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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes Mohamed Salah was a different player and Serie A spell was a key moment in his development. The Italian boss told journalists: “We have to compare Salah of four or five years ago, and not this Salah now. Salah in the present has improved a lot, developed a lot his football”.

“The experience in Italy was very important for him. Now I’m sure that he’s a different player compared to in the past. For this reason, this comparison is very difficult with the players.”

Chelsea sold the Egyptian star in 2016 following his loan spell at Fiorentina and AS Roma, who signed the 25-year-old on a permanent move.

 

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Mohamed Salah is the man of the moment in the football world: with his top performances he has brought Liverpool a couple of steps far from the Champions League final, adding three assists to his two goals in the first leg of the semifinal against Roma the other night.

Former Chelsea manager José Mourinho defends himself from critics who accused him to have sold the Egyptian player.

Salah was bought from Chelsea in 2014, when the Portuguese was in charge, but he wasn’t ready for English football and went on loan in Italy in two different spells firstly to Fiorentina and then to Roma.

The Giallorossi eventually signed him on a permanent deal in summer 2016, but then they were forced to sell him to Liverpool one year later to respect FPF.

Speaking to ESPN Brazil, Mourinho claimed:

“I think everything has surprised even him. It has been fantastic,” the Manchester United boss said of Salah’s breakout season.

“But he is a great player that has reached the peak of maturity, he has already lived several other experiences and now has fitted perfectly into the style of play of the team, of the coach and of the club as well. So it doesn’t surprise me that much.”

Salah’s sensational campaign has left many to question Chelsea’s decision to sell him, and Mourinho defended himself from those queries, adding:

“It is the first time that I am going to say this, but it is another injustice that has been talked about me.

“People say that I was the one that sold Salah and it is the opposite.

“I bought Salah.

“It is the opposite. I was the one that bought Salah. I was the one that told Chelsea to buy Salah. It was with me in charge that Salah came to Chelsea. But he came as a young kid, physically he was not ready, mentally he was not ready, socially and culturally he was lost and everything was tough for him.

We decided to put him on loan and he asked for that as well. He wanted to play more minutes, to mature, he wanted to go and we sent him on loan to Fiorentina, and at Fiorentina he started to mature.

“Chelsea decided to sell him, OK?

“And when they say that I was the one that sold him it is a lie. I bought him. I agreed to send him on loan, I thought it was necessary, I thought that Chelsea had wingers… Some of them are still there like Willian, Hazard and all those players already in a different level.

“So the decision to send him on loan was a decision we made collectively, but after that, the decision to sell him and to use that money to buy another player wasn’t mine. But even if it was, in football we make mistakes a lot of times, so many times some players develop in way we were not expecting, some other don’t reach another level like we thought they would, so I don’t even think this is a mistake, it is just part of the job.

“But effectively I did buy Salah, I didn’t sell Salah, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that he is a fantastic player, and I am really happy for everything that is happening for him and especially because he scores against everyone and he didn’t score against us in two games.”

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah reveals his Chelsea flop was due to lack of playing time:

“I didn’t do well because I didn’t play many games,” the Egypt international claimed.

“I was there for one year, but I only played during the first six months. After that, I hardly participated.

“I went to Fiorentina, scored goals, then in Rome I played very well and returned to England. But it’s not a matter of succeeding or not…”

“This year I’m scoring more goals. In any case, I want to help the team to win titles or be in a good position in the league.”

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson spoke after his side’s home draw against Premier League champions Chelsea. Former Blues’ winger Mohamed Salah was the first scorer of the game as he was quick in exploiting a clever pass from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain into the penalty area.

The Egyptian star has now scored his 15th goal for the Reds: “He just keeps going, which is good for us –  Henderson told BT Sport – It was a fantastic finish and I thought he got another late on.”

When asked about the game, he added: “We’re disappointed, I thought we would hang on for all three points so they will probably be very, very happy with the point,” Henderson added.

“It was a game between two good teams, tactically, we both had chances but I think Chelsea will be happier with the point.”

 

 

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The Premier League big match of this fixture 13 at Anfield ends 1-1: if Simon Mignolet was the the hero of the first half Willian and Thibaut Courtois were the ones of the second part, with the first one equalising with only five minutes to go and the second one making a miracle on Mo Salah at 91′, it would have been probably the winner for the Reds.

