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Jose Mourinho when he was Chelsea manager © Francesca Ceciarini

Manchester United manager Josè Mourinho claims Stamford Bridge clash against former club Chelsea would be a game like others but admitted he would be difficult for me to celebrate like a crazy for a winner:

“For me it’s another game,” he commented during his pre-match press conference.

Would I celebrate like crazy my team’s goal or victory at Stamford Bridge? I don’t think so.”

“I think I will try always to control myself and to respect the stadium and supporters that were my supporters and my stadium for many years. To do that I would have to lose my emotional control, which is not easy,” insisted Mourinho, who spent five years at Chelsea and is still respected by the majority of their supporters.

“I think I would always think where I am, which stadium I’m in and which public is in the stands. Apart from that, it’s just another match for me. A match I want to do well in for my players, my team and my supporters; that’s what I want.

But he concluded that, of course:

“I”I want to do well for my team, players, support, I am 100% Manchester United tomorrow, no more space than respect for the stadium and the fans.”

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes his side’s last goal at Southampton today, scored by Alvaro Morata following 31 passes completed from his teammates on the pitch, is “sure the favorite goal” so far as he can see the “way of football” he wants to bring in this season.

Speaking at a press conference, he told journalists: “We moved the ball very quickly. I think one touch, sometimes two. We arrived at the goal so easy. It’s my football. My favorite goal? Sure, because here I can see my way of football.”

When asked if Chelsea showed “Sarri-ball” football for the whole clash at St. Mary’s Stadium this afternoon, he added: “I think sometimes, not always. I think we can do better because they had two or three opportunities. We need to be in control of the match. We can do better in the defensive, sometimes also in the offensive phase. Today we did wrong in two or three counter attacks”.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was very satisfied as he spoke during his post-game press conference at Stamford Bridge after the Blues win over Bournemouth. “I am very happy with my players. They are doing well in the week and the matches”. the Italian manager said. “I am happy with 12 points but I always think we can do more and improve”.

Four win in four games has been a perfect Premier League start so far, but Maurizio Sarri is aware the gap with Manchester City is still huge and he doesn’t want to speak about the title race: “I think it is better now to think about the next match. The gap at the beginning was 30 points, so I think it is very difficult to cover this gap in one season”. Sarri admitted. “I am very happy with the four matches, but only starting from now to the next match”.    

The Blues manager commented also on today’s match: “I am happy with the result and the performance. It was a very difficult game, they are very organised and defended very well”. Sarri explained. “The first half was difficult and maybe we needed to move the ball with another speed and without the ball. In this match you can win in the last 20 minutes”.

Then, on Olivier Giroud replacing Alvaro Morata: “It depends the moment of the pitch. We crossed lots so I thought Giroud in that moment was better, it depends on the situation. Alvaro is improving, maybe he needs more space. However, I am lucky because Giroud is very useful”.

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Belgian star Eden Hazard helped Chelsea mantain their perfect start in the Premier League, scoring the second goal in today’s win vs Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

The game was a tough one for the Blues, but Hazard claimed the team were always confident they could break the lock and gain the three points. “We were always confident we would score. When you’re playing like that you have to be patient”. Hazard explained. “We have a lot of players that can score any minute. We did well to keep the ball and move it quickly, because we were too slow in the first half”.

Eden Hazard also admitted he knows he has a key role for Maurizio Sarri‘s side. “I know when I play good the team play good, so I need to be ready for everything. The season is long, but we will fight to the end, and we will keep improving”. the Belgian said. “I’m feeling confident, I’m enjoying my football, we have a new manager and lots of good players”.

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Under Maurizio Sarri, Brazilian defender David Luiz has re-gained a spot in Chelsea‘s starting XI and he is enjoying his “new life” at Stamford Bridge.

Yesterday, David Luiz played in the Blues’ win over Newcastle: “It’s always difficult to play against a line of five, and then a line of four, playing a low block”. David Luiz told Chelsea official website“We were trying to move the ball as quickly as possible and trying to find some gaps to score but we dominated the game and we deserved to win.”

