MOURINHO: FEELING FRUSTRATED

Jose Mourinho felt while there was no guarantee we would win Saturday’s game against Aston Villa prior to the dismissal of Willian, we certainly didn’t look like losing.

The Blues suffered a first Barclays Premier League defeat since December on an evening at Villa Park when Ramires also saw red late on and Mourinho himself was ordered off.

Fabian Delph’s goal, which came 13 minutes after Willian had been shown a second yellow card, won it for the hosts, but Mourinho felt we had looked strong defensively for much of the contest.

‘It was a difficult match against a difficult opponent,’ he said. ‘It wasn’t a fantastic performance but it was a good, solid performance, the kind of performance where you feel you might win or not, but you wouldn’t lose.’

While there could be few complaints about the red card shown to Ramires by referee Chris Foy, there were other decisions which can be considered to have gone against us. Mourinho believes the general standard of refereeing in England is high.

‘I keep saying the same thing, there are lots of great referees in England. There is a great philosophy with being a ref, communication with the players, communication with the bench,’ he explained.

‘Mistakes are part of the job, even when you speak about a mistake that’s crucial for the result, one penalty, one big decision. When it happens that way I feel very comfortable to say the ref was good, one mistake against me, one mistake in my favour. I don’t want to say one single word [about Foy’s performance] because if I say one I will say 1000 and I will be accused of bringing the game into disrepute.’

The Blues boss is awaiting an explanation for his own sending off.

‘I was angry but calm,’ said Mourinho. ‘I was completely in control of my emotions, that’s why I refused to comment, because I’m completely aware that I will be accused of bringing the game into disrepute.

‘Donations are anonymous and I would prefer to give them to people who need the money. Me and my wife are very proud and we do this anonymously, we give it to children. I don’t want to throw money away because I can’t control my emotions and my words.

‘My philosophy is that I never care who the referee is, I don’t want to know and if for some reason I know the referee is Mr Anthony or Mr John, okay. I always look at the referee in a positive way but during the week the players were speaking about the situation and I think the next time we have Mr Foy I will have to work with my team in a different way.’

CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: HOLLAND ON HALF-TIME

Assistant first team coach Steve Holland, interviewed by Chelsea TV after Saturday’s game, discussed the assessment and instructions to the players at the interval at Villa Park.

A clip can be viewed above, subject to registration, and in the full interview which can be watched now via the channel’s online access, Holland also talks about the second half, Aston Villa’s winning goal and the closing months of the season ahead.

UEFA YOUTH LEAGUE REPORT: CHELSEA 1 SCHALKE 3

Summary
The Under-19s went down to defeat in the quarter-final of the inaugural UEFA Youth League as goals from Sebastian Starke Hedlund, Maurice Multhaup and substitute Florian Pick sent the Germans into the last four. A John Swift strike midway through the second half gave Chelsea brief hope but they were unable to recover on a sunny spring afternoon at Cobham.

Team news
Manager Dermot Drummy named an unchanged starting side from the team that defeated AC Milan in the last round last month. John Swift and Alex Kiwomya, tied as the Blues’ top goalscorer in the competition this term on five each, supported striker Islam Feruz from the flanks.

Lewis Baker, scorer of a brilliant 30-yard strike in that win over Milan, captained the team from midfield alongside Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jeremie Boga, while Ola Aina, Andreas Christensen, Dion Conroy and Fankaty Dabo continued at the back. Mitchell Beeney was in goal.

First half
The visitors from Germany started brightly, pressing Chelsea high up the field and making it difficult for Drummy’s side to play the ball out from the back. Their encouraging start was rewarded inside five minutes as the referee awarded a penalty following an aerial challenge from Conroy. Sebastian Starke Hedlund stepped up and dispatched the kick from 12 yards confidently into the bottom right corner.

The young Blues responded as Boga’s mazy run was blocked well by a defender and Loftus-Cheek headed the resultant corner over the bar, before Beeney made two crucial saves in quick succession down the other end, the first a strong stop from captain Pascal Itter.

Feruz worked himself a promising opportunity in tight space, showing neat footwork and a burst of pace to escape the attention of nearby defenders and fire a low effort at goal, though Timon Wellenreuther was equal to the effort from close range as he made his first stop of the afternoon.

Midway through the half Beeney was called into action again, making an excellent save with his feet to deny forward Maurice Multhaup as the wideman benefited from a fortuitous defection to get away from Aina down the right flank.

The visitors were continuing to create chances in front of goal and Leroy Sane’s free kick was deflected narrowly over Beeney’s bar following a foul on the edge of the box that brought the game’s first booking for Conroy.

Swift headed Baker’s free-kick delivery narrowly over and Feruz tested Wellenreuther following a bright move out from the back by the hosts, before Christensen (pictured top) came closest for Chelsea as he headed Baker’s free kick forward against the crossbar. Yet the deficit was doubled in the final minutes of the half as the impressive Leroy Sane beat a couple of defenders, fed Multhaup with a clever back-heel and the striker finished emphatically beyond Beeney.

Second half
Drummy introduced Izzy Brown for the second period in a move that saw Loftus-Cheek depart and Swift move infield. Christensen forced a save from Wellenreuther inside the opening couple of minutes as his header from a corner was gathered, before Feruz shot wide having been played through by Swift.

Chelsea were enjoying more control in possession but struggling to break through a spirited and well-drilled Schalke defence. Itter fired narrowly over from range after more good work from Sane before the hosts grabbed a goal that reignited the contest. Brown progressed well down the left and, after some tight interplay with Baker, the loose ball fell to the lurking Swift (pictured below), who finished neatly beyond Wellenreuther for his sixth goal in the competition this campaign.

