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JOSE MOURINHO
Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho praised both teams after he saw his side lose 1-2 against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

A Bakary Sako strike, his second in two games since joining from Wolves, opened the scoring with 25 minutes left. Despite Radamel Falcao equalising with his first Chelsea goal,  Joel Ward won the game with nine minutes left.

The defeat, only Mourinho’s second in the Premier League in 100 games, means the Blues have picked up just four points out of a possible 12, and that Chelsea drop to 13th in the table.

But Mourinho explained, in order of importance, the three main thoughts on his mind.

My first thought is to Palace,” Mourinho said.

They came with everything, their team was ready, their players were ready and they came with a fantastic spirit. They were lucky but they deserved the luck, they fought a lot for that.

“Secondly my team, I think we deserved more. I am not saying we deserved to win because it is not true, but we deserved more than the result we got.

“And my third thought is the referee made a big mistake, a clear penalty [not given] for the foul on Zouma with the score 0-0. In the game for me it looked clear and at half-time I watched it on television and it was a clear penalty, unless the pundits who can see the red cards for John Terry and Thibaut Courtois see it differently from me.

“But I prefer to go in this order and when I say Crystal Palace first it is because they are the most important thing [regarding the result].”

Mourinho, who lost only his second game out of the 100 he has managed as Chelsea boss, did however reveal was unhappy about the lack of good individual displays:

“That is the way you work during the week, to perform collectively and to do that you need individual performances.

At this level, when opponents are good and well-organised, with good spirit and nothing to lose, you need people to perform.

“I cannot say I had 11 players performing at the same time.

“Two or three of them were far from good and I blame myself for keeping one of them on for 90 minutes.”

One Chelsea performance that stood out was that of Falcao, who came on as a substitute and equalised for the Blues. New signing Kenedy also made his debut.  Mourinho was quick to praise the pair:

Cesar Azpilicueta was fantastic but I took him off because I wanted to give more depth to the side and to play without a left-back and with a kid going forward like Kenedy did.

“He is a good personality and this is what we needed at the time. Kenedy was responsible for an improvement in the team.

“Falcao’s goal means nothing for the team but for his personal confidence it is good and he is fine. From his reaction after the goal you could see his happiness because he has come from a difficult period.”

With two defeats in their opening four games this season, Mourinho has stressed that squad changes are certainly not out of the question:

If a player is not performing there are two ways of looking at it.

“One is I trust so much the player I am going to wait for an improvement, and maybe it comes and maybe it doesn’t. Or even trusting th player, there arrives a moment when you think you have to change.”

“We have eight points less than the leader and in another league I would say game over because in these leagues for top teams it is very difficult to lose so many points.

“In the Premier League I don’t say game over.

“The reality is we had a bad start, four points from four matches is a very bad start.”

Lastly, the Chelsea boss revealed he didn’t foresee any signings before the end of the transfer window, and that they weren’t the solution to the side’s problems:

I don’t like that.

“I gave my club the reports of the season and projection on 24 April and don’t think now that I am going to say I want this, this and that. We have to do better, me and the players.”

 

 

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

The resounding home defeat with Crystal Palace in his 100th game at Stamford Bridge left Chelsea boss José Mourinho really disappointed, so disappointed to blame himself for some mistakes in the substitutions:

“I cannot say I had 11 players at the same time performing. To be fair, two or three of them, individual performances were far from good,” he admitted after the match.

I blame myself for not changing one of them, because I kept him in the game for 90 minutes. When I made the third change, I realised I needed a fourth.

If a player is not performing, there are two ways: trust the player and wait for improve, or… have to change. I can go both.

Mourinho also praised Crystal Palace:  Alan Pardew’s side took nine points from their opening four games.

The first thought is for Palace. They come with everything. Team ready, players ready, fans ready, fantastic spirit.

They were lucky, but they deserved a lot. I think we deserved more, but not deserved to win.

“Finally, the referee, with a big mistake, a clear penalty with the result at 0-0.”

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Courtois

Courtois 6- Neither of the goals were really his fault, except he could have come out for the second one, and he did make a few good saves.

