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Chelsea endured yet another disappointing night at Anfield in a cup competition after only managing a 1-1 draw against Liverpool. The result could have been very different going by the statistics, as Liverpool created numerous opportunities compared to Chelsea.
The blues had just one shot on target and this came from the penalty spot. Chelsea also scored from this penalty. Unlike in recent seasons, they were not looking defensively solid as the attacking threat of Liverpool from Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho, and later, Adam Lallana frequently exposed the Chelsea backline.
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Manchester United might have been on a winning streak right now, but, the thought of the league title is not crossing the mind of the boss Louis Van Gaal as yet.
The Dutchman gave a wry smile to the reporters yesterday when he was asked whether he thinks the title is within the reach of Manchester United.
Van Gaal reckons his players have to improve a whole lot before they can even think about becoming the champions again.
United won 3-0 versus Liverpool, but, Van Gaal did not find his team dominant there. He felt at times the Reds were allowed to take control of the ball rather too easily.
According to Van Gaal, it’s great that Liverpool could not score any goal at Old Trafford, but, they could have because they were being given the space and opportunities.
Speaking in the post match press conference, the 63-year old said, “The score that we ended with is indeed very satisfying, but, as a manager, you see a lot of other things as well and one of the things that I noticed today was that we could not keep them at bay. They were having the possession every now and then and we were letting it happen. They were in a position to score a couple of times.”
“It’s something that we’ve got to understand. We need to keep playing the same way for the whole of the match. We can’t sit back at any point of time because the opponent teams, they are of high quality and good enough to punish you for mistakes. Yes, we did not concede today. But, you know we’ve got to take a lesson from our mistakes. We can’t allow matches to drift.”
Aston Villa is going to be United’s next opponent.
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The Spanish midfielder Juan Mata was a consistent starter at Stamford Bridge during his opening 2 seasons as a player of Chelsea as he made over 30 league appearances in both seasons but things started to change when Jose Mourinho was selected as the new head coach of Chelsea and he made his return as the coach.
The arrival of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea saw Juan Mata taking up a place in the sidelines of the Premier League club and Juan Mata only managed to make 13 appearances compared to the 34 he made the previous season.
Jose Mourinho preferred using the Brazilian midfielder Oscar as his main playmaker instead of Juan Mata and Mata was eventually sold to Manchester United for a price tag of €37 million.
Juan Mata has now gone on revealing information concerning some of the reasons that many people did not know on why he decided to make a move to Manchester United as the skilled player stated that he did not even talk with Jose Mourinho as he did not have a relationship with the Portuguese coach. No communications, no talks, nothing at all existed.
“For better or for worse, we had no relationship, there was no dialogue. I was not happy, but always gave the most respected and my colleagues. You never know what will happen in life.” Juan Mata said.
The former Chelsea player also went on revealing information about his current coach Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford and he had nothing but praise to say about the Dutch manager.
The midfielder continued, “Van Gaal has so much experience and I can learn a lot from him. He’s tough when he has to be. He says things in a firm way, intensely, but then he’s somebody who is very close with the players. He really likes to talk with us, to ask us what we think about the exercises that we do in training.” Juan Mata added on.
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Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed that he is extremely happy with the spirit showed by his team to get on the right side of a nine goal thriller at Goodison Park. Chelsea recently visited Goodison Park, which has not been a happy hunting ground in recent years. Last season, they lost 1-0 against Everton here after having created a lot of opportunities throughout the match. This time around, they managed to win encounter 6-3. It was easily one of the finest Premier League matches in recent times, as both teams attacked with a lot of purpose especially in the second half.
Diego Costa helped get the blues on their way after just a few seconds on the clock, as the spot with one minute. Branislav Ivanovic, who may have been offside, quickly doubled Chelsea’s advantage inside five minutes. However, this began an Everton fightback that almost paid dividends before Chelsea started their attack, which Everton found it difficult to live with. Costa, Nemanja Matic, Ramires, and an own goal from Coleman saw Chelsea finish the match comfortably, but at one stage there was no assurance of three points.
Midway through the second half, both teams scored a total of 5 goals in just over 10 minutes. After this three points to maintain their 100% record, Terry said that he is happy with the spirit of the Chelsea team.
“It was disappointing to throw away the lead just before half time, but we got the wake-up call and it probably served us well (in the) second half. Maybe we were too relaxed before that. The way we kept responding was excellent and something that we didn’t have last year so that delights me more than anything. We’ve not done so well here in recent years so to come here and get the win in the manner we did was incredible,” said Terry.