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Iker Casillas is fed up by all the controversy between himself and Jose Mourinho.

The pair spent three years together in Madrid when the Portuguese manager was in charge at Real, but in the last season their relationship fell down and misunderstandings between the goalkeeper – also the captain and legend at the Blancos – and the coach at the end led to a fracture between Mourinho and the players.

Three years went by and the pair faced each other in the Champions League group: Casillas won the battle in Porto where the Dragoes won the game, but Mourinho won the “war” by winning the last game, topping the group table and sending his ex team and the Spanish goalkeeper out of the Champions League.

Casillas was asked about the controversy between Mourinho and him after the game, and let understand that he’s tired of this issue:

“If I’m tired of the Mourinho-gate? Yes, I’ve had enough of it. I understand how fans are still interested, but it’s time to end that discussion. He’s got his career and I’ve got mine.

“We have different things to worry about, I’m not here to compete against him and he won’t be happy when he faces me, so I will worry about what’s best for me and my team, rather than worrying about what happens with the rest of the world.

About the Champions League elimination he added:

“We would’ve loved to be included in the Champions League draw, but we couldn’t make it. We have to make the best out of every situation, and the Europa League will be a big challenge for us. There will be a number of prestigious teams included in that draw, and we just hope we can make it to the final game and win it.”

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According to Don Balon Chelsea joined race for Real Madrid star James Rodriguez.

The Colombian player got limited game time under new boss Rafa Benitez in this season, things were also complicated by an injury but he seems not so happy in the Spanish capital in this moment, so rumours of him leaving the Santiago Berbabéu are growing day by day in Spain.

Chelsea would need a creative attacking midfielder like him to revamp their attack, that in this awful start of the season desperately missed goals and invention.

James joined Real Madrid in summer 2014 for £65m and, in case he would leave the Blancos, the Spanish club would like to sell him for the same amount of money or even more, since Rodriguez is just 24 years old.



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Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, currently looking for work admits, that he is considering the possibility of taking charge only in such a club that will have a real chance of winning the Champions League.

Ancelotti told France Football:

”I suffered a lot from leaving Real even though I understood the situation and prepared myself,”

“But I don’t miss the pressure, it’s enough to see what is happening to Benitez this year.”

“I want to win another Champions League and so I’m looking for a great club that can allow me to, regardless of the country.”

Few days ago, the Italian manager has revealed that he does not rule out taking charge at Manchester United if the Red Devils decide to sack Luis van Gaal.

“Of course, for every manager, they would all think of managing Manchester United.”

”I will continue to wait. If I don’t find a club with a good project, I can wait.”

“What will I do? Watching games, fishing, all these things.”

“But let us see next summer. I will not take a job in midseason, but I would like to work again next summer.”

“Of course, for every manager, they would all think of managing Manchester United.”

“I would like to come back in a club with a good project, but, of course, one that is competitive.”

“The Premier League is the best in the sense of atmosphere, ambience. It is also competitive, so I would like to come back, especially for the atmosphere.”

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Jose Mourinho has already started the mind games ahead of the Champions League last 16 draw on Monday. According to the Portuguese coach Chelsea are among the weakest side who qualified for the next phase of the tournament and and all the other teams hope to draw the Blues.

Mourinho said:

“I think everyone want to play us,”

”I think every second team wants to play us. They don’t want to play Barcelona, they don’t want to play Real Madrid, they don’t want to play Atletico [Madrid], they don’t want to play Bayern [Munich]. I think every team finishing second they want to get us, they want to get Zenit. We are the weakest.”

“What gives me confidence is the fact that we are playing ok in the last couple of months,” 

“The results are not as good as the work we do every day or as good as the players are playing.”

“We would have had different results against Stoke, Tottenham and Bournemouth. The piece of luck that we had in our first goal – it is a great pass and a great move – but we are a bit lucky with the rebound. It is a great save from [Iker] Casillas. That little bit of luck we never get in the Premier league. A great decision by the official on the goal-line; we never get that in the Premier League.”

“The Premier League boss [Richard Scudamore] told me in an interview a few months ago that it would be good for the Premier League if Chelsea is now the champions,” 

“But he didn’t say that it is good for the Premier League if we do not finish fourth.”

“While mathematically it is still possible let’s fight in every game for every point and see if it possible to finish fourth. To win the Champions League I think it is obvious that a team struggling so much like we are not obviously a candidate to win the Champions League.”

“But when we won in Porto in 2004 we were not candidates, when we won with Inter in 2010 we were not candidates. When when we were candidates we lost two semi-finals with Real Madrid and lost two semi-finals with Chelsea so you never know.”

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The full line-up for the knockout stages of the Champions League is already known. And between them, the winner of Group G, Chelsea.

The 16 teams who will go into the draw on Monday are:

Group A:

Real Madrid
Paris St Germain

Group B:

PSV Eindhoven

Group C:

Atletico Madrid

Group D:

Manchester City

Group E:


Group F:

Bayern Munich

Group G:

Dynamo Kiev

Group H:

Zenit St Petersburg

The last 16 draw will take place on Monday December 14 at 11am (GMT) at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

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Former Chelsea player and trainer Ruud Gullit is convinced that Eden Hazard should work less in defensive areas of the pitch in order to rediscover his best form.

In his opinion, the Belgium player should conserve his energy on the final third of the pitch just like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi do.

Gullit said on the BBC’s ‘Match of the Day 2:

“He worked too hard [against Spurs]”

” I want him to be sharp in front of goal. He kicks the ball, head’s down, head’s down, he still has to run forward.”

“This is a sign of a player like: ‘Oh my God. I have to run again.’ All players know that, when you put your head down like that.”

