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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

Courtois 7,5 – Three saves, but all important. Now that he’s back also the defense look more confident.

Ivanovic 6,5 – After the injury he came back almost at the level we were used to see him: keep going, Brana!

Terry 7 – Proper captain, he was the leader in the middle of the pitch motivating his team-mates and giving them advice, especially on the game tempo. Every team would need a captain like him.

Zouma 6,5 – You can rely on him in such games, he’s always there ready for the action and he never gives up

Azpilicueta 6,5 – Always very focused, as usual he does a lot of work for the team. Tireless.

Ramires 6,5 – Very precious in the midfield, with his rapidity and intelligence. Hard worker for the team a usual.

Matic 7,5 MOTM – Finally a performance on the levels we used to see him, he was unstoppable and just…everywhere! We hope he can be more constant.

Oscar 6 – Hard worker for the team as usual but he’s never dangerous or really creative.

Hazard 7 – Good performance, he is improving after the awful start of the season and you can see how much Chelsea missed the REAL Eden. Tonight we could see his magic again.

Willian 7,5 – Clone  him! By far Chelsea’s best player of this period: unstoppable, tireless..and he’s becoming a good goal-scorer too! Always there in the important moments, fundamental.

Diego Costa 6 – When he will start to control his temper? He played a good game, but his stupid foul on Casillas could cost him also a red card if he found an harsher referee. He must improve on this aspect, it’s becoming a limit, especially in crucial games like these.

Subs 

Pedro 6 – He did what he had to do: try to speed up the playing in the counter attacks and bring more freshness up there. Always very smart.

Obi Mikel 6 – He brought experience, coolness and leadership in the last crucial minutes.

Remy 6 – He played just a couple of minutes but he almost scored the 3-0 goal: efficient.

Manager

Mourinho 7 – Well played game, with a good spirit: finally the team seem to be focused. The players now show also a good physical condition, we just hope this win can bring a little more enthusiasm and confidence to his phenomenal group.

 

 

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Jose Mourinho spoke to Chelsea TV before Porto’s clash.

The Chelsea manager thinks this game will be like a knock-out and doesn’t want his players to relax thinking that a draw can still qualify them:

“Maybe if I say this people don’t believe me but the atmosphere and desire to work together of the players and the staff have been always brilliant in these months, I think in the end is our strength because we got so many bad results and we always found strength to carry on and work, to search for next good result, I think the group is phenomenal.

“No one wants to hide, nobody wants to go, everybody wants to play and try ( to give their contribution).

“It’s a contradiction when you look to the instability of the results and you look to the stability of the group and the work, it’s a huge contradiction.

“Porto have to win, this is like a knock-out and we play to win: I think is dangerous ( to approach the game) with a mentality that one draw is enough for us, so we have to go in that direction, with the responsibility we know that is a knock-out but Porto is a good team and they are playing well and for sure, a big support, traditionally Portuguese teams bring big support with them, so they feel quite comfortable, quite supported so it’s very difficult match, but I want to think that is more difficult for them.

“What do we need from our fans tonight? I cannot say one negative word about Chelsea fans, exactly the opposite, they are giving us a lot considering the bad results we are having. I can’t ask for more, I can’t just ask…I can only say that in case the support is not massive, at least don’t put more pressure on the players because they [already] have enough pressure with the results we’re getting”.

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Let’s analyse the situation in GROUP G, the one of Chelsea, to understand how the three teams ( Chelsea, Porto and Dynamo Kiev)  that can still get a pass for Last 16 can qualify.

The current table is:

Chelsea 10

Porto 10

Dynamo Kiev 8

Maccabi Tel Aviv 0

 

  • The three top teams are sure to stay in the European competitions, but they don’t know which one ( we remind the third classified of each group go to Europa League Last 32)

 

  • The winner of Chelsea v Porto wins the group. Porto beat Chelsea 2-1 on matchday two so will top the group with a draw should Dynamo not win.

 

  • Chelsea will be through in second place with a draw.
  • Dynamo will be through with a win; if the other game is drawn, the three teams will be split on goal difference in matches between the three teams, meaning Dynamo would finish first, Chelsea second and Porto third.
  • Maccabi are out of Europe.

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Porto defender Danilo Pereira spoke before the game with Chelsea and claimed that the Portuguese side players are confident on getting a win tonight: a win for them would mean probably the Blues out of the Champions League, since they would have to rely on Maccabi Tel Aviv beating Dynamo Kiev to get a pass for Last 16 stage. Porto, however, is in the same situation, even though Chelsea can still qualify with a draw in case Dynamo will draw with Maccabi:

The players believe we can get a win here,” said Pereira.

We have confidence. It’s difficult because Porto have never won in England, but hopefully we will achieve it.

“This will be a very different match to that at the Dragao. It’s a decisive game for them and us.

“We’ll not change our game. We have our own football philosophy. But we also know how to defend and we are well prepared for what awaits us.”

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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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