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NIGEL PEARSON LEICESTER CITY MANAGER
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson won the latest Manager of the Month Award

It seems absurd but the manager who won the Premier League after leading the table from “day one” until the end is not going to win a single “Manager of the Month Award” this season.

The same is for John Terry, the captain, the leader and the “rock” of Chelsea, for many people the real top-player of the team, without detracting anything to stunning Eden Hazard who, anyway, never won the prize either.

The only player in Chelsea squad that was awarded with the monthly prize was Diego Costa back in August, due to his impressive start in the Premier League.

It’s right that to win the league is far better and more important that win these individual awards, but it seems also really absurd that the best team of the Premier League never got any recognition.

Both Mourinho and Terry were nominated to win this month, but at the end the winners were Nigel Pearson, who’s undergoing an impressive good run with Leicester City, and Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, who scored five goals in four games in April.

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Two days ago we reported that Mourinho and Chelsea were close to sign a new deal that would extend the Portuguese manager stay at Stamford Bridge for other two years.

The two parts are negotiating as the main concern for Mourinho is not increasing his wage but to be sure the club will  will continue to invest their income in the squad and is demanding a big transfer budget ahead of their Premier League title defence next season.

Mourinho wants Chelsea to believe in his project and to commit to help him in signing new players.

On the top of Jose’s list we can find Lyon’s top scorer Alexandre Lacazette – who already netted 30 goals in the Ligue 1 this year- and Valecia full back José Gaya.

 

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BRENDAN RODGERS LIVERPOOL
Rodgers states Chelsea deserved to win the league

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers attended the media this morning before the clash at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.

The Northern Irish coach stated that Liverpool won’t go to London to participate to Blues’ champions party, they’re going to London to win, as Liverpool need points to enter next Champions League competition:

“We’re going into the game at the weekend looking to win”

“Chelsea are obviously deserved champions, they’ve been the best team, but all we can do is control the last three games, look to win those and see where we end up. I’m purely focused on the game”

“I congratulated Mourinho. They’re the deserving champions and to win it with a few games to go is obviously pleasing for him”

“But it doesn’t take away from what we’re looking to do and we want to finish the season strong”

“We played well in the [League Cup semi-final] game at Chelsea but hopefully this time we can play well and get the result”

Rodgers was asked if having won the league last Sunday would bring Chelsea to have some complacency in the game against them:

I think if they’ve had a few days off then they deserve it”

“They’ve won the league and they can celebrate that. They’re top players, professional players and every game is important for them and they’ll look to go into our game and win that.

“[A] break can reinvigorate you to go into the game. Jose may find that he wants to play some young players, and if the young players are playing they’ll have a motivation to want to play well and work well”

“And maybe the ones that haven’t played so much may get the opportunity but whatever team they play they’ll be looking to win there’s no doubt about that so we know it’ll be a tough challenge for us”

“I think Chelsea’s days off [this week] are absolutely irrelevant to us and our preparation. Our job is to go there and look to get a result that can keep the pressure on [United]”.

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PETR CECH
Petr Cech will move to Arsenal this summer © Francesca Ceciarini

Ex Chelsea player and assistant manager Ray Wilkins claimed that a move to Arsenal for Petr Cech is almost impossible.

The current Jordan coach stated:

“If you look at Chelsea’s actions over the last few years, with the like of Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou, they were all sold outside the country so they couldn’t do any damage to the club in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho will do the same with Petr Cech”

Wilkins also said that PSG can be a possible destination for the Czech goolkeeper:

“I don’t know why Paris Saint-Germain have not tabled a bid already because Salvatore Sirigu, the Italian goalkeeper, isn’t good enough

Cech has still got one year of contract with Chelsea, but his relegation to “number 2” in favour of Thibaut Courtois put him in uncomfortable position, as Petr declared he would not cope with a similar situation for another year.

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Lambert has tried to make an impact, to no avail.

According to reports in the Daily Mirror, Chelsea are eyeing Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert as a replacement for Didier Drogba.

Ivorian striker Drogba, who is in his second spell at Stamford Bridge, is out of contract in the summer.

Chelsea reportedly had the former Southampton man watched during Liverpool’s game against QPR at Anfield on Saturday, the day before Chelsea won the title.

The Blues also take on the Reds at Stamford Bridge this weekend, providing another scouting opportunity.

