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After John Terry’s departure in the end of the season Chelsea will have to find another leader in the dressing room and, according to Blues boss Antonio Conte, that will a tough job:

“It’s not easy. Don’t forget this season some very important players for this team, people that made history here, like Ivanovic or Mikel, left and the next season also John Terry will be gone.

“It’s not easy to find the right replacement, for this season I say we are starting to build something important, now we have to find together the right players to replace these players and write again the history for this club. It’s not easy, people have to understand this.”

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José Mourinho is coming to Stamford Bride on Sunday and fans are divided about the reception to give to the former Blues manager: some still consider him a legend that made part of Chelsea history, some consider him a traitor that moved to one of the worst rivals, Manchester United, after being sacked with a poor start of the season.

But current Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has no doubts, and claims the Portuguese deserves a good reception for what he has done at the club, but after the kick off he will be an “enemy” like all the other rivals:

“I think Mourinho was an important manager for Chelsea, he wrote part of the story of the club, he won three titles, he was an important man for the club.

“I think he deserves a good reception because he wrote a part of Chelsea history with this club and these players, I think when you win three titles you remain in the heart of the fans, but after the kick off he becomes an enemy, of course only on the sport aspect.

“Of course I have a great respect for him, he’s a great manager, he won a lot in his career.”

 

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Antonio Conte remarked again the importance of captain John Terry for Chelsea:

“John has always played for this club, I think he is in the history of this club.

“And it’s important for me that he can explain what it means to play for this club, what it means to wear this shirt, this badge. I think it’s important in the dressing room.

The Italian coach hope to maintain a good relationship with Terry, that can help him to build a new winning team at Stamford Bridge:

“I have spoken with him. In the future it’s important to have this relationship because he is the captain of our team and it’s important also to transfer sometimes message.

“I think to have a good relationship is very important with John and the other players, always with great education and respect.”

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New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is sure he can rely on a special player in his new adventure at Stamford Bridge: the captain and the leader John Terry.

The Italian coach praised the Chelsea legend during an interview:

“John is in the history of this club. He can explain what it means to wear this shirt, this badge.

“He is the captain, he can transfer messages. To have a good relationship with John and the other players is important – and always with respect. I give that – but I demand that.”

And Conte thinks that Terry has a good few years in him yet:

“A player must play as long as he feels able to.

“If he has the will to go every day to training, to go away from his wife and children for many days. John can do this – because I see he has this will.”

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Chelsea boss José Mourinho recalled his history in the Champions League while speaking to UEFA.com

The triumph with Porto in 2004

It was perfect. Monaco started better than us, but after ten, 12 minutes we were completely in control. It was a fantastic moment for us. It was a pity that they couldn’t keep us, because if that team had stayed together, I don’t know what we could have done. After that victory I left, Deco left, [Paulo] Ferreira, [Ricardo] Carvalho, [Nuno] Valente and Costinha left – everyone left and the team disappeared, but the history doesn’t disappear.”

 Tre Treble with Inter in 2010 and his bond with the club 

“Inter supporters are special. The president is more than special. It was a real family and that season we did everything. We won everything.

“Against Bayern, it was the game of their lives for many of my players. It was the last chance for [Javier] Zanetti, [Marco] Materazzi, [Iván] Córdoba, [Cristian] Chivu and Maicon to do it. And we played that game with that mentality. We were not playing with XI, we were playing with thousands and thousands and thousands because Inter had waited a long time for that. We were very confident and it was a perfect way for me to leave such a club. A club I love so much.”

The semifinals lost with Real Madrid

“When I arrived at Real Madrid they hadn’t reached the quarter-finals for almost a decade and when we got Lyon in the last 16, the club was in panic. We went through that barrier and the club changed, the players changed. We thought we would win the competition. But in three consecutive years we reached the semi-finals, and for different reasons we didn’t manage to reach the final.

