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dynamo kiev v chelsea
Eden Hazard will start against Dynamo Kyiv in the Matchday 3 game in Ukraine.
The official line-ups in full:
DYNAMO KYIV – Shovkovskiy (c), Danilo Silva, Dragovic, Vida, Khacheridi, Sydorchuk, Rybalka, González, Buyalskiy, Yarmolenko
Subs:  Rybka(GK), Antunes, Miguel Veloso, Petrović, Garmash, Gusev, Júnior Moraes

Manager: Serhiy Rebrov

 

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

Subs: Blackman, Baba, Mikel, Oscar, Traore, Kenedy, Falcao

Manager: José Mourinho

 

Referee: Damir Skomina, Slovenia

Venue: Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine

Kick off: 7.45 pm GMT

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WILLIAN
Willian celebrating a goal with Diego Costa © Francesca Ceciarini

Brazilian midfielder Willian had an outstanding performance today against Aston Villa and he was also praised by José Mourinho in the post-match press conference.

The winger spoke about the game against Villains and the moment of the team with Chelsea TV after the final whistle:

“I’m happy with my performance but I’m happy today because we won, we played very well and fought until the end so we have to continue this way.

“The manager spoke to us he told us we had to fight on the pitch and to be mentally dominant, so when we came onto the pitch we tried to play the best football and I think today we played really well.

“It’s true I was a little tired after travelling so much in the international break but I rested two days at my home and today I felt good”

“We won today so now we got more confidence, we have to continue like this”

Willian moved to Chelsea from Ukranian side Shaktar Donetsk, where he played six years: Chelsea will be back there this Tuesday to face Dinamo Kyiv for the Champions League third matchday of the group stage:

“I am happy to be back there, I have good memories [of Ukraine] but I hope we will win the match”.

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

José Mourinho explained why he left Eden Hazard on the bench against Aston Villa: according to the Portuguese manager the Belgian wasn’t doing enough work for the team, maybe playing more in a selfish way:

“I left [Eden] Hazard out because we are conceding lots of goals,” revealed Mourinho.

“We need to defend better. We need our midfield players to be just worried about the central area of the pitch, not to be worried about compensating for the left side or the right side.

“Playing with Pedro and Willian, the midfield players don’t have to look to the left or the right. Willian and Pedro did amazing defensive work on very good offensive players, Hutton and Richardson, and later Amavi. They allowed the midfield players to be very comfortable, and to have performances like Ramires and Fabregas had, totally controlling the centre of the pitch.

“It was just a tactical decision leaving super quality on the bench but bringing tactical discipline and hoping that the team could be solid. I continue in that way or he [Hazard] comes in our direction and tries to replicate the same work Willian or Pedro did.”

Mourinho also admitted that he didn’t speak to Hazard to explain him why he didn’t start:

I told the players this is not the moment to think about themselves, to moan, to try to be selfish in their approach – this is the moment for the team, just the team and nothing else. I asked them exactly that: to look at the picture in a different way to a normal situation, to look at a picture where I have to try to make decisions to bring results back, and when the results are back and we have better stability in our confidence levels, then go back to what you are.”

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TERRY DIEGO COSTA
Merson claims Chelsea team spine is the best one

Chelsea have beaten Aston Villa 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in their latest Premiership game in a match that saw them benefit as much from their opponents’ mistakes as they did their own upturn in form.

Chelsea’s first opening came after just six minutes when Loftus-Cheek had a shot deflected just wide near the edge of the area.  They were just as fortunate to not concede a goal soon after when Hutton, marauding up the right wing for the visitors, went past Baba far too easily and had a shot saved down low by Begovic with his follow up going wide.

Both sides continued to make bright starts but neither side were able to create any clear openings on goal. Aston Villa were not intimidated in the slightest by their surroundings and clearly felt they could end their own poor run of form by compounding Chelsea’s woes.

It was Villa with the clearest chances in the first half hour and Stamford Bridge waited nervously. The fans’ anxiety, however, turned to delight in the 33rd minute when Diego Costa, back from suspension, opened the scoring after some terrible defending from the vistitors. Willian collected a ball from ‘keeper Guzan, meant for Lescott at left-back, and, running in on goal, played the ball square to the Spain international who put it into the empty net.

Chelsea’s second half started brighter than the first and they doubled their lead less than ten minutes after the restart when Alan Hutton finished into his own net. Diego Costa received the ball in the area from deep and had his shot deflected into the goal by the Aston Villa defender.

Chelsea spent the rest of the game largely in control with much improved performances from all the team’s key players. Fabregas rediscovered his passing, it was his ball that found Costa for the second goal, Costa was back to something approaching his ferocious best and no errors came the defence’s way.

