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Paul Clement believes that former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti would be a perfect fit for the vacant Liverpool post.

The Derby boss, who had two spells at Chelsea between 1996-99 and 2007-11, worked as assistant manager to Ancelotti during his spell at the helm at Stamford Bridge between 2009-11, before following the Italian to Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid.

The 43-year old, who has also coached at Fulham and Blackburn Rovers, has now said that 56-year old Italian would be suitable for the Anfield role, which was made vacant yesterday following Brendan Rodgers’ dismissal.

“He had a great career as a player, and a sterling career as a manager – in terms of the clubs he’s managed,” said Clement.

“The three wins in the Champions League – [managing] in England, France and Italy as well.

“He’s got all the credibility, he’s a fantastic man-manager.

“He’s enjoying a little bit of rest at the moment but he’s got a lot to offer.”

Ancelotti has been out of work since he left Real Madrid earlier this year, and Clement reckons Liverpool could be an attractive destination for the former Chelsea boss.

“He’s going to want to be going to a big club, a club where he’s got a chance of being successful and winning.

“And there’s certainly one available now.”

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Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes has said that the women’s game is no longer inferior to the male equivalent after her side won the WSL1 title last night.

An impressive 4-0 win over Sunderland, in front of a record crowd of 2,710, easily secured their first ever league title whilst ensuring a domestic double, having won the FA Cup in April.

Hayes, the only female manager in the female top flight last season, has now said that the female game is fully in the spotlight, with stats showing the female Blues enjoyed a 168% spike in attendances over the course of the season:

“We’re no longer just second-class citizens, anywhere in women’s football anymore,” the38-year old told BBC Sport.

“Women are not only welcome at Chelsea, but we breed champions here now.”

Hayes said the title win, which came 23 years to the day after Chelsea Ladies played their first game, resonated across the entire club.

“The way things are reported in the news, how important it was for Chelsea Ladies to win, to play our part in the club,” she said.

“Who knows, it’ll be about us sharing our best information, to pass on to our boys teams and our men’s teams.”

When asked if leading Chelsea to the the domestic double was made more special for being the only female manager in the top flight, Hayes said the state of the women’s game was all she was concerned about.

“The first question I asked is ‘what is the attendance?’ I care about the game, I’m from the women’s game and I think for those of us that have been involved with 10 fans on the side line, to now see 2,700 fans, a brass band, two mascots, scores of young men down here – forget just the scores of just young females – that is what women’s football is about.

“No one is going to put women’s football down anymore. This is a sport that is to be reckoned with. We are going to get more and more recognition with the more success we have on and off the pitch.”

Hayes took over at the Chelsea helm in 2013, and has guided her team to league success in three seasons, and achieved Champions League qualification last year for the first time, despite finishing second bottom in her first season.

Hayes, who has also managed in America, has said that the pain of the last day of the 2014 season spurred her team on this year, as Chelsea lost the title despite being top at the start if play last year:

“I have to be reminded of that day. That day is what has driven us on,” Hayes told BBC 5 live sports extra.

“Pain and disappointments are what drives us on to winning. I’ve got a great dressing room and it is not to be undersold.

“Great characters make great teams, it is not always about having the best 11 on a piece of paper – it is about having the best pieces that fit together that work as a collective.”

 

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Chelsea winger Willian has given a special interview on occasion of his 100th appearance for the Blues in which he has defended Jose Mourinho coaching methods.

The Brazilian player has denied the rumours about Mourinho’s conflict with the players and has praised his coaching methods.

Willian told GloboEsporte:

“With the players there is no problem. People generally want to find a problem when the team loses, but I never saw him arguing or fighting with another player.”

“I think it’s a bad time for all of us. Too bad, because we play for Chelsea, one of the world’s largest clubs, and we are losing many games. The players playing here have never gone through a situation like this, losing so many games. But we have everything to win again, despite our many errors.”

Asked about the conflict between Mourinho and dr Carneiro:

On the medical situation, I saw the statement (Mourinho’s?  Carneiro’s?  The FA’s?) and this was solved with the board of directors. The truth is that none of the players knew what happened. I believe that the board resolved with Mourinho and the doctor.”

Willian also commented on Diego Costa’s controversial behaviour:

“I think he knows what he does. It’s his way of playing, being a little aggressive on the pitch. He is a striker who likes to go up and contest the ball, which sometimes ends up irritating the opponent.”

 

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association in relation to media comments made after losing to Southampton on Saturday.

During the post match press conference the Portuguese manager has hinted that officials were afraid to give decisions in Chelsea’s favour. During the same conference he admitted that he is aware that the FA will probably charge him for those words.

