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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has said that Jose Mourinho’s success last season is a good thing for the Premier League.

Neville, who is now a TV pundit, has said that Mourinho’s runaway success in the last campaign has forced other managers to think more defensively ahead of the new season:

“I think Jose Mourinho is starting to bring it back, to a level. My hope was he was going to go away and blitz the Premier League by 25 points, and then everyone else thinks: ‘Right, I’ve got to go away and get up to that standard.’ That’s what could happen in this next couple of years.

“I think him being in the league is a big positive, I genuinely do. I think Louis van Gaal being in the league is a big positive, because they’ll push each other.”

Neville, who spent his whole career at Old Trafford, has also said that British teams trying to copy Barcelona, who won last season’s Champions League, isn’t a realistic prospect:

“The biggest trend in the Premier League is a lot of clubs copying Barcelona by the way they split their centre-backs to what I would call a ludicrous degree – five yards off the touchline,” Neville told Sport magazine.

“I’m watching players who haven’t got the ability to pass it five yards dropping five yards off the touchline and thinking they can play it out from the back, with goalkeepers who aren’t capable.

“When you have [Marc-Andre] Ter Stegen in goal, or [Victor] Valdes, with Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano and Sergio Busquets, I get it. But you do it with some of the players that I’ve watched do it in the past three or four years, and it’s an absolute nonsense. That’s my little dig…

“Managers, players, coaches, teams and fans all want more risk, and I genuinely believe that the standard of defending in the past three or four years in the Premier League has been reflected through the performances of our teams in Europe.

“This is not just an old defender who’s retired, whinging. We have a massive problem at the moment with the standard of our game – it’s a different level in some European teams than at Premier League level.

“Look, it could be cycles – we will come out of it, I’m sure. But we’re going through a really poor period.

“The reality of it is, if you don’t defend well, you’re going to find it very difficult to win the European Cup.”

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José Mourinho© Francesca Ceciarini

Jose Mourinho has said a total of five teams are capable of winning the Premiership title this season in an interview in which he emphasised how close the league will be this year than last.

Chelsea won the league last season having led the table from August until May with only Manchester City as realistic challengers. This season, the Portuguese thinks there will be at least five that can claim the trophy, with one big club missing out on the Champions League once again.

Speaking to ESPN pundit Shaka Hislop, who was West Ham’s goalkeeper for some years in the 1990s, Mourinho said this:

When I came to Chelsea in 2004, England at that time was Man Utd and Arsenal. Chelsea were coming with all the ambition of M Abramovich but there was a big difference between the candidates and the others. Most teams in the league couldn’t even dream of reaching a European spot or a Champions League spot.

The distance was huge, but in this moment it is different. There are five teams that can win the title, clearly five teams can win it. One of them will not even qualify for the Champions League. Two years ago Man City were champions and Man Utd were out of the Champions League. Last year Chelsea champions and Liverpool out of the Champions League. Next season somebody will be champion and somebody will be out of the Champions League. 

Apart from that, a lot of teams want to reach the Europa League. Tottenham, Everton, Southampton and lots of other teams. The money is coming and coming and coming, and every year it’s more. You can feel something this season that I have never felt.

“The level of investment made by the smaller clubs: Cabaye to Crystal Palace- a player that left Newcastle two years ago to PSG to get lots of money is coming to Crystal Palace. The players that are going to Stoke, the players that are going to Everton, the players that are going to every club in the Premier League means that the league is getting much more difficult. That is what I felt last season and this season I feel the Premier League is top of the competition.”

Mourinho continued when pushed on the amount of money being spent by Premiership clubs.

If they can, they can. I am the last to criticise and I know that I was criticised as a Chelsea manager in the time when Mr Abramovich arrived and invested a lot. I don’t forget the words ‘Chelsea is buying the title’ but now the same is happening and I am the last one to be critical. All I’l say is for us it is a big challenge. In football you cannot buy titles. You can buy players and players and players but you cannot buy titles.”

On his own spending this summer, and whether or not Chelsea are a complete side, Mourinho continued:

There is one point that always hurts me, and that is when I have to be loyal to my players but when we also have to improve. These guys last year gave me so much and they made me champions, it’s hard. When you have had a bad season it’s easy, you can say ‘One, two, three, four, five- out. You didn’t give enough’.

“When you have won big things it is more difficult. I open the door for the players that are not happy- for the ones that want a different move in their career, for the ones that didn’t play many matches.

