Chelsea weekend round-up: Derby win, Piazon brace and Rooney was never leaving

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All the news and gossip from the weekend at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea won 2-0 against Fulham yesterday evening through goals by Oscar and John Obi Mikel.

A quite awful first half could have been made more interesting had Darren Bent rediscovered his clinical touch in front of goal - but he smashed the ball straight at Petr Cech when all he had to do was put it either side of him.

Oscar got Chelsea off the mark, but it was a fortunate goal. He put in the rebound after Samuel Eto'o saw his shot spilled by goalkeeper David Stockdale.

Fulham should have equalised moments later - when ex-Chelsea player Steve Sidwell had an open header at the back-post, but he saw it late and skewed his effort well wide.

But any threat was put to bed by an unlikely source, as John Obi Mikel scored his first Premier League goal in 185 matches to earn a needed, but not exactly convincing 2-0 win.

After the game Jose Mourinho was in one of ‘those’ moods and was in great form talking to press.

"That's what I read - it was a disaster. It looks like for the others, to lose is a normal thing and it looks like for us it's the end of the world. After a bad start that everybody kept telling me is the worst start for about a decade, today I go to bed and look at the table and nobody is in front of us."

Mourinho has also stated why Juan Mata is not in his starting line-up - because he simply does not fit in to his new philosophy and that Oscar is in better form.

Today has seen a Chelsea loanee in great form. Lucas Piazon bagged a double for Vitesse Arnhem against PEC Zwolle in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Read the HITC write up on his brace here…

Meanwhile Ray Wilkins, former Chelsea player and assistant manager feels that Jose Mourinho may have loaned out Romelu Lukaku to Everton - so that he can score against his Premier League rivals.

Lukaku scored on his debut for Everton yesterday.

Juan Mata and David Luiz were left out of the squad entirely for the game and that has stoked flames of Rafa Benitez potentially moving for the pair in January.

Benitez made Luiz and Mata two of his regular starters when he was interim boss at Stamford Bridge last season, and is ready to make a move to reacquaint himself with their respective talents at Napoli.

Former Manchester United chief executive David Gill has claimed that Wayne Rooney was never on his way to Chelsea.

The Blues made two bids for the player this summer, which fell on deaf ears at Old Trafford despite the player’s apparent desire for a move.

 

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