We have had welcome news in the past few days that Marco Van Ginkel has returned to training at Cobham during this international break as he makes his surprising return to action. Could Van Ginkel offer Jose Mourinho something different?
Plenty has been said of his injury and the prognosis back at that stage of the season.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is reported to be furious at being caught on camera in an honest exchange about his strikers.
Mourinho was caught in conversation with the boss of Swiss watch-makers Hublot, explaining that Chelsea did not have anyone to score goals. The conversation was recorded by French broadcasters Canal+ in Switzerland on February 17 and appeared as a video clip on their website.
The real reasons Mourinho is so angry By AondoaverK Jose Mourinho's media statements in response to the Arsenal manager's opinions on why the top coaches do not want to be considered title favourites did not come as a surprise. What is surprising is the sheer anger and outright disrespect that they contained.
The pre-match press conference yesterday had been planned to speak of the FA Cup this weekend as Arsenal prepare to take on Liverpool and Chelsea take on Manchester City.
However, after seeing his side stutter and lose the lead in the Premier League title race, Arsene Wenger choose to try and turn up the heat on Jose Mourinho by stating that the title is Chelsea's to lose:
Video: Wenger: Chelsea's title to lose As you can imagine, the press wanted to hear Jose Mourinho's opinion on the comments made by Wenger and it's fair to say that he didn't hold back!
We all know that Jose Mourinho likes a mind game or three. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger really locked horns with the Portuguese coach the first time he was the Chelsea manager and he probably got under Wenger's skin more than the other way then. They have been reasonably civil with each other this time around, [.
Mourinho: 'John Terry is still out. Fernando is back and available for selection.' #CFC Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) February 10, 2014 Chelsea captain John Terry should be fit to face Manchester City in this weekend's FA Cup fifth round clash, according to Jose Mourinho, Terry will miss tomorrow's visit to West Brom, but striker Fernando [.
Calm down and keep the Faith by Sam P I really cannot believe what I read from some Arsenal fans on this site sometimes. One bad game and all of a sudden it is, `Wenger out`, `Arsenal are rubbish`, `Ozil is a donkey` and much, much more. Some of the invective leveled at our long [...]
We have often heard Jose Mourinho playing down Chelsea's title chances in recent weeks but one report (from a source close to the club) has claimed that Jose Mourinho has told the players the complete opposite!
According to this article, this so-called source his quoted as saying:
"Jose told the players before the West Ham game that they would hear him talk down their title chances.
City fearful of Arsenal's position? by Ash In recent years, Arsenal has been subject to much criticism about how the Gunners fear their opponents too much or in some regards give them too much respect. And although I don't always necessarily agree with this, because in some cases it is true, a pure example being [.
Arsene Wenger has conducted himself this season with a calmness and dignity that has not always been so evident, especially when Arsenal have been up against it, like this time last year when Wenger was getting increasingly narky with reporters. And with Alex Ferguson gone from Manchester United and Wenger and Mourinho declaring that their [.
Con gol de Ivanovic, Chelsea venció (1-0) a Manchester City por la 24º jornada de la Premier League. Con este resultado, Arsenal recupera la punta (55 pts) mientras que los contendientes quedan atrás (53 pts). caligula
As an Arsenal fan it feels wrong and a little bit weird to be wanting Chelsea to win, just like last week with Tottenham. But needs must and so the Gunners faithful tonight will have been hoping for a Chelsea win or a draw between them and Manchester City. They got a 1-0 win, so [...]
Ahead of a key mid-season match between Chelsea and Manchester City, Jose Mourinho has taken the opportunity to make the first punch.
The Chelsea boss stated that considering Man City's large squad and their financial power, it's a wonder that they have only won three trophies since an Abu Dhabi consortium took over the club in 2008.
There are reports in the media that many Arsenal fans will find distressing. Apparently Jose Mourinho has asked his sugar daddy for even more money and gazumped anyone else's interest in the Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa. The powerful striker has been on fire for his La Liga side this season, with 23 goals in [.
Rara estadística que se lleva la atención inglesa después de cerrada la 22º jornada de la Premier League que deja el podio en iguales condiciones que antes de empezarla. Arsenal (2-1 vs Aston Villa), Manchester City (4-2 vs Cardiff) y Chelsea (3-1 vs Manchester United) ganaron sus juegos y mantienen la tensión en la cima de la tabla.
In the summer, when Chelsea were confident their club would be prising Wayne Rooney away from Manchester, a rumour circulated that Jose Mourinho was prepared to let Juan Mata or David Luiz move in the opposite direction.
