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According to the reports, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has personally requested the signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke.

The Special One was spotted at a Euro 2016 qualifier between Spain and Ukraine. And it started speculation about Mourinho’s interest in the Spanish midfielder.

According to Fichajes.com, the Portuguese coach has personally asked that the club from Stamford Bridge to sign the 23-year-old.

Mourinho tried to sign Koke last summer but he failed. It seems that in the winter transfer window he will try to for the second time. However, the attempt to convince Diego Simeone to sell one of the pillars of Atletico Madrid may not be so easy.

Koke joined Atlético Madrid youth system at the age of eight. He made his debut for Los Colchoneros on 19 September 2009. Since that time he made 161 appearances and scored 16 goals.

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Chelsea vice captain Branislav Ivanovic

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is convinced that Branislav Ivanovic injury is like a blessing for Chelsea. In his opinion, the Serbian must regain his confidence, which he lost after poor performances for the Blues this season. Ivanović injury should not be a big problem for Mourinho who has in the team the appropriate replacement – Baba Rahman.

Redknapp wrote at his column in Evening Standard:

”Branislav Ivanovic’s injury could be a good thing for Chelsea. A year ago, he was probably the best right-back in the Premier League but he has had one shocker after another for so long that it might do him some good to be out of the spotlight for a while.”

”Jose Mourinho will talk to him about his game and what is letting him down at the moment.”

”But there won’t be much he can say that Ivanovic doesn’t already know because he has been around long enough and won everything there is to win.”

”You can show him bits and pieces in video analysis, whether positionally he was poor or if he allowed someone to cut inside and get a shot off too easily but ultimately it is about confidence.”

”Ivanovic was a top defender and he’s only 31. He is not quite at an age yet where his body is in decline so confidence is probably the issue.”

”It is like anything in life, if you feel good about yourself you can do anything. Things come off for you. When you aren’t, you make more mistakes because you lack self-belief.”

”Maybe he can use this enforced break to analyse his game, rediscover his confidence and come back stronger.”


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Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux who is also a member of the Football Association has accused Jose Mourinho of causing significant damage to football after his clash with doctor Eva Carneiro at the beginning of the Premier League new season.

According to Le Saux, Mourinho quarrel with Carneiro after which she resigned from work has set the football back 30 years. What is more former Chelsea player suggests, that the Special One does not seem to has reflected on the damage he has done to his own image, the club and the entire football.

Le Saux told the Times:

“What concerns me most, given the work I’m doing for the FA, is the impact Mourinho’s behaviour may have throughout the whole game.”

“We’re trying to deal with some very sensitive issues and to change the culture of the game.”

“Some good people at the FA have taken a kicking after concluding there was insufficient evidence to charge Mourinho, whilst the whole furore may also deter women from becoming involved in football, as well as discouraging clubs from employing them.”

“A lot of people are working very hard to get the game in a better place, but after the last few weeks it feels as if we’ve gone back 30 years.”

“As someone who was privileged to play for Chelsea for 12 years, I’m saddened that it has come to this. If what started out as a straightforward employer-employee issue had been handled differently,”

“The biggest disappointment for me is that Mourinho doesn’t seem to have reflected on the damage he has done to his own image, the reputation of the club and, more important, the reputation of the entire game.”


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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic admits,that having Jose Mourinho as a coach is the most comforting thing for the Blues. The Bosnia-Herzegovina international is convinced that despite the Blues’s poor start to the season, the Special One will succeed with the team.

Former Stoke City player who is doing his best to replace Chelsea number one Thibaut Courtois, says he has faith in Mourinho.

Begovic told the Guardian:

“He’s not happy, of course. He doesn’t want to lose. He wouldn’t have won all the trophies he has, and become the best manager in the world, to be happy with how things are going,”

“But at the same time he has kept calm, tried to keep things on the ground, make sure we don’t feel sorry for ourselves, and pick things up. It’s a long season, we know in football these things happen, even to the best teams; we need to keep fighting and hopefully things will turn for us, our performances and our luck.”

“That’s the only comforting thing: we have the best manager in the world. We believe in him and he believes in us. We will turn things around.”


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Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been handed a one-match suspended stadium ban and fined £50,000 by the FA for comments made about a referee. 

The 52-year old criticised referee Robert Madley for failing to award Chelsea a penalty in the Blues’ 1-3 loss to Southampton.

Chelsea went 1-0 up but were pegged back just before half time. With the score at 1-1, Madley penalised striker Radamel Falcao for diving in the penalty area, with replays showing the Colombian was falling before he made contact with Saints keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

After the game Mourinho heavily criticised referees in general, saying:

“I think it’s time to be a little bit honest and to say clearly the referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea. 

“The result was 1-1 when it was a huge penalty, and, once more, we didn’t get one.

“And the penalty was a crucial moment in the game with the result 1-1.