37-year old Drogba, who in the last game of his first spell at Chelsea scored the goal that won the club their first Champions League title, is third choice striker behind Diego Costa and Loic Remy, but with the two both injured with hamstring and calf injuries respectively, Drogba has been playing more.

He has stated that he wishes to stay at the London club, but manager Jose Mourinho is yet to make a decision on the veteran striker’s future, with the Portuguese man hinting that the final decision could be made by the club’s owner, Roman Abramovich.

Lambert also joins Tottenham front man Emmanuel Adebayor as reported replacements for Drogba. But after a prolific debut season in the Premier League with the Saints, the 33-year old has had a somewhat disappointing spell on Merseyside – scoring just three goals in 33 appearances since moving to Anfield for £4.4 million last summer.

Lambert reportedly turned down a chance to play for boyhood club Aston Villa when they placed a £5 million offer in January, despite the chance of regular first team action.

He is now, however, one of several Reds stars allowed to leave Anfield at the end of the season and is expected to go for considerably less when the transfer window reopens.

Crystal Palace and Hull, who also expressed an interest during January, could also return to offer him more regular action this summer.

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Filipe Luis has made 24 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions this season

Chelsea defender Filipe Luis will be part of a £30 million swap deal for Athletico Madrid midfielder Koke.

The Brazilian defender joined the Blues from Athletico last summer for £13.2 million, but has failed to cement a first team place as he has faced stern competition from Cesar Azpilicueta for the left-back position.

And, with Blues boss Jose Mourinho stating that he is already planning for next season, reports from the Daily Express state that Spanish international Koke is top of Mourinho’s wishlist as he targets Champions League success.

23-year old Koke, who is a key player in Diego Simone’s side making 46 appearances in all competitions this season, has a £44 million release clause in his current contract. However, if Filipe Luis went the other way, that sum would be reduced to a much more advertising £30 million.

Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo travelled to Spain to watch Koke last week, and the club have been keeping a close eye on the player for months. Initial talks have already begun.

The speculation comes at a time when Real Madrid reportedly contacted Chelsea over a deal for Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel in the last few weeks.

This would mean Mourinho would be able to accommodate Koke in his squad, should a deal go through.

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When the final whistle went at the end of Chelsea’s Premiership title clinching win over Crystal Palace last Sunday afternoon, one sight was more prescient than most. John Terry falling to his knees, to be embraced by Thibaus Courtois and his fellow defenders,  was an expression of joy that best represented the relief that swept around Stamford Bridge at the end of five years of Manchester dominance and the return of the league trophy to west London.

It was even reminiscent of something similar seven years ago when Chelsea lost on penalties to Manchester United in the Champions League final, then to Terry sat on his knees with his arm across his face. That was in despair and the teammates that stood around him did so to console rather than celebrate. When Sunday’s game finished it was yet another game where Terry performed impeccably as he marshaled his team to a critical victory.

This season has been more than just a victory for Chelsea, it has also been a season of vindication for their captain and further confirmation that he belongs in the same sentence as the other great defenders that have graced English and European football. His importance to Chelsea cannot and should not be underestimated.

His quality as a captain is well known, the many managers Chelsea have had since Terry was first given the armband in 2004, all of whom retained his services in that role, will testify to his ability to organise and inspire those around him, especially during difficult moments. What this season has shown is his consistency and durability, and his value to the club going forward. He has played every minute of every game, something remarkable for a 34-year-old, and done so with distinction. His absence from the five nominations for the PFA Player of the Year award was striking.

If one is to point to moments of weakness this season it would be the 5-3 defeat at Spurs, where he and Gary Cahill were pulled all over the back line by the home side’s centre forwards quick attack, his lack of pace being on painful display. That Chelsea responded from the New Year’s Day defeat to win the league with three games to spare is testament to Terry’s leadership. He has been described by Chelsea legend Ray Wilkins as Jose Mourinho on the pitch and Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher are in agreement as to his importance this season. Some have described him as the best centre back since the founding of the Premiership and suggested that the near post position, from where Terry has marked strikers out of the game should be named after the Chelsea captain.

