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Ross Barkley‘s late equaliser let to wild celebrations among Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge but something weird happened on the touchline that provoked an over-reaction by José Mourinho.

Blues coach Ianni burst out of the bench and pumped his fists in Mourinho’s face, so the former Chelsea  manager went after him in the tunnel.

A scuffle sparkled on the touchline and it tooked a few minutes before the situation calmed, and Mourinho then shook hands with Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, explaining what had happened.

The Portuguese manager then revealed that the Italian coach’s assistant apologised with him after the game.

Mourinho admits Chelsea assistant coach apologised after touchline scuffle

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Jose Mourinho when he was Chelsea manager © Francesca Ceciarini

Manchester United manager Josè Mourinho claims Stamford Bridge clash against former club Chelsea would be a game like others but admitted he would be difficult for me to celebrate like a crazy for a winner:

“For me it’s another game,” he commented during his pre-match press conference.

Would I celebrate like crazy my team’s goal or victory at Stamford Bridge? I don’t think so.”

“I think I will try always to control myself and to respect the stadium and supporters that were my supporters and my stadium for many years. To do that I would have to lose my emotional control, which is not easy,” insisted Mourinho, who spent five years at Chelsea and is still respected by the majority of their supporters.

“I think I would always think where I am, which stadium I’m in and which public is in the stands. Apart from that, it’s just another match for me. A match I want to do well in for my players, my team and my supporters; that’s what I want.

But he concluded that, of course:

“I”I want to do well for my team, players, support, I am 100% Manchester United tomorrow, no more space than respect for the stadium and the fans.”

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TEAM NEWS 

Chelsea 

Sarri’s only concern is centre- back Antonio Rudiger: he withdrew from the Germany squad with a groin injury during the international break, but will be hopeful of recovering in time.

Manchester United

Luke Shaw and former Blues midfielder Nemanja Matic are available: both players missed international duty due to ankle injuries but returned to training this week and travelled with the team to London.

Marouane Fellaini did not feature in Belgium’s friendly against Holland on Tuesday, but Roberto Martinez insists he ‘should be fine’.

Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo are all back in training – but only Lingard is in contention to return to action on Saturday.

 

PREDICTED LINE UPS 

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Giroud, Hazard.

Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Fellaini, Matic, Pogba, Rashford, Lukaku, Sanchez

 

Kick Off: 7.30 pm GMT

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK

Referee: Mike Dean

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Just ahead of Red Devils trip to Stamford Bridge manager José Mourinho admits he would love to reunite with Chelsea star Eden Hazard at Manchester United but he is sure the Blues board won’t allow the Belgian star to move to Old Trafford:

“I would love to have him in Manchester United but I don’t think Chelsea will sell him to Man United so it’s a not problem. Chelsea is led by intelligent and experienced people in football and they would never sell Eden to Man United.”

The Special One continued to praise the Belgian during his pre-match press conference, claiming that when he plays at top levels, Chelsea are usually league champions:

“Very good results, top of the league and of course lots of good players, but history says that when Eden Hazard is the best player of the Premier League, Chelsea is the champion.”

“It happened with me and Antonio [Conte], and this season, it is still the beginning of course, but if he is the best player of the Premier League until now, which I think he is until now, Chelsea is top of the league because he is the kind of player who can make a huge difference.”

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Sarri conference

Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Manchester United, Chelsea‘s boss Maurizio Sarri has given some updates on the Blues’ injured players.

There are some problems. So now we have the most serious, I think, is Ampadu. Then we have a little problem with Hudson-Odoi, and a little problem with Barkley”Sarri admitted. “But with Odoi and Barkley it’s only a question of one or two days. The injury for Ampadu I think is serious. I don’t know how much, but serious. We hope to recover him in a couple of weeks. Rudiger has done better in the last two days, like Kovacic. I think they will be able to play.”

Chelsea will face Manchester United and Maurizio Sarri showed all his respect for the opponents and their manager José Mourinho.  “They are a very strong team. Maybe, player by player, they are the best team in the Premier League.” the Italian claimed. “At the moment I think City are better as a team, but player by player, they are really very, very strong. So I don’t know if they will play us or try and play their football”.

So Chelsea will need a perfect performance if they want to beat the Red Devils: “I’m really, really happy with the results. But I think we need to improve. And I think also we can improve. We can improve because we have had no time to work. I had eight players only at the beginning of August”. Sarri explained. “Then we have started to play every three days. So it’s very difficult to work and very difficult to improve the team and the players. I think that, in the future, we can improve and we need to improve. To improve more on the performance on the defensive phase because, at the moment, we are giving too many opportunities to the opponents. So we need to improve, I think.”

