Latest news from SW6 including an apparent agreement for French star's transfer & if selling Mata to Manchester United has already proven costly.
Chelsea missed a trick on Wednesday, January 29 as, despite attempting an astonishing one shot on target for every 2.3 minutes against West Ham United at Stamford Bridge, the Blues failed to breach the Iron-clad defence of the Hammers.
Manager Jose Mourinho lambasted the tactics Sam Allardyce utilised, claiming it was not worthy of Premier League nor modern football, but instead like something from the 19th century. Big Sam's response? He couldn't give a ship [sic], while saying that tactically he got it right in two areas… 1: stopping Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar and 2: nullifying their set-piece threat.
Chelsea had sold one of their more senior players recently, Juan Mata, to Manchester United for £37m - a player who made an instant impact for his new club and whose passing range was cited by pundit Ray Houghton to be missing last night.
He told Sky Sports: 'Chelsea were lacking something despite having their big names out there - and perhaps they needed a Mata. Willian, Oscar and Hazard are very good at running at players and beating them with their ability and pace, but they didn't have someone who had that craft and creativity to pick out a pass.'
Houghton added: 'I didn't think there was an intensity about Chelsea, though, and I don't think they passed the ball with precision or quickly enough to unsettle West Ham defensively, but they should have put some of their attempts on goal away.'
Despite Chelsea's abundance of talent in the attacking midfield department, so much so that Mata was deemed surplus to requirements, new Blues boy Mohamed Salah will make his debut in the club's next home match, against Newcastle United.
Mourinho confirmed, as quoted by talkSPORT: 'Salah is now our player. I believe you will have the chance to see him at our next game at Stamford Bridge and he is a very talented player. But, of course, there is hard competition from him, as we have top boys in the attacking positions.'
On to transfer rumours and their may well be more information leaked surrounding a potential deadline deal heading to West London, with some news outlets, including The Independent, intimating that Mourinho and Saint Etienne have agreed terms over the transfer of French centre back Kurt Zouma.
The deal is supposedly costing the club £12.4m and casts doubts over the future of Brazil defender David Luiz.
Elsewhere, Mourinho recently declared that he aims to keep hold of long-term loanee Thibaut Courtois, who has been wowing crowds at Atletico Madrid, however, the club's director - Clemente Villaverde - has implied that should Atleti want to purchase Courtois then they can bypass Jose.
He is quoted by ESPN to have said: 'I can say that we are very happy with Thibaut and that Atletico Madrid will do everything possible for him to stay with us. Normally when I negotiate with Chelsea, or any team, it is not a negotiation with the coach. Never.'
And finally, Chelsea mainstay has revealed his musical preference on the club's official website: 'The last music I listened to was pagode, which is a special type of Brazilian samba. It focuses on the banjo and the tan-tan and a special type of Brazilian drum.'
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