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

Former Chelsea manager José Mourinho would have confessed to close friends that “Manchester United deal is done”.

The Portuguese coach would go to replace his ex mentor Louis Van Gaal on the Red Devils bench.

He should take charge of team at the end of this season and he will find his old Spanish rival Pep Guardiola, who will become Manchester City manager at the end of this campaign.

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It was confirmed today that FA Cup clash Chelsea v Manchester City will be played on Sunday 21 February at 4pm.

This was decided by BBC despite the request of the Citizens to play on Saturday due to their travel to Kiev for Champions League game that will played on 24 February.

Chelsea will play PSG at Parc des Princes on 16 February, five days before the FA Cup match.

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Guus Hiddink commented the signing of Pep Guardiola by Manchester City:

I think people were expecting this since his exit from Bayern Munich was announced, I think for young managers to act in this league is beautiful.And he will face another league than he’s used to.

“You have always this kind of domination at the teams he’s worked at before, and no one can achieve what he did. England is different from Spain and Germany because there are not dominant teams like there, it’s different but even for him is more attractive. In Spain in September you already know that one between Real Madrid and Barcelona is going to win the league, in Germany there is Bayern’s dominance.

“The big difference is that here you got a big team to play every three days.

“Guardiola is not naif, I know him personally he’s a very stable person.

“When he was playing he was already the tactical leader of the team.I met him once or twice on the pitch, working there with a team who hired the training ground and he was in the second team. He knows the youth as well. He’s very kind, but he’s also a guy that knows what to do.

“The transition to the Premier League is not that difficult because you have, in this case they have, a lot of time to prepare for the new year. They know their plans properly. You can adjust to that. But it’s a new experience, knowing that every week, or every three or four days, there will be huge opposition. But he will know. It’s not his first year in management, and the Spanish guys at Manchester City know this league.”

Hiddink was asked if after this move current Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini can go to Chelsea:

“That’s up to Chelsea to decide. What I think of him, not having met him or spoken to him, I admire his approach to football, to his team and to the game, and he’s a well balanced manager. I respect him without knowing him.”

 

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of Premier League’s game at Watford:

PATO -He is somewhere in fitness, he had worked for a few trainings, I don’t know if he can play, but he is in his preparation so he is not fully fit.

“Paperwork is done and formally he is available, but he has to be ready also physically and mentally, he hasn’t been playing since november, so we have to be careful.

INJURIES – “Falcao is out. Remy has got an injury on his calf since 10 days, so he’s not available.

TERRY“I like very much the way he plays and how much he is committed to the team, he still have his contract to the end of the season and there will be time to speak.

“His statement a bit surprising, but he was entitled to do that.

“I think there was no specific decision, I think he didn’t see any progress of what’s coming up, the decision was from his side and club side

“The door is not shut, everything is always possible.

“John is very fit and he’s not what you normally see in players his age, I had other players that age, also at lower levels, and you could see they had some issues, but this is not his case.

“I think he will be not just professional but also work hard as well.

“Every case is different, you cannot compare Remy and Ramires’ situation to John’s one, Terry is one of the key players.”

Steve Atkins, Chelsea head of commuication and public affaris, intervenes to say the club’s point of view on the iusse: ” We have said we will continue speaking to John.”

The Hiddink goes on:

HIS FUTURE“I try to stay here also for next season, it’s not up to me.

REMY - “I don’t know if the club wanted to sell him. If he can go to China before the end of February? I cannot speak about that.

GUARDIOLA AT CITY – “I think people were expecting this since his exit from Bayern Munich was announced, I think for young managers to act in this league is beautiful.

“England is different from Spain and Germany because there are not dominant teams like there, it’s different but even for him is more attractive. In Spain in September you already know that one between Real Madrid and Barcelona is going to win the league, in Germany there is Bayern’s dominance.

“The big difference is that here you got a big team to play every three days.

“Guardiola is not naif, I know him personally he’s a very stable person.

“When he was playing he was already the tactical leader of the team.I met him once or twice on the pitch, working there with a team who hired the training ground and he was in the second team. He knows the youth as well. He’s very kind, but he’s also a guy that knows what to do.

“The transition to the Premier League is not that difficult because you have, in this case they have, a lot of time to prepare for the new year. They know their plans properly. You can adjust to that. But it’s a new experience, knowing that every week, or every three or four days, there will be huge opposition. But he will know. It’s not his first year in management, and the Spanish guys at Manchester City know this league.”

PELLEGRINI FOR CHELSEA? - “That’s up to Chelsea to decide. What I think of him, not having met him or spoken to him, I admire his approach to football, to his team and to the game, and he’s a well balanced manager. I respect him without knowing him.”

FOURTH SPORT CHANCES-73 points is the maximum we can achieve and usually the fourth spot is not less than 68? I haven’t’ calculated how many points we can make until the end of the season, we go game by game

“We need a sequence of wins now to have some chance.

