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Feb 13th, 2014
With yet more twists and turns in the latest round of fixtures many commentators are still unable to back a winner in the premier league title race. Mourinho’s thorough-bred analogy may have been wrung to death but his point this Chelsea team is growi...
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Jan 23rd, 2014
Selling a Chelsea player of the season is pretty inexcusable at any time. Selling a player of the season to a league rival is indefensible. Selling a player of the season to a league rival in the January transfer window is completely incomprehendable....
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Oct 3rd, 2013
There can be little doubt that Fernando Torres has rediscovered some inspiring form this season. His wonder strike in the Super Cup and Man of the Match display against Swindon was followed by another superb performance against Spurs. The Spaniard pla...
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Sep 27th, 2013
Juan Mata’s hard-working display in the league cup tie at Swindon gave Mourinho plenty to think about with the Special One keen to praise his graft in the press conference for the Spur game. Like most fans I am a huge fan of the classy Spaniard and ho...
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Aug 22nd, 2013
A scintillating first half of football against Hull, full of crisp, intricate passing and high intensity pressing, was followed by a less energetic and far less memorable second. Was this the team collectively taking their foot off the gas to save som...
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Aug 9th, 2013
Ever the astute tactician this pre-season we’ve seen Jose Mourinho primarily experiment with two formation templates, last season’s largely successful 4-2-3-1 and, the old favourite, 4-3-3. So we have two systems and two different approaches, nothing ...
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Jul 17th, 2013
An instant cult hero, David Luiz has gone from strength to strength since joining the Blues from Benfica in January 2011. A scorer of spectacular goals, an exemplar of swashbuckling displays, and, despite being a magnet for punditry criticism, a genui...
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Jun 10th, 2013
Jose Mourinho gives his first press conference to the associated media on Monday afternoon when he will be officially unveiled as Chelsea’s new manager. The fact the he is also Chelsea’s old manager certainly gives him a starting advantage amongst the...
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Jun 6th, 2013
The emotional return of José Mourinho, already the most successful Chelsea manager in our history and one of the undisputed finest coaches on the planet, means we’ll be looking forward to next season like few others. Chopper Harris called it right whe...
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May 30th, 2013
Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior enjoyed a fine debut season for Chelsea. After a fitful start to his Chelsea career, owing much to preseason preparations being dashed by his inclusion in last summer’s Olympic Games, Oscar was memorably handed his firs...
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May 9th, 2013
For much of this game Chelsea were the dominant force, the attacking threats form the Lillywhites were comfortably blunted and our own attacking endeavour deserved to swing the game. A familiar story for this season, we were once again made to pay for...
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May 3rd, 2013
Put simply, José Mourinho is the greatest Chelsea manager of all time. In a little over three seasons he won two league championships, two league cups, an FA Cup and an FA Community Shield. No Chelsea first team manager has won more silverware. This i...
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Apr 29th, 2013
Given the huge number of games the squad are ploughing through on a week-by-week basis most of Benitez’s tinkering is put down freshening up the starting eleven and resting fatigued players. With media scrutiny focused on the coaches perceived priorit...
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