This is a squad of champions. We were champions together and even the third striker played ten matches and scored five goals. Everybody can stay, everybody is welcome to stay. In the end we have the same team as last year, we made a change with Petr and Begovic, we made a change with Drogba and Falcao but apart from that we are the same squad. We need a couple of defenders because we lost Filipe Luis but these are just adjustments.

“It will be a challenge for us because the other clubs will improve straight away because the top quality players they have bought and we have to improve ourselves. I have to be a better coach, they have to be better players, we must have a better medical department. We must improve by ourselves and it is a great challenge.”


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Jose Mourinho scuppered Liverpool’s attempts to sign Diego Costa when the Reds tried to sign the striker in 2013, according to a new biography on the Spain striker.

Costa, who was still at Atletico Madrid at the time, was approached by Liverpool at the same time as Mourinho was leaving Real Madrid to return to Chelsea, and the five time European Cup winners offered £21.8 million for him, according to Fran Gillen’s new book Diego Costa: The art of war.

Mourinho, who had seen Costa’s ability first hand in one of his final matches as Real manager, the Copa Del Rey final in which his side lost 2-1 to Atletico with Costa scoring one of the goals, saw the Spain international as a player that could rejuvenate an aging Chelsea attack.

Gillen claims that Mourinho was so keen to sign Costa that he told him and Atletico to reject all offers from Merseyside with the promise that Chelsea will beat any offer 12 months later. Chelsea eventually signed Costa for over £32 million in the summer of 2014.

The book reads:

“Jose Mourinho, recently returned to Chelsea, had also identified Costa as a primary target, a Didier Drogba-style centre-forward around whom he could forge a new winning machine.

“However, Mourinho had yet to persuade the owner of Chelsea, Roman Abramovich, to accelerate his rebuilding plans. In both acquiring new players and moving others on, the process would be gradual.

“If Costa could not be signed [for Chelsea] now, a strategy was needed to ensure he was delayed, and not diverted.

“Chelsea and Mourinho made their case to Costa and Atletico: turn down Liverpool now and we will sign you – for more money – in 12 months.”

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Former QPR manager Harry Redknapp says that he expects Chelsea to sign “one or two more players” to face next football season:

“Across the pitch they have quality all over and have a very strong bench.

“The defence is strong, they are loaded with great midfielders and are sorted up front with Diego Costa, Loic Remy and now Radamel Falcao. They have options all over.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Jose made a move for one or two players before the end of the transfer window, as he’s doing with [John] Stones now.

“But if they fail to bring anyone else in I don’t think he’ll lose any sleep over it“.


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Just four days before the Community Shield clash Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini told to the Daily Telegaph that he’s surprised Chelsea and José Mourinho let Petr Cech moving to the Gunners:

I was surprised by Mourinho because he really doesn’t do that.

He’s a competitor and usually doesn’t like to sell any players to his rivals. But it’s a good favour for us and now we have to take advantage. It’s a top signing. That’s why we have been lucky on this one.

It’s very important. Not only for his quality but also for his character. When you play at the top level, the leaders on the pitch make the difference. Not only when things go well but especially when things go bad. So, for us, Petr Cech is a top signing. He is someone with character, someone with a winning mentality.

Flamini came back to Arsenal in 2013 after spending five years at AC Milan and speaking about Gunners’ moment, the French midfielder stated:

There is a lot of confidence because we are starting to win.

“For 10 years Arsenal didn’t win anything and we have won the FA Cup twice and it’s starting to become in the mentality. Winning is very important. That’s the first point.

“Then also, we have attracted a lot of quality to the team with some very big signings. We have kept the same group. Nobody left, and that’s very important because when you keep your key players, keep the same group, year after year, players get used to playing together.

“If you remember before, there were always a few players leaving and now he is keeping the players together and that’s very important.

“I can feel Arsenal now is different to the club I left in 2008. I don’t think any of the key players left in the last two years. It’s a great example. And each year we have added quality players like Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Petr Cech. These are players who can make the difference at any moment. So I think we have a very good chance”.


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Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon has been allowed to join London rivals Arsenal, according to reports in the Metro.

The Frenchman joined the Blues in November 2007 under the personal recommendation of former Chelsea keeper Petr Cech, who himself moved to the Emirates earlier this month following an 11-year spell at Stamford Bridge.

Lollichon worked with Cech whilst the pair were at Rennes.

Arsenal have space in their coaching staff for Lollichon, having allowed their previous coach Tony Roberts to move to Swansea City last month.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was reportedly originally unkeen on the move, but is now prepared to let Lollichon go, with long-serving goalkeeping coach Silvino Louro tipped to step up from his current role as assistant.

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FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa has decided to respond to Jose Mourinho’s allegations, about the level of Iker Casillas’ wages.