The Brazilian defender also praised Maurizio Sarri and the way the team are playing: “I’m enjoying it a lot, we have a great philosophy, a great manager and an amazing spirit in the team so it’s great to be playing. We are trying to get points at the beginning because as everybody knows it’s a new system and a new philosophy so we are trying to do our best”. the defender went on.“It’s not easy to win points in the Premier League so if we can get them now, at the beginning of the season, when we are adapted to the style it’s going to be even better for us.”

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas played today in the Blues’ win over Perth Glory in their first pre-season friendly which marked also Maurizio Sarri‘s debut on the London club’s bench.

Fabregas himself recognised that many things have changed for the last two seasons under Antonio Conte:  “You have to be ready for everything, it’s all about getting the rhythm. This was our first game after the FA Cup final, so nearly 9 weeks ago. We are getting there slowly, slowly. Of course it was a different style with Antonio”. Fabregas said. “For example we played with five at the back, now we have four defenders. It will be tight to adapt to what Maurizio wants from us. We’ve been practicing for two years with another system, but I think with intelligent players we will learn fast”.

Things are new also for Fabregas who will play in a different position: “My new position? the Spanish midfielder went on. “Not more far than usual. Yes, in the last two years I’ve been playing as a defensive midfielder, very deep in midfield. Of course this new position [attacking midfielder] is better for me, this is the position where I have played in all my career but I am ready to play in every position, wherever Sarri will put me. We have three places in midfield”.

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Cesc Fabregas shared his impressions after the FA Cup final, claiming it was a well deserved trophy for Chelsea but also admits the real target of the season was another one:

“It hasn’t been the best of seasons, objective was to play Champions League but sometimes these things happen. But look at the fans having fun enjoying the day, it’s important for them.  

“It was important to keep it tight, we know when we play with five defenders it’s more difficult to put a press higher up the pitch, for the midfielders it’s tough you have to run a lot. We were compact and disciplined.”

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José Mourinho insisted his side was the one who had to lift the FA Cup today.

The Manchester United manager reckons that pundits would have destroyed him if his team had played like Chelsea did today:

“I think we deserved to win, we were the best team but that’s football. I am curious to see what people say what you write because if my team played like Chelsea did I can’t imagine what you will say.

“My players gave absolutely everything, it was hard to play without Lukaku against a team who defends with nine players. We tried everything, the defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything.

“We know this is how they play, they are not stupid, they know our team without Lukaku, Fellaini we don’t have presence so they knew they’d dominate direct football.

“They were a huge block of compact players, Courtois has a couple of saves, we had bad luck with some important balls in the box. For me the image of the game is David De Gea didn’t touch the ball, he touched the ball out of the net.

“I congratulate them.”

 

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Thibaut Courtois believes the FA Cup was a well deserved for Chelsea players after a weird season with may up and downs.

The Belgian keeper also reveals that the dressing room stick with Antonio Conte, but also stressed that the responsibility to decide on the manager’s future belongs to the club.

“I believe it was a very hard game, I made a couple of good saves,” Courtois said after Chelsea secured their 8th FA Cup today.

“It was a season with many up and downs so we are happy for this achievement.

“Conte won a title and a FA Cup in two years, he did what the club wanted.

“We get along with him and it’s the club that have to take a decision about his future, but we have no problems with him.”

 

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Antonio Conte called himself ” a serial winner” after securing his second trophy as a Chelsea manager in two seasons.

The Blues won the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Manchester United today thanks to a penalty converted by Eden Hazard in the first half and the Italian coach thanked his players and the Chelsea fans after this triumph but he”forgot” to thank the club, with whom he hadn’t a great relationship in this last campaign.

“To win in England is never easy, in two years is not easy to win the title and the FA Cup facing really good rivals like Manchester City, Spurs, Liverpool, Manchester United is not easy,” the Blues boss said to Sky Sport Italia after the final whistle.

“I believe today we won because we worked very well tactically and we were committed: I’ve always seen their commitment, there have been rumours since the first half.

“I am really happy for the supporters and the players, they always showed me a great will and sacrifice, I guess this win is really valuable because Manchester United is better than us in this moment. I have to thanks my players and the fans for this success.

“My future? I don’t change my position, it’s always the same. 

“I didn’t want to hear any other offer because my position has been always the same, since January: to continue here

“I showed to be a serial winner winning the title and FA Cup here in UK: it’s not easy to do that, also because here the title is not assigned before the championship starts.”

 

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