The FA statement read:

”Jose Mourinho has been charged for misconduct in relation to media comments he made following Chelsea’s game against Southampton on Saturday 3 October 2015.”

”It is alleged his remarks constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of a match official or match officials and/or bring the game into disrepute.”

”He has until 6pm on Thursday 8 October 2015 to respond to the charge.”

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Jose Mourinho has strongly ensured that Branislav Ivanovic will be playing in Chelsea’s  starting lineup instead of the new signing Baba Rahman. According to the Portuguese coach, former Bundesliga player needs time to learn and adapt to the style of play in the Premier League.

Chelsea fans have repeatedly suggested Mourinho to give a chance to Rahman if Ivanovic fail to impress since the beginning of the new season. However, all indications are that the Special One has a different opinion on this topic.

Mourinho said:

“Look, because Baba Rahman arrived in the last day, because he doesn’t know what it is to play in this kind of championship.”
“He had no pre-season with us. He needs time to learn, he needs time to adapt. “At the same time, every team, except Maccabi Tel Aviv, is a team of giants. And if you don’t have a minimum of five tall players good in the air, you are dead in set-pieces.”
“When I play Azpilicueta on the right and Baba Rahman on the left and I don’t play Ivanovic, I have only three, not even four. So we have to think about all the details. And I think about all the details.”

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Former Chelsea midfielder Deco has hailed Jose Mourinho for his incredible ability to use press to his own advantage. The Portugal star has no doubt, that only the Special One knows the press really well.

Deco who worked under Mourinho at Porto and Chelsea is convinced that even if Mourinho is recently shocking everybody with his controversial comments he knows perfectly what he is doing.

Deco told ESPN:

“Mourinho is probably the only coach that knows the press really well and he manages to use them to his own advantage,”

“He thinks out what they are going to talk about and he uses this. Then the whole thing becomes a game, a marketing stunt.”

“Sometimes he uses the press as a channel through which to motivate his players. I think he can perhaps go a bit too far with this, but he knows exactly what he’s doing and he plays with the press all the time.”

“I remember when we were at Porto and there was the rivalry with Benfica. He was a master in using the press in an unbelievable way.”

Former Portugal star has recalled times of playing under Mourinho :

“He was not someone who talked a lot with the players,”

“He just used to talk a bit during the week and then on matchday there was not much more to say.”

“If you were to speak to all the players up until Real Madrid, everyone would have something good to say about him. They all loved him. But I’m not sure after Madrid. I don’t think Real was good for him.”

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Jose Mourinho has admitted that after some unexpectedly weak Chelsea performances the confidence within the team is low. He is, however, convinced that those are only momentary troubles.

The Portuguese coach is convinced that the Blues need some good fortune after a string of poor results if they want to come back on the winning track. However, he has no doubt that Chelsea will rise from their knees.

Mourinho said:

“Only Mother Nature can do it. They [the team] need luck, they need to feel luck, they need to arrive at half-time winning 2-0 or 3-0.”

“They need to fly without pressure, to play and feel that everything is going in their favour. Not to feel this pressure, this panic, this negativity: decisions against, unlucky, mistakes.”

“Time will bring it. I don’t know next match, in two matches, in three. For sure they will get that confidence back, for sure.”

However, the Special One has criticised Premier League referees for biased refereeing:

“One thing teams are not afraid of for sure, is to make penalties. Because they make them all the time and the referees they never give them.”

“It’s a big confidence that you feel. You are not afraid to be aggressive in the box. You are not afraid to have duels.”

“I always tell my players in the box to be careful. “Don’t use your hands, don’t use your arms, be careful, you can be punished.” They know that they can. Opponents know that they don’t have to feel that pressure. That, for me, is clear.”

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Brendan Rodgers was sacked by Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group just hours after a Merseyside derby draw with Everton. Among the main favorites to replace him are former Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti and the German manager Jurgen Klopp.

According to the various rumours from Liverpool, the list of potential Brendan Rodgers successors has narrowed to two names – Ancelotti and Klopp. Both coaches have a vast experience so it is difficult to point favorite.

Interestingly, in a vote of fans leads Klopp while some of the former players of Liverpool suggest that they would prefer Ancelotti. The decision of the club will probably be announced soon.

While former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has urged the Reds to hire former AC Milan and Chelsea manager Ancelotti instead of Ex-Borussia coach Klopp.

Murphy told talkSPORT:

”Reading the CVs and what they have done and where they have done it and how many times they have done it, it is a no-brainer really,”

“Ancelotti has done it as a player, he has done it as a coach, and he has done it in different countries. And, ultimately, he has done it here already with Chelsea. He has won the league here, he has won the [FA] Cup here, so he knows this league. That in itself gives him a headstart on Klopp.”

