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Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has no doubts, that if Jose Mourinho was the coach of Liverpool, the team would have achieved a gigantic success.

Legendary Liverpool midfielder has revealed in his autobiography, that he considers Portuguese coach one of the best managers in the world. Gerrard is convinced, that Mourinho’s arrival at Anfielf would be an enormous success for the Reds.

In his autobiography Gerrard wrote :

“It was clear that, tactically, he could set up his team to win any football match… because he was a pure winner. But, more than that, he created a special bond with each squad he managed.”

“You heard it in the way his players spoke about him. You saw it in the way they played for him.”

“For me, the ideal situation would obviously have been for Mourinho to have managed Liverpool. He was linked with a move to Anfield a couple of times but it never materialised. I know I’m biased, but I think it would have been a perfect match.”

“The Liverpool fans would have loved him and he would have known exactly how to turn that love into adoration. He always told me about his deep respect for our supporters. Jose would have had a fantastic time bringing huge success to Liverpool.”

It is not secret, that Jose Mourinho tried several times to sign Gerard, but each time midfielder refused. But, as he writes Gerrard, the portuguese coach has always understood the reasons, why Liverpool captain did not want to leave Anfield.

”Jose Mourinho understood my reasons; but each time he came in for me he was very persuasive. I liked the way he spoke to me and I could see how most of his players were ready to die for him. I remembered him winning the Champions League with Inter Milan and the devastation of his players when he left. You could see it in their faces. I understood how they felt because they had shared such a big moment in their careers together. I never had that with Rafa Benitez. I would have had it with Jose Mourinho.”

 

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Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is convinced, that Jose Mourinho must give his players a confidence boost.

According to former QPR manager, some of the Chelsea players are in need of a lift as the Blues have collected just four points from their first five games of the Premier League.

Redknapp told BBC :

“Sometimes you look at superstar players and think they’re all great characters, but they’re not all that way, he’s [Mourinho] going to have to lift a few of them. He’s got to instil that bit of confidence in them.”

“He’s [Mourinho] got to be disappointed, they were outplayed today for an awful lot of the game,”

“Even when they had good possession, they didn’t create that many chances, all the chances were falling to Everton.

“Begovic has made a couple of great saves in the first half to keep them in the game, they could have been three or four down.”

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Even if Chelsea lost three of the five games played so far, Jose Mourinho claims he is not feeling any pressure.

Last time it was 2006 when the Portuguese coach has lost two successive Premier League games, but despite this, further he insists that it has the situation under control.

Mourinho told Four Four Two :

“No [I don’t feel under pressure]. I think the refugees are under big pressure,”

“It’s a pleasure and an honour to coach Chelsea.”

“We deserve a better result, we played for a better result, and we don’t deserve this result. ”

“Confidence is low, an unhappy team because of bad results, a team with some doubts because of every unlucky incident. For me, clearly, you can say what you want but the players deserve a much better result.”

“The big concern is everything goes against us. Every mistake we are punished, immediately. The players, they feel that weight.”

“We need to win a couple of consecutive matches, for the players to smile again, the strikers to score goals, the defenders not to make mistakes and be punished.”

“We need confidence. I think confidence is fundamental. The players fight, they play, they try, but it’s not easy.”

“I don’t like when you ask me questions saying ‘somebody told this, somebody told that’. Chelsea can win the next match against Arsenal, for sure, but the title I don’t know.”

“It depends on us to improve, but we also depend on other clubs to lose matches.”

 

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Begovic 6- Prevented the deficit being bigger with some good saves but could have prevented one of the goals.

Ivanovic 3- Terrible, at fault throughout.

Zouma 4- Little better.

Terry 4- Should have scored with a header at 2-1.

Azpilicueta 4- Little better than his teammates.

Mikel 4- The team improved when he wasn’t on the pitch.

Matic 4- Scored a superb goal but not much else.

Pedro 4.5- Some signs of pace but quiet.

Fabregas 4- Almost anonymous.

Hazard 3- Same, a shadow of the player he was last season.

Costa 4- Could have done better.

Substitutes:

Kenedy 5- Looks promising on both wings.

Willian N/A- Not on the pitch long enough.

Falcao N/A- Not on the pitch long enough.

Manager:

Jose Mourinho 5- The team appeared utterly unprepared and while the inclusion of Kenedy was a positive there is little else to talk about.

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Jose Mourinho was defiant in his post match interview after Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to Everton, but believes his team will come good soon. He afforded some humour as he regretted that everything seems to be going against the Premiership Champions at the moment.

