Jose Mourinho insisted he had kissed and made up with Diego Costa after a bust-up between the pair during Chelsea’s Champions League victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv.
But the Chelsea manager labelled the Sammy Ofer Stadium pitch in Haifa “dangerous” after captain John Terry and midfielder Ramires both suffered injuries that could rule them out of Sunday’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur.
Terry injured his right ankle during Chelsea’s 4-0 victory, while Ramires hurt himself while training on the surface on Monday night.
Chelsea made a loss of £23.1m as they won the Premier League last season. According to their annual financial results, the deficit kept them within Financial Fair Play (FFP) limits.
“It was a primary aim in the past financial year to be one of the clubs with a continuous record of meeting the regulations,” said chairman Bruce Buck.
The Blues, who made a record £18.4m profit last year, announced revenues of £314.3m, marginally down on the previous year’s record of £319.8m. Chelsea put this down to their elimination from the Champions League in the first knockout round compared with a semi-final appearance in 2014. But that figure is still the second best in the club’s history – the Premier League champions turned over £255.8m in 2013.
The Belgian was played in a central position in the win over Norwich but the Chelsea boss believes he still is at his best on the wing against a right-back
Jose Mourinho still believes Eden Hazard’s best position is on the left flank despite the Belgian being played in a more central role for Chelsea in recent weeks.
The 24-year-old revealed that he discussed a change in position with Mourinho before the international break having struggled to replicate last season’s performances.
Hazard played in a central role against Norwich City but Mourinho believes the Belgian is most effective out wide.
The Blues boss pointed to seven regular starters in his squad under the age of 21 as an answers to critics who believe he has neglected new talent at the club
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed suggestions that he does not use young players in his starting line-ups, highlighting Ruben Loftus-Cheek as a top prospect who has broken through under his guardianship.
Despite the Blues having huge numbers of young players under contract in recent years, many of whom have spent periods elsewhere on loan before being sold, John Terry, now 34, remains the last academy graduate to go on to win a regular place at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea will take a major step towards turning around their troubled season if they can seal qualification for the UEFA Champions League last 16.
Mourinho’s side have travelled to Israel to face Maccabi Tel Aviv in their penultimate Group G fixture knowing a victory combined with a draw or defeat for Dynamo Kyiv against Porto would guarantee their progress to the knockout stages. That would be a significant boost for Mourinho, who has come under fire following Chelsea’s woeful form in the Premier League. Buoyed by Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Norwich on Saturday, the Blues boss believes his players’ confidence is finally returning.
The international break gave some Chelsea players the opportunity to express themselves with their national sides away from the pressures at Stamford Bridge, although Fabregas admitted that their poor start to the season has given him sleepless nights while Ancelotti has once again been suggested as a possible replacement for Mourinho and, despite being open to the idea of a return to the Premier League next season, he believes that the Blues are right to stick with Jose.
Meanwhile, Mourinho said he has “no right” to demand new signings at the Bridge but the club continue to be linked with France international forward Antoine Griezmann .
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According to several media outlets, Chelsea are lining up a £20 million deal to sign Borussia Dortmund goal machine Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January.
With Diego Costa out of form, and Mourinho not trusting Loïc Rémy or Radamel Falcao, the Blues lack of goals is one of the big reasons for their disastrous start to the Premier League season,
The newspapers suggest that Mourinho is planning changes in January and that they have settled on Aubameyang who has scored already scored 23 goals in 21 matches this term.
The sight of the 19-year-old Kenedy on the team sheet at left back against Norwich had many Blues fans doing to a double take but Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists he still sees Kenedy very much as an attacking player.
ourinho explained that the 19-year-old Brazilian was given orders to attack and that his position depended partly on how Norwich were set up for the game.
“He’s an attacking player. He was playing in a position that was not so much a left-back,” Mourinho said.
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Jose Mourinho hopes Diego Costa’s winning goal against Norwich City will prove to be a turning point for the Chelsea striker. The Spain forward has come in for growing criticism after struggling to recapture the form he showed during his club’s march to the Premier League title last season.
Costa again missed a number of chances against Norwich before securing Chelsea’s first win in four league games with the 64th-minute winner in a 1-0 success at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, only his third goal in 11 English Premier League appearances this season. Chelsea manager Mourinho admitted his player has been feeling the strain, but believes Costa can now begin to put a difficult period behind him.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that his side coped well with the pressure of their recent bad results to secure a 1-0 victory over Norwich City at Stamford Bridge. Diego Costa scored midway through the second half as the Blues won for only the fourth time in 13 Premier League matches on Saturday, and for the first time in four games.
Mourinho said that the ending to the match was nervier than it needed to be given his side’s dominance, but praised the attitude of his side in the victory.