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Jamie Carragher has identified physicality as Chelsea’s biggest trump card in the race for the Premier League title this season, while comparing Nemanja Matic to Claude Makelele.
Carragher — “That’s (physicality) what Chelsea have got as well and Mourinho always likes that. Look at his last team – and now Costa is his Drogba and Matic is even bigger than Makelele.”

Strength and stature are what set Chelsea – as well as Manchester City – apart from fellow title contenders such as Liverpool and Arsenal.

Jamie Carragher has identified physicality as Chelsea’s biggest trump card in the race for the Premier League title this season, while comparing Nemanja Matic to Claude Makelele.

Carragher — “That’s (physicality) what Chelsea have got as well and Mourinho always likes that. Look at his last team – and now Costa is his Drogba and Matic is even bigger than Makelele.”

Strength and stature are what set Chelsea – as well as Manchester City – apart from fellow title contenders such as Liverpool and Arsenal.

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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is excited to challenge for the Premier League title and is looking to play a major role at Stamford Bridge this season.

Matic — “I want to win the Premier League and Champions League. You never know what can happen, especially in European football but, for me, the main aim is to win the Premier League. I feel that I’m well prepared and I was ready for Monday’s game against Burnley. It’s been a good pre-season, the training sessions have been really hard which is obviously good for our physical condition.”

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is excited to challenge for the Premier League title and is looking to play a major role at Stamford Bridge this season.

Matic — “I want to win the Premier League and Champions League. You never know what can happen, especially in European football but, for me, the main aim is to win the Premier League. I feel that I’m well prepared and I was ready for Monday’s game against Burnley. It’s been a good pre-season, the training sessions have been really hard which is obviously good for our physical condition.”

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Mourinho congratulates new signing Diego Costa at full-time following the striker’s debut strike.

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It’s about whether Petr Cech can accept the situation about not playing. Chelsea still have Mark Schwarzer as reliable back-up, don’t forget. Cech might just be knocking on Jose Mourinho’s door in the next few weeks and asking to leave. If I was him I’d be looking to play. It was a nice and composed performance from Thibaut Courtois as well. I like my goalkeepers to be calm, and he was a picture of that. He looked like he’d been playing in the Premier League for years.

— BBC Sport’s Mark Lawrenson on the Petr Cech situation

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“In the last 10 years, Cesc and I were in the same league for six or seven years so I know what he can bring to this team. He makes the right decisions, the right intensity of the game and he brings other people in the right direction. I am really happy with him.”

Mourinho on Fabregas’ first Chelsea performance

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"Petr is a fantastic professional and he behaved that way when I told him this morning. For sure he will fight for his place."

Mourinho on Cech’s reaction to being bench for the season opener.

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"His second years are better than his first because the players know each other," Ricardo Carvalho

This is a statement that his been commonly echoed throughout Mourinho’s managerial career. Porto and Inter added the Champions League to their domestic titles in second seasons under Mourinho. Real Madrid finally usurped Barca. Now, Chelsea are set to recover a title they have not won in four years.

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Andre Schurrle and Branislav Ivanovic have opened up their scoring accounts this season. Schurrle adding Chelsea’s second and Ivanovic adding a third in a match that currently sits at 3-1 to Chelsea.

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Diego Costa has opened his Premier League account for Chelsea, scoring the equalizer in the season opener against Burnley.

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Jose Mourinho has chosen Thibault Courtois for the opening match of the season over Petr Cech. Cech, who has been first choice at Stamford Bridge for ten years, will be left on the bench, throwing his future into doubt.

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Shall we begin?

Kick off today at Turf Moor, 3 pm EST.

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The season kicks off at the Bridge tomorrow against Burnley.

It’s time to be champions once more.

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“I have to keep the confidence garnered this summer and use it to reach a new level with Chelsea. I want to play a big role with the club this season” – Andre Schurrle

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The number 8 belongs to oscar

According to the players Instagram he has given the number 11 shirt to dider drogba.

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