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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is convinced that the Blues are finally heading in the right direction with their performances. The Special One promises that his team will try to build on an impressive performance against Leicester on Monday at King Power Stadium.

Mourinho told the Chelsea official website:

”We need results, it doesn’t matter about the competition”

”We need to win matches, win points. We need what we are now having regularly, which is lots of clean sheets, very few goals conceded.”

”We have defensive stability now but we need to score more goals. Even against Porto we could have scored five. Diego and Hazard are not scoring goals but the way they played against Porto, sooner or later goals are coming. Their performance against Porto was very good so at this moment I’m less worried than I was.”

”Independent of the last defeat against Bournemouth, in the last couple of months everyone is improving, the team is improving. We are going in a good direction in terms of the level of individuals and the team consistency.”

”We had some good results where we could say this is the end of such a bad period, but we are always having negative results which bring us back to a position we are not proud with. The performance on Wednesday in a high-level, pressurised pressure match was so good.”

”Last season the team was fantastic and he was fantastic, he had huge responsibility in the quality of our team, he was fundamental. This season he is at the same level as the team. The team is not playing especially well.”

”Last season you could say it was an amazing season for Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry . This season it’s more difficult to say a certain player has been magnificent, you have two or three where you could say that.”

”I don’t see Cesc being any different than the team. Every minute he is on the pitch the commitment is there, the professionalism is there. He’s always trying and never afraid to play, have the ball or make a mistake. He has my complete trust.”

”We like to play at Stamford Bridge, the fans are being unbelievable with us”

”I feel like I don’t know how to react when the people are so nice, when they sing my name and say “stand up for the Special One.”

”When you are champions and winning matches you wave, you share the emotion with the people. Now I know for sure Chelsea fans don’t have memory problems, they don’t need a special vitamin to feed their memories, they are amazing. If not they wouldn’t treat me and the players as they are doing. They wouldn’t create a nice Stamford Bridge for us, so for sure we want to play at home, that’s not a problem for us.”

 

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Chelsea midfielder Oscar hopes that recent victory over Porto and advance to the next phase of the Champions League will affect on the improvement of the Blues performances at the Premier League.

The Brazilian who received a standing ovation for his performances on Wednesday, hopes that the Blues will be able to win the next few games in a row to keep the confidence between the players.

Oscar told the Chelsea official website:

”Because everyone knew it was an important game we were very concentrated”

”We knew we needed to win, everybody was confident and we played better.”

”The manager said to stay confident and show our quality. The team played very well and we won the game.”

”We need to play like this in the Premier League as well, we need to win our next game, it’s very important for us.”

”We need to win two or three games (in a row) to keep the confidence”

”The win against Porto was important for everyone. It’s difficult when we lose a game, for the players and Jose.”

”We now need to focus on the Premier League and play like we did against Porto.”

The Brazilian made some comment about his controversial teammate Diego Costa:

”Diego played very well and he knows he’s very important for the team”

”Hopefully in the next game he will play even better. He tried everything to score a goal.”

”It’s difficult for a striker when you’re not scoring but the confidence is coming back, he’s happy.”

 

 

 

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Ahead of Monday’s clash against current Premier League leaders Leicester City, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho spoke to the press.

Asked if Chelsea are still able to finish in Premier’s League top four:

“Before we lost the last three points against Bournemouth, I was convinced of a great December for us, to go for fourth.”

“Now it’s not so easy, so who knows.”

“I have to say, the last defeat was something that was far away from what I believed could happen.”

On Chelsea’s unexpected disastrous results and chances to turn around the season:

“Last year, Ranieri was sacked by Greece for Faroe Islands. Now, top of the league. It’s exciting.”

On Fabregas, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry and Courtois:

“Cesc Fabregas is in the same moment as the team. It is an intimate relationship. The team is not playing well and it is difficult for the players to play well. “Last season, you could go through the whole team: Courtois – amazing, Ivanovic – amazing, Cahill – amazing, John – amazing. Now, there are only one or two. But every minute I see him on the pitch he is totally committed.”

Mourinho is convinced that he still has the full support of Chelsea fans:

“I know for sure Chelsea fans don’t have memory problems,”

“They don’t need that vitamin to improve memory”

Asked about the rumours in relation to Real Madrid:

“I imagine myself finishing my contract with Chelsea. I have three-and-a-half years on my contract. After that I imagine myself coaching – not every club, there are some clubs I will never manage – but every club in the world.”

Mourinho praises coach Ranieri for his achievements as Leicester manager :

“I think he won manager of the month. He should win manager of the half-term… the first six months.”

On the unexpected success of Leicester this season:

“First of all, they [Leicester] deserve to be where they are.. I said before they can’t be champions, maybe I have to think twice.”

“To be there in December is different story. It would be something magnificent, something to impress the football world. Why not?”

On the surprising Garry Monk release from Swansea:

“no, what happened at Swansea was ‘not normal”.

On the injuries:

”Everyone is fit and well.”

 

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Iker Casillas is fed up by all the controversy between himself and Jose Mourinho.

The pair spent three years together in Madrid when the Portuguese manager was in charge at Real, but in the last season their relationship fell down and misunderstandings between the goalkeeper – also the captain and legend at the Blancos – and the coach at the end led to a fracture between Mourinho and the players.

Three years went by and the pair faced each other in the Champions League group: Casillas won the battle in Porto where the Dragoes won the game, but Mourinho won the “war” by winning the last game, topping the group table and sending his ex team and the Spanish goalkeeper out of the Champions League.

