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Chelsea have been beaten 3-0 by Manchester City in a game that they were thoroughly outclassed for the main part, and one which has brought into serious question their ability to defend the Premiership title.

The game started brightly for City; the home side created the first chance after only a few seconds where Silva was able to play in Aguero who turned away from Terry and found himself clear on goal but unable to finish past Begovic who made a good save down low.

The quick start from Pellegrini’s side didn’t appear to fluster Chelsea much and the Blues were happy to venture forward with Willian and Hazard seeing most of the ball in City’s half. Their first foray into the penalty box resulted in a penalty appeal in the sixth minute when Costa was felled but it was unclear whether it was from the trailing leg of Mangala or the already on the floor Ramires. Costa was convinced it was the former.

It was still the home side that by and large took the initiative, and whose attacks appeared the more likely to result in a goal. Begovic was forced to make another good save down low when Aguero turned quickly in the penalty area, and then again a minute later when Navas found him in the same position. Chelsea’s play was too narrow and City were time and again finding space on the wings.

The champions were able to create half a chance of their own when Hazard fired in a cross on the half volley which one wishes Costa had connected with instead of Matic- the header went over the bar- before Aguero missed his fourth chance in 20 minutes when failed to convert a left side cross from close range.

They paid the price, however, for their fecklessness in defence and Aguero got his goal at the fifth attempt from a similar position that he had missed two others from, turning Cahill left and right before finishing low into the left hand corner of the goal. It is perhaps ironic that the goal came in a time when Chelsea were coming into the game for the first time, after they had prolonged periods of possession.

That being said, there is no doubt that Jose Mourinho’s team deserve to be a goal down, and could possibly deserve to have conceded a few more. Mangala missed a good chance shortly before half-time when he didn’t connect to a free-kick from the right, something that Cahill took a knock to the face for from Begovic as the ‘keeper came out to clear it.

Chelsea were down to nine men briefly when Fernandihno should have been sent off for elbowing Costa in the side of the head, but they were able to get to half-time without conceding any more.They appeared timid by their opponents attacks and had little to offer in return.

The second half began in a similar vein- Sterling made a smart run down the left and forced the foul from Ivanovic, but nothing came from the free-kick. Ramires had a goal disallowed in the fiftieth minute for Chelsea when City stepped up to catch the Brazil international has he finished beyond Joe Hart, but following the opening brightness from City it was Chelsea that were applying the pressure early in the second half.

A cross from Ivanovic hovered invitingly in front of Hart but Costa was unable to attack and stay onside, City responded with a Toure shot from the edge of the box that was saved by Begovic but they weren’t cutting open the defence as they did in the first half. Kurt Zouma, who had come on at half-time, gave more cover and extra speed where it was desperately needed. Azpilicueta was went forward more readily, and Chelsea’s best chance of the game came with 20 minutes left as they counter-attacked 3-on-3, Hazard playing the ball to Costa who played it back but the Belgian couldn’t finish from inside the penalty area.

It was the pivotal moment of the half and Chelsea were led to regret it when Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany drifted ahead of any marker and headed a corner from David Silva past Begovic to double their lead.

Chelsea’s misery was compounded further with four minutes left as Fernandinho, incorrectly left on the pitch from the first half, fired past Begovic when Chelsea failed to clear. The game drifted away in the last few minutes, Costa hit the post in stoppage time but couldn’t find a consolation. Despite the sporadic moments of pressure Chelsea were never likely to get anything from the game. The season is only eight days old, yet the Premiership title appears to be getting away from Chelsea already.

 

 

Chelsea :

Asmir Begović; Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, Terry (c), Cesar Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Cesc Fàbregas, Eden Hazard; Diego Costa.

Subs: Blackman, Kurt Zouma, Mikel, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Juan Cuadrado, Falcao, Remy.

Manchester City :

Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Aguero

Subs: Caballero, Zabaleta, Clichy, Nasri, Demichelis, Bony, Iheanacho

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Attendance: 54,331

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Chelsea are 1-0 down at the Etihad Stadium in their top of the table clash against Manchester City.

The game started brightly for City, and the home side created the first chance after only a few seconds where Silva was able to play in Aguero who turned away from Terry and found himself clear on goal but unable to finish past Begovic who made a good save down low.

The quick start from Pellegrini’s side didn’t appear to fluster Chelsea much and they were happy to venture forward with Willian and Hazard seeing most of the ball in City’s half. Their first foray into the penalty box resulted in a penalty appeal in the sixth minute when Costa was felled but it was unclear whether it was from the trailing leg of Mangala or the already on the floor Ramires. Costa was convinced it was the former.

It was still the home side that by and large took the initiative, and whose attacks appeared the more likely to result in a goal. Begovic was forced to make another good save down low when Aguero turned quickly in the penalty area, and then again a minute later when Navas found him in the same position. Chelsea’s play was too narrow and City were time and again finding space on the wings.

