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Ahead of Sunday’s clash against Tottenham at White Hart Lane,Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho spoke during the pre-match press conference.

Mourinho about potential Chelsea’s transfers:

“We’re thinking about what we can do now and we can only get the maximum points from the remaining games in 2015.These stories started when the market closed. I know which players are possible and impossible. I will not ask the board for players. It depends on the club’s intentions and needs whether we can sign anyone.”

On Chelsea’s aims:

”I prefer to say we are fighitng for the title. We need points in the same way we did last season. We are far from the European positions and we have to play every game with ambition and determination. Every point can make a different. We have to fight for every point. We are all focused on our job. We’re not speaking about players or buying and spending.”

Asked whether he thinks that the Spurs were unfairly treated with fixtures:

“When we play in the Champions League and we play a team that’s not involved in European competitions. We played against Dynamo Kiev and then played Stoke two days later.”

“It’s a situation that creates a bigger difference. We played this week. When you play Saturday and then Thursday you have a long time to recover from Thursday to the previous match.”

“When you play Saturday and then Tuesday you are in overload. If you have a longer period to rest you are accumulating. It’s a story that doesn’t convince me. We have a solution for everyone or none for anyone. There are rules to help everyone in Europe. Here, it’s the same for everyone.”

On Harry Kane:

”I only noticed him when he started in the first team and, obviously, it was not difficult to see he is a good striker.”

On Tottenham chances to win the Premier League:

“I am not surprised with what I am seeing, they are a very, very good team. If they said they were in the title race I would say that is not a bluff.”

”When I watch them play, it’s not a surprise for me. If they tell players or manager they are fighting for the title I would not laugh. I’d accept it as the team is very good. The manager is good. The players are good. They have good stability and I think they’re a very good team.”

Asked about his opinion about Leicester leading the Premier League table:

“I don’t know what can happen between now and the end of the season but to be there in November/December is not the same as being there after three or four games but after almost half of the season to be there is an amazing achievement. Can they fight for the title? I think they can give every one of the traditional candidates a scare. They are doing amazingly well. I treat them as a team to respect.”

Asked whether Terry will play at White Hart Lane:

“I don’t know,”

“I don’t want to say it is impossible that he plays, because maybe he pays and you will say I was hiding. I am not hiding. Today he did not train, but we have a little hope that he is possible for Sunday.”

”He’s important to the team but to be fair, I have complete trust in Cahill and Zouma. For the match last Tuesday, I left Zouma out after good performances to play Gary to show him that confidence. They are ready. Zouma and Gary are both ready and if JT doesn’t play, we’ll go with them.”

On Falcao, Fabregas and Ramires:

”Fabregas is fine.

Ramires has got a little pre-injury. Does he have a chance? He has a chance”

On Ivanovic’s injury :

,, He will be back in the first 15 days of December”

 

 

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Spurs striker Harry Kane says he and his teammates are confident ahead of the visit of Chelsea to White Hart Lane this Sunday and that he hopes to surpass his goal-scoring feats in last season’s fixture.

Kane scored the winning goal last night as Spurs won their latest Europa League fixture 1-0 against FK Qarabag in the Azerbaijan capital Baku in what was the club’s longest ever journey for a competitive fixture.

Kane scored twice in Spurs’ 5-3 victory over Chelsea on New Year’s Day 2015, a result that was not enough to stop the Blues winning the Premiership with relative ease. Chelsea also avenged the result two months later with a 2-0 win in the League Cup final.

London’s third club are 5th in the Premiership table, 10 points ahead of Chelsea who have had a terrible start to the season and sit in 15th place. Kane thinks Spurs will have to take the game to club that used to win at White Hart Lane for fun if they are going to maintain the momentum they have built up so far.

Speaking to BT following their Europa League win, Kane said this:

“It would be nice to score a hat-trick [against Chelsea], but it’s going to be a tough game. We know how we’ve got to play; we’ve got to take the game to Chelsea.” 

Chelsea have a superb record against Sunday’s opponents with just four league defeats in the Premiership era. ChelseaNews24 reported yesterday that the Blues will make a move for Kane in the summer.

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According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Jose Mourinho is considering a January swoop for Fiorentina’s striker Nikola Kalinic.

The Italian paper claims that Kalinic’s excellent performances at Fiorentina ( nine goals in 10 games) caught the eye of of the Portuguese coach.

The Croatian signed a four-year contract with the club from the capital of Tuscany this summer. Before he spent several years playing at Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk helping them reach the 2015 UEFA Europa League Final.

If the transfer would really happened, it would not be a debut in the Premier League for him. Kalinic signed for Blackburn Rovers in 2009 but he failed to impress scoring only 15 goals in 54 appearances for the club.

It is said that  his potential arrival at Stamford Bridge could coincide with Radamel Falcao leaving the Blues.

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According to the Guardian, Chelsea may be interested in securing the services of Tottenham’s striker Emmanuel Adebayor in order to replace Diego Costa .

The Togo player is currently a free agent as Tottenham released him in September. And according to the latest rumours, Jose Mourinho is considering the possibility of bringing him at Stamford Bridge. Diego Costa’s poor form has forced the Portuguese coach to look for successors.

For a few days the media are full of information about who would succeed Costa at Chelsea. On the list of names are already Antoine Griezmann, Saido Berahino (his candidacy is strongly supported by Emenalo), Gonzalo Higuain,Harry Kane and now also perhaps the most surprising candidate Emmanuel Adebayor.

Adebayor and Mourinho know each other from Real Madrid where together they cooperated really well. According to various soccer experts, the Special One brought the best out of Adebayor at the Bernabeu.

