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According to various reports, former Juventus manager Antonio Conte is the leading candidate to replace Jose Mourinho as Chelsea manager if the Special One will be released from Stamford Bridge.

Italian manager has guided Juventus to three consecutive Serie A titles and according to the rumours he may be considered as Mourinho’s replacement at Chelsea. However, Conte is currently head coach of Italy, which he is unlikely that he will vacate his post before Euro 2016 on summer.

According to the Independent, Conte is understood to be open to a move to the Premier League after his contract expires next summer.

The candidacy of Antonio Conte, however, is rather surprising considering that he did not appear earlier in the list of potential Mourinho’s replacement. In the list of names of Mourinho’s successors appeared former Chelsea coach, Carlo Ancelotti, who has however ruled out his return to Stamford Bridge. Also current Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola was taken into consideration however the Citizens will try to do all their best to lure him instead of the Blues.

So far, the 46-year- old  did not comment on rumors about the opportunity of taking charge at Chelsea. Therefore it belongs to approach those revelations with appropriate caution.

 

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Sky Sports Spanish football expert Terry Gibson says that, there is a chance that Antoine Griezmann will join Chelsea in in a swap deal involving Diego Costa but not earlier than on summer.However, the factor that decides whether the Frenchman even begin to consider the potential transfer at Stamford Bridge, will be Chelsea’s qualification for next season of the Champions League.

Gibson told La Liga weekly podcast :

“No I do not think it [a move] does (depend on Chelsea finishing in the top four),”

“If you were Griezmann and in any way interested in going to the Premier League, then you would still look upon a club like Chelsea as an attractive proposition.”

“Similar to when a lot of people made that assumption when Manchester United did not qualify for the Champions League whether they could attract the players.”

“But if a club is willing to pay the transfer fee and the wages, then the reputation of a big club like Manchester United or Chelsea does mean that players will go to those sort of clubs and risk not being in the Champions League hoping it is just for the one season.”

“It is being talked about a lot and from the outside there is surely a swap there with Griezmann and Diego Costa somewhere along the line,”

“But I do not expect that to happen in January as that does not suit either club, because if they are both in the Champions League then they will have a player they cannot use. So Griezmann will stay put until the summer.”

 

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Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has slammed Diego Costa for his recent behaviour. In his opinion, Jose Mourinho made a good decision leaving the Spaniard on the bench against Bournemouth.

Redknapp went even further and has described Costa’s  behavior as disgusting. Chelsea striker was benched during the clash against Tottenham Hotspurs at White Hart Lane. His shameful behavior when he threw his bib probably towards Mourinho has already been widely criticized by all.

According to Redknapp, Mourinho has already given to the understanding between the words that will try to get rid of the Spaniard in the upcoming transfer window.

Redknapp told the Daily Star:

”When you think of Jose Mourinho teams, you think of Didier Drogba, you think of Costa last season,”

“If someone had said Costa would be out of the team, falling out with the manager, you would have never believed it.”

“He’s a volatile character, but I think the manager has almost made a statement.”

“You cannot behave like that, I don’t care who you are, it’s so disrespectful to the manager and it sets the wrong example to all those players on the bench. It’s disgusting behaviour.”

“I’m a big fan of him as a player, but at times like this he really lets himself down. No one likes to be sub, it’s not great, but you get on with it.”

 

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Former Manchester City manager and legendary Liverpool forward Kevin Keegan has no doubt that Chelsea are unable to finish in the Premier League top four this season.

Jose Mourinho’s team sit 14th in the Premier League table, already 15 points behind a top four. Defeat to Bournemouth was their eighth league loss and according to Keegan, there is no chance for Chelsea to finish in the Premier League top four this season.

Keegan told beIn Sport:

“Chelsea are struggling to find any kind of form,”

“I felt if ever Chelsea were going to have a chance of getting back into the top four, which I still thought up until this match they could, it’s gone now.”

“It’s not only gone because there is a gap appearing, it’s gone because they’ve lost their way.”

“Their best players (last season) are almost their worst players and they just seem like a club that’s not able to dominate a game anymore,”

“You watch that team and you can’t see them going on a good run.”

Keegan has admitted also that several Chelsea players, such as Nemanja Matic, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas or Branislav Ivanovic have failed to live up to expectations this season:

“Matic was outstanding last season. This season, he’s not the same player. Ivanovic used to set the standard and now he’s not the same. Hazard is the same. If you take all those things away, you see now what looks a very average team.”

“I’ve said it before with their pre-season but Chelsea look a little bit behind the pace and you can’t catch that up very quickly. For Fabregas it looks like the game is too quick for him. You take confidence out of a player, it can have that effect. The coach doesn’t really know how to put this right.”

“Mourinho has never been in this situation before. He’s always had success on success. Something happened between him and Roman Abramovich. At the start of the season, we felt he wasn’t happy because he hadn’t got the players in that he wanted and I still feel it’s a little bit of that.”

 

 

 

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Ex Chelsea boss José Mourinho will return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, this time as Manchester United manager © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea and Porto legend Ricardo Carvalho spoke in the eve of the game that will see is ex teams facing each other at Stamford Bridge.

