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Chelsea have beaten Maccabi Tel-Aviv 4-0 in their first Champions League match of the season in a game that will hopefully see an upturn in form.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was booked early on for a high tackle and Chelsea’s unassuming start to the season continued with a missed opportunity within five minutes. Eden Hazard sent a penalty into the Shed End after the Maccabi goalkeeper Rajkovic was only given a yellow card for bringing down on the on rushing Willian, something for which he should have seen red.

The half was slow to begin with as Chelsea struggled to break down the away side, and they consequently couldn’t break away effectively. The breakthrough came in the 15th minute and when it did it was lucky. A free-kick, won by Hazard, was put into the box from the far left side by Willian and went past Rajkovic in the Maccabi goal.

The penalty and the goal were to be Willian’s contributions to the game as he was substituted eight minutes after giving Chelsea the lead because of injury- he was replaced by Diego Costa, who has been a fairly solid like-for-like change, the Spain international happy to drift over to the left and allow Remy to run through the centre.

Chelsea improved after taking the lead, but they were lucky not to concede an equaliser when Maccabi’s single opening on goal was put over the bar- a header from Zahavi who was unmarked in the box and reached a cross from the right without any trouble.

It was certainly Chelsea that looked the most likely to score the half’s second goal, and they had to wait until the very last moment of the half to do so when they were given a second chance to score from the spot. Minutes of heavy pressure found Costa in the area who was brought down from close range.

It was Oscar who assumed penalty duties following Hazard’s horror earlier in the game, and he subsequently sent Rajkovic the wrong way to double Chelsea’s lead.

There were chances for both sides in the first ten minutes of the second half with the visitors coming close when Rikan shot with his left foot passed the post, an attempt for which the referee incorrectly gave a corner. Being 2-0 up allowed Chelsea to control the pace of what remained of the game and their attacks certainly appeared more relaxed. The passing in the opponents’ half was more accurate as they were less desperate to score. It only took ten minutes of the second half for Chelsea to add to their lead, and it was a fine finish when they did so.

Cesc Fabregas at last put in a ball that reminded everyone how good he was last season and Costa, with his back to goal, hooked  the ball into the top corner superbly. It was a finish that all hope will be the rejuvenation of the Spain forward’s form and he must be a certainty to start against Arsenal on Saturday.

With the points now a certainty, Chelsea didn’t let their opponents any respite. The ball possession was much better than at any point since winning the league last season, and Hazard, Fabregas etc looked something like what they did a few months ago,although not quite. Loftus-Cheek was a towering presence in the middle in his first Champions League appearance.

Hazard and Remy linked up well to set up the fourth goal when the Frenchman’s shot was saved and Fabregas finished into an empty net as Chelsea rubbed their underwhelming opponents’ noses in it. The goal tally was almost added to by substitute Bertrand Traore, brought on for Loftus-Cheek, but his left foot shot went just wide.

The performance was a great improvement on anything else this season, but Chelsea could and should have been punished at stages. Maccabi Tel-Aviv were poor and should not progress past this stage, but a convincing win is exactly what Chelsea needed after a terrible start to the season and Saturday’s derby with Arsenal.

 

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Chelsea are 2-0 up at halftime of their opening Champions League game against Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was booked early on for a high tackle and Chelsea’s unassuming start to the season continued with a missed opportunity within five minutes. Eden Hazard sent a penalty into the Shed End after the Maccabi goalkeeper Rajkovic was only given a yellow card for bringing down on the on rushing Willian, something for which he should have seen red.

The half was slow to begin with as Chelsea struggled to break down the away side, and they consequently couldn’t break away effectively. The breakthrough came in the 15th minute and when it did it was lucky. A free-kick, won by Hazard, was put into the box from the far left side by Willian and went past Rajkovic in the Maccabi goal.

The penalty and the goal were to be Willian’s contributions to the game as he was substituted eight minutes after giving Chelsea the lead because of injury- he was replaced by Diego Costa, who has been a fairly solid like-for-like change, the Spain international happy to drift over to the left and allow Remy to run through the centre.

Chelsea improved after taking the lead, but they were lucky not to concede an equaliser when Maccabi’s single opening on goal was put over the bar- a header from Zahavi who was unmarked in the box and reached a cross from the right without any trouble.

It was certainly Chelsea that looked the most likely to score the half’s second goal, and they had to wait until the very last moment of the half to do so when they were given a second chance to score from the spot. Minutes of heavy pressure found Costa in the area who was brought down from close range.

It was Oscar who assumed penalty duties following Hazard’s horror earlier in the game, and he subsequently sent Rajkovic the wrong way to double Chelsea’s lead.

The Premiership Champions have been  improved on their domestic form, and the second goal should be the three points sown up.

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Chelsea midfielder Willian has revealed, that in his opinion the Blues deserved to lose to PSG in the Champions League last season.

The Blues were eliminated from the last season’s Champions League by PSG after dramatic night at Stamford Bridge. In the first match at the Parc des Princes was a draw 1-1, also in the second leg meeting in London was a draw 2-2. What gave PSG promotion to the Champions League quarter-finals.

But according to Chelsea player, the Blues deserved to lose to PSG. Willian told Four Four Two:

“We weren’t good enough, it’s as simple as that,”

“We fought hard and gave our best, but we still didn’t play that well. PSG felt at home at Stamford Bridge and that just shouldn’t have happened. We should have put more pressure on them, kept possession and controlled the game.”

“We didn’t – instead, they were in control. [But] this is in the past now. We must focus on the new campaign.”

