Jan 172014

Well if ever you needed confirmation that Chelsea are chasing a player in the transfer window then you are not going to get better than Jose Mourinho making a personal phone call to the target in question!

It seems that the 19 year-old French international Kurt Zouma was the lucky recipient, and he has been persuaded by Mourinho that he would love to move to Stamford Bridge.

Zouma, who is tipped to be a future captain of the French National team, disclosed when he was asked if the Chelsea rumours were true: “Well, it’s true. There has been an advanced contact,”

“At first I thought it was a joke. But I quickly took his call seriously. A great man like Jose Mourinho phoning a small player like Kurt Zouma, it’s nice. It does not happen to you every day and it is a great sign of respect and trust. I will always take Chelsea [rather than another club]. I loved this club since childhood and blue is my favourite colour.”

So it looks like Mourinho has made sure of his second signing since his return to the club….

Jan 102014

With Chelsea still going strong in three competitions, Jose Mourinho and the fans want every ounce of the players’ attention focused on the Chelsea cause. With a decent but tricky draw against Galatasaray in the Champions League, there can be no room for taking things easy. And, despite some inconsistency in the first half of the season, the Blues are right up there in the mix with Arsenal and Man City for the Premier League.

So will the fact that we are in a World Cup year and a large number of the Chelsea squad are hoping to be involved be good or bad news? It all depends, really, on individual situations and the players’ attitudes. With Jose Mourinho in charge, one thing is for sure, you have to earn your place in the team. Just ask Juan Mata. His chances of making the Spanish World Cup squad are pretty good, but unless he starts to play more regularly for Chelsea, he is unlikely to make the first XI for his country.

Along with Mata, Chelsea has Torres and Azpilicueta from Spain, Hazard and De Bruyne from Belgium, Cole, Cahill and Lampard from England and, of course the Brazilians Oscar, Willian, Ramires and Luiz. Then players like Schurrle, Essien and Eto’o may still be in with a chance as well. What we want from these players is for them to give absolutely everything they have for Chelsea in order to make sure they are playing in Brazil this summer, rather than them moaning about lack of playing time.

If Jose plays it right, and he usually does, Chelsea can really benefit from the upcoming tournament and the Chelsea players can go into it on a high after winning a trophy or two. Happy days all round…

Nov 162013

I think it is safe to say that Chelsea Football Club, and especially the manager Jose Mourinho, are not too well liked by West Brom and their fans at the minute. Denied a historic win at Stamford Bridge by an admittedly fortunate penalty decision by the referee last week, the Baggies were already fuming when Jose added a little spice to the row.

Describing the West midlands club and their defender Jonas Olsson as `Mickey Mouse` ensured that the English media made a real meal of the situation, but it was really a storm in a teacup. West Brom have sinced calmed down and the former Chelsea assistant manager Steve Clarke has done well to laugh it off.

He might not be laughing in January, though, as the Mirror has reported that Chelsea are ready to battle it out with other clubs, including Arsenal, for the services of the talented young striker Saido Berahino. The 20-year old starlet has really burst onto the scene this season and the Baggies must be kicking themselves for leaving him on a poor contract earning just £850 a week.

The club are trying to give him a new contract and have apparently offered £7,000 a week, but according to the paper, the talks have stalled. Berahino must be aware of the interest from the bigger clubs and may be waiting to see what happens in January. Should Mourinho and Chelsea really get under the Baggies’ skin and take their young striker off their hands for them?

Sep 142013

With the return of Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge, the atmosphere around Chelsea Football Club brightened like the sun coming out on a cloudy day. Then the signing of some quality players in addition to the strong and talented squad available to the special one made a lot of football experts install Chelsea as their favourites for the Premier League title.

The only reservation that most people had was in the striking department. Fernando Torres and Demba Ba were not seen as potent enough to really make Chelsea the team to beat, and Lukaku was promising but still young and raw. That is why Mourinho was so keen on signing Rooney from Manchester United, and when that didn’t happen, the boss made a late move to rescue Samuel Eto’o from Russia and his club Anzhi Makhachkala. I was on one of my favourite Bingo sites yesterday and started wondering about how the bookies viewed the arrival of Eto’o and whether they felt he was the man to complete the Chelsea jigsaw.

