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Chelsea have turned down an offer of £35 million from Monaco for Jose Mourinho, according to reports in the English press this morning.

The Mail says that the Ligue 1 club, who have reportedly sought Mourinho’s services in the past, are hoping to benefit from Chelsea’s terrible start to the season.

The Blues are currently 15th in the Premiership table- 14 points behind leaders Man City- having won just three matches all season. There is unprecedented pressure on Jose Mourinho with rumours of an imminent sacking.

Monaco, the parent club of on loan Chelsea forward Radamel Falcao, have reportedly offered a way out of the mess by buying out Mourinho’s contract- roughly £35-40 million- but Chelsea have flatly refused, according to the Mail. 

Mourinho has said over and over again that he has no intention of leaving Chelsea. The club for its part released a statement a few weeks ago stating their support for the Portuguese. ChelseaNews24 reported yesterday that former Chelsea forward Andriy Shevchenko claims Mourinho retains the support of owner Roman Abramovich.

Should the Mail be correct then it is yet another sign that Mourinho will not be leaving Chelsea any time soon.

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Jose Mourinho revealed that Colombian striker Radamel Falcao had a serious muscular injury in the training session ahead of Dynamo Kiev’s clash:

“Falcao today had an important injury, not so important like the one he already had, but he had an important muscular injury and he will be out, I don’t want to speak a lot about it but I have to give you this bad news,” he stated while speaking to the press.

The good news was, anyway, the return of Pedro and Ivanovic to the group training: both of them have chanced to start the game tonight.

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Mourinho celebration with Julio Cesar: he ran from the dugout toward Inter goalkeeper after Sneijder scored the winner at last minute

Chelsea boss José Mourinho already met Dynamo Kiev on a 4th of November, and it was a crucial match that changed the history of a season, like it can be tonight.

The year was 2009 and the Portuguese was managing Inter, it was always the 4th matchday and the Nerazzurri had collected only three draws in the three previous games of the group ( with Barcelona and Dynamo Kiev at home and Rubin Kazan in Russia) so the game was really delicate, because a defeat could mean missing the qualification for the last 16.

Inter was, anyway, in a good situation in Serie A, leading the league, but the Champions League had been their “curse” in the previous years: people were accusing the team to show no character and confidence in the European nights.

Inter had a very good approach and dominated the game at the Olimpyskiy but Dynamo found a lucky goal on their only shot when Andriy Shevchenko‘s attempt was deflected with the back by Esteban Cambiasso: Julio Cesar was tricked and the ball went on goal.

Inter went at half time losing 1-0 and practically out of the Champions League at the group stage, Mourinho played the second half with three defenders and five attacking players ( Sneijder, Milito, Eto’o, Stankovic and Balotelli) and in the last ten minutes of the game he even substituted the centre-back Samuel with another midfielder, Sulley Muntari, leaving just Zanetti and Lucio to protect their goalkeeper.

The Nerazzurri seemed to have no luck: missed chances, hit posts, Dynamo’s keeper Bogush saving everything, it seemed like a nightmare until minute 84, when Diego Milito picked up a ball from Sneijder in the box and with a dirty but efficient shot finally beat Bogush.

It was the turning point of the game and the season: after three minutes Wesley Sneijder scored the winner with a smart goal anticipating Bogush in the coming out after Milito saved a ball on the touch line and put it in the box for him.

Mourinho went mental in his celebration: he ran from the dugout toward goalkeeper Julio Cesar jumping on him for an enthusiastic hug.

After the match he commented: “I almost had a severe muscular injury because it was really really cold….”

Despite the defeat for 2-0 at Camp Nou against Barcelona in the next game Inter could qualify for the last 16 beating Rubin Kazan at home for 2-0 in the last matchday of the group: the Nerazzurri then knocked out Chelsea with a 3-1 aggregate and at the end won the Champions League, making a treble that is still unique in the Italian football history.

Inter had been chasing the Champions League trophy for 45 years, since their last triumph in the competition was in 1965 with La Grande Inter: it was the dream of every fan, but it seemed to have turned into a curse, that was interrupted that night.

