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'When he came in, I think for everybody else it looks like he never left the club. It was so normal because he knows everybody, everybody knows him. He was present even when he wasn't. Chelsea belonged to him even when in the last two years when he wore Galatasaray and Shanghai shirts. 

'It looks like he went for a short holiday then came back.'

Mourinho

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Andre Schurrle was used as something of a bit-part player for Chelsea, filling in to rest others more than anything else. Germany also used him as a substitute—but to great effect, utilising his direct running in behind defences, infield, and his inclination to shoot for goal. He was decisive and spectacular at times, not traits he has always displayed for Chelsea so far, but his world cup display is proof of how he can become as big a player for them as some of their other attackers.

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Didier Drogba will wear the number 15 shirt for his second spell at the club.

Mohamed Salah, who wore number 15 after signing from Basel in January, will take the number 17 jersey which has been made available since Eden Hazard switched to number 10 ahead of the forthcoming 2014/15 season.

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Mourinho on signing Fabregas:

‘We clearly need a player for the midfield with a different profile and we had two or three options, but, again, my club were fantastic with the way they killed the situation with Fabregas. What I did was explain to the player what I want from him, explain to the player what was waiting for him, tried to make the player believe that the move was the perfect move for him. ‘After that my club did fantastic. I was expecting Fabregas to be maybe now still training with Barcelona and us here waiting for him, but it was done before the World Cup.

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Jose: ‘We feel we are going to be very strong and we want to fight for the title, no doubt about it

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today Fabregas and Costa combined to prove why the club paid so much money for them. an assist from the former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder provided the pass for Diego Costa’s goal.

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Do you think Didier would take #15 since Oscar is #11 and Salah changed his number?

Asked by Anonymous

I would think so, the number is vacant and it’s what Didier used to wear when he first came to Chelsea so it has some sentimental value.

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In case you missed it. Goals from Diego Costa and Kurt Zouma ensured Chelsea came back to beat Olimpija Ljubljana 2-1 after a first half scare.

Jose Mourinho’s men found themselves behind going in to the break after Nik Kapun put the Slovenian side 1-0 up. But second half goals from Diego Costa and Kurt Zouma put the Blues back in charge and Chelsea were comfortable from there on.
Branislav Ivanovic thought he had added a third but, after initially awarding it, the referee appeared to change his mind and the goal was chalked off.

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Atletico Madrid fans take opportunity to chant for Fernando Torres return at Mario Mandzukic presentation. The chants for the Spaniard were not in retaliation to Mandzukic’s arrival, however, as according to Spanish newspaper AS, they occurred before he appeared on the pitch.

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Diego Costa said on Wednesday that manager Jose Mourinho has told him the team will play to his strengths next season.

"One of the main things he said was that he doesn’t want me to change. It was Jose’s and the club’s decision to buy me and the reason they signed me was because of the way I played at Atletico (Madrid). I don’t feel I have to change much. I just have to improve fine details to become a better player. Hopefully I will have a similar season to the last one."

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Mourinho on bringing Drogba back:

"If you bring him back it is not because he is Didier or scored the most important goal in the history of Chelsea, or because I read I need an assistant, no.

"We want to win matches and win titles and Didier is one of the best strikers in Europe. He is still very adapted to the needs of the Premier League and we are thinking about it in a non-emotional way."

Mourinho on bringing Drogba back:

"If you bring him back it is not because he is Didier or scored the most important goal in the history of Chelsea, or because I read I need an assistant, no.

"We want to win matches and win titles and Didier is one of the best strikers in Europe. He is still very adapted to the needs of the Premier League and we are thinking about it in a non-emotional way."

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" It was an easy decision — I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with Jose [Mourinho] again. Everyone knows the special relationship I have with this club and it has always felt like home to me.

My desire to win is still the same and I look forward to the opportunity to help this team. I am excited for this next chapter of my career.”

Drogba

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Cech on the impending return of Thibault Courtois.

"I always give my best. That’s all I can do. I will do my best and I will do everything I can to be as ready as possible for when the season starts.

Jose Mourinho will make the choice how his team is going to look for the first game. It’s up to us players to show that we are ready to play and make him pick us. I’m not different, I’m doing everything to make him pick me.

I don’t want to be on the bench and as I said I will do everything not to be. I don’t want to talk about ifs or buts though, let’s see. I’m going day by day and we will see what is going to happen.

All I have in my control is my performance on the pitch and the way I prepare. Anything else is not in my hands.”

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