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Chelsea boss José Mourinho explained to the club official website why he signed left-back Baba Rahman from Augsburg and what his skills are:

He’s our pure left-back, because Azpi is an adaptation.

“He’s left-footed, a left-back, the offensive one, the one that has a cross, has a pass, and likes to go forward. I would say he’s a younger Filipe Luis. Filipe Luis is a good player, that’s why he plays for Atletico and for the Brazil national team. Baba is a young Filipe – Filipe is 30, Baba is 21.


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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

A winner like Chelsea boss José Mourinho cannot be happy with the Blues horror start of the season and, of course, he admitted it.

After claiming he’s particularly unhappy with seven of his stars, he revealed that he’s unhappy with himself, that is the first one to be out of form, so he hits the gym every day to be fitter and get more concentration:

“For me the first thing is I’m not happy with my form, because I used to get better results than I’m getting. This is the start of everything.

“This week, we are more active in training, we are watching more videos, working harder. I go to the gym every day now to get fitter. Maybe I need more action on the touchline, so I need to be fitter.

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Ex Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

José Mourinho press conference ahead of WBA.

Moses and Oscar are still injured and I don’t know if the new players are available or not”

“Normally we train vey well but I think this week we trained better than ever, we are not happy with the results and we want to do better, and we can do it just working better than ever”

“I am happy for the new signings, I know the PL started two weeks ago, the market is more often an opportunity window than a transfer window, so it’s dangerous because we’re in a moment where nobody is happy to lose players, but we got a very good young left back that we need and we got one of the best attacking players in the world, a player with lots of experience and with something that I like very very much that is the desire to leave a giant club, one of the best in the world, a club that normally you don’t want to leave, and for a player like him – loved there and that loves the club- the fact that he wanted to leave after winning so much means he wants more. I like this attitude, I know he wants to win more and he’s not here on holiday”

“Market is an opportunity window to get players that sometimes you don’t expect to get, the truth is we love to have Pedro here”

“That’s not a point for me the fact he was going to Man United, the fact is we finally understood he was ready to leave the clubs of his dreams, the club of his heart, when a player leaves a club like Barcelona and Real Madrid I always wonder why they want to leave these giants club, there are always a lot of rumours and many times are not true. In this moment he accepts a new challenge, he leaves the comfort zone, he comes to a new club, new country, new manager, new league…I’m really happy with his approach”

“I don’t want to speak about players of other clubs, every club have important games in this weekend, so I don’t want to go in that direction”

“In the last two weeks I call the transfer window the opportunity window, so let’s see what can happen”

“I think in some aspects in my career I’m unique, and also for the questions I receive in the press conference, so I guess in this moment I’m the unique manager in the world to be asked about the medical staff. I don’t want to talk about this, but this weekend nothing is going to be different, but the most important thing is that- again- they are in good hands, both on the pitch and outside the pitch”

“I repeat the market is a question of opportunity: transfer period is full of rumours and info, sometimes wrong info, and sometimes are true, and where they are true you understand you can do something. When I saw Pedro playing the European Super Cup like it was the last game in his career, when he knew he wanted to leave, it’s the kind of professional that you want to try to sign and you don’t want to lose that opportunity. We are happy he chose us”

“At the half time at the Etihad I told to the players to push, to raise the defenders’ and midfielders’ line, I decided to play Zouma, it’s not easy to play in Man City stadium, Terry acted very professional and the next day in training he did very well”

“Sometimes people tell me I never experiment, so nothing new….we played well against Swansea in the first half, 2-1 was a very short result, the second half started with a penalty and a red card so nothing went in our direction. With Man City we played well in the starting of a second half, we scored a beautiful goal with Ramires that maybe was one inch offside, created chances and then conceded a stupid goal. We are not happy, but we’re calm”

“I’m very happy with Begovic’s performance, he showed clearly what he backed, but now I will go back to Courtois”

“I repeat, I’m unique because nodoby asks to Pellegrini if Kompany is in trouble for Otamendi’s signing or if Mangala is going to be sold…”

“Pogba is a Juventus’ player, and I cannot speak about him. I know that Allegri had been speaking about Oscar and Ramires for the whole summer, but he’s a Juventus player, only Allegri can speak about him”

“On Sunday it’s not me against Tony [Pulis] it’s just Chelsea v WBA and we want the three points”

“If we have to see superstitious side I will tell you I never won against a “P” but also that when I started with a 2-2 at home I won the treble, so…Porto v Belenenses 2-2 and I wont a treble [actually the European trophy was a UEFA Cup] and Inter v Bari 2-2 I won the treble [actually it was a 1-1, but always a draw].

