Mourinho Tags Chelsea Team ‘Very Good’ After West Ham Win

ChelseaChelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho, has praised the way his team adapted to different challenges throughout the 90 minutes of a comfortable 2-0 win over West Ham United on Boxing Day.

Chelsea maintained their 100 per cent Premier League home record with a goal in each half, the first by John Terry, his second in a week, and the second a clinical finish by Diego Costa, in what can be termed a dominant Chelsea performance.

Mourinho told Chelseafc.com; “There’s no perfection but we played very well against a difficult team.

“We played well in two different versions; the first against a defensive side, and we were very good, we moved the ball, there was a good dynamic and lots of chances.

“In the second half we played against an attacking team that made changes by putting on faster players and playing direct balls into space. We coped well and found ways to counter attack.

“It’s very important for a team to identify different moments of the game and to be able to adapt. Today was a good example of that, the players did very well.”

Mourinho also explained why there was only one change to the side which beat Stoke on Monday.

“My players are human like all the others but the point is that every match is fundamental, there are no better points than others, every match is an important match.

“We played Stoke on Monday and after that we had three days to recover the players well. Everybody was in condition to play. I made just one change, Oscar for Mikel, because I wanted to give a different design to the team.”

Expressing satisfaction that the current season has turned out better than the last for Chelsea, Mourinho said; “Last year we were very strong defensively and very well organised but we lacked a bit of creativity when we had the ball.

“The challenge this year was to bring that creativity and dynamic without losing the defensive qualities of the team… The team is happy to have the ball but also comfortable when the opposition has the ball. I think we are a very good team.”

The Portuguese also had kind words for Captain, John Terry after another impressive performance crowned with the opening goal.

“He’s always had that, normally four or five goals a season. He’s full of confidence. I see my John of 2004, 2005 and 2006 here, I don’t see any difference. He’s playing so well but when the team is playing so well it’s easy for individuals.”

The victory would be the ideal way for the Blues to prepare for two away fixtures over the next week, firstly against Southampton on Sunday, and then at Tottenham next Thursday.

Chelsea Win More Than Just Three Points – Jose Mourinho

ChelseaChelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho, hailed a victory he felt meant “more than just the three points” after his side saw off Stoke City 2-nil at the Britannia stadium to secure the English Premier League Christmas number one spot.

“To win here we must play a very good game,” he said.

“We did it because we adapted well to their style of play, when they had the ball. When we had the ball we tried not to lose our identity and play our game.

“To score in the beginning is important but not so much in this stadium because they are always strong, the crowd is behind them and the team is mentally strong.

“They have good players, a good bench and Mark Hughes can make changes because he has players for that. It was a very difficult victory.

“It’s a victory that means a bit more than the three points, not just because it’s difficult but because to win here you need to put more than just your quality in.

“The players were together, they coped well with a difficult style and were not afraid to have responsibility. Our creative players were not afraid to assume the game and create, our defensive players were very solid, so only with a great team performance is it possible to be successful against Stoke,” Mourinho said of his Chelsea team’s performance.

The league leaders went 1-nil up in the second minute through John Terry’s header before wrapping up the win through Cesc Fabregas’ scuffed effort with 12 minutes remaining.

In-form West Ham are the visitors to Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day ahead of trips to Southampton on December 28 and Tottenham on January 1.

Andy Carroll Says West Ham Can Win Premier League

Andy CarollAndy Carroll claims that West Ham United are genuine contenders to win the Premier League title after their sparkling start to the season.

The 25-year-old scored his first goals of the campaign on Sunday as his brace helped the Hammers record a 3-1 win over 10-man Swansea and move up to third in the table.

West Ham will face Chelsea and Arsenal in the space of 48 hours over the festive period, and it is fair to say the bookmakers are still somewhat sceptical of the possibility of Caroll’s dreams becoming reality.

“We have a great squad,” Carroll said, “and I can’t say we are going to give up now we are in the top three. We have got a great team and we can go all the way.

“With the team we have got, and the manager, the way he is coaching everyone, it is fantastic, and I don’t think we will be giving up at all. I think there is no limit. We can go all the way to the top.”

Several reactions have trailed Andy Caroll’s thirst for glory considering the fact he had scored only twice in the league ahead of the fixture.

Carroll has missed plenty of football through injury but has not felt the pressure to come back scoring plenty of goals with the likes of Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho performing well in attack in his absence.

“I have been out for a long time,” he said.

“The last couple of games I’ve been playing, I haven’t been fully fit. There have been a lot of injuries and I was put in unexpectedly. Now I’m feeling good and strong and I can put myself about a bit more.”

Coach Sam Allardyce decided to sign Carroll rather than Wilfried Bony in the summer of 2013 and the West Ham boss had said that his decision would prove right over time.

If the EPL trophy is what Big Sam is also aiming at to justify his transfer decision, fans would have to wait till May 2015 to find out. Perhaps the wait could be over by the end of December.

 

West Ham Signs Song On Loan From Barcelona

songEnglish Premier League side, West Ham have completed the signing of Barcelona midfielder, Alex Song, on a season-long loan deal.

Song, who struggled to hold down a regular place at the Nou Camp, following a surprise move from Arsenal in 2012, returns to the Premier League with the Hammers.

Clubs throughout Europe were put on alert when it emerged Song would be allowed to leave Barcelona – with West Ham having won the race to take him to Upton Park on a temporary basis despite reported interest from the likes of Napoli and Galatasaray.

