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Chelsea will look to get back to winning ways as they return from the international break as they face Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge (15:00 GMT KO).

The Blues will see this game against struggling Villa as the perfect opportunity to reverse their poor fortune this season – they have won only two of their eight league games this season and currently sit 16th in the table.

Tim Sherwood’s side are also struggling this season. The Villains currently sit in the relegation zone, with just four points, but bizarrely are only two places behind Chelsea. The Midlanders haven’t won since the opening day, where they beat Premier League newcomers Bournemouth, and have lost their last four. Their only other point came in a 2-2 home draw with Sunderland.

Jose Mourinho’s side saw opposing fortunes with tomorrow’s opponents last season, winning the home game 3-0 thanks to goals from Oscar, Diego Costa and Willian, but losing the away game 0-1 and having Willian and Ramires both sent off. Mourinho was also sent to the stands.

 

Last six games:

Chelsea: LWWWDL (includes two Champions League games and one League Cup game)

Southampton: LWDLWW (includes one Europa League game and one League Cup game)

 

Team News:

– Chelsea forward Diego Costa is available once again after completing his three match ban for violent conduct.

– Branislav Ivanovic is out after picking up a hamstring strain in Serbia’s European Qualifier against Albania.

– Thibaut Courtois is still out, but Mourinho has no other injury concerns.

– Gabby Abonglahor and Ciaran Clark are both out for the visitors.

– Jores Okore is also out after knee surgery.

– Adama Traore is fit enough to return, whilst Carlos Sanchez is to be assessed before the game.

 

Statistics:

– Chelsea have lost only one of their last 13 home meetings with Villa.

– Villa have let in 30 goals in their last eight visits to Stamford Bridge.

– Mourinho has never lost consecutive home league games as Chelsea boss.

– Should the Blues lose, however, it will be the first time they have lost consecutive home league games in nearly four years.

– Villa have suffered 17 Premier League defeats in 2015, more than any other club.

– The Villains have also made their joint-worst start to a Premier League season, with four points from their opening eight games.

 

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Chelsea (home vs. Southampton, lost 1-3): Begovic, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Fàbregas, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Falcao. 

Aston Villa (home vs. Stoke, lost 0-1): Guzan, Crespo, Richards, Lescott, Hutton, Veretout, Westwood, Gueye, Amavi, Sinclair, Gestede.

 

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Chelsea new goalkeeper Marco Amelia surprised everyone by giving an interview in which he admitted that when he learned of Courtois’s injury, he volunteered to Chelsea

Amelia told Chelsea official website:

‘‘I learned English in the dressing room at AC Milan,’’

‘’For me it is important to speak English and when Clarence Seedorf, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kevin-Prince Boateng and other players spoke it, I learned from them. In Italy at my school the teaching of English was not good. For me now, it is very important to practice it with the players here at Chelsea and with my wife who speaks very good English.’’

Later in the interview he surprised, saying that in fact he volunteered to Chelsea:

”I am a lucky man because after the injury to Thibaut Courtois, I sent a message to Jose Mourinho’s staff to ask if they need a new goalkeeper and he called me and said Marco, come here and train with us and then we will decide about you. Then the club called to give me a contract so now I am staying here and I am very happy.”

‘‘My story is unusual as one year ago I said stop playing because I wanted to work on a project in my small town but I had played just in Italy and when other clubs outside Italy spoke with me, I said I won’t stop, I want to play because for me it is an experience, and when you are wanted by a big club like Chelsea it is impossible to say no.’’

Asked how does it feels to be a part of Chelsea he said:

‘‘It is different, but I have played for big clubs like AC Milan and Roma. I think that Chelsea is a big, big, big club, a special club. Now we have not so good results but for me it is important to work with the staff and players to help the team back to winning.”

‘‘Now it is important for me to stay with the team for a match and to help the other goalkeepers and if the manager says to me okay, Marco, you must play, I am ready. No problem.”

‘‘I have a lot of experience and for a young team that is important. I want to speak with the young players to help because we can change this moment.’’

 

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Jose Mourinho fans book event
Mourinho signing the book for a fan © Francesca Ceciarini

Last night José Mourinho met the fans and the press at Waterstones Piccadilly bookstore in the heart of London to present his new book Mourinho: José Mourinho.