The champions were able to create half a chance of their own when Hazard fired in a cross on the half volley which one wishes Costa had connected with instead of Matic- the header went over the bar- before Aguero missed his fourth chance in 20 minutes when failed to convert a left side cross from close range.

They paid the price, however, for their fecklessness in defence and Aguero got his goal at the fifth attempt from a similar position that he had missed two others from, turning Cahill left and right before finishing low into the left hand corner of the goal. It is perhaps ironic that the goal came in a time when Chelsea were coming into the game for the first time, after they had prolonged periods of possession.

That being said, there is no doubt that Jose Mourinho’s team deserve to be a goal down, and could possibly deserve to have conceded a few more. Mangala missed a good chance shortly before half-time when he didn’t connect to a free-kick from the right, something that Cahill took a knock to the face for from Begovic as the ‘keeper came out to clear it.

Chelsea were down to nine men briefly when Fernandihno should have been sent off for elbowing Costa in the side of the head, but they were able to get to half-time without conceding any more.Vast improvements are needed if they are going to get back into this game. They have appeared timid by their opponents attacks and have little to offer in return.

 

 

 

 

Chelsea :

Asmir Begović; Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, Terry (c), Cesar Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Cesc Fàbregas, Eden Hazard; Diego Costa.

Subs: Blackman, Kurt Zouma, Mikel, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Juan Cuadrado, Falcao, Remy.

Manchester City :

Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Aguero

Subs: Caballero, Zabaleta, Clichy, Nasri, Demichelis, Bony, Iheanacho

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Jose Mourinho has stated, that the key to victory in today’s clash against Manchester City is to make the Citizens think and feel that they have to defend.

The Portuguese coach wants his team to be focused mainly on defence.

Mourinho told Chelsea TV :

”Well I want to go for a pragmatic way and say that when they have the ball we have to defend very very well because if we don’t we will conceed lots of goals because they are very strong.”

”But i want the team, when has the ball to play exactly the same way that we normally do without any kind of limitiation without any kind of a controlled idea.”

”When they have the ball we have to defend. When we have the ball they have to defend and we must be able to make them think and feel that they have to defend.”

 

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Jose Mourinho has claimed that his assistant, Rui Faria can one day replace him at Stamford Bridge.

Faria and Mourinho cooperate with each other for 15 years. The Portuguese first team coach assistant joined the Special One on the coaching staff at Uniao de Leiria in 2000. Since that time, the Portuguese duo have won numerous silverware in different countries.

They have worked together at Porto, Chelsea ( 2004-2007), Inter, Real and now they are back at Stamford Bridge.The Special One is convinced, that only Faria will be able to replace him at Chelsea. He has adapted to Mourinho’s way of coaching and the Portuguese manager see a lot of similarities between them.

Mourinho said :

“I don’t want to put them all in the same dimension and when I, if one day I have to speak about disciples, the real one is the one that is with me since 2000,”

“The one that has more potential than any other one, the one that if he wants to become a manager tomorrow he is more than ready to do it at the highest level but is the one that simply is enjoying so much to be where he is that doesn’t have that feeling.”

“But if one day I have to choose my successor, if you want to use that, the one that I really feel thinks like me, is adapted to my way of lead, he’s adapted to my way of coaching, he’s the one with more similarities with me even in some traces of personality, is my assistant, Rui Faria.”

There is one thing that perfectly describes their cooperation, namely the fact that Mourinho and Faria have not gone a full season or a calendar year without winning at least one trophy.

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was surprisingly offered a two year contract extension recently and Chelsea boss José Mourinho was asked if he was surprised about this new deal.

In his answer the Portuguese he seemingly used to have a dig at his rival Arsene Wenger.

Why? Some other clubs, they have disappointed for 15 years and the manager is the same”.

Another attack fired to the Arsenal manager, bad blood is still running between them.

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José Mourinho© Francesca Ceciarini

With two weeks to go to the closing of the transfer window, Chelsea boss José Mourinho explained to the club website how the market works and how teams try to fill the gap with the champions to challenge them:

When you win it once it’s more difficult to win it twice. Why has no team won the Champions League twice in a row? If you win the title in a country where you are almost lonely (at the top), or the opposition doesn’t reach the same level, you win it once, twice, three times, four times, no problem. You do it because the other teams have no conditions to react to that.

If you win the Champions League, how many teams can react to the fact they didn’t win it? A lot of them can react. In the Premier League, if you win the title, how many teams are in a position to react to that? A lot of them can.

If you go to Germany, how many teams are powerful enough to react to Bayern Munich’s dominance? They won three in a row and they will probably win it a fourth time. In France, how many teams can react to Paris Saint-Germain’s power?