Chelsea are about to kick off their 2015/16 campaign against Maccabi Tel Aviv tonight at Stamford Bridge. And Willian considers  west London a safe haven for him and rest of the team.

“I always feel very comfortable playing at Stamford Bridge,”

“No matter if it’s a friendly or a Champions League game, the atmosphere is brilliant and supporters play their part in the match. The crowd is close to the pitch, which increases the pressure on our opponents. The dimensions of the pitch aren’t huge, which is helpful as we are more used to it than the away team.”

 

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JOSE MOURINHO RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK
Mourinho states Loftus-Cheeck was the best trophy of Chelsea Academy this year

With Falcao and Courtois out for injury, Pedro being a doubt, Oscar coming back and rotation of a couple of players announced by Mourinho, this is the expected line-up of Chelsea tonight against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the first game of the Champions League Group G:

CHELSEABegovic; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek, Ramires; Oscar, Diego Costa, Hazard.

MACCABI TEL AVIV -Rajkovic; Sphungin, Ben Haim I, Tibi, Ben Harush; Alberman, Nosa; Ben Haim II, Mitrovic, Rikan; Zahavi

Mourinho can also choose to to play with a 4231 system giving space to Willian instead of Ramires – that usually plays in a 433- or can also bench Hazard, not in his best moment, to play Oscar in his position with Willian or even Traoré starting.

 

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The Brazilian winger Willian, has assured everyone that he and Jose Mourinho have great respect for each other.

Pedro arrival at Stamford Bridge has led to speculation that, Willian was offered to PSG and Bayern Munich. But Willian transfer did not take place, and what is more, he has ensured everybody, that Jose Mourinho has a lot of respect to him.

Willian told Four Four Two :

“We have a great relationship. He has always respected me, and I truly respect him. It is a professional relationship of two guys with the same goal.”

“I know I’ve got my tactical responsibilities at Chelsea – I must close spaces and help with marking,”

“But I don’t really mind doing it. This is something you must do in modern football. Every single player has his defensive role to play. I also have freedom to attack and I try to give my contribution offensively.”

 

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JOHN STONES

Chelsea midfielder Willian has backed the potential signing of Everton’s John Stones and hopes that a deal for the defender can be done before the transfer window closes.

Willian, who played in Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday during the which the defensive frailties of the side were more obvious than ever, believes signing the Englishman would benefit the squad immensely.

Speaking to Goal, the Brazil international said this:

“He (Stones) is a good defender. I heard some news – of course there is nothing concrete, but I’ve heard about it.

“It is obvious that he is a good defender, but we do not know yet whether he will come or not. But we also have good defenders here in our team.

“Last season, our defenders did an excellent season, but he is a reliable defender, so, if he comes, he will surely come to help us and to strengthen us even more.”

Chelsea have had at least two bids turned down Stones and could try again later today.

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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.

 

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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.

 

MANAGER

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 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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WILLIAN
Willian © Francesca Ceciarini

Two years ago Willian signed for Chelsea and the club official website celebrates this anniversary with an interview.

The players was on his way to Spurs, but suddenly Chelsea hijacked the move:

When the offer came I never gave a thought to anybody else, I said to myself that I would run here, and I’m happy to be here now.

Willian thinks he improved in this two years:

I think I am more confident,” is his rapid answer he gives to Chelsea website.

I know the players now and when we come to the pitch, we know what we have to do, so I think I have more confidence.

The two years have gone very quick and for me it has been good. I adapted well and in two years, two trophies, and I hope to win more titles this year.

That is what I want, I want to be at the top, so I have to keep going and that is the way.

“There were no doubts for me. Always I wanted to come to Chelsea and when I arrived here I was happy – myself, my family, everything.

I love this club and I love to play here.

In the 2013 interview Willian revealed Jose Mourinho’s words to him when he joined the squad.

The manager welcomed me to the club and told me he was happy that I was here. He told me to work hard. He said we have a very strong team but when you work hard there are rewards.

Willian worked really hard in these two years and last campaign he did 49 appearances: only Eden Hazard did better and in 2013/14 the Brazilian played 42 games.

Many people hinted that with Pedro’s arrival there was no place for Willian in Chelsea squad and that he could leave but in his pre-match conference on Friday, Mourinho made it quite clear that the move has no impact on Willian’s future at the club.

When I came I said to myself I have to work a lot, I have to try to do my best in training and in the games, so after that I improve. I am improving a lot and I play so many games. Now I have more experience in the best league in the world for me, and every game is hard, so to play here you have to work hard and improve yourself.

For me it is no problem to play in the middle or on the left side or the right side. I want to help the team, and always when I was a young player in Brazil at Corinthians and when I play in Shakhtar, I took the set plays, so for me no problem either, I like to do that.

Willian was also one of Brazil’s most important players in the Copa America in the summer, especially after Neymar’s suspension:

“I am happy about that and I feel good. My confidence goes up and I play good on the pitch. I try to do skills and to shoot and score goals and I want to do more.

Willian was then asked to choose his favourite memory from his time at Chelsea so far, other than the days when the league and the Capital One Cup were won, he goes back to his first season and a home Champions League night.

When we played against PSG and we win 2-0 at home and in the last minutes of the game Demba Ba scored. At this moment the atmosphere in the stadium was so amazing and this was a great day.

Throughout these two years at Chelsea fans often sang ‘Willian, he saw the light’ song during the matches. It is one of the most constantly sung and clearly isn’t fading away.

They are not forgetting about this situation and the song is a very good song.It is good for me and I think they have to continue.

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