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German magazine Kicker are reporting that Manchester City and Pep Guardiola deal is done.

According to Kicker very trustworthy sources from England, Pep Guardiola will take over Manchester City next season. Last season, the rumors started and now they are true. It is not a suprise.

Pep will meet old friends like Ferran Soriano (Chairman) and Txiki Begiristain (Technical Director) from his Barcelona days: the two directors were in charge in the Spanish club when Guardiola was promoted to manager from reserves team coach.

If the news will be confirmed, Chelsea will lose their chances to sign the Catalan as their new permanent manager next summer.

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

New Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink claimed he got sympathy for his predecessor, José Mourinho, who was sacked from the club just one week ago.

“Of course I got sympathy for José Mourinho, if you look at his records and you see how many titles he has won, in so many countries, you got a lot of respect for him, but these things happen in football, people take decisions…

“Yes, it’s true that players haven’t performed, but I guess there isn’t one coach in the world that hasn’t been sacked.

“Yesterday I talked to the squad and of course we spoke a little bit about the past, the reasons I am here, I asked everyone to look in the mirror, and I said to them to move on and look forward. I said them to give the best of themselves.

“About what happened in the past months: I don’t want to have long conversation [with players and people at the club], I didn’t want to ask too much information, because the information sometimes is..”coloured”. I don’t want to get much info because they have to show now what they are capable to do. I have my own judgement.

I saw what happened last Saturday against Sunderland and I guess the fans must express themselves about the recent past, but the team also has to show the fans they deserve their support.

 

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Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of Watford clash:

“If I am here again it’s meaning that things are not going well, but I’m glad to be back, a few years ago I was here in a similar situation, first of all I shouldn’t be here, but I am here, and I am glad to be here.

“Yeah, [I think] I can fix the problems, if you look back a bit to last season where there was a huge success winning the title, then of course the next season you got similar targets; Chelsea lost their main target [the Premier League] but we got other targets like Champions League and FA Cup. Maybe they relaxed a little bit as a team, to be one point from relegation like last week, it’s hard for everyone.

“I think the team played well last Saturday in the first half, not all the time because there were some sloppy moments, but it was good to see that quality was there.

“Yesterday I talked to the squad and of course we spoke a little bit about the past, the reasons I am here, I asked everyone to look in the mirror, and I said to them to move on and look forward. I said them to give the best of themselves.

There must be a great desire to play, if they don’t have this desire, please knock on my door and we will speak about him.

“I was delighted to train a great professional like Didier Drogba here some years ago, now he is playing in Montreal Impact, every club got specific figures that must have given the opportunity…they give a brand to Chelsea, they give image.

“Being interim manager is very good, the future is to be determined. We don’t know yet if the contract will be extended, it depends also on the results.

“About my last experiences as a coach, I guess with Russia we did a good European championship, with Turkey we went very close to our target, unfortunately I couldn’t finish my job at Holland national team, and I was very disappointed about that decision, we were aiming to get it done in the last 3-4 games of the qualification round.

“To Chelsea fans I can say that no manager cannot guarantee 3 points result every week but we have to show to ourselves and to other people that the team has big desire to come back where it was last year.

“I don’t want to have long conversation [with players and people at the club], I didn’t want to ask too much information, because the information sometimes is..”coloured”. I don’t want to get much info because they have to show now what they are capable to do. I have my own judgement.

“I had two training sessions with the team, I cannot see that the players have a lack of ambition and desire at the moment, I have nothing to complain regarding that.

“Mathematically Champions League qualification is still possible, but this league is very difficult, you see it when Leicester is top of the league, it means that all teams they can kill each other.

“I think Premier League has changed since I was here last time, it’s more competitive now

“Now I got a different group of players [respect to last time I managed Chelsea]: I had players like Drogba, Lampard, Essien, Ballack, big players but also leaders. Now I got different players, it’s difficult to compare.

“Of course I got sympathy for José Mourinho, if you look at his records and you see how many titles he has won, in so many countries, you got a lot of respect for him, but these things happen in football, people take decisions…

“Yes, it’s true that players haven’t performed, but I guess there isn’t one coach in the world that hasn’t been sacked.

