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Video: Chelsea fans made to look foolish as Diego Costa scored ’49 seconds’ against Real Madrid 

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Video: Chelsea fans made to look foolish as Diego Costa scored 49 seconds into match against Real Madrid

How time flies, if you are an ardent Chelsea follower or fan, you will surely do remember the days of Spaniard player, Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge.

The Spain international left Chelsea for Spanish club, Atletico Madrid under the management of Italian coach, Antonio Conte last season

However, despite Costa being a great player, some  Chelsea fans were quick to mock him, there was a time some fans took to their twitter handle to rain abusive words on him.

They called him a donkey as they stressed that they needed a player who has better touch and can link up well.

But guess what, Diego Costa is gone and in his place, Chelsea brought in his fellow countryman, Alvaro Morata, who so far is nothing to write home about probably because he is yet to get the Blues style of play.

However, those Chelsea fans are blaming themselves right now owing to Diego Costa performance for Atletico Madrid in the Super Cup.

The Spanish forward scored one of the four goals against Real Madrid in a game that was a big defeat for the European Champions.

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Why Mourinho’s ability should not be placed under doubt, Makelele

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Former Chelsea midfielder Makelele has noted that the ability of the embattled Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho should not be placed under doubt, stressing that the records can tell better.

Mourinho has battled to win at the Old Trafford owing to controversies with big players and also distractions from his bashing with the media.

There are speculations the Portuguese manager boss will be sacked if he fails to win the Saturday’s Premier League game against former side having lost three games already in this season’s campaign.

Citing his case as an example, the Chelsea legend said Mourinho had changed the mentality of the Blues when he was in charge and turned them to be winners.

Makelele stated that the manager who had won the Champions League with Porto a year before initiated the team with his confidence and boldness which made them winners at last.

According to him, all of the manager’s influence was the reason why Chelsea became Premier League contenders and won the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool despite being ahead.

However, the manager has failed to establish all of this in his current team at the Old Trafford but the Chelsea legend believes his former manager still has all it takes, noting that it will only manifest with time.

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Will Jose Mourinho allow Eden Hazard end his career as Man Utd coach?

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Coach Jose Mourinho is at a bigger risk tomorrow as Man Utd take on Chelsea, having managed to keep his job as the club’s coach after their unexpected win over Newcastle at Old Trafford before the International holiday.

Man Utd under Jose Mourinho have been worse this season, they currently sit at the 8th position on the English Premier League table with 13 points and 3 defeats in 8 matches.

On the other hand, Chelsea have maintained an unbeaten stance which they hope to continue tomorrow and they are on the second spot on the EPL table with 20 points.

Coach Jose Mourinho will be worried about his former Chelsea striker, Eden Hazard in Tomorrow’s match.

Hazard is the Blues current highest goal scorer with 7 goals and 3 assists in 8 matches, and he is sure to find the back of the net for Chelsea as he plays against his former coach.

But the question on some football fans lips is that will Jose Mourinho allow Eden Hazard to end his career as Man Utd coach?

Well, we can say Mourinho will do everything possible to make sure the Blues strikers don’t advance forward by parking the bus against them and we are sure he is going to man-mark Eden Hazard, but will that be enough to stop the Blues undisputed leader? Well, Tomorrow will tell.

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Chelsea injuries, suspensions, line up, and prediction vs Man Utd

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Chelsea will host Man Utd at Stamford Bridge on Saturday following the resumption of the English Premier League.

The Blues are seated at the top of the league table alongside Liverpool and Man City with 20 points each while Man Utd are over 7 points behind from the clubs in the top 3.

Unlike Man Utd that are struggling to perform, Chelsea are the favourite club expected to win the match on Saturday.

Chelsea injuries

The Blues have two players with injuries, they are; Antonio Rudiger and Ethan Ampadu.

Antonio Rudiger sustained a groin injury during the Blues game against Southampton at St. Mary’s stadium before the international holiday.

A report from Stamford Bridge, however, made it known that he has regained his form and is expected to play against Man Utd.

Ethan Ampadu sustained a knee injury why on international duty for his home country, Wales.

Suspension

Neither Chelsea nor Man Utd have any player on suspension.

