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Chelsea boss José Mourinho recalled his history in the Champions League while speaking to UEFA.com

The triumph with Porto in 2004

It was perfect. Monaco started better than us, but after ten, 12 minutes we were completely in control. It was a fantastic moment for us. It was a pity that they couldn’t keep us, because if that team had stayed together, I don’t know what we could have done. After that victory I left, Deco left, [Paulo] Ferreira, [Ricardo] Carvalho, [Nuno] Valente and Costinha left – everyone left and the team disappeared, but the history doesn’t disappear.”

 Tre Treble with Inter in 2010 and his bond with the club 

“Inter supporters are special. The president is more than special. It was a real family and that season we did everything. We won everything.

“Against Bayern, it was the game of their lives for many of my players. It was the last chance for [Javier] Zanetti, [Marco] Materazzi, [Iván] Córdoba, [Cristian] Chivu and Maicon to do it. And we played that game with that mentality. We were not playing with XI, we were playing with thousands and thousands and thousands because Inter had waited a long time for that. We were very confident and it was a perfect way for me to leave such a club. A club I love so much.”

The semifinals lost with Real Madrid

“When I arrived at Real Madrid they hadn’t reached the quarter-finals for almost a decade and when we got Lyon in the last 16, the club was in panic. We went through that barrier and the club changed, the players changed. We thought we would win the competition. But in three consecutive years we reached the semi-finals, and for different reasons we didn’t manage to reach the final.

“The one that was really difficult was the one we lost on penalties [to Bayern]. It was a big disappointment, but when Real Madrid won it in 2014 the club deserved it. The club deserved it totally, and I was happy.”

His will to win Champions League with Chelsea

“I have a very good group, the relationships are very good. I think always that we have to go step by step, and the group phase is the first step. You have to finish in the top two and progress. When you get to the knockout stage, the unpredictability of every detail becomes fundamental. Only one can win, only two can reach the final. But that is the reality because this competition is the biggest competition in the world of football.”

The possible record to be the first manager to win three Champions League with three different clubs

“That’s not the objective – the objective is to win a third one, it’s not to have a record. If somebody does it before me, or if somebody wins it with four or five clubs, I don’t care about that. I just want to win it with the club where I am.”

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Radamel Falcao will call time on his miserable career in England in January and return to Monaco in order to consider his future, according to reports in the English press.

Falcao joined Chelsea on loan in the summer from the Ligue 1 side after failing to impress at Manchester United last season- he scored just 4 goals in 26 matches for the Red Devils in a season long loan move and has done no better at Stamford Bridge this term.

The 29-year-old has struggled for games and form with his only goal coming in a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. He has been relegated to third in the striking pecking order behind first choice Diego Costa and France international Loic Remy.

Falcao was once the most sought after striker in Europe after winning numerous domestic and European honours with Porto and Atletico Madrid.

In 2013, having just won the Spanish Cup with Atletico, beating Real Madrid in the final in what was Jose Mourinho’s penultimate game at Santiago Bernabeu, it was expected that the he would join one of the continent’s biggest clubs, but surprisingly joined Monaco.

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Eden Hazard will top Real Madrid’s transfer wish list next summer after club President Florentino Perez decreed that the ten-time European Champions should make every effort to sign him. 

Hazard, 24, has been a target for Real Madrid for some time and is now they believe they can exploit the apparent schism that has appeared between player and club. Hazard, who has been poor this season by anyone’s standards, let alone his Player of the Year award winning exploits last term, was dropped for Chelsea 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Hazard signed for Chelsea from Lille in 2012 with Chelsea’s Champions League victory weeks earlier inspiring him to turn down a move to Manchester United. Last season was by far his best as he helped the Blues win the Premiership title for the first time in four years with himself getting the winning goal against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge in the game that secured it.

Despite signing a deal that will keep him at the club until 2019, Hazard remains a Real Madrid target and speculation is only made worse by Zinedine Zidane, believed to be Hazard’s childhood idol, working at the Santiago Bernabeu as Real’s youth coach. Zidane has himself spoken of his admiration for the Belgian.

Real Madrid have a long history of paying huge money for the Premiership’s best players with David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale all leaving England for the Spanish capital in the recent past. Jose Mourinho said in 2014 that anyone wishing to sign Hazard would have to pay £150 million.

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Jose Mourinho fans book event
Mourinho signing the book for a fan © Francesca Ceciarini

Last night José Mourinho met the fans and the press at Waterstones Piccadilly bookstore in the heart of London to present his new book Mourinho: José Mourinho.

A photo book that narrates the first fifteen years of his career with images chosen by Mourinho himself.

José seemed in a good humour and very relaxed with fans and even press, becoming just a little upset when he had to speak about the FA decision against him.

Here the photo-gallery of the Special night:

Please note that ALL pictures are © Francesca Ceciarini: any abuse will be prosecuted.

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Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti took a sabbatical year after his two years experience at Real Madrid was over.

The Italian  manager said he is ready to be back in the saddle for the new year, a threat for Mourinho in case Abramovich would choose to axe him, and speaking to the Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport said:

“I am ready to get the engine back up and running in January. I’d like to go back to the Premier League. 

“It is the ideal environment not for football, but for the ‘game’ around football. You can work with the right amount of pressure, the necessary detachment and calm. Before I quit, I’d like to have another experience in England.

“Where will I go? Where they call me. I will talk, evaluate and decide. Up until a few weeks ago I was scared someone would call, but now I feel like I’m getting closer to that comeback.”

