HAZARD: WE MUST BOUNCE BACK

Reflecting on our 1-0 defeat against Everton, Eden Hazard joined his manager in believing the result would have been different had chances been taken in the first half at Goodison Park.

Steven Naismith scored the only goal of the game right on the stroke of half-time, heading past Petr Cech from close range, and though Chelsea continued to press after the break, we were unable to breach a resolute Everton defence.

Samuel Eto’o, Andre Schurrle and Branislav Ivanovic all had opportunities to break the deadlock prior to Naismith’s strike, but once we fell behind, as Hazard explained, it became tough.

‘It was a good match, we tried to do our best and if we’d scored in the first half it would have been a different game,’ he said.

‘We started very well and we had three or four chances. We didn’t score but we continued to try to score, and after Everton did, playing away it becomes very difficult.’

The defeat was our first in the Barclays Premier League this season, but with the opening match of our European campaign only a matter of days away there is no time to dwell on the disappointment.

‘We have another game on Wednesday in the Champions League and we need to win because Chelsea is a big club and if we lose two games it’s very bad for us,’ said Hazard. ‘We need to work in training to help us win that game.’

HAZARD: WASTED OPPORTUNITIES

Reflecting on our 1-0 defeat against Everton, Eden Hazard joined his manager in believing the result would have been different had chances been taken in the first half at Goodison Park.

Steven Naismith scored the only goal of the game right on the stroke of half-time, heading past Petr Cech from close range, and though Chelsea continued to press after the break, we were unable to breach a resolute Everton defence.

Samuel Eto’o, Andre Schurrle and Branislav Ivanovic all had opportunities to break the deadlock prior to Naismith’s strike, but once we fell behind, as Hazard explained, it became tough.

‘It was a good match, we tried to do our best and if we’d scored in the first half it would have been a different game,’ he said.

‘We started very well and we had three or four chances. We didn’t score but we continued to try to score, and after Everton did, playing away it becomes very difficult.’

The defeat was our first in the Barclays Premier League this season, but with the opening match of our European campaign only a matter of days away there is no time to dwell on the disappointment.

‘We have another game on Wednesday in the Champions League and we need to win because Chelsea is a big club and if we lose two games it’s very bad for us,’ said Hazard. ‘We need to work in training to help us win that game.’

MIKEL: IT WON'T TAKE LONG

John Mikel Obi discussed Samuel Eto’o after our new signing made his debut at Everton, and believes a player of his calibre will adapt to the demands of the English game quickly.

Eto’o was chosen to lead the line at Goodison Park and played the full 90 minutes, with Fernando Torres coming on to offer support as we pressed for an equaliser.

Eto’o a chance early on, a header which went wide from a Ramires cross, but Mikel saw enough in his performance to suggest he will be a major asset in the months ahead.

‘He’s a great player, a fantastic player, and you could see that by the way he played against Everton,’ said the Nigerian. ‘That’s why the manager brought him here, he has a lot of trust in him so let’s wait and see.

‘The English league is a very difficult league to adapt to and it was the first game for him. He did pretty well so let’s see how it goes for him.

‘It took me around six months to a year to adapt, but someone like Eto’o, who has a lot of experience and has played in so many leagues, it won’t take him that long to adapt.

‘He looked sharp, it won’t take him long to get back to full fitness. He’s a world-class player and we just need to keep helping him to adapt to the Premier League.’

CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: MIKEL ON MERSEYSIDE LOSS

John Mikel Obi, making his first start of the season at Everton on Saturday, spoke to Chelsea TV after the game.

In a clip that can be viewed here, the midfielder reflects on the opportunities the team had, the possession game from both sides, and the intention to work on the training pitch.

The full interview can be viewed now via the channel’s online access.

FINAL WHISTLE VERDICT: CHANCES PASSED BY

It was a simple and time-honoured football shortcoming that Jose Mourinho spoke about after his team finished empty-handed for the first time in the league this season.

An Everton goal nodded in from close-range by Steve Naismith with only seconds to go before half-time was the Blues undoing at Goodison Park, and although the Chelsea manager reflected on mistakes by players he pointed out were senior ones in the build-up to that goal, he took responsibility for those errors and pointed to play at the other end as more responsible for the defeat…

‘We didn’t score goals,’ Mourinho lamented.

‘We had chances and chances and people with experience in football know this happens week after week in football stadiums. If you don’t score, what you create means nothing, and if you don’t create but you score a goal you can win three points. It is a simple story. Artistic football without goals is not good.

‘I don’t think it is a question of sharpness, but perhaps no killer instinct in this game,’ he analysed.

‘For example the first cross from Ramires to Eto’o, open goal, and he just needed to head it right. When Schurrle was in front of [Tim] Howard and he passes the ball back to Eto’o, it was a slow pass and Eto’o had to wait, giving time for [Gareth] Barry to come back. But if it is a fast ball, Eto’o scores an open goal.

‘There was the one Schurrle shot over the bar when he needed to pass the ball into the net, not shoot. Ramires in front of the keeper was not a difficult one. In the second half, an Ivanovic cross and Eto’o at the first post, he has scored 100 of these goals in his career.

‘We train movement and attacking organisation, we train finishing in situations we think we are going to have. The players are good so soon we will score goals according to the production of the football we have.’

On some of the individual performances including debutant Samuel Eto’o…
‘I think the players do have a killer instinct and Samuel was a killer all his career,’ Mourinho said. ‘The situations where he was involved in the game makes me happy, it looked to be a good understanding with the team.

‘Hazard is playing very well and the kid is having a very good evolution, showing maturity. Juan Mata was the same level as the team was.

‘The first half was quite easy to play in midfield as there was lots of space, Everton did not press a lot and it was easy to play between the lines and to get the ball and turn. When it is quite an easy game to score goals, you have to score.

‘I took Mata off, I tried Oscar – the same position but a different player as Mata is more a passer, Oscar more individual creation, and maybe he should have had a penalty.’

On David Luiz who ended the game as part of a defence reduced in numbers when Fernando Torres was brought on for Ashley Cole…
‘He played very well. What happened in the last minutes with a yellow card when maybe it could be a red is the kind of situation that occurs playing the way we were playing. We are not afraid to lose 2-0 to try to get a different result, but David was solid, very dominant and was building from the back.

‘We couldn’t transform what we did and one day we will win when we don’t deserve to win.’