Liverpool announced yesterday that Brendan Rodgers has been sacked. The Reds issued a special statement. In a joint Fenway Sports Group statement, Principal Owner John W Henry, Chairman Tom Werner and President Mike Gordon said:

“We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Brendan Rodgers for the significant contribution he has made to the club and express our gratitude for his hard work and commitment.

“All of us have experienced some wonderful moments with Brendan as manager and we are confident he will enjoy a long career in the game.

“Although this has been a difficult decision, we believe it provides us with the best opportunity for success on the pitch. Ambition and winning are at the heart of what we want to bring to Liverpool and we believe this change gives us the best opportunity to deliver it.

“The search for a new manager is underway and we hope to make an appointment in a decisive and timely manner.”

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that at the time in which he will find out that his players do not trust him, he will leave Stamford Bridge.

According to various reports, which recently could be found in the press, Chelsea players may be in conflict with their Portuguese coach. That is why Mourinho has decided to confront the rumours and cut off all the speculations by asking his players to speak openly about the situation in the dressing room. He also added that if it appears that the players really do not trust him he will leave his post as Chelsea coach.

Mourinho said:

“People can say what they want. You should really ask the players and not go with sources and fake sources, and the players told a friend, and the friend told the agent, and the agent is not happy with me because I don’t play his player.”

“You should go straight to the players. Get our media office to arrange a table at Cobham [Chelsea’s training ground] next week.”

“John Terry doesn’t go to the national team, Diego Costa doesn’t go, Ramires doesn’t go. Ask them.”

“If they tell you they don’t trust me, [that] is the only thing that can make me resign. The only thing. But not fake sources. The players at the table, face to face.”

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Jose Mourinho seven minute speech following Chelsea’s  defeat to Southampton- a mix of warnings and repeated accusations- was not quite enough to take his team’s woes out of the news, though they did, as eve, deflect the responsibility from the team onto him.

It was perhaps a good thing from Chelsea’s perspective that the England Rugby team went out of the World Cup, even if it was a dreadful sporting Saturday all round in South-West London, because if nothing else the Sunday papers went with something else on their back pages and the news channels had a different first bulletin other than Chelsea’s fourth defeat in eight games.

Similarly, Liverpool’s sacking of Brendan Rodgers has closed the book on, and any speculation that Mourinho will be the first coach to be lose his job this season months after winning the Premiership title, but speculation is still rife that the Portuguese, undoubtedly Chelsea’s greatest manager, as the man himself said on Saturday, will be gone before long.

Chelsea have played appallingly all season. There have been brief moments where it looked likely that the team will change its rotten form: the signing of Pedro when it looked certain that the Barcelona forward would sign for Manchester United was followed by the side winning for the first time, where Pedro scored one and set up another, against West Brom and the win over Arsenal two weeks ago.

Both of these games were followed by dropped- one defeat against Crystal Palace and a 2-2 draw with Newcastle. Both straight forward games, both ending badly because of Chelsea’s fecklessness in defence and impotence going forward. It has been a pattern in most, nay all of Chelsea’s games this season. One can’t accuse them of missing chances because they are hardly making any, and nobody can say they have in some strange way been left behind by their opponents because the mistakes that have led to the goals conceded have been so basic.

Chelsea won’t get out of their terrible run of form until they cease making these mistakes, such as failing to mark attacking opponents in the box in both open play and at set pieces to name just one. As the form of their excellent creative players from last season- Hazard, Fabregas, Oscar etc- has for some reason vanished, Mourinho must go back to what it was that made Chelsea such a difficult team to beat for so long. Abandon the high line and the marauding full-backs- and please, replace Ivanovic with Azpilicueta on the right and put Baba on the left- and make sure that if nothing else Chelsea get at least one point from a game. In short, Chelsea need to be boring again, if only for a while. There is no way of knowing how a dull 1-0 win, probably from a Willian free-kick, where the defence looks stable and the, hopefully Jon Obi Mikel-less, midfield don’t persistently give the ball away could do to the team’s confidence.

Chelsea have tried to play the counter attacking game this season, but it has too often been in a defensive panic with Hazard running into nowhere in partciular. Chelsea need to keep the ball better than they currently are, and by that they mist pass it quicker and not leave themselves exposed if it is indeed lost. The truth is there are no easy answers, despite this prosaic advice, but one can only think that as Mourinho, who this author continues to support entirely, complains about the treatment his team gets from referees and the effect they are having on his team when they subsequently make stupid mistakes, that his own concentration should be on what he can control rather than what he can’t.

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