Imagine my surprise when I saw that the Cameroonian striker was at longer odds than Torres to be the top scorer in the Premier League. He may be 32-years old but that is nothing these days. He may not have been sparkling since leaving Inter Milan, but he probably found football in Russia no challenge at all. Remember that he took a pay cut to rejoin his old boss at Chelsea, so he obviously wants to make the most of the last years of his playing career.

When I saw that I could get just better than evens for Eto’o to score 13 or more in the Premier League, I could not resist. Only 13 goals? He could have that by Christmas with Hazard, Mata and Oscar behind him. If I lose this bet, I am sticking to bingo.

Jul 212013

It is no secret to Chelsea fans just what a huge effect Jose Mourinho can have when he takes control of a football club. The special one came to Stamford Bridge back in 2004 and brought immediate success with him, claiming Chelsea’s first top flight title in 50 years, so it is no surprise that the bookies have shortened the odds on the Blues winning back the Premier League title considerably this season.

Despite Chelsea slipping out of contention in recent seasons, with the Manchester clubs United and City dominating the league, the best value with paddypower.com gives you odds of just 23/10 on Jose guiding us back to the very top of English football again this season. That is exactly the same as the current champions Man Utd and just below City. The fact that City have already splurged £100 million in the transfer window this summer is the main reason for them being slight favourites, but there is uncertainty over their new boss Manuel Pellegrini.

As Petr Cech was quick to point out to Sky Sports, Mourinho is as hungry as ever for success, and there is still time for Chelsea to sign a few more top players before the season starts. Jose stated that Wayne Rooney was his only transfer target, but don’t be so sure. You wouldn’t really expect him to show all his cards would you?

The only reason he was so upfront about Rooney, in my opinion, was to leave the England international in no doubt that he would be better off coming to Stamford Bridge. Although the new United manager David Moyes is insisting that he will keep the striker, it is unlikely that the club will want to keep paying his wages of around £250,000 a week when they know he doesn’t really want to be there and so will probably not be at his best. Of course, United will be very reluctant to sell Rooney to Chelsea, because they know that we will be huge rivals for the title this season.

There is nothing they can do about Mourinho, though. I can almost taste that Premier League title already.

Jul 092013

After almost six years away Jose Mourinho was reinstalled as Chelsea boss last month and whereas before he was outspoken and occasionally overconfident, this time around the ‘Special One’ has decided to bring a much more reserved approach to the role.

The Portuguese has an outstanding record of bringing trophies to any club he coaches and the Blues have been installed at football betting odds of 13/2 with Paddy Power to win two trophies next season. There are three things, though, that he may have to achieve if he is to once again enjoy the huge success he experienced during his first spell in West London.

First up could be inspiring Fernando Torres. Since signing for the Blues in January 2011, ‘El Nino’ has been somewhat of an enigma in a Chelsea shirt and despite scoring some huge goals, has failed to even get close to the consistency that saw him become one of the world’s best strikers.

One of the focal points of Mourinho’s previous Chelsea was the strength of Didier Drogba and although Torres is a different player, he is just as talented and with him now looking set to stay this summer, it could be his time to shine.

Another thing that defines him may be how he deals with the current John Terry situation. The captain is undoubtedly a club legend but injuries mean he no longer demands a place in the side.

With David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic all now looking ahead of the veteran, the manager’s biggest challenge could be the way he chooses to deal with Terry’s huge influence on the dressing room, especially with it unclear how many games he’ll play next term.

Finally and this is important for all the coaches who work for owner Roman Abramovich and that’s winning trophies like the Champions League (Chelsea are currently 12/1 in the Champions League outright betting markets, especially if it’s done in style.

