Jose Mourinho: Business As Usual

No sooner has the new season got under way than Chelsea find themselves in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Not the red card for Courtois though, or even the draw at home to Swansea on the opening day – as ever, it’s Jose Mourinho.
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Eva Carneiro: Who’s Really Got The Agenda?

Eva Carneiro, is still Chelsea’s first-team doctor, she hasn’t been sacked and she isn’t some poor victim of sexism from Jose Mourinho. She was simply told off for actions the Chelsea boss disagreed with – and she chose to take to Facebook as a result.
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CHELSEA v Swansea: Preview

Courtesy of watching Tom Jones gyrate last night, it’s a short round up of previews out and about today. Here’s a selection on Chelsea’s opening game in their title defence at home to Swansea today:

Pre match briefing from the official CFC

Two minute preview from Walesonline

Full preview from Sky Sports

Team news, line-ups and predictions from Soccerlens

Statistics view from who

Arsenal v CHELSEA: Community Shield Preview

Venue: Wembley Stadium
Date: 2 August, 2015
Kick- off: 15:00 BST

At long last, after a summer break seemingly full of women’s football and slightly less sunshine, today sees the clichéd ‘curtain raiser’ to the 2015-16 season with the Charity Shield.
Today’s game will be the 14th meeting between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger none of which have been won by the Arsenal manager. But hang on before you start wetting yourself here because Arsenal have had a decent summer, with 2 pre-season tournaments under their belts, beating Everton, Lyon and Wolfsburg and the hacks as ever working themselves up over this season’s title push from Wenger’s men. Chelsea meanwhile seem to have been frowned upon for only drawing against PSG and Barcelona before beating the pair of them in penalties. So if we believe what we read in the rags and what Wilshere has to say, we’ll struggle to hold our own against them.
Let’s not mourn our loss too soon though because whilst Arsenal might have soundly beat City in this fixture last season, the last time we met them in the Community Shield, it was a blue day.

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What Chelsea Need To Do To Win the Champions League

Chelsea fell a few places short of Champions League glory this past season, eliminated at the second round at home on away goals to 10-man Paris Saint-Germain.

It wasn’t a good week for English football as no Premier League side even made the final eight of the 2014-15 Champions League.

Some cynics say Chelsea didn’t try their hardest as the Premier League was Jose Mourinho’s main aim during his second season back at Stamford Bridge. Either way, the Blues need to upgrade a few areas if they’re to compete next season.

Currently, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid look well-ahead of the Premier League champions in terms of squad quality, and looking at next season’s Champion League betting tips, Chelsea and other Premier League teams are in a distinct second tier of outsiders behind the top three teams in Europe, and even behind the likes of Juventus.

Here are a few positions the Blues could upgrade to increase their chances in Europe next season:

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Room for Improvement in the Champions League

Heading into the 2015 summer transfer window, José Mourinho has work to do if Chelsea are to stand a chance to win next season’s UEFA Champions League.

The Premier League was won with three games to spare, and in truth, looked wrapped up very early into the season, even if Manchester City clawed their way back to level points at the top at the beginning of the New Year.

Manchester City ended up eight points behind the champions, and with the League Cup won on 1 March, it was all-in-all a great season for Chelsea.

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CHELSEA v Sunderland: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday, 24 May
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

Here we go then, last game of Chelsea’s 4th Premier League winning season and the perfect day to be at home.
We were lacklustre and understandably lacking motivation for our last game but it would be good to see out our title winning season on a high. Sunderland, the visitors, are safe although that doesn’t mean they’ll be coming to rollover. So, it’d be good to think Mourinho has shelved the champagne this week to finish the season in style.

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West Brom v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: The Hawthorns
Date: Monday, 18 May
Kick-off: 20:00 BST

Whilst the footballing world continues to mourn the loss of Steven Gerrard – well, Liverpool and their press buddies anyway – I expect we’ll slip tonight’s game in pretty much unnoticed. We’re only the Premier League Champions after all.
For those who do still have an interest in this season’s non-history Champions though, tonight’s game sees us travel to The Hawthorns for our penultimate game of the season against West Brom.
Chelsea go into this game unbeaten in 16 games and a goal against West Brom tonight would set a new club Premier League record for most away goals in a season. Although with West Brom keeping clean sheets in 3 of their last 4, Mourinho has no doubt focused on set pieces in training to manipulate the Baggies’ Achilles heel.
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CHELSEA v Liverpool: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday, 10 May
Kick-off: 16:00 BST

This afternoon’s game sees us host a Liverpool side scrapping to get into the top four – well, at least they will do once they’ve given us a guard of honour.

Oh, of course I should just mention in case anyone wasn’t aware – we’ve already won the Premier League, so we can take this game however we like really. Not that Jose Mourinho will want anything but a win against Liverpool but we can probably expect a less cautious approach from our players now that we’re Premier League Champions.

Liverpool are still unlikely to get into the Champions League regardless of the result today, and given their abysmal performance in Europe this season I don’t think they will be missed next year. Chelsea, on the other hand, will use this game as a test of their mental fortitude at the end of a tough season where they should have done better in Europe.

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Jose Mourinho: Doing It His Way

When Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea, there were reservations. Despite his unquestionable success as a Chelsea manager, his first spell at the club hadn’t ended well. He’d won everything but the Champions League with us, yet lost his head too often in the process. He’d also lost a fair bit of respect – not least of all from Roman Abramovich. Read more »