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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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10In a BBC documentary that will be broadcasted in the weekend José Mourinho revealed that he never considered the option to manage Manchester United, even if the opportunity could come after Sir Alex Ferguson quit his job after almost 30 years, a thing that Mourinho knew months before it became public:

“Every manager in the world looks at Manchester United as a huge club but I wanted to come to Chelsea.

“And we didn’t bring that to the table because we were so open and he knows so much about myself that he knew that for almost a season, I want to leave Real Madrid and I want to come to Chelsea.”

“He told me a huge secret, not many people knew, like, one month or two months before the decision.

“I know that he trusts me, because if he doesn’t, he doesn’t tell me but I was scared.

“I was scared so when finally he informed the media about this decision it was a sense of relief.”

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Paul Clement believes that former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti would be a perfect fit for the vacant Liverpool post.

The Derby boss, who had two spells at Chelsea between 1996-99 and 2007-11, worked as assistant manager to Ancelotti during his spell at the helm at Stamford Bridge between 2009-11, before following the Italian to Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid.

The 43-year old, who has also coached at Fulham and Blackburn Rovers, has now said that 56-year old Italian would be suitable for the Anfield role, which was made vacant yesterday following Brendan Rodgers’ dismissal.

“He had a great career as a player, and a sterling career as a manager – in terms of the clubs he’s managed,” said Clement.

“The three wins in the Champions League – [managing] in England, France and Italy as well.

“He’s got all the credibility, he’s a fantastic man-manager.

“He’s enjoying a little bit of rest at the moment but he’s got a lot to offer.”

Ancelotti has been out of work since he left Real Madrid earlier this year, and Clement reckons Liverpool could be an attractive destination for the former Chelsea boss.

“He’s going to want to be going to a big club, a club where he’s got a chance of being successful and winning.

“And there’s certainly one available now.”

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Former Chelsea midfielder Deco has hailed Jose Mourinho for his incredible ability to use press to his own advantage. The Portugal star has no doubt, that only the Special One knows the press really well.

Deco who worked under Mourinho at Porto and Chelsea is convinced that even if Mourinho is recently shocking everybody with his controversial comments he knows perfectly what he is doing.

Deco told ESPN:

“Mourinho is probably the only coach that knows the press really well and he manages to use them to his own advantage,”

“He thinks out what they are going to talk about and he uses this. Then the whole thing becomes a game, a marketing stunt.”

“Sometimes he uses the press as a channel through which to motivate his players. I think he can perhaps go a bit too far with this, but he knows exactly what he’s doing and he plays with the press all the time.”

“I remember when we were at Porto and there was the rivalry with Benfica. He was a master in using the press in an unbelievable way.”

Former Portugal star has recalled times of playing under Mourinho :

“He was not someone who talked a lot with the players,”

“He just used to talk a bit during the week and then on matchday there was not much more to say.”

“If you were to speak to all the players up until Real Madrid, everyone would have something good to say about him. They all loved him. But I’m not sure after Madrid. I don’t think Real was good for him.”

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Chelsea players Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Willian found themselves on the 59-man long-list for the 2015 Ballon d’Or that has been leaked.

The list will be cut to a 23-man shortlist in December while the awards ceremony will be held on the 11th of January in Zurich, along with the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year trophy and the Puskas award.

The Ballon d’Or long list:

Chelsea: Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Willian

Barcelona: Claudio Bravo, Javier Mascherano, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic, Neymar, Luis Suarez.

Real Madrid: Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronalso, Luka Modric, James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos.

Juventus: Giorgio Chiellini, Paul Pogba, Alvaro Morata.

Manchester United: Wayne Rooney, David de Gea, Memphis Depay

Arsenal:David Ospina, Alexis Sanchez.

Atletico Madrid: Antoine Griezmann, Jackson Martinez.

Bayern Munich: Arturo Vidal, Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben, David Alaba, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer

Manchester City: Wilfried Bony, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Otamendi, Kevin de Bruyne.

Paris Saint-Germain: Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Javier Pastore.

New York City: Andrea Pirlo.

Boca Juniors: Carlos Tevez.

Tottenham: Son Heung-min, Harry Kane

Milan: Carlos Bacca.

LA Galaxy: Giovani dos Santos.

Liverpool: Philippe Coutinho.

Bournemouth: Christian Atsu.

Corinthians: Paulo Guerrero.

Hoffenheim: Eduardo Vargas.

Internazionale: Gary Medel.

Lyon: Alexandre Lacazette.

PSV Eindhoven: Andres Guardado.

River Plate: Carlos Sanchez.

Swansea: Andre Ayew.

Swindon Town: Massimo Luongo.

Leicester City: Shinji Okazaki.


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Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas stated that last night victory against Chelsea was just a team win, not his personal revenge or victory against José Mourinho, with whom he had some misunderstandings while the Blues boss was managing Real Madrid:

“I’m not happy because I beat Mourinho, I’m happy because I won with the team,” said Casillas, that last night made a record 152nd appearance in the Champions League.

“I greeted Mourinho. Shaking hands is the gentlemanly thing to go. So much time has passed. If we see each other we greet each other. It’s best not to live in the past, I don’t do that.

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Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas is to break the record for Champions League appearances when he plays for the Portuguese club against Chelsea tonight, bettering the number currently held by compatriot Xavi. 

Casillas, who spent an incredibly successful 16 years at Real Madrid, during which he won the Champions League in 2000, 2002 and 2014, will make his 152nd appearance in the competition should, as is expected, play against Jose Mourinho’s side this evening.

The former Real Madrid and Spain Number 1, who equaled the record in Porto’s 2-2 draw with Dynamo Kiev a fortnight ago, left the Santiago Bernabeu last summer as the club sought the signing of Manchester United’s David De Gea, an ultimately failed venture.

Of the highest appearances makers in the club football’s premier competition, several prominent members of Chelsea’s past and present feature in the top 25. Club captain John Terry and record goalscorer Frank Lampard have played 105 times, one behind former goalkeeper Petr Cech. Ashley Cole has the most with 108.

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Cesc Fabregas says he understands Diego Costa’s frustration at being banned for violent conduct following Chelsea’s recent victory over Arsenal, and that he stands by his teammate entirely.

Costa has served two of a three game ban for lashing out at Laurent Koscielny in Chelsea 2-0 win over Arsenal just over a week ago, an incident that ultimately led to the visitors’ full-back Gabriel being sent off for retaliation. His absence has of yet not been too costly for the Champions- Costa missed the 4-1 win over Walsall in the League Cup and Saturday’s 2-2 draw away at Newcastle where Chelsea came back from 2-0 down late on.

Fabregas, speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League tie with Porto, says that Costa, who is eligible to play tonight, is frustrated with the decision to ban him.

The Chelsea midfielder said:

“I understand Diego’s frustration because what has happened is very unfair.

“Other than that he is a key player for us, our striker and our reference point in attack. We need him if we’re to go far in this competition.”

The former Barcelona midfielder also spoke about Iker Casillas who will be present in Porto’s goal this evening. Casillas and Fabreagas were teammates with the Spanish national team and were on opposite sides of the great Real Madrid – Barcelona rivalry.

Casillas infamously fell out with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and is believed to have been instrumental in the Portuguese leaving the Santiago Bernabeu in 2013. He himself left the 10 time European Champions last summer.

Fabregas tried to play down the significance of playing against Casillas tonight:

“It’s a special game for the press. The fact that it’s Casillas doesn’t interest me, it interests [the reporters].

“We’ve not talked about anything. It will be nice to see him on Tuesday, we’ll say hello and that’s it.”


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