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It is one of the traditions of the Premier League – when any team wins the title, they are congratulated by their opponent in the following game.

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed his Liverpool side will honour this practice, giving Chelsea a guard of honour if they are crowned Champions. Chelsea still have four games to play including their home clash against Crystal Palace this weekend.

The Blues could clinch the title on Sunday if they beat their London neighbours.

The Reds face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next Sunday (16:00 GMT KO), as they fight to secure European football next season. When asked whether or not Liverpool would be honouring Chelsea should they, as expected, overcome Palace, Rodgers said:

“Absolutely. This club is based on dignity and respect and class. Whoever is the champion, that’s what you do.”

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On Friday morning’s media conference ahead of the match at Hull on Monday Arsenal’s boss Arsene Wenger gave a reply to Mourinho, who after the chant “boring, boring” from Gunners’ supporters turned the table back saying: “You support the club and you’re waiting, waiting, waiting for so many years without a Premier League title, so that’s very boring.”

“The biggest thing of managers is to respect each other and some people have to improve on that,” Wenger told the press when asked about the taunts. “Everybody lives with his own internal problems and I live with mine and that is enough.”

The chase of the Premier League title is basically over since Blues need only a win to hold the crown, but Arsene Wenger highlights that: “We have to look at it in a realistic way,” he continued. “I feel we have made progress and so I look at it in a positive way because what you want in the season is your team to become better. We faced a big challenge because Chelsea didn’t drop their level and thats why we didn’t catch them but overall we feel we have made progress.”


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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho isn’t known for his friendliness on the touchline – but the 52-year old admitted he has a lot of respect for one man – Sir Alex Ferguson.

Having first met in 2004 when he was in charge of Porto, Mourinho has since been left impressed by Ferguson’s legacy in football He said:

“That was when I felt the two faces of such a big man.

“The first face  was the competitor, the man that tried everything to win. And after that I found the man with principles, with the respect for the opponent, with the fair play. I found these two faces in that period, and that was very important for me.”

However Mourinho said that his culture prevented him to replicate what Sir Alex did. He added:

“In my culture, the Portuguese and the Latin culture, we don’t have that culture of the second face; we are in football to win and when we don’t there is not a second face most of the time.

“But when we beat United in the Champions League I got that beautiful face of a manager which I try to have myself. I try.”

The former Manchester United boss is the most successful in British football history. He oversaw 810 games in charge of the Reds, winning 528 of those games. He won the Premier League 13 times, the Champions League twice and he was voted Manager of the Year 11 times.

The Scot’s time at United saw 15 managers come through the doors at Chelsea, with 66 games against Chelsea during his time at United. Chelsea won 21 of those encounters, losing 24 of them.

However, Mourinho’s record is one of the best. Having only crossed swords with Ferguson during his first stint as Chelsea manager, the Portuguese man played 10, won five, drew four and lost only one of his games against the Red Devils.


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