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Jose Mourinho: Chelsea Have Full Respect For Maribor

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he has ‘no idea’ when Diego Costa will be fit. The Brazilian-born Spain striker missed Chelsea’s win against Crystal Palace on Saturday and was absent from the training session today. His boss Mourinho confirmed that Costa had aggravated his hamstring issue on international duty. Ahead of tomorrow’s game, Mourinho told reporters: “With Diego it is the same problem. But now it is an injury, not an ‘almost injury’.It’s simple. He’s not training because he is not in the condition to do so.” “I have no idea how long he will be out. Tomorrow he cannot play. The weekend is not important but he cannot play tomorrow.” Mourinho expressed his dissatisfaction regarding the treatment of Diego Costa in the national camp and revealed he has spoken to only England manager Roy Hodgson this season. “In this moment, since the beginning of season, I think from all national teams, I had one phone call from Roy. […] Read more »

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Chelsea FC: Jose Mourinho ‘Flattered’ By Comparison To Brian Clough

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to the late Brian Clough and insists there is no comparison between him and the legendary former Nottingham Forest manager. Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock compared Mourinho to Brian Clough, and the Blues boss was happy to receive the compliment.”I obviously feel very flattered with his comments but I don’t think there is a comparison.Mr Clough is a legend in English football; what he did, especially at Nottingham Forest, will be remembered forever.It was a big loss for English football when he went so early but I’m nobody compared with him. If Neil said that, it makes me very proud, but the legacy of Mr Clough has no comparison.” “Neil’s a great motivator; I was behind his dugout when he played the play-off final against Watford (in 2013), and I saw the way he feels the game, communicates, interacts with players. If he does that during 90 minutes and in training he brings […] Read more »

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Chelsea’s Title Challenge: Adaptability Key to Success

Jose Mourinho was understandably pleased following his side’s 2-0 victory over Arsenal that gave the Blues clear daylight at the top of the Barclays Premier League. “In this moment, our team can adapt to everything”, enthused the Portuguese manager in a post-match interview. “We are not this kind of fundamentalist team who only play one way, think one thing. We can play different ways, adapt to different situations.” Whilst the statement might be perceived as the latest attack on Wenger and Arsenal in a war of words that seems to have no end in sight, it underlines the most salient reason behind Chelsea’s success thus far this season – their adaptability. Particularly over the past month, the Stamford Bridge outfit have shown that they are a side capable of winning games by adapting their own style of football to the opposition. This isn’t to say that Chelsea are the only team that can do this. Crucially however, they can do […] Read more »

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Crsytal Palace v Chelsea – Team News, Tactics, Line-Ups And Prediction

Crystal Palace V/s Chelsea FC Selhurst Park, London Saturday, 18th October; 1500GMT *** As the Premier League returns to action after the last international break of the year, Chelsea make the cross-town trip to Selhurst Park hoping to continue the fantastic start to the season. The Eagles come into this match on the back of an indifferent start to the season, having won just two matches out of the 7 they have played so far. A John Terry own goal helped Palace beat Chelsea last season, a game which in many ways started their revival to help them stay up. A lot of things have changed since then with crowd favourite Tony Pulis getting the sack and ex-manager Neil Warnock taking charge at Selhurst Park. The Eagles faithful will just hope that their stay in the Premier League is confirmed sooner this time around. Chelsea have been the team to beat this season, which is why they remain the only […] Read more »

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Chelsea FC Manager Jose Mourinho Urges Caution Ahead Of Crystal Palace Clash

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has highlighted the importance of the game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park tomorrow. The Portuguese conducted his pre-match press conference after today’s training session and reported a number of injury concerns in his squad. “We have some problems, yes. Ramires, Drogba, Diego Costa, Schurrle, Mikel, it’s a long list. I had given our three Spanish players a two-day rest following their return from international duty but I want to wait until tomorrow.” Mourinho told the reporters.”I don’t speak with national team managers unless they want to speak with me. I’m powerless (during the international break) and because I know that I don’t use my time contacting them. During my career some of them, not many, but some, used to contact me to ask about the situation of our players but many don’t. When they contact me I’m always open about speaking with them. They have the power, we don’t have the power.” Last season Chelsea […] Read more »