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The Brazilian winger Willian, has assured everyone that he and Jose Mourinho have great respect for each other.

Pedro arrival at Stamford Bridge has led to speculation that, Willian was offered to PSG and Bayern Munich. But Willian transfer did not take place, and what is more, he has ensured everybody, that Jose Mourinho has a lot of respect to him.

Willian told Four Four Two :

“We have a great relationship. He has always respected me, and I truly respect him. It is a professional relationship of two guys with the same goal.”

“I know I’ve got my tactical responsibilities at Chelsea – I must close spaces and help with marking,”

“But I don’t really mind doing it. This is something you must do in modern football. Every single player has his defensive role to play. I also have freedom to attack and I try to give my contribution offensively.”


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Alex Telles has been all the summer on José Mourinho‘s notebook in the defenders’ list but, at the end, the Brazilian defender labelled as the “New Roberto Carlos” joined Inter from Galatasaray last night, in the deadline day of Italian transfer window.

Telles plays mostly as a left-back, a role where Chelsea signed Baba Rahman two weeks ago, but after the bad start of the team, the Blues are trying to revamp their squad, especially the defense, and Telles was one of their targets.

The Brazilian talent, 22, will join Inter on two-seasons-long loan, at the end of which the Italian club have an option for a permanent signing.

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Eden Hazard won the Player of the Year Award last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Belgian talent Eden Hazad was Premier League Player of the Year in the last season and there is no doubt Chelsea benefited a lot from his performances in the conquest of the title and of the Capital One Cup.

But this campaign the Little Belgian Wizard still has still to ignite his gunpowder and was one of the worst players of the Blues in this horrible start of the season.

Chelsea manager José Mourinho teased his star to try to inflame him and get better performances in the next games:

If you are the best player in the league, I think it should be a good responsibility to have a similar season than in the previous season.

“I don’t want to analyse individual performances. In general terms, it is difficult to have a consistent performance when some of the players are not performing at a good level.

“When you have six or seven performing and three or four who are not at an acceptable level, it is hard for a team to be consistent in the performance“.

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Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah is very close to join SS Napoli on loan.

The U21 defensive midfielder travelled to Italy last night to undergo the medical and sign his new contract today, before the transfer window shuts tonight ( only in England it will close tomorrow, because of Bank Holiday).

Chalobah, 20, will become the 27th Chelsea player to leave the club on loan this summer. The decision was taken after Ruben Loftus-Cheek made his way to first team squad, gaining the confidence of manager José Mourinho.

He faces an uncertain future having not made an appearance for the first team in the Premier League.


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After the really poor start of the season Chelsea need to raise up again and manager José Mourinho thinks that some young talents can help the Blues to restore the level of the past campaign, the one of the fifth Premier League title.

Speaking to the club official website, Mourinho said about the talented youngsters in his squad:

This is about the young players working and coming in and using the opportunities they have to improve and show their qualities.

I have beautiful young eggs in Kenedy, in Ruben [Loftus Cheek] and in Zouma. If you look at the game all of these young eggs did well. Zouma- great personality, great game. Kenedy changed the game and gave a different intensity and a different quality. Ruben was fine too.

I’m not saying they are ready and they can be consistent and play every game. I am saying these young guys have good talent. Zouma with the experience of the last season has reached a fantastic level for a 20-year-old. Kenedy and Ruben, these kinds of boys, are players with very good talent.

Before heading off to Liverpool to face Everton in two weeks, José Mourinho won’t have the chance to deeply work on his squad, since many of players will join their national teams and will go back to Cobham in the middle of the next week, so for the Portuguese manager won’t be easy to work on what went wrong in these first game of the season that gave Chelsea just four points:

I can tell you in general terms it’s difficult for a team to have a consistent performance when some of the players are not performing at a good level. You could clearly identify two or three players who could do better, and this is what we have to do.

If you ask me if I’m going to accept this, cross my arms, sit in a nice chair and wait calmly for the performance level to be back – no [I am not]. I have to work, I have to react, I have to analyse, and if I feel the players are not in conditions to react and give more, I have to make changes.

It is not about being loyal or not loyal, it is for me to analyse if they are ready to give an answer and try to fight against that bad individual form or not“.

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Radamel Falcao scored yesterday his first goal with Chelsea shirt but, unfortunately, this was not enough to avoid the Blues the home defeat against Crystal Palace, as Joel Ward netted the winner just three minutes after his fantastic header that had set the score on 1-1.

The Colombian striker, even if disappointed for the result, spoke to Chelsea TV after the game, revealing that now the team will do everything possible to improve the performances:

We’re disappointed with this result, we could win this match but it was not possible, now we have to look ahead to improve.

I’m pleased to have scored my first goal with Chelsea: it was a very good header, I scored a lot of goals this way but this is special, because it was my first goal with the team.

Yes, I think that I can have again a great partnership with Diego Costa after our Atletico Madrid’s experience, he’s a very clever striker, we’ve already played together so we know each other, and I hope to play with him in the future.

What do we have to improve before Everton’s game in two weeks? I think the manager and us will speak in the dressing room to see what we have to improve“.

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José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

It seems like Chelsea manager José Mourinho will go out for dinner tonight, probably with his family, as he take the chance do dine out more often when his team lose, as he revealed yesterday speaking to the press:

When you ask me about dinner, I’m more the opposite. If I lose, I go out. More that than if I win. I don’t go out there. I have four or five restaurants where I go,” admitted the Portuguese manager.

It’s like a family thing. I don’t have to hide myself because I’ve lost a match, to make my family more sad than what they are because you lose, and stay at home because we lose.

When people do their best, like I always try, and you lose you don’t have to hide.

Sometimes I walk to a restaurant close to the stadium. Like, the game can finish at 5pm and I can be walking there at 7.30pm and still people are in the bars and the streets.

Mourinho’s 100th game at the Bridge was ruined by the defeat: of course, he stated this would have been special just in case of a victory, but it was Crystal Palace who took the three points home:

“It’s a nice record only if I win,” he said yesterday

At this moment, it’s only game 100 that means something. The other 99 don’t mean anything. Tomorrow, if I don’t win, I’m not happy. It’s only fantastic if I win against Crystal Palace.

So, not happy Mourinho will go out for dinner tonight trying to get over the defeat: maybe the international break will help the Chelsea manager to improve the team, that had an horror start this season, getting just one win of five games, Community Shield included.

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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 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.


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.


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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