What is certain, however, is that Terry is paramount to Chelsea’s current success, just as much as he has been in the past. His new contract, which he signed recently, is proof of the club’s continued belief that without Terry’s input Chelsea would lose some of its spine, if not some of its soul. There are improvements to be made in Chelsea’s squad, and further things to achieve if this generation is to reach and surpass the Chelsea team that both Jose Mourinho and John Terry led together ten years ago, such as progress and success in the Champions League, but with their talisman at the back Chelsea’s chances of achieving just that are significantly improved.

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JOSE MOURINHO
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Jose Mourinho and Chelsea reached an agreement for a new deal, that will extend the contract of the Portuguese manager for other two years.

According to what the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport report, Jorge Mendes – Mourinho’s agent- has been dealing with the club for a few months and they were both waiting the mathematical conquer of the title to close the deal.

Mourinho signed a 4-year-contract in 2013 when he was back to Chelsea, with a 10m £ annual wage: now the contract will be extended until 2019 and also his salary will boost, so he will be most paid manager in the world.

The official statement by the club is to be released in the next hours.

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CHELSEA TITLE CELEBRATION
Chelsea players celebrating their title win. © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea captain John Terry took to Instagram to show him celebrating his title success with One Direction member Niall Horan, as him and other Chelsea players took to social media to share pictures of their individual celebrations of Chelsea’s title success. 

The picture also showed Terry with teammates Didier Drogba and Gary Cahill celebrating with the Irish singer.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho gave his players two days off after the London side clinched the title with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Eden Hazard’s goal was enough to seal the win and the Premier League trophy, as he tucked away the rebound after his penalty was saved to take Chelsea to 83 points.

Of all Chelsea players, Terry has every right to celebrate – he has played every minute of every game for the Blues this season. 284C9A6000000578-3067269-John_Terry_centre_celebrated_with_Didier_Drogba_third_right_Gary-a-75_1430746803810

Chelsea midfielder Willian also took to Instagram, showing him celebrating the team’s success with his teammates whilst providing a lengthy description of what it meant to win his first Premier League trophy.

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Willian said: “I always dreamed of playing in the Premier League, which is considered the toughest and strongest championship in the world.

“For many years I watched and admired English football. My turn would come, I knew. When I heard the proposal of Chelsea, I didn’t think twice. I knew that in this great club I would fight for titles, I would always be on the top.

Now I can celebrate my first Premier League title. Indescribable feeling! Many thanks to the Chelsea fans, who have always been fantastic with me. The applause for me today (Sunday) will be always in my best memories.

“Many thanks to all the club’s board, coaching staff, all employees. Many thanks to my teammates, who have always maintained a great atmosphere in the team. Many thanks to my family, my friends and my fans for their support ever. Thank you, my God!! Come on Chelsea!!! #Champions #Premier League #Chelsea #CFC”

With Mourinho giving his players a well earned break, Willian took advantage, giving his followers a taste of sunny Dubai as the Brazilian jetted off to relax after a brilliant season in the Chelsea midfield.

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Chelsea still have three games to go this season, playing Liverpool on Sunday at Stamford Bridge, then West Brom at the Hawthorns on 18th May, before facing Sunderland at home on the last day of the season (24th May).

 

 

 

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Speaking in an exclusive interview to BT in his living room just two hours after Chelsea won the Premier League title yesterday, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho explained his feelings on how the Blues reached the title this season:

“I’m very happy, I’m very proud of the boys. It’s not the same Chelsea than before: new team people, new kids, people that never won the Premier League…we lost players like Lampard, Essien Cole…it was not easy, but I’m happy.

“Today we were comfortable but we felt that pressure, it was hard, harder than normal, and Crystal Palace was fantastic…I think this game in another country would finish 5-0,  they didn’t need to get points, they’re in a safe situation, but they played like if they needed one point to survive…fantastic attitude.

“Sometimes I laugh when people compare numbers from different leagues, because I’ve been in all of them and people don’t know the difference, in Spain and Germany you can see many 5-0, 6-0…sometimes in Italy. Here most of the matches is about this…2-1, 1-0…it’s so competitive.

“We lost the derby at White Hart Lane in the beginning of January but since January not one single defeat, we know what we had to do with this. When the situation was getting harder, we lost players, for injuries, for suspensions, key players…we had a lot of problems, and to stay competitive and win matches you have to know how to win and this is an art.

“You have to have mental strength, empathy, cooperation between all of us…it worked.