Ivanovic 3- A terrible performance, out run on every occasion. Looks a shadow of the player he was last season.

Zouma 5- Is growing into the role at the back but missed John Terry.

Cahill 5- Didn’t organise the defence well enough in Terry’s absence, should take more responsibility as the most experienced centre back.

Azpilicueta 5- Much of what is said above applies here.

Fabregas 5- Lost the midfield battle entirely, struggled to have any control over the midfield except for very short periods.

Matic 5- Appears unfit.

Pedro 6- A few moments of creativity but was quiet for the most part. His cross for the goal was very good.

Willian 5- Largely anonymous.

Hazard 5- One or two moments but not the form of last season.

Costa 5- Lost his temper when denied a penalty and struggled to find space with Palace defending so deeply.

Substitutes:

Falcao 6- Is beginning to find his touch, scored a good goal.

Loftus-Cheek 5- Gave the team new pace but only sporadically.

Kenedy 6- A bright prospect, looks good on the ball with a creative eye.

Manager:

Jose Mourinho 5- Needs to go into the market to reinforce the defense. He was ready to make changes after the first Palace goal.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Jose Mourinho spoke to Sky Sports after Chelsea 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace and bemoaned the performance of his team and the referee. He did, however, congratulate Palace on their superb performance:

“I am not shocked, but disappointed. Disappointed because the week was a very good one, disappointment because the team did enough to get a result and the game went against us in every detail.

“The first one and most important detail is Crystal Palace- good team, good performance, every player on top of their game. Congratulations to them.”

“The second point is we didn’t have 11 players performing at a normal level. when you don’t have that difficult matches are hard and the referee made a huge mistake which was the penalty when the score was 0-0.

“The penalty was in our best moment in the first half you can imagine if the score was 1-0 at half time then the game would be completely different so that is not a small point but a very important point. After that Palace were always dangerous and in a couple of counter attacks they scored two goals.”

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Chelsea have lost once 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace in a game that once again shows the defensive fragility of the team.

Chelsea linked up well on the right hand side early on, Willian and Pedro showing great understanding for only their second game together. The earliest advance into the away side’s area resulted in a shot from Pedro and an wide attempt from Ivanovic after the the Spaniard’s was blocked.

Both sides were keen to get forward and put pressure on the other in the first ten minutes, and it was in fact Palace that won the first couple of corners. Despite that the game soon drifted into the expected pattern of Chelsea having possession with Palace sititng back and hoping to counter-attack. They did so in the 25th minute when Sakho was put in down the left and forced a good save from Courtois.

The Belgian ‘keeper was Chelsea’s savour five minutes later when Palace finished a good period of pressure with a shot from Cabaye- the Frenchman receiving the ball from Zaha but couldn’t finish from just inside the penalty area.

The pressure from Palace ceased after that, and it was the Blues who finished the half the stronger with both Costa and Fabregas coming close. Azpilicueta crossed from the left but Costa couldn’t connect at the far post. A few minutes later it was once again two Spain internationals that almost opened the scoring. Costa shot from the edge of the box but his shot was pushed out to the feet of Cesc Fabregas, the attempt from whom was also prevented by the combination of Palace’keeper  McCarthy and Scott Dann in defence.

Chelsea have passed the ball well and have been willing to take shots when the goal is in their sights. Palace have defended deeply and well so far, as well as looked dangerous on the counter attack. Chelsea will have to be patient if they are to win this match, and Jose Mourinho may look to the bench in order to unlock Alan Pardew’s well organised side.

The second half began very quickly with both sides attacking early on and having sights on goal. Costa was felled and appealed for a penalty, and he then prevented his international teammate Pedro from connecting with a run from deep- the former Barcelona forward would have had a clear shot on goal in the penalty box had Costa just left it.

Sakho had a shot from the left hand side again that Courtois had to push around the post, and Palace continued to get forward, not at all intimidated by playing at the defending Premiership Champions. It was still the home side that looked the more likely, however, with Ivanovic and Zouma having volleys from outside the box after Fabregas drifted in a free kick from the left. Gary Cahill had a header cleared off the line, and then failed to make contact when the ball was bouncing around the area, and Hazard had a shot cleared behind.

