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Super agent Jorge Mendes has been named as the world’s most powerful football agent by Forbes. Among his clients are Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa.

Forbes has revealed, that the Portuguese football agent had negotiated contracts for his clients worth £627.88million what makes him second-most powerful agent in world sport and world’s most powerful football agent.

Among Mendes clients are Jose Mourinho, Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao but also Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Angel di Maria and Eliaquim Mangala.

This is an another award for the super agent as he was named FIFA’s Agent of the Year three times in the past.

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Chelsea striker Loic Remy has promised, that even if he is aware of the fact, that replacing Diego Costa is a difficult task he will do his best to fill the void left by the Spanish striker.

Chelsea ace was given a three-game ban after being found guilty of violent conduct by the FA during last Saturday clash against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. One of the players who can replace the Spaniard is Loic Remy. The Frenchmen does not conceal that he would be happy to lead the line against Newcastle on Saturday.

Remy told ESPN:

“When we play for Chelsea it’s a question of giving the best – 100% – so of course I will do the best I can,”

“I think we will miss him [Costa] because we know how important he is for the team, but we are all focused on winning games. Whoever is on the pitch we will try to do the best we can. Of course it’s a shame for us to lose him.”

“Whoever is on the pitch will give their best. It’s my old club so it’s always a pleasure to play against them. The manager will decide and pick 11 players, we’ll see on Saturday.”

 

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed, that he is deeply hurt with the FA’s decision to ban Diego Costa for three matches after the Spaniard has been found guilty of violent conduct. The Special One has admitted also , that the Blues might not be able to cope with the loss.

The Portuguese manager does not hide that he is very disappointed with the FA’s decision regarding his striker. Especially after finding out that the FA rescinded Gabriel’s red card. What is more,the Special One has said, that in his opinion the club might not be able to cope with the loss of Costa.

Mourinho said:

“Every time you lose a player it’s not good for the team and easier to accept an injury. An injury is part of the game and we have to be mentally ready,”

“But this kind of situation goes much, much, much, much more deeply and the team is hurting, obviously. I don’t know if the squad can cope without Costa”

“The team has lost an important player for three matches and don’t need to lose their manager. So I prefer to keep calm and quiet.”

“If I bring examples and go deep and bring feelings into the discussion a big suspension will be waiting and I don’t want that. The team doesn’t need that.”

The Spaniard will miss Premier League clashes against Newcastle and Southampton.

 

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Walsall manager has said, that even if the Saddlers lost  4-1 to Chelsea in the third round of the Capital One Cup, he is proud of his team’s performance. Dean Smith has thanked Jose Mourinho for showing respect to his team.

Smith told Walsall’s official website:

“We can take an awful lot from the game because we played a quality team and at times we took the game to them,”
“The scoreline was disappointing – it probably flattered them.” “They started both halves really well and the third goal (seven minutes after half-time) probably killed the game.”

“But the way we played, and the way we stuck to our philosophy, was a credit to the players.”

“It’s one of those few occasions where we got beat because they’ve got better players.”

”They showed their quality in the end,”
“It was very difficult for us against the league champions.”
Walsall manager has thanked Jose Mourinho for showing respect to his team.“They paid us the ultimate respect with the team they played, and they paid the competition the ultimate respect. ”
“I wasn’t surprised by their team. ”

“Their success criteria is totally difficult to ours and is to win competitions – the League Cup, FA Cup, Champions League and Premier League. ”

“So they had to come here and get the win, which they did. ”

“But I’d like to think we tested them and gave them a game.”

Smith has also praised his two players the goalscorer O’Connor and Romaine Sawyers:
“James is an experienced player and he knows his way around a football pitch,”
”I was pleased to see him pop up with a goal.” “But Romaine was outstanding. The biggest complement I can give him is that if he had been playing in their team, you wouldn’t have noticed.

“The way he handled the ball and used his body against world class players was excellent. His distribution was very good.”

“He was very, very close for the Chelsea game but we didn’t want to risk him because of his track record of injuries over the last season,”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has praised the Blues for their impressive performance during yesterday’s match against Walsall in the third round of the Capital One Cup.

Begovic told the Chelsea official website:

‘‘Walsall had looked forward to the occasion, they were going to be up for it and they’re a decent side, so we had to do a professional job, take our chances and take control of the game,”

‘‘I think overall we did okay and got the job done, but it was never going to be easy and credit to Walsall because they made it difficult at times. We scored at the right times, that helped a lot and saw us through.’’

