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Former Inter Milan player Ivan Zamorano revealed that he has a premonition that Jose Mourinho will soon became Manchester United manager.

The Chilean striker believes that the Portuguese coach does not complain about the lack of job offers after he was unexpectedly dismissed from Chelsea as there are many top clubs interested in hiring him. However, in his opinion, if the Portuguese coach will get an official offer from the Red Devils he will decide to accept it without it any hesitations.

Zamorano told Fox Sport’s House of Football:

”He can manage anywhere. Not only in England, but also in the other countries”

”But I think he will go to Manchester United”

 

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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic flatly denied that he had a harsh relationship with Jose Mourinho when he was in charge at Stamford Bridge.

The Serbian international has revealed that he and Mourinho laughed about the reports about their difficult relationship.

Matic told Serbian Mondo:

“I’ve worked with Mourinho two beautiful years, so that means for me he is always linked the good memories,”

“I have read several times I think that I had a bad relationship with him, but it is likely to have been written by some idiots.”

“I commented with Mourinho about these allegations, we just laughed.”

Asked about his assessment of the new coach of Chelsea, he said he believes in the success of Guus Hiddink’s at the club:

“He is an experienced professional who has already worked at the club, knows the people, knows the mentality, so I expect we will be able to get good results with him,”

The change of coach has come in a really difficult moment, when we are in a precarious position in the league.

“In the Champions League we are really good, we were the first in the group, we got a tough opponent in Paris Saint-Germain, but you never know. There’s still a lot to play, I hope we will be able to save the season.”

 

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Chelsea Ladies FC have announced that Karen Carney is joining the club from Birmingham City Ladies. The England international agreed a two-year deal with the Blues. She will officially join Emma Hayes’s team on New Year’s Day.

The 28-year-old midfielder does not hide his satisfaction with her transfer:

”I am thrilled to have signed for Chelsea Ladies.  The team won the Double last season to establish themselves as the top club in the country and I am excited about the prospect of helping to build on that.”

”It is the right point in my career to begin a new challenge and having spoken to Emma we share the same ambitions and I firmly believe this is the place to achieve those goals.”

Also Chelsea Ladies manager has praised her new signing :

”I am absolutely delighted Karen has agreed to join the club.  She was a major target and a genuine world-class addition to the squad.”

”I know her well having worked with her previously and she has a fantastic character both on and off the pitch.  She is a student of the game and brings additional leadership to our squad.”

”I see Karen complimenting the talent we already possess in the final third.  All our attacking players will benefit hugely from her vision and passing.”

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Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is convinced that Mourinho’s dismissal was caused because of “a lack of motivation” among the Chelsea players.

The Italian manager recognizes from his own experience at Stamford Bridge that it’s extremely difficult to keep motivation levels high within a squad coming off the back of a successful season. That is why, in his opinion unmotivated players were the main reason of Mourinho’s dismissal.

Ancelotti told the Goal:

“That is the most difficult job for a coach because within a group, both one that is doing well and one that is doing badly, there are always problems to resolve,”

“When things are going well, there is a risk of relaxation; when things are going badly, obviously there is a loss of confidence.”

“The coach must always keep a good balance in that sense, lifting the confidence levels particularly when things don’t seem to be working.”

“It’s a little of this that Mourinho paid for, the fact that the team had not started like last year, when they had a tremendous desire to do well after a bad year.”

“This year it was exactly the opposite; he paid for the lack of motivation among the players.”

 

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Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have been banned for eight years by FIFA’s ethics committee for conflict of interest and disloyalty to the football organisation.

The FIFA statement read:

”The adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee chaired by Mr Hans-Joachim Eckert has banned Mr Joseph S. Blatter, President of FIFA, for eight years and Mr Michel Platini, Vice-President and member of the Executive Committee of FIFA and President of UEFA, for eight years from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) on a national and international level. The bans come into force immediately.

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The proceedings against Mr Blatter primarily related to a payment of CHF 2,000,000 transferred in February 2011 from FIFA to Mr Platini. Mr Blatter, in his position as President of FIFA, authorised the payment to Mr Platini which had no legal basis in the written agreement signed between both officials on 25 August 1999. Neither in his written statement nor in his personal hearing was Mr Blatter able to demonstrate another legal basis for this payment. His assertion of an oral agreement was determined as not convincing and was rejected by the chamber.

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In consequence, Mr Blatter has been banned for eight years from all football related activities and fined CHF 50,000.

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In consequence, Mr Platini has been banned for eight years from all football related activities and fined CHF 80,000.”

The full statement can be found on FIFA’s official website.

Shortly after the announcement of the decision Blatter held a press conference at which he said that FIFA’s Ethics Committee has no right to go against him and said he would be appealing the ban.

“I’m really sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry that I am still somewhere a punching ball,”

”I’m sorry for me for, how I’m tainted in this world of humanitarian qualities,”

”Even suspended I am the President. I am not ashamed. I [do] not regret …”

“I will always repeat that. I am a man of principles. These principles are never taking money you have never earned and pay your debts.”

”We will go once again to the Appeal Committee,”

“I’m a Swiss citizen. In the Swiss law you wouldn’t be suspended for eight years — you will have had to commit something very, very important.”