Chelsea were less brilliant in the second half respect to the first one and Liverpool were more in control of the game, the Blues weren’t dangerous until 80′, with Alonso missing a clear chance in front of Mignolet: until then Liverpool had deserved to be 1-0 up, with Salah scoring after a super play by Coutinho and Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Egyptian didn’t celebrate in sign of respect for his former team.

As we reported before the Blues were better in the first part of the game when they created three dangerous chances and Mignolet saved all of them being superb on Hazard and Drinkwater and deflecting in corner on Zappacosta.

Mo Salah trashed the only clear chance Liverpool had in the the first part when he shot wide alone in front of Courtois right before half-time.

Fabregas was surprisingly left on the bench by Conte in this important clash but it was when the Spaniard entered after Salah’s goal that the Blues started to improve their playing in the second half.

David Luiz was benched again by the Italian boss and now the situation is every day worse for the Brazilian defender, set to left Stamford Bridge after falling out with Conte.

With this important draw, and thanks to Spurs’ 1-1 at home with WBA, Chelsea maintain the third place in the Premier League table with 26 points behind Manchester ( 29) and Manchester City ( 34): Citizens still have to play against Huddersfield Town away, tomorrow afternoon, and can increase their gap oh the chasers.

 

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Simon Mignolet was the hero of these 45′ at Anfield saving three clear chances for Chelsea in five minutes in the middle of the first half: first on Eden Hazard, then on Danny Drinkwater and finally on Davide Zappacosta.

The Reds were dangerous only in the end of the first part with their star-man Mo Salah, whose shot was slightly wide.

Other 45 minutes to try to win this game for the Blues!

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Ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game between Chelsea and Liverpool many are focusing their attention on Salah who has already netted 14 goals this season and is also a former Blues player.

However, during his press conference Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has insisted the Egypt international won’t be the only threat his team has to face tomorrow at Anfield: “I know him very well; he played in Italy for many years,” – Conte said – “Salah is a good player, he is very dangerous. He is a technical player, but at the same time is very fast, very strong, very good in one-v-ones and very good at finishing. I will pay great attention to him, but also to Mane, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge. Liverpool have great potential as a team.”

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Eden Hazard will meet former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah tomorrow as the Blues face Liverpool at Anfield, and the Belgian star has revealed he’s in touch with the Egyptian.

 “It’s always good to play against a friend. – he told Chelsea’s official website this morning – It is good to have friends in this world, because in football you can’t have a lot of friends”.

“When you are not playing in one club you need to go. All the players want to play. In this period, we had me, Willian, Oscar, Juan Mata also, so for him it was not easy, but he is a top player. We know the quality he has”.

Salah was sold to Serie A side Fiorentina as a part of the deal which led Juan Cuadrado to Stamford Bridge in February 2015: “You need a chance, I remember he took his chance at Fiorentina, – Hazard noted – And I am just happy for him”.

Chelsea signed Salah on a £12m move from Basel in January 2014, under the management of Jose Mourinho.

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Mohamed Salah has been, for sure, Liverpool top player in these first months of the season.

 

Chelsea will visit Anfield next Saturday and Reds manager Jurgen Klopp praised the Egyptian star, claiming he is in a top form moment:

“This is the Mo Salah period, no problem with that, well deserved. But he’s also very important even when he’s not scoring because he stretches the formation.

“The speed of the boys means the last line drops – there can be no other reaction. And then we have the space to play. The speed players aren’t only for counter-attacking. Sometimes that’s not possible. It’s about stretching formation and creating space for the rest.”

Salah immediately impressed at Liverpool while he couldn’t make an impact when he signed for Chelsea – 19 appearances – three years ago: Klopp insists that his in-form forward did not return to the Premier League with revenge in mind.

“I don’t think it’s like this.

“Maybe it was one reason he came back, but he’s not like ‘now I will show you the real Mo Salah’.

“He’s completely relaxed. For sure he wanted to show a little bit he’s better than that, but everyone knew it already.

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Mohamed Salah joined Liverpool from AS Roma on a £35m move on Thursday, which means that Chelsea will receive £2.3m.

The Blues inserted a sell-on clause when the Egyptian winger left Stamford Bridge heading to Serie A in 2015.

Salah made 11 appearances during his first season with Chelsea, before being loaned to Fiorentina and then sold to AS Roma on a permanent move in June 2015.

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