“I have a lot of respect for Watford and the way they play, they got a lot discipline, they have good strikers…I have a lot of respect for them, we have to go all the way.

“When I see the players playing now in the training, when I saw them the other day in the first half, I see that they are good…what I usually do I make a spine in the team, with key players, so you can control better the team.

Hazard had a terrific season last year and I think is also normal you have a little of relaxation after that, recently he was also unlucky with injuries, today he trained [with the rest of the squad] for the first time, we see if he can perform.

John Terry proved that he can be a leader of this team.

Drogba: he’s an Impact player, but he can be huge for the club.

“My contract: let’s go half-way May, and let’s see what happened. It’s not an overnight decision I took, I have to feel the decision in my stomach, in my guts.

Manchester United are struggling as well, there is no doubt, but that’s what we said before, the Premier League is very competitive.

“I hope the fans will support the team, I saw what happened last Saturday against Sunderland and I guess the fans must express themselves about the recent past, but the team also has to show the fans they deserve their support.

“About the youngsters, I have to be convinced by their qualities to give them the chance.

 

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Mourinho Van Gaal Old Trafford 2014
Mourinho and Van Gaal at Old Trafford in October 2014 © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin soke to Newstalk’s Off The Ball and claimed that, in his opinion, ex Blues boss José Mourinho is desperate to get Manchester United job:

“I don’t know if Man United will take Mourinho,” he said.

“I would guess if I had to put my life on it, I’d say Mourinho would love to go to Manchester United, maybe now more than ever.

“I think Manchester United were worried about the problems Jose might bring beforehand [in 2013] but now…”

Nevin also stated that Mourinho could have some issues with those players who are signed by Van Gaal and are into his style of playing:

“You look at the Man United team, he’d have a problem coming in.

“Anyone would have a problem coming in. A number of them are Louis Van Gaal‘s guys. Some of them might not show up.”

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pedro chelsea

Chelsea summer signing Pedro struggled, like all of his team-mates, in his first months at Stamford Bridge.

He was also stopped for almost a couple of months by an injury but now, with the confidence boosting after the last game where he also scored the 2-0 goal, he hopes that the situation will improve both for the team and him.

There were rumours of a Chelsea exit in January, but he dismissed them:

I’m happy here. This information that I’m not is false. I am very satisfied to be here in this club,” Pedro revealed.

“I am happy with the supporters and this team. Obviously the situation is not good but together it is possible for us to climb the table.”

He also spoke about new Chelsea interim manager:

“Guus Hiddink is a very good coach and I am sure the club are confident about him. 

“He spoke with me after the Sunderland game for a minute in Spanish and I had a good feeling. For me it was perfect. He was telling me is happy here and with the team.”

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Diego Pablo Simeone

Diego Simeone is one of the major canditates to become permanent Chelsea manager since next summer.

The Telegraph reports that the Atletico Madrid boss will be keen for a move to Stamford Bridge only if all of his conditions are met. One of these, probably the most important, it’s that he wants a final say over all incoming transfers, and that one would be “non-negotiable”.

In case of signing for Chelsea Simeone would want at least five new signings to improve Chelsea squad.

 

 

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José Mourinho’s agent’s Jorge Mendes dismissed rumours of a done deal between the ex Chelsea boss and Manchester United.

Many reports suggested that the Special One already had an agreement with the Red Devils to replace his friend Louis Van Gaal soon, since the Dutch manager is on the brink at Old Trafford.

But, speaking to Globo Esporte, Mendes dismissed all this:

There is nothing to those rumours,” the agent said.

“We do not know what will happen in the future, but there is no agreement for now, nor is there an official proposal.

“Those rumours are simply not true.”

 

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Mourinho Van Gaal Old Trafford 2014
Mourinho and Van Gaal at Old Trafford in October 2014 © Francesca Ceciarini

According to the Daily Star José Mourinho is ready to cut his wages to get Manchester United job.

With Van Gaal on the brink after an awful run of six games without a win, the place at Old Trafford can become available soon.

