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ZOUMA
Kurt Zouma © Francesca Ceciarini

Begovic 7- Made a number of good saves and never really looked like being beaten.

Ivanovic 7- Did well at right back throughout and assisted a great chance for Hazard in the second half.

Zouma 7- His speed meant that Spurs’ attack couldn’t find space in behind. A good performance.

Cahill 7- Marshaled the defence well in Terry’s absence.

Azpilicueta 7- Looked solid on the left and helped out going forward.

Fabregas 5- A few poor passes went astray when he had the chance to put Hazard or Pedro in.

Matic 6.5- Did well in the middle, better than recently.

Willian 6.5- Played with energy but lacked his usual quality. Almost assisted a goal for Zouma.

Oscar 6.5- Better than recent performances, almost scored after good footwork in the box.

Pedro 7- Probably his best performance in a Chelsea shirt, did well in the striker performance with great movement and skill.

Hazard 7- An improvement but still work to do. Cold have done better with his volley that Lloris saved.

 

Substitutes:

Kenedy N/A- Came on late on a hardly touched the ball.

Loftus-Cheek N/A- Same as above.

 

Manager:

Jose Mourinho 7- The team played well and were organised and disciplined throughout, especially the back line that did not allow Spurs the space to create clear chances. The attacking players are regaining their form and fitness.

 

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WILLIAN
Willian © Francesca Ceciarini

Begovic 7- Had little to do other than make two very good saves that kept the clean sheet.

Azpilicueta 7- A good performance overall, defended and got forward well.

Cahill 7- Defended well and scored the first goal.

Terry 7- Commanded the defence but was taken off shortly before the second goal to be replaced by Zouma.

Baba 7- Looked bright down the left and set up the third with a very good cross.

Fabregas 6- Started well but often gave the ball away, and did so more and more in the second half.

Matic 7- Dominated the pace of the game in the first half.

Willian 7.5- Another superb performance and another great goal.

Oscar 7.5- Energetic in the first and second half. Scored the third goal.

Hazard 7- Played well but did give the ball away a few times. Could have scored if it wasn’t for a good save.

Costa 6- Didn’t take his chances when they came his way and is still finding his spatial position.

 

Substitutes:

Zouma 6- Came on for Terry and scored the final goal late on.

Pedro 7- Came on for Hazard and gave new energy when the team was tiring.

Remy 6- Came on for Willian, almost scored late on.

 

Manager:

Jose Mourinho 7- The team played well save a few scares and should now qualify in top spot in the group. The changes had a positive effect when they were made.

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According to the reports, Chelsea have opened talks with their winger Willian regarding a contract extension.

The Brazilian with five goals is currently club’s top scorer and it is said, that the board want to reward him for his stunning performances.

Willian’s current deal worth around £80,000 a week will expire in 2018 but Chelsea are ready to place a new contract on the table . It is believed that the club is willing to take his pay to £100,000 a week and extend his contract till 2020.

According to the latest information talks have already begun and soon should appear in an official statement the club.

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Chelsea have beaten Norwich City 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in their first Premiership game since the international break in an entertaining but dramatic game.

The game began relatively slowly as both sides sought space in the other’s half without clear success, but Chelsea’s pressing was good in the first few minutes. Norwich won a corner that was easily dealt with and Chelsea’s passing across the middle of the pitch improved compared to previous performances.

The midfield benefited greatly from having Kenedy- starting at left-back- coming into the centre and giving support to a part of the pitch that has been porous so far this season. The first chance just before the 10th minute when Hazard ran down the left wing, beating his marker easily, and cutting the ball back from by-line for Fabregas to put it over at the near post.

A corner from Willian was the flicked wide from Terry moments later, and then the Brazil international himself had a shot on goal when given the ball by Hazard- who had made a fantastic, searing run through the centre of the pitch- but could only find Ruddy’s legs from inside the area as Chelsea began to take control of the game.

Some of those who have been well below their best looked sharper than they have done at any other point this season. Hazard’s skill complemented Willian’s usual energy as Chelsea looked brighter and were able to apply pressure for longer periods of time. For Norwich’s part, their first chance of the game came from good work across the edge of Chelsea’s box but Mbokani put the ball over the bar when he should have done better.

Brady, Norwich’s brightest player in the first half, ran into the box and looked for a moment as if he was going to fashion a clear cut chance but Zouma did well to cover his run and shepherd the ball back to Begovic. Costa should have at least got the ball on target when Pedro cut it back into the centre of the box, his international teammate putting it over the bar. Costa probably would have done better from a Hazard cross soon after had it been him a few yards out and not Willian over whom the ball just drifted over.

