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Bayern Munich CEO thinks Manchester United’s hopes of signing Thomas Muller will come to nothing as he expects him to stay at the Allianz Arena for the rest of his career. 

Muller, who is best known to Chelsea fans for scoring against the Blues in the Champions League final 2012, and they might have had the opportunity to remind Muller of his side’s ultimate failure to win the competition that year, such has been the speculation linking him with a move to England.

Manchester United, currently in the long process of rebuilding their team after two trophyless and underwhelming seasons, earmarked Muller at the beginning of the summer as key to their plans. Reports in England and Germany have frequently said that Muller is interested in moving and that Bayern are willing to sell if the price is right.

Rummenigge, however, thinks that no such deal will be agreed and that the 25-year-old is likely to stay at the Allianz Arena indefinitely.

“I have a feeling Thomas will never leave FC Bayern,” the German legend told Bild.

“Once his playing days are over, we would like him to remain involved with the club.”

 

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Loic Remy believes playing such high quality opposition in pre-season is greatly beneficial to the team’s preparation for the upcoming season, and that they will be ready for the Community Shield against Arsenal on Sunday.

Chelsea beat Barcelona on penalties following a dramatic 2-2 draw, in which Eden Hazard scored a superb individual goal. Remy, who scored in the shoot-out, spoke to Chelsea TV afterwards.

“It was really difficult,” the Frenchman said.

We know that Barcelona play very good football but we are happy to finish on a very good note. We are now ready for the next game.

We learn a lot about these kind of games, in terms of quality and everything else, but it’s really good as a player to play against these kind of teams, it makes the win all the better. 

Penalties are all about concentration, and it (winning the past two games on penalties) proves that the team is ready for the season. 

This is only a friendly game, we hope we can do it again in the season in the Premiership or Champions League. On Sunday we can win our first title of the season, and for us it is really important. We have had good preparation and now everyone is ready.”

 

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Thibaut Courtois

Thibaus Courtois believes Chelsea will be ready for the Community Shield against Arsenal on Sunday after the final game in their US tour ended in a 2-2 draw with Barcelona.

Courtois, who made good saves in regular time, and in the subsequent penalty shoot-out which Chelsea won 4-2, spoke after game.

The first half was good, we played well but the second half was more difficult. It was difficult to close the gaps and they (Barcelona) were lucky to score twice, but then we came back and with the penalties we win again. It’s good we are shooting that well as we might need it at later stages of the season.”

Courtois voiced his approval at playing such high profile teams in pre-season, Chelsea also beat PSG on penalties last week.

“Barcelona are a very strong team, and we always play against quality teams, just like PSG and so for us it means we will be ready to play Arsenal on Sunday.”

Barcelona’s fist goal was the source of some controversy as it did not appear to cross the line.

I think in England the referee’s whistle would say no goal,” Courtois said.

But I can understand the linesman had to come from far away and I don’t think he could see. For me it didn’t cross but that is the decision of them and maybe I am wrong. I don’t think it was a goal, but no problem.”

Chelsea traveled back to London straight away and Courtois is confident the momentum gained from two wins will be to their benefit on Sunday.

We use these days now to prepare, and of course it is the first trophy of the season and we want to win it as much as Arsenal. They have started very well as well and it will be a very good game. We hope we win. 

 

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DIEGO COSTA CHELSEA v BARCELONA FRIENDLY

After the friendly game with Barcelona was Chelsea boss José Mourinho revealed that Gary Cahill might have a broken nose after the impact with Blaugrana’s goalkeeper Jordi Masip while scoring the equalizer:

Cahill has a chance of a broken nose, maybe yes, maybe no. If no, perfect. If yes, he will get a mask tomorrow to be ready for Sunday!

What can be more concerning is Diego Costa’s form, since the Spanish striker was stopped many times last season by this kind of injury:

Diego felt a little thing in his hamstring. We believe it is just a feeling, no more than that, but we have to wait“.

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CHELSEA BARCELLONA Washington

Chelsea boss José Mourinho spoke after the friendly game with FC Barcelona in Washington:

My first thought when I got on the pitch was the amazing colour of the game.

The crowd was beautiful. The blue guys and the Barcelona people were together. There was lots of colour. The screens were amazing.

Barcelona were not worried about winning or losing. They were training – the same as us. It was not a tactical game. It was two teams looking for the best intensity, the best form.

For me it was fantastic. I thanked Luis Enrique a lot for what they gave us. It was just what we needed.

It was 2-2; it could have been 4-4. The penalties mean nothing for us, nothing for Barca but for the people it means a lot. The 70,000 or so people that were here go home happy. It was good promotion for soccer in the US and good for the promotion of our clubs.

Cahill has a chance of a broken nose, maybe yes, maybe no. If no, perfect. If yes, he will get a mask tomorrow to be ready for Sunday!

Diego felt a little thing in his hamstring. We believe it is just a feeling, no more than that, but we have to wait“.

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MOURINHO BENITEZ

José Mourinho replies to Rafa Benitez’s wife comments, and he does his way.

The current Real Madrid manager’s wife, Montse, claimed that her husband has always to clean up the messes that Mourinho leaves at his previous clubs.

After Barcelona’s friendly game, Chelsea boss had his swift response:

The lady is a bit confused, with all respect. I’m not laughing, because her husband went to Chelsea to replace Roberto Di Matteo and he went to Real Madrid and replaced Carlo Ancelotti.

