With Chelsea still going strong in three competitions, Jose Mourinho and the fans want every ounce of the players’ attention focused on the Chelsea cause. With a decent but tricky draw against Galatasaray in the Champions League, there can be no room for taking things easy. And, despite some inconsistency in the first half of the season, the Blues are right up there in the mix with Arsenal and Man City for the Premier League.
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Jose Mourinho believes the strength of his Chelsea squad will see his side come into their own over the busy festive period.
Despite sitting third in the table and being one of the favourites in the best odds for the title, the Blues are yet to hit top form this term, as Mourinho continues to try and find his best team following his return to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
During his previous spell at the Bridge, the ‘Special One’ prided himself on sticking with the same starting XI as often as possible but the game has changed since then and now every member of a squad is needed.
I think it is safe to say that Chelsea Football Club, and especially the manager Jose Mourinho, are not too well liked by West Brom and their fans at the minute. Denied a historic win at Stamford Bridge by an admittedly fortunate penalty decision by the referee last week, the Baggies were already fuming when Jose added a little spice to the row.
Describing the West midlands club and their defender Jonas Olsson as `Mickey Mouse` ensured that the English media made a real meal of the situation, but it was really a storm in a teacup. West Brom have sinced calmed down and the former Chelsea assistant manager Steve Clarke has done well to laugh it off.
With the return of Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge, the atmosphere around Chelsea Football Club brightened like the sun coming out on a cloudy day. Then the signing of some quality players in addition to the strong and talented squad available to the special one made a lot of football experts install Chelsea as their favourites for the Premier League title.
It is no secret to Chelsea fans just what a huge effect Jose Mourinho can have when he takes control of a football club. The special one came to Stamford Bridge back in 2004 and brought immediate success with him, claiming Chelsea’s first top flight title in 50 years, so it is no surprise that the bookies have shortened the odds on the Blues winning back the Premier League title considerably this season.
Gary Neville today warned new Manchester United manager David Moyes that he must not let Chelsea get an early lead in the Premier League, because Jose Mourinho will not let it slip.
Neville said: “You wouldn’t want to fall too far behind a Mourinho team because they would have the nerve to withstand the pressure.”
The Sky Sports pundit speaks from experience of course, having chased Mourinho’s men for two seasons back in the 04-05 and 05-06 seasons.
Jose Mourinho pleased many fans last night by claiming that Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Tamas Kalas will play their part in the new season.
Lukaku, who was signed for €22Million from Anderlecht 3 seasons ago, impressed hugely on loan at Premier League side West Bromwich Albion last season, scoring 17 goals and bullying defenders with his strength and agility. I would quite happily see him above Fernando Torres in the pecking order…
After almost six years away Jose Mourinho was reinstalled as Chelsea boss last month and whereas before he was outspoken and occasionally overconfident, this time around the ‘Special One’ has decided to bring a much more reserved approach to the role.
Reports today from Spain are linking Chelsea with a bid of £30 million plus for Luis Suarez, and the story seems to be gathering pace in England. The Uruguayan is desperate to leave Liverpool, while the media seem to have decided that we are desperate for a striker. 2 + 2 = 17. There is no doubt that Suarez is an accomplished forward, and he would score bucket-loads at Chelsea, but the idea that we are contemplating a bid for him is ridiculous. Let’s not forget, this is the same Suarez currently serving a ten match ban…for biting Ivanovic! It simply cannot be true.
The Guardian are reporting that Chelsea are ready to make a second offer for Norwich keeper John Ruddy after The Canaries turned down our initial bid worth a total of £5 million pounds. Ruddy, 26, is being sought as no. 2 to Petr Cech after the departures of Ross Turnbull and Hilario at the end of the season. We here at justchelsea previously discussed the goalkeeping situation, questioning whether Jamal Blackman could be trusted to be Cech’s deputy while Courtois spends another year on loan in Spain. It would appear that is not the case, and Ruddy is seen as the perfect bench-warmer. Ruddy is a fine keeper…and I don’t want him.