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Today, Saturday 22 October 2016, marks 20 years since the death of Matthew Harding and Chelsea will remember him with a series of tributes before the game against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

Harding was travelling back from Chelsea away game at Bolton in the League Cup when his helicopter crashed, killing him as well as fellow passengers Ray Deane, Tony Burridge and John Bauldie, and pilot Mick Goss.

A lifelong Blues fan, Harding joined the board in 1994 investing £ 26.5 in the club, playing in this way significant role to finance the reconstruction of the North Stand at Stamford Bridge, which was renamed the Matthew Harding Stand after his death at the age of just 42.

His family, as the ones of the other people that died with him, still hold season tickets at Chelsea stadium and tomorrow they will be honoured along with other families’ members invited over by the club before the kick off.

Chelsea, anyway, will remember Matthew Harding also dedicating the match program to him, but this is not the only thing to pay him tribute in this special weekend: general admission tickets also mark the anniversary, while a new banner will be displayed in the MHL stand for him before the match.

 

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Manchester United striker and new wonderkid Marcus Rashford spoke ahead of the Red Devils visit to Stamford Bridge, explaining which tactic his team will play to try to stop Chelsea:

“You never know how the game is going to be until you get out there but I think it’s important we get into the game and start fast,” Rashford told MUTV.

“That’s what we did against Liverpool – we got into their faces and showed we weren’t going to be pushed around, and we need to go there with a similar attitude. The bigger the games are, the better for us.

“We have to try to keep them quiet and give ourselves the freedom to play as well, but it’s a difficult thing to do, especially away from home, so we have to have the same mentality and mindset as we did at Anfield.

“In these games, it’s a lot to do with one-v-ones and, if you get the better of your opponent, maybe you get the better of the game; that could be the situation on Sunday, so I think we have to work hard individually and collectively to get a result.”

Speaking about Chelsea, Rashford said:

“They have a very strong squad. They’ve been a bit up and down but the manager has got them in a good shape and structure, and I think they’ve got a good plan of where they want to be.

“I think they’re in a similar situation as us. But if we can go there, produce a good team performance and hopefully get the three points, that will give us a good boost and could set us up for the rest of the season.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes that next rivals Manchester United will produce a tight clash against his side at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

“For sure it will be a tactical game with great attention on both sides – the Italian coach said – We must continue to follow our way, to play with the ball, find solutions and show the progress from our last game”.

“It will not be easy because Man United are a very good team. We know it will be tough but the game arrives at the right moment for us”.

Then, speaking about president Roman Abramovich, who will celebrate the 50th birthday on Monday, Conte ended: “He deserves this for his commitment to Chelsea, myself and the players want to give this gift”.

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Manchester United manager José Mourinho had his say on relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

Speaking at press conference, the Special One told journalists: “He was never my friend, if I went to his house it was for a professional meeting”.

“We never shared anything personal. We were not friends, maybe because I was respectful for the position of the owner. Maybe because I showed him respect I didn’t have problems but we were not close.”

About the behavior he’ll show towards the Russian tomorrow: “I will shake his hand, I will ask if his kids are fine”.

“Anyway, we always had the relationship of owner-manager. Very respectful relationship. We were never friends. We were never close to each other. So, no. He is just a person that I keep very respected…”

Then Mourinho added: “When some managers leave clubs, they like to…I don’t know the right saying but in Portuguese it is ‘wash the dirty clothes,”

“It means ‘speak about what happened. Go back and speak and speak and speak.’ I leave clubs with a very good feeling, the feeling of doing everything to succeed. I gave everything to the club. I don’t like to go back and speak specially about the bad things. I want to keep the good things”.

“At Chelsea I had so many good things – he ended – in terms of results, friends I have for life, an amazing empathy with the supporters, the supporters didn’t change their relationship with me because of last season and a couple of months of bad results. I keep all these good memories. The things that – I don’t forget, I keep it, but I keep it to myself.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is confident that his side can repeat the good performance showed against Leicester City last week.

‘It’s important because we have a very tough game against a strong team like Manchester United, not against Jose Mourinho, – Conte said at press conference – It’s important we focus on the pitch, the players and play the game in the right way”.

Ex-Chelsea manager José Mourinho will come back to Stamford Bridge tomorrow, anyway the Italian coach warned his players to be focused only on the game: “When a manager comes back who did a lot of positive things for the club it’s right he gets a good reception, but then when the whistle goes we need to play.

“The players want to win but they have great respect for him and that’s right.

“Whether you play at home or away you must start the game with only one target. I don’t like playing for a draw, that’s not my type of football and I don’t want it.

“When you win it’s important you also produce a good performance. For our fans we want to show our work. We want to play good football, play with good intensity and show the passion and will to win” Conte ended.

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JOSE MOURINHO
José Mourinho© Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea legend José Mourinho spoke about his relationship with Chelsea fans ahead his return to Stamford Bridge and he feels it has always been wonderful.

First of all, the current Manchester United boss doesn’t think he will have a negative recepetion:

“I don’t expect a negative reaction, even going with a United badge and going to fight for points. There is no reason for a bad reaction. If they give me a good reception, I don’t know. I’m not their manager anymore. I represent a rival club.