A photo book that narrates the first fifteen years of his career with images chosen by Mourinho himself.

José seemed in a good humour and very relaxed with fans and even press, becoming just a little upset when he had to speak about the FA decision against him.

Here the photo-gallery of the Special night:

Please note that ALL pictures are © Francesca Ceciarini: any abuse will be prosecuted.

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Former Arsenal player Paul Merson has no doubt that Chelsea are favorites for grabs three points on Saturday against Aston Villa.

Win over Aston Villa is crucial if Chelsea are still hope in the fight for the title. And Paul Merson expects Chelsea to return to winning ways exactly tomorrow.

Merson told Sky Sports:

“[It is] the perfect game for Chelsea to bounce back, but I said that for the Southampton game a fortnight ago. Here I’d really expect them to win though, and easily.”

“Villa are in a spot of bother at the moment, but I believe Tim Sherwood should be given time, I don’t see any point in sacking him. But they haven’t had the hardest start, and now they have some really tough games to contend with. Tim just needs to get those new players gelling more, they haven’t hit the ground running.”

 

 

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Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has conducted his media briefing ahead of Saturday’s clash against Chelsea.

Sherwood said:

”The game might suit us. No-one expects anything from us. The pressure will be off somewhat”

”Any team managed by Jose Mourinho will be tough. They have a lot of world-class footballers”

”We have brought in a young group who we can build for the future. I believe we can.”

”Every manager has difficult periods. This is my first one. I will get through it.”

”The crowd were singing my name at Leicester four weeks ago. They will be singing it again in another four weeks”

”We’re in transition. We’ve had ups and downs, more downs so far unfortunately. These players will benefit from playing in the Premier League and will get better.”

”We can’t worry about Chelsea before we worry about ourselves. We need to put in a performance. We know they’ve got talented players. Hopefully we’ll benefit from the fact he’s probably only had two players there, the rest were away on international duty.”

”We’ve had a couple of games behind closed doors during the break. A couple of the players returning from injury benefited from those.”

”The players know the last few weeks haven’t been good enough. There are a lot of points to be played for, enough to stay in the division.”

”I’ve got to believe in the players that I’ve got, which I do. We need to improve and it needs to click and it will. I believe we’ll be in the Premier League next season.”

”This group need time to develop. Up until the Leicester game we were doing okay but confidence dropped. It’s disappointing with the number of points we’ve got. We deserve more.”

”We lost a lot of players last season. Three proven players in the Premier League in Cleverley, Benteke and Delph. We need to stop worrying about what we don’t have. We need to move forward.”

”We went for a young group this season, to develop for the future. They’ll benefit from a full season in the Premier League like the manager will. It’s been tough so far but they’ll grow.”

”I take a lot of heart from managers who have been through difficult periods. This is my first tough period in management. We’ll soldier on and get through it. I have 100% belief that we’ll stay in the Premier League.”

”I’m a football manager and am responsible for results. That’s what I’m paid for. I’ll stand up to this.”

”Once I get through this period everyone will benefit. Aston Villa will and Tim Sherwood will.”

”I never managed Academy teams. It’s not about winning at that level. It’s about developing players.

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José Mourinho press conference ahead of Aston Villa:

“We have only Ivanovic’s injury and Courtois recovering, everyone else is available.

“I have four solutions to replace Ivanovic: Azpilicueta, the adaptation of Zouma or Ramires,  and then I have Ola Aina: 18 years old, never played a game in the first team, but a guy with a great potential.

“Ruben [Loftus Cheek] has been with us since January, training with us every day, improving in all aspects, he’s going to be a real top player.

“This game is a must win game, for different reasons. We cannot run away from the reality of the table of the Premier League: of course we know we’re not going to be relegated, we know that in two months we will be in a a place where we are more used to be, but the reality is that we need points, so to win it’s our objective.

“I decided to appeal with the FA decision, so I think it’s time to stop to ask for my opinion, of course I’m very sad for the situation.

“Maybe I am näif, but English football, English football fans have a mentality I love and English football is not FA.

“I don’t know what people write or think how to stop it and what to do, and to be fair it’s a big concern for me: we just have to win matches, for us and for the Chelsea fans. I don’t know why they write such stories.

