Mourinho-ChelseaChelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he wants to rest key players for Sunday’s trip to league leaders Liverpool.

Liverpool are five points clear of Chelsea with three games left and Mourinho wants to focus on the Blues’ Champions League semi-final, level at 0-0 after Tuesday’s first leg.

“I would play the players that are not going to play next Wednesday [against Atletico Madrid],” he said.

“I can’t decide by myself. I’m just the manager. I have to listen to the club.”

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Mou: Terry And Cech Out For Season

by David on April 23, 2014

Petr Cech dives to keep out  Bastian Schweinsteiger's penaltyChelsea captain John Terry and goalkeeper Petr Cech will miss the rest of the Premier League season with injuries suffered in the Champions League semi-final first leg in Madrid.

Terry went off with a foot problem and Cech injured his shoulder in the 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.

Manager Jose Mourinho said:

“Petr Cech’s season is over. Don’t ask me technically, but season over.

“And John – we have to play the final for him to play with us.”

The Premier League season concludes on Sunday 11 May, with the Champions League final in Lisbon on 24 May.

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double-decker-busIn as dour a semi-final as you will ever see, Jose Mourinho’s parked the bus at the Vicente Calderon Stadium on Tuesday night and left Madrid with a goalless draw.

Lone striker Fernando Torres, starting against his former club, was ignored almost all match as Chelsea packed men behind the ball, with Gary Cahill marking Atletico dangerman Diego Costa superbly. Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, playing against his parent club, was a spectator for much of the contest, which saw Chelsea’s long-time No1 Petr Cech go off injured, clutching his shoulder after a heavy fall, inside the opening 20 minutes.

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Eden Hazard ChelseaEden Hazard has travelled to Spain with Chelsea for their Champions League semifinal first leg against Atletico Madrid, but Samuel Eto’o will miss the game because of a knee injury.

Hazard was expected to miss the game at the Estadio Vicente Calderon on Tuesday night suffering a calf injury in the quarterfinal second-leg win against Paris Saint-Germain a fortnight ago and missing the club’s open training session on Monday.

But after travelling with the first team, alongside goalkeeper Petr Cech who missed the Premier League defeat to Sunderland on Saturday through illness, it is believed there is a slight chance Hazard could be risked by Jose Mourinho.

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Chelsea’s Title Dreams Over

by David on April 20, 2014

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho fired a thinly-veiled criticism at the officials after his unbeaten home record in the Barclays Premier League was ended by Sunderland.

The Blues title bid was severely dented as Fabio Borini converted a late penalty after Cesar Azpilicueta tackled Jozy Altidore in the area.

There did appear to be contact between the players before referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot.

Mourinho, though, appeared frustrated by Dean’s performance throughout, before also seemingly criticised referees’ chief Mike Riley in a short and curt post-match interview with Sky Sports.

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Oscar For Modric?

by David on April 18, 2014

OscarAccording to FIFA agent Francis Gallardo Chelsea are preparing to offer Real Madrid a swap deal involving Oscar and Luka Modric.

Modric was signed by Los Blancos from Tottenham during Mourinho’s tenure in the Spanish capital, and despite initially struggling, the Croatian international has established himself as an important member of the team.

Oscar is seen an key member of the squad at Stamford Bridge, but Gallardo told Spanish television station La Sexta that the Portuguese boss is willing to sacrifice the Brazilian to land Modric.

“This could be a possibility. Mourinho is a fan of the strong Real Madrid star,” said Gallardo.

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Chelsea v Sunderland Team News

by David on April 18, 2014

Eden Hazard will miss Chelsea‘s Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Belgium playmaker also remains a doubt for Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final first leg trip to Atletico Madrid.

Jose Mourinho has a clean bill of health for the rest of his squad for the visit of the Black Cats.

Provisional squad: Cech, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Matic, Cahill, Terry, Salah, Ramires, Ba, Willian, Schurrle, Cole, Luiz, Torres, Oscar, Mikel, Schwarzer, Eto’o.

Chelsea v Sunderland Match Stats

  • Chelsea have won 17 of their last 18 Barclays Premier League meetings with Sunderland (L1).

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chelseachampionsleaguesmallIt’s decision time for Chelsea captain John Terry after Chelsea’s latest one year contract offer proposes to cut his current £150,000-a-week deal in half.

Despite having an outstanding season for the Blues, Chelsea are standing firm on their policy that outfield players over 30 are only offered one-year extensions, and on reduced terms.

Terry faces a major dilemma over whether to quit the club he loves and where a fans’ banner at Stamford Bridge famously proclaims him as ‘Captain. Leader, Legend.’ Or whether to bolt for someone like Galatasary and get one last big payday.

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Chelsea Land Croatian Starlet Mario Pasalic

by David on April 17, 2014

The agent of Croatian youngster Mario Pasalic has confirmed that the Hajduk Split starlet will undergo a medical in May ahead of signing a permanent deal with Chelsea.

Just 19, the Croatian under-21 international, who was born in Germany, has signed a pre-contract agreement to join the Blues on a permanent deal this summer for a bargain price of just £1.6m.

The young central midfielder has shone this season for his club, scoring 11 goals in 25 appearances in the Croatian top flight. And according to his agent, Ivica Loncar, Pasalic expects to join Chelsea this summer before heading out on loan next term – with the decision to fall on the shoulders of the Chelsea coach.

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Demba Ba Says He Is Off At End Of Season

by David on April 14, 2014

Demba Ba is determined to quit Chelsea in the ­summer claiming he has been driven to breaking point by his boss Jose Mourinho, writes Steve Goodman in the Sunday People.

And the French-born Senegal striker wants to join hometown club Paris Saint-Germain – just days after his goal knocked them out of the Champions League.

The forward scored three ­minutes from time against PSG on Tuesday to give the Blues a 2-0 second-leg win at Stamford Bridge that took them into the semi-finals on away goals.

However, Ba has vented his dismay at his treatment by Mourinho, insisting he wants to quit London for Paris.

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