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Manchester United manager José Mourinho, in an interview with The Times, has confirmed he believes to be the manager who ‘played more quality football’ at Chelsea, adding fuel to fire on his frosty relationship with current Blues’ manager Antonio Conte.

“For me, let’s be honest and objective: the last three Premier League champions [Chelsea with Mourinho, Leicester with Ranieri, Chelsea with Conte], which of these teams was the most offensive one?” 

“Which played more quality football? It was mine. But nobody says” Mourinho added.

Chelsea will face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on November 5th.

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“You must ask the club about this” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte replied when asked about the departure of midfielder Nemanja Matic from Stamford Bridge.

It is understood the Italian manager is a great admirer of Matic, who made 40 appearances with Chelsea last season. Tiemoue Bakayoko will replace in midfield the Serbian star, who reportedly asked to leave as he wanted a reunion with former Chelsea manager José Mourinho.


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Manchester United are set to sign midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea as both sides have reportedly agreed a £40m deal for the Serbia international.

It has been reported Juventus were the choice preferred by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, but the player himself pushed for a move to the Red Devils in order to work again under Josè Mourinho.

Matic will reportedly travel to Manchester United training centre in the next hours to undergo a medical ahead of a move to Old Trafford, and is expected to be in the squad for Super Cup game against Real Madrid, which is set on August 8th.

As we reported earlier today, the deal was delayed because the two parts still had to agree the bonus payments (click here)

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Nemanja Matic has already set personal terms ahead of a move to Manchester United, The Sun claimed yesterday.

Antonio Conte became the manager of the year after finding out the best possible starting XI for the Blues: “Chelsea FC holds the record for the highest percentage of minutes played by the 11 most employed footballers: 85.5%” an official statement from CIES Football Observatory read. That’s why:

Matic and Kante were both key players in Conte’s idea of football, which means that Chelsea would have to replace the Serbian star as best as they can. Will Tiemoue Bakayoko fit into the system?

What Chelsea need is stability, solidity, the same balance that Matic showed every game. He’s not a ‘magician’ like Cesc Fabregas, but if Conte preferred to play him alongside Kante it’s for a reason.

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We are aware that José Mourinho is a huge fan of the Serbian star, as he wanted him back from Benfica in January 2014. He was named “all-round midfielder” by the Special One, who hopes for a nice and warm reunion at Manchester United now as then.

Chelsea’s board should ponder on a squad without their tallest midfielder, before realizing Nemanja Matic’s slowness was more important than you expected.

Kante, who became everyone’s favourite player following an outstanding season, is the king of midfield. Fabregas is magic, but Matic is Matic.

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Manchester United are considering to place summer bid for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, according to reports in The Sun.

The Serbia international is reportedly keen to reunite with former Blues’ manager José Mourinho and the Red Devils look set to make an approach for the 28-year-old.

With Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko closing in on a move to Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte could allow Matic to leave the club. Also Juventus are said to be keeping tabs on the former Benfica midfielder

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Chelsea defender David Luiz responded to former Blues’ manager Jose Mourinho, who recently criticized defenders like the Brazilian star, who adopt a more attacking role leaving their team vulnerable during games.

When asked about Mourinho’s words about him, the former Paris Saint-Germain star told the Daily Mail: “That is not just Mourinho. In Brazil they say it, too. Defenders must be pessimists. I cannot be that. I am an optimist in my life. I’m positive”.

“I always think and dream of the best things. But I know where I am.

David Luiz added: “I don’t want to take my small boat and go against a wave of 20 metres. Maybe I can go around the sides, and we’ll arrive. I’ll try to find a way.”

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Also Manchester United were interested in Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to the Daily Star.

Chelsea have reportedly moved ahead of the Red Devils in the race to sign the 22-year-old Frenchman, who is said to have already set personal terms with the Blues.

It is understood the deal would be worth around £40m but Jose Mourinho will try to lure Bakayoko from the Ligue 1 giants as he’s the main target in midfield as a possible replacement for Michael Carrick, according to reports.

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Manchester United (4-2-3-1) De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Rojo, Darmian, Fellaini, Herrera, Young (c), Pogba, Lingard, Rashford. 

Chelsea (3-4-3): Begovic; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard. 

Subs: Eduardo, Zouma, Terry, Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

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Manchester United will host Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, in a game which could be crucial in Premier League title race.


Team News

  • José Mourinho has confirmed that Juan Mata, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are all ruled out for the clash against Antonio Conte‘s men;
  • Ashley Young (groin injury) and Wayne Rooney (ankle) are expected to be fit for the clash after training every day this week;
  • David De Gea is reportedly set for a comeback after missing Manchester United game against Sunderland, but backup goalkeeper Sergio Romero is expected to feature with Chelsea.

Predicted Line Up

Manchester United (4-2-3-1) Romero, Darmian, Bailly, Rojo, Shaw, Fellaini, Herrera, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic, Lingard.


Team News

  • No concerns for Antonio Conte as Chelsea will have a fully-fit squad for the trip to Manchester United.

Predicted Line Up

Chelsea (3-4-3) Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Pedro, Costa, Hazard.

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Juan Mata could miss the rest of season, according to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

When asked about the Spaniard’s injury extension, the former Chelsea boss claimed: “Late May for Mata, while Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, mid-May.”

The Red Devils trio will miss out next home clash against Chelsea alongside with Ashley Young, but goalkeeper David De Gea looks set for a comeback at Old Trafford after missing Premier League clash against Sunderland last week.

Antonio Valencia is back after making his return in mid-week against Anderlecht.


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