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Swansea coach, Garry Monk has praised Jose Mourinho calling him one of the best managers in the league. Even so, the English manager, feels that his team is a good shape before the start of the season.

At the very beginning of the interview, Monk has made a joke regarding Swansea’s bad luck in the fixtures lottery.

“I don’t think the fixture computer likes us very much,”

This time, Swansea will open the season playing against Chelsea. While, a year ago Monk had to face Manchester United in the opening clash.

However, Swansea coach seems to be sure his team is well prepared for the beginning of the season:

“We’ve had good preparation time with the group, they’ve put a lot of hard work in on both the physical and football side of things,”

“The group were together very early and the new signings were here early as part of our plan.”

“It’s an advantage because we’ve had five or six weeks with the whole group while other clubs are still looking to bring in players.”

“We got to a good level last year with the expectations of how I want them to work but now it’s about improving tactically, physically, technically – and that’s what we’ve been working on.”

“We have sat down and shown them how much they have improved and how much they can improve.”

“We have showcased situations on the pitch when it’s been negative and they’ve not dealt with it properly, then – after work with them to put it right – how they dealt with it properly and how it becomes second nature.”

“That’s how we are trying to improve, how to attack stronger and quicker, keep the ball better, how we defend certain areas of the pitch.

 But Monk is aware of how demanding rival is Chelsea. In fact, Swansea manager has praised Mourinho calling him one of the best managers in the league.

“We conceded nine against them last year, which wasn’t good enough at all,”

”There weren’t many times I could say I was gutted with a performance but the one at home was one of them.”

“But Jose is tactically one of the best managers in the league.”

“He’s very clever in his approach, his team is so adaptable in playing different ways and brilliant to watch.”

“They’ve set the standard for everyone and when I come up against Jose I know I’m in for an interesting afternoon.”

 

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Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger has urged his players to make a strong start of the season, in order to challenge Chelsea in the race for the title.

Arsenal coach is convinced that a strong start of the season can guarantee the success to his team. He warned his players against a repeat of last season, when Chelsea have quickly taken the lead.

Wenger told the reporters:

“Chelsea won it by a margin last year so they are the favourites,”

“After that let’s see how it goes. After 15 games you will know more about that.

“Last year, after 12 games we were 15 points behind Chelsea, and in the next 26 we took 58 points and Chelsea 55 — so that means we missed our start to the season because it was after the World Cup.

“So let’s start strong this season and I believe we have the needed ingredients.”

“I believe yes, all going well, and us maintaining our game.”

“That’s important as well — that we develop what we do well and do not stand still.”

“That means we develop our cohesion, our passing game. If we are capable to keep the cohesion and the solidarity we have at the moment through the 38 games, we have a good chance.”

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RADAMEL FALCAO CHELSEA

Radamel Falcao joined Chelsea squad two weeks ago but he revealed to the club website that he’s already feeling like at home in his new team, since there is a great atmosphere and everybody is ready to help:

The atmosphere in the squad here is very good, they are very friendly with me and everybody gave me a big welcome.

“It helped to go away on tour with my new team-mates and since we returned to London we haven’t had a lot of free days, but some players have been helping me to get to know the city and helping me to look at houses so I am grateful to them for their help.

Falcao already knows the Premier League, having played last season at Manchester United:

It’s a lot more physical here than anywhere else in Europe. Maybe the football philosophy is a little different here in that it is always about getting the ball forward and there is less time when teams are just trying to control the ball and take the heat out of the game.

The Colombian striker reveals his team-mates are helping him a lot to settle in London:

“Once you get to know your team-mates, you all know when it is the right time to put your foot on the ball and take the heat out of the game and when it is the right time to go forward, all out.

“It’s a very, very competitive league where each team gives absolutely everything they’ve got in every game they play.

“It demands 100 per cent of your ability and focus because it is very competitive, very physical and tactical too. One particular positive is that the atmosphere in every ground here is fantastic.

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Swansea coach, Garry Monk has stated, that beginning the season from a clash against Chelsea is a really big challenge for his team.

