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According to the Sun, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has asked Roman Abramovich for a permission to remove the players he considers to be bad apples in the squad and get the club moving in the right direction again.

The paper claims that Mourinho has asked Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to let him axe under-performing stars during the winter transfer window. However, it remains unknown which players has in mind the Portuguese coach.

A source close to Mourinho told SunSport:

“He wants to get to the January transfer window to remove the players he considers to be bad apples in the squad and get the club moving in the right direction again.”

”Jose does not want deadlines put on him for improvement but Roman has told Mourinho he needs to see signs of an upturn.”

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has criticized the rules according to which currently operates the Premier League. The Chilean said that he can’t understand the folly of the Premier League sack race if a particular manager does not achieve good results all the time.

At the time when Jose Mourinho find himself in the firing line for the bad results and disappointing performances of Chelsea, Pellegrini blasts the Premier League rules and the changes in the culture of the organization. In his opinion, the lack of patience is a sign of the pursuit of money and no real idea of football.

Pellegrini said:

”Things have changed in England and I don’t ­understand why they are now so impatient,”

”Several years ago in England, most clubs in the Premier League had patience with their managers. That is changing”

”And it is not just more difficult for young managers – it is difficult for all managers. I read every day that Chelsea will sack Mourinho. It has also happened to Van Gaal.”

”“The same happened to me. I have been criticised the first year, the second year and also the third year. But we won two titles in the first season, in the next season we were second and now we lead the Premier League. That is why I don’t change my way of thinking.”

”“The longer you can be at a club, the better it is for the manager – and for the club. Having a manager like Arsene Wenger, in the way that he works for a long time, means that his club will improve.”

”Wenger is one of the great club managers because he has continued for 18 or 19 years. I don’t own a club, so I don’t know how they think.”

“But if was an owner, I’d choose a manager for say three years and he would see out his contract. Then you should decide.”

“Of course, signing the contract helped because you can’t always work with all the rumours. You lose one game and another rumour starts about next season – and that is bad for the players, bad for the manager and bad for the club.”

“It wasn’t about getting one more year, it was a thing of trust and proof that the club believes that you will improve.”

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Chelsea legend Ruud Gullit has compared the Blues to golfing icon Tiger Woods. Former player sees many similarities between Chelsea and golfer, as they both first won everything they could to then get a massive slump in form.

According to former Blues, Chelsea lost their aura of invincibility and and now more and more teams begin to think that they are able to win against the current Premier League champions.

Gullit told Sky Sports:

” Chelsea are like Tiger Woods.”

”In the beginning everybody who was competing with Tiger Woods already knew that they had lost the game. Now people see him and Chelsea and think: ‘We can beat them’ ”

”They lost that aura of invincibility. They lost it. You can feel it. You can sense it. The players also sense it that the opposition is not afraid of you anymore. You only get it back by getting results.”

”In Holland there is a saying, Mourinho he has to drink the last drop of the cup of poison. To the last drop. If the last drop is done then things will change. I think he is the only one who can change it.  He can change it.”

“If he had said after the last game: ‘I’m wrong. I didn’t need to do that. I was emotional. You’re right. I should have this punishment.’ Then everyone would forgive him. ”

 

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According to Nemanja Matic,Chelsea did not deserve to lose in Saturday’s game against Stoke. Despite successive defeat, Serbia international has joined in the support for his manager saying that Mourinho’s absence had no impact on Chelsea’s  performance.

Matic told Chelsea’s official website:

”We weren’t happy to lose this game”

”We deserved more, we had some good chances but we didn’t score and in the end we lost, but we have to think about the next game. This game is done and we have to keep our heads up and think about our future. We have to work hard.”

”It’s difficult. We are not used to being in this position in the table but this is football and this is life. Of course, it isn’t easy to be where we are now, but we have to work hard to try to win the next game and try to catch the teams above us.”

”We had a few meetings before we came here and we do the same before every game”

”We knew exactly what to do and this [the manager’s absence] is not the reason why we lost the game. We didn’t have the luck to score goals. The opportunities were there, but we didn’t score and this is the result, which we didn’t deserve”

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Chelsea midfielder Ramires again stressed that there is no doubt that in the near future Chelsea will improve their results. The Brazilian was downhearted after the 1-0 defeat to Stoke but despite this he still believes in his team.