“I always sleep well before games, maybe is after the game that I don’t sleep well. During the week  I told the players ‘this a normal game, just one more game’ but they knew it wasn’t…If we didn’t win today will be tomorrow, but now we can breath in a different way, we can relax.

“I made the decision to be back, I was getting a special job for me, to be back at a club where I’ve already won before was a risk, expectations were high, if I did wrong people would ask me “why” and now I’m happy, I would never forget the reception I had the first game when I was back, with Hull City last year.

“With my family I try to separate things, the professional life and personal life, I try my mood not to influence the familiar life: they don’t read papers or watch the news but they read me and know when I’m happy or sad. Today all of them were there, usually just my son comes to the games, and it was special because I knew they were behind my bench and I could go to hug them at the end of the game, I couldn’t do that in other stadia like San Siro, Bernabéu, Dragão…

“I’m thinking about the next game, not next season: Crystal Palace gave us an example of what football is, now I gave the boys two days to relax but we have to be back and we have 3 more matches.

“[In the next games] I will give a chance to the boys that didn’t play very much, we got the crown from Manchester City hands- that are a fabulous team- now we have this responsibility, we are the champions.

“I say to my guys at the beginning of every season that here in England if u want to be in the top 4 you have to think about being champions, to be in the top 4 in England now is very hard, every year a big team stay out: Manchester United stayed out last season, and now Liverpool and them are struggling to be there and why not us next season, we have to be strong again, the Premier League is getting more difficult and more difficult but we’re going to try.

John Terry is fantastic: the last season for him before I arrived he was in trouble because it seemed he was in the end of the career and maybe the manager didn’t trust him, last season was very good for him and this one was fantastic. Ivanovic and him got a fantastic spirit, and in the beginning of the season they told me they wanted to play all the Premier League games, and even tough they’re defenders, they did.

“Today Fabregas did a fantastic team talk, he said what I was thinking ‘we worked so hard to be in this position, we worked to hard to be here all together, when we go back in the dressing room we gotta be champions.

“I have to try to stay calm in the dugout, in the half time I told them what was going to happen, we have solutions for everything in this season, we did everything right, we have players with a fantastic spirit, I hope in this moment they’re enjoying it.

“I couldn’t talk to Roman [Abramovich] , I was doing a flash interview, I just stopped the interview one moment to hug him but I know him well and I know he’s happy.

The first part of the season was a fantastic Chelsea, Fabregas was crucial, in the second part we had critical injuries and critical suspension, Diego Costa injured, Diego Costa suspended, Fabregas injured, Matic suspended…Diego and Matic suspensions were quite long: to go through all this was fantasti. I remember the game at QPR with Matic and Fabregas risking to get the 10th yellow card and having a suspension for two games, that would mean to skip Manchester United and Arsenal game, but they didn’t got it and they could play those games.

“We were ready to cope with everything, Zouma was ready to play whenever was needed, Cech – that is the second goalkeeper and that became the second goalkeeper without a reason, because he didn’t do anything special- played six matches and in these matches he gave us the title, Remy came in and gave us 3 points when needed, every player was crucial.

It doesn’t bother me when people say we don’t play attractive football, it doesn’t change me because I’m stronger than that; normally the pundit with a higher voice is the one that comes from the pitch, so they’re stronger in opinions, because they know football better than others. People have to learn not to be influenced by negative comments, [there are] people asking head of a manager because he’s not champion, but only one can be champions.I understand [what people write] it is their job and the industry, but respect is respect and Chelsea deserved it.

Our second goal of the season – Schürrle goal at Burnley with twenty passes and Fabregas vision insight the game – defined what Chelsea was for many months, Cech’s save on Lukaku head shot against Everton means everything, this kind of people to be crucial, to be there where the team needs to be.

“My players are like this for the way we work, we try to get everybody ready and fit if needed but we’re also lucky to have this kind of people, nobody can teach Cech to be the way he is, the same Zouma, Filipe Luis and the other guys that didn’t play very often.

I have a long way to go, but sir Alex is an impossible position, I cannot win 13 Premier Leagues,  13 championships yes, now I am at 8…not 13 Premier Leagues.

When I will go away from Chelsea? When I came back [ to Chelsea] I decided to come back, my family is happy here, when Abramovich tell me to go, I will go.

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