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JOSE MOURINHO REAL MADRID
José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Jose Mourinho press conference ahead of Newcastle

Everybody is ok for tomorrow, also Willian”

“I know who will play as a striker but I don’t tell you, I have to know more about Newcastle, who’s playing, who’s not playing to take a better decision

I don’t think the motivation for the players change based on the rival

We lost Courtois for 3 months, now 2 and half, but we have Begovic and Blackman

Diego Costa situation? The answer is in your question: it’s not normal

“I don’t want to answer more on Diego, because then I will be suspended…I don’t comment and I tell you why: in the rules’ book there is written that some managers can speak about referees before and after the game, and some not…then it comes the list and I’m an in this list where I cannot speak

“In this country every manager but one is under pressure: [Manuel] Pellegrini, Brendan [Rodgers], Steve McClaren. We cannot lose matches, we cannot be below expectations. I have sympathy for all of them and they have sympathy for me because it is a difficult job. There is one that for some reason is protected…he can speak about referees, he can cry in the morning, cry in the afternoon, he can push the other people in the technical area, nothing happens. He doesn’t achieve, keep his job, can still be the king, it is a privilege”

The reference in this answer was obviously to one of his biggest rivals: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

I don’t speak, I play tomorrow against Newcastle and that’s the point

Premier League is a difficult league, Newcastle lost against Watford because Watford is a good team, they lost against West Ham because it’s a good team, in this country also the teams that are not top teams get the money to build good squads, people have to get used to it, to see top teams lose points with ‘smaller’ teams”

If I win the league this season this will be my greatest achievement? No

I’m sure that we are working well and that the players are getting there but I was not expecting to lose all these points at the beginning

Zouma is very important for us because he can play more positions,  like central defender or defensive midfielder, he’s young and humble, and he can only improve“.

 

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OSCAR
Brazilian midfielder Oscar © Francesca Ceciarini

During his press conference in the eve of Chelsea v Arsenal José Mourinho revealed that the only player who will be out of the selected squad for sure is Willian, besides long-time-injured Thibaut Courtois.

Pedro, Falcao and Oscar will have all an option to be part of the starters or substitutes tomorrow in the derby against the Gunners.

I don’t have many many news I selected every player, because we have doubts,stated the Chelsea boss.

During the warm-up many players had some bad feeling, Willian is not even an option, but Pedro, Falcao and Oscar can be.”

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Jose Mourinho press conference ahead of Arsenal:

I don’t have many many news I selected every player, because we have doubts, during the warm-up many players had some bad feeling, Willian is not even an option, but Pedro, Falcao and Oscar can be”

“Ivanovic? I never spoke about him, I don’t want to analyse or isolate any player in public”

“Nor me either the club gave any info about him”

“The quality of the training sessions was always the same in the past weeks: same quality, intensity, professionalism…of course you could see some bad faces, I guess is normal”

“Two seasons ago we won every match against the champions, but then we didn’t win anything…to win [tomorrow] is good, but it’s not crucial”

“Tomorrow doesn’t matter our fantastic record against Arsenal, it’s a match that I want to isolate from every possible context: it’s a Chelsea v Arsenal, and I want to win it”

“It’s important to win because is a match: in this moment if you look at the table and see where we are, especially in relation to the top of the league, we’re not happy, we have many games in this period in different competitions, and this help us to focus just match to match on one game”

“To meet Cech before or after the game wouldn’t be same to meet other players, of course…during the game nothing changes, he’s Arsenal goalkeeper, when the game ends if he wants to come to our dressing room, he’s more than welcome”

“I think in everything you do in life you need confidence to be better, and when in football you lose matches you’re affected, when you browse the internet and find everywhere a dramatic story like fights, Diego Costa and Terry fighting, and even a translator was brought to help them to understand each other during the fight…Mourinho doesn’t want to renew to Terry…Mourinho wants to replace Ivanovic…this is all the drama you can read…of course when you lose a match you’re affected, you lose confidence, but then you have to be strong to cope with it, and with Maccabi we were strong from the beginning, we missed the penalty after five minutes and we had a fantastic reaction, so for us that victory is very important, now I won’t say that we will win 15 matches in a row, but people now is more relaxed and it’s important”

“I’m not going to tell you if Terry will start or not, against Maccabi he was on the bench, and even there he was a captain”

“I don’t understand why both Chelsea and Arsenal played on Wednesday and we play on Saturday and not Sunday, but this is an old story”

“We go a game at the time, we want to win, doesn’t matter where we are”

“The confidence cannot change the philosophy, so if you think one match at the time, we think just in Arsenal and nothing more”

“Against Maccabi a result came, luck didn’t”

“The fact that Hazard was not performing very well or missed a penalty and those things doesn’t change the fact that he is the best player in this country”

“Terry last year played every match, the season before almost, the season before very few…what does it change now? he’s still one of my men, I trust him”

“Gerrard is a wonderful player, but as a pundit he said something that is not true, I have a good relationship with all of my players…You can try to find many reasons for bad results, but problems between me and my players, zero”

“The penalty that Hazard missed? Maybe he had some agreement with some sponsor to promote rugby world cup [laughs] he’s still the best penalty taker in the country, but anyway in the PL he doesn’t have many chance to take penalties”

“The time of the kick off? Doesn’t matter, but I like it, you wake up, go and play: I prefer that than waiting for the game the whole day, as I did in Spain or Italy, I prefer early kick-off”

“Oscar is a good player and when the team has the ball, especially when the team has the ball, he’s very important because he’s creative, and in some moments you need that creation, especially in matches when the opponents have a defensive approach, it’s good to have players like him”

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CAHILL

Gary Cahill spoke to Chelsea website before the game with Arsenal.

