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Mourinho stands by his defenders in face of stark criticism

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has defended his under-fire defenders, whilst pointing out that the Blues’ failure to defend well in recent games should not be blamed on 4/5 players.

The Special One was asked during his press conference if he is working his defenders even harder in training, to which he replied: "I didn't work the defenders, I worked the team. You cannot blame defenders for the goals conceded because a team is a team."

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Special One admits London derby may be a tough for one his side

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that Crystal Palace can prove to be tough opponents in the Premier League fixture between the sides tomorrow.

Speaking to reporters during his press conference today, the Special One revealed: "Palace will be always a difficult opponent, but they have even better players than last season, so if last season they were good they are going to be even better this season."

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Special One still has doubts over Chelsea’s star performer

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has indicated that despite the club’s new winger signing Pedro having been in scintillating for them on his debut, he is not sure about how he will perform in the next few matches.

The boss was quoted telling reporters at his press conference ahead of his side’s Premier League encounter against Crystal Palace: “Even when they are top players like Pedro, they have always a little question mark, because with the great change in their lives, you never know how quick the adaptation is going to be.”

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Offer from Manchester giants too good to turn down, admits club chief

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Wolfsburg director Klaus Allofs has admitted that the offer that they received from Manchester City for their highly rated playmaker Kevin De Bruyne was just too good to ignore.

Allofs was quoted in The Daily Express, revealing: “He’s had an astonishing, astonishing offer from City and we can’t compete with that. We had to take it seriously and finally we decided to start negotiations with City.”

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Massive revelation in Man United's pursuit of key offensive target

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Manchester United have been boosted in their pursuit of Barcelona ace Neymar, with South American football expert Tim Vickery revealing that the Red Devils may be able to complete the signing of the player in the next two seasons.

Vickery told talkSPORT that the Red Devils will certainly not succeed in luring the player to Old Trafford this summer, with the Catalans themselves unlikely to sell him, having recently sold Pedro to Chelsea. However, he feels that the Brazilian ace will eventually grow tired of playing second fiddle to Lionel Messi at Nou Camp, which is why the prospect of a switch to United may appeal to him.

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Brendan Rodgers’ decision raises question over future of Chelsea utility man!

Turkish giants Besiktas are now reported to be keeping tabs on Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, viewing him as a potential solution to their needs in the centre of the park, after Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers decided not to sell their original target Lucas Leiva this summer.

The Nigerian ace is known to be himself open to the prospect of a move away from Stamford Bridge in this transfer window, with him unlikely to succeed in landing himself ample game time at the club due to the immense competition in their midfield. However, the Blues manager Jose Mourinho has been keen to hold on to him for now, with him viewing him as excellent cover for the likes of Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas and even Ramires.

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Arsenal sensation makes BOLD statement regarding season

Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil has said that he is aiming to score a lot more goals for his side this season.

The German ace was quoted telling Arsenal Player: “I want to score more goals than in the last two seasons and that’s my aim for this season. What’s important firstly is that we are successful as a team. That’s most crucial for us and as I said, for me it’s not just goals and assists that mean everything, what’s more important is that we’re successful as a team.”

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