It is a crucial win for the Blues and one Jose Mourinho will be mighty relieved to have under his belt. The back four and the comfort with which it defended the teams lead will no doubt be of great satisfaction, as will the supports’ resounding support for him after his outburst and subsequent FA punishment following the 3-1 loss to Southampton two weeks ago.

While there is still room for improvement, it is great to see the players play like a team again, and one that looks as if it will put at least a bit of a fight to retain its Premiership crown. While they are still ten points behind Man City at the top of the table, they have at least stopped the rot.

 

Teams:

Chelsea:

Begovic, Azpilicueta, Terry, Zouma, Baba; Ramires, Loftus-Cheek (Matic-45), Willian (Remy- 92), Fabregas, Pedro (Hazard-82); Costa

Substituites:

Oscar, Hazard, Mikel, Remy, Matic, Cahill, Blackman

Aston Villa:

Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Richardson, Westwood, Gueye, Gil, Grealish, Ayew, Gestade

Substitutes:

Bacuna, Sinclair, Traore, Amavi, Sanchez, Bunn, Crespo

Ref: Roger East
Attendance: 41,596

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remy diego costa

Chelsea are leading 1-0  at half-time against Aston Villa in their latest Premiership game.

Chelsea’s first opening came after just six minutes when Loftus-Cheek had a shot deflected just wide near the edge of the area.  They were just as fortunate to not concede a goal soon after when Hutton, marauding up the right wing for the visitors, went past Baba far too easily and had a shot saved down low by Begovic with his follow up going wide.

Both sides continued to make bright starts but neither side were able to create any clear openings on goal. Aston Villa were not intimidated in the slightest by their surroundings and clearly felt they could end their own poor run of form by compounding Chelsea’s woes.

It was Villa with the clearest chances in the first half hour and Stamford Bridge waited nervously. The fans’ anxiety, however, turned to delight in the 33rd minute when Diego Costa, back from suspension, opened the scoring after some terrible defending from the vistitors. Willian collected a ball from ‘keeper Guzan, meant for Lescott at left-back, and, running in on goal, played the ball square to the Spain international who put it into the empty net.

It is perhaps the piece of luck that Jose Mourinho believes has alluded Chelsea so far this season, though they should be aware that the Aston Villa have shown signs of promise so far in this match, and that with Chelsea’s pourous defence no lead is currently safe.

Teams:

Chelsea:

Begovic, Azpilicueta, Terry, Zouma, Baba; Ramires, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Fabregas, Pedrp; Costa

Substituites:

Oscar, Hazard, Mikel, Remy, Matic, Cahill, Blackman

Aston Villa:

Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Richardson, Westwood, Gueye, Gil, Grealish, Ayew, Gestade

Substitutes:

Bacuna, Sinclair, Traore, Amavi, Sanchez, Bunn, Crespo

Ref: Roger East

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Former Brazil international Juninho believes Chelsea midfielder Willian is not far from the standard set by Barcelona’s Neymar.

Willian, who has been one of Chelsea’s good performers so far this season, has been on a consistent scoring run with three goals coming from free-kicks recent weeks for the Blues. He scored twice for Brazil as the five time World Cup winners beat Venezuela 3-1 as they seek to qualify for Russia 2018.

Juninho, who once graced European football with Ligue 1 club Lyon, believes his 27-year-old compatriot is not far away from attaining the heights of Brazil’s best player, Barcelona forward Neymar.

Speaking to Brazilian media, Juninho said this:

“William is at a level just behind Neymar.

“It deserves to be analysed and treated as such.

“Willian deserves greater prominence. As a commentator I feel obliged to value it.”

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Chelsea winger Willian has given a special interview on occasion of his 100th appearance for the Blues in which he has defended Jose Mourinho coaching methods.

The Brazilian player has denied the rumours about Mourinho’s conflict with the players and has praised his coaching methods.

Willian told GloboEsporte:

“With the players there is no problem. People generally want to find a problem when the team loses, but I never saw him arguing or fighting with another player.”

“I think it’s a bad time for all of us. Too bad, because we play for Chelsea, one of the world’s largest clubs, and we are losing many games. The players playing here have never gone through a situation like this, losing so many games. But we have everything to win again, despite our many errors.”

Asked about the conflict between Mourinho and dr Carneiro:

On the medical situation, I saw the statement (Mourinho’s?  Carneiro’s?  The FA’s?) and this was solved with the board of directors. The truth is that none of the players knew what happened. I believe that the board resolved with Mourinho and the doctor.”

