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Chelsea managed a last gasp 1-0 win over Everton, which has been termed as lucky by many pundits. However, manager Jose Mourinho refuse to accept that this was a lucky victory, as he believes that his team put in a lot of effort and performance into getting the three points. Everton dominated for most of the first half, but a change by Mourinho in the second half did the trick. There looked like only one team capable of winning the match in the second half. However, Chelsea were unable to break the stubborn defence of Everton for long periods.
The breakthrough finally came, but it was not until the injury time. Ramires was fouled just outside the box in the 92nd minute. The resulting freekick was taken by Frank Lampard, who found John Terry with ease. The former England centre back converted the cross much to the delight of the home supporters and Mourinho because this was crucial three points. It helped them get a foothold in the Premier league title race. Even though Manchester City have a game in hand compared to Chelsea, the advantage on the table right now certainly puts a lot of pressure on Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
Mourinho said that his team displayed a lot of strength in the last 15 minutes and it was crucial towards the victory.
“The feeling when you lose points in the last minutes, like we lost two points against West Brom, is a bad feeling. When you win it’s the opposite. It’s basically a compensation of the points we lost against West Brom. For the last 15 minutes we were strong; we created; we pressed; we dominated. When you score (a late goal) you can speak about luck. A point for us is not good, and in the end maybe we deserved it,” said Mourinho.
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Chelsea offloaded £22m in order to sign the services for Nemanja Matic who is set to undergo some medical tests in order to complete his transfer. Mourinho wanted to land a new midfielder and he is convinced that Matic has developed into a much better player than the one he once was some years ago.
Sources arriving from Portugal are claiming that Matic will sign a contract with Chelsea that will see him remaining with the Premier League club until 2017. Matric has already played with ‘’The Blues’’ back in 2009 where he barely managed to make any kind of impact with the club and ultimately was loaned to Vitesse Arhhem and finally sold to Benfica.
Branislav Ivanovic praised the improvements that his fellow Serbian countryman Matic has made.
“There is a lot of positive news about Nemanja and he is improving a lot,” Ivanovic said. “When he was at Chelsea, you saw he has the qualities to be a top player, but he needed to play and he decided the best option for him was to move to Portugal.”
While Nemanja Matic will be seeing his way into Chelsea, De Bruyne is going to leave the club with the German side Wolfsburg being the next football destination of the midfielder who are expected to make an offer of €16 million and should be enough to secure the services of the 22 years old player.
Kevin De Bruyne spent most of his time on the sidelines of Chelsea or just going out on loan as he went to Genk and later made a switch to Werder Bremen and now Wolfsburg is turning out to be the more likely destination.
Besides Matic, Fredy Guarin of Inter Milan is a big target that Jose Mourinho wants to add into his squad of Chelsea.
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Following the 2-2 draw against West Brom that saw Chelsea rescuing 1 point in the last few minutes with Eden Hazard stepping up to take the late penalty kick. The Premier League’s refereeing organization apologized to West Bromwich Albion after allowing the set piece to be taken which ultimately turned the match into a draw.
Mike Riley, head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOB), subsequently called West Brom to say sorry.
“We’ve had a phone call from Mike Riley to apologize,” Clarke told the club website.
“It doesn’t get us any more points, but it’s nice of Mike to phone. If he’s apologising, he obviously feels it was the wrong decision. We have to put it behind us now and move forward.”
The decision to give away the penalty kick was controversial as Ramires went down in the box after a collision with the defender Steven Reid. Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho was unhappy at the call that was made as the Portuguese coach believes it was a clear penalty and an apology was not necessary.
“Nobody called me to apologize that it wasn’t a free-kick against West Brom for their second goal,” said Mourinho.
“I am curious to know if people see that as a normal situation, if now on it is going to be the same for everybody [to get a phone call],” added Mourinho
“At least now the referees know, they know one thing. If, in a controversial – I’m not saying a mistake – decision that hypothetically – and, I repeat, hypothetically – favors Chelsea, they know they are going to be publicly exposed by their boss. That they know.
“They can make, hypothetically, mistakes, favoring other teams, nothing happens’’.
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