WATFORD“They gave us a test at Stamford Bridge. They have a very dangerous team who can score at any moment, with strikers who are very dangerous. They have a very well organised team around them.

“Quique Sanchez Flores was my player. I know how he can construct a team and make it solid, very difficult to beat.

“When you compare a bit with the past, my first experience was the FA Cup game against Watford in 2009, a rather easy game for Chelsea on 60% of effort. Nowadays it’s impossible to think like that. It has grown a lot. The gap between the top clubs and the lower qualified clubs has not vanished, but it has been reduced.”

WILLIAN“He was not on the pitch yesterday, because he had a sligh contusion on the foot. Today he will be on the pitch and we’ll see how his reaction is.

MIAZGA“He is not in the squad yet, because he still in preparation. We’ll see tomorrow.”

 

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Chelsea could take an interest in outgoing Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini. 

Earlier on Monday, it was announced that the Chilean is to be replaced by Pep Guardiola in the summer.

Pellegrini has said that he wishes to remain in the Premier League after his departure.

Chelsea took an interest in the 62-year old in 2013, when he was still boss of Spanish side Malaga, before appointing Jose Mourinho.

It is reported that Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone remains Roman Abramovich’s top target, and it is unclear if Pellegrini would choose Chelsea as his next destination having been linked with a number of Spanish teams.

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After beating Championship side MK Dons in the fourth round of the FA Cup today, Chelsea interim Manager spoke about the next round being the ‘final’.

“It’s a final.”

“Already a final now. A huge game, so start the final next round.”

Chelsea play Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on the weekend of February 19-22.

Hiddink was happy with the result against MK Dons but is already preparing his team for the next round.

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Chelsea will face Premier League rivals Manchester City at home in the fifth round of the FA Cup. 

The Blues breezed through their fourth round tie after a comprehensive 1-5 victory over Championship strugglers MK Dons, with City beating Aston Villa 0-4.

Earlier this season, Chelsea were thrashed 3-0 at the Etihad by Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

Other Fifth Round ties: 

Reading vs. West Brom OR Peterborough

Watford vs. Leeds United

Shrewsbury Town vs. Manchester United

Blackburn vs. Liverpool OR West Ham

Tottenham vs. Crystal Palace

Arsenal vs. Hull

Bournemouth vs. Everton

 

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Results and scorers for FA Cup Fourth Round games played on Saturday 30 January 2016

Colchester United v Tottenham 1-4

( Chadli 27′, 79′; Dier 64′, Davies -OG- 80′, T. Carroll 82′)

Arsenal v Burnley 2-1

( Chambers 19′, Vokes 30′, Alexis Sanchez 53′)

Aston VIlla v Manchester City 0-4 

( Iheanacho 4′, 24′, 74′, Sterling 76′)

Bolton v Leeds 1-2

( Doukara 9′, Diagouraga 40′, Pratley 80′)

Bury v Hull 1-3 

( Chuba Akpom 14′, 57′, 69′ – Jones 86′)

Crystal Palace v Stoke City 1-0

( Zaha 18′)

Nottingham Forest v Watford 0-1

( Ighalo 89′ )

Oxford United v Blackburn 0-3

( Marshall 36′ P, 76′; Watt 45′)

Portsmouth v Bournemouth 1-2

( Roberts 43′, King 71′, Pugh 83′)

Reading v Walsall 4-0

(Robson-Kanu 37′, Vydra 41′, 90′; Williams 75′ )

Shrewsbury Town v Sheffield Wednesday 3-2

(McGugan 19′, 76′; Akpa-Akpro 56′, Whalley 87′, Grimmer 90′)

WBA v Peterborough United 2-2

( Berahino 14′, 84′; Coulthirst 79′, Taylor 86′)

- Liverpool v West Ham 0-0

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Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is craving to play for Real Madrid and he’s not considering other options.

According to The Indipendent the Polish player already rejected Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea that were trying to open negotiatons with him, waiting for the end of the Spanish giants market embargo, that will end in June 2017.

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa reveals that Manchester City Sergio Agüero is the most skillful mate he’s ever had.

I had the opportunity to play with Sergio Agüero at Atletico so I would have to say him,” he replied when asked in a recent interview “He’s a very skilful player.”

Costa also admits that he is not the most skilful player himself, but he claims that to identify and develop personal strengths is the key to progress in a football career.

“Every child starting out has different abilities and they have their own skills and techniques. My advice would be to pick what you’re best at and develop that, without losing your focus. For example, I could say that tomorrow I will get the ball and start trying to do lots of kick-ups but I would be lying to myself because I’d be trying to do something which isn’t my strength.

“The idea is to keep working in order to improve. In my particular case I feel that when I train well during the week then I will have a good game at the weekend. If I’m not training so well that probably shows in the game.

“Some other players are different, they might not train so well but in the match they express themselves differently and play really well. I just try to work hard, run a lot, be physically prepared for the game at the weekend and do my best.

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