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Chelsea players Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Willian found themselves on the 59-man long-list for the 2015 Ballon d’Or that has been leaked.

The list will be cut to a 23-man shortlist in December while the awards ceremony will be held on the 11th of January in Zurich, along with the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year trophy and the Puskas award.

The Ballon d’Or long list:

Chelsea: Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Willian

Barcelona: Claudio Bravo, Javier Mascherano, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic, Neymar, Luis Suarez.

Real Madrid: Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronalso, Luka Modric, James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos.

Juventus: Giorgio Chiellini, Paul Pogba, Alvaro Morata.

Manchester United: Wayne Rooney, David de Gea, Memphis Depay

Arsenal:David Ospina, Alexis Sanchez.

Atletico Madrid: Antoine Griezmann, Jackson Martinez.

Bayern Munich: Arturo Vidal, Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben, David Alaba, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer

Manchester City: Wilfried Bony, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Otamendi, Kevin de Bruyne.

Paris Saint-Germain: Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Javier Pastore.

New York City: Andrea Pirlo.

Boca Juniors: Carlos Tevez.

Tottenham: Son Heung-min, Harry Kane

Milan: Carlos Bacca.

LA Galaxy: Giovani dos Santos.

Liverpool: Philippe Coutinho.

Bournemouth: Christian Atsu.

Corinthians: Paulo Guerrero.

Hoffenheim: Eduardo Vargas.

Internazionale: Gary Medel.

Lyon: Alexandre Lacazette.

PSV Eindhoven: Andres Guardado.

River Plate: Carlos Sanchez.

Swansea: Andre Ayew.

Swindon Town: Massimo Luongo.

Leicester City: Shinji Okazaki.

 

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WILLIAN
Willian © Francesca Ceciarini

Begovic 6- Should have done better with both goals but did keep Chelsea in the game with a number of saves.

Ivanovic 4- A generally poor performance, was left exposed by Pedro not covering.

Zouma 5- Inexperience was obvious, especially at the first goal.

Cahill 5- Didn’t organise the back line at all, should have done better.

Azpilicueta 5- A similarly poor showing.

Ramires 6- Did show moments of promise.

Mikel 5- Lost the midfield battle.

Pedro 4- Should have scored in the first half and didn’t track back enough.

Fabregas 5- A shadow of what he was last season.

Willian 6- Scored a superb goal and worked very hard.

Costa 5- Showed a lot of energy but was left isolated.

Substitutes:

Hazard 5- Started well but didn’t have desired effect.

Matic 5- Consolidated the centre a bit but put a long range shot well over the bar.

Kenedy 5- A few bright moments but not much to show.

Manager:

Jose Mourinho 5- Will have to reconsider bringing back John Terry and find some way to get the best of his forwards.

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The Chelsea boss

Chelsea have lost 2-1 to Porto in their second Champions League Group Stage game in a match where once again the team’s frailties were clear to see.

Chelsea got forward early on with Costa running forward with the ball and linking up with Willian but the initiative came to nothing. Brahimi had the home side’s first effort from the resulting counter attack, a shot from outside the box that Begovic saved relatively simply.

Cesc Fabregas forced a similar save from Iker Casillas in the Porto goal, receiving the ball from Costa to fire low and hard from the edge of the box to force a corner. By far the best early chance of the game came in the 12th minute when Pedro failed to convert when put in on goal by Willian. Begovic had  difficulty in clearing a high ball near his goal as the game continued its positive pattern with both teams getting forward looking for a goal.

Chelsea improved as the first half progressed and began to close their opponents down off the ball in stark contrast to their slow play in the first half of Saturday’s draw with Newcastle. The point of their attack was transformed by the return of Diego Costa, the Spain striker’s energy was the most positive aspect of the performance. Despite that there has still been a lack of quality from the supporting attackers from midfield, and as a result Costa was often isolated.

Chelsea’s difficulties going forward repeated themselves once again at the back, and the poor, static defending that gave Newcastle two goals on Saturday was once again on show as Porto took the lead a few minutes before the break. Brahimi cut in from the left and fired in a shot which Begovic could have done better with, but as it was Andre Andre was the only player to react and he put in the rebound with his right foot.

Just as it looked like Chelsea were going to go in with a goal deficit, the two heroes from Saturday’s damage control mission against Newcastle combined to save them again. Ramires put in some necessary pace into Chelsea’s approach play and was fouled 20 yards from the goal. The free kick was, after considerable delay as the defensive wall was organised, put into the bottom corner by Chelsea’s other Brazil international Willian.

