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Jose Mourinho wasnt completely wrong

A lot of people might not agree to Jose Mourinho’s statements that he made in the press conference after his team’s away game against Southampton last weekend, but, what he said was not completely wrong.

Well, he is someone who speaks pretty directly and that’s why, he does not sound good at times, but, if he thinks that something wrong is being done to  his side deliberately, he has every right to speak about it.

It was a clear case of penalty when the Southampton player Matt Targett fouled that evening at St Mary, but, the referee made the call against the Blues and this is not the first time that Chelsea has got such a decision in the ongoing league. It has happened to them many a time.

For Instance, during the game versus Manchester United, their players were frequently being shown yellow card, while, the Red Devils were getting away and even that day, Mourinho had looked dissatisfied with the referee’s decisions.

The Portuguese had not come down hard that day though while he faced the media. He had maintained his cool, but, not on Sunday. He was absolutely fuming and very clearly said what he felt.

He has obviously been criticized by the supporters of other clubs and also by some of the former footballer who believe that the match officials have been fair in all the games, but, it’s important for people to understand that Mourinho has reacted this way after getting a number of bad decisions.

If the penalty was given to Fabregas, there was 90% chance of Chelsea getting ahead in that Southampton game and winning it.

Similarly, if Chelsea had not been reduced to 10 players at Old Trafford, they might have won there as well. So, the referees’ decisions have cost Mourinho points and no manager in the world would like that.

 

Lampard relishing title race

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is delighted that the club are back in the title race this season, and is relishing the end of season run-in, according to Sky Sports.

The club were fourteen points adrift of champions Manchester United last season, while they were twenty-five short of Manchester City’s winning tally of eighty-nine points in the 2011-12 campaign.

However, with eight games left to play, they are in pole position, four points ahead of both Arsenal and Liverpool and six in front of Manchester City, and despite those sides having games in hand over the Blues, Lampard is up for the fight.

Meanwhile, Didier Drogba believes that his former club are on course for success, and that Jose Mourinho can build “another great team” at Stamford Bridge, the Daily Star understands.

The Ivory Coast international, who returned to his former stomping ground on Tuesday evening as his Galatasaray side crashed out of the Champions League, has been strongly linked with a return to Chelsea in some capacity in the future.

Elsewhere, the club have been linked with a move for Southampton striker Sam Gallagher, according to the Metro.

The teenage, who is the latest in a long line of young talents to break into the Saints’ first team, scored his first Premier League goal in a 4-2 win over Norwich City last weekend.

United to battle Chelsea for Shaw

Manchester United are determined to pip Chelsea to the signing of England U21 international Luke Shaw, the Metro understands.

The Blues have been considering a move for Shaw as they look for a long term replacement for Ashley Cole, while United are making plans for when Patirce Evra moves on.

With both club’s respective senior left backs linked with exits as soon as this summer, the race is on to see who will secure the 18 year old’s services.

The Southampton man is a Chelsea fan, which could give Jose Mourinho the edge though bookmakers have David Moyes as odds on favourite to complete the deal.

Meanwhile, the Blues’ boss has revealed that he is unsure how long John Terry will be out of action for, according to the Metro.

The club captain has missed the last three games through injury, having previously played every minute of the club’s Premier League campaign so far.

Jose Mourinho’s men take on Everton on Saturday lunchtime, though Mourinho is unsure whether Terry will be available for selection.

Should he miss the game, David Luiz is likely to retain his place alongside Gary Cahill at the heart of defence as Chelsea look to strengthen their grip on first place.

Mourinho keen to wrap up deals ahead of World Cup

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is confident he can wrap up deals for both Edinson Cavani and Luke Shaw before this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, according to the Mirror.

A striker and a left back are high on the Blues’ boss’s list of targets with his current selection of strikers struggling for consistency, and with Ashley Cole’s time with the club seemingly drawing to a close.

Cavani appears to be the club’s first choice striker, with Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney set to sign a new contract at Old Trafford while Shaw is expected to be pursued by a number a clubs come the end of the season, with Chelsea and United currently the front runners in the race to secure his services.

The Blues are expected to part-fund the deals by selling fringe players such as Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku, the latter of which is yet to play for the club having spent the last eighteen months out on loan first with West Bromwich Albion and then Everton.

There is also a doubt over three of the clubs senior players, with John Terry and Frank Lampard, along with Cole, not certain of new deals at the West London outfit.

Hodgson casts Cole doubts

Roy Hodgson has suggested that Ashley Cole may miss out on travelling to next summer’s World Cup finals, the Guardian understands.

The England manager has maintained that he would not write off the defender’s chances of making his squad, but has admitted that it is the 33 year old’s ‘turn to sit back’ after being first choice for so many years.

Everton’s Leighton Baines is Cole’s strongest competitor for a starting berth at left-back, while Luke Shaw of Southampton, who has emerged as one of the brightest talents in that position over the past twelve months, is set to be named in England’s squad for next month’s friendly against Denmark.

Cole has not started any of Chelsea’s last four games due to the continued form of Cesar Azpilicueta, who Jose Mourinho has selected ahead of him on a number of occasions this season.

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s inability to take all three points from their clash with Premier League champions Manchester United means that the Blues remain top of the table going into FA Cup fifth round weekend.

