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With Oscar, Pedro and Falcao being a doubt and Willian and Courtois out for injury, José Mourinho might change his tactical system and switch to a 433 with Ramires in the midfield and Traoré as a winger with Hazard on ther other side with Diego Costa as number 9, instead of a 4231 with two wingers and a number 10, but hoping that Oscar and Pedro can make it, the starting formation can look like this

CHELSEA – Begovic; Azplicueta, Cahill, Terry, Baba Rahman; Matic, Fabregas; Oscar, Hazard, Pedro; Diego Costa.

ARSENAL – Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Cazorla, Coquelin; Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez; Walcott.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has decided to defend his ace Eden Hazard after a wave of criticism which fell on a player after he missed the penalty in the Champions League game against Maccabi Tel-Aviv. The Special One has also praised young Ruben Loftus-Cheek for a great performance in Wednesday’s match.

Mourinho told Chelsea official website :

‘‘That was because I wanted to make Eden feel the penalty is not a problem at all,”

‘‘These big misses, a penalty, an open goal you miss because the ball touched your ankle instead of your foot, or the defender who scores an own-goal trying to save a goal, these are the kind of mistakes I never complain about and I always support.”

‘‘However, these are the type of mistakes the players don’t like to make and feel a little touched by as everybody sees. So the kid missed a penalty and I know he is not happy with it. He was on my side of the pitch and I was trying to support him.”

‘‘Eden is not the kind of guy you see hidden in a game,’’

‘‘He is not afraid to make a mistake and not afraid to play. Maybe the dribble is not going well and he loses the ball but the next time he dribbles again. Sometimes you don’t see a player on the pitch, he is hidden by opponents so he doesn’t want the ball. Hazard is not like this, he goes and he goes and he goes. I don’t think he feels the pressure. I feel him very free.’’

‘‘A good performance, a good goal. It will come,’’

The Portuguese coach has praised his starlet Ruben Loftus-Cheek :

‘‘I think Ruben is ready,’’

‘‘My work on him is not for him to be mentally ready. He is very confident, has good self-esteem and is not afraid of anything.”

‘‘He is not ready from a tactical point of view and that is where we have to be working and improving, being critical and killing him in Australia.  ”

‘‘This is a process and so is the physical side because the other day in the 70th minute he had cramp. So physical and tactically he is not ready, mentally he is ready and if I play him today, for him it’s no problem.’’


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Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has said that Arsene Wenger could yet become one of the club’s greatest ever managers.

Wenger will meet with Jose Mourinho for the 15th time in the Premier League tomorrow – the Frenchman has only won one of those meetings, which came in the 1-0 Community Shield Final win at Wembley at the start of August.

The 65-year old has won 15 major trophies in his 19 years in North London, including a Premier League title and back-to-back FA Cups.

Arsenal currently sit fourth after five games in the league table thus far this season, and Smith, who made almost 350 appearances for the Gunners, thinks Wenger can still go on to great things:

“He’s going to go down as the greatest Arsenal manager ever isn’t he?,” he told Arsenal Fan TV.

“To last as long as he has in the modern day is freaky really.

“I don’t think its going to happen many times in the future and certainly not many are going to achieve the success he has.”

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As Chelsea look to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Everton, we preview their game against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (12:45 GMT KO).

The Blues will want to get their thus-far disastrous season back on track in the heavyweight London clash, having gained just four points out of the first five games – they sit one place above the relegation zone.

The Gunners however will be no pushover, having lost only one of their Premier League games this season and also having beaten Chelsea in the Community Shield Final at the start of August.

Last six games*:

Chelsea: DLWLLW

Arsenal: LWDWWL

*The last game for both teams was the first game of the Champions League Group Stage.

Team News:

– Willian is out after picking up a hamstring strain in midweek.

– Radamel Falcao and Oscar are doubts with knee complaints.

– Pedro is also a possible doubt with a thigh strain.

– Petr Cech is expected to return to the Arsenal side after being rested in the 2-1 Champions League defeat to Dynamo Zagreb on Wednesday night.

– Per Mertesacker could return after missing the last four games due to a virus.


– Chelsea have made their worst start to a season in 20 years.

– Arsene Wenger has only won one of 14 meetings with Jose Mourinho (D6 L7) – that came earlier this year in the Community Shield Final.

– The Blues are unbeaten in seven league meetings with Arsenal.

– Mourinho has never lost three consecutive league games as Chelsea manager – the club hasn’t done it since 1999.

– It’s their worst start to a season since 1986 – they had three points after five games that year.

– The Gunners have won seven and drawn one of their last eight Premier League away matches.

– Petr Cech only needs four more Premier League clean sheets to equal the competition record of 169.

– Theo Walcott has scored 11 goals in his last 11 starts in the Premier League.


Starting XI last time out (Premier League):

Chelsea (away vs. Everton, lost 3-1): Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Mikel; Fabregas; Pedro, Hazard; Diego Costa.

