Arsenal fans may react in anger today when they hear the dismissive comments of the Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, but we should actually take heart from them. By claiming that he is not concerned about Arsenal and does not really see them as serious rivals suggests to me the exact opposite. We all know what [.
Mourinho was spotted in the stadium at Brussels watching the friendly between Belgium and Colombia. But it wasn't to keep an eyes on Chelsea young eggs like Hazard, De Bruyne or Courtouis. He had his eye on Colombian ace striker Radamel Falcao.
Chelsea tried to sign Falcao in many previous occasions but a deal was never struck between the two.
According to reports in the English media, the FC Porto striker and reported Arsenal target Jackson Martinez has opened the door on a move away from the Estadio do Dragao, claiming he is looking for a 'good transfer' in the near future, with the Portuguese champions also ready to cash in on the prolific front [.
Chelsea will want a return to winning ways in the league when they take on West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The blues are usually strong at home, but under Mourinho, they seem to have found an air of invincibility at the Bridge. They have been able to stay in touch with the table leaders Arsenal purely because of the home form.
Chelsea enjoyed yet another 3-0 win over Schalke, but Belgian winger Eden Hazard was a conspicuous absence from the team. Hazard has been one of the regulars under José Mourinho and it was surprising to see him left out of the squad altogether. Chelsea have a lot of quality players in this position.
Chelsea's Andre Schurrle has spoken ahead of his side's Champions League clash against Schalke. The German attacker acknowledged that his side struggled to put together a performance against Newcastle United at the weekend, but also that the Blues will do everything they can to raise their level and reach the standards Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has implemented since his return.
Chelsea's performance against Newcastle at the weekend was not acceptable and if rumours are to be believed some big names will be dropped for Schalke as a result!
According to the Press this morning, Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and David Luiz, Juan Mata are all set to be dropped as Jose Mourinho rings the changes with Cesar Azpilicueta, Ryan Bertrand, Mikel, Andre Schurrle and Gary Cahill all coming back into the side to face the Germans tomorrow.
WENGER SETS ARSENAL UP TO FAIL by Uche Watching yesterday's game against Chelsea was like watching a re-run of Friends or Seinfeld on the comedy channel, and you know what happens with re-runs? There are no alternate endings. What you saw before is what you will see again. And it was exactly the same playing [.
There is no doubt that Chelsea have been incredibly successful in the last decade under Roman Abramovich. There have been numerous titles including the Champions League that have been amassed during this period. Chelsea have constantly been regarded as a strong title rival for Manchester United and – more recently – to Manchester City.
On this week's episode: Dave returns from his adventures in Germany and France. He shares with us his experience consuming the beautiful game abroad. The New York Red Bulls have broken the curse, and its importance to MLS. Closing out with random thoughts on the EPL.
It is time for all you Arsenal fans to get your thinking caps on again. The Just Arsenal T-shirt competition is back again and this could be one of the toughest predictions of the season yet, mainly because we have pretty much no idea who will actually be playing, for either side. Jose Mourinho may [.
After a dramatic finish by Fernando Torres helped Chelsea to a 2-1 victory over Man City yesterday, Jose Mourinho has found himself in hot water again.
This time, it's for a myriad of reasons from leaping into the dugout to find his mysteriously-placed son (it's the season ticket woe), being refused a post-match handshake by Manuel Pellegrini and complaining about Chelsea's gruelling midweek schedule.
Cast your mind back just a month ago to 20th September. Back-to-back defeats at the hands of Everton and Basel left Chelsea "in crisis", for Mourinho to insist that it was Syria in crisis, not his team.
Just a month on and things could not be rosier. The Chelsea that crumbles in the October and November months has come out fighting.
Ryan Bertrand believes Jose Mourinho will lead Chelsea back to winning ways following the manager's return to Stamford Bridge.
Since Mourinho's departure in 2007, Chelsea's form has stuttered and many high-profile managers, such as Rafa Benitez, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Avram Grant, have failed to fill the void left by the Portuguese man.
Fascinating interview in the Daily Mail of Jose Mourinho. In it, Mourinho talks about what he has done to get John Terry back playing well on a consistent basis.
‘He's recovering his self-esteem. In the last few years he was not playing a lot, he had problems on the pitch, he had problems outside the pitch, he had suspensions for different reasons, he had injuries, he had managers who didn't trust him enough.
As with most international breaks, there is plenty of comments being made by players away with their international teams that feed rumour and speculation as a result. Sami Khedira has blasted the treatment he has received at Madrid this season so far and is now being linked with Chelsea and others.
The current situation with Romelu Lukaku leaves the majority of Chelsea fans frustrated. As we see our strikers struggle for goals, Lukaku has scored SEVEN IN SIX games and has reacted to comments made by Mourinho, and now issued an open challenge for the season ahead.
Lukaku has reacted to comments made by Jose Mourinho when he was questioned about Lukaku's start to this season.
Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea side needed to dig a bit deeper than they would have liked to have at Norwich on Sunday afternoon. After taking an early lead through Brazilian youngster Oscar, Anthony Pilkington leveled things for the home side.
