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Arsene Wenger has dismissed suggestions that his club are in the title race after closing the gap to Chelsea in the last few weeks. The advantage held by the West London outfit has been reduced to just seven points amidst poor form.
Arsenal, on the other hand, recently managed to secure their sixth consecutive victory in the league after a 2-1 score against Newcastle United. This has reduced the gap to a manageable level with eight matches left in the season. Even though Chelsea do have a game in hand, Jose Mourinho has been quick to suggest that Arsenal are in the title race.
Concerned that this would put unnecessary pressure on the team, Wenger stated that his team are merely concentrating on finishing in the second spot. There is a real possibility of Arsenal finishing above Manchester City, who have managed only four league victories in the last 10 matches. City are only one point above Arsenal following this weekend’s results. It was only recently that they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Burnley. More key matches are set to threaten the reigning Premier league champions in the last few weeks of the season. Arsenal also have tough matches against the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea. Read the rest of this entry »
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Jose Mourinho has opened up on the highly controversial transfer saga involving Chelsea and Liverpool over the transfer of Steven Gerrard.
The Liverpool captain came close to moving to Stamford Bridge back in 2005 when he was on the cusp of becoming one of the greatest midfielders in the world. Gerrard was yet to enter into his peak back then, but he had just helped Liverpool win the European cup on a famous night in Istanbul. Chelsea reportedly made an offer of £ 30 million and the transfer was close to being completed before Gerrard pulled out of the deal.
Mourinho has accepted that the failure to get the former England international remains as the biggest regret that he has had in his managerial career. Read the rest of this entry »
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Jose Mourinho has hit back at Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, who appeared to suggest that the Portuguese boss was having its huge influence on players appearing for their national teams. Ramos comments came after both Chelsea players – Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas – pulled out of the national team duty despite having played for Chelsea only a few days before the international squad announcement. It was also not surprising to see Costa and Fabregas back and playing during the weekend against West Brom. Mourinho, though, says that both players were assessed by the team doctors and deemed not fit enough for international duty.
He also claims that Ramos may be a great defender, but he is not a doctor by profession. Hence, he should not be making ill-advised comments about other professionals. Ramos was managed by Mourinho during his three years at Real Madrid, but it is often held that the Portuguese did not get along well with the Spanish contingent at the club. Mourinho has quoted the example of Vincent Kompany, who did not appear for the Belgian national team’s Euro 2016 qualifying matches but was present for Manchester City’s home match against Swansea on Saturday.
Costa and Fabregas have been vital players for Chelsea this campaign. The striker recently scored his 11th league goal in 10 matches against West Brom.”Since I’ve known Sergio Ramos he has been a fantastic football player, but he is not a doctor.
He is not a doctor and I am the same. I do my job the best I can but I am not a doctor.My doctor and the doctor of the Spanish national team, they had the scans and they decided that the player was not in the condition to play.I am nobody to go against it and I don’t think Sergio did a medicine Masters in the last couple of years to understand about it,” said Mourinho.
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