Chelsea’s pressure came to nothing and Stamford Bridge was shocked in the 65th minute when Sakho scored at the third time of asking, in what was by far his easiest chance, when he finished with his right foot from the centre of the penalty area. The ball had been cut back from the dead ball line and the attempt initially blocked by Azpilicueta, but Sakho scored with Courtois and the goal at his mercy.

Chelsea were caught out far too easily once again, and their defensive flaws were obvious to see just a few minutes later when Sakho this time became provider for Bolasie who missed a fantastic chance to finish the game when he inexplicably missed at the far post. Jose Mourinho made a number of changes in response, one of whom paid off in the 78th minute when Radamal Falcao headed in a great cross from Pedro to equalise at the near post. Once the relief of being level again had died down, Chelsea were behind. Barely two minutes after Falcao’s goal, Ward put Palace back ahead after heading into an almost empty net after Sakho had knocked back Bolasie’s cross to the delirium of the travelling fans behind that goal and the dismay of the home ones.

Ivanovic failed to finish when the ball dropped to him in the area after Zouma headed down another Fabregas free kick as Chelsea started to become desperate. Fabregas had a shot from outside the area that McCarthy pushed away. He had another chance in stoppage time which was blocked again. The game drifted away from Chelsea and Jose Mourinho’s 100th at Stamford Bridge ended in defeat. It isn’t clear whether or not they will strengthen before the transfer window is closed, but it certainly appears that they need to. They may be willing to pay whatever price Everton are holding out for John Stones after this awful display.

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Chelsea are drawing 0-0 in their Premiership match with Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea linked up well on the right hand side early on, Willian and Pedro showing great understanding for only their second game together. The earliest advance into the away side’s area resulted in a shot from Pedro and an wide attempt from Ivanovic after the the Spaniard’s was blocked.

Both sides were keen to get forward and put pressure on the other in the first ten minutes, and it was in fact Palace that won the first couple of corners. Despite that the game soon drifted into the expected pattern of Chelsea having possession with Palace sititng back and hoping to counter-attack. They did so in the 25th minute when Sakho was put in down the left and forced a good save from Courtois.

The Belgian ‘keeper was Chelsea’s savour five minutes later when Palace finished a good period of pressure with a shot from Cabaye- the Frenchman receiving the ball from Zaha but couldn’t finish from just inside the penalty area.

The pressure from Palace ceased after that, and it was the Blues who finished the half the stronger with both Costa and Fabregas coming close. Azpilicueta crossed from the left but Costa couldn’t connect at the far post. A few minutes later it was once again two Spain internationals that almost opened the scoring. Costa shot from the edge of the box but his shot was pushed out to the feet of Cesc Fabregas, the attempt from whom was also prevented by the combination of Palace’keeper  McCarthy and Scott Dann in defence.

Chelsea have passed the ball well and have been willing to take shots when the goal is in their sights. Palace have defended deeply and well so far, as well as looked dangerous on the counter attack. Chelsea will have to be patient if they are to win this match, and Jose Mourinho may look to the bench in order to unlock Alan Pardew’s well organised side.

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Cuadrado when he joined Chelsea...only seven months ago!

On the day of his presentation as a new Juventus player Juan Cuadrado tried to explain what went wrong in his, short, experience at Chelsea but the truth is…he doesn’t know!

What went wrong? The truth is, I don’t know. I was always professional and I always trained very well. I didn’t play as much as I wanted, but I was always ready. Only Mourinho knows why I had not enough playing time.

Moving to Juventus was the best choice for me and I hope to give my best, and give everything for this shirt. It’s a new challenge for me. I’ve always been training, even if I wasn’t playing, and I always train with playing in mind.

This is a great move for me.

Juve travel to title rivals Roma this weekend and Cuadrado is ready to play if coach Massimiliano Allegri will need him:

I hope I get the opportunity to get on the pitch on Sunday, it would be a pleasure for me.

There’s plenty of competition for places here, I’ll need to stay on my toes and be ready“.

