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Jose Mourinho

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Speaking to Chelsea official website José Mourinho analysed the two weeks of pre-season the team spent between Canada and USA.

Tonight Chelsea will face the Champions of Europe, Barcelona, in Washington then they will go back to London to get ready for Community Shield game against Arsenal at Wembley next Sunday:

It’s the best training session we could have. The game against Paris was a very good one; against Barcelona it can be an even better one.

I’m not worried with tactical aspects, and I’m not worried with the result. I’m just worried about the possibility to play at a higher intensity and prepare ourselves for the Premier League.

“I need to give players minutes. I need to give players different experiences, playing with each other and also playing in different positions. It’s just about preparation. Obviously nobody likes to lose even in training but if we wanted to win we would choose opponents where we could win easily.

“This time, because we have a short pre-season and not a long time to be ready for the Premier League, we decided to play proper opponents and have proper training matches to raise the level.

“Defenders I have to give 90 minutes to because at this moment I have only five. Between the five we must have four on the pitch and so for the defenders I have to do it.

I prefer the others to play high intensity football and to not reach their fatigue levels, giving everybody a chance to develop their condition.

About the pre-season experience in Canada and USA, he said:

“The conditions have been good to train and to rest. The distances of travel have also been very short. We haven’t spent a lot time on buses or at airports or on planes.

“We have had very good opponents. For the objective of a short pre-season I think everything went very well. If we don’t get any injuries against Barcelona we will have done fantastically, amazingly well by having a pre-season without one single injured player. Let’s hope the game doesn’t give us problems“.

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Speaking on Chelsea’s United States tour, Jose Mourinho has urged Manuel Pellegrini to stop his obsession with Chelsea. He has also, commented in few words Arsenal’s transfer policy.

Last month, Manchester City manager Pellegrini accused Mourinho for being self -obsessed. He told El Mercurio :

“When he wins, Mourinho wants to take the credit for everything.”

Speaking on Chelsea’s United States tour, Mourinho has made it clear that the words of Manchester City coach do not make any impression on him. What is more the Special One has urged Pellegrini to stop his obsession and take a break.

Mourinho said :

“When a manager is on holidays and still thinks about me, I have nothing to say,”

“I don’t know why he did it. In my holidays I did zero interviews. Since I left London, zero.”

“Of course I am still thinking about football. But I don’t do any interviews, in that time. You are free of everything, questions, answers, controversy, interpretation, and overreaction. You are free of everything.”

“If other guys use holiday time also for interviews, it’s their problem.”

At the end of the interview, Mourinho also talked about Arsenal. The Special One has recalled that the Blues won the title despite spending far less money than the Gunners.

“If you add up the amounts the clubs have spent in the last three or four years I think maybe you will find a surprise.”

“Get a calculator. That is one of the easiest things to do. It leaves no space for speculation. If you want to be honest, objective and pragmatic it is the easiest job for a manager or a journalist to do.”

“They have bought a fantastic goalkeeper and that is a position which is very important in a team.”

“If you put Ozil plus Sanchez, plus Chambers, plus Debuchy you will maybe find a surprise.”


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Jose Mourinho has confirmed  that  Radamel Falcao along with Juan Cuadrado and Willian will feature in Chelsea’s pre-season friendly match against Barcelona on Tuesday night.

Jose Mourinho has revealed that Radamel Falcao, Juan Cuadrado and Willian are likely to be given more minutes of game when Chelsea will face Barcelona in Washington on Tuesday night. The Portuguese coach is convinced that a  20-minute substitute appearance would benefit his Copa America players more then a training session.

Mourinho told Chelsea TV :

”I discussed it a lot with [assistant coach] Rui Faria and we thought that 20 minutes of football is more rich, has more ingredients than training in a small group of three, so we decided to give Falcao, Willlian and Juan Cuadrado this 20 to 25 minutes which was very good for them.”

‘‘Now they are not ready to start but against Barcelona, I think they can go from 20 to 30 minutes. I will give them that.’


