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Bertrand downplays Atletico drubbing

14 September 2012 19:39

Ryan Bertrand says Chelsea's 4-1 Super Cup defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid was a 'one-off'.

Radamel Falcao spearheaded the Spanish side's win with a stunning display in what was Chelsea's last match before the international break.

Chelsea defender Bertrand said the team has overcome the hangover of that embarrassing defeat and are ready to put the result behind them.

"I think it was just a one-off. We're not looking into it too deeply," he told the club's official website.

"We're really disappointed that we couldn't top it off (the Champions League success) and go and win that cup as well, but it's important we just focus on the league now. We've been fantastic in that, with three wins out of three, so we just need to forget that bad result."

The 23-year-old signed a new deal at Stamford Bridge and has been deployed in an advanced midfield role in front of Ashley Cole.

Bertrand said he has learnt a lot from the 31-year-old's approach to the game.

"Ash has won everything there is to win, he's won the FA Cup more times than anyone else and he still has the same attitude towards his football every day in training," he said.

"The way he approaches games is full-on 100 percent, and that's the one thing I always take from Ashley: to have the right attitude and approach games in the right way."

Bertrand will see Jose Bosingwa this weekend, another Champions League winning team-mate of his, albeit in the blue and white hoops of QPR.

"Getting the chance to play against him will be strange with him on the other side. He's one of their players now so we want to get the better of him," he said.

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Falcao fulfilled Super dream

1 September 2012 15:02

Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao said he dreamt of scoring in the European Super Cup, as they thrashed Chelsea 4-1 on Friday.

The Colombian hit three first-half goals against the Blues, setting the tone for an ultimately comprehensive victory at Stade Louis II in Monaco.

Speaking to the media following the triumph, the Santa Marta native admitted getting on the scoresheet was something he had dreamt of.

"I dreamt of being able to score and I had that opportunity," Falcao said.

After exclusively revealing to Goal.com that he has no intention of leaving the La Liga outfit, the Vicente Calderon idol believes Atletico can compete on the European stage this season.

"We are happy," he said.

"I do not know what will happen tomorrow in my life but this team has a lot of passion and we are improving on the international stage."

Atletico will return to domestic action when they travel to Real Betis on Monday.

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Di Matteo rues early goals

1 September 2012 03:14

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo says his team never recovered from conceding early in their UEFA Super Cup loss to Atletico Madrid.

Europa League winner Atletico demolished their English Premier League opponents in the showcase match at the Stade Louis II, Monaco.

Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, reportedly a one-time target of Chelsea's, netted a first-half hat-trick on Friday, with Di Matteo's team showing none of the defensive fortitude which took them to UEFA Champions League glory last term.

"I think we had a very slow start and we conceded two goals in 20 minutes and after that our game was very difficult," Di Matteo said.

"They started very well. We conceded a bit too much space to Atletico Madrid, and a player like Falcao, you can't give him that space.

"We said it before that's he's one of the top strikers in European football and again he showed it tonight, with the second goal he scored - it was a very good strike."

Di Matteo arguably has just two recognised strikers in his first-team squad, although wide attacker Victor Moses has arrived from Wigan Athletic to join Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge.

The Chelsea manager insisted his strike-force does not require further reinforcement, prior to the transfer window slamming shut later the same day.

"We have two very good strikers in Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge and I am very happy with the squad that I have.

"We have a good core of players and we've signed some young, exciting players, we need a bit of time to integrate them, but I am happy with the way the squad is."

Atletico coach Diego Simeone hailed to form of Falcao, who has now netted six goals in his last two matches.

"I am lost for words, there aren't word to explain how well Falcao is playing," he said.

"Today was a big game and with more pressure than normal. He was more motivated, and in these situations he performs better. He has a greater motivation to succeed ... than is normal."

Chelsea duo David Luiz and Oscar also praised Falcao after his starring role

"Falcao has proved his value over the years. Once again, he had an excellent game," Luiz said.

Oscar said: "It was impressive. I think he is a great player, one of the best in Europe and has everything he needs to go to a bigger club."

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Mata anticipates special Super Cup

31 August 2012 16:36

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata said the UEFA Super Cup gives the Blues a 'special opportunity' to add more silverware to their trophy cabinet.

The Blues face Europa League winners Atletico Madrid in Monaco on Friday, a day after being drawn alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus and FC Nordsjaelland in the Champions League group stage.

The 24-year-old Mata won the FA Cup and Champions League in his first season at Stamford Bridge, and said he wants to build on that success by winning the Super Cup.

"A Super Cup is a special opportunity,” Mata told the club's official website.