Despite the lack of cutting edge in the away side’s area, there was something approaching the energetic, high pressing game that was on display 12 months ago. Norwich have showed signs of ambition and were denied what they thought was a penalty when Brady fell under pressure from Willian just inside the area but both real time and replay footage showed the Canaries’ forward went down far too easily.

Chelsea were denied a penalty themselves as the game approached the break when Costa received the ball from a cutting pass into the box from Willian and fell as he tried to turn Bassong. Like Brady it was obvious that he could have stayed on his feet had he wanted to.

The game opened up even more as it approached the break with chances as first Sebastian Bassong and then Diego Costa had shots blocked- by Terry and Ruddy respectively- when both found themselves in the box with time on the ball.

With the game still deadlocked at half time, it was the home side that began the second half the better as they sought to increase the pressure. Two free-kicks from Willian in similar positions on the right hand side of the box came to nothing, and Zouma should have got the ball on target when the Brazil international put another ball into the box, this time from a corner.

By far the better side at the start of the second half, Chelsea hemmed Norwich into their own half without cutting through or turning their pressure into openings on goal. Hazard, Pedro and Fabregas all took turns with the ball on the edge of the box but none could create a chance for an opponent or themseles.

On more than occasion a ball was played into the box that Costa wasn’t alive to and didn’t make the run across the box in order to exploit. He compensated, however, in the 63rd minute when he gave the Blues the lead to the great relief of almost everyone inside Stamford Bridge. A quickly taken free-kick from Willian on the half way line found both Costa and Pedro running clear on goal. With the former Barcelona man drifted away to the centre to create space for Costa, the striker cut in from the left and finished brilliantly with his right foot past Ruddy into the corner.

Chelsea almost doubled their lead minutes later, a free-kick from Willian finding Zouma but the Frenchman could only hit the bar with the out stretched right foot. Norwich came to close to leveling in the 68th minute with a good shot from the impressive Brady going just wide.

Norwich responded by making a triple substitution to bolster their attack but it was still Chelsea that had most of the ball and threatened the game’s next goal. More passing across the box resulted in a shot from Pedro that went wide. The Spaniard was denied a clear penalty with ten minutes left when he was put in on goal after more good passing but hacked down by Bennett.

A long run from Matic past several Norwich defenders forced a good save from Ruddy at his near post, and Norwich did their best to level in the last few minutes, the away side playing a number of balls into the box in the hope of finding the head of Cameron Jerome. Chelsea’s defence, so bad at vital times this season, still looked shaky but they held firm and see the team out to a 1-0 win that will settle some nerves at Stamford Bridge.

There is still a great deal of work to do, but this is a start.

 

CHELSEA: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Kenedy; Fabrégas, Matic; Willian (Ramires, 87), Pedro (Oscar, 85), Hazard (Azpilicueta, 90); Costa.

Subs: Blackman,  , Traore, Cahill, Remy, Azpilicueta.

Scorers: Costa (63)

Manager: José Mourinho

 

NORWICHRuddy; Wisdom, R.Bennett, Bassong, Olsson, O’Neil, Redmond, Mulumbu (Dorrans, 73), Brady, Howson (Hoolahan, 73), Mbokani (Jerome, 73).

Unused subs: Rudd, Whittaker, Lafferty, Odjidja-Ofoe.

Manager: Alex Neil

 

Referee: Craig Pawson

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Bayern Munich are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Willian, according to The Sun.

Willian has been by far Chelsea’s best player this season and has often shown up his teammates with both technical brilliance and work rate. He has scored a number superb goals- mainly from free-kicks- notably against Dynamo Kiev last Wednesday to give Chelsea a great chance to qualify from their Champions League group.

His good form has not gone unnoticed and Chelsea’s perilously poor form generally means other clubs from around Europe may seek to take advantage of the squad’s disquiet. The Blues are hoping the 27-year-old will sign a new contract to wade off any suitor.

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Begovic 6- Should have kept the goal out.

Baba 5- Out if his depth against Shaqiri, at fault for letting the cross in that led to the goal.

Terry 6- Generally quite good.

Zouma – Similar to Terry.

Azpilicueta 6.5- Got forward well but waned.

Ramires 6- Played well in the first half but got lost in the second.