Goalkeeper commented also on the fact of failing to keep a clean sheet:

‘‘You don’t like to concede,”

‘‘It would have been nice to have kept a clean sheet but it was all about getting into the next round and keeping the trophy defence going.”

‘’From our point of view it’s something we’ll look at; it was a tough goal to concede just before half-time but we scored pretty soon in the second half and that settled everything down again.’’

Speaking about Courtois long-term absence, the Bosnian goalkeeper said:

‘‘It’s really unfortunate for Thibaut and I wish him a speedy recovery but I’m enjoying the games, enjoying playing, and the main thing is I’m contributing to the team,’’

 ‘’I see every game as an opportunity. I’ll play when the manager decides to play me and it’s just nice to be part of so many games in each competition and obviously the further we go the more games we’ll have and the players are going to be happy.”

‘‘I came here to help the team compete for trophies, so this was a good step forward, we’re in the next round and obviously still in contention for the trophy.’’

Begovic spoke also about last weekend’s win over Arsene Wenger team:

‘‘Overall we’re not happy with the start, it’s not the standard we normally set so we’ve looked to turn it around,’’

‘The last week has been really good for us with three wins in a row and we need to keep it going. We’ll just take it one game at a time, try to claw those points back and look forward to the rest of the season.

‘’The Premier League is very unpredictable and a lot of things can happen, we’ll just have to take care of our job and hopefully the rest will take care of itself.”

‘‘It’s a big game so we obviously have to recover quickly, get over this one and prepare for Saturday. It’s never easy going to Newcastle so we’re well up for the game.’’

 

 

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Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez has been criticised by a high ranking Real Madrid official, according to Spanish journalist Jose Manuel Garcia.

Benitez became manager of the Spanish giants in the Summer after the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti. The former Chelsea Interim Manager left his job at Napoli to return to his homeland, following Jose Mourinho who also left Serie A for the Santiago Bernabeu in 2010.

Mouinho left Real Madrid in an acrimonious manner in 2013 to return to Chelsea following a fall out with many of the high profile players and senior officials at the club. Benitez, with whom Mourinho had a number of clashes when the Spaniard was manager of Liverpool and the Portuguese at Stamford Bridge.

The two men have now been compared again after an official at Madrid, according to Garcia, likened Benitez to the two time European Cup winner, or specifically a “pain in the arse” version of the Chelsea manager.

Garcia, writing in a blog for El Confidencial , quotes someone in the Madrid hierarchy following other quotes from players and agents criticising Benitez’ training regimes. Daily training has become “an intolerable bore” and players leave “wishing the next day doesn’t come, since the next day threatens to be a big dose of the same”.

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WEMBLEY STADIUM

Tottenham Hotspur’s proposals for a new ground have been criticised by the body that protects the UK’s historic environments for the damage it will do to the area.

Historic England have described the plans to build a 61,000 capacity stadium as being a danger to the area’s character. A spokesman for the body said this in a statement:

“We believe Spurs’ latest proposals will cause substantial harm to the historic character of the surrounding area.”

Spurs revealed on Wednesday their updated plans for a new ground that will have four asymmetrical stands having first revealed plans in the summer. They plan to move in by 2018 and had hoped to move to Wembley Stadium in the interim period.

Those plans look unlikely as Chelsea, who are also planning on redeveloping Stamford Bridge, also want to use England’s national stadium on a temporary basis and are favourites to do so.

Spurs have said they would be happy to share Wembley with Chelsea but may have to move to Milton Keynes instead, something London Mayor Boris Johnson has called the FA to prevent.

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Arsene Wenger claims that the FA’s decision to rescind the red cad Gabriel received during Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday repairs only a small amount of the damage he believes the referee did.

Gabriel was sent off after reacting to Diego Costa’s provocation following a slight scrap the Spain striker got into with Laurent Koscielny. The action taken by the FA also includes a three match ban for Costa, the first of which was last night’s 4-1 win over Walsall in the League Cup.

Arsenal reacted well to Saturday’s defeat with a 2-1 win over North London rivals Spurs in their own League Cup tie, and afterwards Wenger insisted that the retrospective action by the FA came too late for his hard done by team.

“It just shows that they decided after the game what should have happened during the game,” he moaned.

Continuing, the Frenchman, who has a terrible record against Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho with just one win in 15 matches, claimed to still be angry about the decision to not punish Costa during the game.

