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Perhaps the best thing to come out of Sunday’s disappointing Community Shield defeat to Arsenal was the realisation that retaining the Premiership will be a greater challenge than winning it in the first place. 

As they lost 1-0 to Petr Cech and his new teammates, Jose Mourinho’s side appeared tired, unfit and, having returned from a tour of North America, even jet lagged. Despite moments of continued possession and inventive approach play, it was clear that it was their opponents that were more prepared, and whose will to win was far greater.

Whether or not this will become a pattern for the defending Premiership champions, one will have to wait and see- it would be folly to predict as such when the season hasn’t even started- but what is certain is that the team still has flaws and that its rivals will not allow the trophy to return to Stamford Bridge as easily as they did in 2015.

The biggest worry from the Sunday is the chasm left by Diego Costa, and what effect another season of the Spain international’s hamstring playing up could have on the team’s ability to take chances. Neither Loic Remy or Radamel Falcao looked likely to fill the void, there were times when both looked utterly of their depth in terms of finishing and movement in the penalty box.

Whilst Costa’s current injury doesn’t appear to be serious, the outcome of a serious recurrence should worry all Chelsea fans. If Jose Mourinho gets the chance to sign another top quality striker, even if it was a similar situation to the deal that brought Samuel Eto’o to the club in 2013, then this writer at least advises him to take it.

That being said, the other below par performances of Sunday- Fabregas, Hazard etc- aren’t too much of a concern as one imagines they will regain sharpness when the season gets going, but Chelsea’s fragility up front means it is likely they will come to rely on those two outlets of creativity once again,  and without another increase in those two players’ incredibly high standards it is possible Chelsea will fall short in Europe again.

Last year’s defeat to PSG, a rare low point, demonstrated all Chelsea’s flaws and worst habits: an inability to dispense with the best teams when the chance arises, and being all too willing to give away the initiative being the most prominent.

It is easy to remember that along with the ease with which Chelsea won the league and say Europe should logically be the team’s priority, but that would be to underestimate the strength of competition at home, as well be ignorant of Chelsea’s lack of activity in the transfer market. Only when Chelsea have fully maintained a dominance in England, which they did briefly in Mourinho’s first tenure as manager, should they seek out the Champions League.

A near fanatical desire to win in Europe brought about the end of many managers, including Mouinho himself, and damaged the club on the pitch as well its image. Too avoid that happening again it is important Chelsea structure their ambitions as well as be patient. The first ambition, as always, should  be to win the Premiership, and there is little reason to think that it will not happen, despite Sunday.

Chelsea remain the strongest side in the league, and with Mourinho in charge they have the perfect man to give the club the consistency and leadership it needs to remain strong domestically. There are obvious improvements that can be made to the team, but little reason for pessimism ahead of the first match against Swansea City on Saturday.

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Domonic Solanke has become the latest Chelsea youngster to join Dutch feeder club Vitesse Arnhem, the Eredivise side has announced on its official Twitter account. 

The move may come as a surprise to most Blues fans as it appeared Solanke, one of the brightest prospects to come out of the club’s academy, was going to be given a chance in the first team this season.

Manager Jose Mourinho was even quoted at the end of last season saying it would be a “mistake” to let Solanke go, but Vitesse Arnhem have confirmed the deal on Twitter, saying:

“Dominic Solanke will be training with Vitesse from Tuesday on.

“The attacker has a fine reputation as a proven goalscorer and represented England at Under-16, U-17 and U-18 .level.

“Club and player hope to agree terms shortly.”

He will be the fifth Chelsea player to join Vitesse on a short term basis

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Jose Mourinho has spoken candidly about his relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, and how his first spell as manager ended. 

Mourinho became Chelsea manager in 2004 when he left Porto having just won the Champions League. His first two seasons at Stamford Bridge were very successful as the club won two league titles and a league cup.

Relations began to sour midway through the next campaign, perhaps down to the owner’s reported insistence on signings that Mourinho didn’t want, such as Andriy Shevchenko, but made all the worse by Chelsea relinquishing the title to Manchester United.

After over a year of intense speculation, Mourinho left by mutual consent in September 2007 and replaced by Avram Grant.  After another season of rumours in 2013 he returned to the club after leaving Real Madrid in similar circumstances. He is now about to begin his third season since, his sixth in total as Chelsea boss, and is seeking to defend the Premiership title he and the club won last campaign.

He spoke to Sky Sports about his previous tenure and claims that his personal relationship with Abramovich was not the problem, but rather how best to strengthen the team.

“In my first period, my personal relationship with Abramovich was very good but professionally we had some interferences and a bit of a disagreement with some ideas,” the Portuguese is quoted as saying.

He continued:

“In this moment we don’t have this problem. When I left Real Madrid to come here, Mr Abramovich asked me to fight for titles.

“In my first season we were almost there, in my second season we did it and in my third season if you are close, you can always do it.”