Matic 6- A good start but got overwhelmed.

Pedro 6.5- A bright start and was unlucky not to score.

Willian 6.5- Energetic but ineffectual when the team needed him.

Hazard 6.5- Much better than recently but still some way to go before his best.

Costa 6- Should have done better and seemed to tire later on.

 

Substitutes:

Remy 6- Should have scored.

Oscar 5- Had one shot straight at the keeper.

Fabregas 6- Sharp but lacking incisiveness.

 

Manager:

Jose Mourinho 5- He wasn’t there but should be pleased with the improved performance. Team is still making mistakes at crucial moments.

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Chelsea have lost 1-0 to Stoke City in another frustrating afternoon in the Premiership.

The home side made the first in road into the opponent’s half seconds into te game, brought about by a mistake on the right from Azpilicueta that Shaqiri was unable to make the most of in the penalty box.

Chelsea responded with a passing move between the attacking quartet that led to an attempt from Hazard- the Belgian was unable to fashion a shot on target from a tight angle. Despite the wasted foray into the Stoke City box it was a good sign that the creative players were beginning to play in the way that brought such success last season.

The game hit an interval shortly before the tenth minute when Pedro sought to bring down a high ball and caught Pieters in the face as the Stoke defender tried to head the ball clear.

The Blues missed a great chance to take the play shortly after play resumed as they counter attacked from a Stoke free-kick that had been won by Shaqiri- the home side’s most dangerous player early on. Hazard collected the clearance from Baba and ran into the Stoke half and gave it to Willian, who in turn put in Ramires who couldn’t quite get his shot on target.

Former Stoke ‘keeper Asmir Begovic was forced into a very good save to his right when former Chelsea man Glen Johnson collected the ball in the middle from Shaqiri. Ramires then had another attempt on goal, this one on target, when he half volleyed the ball at goal and forced Butlan to tip the ball over the bar after 21 minutes as Chelsea showed more and more signs that their rotten recent form was behind them, following on from Wednesday’s improved performance against Dynamo Kiev.

Costa was inches from making contact with a superb ball from Hazard on the left on 26 minutes as they appeared to be getting closer to opening the scoring. Stoke themselves almost did so seconds later when Shaqiri tricked Baba and played a good ball into the box that Walters couldn’t direct towards the goal.

After that, Chelsea’s hold over the first half only strengthened. A series of corners led to nothing- Hazard had a shot from the edge of the box that was blocked, and Costa had shot well saved by Butland as the break drew nearer.

Stoke City began the second half the quicker and punished Chelsea for their wastefulness after just a few minutes- Arnautovic finishing well from a few yards out with the ball in the air. Chelsea’s shabby defending letting them down again after an impressive first half. They responded with shots fro outside the box form Matic- which forced a save- and Hazard- who didn’t.

Stoke City did well to pressure Chelsea into mistakes when the Blues had the ball around the box- denying them the space needed to make the final pass and find an equaliser. Pedro hit the post on 66 minutes with a curled shot from the edge of the box.

The attacking quartet continued to link up well as they did in the first half but couldn’t fashion clear cut chances despite their possession. The home side began to sit back deeper and deeper, exposing Chelsea’s narrow approach. When Hazard and Pedro were forced into the centre, which was often the case, they found themselves playing into a crowd of Stoke players. The introductions of Oscar and Fabregas  were designed to give the team more thrust going forward and the inclusion of Remy another target for them to find as Costa tired.

The changes very nearly worked with ten minutes to go when Hazard received the ball from Fabregas after clever play in the box but saw his side foot shot deflected wide by Glen Johnson. They came even closer on 85 minutes when Remy was out though and was able to go round Butland but couldn’t turn the ball into the goal as he stumbled. Oscar couldn’t find a way past Butland in stoppage time and Chelsea were consigned to defeat once again.

There are positives to take from the performance if not the result, though things are clearly not completely right. One thinks and hopes that a genuine turnaround in results isn’t too far away.

STOKE CITY –Butland; Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters; Adam, Whelan; Shaqiri (Diouf 80), Bojan (Cameron, 70), Arnautovic; Walters

Unused Substitutes: Haugaard, Wilson,  Ireland, Afellay, Crouch, Diouf.