The 26-year-old Cameroon international, who was was introduced to home fans before Saturday’s Premier League game against Southampton, revealed it was a conversation with manager Sam Allardyce that led to his decision to move to East London and he is targeting European qualification.

“When I spoke to the manager, he gave me very good advice,” he told the club’s official website

“I had a very good chat with him and that’s why I am coming here. We have to do better than last season. I think the club has very good ambition and I hope we can maybe catch the European positions, because that would be very good for the club.

“I think it’s great for the fans that the club wants to be one of the biggest in England. That’s why I chose to come here. I always said that if I was to leave (Barcelona) one day I would return to the Premier League.

“It was a very hard decision when you have options of a lot of clubs who are playing in the Champions League, but at the end of the day I chose West Ham because I wanted to come to the Premier League”.

Song, who was impressed by the ambitions of the London club, which will move from the Boleyn Ground to the Olympic Stadium in time for the 2016-17 season, said he was working hard to be at his best when he plays for his new club

“I need some games to be ready and get my fitness back,” he said.

“When I am 100%, I will bring the experience and I will make the fans happy, I am sure. I am lucky to be back in London, back in England and with West Ham. I am looking forward to showing everyone what I can do.

“West Ham is looking to be a very, very big club in the future. The club has a great project and it is a very big project with very big ambition”.

The Cameroonian joined Barcelona in 2012 from Arsenal for about £15m with an 80m euros (£63m) release clause.

He played 206 times for the Gunners between 2005 and 2012 and has made 39 appearances since moving to the Nou Camp.

Song, who won one La Liga title during his spell in Spain, is likely to be West Ham’s final summer signing – taking the total of new recruits to eight.

Biggest Brand: Bayern Munich Topples Manchester United

It’s no longer news that German club side; Bayern Munich won the Champions League title and the Bundesliga and take away the German Cup to make it a treble win for this season, but it what’s news is that the German side has knocked off English side; Manchester United from its position as the world’s most valuable brand.

In the new rankings done by BrandFinance Football 50, Bayern Munich leapfrogged after a nine per cent rise in value from 2012, moving from second to first after the double success and hopefully would clinch the German Cup.

European Cup finalists Borussia Dortmund also rose one place to 10th, with the Bundesliga’s soaring reputation clear – Schalke are 11th with Hamburg in 15th.

But the division as a whole is only worth two thirds of the Premier League – $1.9billion compared to $3.1bn.

English clubs dominate the list, with several appearing in the top 10; as well as United in second, Chelsea are fifth, Arsenal sixth, Liverpool seventh and Man City eighth.

One of the key factors in United’s drop of two per cent value was their early Champions League exit – turfed out by Madrid at the last-16 stage.

Barcelona, thrashed an embarrassing 7-0 on aggregate by Bayern, are ranked fourth in the list – where they were last time – but their brand value actually depreciated by 1 per cent.

Tottenham came in 12th, but after that a host of sides from Germany and Italy crop up before we reach our next English entry, in 29th, West Ham.

Newcastle follow in 30th – a 10-place drop from last term – with Aston Villa, Everton and Fulham close behind.

Astonishingly, Stoke City come an impressive 41st in the world.

Adidas and Nike dominate the kits of the top 15, the former providing 18 deals with the latter on 14. But emerging brands Warrior and Under Armour pose threats to these manufacturers in the future.

Below is the list of the first 10 clubs.

RankClubBrand value ($)% changeBrand rating
1Bayern Munich860m9AAA
2Man United837m-2AAA+
3Real Madrid621m4AAA+
4Barcelona572m-1AAA
5Chelsea418m5AA
6Arsenal410m6AA+
7Liverpool361m-2AA
8Man City332m10AA-
9AC Milan263m-10AAA-
10Borussia Dortmund260m15AA

Cole Joins Boyhood Club; West Ham On Free Transfer

England International midfielder Joe Cole has left the Reds; Liverpool to return his younger days club Wet Ham after he left the Anfield club on a free transfer.

Signing an 18 month contract with West Ham, Cole admitted having a miserable time in Liverpool after leaving Stamford Bridge to Anfield in 2010.

Cole won eight major trophies at Chelsea, including three Premier League titles, and played 56 times for England.

It was not so pleasant for Cole in his first match for Liverpool after he red-carded and the second match too where he missed a penalty, he was there after sent on a loan spell to French Team Lille.

Cole scored five goals in 42 matches in all competitions at Liverpool.

Cole’s first spell at West Ham from 1998 to 2003 was where he learnt the trade.

“This is where I learnt my trade (West Ham) and I’m happy to have another chance to be here.”

Andy Carroll back for West Ham

Reported injured, Andy Carroll is billed to be back on board from injury for West Ham against Queens Park Rangers (QPR) as manager Sam Allardyce confirmed his return to Loftus Road.

Though on loan, Andy Carroll who was the striker for Liverpool has been glued to the bench for four whole weeks with hamstring injury which he sustained last month during his debut match for West Ham as Allardyce confirmed that the striker will be back tonight.

The 23-year-old, who has moved to Upton Park until the end of the season, was outstanding on his debut against Fulham before being forced off after just 68 minutes, making West Ham play without a win recorded, scoring twice in three games.

Carroll has made a quicker recovery than expected but, despite returning to the squad two weeks ahead of schedule, is not ready to start against the Premier League’s bottom side.

The news Carroll’s return to fitness will also delight and serve as a boost for England manager Roy Hodgson as the English squad meeting San Marino and Poland on Thursday for this month’s World Cup qualifiers will be named.