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta is convinced that two consecutive Chelsea’s victories meant that fans and the players can be optimistic about the upcoming match against Tottenham on Sunday.

The Spaniard admits that the recent victories have given the team a big boost in confidence.

Azpilicueta told Chelsea’s official website:

”It’s a start ”

” Obviously we want to carry on, we are in a position where we’ve come from two wins in a row, two games in which we’ve played really well and players are getting confidence back. ”

”We’ll take it step by step. Now we have a tough game against Tottenham away on Sunday and we want to keep going.”

”We were playing well in the last few games (prior to Norwich) but we didn’t get the results we deserved. Obviously for confidence it’s hard but you have to face the reality, keep working, keep trying and I think now the results are coming for us. ”

”I think at this stage last season I hadn’t played so many games on the right but my goal and my target is always the same – to help the team,’’

” I feel comfortable in both positions so I’m ready for the manager when he wants me to play. ”

”In the Premier League we played a tough game there and it was a hard defeat to take but we played them in the League Cup final after that and won, so every game is different.”

”We are confident, we have to keep going and try to get the three points.”

The Blues will try to take on Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday following wins over Norwich City and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

 

 

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STAMFORD BRIDGE

Chelsea have announced that Carabao will be their principal training wear partner in a three year sponsorship deal.

Starting from next season, the Thai energy drink will be worn by Chelsea players and staff on all training kit at Cobham and press conferences.

The details of the deal have not yet been released, but Chelsea’s Managing Director Christian Purslow said this in a statement:

“We are delighted to form a new partnership with Carabao which represents the first time a football club has welcomed a new partner as its training wear sponsor.

“We are confident that adding Carabao to our family of global partners will, under Financial Fair Play rules, further enhance our competitiveness on the field while growing our popularity still further in Thailand where the club has always enjoyed incredible support.”

Sathien Setthasit, the chairman and chief executive of Carabao Group PLC, said this:

“I feel delighted to be a part of the Chelsea family. For the past ten years Chelsea has been one of the greatest teams in the Premier League.

“We are looking to expand into the world market and have found Chelsea to be a good partner to take us worldwide. I believe the partnership between Chelsea and Carabao will take us to the world and help us become very famous from now on.”

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Arsenal will make a bid of €45 million for one time Chelsea target Mauro Icardi.

Inter Milan will allow their prized asset to go should a club offer enough money and, according to Corriere dello Sport, title chasing Arsenal will do just that.

Reports suggest Inter would even be willing to sell the Argentine in the upcoming January transfer market but that appears unlikely as Roberto Macini’s side currently sit top of the Serie A table, two points clear of 2nd placed Napoli. The departure of Icardi would severely damage their title ambitions.

Icardi has been of interest to Chelsea since January last year when there was fervent speculation the Blues may lure him away from the San Siro. As Chelsea have played so badly for much of this season they may revisit the idea of signing the 22-year-old.

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Drogba and Cech have been teammates for several seasons at Chelsea

Didier Drogba has admitted he may want to be Chelsea manager one day, insisting that he wants to one day return to the club in some capacity.

Drogba, currently at MLS Montreal Impact, left Chelsea at the end of last season having helped the club regain the Premiership title. It is unlikely that at the age of 37 he will return to the Premiership as a player but he does think he is capable of contributing in a managerial or technical role.

Speaking to BBC Africa, the Ivorian said this:

“I want to give back to the club which has given so much to me. I have agreed that with the club directors.

“Why not manager? Why not sporting director, trainer at the academy or maybe an advising role for strikers?”

Drogba did, however, give his backing for current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, whose fortunes appear to be turning round after wins at home and abroad this week.

“If the club has kept him that means owner Roman Abramovich thinks that he is the right man.

“I think the players trust him and he is giving his best to change the situation.

“They have quality when it comes to the players, and quality when it comes to the management. This is a club which usually doesn’t have a bad season twice.”

 

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Harry Kane is one of few good prospects of England national team

Chelsea’s search for extra attacking firepower will take them to Spurs’ Harry Kane, according to reports in the British press this morning.

Chelsea have been left exposed after injuries and suspensions to Diego Costa meant they were forced to rely upon Loic Remy and the unimpressive Radamel Falcao, meaning that they have struggled for goals this season.

This morning’s papers are linking the Premiership champions to England international Harry Kane, against whose Spurs side Chelsea take on this Sunday. Kane scored twice in the 5-3 win for Spurs in this fixture last season, perhaps Chelsea’s worst league result in a campaign where they won the title by eight points, with a summer move being suggested.

There has been speculation in the last day and a half following Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Champions League on Tuesday in regards to Costa’s future. A reported argument with Jose Mourinho came after an underwhelming performance from the Spain international, and Chelsea may be looking to Kane to replace Costa as opposed to accompanying him up front.

A failure to bolster the forward line is one of many reasons why Chelsea currentrly sit 15th in the Premiership table. Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, who recently equaled a league record for 10 goals in 10 matches for the Foxes, is being spoken about as potential January signing.

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that Maccabi Tel Aviv’s pitch was to blame for John Terry’s injury.

The Blues captain went off injured in the first half due to an ankle injury, which is now set to rule him out of Sunday’s game with Tottenham.

The surface was bad and dangerous,” Mourinho said.

For John to leave the pitch with the score at 1-0, I know already that he is in trouble.”

Midfielder Ramires was forced to sit out of yesterday’s game due to an injury sustained in traning on the Sammy Ofer Stadium pitch in Haifa on Monday, with Mourinho criticising the “very bad” pitch before Tuesday’s match.

The surface appeared to cut up heavily throughout the game, with Mourinho replacing a large divot near his dugout during the match.

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