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Chelsea forward Kenedy has praised his new coach Jose Mourinho calling him the best coach in the world.

The young Brazilian has no doubts, that the Special One will help him to improve enough to be able to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro.

Kenedy told Globoesporte:

“Mourinho is the best coach in the world. I have a lot to learn from him. I am very happy to know that he liked me. It helps me day-to-day and helps me in training every day  that he supports me.”

“(When he called me) in my mind he was just playing. Being in a big club like Chelsea is a childhood dream, playing with great players like Ramires, Oscar, Diego Costa, Willian… They received me very well.”

“I did my part, which was working hard in the pre-season. I showed how good I was. I think it all comes from you. If you want something, you have to go after it. That’s it. When I got the opportunity, I took advantage and got in the squad.”

 The 19-year-old Brazilian player hopes to arrive at Rio 2016 in the best possible shape :
“Brazilian players have a lot of quality. You have to work. It is about working and waiting for the opportunity. I have a year to work [before the 2016 Summer Olympics]. I have a lot to learn in Europe: tactical play, marking, speed. I think you can evolve more and keep learning day-to-day.”

 

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane has picked Chelsea captain John Terry to his Premier League five-a-side dream team.

Kane has named his Premier League five-a-side dream team. It is not surprise, that besides John Terry, Wayne Rooney, Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen he has chosen himself.

Arguing his choice Kane said :

“Lloris is a top, top world-class goalkeeper and we are lucky to have him at Spurs.”

“Myself up front, I’d stick myself in there. John Terry in defence. He’s an amazing defender who’s done so much for so many years. He’s really one of the world’s best so he’d have to go in there.”

“I’d have Wayne Rooney to stand in behind me and assist me in getting the goals.”

“And I’d have Christian Eriksen because he got a lot of assists for me last season, he’s an amazing player and a great lad as well so I’d have him in my team.”

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Kenedy has gave his first interview as a Chelsea player where he outlined his targets for the campaign.

The 19-year-old Brazilian told Chelsea official website :

Hi Kenedy, welcome to the club. How does it feel to be a Chelsea player?

Thank you very much. I’m very excited and delighted to be part of one of the biggest clubs in European football and I’m extremely happy with the way everybody at the club has welcomed me.

You played the first 45 minutes against Barcelona during pre-season having been given permission by Fluminense to take part – what do you remember about that game?

It was a great experience for a young player like myself to be able to play against one of the best teams in the world. I was very happy with my performance and pleased with the way in which my team-mates did everything they could to help me in the game.

Can you tell us about your background and how you became a professional footballer?

I started out playing football in my hometown as a kid and then went to Rio De Janeiro where I played for Vasco da Gama. After that I joined Atletico Mineiro before moving to Fluminense, a club which is very well known for their academy, not just in Brazil but worldwide. They produce a lot of talented players. I managed to accomplish my objective there, which was to become a professional, and I played at Fluminense until I completed the move to Chelsea.

Robert Kenedy (full name Robert Kenedy Nunes do Nascimento) isn’t a traditional South American name. Is there a story behind it?

Yes, there is. My mum, dad and sister were watching football at home one day and my sister is a big Corinthians fan. They had a player at the time called Robert who scored a great goal in the game. She was so happy at the time she started crying and so my parents named me Robert after him. The ‘Kenedy’ comes from the former American president, my mum picked that part of my name.

Tell us a bit about the type of player you are and what you can bring to the squad…

I’m an attacker, I like to play on the right-hand side and I’m a player that works a lot for the team. I always try to play with the best interests of the team at heart.

What caught the eye in the Barcelona game wasn’t just your ability in the final third, but also the way you carried out your defensive duties. Is that an area of your game you’ve always tried to work on?

It’s something I’ve always tried to do but obviously it depends on the circumstances of each game. I don’t just attack, I have to go back and help out defensively as well, making sure that the opposition left-back is covered. It’s something I try to do on a regular basis.

How did you find the pre-season tour overall? How did training differ to what you’ve experienced in the past?

The tour was a brilliant experience for me, very enjoyable. It gave me an opportunity to meet the players and, as far as the training goes, it was very different. The things we do in training here I’ve never done before and you don’t even see some of the drills in Brazil. I need to focus, keep learning and take something new from each session every day.

We have plenty of Brazilians at the club, did that make it easier for you to adjust?

With all of the Brazilians being here it’s a big help for me because they talk to me a lot and tell me what the manager wants and how to train. It’s not only on the pitch, but off the pitch and within the club that they’ve been very helpful.

Did you know any of them previously?

No I didn’t, I only knew them from playing as them on my Playstation (laughs). I used to play as them on my game and now I’m running and working with them every day, so it makes me really happy.

Did you come across any of our former players during your time at Fluminense?

Yes, Deco was at Fluminense when I got to train with the first team. As a kid growing up he was one of my idols, so I was very honoured to have the opportunity to play with him.

What are your targets for this season?

My objectives are just to be involved as much as possible, help the team and win some trophies.

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Chelsea winger Eden Hazard admits, that the Blues are finding it tough because everybody wants to beat them.

Chelsea lifted their first title in five years last season but their beginning of the 2015-2016 campaign is below the expectations.After four games the Blues are 13th in the Premier League, losing eight points to the current leader Manchester City.

