Chelsea weekend round-up: Klopp says 'no chance' and Eto'o finds form

Jürgen Klopp

All the latest from the past couple of days at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have defeated Cardiff City this weekend, 4-1 at Stamford Bridge. They went 1-0 down when Jordon Mutch took the ball through on goal after David Luiz inexplicably allowed it to run beyond him.

But the equaliser was controversial. Samuel Eto’o kicked the ball away from David Marshall as he bounced it - with the ball eventually falling to Eden Hazard for 1-1.

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Eto’o then scored an excellent second before Oscar and another from Hazard ended the rout.

Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands in the game, and instead of going up to a director’s box or to sit among some friends he instead jumped in with the fans behind the dug-out.

Mourinho was unhappy with apparent time-wasting from The Bluebirds.

It has emerged that Jurgen Klopp reportedly turned down the approach to talk to Chelsea about the manager’s vacancy - although that isn’t exactly what he said.

Here is the statement involved:

"There were some English clubs that called and wanted to speak with me. But there was no reason to talk to them because... No chance. It's only hard to understand if you always think 'I can go to a bigger club'. I'm sure you could earn much more money at one or the other English clubs, or at a Chinese or Russian club. Maybe Roman Abramovich is a great guy... sometimes. But, really, I have footballers at the top. Nobody tells me after a defeat 'how can that happen?' They know it can happen. Sometimes we lose and we feel really awful. Together."

A few loan stars have been in action this weekend, with mixed form. Thibaut Courtois scored an own goal for Atletico Madrid - bringing to an end his clubs 100% start to the season.

Meanwhile, in Holland, Lucas Piazon and Patrick van Aanholt were at hand to score the goals as Vitesse Arnhem came back from two goals down to beat Heerenveen 3-2 in the Eredivisie.

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Jose Mourinho believes that his players should put their World Cup aspirations to the back of their mindsand concentrate on club football with The Blues.

The likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Fernando Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta have all recently been linked with moves away in January, as their lack of first-team action could threaten their inclusion in World Cup squads next summer.

But Mourinho was clear in how he ranked the importance of international football:

“The most important thing is Chelsea, the second thing is the players, the third thing is the national team. That has to be my ranking. I don’t enjoy leaving good players and good professionals on the bench, but that’s life. If I was a player I’d think the same way. If you can go, go. You have to perform and play well to go there. It’s important for their careers, for their self-esteem, for their families. But it’s important for them when they come here; they have to change the sheet and think about Chelsea.”

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