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Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has played down any reports linking him to the Chelsea hot seat.

The 52-year-old Welshman has been linked to be the next permanent manager after interim manager Guus Hiddink leaves in the summer.

However, Hughes has said that he is ‘very happy’ at the West Midlands club after having a great start to the current campaign.

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According to The Telegraph, Eddie Howe, Mark Hughes and Claudio Ranieri are on Chelsea’s wish-list should they fail to sign a top-name manager for the next season.

The Blues main target at the moment are Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri but it will be hard to put them under contract with the potential failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Howe, Hughes and Ranieri have all impressed at Bournemouth, Stoke City and Leicester respectively and two of them have been already part of Chelsea history.

Hughes played for the Blues for three seasons in the 90s and won the FA Cup in 1997.

Ranieri, who is currently top the league with Leicester, managed Chelsea for four years at the start of the century, before Jose Mourinho took over in 2004.

Howe’s inexperience – this is his first season as a Premier League manager – will put him in the lowest position of the trio, but it is believed Chelsea are really impressed with his results with the Cherries.

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Mark Hughes has emerged as a new candidate for the job of Chelsea manager.

Despite Guus Hiddink’s results as interim manager, Chelsea do not see him as a long term option and will certainly be looking to replace him.

Among 3 other managers, Mark Hughes is being considered for the role. He currently has a contract at Stoke City but his performance there during the current campaign has sparked interest from the Chelsea bosses.

 

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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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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is understandably disappointed with yesterday’s defeat against Bournemouth. His frustration is so high that he began to question the goalscoring ability of Chelsea players.

Mourinho said:

“I have to be honest and say I was not expecting this result,” 

”The team was in a good moment, working well, playing well. Of course not scoring enough goals.”

“We didn’t score against Stoke, we didn’t against Tottenham. We scored one goal to win the game against Norwich.”

“It’s difficult for us to score goals.”

“Scoring goals is a lot about individuals. The creation is collective, but the finishing is something very individual and at this moment we’re not having that.”

“We lost the game exactly at the moment where we were the strongest team, in our strongest period,”

“We were really unlucky, especially to concede a goal when we don’t deserve.

“In the second half we did more than enough to score and to win.”

He has also remembered that on Wednesday, Chelsea will face FC Porto and match result will decide who will fall and who will go further in the Champions League:

”It’s a knockout game,”

It’s a group phase where normally you still play for points.”

”But the reality is that it’s a knockout. Chelsea or Porto, one will be out. For sure, a big game.”

 

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New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga was reported as a target of many Premier League clubs, among those, Leicester City, Stoke City and Chelsea:

“Interest from Chelsea?” said the USA international to Empire of Soccer.

“It’s definitely been a good year for me in general, playing a lot of minutes, and trying to establish myself as a professional.

“But I don’t know anything about that”.

 

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Premier League have revealed the amount of money paid to football agents between October 2014 and September 2015.The team from Stamford Bridge took fourth place in the ranking.

The definition of an “agent”, as in rule A.1.9 of the Premier League Handbook, defines an agent as:

“any Person who qualifies as an Intermediary for the purposes of the FA Regulations on Working with Intermediaries as they may be amended from time to time”.

Between the period of 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 a total of £129.86million was spent by the 20 current Premier League clubs on agents.

Since June 2008 all English clubs are obliged to publish the total amount they paid to authorised agents in the specified time period ( which is the period 1 October of the previous year to 30 September of that year ) with the two transfer windows included.

AFC Bournemouth £2,328,862
Arsenal £11,928,584
Aston Villa £4,986,058
Chelsea £11,961,206
Crystal Palace £4,719,931
Everton £4,479,432
Leicester City £4,057,727
Liverpool £14,301,464
Manchester City £12,429,380
Manchester United £13,881,814
Newcastle United £5,946,031
Norwich City £2,484,285
Southampton £5,391,172
Stoke City £5,308,545
Sunderland £3,404,540
Swansea City £4,250,030
Tottenham Hotspur £5,987,052
Watford £1,620,229
West Bromwich Albion £3,342,217
West Ham United £7,049,001
Total £129,857,560

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is convinced that the consecutive victories of his team are the result of the hard work of all the players. Portuguese coach recalled the recent good results the team for confirmation of the rise in performance level of the Blues.

Mourinho told Chelsea’s official website:

”We started the season as a team that concedes more goals and now we lost in Stoke 1-0, we drew at Stoke in the Capital One Cup 1-1, we beat Norwich 1-0, Dynamo Kiev 2-1, so defensively as a team we had a significant improvement and also individually the defensive players had an improvement. The quality of our game improved a lot.”

”When the players are top, you want always more, you are never satisfied”

”We are never happy with the way we are playing. Even when we are playing very well there are always things to improve. We put ourselves in the position where the result became more important than anything.”

”In the Premier League the most important thing was to get better results. In the Champions League we have been always balanced, never an amazing position but never a position to scare us. Now the most important thing is to get results and with results the confidence is now coming. If you can develop better results, at the same time come better performances”

The Special One has also explained why he decided to replace Eden Hazard with Pedro:

”I had Pedro on the bench, and that is important”

”If I did not have Pedro on the bench then I don’t think I could improve on Hazard’s performance for the last 20 minutes of the match. But when I have Hazard with 90 minutes against Norwich on Saturday and 70 minutes against Maccabi on a pitch that doesn’t help, and I have Pedro fresh and I see the Maccabi right-back in trouble, tired and with cramps, I decided to give a hard time to him and bring Pedro on. I made the change because I had Pedro.”

 

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Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross has been given a year’s supply of deodorant following his side’s game against Chelsea.

Costa, who was kept relatively quiet by the Stoke captain throughout the 1-0 defeat last Saturday, gestured to Shawcross that his armpits stank after the pair clashed in the second half by pointing to his armpits and holding his nose.

After the match at the Britannia Stadium, Shawcross’ wife Kath tweeted a picture of the 28-year old holding a bottle of Dove deodorant, with the caption, “Made sure Ryan Shawcross put his deodorant on this evening.”

Shawcross, along with Potters manager Mark Hughes, attended a BBC Radio Stoke fan’s forum on Wednesday, where he was presented with 12 months’ worth of body spray.

“When Costa was concentrating on me and not the game, then the battle was won,” Shawcross told the forum.

“He is a top player and I was pleased to keep him quiet.”

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According to Nemanja Matic,Chelsea did not deserve to lose in Saturday’s game against Stoke. Despite successive defeat, Serbia international has joined in the support for his manager saying that Mourinho’s absence had no impact on Chelsea’s  performance.

Matic told Chelsea’s official website:

”We weren’t happy to lose this game”

”We deserved more, we had some good chances but we didn’t score and in the end we lost, but we have to think about the next game. This game is done and we have to keep our heads up and think about our future. We have to work hard.”

”It’s difficult. We are not used to being in this position in the table but this is football and this is life. Of course, it isn’t easy to be where we are now, but we have to work hard to try to win the next game and try to catch the teams above us.”

”We had a few meetings before we came here and we do the same before every game”

”We knew exactly what to do and this [the manager’s absence] is not the reason why we lost the game. We didn’t have the luck to score goals. The opportunities were there, but we didn’t score and this is the result, which we didn’t deserve”

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