It was literally the last action of the half, and when the second half started Chelsea’s problems were compounded all over again. After five minutes of neither side causing the other much trouble, Chelsea were a goal down again after yet more poor defending which allowed Maicon to drift in to the near post as a corner was swung in and flick the ball back beyond Begovic.

Diego Costa almost equalised a few minutes later when his shot from outside the box hit the bar when it had Casillas beaten, but then Porto came close to scoring a third when a number of saves from Begovic were followed by panic stricken clearances out from the penalty box.

Eden Hazard was brought on for Jon Obi Mikel as Mourinho tried to find a way past the well organised Pot backline and it almost worked as the Belgian skipped past the final defender and put the ball into the side netting. Therein followed a period of play where Porto had several chances to increase their lead, and without the work of Begovic they certainly would have done.

Chelsea’s play became increasingly desperate in their search for an equalising goal- Ivanovic missed a sitter when Casillas floundered and the Serb headed wide, and they were denied a possible penalty when Porto’s centre back handled Costa’s attempt at a pull back with only a few minutes left, and it was the Spain forward who had Chelsea’s last chance of the game when he collected the ball on the edge of the box but struggled to get it out of his feet to fashion an attempt.

The goals conceded do bring into question Jose Mourinho’s decision to not play John Terry at centre-back, and the attack continues to be one dimensional and impotent. There is little sign, on the evidence of tonight and last Saturday, of Chelsea’s poor form being rectified, but it will have to be soon to save Chelsea’s season.

PORTO - Casillas; Maxi Pereira, Maicon, Marcano, Martins Indi; Rúben Neves, André André, Imbula; Corona, Aboubakar, Brahimi.

Unused Substitutes: Helton, Tello, Corona, Bueno

Scorers: Andre Andre

Yellow Cards- Martins Indi, Marcano,  Helio Pereira, Imbula

CHELSEA – Begović; Ivanović, Cahill, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Mikel (Hazard, 62), Fàbregas; Willian, Ramires (Matic 73), Pedro (Kenedy, 73); Diego Costa.

Unused Substitutes: Baba, Terry, Loftus-Cheek

Yellow Cards: Gary Cahill, Azpilicueta, Mikel

Scorers: Willian (45)

Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

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Chelsea are drawing 1-1 with Porto at half time of their second Champions League Group Stage match.

Chelsea got forward early on with Costa running forward with the ball and linking up with Willian but the initiative came to nothing. Brahimi had the home side’s first effort from the resulting counter attack, a shot from outside the box that Begovic saved relatively simply.

Cesc Fabregas forced a similar save from Iker Casillas in the Porto goal, receiving the ball from Costa to fire low and hard from the edge of the box to force a corner. By far the best early chance of the game came in the 12th minute when Pedro failed to convert when put in on goal by Willian. Begovic had  difficulty in clearing a high ball near his goal as the game continued its positive pattern with both teams getting forward looking for a goal.

Chelsea improved as the first half progressed and began to close their opponents down off the ball in stark contrast to their slow play in the first half of Saturday’s draw with Newcastle. The point of their attack was transformed by the return of Diego Costa, the Spain striker’s energy was the most positive aspect of the performance. Despite that there has still been a lack of quality from the supporting attackers from midfield, and as a result Costa was often isolated.

Chelsea’s difficulties going forward repeated themselves once again at the back, and the poor, static defending that gave Newcastle two goals on Saturday was once again on show as Porto took the lead a few minutes before the break. Brahimi cut in from the left and fired in a shot which Begovic could have done better with, but as it was Andre Andre was the only player to react and he put in the rebound with his right foot.

Just as it looked like Chelsea were going to go in with a goal deficit, the two heroes from Saturday’s damage control mission against Newcastle combined to save them again. Ramires put in some necessary pace into Chelsea’s approach play and was fouled 20 yards from the goal. The free kick was, after considerable delay as the defensive wall was organised, put into the bottom corner by Chelsea’s other Brazil international Willian.

It was literally the last action of the half, and does save Chelsea’s blushes to a certain extent, but the team’s performance will have to get better- in attack and defence- if they are to leave Portugal with a result.

 

 

PORTO - Casillas; Maxi Pereira, Maicon, Marcano, Martins Indi; Rúben Neves, André André, Imbula; Corona, Aboubakar, Brahimi.