Casillas was asked about the controversy between Mourinho and him after the game, and let understand that he’s tired of this issue:

“If I’m tired of the Mourinho-gate? Yes, I’ve had enough of it. I understand how fans are still interested, but it’s time to end that discussion. He’s got his career and I’ve got mine.

“We have different things to worry about, I’m not here to compete against him and he won’t be happy when he faces me, so I will worry about what’s best for me and my team, rather than worrying about what happens with the rest of the world.

About the Champions League elimination he added:

“We would’ve loved to be included in the Champions League draw, but we couldn’t make it. We have to make the best out of every situation, and the Europa League will be a big challenge for us. There will be a number of prestigious teams included in that draw, and we just hope we can make it to the final game and win it.”

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According to Don Balon Chelsea joined race for Real Madrid star James Rodriguez.

The Colombian player got limited game time under new boss Rafa Benitez in this season, things were also complicated by an injury but he seems not so happy in the Spanish capital in this moment, so rumours of him leaving the Santiago Berbabéu are growing day by day in Spain.

Chelsea would need a creative attacking midfielder like him to revamp their attack, that in this awful start of the season desperately missed goals and invention.

James joined Real Madrid in summer 2014 for £65m and, in case he would leave the Blancos, the Spanish club would like to sell him for the same amount of money or even more, since Rodriguez is just 24 years old.

 

 

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Ex Chelsea player Gus Poyet and ex Chelsea manager Avram Grant are in race to be next Swansea manager, after Garry Monk was sacked last Wednesday, with the team being just one point clear of relegation zone.

Poyet is currently in charge at AEK Athens and when asked about this possibility from Greek reporters he dismissed every rumour:

“These stories come out when the team are in a decent form and the results are good. If AEK didn’t go well, my name would not be linked.

“I am not in a hurry, I’m waiting to see how things are going because you lose time when you consider what the future will bring.

“I have made no contact at all. I was informed that a paper wrote that Reading are interested in me as well. Maybe you know more than me.”

 

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

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was the surprise special guest at the club annual lunch this afternoon.

The Portuguese coach spoke to the crowd and wanted to thank, once more, all Blues fans for their fantastic support in these difficult months:

Thank you for the support. You need your friends in the bad moments, and this season not just Chelsea fans, but also the owner and the board, are showing they are with me in a difficult moment.

“The fans’ support means everything. I know it’s easy to be loved when things go well, it’s more difficult to be respected when things are going wrong but I really believe much better days are going to come.

“I know in this Chelsea house people don’t forget. Players are legends forever, and players who come here to play against Chelsea when they were Chelsea players before get great receptions. It was the same when I came here to play Chelsea with Inter. That’s phenomenal, that defines the culture, but I like to be judged for my work now. I want to win matches and give you what you deserve and what the owner deserves.

 

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Nemanja Matic in action © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has stated, that in his opinion nothing stands in the way for Chelsea to win this year’s Champions League.

The 27-year-old midfielder is full of hopes after his team won 2:0 against Porto and secured their place in the last 16.

Matic told Uefa.com :

“The Champions League is a tough competition and there are a lot of good teams still in it but I hope that we can do something.”

“Chelsea won it before and we will try to do it again. There is still a long way to go but we will give it our best.”

“We respect the fact that we are representing English football and we are doing it very well.”

“We have come first in the group and that’s not easy.”

“I am happy we have done that and the atmosphere is very positive in the squad.”

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Sky Sport pundit Paul Merson expects Chelsea to draw against Leicester City on Monday night at King Power Stadium. However, the former Arsenal player has no doubt, that Chelsea upcoming match is a ,,must-win” for the Blues if they still have hopes of fighting for a good place at the end of the season in the Premier League.

Merson told Sky Sports:

”This is must-win for Chelsea. There are 14 points between them and the top four, but I think they need to be judged on how many points they are off Leicester.”

“They’re 18 off Leicester, but for me the Foxes are not going to be winning the league come May. If they come anywhere in the top four, it will be fourth place. So for Chelsea, Leicester are the side they need to chase down”

“We say every week Chelsea will win this game, win seven on the trot and be fine, but they did not look like winning against Bournemouth. They kept the ball forever and did not look like scoring.”

“This is a really, really hard game to judge. Chelsea haven’t really ripped anyone to shreds this season, although they did play well against Porto. I’ll go 2-2.”

 

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Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, currently looking for work admits, that he is considering the possibility of taking charge only in such a club that will have a real chance of winning the Champions League.

Ancelotti told France Football:

”I suffered a lot from leaving Real even though I understood the situation and prepared myself,”

“But I don’t miss the pressure, it’s enough to see what is happening to Benitez this year.”

“I want to win another Champions League and so I’m looking for a great club that can allow me to, regardless of the country.”

Few days ago, the Italian manager has revealed that he does not rule out taking charge at Manchester United if the Red Devils decide to sack Luis van Gaal.

“Of course, for every manager, they would all think of managing Manchester United.”

”I will continue to wait. If I don’t find a club with a good project, I can wait.”

“What will I do? Watching games, fishing, all these things.”

“But let us see next summer. I will not take a job in midseason, but I would like to work again next summer.”

“Of course, for every manager, they would all think of managing Manchester United.”

“I would like to come back in a club with a good project, but, of course, one that is competitive.”

“The Premier League is the best in the sense of atmosphere, ambience. It is also competitive, so I would like to come back, especially for the atmosphere.”

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