“Willian does things that Pedro doesn’t every player is different, I read some rumours like we want to sell Willian but that is a lie: maybe they want him but they wont’ get him”

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was relieved after the win against Maccabi Tel Aviv © Francesca Ceciarini

José Mourinho will reach two important Chelsea landmark this Sunday against West Bromwich Albion.

In fact, the Portuguese manager will sit on the Blues bench for the 300th time and only other four managers reached that milestone.

As Chelsea website reveals, he’s got has the highest win percentage of any of Blues managers that took charge of the team for 100 games of more: his score is 195 wins out of 299 games so far.

The same match with WBA will also be his 100th Premier League away game.

In the 99 games so far he made 60 wins, 20 draws and 19 defeats, winning 200 from a possible 297 points.
Numbers that show why Mourinho is so important in Chelsea history.

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wenger mourinho

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was surprisingly offered a two year contract extension recently and Chelsea boss José Mourinho was asked if he was surprised about this new deal.

In his answer the Portuguese he seemingly used to have a dig at his rival Arsene Wenger.

Why? Some other clubs, they have disappointed for 15 years and the manager is the same”.

Another attack fired to the Arsenal manager, bad blood is still running between them.

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Speaking to BT Sport Chelsea boss José Mourinho explained why it was dangerous to return to Chelsea in 2013, after his spells at Inter and Real Madrid:

It was dangerous. It was dangerous for many reasons,” claimed the Portuguese.

The first reason is the old saying, don’t go back to where you were happy before. Why? Because people love me here and Chelsea fans look at me as somebody that was important in a certain moment of Chelsea history.

Why risk the prestige and the passion you got? In that perspective, it was a difficult situation.

“The second situation was because the Chelsea top team finished. No more Essien, Makelele, Lampard, Cole, Drogba – finished.

“The third reason is the evolution of the Premier League. Even if you want to win the league, you risk finishing outside the top four.

“Two seasons ago – Manchester United out of the top four. Last season – Liverpool out of the top four. Next season – somebody will also be out of the top four.

When you start a season in a top club, you can be the champion or you can be out of the top four. So I think yes, it’s risky.”

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss José Mourinho was under pressure after the broadcasters’ press conference ended yesterday and the Sunday papers’ journalists remained in the press room with no cameras.

A reporter from LONDON 24 tell us how things went, with the Blues manager becoming nervous for the many questions about medical department issue.

Here is the story narrated by the reporter:

The Chelsea boss was reluctant to spend the whole press conference speaking about the issue but, once the 19 camera crews, clutch of photographers and broadcast journalists left the room, newspaper reporters pressed him on the matter.

“I don’t answer,” was the stock response Mourinho gave three times after questions over the issue of medical staff entering the field of play was brought up, before Chelsea’s head of media Steve Atkins interjected in a bid to calm tensions.

However, the exchanges remained terse and Mourinho’s responses curt, before he gave a lengthy, if rambling, answer on the situation: “The first thing I said to my medical department – and I repeated it three times because I wanted to start the meeting with them having no doubts about it – was if we know, and it is easy to know by many ways, if one player has a problem, the players are more important than the result,” Mourinho said.

“He is more important than the manager, he is even more important than the referee. And if the referee does not give you permission to go to the pitch, you go. You go. It does not matter if the referee is not happy with that. It does not matter if the manager is not happy with that.

“If you know – if you feel, and it is easy to know when to feel because there are many examples of it – you go and you don’t think twice.”

Then things became heated. As another question on the matter was readied, an exasperated Mourinho snapped:

“Don’t make me another question or I go. I go. Think twice before you ask the question. Think twice.

When the reporter instead directed his question at Atkins, Mourinho got up from his chair and walked to the door saying: “Now I go, have a good weekend.”

However, Mourinho was pacified before he could leave the room and returned to his seat, where the subject turned to Sunday’s encounter with Manchester City. As the newspaper journalists’ section came to a close, the subject changed to the surprise Mourinho expressed at the number of those in attendance to talk about the issues surrounding the medical team.

The Portuguese rejected the notion he was the most influential man in English football since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and was perplexed by the suggestions he was a powerful figure.