Willian also commented on Diego Costa’s controversial behaviour:

“I think he knows what he does. It’s his way of playing, being a little aggressive on the pitch. He is a striker who likes to go up and contest the ball, which sometimes ends up irritating the opponent.”

 

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José Mourinho tried to do a deep analysis of the home defeat against Southampton and of the bad moment of the team speaking to Chelsea TV after the game:

“I thought in the first half we were fine, more than fine, we deserved to arrive in the end of the first half winning, they scored the equaliser and then the second half was very difficult because the team emotionally is very fragile, they are feeling too much the pressure of the bad result, the negativity, the fact that every time you make a mistake you’re normally punished and I knew that the second half was going to be more difficult [for these reasons].

After that it comes an episode that…..I think it’s time for people to be honest and say that I am right – maybe I’m going to be punished- but I have to say it because my players and Chelsea supporters deserve that I say it: we don’t get one decision from the referee, ONE. We lost in Porto with a big penalty in the last minute that was in the face of two officials, not just one, two…and today we had a big penalty that the referee should be here now with you and me to explaining why he didn’t give us that penalty, which is a crucial penalty: a penalty that if you score you go 2-1 up and we would have been in control of the game and in control of the emotions: they didn’t give it to us, they don’t give it, never, they’re afraid to give [them] and we were punished by that. Then, the second goal was an individual mistake and when you make an individual mistake the team is like a castle of cards that collapse because mentally the team is in trouble, the confidence level is very low and the team are feeling a lot that: they fought, they tried, but mentally the team was really in trouble after the second goal.

I cannot complain the supporters, they have their profiles, they are super enthusiastic like in other cultures but they did support: the boos for me because of the substitution of Willian [are right] because I would have done the same if I didn’t know that Willian was ill, the Willian ten minutes before was vomiting and he was not in conditions to stay on the pitch, he was feeling really bad: I would have done the same if I didn’t know that the truth, now they know the truth…I am not stupid, I knew that he was doing ok and I would have never changed him if there wasn’t that situation. I think they tried to support the team and I have to complaints for them“.

Mourinho is then asked if the international break is coming in the right time, giving him the chance to have players with fresher heads when they will come back from their international duties:

I don’t know that: maybe I’m different than them…I am so sorry that I don’t have a game tomorrow, I am too old to play and I have not the quality to play in a team like Chelsea and I am so sorry because I would love to play: I don’t know what is good or bad for them in this moment“.

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Many people were disappointed when José Mourinho took off Willian, the best player on the pitch until that moment, in the second half again Southampton.

The fans at Stamford Bridge also booed Mourinho for the decision, but the manager then explained it in the post-match press conference:

When the supporters booed the Willian decision, I would so the same as them if I didn’t know Willian was ill and vomiting at half-time and the doctor said it would be difficult for him to continue. If they have a negative reaction I would do the same because the results are not the results we want.”

Nemanja Matic was taken off having been introduced at half-time, some people were shocked by the decision and thought could be humiliating for the Serbian player.

Mourinho explained also this decision:

It was not humiliating [for him]. I don’t do that to anyone in football or in life. It’s something if I do, I do without any intention. I like the players, I trust them and I know they are good players but some of them are in a difficult moment, and Matic is one of them. He is not playing well, he is not sharp, defensively he is making mistakes.

“I played him because Ramireas was doing a great job on Mane, but with a yellow card and an inexperienced referee I was afraid of a second yellow card, so I changed him for Matic. With the second goal I needed to make a change, play another striker for a player from midfield.  

“I kept Oscar because he creates more, I kept Fabregas because, maybe because of his formation at Barcelona, he copes better with the pressure. Even not playing well his emotional stability is high. I decided to take Matic off, but I like the player very much. I have a fantastic relationship with the boy.”

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WILLIAN

Begovic 5- Not a great deal he could have done with any of the goals.

Ivanovic 3- Utterly dreadful.

Cahill 4- Poor marking and defending generally.

Terry 4- Not a good return to the team, made a big mistake for the second Southampton goal.

Azpilicueta 4- Struggled generally.

Ramires 5- Did look bright to begin with but gave the ball away, Subbed at half time.

Fabgrgas 4- Another bad showing.

Willian 6- Scored a superb goal and probably the one bright spark.

Oscar 5- Gave the ball away and lacked invention.

Hazard 5- A few moments of promise but not much to show.

Falcao 3- Almost anonymous.

Subs:

Matic N/A Brought off as soon as Southampton made it 3-1.

Remy 4- Came on for Matic, didn’t do much.

Manager:

Jose Mourinho 4- Team started well but collapsed, he needs to do something to stop the rot and fast.

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