The Blues head coach faced the media on Tuesday afternoon ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League second leg against the La Liga leaders
What kind of game are you expecting tomorrow?
For me I expect more or less the same like in Bucharest, they have Trippier, Jimenez and Carrasco back, that changes a little the structure and style of attacking.
It gives them the freedom to attack with Carrasco and Trippier on the side. Llorente is available on the half positions, so that changes their approach a little.
But in general I expect more or less the same. A team which is hard to play against, hard to find spaces behind the lines, and behind the last lines, and for sure super hard to create chances.
It’s a big challenge for us like in the first leg, but we played an amazing match there and we want to repeat the same performance to be able to go through.
We know how hard it is to beat Atletico but this is our plan.
Your defenders are playing well but what about the contract situations of Rudiger, Christensen and Silva?
Of course we know, everybody knows about the situation of those three players. All three players performed on a super high level, very reliable, this is the most important thing.
We’ll take the decisions, then communicate them when taken. This is not a secret and it’s obvious that all three have performed outstanding. Thiago is missing now for many weeks unfortunately, which is too long, because we miss him.
But Andreas and Toni have done a fantastic job so far, and we have to keep on going like this and the rest will be resolved.
Were you surprised at how defensive Atletico was in the first leg?
Well I believe that every club has its DNA and characteristics, it’s Diego Simeone, and Atletico became one of the toughest teams to beat in Europe.
So this is their characteristic, they rely on a disciplined, hard-working, super organised defence. At the same time they have incredible quality to attack and to play also possession game.
For me it’s a very complete squad and you have to be aware of everything. They are able to press high, defend low, play for possession. But in most of the games they rely on a hard-working defence, so this is the characteristic of the club, the characteristic of the coach.
I don’t think the result from 1-0 changes too much in the approach at the beginning of the game. Both teams have to adapt to the questions that are asked, and we know it can change within seconds.
In football, one goal can change everything, one decision from the referee, a bit of luck or no luck can change the whole momentum and we need to be aware of everything, and we need to be very, very focused, very concentrated on us and still be ready to adapt to those situations.
Conscious of getting silverware? Beating Atletico MAdrid prove to you that Chelsea can win the competition?
Every team that plays a second leg in the round of 16 can dare to win the competition, there is no doubt about it.
Every team in the last 16 can win the competition, this has been proven in the last years and this is how we respect the competition, it is what we are in for, to win this game. It does not help to think more than this one game.
If I am aware of bringing silverware, of course. I am here to win games,push the team and to ride the momentum that the players are, we are competing as a team and if we can win consecutive games, this is my job. You are never totally safe as a coach, this is a given, I won silverware in France and it came to an end so I can’t lose my head about this.
I just repeat that for me, myself, I feel very happy here and grateful to be part of this club. It feels very natural to be here and that is a big part of the things, I like how the team plays, the more we compete together and this is what we will do.
We are playing every three days, winning games consecutively. I am here to get my job done, the players to get theirs done, get them in the right mindset, flow and momentum and I am looking forward to the decisions. Hopefully it can continue like this.
Injury news and two suspensions, Mount and Jorginho scored six, is it a worry for tomorrow?
A little bit, of course. They are two key players for us, especially Mason for his offensive skills and his power offensive wise to break the lines with dribbles and shots but it is a small line between implementation and excuse.
They are important players so far but we have a group with which we compete so now is the challenge to adapt and find solutions, a way to play without the two guys.
We also need to play without Thiago Silva and Tammy [Abraham], there are no more injuries.
So we miss four players that makes selection easy as we will choose 23 players and we will use our whole squad, five substitutes during the match and we have a clear idea of what we want to do and how we want to create chances.
We are very aware Atletico give away fewest chances in Europe, it is very likely that we have to be patient, with intensity at the same time and keep this level constantly going, that is key for tomorrow.
Strikers could score more if you didn’t rotate a lot?
Yes, maybe. Maybe. Then it is clearly my fault and I take this responsibility for changing.
At the same time, if we put the goalkeeper in goal, we expect him to perform in that match. If we put the defensive line up, then we expect the line up to have a clean sheet and not just one in every three matches.
If you arrive at elite level football at the highest level then there is no time to perform. The time simply doesn’t exist. You are simply in a competition with other players in your team on a friendly and respectful basis but there is no time to get four or five matches in a row to score regularly.
That simply does not exist and this is not a secret. This is a given. We try to put them in a good mindset. We are pushing them and they are working hard against the ball with the whole team so this is also a point. We did some changes because we needed to adapt. The results are not crazily bad so that we should ask ourselves that we are doing everything wrong also.
We have created enough touches in the box, we create enough chances and half chances to win games. We had by far enough chances, touches in the box and deliveries against Leeds to win this game comfortably with two goals. This is no problem but we need to be more precise and focus better on our decision making, the technique, how to finish and these are the points that we work on. Our strikers are very aware of that and they have the highest demands of themselves.