Manchester City were also unable to capitalise after their game against Sunderland was postponed due to the appalling weather conditions in the North West, while Liverpool moved to within four points of first place after beating Fulham 3-2 at Craven Cottage.

Chelsea looking to extend winning run against Hammers

Chelsea head into tonight’s game against West Ham United looking for the three points that could see them return to the top of the Premier League.

Leaders Arsenal were held to a 2-2 draw at Southampton yesterday evening, giving both the Blues an Manchester City the opportunity to leapfrog them this evening.

City travel to Tottenham Hotspur, and anything less than three points for Manuel Pellegrini’s men will see Chelsea move into first place if they emerge victorious.

Fernando Torres and Marco van Ginkel are the Blues’ only absentees, though Mohamed Salah will have to wait for his debut as he is not currently in the country.

Meanwhile, Luke Shaw will hold out for a move to Chelsea rather than sign for Manchester United, the Mirror understands.

Both clubs have been strongly linked with a move for the Southampton left-back, who has emerged as one of the hottest English talents in the Premier League.

Premier League champions United are keen to finalise a deal for the eighteen year old before Friday’s transfer deadline having already broken their transfer record with the £37.1m signing of Juan Mata.

However Shaw is willing to remain at St Mary’s for the rest of the season, safe in the knowledge that the Blues will pounce in the summer.

Chelsea keen to beat United to Shaw

Chelsea will use the money they received from Manchester United for Juan Mata to try and beat them to the signature of Southampton defender Luke Shaw, according to the Mail Online.

With Ashley Cole now 33 and yet to be offered a new contract, the Blues are keen on bringing in the highly rated left-back  while United are looking to continue rebuilding after breaking their transfer record at the weekend by bringing in Mata.

The club are still in a £20m profit this month despite bringing in Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah, and are confident they have the financial muscle to get a deal for Shaw over the line.

However, the Daily Star understands that the South Coast club have absolutely no intention of selling the 18 year old.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated that the Saints are keen to keep hold of all of their star players this month.

Elsewhere, reports in Spain suggest that an agreement has been made between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid for a swap deal for Thibaut Courtois and Diego Costa, the Mail Online understands.

Courtois has spent the last three seasons on loan with the La Liga side, while Costa, who is currently the second top scorer in La Liga behind Cristiano Ronaldo, is wanted by a host of European clubs.

Matic completes Blues return

Chelsea have completed the signing of former midfielder Nemanja Vidic for a fee in the region of £20m, Sky Sports understands.

The 25 year old originally moved away from Stamford Bridge in 2011 as part of the deal that saw David Luiz arrive from Benfica.

He has returned on a five and a half year deal, and becomes the Blues first signing of the January transfer window.

During his first spell at the club, the Serbian international made just three substitute appearances before moving to Portugal.

He could make his second Chelsea debut in Sunday afternoon’s clash with Manchester United.

Meanwhile, the club have been boosted in their hopes of signing Southampton left-back Luke Shaw following the news that chairman Nicola Cortese has left the club, according to the Express.

The 18 year old has been linked with a move to a number of clubs though both Cortese and manager Mauricio Pochettino have dismissed any speculation that they will sell.

However, with rumours that the Saints boss will follow his former boss out of the door at St Mary’s, the Blues are waiting to pounce.

Finally, midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah has returned to the club following his loan spell with Nottingham Forest.

The England U21 international made twelve appearances for the East Midlands side, scoring twice.

Chelsea win again to stay in touch with top two

Chelsea began 2014 in style by beating Southampton 3-0 at St Mary’s to keep pressure on the top two in the Premier League.

Second half goals from Fernando Torres, Willian and Oscar secured all three points for the Blues, who remain a point behind second place Manchester City, who won at Swansea City and two points behind leaders Arsenal, who beat Cardiff City.

Liverpool moved back into the top four after taking all three points from their match against Hull City, while Everton slip to fifth after drawing with Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur leapfrogged Manchester United into sixth following their second successive win at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho’s men will now turn their attention to Sunday afternoon’s FA Cup third round tie against Derby County.

Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic will miss the trip to the iPro Stadium after the Blues boss confirmed that the pair will both be out of action for a month, according to the Metro.

England international Lampard was substituted with a muscle injury at half time during Sunday afternoon’s 2-1 win over Liverpool, while Serbian Ivanovic injured his knee during the same game, and was replaced during the second half.

Lampard and Ivanovic injured ahead of Southampton clash

Chelsea will be without Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic for this afternoon’s trip to Southampton, as the pair both picked up injuries in Sunday’s win over Liverpool.

David Luiz will also miss the game after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season at the weekend, though fellow Brazil international Ramires returns after serving a one match ban.

Chelsea ran out 3-1 winners when the sides met at Stamford Bridge a month ago, with Gary Cahill, John Terry and Demba Ba scoring the goals after Jay Rodriguez had given the Saints the lead in the first minute.

The Blues could end the day in first place if they win, and Arsenal and Manchester City fail to win against Cardiff City and Swansea City respectively.

Elsewhere, the club have completed the signing of Burkina Faso midfielder Bertrand Traore, according to BBC Sport.

A deal was agreed for the eighteen year old back in October after he had impressed as a trialist, scoring three goals in the Blues preseason tour of Asia.

Traore made his international debut at just 15, and was part of the Burkina Faso squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, where he made one appearance as a substitute.