“They repair five per cent of the damage which has been done to us – instead of us playing 11 against 10, we played 10 against 11.

“I have watched the game again. There are some things that were really surprising in this game, some incidents were really handled very lightly and not seriously. It is better I don’t talk too much because I am still angry about it. 

“One or two situations in the game are very difficult to understand when you watch it again but I am in a job where I sometimes have to swallow things that are not right and maybe our opponents do sometimes as well.

“I said to you after the game that Gabriel should not have responded at all and I maintain that and I told him that, but when I saw it again, he did not do a lot, honestly.” 

 

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marquinhos

Former Chelsea defender Alex says PSG centre back Marquinhos should leave the French Champions in order to get first team football elsewhere.

Chelsea had two bids for Marquinhos rejected in the summer transfer window, the biggest of which was €35 million, when they were also trying to sign Everton’s John Stones, and the Brazilian is also wanted by Manchester United.

Speaking to L’Equipe, Alex, who played for Chelsea fro 2007 to 2012, said this about his 21-year-old compatriot:

“Marquinhos would fit in at any big European club, his problem is that two of the best players in the world in his position are ahead of him.

“If I was in his place I would leave PSG – especially when all the big clubs want him. During every transfer window, he gets magnificent offers.

“He’s young and should be playing to show his worth.”

 

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jose mourinho

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said he was pleased with the display after he saw his side overcome League 1 side Walsall 1-4 in the third round of the Capital One Cup at the Bescot Stadium.

The Blues hit the ground running in their defence of the League Cup against the Saddlers, with an early Ramires strike and a Loic Remy goal putting Chelsea in control. The home side pulled one back through James O’Connor, but any hopes of a comeback were soon dashed thanks to a first goal for summer signing Kenedy, with Pedro rounding off the scoring late on.

After the game, Mourinho said that he was satisfied with the result, the performance and, the manner in which his side began the match:

It was not easy,” Mourinho said.

“We started very well. Immediately we had one or two chances, we scored the goal and we showed them that despite the fact they are a good side and they play good football we were not here to make mistakes and throw the competition away.

“When you start the season with bad results like we have, we could not lose against a League One team. You can do that when the season is fantastic and you are top of the league, but to lose a game against a League One team now wouldn’t be good for us.

“We don’t need that bad feeling, we need good feelings. The team was strong and played well. I’m happy with the result and individually it was good for the players too.”

Mourinho was also asked about the performances of Kenedy, who scored his first goal for the club, Radamel Falcao and John Terry, who returned the squad after sitting on the bench in the Blues’ 2-0 win over Arsenal last Saturday.
John was solid, normal, no problem,” the 52-year old said.

We brought a good solid defence. The midfield was really good. Mikel and Ramires played amazingly well.

“It was a good game for Falcao, a good 90 mins – important for fitness. He worked a lot, ran a lot, moved a lot. He was in the game a lot. For the first time this season he was on the pitch for a long, long time so it was a good game for him.

“Kenedy played well. He was having pain in one calf, so I had to take him off, but a nice performance for him, good experience, more minutes on the pitch. It was good for all of them.”

The Saddlers, who are second in League 1 after eight games, did halve the deficit on the brink of half-time, but Mourinho praised the spirit of Dean Smith’s side.

I am always worried against teams with great belief. After 3-1 we could feel like it was game over but before that everything was open. They created chances and fought hard.”

“I analysed them before. I watched a couple of their matches in League One. I was surprised with the quality of their play. They are a different team to normal in League One – not so physical, but technically fast. They were very well organised.”

“I have years of cups in this country and I haven’t found a team in League One playing the quality of football they tried to play.”

Lastly, Diego Costa served the first of his three-game ban this evening, and Mourinho was asked for his thoughts on the FA’s decision to suspend him:

I don’t comment.

“If I comment, bring examples, go deep and bring feelings into the discussion, a big suspension will be waiting for me. I don’t want that, the team doesn’t need that.

“The team lost an important player for three matches and they don’t need to lose their manager, so I prefer to keep calm and quiet.

“Every time we lose a player it’s not good for the team. I think it’s easier to accept an injury. An injury is part of the game and we have to be mentally ready for it. This situation goes deeper in feelings.

“Obviously the team is hurt but as I was saying although I don’t play, score goals, and tackle, my communication on the pitch is positive for the team, so I prefer to be quiet.”

 

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