We are not pointing fingers to make this clear. At Cobham, we blame nobody for nothing but we speak about the points very clearly. Where we are good and what we can improve on and we can clearly improve on our finishing. what we can improve on and we can clearly improve on our finishing.
Advantage to play at home when others have had to play their “home” games away? And are you favourites for the title?
Even if I could answer that question then what would it change for tomorrow, nothing. For me, it is not a question. It is okay to ask it but no way will I answer it. I can only think of tomorrow to play this game.
We have big respect because we play the leaders of Spain. We did an outstanding job in Bucharest and have the advantage with a home game at Stamford Bridge which makes us very confident because we don’t have to travel.
The set up is the usual set up. This is good for us. We feel good to be in our hotel and have the same schedule as in normal games. This is very, very good. We want to have this decisive percentage for tomorrow that is on our side [to play at home].
I am sure that we need another top performance to be very focused and concentrated. At the same time, we have to play a very high intensity match because we are used to playing in high intensity matches.
We want to be hungry to score. At the same time, we need to enjoy this competition and to do what’s needed to win a big match like this.
For that, you have to play with hunger, aggressively and at a very high level as a team. This is the target for tomorrow. What happens in the tournament and competition is out of our hands. We will do what we can influence and this is the game tomorrow.
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VIDEO: Bullets rent air as hoodlums attempt to overrun police station in Orlu
Despite the build-up of security in states in the South East, hoodlums whom the federal government claim to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and its security outfit – the Eastern Security Network (ESN) – seem to be more endearing.
In this video monitored by, the hoodlums stormed a police station in Orlu, one of the biggest towns in South east Nigeria, engaging the officers on duty in a gun duel.
The gunmen, however, were subjected to the super gunpower of the security operatives after reinforcement was sent in from the.
Breaking: What God told me about Sunday Igboho, Nnamdi Kanu – Primate Ayodele
The Leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has revealed what God told him about the Yoruba Fighter Freedom, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho and the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
The cleric said that God revealed to him that Nigeria will break up, but not through Nnamdi Kanu or Sunday Igboho.
The cleric said some powerful forces like the spirit of Nigeria’s nationalist; Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa would lead to Nigeria’s peaceful break-up, Daily Post reports.
He warned that if Nigerians fail to appease Tafa-Balewa’s spirit and these other powerful forces, the country will break up peacefully.
Primate Ayodele, however, urged the government not to ignore the cries of IPOB and those agitating for the Oduduwa Republic because that would also lead to the country’s disintegration.
According to Ayodele: “The spirit of Igbo is no more in Nigeria, and since their spirit is no more in Nigeria, the country will break peacefully.
“Some people like Tafa Balewa were killed, the spirit of Tafawa Balewa is fighting, why will we not appease his spirit? Instead, we say Nigeria should be in unity; we can’t be in peace or unity again.
“Nigeria will just be facing one problem to another. There will always be problems and that is the fact.
“We need to realize that Nigeria needs many prayers to survive this situation and for sustainability. The moment we ignore God, then the country will collapse.
“It’s not this IPOB, Oduduwa, that will break Nigeria. There is a powerful force that will break the country if we don’t appease it.
“If we don’t do what is necessary, Nigeria will break. Many people don’t want it, but when you go to the divine realm, do you know what is going on there? Many people have died as a result of injustice in Nigeria, so what is going to happen is that Nigeria will break peacefully without fighting or making noise.
“IPOB are making points, the people of Oduduwa Republic are also making points, and if the government neglects these, it will happen suddenly.”
“Nnamdi Kanu is not the person who will actualize this, not that he will die, but the thing will happen in a surprising way.
“Everybody will keep quiet, but some forces will stand to be fighting it, saying no. Two things are involved: either Nigeria is restructured, which we know will not favour many people or break up. It’s either we go back to true federalism, or we break up; any of these issues is going to be better for the country, so said by God not by man.
“Another thing is that only God can stop Nigeria from breaking up; the pathfinders of this country are tired of our co-existence.
📺VIDEO: How Pastor Adeboye’s Son Truly Died – Medical Officer
A nurse based in the United Kingdom has alleged that undetected medical conditions must have led to the death of the son of Pastor E.A Adeboye of the RCCG family.
Recall that Pastor Dare Adeboye recently passed away in his sleep in Akwa Ibom where he was based with his family. He was 42 and had three kids.
The UK nurse and vlogger named Summer Aku alleged that his demise might have been caused by a disease of the heart. According to her, regular exercises and medical check-ups are needed for adults whose activities have remained limited due to age.
There are indications that Sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) might have resulted in the demise of Pastor Dare. Sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) is a sudden unexpected death of adolescents and adults, mainly during sleep. One relatively common type is known as Brugada syndrome.
Meanwhile, these are just mere speculations are the family hasn’t provided many details about the death of their son. It is not clear that an autopsy will be conducted and made public.
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