Mourinho later revealed what he said to his squad in the dressing room at half time, when Inter were losing and were out of the competition: “I don’t want to see you in the end of the game here crying: I want to see you here DEAD, we can lose but we must give everything, we have to come back here in the end of the game knowing that we did everything to win it, with no regrets”.

Words that made an impact on his side that night, a 4th of November like today, but in Kiev.

It was a turning point of the season for Mourinho and his players, like some of them revealed later.

Who knows if this curious and lucky precedent for Jose can strengthen in him more confidence for tonight’s game, a game that can turn things around like exactly six years ago.

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Dynamo Kiev’s head coach Serhiy Rebrov got annoyed tonight after the first three questions of his press conference were focusing on José Mourinho and his delicate moment at Chelsea:

“It’s a little bit funny, ridiculous that I have to constantly answer the questions about Mourinho. Fifty percent of questions are about Mourinho.”

The journalists in the press room so understood that they couldn’t go further, making him nervous, and so they started to speak about tomorrow’s crucial clash.

Rebrov revealed that Dynamo are in London not just to look for a draw, but they will go for the three points:

“We really shouldn’t be thinking about what’s happening with Chelsea at the moment. What is happening with them now can happen to anyone.

“We need to focus on our game and not to think whether it’s a wounded animal or not. We didn’t think about that in Kiev and we won’t tomorrow. We wish Chelsea to do very well in the Premier League but not tomorrow.

“Of course we will not be happy with a draw. We weren’t happy with the draw in Kiev. We’ll play to win this game tomorrow and you’ll see Dynamo attacking. The main thing is not only to attack and to win, but to play as a team.”

About Dynamo’s star Andriy Yarmolenko, that has been in the centre of many transfer rumours, he said:

“If you ask me I want to keep him, but it all depends on his relationship with the president“.

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Chelsea will look to get back to winning ways in the Champions League as they face Dynamo Kiev tomorrow (19:45 GMT KO).

The Blues have sufferer their worst league start in over 30 years, are out of the League Cup and are currently third in Group G with just one win out of three.

Kiev on the other hand are unbeaten thus far in Group G, drawing two and winning one.

Jose Mourinho’s side drew 0-0 with the Ukrainians last month, Eden Hazard striking the post as Chelsea dominated but failed to find a winner.

Last six games:

Chelsea: LWDLDL (includes one Champions League games and one League Cup game).

Dynamo Kiev: WWLDWW  (includes one Champions League game).


Team News:

– Chelsea will be without striker Radamel Falcao, who picked up a “muscular injury” in training on Tuesday.

– Pedro may return after resuming training last week.

– Branislav Ivanovic may also return after recovering from a hamstring injury.

– The Blues continue to be without injured Thibaut Courtois.

– Kiev boss Sergei Rebrov has no injury concerns.



– Chelsea have won their Champions League group in nine of their past 12 campaigns.

– However, they have won just one of their last five Champions League games (D3, L1).

– In 12 years, Mourinho’s side have lost just two Champions League group stage games.

– Dynamo Kiev have kept clean sheets in 14 of their 19 games in all competitions this season.

– The Ukrainian club have never won a match in England, drawing two and losing 10.


Starting XI last time out in the Champions League:

Chelsea (away vs. Dynamo Kiev, drew 0-0): Begovic, Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Matic, Willian, Hazard, Fabregas, Costa.

Dynamo Kiev (home vs. Chelsea, drew 0-0): Shovkovskiy, da Silva, Khacheridi, Dragovic, Vida, Rybalka, Yarmolenko, Sydorchuk, Buyalsky, Gonzalez, Kravets.

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Legendary Chelsea player Gianfranco Zola admits that he would love to return at Stamford Bridge one day as manager.

Former Italian striker who is currently managing Qatari side Al Arabi says that his dream and great ambition is to take charge of Chelsea one day.

Zola told Sky Sports :

“My dream,my ambition, is to be Chelsea manager some day in the future,”

”However, I realise that I need to improve as a manager if I want to get there. And I am working hard to achieve my goal. Qatar is helping me a lot in this regard.”