“The one that was really difficult was the one we lost on penalties [to Bayern]. It was a big disappointment, but when Real Madrid won it in 2014 the club deserved it. The club deserved it totally, and I was happy.”

His will to win Champions League with Chelsea

“I have a very good group, the relationships are very good. I think always that we have to go step by step, and the group phase is the first step. You have to finish in the top two and progress. When you get to the knockout stage, the unpredictability of every detail becomes fundamental. Only one can win, only two can reach the final. But that is the reality because this competition is the biggest competition in the world of football.”

The possible record to be the first manager to win three Champions League with three different clubs

“That’s not the objective – the objective is to win a third one, it’s not to have a record. If somebody does it before me, or if somebody wins it with four or five clubs, I don’t care about that. I just want to win it with the club where I am.”

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Ex Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

José Mourinho met the journalists in the Estadio do Dragão press room to preview tomorrow’s night match with Porto:

“There are zero untouchable players in my squad. To be untouchable you have to be consistent. You have to be a fantastic player but you have to be consistent. We have fantastic players, the players who gave us the title last season, no doubts about it, but football is about today, not about yesterday.

“In football you have to be consistent in your performance, consistent in your emotion. To be a winner you don’t need to win all the time, you lose, you cannot win all the time, but you need a strong mentality every game, every day.

“In this moment I don’t have untouchables. I have very good players, players I like very much. I like my squad, I like their qualities, their human qualities, they are a very good group of guys. That’s a privilege to work with a group I like so much, no doubts about it, but untouchables, only consistency can give you that.”

Looking back to Newcastle game Mourinho remarked the fact that the first half was really poor, while he liked his team in the second half:

“When you play the way we did in the second half it’s because we can play that way. So I think it’s not a question of if we can, we need to want, and if we want, we need to want for 90 minutes. You can win matches playing well for 45 minutes, that’s possible, we almost did it, but normally to win matches of a high difficulty, we have to play better than 45 minutes.”

Porto are leaders in the Portuguese league, while Chelsea is almost at the bottom of Premier League table, but Mourinho thinks that this will not influence the game:

“We are not going to finish in that position and are sure to improve. The fact Porto is in first place is a normal thing, it is usual for Porto to be there due to the quality of the squad. They have big hopes for the Champions League.

“Games away are always difficult in the Champions League. Porto tend to be a big team and it will be very difficult to play against them. They want to win. They know they are not going to face a weak team, as some think.”

Mourinho also visited Porto’s museum before the press conference: a special emotion for him, as he contributed to be part or their history:

“As a museum it is amazing. When you are lucky to be part of it, when you are not just a simple visitor, you are somebody that did something to deserve to be part of that museum, it is very emotional.

“You realise you did something important time will not delete. So for me it’s the kind of visit that makes my opponent’s heart a bit softer and I have now to go to the hotel and make it hard again, because tomorrow I have a big game.”

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It is clear that the former Blues player Frank Lampard still loves Chelsea club and he keeps showing this feeling on Facebook as well.

As a a matter of fact, last night the English international put a post on the social network saying:

“Two years ago today I scored my 203rd goal for @chelseafc breaking the great man Bobby Tambling’s record. My proudest personal achievement in football. Thanks to all the fans who sent me their memories of it today. Seems like yesterday!”

Lampard played for Chelsea from 2001 until 2014. He played most often as a box-to-box midfielder, before settling into a deeper role during his last couple of seasons. His skills made him as one of the finest midfielders of his generation.

His time at Stamford Bridge coincided with the most successful period in Chelsea’s history, and he played a crucial role helping the club to three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.

Lampard made over 500 appearances for Chelsea (along with Ron Harris, Peter Bonetti, John Hollins and John Terry), and has won the Chelsea Player of the Year award a record three times.

In 2005, Lampard was voted PFA Fans’ Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year, and came second in both the 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year and the 2005 Ballon d’Or.

Lampard is the highest-scoring midfielder in Premier League history.

He left Chelsea in the summer of 2014, after 648 appearances.

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