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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be the most wanted free-agent in Europe next summer

Next summer several European top players will go free agent.

Some of them can be good deals, especially for clubs like Chelsea that won’t have Champions League incomes.

Here are the best 10 footballers that every club can have for free:

1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic ( 03/10/1981) – Striker/ PSG

2. Mehmet Topal (03/03/1986) – Defensive midfielder/ Fenerbahce

3. Sofiane Feghouli  (26/12/1989)  – Attacking Midfielder, Winger/ Valencia

4. Hatem Ben Arfa  (07/03/1987) – Attacking Midfielder, Winger/ Nice

5. Steve Mandanda (28/03/1985) – Goalkeeper/ Olympique Marseille

6. Miguel Veloso (11/05/1986) – Midfielder / Dynamo Kiev

7. Gregory Van der Wiel  (03/02/1988) – Full Back / PSG

8. Martin Caceres (07/04/1987) – Full Back / Juventus

9. Michael Carrick (28/07/1981) – Defensive Midfielder / Manchester United

10. Alvaro Arbeloa (17/01/1983) – Full Back, Central Defender/ Real Madrid

 

 

 

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Jose Mourinho has made a huge impact on English football during his 2 spells at Chelsea, these spells ranging from 2004 to 2015. He won a lot of silverware for the club and not just this, he won the hearts of the Chelsea fans.

Today the former Chelsea boss celebrates his 53rd birthday but unfortunately he’s not celebrating with the Blues at Stamford Bridge. He struggled in the opening few months of the 2015/16 season and he left owner Roman Abramovich with seemingly no choice but to dismiss the manager.

Chelsea players and fans were gutted with the decision. Mourinho has done more than prove himself in the English league over the years and maybe should been given longer to save the season which we all know was a possibility.

Injuries had a part to play in the downfall of Chelsea’s season and also poor form with the likes of Eden Hazard not playing well. However, if there is anyone in the world of football to motivate players to perform, it’s surely Jose Mourinho himself.

The feelings between Mourinho and the supporters could be seen a few months back when Chelsea played at home against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League. It was a dramatic game that saw Willian score the winner in the 83rd minute and shortly afterwards the Chelsea fans chanted Mourinho’s name and he bashfully waved with tears in his eyes. His emotion and love for the fans was so clear that night.

Jose Mourinho’s determination and loyalty is second to none. He spoke out towards the end of his time at Chelsea.

“I want to make it clear. One, I don’t run away. Two, if the club wants to sack me, they have to sack me because I’m not running away from my responsibility, from my team.”

He also released a statement through his agents 2 days after his sacking and he gave a lot of thanks to the supporters but left out the Chelsea club as a whole.

“Jose Mourinho is pleased that he returned to Chelsea Football Club because he was able to give the fans another Premier League title, which they had not won for many years. He is immensely proud of his eight trophies at Chelsea, and thanks the fans for all their support throughout his two spells at the club.”

This shows just how much love and pride he has for his fans and the happiness to give them what he knows they deserve. He has no thanks for the club, indicating the relationship had deteriorated with the way he was treated by the Chelsea board and directors.

Who knows what Jose’s wish will be tonight when he blows out the candles on his cake. Maybe a new start for him, a new job? Maybe even a little wish for all the Chelsea fans out there that supported him when he needed them most. I’m sure the fans will be wishing Mourinho all the best for the future in whatever he does in his career.

No matter where he finds himself in the future and however Chelsea end the season, Jose Mourinho will always be loved by football fans in general but Chelsea fans in particular. He will always be known as a Chelsea LEGEND!

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Porto manager Julen Lopetegui has praised his players for their the great effort they put during the defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge a result of which, the Portuguese team got eliminated from the Champions League.

Besides Chelsea for the next round of the competition got promoted Dynamo Kiev. The team that that was theoretically weaker than the Portuguese side, but still coach Lopetegui refused to criticise his players for their performances in the Champions League during this season.

Lopetegui told Sport TV:

“With 10 points normally that it is enough to qualify but we lost the previous match [to Kiev] and [the Chelsea game] was complicated,”

“We played against one of the best teams in the world on the counter-attack and we started better than them.”

“We had a plan but the goal changed everything. We wanted to stop their transitions but Chelsea became calmer and forced us to change.”

“Now we will compete in the Europa League. We will fight for another title.”

“The team made a titanic effort in the second half. It was a perfect backdrop for Chelsea but the team’s attitude in the second half was very good. They fought to the end and I have nothing to point out to them.”

“We had some physical problems. We have played several games in recent times.”

“We wanted to take control of the game and prevent their movement. We had a good opportunity from Brahimi at the beginning.”

 

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The full line-up for the knockout stages of the Champions League is already known. And between them, the winner of Group G, Chelsea.

The 16 teams who will go into the draw on Monday are:

Group A:

Real Madrid
Paris St Germain

Group B:

Wolfsburg
PSV Eindhoven

Group C:

Atletico Madrid
Benfica

Group D:

Manchester City
Juventus

Group E:

Barcelona
Roma

Group F:

Bayern Munich
Arsenal

Group G:

Chelsea
Dynamo Kiev

Group H:

Zenit St Petersburg
Gent

The last 16 draw will take place on Monday December 14 at 11am (GMT) at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

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Let’s analyse the situation in GROUP G, the one of Chelsea, to understand how the three teams ( Chelsea, Porto and Dynamo Kiev)  that can still get a pass for Last 16 can qualify.