The rumour was quickly dismissed, with Chelsea fans scoffing at the idea that Mourinho would be prepared to let Mata, their player of the season two years running, leave the club.
Although some Arsenal fans are a little bit concerned about the temperament and discipline of the Brazilian born striker, but Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa would be the man a lot of us would like Arsene Wenger to sign this January, from those that are potentially available that is. And if you believe the old [.
FIFA's last deadline for Brazil's World Cup stadiums to be ready has finally arrived.
With members of each of the 32 qualified nation's technical staffs meeting this week in Florianopolis, FIFA's staff will be in Curitiba to announce on Tuesday whether the southern Brazilian city will indeed remain a host city.
Sepp Blatter wants diving out of soccer, and he's willing to create new rules to combat it.
The FIFA President addressed the occurrence of diving and simulation in his column in the latest "FIFA Weekly", calling it "deeply irritating" and willing to allow referees more freedom to keep divers off the field once the medical team moves them out of bounds.
It is time for the players to take responsibility by M.E.S. Since Jose Mourinho has come out and criticized the Arsenal manager, I have certainly been annoyed. Years ago I liked him, while in Spain he became a bit boring and now, after his attack on Wenger, I thoroughly dislike him. Being an Arsenal supporter [.
Just when we thought Jose Mourinho had mellowed. by Dan Hello Arsenal fans. Since returning to English football it appeared that the Portuguese one was picking his fights more wisely. Sir Alex Ferguson was apparently his long term friend who he was sad had gone, Brenden Rodgers and Steve Clarke his young prodigies while after [.
Arsene Wenger may well be the happiest and most pleased with himself person in London right now. The Arsenal fans who had me in stitches chanting behind the BT Sports commentary stand ran him a close second, but it is safe to say that today was a good day to be a Gunner. Wenger and [...]
Jose Mourinho isn't one to bite his tongue. If something comes to his mind, he'll say it and worry about the consequences later.
Take for instance his Friday press conference to preview Chelsea's next match. The Blues aren't playing Arsenal (they're facing Manchester City in the FA Cup), but that didn't stop Mourinho from lobbing a verbal grenade at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, calling the Frenchman an expert at failure.
Cheer up Arsenal fans! by Sam P Arsenal fans have been going through a tough time recently. There was another disappointing transfer window which ended with the Kim Kallstrom farce. There was the pain and embarrassment of getting a football lesson from Liverpool at Anfield, followed by an uninspiring draw against Man United.
Nobody is trying to claim that Arsenal were anything other than abysmal against Liverpool on Saturday, but some journalists and pundits have grabbed onto the game with both hands and used it to back up what they have been saying about the Gunners all season. And the same goes for Mesut Ozil, whose contribution at [.
Arsenal first-halves are a major problem by Gooneristic Truth Is this an I-told-you-so moment or what? For many fans and pundits who have questioned Arsenal's strength and depth only to be drowned and silenced by aggressive murmurs of disapproval and clicks of ‘dislike', the Anfield shellacking feels like that long-awaited moment of vindication!
Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal fans have been left a bit baffled by the decision by Jose Mourinho and Chelsea to sell their best player of the last two seasons, Juan Mata, to a direct Premier League rival Manchester United. After the hypocritical one refused to sanction a loan move by the Gunners for Demba [.
The TV cameras showed Jose Mourinho and Alan Pardew embracing each other like long-lost brothers before they walked out of the tunnel together chatting away excitedly and it seems it's a case of a mutual admiration society two. Alan Pardew one of England's best managers Before the game, Alan Pardew had [.
This week we are cautioned for another high boot and talk about: The Etihad fortress wassacked by The little horse named Chelsea becoming the first team this season to get any points at City. Red vs Red: Arsenal's lack of transfer movement and perceived depth issues and United crisis of faith and bout of bad luck.
I keep saying it but you can never ever underestimate the influence of Mourinho! Whether it's in the dressing room, on the training ground, during games in that technical area or in his press conferences, there is a reason why he is the best in the world!
I was watching SkySports Monday Night Football last night and the post match analysis and for me Gary Neville got it spot on.
It came as a shock to most people when rumours started circulating on the evening of May 7th that Sir Alex Ferguson planned to retire at the end of the 2012/2013 season, having wrapped up the title weeks before the end of the season.
That night, Ferguson rang up his brother and closest confidante, Martin, to let him know of his decision.