The introduction of Eden Hazard, Willian, and Samuel Eto'o resulted in two goals in quick succession in the final ten minutes of the match, but it wasn't nearly as easy as it could've been for Mourinho's men.
Frank Lampard has been a Chelsea player since 2001, and he has risen to the status of a legend during this period. Many would say that he has been Chelsea through and through, but there have been times when Lampard came close to leaving Chelsea. Perhaps, the rumours were extremely high during the summer of 2008 when the midfielder also lost his mother.
As it seems increasingly unlikely that Arsenal will be able to sign Luis Suarez, whether in January or next summer, then Arsene Wenger is going to have to turn his attention elsewhere. One striker who is believed to have been close to moving to the Emirates a couple of times already, Demba Ba, could be [.
Is Mourinho scared of Benitez's Chelsea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Mourinho's return to Stanford Bridge has not been completely smooth sailing thus far.
It was May of 2010. Jose Mourinho stood cradled by the walls of the mighty Santiago Bernabeu after his side Inter Milan hadstormed to victoryin the UEFA Champions League against an outfought and outplayed Bayern Munich side.
Chelsea visited Romania on Tuesday evening to take on Steaua Bucharest and came out 4-0 winners thanks to two goals from Brazilian star Ramires, Frank Lampard, and an own goal.
Having lost their opening match to FC Basel, Chelsea needed a big win and Mourinho was sure to deliver. Ramires turned out to be the hero of the night for the visitors and the Brazilian international was sure to say thanks to everyone that has supported him throughout his career.
Chelsea face a trip to Romanian side Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday evening in a match that on paper looks the Blues to lose, but it is always a little more complex than that on a European night.
Jose Mourinho will be without Marco Van Ginkel and Eden Hazard due to injury while Kevin De Bruyne has been dropped from the squad and did not travel after his poor showing at Swindon Town in the Capital One Cup last week.
Jose Mourinho has spoken today of his players and how he wants them all to have the same mentality he does - a title winning mentality. Although a couple of players here know what it's like, the majority of our squad are yet to experience a title wining season. He said:
"There is a lot of progress to be made, There are things in the job that are not easy and one of them is to make the pressure of fighting for the title to be something natural.
Headlines are being made throughout the press this morning after Jose Mourinho's outburst at comments made by Romelu Lukaku. Mourinho has urged the young Belgian to come clean about why he is on loan at Everton!
It seems that the player himself only has himself to blame here. Speaking to the BBC recently he said:
With reports that Kevin De Bruyne is under consideration for being sold in THIS transfer window approaching, I am asking if you think he should be given a run of games instead!
We have seen for the most part this season, Andre Schurrle and Willian being given the nod ahead of our young Belgian but after proving himself in Germany last term, I would like to see Mourinho give him a chance now.
For a player to fail to report for training in the modern day is ridiculous. Paid extortionate wages to lead the lifestyle they do we never expect things like this to happen. Mourinho is right to punish Eden Hazard.
You have all woken up to this story being reported from every angle in the media and written press but I want to focus purely on comments made by Jose Mourinho after the game last night.
Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior (or Oscar as he is popularly known) appeared to be a signing reserved for the future. The 22-year-old has been one of the finest attacking talents produced by Brazil in recent years. His transfer fee of £25 million demonstrated this aspect. Yet, he was coming to a club to play in a position where Juan Mata was doing well.
I wrote a post the other day urging people to "Trust in Jose". Some of his comments and methods may not be to everyone liking but who are we to question what he is doing with the record he has in the first place!
Over the course of the last three weeks, Mourinho singled out Juan Mata and it made headlines literally everywhere.
For anyone who didn't catch the pre-match press conference from Romania today, you missed some vintage Mourinho. Ultimately, he ended up storming out of the presser after being pushed about why Kevin De Bruyne failed to make the matchday squad, and didn't make the trip to Bucharest.
Jose Mourinho stormed out of Chelsea's Champions League press conference earlier today after media again hounded him about his squad selection. However it wasn't the usual name that has featured Juan Mata no this time the media quizzed 'The Special One' about the absent Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne of which Mourinho explained his reason before storming off leaving a bemused Frank Lampard to nonchalantly smile away to himself.
Arsenal fans may feel that the English media is often too intrusive and too hard on players, especially Arsenal players, but apparently they do not even come close to what the football press is like in places like Spain and Italy. I don't think it is every player in La Liga that has problems, but [..
May be people (or just me)are being too harsh with Ancelotti. It's not his fault entirely. I mean, 95 percent of the fault is his own. His fat physique. His laid back style and the dull, tedious, and repetitiousway with which all his teams have played ever since he began his coaching career. [...]
Real Madrid lost against Atletico Madrid 0-1. At home. Before the match some of the Atletico Madrid fans were taunting Real Madrid fans by calling Real Madrid team a block of rich kids. Well, rich kids got beat, bad, by boys from the back alley. Horrendous might be the word to describe how Real Madrid [.
This week's show sees us take a look at Sam Allardyce picking up where Spain left off in the tactical genius department, Zlatan raising his hands to the lasers in France's Classique, Roma continuing their perfect start to the Serie A season, and asking the big question: if Jose Mourinho really can smell goals, then what do they actually smell like?