 

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Chelsea legend John Terry announced it tonight: he won’t be a football player anymore.

The former Blues skipper published a post on his Instagram profile to share his decision with millions of football fans in the world.

Terry, almost 38, entered Chelsea academy when he was only 14, having previously played for West Ham and made his debut in the first team when he was not even 18, on 28th October 1998, as a late substitute in a League Cup game with Aston Villa.

The former England international made his first-team breakthrough in 2000-2001, where he started 23 times and was voted Club’s Player of the Year.

John is Chelsea’s most successful captain, having led the club to five Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, one UEFA Europa League and one Champions League title since 2004, when José Mourinho gave him the armband.

He is one of five players to have made over 500 appearances for Chelsea and is also the club’s all-time highest scoring defender with 41 total goals.

Alongside with Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Petr Cech and Ashley Cole he was the core of fantastic Chelsea team that won in England and Europe for a decade.

In 2007, he became the first captain to lift the FA Cup at the new Wembley Stadium in Chelsea’s 1–0 win against Manchester United and also the first player to score an international goal there, scoring a header in England‘s 1–1 draw with Brazil: he collected 76 caps and 6 goals for the national team.

In his final season at Chelsea in 2017,  when the Blues won the Premier League with Antonio Conte, he became the first ever player to captain a team to title on five occasions.

The last club he played for was Aston Villa in the past season, in the Championship: he revealed he chose not to play for another Premier League side to not face Chelsea.

 

 

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard praised new boss Maurizio Sarri, claiming he’s really different from his previous managers at Stamford Bridge, José Mourinho and Antonio Conte:

“I like to have the ball. Not in my own half, but in the last 30 metres,” Hazard told Chelsea TV.

“I like this type of game. It’s completely different than Antonio Conte or Mourinho before.

“We have more ball so for me it’s not bad.”

Hazard claimed the two signing in the midfield are marking a difference:

“It’s not so different [from the past]. The big difference is we bring two players, Jorginho and Kovacic and they are completely different.

“We just try to keep the ball more often and then when we have a chance to score, we need to score.

“But when we have more ball we can be more dangerous.

“We’re playing good football, so we enjoy. I want to keep this momentum,” the Belgian concluded.

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JOSE MOURINHO EDEN HAZARD

Former Chelsea boss José Mourinho slams Belgium players for letting his ex star Eden Hazard in the World Cup in Russia:

“I think the Belgium players go home with a bad feeling, a feeling that ‘we could do more and better’ a feeling that probably Hazard out of it because he tried absolutely everything, but many other players kept hiding,” Mourinho told RT.

“They are much better than that, for big occasions, big players were not there in the big occasion.

“The majority of the players were not themselves, in big matches you have to be yourself or a bit better. The big match can make you a bit better, that extra adrenaline, that extra feeling of ‘how big I am’ can only make you better.

“If the big occasion makes you worse than you are then you regret and I think the majority of the Belgium players are having this feeling.”

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Chelsea have rejected an offer in the region of £50m for Willian from Barcelona, according to reports in the Daily Mail this morning.

With Maurizio Sarri edging ever closer to take the reins at Stamford Bridge, the Blues are reluctant to sell their best players even if a massive bid is received.

It is understood Barcelona are keeping tabs also on Mexican star Hirving Lozano and Chelsea target Aleksandr Golovin, who are both still involved at the Russian World Cup. 

Also Manchester United and former Chelsea boss José Mourinho are said to be great admirers of the 29-year-old.

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The Chelsea back-up goalkeeper was involved in Nizhny-Novgorod as Croatia destroyed Argentina last night at the World Cup.

Willy Caballero, following a positive performance in the first half, made a disastrous clearance which went badly and Ante Rebic was superb in scoring with a volley.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric and Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic were absolutely stunning and their goals secured a 3-0 score.

Croatia are now top of the Group D with 6 points, while Iceland and Nigeria have a huge chance to claim the 2nd place courtesy of Argentina, who remain relegated with 1 point after 2 games.

Speaking about Caballero’s performance against Iceland, former Chelsea manager José Mourinho told Russia Today: “One chance, one goal, Caballero in goal or myself would be the same because I would save the same”.

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