“Here, Man City won the league (in 2014), so Chelsea weren’t happy, Man United weren’t happy, Arsenal weren’t happy and Liverpool weren’t happy. Chelsea brought in Diego Costa, Fabregas and Thibaut Courtois. Arsenal bought Alexis Sanchez.

Last season, Chelsea were champions so the first thing Man City do in the summer is buy [Raheem] Sterling. If they were champions they probably wouldn’t have attacked the market in the same way. So, here and in the Champions League teams react, and because teams react it’s more difficult to be champions.

Mourinho hasn’t ruled out Chelsea to go on the market again to sign a couple of players but, if this won’t be possible, he expects his team to improve:

My players and my team will improve for sure. If we don’t have an improvement based on a couple of players, I still believe in the improvement of my players.

“If, on top of that, we have one new player or two new players, we welcome them and we can be better. It’s a possibility, the market is still open. One defender comes for sure and apart from that, maybe, maybe not.

“In pre-season I said if we are not buying a lot, the way to compete against the improvement of other teams is to be better. Every one of us has to give more“.

 

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Chelsea’s match against Manchester City this afternoon will be laden with world class footballers, as well as two managers that have achieved so much in the game.

While it won’t decide which team will win the Premiership title, today’s game will be significant as whichever team wins will most likely carry the momentum for the first half of the season. Such is the abundance of class on offer it is almost easy to forget the inevitable tactical side, as well as the individual battles all over the pitch that will ultimately decide the outcome.

Below are three huge clashes all over the pitch that will decide which team in blue has the advantage at 6pm this evening.

Costa vs Kompany

An interesting one; Costa has been suffering with a recurring hamstring injury since the spring and missed the end of last season. His preparations for the coming campaign were blighted once again by a knock picked up in the last match of the American tour, meaning me missed the Community Shield against Arsenal. He did play against Swansea last week and looked sharp, but today will be a far bigger test. Kompany has started the season well with a cleans sheet and a goal against West Brom.

Terry vs Sterling

Sterling had two of his best Liverpool performances last season against Chelsea in the League Cup where he was deployed down the centre. His pace and turn on the ball make him one of the most difficult opponents for a centre-back not famed for his speed. Chelsea may sit back deep in order to prevent too much on this front, or even play Zouma, who was Sterling’s equal in the second leg at Stamford Bridge, as an extra holding midfielder to support Terry and Cahill.

Fabregas vs Yaya Toure

These two have had contrasting starts to the season, almost the complete opposite of 12 months ago. Fabregas failed to find his range in either the Community Shield against his former side Arsenal or Swansea. Toure, however, scored against West Brom and was as commanding as he was in his best days at City. It is a clash of styles to an extent, Fabregas liking to take more time on the ball than the typically marauding Toure, and both will no doubt be assisted by their midfield teammates- Matic and Silva, both of whom are equally important for supporting the attack and covering the back- and whoever wins the battle between these two groups will no doubt win the three points.

Of course, perhaps the biggest of them all will be the tactical duel between Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini. The Portuguese has a superb record over the Chilean and has undoubtedly got the better of him since they both came to England, with two victories and two draws from the four matches since 2013. Pellegrini is famed for his expansive play, something that Mourinho may wish to take advantage of by defending and then counter-attacking the way he did in this fixture last season.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea travel to the Etihad Stadium tomorrow afternoon in what is bound to be one of, if not the most, important matches of the season against Manchester City.

The events of last weekend have made it more so- Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City in which the the Blues twice gave a lead away and ended up with ten players after Thibaus Courtois was sent off, and Manchester City’s win at West Brom.

Should Chelsea lose it will leave them five points behind City and without a win after two games. A win, however, will take them above City, such is open state of the Premiership table. This early on in the season it is probably wrong to suggest that this game, although between the two favourites for the league title, will have a bearing on who comes first at the end of the season, but it is safe to say that being five points back st any time is a very bad thing and something Mourinho will avoid above anything else.

Last season Chelsea won the title thanks to their dominance over their direct rivals; they were unbeaten against Manchester City, United, Arsenal and Liverpool, and took 14 points in total against those teams. The only blemish against the other top sides in the league was the horrendous 5-3 defeat at White Hart Lane against Spurs, but that game was remarkable for being unusual as much as it was humiliating for Jose Mourinho’s side.

 

It is notable that despite the massive points advantage Chelsea had over tomorrow’s opponents, did not beat them last season. Both games were overshadowed by the presence of Frank Lampard, playing for City after leaving Chelsea. This time there is no such situation, neither side has lost a player to the other, and there is no chance of Lampard hurting Chelsea with a trademark delayed run into the penalty area. Had Chelsea beaten Swansea City and not suffered a red card then it is likely Mourinho would put more emphasis on the two draws last season and the need to show once and for all that his group of players trump Manuel Pellegrini’s.

