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Speaking to BBC Sport Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne described his relationship with José Mourinho when they both were at Chelsea in the end of 2013 as “distant”.

De Bruyne made just nine appearances during a two-year stint on the books at Chelsea before being sold to Wolfsburg in the January of 2014.

“I would say distant,” he told to BBC Sport’The Premier League Show about his relation with the Special One.

“I’m not really somebody who speaks a lot with coaches. I think if the coach wants to speak with you then you just do it.

“He’s the boss. You can be good with each other but still there’s a distance between a coach and a player.

“I only spoke with him twice. That was [firstly] when I wanted to leave for Borussia Dortmund at the beginning of the summer.”

De Bruyne and Mourinho will face again in the Manchester derby next weekend, with the Pep Guardiola‘s side that could secure the Premier League title with a win over the Red Devils.

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Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte had some problems in the past few weeks, but now the Portuguese defends his former team and the Italian manager who are being criticised after their poor Premier League results vs Manchester United and Manchester City.

Honestly, I know what you are writing as a consequence of yesterday,”  Mourinho said after Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on Monday evening.  “But Chelsea is a fantastic team and, I know it looks a bit strange because you know we had problems in the past, but it’s quite ridiculous that I have to say how unfair it is to speak the way people are speaking about the English champion. ‘They are still the English champion. Chelsea was strong against us. They started very strong and created difficulty in that initial part of the game.”




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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (left) shake hands after the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 25, 2018.

Manchester United manager José Mourinho claims his side beat a “fantastic team” today at Old Trafford.

Speaking after the final whistle the former Chelsea boss said:

“We beat a fantastic team: they were champions last season, for some reason, they did what they did with Barcelona, for some reason, they started the game so well like they started here….we beat a very good team but to beat a very good team you need to be organised but also you must have humble spirit, with everybody working, fighting and trying to follow a game plan.

Asked why his team started so slowly, Mourinho replied:

“They started very well, it’s simple, when they hit the post I was looking to my players and I was thinking ‘what can we do? who can I blame?’ it was played so well, so beautiful played that I had nothing to say.

“They are a very good team, they have a routine of their football, they have a fantastic dynamic of the way they project the wing-back so I was trying to find a way to let my players be dangerous in the central part of the pitch, because on the sides they are really good.

“So we found a way to play agains them where we didn’t concede much, I guess we had a good control of Eden [Hazard] he’s an amazing player and in the goal play he killed us, with the progression of the game we had more control of the game, even if we didn’t create a lot of chances, that’s they way I was expecting the game to be, a tight win.

McTominay stopped Hazard? I guess he’s a fantastic player, very modern, a top midfielder, he can do everything, the only thing he’s not doing yet is scoring goals, which he can, but because I am playing him starting from the basics. He’s doing a fantastic job for us, I don’t like to speak individuals, I think Matic and Pogba played phenomenal as well, my defenders [as well] Alexis did a good job. We felt more confident after we adjusted the defensive phase, I think we beat a fantastic team.”

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Chelsea lose 2-1 against Manchester United after being the best team in the first 45′ and taking the lead with Willian after 32′: the Red Devils respond with Lukaku ( 39′) and Lingard ( 75′) so, eventually, it’s José Mourinho that wins the duel with Antonio Conte after the war started in the press room a couple of months ago.

The Blues start better and Alvaro Morata hits the crossbar after only 5 minutes, an effort that would have deserved more luck after Marcos Alonso put in a great volée assist.

Conte’s lads are dominant in the first game but not able to produce serious dangers to David De Gea, who doesn’t have to save any ball, while United seem strained.

At 32′ Chelsea take the lead after a counter-attack brilliantly finished by Willian, with Man United goalkeeper that could have done better on the shot on his pole.

This is the episode that wakes Romelu Lukaku the Red Devils up: the Belgian, until then one of the worst on the pitch, finally controls a ball and, after great play by Pogba and Sanchez, scores the equaliser.

In the second half Mourinho’s boys enter with more determination and will to win: after a few minutes Lukaku, always him, almost net the ball again with a superb volée: Courtois miraculously saves hits and deflects in corner.

It wasn’t long, however, before the striker impacted the match – with his cross being headed into the back of the net by Lingard with 15 minutes to go, the English midfielder had entered some minutes before to replace an evanescent Martial.

Morata thought he had equalised in the 85th minute, but his goal was ruled out for offside, though replays showed the striker was onside. However, the referee ruled him offside before he even controlled the ball.

Manchester United were able to hold on to take all three points and consolidate their place in the top four while Chelsea now languish in fifth place with a crunch match against Manchester City to come next Sunday.



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MANCHESTER UNITED – De Gea, Valencia (c), Lindelof, Smalling, Young, McTominay, Matic, Pogba, Sanchez, Martial, Lukaku.

Subs: Pereira, Bailly, Shaw, Carrick, Mata, Lingard, Rashford.

Manager: José Mourinho

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Drinkwater, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard.

Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Emerson, Fabregas, Pedro, Giroud.