Chelsea line up

Coach Sarri will likely start his first-team players with Kepa at the goal post, Azplicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso at the defense, Barkey, Jorginho and Kante at the midfield, Hazard, Pedro and Giroud at the front.

Man United Prediction

Jose Mourinho is likely to park the bus against Chelsea making it difficult for the Blues strikers to move forward except they are very creative, the game will likely end with two goals to one in favour of Chelsea.

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Why Chelsea game is the best opportunity for Mourinho to prove a point

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A lot has been said about Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and the premier League clash against Chelsea on Saturday.

The Portuguese manager has faced a lot on the job with bad results, criticisms and crisis in the dressing room which sparked speculations over his future.

The last game before the international break where United had come from behind to win Newcastle by 3-2 helped eased the tension and there was relative calm with the short holiday of club football.

However, the tension seems to have returned with United expected to play Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge as underdogs and a former Red Devils, Ryan Giggs has stated that there is no time to prove what he can do than now.

According to him, this is the best time the for former Chelsea boss to get up and prove his doubters wrong as well as commanding respect from other clubs who might want to take advantage of their poor form.

Giggs said United under Mourinho must get up to the level of Chelsea and Liverpool, noting that it can also happen if the team posses the needed confidence for the game.

The United legend stated that his former team had done it against Newcastle and it could be repeated against Chelsea.

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France vs Germany – Video of Kante in action, challenges Timo Werner

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Earlier this week, France played against Germany in the Uefa Nations League with the game ending on two goals to one in favour of the current world cup champions and another defeat for Germany.

Although Chelsea ‘diminutive’ midfielder, N’golo Kante didn’t really put up much performance in the match, there was one moment that caught our attention which showed Kante in action.

The Blues diminutive midfielder won Germany’s striker, Timo Werner, in a 50/50 shoulder challenge.

This proves that despite Kante’s height and weight, the France international has a lot of strength.

An analysis of the two players body height and weight showed that N’Golo Kante measures in height: 5’6″/1.70m and Weight: 150 lbs/68 kg while Germany striker, Timo Werner measures in height: 5’11″/1.80m, weight: 167 lbs/76kg.

The footage from the match has gone viral online as football fans in France applaud the Blues midfielder for his performance.

N’golo Kante is one of coach Maurizio Sarri’s best player in the Blues midfield alongside Jorginho, Matteo Kovacic and to some extent Ross Barkley.

The World Cup winner will return to action this weekend in the English Premier League when Chelsea will be playing host to Man Utd.

Chelsea hope to maintain their unbeaten stance against Man Utd tomorrow and also win all three points.

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Chelsea defender’s agent vows he will leave in January

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Sten, who is the agent and father to Chelsea center back, Andreas Christensen has disclosed in a recent statement that the 22-year-old player will leave Stamford Bridge in January if he doesn’t get enough playing chances.

Andreas Christensen had been a sensational player at Chelsea last season with the promising prospect of becoming one of the best defenders in the EPL, however, the arrival of Chelsea new coach, Maurizio has seen him earn limited playing chances.

This is because Maurizio Sarri prefers to start Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz at the center back.

The Danish international has featured for the Blues in two games and none in the Premier League.

However, Andreas Christensen’s father, Sten, affirmed he will discuss his son’s future with Chelsea if things don’t improve before Christmas.

According to the Telegraph, Sten in a recent statement said “If his situation doesn’t change around Christmas, we’ll obviously schedule a chat with Chelsea and say, ‘okay, what can we do for Andreas? Can we move him?’”

Christensen’s father went on to rule out any loan transfer while adding that the defender will leave Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis.

He said “For me, it’s not a loan again.

Sten hinted that it is either Chelsea give his son some playing chances or he leaves.

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Antonio Conte tipped to replace Julen Lopetegui as Real Madrid coach

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Chelsea sacked Antonio Conte as their coach last season after the Blues failed to make it to the top four on the EPL table thus ending their dream of participating in the Uefa Champions League this season.

The Blues had gone ahead to sign Conte’s fellow countryman, Maurizio Sarri from the Italian club, Napoli.