During the last match between Chelsea and Swansea, the Swans were beaten 5-0. That is why, Monk hopes that Saturday’s clash will be a way different meeting. What is more, he plans to remind his players of how they felt after the defeat last time, hoping to motivate them.

Monk told PlanetSwans:

“It’s the hardest start we could possibly have. Chelsea are a side of such quality that they can walk all over you if you do not compete.

“The players did brilliantly for me all season and there were not many times I had to tell them they had not been good enough.

“But that 5-0 defeat was one of the few occasions we simply did not turn up and got what we deserved.

“It was a real low point of the season and we do not want to experience that again.”

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Ahead of the 2015/16 Premier League season, this is the first part of a comprehensive preview of Chelsea’s Premier League rivals, and their goals for the season ahead.

The Blues won their fourth Premier League title with three games to spare last season, their first since 2010, and the third under Jose Mourinho’s leadership.

But after yet another summer of intense transfer business, along with three new teams, we round up the key info and goals of all of the E-M clubs that Chelsea will face in the next campaign:
Everton

Manager: Roberto Martinez – Ground: Goodison Park (221miles to Stamford Bridge)Position last season: 11th (47 points)SQUAD RATING: 7

PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL: TOP 10

DOMESTIC CUPS GOAL: QUARTER FINALS

Everton had a somewhat subdued season last year, failing to match their achievements in the 2013-14 season. But, the signing of Gerard Deulofeu, who helped them achieve Europ League football two seasons ago, and the club managing to keep hold of stars such as Romelu Lukaku and Leighton Baines (and, for now at least, John Stones), means they should be able to easily achieve a top 10 finish in the new campaign. With the strength of their squad in mind, a decent cup run is a realistic aim.

 

Leicester City

Manager: Claudio Ranieri – Ground: King Power Stadium (105 miles to Stamford Bridge)Position last season: 14th (41 points) – SQUAD RATING: 6

PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL: MID-TABLE

DOMESTIC CUPS GOAL: GET THROUGH THE FIRST FEW ROUNDS

Last Christmas, most people wouldn’t have expected Leicester to be in reviews such as this – but thanks to a near-miraculous run of form the Foxes survived in the top flight for at least another season. But, now Nigel Pearson has gone, it’s hard to predict if former Chelsea boss Ranieri will hit the ground running. His new squad has decent strength, with a couple of noticeable signings, and no ostriches whatsoever. The club will be looking to improve upon last year’s somewhat misleading 14th-placed finish, and with this in mind a cup run may be thrown out of the window as many in a Leicester shirt will be hoping for a smoother season.

 

LIverpool

Manager: Brendan Rodgers – Ground: Anfield (221 miles to Stamford Bridge)Position last season: 6th (62 points) – SQUAD RATING: 8

PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL: QUALIFY FOR THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

DOMESTIC CUP GOAL: WIN THE CUP

It was a very, very poor showing from Liverpool last term. The absences of both Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge could be seen from the very start, and no European football coming to Anfield this season compounds how miserable the last campaign was for Rodgers’ men. However, with Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling gone, it’s all change on the red half of Merseyside. Some eye-catching signings, such as Christian Benteke, James Milner and Roberto Firminho, will surely help the Reds resurrect themselves, but they aren’t strong enough as a team to lift the title just yet. But, the strength of the squad means that a Champions League place is surely on the horizon, and after falling at the penultimate hurdle last year, cup success must be both high and the agenda and a realistic goal.

 

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini – Ground: Etihad Stadium (210 miles from Stamford Bridge)Position last season: 2nd (79 points)SQUAD RATING: 9

PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL: WIN THE TITLE

DOMESTIC CUP GOALS: WIN THE CUP

EUROPEAN GOALS: SEMI-FINALS

No prizes for guessing this – City want their title back. Despite managing to keep almost neck and neck with Chelsea up until around Christmas, they fell away and lacked the consistency that Champions need. However, that desire to win may give them that extra push this season, with there being no doubts about how much quality that team possesses. Cup success certainly at home and preferably abroad as well are also objectives Pellegrini must fulfil – if he doesn’t, his time at the Etihad will surely come to and end.

