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Chelsea manager José Mourinho revealed that the London club can give up in the race for Everton’s defender John Stones.

The Toffees already rejected two offers by the Blues ( £20m and £25m plus some add-ons) and also Manchester United and Manchester City joined the race for the young centre-back: although Everton claims the defender is not on the market, their goal is to sell him for £34m.

That’s why Chelsea are keen to give up in the race, as Mourinho explained:

“The market sometimes has no rules,” he told to the press.

“We, as Chelsea, we make our own rules.

“To make our own rules is to evaluate the players, and to know the players’ value, and to know when we have to stop and turn to another side, and think in another option”.

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José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss José Mourinho spoke to Chelsea website about his expectations for the upcoming season.

The Portuguese manager thinks that being champions bring to the club and him more responsibility:

“When you are champions you owe something to the players as a manager. I feel that. I prefer loyalty to kicking people out and bringing in new faces when you are champions. I prefer the group to know that I am there for them and I recognise what they did for us.

“Even if other teams make huge investments and go with lots of new faces, I prefer this feeling of loyalty to the squad. What they did last year is more than enough to trust them and to respect them.

“Being champions doesn’t change me for bad, it changes me for good. Hopefully it is the same thing for the players. I want them to feel good but not relaxed or with less motivation. It can only influence us in a positive way.

“The atmosphere is brilliant. The players’ relations are good, and the relations between me and the players is good. Everything is going well but we know we have the most difficult domestic competition in the world, with more candidates and top teams.

Mourinho claims that the Premier League is going to be even more difficult after the other teams’ efforts on the market:

“It was always difficult to win matches in England and now it’s even more difficult. The teams are going to be stronger. Look at Crystal Palace, one example, who have signed Yohan Cabaye and Conor Wickham.

“What others are doing will make a different Premier League. To win it we won’t need as many points as before. I think fewer points will win the title, and there will be more defeats and lost points for the top teams.

“I welcome this mentality, this economic power, and this ambition. If the Premier League was difficult it will be even more difficult now“.

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Former QPR manager Harry Redknapp says that he expects Chelsea to sign “one or two more players” to face next football season:

“Across the pitch they have quality all over and have a very strong bench.

“The defence is strong, they are loaded with great midfielders and are sorted up front with Diego Costa, Loic Remy and now Radamel Falcao. They have options all over.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Jose made a move for one or two players before the end of the transfer window, as he’s doing with [John] Stones now.

“But if they fail to bring anyone else in I don’t think he’ll lose any sleep over it“.


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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman claims his former team, Vitesse Arnhem, lost their identity after sealing a partnership with Chelsea that sees them accept a host of loan players each season.

The Saints will face Vitesse next Tuesday for the Europa League third qualifying round tie at St. Mary’s Stadium, and Chelsea loanees Isaiah Brown, Lewis Baker, Nathan Allan and Danilo Pantic could be in the match.

Reflecting on his time at the Dutch club in 2000-2001, Koeman stated:

“It was a great experience for me to work at Vitesse. At that time, Vitesse was growing.

After that, the club was a little bit more down and now it’s in a new situation in the club because they have an owner who is connected to Chelsea, but it seems to me like people have lost a connection with the club since this agreement has been in place.

“Every season, they have a different team now. It looks difficult for the manager because you start every season with a new team and that’s not ideal.

It is difficult to have really the spirit in the team, I think, because all the young players come to play, but they still like to go back to Chelsea. I don’t know if I can work in that. I don’t know.

“In my time, we played in front of 25,000, 26,000 people every home game and now if they play against Ajax, PSV or Feyenoord, there is 20,000 or 22,000 maximum.

“Maybe the people lost a little bit of the feeling with the club because it is not really like before. I don’t know. That’s from a distance.

“What we know is we face a very difficult tie and we have to do all we can to have a good first leg performance because Vitesse are always strong on their home pitch”.

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After the friendly game with Barcelona was Chelsea boss José Mourinho revealed that Gary Cahill might have a broken nose after the impact with Blaugrana’s goalkeeper Jordi Masip while scoring the equalizer:

Cahill has a chance of a broken nose, maybe yes, maybe no. If no, perfect. If yes, he will get a mask tomorrow to be ready for Sunday!

What can be more concerning is Diego Costa’s form, since the Spanish striker was stopped many times last season by this kind of injury:

Diego felt a little thing in his hamstring. We believe it is just a feeling, no more than that, but we have to wait“.

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José Mourinho replies to Rafa Benitez’s wife comments, and he does his way.

The current Real Madrid manager’s wife, Montse, claimed that her husband has always to clean up the messes that Mourinho leaves at his previous clubs.

After Barcelona’s friendly game, Chelsea boss had his swift response:

The lady is a bit confused, with all respect. I’m not laughing, because her husband went to Chelsea to replace Roberto Di Matteo and he went to Real Madrid and replaced Carlo Ancelotti.

Mourinho claims that Benitez destroyed his wonderful job at treble winning Inter in 2010:

The only club where her husband replaces me was at Inter Milan, where in six months he destroyed the best team in Europe at the time. And for her also to think about me and to speak about me, I think the lady needs to occupy her time and if she takes care of her husband’s diet she will have less time to speak about me”.