During his previous tenure, Mourinho’s players were criticised for their pragmatism but with the immense amount of attacking talent at his disposal, the 50-year-old may now look to usher in a new era of panache at Stamford Bridge.

All these things won’t guarantee success for the Blues but they could go a long way to helping the ‘Special One’ build the dynasty that he so wants to establish at the club.

Jul 062013

It took a while, but as we told you on the 28th May (http://justchelsea.com/mourinho-set-to-make-young-dutch-star-his-first-signing-for-chelsea/6128 ), Chelsea have signed Marco Van Ginkel from Vitesse for a fee of £9 million pounds.

We were not the only club interested in the young starlet, but assurances from Jose Mourinho seem to have sway van Ginkel’s decision. Mourinho informed the young Dutch midfielder that he would have substantial game time this season as we look to develop a natural successor to Frank Lampard. Lampard can’t go on forever, and now is the time to consider replacements. They are huge shoes to fill, but van Ginkel certainly has the potential to do so.

Van Ginkel made his international debut against Germany last year, and since then he has gone on from strength to strength. With 8 goals in 33 appearances last season, van Ginkel has aspirations of making the world cup squad in 2014. This is why Mourinho’s reassurances were needed – van Ginkel would never make the squad if he was barely getting on the pitch for his club. Thankfully, the player has been sufficiently convinced of his perceived value to Chelsea, and worries that he might languish on the bench or be loaned out like Marin and Lukaku have been put at ease.

As we spoke about recently, if Mourinho is to build a legacy at Chelsea, he must be given time. So far, the signings of van Ginkel and Schurrle indicate that this will indeed be the case. Both players will need game-time to find their feet and develop in to the huge players for us that they can be. This may mean playing them more often than we would like, but it is so that we reap the rewards in years to come. If anyone can bring these kinds of talents through without sacrificing results, it’s Mourinho, but we must be patient if it takes some time to gel. Van Ginkel could become an incredibly valuable asset to Chelsea – but we must give him time. Welcome to Chelsea, Marco.

Tell us, how much do you know about Marco van Ginkel?

Jul 012013

Brazil pair look set to lead Chelsea title challenge

 If Jose Mourinho is to bring the Premier League title back to Stamford Bridge he needs his top international stars to perform week-in, week-out.

 We’ve been able to rely on them in cup competitions over the past few years but the league has remained out of reach, much to the frustration of many Chelsea fans who bet on football. Under Mourinho we won the title in clinical fashion, often going ahead in games before the break and then shutting the opposition out until full time.

Unfortunately, we’ve lost that league nastiness over the past few seasons and that cost us with a disappointing fifth-place finish in 2011/12. The problem has been freak bouts of below-par performances that cost Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo their jobs. Now, however, fans can expect a more dogged approach to the league that will win us points that we’d otherwise have surrendered.

On his travels in Italy and Spain Mourinho has developed a more attacking tactical approach to add to his genius defensive mind, which means the Blues will play attractive stuff. The prospect of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Juan Mata (if he stays), Ramires and Frank Lampard all feeding each other and serving prospective new signing Edinson Cavani is mouth-watering.

Yet the central figure in all this may well be the quietest: Oscar. The little Brazilian lit up the Confederations Cup this summer and his movement and vision sparked numerous breaks for the national side during their 3-0 victory over Spain on Sunday. Oscar ran that midfield with confidence, linking the defence with a bewildering three-pronged strike force

He can do the same for Chelsea next season and, importantly, play to that commanding standard throughout the season. For Oscar was one of few performers who made a major contribution in almost every game he played last term. Granted, his goals weren’t there, but his commitment levels and class cannot be questioned.

Fans of live football commentary, likewise, saw David Luiz have his best spell after a gruelling trip to Japan and back. His reliability and confidence in the heart of the Chelsea’s defence proved almost like a new signing and he is partially responsible for our winning streak over Christmas and into January.

