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José Mourinho press conference ahead of Crystal Palace

Different match [from the one in the last season where we on the title] but same need to get the three points, we gotta recover positions we lost with the two first bad results. Palace is always a difficult opponent and have an even better team than they did last season but I see my team coming, we’re working well and hard, the result against WBA had a little of influence on the team, hopefully we get three more points before international break.

We did a few things to improve defense, we defended with nine men [ironic], I didn’t work on defenders, I worked on the team, you cannot just work on defenders to concede less goals, a team is a team and you work on the whole team to improve the defensive phase.

Stones? I don’t speak about players of other teams, if I get another player before the window close good, if I don’t get it, I work with the players I got

Pogba is a Juventus player, the other day I made a little critics to my friend Allegri because I didn’t like the way he spoke about Oscar in the summer, so I don’t speak about Pogba.

I don’t understand really why so many stories about Terry, I think the only thing in this starting of the season is that we had, in three matches, two red cards and two penalties against us. We know we have to improve, trying to get good results, now we’re five points behind the leader: in other league it would be complicated, in Premier League is not complicated

I’m proud with my record of 100 matches at Stamford Bridge that I will reach on Sunday: 99 matches and just one defeat, that is not a real defeat because we know how we lost that day with Sunderland, but I’m very proud of it

I don’t comment Roberto Martinez’s words, so don’t ask me please

I will speak about Champions League after Everton game, we still have two matches before playing Champions League.

Manchester City is a very good team and started very well, but there are other good teams, last season Chelsea started well, even better, because we had seven straight wins, and when the start is good the start is good.

On Crystal Palace: a London derby is always a London derby, and Stamford Bridge give them lots of motivation, I reckon that in the end of the season they will be top 10 for sure, I don’t which kind of approach they will have in the match, if more defensive to go on counter attack or more offensive, but I don’t know”.

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According to reports in English media Everton turned down the fourth and latest Chelsea offer for their centre-back John Stones: £37m !

The Toffees have always remarked in these two months of negotiations that Stones is not for sale and yesterday they rejected even his official transfer request, after turning down also the three previous Chelsea bids: £20m, £26m plus add-ons, £30m.

With three days left before the transfer window shuts it would be better for Chelsea to turn their focus on another defender; anyway, we are sure that the Blues and manager José Mourinho have a plan B and plan C to try to sign the centre-back they need.


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Chelsea found Porto, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel Aviv in Group G in the Champions League draw that just finished in Monaco.

Finding Porto José Mourinho will go back to the play against the team that made him famous to the world after winning the Champions League in 2004 ( the last time a Portuguese team won the UCL). The current Chelsea boss also won a UEFA cup in 2003, two Portuguese league, 1 Portuguese Cup and 1 Portuguese League Cup with the Dragoes.

The team was the second classified in the Portuguese league last season and the last time they met Chelsea in Europe was in the Champions League group stage in 2009/2010.

Dynamo Kiev are the current champions in Ukraine and last year were kicked out of Europa League at quarter finals by Fiorentina. To travel to Ukraine won’t be easy because of distance and weather: temperatures drop in that region already in October, and it’s not rare to find snow already in Autumn. Anyway, José Mourinho got good memories about that stadium, since he won there with Inter in November 2009: the Nerazzurri were losing 1-0 at minute 84 despite playing a great game and were almost out of the competition at group stage but in three minutes first Milito and then Sneijder scored the goals that led to the win, allowing Inter to qualify later for Last 16, that was played with Chelsea as many of you can remember, knocking out the future double winners with two wins 2-1 at San Siro and 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho then won the Champions League with Inter, doing also a Treble.

Maccabi Tel Aviv qualified for the group stage of the Champions League for the first time in 11 years beating Basel at the playoffs.

The side is managed by ex Chelsea player Slavisa Jokanovic, that last season was in charge at Watford. The team showed to be strong in the playoffs, knocking out a team like Basel that had two great Champions League experiences in the last campaigns. Travel to Israeli won’t be easy too because of distance and particular conditions in the country, surrounded by continuous conflicts.

The other English teams group were:

PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, CSKA Moscow, Wolfsburg

Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Olympiacos, Dynamo Zagreb

Juventus, Manchester City, Sevilla, Borussia Monchengladbach

Here, the complete groups as they were drawn tonight in Monaco:



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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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