The current table is:

Chelsea 10

Porto 10

Dynamo Kiev 8

Maccabi Tel Aviv 0

 

  • The three top teams are sure to stay in the European competitions, but they don’t know which one ( we remind the third classified of each group go to Europa League Last 32)

 

  • The winner of Chelsea v Porto wins the group. Porto beat Chelsea 2-1 on matchday two so will top the group with a draw should Dynamo not win.

 

  • Chelsea will be through in second place with a draw.
  • Dynamo will be through with a win; if the other game is drawn, the three teams will be split on goal difference in matches between the three teams, meaning Dynamo would finish first, Chelsea second and Porto third.
  • Maccabi are out of Europe.

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Porto defender Danilo Pereira spoke before the game with Chelsea and claimed that the Portuguese side players are confident on getting a win tonight: a win for them would mean probably the Blues out of the Champions League, since they would have to rely on Maccabi Tel Aviv beating Dynamo Kiev to get a pass for Last 16 stage. Porto, however, is in the same situation, even though Chelsea can still qualify with a draw in case Dynamo will draw with Maccabi:

The players believe we can get a win here,” said Pereira.

We have confidence. It’s difficult because Porto have never won in England, but hopefully we will achieve it.

“This will be a very different match to that at the Dragao. It’s a decisive game for them and us.

“We’ll not change our game. We have our own football philosophy. But we also know how to defend and we are well prepared for what awaits us.”

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Dynamo Kiev have been punished by UEFA after a video showing racist abuse of Chelsea fans last month.

The Ukrainian side will play their next two European home games behind closed doors after a video emerged of Kiev fans racially abusing four black Chelsea fans at the game in Ukraine on 20th October.

sanction of a third closed-door match has been suspended for three years. The club have also been fined £70,000 (€100,000) after being charged with racist behaviour, crowd disturbances and blocked stairways.

They will play in an empty stadium against Maccabi Tel Aviv on 9 December, with the second game coming in either the Champions League last 16 or Europa League last 32 next year.

This isn’t the first time Kiev have had issues with racism, having twice been punished for Europa League incidents last year.

 

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is convinced that the consecutive victories of his team are the result of the hard work of all the players. Portuguese coach recalled the recent good results the team for confirmation of the rise in performance level of the Blues.

Mourinho told Chelsea’s official website:

”We started the season as a team that concedes more goals and now we lost in Stoke 1-0, we drew at Stoke in the Capital One Cup 1-1, we beat Norwich 1-0, Dynamo Kiev 2-1, so defensively as a team we had a significant improvement and also individually the defensive players had an improvement. The quality of our game improved a lot.”

”When the players are top, you want always more, you are never satisfied”

”We are never happy with the way we are playing. Even when we are playing very well there are always things to improve. We put ourselves in the position where the result became more important than anything.”

”In the Premier League the most important thing was to get better results. In the Champions League we have been always balanced, never an amazing position but never a position to scare us. Now the most important thing is to get results and with results the confidence is now coming. If you can develop better results, at the same time come better performances”

The Special One has also explained why he decided to replace Eden Hazard with Pedro:

”I had Pedro on the bench, and that is important”

”If I did not have Pedro on the bench then I don’t think I could improve on Hazard’s performance for the last 20 minutes of the match. But when I have Hazard with 90 minutes against Norwich on Saturday and 70 minutes against Maccabi on a pitch that doesn’t help, and I have Pedro fresh and I see the Maccabi right-back in trouble, tired and with cramps, I decided to give a hard time to him and bring Pedro on. I made the change because I had Pedro.”

 

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Bayern Munich are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Willian, according to The Sun.

Willian has been by far Chelsea’s best player this season and has often shown up his teammates with both technical brilliance and work rate. He has scored a number superb goals- mainly from free-kicks- notably against Dynamo Kiev last Wednesday to give Chelsea a great chance to qualify from their Champions League group.

His good form has not gone unnoticed and Chelsea’s perilously poor form generally means other clubs from around Europe may seek to take advantage of the squad’s disquiet. The Blues are hoping the 27-year-old will sign a new contract to wade off any suitor.

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Former Chelsea player and assistant coach Ray Wilkins has criticised Diego Costa, doubting both his current threat in font of goal and work rate in Wednesday’s Champions League win over Dynamo Kiev. 

Speaking on talkSport, Wilkins, who left the Chelsea coaching team in 2010 just a few months after the team had won its first double under Carlo Ancelotti, called for Jose Mourinho to drop the Spain international in favour of Loic Remy.

Wilkins said this:

“He is not a goal threat at the moment. Jose got the hump with him because there was a ball played in from the right hand side and he didn’t get across the near post. 

He went beserk at him, Mourinho, because he was not working hard enough to get into scoring positions and I thought that he was loose. I think it is time to leave him out and bring Remy in. Remy will always score a goal.”

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