Ancelotti gave his favourites to win the Premier League and the Champions League:

“Manchester City in England, as they are the strongest squad and have exceptional quality. As for the Champions League, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona or PSG (Paris Saint Germain).”

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New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will attempt to sign Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski, according to the Express.

Klopp was named Liverpool manager earlier this week and is reportedly already looking to the transfer market to improve his somewhat limited squad. The Pole is one of the best strikers in Europe and recently scored five goals in nine minutes against Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

He worked with Klopp when the German was manager of Borussia Dortmund at a time when the club from the Ruhr genuinely threatened Bayern’s place as Germany’s premier club. He was pivotal to Dortmund’s run to the Champions League final in 2012/13 and famously scored four times against Real Madrid in the semi-final.

Lewandowski signed for Bayern in 2014 on a free transfer after his Dortmund contract ran out but rumours of him leaving the Allianz Arena have come about after his agent hinted his future lies elsewhere.

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Diego Pablo Simeone

Chelsea will replace Jose Mourinho with Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone should the Portuguese lose his job, according to reports in Mourinho’s homeland. 

Mourinho is under significant pressure following Chelsea’s worst start to a season in a generation with rumours that he could be sacked within weeks if the team’s form doesn’t improve and speculation has not stopped despite the club publicly backing him following the 3-1 home defeat to Southampton one weeks ago.

After that loss, Mourinho spoke for seven minutes in his TV interview in which he claimed the club would have to sack him if they wish to be rid of him. Should they decide to do so it is believed in parts of the Portuguese media that they will seek out Diego Simeone.

Simeone is one of the brightest young managers in Europe having had a highly impressive spell with Atletico Madrid in which he broke the duopoly of Real Madrid and Barcelona, as well as reaching a Champions League final in 2014 which they were seconds from winning.

The Argentine would be sought by a host of top European clubs should he become available and it would cost Chelsea roughly £15 million in compensation should he leave his Atletico contract early.

There is a good relationship between Chelsea and Madrid’s second club with several players swapping the Spanish capital for the British, including Diego Costa and Filipe Luis, although Luis returned to the Vicente Calderon last summer.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaus Courtois also spent three seasons on loan at Atletico where he helped them to a La Liga title.

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Former Arsenal centre-back Martin Keown says Jose Mourinho must repair his damaged relationship with the Chelsea players if he is to avoid the same fate that befell him at Real Madrid.

Mourinho fell out with several of Real Madrid’s best and most high profile players in what was a torturous final season in the Spanish capital in 2012/13. Keown, who was part of the Arsenal side that dominated English football along with Manchester United in the late 90s and early 2000s, thinks the same could happen at Chelsea and used John Terry’s apparent fall from favour as an example.

Keown is quoted in the Daily Star as saying:

He has been on a mission against John Terry from the off when he took him off in the Community Shield.

“It seems as if he’s drawn a line in the sand under Terry. Now he’s got to start building bridges.

“I don’t think the international window could have come quick enough for Jose.

“There’s an outstanding manager there, he’s got to forget about what might come out – it didn’t matter last year so why does it matter this year.

“I believe his success is the way that he gets players to their maximums, but there’s a tipping point.

“He seems to have a very strong emotional tie with his players. There’s a genuine love and affection for his players but recently, it seems to be a love-hate relationship.

“He fell out with key players at Real Madrid, and the same seems to be happening at Chelsea.”

Chelsea’s next match after the international break is against Aston Villa.

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New Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has described himself as the “Normal One” in his first press conference since becoming Liverpool manager.

The German has been unveiled as the five-time European Champions’ new boss after the Anfield club sacked ex-Chelsea reserve coach Brendan Rodgers last weekend.

In what could be described as a slight dig at Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, whose Real Madrid lost to Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund in a thrilling Champions League semi-final in 2013, the 48-year-old described himself as the Normal One. Jose Mourinho famously described himself as the Special One when he became Chelsea manager for the first time in 2004; it is a nickname that has stuck.

When asked to describe himself, Klopp said this:

“I don’t want to describe myself.

“I am a totally normal guy. I am the normal one maybe?

“I had a great opportunity to take Dortmund for seven years. And now I am here. I want to enjoy my work. People have told me a lot about the English press. It is up to you to show me they are all liars.”

His first Liverpool match will be against Spurs on the 17th October after the international break.

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Carlo Ancelotti has ruled himself out of the running to become Liverpool manager and revealed he won’t return to management until next season at the earliest.

Rumours have been amok over who would take over at Anfield following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers at the weekend with the former Chelsea boss heavily linked with the job along with ex-Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Ancelotti effectively cleared the path for Klopp, who won two Bundesliga titles and reached a Champions League final with Dortmund, by saying he did not want the job, but that he did want to return to management soon.

He said:

“I enjoy my time now but, of course, I want to come back to manage – to work – because it is my passion.

“I want to take my time to rest, but next season I am ready.”

Ancelotti has been out of work since being sacked by Real Madrid at the end of last season, despite leading the club to its tenth European Cup in 2014. He was dismissed following a trophy-less campaign in which fierce rivals Barcelona won the treble.

The Italian is well known in England having managed Chelsea for two seasons, the first in which he won the League and Cup double in 2010, and was dismissed after failing to retain either the next year. He took charge of French club PSG in between Chelsea and Real Madrid. He is one of the most successful managers of his generation with three European Cups to his name.


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