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Legendary Arsenal player Martin Keown says, that Saturday clash between Chelsea and Arsenal will be vital for both teams. Jose Mourinho must win to return to the Premier League race while Wenger needs to forget about the shocking defeat against Dinamo Zagreb.

Former Arsenal midfielder has no doubts, that both teams will do everything possible to win Saturday’s clash at Stamford Bridge. As both teams are yet to find their best form this season.

Keown told Daily Mail :

”Both teams’ confidence is brittle going into this,”

“Chelsea will feel that they are bouncing back – suddenly this has become a different game for Arsenal.”

“It’s then how they apply themselves. They got a drubbing in early kick-offs at Anfield and Chelsea, and there can’t be any hangover even though they’ll come back late from Zagreb.”

“Mourinho’s team will start like a house on fire. Victory rescues their season. ”

“Arsenal don’t want Mourinho talking afterwards about how special he is again and how Arsenal have failed again.”

“Wenger needs to create that urgency that their season hinges on this match.”


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Chelsea have begun the search for Branislav Ivanovic’s replacement,reveals Daily Mail.

According to the paper, Jose Mourinho has instructed the scouts to create a list of potential right back signings.

Ivanovic contract with Chelsea expires at the end of the season and there are many indications that it will not be extended.

The Serbia international was benched by the Portuguese coach during yesterday’s clash against Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Also his performance during Saturday’s clash against Arsenal is doubtful.



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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is convinced, that after Maccabi Tel-Aviv victory yesterday, the Blues can now take that form into the league campaign.

The Spanish player scored the fourth goal in the 4-0 in yesterday’s victory and had a big hand in the third one. He admitted that he is aware of the importance of the victory for the team spirit. But,he revealed, that Jose Mourinho has warned everybody in the dressing room, that Champions League have nothing to do with their Premier League performances.

Fabregas told Chelsea official website :

‘‘He said this is a different competition, nothing to do with the Premier League so we just have to focus on it, and we want to be first in the group,’’

‘‘This was a vital win, a top performance from start to end and we need Chelsea to play like this week in and week out. Hopefully it is the start of a long run for us to put smiles back on our faces and get the confidence back.”

‘‘I believe in myself more than anyone. Everyone has their doubts when you are not playing well and you don’t get the results you want but I have been playing too long to worry about stuff that is not important. What is important is my form, getting that good and to be confident.”

‘‘My confidence is always high, that is not a problem, but sometimes things don’t go well for you for many reasons, but as soon as we realise like we did in this game that we are a fantastic football team, we can compete against the top teams. We won a lot last year and we have to show it this year.”

‘‘Against Maccabi Tel Aviv we put high pressure and high intensity on and we pressed higher up the field, and that is how it is in modern football. It was a good performance, a clean sheet, a lot of goals and good football so I am happy.’’

The Spaniard turned his thoughts to the next game against Arsenal on Saturday :

‘‘We didn’t start the season well and when you see Chelsea so far down the table you have to check twice to make sure this is happening. We have a big game again on Saturday so we must not rest and enjoy this week’s win, we just want to get another win and then we will see what happens.”

‘‘We just have to win. It is a London derby, we know Arsenal are a quality team, they play top football and it will be tough but we want to win and we can achieve that on Saturday.’’


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Chelsea was the only English team to win in the Champions League debut, 4-0 with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Meanwhile, Arsenal lost 2-1 in Croatia to Dinamo, Manchester City lost at home 2-1 with Juventus and Manchester United lost 2-1 at Eindhoven with PSV.

Chelsea manager José Mourinho is not happy about this situation:

It’s bad news for English football,“he stated.

I’m not happy with that. I want Man City, Man United and Arsenal to lose in the Premier League – not in the Champions League.

Keeping bad scores in the European competitions – where the Premier League already lost two teams in the Europa League, West Ham and Southampton- could cause a worse position in the UEFA ranking for England, with the risk of losing a Champions League spot, from four to three.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

José Mourinho was more relaxed and relieved after last night victory in the Champions League group against Maccabi.

Chelsea was in a bad run, with the last ( and only) win of the the season almost a month ago against WBA:

I forgot the feeling. For so long we don’t win a game, so good, a good feeling,” the Special One said.

I am a fantastic manager when I win matches and I am a fantastic manager when I lose matches.

The same way I was not in hell with bad results, I am not in heaven we won a game.”

On Chelsea fans singing his name before and during the match, he stated:


I prefer that than they say ‘Mourinho out’ and they boo me and so on,” he continued.

It shows they don’t read papers or they don’t have short memories. If they don’t read papers they support me. If they don’t have short memories, they support me.

We won four Premier Leagues, three with him and one with his team. This guy is not bad. Let’s support the guy. We have a chance to win the fifth.”