The result last weekend, and the second choice ‘keeper Asmir Begovic, means that this game must not under circumstances end in defeat. It will be of no surprise if Mourinho adopts the same approach that he did away at City last season and at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal when Chelsea settled for a draw after a bright start, the latter of those being the last big game Chelsea played before winning the title.

Against Arsenal Chelsea started quickly and could, had the referee made a different decision, had the lead through a penalty, but the team sat back to guarantee the draw late on. Earlier on in September at City they sat back to begin with and almost won the game having taken the lead with 12 minutes left through Andre Schurrle, before the infamous Lampard equaliser.

Tomorrow’s game will be tense, and probably more exciting for its lack of goals as opposed to the quality of the attacking play from England’s two best sides, and ultimately Chelsea’s approach may be out of their hands if, probably when, the home side take the initiative. To win the game is undoubtedly a bigger prize for City, one does think that they will need a lead to give themselves the momentum into the Autumn and Winter given Chelsea and Jose Mourinho’s experience in winning league titles. The game itself will not decide the title, but it could well determine the first half of the season, with either side having an early advantage.

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Speaking to BT Sport Chelsea boss José Mourinho explained why it was dangerous to return to Chelsea in 2013, after his spells at Inter and Real Madrid:

It was dangerous. It was dangerous for many reasons,” claimed the Portuguese.

The first reason is the old saying, don’t go back to where you were happy before. Why? Because people love me here and Chelsea fans look at me as somebody that was important in a certain moment of Chelsea history.

Why risk the prestige and the passion you got? In that perspective, it was a difficult situation.

“The second situation was because the Chelsea top team finished. No more Essien, Makelele, Lampard, Cole, Drogba – finished.

“The third reason is the evolution of the Premier League. Even if you want to win the league, you risk finishing outside the top four.

“Two seasons ago – Manchester United out of the top four. Last season – Liverpool out of the top four. Next season – somebody will also be out of the top four.

When you start a season in a top club, you can be the champion or you can be out of the top four. So I think yes, it’s risky.”

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss José Mourinho was under pressure after the broadcasters’ press conference ended yesterday and the Sunday papers’ journalists remained in the press room with no cameras.

A reporter from LONDON 24 tell us how things went, with the Blues manager becoming nervous for the many questions about medical department issue.

Here is the story narrated by the reporter:

The Chelsea boss was reluctant to spend the whole press conference speaking about the issue but, once the 19 camera crews, clutch of photographers and broadcast journalists left the room, newspaper reporters pressed him on the matter.

“I don’t answer,” was the stock response Mourinho gave three times after questions over the issue of medical staff entering the field of play was brought up, before Chelsea’s head of media Steve Atkins interjected in a bid to calm tensions.

However, the exchanges remained terse and Mourinho’s responses curt, before he gave a lengthy, if rambling, answer on the situation: “The first thing I said to my medical department – and I repeated it three times because I wanted to start the meeting with them having no doubts about it – was if we know, and it is easy to know by many ways, if one player has a problem, the players are more important than the result,” Mourinho said.

“He is more important than the manager, he is even more important than the referee. And if the referee does not give you permission to go to the pitch, you go. You go. It does not matter if the referee is not happy with that. It does not matter if the manager is not happy with that.

“If you know – if you feel, and it is easy to know when to feel because there are many examples of it – you go and you don’t think twice.”

Then things became heated. As another question on the matter was readied, an exasperated Mourinho snapped:

“Don’t make me another question or I go. I go. Think twice before you ask the question. Think twice.

When the reporter instead directed his question at Atkins, Mourinho got up from his chair and walked to the door saying: “Now I go, have a good weekend.”

However, Mourinho was pacified before he could leave the room and returned to his seat, where the subject turned to Sunday’s encounter with Manchester City. As the newspaper journalists’ section came to a close, the subject changed to the surprise Mourinho expressed at the number of those in attendance to talk about the issues surrounding the medical team.

The Portuguese rejected the notion he was the most influential man in English football since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and was perplexed by the suggestions he was a powerful figure.

“Power, oh my word,” Mourinho said. “Power? Jesus Christ! Power of what?

“The only power I have is to choose the team that plays Sunday, to choose who goes on the bench, to choose what we do in the week, which exercises we do, which direction we try to take our game plan.

“It is the power I have and that is not power, it is part of my job to advise my board to do something related to the transfer market, to do something in other departments in relation to my needs and experiences. But I have power for nothing.”

Mourinho was, though, reminded that he referred to himself as the Godfather two years ago. “I am not the Godfather,” he said to laughter in the room. “I am not the Godfather”.

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