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According to The Sun, Chelsea are seemingly ready to sell Juan Cuadrado this summer if they receive a bid of around £18m before the transfer window closes.

The English paper also claims that Chelsea are not interested on loaning the Colombian player out and will accept taking a £5m hit on what they paid for him in the winter if it means they can offload him permanently.

Italian website Tuttomercatoweb.com states Juventus are really keen on the winger but they would prefer to loan him for a season before permanently sign him.

Chelsea paid £26m to Fiorentina last January but Cuadrado still hasn’t made an impact at Stamford Bridge and was classified by some English media and fans as “season’s flop”.

However, Chelsea manager José Mourinho seems keen to give him another chance.


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English media reports claim that Chelsea will make their second bid for Everton defender John Stones within the next 48 hours.

The Toffees’ request is around £34million, which would be the new British record fee for a defender.

Anyway, Chelsea’s offer will be  £26m after having a £20million bid rejected two weeks ago.

Manchester United are also very keen on the English defender now, so Chelsea must speed negotiations up if they want to sign the centre-back Mourinho requested.

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bertrand traore

Bertrand Traoré is back to Chelsea after he spent 18 months on loan to Vitesse Arnhem in Holland.

Now, he’s ready to stay and join the first team squad, as also the manager José Mourinho recently stressed during the team pre-season tour in the USA:

“I’m very happy to be here. I get to work with some of the best players in the world and one of the best managers.

“I am trying to do my best in every training session right now. It’s something nice to have the support of the manager but I have to prove that I deserve to be here. I have to work hard, do my best and take my chance.

“I think my loan was very good. I learned a lot. I had a period of adaptation in the first six months then after I had a full season with the team including pre-season. It was much better.

“I learned a lot tactically, I also learned how to play without the ball, to defend, to play as a team, and I think I improved my mentality during my loan.

“All in all I was able to improve my performances and it was a good step in my career. 

“I tried to watch every game Chelsea were playing if my timetable allowed me to do so. The team was obviously the best and also I think in every position they had the best players. That’s why they won the league.

Traore is from Burkina Faso and in January 2011 he was named the best player of African Under-17 Championship, a tournament his nation won. That’s when his name started to go around in the football international scene:

“It began in the January and finished in February. That September, I got the call-up to the first team. I was 15. I made my debut against Equatorial Guinea and that’s when everything started for me as a player.

“My big brother [Alain, who plays in Ligue 1 for Lorient] was in the team too. I came on during the second half for my debut. He’s a no.10 and I was playing on the wing. It was also in my hometown, the second city Bobo-Dialasso. It was an amazing day – the best feeling I have had in my national team.

“No player from Burkina Faso has played in the Premier League before. I wish I will be the first one and then more players will come.

“Of course Chelsea is so much bigger than Vitesse and Burkina Faso’s national team but I am already used to playing in full stadiums in front of a lot of people. I hope I can use those experiences so it will be normal for me”.

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José Mourinho thinks that Eden Hazard can become one of the top-five players in the world.

Speaking during Chelsea tour in the USA, the Chelsea boss revealed that he’s pushing Eden and everyone else in the squad and in the Blues staff to improve and give their best, so to reach more important results and established themselves in the European elíte.

The Belgian player was named Player of the Year the last season, but according to Mourinho he still has to get stronger:

“To repeat the awards, I believe he has got to get better, because the normal tendency is for people to find another star.

People find somebody new to get these individual trophies. But he has all the conditions to improve. With his age he can improve.

“I talk to all of them (the squad). Medical department too. I told them. You have to be better.

Champions League can be an important competition to improve and reach the players Olympus:

“Two years ago we reached the CL semi-final but he didn’t play. He didn’t play in Madrid, he played injured at home. So he arrived in that crucial moment not in condition.

“Last year we didn’t do well and we were out immediately so he also needs a good Champions League. I’m not saying winning but I say a proper Champions League. But no matter, he is fantastic.

