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DIEGO COSTA
Chelsea striker Diego Costa © Francesca Ceciarini

Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo reports that Atletico Madrid are ready to pay Diego Costa‘s release clause to get him back to Vicente Calderón.

The Spaniard joined Chelsea in summer 2014 and had a stunning first season at Stamford Bridge, helping the Blues to secure the title with 20 goals, but now he is struggling and his nervous reaction toward Mourinho ( he threw his bib at him) after not being played against Spurs last Sunday might mean something has broken for him.

Atletico are ready to bid again on him after he helped them to win La Liga and reach the Champions League finale in 2013-2014.

It would be the second return to the Rojiblancos after the one of Filipe Luis last summer.

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JOSE MOURINHO FLORENTINO PEREZ
Mourinho and Perez have a great relationship

Spanish football expert and Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague said that until Florentino Perez is in charge as Real Madrid chairman he will try to get back José Mourinho to the Santiago Bernabéu.

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Mourinho stayed at the Merengues for three years: his adventure in Spain ended in June 2013, when he came back to Chelsea, but the Portuguese manager always stated that he didn’t have a good personal experience in Madrid so it’s unlikely that he will come back in a place where he didn’t feel appreciated and had many issues both in his professional and personal life.

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JOSE MOURINHO
Ex Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

José Mourinho met the journalists in the Estadio do Dragão press room to preview tomorrow’s night match with Porto:

“There are zero untouchable players in my squad. To be untouchable you have to be consistent. You have to be a fantastic player but you have to be consistent. We have fantastic players, the players who gave us the title last season, no doubts about it, but football is about today, not about yesterday.

“In football you have to be consistent in your performance, consistent in your emotion. To be a winner you don’t need to win all the time, you lose, you cannot win all the time, but you need a strong mentality every game, every day.

“In this moment I don’t have untouchables. I have very good players, players I like very much. I like my squad, I like their qualities, their human qualities, they are a very good group of guys. That’s a privilege to work with a group I like so much, no doubts about it, but untouchables, only consistency can give you that.”

Looking back to Newcastle game Mourinho remarked the fact that the first half was really poor, while he liked his team in the second half:

“When you play the way we did in the second half it’s because we can play that way. So I think it’s not a question of if we can, we need to want, and if we want, we need to want for 90 minutes. You can win matches playing well for 45 minutes, that’s possible, we almost did it, but normally to win matches of a high difficulty, we have to play better than 45 minutes.”

Porto are leaders in the Portuguese league, while Chelsea is almost at the bottom of Premier League table, but Mourinho thinks that this will not influence the game:

“We are not going to finish in that position and are sure to improve. The fact Porto is in first place is a normal thing, it is usual for Porto to be there due to the quality of the squad. They have big hopes for the Champions League.

“Games away are always difficult in the Champions League. Porto tend to be a big team and it will be very difficult to play against them. They want to win. They know they are not going to face a weak team, as some think.”

Mourinho also visited Porto’s museum before the press conference: a special emotion for him, as he contributed to be part or their history:

“As a museum it is amazing. When you are lucky to be part of it, when you are not just a simple visitor, you are somebody that did something to deserve to be part of that museum, it is very emotional.

“You realise you did something important time will not delete. So for me it’s the kind of visit that makes my opponent’s heart a bit softer and I have now to go to the hotel and make it hard again, because tomorrow I have a big game.”

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Yesterday Petr Cech returned to Stamford Bridge for the first time as a rival.

The reception the Czech goalkeeper got from Chelsea fans was “amazing” as he stated after the game:

“I came back and hoped that I could get a result for my new team.

“We prepared for the game but couldn’t win”, he continued.

“My individual highlight will be the reception I got from the fans which was amazing.

“I would like to thank everybody, but obviously I would have liked to win the game. We go home with no points so that’s the disappointing part”.

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is looking forward to the clash with Arsenal as all the Blues fans.

The English midfielder came back last year to Stamford Bridge has a rival while playing for Manchester City and had a great reception from his former supporters.

Today Petr Cech will return to the Bridge as a rival and Lampard is sure that the Czech goalkeeper will have a great reception too, as he stated on his Facebook profile:
Lampard Cech

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Petr Cech will go back tomorrow to Stamford Bridge after he moved to Arsenal last summer after eleven years at Chelsea.