”I try to make my side play football in the way I want to see the game played. I have made a small start with Al Arabi and I am confident the results will be seen in the near future.”

Commenting on the current situation at Chelsea, he said:

“The club has it in them to turn around their fortunes,”

“A good result in the UEFA Champions League game against Dynamo Kiev followed by a couple of league wins will do the trick.”

“There is no one compelling reason for the poor start to the season. The poor form of key offensive players Eden Hazard and Diego Costa has not helped. Defensively as well the team dropped the standards set last year so the players have lost confidence as a group and this has led to poor results.”

Gianfranco Zola played at Chelsea between 1996-2003, winning two FA Cups, the League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup with the Blues.


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Chelsea captain John Terry spoke to the media before the Champions League clash against Dynamo Kiev:

I think it’s difficult to just take one reason, I think as a group we realise where we are and what are the results, but as a group we took the responsibility of it. We want to show the manager he can rely on us”

We stick together, ridicoulus comments on the media, last 4 games unlucky we had to come out with a couple of wins, I can assure that us the players are 100% with the manager.

We are doing the same work of the last season, we did a lot of work in the pre-season to be prepared for this season, the manager worked a lot with us, I’ve been knowing Jose for more than years, and he always work in the same way: he demands a lot, also in the training pitch, and of course he is disappointed with the results, he takes a lot of responsibilities on his back and shoulders, and this take out the responsibility from us the players, I guess it’s a little unfair, because we are the ones on the pitch and that don’t perform.

“He’s under pressure because of how we’re performing. Once we cross that white line, it’s on us. Jose has been really disappointed and devastated after games. He takes it on his own shoulders. We will bounce back from this.

About the speculation on one of his team-mates that would have said something like: “I would rather lose than win for Mourinho” he stated:

In my whole football career, I’ve never heard a player come out with them words. It’s ridiculous I have to talk about it. If player said that they wouldn’t get out of the dressing room…”

On Mourinho’s possible sack, he said:

It’s not going to come to that. The club’s shown faith. He’s the best,” he said. “We’re going to turn it around… We will turn things around. I’m positive. The important thing is together. And we’re together in that dressing room.

Collectively we know we have to perform better, for him, for the club, we are the ones on the pitch, not performing, he takes a lot of responsibilities and this is unfair.

“As a captain it’s been difficult in this moment, but I am ready to stand up. Speaking personally I know I am not at the top of the form and I know that I can perform better, I need to be back up to where I was last season.”

“Mourinho’s comments after the game and the fines and bans from FA? If you don’t want boring answers you gotta give the managers a little bit of freedom, he speaks like that because he’s got passion and he cares about the club, his job is not easy, I speak for all the managers, just not for him…he answers like that because it’s also what the fans want to hear, it’s cool if they are more spontaneous, so give them more freedom

“Jose has protected us and is protecting us, for me he’s been the best manager we had in this football club, Eden [Hazard] last year as the best player I’ve seen in this football club also, we have to keep those people in the English football for the good of English football: Jose for me is the best manager by far, and also Eden last year was the best player by far.

Terry also smashed Robbie Savage, now a pundit, feeling that he was targeted by him with excessive criticism:

“I’ve come under criticism, individually, from certain players and individuals, players I’ve looked up to and played alongside. I’ve taken that on the chin: Rio, Carra, Neville, the very best I’ve come up against in the game. I take that on the chin. When others speak, maybe I don’t take it on the chin. When players have not had a career, played at a really bad level in their career … Robbie Savage being one. He’s dug me out a couple of times. You take it as a footballer, as an individual. I’ll take it from the Rios, Carraghers and Neville. All day long. From others? Nah.”


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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has hit out at Jose Mourinho calling him a selfish manager who does not care about the spirit of the game because he is crazy about winning every match at all costs.

