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Defender Kalidou Koulibaly was one of Chelsea‘s target in this last summer transfer window, but he decided to stay with Napoli.

Now, the player’s agent Bruno Satin, reveals why Koulibaly snubbed the Blues:  “The Scudetto pact?” – Bruno Satin told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli –“Kalidou stayed because he has a strong contract and he knows that with these teammates and this staff they can have important ambitions and try to win the Scudetto.”

 

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Antonio Conte is the only manager that beat Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a title race so far and the Italian coach wants to repeat himself also this year.

The Swedish striker won five leagues out of six while playing in the Serie A, and the only one he didn’t win was the 2011/2012, when Conte won his first Scudetto with Juventus, beating Milan in the last fixtures.

The new Blues boss hopes history can repeat with Chelsea vs Manchester United this year:

“As a coach it was the first championship of my career with Juventus. 

“It was fantastic because we started the season as the underdog and the press had us down for sixth or seventh place in the table.

“I remember that Milan had Zlatan Ibrahimovic and it was the only season that he didn’t win the championship.

“I hope that in this coming season, it is the same again!”

 

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Chelsea fans will be disappointed after losing Super Cup ( Community Shield) to Arsenal.

Of course, also José Mourinho and his players will be disappointed too, but we got a news: don’t worry too much for this because, usually, when the Portuguese manager loses a Super Cup the forthcoming season is really successful.

It’s true that Mourinho won the national title both with Chelsea and Inter in 2006 and 2009 after winning the Super Cup in the previous summer, but things were not good in the Champions League in those seasons, and although winning a Premier League title or a Scudetto is always special, those are not remembered among the best seasons of the Portuguese coach.

Mourinho also lost another Super Cup with Chelsea, in August 2006: 2-1 to Liverpool at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, with Peter Crouch’s winner at 80′. In 2006-2007 Mourinho both won the FA Cup and the League Cup with the Blues, but failed both in the Premier League ( second behind Manchester United) and the Champions League ( out with Liverpool in the semifinals at penalty shootouts). That is the only exception on what we stated at the beginning of this article.

But two of the most successful season of Mourinho as a manager came after he lost the Super Cup.

In August 2009 Mourinho lost the Super Cup with Inter against Lazio, in a game played in Peking, China. The Roman side won 2-1 despite Inter controlling and playing magnificent football for the entire game. The Nerazzurri had 26 chances, Lazio “just”12.

Inter then won the treble: no other team in Italy has ever won the Scudetto, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League in the same season. To date, 2009-2010 was the best season in Mourinho’s career, as he often recalls, also because the Nerazzurri were among underdogs in the continental competition.

In August 2011 Mourinho lost the Super Cup with Real Madrid against Barcelona: in Spain the trophy is still assigned in double tie, with both teams playing at their own stadia: after the 2-2 at the Bernabéu, the Merengues lost 3-2 at Camp Nou after playing a great match, with Leo Messi sealing the victory with two minutes to go. It was the same night when, in the middle of scuffle on the sideline, Mourinho poked Tito Vilanova in his eye.

Mourinho then managed to win the Liga of the Records with Real Madrid: 100 points, 121 goals scored ( and then they call him “defensive”!) and 32 victories out of 38 games, stunning stats for every team in the world.

Furthermore, the winning of that title ended the reign of Barcelona, who left Real Madrid without leagues for three years- an infinity in Spain- with the Blaugrana also dominating the football scene in Europe and in the world. That achievement was as important as the league itself.

Madrid was knocked out from Copa del Rey always by Barcelona in the quarter finals, with a very controversial second tie game at Camp Nou, where the referee was also protagonist.

They lost the chance to play Munich Champions League Final against Chelsea by losing to Bayern at penalties in the Bernabéu, betrayed by the mistakes of their three major stars: Cristiano Ronaldo, Kakà and Sergio Ramos. Odds of these three missing penalties at the same time were at 1000/1, we guess.

Despite this, that season was the best one for Mourinho during his Spanish experience and, to date, that was the last league won by Real Madrid.

Mourinho won then the Spanish Super Cup in August 2012, always against Barcelona: 2012-2013 season, anyway, was one of the worst seasons of his career, with Mourinho splitting up with the dressing room and having continuos issues with the Spanish press. No other titles were won on that season, with Real Madrid losing the Copa del Rey in the Bernabéu’s final to Atletico Madrid for 2-1 in May 2013, one of the last games of Jose on the Merengues‘ bench before coming back to London.

That was, until last March when the Portuguese won the League Cup with Chelsea at Wembley, the last trophy he had won for two years and half, the longest trophies “fast” that Mourinho had in his career.

Winning the Super Cup doesn’t bring the best of the luck to the Portuguese manager, so there is nothing to worry about at the moment.

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