A few weeks ago Jose Mourinho has criticized Porto’s transfer policy. The Special One has criticised especially  the size of the salary being paid to former Real Madrid player. According to Mourinho, the Portuguese club have offered Casillas, too high amount of money.

That is why today, Porto president has decided to respond to Mourinho’s allegations. He revealed that Porto are paying less than a third of Casillas’ wages from Real Madrid.

Pinto da Costa told Goal :

“For us, the Casillas deal was highly attractive in terms of costs, he’s still considered one of the best in the world and has one of the best resumes around,”

“At 34 years of age he still has three of four seasons left at the highest level. I wonder if any club in the world would turn down the chance to sign Casillas for wages equivalent to two of our outgoing loanees, Andres Fernandez and Fabiano.”

“I chose it was better to sign Casillas. Mourinho inconceivably made fun of the Casillas deal, but he’s shot himself in the foot as Porto are paying less than a third of his salary – Madrid pay the rest.”

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Young Brazilian star Kenedy made an impact last night in the first half of the friendly game against Barcelona.

The youngster joined Chelsea on the pre-season training camp and tour without having signed for the Blues yet, so he needed Fluminense‘s permission to play last night against the Champions of Europe.

Kenedy impressed so much in these two weeks and in last night game that now Chelsea and manager José Mourinho that now the Portuguese coach wants him to join his first team squad.

It won’t be easy because to play in the Premier League normally players from outside the European Union need to have represented their national team at senior level to qualify and Kenedy has only played for Brazil’s Under 17 and Under 20 team.

FA president Greg Dyke stated back in March about the new rules for the non-Europeans players:

“The old system meant roughly half the players coming from non-European countries were getting in through an appeals system where something like 80% of all appeals were successful. The future won’t be like that.

“It is key to note that if you applied the new system retrospectively across the last five years we estimate that 33% of the players who gained entry under the old system would not have been granted a work visa under the new system.

But, despite of this, Mourinho seems confident to get a work permit for Kenedy, avoiding him to go on loan to Vitesse Arnhem:

“We have conditions to get him a work permit because we want him.

“We don’t want him to go out on loan, I think we have what the rules demand to get him a permit.

We bought Kenedy because we believe in him,’ said Mourinho. ‘He’s a very young kid that we believe a lot in, hopefully. He was in pre-season with us without the documents so he couldn’t play the first two matches for us. Against Barcelona he had the chance to do it and even if it was a friendly I think it was the best debut for a kid, to play against the best team. It was a great night for the kid and a great experience”.

Chelsea optioned the player from Fluminense for £6.7million and the Brazilian is ready to sign in the next weeks.



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Thibaut Courtois

Thibaus Courtois believes Chelsea will be ready for the Community Shield against Arsenal on Sunday after the final game in their US tour ended in a 2-2 draw with Barcelona.

Courtois, who made good saves in regular time, and in the subsequent penalty shoot-out which Chelsea won 4-2, spoke after game.

The first half was good, we played well but the second half was more difficult. It was difficult to close the gaps and they (Barcelona) were lucky to score twice, but then we came back and with the penalties we win again. It’s good we are shooting that well as we might need it at later stages of the season.”

Courtois voiced his approval at playing such high profile teams in pre-season, Chelsea also beat PSG on penalties last week.

“Barcelona are a very strong team, and we always play against quality teams, just like PSG and so for us it means we will be ready to play Arsenal on Sunday.”

Barcelona’s fist goal was the source of some controversy as it did not appear to cross the line.

I think in England the referee’s whistle would say no goal,” Courtois said.

But I can understand the linesman had to come from far away and I don’t think he could see. For me it didn’t cross but that is the decision of them and maybe I am wrong. I don’t think it was a goal, but no problem.”

Chelsea traveled back to London straight away and Courtois is confident the momentum gained from two wins will be to their benefit on Sunday.

We use these days now to prepare, and of course it is the first trophy of the season and we want to win it as much as Arsenal. They have started very well as well and it will be a very good game. We hope we win. 


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After the friendly game with Barcelona was Chelsea boss José Mourinho revealed that Gary Cahill might have a broken nose after the impact with Blaugrana’s goalkeeper Jordi Masip while scoring the equalizer:

Cahill has a chance of a broken nose, maybe yes, maybe no. If no, perfect. If yes, he will get a mask tomorrow to be ready for Sunday!

What can be more concerning is Diego Costa’s form, since the Spanish striker was stopped many times last season by this kind of injury:

Diego felt a little thing in his hamstring. We believe it is just a feeling, no more than that, but we have to wait“.


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