Chelsea will go into their Premier League match against Arsenal tomorrow with renewed optimism after their morale-boosting 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League in midweek, defender Gary Cahill has said.
“Without the ball, you could see the pressing much stronger, the lines much more together, a very good reaction when we lost the ball to try and recover immediately and force the mistake in the opponent”, he added.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has played down the reports that there is rift between him and his captain, John Terry. I think that’s a good question you don’t know how to answer.
“We won four Premier Leagues, three with him and one with his team”.
“We can wake up with a different state of mind”.
In other matches, West Ham United travel to Manchester City with the hope of becoming the first team to put a goal past the leaders in the league this season.
The rival coaches squared up in the dugout last season during the Blues’ 2-0 win and then f ollowing Arsenal’s victory in the 2015 FA Community Shield at Wembley there was no handshake between the pair. “I’m happy with the performance”, Mourinho said.
Their manager Slavisa Jokanovic, a former Chelsea midfielder, conceded: “Welcome to the Champions League, it is not the Israeli Premier League“.
After he win against Tel-Aviv, Mourinho insists that he is still a fantastic.
“It’s sad”, the Chelsea boss said.
“We had to win from the previous results“.
After Willian was brought down in the early stages of the game, it looked as though it could be another frustrating night for Jose Mourinho and his side when Eden Hazard skied his penalty – prompting laughter and ridicule on the internet, as one would expect. “Nothing.” Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic who is set to make his Champions League bow in the continued absence of Thibaut Courtois backed his manager. First game we play away against one of the most important teams in the world. Chelsea have made their worst top-flight start for 29 years after back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Everton left them 17th in the table.
“We must be stronger to be more competitive”.
“We ” ve got huge players in our dressing room who have done loads and loads in the game.