"It's a Spanish team as well, a team where I have good friends. We'd like to add this trophy to our list of achievements.

"It's very special, we want to win because of the team, the club. Winning the Champions League was a special moment and now we have another opportunity."

The Spanish international was named as Chelsea's Player of the Year last season and has already become a key factor to the strong start made by the Stamford Bridge side this term.

A resurgent Fernando Torres and new signing Eden Hazard have also been instrumental in the Blues perfect start to the league.

The former Valencia player has praised the match-winning ability of the Belgian midfielder, while also highlighting the quality of their La Liga opponents.

"Hazard is a good player, he's fitted in very quickly," the Spaniard added.

"He's doing everything very well, has a lot of quality and can win a game on his own. We have a great understanding on the pitch already.

"We have big rivals, Fernando (Torres) knows them very well. They have a strong team, good strikers and defenders as well as quality midfielders."

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Courtois excited for Chelsea showdown

28 August 2012 15:26

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is eagerly anticipating the UEFA Super Cup clash against his parent club Chelsea on Friday.

The Belgium international joined the Blues from Genk in the summer of 2011, and was immediately farmed out on loan to the Spanish capital.

Courtois impressed in his first campaign at the Vicente Calderon as he helped them to Europa League glory, and his temporary stay at Atletico was consequently extended by another season.

"It's special for me as the game is against my own club, but I play for Atletico now. It's me against Chelsea, and I want to win it," Courtois told UEFA.com.

Even though the glovesman wishes his Chelsea team-mates all the best for Friday's game, the 20-year-old is determined to bring the trophy back home to Madrid.

"I keep my fingers crossed for them, for all my friends at Chelsea, and my Belgium team-mates who play there now," he said.

"I wish them the best of luck. But I want to win the Super Cup. I hope it will be a good match, and may the better team win."

Courtois is one of a number of Belgians under contract at Chelsea, with Eden and Thorgan Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne all having signed for the Champions League holders as well in recent years.

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Cech wary of improved Atletico

27 August 2012 18:49

Petr Cech believes Chelsea will face a very dangerous Atletico Madrid side in the UEFA Super Cup final on Friday.

The Blues were drawn in the same group as the Spanish outfit in the 2009-10 Champions League campaign three seasons ago, beating them at home and drawing away as the west London side went on to progress as winners.

Atletico failed to qualify from the group, finishing in third place behind Porto, but the Czech international insisted that they are now a much-improved outfit having tasted success and will prove very tough opponents.

"I've played against Atletico before, but since Diego Simeone's arrival in the dugout their playing style has changed," the keeper told UEFA.com.

"They're very disciplined, with an especially solid defence, and are difficult to handle on the counterattack.

"Also, because they're a Spanish team, they all want the ball and feel comfortable on it.

"With this change of style, Atletico are much more dangerous than when we faced them in the 2009-10 Champions League.

"Success has helped them. They are very well-drilled so beating them won't be easy."

The Premier League outfit qualified for the Super Cup final by winning last season's Champions League, defeating Bayern Munich on penalties in the final, whereas Atletico beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in the Europa League decider to earn their place.

Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois was part of Atletico's team that were victorious in Europe last year having extended a loan spell at the Madrid-based club after joining Chelsea, and was impressive for the team that finished fifth in La Liga.

Cech praised the 20-year-old keeper's attributes, suggesting he is not easy to score past.

"He has very good self-control and great concentration for 90 minutes," Cech said. "He seems much more experienced than he is, so his great advantages are his head and mental strength.

"He can stay calm in decisive games - that's not easy at his age. He's tall, has very good reactions and is actually very quick, so it's hard to score against him."

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Chelsea clash holds no fear for Simeone

25 August 2012 13:07

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone believes his team can trouble Champions League holders Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup on Friday.

Chelsea have strengthened their squad by signing Oscar, Eden Hazard, Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses in the close season, but Simeone feels they are by no means better than Atletico.

"People may think Chelsea are superior because they won the Champions League, but when there is only one match to play we all know that everything becomes more difficult," he told the UEFA website.

"We don't have anything to prove. It is a match between two teams that have won two different cups - and we are very proud of the cup we won.

"We know the Super Cup match is beautiful, but we focus on every single match. We know how important it is.

"After having won the Europa League, and now facing the Champions League winners, we are in a nice place. I hope we can enjoy it."

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +51 77
2 34 +42 75
3 33 +54 71
4 34 +18 67
5 34 +21 66

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 33 +50 82
2 33 +62 79
3 33 +65 78
4 33 +23 62
5 33 +14 56