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Chelsea midfielder Ramires claims that Jose Mourinho has boundless confidence of the Chelsea dressing room.

The Brazilian decided to publicly support Mourinho to cut off all the rumors saying that Chelsea players are in conflict with him.

Words of support will certainly help the Special One as he is now the bookies’ favourite to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job.

Ramires said:

“We’ve not lost a bit of trust in Jose. Everyone trusts him. We think he is the best manager for us,”

“Obviously when things don’t go the way that everyone expects a lot of questions are asked. But we still trust him.”

“I understand perfectly where he is coming from with what he said regarding where, if he didn’t have the confidence of the players he would step aside. But that’s not the case at all. We are all together.”

“Maybe it’s a shared guilt because when things don’t got the way that everyone expects people look at the players and the manager. But we are all working together to get out of this situation – we want to be at the top of the table. Not the bottom.”

“I think it very normal when we are not playing well and we are losing for the manager to take it out on the players. He needs to get a reaction.”

“Maybe some players are not doing what he expects them to do so that’s why he is on top of us, on top of things, trying to get a reaction because he knows he can get the best out of us.”

“So we all need to calm down and we can get out of this.”

“Obviously when you lose a few games in a row the confidence level goes a bit low. We’ve not had the chance to win a few games in a row and get back that confidence.”

“As far as the mood is concerned, it is fine.”

“We are training and working hard. We are doing the best we can to get out of this situation that we have put ourselves in. We have not produced good performances but we are working on it.”

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has admitted that the players are the only ones to blame for the club’s current condition.

The Blues have gotten off to their worst start in 37 years, and the Spanish star has no doubts, that he and his teammates are the only  to blame for the current situation.

Costa told EPSN:

“We know we’re not in the form we were supposed to be at the beginning of the season,”

“We need to blame the players because we came back from holiday very confident, thinking we could go back into how it was last season, and then realised the team was already in a bad situation.”

What is more, the Spaniard admitted that he has started Chelsea’s pre-season completely overwhelmed:

“I’m going to be very honest: Maybe a few weeks ago, five or six weeks ago, I was not on top of my game. At least physically,”

“We talk within the players and we know that, maybe at the beginning, we were not 100 percent as we were supposed to be when we got here. I got injured at the end of last season and then I went on holiday.”

“Maybe I got out of my diet and, when I came back, I was not the way I was supposed to be. I was a little bit overweight. That affected my game. You can be selfish and blame it on the manager but I’m not going to do that.”

“I’m responsible 100 percent, and so are the other guys. So all we can do now is train very hard and work very hard to try to get back to that level where we were the season before.”

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PAUL POGBA

Chelsea have opened negotiations with Juventus over the permanent transfer of Juan Cuadrado and reports suggest he could be used as a tool to sign Paul Pogba from the Italian giants.

Cuadrado joined Chelsea in January 2015 but struggled for the form and match time. He joined Juventus shortly before the window closed on loan and has so far played 8 times for the Champions League runners-up.

A delegation from Turin will arrive in London during this international break to discuss potentially making the deal permanent and according to reprts in italy Chelsea are hoping to use the talks as a chance to convince Juventus to lower their asking price for Pogba.

The Frenchman was pursued by all of Europe’s top clubs, some of whom were quoted up to and beyond £70 million for the midfielder.

In return for any concession from the Italian champions, Chelsea are willing to let Cuadrado go for £14 million, half what they paid Fiorentina for him.

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Chelsea will make every effort to sign PSG defender Marquinhos in the January transfer window in an attempt to bolster their porous defence, according to reports in England and France. 

Chelsea’s appalling defending could well be put to down to their futile attempts to sign Everton’s John Stones in the summer. The Premiership champions did, as it happens, have a bid for Marquinhos turned down shortly before the window shut when it was clear Everton were not going to sell Stones at any price.

That bid was rejected but Chelsea will go back in for the Brazil defender in January. The Blues think he could be a long term replacement for John Terry and could form a good defensive partnership with Kurt Zouma.

While they have not given up on Stones, Chelsea now consider the 21-year-old Marquinhos to be the more realistic option. ChelseaNews24 reported last month that former Chelsea and PSG defender Alex had advised Marquinhos to leave the French capital.

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Former Arsenal centre-back Martin Keown says Jose Mourinho must repair his damaged relationship with the Chelsea players if he is to avoid the same fate that befell him at Real Madrid.

Mourinho fell out with several of Real Madrid’s best and most high profile players in what was a torturous final season in the Spanish capital in 2012/13. Keown, who was part of the Arsenal side that dominated English football along with Manchester United in the late 90s and early 2000s, thinks the same could happen at Chelsea and used John Terry’s apparent fall from favour as an example.

Keown is quoted in the Daily Star as saying:

He has been on a mission against John Terry from the off when he took him off in the Community Shield.