Chelsea play their final pre-season game on Wednesday against Serie A side Fiorentina before the Premiership season begins at home to Swansea City on Saturday.

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Football super-agent Jorge Mendes got married on Sunday. Among the guests were many famous sports personalities with Cristiano Ronaldo, who served as best man. CR7 has shocked everyone, buying Mendes a Greek island as a wedding present.

Jorge Mendes got married to his long-term partner, Sandra Barbosa. On the guest list were over 400 people, among them Florentino Perez, Roman Abramovich, Peter Lim and Joan Laporta. Jose Mourinho was also expected to arrive but due to the Sunday’s Community Shield final he could not appear.

Cristiano Ronaldo since the very beginning was Mendes’s most important client. Both men know each other since a long time, that is why CR7 bought the groom a really stunning wedding present…..an island in Greece.

Mendes is one of the richest men in Portugal, so it was not easy to make a gift that would surprise him, but Ronaldo managed to shock everybody at the wedding.

According to Move Noticias,  Ronaldo bought the island of Nissos Sofia, with a price tag of €4 million. The shape of the island will definately remind the super-agent about his work.

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Former Manchester United centre-back, Rio Ferdinand has urged John Stones to reject Chelsea in order to join the Red Devils.

Jose Mourinho considers Stones a natural successor to John Terry, that is why Chelsea have already made two money bids for the English defender. But, Everton have rejected all of them saying, that Stones will not leave the Goodison Park.

While today, former Manchester United player has decided to comment on Stones situation. In Ferdinand’s opinion, the 21-year-old defender should reject Chelsea without any hesitation. He is convinced that if Stones joins the Blues he will spend all the season on the bench. Therefore, he advised him to sign for Manchester United instead of Chelsea.

Ferdinand said:

“If he goes to Man United, he plays every week so that’s the right club for him,”

“If he goes to Chelsea, he’s not playing every week. He’s at that stage of his development where he wants to play every week. If you say to any young footballer to leave a club to sit on the bench, you’ve got to be a lunatic. You have to be.”

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Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger will attend a Premier League managers meeting in Gloucester Place scheduled for tomorrow. The managers will meet for the first time since Sunday’s Community Shield final at Wembley.

In the meeting in Gloucester Place will participate all Premier League managers. The main idea of the meeting is to discuss rule changes and various other issues before the Premier League kicks off again in a few days.
For Mourinho and Wenger it will be the first meeting since Sunday’s Community Shield final at Wembley.  After the match both managers refused to shake each other’s hand, that is why, everybody are curiously waiting for tomorrow’s developments.

 

 

 

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Chelsea fans will be disappointed after losing Super Cup ( Community Shield) to Arsenal.

Of course, also José Mourinho and his players will be disappointed too, but we got a news: don’t worry too much for this because, usually, when the Portuguese manager loses a Super Cup the forthcoming season is really successful.

It’s true that Mourinho won the national title both with Chelsea and Inter in 2006 and 2009 after winning the Super Cup in the previous summer, but things were not good in the Champions League in those seasons, and although winning a Premier League title or a Scudetto is always special, those are not remembered among the best seasons of the Portuguese coach.

Mourinho also lost another Super Cup with Chelsea, in August 2006: 2-1 to Liverpool at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, with Peter Crouch’s winner at 80′. In 2006-2007 Mourinho both won the FA Cup and the League Cup with the Blues, but failed both in the Premier League ( second behind Manchester United) and the Champions League ( out with Liverpool in the semifinals at penalty shootouts). That is the only exception on what we stated at the beginning of this article.

But two of the most successful season of Mourinho as a manager came after he lost the Super Cup.

In August 2009 Mourinho lost the Super Cup with Inter against Lazio, in a game played in Peking, China. The Roman side won 2-1 despite Inter controlling and playing magnificent football for the entire game. The Nerazzurri had 26 chances, Lazio “just”12.

Inter then won the treble: no other team in Italy has ever won the Scudetto, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League in the same season. To date, 2009-2010 was the best season in Mourinho’s career, as he often recalls, also because the Nerazzurri were among underdogs in the continental competition.

In August 2011 Mourinho lost the Super Cup with Real Madrid against Barcelona: in Spain the trophy is still assigned in double tie, with both teams playing at their own stadia: after the 2-2 at the Bernabéu, the Merengues lost 3-2 at Camp Nou after playing a great match, with Leo Messi sealing the victory with two minutes to go. It was the same night when, in the middle of scuffle on the sideline, Mourinho poked Tito Vilanova in his eye.

Mourinho then managed to win the Liga of the Records with Real Madrid: 100 points, 121 goals scored ( and then they call him “defensive”!) and 32 victories out of 38 games, stunning stats for every team in the world.

Furthermore, the winning of that title ended the reign of Barcelona, who left Real Madrid without leagues for three years- an infinity in Spain- with the Blaugrana also dominating the football scene in Europe and in the world. That achievement was as important as the league itself.

