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West Ham are looking for a winger to revamp their attack and new Hammers’ manager Slaven Bilic is now very keen on Chelsea winger Victor Moses.

It seemed that after the positive summer tour and pre-season with Blues squad the Nigerian player would have stayed at Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea now signed Pedro and he’s got no many chances to be a regular in Mourinho’s side.

It’s understood that Moses will join West Ham on loan after other two loan spells at Liverpool and Stoke City in the past two seasons.

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Fiorentina manager Paolo Sousa has thanked Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho for opening the door for Portuguese coaches at Serie A.

New Fiorentina manager Sousa, who, like Jose Mourinho is Portuguese, has no doubt that Mourinho’s success with Inter, opened the Serie A for Portuguese trainers.

Sousa told Mediaset television :

“I’m grateful to Mourinho because he’s a great example,”

“He’s won everything and he opened the door for us Portuguese [coaches]. I always want to improve myself and I always try to take the best from others to improve what I’ve already got.”


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Jose Mourinho did not blame John Terry for receiving red card during yesterday’s clash against West Brom. Chelsea manager is convinced, that appealing the decision will be a waste of time.

The Portuguese coach has stated, that he doesn’t blame John Terry for being sent off on Sunday.

During the post match press conference Mourinho said :

“No (I don’t blame Terry).

“It’s a ball into space behind the full-back. The full-back is pressing high. The striker makes the movement and then Mr Clattenburg decides a red card.”

”I don’t want to make (anything of it). To speak about that, I have to speak about many other things in the game – some things you can see, others we can see. And so many things.”

“We have to train 11 against 10. We have to do it. It’s something we want to do in training. Today, we wanted to keep the result.”

Asked if Chelsea are about to appeal Terry’s red card he said :

“Normally. I think we should appeal, but normally it’s a waste of time.

“Matic against Burnley last year, Diego Costa against Liverpool, Courtois (in the season opening draw with Swansea)… it’s a waste of time.”

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Jose Mourinho has praised his new signing Pedro after Chelsea’s victory against West Bromwich Albion.

The Special One was so pleased with the debut of Pedro, that he compared the winger’s performance to Diego Maradona.

Mourinho told Chelsea TV :

He wasn’t quite Maradona but he was close,”

“He’s a very good player. There is always a question mark because of how many top players come to England and don’t perform immediately.”

“We have examples in our club and there are lots of examples at other clubs, so it’s very nice for him to come and straight away perform the way he did.”

“I expected him to perform like that because he had a good pre-season, and he played three competitive matches. He came with minutes, with intensity, so it was not a question of intensity and condition, it was a question of understanding.”

“We worked tactically every day since he arrived for him to try to understand the team and for the team to try to understand what he wants and needs. It was a very good performance.”


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After Chelsea’s first win of the Premier League season against West Brom earlier, we rate all of the players who featured in the 3-2 win at the Hawthorns. 

Courtois – 7: The returning Belgian saved the penalty after just 14 minutes – possibly saving the score, and maybe Chelsea’s start to the season. Let two good goals in, but like all the top players, he is always there when needed.

Ivanovic – 4.5: Very poor performance, especially in defence. Callum McManaman rang rings around the Serbian more than once – rumour has it contract talks are affecting his form. Either way, he needs to improve.

Terry – 5.5: A strong performance during the time he was on the pitch. Maybe a harsh second yellow card, but the foul was somewhat uncharacteristic.

Zouma – 6: The usual determination was present from the big Frenchman, but not at his best.

Azpilicueta – 6: Not the best defensively, but finished his goal well, which sealed Chelsea’s first three points of the season.

Matic – 6: Solid as always in the centre of the midfield, but not creating likehe did last season.

Fabregas – 6.5: The Spaniard’s form is improving, but he needed time find his passing.

Willian – 6.5: The usual hard work all over the final third. The Brazilian needs to work on his shooting, but was instrumental in the second goal.

Hazard – 6.5: Influential, and key in the build up to the goals. Also provided an important attacking outlet on the counter attack when Chelsea had 10 men.

Pedro – 8: The best man on the pitch by far he ran well, protected the ball, shot, scored, and grabbed an assist. Today the Spaniard’s showed why Mourinho wanted to sign him so desperately – only time will tell if it’s worth it.

Diego Costa – 7: A first goal of the season for the Spaniard – a decent performance to go with it. However, he must continue this if Chelsea are to retain the title.



Cahill – 5.5: Still very slow and far from his best form. He is at least determined was solid enough during his time on the pitch.

Falcao – 5: The Colombian hasn’t really had a chance to prove himself yet – he missed a good chance that came his way, but few strikers can make an impact in 12 minutes.

Obi Mikel – 6.5: Important in the last 10 minutes as Chelsea tried to seal out the game.



Mourinho – 6.5: Finally the first win ot the season and a determined performance to show for it. Fitness is improving, but this Chelsea is far from the magnificent team that dominated and won the Premier League last season, especially in the first four months.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that he was happy with the team performance after he saw his side narrowly overcome West Brom 3-2.

A debut goal from Pedro, as well as first half strikes from Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta, were enough to seal a first Premier League win of the season fo the Blues, despite a brace from West Brom’s James Morrison, who also had a penalty saved by the returning Thibaut Courtois early on.

Mourinho, however, said that despite making things difficult for themselves, his side deserved the win:

We deserved it.

“It was difficult but we deserved it.

“3-1 was short with 11 against 11, and with the chances we created, the space we found, and the way we attacked their defensive line.

‘Then with one player less – we are getting experience of that – we adapted well but they scored to make it 3-2. We had the best chances to score the next goal.

“I’m happy we controlled the game well, and I’m happy with the spirit because the players really wanted to win.”