“It seems as if he’s drawn a line in the sand under Terry. Now he’s got to start building bridges.

“I don’t think the international window could have come quick enough for Jose.

“There’s an outstanding manager there, he’s got to forget about what might come out – it didn’t matter last year so why does it matter this year.

“I believe his success is the way that he gets players to their maximums, but there’s a tipping point.

“He seems to have a very strong emotional tie with his players. There’s a genuine love and affection for his players but recently, it seems to be a love-hate relationship.

“He fell out with key players at Real Madrid, and the same seems to be happening at Chelsea.”

Chelsea’s next match after the international break is against Aston Villa.

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New Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has described himself as the “Normal One” in his first press conference since becoming Liverpool manager.

The German has been unveiled as the five-time European Champions’ new boss after the Anfield club sacked ex-Chelsea reserve coach Brendan Rodgers last weekend.

In what could be described as a slight dig at Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, whose Real Madrid lost to Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund in a thrilling Champions League semi-final in 2013, the 48-year-old described himself as the Normal One. Jose Mourinho famously described himself as the Special One when he became Chelsea manager for the first time in 2004; it is a nickname that has stuck.

When asked to describe himself, Klopp said this:

“I don’t want to describe myself.

“I am a totally normal guy. I am the normal one maybe?

“I had a great opportunity to take Dortmund for seven years. And now I am here. I want to enjoy my work. People have told me a lot about the English press. It is up to you to show me they are all liars.”

His first Liverpool match will be against Spurs on the 17th October after the international break.

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Diego Costa has defended Jose Mourinho by insisting that criticism towards the Chelsea manager is unfair and that the players must take responsibility for the team’s poor form.

Chelsea are in 16th position having won just two games this season, their worst start to a domestic campaign in a generation with perhaps the worst game of all coming in last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Southampton. Mourinho is under pressure to turn around the team’s fortunes quickly but was given a boost last week when the club released an official statement saying they have no intention of relieving the Portuguese of his duties.

Costa, who himself has been suffering his own crisis of form with just one goal this season, has come out in support of his manager, saying that much of his bad return is down to him returning from pre-season overweight. He says that Mourinho’s abrasive style means he is exposed to criticism when things go wrong, but that this is sometimes unfair.

The Spain international is quoted in the Mirror as saying:

“When things don’t go the way that everyone expects, people—the supporters as well—always look for someone to blame. In some cases, they blame the players. In this case they blame the manager, maybe because the manager is Mourinho. 

“There’s no doubt it’s because of the way he is. He’s very direct, very straightforward. He always speaks what he thinks and what he believes to be the truth. Sometimes it’s not what people want to hear. It’s the way he is and it’s why sometimes they criticise him.”

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Chelsea Ladies got their Champions League campaign off to a dream start as they beat Glasgow City 1-0.

In the first leg of their round of 32 tie, Fran  Kirby scored the winner to give the Blues an advantage in the second leg.

Fresh from winning the WSL1 title last Sunday, Emma Hayes’ side failed to create many clear cut chances in the first half.

However, five minutes before the interval, Kirby struck with Chelsea’s first shot on target to put the home side into the lead, turning defender Cheryl McCulloch before striking via the crossbar.

Ji So-Yun went close to doubling Chelsea’s lead when she fired over after being found by Gemma Davison’s cross.

The Scots rarely threatened on the night, with visiting keeper Lee Alexander producing a number of saves, including a late stop to deny substitute Ana Borges from close range.

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Jose Mourinho has said that he would put Tony Pulis in charge of a club if the choice was his. 

The Chelsea boss has always praised Pulis, who is currently in charge at Premier League rivals West Brom.

The Blues, who have won only two of their opening eight Premier League games and lost four, are currently 16th in table and are level on points with Pulis’ Baggies side, who also have eight points.

If I was in charge of a club, (Pulis) is the first manager I would contact,” Mourinho said in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.

57-year old Pulis spent eight years at Stoke, guiding them to the top flight, before leaving the Britannia and saving Crystal Palace from relegation in 2013. He then left the Eagles in the summer of 2014 to join West Brom.

The Welshman has never been relegated from the top flight.

He has only ever had to coach teams who have had to survive, scrape results and find stability,” Mourinho said.

The numbers when it comes to Tony and his record are incredible.”

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is set to announce that he will be publishing a new book. 

The new publication comes despite Chelsea suffering their worst start in over 30 years, having lost four of their opening eight Premier League games.

However, reports in the Daily Mirror claim the Portuguese will release the book, which will be called “Mourinho”.

The book is thought to be all about Mourinho’s 15 trophy-laden years in football management.

The report includes a description of the book which reads: “In the legendary manager’s very first book and in his own words and images, Mourinho charts the peaks and troughs of the opening 15 years of what has been a stellar rise to the summit of the global game.”

It is believed Mourinho will give interviews and press releases before the book is put on sale, with no date yet given on when the book can be bought.

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