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Francesca Ceciarini


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Blues legends Frank Lampard and Graeme Le Saux are studying together at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground to begin their coaching education.

The former English defender praised Super Frank who, according to him, can have a bright coaching career:

We are both at very early stages but you find out a lot about yourself as you’re going through it,” Le Saux told Mirror Sport on behalf of the FA Mars Just Play programme.

“You’re always learning, that’s the key about being a top level coach. I’ve known Frank since he was a young player at Chelsea, coming for a huge price tag from West Ham.

“He’s very bright, always wants to learn, down to earth but he also has the credibility from the game. What he’s achieved and the experience he has are all fantastic qualities he can bring to management.

“It’s down to him if he wants to do it and use those experiences he has had and put a stamp on what he wants to do. It’s fascinating.”

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Manchester United manager José Mourinho admits he is struggling with the new generation of footballers and reveals the majority of them are boys and not men:

“I have had to adapt to a new world and what young players are like now,”the former Chelsea boss told France Football.

“I had to understand the difference between working with a boy like Frank Lampard who, at the age of 23, was already a man – who thought football, work, professionalism – and the new boys today, who at the age of 23 are kids.

“Today I call them ‘boys’ and not ‘men’. Because I think that they are brats and that everything that surrounds them does not help them in their life nor in my work. I had to adjust to all of that.

“Ten years ago, no player had a mobile phone in the dressing room. That is no longer the case. But you have to go with it, because if you fight that you are bringing about conflict and you risk putting yourself in the stone age.”


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Diego Costa admitted today that he really wanted to leave Chelsea last summer and his former team-mate Pato reveals that he won’t be surprised if the Spanish striker will move from Stamford Bridge in the next transfer window.

The Brazilian forward became friend with Costa during his spell at the Blues last year and, after moving to Villareal in summer 2016, he then joined Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian, whose manager is Italian football legend Fabio Cannavaro:

“I became a partner of Diego Costa at Chelsea,” Pato told Marca.

“He could help a lot. We do not know anything, but I know for sure this summer we will sign a major player, high level.”

When pushed further, he added: “I don’t know. I limit myself to playing.”

Chelsea already sold three players to Chinese sides in the past year: Ramires ( Jiangsu Suning) Oscar ( Shanghai SIPG) and John Obi Mikel ( Tianjin Teda) and Costa allegedly received huge offers from a coupld of Chinese clubs last January, a thing that led him to an argument with manager Antonio Conte, who left him out of the squad for a week.

Pato, anyway, admits he is not the person who can take transfer market decisions at his club:

“It’s Fabio Cannavaro who deals with these things, along with the president.

“I am sincere in this.”

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Chelsea star Diego Costa admits he pushed for Atletico Madrid return last summer but he was forced to stay at Stamford Bridge since the Rojiblancos didn’t wait for him.

“Atletico knows I have a special feeling for the team, I lived the best moment of my career there. El Cholo [Diego Simeone] knows it wasn’t impossible for me to come back to Atletico,” Costa told to Spanish media El Larguero.

“The relationship with Conte didn’t start well because when he arrived I told him I wanted to go to Atletico. Chelsea’s fans love me a lot, even more than in Atletico, figure that!

“When Atletico had to wait for me they didn’t, there was still a month to go in the transfer market.

“I’ve done everything to come back to Atletico Madrid but I wouldn’t fight the same to return. When Atletico didn’t wait for me, I had to go to Conte with the tail between my legs.”

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Joey Barton claims Chelsea star N’Golo Kante is overrated.

The France midfielder, 25, has been one of Leicester City heroes in their shock title win last season and now he’s become a key-player for the Blues in this fantastic campaign that will probably lead them to some silverware:

But Barton, whose Burnley team held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw last month, stated:

“At the moment, in England, people only swear by N’Golo Kante. It’s the fashion.

“For pundits, he’s the best midfielder in the world. Oh! He’s very good, but I played against him three weeks ago, and that’s not the case.

“He’s a fantastic destroyer in a phenomenal team, but not a creator.”