Scorers: Andre Andre

Yellow Cards- Martins Indi (19), Marcano (24)

CHELSEA – Begović; Ivanović, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matić, Fàbregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa.

Yellow Cards: Gary Cahill (40)

Scorers: Willian (45)

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André Silva is out for Porto for a knee injury, while Brahimi is a doubt always for a knee problem.

In Chelsea, only long-term injured Thibaut Courtois is out, for a knee injury too.

So, the possible line-ups for tonight’s clash at Estadio do Dragão are:

PORTO - Casillas; Maxi Pereira, Maicon, Marcano, Layún; Rúben Neves, André André, Imbula; Corona, Aboubakar, Brahimi.

CHELSEA – Begović; Ivanović, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matić, Fàbregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa.

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ramires

Chelsea have drawn 2-2 away at Newcastle after a game which will give the Blues mixed feelings.

A free kick was put wide by Zouma- the Frenchman shooting from distance after Matic had been fouled. It was an even start with neither side causing a great deal of trouble to the opposing ‘keeper in the opening minutes. The earliest opening came from Chelsea in the 12th minute when Remy failed to divert Ivanovic’s cut back on target in the 11th minute.

Mitrovic put a header past Begovic’s far post a few minutes later, and Newcastle had another encouraging moment straight away when Sissoko put the ball wide from 25 yards as they took more and more of initiative. The home side were clearly invigorated by the home support as the desperately sought to end their terrible start to the season- compounded by Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup.

Chelsea found it difficult to get the ball into the final third, largely as a result of Newcastle’s pressing, and when they did the final ball failed to find the intended teammate.  Newcastle found  the right man when the ball was given to Janmaat inside the penalty area, thankfully for Chelsea his shot was straight at Begovic and the Bosnian was able to push the ball away.

Chelsea’s play began to pick up as the half approached its end, Fabregas had a shot from distance that Krul did well to push away, and Chelsea were appealing for a penalty a minute later when a corner was flicked onto a Newcastle defender’s hand, but it counted for nothing when they conceded the first goal just before the break.

A ball over over the top from the right hand side should have been dealt with easily by either Zouma or Ivanovic, but was instead allowed to fall to Ayoze Perez who finished beyond Begovic from the middle of the penalty box.

It is a goal that could and should have been avoided, but also one that was inevitable given Chelsea’s slow start.

Chelsea’s second half began with better football than at any point in the fist, the passing was much quicker, and the trio of Hazard, Oscar and Fabregas looked much more threatening going forward, as did Pedro on the wings.

Remy forced a fantastic save from Krul when he headed an Ivanovic cross from close range, something for which he was offside anyway. The Frenchman had another attempt from slightly further out but his header went over.

Once again it was after a promising period in the game that led to Chelsea conceding a goal, and once again it was patently avoidable- Wijnaldum heading in from a Perez cross following a corner. Falcao and Willian were brought on for Remy and Matic respectively, but Chelsea failed to get beyond a home side that defended resolutely.

They found it difficult to make clear chances on goal, and it wasn’t until another one of Jose Mourinho’s substitutions- Ramires- involved himself in the game that they did. A superb ball from deep by Zouma found Hazard who cut in from the left and played the ball to the Brazil international, on for his compatriot Oscar, who fired the ball in from 25 yards.

Two attempts to equalise, a blocked shot from Hazard after a long run from left to right and a miss from Pedro when he was clear on goal, were not taken as the game drifted into a thrilling end. A chance to level the score was taken with barely three minutes left, and it was a bizarre goal for one of the other substitutes, Willian’s quick free-kick going past everyone into the goal to Newcastle’s despair.

Ramires forced a save from Krul as Chelsea pushed on looking for the winner. An injury for Newcastle in stoppage time meant a long delay, and Chelsea had one more chance to throw the ball in the box which came to nothing. Chelsea went away with a point that might have been a disappointment at the start of game, but would have been gratefully received when they were 2-0 down.

Chelsea  (4-2-3-1 ):

Begovic, Azpilicueta,Cahill, Zouma, Ivanovic,Matic, Fabregas,Hazard, Oscar, Pedro,Remy

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Newcastle (4-1-4-1):

Krul,Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara; Colback; Thauvin, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Perez,Mitrovic

Manager: Steve McClaren

Scorers:

Perez (43)

Venue: St. James’ Park, Newcastle, UK

Referee: Martin Atkinson

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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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