Who said Brazilians can’t play in cold English conditions eh?  Both Oscar and Luiz proved that, despite both playing +60-match seasons, they can still perform at the highest level when required. If they can play like they did on Sunday then the rest of the team can too and this puts Mourinho in good stead to guide Chelsea for a fourth Premier League title.

Jul 012013

There is so much speculation over how Jose Mourinho is going to line up this Chelsea team, and much of it is guesswork. However, with our pre-season games still a bit away, I thought I would have a look at the team and try and work out who would Mourinho see as absolutely nailed on starters. We know how Jose has always played, and it’s based on a strong, resolute defence that makes it extremely difficult to play against. Jose has always played players on their perceived merit, even if that meant leaving big names on the bench. See Iker Casillas and Pepe. So who will he favour at Chelsea?

In goals, Petr Cech is nailed on. Courtois has already agreed another year at Atletico Madrid so there is little doubt of Cech being dropped. In defence, you could argue that only Ashley Cole is truly guaranteed to be first choice. Ryan Bertrand is nowhere near Cole’s level yet, and his place is not at risk. In the centre and on the right, however, there are fewer certainties. Azpilicueta and Ivanovic will have to earn their place at right back, while Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz and Cahill are all vying for places at centre half. David Luiz is considered by many to be one of their biggest stars of the future, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see Mourinho favour Ivanovic for the coming season. Jose is a huge fan of the Serbian defender, and I expect him to get a lot of game time – either in the centre or on the right.

In midfield, I recently spoke about how I believe Oscar will be a huge player for Mourinho. It would surprise me greatly to see anyone preferred to him in CM. However, I believe that most of the other midfielders will have to make do rotating roles. Mata, Hazard and the incoming Schurrle are huge talents, but Mourinho will want to give Lampard plenty of game time while Ramires is the kind of player Jose adores. Moses works very hard when he plays and we all know how much Mourinho loves Michael Essien. This all combines to an awful lot of rotation, but I would predict Mata to be the other most selected player alongside Oscar.

Up front is anyone’s guess, but I would imagine the starring role could very well go to a player currently plying his trade elsewhere. Torres, Lukaku and Ba can all make a case for their inclusion, but none of them overly convincing. There are simply no guarantees up front.

Based on this, I am predicting that Cech, Cole, Ivanovic, Oscar and Mata (narrowly edging out Ramires) will be Mourinho’s Famous Five; the players guaranteed of their place when fit. Tell us, who would be in your Famous Five?

Jun 282013

Jeffrey Bruma has joined PSV on a four year contract after short negotiations between the two clubs. Bruma never really developed in to the player Chelsea had hoped, and it’s hard to believe he is still only 21. A £2.5 million pound move to PSV will allow Bruma to continue his development at a level that is more suited to his current abilities. Loans to Leicester and HSV produced mixed results, and at times Bruma displayed enough potential that Chelsea have inserted a buy-back clause to the deal. It will be interesting to see whether Bruma can improve to the point that Chelsea will exercise that buy back deal.

More surprisingly, it seems that Oriol Romeu might also be leaving England…on loan. Spanish outfit Valencia have expressed an interest in bringing the young midfielder back to Spain on loan for the season. Valencia have long admired Romeu, and they see Mourinho’s arrival as the perfect time to swoop. Romeu had a promising season in 2011-12, making 24 appearances, but injured restricted his availability last season and is it believed he would be open to the move. Much will depend on how Mourinho assesses the squad, but a move would seem to make sense for both player and club.

Valencia can offer Romeu guaranteed playing time – something Chelsea might struggle to do. Romeu has the potential to be a huge player for us, but to develop to that level he needs consistent games away from the risk of being dropped for his first bad game. That being said, Mourinho has spoken about wanting to bring through the young players to the first team. It is not unfeasible that Mourinho would give Romeu a chance to prove himself over the summer – it’s not as if options to take him on loan will dry up. Romeu has the ability to be a key player in any number of top European teams. Whether that team will be Chelsea is something we won’t know for some time yet.

Tell us, would you loan Romeu for the season, or would you rather he was given his chance at Chelsea?