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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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Chelsea have lost 3-1 to Southampton after yet another dreadful performance, and one that effectively ends any chance of saving their season to the point where they will retain the title.

The visitors earned themselves a number of set pieces in the first ten minutes, from one of which they should have done better when Fonte was left unmarked but missed the ball completely, it was from one Chelsea were given that led to the opening goal.

A lively run from Eden Hazard drew the foul from which Willian repeated his skill from a dead ball position. The strike from the left hand side of the penalty box looped over all those in the middle and into the net off the post.

Southampton’s bright start subsided somewhat after that, though Davis did have a shot from inside the box that was so bad Beogovic didn’t have to move. Chelsea’s approach play has been much improved from what they have shown so far this season, but there is still a lack of end product going forward and a lack of confidence in defence.

The lull in the Saints’ performance was temporary and they quickly got themselves back in the game. Two penalty appeals, the second of which involved Ivanovic tripping Mane, were inexplicably turned down, while a deep cross from the right almost find itself in Begovic’s goal.

Former Chelsea man Ryan Bertand had a shot on the left hand side of the box blocked by Begovic, but the visitors increasing confidence resulted in them equalising just before the break. A diagonal ball over the top from the right was headed down by Pelle and fired into the goal underneath Begovic from Davis, compensating for his terrible effort earlier on.

Chelsea had one more opportunity before half time, but another free-kick that Willian stood over led to nothing. They very nearly fell behind straight after the break when Mane had two shots blocked after Ivanvovic, having another poor game at right back, was twisted and turned this way and that by Tadic. Chelsea were left aggrieved ten minutes later when Falcao, who did well to reach the ball when he was second best, was felled by the ‘keeper’s arms as he went down to shepherd the ball out. The Colombian was booked for diving, to his and Jose Mourinho’s incredulity.

Chelsea’s bad start to the second half was symbolic of the season to date. The nervousness at the back the lack of quality going forward gave their opponents the initiative and, consequently, the lead. John Terry, whom Jose Mourinho was under pressure to reinstate into the team, was turned and Mane ran in clear on goal- his shot rolling slowly over the line off Begovic’s boot. After about ten minutes of ineffective football, Southampton shocked the home crowd again by scoring again, this time through Pelle on the counter attack.

Chelsea never got back into the game, the third goal resulted in Mourinho taking off Matic who he had brought on at half time, and the Blues’ response was once again insipid and impotent. It is difficult to think of a single positive from this latest defeat, there was none of even the brief fight back we saw against Newcastle United last week. Unless something severe takes place in the next few weeks it is difficult to see where and how Chelsea’s season will improve.

 

CHELSEA – Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires (Matic, 45), Fabregas; Willian (Remy, 64), Oscar, Hazard; Falcao.

Unused Subs: Blackman, Zouma, Baba, , Loftus-Cheek, 

Manager: José Mourinho

 

SOUTHAMPTON - Stekelenburg, Cedric, Fonte (c), van Dijk, Bertrand, Romeu, (Ward-Prowse, 45) Wanyama, S. Davis, Tadic (Rodriguez), 78, Mane (Yoshida, 90), Pelle.

Unused Subs: K. Davis, Long,  Martina, Juanmi.

Manager: Ronald Koeman

 

Referee: Robert Madley    Assistants: M. McDonough, M. Perry  Fourth Official : R. East

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK

Attendance: 41,642

 

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Chelsea are being held 1-1 against Southampton at Stamford Bridge in what has so far been a mixed game for the Blues.

The visitors earned themselves a number of set pieces in the first ten minutes, from one of which they should have done better when Fonte was left unmarked but missed the ball completely, it was from one Chelsea were given that led to the opening goal.

A lively run from Eden Hazard drew the foul from which Willian repeated his skill from a dead ball position. The strike from the left hand side of the penalty box looped over all those in the middle and into the net off the post.

Southampton’s bright start subsided somewhat after that, though Davis did have a shot from inside the box that was so bad Beogovic didn’t have to move. Chelsea’s approach play has been much improved from what they have shown so far this season, but there is still a lack of end product going forward and a lack of confidence in defence.

The lull in the Saints’ performance was temporary and they quickly got themselves back in the game. Two penalty appeals, the second of which involved Ivanovic tripping Mane, were inexplicably turned down, while a deep cross from the right almost find itself in Begovic’s goal.

Former Chelsea man Ryan Bertand had a shot on the left hand side of the box blocked by Begovic, but the visitors increasing confidence resulted in them equalising just before the break. A diagonal ball over the top from the right was headed down by Pelle and fired into the goal underneath Begovic from Davis, compensating for his terrible effort earlier on.

Chelsea had one more opportunity before half time, but another free-kick that Willian stood over led to nothing. This is a must win game for Chelsea, Jose Mourinho must find a way past Southampton in the second half if he is to revitalise Chelsea’s season, especially as Manchester City won so convincingly earlier on today.

 

 

 

 

CHELSEA – Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Falcao.

Subs: Blackman, Zouma, Baba, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Remy.

Manager: José Mourinho

Scorer: Willian (10)

SOUTHAMPTON – Stekelenburg, Cedric, Fonte (c), van Dijk, Bertrand, Romeu, Wanyama, S. Davis, Tadic, Mane, Pelle.

Subs: K. Davis, Yoshida, Long, Rodriguez, Martina, Ward-Prowse, Juanmi.

Manager: Ronald Koeman

Scorer: Davis (43)

Referee: Robert Madley Assistants: M. McDonough, M. Perry Fourth Official : R. East

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK

Kick Off: 5.30 pm GMT

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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 © 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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