 

Manchester United

Manager: Louis van Gaal – Ground: Old Trafford (208 miles from Stamford Bridge)Position last season: 4th (70 points)SQUAD RATING: 9

PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL: WIN THE TITLE

DOMESTIC CUP GOALS: WIN THE CUP

EUROPEAN AIMS: REACH THE FINAL

Any side with Bastian Schweinsteiger in their team must mean business – as well as Memphis Depay and all the other world-class names that United have on their books. Van Gaal didn’t take the league by storm last season, but after the disastrous season of David Moyes, anything would have been better. Now though, trophies are in van Gaal’s sights, and his dealings in the transfer window so far are proof of this. However, they will need to make a much better start than what they did last season (a 5-3 defeat to Leicester springs to mind), and then they may be serious title contenders.

 

 

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has said that he is certain that his side will lift the Premier League title next season.

The Chilean saw City fall eight points short of Chelsea last season as the Blues won the title with three games to spare – meaning that City couldn’t defend the title they won in the 2013-14 campaign.

Despite shipping four goals against both Real Madrid and Stuttgart in pre-season friendlies this summer, Pellegrini has said that he is happy with how his squad is shaping up.

The 63-year old was speaking at the club’s season launch party on Wednesday night, and was in optimistic mood ahead of his third season in Manchester:

“I am absolutely sure that we are going to have a very successful season. We must bring back the title here to our fans,” he said.

“All together, we must win game by game to try to do it. We need to play in the way we know how to play to continue with our attacking style and score the most amount of goals.

 “We are sure, as I have just said, that we are going to bring it back. We had a good pre-season . We have been working for around 30 days and we are going to arrive next Monday in our best shape.”

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Ahead of the 2015/16 Premier League season, this is the first part of a comprehensive preview of Chelsea’s Premier League rivals, and their goals for the season ahead.

The Blues won their fourth Premier League title with three games to spare last season, their first since 2010, and the third under Jose Mourinho’s leadership.

But after yet another summer of intense transfer business, along with three new teams, we round up the key info and goals of all of the A-C clubs that Chelsea will face in the next campaign:

 

Arsenal

Manager: Arsene Wenger – Ground: Emirates Stadium (11 miles to Stamford Bridge)Position last season: 3rd (75 points)SQUAD RATING: 8

PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL: WIN THE TITLE

DOMESTIC CUPS GOAL: WIN THE CUPS

EUROPEAN GOAL: SEMI-FINALS

Lifting the Premier League is the only goal now for Chelsea’s London neighbours – Mourinho said that there will be no excuses for Arsenal if they don’t win the league next season – he’s right. The Gunners have conducted one of the best bits of transfer business this summer with the signing of Petr Cech, and Theo Walcott has also returned. The title is their biggest priority, but domestic cup successes are also very much achievable, as well as much more European success than last year.

 

Aston Villa

Manager: Tim Sherwood – Ground: Villa Park (126 miles to Stamford Bridge)Position last season: 17th (38 points) – SQUAD RATING: 6

PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL: MID-TABLE

DOMESTIC CUPS GOAL: SEMI-FINAL

After a near-disastrous season last year, Sherwood will hope to build from the ground up this campaign. But, without Christian Benteke, who has just moved to Liverpool, the Villains’ attack may be slightly blunt. Thus, their defence will need to be much more watertight than last season. Avoiding relegation is the main concern, but the club has the potential to resurrect itself in the Premier League. It would be an incredible feat for the Midlands club to repeat last year’s club success, but it almost came at a heavy cost last year, so is less of a priority.

