MOURINHO: SLIP COST LIVERPOOL

In his press conference yesterday evening, the Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho tried to put the Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard under a bit of pressure by talking about his slip in the previous season.

The Reds were on their way to win the Premier League in 2013-14. They just had to secure a draw versus Chelsea and they would have been fine, but, it wasn’t to be. Continue reading

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Mourinho claims he almost managed PSG twice

Chelsea boss José Mourinho has claimed that he almost became the manager of Paris St Germain not once but twice over the last few years. The bigspending French club have been attracting a lot of talent with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani being the prominent signings. They brought in David Luiz for £ 50 million this summer. Despite those signings, only Carlo Ancelotti remains the high-profile manager that they have had in the last five years. It seems that PSG were intent on changing this fact after they were heavily interested in Mourinho.

The Portuguese boss has revealed that they first approached him when he left Inter Milan in 2010. However, the offer from Real Madrid proved very hard to resist for the manager. After this decision from Mourinho, PSG went for former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti. This marriage was pretty good after Ancelotti lead the club to league titles. However, it was not ideal in terms of the European performances and Ancelotti left for Madrid last season. In order to replace him, it has been revealed that PSG were intent on Mourinho, who then decided to join Chelsea for a second spell.

The revelations from the Portuguese boss clearly show that he remains an in demand after having won league titles in four different countries. “I was the first choice of Leonardo. I said no to PSG twice. Paris can win the Champions League, it would be fantastic to have Chelsea-PSG in the final. Paris is in good hands, Laurent Blanc is a good manager. To become Portugal’s coach ? The country awaits it. I’m at the half-time of my career, I still have 15 years,” said Mourinho about the managerial job offers he has had and also the prospects of coaching the Portuguese national team.

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Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea look unstoppable this season and he has laid down the gauntlet to his title rivals by suggesting that his team can take anything that they throw at them. After last season’s false start, Mourinho really looks to have found the right formula this time round. Continue reading

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Mourinho Squashes rumors

Jose Mourinho has dismissed suggestions that he is obsessed with winning the Champions League for the third time in his career. Mourinho is already regarded as one of finest managers involved football. He is the only manager to have secured the league title in four top leagues within Europe. He has won league titles with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. The Portuguese was also on the verge of creating a new record in the Champions League. After having won the title with Porto and Inter Milan, he is searching for a third title with Chelsea.

This would make him the only manager to have won the Champions League with three different teams. Mourinho has been defeated on four consecutive occasions in search of this record, as his teams have been knocked out of the last four semifinals without exception. Chelsea are favourites to win this year’s competition after having strengthened his squad massively over the summer. The blues take on Schalke in the opening group match and the overwhelming favourites after having won 6-0 over two legs against the German opposition last season. Mourinho says that winning the competition twice already puts him as part of the competition’s history, and he says that a third title will not make much of a difference.

“In this country, you have the greatest manager of them all [Sir Alex Ferguson] who won it two times. So from this moment if I don’t win one more match in the Champions League my history is there – I won it twice and this is something to be proud of. Of course I want to win it again. I have many years ahead of me… but in this moment I only think about this championship of six matches and three matches, and we have to do everything to qualify,” said Mourinho.

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Klose Retires

Miroslav Klose, who has scored more number of World Cup goals than anyone else in the game, has brought down curtains on his international career. He made the announcement of his exit yesterday.

The veteran striker has left the international arena on a high. He became a World Champion for the first time a few weeks ago and he thought there can’t be a better time for him to get his boots hung up.

Klose struck as many as 16 times in the 4 World Cups that he featured in.

He, with 71 strikes, also holds the record of being the leading scorer for his country at the international level

The statement that he released for the press read, “It’s the ultimate high that you can reach as an international footballer, winning the World Cup. I am glad that I am lucky enough to achieve something like this.”

“The satisfactory thing is that my personal performance has been pretty good as well playing for Germany over the years. Being an ambitious player, I always wanted to be amongst the goals. It’s doesn’t mean I was worried about the records. It’s just that I wanted to contribute heavily for the team.”

Before Klose, there were only two players in the history of the game who had taken part in 4 World Cups and had scored in each and every one of them. Klose has become third member of that elite club now.

Klose performed the best in his first two World Cups i.e. in 2002 and 2006. His last one in Brazil was not that fruitful for him personally as he could score only a couple of goals, but, it was the most memorable one for him as he managed to get to glory.

Klose is still an active club footballer playing for Lazio in Serie A.

 

Hard to argue against Mourinho’s title claim

Jose Mourinho made the not-so-bold claim last week that this Chelsea squad has what it takes to win the Premier League this season. Having played down his side’s chances of success last term, the ‘Special One’ seems much happier having made changes to his squad this summer.

Mourinho has made four additions to his team, all of whom would appear to have a big part to play in Chelsea’s season. Diego Costa is likely to continue as the focal point of Chelsea’s attack after scoring against Burnley on his competitive debut, while Cesc Fabregas is expected to fill the big shoes of Frank Lampard in midfield after his fine assist for the Blues’ second goal at Turf Moor. The Blues are now 6/4 favourites with Paddy Power to win the title come next May.

Filipe Luis was one of the best defenders in Europe last season and will only improve a strong backline, while Didier Drogba’s return could be a stroke of genius if he can chip in a few vital goals from the bench.

Chelsea also have something of a new signing in Thibaut Courtois, who looks to have the potential to be better than Petr Cech, who is now 9/4 to leave for Monaco.

The Blues look to be very strong in every area of the pitch now, with Mourinho having a quality reserve to fill the void should one of his main stars be unable to play. You only have to look at the players Mourinho let go this summer to see how much faith he has in his squad.

He allowed stalwarts Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard to go, while Romelu Lukaku was sold to a rival in Everton. The transfer of David Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain is perhaps Mourinho’s finest work in the transfer window, though, given the fee the French side paid and the scars Luiz carries from the World Cup.

If you match Chelsea’s squad up with any of their title rivals, the strength in depth is there for all to see. Only Manchester City can boast a squad that can match the Blues in terms of quality in every department. Therefore, it stands to reason that it will be City and Chelsea fighting it out for the title again this season, with the rest someway behind.

 

Chelsea INterested In Remy

Chelsea is believed to have got in touch with the Queens Park Rangers to enquiry if their striker Loic Remy is still up for sale or not. The blues have needed to do this because of the injury of one of their offensive players i.e. Didier Drogba.

Drogba injured himself while taking part in the pre-season match against Ferencvarosi last weekend.

QPR had almost sold Remy to Liverpool at the start of the summer at a transfer fee of about 10 million Euros, but, the player failed in passing the medical test conducted by the Reds and as a result, the deal couldn’t take place.

Remy was reported to be on the radar of a couple of London based clubs namely Arsenal and Totteham Hotspur as well before going to Anfield for medical.

As far as Drogba is concerned, he is all set to miss at least the first couple of league matches after hurting his ankle really badly. It remains to be known how severe his injury is.

Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea boss, seemed to be done with his transfer activities for the summer after bringing in ample resources for every department, but, now, he has to make his way back to the market again in search of an offensive option.

Meanwhile, Remy has been practicing with the Rangers squad. He is supposed to start for them against Hull City this weekend.

The QPR boss Harry Redknapp was talking about him in his interview the other day. He was quoted as saying, “Loic is still not there completely, but, he’s been putting in the hard yards and that’s what I love about him. I hope him to be fit enough to go into the Hull game.”

This is QPR’s return to the league. Last season, they had to play in the second tier after being relegated.