Manager: Antonio Conte

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Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux states the Blues board needs to step out of the “sack the manager” culture and give current boss Antonio Conte the chance to start a dinasty at Stamford Bridge.

In the recent years all the managers that won something important at Chelsea ( Mourinho, Ancelotti, Di Matteo) weren’t give the time to establish themselves there and received the sack months after their triumphs.

Speaking to Betfair, Le Saux explained his view about this:

“To be fair, Chelsea have still been very, very successful even though they’ve had a high turnover of managers, but it doesn’t mean I agree with that because I think the nature of sport is that you can’t consistently win the league every year, so managers need time to build something over seasons not just one season.

“In this climate every manager is only as good as his last six games and if you have a bad six games you’re out of a job and if you have a good six games you get another six games so it’s a very intense high turnover industry at the moment.

“My worry is that players or coaches don’t really ever put down any roots and that for me isn’t good for the long-term future of any club.”

On the reports suggesting that another change in the dugout could be on the cards, Le Saux added:

“Conte would be a loss to Chelsea and I’ve really enjoyed him coming to the Premier League.

“I think he’s brought knowledge and even entertainment and he’s the first manager to win the league playing with a back three and wing-backs and from that point of view he’s been a fantastic asset.


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Both Manchester United and Chelsea are going to face some important absences in tomorrow’s Premier League top clash at Old Trafford.

The Blues will miss David Luiz, Ross Barkley and Tiemoué Bakayoko, all still recovering from injuries.

Luiz is battling with an ankle issue, Barkley has got a hamstring injury and Bakayoko is still out with an unspecified knock.

José Mourinho, however, is forced to leave six players out of his squad, all injured: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Phil Jones, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera  while Eric Bailly is ready to play his first game since November, when he picked up an ankle injury.

These are the provisional squads of both teams:

CHELSEA – Courtois, Caballero, Eduardo, Cahill, Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Moses, Zappacosta, Palmieri, Ampadu, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Hudson-Odoi, Sterling, Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Giroud, Morata.

MANCHESTER UNITED – De Gea, Romero, Pereira, Valencia, Darmian, Shaw, Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Bailly, Matic, Carrick, Pogba, McTominay, Gomes, Mata, Lingard, Sanchez, Rashford, Martial, Lukaku.


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Speaking to the press ahead of Sunday game vs Chelsea, Manchester United’s manager José Mourinho claimed that, even if neither the Red Devils nor the Blues are fighting for the Premier League title, the clash between these two teams remains always very important:

For the past 10-15 years, Manchester United versus Chelsea are big matches. This is one more – different circumstances because many times these were matches for the title and this time I think us and them would agree that’s not the case. But we both play for the top four and it’s a big game regardless of what’s at stake. Last season, they were fighting to be champions and we were not even fighting to be in the top four but it was still a big game.” Mourinho said. “To play against Chelsea means less and less and less over the years, so of course I left already a couple of years ago and next season three years ago and the year later four years ago. So, I hope step by step that feeling of ‘I was the Chelsea manager’ or ‘I was their manager’ for them disappears. The real meaning of it is that it’s two of the best teams in England and two of the biggest clubs playing one more match.”

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Manchester United boss José Mourinho has ruled Ander Herrera out next Sunday clash against Chelsea.

The Spanish midfielder had previously suffered a hamstring injury that kept him off the pitch for three weeks and got injured again on his return to play last night, when went down clutching his leg in the 17th minute after attempting a routine back-heel in the Sevilla penalty area during a Champions League match in Spain.

The midfielder was eventually forced off after receiving treatment from the United medical staff and was replaced by Paul Pogba, who had been dropped for the game last night.

After the final whistle Mourinho revealed that it was a “bad injury”:


“I think it is a bad injury. He had a small injury that stopped him from playing the last couple of matches, but the medical department said he was 100 per cent ready for last Saturday [against Huddersfield].

“We didn’t play him to give him more work and more protection, but it looks like he was not fully fit.

“And then the back-heel creates a contraction in the muscular area where he had the previous problem and now we have proof he was not 100 per cent fit.”

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Willian was undoubtedly Chelsea MVP in last night clash against Barcelona: one goal and two posts hit during the game and the feeling that he could have trashed them in any moment of the game.

The Brazilian has been on fire in the last couple of weeks and he’s more than ready to face Manchester United and Manchester City in the next two Premier League games.

The first one will be next Sunday at Old Trafford, where Willian will face his friend José Mourinho, the man who believed in him in 2013 when we wanted him to sign for Chelsea and that has tried to bring him to United before:

“He is my friend. I had a great time with him, but I am at Chelsea and he is now at Manchester United, said Willian about the Special One.

“It is totally different to play in the Premier League [compared] to the Champions League. I think we can stay at this level and we can go to Old Trafford on Sunday and play another great game. We have to play in a similar way.

“Against Manchester United, I think we can do a great job.

“Against Manchester City it will be like the game against Barcelona – they like to have the ball. We have to stay compact and use the same plan we used against Barcelona. We can win these games. We will go there to try to win.”



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