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Mar 22

José Mourinho says there are too many rich clubs in Premier League | Paul Wilson

Faced with the club missing out on Champions League football again, Manchester United’s manager makes the point that it is harder to buy success

Does José Mourinho have a point about power being divided in the Premier League, or is the manager of Manchester United simply trying to get his excuses in early?

United still have a job on their hands to crack the top four this season, let alone get back to winning titles, and should a third season in four arrive without achieving Champions League football questions are going to be asked about the effectiveness of his stewardship in the light of all the money spent. Perhaps in anticipation of that scenario, Mourinho has just observed that winning anything in England is particularly difficult because all the top clubs can afford to bring in big players.

Related: The peaceful one: José Mourinho says he is more mature at Manchester United

Related: José Mourinho slams Premier League as Manchester United draw Anderlecht

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Mar 21

Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois shrugs off Real Madrid talk and plans to stay

  • ‘I see myself at Chelsea … I’m happy in London’ says goalkeeper
  • Thibaut Courtois still hoping for extension to current contract

Thibaut Courtois has insisted he will remain at Chelsea and dismissed speculation that he will move to Real Madrid next season.

The Belgian international goalkeeper has been linked with a move to the European champions if they fail to secure a deal for Manchester United’s David De Gea. But, speaking to the Spanish radio station Cadena Sur, Courtois said he was happy at Chelsea and grateful to the Premier League club for the opportunities they had given him.

Related: Chelsea’s Eden Hazard facing fitness race for visit of Manchester City

Related: Real Madrid stretch lead over Barcelona thanks to Benzema and Casemiro

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/21/chelseas-thibaut-courtois-shrugs-off-real-madrid-talk-and-plans-to-stay

Mar 20

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard facing fitness race for visit of Manchester City

• Belgium coach Roberto Martínez says Hazard faces 10 to 15 days out
• Chelsea play Crystal Palace and Manchester City on 1 and 5 April

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard will miss Belgium’s international matches this week owing to a calf injury, and faces a race to be fit for Chelsea’s next two Premier League matches against Crystal Palace and Manchester City.

The 26-year-old forward sat out the 2-1 win at Stoke on Saturday, and Belgium coach Roberto Martinez revealed the midfielder will be on the sidelines for the next 10 to 15 days with a calf injury.

Related: Liverpool and City ends all square as Arsenal collapse at West Brom – Football Weekly

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/20/eden-hazard-chelsea-out-belgium-calf-injury

Mar 20

The peaceful one: José Mourinho says he is more mature at Manchester United

• Portuguese manager says he has calmed down and can control emotions
• His priority is to establish relationships of ‘love and peace’ in the group

José Mourinho has said he is a more mature manager than he was at the start of his career and believes he is able to transmit that serenity to his Manchester United players.

Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/20/jose-mourinho-manchester-united-peaceful-one-more-mature

Mar 18

Chelsea believe the title is coming after Gary Cahill sinks Stoke

Gary Cahill’s 87th-minute winner had Antonio Conte swinging in delight on the roof of Chelsea’s bench and the captain mobbed by team-mates in front of a delirious travelling contingent.

This was particularly sweet for Cahill as his push on Jonathan Walters allowed the same player to equalise Willian’s opener as the break encroached.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/18/stoke-city-chelsea-premier-league-match-report

Mar 17

Happy birthday dad, here’s a £28k car

Chelsea youth team player Charlie Wakefield buys his dad a £28,000 Jaguar for his 50th birthday.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/39302806

Mar 17

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Everton and Romelu Lukaku get to shift their attention to the pitch, Liverpool face off with Manchester City, and Spurs look to push on without Harry Kane

Everton-owned strikers will provide two causes for regret at Goodison Park on Saturday. Hull City miss Oumar Niasse, the on-loan centre-forward whose goals against Swansea City last week have made escaping the drop a realistic proposition, as he is ineligible to face the club that froze him out within months of arriving from Lokomotiv Moscow. That is poor timing as Marco Silva looks to create some momentum but Everton have concerns of their own. Romelu Lukaku and his family are hardly known for reticence but his clearly voiced concerns about the club’s ambition, hot on the heels of rejecting a new contract, have rung alarm bells. The long-range view is that Lukaku is an outstanding talent who is within his rights to require that Everton kick on if he is not to seek the upgrade his ability merits; in the shorter term Ronald Koeman may need to work overtime in order to hold Lukaku’s gaze. A year ago to the weekend Lukaku, previously in electric form, began a goal drought that ran to the end of the season. It was widely held that he and Everton had cooled under Roberto Martínez; another drop-off now would put some very positive work to waste. NA

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Mar 14

Did José Mourinho’s use of a back six show the best way to try to halt Chelsea? | Michael Cox

The Manchester United manager took a leaf from one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s old books but Ander Herrera’s red card changed the game and there are signs Antonio Conte has plans to counteract a back-six strategy

The problem with facing Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, as so many Premier League managers have discovered this season, is that their front three becomes a front five. In Monday night’s FA Cup tie at Stamford Bridge, José Mourinho responded by effectively deploying a back six.

Chelsea have overloaded the opposition frequently this season thanks to Eden Hazard and Pedro (or, in this case, Willian) drifting inside to positions close to Diego Costa, allowing Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses to push forward aggressively down the outside. Opponents are exposed when their back four is dragged to one side, leaving Alonso or Moses free at the far post, and the only response is for the opposition wingers to retreat, effectively forming a six-man defence.

Related: Mourinho’s cynical Eden Project falters at Hazard’s twinkling feet | Barney Ronay

Related: José Mourinho hits back at Chelsea fans and Conte: ‘Judas is still No1’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/14/jose-mourinho-chelsea-manchester-united-ander-herrera

Mar 13

Kante world’s best midfielder – Lampard

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante is the “best central midfielder in the world”, according to Blues legend Frank Lampard.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39262399

Mar 13

‘Judas’ Mourinho ‘still Chelsea’s No 1’

Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho tells Chelsea fans he remains their “number one” manager after his side’s FA Cup defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39262677

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