Ramires told Chelsea’s official website:

”Another loss and our moment in the Premier League is not good, but we will try,”

”Today we deserved to win the game but we didn’t. Now the Premier League stops again.”

”The guys go to their national teams and we will work to come back and win.”

”We played very well, but we didn’t score and that is football. If you play well, but don’t score, then concede a goal, you lose the game.”

Asked about Mourinho’s absence:

”It was strange because always when we look to the bench, we can see the manager. Today he was not there, but we had Steve and Rui [assistant first-team coaches Steve Holland and Rui Faria] on the bench.”

”[At half-time] they spoke with us to keep the same work as we did in the first half, but we didn’t score and we didn’t win the game.”

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Bayern Munich are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Willian, according to The Sun.

Willian has been by far Chelsea’s best player this season and has often shown up his teammates with both technical brilliance and work rate. He has scored a number superb goals- mainly from free-kicks- notably against Dynamo Kiev last Wednesday to give Chelsea a great chance to qualify from their Champions League group.

His good form has not gone unnoticed and Chelsea’s perilously poor form generally means other clubs from around Europe may seek to take advantage of the squad’s disquiet. The Blues are hoping the 27-year-old will sign a new contract to wade off any suitor.

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Wolfsburg and Brazil defender Dante has revealed he wants to play in the Premiership and would like the chance to play for Chelsea.

Dante won three Bundesliga titles and a Champions League at Bayern Munich before moving to Wolfsburg last summer. The 32-year-old made the claim in a question and answer session on FIFA’s official Twitter account.

The Brazil international said that his first ambition in football was to play for his country at the World Cup- which he duly did in 2014- and that hew also wanted to play for one of England’s biggest clubs and named Chelsea as his first choice.

“I always dreamed of playing in a World Cup for my country. I would like to play in a big club like Chelsea,” he is quoted as saying.

 

Dante has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the past but his admission will no doubt please Jose Mourinho. Chelsea have been desperate at the back this season having failed to buy John Stones from Everton in the summer.

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BRANISLAV IVANOVIC

Inter Milan are interested in buying Chelsea full-back Branislav Ivanovic, according to the Mirror. 

Serbia international Ivanovic has had perhaps the most alarming drop in form of all Chelsea’s under performing players so far this season and has not played for some weeks since sustaining an injury whilst on international duty.

Reports in the English media suggest that he may well be given a way out Stamford Bridge by way of Serie A giants Inter Milan. Inter boss Robert Mancini is a long time admirer of Ivanovic and is keen to take him to the San Siro.

Ivanovic had a superb 2014/15 season at both ends of the pitch but began this season appallingly. The 31-year-old’s contract runs out at the end of this season and a summer move to Italy is a possibility.

Inter are currently second in Serie A, level on points with  leaders Fiorentina.

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Diego Pablo Simeone

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone would cost Chelsea £25 million should they choose to replace Jose Mourinho with the Argentine. 

Reports in Spain and England suggest that Atletico Madrid, with whom Chelsea have done a lot of business in the past few years, are preparing to hear offers to buy out Simeone’s contract- roughly £15 million.

Should Chelsea pursue the man that knocked them out of the Champions League in 2014, it would cost them an extra £10 million in wages, however any move from the Spanish capital to the British may be troublesome as Simeone doesn’t speak English. German Burgos, his assistant, is reportedly learning the language ahead of a potential move to the Premiership in the summer.

Chelsea’s position is that Jose Mourinho’s job is safe despite their worst start to a season for a generation.

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Gerard Pique has said that rumours suggesting Cesc Fabregas is leading a player revolt at Chelsea are “impossible.”

Recent reports in England have stated that the Chelsea players are willing to rebel against manager Jose Mourinho, who has overseen the club’s worst league start in 30 years.

Fabregas, who played with Pique at Barca and remains a close friend of the defender having both come through the Barca youth system, was accused of leading this player uprising against the 52-year old.

“I know Cesc well and there’s absolutely no chance of that,” Pique told Goal on Sunday.

“We already know the British media likes to speculate, but I know what Cesc is like and it is impossible he is acting this way.”

 

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