The game is very delicate for both teams, but especially for the Blues, as a defeat could mean the end of Mourinho’s second spend with Chelsea:

“Mourinho can’t live with defeat, that’s why he isn’t doing great,” the 37-year-old told to Spanish radio Cadena Ser.

Despite that, I think he’s the right man to turn things around at Chelsea.

“If they qualify, I think that Chelsea can go a long way in the Champions League. They aren’t doing great in the Premier League, but they can knock out anyone in Europe.”

Carvalho also claimed that he still doesn’t know which team he will cheer:

“I don’t know if I’ll support Porto or Chelsea. I grew up at Porto, but I spent more years at Chelsea. Mourinho is there and I have a lot of friends at the club.

“Chelsea are favourites because they’re at home and only need a draw, but the smallest details decide these types of games and Porto have an outstanding team.”

 

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Ex Chelsea player and coach Ray Wilkins stated that José Mourinho is still the Blues manager just for what he achieved in the past with them:

Any other manager would have gone, there are no two ways about it,” he said to BeIn Sports.

Mourinho is only still there, purely and simply, for what he’s done in the past.

“The big thing for Mourinho is Europe, he loves the European competition and Abramovich just adores it, so if they lose against Porto, then he could be on his way.

“They are away at Leicester next week so if something is going to happen, it will happen, I would have thought, after this week. I don’t think it will happen this week.”

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Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma analysed the team’s difficult moment with The Sun, and stated that manager José Mourinho has been very honest with his squad and always took his responsibilities:
“What’s good is that he tells us we’re all together, if things are going badly there’s a problem with everyone.

He doesn’t leave us, how shall we say, in the s***, in the poo, and we’re always together.

“He’s very close to his players, you sense he loves his players.

“Even when things aren’t going well he’ll say: ‘Listen lads, things will be OK’. He believes in us.

“Keeping your confidence is the most important thing — with confidence you can do anything. That’s what we tell each other.”

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Chelsea are reportedly in a race with Liverpool to sign Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic, according to the Daily Express.

The 6ft 3in midfielder has been dubbed the ‘new Nemanja Matic’ and has turned several heads since lifting the U20 World Cup with Serbia last summer.

Grujic is a friend of Matic, and said to reporters: Nemanja Matic is a friend, he’s Serbian and he has been at Chelsea for over a year. He tells me that they want me.”

However, the Reds have also now registered their interest, with Liverpool assistant manager Zeljko Buvac, who along with Liverpool scouts held informal talks with Grujic and his agent last Saturday.

The Express claim Red Star could sell Grujic for as little as £3 million – but Italian side Inter Milan are also reportedly interested.

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On-loan West Ham winger Victor Moses is to have a scan on a hamstring injury picked up in the 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Saturday. 

The Chelsea midfielder was seen limping off in the 37th minute at Old Trafford.

The 24-year old, who has also been to Liverpool and Stoke on-loan, is set to undergo the scan on Tuesday.

Should Moses be out for a lengthy amount of time, he will be another name on an already-long West Ham injury list which includes Dimitri Payet, Enner Valencia and Manuel Lanzini.

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Chelsea are to face EITHER Leyton Orient or Scunthorpe in the third round of the FA Cup after the draw was made earlier tonight. 

Orient sit 8th in League Two having been relegated to the fourth tier last season, whilst Scunthorpe are 14th in League 1.

The draw in Cardiff saw Jose Mourinho’s side drawn against the O’s OR the Irons, who drew 0-0 in London on Sunday, with a replay to decide which team will travel to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea, who are sitting 14th in the Premier League, were knocked out of the FA Cup at the same stage last season after losing 2-4 at home to League 1 side Bradford City.

The ties are to be played inbetween the 8th-11th January 2016.

All third round ties:

Watford vs. Newcastle United

West Brom vs. Bristol City

West Ham vs. Wolves

Salford City or Hartlepool United vs. Derby County

Exeter City vs. Liverpool

Tottenham vs. Leicester City

Colchester United vs. Charlton Athletic

Peterborough United vs. Preston North End

Northampton Town vs. MK Dons

Arsenal vs. Sunderland

Newport County vs. Blackburn Rovers

Ipswich Town vs. Portsmouth

Birmingham City vs. AFC Bournemouth

Wycombe Wanderers vs. Aston Villa

Sheffield Wednesday vs. Fulham

Oxford United vs. Swansea City

Brentford vs. Chesterfield or Walsall

Bury vs. Bradford City

Manchester United vs. Sheffield United

Everton vs. Dagenham and Redbridge or Whitehawk

Southampton vs. Crystal Palace

Eastleigh vs. Bolton WandererS

Nottingham Forest vs. QPR

Carlisle United vs. Yeovil Town

Doncaster Rovers vs. Stoke City

Leeds United vs. Rotherham United

Cardiff City vs. Grimsby or Shrewsbury

Huddersfield Town vs. Reading

Middlesbrough vs. Burnley

Norwich City vs. Manchester City

Hull City vs. Brighton and Hove Albion

 

 

 

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