Pellegrini said in a new book based on him, titled ”The Pellegrini Method” :

“It used to be said that Mourinho’s Chelsea were boring,”

“I don’t think that’s true at all. Chelsea are selfish – not boring. It’s a team that puts a lot of emphasis on what they do without the ball. And in my opinion that concept of football doesn’t respect the spectacle”

“I don’t think that’s true at all. Chelsea are selfish – not boring. It’s a team that puts a lot of emphasis on what they do without the ball. And in my opinion that concept of football doesn’t respect the spectacle”

“It is a valid [way of playing] and if you win the league then it is even more valuable but it bears no relation to the spectacle. That is why I believe they are a selfish team, the only thing they want is to win.”

“The fan wants to win for sure.”

“But it is different if you do so by playing well. That is where I differ. I am not a critic, I just believe in a different way of getting the result. What I am criticial of is people who are willing to do anything to win.”

”I think Mourinho brings an awful lot to the show that surrounds football,”

“But that is the way he is. He is in constant conflict willing to go down a level if they are attacking him with a particular question and sometimes coming out with a brutal answer.”

“If I had had to act that way to get where I have got I would be a different person. I wouldn’t really be me.”



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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Jamie Carragher admits that Mourinho is exaggerating in his discussions and conflicts with the media but he is not totally to blame because he is facing a very difficult period at Chelsea after really disappointing performances of his team.

Sky Sport pundit says that the Special One must change his attitude with the media to not embarrass himself and the club.

Carragher told Sky Sports:

“He has to change some things and these interviews have got to stop, because they’re embarrassing him and they’re embarrassing the club,”

“Maybe he’s trying to create a siege mentality but I don’t think the players would be totally agreeing with the manager, blaming referees. Chelsea were very poor at the weekend.”

“This paranoia has got to stop, that the world is against them because they’re not.”

“I’m a massive fan of Jose Mourinho and I’d like him to stay because there’s been too many changes in the past at Chelsea,”

”These players performances have been shocking. It’s about time we took more of a look at them. The manager is always in the spotlight.”


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Jose Mourinho press conference before UCL Dynamo Kiev’s clash :

I don’t have to answer if I spoke with the owner or not. How long I will be here? 4 years, in this case 3 years and 7 months, something like that”

“I think the quote ‘I would rather lose that win for Mourinho’ was a very serious accusation, because you are accusing a player to be dishonest, if I accuse you to be disnhonest, I guess you will be upset and probably will take legal action, so it’s a question for the player not for me”

“Yes, the players are still responding to my methods: they give all the best in the training sessions, giving solidariety among all of us, they are fantastic professionals and they show they have desire to win the next match, that is the one of tomorrow”

“I know why the results are so bad, but I cannot tell you, it’s a combination of factors, some of them I cannot and don’t want even count them. Everything is football related, of course.

“I try to improve every day and I try to analyse every detail of my work every day, I analyse past matches and I analyse the opponent of the next match, I organise training sessions, everything related to the team… that’s what I do every day”

“I said in May 2004, after just winning the Champions League with Porto, that one day bad results will come, and I will face them…this time came, but I am facing them in a strong way.

“For my players I do everything, I’ve always did and I am not going to change”

“Falcao today had an important injury, not so important like the one he already had, but he had an important muscular injury and he will be out, I don’t want to speak a lot about it but I have to give you this bad news”

“To improve I will do what I’ve done all my life, that is to study. But when you reach my level it’s difficult to learn from others, so I gotta learn from myself and my experience, and I learn also thanks to my staff, every day”

“As I’ve already said the bad results are a combination of factors, not just one reason, because one reason would have been easy to fix. It’s a combination of factors, but I don’t want to say more.

“The FA ban and Carragher’s critics? How do I show my dignity about those things? I just will show it not answering to you, this is the way I show my dignity.

“I think Chelsea will finish first in this group, I think that if we don’t finish first we will finish second, but I am sure we will qualify. Tomorrow we are not obliged to win, even a draw can qualify us if we win the other two games, tomorrow is a must-not-lose match, but it’s not a must-win game. Tomorrow it’s not a game we need to win like in a knock-out game, I think we will qualify.

“I am not going to tell you which football people sent me messages or backed me in this moment, because it will be unfair for those that I would forget, but I had friends that backed me, of course, also not football people, but I am not going to tell you who”.

Mourinho’s press conference ends, soon John Terry will be in the press conference room to speak to journalists.



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