Arsenal (home vs. Stoke, won 2-0): Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Cazorla, Coquelin; Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez; Walcott.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has promised, that Ruben Loftus-Cheek will get more opportunities to play for the Blues. The 19-year-old has impressed the Special One with his performance in the Champions League game against Maccabi Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

Mourinho said :

“I think he’s in the condition to compete with the other players for positions, for opportunities, for minutes, but he’s getting minutes,”

“He’s potentially a very good player. But you have to feed these young players, and you have to choose the right moment.”

“But the reality is that his evolution is important and good.”

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Petr Cech will go back tomorrow to Stamford Bridge after he moved to Arsenal last summer after eleven years at Chelsea.

It will be a particular day for the Czech goalkeeper, that will reunite with many people he worked with for many years and will be a rival for the first time in his old stadium that gave him many good memories.

Blues boss José Mourinho stressed that Cech will be welcome at the stadium and in the Chelsea dressing room:

“To meet Cech before or after the game wouldn’t be same to meet other players, of course…during the game nothing changes, he’s the  Arsenal goalkeeper, we are professionals…when the game ends if he wants to come to our dressing room, he’s more than welcome”

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Arsenal manager has urged everybody to focus on tomorrow’s match rather than on his relationship with Jose Mourinho.

Besides the victory in the Community Shield, Arsene Wenger has failed in 10 attempts to beat Jose Mourinho in the league. That is why, the Gunners hopes for their first Premier League win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

It is no secret that both coaches do not feel a great sympathy to each others. But, Arsenal coach has urged everybody to focus on what happens on the pitch rather than what occurs between both of them.

Wenger said :

“Realistically people come to watch football and all the rest is a little bit secondary,”

”What is important is the quality of what we will see tomorrow morning at 12:45 and you want people to focus on that.”

“I focus on what I love which is football. I respect everybody in the job and all the rest honestly does not concern me much.”

“No special relationship [with Mourinho] is of my worry, all I worry about is our performance tomorrow.”

“We must be well organised defensively and ready to take every situation and opportunity to attack and play our game.”

“The players have a good, strong mentality and good attitude and they want to put things right of course.”

The French manager has admitted, that it is way too early to speculate about Chelsea future :

“It is far too early to judge Chelsea at the moment but I want for us to do well tomorrow as for me playing against Chelsea is a big game,”

“Let’s not forget it’s the start of the season and only five games have been played. ”“For us it’s a big game and we know our position at the end of the season will depend on how well we do in the big games. ”

“I do not think too much about where Chelsea stand in the league at the moment. I focus more on us performing well with full power tomorrow.”

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Brazilian midfielder Oscar © Francesca Ceciarini

During his press conference in the eve of Chelsea v Arsenal José Mourinho revealed that the only player who will be out of the selected squad for sure is Willian, besides long-time-injured Thibaut Courtois.

Pedro, Falcao and Oscar will have all an option to be part of the starters or substitutes tomorrow in the derby against the Gunners.

I don’t have many many news I selected every player, because we have doubts,stated the Chelsea boss.

During the warm-up many players had some bad feeling, Willian is not even an option, but Pedro, Falcao and Oscar can be.”

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Jose Mourinho has praised his ace Eden Hazard, calling him the currently best player in England despite his poor start to the Chelsea’s campaign. 

The Belgium international has a difficult start to the season. Criticism has intensified even more when he missed a penalty in the match against Maccabi Tel-Aviv on Wednesday.  Even so, the Portuguese coach has no doubt, that Chelsea winger is currently the best player in England.

Mourinho told Goal.com :

“He’s the best player in England,”

“It’s not because Rooney doesn’t score goals for three weeks that he’s not a fantastic player. Eden is the best player in this country.”

“It’s not because a bad performance or a penalty missed, or nor scoring goals for three of four weeks. He’s the best.”

“He’ll be the best again. I don’t know if it’s tomorrow or next week but one of these days he’s man of the match.”


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Arsene Wenger ensures, that Arsenal overcame a mental block when they beat Chelsea in the Community Shield last month. The French manager hopes to repeat the victory tomorrow at Stamford Bridge.

During the pre-game press conference , Wenger said :

“It can sometimes be a mental block for the players or the team when they do not win against certain teams,”

“On that front it was good [to win the Community Shield].”

“What you expect from these kinds of games is [that they are] always high intensity, full commitment and of course you want to prepare for that and play with a full focus.”

“For us it’s a big game. Let’s not forget it’s the start of the season and only five games have been played. We know our position at the end of the season will depend on how well we do in the big games.”

“I do not think too much about where Chelsea stand in the league at the moment. I focus more on us performing well, with full power.”

Asked about the pressure that Jose Mourinho can might be feeling after Chelsea’s poor start to the season, he said :

“These are very difficult situations to assess,”

“There are always periods where things don’t go as well. We are used to dealing with that. It is less enjoyable when it doesn’t go well of course but I think everybody who has stayed a long time in the game knows that.”

He also referred to Petr Cech’s comeback at Stamford Bridge :

“It is always difficult to go back to your club and play but I believe that he has fortunately handled that this season, [and] that is why I decided to play him as well in the Community Shield. It is the first step that is important and he has dealt very well with it.”



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