“And, I repeat, if the FA wants to punish me, they can punish me. They don’t punish other managers, they punish me, but it’s not a problem for me.”

Following the ruling, the FA, who have several run-ins with the Portuguese before, said in a statement:

An FA statement said:

“Mr Mourinho’s suspended stadium ban will be immediately invoked should he be found by an Independent Regulatory Commission to have committed a further breach of FA Rule E3 for any comment or statement to or through the media before 13 October 2016.”

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konstantinos manolas

Chelsea have once again been linked with a potential replacement for John Terry, this time in the shape of Roma’s Kostas Manolas. 

Chelsea’s terrible run of defending this season has emphasised the fact that Terry is nearing the end of his career and that the club needs to look for a long term replacement.

A drawn out and fruitless pursuit of Everton’s John Stones was followed by a last minute attempt to sign PSG’s Marquinhos, which also failed. The club are believed to still be interested in both but have broadened their search for a new centre-back.

The 24-year-old Greek Manolas is just one of several they are considering.


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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman managed to win 3-1 at Stamford Bridge ten days ago after his team went down 1-0 with Willian goal after ten minutes.

The Saints boss explained that this was possible thanks to the Blues style of playing,  for him too defensive:

“Chelsea prefer to defend when attacking is also an option,” he told the Mirror.

“Mourinho always chooses to defend, even if his team goes 1-0 up, they would rather defend their lead than try to score more goals.

Koeman stated that, instead, teams like Arsenal can kill the opponent since they got an attacking mentality:


Yet Arsenal can kill an opponent. That is why their victory against Manchester United was so impressive. Attacking-wise, they completely destroyed United.

“For 20 minutes, they played the most fantastic football, while Chelsea do the opposite thing. By defending, Chelsea give their opponent a chance to come back in the game.”

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Despite a difficult start of the season for Chelsea and himself, Eden Hazard is optimistic about the rest of the campaign: the Belgian spoke during this international break and claimed he hopes to come back stronger.

Hazard is also convinced that his manager, José Mourinho, is still the best in the world and can perfectly cope with the pressure of this difficult moment.

The Blues player states also that he understood he’s not an untouchable in Chelsea squad anymore, but this is not problem for him, that is able to accept his manager decisions:

“I was left on the bench against Porto in the Champions League, and I am no longer immune to being left out,

“You can be untouchable when you play well, and that has not been the case with me.

“I think the manager wanted to send me a message by making me a sub. I don’t read everything he says, but he explains everything.

“I am not too worried for him – Mourinho is the best coach in the world when it comes to dealing with pressure.

“I am an optimist, and I know I can learn a lot from tough spells.

“I hope to come back stronger, and I am ready to play and do my best.”

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Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti took a sabbatical year after his two years experience at Real Madrid was over.

The Italian  manager said he is ready to be back in the saddle for the new year, a threat for Mourinho in case Abramovich would choose to axe him, and speaking to the Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport said:

“I am ready to get the engine back up and running in January. I’d like to go back to the Premier League. 

“It is the ideal environment not for football, but for the ‘game’ around football. You can work with the right amount of pressure, the necessary detachment and calm. Before I quit, I’d like to have another experience in England.

“Where will I go? Where they call me. I will talk, evaluate and decide. Up until a few weeks ago I was scared someone would call, but now I feel like I’m getting closer to that comeback.”

Ancelotti gave his favourites to win the Premier League and the Champions League:

“Manchester City in England, as they are the strongest squad and have exceptional quality. As for the Champions League, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona or PSG (Paris Saint Germain).”

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Diego Pablo Simeone

Chelsea will replace Jose Mourinho with Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone should the Portuguese lose his job, according to reports in Mourinho’s homeland. 

Mourinho is under significant pressure following Chelsea’s worst start to a season in a generation with rumours that he could be sacked within weeks if the team’s form doesn’t improve and speculation has not stopped despite the club publicly backing him following the 3-1 home defeat to Southampton one weeks ago.

After that loss, Mourinho spoke for seven minutes in his TV interview in which he claimed the club would have to sack him if they wish to be rid of him. Should they decide to do so it is believed in parts of the Portuguese media that they will seek out Diego Simeone.

Simeone is one of the brightest young managers in Europe having had a highly impressive spell with Atletico Madrid in which he broke the duopoly of Real Madrid and Barcelona, as well as reaching a Champions League final in 2014 which they were seconds from winning.

The Argentine would be sought by a host of top European clubs should he become available and it would cost Chelsea roughly £15 million in compensation should he leave his Atletico contract early.

There is a good relationship between Chelsea and Madrid’s second club with several players swapping the Spanish capital for the British, including Diego Costa and Filipe Luis, although Luis returned to the Vicente Calderon last summer.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaus Courtois also spent three seasons on loan at Atletico where he helped them to a La Liga title.


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