“It doesn’t matter their reaction. I’ll be grateful always. We started so many happy moments, historical moments for the club. When people talked about me being sacked, they always sung my name. I could walk home from  games and never had a bad word said to me.

“We share some unbelievable moments. So many happy and historical moments. What I keep is the bad moments where they stick with me.

“I’m not their manager anymore. I’m defending a rival club. It doesn’t matter their reaction but I will be grateful always,’ reflected the Manchester United boss.

“When the game starts, I’m going to forget it, the fans will forget it. They’ll focus on the match.”

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Former Chelsea boss José Mourinho shared his feeling ahead of his Stamford Bridge return with Sky Sports, admitting he left with no rancour:

“To be sacked is football. Many of the best managers have had their moment to be sacked. Of course there are exceptions, but in modern football especially, it can happen to anyone. If it was a club where I gave nothing, I think it would have been more difficult. 

“When I leave a club when in two different periods I gave titles and gave the fans some of the best moments that they have had then you leave with the feeling ‘I have done my job’.

Mourinho spoke about his feelings after being sacked:

“I just felt ‘I’ve no job’. It is difficult to work in the next couple of weeks and months. Probably the best thing for me was to work only the next summer. So I just tried to enjoy my life immediately,’ added the Portuguese.

“I remember I left the training ground, it was not nice for my family to have so many people at the door for a couple of days but then it was finished. Then I start doing my life in a very normal way.

“I don’t think they want to, but even if they want to, they couldn’t delete me from Chelsea history. They belong to my history too. No bad feelings.

About his relationship with the fans he said:

“The owner, he decided to sack me, the fans, they have no power. They show day by day, match after match, that they wanted me, but in this profile of club, the fans have no power. 

“In some clubs, especially in some Latin countries, the format of the club, the fans have real power on the board and with the president and owners, but here they have no power so Mr Abramovich decided to sack me, but I left with not one bad word about anyone or anybody at the club.

“Then I waited for what I would prefer which was to stay in England in the Premier League and then I was lucky to have a big club like Manchester United.” 

Asked if he would return to Chelsea for a third spell in charge, Mourinho replied:

“I hope not, honestly. Because I would like to stay [at United] for many many years. That would mean probably that I would not be searching for another club in the Premier League, so I hope not.”

“I don’t expect a negative reaction, even going with a United badge and going to fight for points. There is no reason for a bad reaction. If they give me a good reception, I don’t know. I’m not their manager anymore. I represent a rival club.

“It doesn’t matter their reaction. I’ll be grateful always. We started so many happy moments, historical moments for the club. When people talked about me being sacked, they always sung my name. I could walk home from  games and never had a bad word said to me.

‘We share some unbelievable moments. So many happy and historical moments. What I keep is the bad moments where they stick with me.

“I’m not their manager anymore. I’m defending a rival club. It doesn’t matter their reaction but I will be grateful always,’ reflected the Manchester United boss.

“When the game starts, I’m going to forget it, the fans will forget it. They’ll focus on the match.”

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Manchester United star Jesse Lingard scored a stunning goal in last season clash at Stamford Bridge and recalled that game with MUTV before Sunday’s game against Chelsea:

I enjoyed it last time when I was there and it was nice to be on the scoresheet,” he claimed.

We drew (1-1) though so hopefully we can get the win this time.

“Goals and assists are especially key for me this season and I was able to get one of each (against Fenerbahce) so I need to kick on now.

“I think our confidence is very high now. We know it’s going to be a tough game against Chelsea but we are mentally prepared for that. We have the confidence now to go on and win every game.”

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho thanks the fans for their support during the game against Porto © Francesca Ceciarini

When José Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge as a rival for the first time in 2010 as Inter manager he claimed before the game to have a “lucky record” in that stadium that was his home until three years before, and he was right: Inter won 1-0 with an Eto’o’s goal, going ahead in the Champions League on a 3-1 aggregate, to eventually win it.

Now six years has gone by and many things have changed, and when José Mourinho was asked today about that comment he made in March 2010 he said:

“When I played there with Inter, before that, I never lost a match at Stamford Bridge because I had that home record.

“Now I have lost a few matches at the Bridge, so I cannot use the same words.”

Mourinho, who signed for Manchester United in May after being sacked five months before by Chelsea, added:

“I knew that, working in England and staying in the Premier League, sooner or later, I had to play against Chelsea and I had to go to Stamford Bridge.

“The computer has decided that is to be now. And here we go.”

 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte explained which kind of game he does expect against Manchestet United:

I watched the game against Liverpool. A very tough game between two good teams. I think they’ll fight for the title until the end, for this championship. Sure, it was a tactical game, this one, because we saw two teams very close who paid great attention, above all when they were without the ball.

“Yes, I think also on Sunday it will be a tactical game. Usually, when two great teams face each other like Manchester United and Chelsea, it’s important to prepare the tactical and technical aspects. To prepare offensive and defensive situations. But sure, I think it can be a tactical game.”

Asked about how he can you use that to Chelsea’s advantage he said:

But I don’t think we have an advantage. The only advantage we have is that we play at home with our fans. They are very important for us. On Sunday, I think our fans must have a very important role to support us during the game. This is the advantage Chelsea can have on Sunday.”

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