“Power, oh my word,” Mourinho said. “Power? Jesus Christ! Power of what?

“The only power I have is to choose the team that plays Sunday, to choose who goes on the bench, to choose what we do in the week, which exercises we do, which direction we try to take our game plan.

“It is the power I have and that is not power, it is part of my job to advise my board to do something related to the transfer market, to do something in other departments in relation to my needs and experiences. But I have power for nothing.”

Mourinho was, though, reminded that he referred to himself as the Godfather two years ago. “I am not the Godfather,” he said to laughter in the room. “I am not the Godfather”.

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Ex Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

José Mourinho press conference ahead of Manchester City clash at the Etihad Stadium.


Look, I hope this room is full because the champions will be playing against the former champion, because of the transfer window because we have hopefully a big match on Sunday, but I knew it already. It is not a surprise. No question.

‘I don’t want to run away from it. I accept the question, and understand.

First of all I want to say we got a fantastic medical department with a top leader like Paco Biosca, we have more of dozen people between physios and doctors and I have a very good relationship with them, I praised them a lot of times in these couple of years. They tell me they have never been praised as much as they have done by me in the last couple of years. We had disagreements during this period, we need disagreements to improve, and I want to make this very clear.

“The game is emotional space for every one of us…. football is football. The match is the match. And everything in the match can be different.

“In the meeting I had with my medical staff yesterday, the feedback I got is that the relationships we had going back two years we good relations.

“For some people the bench is very important, this is my responsibility, it’s my decision, it’s nobody’s else decision.For other people it is not important. For other people the most important thing is not what people think you do, it is what you do. Every week I have to choose 18 players out of 25, I have to choose four of my seven assistants, I have to choose just one kit man out of seven, and for medical department I need to choose two of them out more of dozen. For some people the bench is important and they  at the Etihad Jon Fearn and Eva Carneiro won’t be on the bench, they won’t be on Sunday, it’s my decision, but this doesn’t mean they cannot be there in the future”

“If someone thinks that disagreements between the manager and two people of the medical department can affect the squad, these people don’t know everything about football.

Oscar is a doubt, he had a little injury in training, Courtois is suspended as you know, and apart of that, all are good.

I speak about myself and I am far to be ruthless, I have a fantastic relation with everyone that work with me, I am open to communication,  I am open to mistakes, I am open to dialogue, I am open to critics. Yesterday I had a meeting with my medical staff and some of them told me that we do mistakes to improve together.

If Chelsea supporters are concerned about the transfer market, they have to look what Abramovich did for the club since he bought it: a fantastic contribution to win titles. In this moment we are not top of league [but[ in relation to the spenders we have don’t have to worry, first of all because the transfer window is still open, and second thing we do things at the right moment, two years ago people were disappointed because we didn’t buy a striker, but we didn’t do that because we knew Diego Costa was coming the following year. We are in great stability at the club, with the owner and the board, they just gave me a four year contract, we work fantastically well.

The players trust everybody in this club, there are fantastic professionals, they trust everyone, also in the medical department, they work with them every week “.

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John Stones

Everton boss Roberto Martinez insists that Manchester United and Chelsea target John Stones is not for sale.

The Spanish manager stated: “I have said it before, the player is not for sale and that it is the end of it,” he said while speaking to the press this morning at club Finch Farm training headquarters.

Chelsea had a £20 and a £26 plus add-ons bids rejected by the Toffees and was ready to place a £34m bid to sign him before the transfer window close, but it seems that Martinez closed the door before the window.

Is the Everton manager trying to raise Stones’ price-tag again or is it just the end of the saga?

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José Mourinho© Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea FC just announced that manager José Mourinho signed a new contract with the club until 2019.

The first words of the Portuguese coach after putting pen on paper were:

If the club is happy, I am happy. I think this is a normal thing for me to sign a new contract. It is important we have this continuity and I hope we can enjoy more success in the future – for the fans, the players and the club.

“I said when I returned here two years ago that I have a special feeling for this club and nothing changed. It is the club closest to my heart and I am very happy to know I will be staying here for a long time.”

Also club director Marina Granovskaia commented the manager’s new deal:

We are very happy that Jose has committed four more years to the club. Since his arrival two years ago he has carefully developed the playing squad and brought trophies to Stamford Bridge. We look forward to the next four years and the continued success of the team.”




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