It will be a particular day for the Czech goalkeeper, that will reunite with many people he worked with for many years and will be a rival for the first time in his old stadium that gave him many good memories.

Blues boss José Mourinho stressed that Cech will be welcome at the stadium and in the Chelsea dressing room:

“To meet Cech before or after the game wouldn’t be same to meet other players, of course…during the game nothing changes, he’s the  Arsenal goalkeeper, we are professionals…when the game ends if he wants to come to our dressing room, he’s more than welcome”

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FIFA is set to discuss Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn situation this Friday, but it remains unclear what jurisdiction it can have on the matter.

Mary O’Rouke QC of the Football Medical Association claims that the Chelsea doctor and physio haven’t “done nothing wrong” and should be able to return to their role at the Blues if they still wants to resume her duties at the club. 

O’ Rouke said: “I personally believe, as a football supporter and as someone who supports medics in sport, the best outcome in this case would be for her and John Fearn to be back on the bench sending the message out to the football world they did nothing wrong.

I think you will find FIFA on Friday saying the same thing that they did nothing wrong because their duty was to the player as their patient, the referee, the FA and actually their job in the club is to look after the players not to run the team and not to be tactically aware.

Much though one understands the passion of the manager or coach you [as a medical professional] have to prioritise the player because, apart from anything else, if a player sues he doesn’t sue the manager he sues the doctor, physio or the club.

No-one wants to hang anyone out to dry here. If you start making someone do public apologies or losing face that can impact on a future working relationship and surely what Chelsea and other football medics would want would be to patch it up.

The lawyer explains Carneiro taking legal instruction does not mean she will be suing Chelsea in the future: “You don’t just engage a lawyer to go to court, you engage them to give you your legal rights whether it be to return to work or negotiate a new deal or contract.

You put yourself into their position. They must be in their dream jobs so would you want to lose that job?

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DIEGO COSTA
Diego Costa was a key-player for Chelsea in the last season © Francesca Ceciarini

According to Spanish paper Marca Diego Costa met with Atletico Madrid chairman Miguel Angel Gil while on holidays in Ibiza this summer. 

The paper hinted that this meeting could mean the Spanish striker is willing to go back to Atletico, a club he joined in 2007 but that he left four times on loan before joining Chelsea in summer 2014, after he finally broke into the football scene in the two previous seasons.

However, his agent Jorge Mendes played down the chances of Diego Costa leaving Chelsea and the Spaniard’s wages seems to be a major block in the deal.

 

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JOSE MOURINHO
Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Speaking to BT Sport Chelsea boss José Mourinho explained why it was dangerous to return to Chelsea in 2013, after his spells at Inter and Real Madrid:

It was dangerous. It was dangerous for many reasons,” claimed the Portuguese.

The first reason is the old saying, don’t go back to where you were happy before. Why? Because people love me here and Chelsea fans look at me as somebody that was important in a certain moment of Chelsea history.

Why risk the prestige and the passion you got? In that perspective, it was a difficult situation.

“The second situation was because the Chelsea top team finished. No more Essien, Makelele, Lampard, Cole, Drogba – finished.

“The third reason is the evolution of the Premier League. Even if you want to win the league, you risk finishing outside the top four.

“Two seasons ago – Manchester United out of the top four. Last season – Liverpool out of the top four. Next season – somebody will also be out of the top four.

When you start a season in a top club, you can be the champion or you can be out of the top four. So I think yes, it’s risky.”

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José Mourinho confirmed that both doctor Eva Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn were axed from the bench for the upcoming matches but hasn’t ruled out the possibility for them to come back one day.

“For some people the bench is very important, this is my responsibility, it’s my decision, it’s nobody’s else decision,” said the manager during today press conference.

For other people it is not important. For other people the most important thing is not what people think you do, it is what you do”

Every week I have to choose 18 players out of 25, I have to choose four of my seven assistants, I have to choose just one kit man out of seven, and for medical department I need to choose two of them out more of dozen, at the Etihad Jon Fearn and Eva Carneiro won’t be on the bench, they won’t be on Sunday, it’s my decision, but this doesn’t mean they cannot be there in the future”

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