The Portuguese coach was earning £10m per year at Chelsea, that made him the best paid manager in the Premier League, but he would cut his wages of £4m per year to become the Red Devils boss, with a total pay cut of £16m in a normal 4-year-contract.

Always according to the Star, a source close to Mourinho said:

“Jose is making no secret of how keen he is to take charge of United if the job becomes available.

“It is not about the money. Managing United has always been one of his ambitions because of the prestige and history associated with the club.

“He knows it would be a huge challenge, but he loves working in English football and would take a wage cut if it meant getting the chance to make United great again.”

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According to the Daily Mail Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is desperate to sign Pep Guardiola as the Blues next full time manager.

Since he had sacked José Mourinho last Thursday the Russian tycoon has had just one name in his mind for next summer: Pep Guardiola, who since June will be free from Bayern Munich, as confirmed by the same German club on Friday, with ex Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti to replace him in Bavaria.

Abramovich already tried to sign Guardiola in 2012, during his sabbatical year, and the deal was almost done but then the Spaniard changed his mind after Di Matteo’s sacking, thinking that Chelsea board was too volatile and headed off to Bayern Munich, where he took charge in summer 2013.

Abramovich and Chelsea board were furious for his decision, but at the end José Mourinho came available and his return was set for a second spell that had to last many years but it lasted…until his sacking last Thursday!

It won’t be easy for Chelsea to get Guardiola anyway: it’s not a mistery that also Manchester City are willing to sign him to replace Manuel Pellegrini next summer, and the Spaniard got huge respect in the Citizens’ board from his old friends Ferran Soriano – chief executive-  Txiki Begiristain – director of football.

The pair was at Barcelona in 2008, when Guardiola was promoted from the coach of the reserves team to manage the first team: he immediately won a treble and then added other two Ligas, another Champions League and two World Club Cups.

So these facts can advantage them to sign the Spaniard.

Anyway, there is one man that seems to know already if Guardiola chose Chelsea or Manchester City as his next stop: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Bayern Munich chairman, in fact, stated:

“I think I know where he is going. But I want to leave the announcement to him or his new employer.

“At the Christmas party two weeks ago he came to me, he told me that he was looking for a new challenge and almost apologised.

“It was clearly difficult for him, I’m not disappointed in him.”

 

 

 

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Chelsea legend and captain John Terry © Francesca Ceciarini

John Terry has revealed that in his opinion Jose Mourinho was dismissed from the position of Chelsea coach because the club were unable to get rid of a lot of players therefore the board has decided to release him instead of some of them.

The Portuguese coach was dismissed last week after a 2-1 defeat to the current Premier League leaders Leicester City what made the Blues found themselves just one point above the relegation zone. But the players rose to the occasion and have won their last game against Sunderland 3-1, however the victory was overshadowed by clear discontentment among the crowd who does not agree with the decision to dismiss Mourinho.

Chelsea skipper has admitted also that he has no doubts that several players are really fortunate to still be at the club following their performances.

Terry said:

“If it was the case where you could get rid of a lot of players I’m sure clubs would do that, but unfortunately it does fall on the manager’s head,”

“There’s nothing we can do about that. For Chelsea being the big club we are it is unacceptable for us to be in this position. The manager has lost his job because of that.”

“Obviously we are gutted the manager has gone, we as players feel responsible for that. We are not hiding away from that fact.”

”We spoke on Friday about staying together. We need to stick together over the next five or six months and get ourselves back up the league table.”

“Unfortunately the manager’s head is on the block, he loses his job and collectively we have to take responsibility for that, which we have done.”

Asked whether he thinks that under the leadership of Guus Hiddink, Chelsea are in a position to start winning and finish the season on a high spot at the Premier League:

“A lot of us have spoken publicly to say we haven’t been performing well enough, but this is a step in the right direction to where we want to be, which is climbing the league table,”

“I think from the first-half performance, who knows?”

”It is going to be difficult to win every game, we know that, but step by step there are a lot of games over Christmas. If we can go on a good run and climb the table over Christmas, then who knows?”

“But look at the likes of Leicester. You expect them to drop off, but they haven’t. Teams are doing well above us, so that’s even more reason why we have to keep winning.”

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