 

“My players deserve more than they get. It’s difficult with the way the game was going- their first shot on goal they score, then in five minutes they have three shots and score two goals. We had complete control o the first half, we finished the first half on top of them and in the second we try, and try and try but again they score a goal. You compare what happened to us in the first half, Hazard had two shots on goal and both times the ball rebounds off defenders for corners, the players are not getting what they deserve. I am not unhappy with them, I am completely on their side. 

“They deserve better results. I go from the the first game of the season until now and in every game they deserve a better result than the one they got. Even against Man City for the whole of the second half we were the best team and had chances to equalise, Today was the same thing, we were completely in control and every mistake we made we were punished. It’s hard for the players. I can feel sadness and that this is too much for them, they try and try and try and nothing goes in their favour.I have a good feeling for them.

“This is the first time in my career that I am having these results but I am coping well because I am on their side and not against them. I have no reason to be here speaking against them or their desire. They are frustrated and I keep believing in them, and my career and experience make me believe in myself. I am happy that on Wednesday we have another game and don’t have to wait 15 days like we just did. The next game is a different competition. At this point we are not behind and have zero points like all our opponents 

“One thing is for sure is that we candidates to win our next match. It’s better not to look to the table, this is the first time I have done and I see my team in their position. I prefer to look to my team and to the training sessions we have and to the next match. The next match we have in the Premiership is against Arsenal and like I said we are candidates to win that match. 

“I cannot laugh to match. I face this situation smiling inside and also in my face because it’s a good challenge. People are happy after so many years to see me like this so fair play, enjoy but I will enjoy my day tomorrow, working hard.

“It isn’t about more work for the team but this moment is very negative and everything is going against us. We couldn’t even have the tactical meeting this morning because the computer didn’t work but I have to smile and say everything is going against us.” 

 

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Jose Mourinho has no doubts, that there is no better manager in football to do his job at Chelsea. The Special One is conviced, that he is the only right man to get the Blues back winning again.

During the post match press interview, Mourinho refused to blame his players. But he has admitted, that collecting only four points from five league game  is the worst start of the season in all his career.

Mourinho told BT Sport :

”I don’t think there is a better manager than me to come to Chelsea and to do my job. Simple as that – I am the man for the job.”

”I’m the man that gives so many good things for Chelsea. So now I’m the man with the bad results, I’m responsible for that, I have no problem with that. But I feel that I am the man.”

”I’m not feeling under pressure. I’m feeling that the results are the worst ever in my career.”

“The players are feeling enough frustration and sadness.”

“The media can be [a] critic, the supporters can be [a] critic. Thats a right they have, especially for the ones with short memories they forgot that three months ago we won the title.”

“That is football.”

”I’m not adapted to what I feel is my quality, my status. I’m not happy, but I’m coping well with the situation.”

”In the Premier League, now we have to face it match after match. We cannot look to the table, we cannot be afraid of relegation.”

”Last year, for example, Borussia Dortmund were in the relegation places for so many months and everybody knows they are not going to be relegated.”

”So the Championship people can be calm that Chelsea next year are not playing in the Championship.”

”And we have to go match after match. The next match is Arsenal – we are candidates to win this game.”

 

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During the post match press conference Jose Mourinho was really angry with the result but he claimed, that the team have not been playing badly.

Premier League champions Chelsea crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Goodison Park. The result left the Blues with just four points from five games.

During the post match press conference Mourinho said :

“The results are going wrong. Too wrong for our quality and too wrong for our statures.”

“And too wrong for what the players deserve.”

“The players deserve much more than what they are getting.”

“But now it’s easy for everyone to criticise me and and the players and everything is wrong and we don’t play well.

“I completely disagree.”

“I am a champion. The players are the champions.”

“The way they are playing is not so bad as the results but in every game everything goes against [us].”

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Chelsea have lost 3-1 away at Everton in yet another demonstration of the team’s frailties and flaws as it seeks to defend its Premiership title. 

The game started brightly with both teams willing to get forward. Chelsea’s approach play has, perhaps inevitably been concentrated through the middle of the pitch and Everton have responded by trying to catch the Champions on the counter attack when they can.

The home side suffered a blow on nine minutes when Besic was forced off by injury, the winger being replaced by Naismith after wining a corner off Kurt Zouma.

It was a change that led to the worst possible result for Chelsea as the Scot, who scored the winning goal the last time the Merseysiders beat Chelsea, made it 1-0 from close range after a cross from the left. That began a ten minute of intense pressure which ultimately led to Everton doubling their lead and Naismith his goal tally having received the ball from Barkley and shot from the edge of the box.

Chelsea were clearly shocked to be 2-0 down so quickly- at no point so far this season has the lack of pace and width been more obvious, noteworthy considering the appalling start to the title defence. The fightback started with a superb thirty yard strike from Nemanja Matic into the top corner of the Everton net. It started a period of pressure similar to the one that followed Everton’s first one. Terry came close with a header from a Hazard cross, Matic tried his luck again from distance and Costa, anonymous for the most part, turned and shot on the edge of the box but his effort was deflected over.