The defender admitted that the victory with Maccabi Tel Aviv, with a clean sheet, was what the team needed in this particular moment:

It will be of use because we’ll go into training in better spirits than we have been off the back of a win. Everybody will be happier, more lively. We know the situation in the league so we’ll flip straight back to that and we know this is a huge game. 

I’m not going to say it’s going to have an absolutely massive impact on the weekend, because it probably won’t, but in terms of the feel-good factor around us it certainly will. 

I’m sure that when it comes to Saturday nobody will be stepping out on to the pitch thinking about midweek, they’ll be fully focused on what they’ve got to do. For us, we want to build confidence and for Arsenal, they’ll want a response.’ 

Oscar and Ramires came back last Wednesday with Maccabi, after being injured:

“It’s fantastic to see Oscar back out there for us, and Ramires, who’s back fit as well.

“Hopefully Willian’s injury isn’t too bad but it was great to see those two guys out there again. Oscar is a top player; he plays for Chelsea and Brazil. He’s a top performer so to have him back out there is great. 

“He’s another option for the number 10 role or wherever the manager wants to use him, so for sure we’d rather have him fit than not.”

Cahill praised also Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who performed really well against Maccabi, but got a yellow card after just five minutes:

I thought it was harsh. I’ve been there myself, in the first 30 seconds getting a yellow card for the first little tackle you do, and obviously the European referees are slightly different, so he would have been on egg shells for the rest of the game, which is never nice, but I thought he was great. 

He’s a down-to-earth guy and works hard in training. He looks the complete player but obviously time will tell how he develops and how he does here. I can only speak for when I’ve seen him in training and worked alongside him, and he’s top drawer.”

Speaking about Arsenal he stated:

We have huge players in our dressing room who have done loads and loads in the game, but it’s just normal that when you go on a bad run or lose games you maybe get a dip in confidence, that’s just natural.

The only thing that turns it around is winning games and we have another chance to do that tomorrow.”

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WILLIAN
Willian © Francesca Ceciarini

The victory against Maccabi Tel Aviv brought relief and happines to Chelsea and his fans and was one good news in this tormented start of the season.

But also tonight not everything was smooth, and there are two bad news for the Blues and his supporters ahead of Arsenal derby next Saturday: Willian and Pedro will miss the match, and Oscar is also a doubt, as José Mourinho revealed after the game with the Israeli side:

I will start thinking about it tomorrow. Everything was on Maccabi. Tomorrow I will watch Arsenal, and I will try to understand how my players are – how Oscar is, Willian is out for sure, I think Pedro is out for sure – so let’s see. I prefer problems because players had good performances than problems because the performances were not good“.

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JOSE MOURINHO MANAGER PARADE
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was relieved after the win against Maccabi Tel Aviv © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager José Mourinho spoke to the media in the press room after the victory against Maccabi Tel Aviv.

The Portuguese coach was relieved after the three points in the Champions League game:

We hadn’t won a game for so long so it’s a good feeling.

The penalty we missed was a big test for us because when everything has gone against you – red cards, penalties against you, decisions, bad luck, injuries – and you start a game you have to win and after five minutes miss a penalty, it’s a great test of the character of the players and the team. It was good we had an extra negative episode and the reaction was very good.

The team had a big determination to be a bit different and to show a different state of mind. I’m happy with the performance and the result.

 

The team was more aggressive with and without the ball. The pressing was much stronger. The lines were closer together. There was a very good reaction when we lost the ball to try to recover it immediately; to try to force the mistake in the opponent instead of waiting for their mistakes.

We moved the ball very well. Fabregas and Loftus-Cheek gave speed to the team. The ball was quickly leaving defensive areas and reaching attacking players. We played well. I know we didn’t beat Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich but we beat a team that arrived here having deserved to beat Basel and coming here to make it difficult for us. It was not difficult because we played so well.’

Mourinho was asked if the victory meant more than simply three Champions League points:

I can imagine how difficult it would be for for all of us to wake up tomorrow after a defeat, to go to Cobham to train again after a defeat, two days before a derby against Arsenal – so the victory is very important.

Also the last two seasons we didn’t start well in the Champions League at home. We put ourselves in a situation where we had to win points away. In this moment these three points plus Porto’s draw with Dynamo gives us a good situation.’

Ruben Loftus-Cheek started tonight and impressed in the midfield:

He played very well which is very good for us. He is in conditions to compete with the other players for opportunities and minutes, but he is having minutes. He is potentially a very good player but you have to feed these young players and choose the right moment. The reality is his evolution is important and good“.

 

Chelsea fans sang the manager’s name many time tonight, but Mourinho prefers the team to be supported:

First of all it’s more important they support the players like they did. I’m happy when they sing ‘Chelsea’, ‘we know what we are, champions of England’ and I prefer when they sing the players’ names.

I am not waiting for that kind of support [towards me] but obviously it’s welcome. I prefer that to them booing me. It shows me they don’t read papers or they don’t have short memories.

Arsenal is next opponent of the Blues, on Saturday:

I will start thinking about it tomorrow. Everything was on Maccabi. Tomorrow I will watch Arsenal, and I will try to understand how my players are – how Oscar is, Willian is out for sure, I think Pedro is out for sure – so let’s see. I prefer problems because players had good performances than problems because the performances were not good“.

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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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