Jose Mourinho may be sorry for criticising the Stamford Bridge atmosphere but it appeared to have the desired response, with the Chelsea manager amazed by the difference against West Brom.
At the start of November, the Portuguese risked the ire of his own supporters by saying it felt like the Blues were playing at an “empty stadium” when near neighbours QPR visited.
It was an assessment subsequently backed by many a Chelsea fan and seemingly acted as a catalyst to a much-improved atmosphere for West Brom’s visit on Saturday.
Chelsea’s title charge shows no signs of abating, with West Brom the latest side swatted away by Jose Mourinho’s men as the Blues won 2-0.
It may only be November but few look capable of preventing the west Londoners from lifting the Premier League trophy aloft at the end of the season.
West Brom were the Blues’ latest victims, with first-half goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard securing Chelsea a victory that was far more dominant than the 2-0 scoreline suggests.
Jose Mourinho has said that any speculation about Petr Cech’s future has come from “Mickey Mouse” websites and blogs, and that he has received no offers for the goalkeeper.
Cech, 32, has been relegated to the bench this season as Thibaut Courtois has replaced him as the Blues’ No. 1. The Czech international’s fall out of favour at Stamford Bridge has led to reports that Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Arsenal are all interested in signing him.
However, Mourinho scotched such rumours at his news conference ahead of Saturday’s match against West Bromwich Albion.
Jose Mourinho says Diego Costa is fully fit after being given the international week off by Spain, although the Chelsea manager is waiting on the fitness of Cesc Fabregas ahead of Saturday’s home match against West Brom.
Costa had been plagued by a recurring hamstring problem in the first two months of the season, which led to Spain eventually acquiescing to Mourinho’s public wish that the striker be given time off.
“Diego has totally recovered,” the Portuguese told his pregame news conference on Friday. “But we go match after match. Diego has four yellow cards. Am I going to protect him? No way. He plays. When he’s fit, he plays.
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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has told Sky Sports he would leave the club in search of first-team football if he was Petr Cech.
Following 10 years as the Blues’ No. 1, Cech, 32, lost his place in the side to Courtois, 22, after he returned from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid in the summer.
The Czech Republic international has since been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in January after finding himself on the Chelsea bench, and Courtois is not surprised his teammate may be considering an exit.
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Chelsea are set to announce profits of almost £20m and a record turnover of around £325m when the Premier League leaders release their annual financial results.
The current Premier League leaders will report a turnover of £325m for the year up to June 30, and will comfortably pass UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) test thanks to the funds brought in by the sale of Juan Mata and David Luiz, plus their share of the new £1bn television deal.
Jose Mourinho bemoaned Chelsea’s complacency and the officials after his side were made to wait to secure qualification from Champions League Group G after a 1-1 draw at minnows Maribor.
Nemanja Matic’s close-range strike salvaged a draw for Chelsea after Agim Ibraimi’s goal for Maribor, who were beaten 6-0 at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago.
Eden Hazard had a late penalty saved – but Mourinho felt Chelsea should already have been in front by then, only for substitute Diego Costa to have a strike ruled out for offside.
An Oscar special and an Eden Hazard penalty earned Premier League leaders Chelsea a 2-1 win in a hard-fought west London derby with QPR at Stamford Bridge.
Striker Diego Costa returned following a four-game absence with his problematic hamstrings and showed few signs of rustiness as Chelsea took the lead through Oscar’s stunning strike.
Try as they might, Jose Mourinho’s men were unable to build on the lead and, after Hazard’s weak header, QPR broke to equalise through Charlie Austin’s improvised finish with 29 minutes remaining.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho berated the Stamford Bridge crowd in the wake of his side’s narrow 2-1 victory over QPR, describing the match as ‘like playing in an empty stadium’.
The Blues continued their unbeaten start to the Premier League season after a second-half penalty from Eden Hazard secured the win, but Mourinho was critical of the crowd in the aftermath of the game.
‘Everyone knows how much I feel connected to this club and the fans,’ he told talkSPORT. ‘At this moment it’s difficult for us to play at home though, because playing here is like playing in an empty stadium.
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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has said striker Didier Drogba is back to his best after three goals in his last three games for the Blues.
Stamford Bridge legend Drogba, who returned to the club in the summer, has spent most of his time on the bench following the summer arrival of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid.
But an injury to Costa has given the 36-year-old his chance — and a Champions League penalty in the 6-0 win against Maribor, a header in the 1-1 draw at Manchester United and a goal in the 2-1 Capital One Cup win at Shrewsbury have followed.