“I am fighting not for me, but as the elected President of FIFA … and they have cut me off,”

“We have to defend ourselves, I hope Platini feels the same.”

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Chelsea forward Pedro has backed his teammate Cesc Fabregas to win over angry Chelsea fans. The Spanish midfielder was heavily booed during the last match by the Blues fans even if he has strongly denied being part of the ”dressing room revolts”

Former Barcelona player is convinced that the angry fans will not force Cesc Fabregas to quit Stamford Bridge. The Spaniard along with Costa, Ivanovic and Oscar all had their names booed when they were read out before Sunderland’s clash on Saturday, but Pedro insists it won’t affect on him as he is one of the club top players.

Pedro told the London Evening Standard:

“It was difficult for him but he can get through this,”

“He is strong mentally and very competitive. ”

“Cesc is a top player, a very good character in the team, he is a winner and it’s good he plays for us.”

“I understand why the fans are so upset. It’s normal when the team and coach are in this position.”

“Jose Mourinho is a very good coach. It is a difficult situation for everyone. It was certainly difficult for the players, but it was an important win.”

“The supporters have been good to us this season. They have always been with us, together. I don’t say anything against them, they are part of us.”

 

 

 

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Chelsea legend and captain John Terry © Francesca Ceciarini

John Terry has revealed that in his opinion Jose Mourinho was dismissed from the position of Chelsea coach because the club were unable to get rid of a lot of players therefore the board has decided to release him instead of some of them.

The Portuguese coach was dismissed last week after a 2-1 defeat to the current Premier League leaders Leicester City what made the Blues found themselves just one point above the relegation zone. But the players rose to the occasion and have won their last game against Sunderland 3-1, however the victory was overshadowed by clear discontentment among the crowd who does not agree with the decision to dismiss Mourinho.

Chelsea skipper has admitted also that he has no doubts that several players are really fortunate to still be at the club following their performances.

Terry said:

“If it was the case where you could get rid of a lot of players I’m sure clubs would do that, but unfortunately it does fall on the manager’s head,”

“There’s nothing we can do about that. For Chelsea being the big club we are it is unacceptable for us to be in this position. The manager has lost his job because of that.”

“Obviously we are gutted the manager has gone, we as players feel responsible for that. We are not hiding away from that fact.”

”We spoke on Friday about staying together. We need to stick together over the next five or six months and get ourselves back up the league table.”

“Unfortunately the manager’s head is on the block, he loses his job and collectively we have to take responsibility for that, which we have done.”

Asked whether he thinks that under the leadership of Guus Hiddink, Chelsea are in a position to start winning and finish the season on a high spot at the Premier League:

“A lot of us have spoken publicly to say we haven’t been performing well enough, but this is a step in the right direction to where we want to be, which is climbing the league table,”

“I think from the first-half performance, who knows?”

”It is going to be difficult to win every game, we know that, but step by step there are a lot of games over Christmas. If we can go on a good run and climb the table over Christmas, then who knows?”

“But look at the likes of Leicester. You expect them to drop off, but they haven’t. Teams are doing well above us, so that’s even more reason why we have to keep winning.”

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Chelsea captain John Terry praised his players for good performance and ability to withstand the pressure in yesterday’s match against Sunderland. He admitted that the time has come to Chelsea began to climb upward, because their fans merit this because they support the team even in the worst moments

Terry told Chelsea’s official website:

‘I thought the first half was an excellent performance from the boys on a big occasion,”

”We needed to win and we did that. In the second half we dropped off a little but I am still delighted with the three points.”

‘There was a lot of pressure before the game but we have brought that upon ourselves. I said before the game that we are big enough to stand up and be counted and in this game we needed everyone and everyone was superb. Some of the football in the first half was excellent, one- and two-touch, and we got the two-goal cushion as well.”

However, he admits that he is aware that players will have to work hard to rebuild their performances and first of all the trust of their fans:

”Chelsea is such a big club and we are not used to being down here. The last 10 years we have had such good times and the fans have supported us through this difficult period and we will come out on top, sooner or later, if we keep putting in performances like that. The fans will be happy and they will be going home with smiles on their faces but rightly they are disappointed and so are we, we don’t want to be where we are.”

”All of us are in this position, it is not one or two individuals, we are in this position because one or two have performed and the rest haven’t unfortunately but that is behind us now. It is all in the past and we have to move on and start winning matches. Chelsea need to be a lot higher in the league than we are.”

On Guus Hiddink:

”He was very important before when he came in. He is very demanding, his training is very intense and he is a great man-manager as well so I am looking forward to him coming in. Steve Holland and Eddie Newton and the guys have done a great job in a short space of time and our thoughts are with the manager [Jose Mourinho] because we are disappointed that it falls on his head unfortunately.”

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Legendary Chelsea player Frank Lampard, married his longtime partner Christine Bleakley in Knightsbridge. Former Chelsea player’s wedding was attended by numerous football stars such as John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Petr Cech, Harry and Jamie Redknapp. It is believed that recently sacked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho also attend the ceremony.

 

 

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