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Chelsea won the Champions League back in 2012

During a Q&A with British journalists in Montreal Chelsea boss José Mourinho stated that he cannot promise the Champions League trophy to the Blues fans, but he can promise that his team will be a Champions League contenders in the next years, where he will sit on their bench.


I cannot promise. I can only say that when it’s one of the best teams in England, in spite of the conditions which are very difficult for English teams to compete in Europe, every English team in the top four is going to be a Champions League contender. This season we are going to be, I would not say favourites, but we are going to be (contenders). Let’s say I’m going to stay here for four years of my contract. We are going to be Champions League contenders for four years. Let’s see if we can do it or not.


If somebody comes in after me in a couple of years, gets a fantastic team and can improve it with a couple of new players and be champion, I’m happy with that too.


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Messi and Ronaldo are rated as the two best players in the world by most people...but Mourinho doesn't agree

Chelsea manager José Mourinho told to British press that Leo Messi has better than Cristiano Ronaldo in the last football season and for this reason the Real Madrid star doesn’t deserve to win individual trophies this year, and not even to be in the top two or three in the world:

During a collective interview, the journalists made him notice that Messi and Ronaldo are rated as the the two best players in the world by most of the people:

They have to win some titles, no? Football without titles is nothing. Messi won the treble. He won three competitions last year, he reached the Copa America final. He had a fantastic season for him and for his team.

Mourinho was also asked if Ronaldo would not be in the top two because Real Madrid missed out on their key trophies last season: “I think so. I don’t like players or managers to win individual trophies without the team”.


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Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Speaking to Chelsea official website José Mourinho analysed the two weeks of pre-season the team spent between Canada and USA.

Tonight Chelsea will face the Champions of Europe, Barcelona, in Washington then they will go back to London to get ready for Community Shield game against Arsenal at Wembley next Sunday:

It’s the best training session we could have. The game against Paris was a very good one; against Barcelona it can be an even better one.

I’m not worried with tactical aspects, and I’m not worried with the result. I’m just worried about the possibility to play at a higher intensity and prepare ourselves for the Premier League.

“I need to give players minutes. I need to give players different experiences, playing with each other and also playing in different positions. It’s just about preparation. Obviously nobody likes to lose even in training but if we wanted to win we would choose opponents where we could win easily.

“This time, because we have a short pre-season and not a long time to be ready for the Premier League, we decided to play proper opponents and have proper training matches to raise the level.

“Defenders I have to give 90 minutes to because at this moment I have only five. Between the five we must have four on the pitch and so for the defenders I have to do it.

I prefer the others to play high intensity football and to not reach their fatigue levels, giving everybody a chance to develop their condition.

About the pre-season experience in Canada and USA, he said:

“The conditions have been good to train and to rest. The distances of travel have also been very short. We haven’t spent a lot time on buses or at airports or on planes.

“We have had very good opponents. For the objective of a short pre-season I think everything went very well. If we don’t get any injuries against Barcelona we will have done fantastically, amazingly well by having a pre-season without one single injured player. Let’s hope the game doesn’t give us problems“.

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José Mourinho thinks that Eden Hazard can become one of the top-five players in the world.

Speaking during Chelsea tour in the USA, the Chelsea boss revealed that he’s pushing Eden and everyone else in the squad and in the Blues staff to improve and give their best, so to reach more important results and established themselves in the European elíte.

The Belgian player was named Player of the Year the last season, but according to Mourinho he still has to get stronger:

“To repeat the awards, I believe he has got to get better, because the normal tendency is for people to find another star.

People find somebody new to get these individual trophies. But he has all the conditions to improve. With his age he can improve.

“I talk to all of them (the squad). Medical department too. I told them. You have to be better.

Champions League can be an important competition to improve and reach the players Olympus:

“Two years ago we reached the CL semi-final but he didn’t play. He didn’t play in Madrid, he played injured at home. So he arrived in that crucial moment not in condition.

“Last year we didn’t do well and we were out immediately so he also needs a good Champions League. I’m not saying winning but I say a proper Champions League. But no matter, he is fantastic.

Mourinho also pointed out the fact that Hazard is a very loyal player on the pitch:

“He’s getting stronger and stronger, not just in his body, but in his attitude. He’s mentally tough. He’s not the kind of boy who overreacts. After a bad tackle he never rolls and rolls like other players do.

“He doesn’t try and push referees to make certain decisions. Eden is not this guy. He’s loyal and honest, and gets lots of respect from opponents because of that.”

“I would like more protection for him, but it’s beyond my control.

“The only thing I can do is what I am doing and what Eden is doing, which is to work and work and work to be stronger and stronger. I don’t want to change his mentality or personality. I don’t want him crying or overreacting.

“I don’t want someone to touch his shoulder and he reacts by throwing his hands in his face like some players do. I want Eden to be what he is – absolutely fantastic.

“Eden is coming with big status now and was voted one of the top ten players in Europe last year. In my opinion he should be in the top three not in the top ten. Let’s see what is going to happen but we have these people. But let’s say John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic are our captains and the others are ready to come.

For Chelsea manager, Hazard is already a leader:

“On the pitch Eden leads. He is not afraid to take responsibility. He is not afraid to get the team in a dark situation and bring blue sky again for the team.”


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