Mourinho Praises Chelsea Performance

jose-mourinho-smilingJose Mourinho heaped praise on his players after winning the 21st trophy of his managerial career, above all on those who did not even play in the final but had played a big part in getting the Blues there, such as Thibaut Courtois and Filipe Luis.

However, with another London derby against West Ham coming up in the Premier League in midweek, the Portuguese also said Sunday’s celebrations would be kept to a minimum – 20 minutes to be precise.

In lauding his entire squad, rather than just those who featured on Sunday, Mourinho said:

Terry: This Is Just The Start

john-terry-league-cupCaptain John Terry believes Chelsea’s “massive” Capital One Cup final win over Tottenham could be the start of something special for the Blues.

Terry’s goal on the stroke of half-time put Chelsea in front at Wembley and a Diego Costa shot that deflected in off Kyle Walker 11 minutes into the second half secured a 2-0 win.

The trophy is the first Chelsea have won since Jose Mourinho returned to the club in 2013 but Terry hopes it is the first of many for the current crop.

Asked how important the win might be for the development of the Chelsea team, Terry told Sky Sports 1:

Chelsea Win First Trophy Of The Season

chelsea-league-cupJose Mourinho claimed the 21st trophy of his career as Chelsea showed Tottenham no mercy with a clinical 2-0 victory in the English League Cup final at Wembley.

Tottenham came to Wembley full of hope after their recent rejuvenation under Mauricio Pochettino. The men in white played some fantastic football, and Christian Eriksen went close to giving them the lead when he struck the bar from his free-kick in the first half, but ultimately they were out played by a team used to the big stage.

Did Mourinho Overuse Fabregas In First Half Of Season?

As Chelsea went top of the table early in the season, much was made of the stability of the Chelsea side, how Mourinho was able to name basically an unchanged side every week, and how that continuity helped the Blues lead the league.

But is Chelsea and Mourinho now paying the price for that strategy, as Cesc Fàbregas, who was brilliant before Christmas, now looks like a player desperately in need of a break.

1-on-1 with Didier Drogba

Sports Illustrated’s SI.com is sharing an exclusive inside look at Chelsea Football Club. Senior writer Grant Wahl sat down for a rare 1:1 interview with Chelsea striker Didier Drogba about what makes the club, and it’s controversial manager José Mourinho, so special.

1-on-1 with Chelsea manager José Mourinho

Sports Illustrated’s SI.com is sharing an exclusive inside look at Chelsea Football Club. Senior writer Grant Wahl sat down for a rare 1:1 interview with manager José Mourinho who Wahl describes as the best world sport coach, has an incredible ability to manage players, psyches, and egos.

Under The Crest: Chelsea FC

SI’s Grant Wahl explores the rise to dominance, and complex identity of one of the world’s most powerful clubs.

In this profile, Grant speaks with players and lifelong fans about the legacy of Chelsea. This inside look at one of the hottest teams in the world shares a sense of what makes this club so special.

The team at the top of the Premier League table has a long and diverse history, but its fundamental identity has been transformed in the last decade. Although Chelsea has built a cosmopolitan fan base, the club has retained some important ties to its working class roots.

Matic’s suspension reduced to two games

matic-tackleThe FA have announced that the suspension handed to Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic for his push on Burnley star Ashley Barnes has been reduced from three matches to two.

Matic reacted angrily to a follow through tackle from Barnes. Although the Burnley star has come in for widespread criticism for the tackle, as expected, the FA have chosen to uphold the ban but reduce the suspension by one match, a decision Chelsea have said they are not pleased with.

A statement on the FA website said:

Dyche responds to Mourinho comments

matic-tackleBurnley manager Sean Dyche has hit back at Jose Mourinho’s criticism of referee Martin Atkinson after the Chelsea boss blamed poor decisions for his side’s 1-1 draw with the Clarets on Saturday.

After the game, Mourinho cited four “crucial moments” as decisive in the result at Stamford Bridge, the most controversial of which saw Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic sent off in the second half.

Matic was dismissed for pushing Ashley Barnes after the Burnley striker had caught the Blues midfielder high on his shin with a late tackle that Mourinho described as “criminal”.

Epic Mourinho Rant On Referees And Media Against Chelsea

Jose-Mourinho-Chelsea-AnfieldChelsea manager Jose Mourinho went on the attack on Sunday as he went on Sky Sports and attacked Premier League referees for what he sees as their season long bias against his club.

This was vintage Mourinho. In a week where he saw his side twice be able to hold onto one goal leads, and with a League Cup Final next weekend against rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Mourinho did what he does best. He took all the attention of his underperforming players, and put it on himself.