 

Bournemouth

Manager: Eddie Howe – Ground: Vitality Stadium (103 miles to Stamford Bridge)Position last season: Championship Champions (90 points) – SQUAD RATING: 5

PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL: AVOID RELEGATION

DOMESTIC CUP GOAL: GET THROUGH THE FIRST FEW ROUNDS

Eddie Howe has conducted his summer transfer business the same way he has steered the Cherries’ rise to the top flight – extremely smartly. Signing Lee Tomlin from Middlesbrough and Sylvain Distin from Everton are two good deals amongst others, but the squad may not have the experience to keep the club up. With survival in mind, the cup will probably mean little.

 

Crystal Palace

Manager: Alan Pardew – Ground: Selhurst Park (nine miles from Stamford Bridge)Position last season: 10th (48 points)SQUAD RATING: 7

PREMIER LEAGUE GOAL: TOP 10 FINISH

DOMESTIC CUP GOALS: QUARTER FINALS

Last season was a very good one for the Eagles, and the signing of players such as Yohan Cabaye from PSG this summer shows true intent to repeat that feat – or indeed better it. The competition for top 10 places will be tough, but Alan Pardew will not be wanting to do worse than last season. The cup is something that Palace could do well in, but again, isn’t a top priority.

 

 

 

 

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Arsenal’s shareholder, Alisher Usmanov is convinced, that only severe injuries can exclude the Gunners from the fight for the Premier League trophy with Chelsea.

According to Arsenal’s shareholder, Alisher Usmanov, the Gunners are able to challenge the Blues in the upcoming season. In his opinion, only serious injuries may exclude the team from the fight for the trophy.

Usmanov told CNN:

”If there aren’t (any) severe injuries, (manager Arsene Wenger) has got a great chance to compete with teams like Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City,”

“The championship will be decided between these four teams.”

“With the team that Arsene has put together, except for one position, I think it’s a club that’s ready to successfully fight for European cups.”

Usmanov has also praised Arsene Wenger’s work, hoping that the French manager will stay at Emirates as long as possible.

“If I had the right, I would keep Arsene until he wants because until he cannot perform his activity as a manager, it is a gift for any club to have a coach like Arsene Wenger.”

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Chelsea captain, John Terry is convinced that the Blues will be able to retain the Premier League title.

Chelsea centre-back seems to be fully confident that Chelsea are able to win the upcoming Premier League season.

Terry told London Evening Standard:

“I am excited to go again and I am looking forward to retaining the Premier League title.”

”It is going to be tough because other teams have strengthened. Not only the physical side but mentally we have to be ready, too.”

“The manager feels we have a good enough and big enough squad to do a job and we will put up a fight.”

In the same interview, Terry has praised Mourinho’s influence on the team:

“We are very lucky to have him,”

“He pushes us on a daily basis. He hates losing and the intensity is 100 per cent. If you do not give everything you will not fit into his regime and that is why we have seen players come and go over the years.”

“His desire is to win on a daily basis and that hunger is what sets him apart. He pushes people to the maximum and gets what he deserves from his players.”

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Jose Mourinho has admitted his concern about Diego Costa’s numerous injuries. The Spanish striker is a doubt for Chelsea’s opening game of the season against Swansea.

Diego Costa struggled with injuries during the last season and was ruled out of last week’s Community Shield after he was injured during the pre-season friendly clash against Barcelona. Numerous injuries of the former Atletico Madrid striker, doesn’t make Jose Mourinho happy.

Mourinho told talkSPORT:

“I don’t like to cry or moan about players that don’t play.”

“But obviously in such a short squad like we have, then when somebody is missing I am not happy. But it won’t be an excuse for me. ”

“Last week he couldn’t play in the Community Shield game. He was not ready to be involved.

“I cannot reassure fans he will always be fit but I can assure them he is working well and hard and everybody around him is helping him.”

“I have to be honest and say that it is a bit of a concern,”

 “A player that didn’t finish the season and doesn’t start the season obviously doesn’t make make me happy.”

“The boy is trying hard but he has a problem against Barcelona, the next day the scans show there is no injury so the next day he trains but the next day he is not comfortable 24 hours before the game we don’t know if he plays or doesn’t play.”

“It is not a good feeling for him, it is not a good feeling for me.”

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