Madrid was knocked out from Copa del Rey always by Barcelona in the quarter finals, with a very controversial second tie game at Camp Nou, where the referee was also protagonist.

They lost the chance to play Munich Champions League Final against Chelsea by losing to Bayern at penalties in the Bernabéu, betrayed by the mistakes of their three major stars: Cristiano Ronaldo, Kakà and Sergio Ramos. Odds of these three missing penalties at the same time were at 1000/1, we guess.

Despite this, that season was the best one for Mourinho during his Spanish experience and, to date, that was the last league won by Real Madrid.

Mourinho won then the Spanish Super Cup in August 2012, always against Barcelona: 2012-2013 season, anyway, was one of the worst seasons of his career, with Mourinho splitting up with the dressing room and having continuos issues with the Spanish press. No other titles were won on that season, with Real Madrid losing the Copa del Rey in the Bernabéu’s final to Atletico Madrid for 2-1 in May 2013, one of the last games of Jose on the Merengues‘ bench before coming back to London.

That was, until last March when the Portuguese won the League Cup with Chelsea at Wembley, the last trophy he had won for two years and half, the longest trophies “fast” that Mourinho had in his career.

Winning the Super Cup doesn’t bring the best of the luck to the Portuguese manager, so there is nothing to worry about at the moment.

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The French Arsenal  manager  Arsene Wenger did not shake hands with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho after the match fo the Community Shield Trophy, won by “gunners” thanks Chamberlain goal in the first half of the match.

He defeated Mourinho for the first time in the last 14 matches, a very poor average for a manager like Wenger, so he failed to comply creating a sort of unrespectful move.

A former Arsenal Midfielder, Ray Parlour they should have been shaken hands as they are  both great managers.

Parlour: “You could see when he was walking down the stairs, Jose did turn round but Arsene has walked straight round the back of him.As a manager, you’ve got to be a bit of a role model and not just to the team itself but to youngsters at the club as well.I think it’s a bit of respect for both sides if you do shake hands. I think they’re both to blame a little bit.”

“Over the last few seasons, that’s been their problem and at times they have been too offensive so he’ll be really pleased they’ve shown a bit of grit.

“When we had to defend, we defended as a team and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you go 1-0 up and you’re going to try to win trophies, there are times when you’ve got to sit in.

“The next step now is can they do that on a consistent basis? If they can, they will be very close this year. That was much bigger yesterday for Arsenal than Chelsea.

“Arsenal – having not beaten Mourinho in 14 games – will see their confidence levels go up in the dressing room. They’ll say: ‘Look, we can compete with the best sides and the league champions.’

“The big question is can they finish above Chelsea? I never put my predictions down until the end of the transfer window because you never know what activity there will be.

“Manchester United might still buy two or three really big names and Chelsea, I’m sure, will be in the market for a striker or whoever they need. Manchester City are still in the market, too.

“Before the end of the transfer window it’s very difficult to see who has got what, and what sort of strengths they have in their sides.

“I’m hoping Arsenal can buy someone else. Whether they will, we’ll have to wait and see, but after the result yesterday, they’ll get a lot of belief and confidence out of that.”

Despite that Parlour was  happy seen his former team winning the trophy for the second year in a row. For Arsenal is a great beginning of the season which might scare Chelsea, for now, but until the season begins everthing remains to be seen.

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Diego Costa missed yesterday’s clash at Wembley for a minor injury.

José Mourinho revealed in his press conference on Friday that all the players were fit, including Cahill and Diego Costa, who felt something on his hamstring in the friendly game against Barcelona.

Anyway, yesterday Mourinho revealed that Diego Costa stated he was not feeling good after the last training on Saturday, that’s why he was out of the squad roaster before the game.

When asked about this,  Chelsea captain John Terry replied:

You will have to ask the manager. He’s looked good in training and everything, so whether it was just a precaution, I don’t know.

He’s a top player so he’s going to be missed in all teams.

“But it was a chance for Loic to stamp his authority in the side and for Falcao to come on in the second half.

“It’s down to those boys to fight for their place. We have three great strikers and they will all be fighting.

Speaking about the general form of the squad before the Premier League start, Terry said:

Yes it’s looking good. We have another game on Wednesday, which will give a few other players and the late arrivals a chance to get a few more minutes under their belt. The most important thing is the Swansea game and the three points.

We have experience in the squad, we have the character. It’s going to be even tougher this year. We go again and prepare ourselves for Swansea”.

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JOSE MOURINHO TOSS RUNNER-UP MEDAL

After congratulating all Arsenal players and avoiding Arsene Wenger, José Mourinho went straight into the dressing room tunnel and before entering, he threw his runner-up medal to a young Arsenal fan, making his day.

The manager then commentated the episode like this:

“I threw it to a kid, an Arsenal (supporting) kid. I don’t keep the one (medal) when I win, imagine the ones when I lose.

“I think this is a good memory for him. He wins and takes a medal from the loser.”

 

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