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Thibaus Courtois has hailed the impact Pedro has had on Chelsea since arriving from Barcelona, and insists the Spaniard gives the team’s other forwards more freedom. 

Pedro joined Chelsea after a move to Manchester United fell through for numerous reasons. He made his debut against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday where he scored one goal and set up another as the Champions earned their first win of the season.

His speed and skill were clear to see, and Belgian Courtois thinks it is his countryman and last season’s Player of the Year Eden Hazard who will benefit most from Pedro’s presence in the team, citing the greater creative freedom Hazard will get with defenders having to focus on his new team mate.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Courtois said this:

“Now we have Pedro, the defenders can’t just stay with Eden because they will know the other side is free for him to exploit, as well as for players like Willian and our top strikers, too.

“So Pedro’s arrival is good for us because defenders will now have to think more about where and who they are going to press. That should mean there will always be a man free on the other side.”


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José Mourinho has another time a dig at his all time rival Rafa Benitez, now Real Madrid manager, who was in charge of Chelsea before his return in 2013.

The Blues were knocked out from Champions League as champions at group stage in December 2012 and in May 2013, just days before Mourinho was appointed again as Chelsea manager, won the Europa League in Amsterdam beating Benfica 2-1 at last minute with an Ivanovic‘s goal:

When I returned, I felt the experience of Chelsea playing Europa League was not good,” revealed Mourinho while speaking to BT Sports for a documentary on him.

The Europa League is a different competition [from the Champions League], the Europa League is a different level of competition for a different level of player and a different level of club.”

It is not good for a big club to go there and win it. It is better for the evolution of the players and for the evolution of the team to be in the Champions League. Even if you are not successful, even if you do not win it, it is better to be in the Champions League.

This is what I want to keep giving to my players and obviously we are completely open, we are good enough to, one season, to win it. I think the Champions League gives us a different thing to the Premier League. The Premier League is our competition and the Champions League is a competition that belongs to many different cultures.

Mourinho, who won the Champions League twice with Porto and Inter, also rejected allusions that he was a defensive coach, pointing to his record at Real Madrid and his first spell at Chelsea:

“The best team in the history of La Liga: Real Madrid – 100 points, 126 goals, the team with more victories, more points, more goals. Manager? The defensive Jose Mourinho,” he stressed.

Premier League, record of points? Chelsea football club 2005/06. Manager? The defensive Jose Mourinho. There is something that is not right.

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Everton legend Andy Gray thinks that, if John Stones will join Chelsea, he can soon be a regular for the Blues first team and won’t move to Stamford Bridge to be a substitute:

It’s tough. As an Evertonian, I obviously don’t want him to go, I’d rather he stayed at Everton for another couple of years. But it’s really difficult for him,” he claimed speaking to TALKsport.

He’s been very quiet, he’s gone on and played, he’s done the right thing and gone about it really well.

But now with the transfer request, all that does is just tell everybody that he would like Everton to take the offer, if it’s acceptable, and he would like to move on.

Of course I would like him to stay, but I really do understand that the young lad has an opportunity to play for Chelsea.

But I don’t agree that he might spend the next two years on the bench, I don’t think that will happen. I think he’s good enough to force his way into that team sooner rather than later.”

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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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