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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 © 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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Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has no doubts, that Pedro has made the right decision by choosing Chelsea.

Pedro has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, but in the last moment, Chelsea have hijacked the transfer.

Former Liverpool and England defender Murphy is convinced, that Pedro has made a very wise move choosing the Blues.

Murphy told talkSPORT :

“I’m not saying Louis van Gaal would have wasted money and sat him on the bench, but I bet he would have tweaked him and he would have had to play a certain way.”

“At Chelsea he knows he is going to be playing in a system that Barca play and he has got a manager that gives you a run in the team.”

“From a football perspective, Chelsea is a no-brainer.”

Murphy is sure, that Chelsea have made an impressive transfer. He has no doubts, that Pedro give Chelsea a big boost :

“I think he will play every week and I think he is 15 goals minimum [a season],”

“If you have 15 goals coming from him, 12 or 15 coming from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa getting his normal 20, then you are sharing the load because Willian doesn’t score enough, Oscar doesn’t and Cuadrado can’t.”

“I think it is a hell of a signing for Chelsea.”

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According to Foot Mercato, Chelsea midfielder Willian has been offered to PSG.

Foot mercato reveals, that due to the fact, that Chelsea are about to sign Pedro, Willian has been told to find another club.

The French newspaper claims, that the Brazilian midfielder has over the past week been offered not only to PSG but also to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

However, Willian transfer to PSG seems unrealistic because according to the latest reports, PSG have already fulfilled their quota of non-EU players.




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Courtois 6- Made a couple of good saves but was caught out for the penalty.

Ivanovic 4- A poor showing, was beaten several times on his side.

Terry 6- Managed the team well in the most difficult moments.

Cahill 6- A fairly solid performance.

Azpilicueta 6- Got forward quite well but was caught out a few times going back.

Fabregas 5- Should have been taken off ling before the 76th minute, still finding sharpness.

Matic 6- Played well in the first half but lost control of the midfield all too easily.

Willian 7- Worked very hard and appeared to the most effective going forward.

Oscar 6.5- Scored a goal and worked hard.

Hazard 6- Was Chelsea’s most dangerous player in the final stages but not much before then.

Costa 6.5- A good performance after injury but tired as the game went on.


Zouma 6- Gave greater security to the defence when brought on.

Begovic 6- Couldn’t save the penalty when on for Courtois but made some good saves to prevent a defeat.

Falcao 4- Could only scuff a shot late on.


Jose Mourinho 6.5- Made the right changes when the team needed it and couldn’t have done much more to win the game.

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Chelsea are 2-1 up against Swansea City in their first match of the Premiership season. 

The Champions started the game brightly, passing the ball quickly and sharply in the opposition half, pushing Swansea back into their own half. The visitors didn’t allow Chelsea to dictate the play for long, and came close in the 7th minute when a Gomis headed a corner just past Thibaus Courtois’ far past.

Gomis had another, and easier chance a few minutes later when he was almost put through on goal by Jonjo Shelvy. He would have given his side the lead he not dithered and allowed John Terry to get back and smother the shot. The Chelsea defence had more work a few seconds later as Courtois had to punch away a powerful shot from Ki from which the Blues counter attacked but couldn’t create a clear chance.

The home side settled better after that, and the next few minutes were played in the Swansea third of the pitch. A series of set-pieces came to nothing until a 22nd minute free-kick from Oscar, won by Cesar Azpilicueta on the left, flew in past everyone and into the corner of the net to give Chelsea their first goal of the new season.

Having the lead invigorated Chelsea further, and the Stamford Bridge crowd began to see the best of the creative axis that won them the league last season. Hazad, Fabregas and Costa put fine passing moves together and threatened to double the lead. Diego Costa especially looked sharp after the hamstring injury that kept him out of the Community Shield and friendly match with Fiorentina on Wednesday. But Chelsea’s advantage didn’t even last until the half hour mark as Swansea equalised with a soft goal. A cross from the left side found Gomis whose string header Courtois could only push out to Swansea’s Andre Ayew who netted from close range at the second attempt.

Whatever joy Swansea felt at drawing level was even more shot lived than the deficit they obliterated as Chelsea instantly attacked and regained the lead from an own goal from Federico Fernandez- the defender helpless as Willian’s cross deflected off him and into the same corner that Oscar’s free-kick had landed in minutes earlier.

While Chelsea have played well and do deserve their lead they would be wise to remember the harm that Swansea have been able to cause them in the first half. The visitors have attacked with pace and have been able to get behind Chelsea’s back line, in particular from the left.

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Brazilian midfielder Oscar © Francesca Ceciarini

Courtois 7- Could perhaps have done better with the goal but the finish was a very good one. He was caught out later on in the first half and deserved to concede a second goal because of it. He did, however, make a few good saves in the second half to keep Chelsea in the game.

Azpilicueta 6- Did get forward well to begin with but should have closed down Oxlade-Chamberlain for the goal.

Terry 6- The defence was generally well organised for the most part but perhaps did so too deeply in the fist half. The chances Arsenal created late on were the result of the team pushing forward in an attempt to find an equaliser.

Cahill 6- Much of what is said above, he played well for the most part.

Ivanovic 7- Prevented a certain second goal when Courtois was out of his goal but missed a good chance late on.

Ramires 4- Poor, should have scored with an easy header shortly after the team went behind. The team did better when he was replaced.

Matic 6- Got better as the game continued and did have moments of linking up well with Fabregas to little avail.

Fabregas 6- A quiet game against his former side, made one great chance for Hazard in the second half and maybe should have had a penalty in the first.

Willian 6- Did try and make something happen in the second half. He worked hard.

Hazard 5- A very below par game by his standards, struggled to make a difference when the team needed him and should easily have scored when assisted by Fabregas.

Remy 4- Largely anonymous for most of the half that he was on the pitch, easily pushed off the ball when he had it and frequently caught offside.


Oscar 7.5- Made a difference when he came on and Chelsea’s most energetic play came when he was on the pitch. Probably the best of a poor selection for Chelsea’s man of the match.

Zouma 6- Brought on to provide aerial power and physique and could have done better with half a chance that Cech saved.

Moses 5- Came on late but couldn’t provide needed influence to change result.

Falcao 5- A poor introduction generally, should have done better with a chance in the box and lacked energy and instinct to be where the team needed him.


Jose Mourinho 6- The team was unfit and lacked the ambition needed to win the game, highlighted most glaringly by losing possession at the beginning. He did make substitutions when he needed to and for that he deserves credit. There need to be drastic improvements before the season begins properly next week.

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Willian © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea midfielder Willian spoke to Chelsea TV before flying to Washington for the game against FC Barcelona.

The Brazilian midfielder joined the squad last week in New York after he spent post Copa America holidays with his family.

He trained for just one week, but he’s ready to play tonight against the Champions of Europe:

“I’m happy to be back, I’m happy to be on the pitch, I know I have to train more but I’m happy [if I will do] 20 minutes.

Of course I have to train more and tonight I think I will play more than 20 minutes but I’m feeling good, during the training I’m feeling good and I think that tomorrow we will see if I play or not”

“Pre-season games are good because you can train the team, it’s good also for the physical form and we prepare for the league.

“Begovic and Falcao are great players: Radamel is a great striker, he comes to help and I wish him good luck.

“I’ve got lots of friend in FC Barcelona: Neymar, Dani Alves, Adriano so I’m happy to play against them tonight I hope to win tonight.

“This year will be more difficult and we know that, we have to be prepared and stay focused because this year is more difficult than the last one.


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