Cesc Fábregas’ Premier League Assist Return

With 15 Premier League assists to his name already this season, we take a look at Cesc Fábregas’ assists, who they came against and which Chelsea teammate was the main beneficiary from his creative ability from the 2014/15 campaign

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Mourinho: Stamford Bridge atmosphere must emulate Anfield

chelsea-fansJose Mourinho has repeated his plea for a noisy Stamford Bridge when Chelsea play Liverpool next week for a place in the League Cup final. The Blues drew 1-1 at Anfield on Tuesday night, and play the Reds in the semi-final, second-leg bidding for a place in the March final at Wembley.

Mourinho, who won the League Cup twice in his first spell at the club, was critical of Chelsea fans following November’s win over Queens Park Rangers, saying he felt his side were playing in an “empty stadium”. The Portuguese believes a partisan crowd can make a big difference next week against Brendan Rodgers’ visitors.

Mourinho ‘frustrated’ by Anfield draw

jose-mourinho-cfcLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho both felt their sides should have scored more in their Capital One Cup semi-final first leg.

However, the Blues boss had cause to be the happier with the 1-1 draw which makes his team favourites heading into next week’s second encounter.

Chelsea were indebted to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for ensuring there was still something to play for in the second leg as the Belgium international kept the hosts at bay with a string of saves after the break.

“Obviously Liverpool didn’t deserve to lose but I go (away) frustrated,” said Mourinho.

Hazard: A draw is not a bad result

Eden Hazard spoke to Chelsea TV following the Blues 1-1 draw at Anfield in the Capital One Cup semi final first leg.

Match Report: Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1

eden-hazard2Raheem Sterling’s second-half solo goal earned Liverpool a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final at a snow-speckled Anfield.

With Chelsea leading through Eden Hazard’s 18th-minute penalty, Jose Mourinho’s side were poised to pull off a classic smash-and-grab when Sterling surged through their defence to equalise in the 59th minute. The goal, Sterling’s seventh of the season, was a demonstration of the 20-year-old England forward’s quicksilver brilliance and was the reward for a committed and industrious display by Brendan Rodgers’s men.

Mourinho Says Chelsea Could Not Afford Di Maria Or Falcao

jose-mourinho-cfcJose Mourinho says Chelsea signing both Angel Di Maria AND Radamel Falcao would have ”caused an explosion” within the Chelsea dressing room.

The Chelsea boss is represented by Jorge Mendes, who is also the agent of the two Manchester United stars, says he had the opportunity to sign Falcao and Di Maria in the summer, but declined due to Financial Fair Play regulations.

Mourinho says he spoke with Jorge Mendes, who represents both players as well as the Stamford Bridge chief, and was told that both his clients were available.

Courtois Back For Liverpool Match

courtois-chelseaThibaut Courtois is set to return for Chelsea at Anfield on Tuesday. Courtois, who broke his thumb in his last appearance, trained without any pain over the weekend and I expect him to go straight back into the starting line-up and replace Petr Cech even though the 32-year-old has not conceded a goal in his three games since coming into the line-up.

Chelsea boss Mourinho had planned to play Courtois in the Capital One Cup semi-final and final to give him more big game experience and he now has the chance to recall his number one.

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Mourinho On Thibaut Courtois And Petr Cech

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Thibaut Courtois’s finger is getting better but praised Petr Cech’s performance against Swansea City.

Mourinho’s side came away from the Liberty Stadium with a resounding 5-0 win, with Diego Costa and Oscar picking up braces before Andre Schurrle rounded off the victory over Gary Monk’s team in their first game without Manchester City’s new signing Wilfried Bony.

Despite losing 5-0, Swansea managed to have 11 shots, none of which managed to test Petr Cech who took the gloves for the gloves for the second consecutive match and only the fourth time this season.

Mourinho hails ‘perfect’ display

jose-mourinho-cfcJose Mourinho hailed the “perfect game” after his Chelsea side underlined their Barclays Premier League title credentials by sweeping aside Swansea 5-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

Oscar and Diego Costa both scored twice in the first half to put Chelsea in cruise control before substitute Andre Schurrle grabbed a fifth goal 11 minutes from time to ensure Swansea suffered their heaviest home defeat for 24 years.

“It was a perfect game, everything went in our direction,” Chelsea manager Mourinho said.