Mourinho claims that Benitez destroyed his wonderful job at treble winning Inter in 2010:

The only club where her husband replaces me was at Inter Milan, where in six months he destroyed the best team in Europe at the time. And for her also to think about me and to speak about me, I think the lady needs to occupy her time and if she takes care of her husband’s diet she will have less time to speak about me”.

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chelsea barcelona friendly

Chelsea won 4-2 over Barcelona after penalty shootout: the score after 90′ was 2-2 with goals of Eden Hazard, Luis Suarez, Sandro and Gary Cahill.

Mourinho’s side played a good first half and also took the lead with a Hazard’s stunning goal at minute 11. At the beginning of the match Barcelona’s defense had a lot of problems with Chelsea’s attacks. As early as the third minute, the Blues could already take the lead, but Ter Stegen defended Kurt Zouma shot.

Barcelona had his part in the first half too and Thibaut Courtois was the protagonist with good saves on Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic. In the last minutes of the first half, Mathieu received a yellow card for a foul on Hazard.

In the middle of the first half, Oscar could increase the score, but the ball hit the crossbar.

The first half finished 1-0. The Blues played really good the opening half but only with one goal advantage in the score.

Chelsea had started the first half with this formation: Thibaut Courtois ,Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Kurt Zouma, Branislav Ivanovic , Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic ,Eden Hazard, Oscar, Kenedy ,Diego Costa.

At the beginning of the second half, Willian replaced Kennedy and Ramires went in for Oscar.

Barcelona’s players quickly went into attack in the second half, which very quickly brought results. In the 53 minute after Azpilicueta’s mistake, Luis Suarez scooped the ball over Courtois and scored. Kurt Zouma attempted to keep it out, but it looked to have crossed the line.

Shortly after the goal, both teams decided to make numerous changes to the teams. Costa, Matic, Fabregas and Azpilicueta were replaced by Terry, Mikel, Remy and Moses. John Terry received great applause as he entered the pitch. While Barcelona replaced Ter Stegen with young and unexperienced goalkeeper Massip. Also Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta, Jordi Alba and Pedro entered as a substitutes.

Blaugrana did not want to settle for a draw and continued to attack. And in the 66 minute, after a strong hit from distance Sandro scored the 2-1 goal. Two minutes after, Radamel Falcao entered the pitch. The Colombian striker replaced Eden Hazard.

A few minutes before the end of the game, Gary Cahill scored the equalizer. However shortly after he scored, he had to left the pitch because his nose was terribly bleeding after a collision with Barcelona’s keeper. Cahill was replaced with Chalobah.

The game ended 2-2 and penalty shootout had to proclaim the winner: Iniesta and Halilovic made the decisive mistakes for Barcelona while at Chelsea, Falcao, Moses, Ramires and Remy properly executed their penalty kicks.

The final kick for Chelsea was taken by Loic Remy, who gave the victory to the Blues.

Despite Mourinho’s words, Juan Cuadrado did not play in the match.

Match statistics ( Sports Mole)

CHELSEA
Shots: 9
On target: 4
Possession: 31%
Corners: 2
Fouls: 13

BARCELONA
Shots: 18
On target: 6
Possession: 69%
Corners: 7
Fouls: 14

Chelsea Courtois; Ivanovic (c), Zouma, Cahill (Chalobah 87), Azpilicueta (Terry); Fabregas (Moses 60), Matic ( Mikel 60); Kenedy (Willian h-t), Oscar ( Ramires h-t), Hazard (Falcao 68); Diego Costa (Remy 60).
Barcelona Ter Stegen (Masip 60); Bartra (Pique 60), Douglas (Sergi Roberto 17), Mathieu (Vermaelen 60), Adriano (Jordi Alba 60); Rakitic (Iniesta 60), Busquets (c) (Samper 60), Gumbau (Rafinha 60); Sandro Ramirez, Suarez (Pedro 60), El Haddadi (Halilovic 73).

 

 

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Chelsea have named a strong lineup for their last clash of the Northern America International Champions Cup against Barcelona. Both teams have made a good start to the game. They played very fast, listing a large number of passes.

Surprisingly, at Chelsea first team appeared Kenedy. It’s an unexpected move on the part of Mourinho, due to the fact that, the Blues are yet to formally complete the signing of the teenager. While the new Chelsea purchase, Falcao was not in the starting line-up.

Chelsea were close to score the first goal at the beginning of the match. In the third minute Kurt Zouma was close to score but Ter Stegen has defended his hit.

Barcelona’s players many times tried to beat Curtois, but the Belgian goalkeeper was flawless. Even Luis Suarez could not believe that he is not able to score a goal.

Mourinho’s side played a good first half and also took the lead with a Hazard’s outstanding goal at minute 10.

Oscar and Diego Costa both spurned further opportunities as The Blues played really good the opening half but only had one goal to show for it.

The Blues got less ball possession but they had several chances to score more goal, however they weren’t able to increase the score.

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is the official line ups for today’s game at FedExField between Chelsea and Barcelona.

Chelsea:
Thibaut Courtois ,Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Kurt Zouma, Branislav Ivanovic , Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic ,Eden Hazard, Oscar, Kenedy ,Diego Costa.

Barcelona:
Ter Stegen, Bartra, Douglas, Adriano, Mathieu, Busquets, Rakitic, Gumbau, Ramirez, Suarez, El Haddadi.

 

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