Werder Bremen vs. Chelsea: What Jose Mourinho Learned in Pre-Season Friendly

Garry HayesFeatured ColumnistAugust 3, 2014

Werder Bremen vs. Chelsea: What Jose Mourinho Learned in Pre-Season Friendly

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    Chelsea lost their first game of pre-season on Sunday, crashing to a 3-0 defeat to German outfit Werder Bremen.

    In a poor display, Jose Mourinho's side lacked tempo and looked sluggish as Bremen took advantage of some poor refereeing and slack defending to secure a confidence-boosting win.

    They opened the scoring after 20 minutes when Eljero Elia converted a spot-kick moments after John Terry was adjudged to have handled inside the box.

    Ludovic Obraniak doubled the home team's lead shortly before the interval with an excellent header before Felix Kroos—younger brother to Real Madrid's Toni—scored an 87th-minute penalty.

    On the whole it was forgettable day for Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho saying at the final whistle that he "learned nothing from this game," per Goal.com's Jack Davies.

    If the Chelsea boss really is of that frame of mind, we've taken the liberty of listing six things that should have caught his eye.

Chelsea Need to Stop Complicating Attacks

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    It was a rather poor display from Chelsea all around against Werder Bremen, but it was made all the more frustrating by their insistence on dallying in possession.

    There were many occasions when the Blues could have hit Werder Bremen on the counter, but through a lack of energy and overplaying, they failed to capitalize.

    Diego Costa grafted in the way we expect, though, if Chelsea continue with performances like this next season, they will be met by the same troubles they faced in 2013/14 when they found results hard to come by against well-organized teams—new star striker or not.

    They need to be quicker on the break and far more ruthless.

Mourinho Needs His Attacking Midfielders Back—Quick!

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    Leading on from the previous slide, Chelsea's lack of energy and invention in the final third highlighted the need for Jose Mourinho to get his attacking midfielders back from World Cup duty.

    An unfit Eden Hazard appeared from the bench in the second half, while Oscar, Willian and Andre Schurrle will return to training on Monday following their exploits with Brazil and Germany this summer.

    Pre-season has been a highly productive time for Chelsea, with many positives to take from it. As the new season creeps ever closer, though, the need for Mourinho's team to be at full strength is becoming clearer.

    The manager is dabbling with tactics and system,s and if he is to fine-tune them, he needs those attacking midfielders to settle back in quickly, as they are going to be vital over the coming weeks and months.

Chelsea Aren't a Rampaging Stallion...Yet

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    Jose Mourinho's "little horse" quote last season was a Godsend for headline writers across the globe, let alone in England.

    The Chelsea manager made the quip when discussing his team's chances of winning the title, saying the Blues were up against stallions elsewhere in the Premier League, per Daily Mail.

    Well, as the remainder of 2013/14 and pre-season has shown us, Chelsea have come a long way since then and are maturing into quite the team.

    A defeat to Werder Bremen shows they're not that rampaging stallion he so desires just yet, but Mourinho still has a fortnight to get Chelsea up and running ahead of the new campaign.

    The Blues are moving in the right direction, and Sunday's 3-0 defeat will show their manager that work needs to be done.

Nemanja Matic Will Be Pivotal Next Season

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    When a team loses 3-0, fingers are often pointed at the defence and other players whose job it is to shield the back line.

    In defensive midfield, Nemanja Matic is one of those, but despite his talents, the Serbian can't do it all himself.

    Sunday showed us that, yet it also outlined how important he is going to be through the coming year.

    Matic only returned to Chelsea in January and was an instant success, strengthening them considerably. As he starts his first full season as a regular, he is looking even sharper and more au fait with Jose Mourinho's demands, too.

    He impressed against Werder Bremen, getting involved with everything that came through the midfield area.

    If his teammates around him were as switched on, Chelsea would have come out of this game looking far better than they did.

The Petr Cech vs. Thibaut Courtois Battle Is Going to Run and Run

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    The Petr Cech vs. Thibaut Courtois debate was always going to run and run.

    Now that Courtois has made his Blues debut, it's only going to intensify.

    The young Belgian started against Werder Bremen on Sunday and despite hardly putting a foot wrong, went in at half-time having conceded two goals.

    Cech himself didn't have too much to do, yet he still couldn't record a clean sheet after Felix Kroos scored a late penalty.

    It was interesting to see Courtois line up in Chelsea colours, and the next fortnight is going to be an intriguing time as we observe how Mourinho uses them both in the remaining pre-season fixtures.

    Chelsea face Burnley on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, so up to that point, we can expect it to be fever pitch with rumors as to who will be first choice.

    Either way, Mourinho will start 2014/15 with a world-class goalkeeper in his line-up.

Mourinho Will Not Want to Meet Referee Harm Osmers in a Competitive Match

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    It may be pre-season, but Chelsea's defeat to Werder Bremen didn't stop Jose Mourinho from criticizing the referee for a poor performance.

    Harm Osmers didn't enjoy the best of games, awarding a very debatable penalty against John Terry in the first half, judging the Chelsea captain to have handled in the area.

    That gave Bremen the upper hand, and Chelsea's performance spiraled from there.

    "The referee thought this was a circus for Bremen fans - for them to have fun - and he killed the match," Mourinho said afterward, per Goal.com's Jack Davies.

    There were other decisions the referee let go, and on the whole, Mourinho was probably right to feel aggrieved.

    That said, the referee made an excellent decision in awarding Bremen their second penalty when Nathan Ake fouled the attacker late on.

    If Osmers comes face-to-face with Mourinho at any point in the regular season, get ready for fireworks.