitch on minute 74 and played a good game but he threw the chance to seal it with five minutes to go when, alone in front of Sirigu after a good accelaration on the right lane, he lost the moment for the killing shot.

The game ended 1-1 and penalty shootout had to proclaim the winner: Bahebeck and Thiago Silva made the decisive mistakes for PSG while Cuadrado was the only one to miss the goal for Chelsea, since Sirigu made a great save on his shot.

The final kick for Chelsea was taken by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who gave the victory to the Blues with an incredibly powerful and perfect penalty.




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Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has pleaded to referees to give him more protection from rough tackles on the pitch, singling out Stoke’s Phil Bardsley as a particularly aggressive offender.

Hazard, who won the PFA and Writers Player of the Year awards last season, was the most fouled player in the Premier League last season, has revealed he has had to take anti-inflammatories after some games, due to the amount of pain he was suffering.

The Belgium international has picked out Bardsley in his plea, referring to a late challenge which resulted in only a yellow card for the no-nonsense defender.

Hazard feels tougher action needs to be taken, as he prepares to help his side defend their Premier League title. He said: “If the referees can protect me, it would be good for me. They know now that I get a lot of kicks and I want to be protected by the referee.

Sometimes I am in pain after games. I have to take some anti-inflammatories or something like that. I like to have the ball at my feet and when I have the ball at my feet, I get a lot of kicks. But this is football.

“Whenever I feel pain, I try to keep a smile on my face. Sometimes, I get kicked, sometimes not. We have a lot of physio, and they work very well because we play every three or four days. It’s important.

The worst tackle? Of course against Stoke. Bardsley. When I see the video, it’s crazy. But I just play. I always say after the game, if  I’ve had a lot of kicks, the game was good.”

Jose Mourinho has also expressed his frustration and concern over the somewhat aggressive tackles seen being used on his player on numerous occasions, more of which were showcased in the Blues’ friendly against New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night.

However, the 24-year-old has has stepped up his training regime to get physically stronger to cope with the tackles he receives.

He added: “I work in training in the gym. I have to work. If I don’t work and do the training, the defenders they kill me. It’s my job. How do I stay calm when I get kicked on the pitch? I’m like this. I don’t speak a lot to the players or the defenders. I just want to play, to dribble something, to do some skills.

“I just want to win the game and my job is to score goals, to create and try to take the advantage against my opponents. I try to play my game, my football and my football is with the ball and I will never change my style of football.”

Despite being labelled world-class by many around the world, Hazard himself has attempted to distance himself from the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

He achieved a personal best in a Chelsea shirt last season, scoring 19 goals as he helped them win the Premier League for the first time since 2010, and the Capital One Cup.

But he said: “If I want to reach this level [of Messi and Ronaldo], I have to score 40, 50 goals just for one season. I think last season I scored 19. Maybe it’s good but maybe it’s not enough.

“Is it possible? Yes. If they score 60 goals it’s possible. Maybe not in the Premier League but we will see. Maybe. Why not? But my main goal for the season is just to bring a trophy to Stamford Bridge.”

Mourinho, however, has said that he believes the playmaker has the potential to become the best in the world.

“That’s a bit of pressure for me!” said Hazard. “But I try to enjoy. It doesn’t matter if I’m the best or not the best. I just want to play and give pleasure on the pitch and to win trophies at the end  of the season.

“[The manager and I] have a very good relationship. He knows I give everything on the pitch and he loves that. When you give for him, he gives back for you.”

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According to reports in the Daily Express, Arsenal are to battle Chelsea and Manchester City for Isco.

The Real Madrid midfielder struggled to hold down a place at the Bernabeu last season, and thus attracted several suitors, including clubs from the Premier League.

Chelsea were supposedly the frontrunners for the 23-year old’s signature, with midfielder Oscar set to be exchanged – the recently had a £20 million bid rejected by Los Blancos.

However, Manchester City reportedly entered the race for the Spaniard last week, with City boss Manuel Pellegrini thought to be keen on a reunion with a player he managed at Malaga.

But, according to The Telegraph, Arsene Wenger is now weighing up a move to trigger a three-way battle for Isco, with a fee of £35 million touted as being enough to tempt Real and their new boss Rafael Benitez into surrendering the midfielder.

Juventus might also challenge the Premier League trio, after manager Massimilliano Allegri publicly saying he liked the former Malaga and Valencia man “a lot.”



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Watch new Chelsea signing Radamel Falcao in his first training with the Blues during pre-season training camp in Montreal, Canada.

Falcao is expected to play his first Chelsea game against Barcelona on Wednesday 29 July but, if Mourinho will need him, it’s possible he will make his Blues debut already tonight against PSG in Charlotte, USA.


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Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo was set to join Middlesbrough back on loan after the last good campaign he spent there but, at last minute, Turkish side Kasimpasa signed him: a loan deal again, but It is understood that the Istanbul team will have the option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.

The Nigerian, anyway, is very grateful to Middelsbrough and speaking to the GazetteLive he claimed that ex José Mourinho’s assistant at Real Madrid, Aitor Karanka, is the right man to bring back Boro to the Premier League:

“I settled into life on Teesside so well that I almost bought a house there,” he said. “The initial paperwork had already been completed but I had to back out at the last minute when the news of my move came through.

“I am so thankful for the opportunity to play for Boro and be part of that special group of players. It’s a fantastic football club and I’ve gained a lot of experience from my time there.”

All we wanted was for the club to win promotion even if I wasn’t getting much playing time. We were so close.

“Karanka is a very smart manager and I really believe he is the man to bring Premier League football back to the club.

“Every day in training was like a game, it was so competitive and that’s good because it pushes you to work hard.

“Once you lose your spot in the team it’s very difficult to get it back again and that is an important lesson that I learnt.”

“The effort Kasimpasa put in to try and make my loan move possible has shown me just how much they want me involved in their team. I am looking forward to meeting the squad and playing regular first team football here.

I’ve already had almost two weeks of pre-season training with Chelsea and I have been working with the fitness coaches since I arrived in Turkey a few days ago. I’m feeling fit and ready for the new season.”


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Chelsea will face tonight PSG at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC, USA – for the second clash of the Northern America International Champions Cup.

The kick off will be at 23.10 UK time, 00.10 of Sunday 26 July in central Europe and 18.10 local time.

The friendly match will be broadcasted live on Chelsea TV  and Sky Sports in the UK, Canal Plus in the USA, ESPN Deportes in the USA and Americas, Esporte Interativo in Brazil,  Direct TV in South America, Televisa and Sky Mexico in Central America, Sport TV in Portugal, Mediaset Premium in Italy, BeIn in France, TV3 and Prisa in Spain,Eredivisie in the Netherlands, RDS in Romania and Hungary, Belgacom in Belgium, DIGI in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, BTV in Bulgaria, DigitalB in Albania, Arena in the Balkans, SBD Discovery inScandinavia, Forthnet in Greece, Cyta in Cyprus, Dogan Group in Turkey, Go in Malta, Star India in India, LETV in China, Jsports in Japan, SCTV group in Indonesia, PPTV in Thailand, BeIN in MENA and North Africa, Star Times in SubSaharan Africa.

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