But, Chelsea’s winger is convinced, that their is so difficult because everyone else is so determined to beat them.

Hazard said:

“It’s difficult to play as a champion because everyone wants to beat you, everyone wants to kill you.”

“We wear the gold (champions) badge and it’s very good.

“We had a fantastic season last season. If we could do the same this season we’d be good.”

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Chelsea legendary midfielder Frank Lampard has urged the Blues to recover from their disappointing start to the Premier League.

Former Chelsea ace has no doubts, that the Blues are able to battle Manchester City to retain their Premier League title.

Lampard told Sky Sport News :

“These things can happen,”

“They were a dominant side last year and won the league quite rightly.

“Sometimes things don’t always go as well for you but Chelsea are certainly capable of coming back from that.”

“I always fancied Chelsea and City to be the strong teams this year. I have such an affiliation with Chelsea that I’ve always got my eye on them and I’ve got no doubt that they are going to come back and still have a strong season.”

Chelsea legend spoke also about his performances at MLS :

“It has been frustrating on the pitch for me because I’ve only managed to start three games,”

“By nature, it is difficult to push and try and get fit with muscle injuries. That is what I was trying to do and it wasn’t working.”

“But we’ve had a free week this week, I’ve trained for two weeks solid now and I’m ready to go. We play Dallas at the weekend, it’s a big game for us and a big game for me. Personally, everything off the pitch has been fantastic for me.”

Speaking about New York he said :

“The city is amazing, the people are welcoming and the buzz in New York is incredible. Hopefully I can start playing now and make a difference on the pitch.”

 

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bertrand traore

Jose Mourinho is set to reignite his pursuit of Everton defender John Stones by offering Bertrand Traore in exchange. 

The Chelsea boss’ interest in the Everton defender became one of the most talked-about rumours of the summer, with the Blues failing to meet the Toffees’ £40 million valuation for the former Barnsley defender.

Chelsea tried, and failed, to secure Stones’ services with four bids in the summer transfer window, but according to the Sun, 20-year old Traore will be offered as part of an exchange.

The Burkina Faso midfielder impressed whilst on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem last season, and was included in the Blues’ first team squad for the current campaign.

However, it is believed Bill Kenwright will refuse any mid-season sale, having resisted letting Stones go in the summer.

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Cushing saw his side lose to Chelsea in the FA Women's Cup semi-final

Manchester City Ladies boss Nick Cushing has said that he believes their Chelsea counterparts will win the WSL title this season.

The Blues currently sit top of the table with two games left to play of the 2015 season, with City five points below them in second. They do, however, have a game in hand.

Cushing’s side kept their title hopes well and truly alive on Sunday, despite only narrowly overcoming a stubborn Sunderland side 1-0. However, despite keeping up the pressure, Cushing has said that he believes Chelsea will pip City to the post to win their first ever WSL title.

“I think Chelsea will win two more games,” Cushing told BBC Sport.

“I don’t think they’ll slip up now, they’re on a bit of a roll.

“We’ve had to be really patient about getting into second and we’ve finally got there.”

Chelsea have Liverpool and Sunderland left to play away and at home respectively, as well as their Champions League clash against Glasgow City. Should City and Chelsea finish in the top two, they will qualify for Europe.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Jose Mourinho has been named as an ambassador for the World Food Programme, and says he is very proud but also “frustrated” that he can’t do more.

Speaking to ITV’s This Morning programme, the Chelsea manager said that football clubs generally should do their best to help the disadvantaged and that doing so is about more than just giving money.

He said:

“For me, being an ambassador makes me very, very proud. I have to say I am a bit of a frustrated ambassador because I did nothing compared to what I should or could do- what my job doesn’t allow me to do.”

Asked what clubs and players can do, Mourinho continued:

“We should probably start with clubs. Clubs are so powerful in terms of image but also in terms of image and economics. What I felt was more important than the money I could donate was my presence.”

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Pedro has defended Jose Mourinho and insists the public perception of the Chelsea manager is not always accurate. 

Pedro joined Chelsea from Spanish giants Barcelona shortly before the transfer window closed, taking the Spain forward from the grasp of Premiership rivals Manchester United.

Having played his entire career up until this point at the Nou Camp, Pedro was involved in some of the most hard fought derbies between his side and Real Madrid, particularly during Mourinho’s reign as Madrid manager.

It was a time when relations between the two clubs sank to an all-time low as they competed to dominate Spanish and European football, and the rivalry was made all the greater by relationship between the Portuguese and Barcelona’s manager Pep Guardiola, currently at Bayern Munich.

Pedro has recently spoken of his changed opinion in regard to Mourinho, and has gone further in comments made to the Mirror.

He said:

“The past is there and there are people who will not forgive what happened. The truth is that one has an image of him which, when you know him, changes a lot. It is not what it seems.

“I like the way that Mourinho works. I feel comfortable and he made me feel important. He has a positive and winning mentality. I am delighted because I like nothing better than winning.

“[He gave me] a good talk, he explained the situation of his team, what he expected of me and I heard what I needed to hear, that with me the team would grow. It gave me confidence.”

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Eden Hazard has just posted on his Instagram a photo with his friends from the Belgian national team. Chelsea player immortalized a funny moment in which Vincent Kompany fell asleep. It is widely known that Eden loves jokes.

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