14
Apr

Ask Jose! Mourinho on attacking players, Premier League and more

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The road to the UEFA Champions League final is down to just four teams, with one of those clubs Chelsea FC from the Barclays Premier League.

Chelsea is set to play Atletico Madrid in the semifinals, but before then club manager Jose Mourinho sat down for a fan Q&A session with Chelsea Magazine. Chelsea FC granted FOX Sports early access before the magazine launched on Monday.

Here are Mourinho’s thoughts on defensive strategy, versatile players on the pitch, and Premier League play versus La Liga, and much more:

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29
Mar

Mourinho warns ball boy that “one day somebody will punch you”

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Sure, Jose Mourinho meant well when he approached a Crystal Palace ball boy during Chelsea’s 1-0 loss at Selhurst Park today. The poor kid looked confused as all get out.

"Mr. Mourinho, isn’t there a match you’re supposed to be managing?"

Apparently the Special One felt it necessary to lecture the young boy on his time-wasting tactics, warning him that things might not be so pretty next time (as we know, Eden Hazard has no patience for unruly ball boys).

So what words of wisdom did Jose impart on the youngster?

“I told him not to do that [waste time] because he runs the risk of one of my players to punch him or to lose his temper, so don’t do that because you are risking [retaliation],” Mourinho said after the loss.

While we’re sure Jose meant well, but telling a young kid that there’s a threat of physical harm for his nonsense probably wasn’t the best idea. Then again, it’s likely he got the point across.

Watch Mourinho’s full comment here:

8
Mar

Samuel Eto’o’s old-man strength leads Chelsea

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Fernando Torres was a late scratch ahead of Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday, setting the stage for none other than “old man” Samuel Eto’o.

Eto’o turned out to be the match-winner as he opened the scoring in the 56th minute and won a penalty to set up Chelsea’s second just moments later. But Eto’o’s most brilliant moment of the night came on his goal celebration.

Coming off a week that saw his true age publicly questioned (by his manager, no less) Eto’o hobbled over to the corner flag holding his back and clutching the flag stick like it was his walking cane. The tongue-in-cheek celebration was priceless in light of Jose Mourinho’s recently leaked comment that he thought the officially 32-year-old striker might actually be 35.

Clearly Eto’o has taken the mini-controversy in stride, showing that, like a fine wine, perhaps he’s just getting better with age. Mourinho himself commented on it, telling reporters after the match: “I didn’t suggest Samuel’s celebration, but we knew [about] it. The best way to diffuse the situation is make fun of a funny situation.”

Of course, when you’re seven points clear atop the Premier League, everything is a little more amusing.

14
Feb

Chelsea could swap Courtois for Costa

It is a long way off the summer transfer period, but already clubs are preparing deals for when the window reopens. According to Friday’s newspaper reports, Chelsea have been approached by Atletico Madrid regarding a proposed swap deal for on-loan keeper Thibaut Courtois and striker Diego Costa. Jose Mourinho is bound to be looking for a striker in the summer and Courtois has impressed whilst at Atletico.

For this rumor and the rest of Friday’s transfer gossip, click here.

4
Feb

Meet the man who gave Chelsea’s team talk, Billy McCulloch

If Jose Mourinho is to be believed, the Portuguese manager shirked his usual pre-game team talk responsibility ahead of Chelsea’s impressive win against Manchester City on Monday.

Who stepped in, you ask? Apparently the team masseur, Billy McCulloch. We’re not sure what the Scottish assistant said, but apparently it worked for the Blues.

But McCulloch is more than just a Churchill-esque motivator. He’s also a wise-cracker.

Check the video above to see a compilation of McCulloch’s “gut-busting” jokes, some of which take more than a minute to get to the punchline. And let’s not ignore that maniacal laugh, which is probably funnier than half of his gags.

It’s wild to imagine Mourinho let a man seen sitting in a muddy trough, dressed in a baby bonnet(?), scarfing down crackers and getting smacked around by fish (6:34 in the video) give his team a pep talk before such an important game … but Mou works in mysterious ways.

(h/t Reddit)

22
Jan

Real Madrid to raid Manchester United for Rooney

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While the potential Juan Mata move from London to Manchester grabs the headlines, it seems that a giant of football is waiting in the wings to capitalize. Mata seems destined for Manchester United, but could a star be shipped out to accommodate him?

It seems likely, and considering Real Madrid’s lure, who could forgive Wayne Rooney for having his head turned? He’s hankered for a move twice during his Manchester stay, but this January could finally see Rooney spread his wings and join a star-studded Bernabeu cast.

Also in our morning British paper round-up is an update on the Mata situation, a potential midfielder moving to Liverpool, Arsenal preparing a bid for Julian Draxler and plenty, plenty more at the click of a button.

17
Jan

Jose Mourinho’s gives reporter who beat cancer personal greeting

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho showed off his warm and fuzzy side during Friday’s press conference ahead of their match against Manchester United.

ITV News journalist Rags Martel was recently declared cancer-free, and it was his first press conference since the announcement.

Not normally known for being kind to media members, the “Special One” Martel a personal, charming greeting after spotting him in the crowd.

(H/T WAATP)

17
Jan

Mourinho targets Atletico star

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Atletico Madrid have a habit of developing top-class strikers. Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan, Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa have all graced the Vincente Calderon in the past seven years. Atletico seem to get a good price for their top talent and then immediately replace with players of equal capability.

Diego Costa could be the next star striker on the way out of Atletico. A host of clubs are known to be admirers and Friday’s newspapers report that Jose Mourinho is set to make him his major summer signing.

For this rumor and the rest of Friday’s transfer gossip, click here.

9
Jan

Defoe headed to the MLS, Mata to Madrid

Not content with shocking the world of soccer with the supposedly imminent signing of USA’s finest midfielder Michael Bradley, Major League Soccer outfit Toronto FC are closing in on a move for another international, this time England and Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe.

The striker has Premier League, World Cup and European experience, so should rip up the MLS if he joins. Elsewhere, unsettled Chelsea star Juan Mata is now on the radar for a return to Real Madrid, who he left as a youth star years ago. We think he’d fit right in.

You can read more on those two rumors, as well as many, many more, in a packed edition of Paper Chase.