“I feel that my players are ok [here at Chelsea] , I don’t see any player unhappy to be here or not happy when they are together: to be in the national team is an honour for a player, it’s very positive and they like very much to go. One of the reasons why we were especially keen on these fixtures was also to understand if some players’ poor performances were our fault, so my staff and I watched every game, we also went to Ukraine, Serbia, Belgium: no player had a better performance than in our club, so this means they have to improve and go back to their levels, now we have one month together, one great month because we have a game every three days, so I guess this is great because we can improve, of course we have not to lose because then a psychological condition gets in, but if we go back to our normal situation winning some games, for us it’s great.

“Today we had a good conversation all together, we laughed a lot because Diego Costa gave us the solution to go back to our results: I cannot tell you which one, but we found it.

“Matic is fine, he’s a top player, he’s not in his best period but he’s a very good player.

“Aston Villa is a good team, [they have got] good players, the manager is trying to rebuild it after losing the best two players, I believe in a couple of months they will be a in a better position too.

“One thing is going to a stadium where you know the home team have good results, another one is going to a stadium where the home team only won once in the last two months: of course the confidence is high for them, but it’s also a challenge for us, confidence level is important, and we have to be back to our level”.

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According to the reports, Jose Mourinho will consider starting Kurt Zouma in place of the injured Branislav Ivanovic for the Saturday’s clash against Aston Villa. Such a decision means that Baba Rahman will still have to wait for his debut in the Premier League.

The Telegraph reveals that Kurt Zouma will replace injured Serbia international during upcoming match against Aston Villa. Zouma could either directly replace Ivanovic on the right, or come in on the left and allow Azpilicueta to move over to the right.

However such a decision means that the Portuguese coach will benched Rahman again. It looks that former Augsburg player will have to wait a lot for his Premier League debut as Jose Mourinho consequently does not see him ready to play on the English conditions.

 

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Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley is convinced that the Blues made a huge mistake by not replacing Jose Mourinho with Jurgen Klopp while he was still available.

According to Burley, Chelsea will soon regret their decision because Mourinho is pulling Chelsea to the bottom and has no idea how to turn the situation around.

Burley told talkSPORT:

“I said a couple of weeks ago when all this nonsense was going on [with Mourinho] that Chelsea should get rid of this guy now.”

“Klopp was out there, he was going to go to Liverpool, and Chelsea should have gone and got him. That didn’t happen and clearly it wasn’t going to happen but that was my opinion of what they should have done. I would have gone and got him.”

“I was not saying Mourinho should go because of a few bad results,”

“I was basing it on the fact that Chelsea are a global brand and the way Mourinho was acting, behaving and speaking outside of the 90 minutes of football was dragging the club, the players and their image through the mud.”

“Managers can get bad results, but Mourinho has to have a look at himself in terms of the way he handles things. It is not everyone else’s fault all the time.”

 

 

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England U-21 manager Gareth Southgate has urged Jose Mourinho to gave Loftus-Cheek more opportunities to play in Chelsea’s first team.

According to Southgate, the young player is able to challenge Chelsea’s stars but the Special One must believe in him and let him play more.

Southgate said:

“Ruben has been with the team (Chelsea) since the back end of last season and he is enjoying that experience.”

“He knows he’s got to keep training well every day and if he keeps doing that and performing as he did tonight I’m sure he’ll get an opportunity.”

“He is a very calm and level-headed boy”

“I don’t see any chance of him getting carried away and I have a feeling his club manager won’t let him do that and we’ll be the same. That will be a consistent message.

“Goals are something he has to add to his game if he is going to be in the number 10 role.

“He’s a very powerful player. His use of the ball and ability to ride challenges and manipulate the ball quickly is very special.

“He should be very pleased with what he’s done and hopefully he can progress that over the next few weeks with his club.”

 

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Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims that he is not paying attention to Chelsea’s position in the Premier League as he is only interested in helping the Gunners to achieve success.

During a news conference at Emirates Stadium on Thursday morning, Wenger said:

“I don’t know [if Chelsea are title outsiders]. I don’t care too much about that. My worries are about my team and what we can do.”

“We are two points behind the leaders and what all the other teams do is up to them. What I just want to say is mathematically you cannot rule anyone out at the moment.”

“They [Chelsea] have some ground to make up. It is different to anybody out there at the moment, even Chelsea. Of course when you have many teams in front of you it is difficult to catch up but they have the quality.”

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