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Gary Cahill has become Chelsea pitch captain during this season, since John Terry is not a regular starter anymore.

The Blues long-time skipper dealt with some injuries in the last months and Conte found a regular starting XI during his absence, giving his trust to David Luiz, Azpilicueta and Cahill.

The Italian manager, anyway, admitted the importance of John in the dressing room, claiming that Terry is helping him a lot in this first year of his English experience:

“I would never try to fill John Terry’s boots. You can never fill that position,” said Cahill, who has received unstinting praise for his captaincy as Chelsea close in on a domestic double.

“When I took over as captain this season, either through him not being picked or not being available, it was a privilege to do that.

“Firstly, I have learned from how he manages himself, how he plays and how he does things. But secondly, I never thought for one minute, or will ever think, that I’m replacing him.

“He is right at the top and whoever comes in after him is never going to achieve what he’s done at the club.

“Nothing has changed in my game since I had that armband, apart from the fact I’m now 31 and I have learned a lot from someone like him. I will continue to learn from him while he is at the club.”

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Speaking in an exclusive interview for France Football former Chelsea manager José Mourinho claimed that football is becoming crazy and that players and managers have to deal with huge amount of pressure also because of financial interests that involve any club:

“Everyone is under pressure,” the current Manchester United boss claimed.

“The media scrutiny is so enormous that even in a historic situation, that of Claudio Ranieri at Leicester, you find yourself sacked six months after winning the title. 

“That is why, for me, all the stages of the process are important. The first was to put the fans in harmony with the team, which was not the case in the last two years.”

When asked what qualities a manager needs to survive in the current football climate, the Portuguese coach said:

“Taking into account the human qualities, techniques and tactics, leadership, I think that the most important quality for a manager in this multifunctional job is to know how to deal with pressure, meaning in the current environment where football is a passion for normal people, but for others, it is an industry.

“Even in this country, which is home to tradition and stability, everything is in the process of becoming screwed up. The clubs are owned by foreign investors, no longer by traditional English people with the policies that came with that. 

“Last season, I was sacked by Chelsea six months after becoming champion. The same of Ranieri this season with Leicester. This job is becoming crazy!

“For Ranieri, I think it was the success which was impossible to duplicate. He did something that he could not repeat. And people in the club were not loyal enough to understand that. 

“It seemed obvious that, this season, they were going to find themselves in this situation. They did not understand that. They sacrificed their magician.”

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Thibaut Courtois claimed he has no intention to leave Chelsea: the Belgian goalkeeper was often linked to Real Madrid but speaking to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser he stated he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge:

“I have two more years of contract left,” Courtois said.

“In London everything is going well for me and I am happy. At the moment we have not talked about a renewal. Now we are focused on winning the league, even though we have a ten-point advantage.

“Both the club and the coach want to keep calm now and not think about renewals.”

His current deal runs out in 2019 and he admits he can’t see himself moving to Spain anytime soon.

“We will see at the end of the season whether they offer me something, but at the moment there is no offer.

“Would I like to be offered a new deal? Sure.”

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Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois defends his team-mate Diego Costa, often accused to have a bad temperament on the pitch.

The Spanish striker had some issues with Stoke City player last Saturday:

“They were very physical and it was hard to find our usual game,” Courtois said.

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Barcelona star Neymar admits he would love to play in the Premier League.

The Brazilian striker revealed huge respect for some of the English top clubs and hinted he would like to join one of them:

“It’s a championship that surprises me,” he said at a PokerStars event.

“I like the playing style and the teams.”

Recente rumours claimed that Manchester United and José Mourinho were really keen on the Brazilian international and Neymar included the Red Devils among his favourite Premier League sides, as well as Chelsea and a couple more:

“I admire Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool: these are the teams that are always fighting for the title.

“And then you have top-level coaches like Mourinho and  Guardiola. These are coaches any player would like to play for.

“Who knows? I’d like to play there.”



Blues legends Frank Lampard and Graeme Le Saux are studying together at Chelsea's Cobham training ground to begin their coaching education. The former English defender...