The second half began in a similar way to the first, Chelsea probing forward and Everton trying to catch them on the counter attack. Kenedy was brought on and provided pace and width the same way he did against Crystal Palace a fortnight ago. The young Brazilian showed promise by linking up well with Hazard, Pedro and Fabregas- drifting from one wing to the other as Chelsea’s approach football improved even if it didn’t lead to clear goal scoring chances. Everton were well organised and denied Jose Mourinho’s team space. They were denied am indirect free-kick before the hour when ex-Chelsea man Lukaku’s shot was parried out by Begovic but the Bosnian ‘keeper didn’t come out to collect it meaning Terry had to lightly kick it towards him to stop Lukaku from pouncing.

Despite the pressure, Chelsea failed to create a single chance in the second half. They, as has become predictable this season, often made the wrong final pass and lacked any imagination when their attacks broke down. They paid for their impotency when Naismith completed his hat-trick on 81 minutes to give Everton a 3-1 lead and compound Chelsea’s misery.

It was a game that demonstrated more clearly than any other this season Chelsea’s desperate pursuit of John Stones in the summer. The Blues could be 11 points behind the leaders if other results go against them- their title defensive os, if not quite over already, but very, very damaged. It will take all of Jose Mourinho’s managerial skill to win retain the trophy after this start.

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Chelsea are currently losing 2-1 at Goodison Park to Everton in a game that has been painful and engrossing in equal measure with the ending giving hope for the second half.

The game started brightly with both teams willing to get forward. Chelsea’s approach play has, perhaps inevitably been concentrated through the middle of the pitch and Everton have responded by trying to catch the Champions on the counter attack when they can.

The home side suffered a blow on nine minutes when Besic was forced off by injury, the winger being replaced by Naismith after wining a corner off Kurt Zouma.

It was a change that led to the worst possible result for Chelsea as the Scot, who scored the winning goal the last time the Merseysiders beat Chelsea, made it 1-0 from close range after a cross from the left. That began a ten minute of intense pressure which ultimately led to Everton doubling their lead and Naismith his goal tally having received the ball from Barkley and shot from the edge of the box.

Chelsea were clearly shocked to be 2-0 down so quickly- at no point so far this season has the lack of pace and width been more obvious, noteworthy considering the appalling start to the title defence. The fightback started with a superb thirty yard strike from Nemanja Matic into the top corner of the Everton net. It started a period of pressure similar to the one that followed Everton’s first one. Terry came close with a header from a Hazard cross, Matic tried his luck again from distance and Costa, anonymous for the most part, turned and shot on the edge of the box but his effort was deflected over.

The final 15 minutes has been considerable more watchable than the opening 30, but Chelsea cannot afford to make the same mistakes that they did that led to the deficit if they are to get anything from this game. The defence is painfully porous and under threat from just about every foray forward from Everton. The home side appear unwilling to play the ball forward when under pressure so there are chances for Chelsea if they maintain the high line with the full-backs staying in their defensive positions to prevent the space opening up again.

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Spanish winger Joaquin has revealed that he doesn’t regret joining Chelsea, despite the chance of winning trophies and fame.

The now-34-year old was one of Europe’s brightest young prospects when Jose Mourinho came to the helm at Stamford Bridge in 2004.

Despite much interest, Joaquin turned down the chance to join the Blues.

11 years on, the Real Betis midfielder says he still has no regrets about deciding to stay in Spain:

“Do I regret not joining Chelsea? Absolutely not,” he said.

“I lost a significant opportunity, economically and sporting wise, willing title or being a much more important player, I know that, but I don’t regret it.

“My happiness at that time was not there, that’s why I stayed. I went to Madrid, to film an advert with Mahou and they were waiting for me there.

“Mourinho wanted to see me but I said ‘If I go there, he’s going to convince me’ and leaving Betis never crossed my mind.

“That’s why I never went to meet him. He said enough over the phone. The next day, I came back and I spoke to my father who told him ‘Mourinho, get back, because he’s not leaving here.’

“In the final conversation I had with him, I told him that it never crossed my mind to leave, for all the money they offered me.

“He told me to come with him and I said ‘Jose, look, I don’t think I’m going to be happy there and I prefer to stay.’ I was in good form with Betis.

“If he’d come to me at a different moment in time, things would’ve undoubtedly been different.”

Instead, Joaquin moved to fellow Spanish side Valencia in 2006 for £17.5 million, before moving to Malaga and Fiorentina. He returned to Betis this summer.

 

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