“He is as important as Ronaldo is for Real Madrid. He is as important as Messi is for Barcelona. Do they chase back as much? No, because they need to save their energy for the right moment.”

“He did it to prove a point but to get the best out of him, I don’t want him to chase that much. I want him to concentrate on the moments that the team gets the ball. ”

“They have to give him the ball as quick as possible and then he does his thing. When that is coming back, he’s going to get goals again.”

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FIFA have announced the final three nominees  for the FIFA Ballon d’Or Award for the best player of 2015 and for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2015 Award.  Also the candidates for FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football and FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football has been announced.

FIFA Ballon d’Or nominees :

Cristiano Ronaldo

Lionel Messi

Neymar Jr

FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year nominees:

Carli Lloyd

Aya Miyama

Celia Sasic

FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football nominees:

Luis Enrique

Pep Guardiola

Jorge Sampaoli

FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football nominees:

Jill Ellis

Mark Sampson

Norio Sasaki

The awards for all categories will be given away in a ceremony in Zurich on 11 January 2016.


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Chelsea manager José Mourinho revealed that his relationship with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is really good.

The two coaches have known each other since their time in Spain, when the Argentinian manager was in charge at Espanyol while Mourinho was managing Real Madrid:

“We respect each other, we’ve known each other for a long time.We cannot be close friends because, to be close friends you have to have a certain kind of relationship. But we are friends. We have good feelings for each other.

“Also his technical staff and my technical staff have known each other for a long time too, so relations are very good. It’s the kind of match where the fourth official will have a peaceful time because we are very happy to be seated almost together.

“We met a couple of times after he left Espanyol, when he was preparing himself for the next step. In that period we met a couple of times, but nothing important.”

The two also met last March, in the Capital One Cup final in Wembey, that Chelsea won:

“In that cup final I was so happy with the victory, but I could feel a little bit of time to think about him. Tottenham hadn’t won a title for a long time. Mauricio is still waiting for his first title as a manager. I could imagine that he was very disappointed. So I had a little bit of time to feel for him and to give him a nice word.

“But the team is really good. They kept the players they wanted to keep. I think they brought the right players in. The squad is very good and has a lot of potential. There is no pressure on them, like there is on the other four or five top teams to reach important positions. So they have great conditions to do the magnificent work they are doing.

“When I was in a team where the objective was not to be relegated, in December I was third and it was fantastic. You could go into every match and you know that you can lose. You can bring in young players without problems, even if they’re not ready. You go to play the top teams and if you win you’re a hero. If you don’t win, it’s something very natural. And to be fair, I enjoyed it.”

Mourinho also explained that everything is ok with Diego Costa, after a little discussion they had in Haifa at half time:

“Everything is okay, there is no problem. In the game I told him from a distance, with gestures, that I was not happy with the movement he did. He told me also a few nice words from where he was,” Mourinho laughed. “Nothing happened. Nothing happened at all.

“He’s not reading the game properly in these actions. That was my opinion. As a striker you must read it. You have to play not just when you have the ball, but also when others have the ball. You have to try to anticipate things. It’s just a question of reading the game faster. Everything is an accumulation (of confidence). It’s not because you score one goal against Norwich that suddenly you are again on fire. It will be a process.”

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Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti thinks the club has made the decision by sticking with Jose Mourinho despite the club suffering its worst start to a season for a generation.

Ancelotti won the Premiership in his first season with Chelsea and added the FA Cup days later to give the club its first ‘Double’. He was sacked after a disappointing second season in which Chelsea won nothing. He has since won the Ligue 1 title in France with PSG and the Champions League with Real Madrid, where he replaced Mourinho after the Portuguese returned to Chelsea.

Since being sacked by Real Madrid last summer Ancelotti has been on a break from football; the Italian has been linked with several clubs, including the Blues with some thinking he could replace Mourinho should the club decide to sack their most successful ever coach. ChelseaNews24  recently reported that Manchester City had made Ancelotti their number one choice to replace Manuel Pellegrini, having given up on trying to persuade Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola to take over at the Etihad.

Ancelotti, however, refutes all notions that he will replace Mourinho for a second time in a few years, saying that the Stamford Bridge hierarchy have done the right thing in keeping faith with the two time Champions League winner during this difficult period as there are signs that Chelsea’s luck is about to change and Mourinho is the best man to see it through.

Speaking to the BBC, the Italian said this:

“To have success you have to be at 100%. If you are at 90% in football now is not enough. You need 100% if you want to compete at the top level like Chelsea are used to doing.

“They have lost confidence in their play but I think now slowly they can move on from this situation and I think Mourinho is the best manager to manage this because he is involved and knows the situation of the players. I think the club took the right decision to keep Mourinho.”

On the possibility of returning to Stamford Bridge even in the short term, he continued:

“No, no. I try to find a club for next season but for now my idea is to start then and not now.

He did, however, admit that the Premiership is his preferred option when he next steps back into football:

“The Premiership is  my number one choice. In football anything can happen and I had a fantastic experience but the most important thing is to find a club with a good project and that is competitive, but if it is in England then it is better.”

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The legendary French footballer Zinedine Zidane has expressed his admiration for Chelsea’s ace Eden Hazard but at the same time warns against giving faith to the speculation about his transfer to Real Madrid.

Zidane told during a news conference:

”You’ll have to ask other people that,”

”I’m not in a position to answer. Me, I love the player.”

”He’s my favourite player [on the Belgian team],”

”He’s the one that gives me the most when I see Belgium play.”

”He has six months left. It’s part of a career — you have to accept that there’ll be times when you’re not as good.”

”But I’m not worried about him for the European Championship.”




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