The Portuguese also commented on the performance of new signing Pedro, who was good on the eye at the Hawthorns. The £22 million signing grabbed a goal and an assist on his Blues debut, and his new manager has only heaped on more praise, and encouragement:

He’s a very good player.

“There is always a question mark because of how many top players come to England and don’t perform immediately.

“We have examples in our club and there are lots of examples at other clubs, so it’s very nice for him to come and straight away perform the way he did.

“I expected him to perform like that because he had a good pre-season, and he played three competitive matches. He came with minutes, with intensity, so it was not a question of intensity and condition, it was a question of understanding.

“We worked tactically every day since he arrived for him to try understand the team and for the team to try to understand what he wants and needs. It was a very good performance.”

John Terry was however dismissed my referee Mark Clattenburg for bringing down Salomon Rondon, which capped off a somewhat misrable week for the Blues captain after he substituted against Manchester City last week.

But Mourinho has said the red card is irrelevant as he pushes on with the season:

I prefer to focus on us.

“To speak about the sending off I have to speak about many other things in the game – some you can see, others we can see, so many things.

“I have to do what is in my hands which is to train. We have to train 10 against 11. We have done it a couple of times already in Canada.

“We have to do it more because we have to know what to do with 10 men when you are winning, or losing, or chasing a result.

The difference between today and Swansea was exactly that. Against Swansea we had 10 and we wanted to change the result, and today we had 10 and we wanted to keep the result.

“We must have clear ideas about it so it’s something we have to do in training, and that is the only thing in our hands.”

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Chelsea secured their first win of the Premier League season with a 2-3 win over West Brom. 

The champions suffered in the first twenty minutes of the game, during which the Baggies dominated, and indeed missed a penalty after 14 minutes. Nemanja Matic brought down the lively Callum McManaman, but James Morrison could only shoot straight at Thibaut Courtois.

But the game soon changed when, after combining with Eden Hazard on the she of the box, Pedro struck his first goal in a Chelsea shirt, despite the shot taking a deflection.

From that moment on Jose Mourinho’s side dominated, and the Blues doubled their lead soon after. Cesar Azpilicueta set Willian away, and after an excellent pass to Pedro, the ex-Barcelona striker tried to shoot. The ball ran across the face of goal to Diego Costa, who made no mistake in scoring his first goal this season.

With the visitors cruising, after six James Morrison pulled one back for the Baggies with a great shot after a superb acrobatic assist by Salomon Rondon.

But, Chelsea’s reacted and two minutes before half time, Azpilicueta scored to make it 1-3 after latching on to a loose ball.

Despite the game seemingly being under control, ten minutes into the second half, Chelsea captain John Terry was sent off for a second yellow card.

Mourinho replaced Willian with Gary Cahill, but with ten men Chelsea started to feel the pressure, as West Brom became more confident. Just two minute after Terry left the pitch, Morrison bagged his second goal with a wonderful header.

Chelsea became more defensive, trying to exploit Hazard, Pedro and Diego Costa’s qualities on the counter attack.

Both Costa and McManaman missed chances as the game drew to a close, as well as Radamel Falcao, who replaced Costa late on.

However, the Blues held on to seal their first win this season.



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Mourinho Pulis West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea

Ahead of the difficult away game at WBA Chelsea boss José Mourinho spoke about Blues next rivals to Chelsea TV.

The Portuguese manager considers West Brom a very good organised opponent and got a lot of respect for their manager, Tony Pulis:

They are well organised and they know how to defend They are very physical, with normally no mistakes in relation to concentration. I believe they work very well during the week.

They have players with attacking quality who can go outside of the normal tendency of the game. When they are very defensive and everybody thinks they are playing for a draw, they always have somebody who can bring something and score a goal. They are always very strong in set-pieces, defensively and attacking.

I have just played against Tony in the last two years, but even when I was not in the country I know the way his teams played and what is important to him – the kind of players he signs.

I see him as a top professional with clear ideas that always reach the objectives the club established. I think I understand clearly what he wants and what he wants gives him the results he expects“.

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Chelsea boss José Mourinho explained to the club official website why he signed left-back Baba Rahman from Augsburg and what his skills are:

He’s our pure left-back, because Azpi is an adaptation.

“He’s left-footed, a left-back, the offensive one, the one that has a cross, has a pass, and likes to go forward. I would say he’s a younger Filipe Luis. Filipe Luis is a good player, that’s why he plays for Atletico and for the Brazil national team. Baba is a young Filipe – Filipe is 30, Baba is 21.


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Jose Mourinho remains calm despite Chelsea’s worst start to a Premier League season in 17 years.  Portuguese coach knows that his team must improve, and he knows how to do it.

On the day before the game against West Brom, after a disappointing start to the season, Chelsea players remain calm and concentrated, says Mourinho. The Special One is convinced, that feeling of dissatisfaction which now accompanies the players, will help them to play better.

Mourinho said :

“Do we have to improve? Obviously. Always,”

“We are calm, not happy, but calm. We need that. We need to be unhappy because that feeling makes you work better, better than ever when the results are not good and to be calm is very, very important too.”

Portuguese coach has previously spoken of working with 22 players, while Pedro’s arrival increased the number to 23. But the Special One  calms everyone that this does not mean that anybody  would leave Stamford Bridge :

“It’s not a compulsory thing. I can perfectly have one more player than is normal for us,”

“One more option for me is not a problem. You have injuries, you have suspensions, different competitions to play.

“Hopefully we can progress in the domestic cups too and there are lots of matches to play.

“If you have one more winger in the group, it can be a problem for the wingers not getting the playing time they want, but for me it’s not a problem.”


On this day 20 years ago Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola scored his first goal with the Blues. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8xxDKvgCvA "I remember the goal well, I would say it...