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Willian © Francesca Ceciarini

The victory against Maccabi Tel Aviv brought relief and happines to Chelsea and his fans and was one good news in this tormented start of the season.

But also tonight not everything was smooth, and there are two bad news for the Blues and his supporters ahead of Arsenal derby next Saturday: Willian and Pedro will miss the match, and Oscar is also a doubt, as José Mourinho revealed after the game with the Israeli side:

I will start thinking about it tomorrow. Everything was on Maccabi. Tomorrow I will watch Arsenal, and I will try to understand how my players are – how Oscar is, Willian is out for sure, I think Pedro is out for sure – so let’s see. I prefer problems because players had good performances than problems because the performances were not good“.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was relieved after the win against Maccabi Tel Aviv © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager José Mourinho spoke to the media in the press room after the victory against Maccabi Tel Aviv.

The Portuguese coach was relieved after the three points in the Champions League game:

We hadn’t won a game for so long so it’s a good feeling.

The penalty we missed was a big test for us because when everything has gone against you – red cards, penalties against you, decisions, bad luck, injuries – and you start a game you have to win and after five minutes miss a penalty, it’s a great test of the character of the players and the team. It was good we had an extra negative episode and the reaction was very good.

The team had a big determination to be a bit different and to show a different state of mind. I’m happy with the performance and the result.


The team was more aggressive with and without the ball. The pressing was much stronger. The lines were closer together. There was a very good reaction when we lost the ball to try to recover it immediately; to try to force the mistake in the opponent instead of waiting for their mistakes.

We moved the ball very well. Fabregas and Loftus-Cheek gave speed to the team. The ball was quickly leaving defensive areas and reaching attacking players. We played well. I know we didn’t beat Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich but we beat a team that arrived here having deserved to beat Basel and coming here to make it difficult for us. It was not difficult because we played so well.’

Mourinho was asked if the victory meant more than simply three Champions League points:

I can imagine how difficult it would be for for all of us to wake up tomorrow after a defeat, to go to Cobham to train again after a defeat, two days before a derby against Arsenal – so the victory is very important.

Also the last two seasons we didn’t start well in the Champions League at home. We put ourselves in a situation where we had to win points away. In this moment these three points plus Porto’s draw with Dynamo gives us a good situation.’

Ruben Loftus-Cheek started tonight and impressed in the midfield:

He played very well which is very good for us. He is in conditions to compete with the other players for opportunities and minutes, but he is having minutes. He is potentially a very good player but you have to feed these young players and choose the right moment. The reality is his evolution is important and good“.


Chelsea fans sang the manager’s name many time tonight, but Mourinho prefers the team to be supported:

First of all it’s more important they support the players like they did. I’m happy when they sing ‘Chelsea’, ‘we know what we are, champions of England’ and I prefer when they sing the players’ names.

I am not waiting for that kind of support [towards me] but obviously it’s welcome. I prefer that to them booing me. It shows me they don’t read papers or they don’t have short memories.

Arsenal is next opponent of the Blues, on Saturday:

I will start thinking about it tomorrow. Everything was on Maccabi. Tomorrow I will watch Arsenal, and I will try to understand how my players are – how Oscar is, Willian is out for sure, I think Pedro is out for sure – so let’s see. I prefer problems because players had good performances than problems because the performances were not good“.

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José Mourinho spoke to the Italian tv just after the game with Maccabi Tel Aviv:

“I’m happy for the score and the result. Our bad start? Well, many people have been waiting for this for years, for me it’s not normal to start with 3 defeats, so many people were happy.

“If I did watch the Milan derby that Inter won? No, I couldn’t. But I’m happy if Inter win and can go back to win trophies, of course I’m happy because I’m an Interista and I don’t forget anything”.

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Begovic 6- Very little to do but managed his area well when needed.

Azpilicueta 7- Played well on his wing and was only beaten once in the last few minutes.

Zouma 7- Made a couple pf very good tackles when Maccabi threatened to break away.

Cahill 7- Captained the team in the absence of Terry and did a good job, with the exception of the poor marking in the first half.

Rahman 7- A very good debut, has potential.

Fabregas 6- A few moments of returning back to last season’s form, made a very good pass for the third goal and scored the fourth.

Loftus-Cheek 7.5- Very good, shows strength going forward and a willingness to get back as well.

Willian 5- Scored from a lucky free-kick but went off injured mid way through first half.

Oscar 6- Took a good penalty and generally played well.

Hazard 5- Still not the player of last season and took an awful penalty early on. Did improve and will have to soon.

Remy 7- Led the line well, unfortunate not to score.


Costa 7.5- Scored a very good goal and appears to be getting back to form.

Ramires 6- Brought on for Oscar and did well.

Traore 6- Brought on late but almost scored,


Jose Mourinho 7- Started with a few fringe players and was right to do so.


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