The Colombian player will stay on loan to Juventus for the whole season.

 

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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew spoke before the match at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea.

His words to the media:

They have a side that looks to me like it could be better than the one last year and that one won them the league.

They have some new players. They’re integrating those.

It would be fair to say Chelsea are not quite in the groove [they were in] when we played them last time.”

It is 33 years since the Eagles won at Stamford Bridge and last time, on May 3, Chelsea secured the title winning 1-0 with an Hazard goal on the rebound of a missed penalty:

We performed last year almost to our maximum and still got beat. It’s one of those places,” Pardew said analysing that game.

You have to go there and play your best game and hope that you get a result.”

We’ve won three out of four [including in the Capital One Cup against Shrewsbury] and that’s pretty good.

The fourth game [against Arsenal] we lost [but] we could’ve got something out of, if the ref, in my opinion, had made the right decision.

We’re in good shape and we’re looking forward to Chelsea. It’s always a great place to play, great atmosphere.

Our fans will add to that. It’ll be a great occasion.

Pardew says his squad is focused on the match, rather than the closure of the transfer window and the accompanied speculation:

We don’t envisage making too many calls ourselves and that’s probably where we are.

I don’t know about players going out. All the players I have here at the moment are focused on what is going to be a difficult game on Saturday.

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As Chelsea look to continue their new-found winning form, we preview their clash with Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (15:00 GMT KO).

The Blues will look to make it back-to-back wins after their 2-3 win over West Brom last weekend, with new boy Pedro scoring and grabbing an assist on his debut.

Palace are also looking to continue their good start, having beaten Norwich and Aston Villa in their opening two games.

 

Last six games:

Crystal Palace: DLWLWW (including two friendlies and a cup game)

Chelsea: WLLDLW (including three friendlies)

 

Team News:

– John Terry is out after he was sent off against West Brom last week. He is to be replaced by Gary Cahill, who started on the bench last week.

– Oscar and Victor Moses are both still out with injuries.

– New signing Baba Rahman is still short of match fitness.

– Mile Jedinak is out for the Eagles afetr he picked up a hamstring injury in the midweek cup win over Shrewsbury. Recover time: two-three weeks

– Yannick Bolasie is available after missing the midweek cup clash with The Shrews following the death of his father.

– Goalkeeper Julian Speroni (finger) and strikers Marouane Chamakh and Fraizer Campbell (both hamstring) are likely to be absent again.

 

Statistics:

– Chelsea have lost just one of the last 15 league meetings against tomorrow’s opponents (W10, D4, L1).

– Palace however have only won two of their 21 trips to Stamford Bridge – in 1982 and 1976.

– This will be Jose Mourinho’s 100th Premier League home game in charge of Chelsea. He has won 76 and lost just one of the previous 99.

– It is also Mourinho’s 200th Premier League match. He has amassed an unrivalled 453 points in his first 199 games.

– Chelsea are without a clean sheet in six league games, conceding 12 goals during that period.

– Palace have won seven of their nine league away matches under Alan Pardew. One of their two defeats came at Chelsea in May.

– No team has won more points than Palace away from home in the Premier League in 2015 (22 – level with Chelsea and Arsenal).

 

Starting XI last time out:

Chelsea (away vs. West Brom, won 2-3): Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Willian, Pedro, Hazard, Diego Costa.

Crystal Palace (home vs. Aston Villa, won 2-1): McCarthy, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, McArthur, Cabaye, Zaha, Puncheon, Sako, Murray.

 

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José Mourinho© Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager José Mourinho will reach other two important records tomorrow in the clash against Crystal Palace: that game will be his 100th at Stamford Bridge on Chelsea bench and, furthermore, it will be the 200th game in the Premier League, in which he lost only 20.

Speaking about the home games, in which he lost just one two season ago with Sunderland, Mourinho commented:

I’m proud with my record of 100 matches at Stamford Bridge that I will reach tomorrow: 99 matches and just one defeat, that is not a real defeat because we know how we lost that day with Sunderland, but I’m very proud of it.

“It’s not normal, 99 matches in the most competitive league and a defeat could have happened in so many matches.”

 

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