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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.”

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Jose Mourinho has said, that a 60-second phone conversation was all that was required to convince Pedro to join Chelsea.

According to Mourinho, his conversation with Pedro proceeded in this way :

Mourinho: Is it true that you want to leave Barcelona?

Pedro: Yes, it’s true. I love it here. It’s my home, but it’s time for me to move.

Mourinho: Did you sign already for another club?

Pedro: Almost, but not yet

Mourinho : Do you want to come here?

Pedro: Yes, I want

Mourinho : I told people in the club ‘it’s over to you

There’s nothing like the gift of persuasion.

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Jose Mourinho has no doubts, that Chealse have made the right decision in selling Kevin De Bruyne.

De Bruyne was sold to Wolfsburg from Chelsea in 2014 for  £16.7 million and surprisingly he started to play great in the Bundesliga. He has made such a great performances, that his international value rocketed. And just yesterday, he joined Manchester City for £50.4 million. Three times as many as Wolfsburg Chelsea paid for him.

However, Jose Mourinho who was criticized for selling de Bruyne, believes that, that time he made the right decision. 

Mourinho said :

”With De Bruyne, if you have a player knocking on your door and crying every day he wants to leave, you have to make a decision,”

“At that time, Chelsea did well. If De Bruyne stayed here, not happy and not motivated, and we’d sold him after a year, we’d have got less — 50 percent less than what we sold him for. So we sold him. At that moment, it was very good business.”

“If somebody comes and pays for him what somebody would pay for [Lionel] Messi or Cristiano [Ronaldo], it looks from the eyes of the world that it’s bad business from us.”

“But, if he was at Chelsea and not at Wolfsburg, he wouldn’t have reached this level. It was like a wall, a block. He was not ready to compete. He was an upset kid, training very bad.”

“He always said he had trained well in his life, but he needs motivation to train well by playing every game. Andre Schurrle was a bit the same.”

The Special One has revealed, that he decided to let de Bruyne, so he could  focus on Eden Hazard development:

“If you think it [De Bruyne’s sale] is my mistake, then it’s my mistake that Eden Hazard is worth more than £100 million,”

“What I cannot do is bring us up to a certain level and then not play him. If I don’t play Hazard and play De Bruyne or Andre Schurrle, they would have been playing for Chelsea, but Hazard wouldn’t.”


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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

A winner like Chelsea boss José Mourinho cannot be happy with the Blues horror start of the season and, of course, he admitted it.

After claiming he’s particularly unhappy with seven of his stars, he revealed that he’s unhappy with himself, that is the first one to be out of form, so he hits the gym every day to be fitter and get more concentration:

“For me the first thing is I’m not happy with my form, because I used to get better results than I’m getting. This is the start of everything.

“This week, we are more active in training, we are watching more videos, working harder. I go to the gym every day now to get fitter. Maybe I need more action on the touchline, so I need to be fitter.

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

José Mourinho revealed that he’s unhappy with seven Chelsea stars after the horror season starting.

While speaking to the press, the Special One declared:

We have one point from two matches. I’m not happy at all.

“I’m not happy with anyone. I’m not happy with [Branislav] Ivanovic‘s form, [Gary] Cahill, John [Terry], Azpi [Cesar Azpilicueta], Eden [Hazard], [Cesc] Fabregas, [Nemanja] Matic.

Mourinho admitted that he’s the first one to be disappointed by his own form, and stated that he goes to the gym every day now to improve himself:

But, for me, the first thing is I’m not happy with my form, because I used to get better results than I’m getting. This is the start of everything.

“This week, we are more active in training, we are watching more videos, working harder. I go to the gym every day now to get fitter. Maybe I need more action on the touchline, so I need to be fitter.

Mourinho also admitted that he will try more tactical solutions more often:

“When you have strikers like we have, why not play with two strikers?

“When you have fast people like Zouma, Azpilicueta, why not play with three defenders? And now we are having time to do that because we have a week between games, so we are thinking about that.


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