Under 19s

The young Blues were buoyed by the goal and continued to threaten as they searched for an equaliser. Baker forced a low save from the goalkeeper before Marvin Friedrich had a great chance to restore Schalke’s two-goal advantage. The hosts pushed out following a corner but left Friedrich onside, though the defender’s connection was tame and Beeney gathered.

However, Beeney was soon beaten once again as the visitors grabbed a third goal. A slaloming run from substitute Florian Pick beat a couple of defenders before the striker finished confidently and low beyond the goalkeeper to put his team back in control.

A effort from Boga (pictured below) flew inches past the far post and Brown also bent a shot narrowly wide as Chelsea continued to push forward, while Ssewankambo defended strongly against Pick to deny the visitors a fourth at the other end. Yet it was ultimately an afternoon of disappointment for Drummy’s side.

Next up for the Academy is a league trip to Reading tomorrow for Adi Viveash’s Under-18 side.

Under 19s

Manager reaction
Drummy conceded his side exited the competition at the hands of a side who were superior on the day. They were unable to combat the game plan of their opponents from Germany.

Speaking to the official Chelsea website after the game, he said: ‘We were beaten by the better side on the day. Schalke’s first-half performance was very good. They pressed, didn’t allow us to play and blocked us off centrally.

‘In the second half we had a better performance as their energy levels dropped off but I still think individual decisions like poor marking and poor defending have cost us and we had a lack of real creative, inventive play, qualities that we’ve shown throughout this competition.

‘You can’t argue with the penalty and then we’re 1-0 down inside five or six minutes. Schalke didn’t allow us to control the tempo and they were very strong. We identified Sane as a top player and he produced a bit of magic for the second goal and they could have had two more.’

However Drummy wished to pay tribute to his players’ European exertions this campaign.

‘We’ve had a fantastic journey and I have to give credit to my players. Some of them are first-years and will be able to play another two years in this competition. We’ve done really well to get to this stage but the big lesson is that you have to turn up against big sides on the day.’

Chelsea Mitchell Beeney; Fankaty Dabo (Isak Ssewankambo 62), Dion Conroy, Andreas Christensen, Ola Aina (Dominic Solanke 76); Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Izzy Brown h/t), Lewis Baker (c), Jeremie Boga; John Swift, Islam Feruz, Alex Kiwomya.

Unused subs Bradley Collins, Jordan Houghton, Charlie Colkett, Reece Mitchell
Scorer Swift 65
Bookings Conroy, Baker

Schalke Timon Wellenreuther, Adis Omerbasic, Daniel Koseler, Sebastian Starke Hedlund, Marvin Friedrich, Miles Muller, Pascal Itter, Maurice Neubauer, Leroy Sane (Thilo Kehrer 88), Felix Platte (Hendrik Lohmar 82), Maurice Multhaup (Florian Pick 68)
Unused subs Janik Schilder, Tim Bodenroder, Donis Avdijaj, Kim Sane
Scorers Starke Hedlund 6, Multhaup 44, Pick 77
Bookings Neubauer

By Sam Poplett

CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: CAHILL CONSIDERS VILLA LOSS

After Chelsea’s run of 14 league games without defeat that had taken us to the top of the table came to an end with defeat at Aston Villa, Gary Cahill spoke to Chelsea TV.

In a clip of the interview which can be watched above (subject to registration), the central defender discusses the contest at Villa Park while the teams were evenly matched in numbers.

In the full interview which can be viewed now via the channel’s online access, Cahill talks about the game changing in the second half and the general mood in the camp before kick-off.

There will be more reaction to the game in Weekend Review on Chelsea TV on Monday at 6.30pm.

FINAL WHISTLE VERDICT: DIFFICULT DAY

Jose Mourinho spoke on his dismissal from the pitch but not on his two players who were shown red.

A dramatic game at Villa Park went the home side’s way after Fabian Delph’s late winner. At that point we were down to 10 men after Willian was shown a second yellow card three-quarters of the way through the game, and our numbers were reduced to nine in injury time when Ramires was dismissed for a bad tackle. In the aftermath our manager was also sent to the stands by referee Chris Foy.

Mourinho began by assessing the situation facing his side in the league…

‘We have the same number of points we had before the match,’ said our manager.

‘We are not in the title race; we are in a match race. We play every match and try to win, we think we can win, we give everything to win. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t. That’s our race: to improve and try our best every match.

‘Aston Villa’s performance was good. The game was difficult, it was not an easy match but we created enough.’

Our manager was sent to the stands in injury time
‘It’s a big occasion for me to know about the character of Mr.Foy. I want to know what he’s going to write about my sending off. If it was because I was on the pitch, I think there should be 10 people from the dugouts (sent off) – me, my two assistants, Paul, Paul’s assistants, Agbonlahor who caused an aggression on Ramires from behind, another couple of players. Almost all of us calmed down and tried to stop.’

On Willian and Ramires’s red cards
‘I prefer not to speak about them. If I speak I will be in trouble and I don’t want to do something we are not allowed to do – speak about the refs. I don’t want to be charged with bringing the game into disrepute so I don’t comment.

‘I did try to speak to Mr Foy twice, once on the pitch and once in the dressing rooms. In the dressing rooms I asked politely if he could give me five seconds and he refused.’

Our manager’s opposite number Paul Lambert successfully guided one of his teams to victory over Chelsea for the first time…

‘I thought we were outstanding regardless of any decision. Our own team, to a man, were brilliant against a top side. Fabian’s finish was world class and he had to do it against one of the best keepers in Europe. We deserved to win regardless of the red card.’