Ever since Antonio Conte was sacked by the Blues board, he has been without a job, however, a new report have made it known that Spanish club, Real Madrid have reached out to him to become their next coach.

The report added that the 49-year-old Italian has agreed to the offer.

Since the unexpected departure of Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid coach, the Los Blancos have been struggling to perform under Julen Lopetegui – who could be sent packing by January if things don’t improve at the Spanish club.

Irrespective of Antonio Conte’s fall out with Chelsea, the 49-year-old Italy International so far has enjoyed a successful coaching career with records to show for it.

Conte, while at the Italian club, Juventus led the club to back to back victory in the Seria A.

On his arrival at Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte lifted the EPL league and won the FA cup last season.

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Why Chelsea will not win United on Saturday

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ESPN pundit Steve Nicol has predicted that the much anticipated game on Saturday between Chelsea and Manchester United will not go in favour of the home team.

United will travel to the Stamford Bridge as underdogs with the Blues as the favourites owing to the crisis being encountered by the visiting team.

The Old Trafford team have struggled so far this season, losing 3 of their 8 Premier League this season in addition to the crisis that has overwhelmed the team.

With the international break finally over, the Red Devils are tipped to shock their doubters by either pulling a win or a draw in the Saturday clash at Stamford Bridge.

However, Nicol who admits the better chances the Blues have predicted a shocker as he said the Jose Mourinho team will come prepared with a hunger and anger to win.

He noted that the Red Devils had proved a point with the magical comeback against Newcastle from 2 goals down to win by 3-2.

Although, the Portuguese manager has not won all of the three games he has had at the Stamford Bridge as a United player and were also defeated in the FA Cup finals in May.

The outcome of the Saturday might determine Mourinho’s future at the Old Trafford.

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Chelsea vs Man Utd: Michael Owen gives his prediction

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Chelsea will play against Man Utd this weekend – The game is expected to be tough owing to the fact that the Blues are in top form and Jose Mourinho is out to keep his job as Man Utd coach plus the ‘unpredictable’ Red Devils squad.

While Chelsea are yet to suffer any defeat this season, Man Utd have been struggling to move higher on the EPL table.

However, former Liverpool and Real Madrid star, Micheal Owen has given his predictions ahead of the Saturday match.

Micheal Owen in his statement expects Chelsea to get all three points especially as they are playing at home, which is an advantage for them.

The former football star made it known that the Blues have lost only one of their last 16 home league games against Manchester United.

He added that he “expect to see the hosts improve on that proud home record.”

Michael Owen, however, went ahead to advise Coach Jose Mourinho to tighten his defense if he doesn’t want excess goals from the Blues on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho has lost all his three away games as Man Utd coach at Stamford Bridge, the weekend match will probably not be different.

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Chelsea vs Man Utd: match preview

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The Blues will host Man Utd on Saturday in the English Premier League.

While Chelsea have improved this season and are seated at the second spot on the EPL with 20 points, the same can’t be said of the visiting club.

Man Utd under the ‘Special one’ are struggling for the fourth position on the EPL table alongside Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Jose Mourinho always have issues in his third year at every club he coaches and the same scene is already playing out at Old Trafford.

The Portugal international has slammed the Red Devils board, he has lost control of the club’s dressing room, he has issues with some of his players and he is also fighting with the press.

This season has seen Man Utd performance ebb low, the Red Devils were shockingly defeated by Brighton, which was the beginning of their woes.

The Red Devils board would have handed Mourinho his sack letter but the Portuguese managed to escape after the club surprisingly defeated Newcastle United.

Apart from Mourinho, the Red Devils players have not been spectacular; the likes of Juan Mata, Pogba and Lukaku are sometimes good and sometimes worse, the duo of Rashford and Martial need enough playing time but neither of the two have proved that they merit it, the worst player happens to be Alexis Sanchez and only Luke Shaw seems to have improved.

It is no hidden fact that Mourinho will pack the bus against Chelsea on Saturday but what we don’t know is the formation he will use, it could be 4-3-3,  4-4-1-1,  5-4-1 or even  6-3-1.

And Mourinho will likely bench Paul Pogba and start Fellaini in his place to man-mark Chelsea midfielder, Jorginho.

The Blues are expected to win the match.

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