Manager: Mark Hughes

CHELSEA –Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry (c), Baba (Oscar 70); Ramires (Remy, 76), Matic; Willian, Hazard, Pedro (Fabregas, 70); Diego Costa

Unused Substitutes: Amelia, Cahill, Mikel, Kenedy,

Manager: José Mourinho

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Attendance: 27,550

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Chelsea are currently drawing 0-0 with Stoke City after an entertaining first half in which they have been the better side.

The home side made the first in road into the opponent’s half seconds into te game, brought about by a mistake on the right from Azpilicueta that Shaqiri was unable to make the most of in the penalty box.

Chelsea responded with a passing move between the attacking quartet that led to an attempt from Hazard- the Belgian was unable to fashion a shot on target from a tight angle. Despite the wasted foray into the Stoke City box it was a good sign that the creative players were beginning to play in the way that brought such success last season.

The game hit an interval shortly before the tenth minute when Pedro sought to bring down a high ball and caught Pieters in the face as the Stoke defender tried to head the ball clear.

The Blues missed a great chance to take the play shortly after play resumed as they counter attacked from a Stoke free-kick that had been won by Shaqiri- the home side’s most dangerous player early on. Hazard collected the clearance from Baba and ran into the Stoke half and gave it to Willian, who in turn put in Ramires who couldn’t quite get his shot on target.

Former Stoke ‘keeper Asmir Begovic was forced into a very good save to his right when former Chelsea man Glen Johnson collected the ball in the middle from Shaqiri. Ramires then had another attempt on goal, this one on target, when he half volleyed the ball at goal and forced Butlan to tip the ball over the bar after 21 minutes as Chelsea showed more and more signs that their rotten recent form was behind them, following on from Wednesday’s improved performance against Dynamo Kiev.

Costa was inches from making contact with a superb ball from Hazard on the left on 26 minutes as they appeared to be getting closer to opening the scoring. Stoke themselves almost did so seconds later when Shaqiri tricked Baba and played a good ball into the box that Walters couldn’t direct towards the goal.

After that, Chelsea’s hold over the first half only strengthened. A series of corners led to nothing- Hazard had a shot from the edge of the box that was blocked, and Costa had shot well saved by Butland as the break drew nearer.

A final well worked passing move across the edge of the box came to nothing but Chelsea should be greatly encouraged by their first half performance. There have been moments when a better final ball would have resulted in a goal, and the goal will come if they keep going. For their part, Stoke have shown signs of scoring but appear reliant on Shaqiri on the right- the Swiss having the better of Chelsea’s left back Baba.

 

 

 

STOKE CITY –Butland; Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters; Adam, Whelan; Shaqiri, Bojan, Arnautovic; Walters

Substitutes: Haugaard, Wilson, Cameron, Ireland, Afellay, Crouch, Diouf.

Manager: Mark Hughes

CHELSEA –Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry (c), Baba; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Hazard, Pedro; Diego Costa

Substitutes: Amelia, Cahill, Mikel, Fabregas, Oscar, Kenedy, Remy

Manager: José Mourinho

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho  has confirmed that even if he will not be physically present at the stadium all the team decisions, including substitution decisions, still lie with him.

Mourinho said:

”My assistants are completely free of that extra pressure which doesn’t belong to their jobs”

”I choose the team and I predict to the maximum I can the different aspects of the game and the different directions it can follow. I try to prepare the players and assistants even better than ever because it is only the way.”

”If after 10 minutes we are playing with seven men, it is something I did not prepare my assistants for, so they have to decide for themselves. The game is unpredictable but we try to reduce the impact from extreme scenarios you can imagine such as winning 4-0 at half-time to losing 4-0 at half-time, and between those you have 1000 options including injuries and red cards to each player. We went through all these different scenarios and they are prepared and, importantly, protected by the fact it is my responsibility.”

”You can imagine that is not easy, you can imagine how I feel and I don’t want to speak about it because I’d have to go deeper, the dimension of the situation. One thing is not to be on the bench, like at West Ham, but nobody told me to leave the stadium.”

”This time the referee invited me to go to the dressing room and tell him what I thought about the first half.”

”If I speak about the dimension of the punishment, I think it opens up a range of situations and I can imagine in the future we are going to have lots of managers with stadium bans. The bans should be related to something really serious in terms of aggression and words I don’t want to use, and this stadium ban is connected to words and complaints.”

”Now it is open to bans happening many more times unless maybe our [managers’] association and other associations around Europe question in a very serious and legal way the rights of the managers having stadium bans.”

”But from my point of view I want to be out of it, let the game tomorrow finish and that is it.”

 

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