Mourinho also pointed out the fact that Hazard is a very loyal player on the pitch:

“He’s getting stronger and stronger, not just in his body, but in his attitude. He’s mentally tough. He’s not the kind of boy who overreacts. After a bad tackle he never rolls and rolls like other players do.

“He doesn’t try and push referees to make certain decisions. Eden is not this guy. He’s loyal and honest, and gets lots of respect from opponents because of that.”

“I would like more protection for him, but it’s beyond my control.

“The only thing I can do is what I am doing and what Eden is doing, which is to work and work and work to be stronger and stronger. I don’t want to change his mentality or personality. I don’t want him crying or overreacting.

“I don’t want someone to touch his shoulder and he reacts by throwing his hands in his face like some players do. I want Eden to be what he is – absolutely fantastic.

“Eden is coming with big status now and was voted one of the top ten players in Europe last year. In my opinion he should be in the top three not in the top ten. Let’s see what is going to happen but we have these people. But let’s say John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic are our captains and the others are ready to come.

For Chelsea manager, Hazard is already a leader:

“On the pitch Eden leads. He is not afraid to take responsibility. He is not afraid to get the team in a dark situation and bring blue sky again for the team.”

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According to reports in the Telegraph, Chelsea are to place a £15.5 million bid for Napoli winger Jose Callejon.

The Blues are said to be leading the race for the former Real Madrid winger, who has also attracted the attention of several Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham.

It’s believed that Spanish side Atletico Madrid have made a £12 million bid – Napoli however are looking to hold out for at least £16 million.

Reports in Spain claim that Jose Mourinho has held talks with the 28-year old, and is close to signing him. Callejon scored 11 goals in Serie A last season as Napoli finished fifth, but missed out on European football.

The Chelsea boss already has a good relationship with the Spaniard, having brought Callejon to Real during his stint in charge at the Bernabeu. The winger was then part of the Blancos squad that won La Liga back in 2011/12.


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John Stones

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has said the Blues will be “aggressive” in their pursuit of Everton defender John Stones.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Cascarino said: “I expect Chelsea to be aggressive again before the end of the window and try to turn John Stones’ head.”

Jose Mourinho has already had a £20 million bid for the former Barnsley man rejected, with Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright calling Stones the best defender in England.

Mourinho has however not been deterred, as he reportedly sees Stones as a long-term successor to current Chelsea stalwart John Terry.

However, Cascarino has said that he would be surprised if Everton are able to keep hold of Stones, who has played an increasingly large role in the Everton defence, despite signing for only £3 million two seasons ago.

“I expect Chelsea to be aggressive again before the end of the window and try to turn John Stones’ head.

“He’s the best young centre-half out there, he’s very gifted on the ball and I think Jose Mourinho knows that John Stones is the player he absolutely must get.

“With John Terry, you’re always thinking, ‘can he do another season’, and I have no doubt he’ll play as well as he did last year this season.

“But Chelsea always try and buy players at the right time, it’s Jose’s way of doing business, and I think Stones is the boy they will hunt down.

“It will be very difficult for Everton to be able to keep him.”


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Jose Mourinho has made it clear that Mohamed Salah will leave Stamford Bridge.

Mohamed Salah’s future is so uncertain that even the Special One has admitted that he has no idea where the Egyptian winger will play in the next season. So far the only confirmed information is that, Salah would definitely leave Chelsea.
Speaking after Chelsea’s International Champions Cup match against PSG, Mourinho said about Salah :

“He doesn’t belong to my squad and he’s not staying here.

“The important thing is that he plays like he did at Fiorentina, so [I’m] happy with him going on a loan.

“Italian football is difficult football to play, especially for attacking players. So if it’s not Fiorentina it’s Roma or Inter or Juve – I don’t know. Maybe he has a loan.

“He’s a good boy and a good player. He needs more top-level football so I’m happy with any decision him and the club make.”

Mohamed Salah is heavily linked with a move to AS Roma. It is said that Giallorossi have agreed personal terms and a transfer fee for Salah but Fiorentina are holding up the transfer. All because Viola want to receive a compensation for giving up on legal action against Mohamed Salah.


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