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I’m not scared to be sacked -Chelsea Coach, Conte despite winning FA Cup

Image result for Antonio ConteChelsea Coach Anthonio Conte has revealed he is not scared of being sacked by Chelsea board after winning his first F A Cup for the club.

There have been speculations over the future of manager Antonio Conte by winning the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United courtesy of Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty.

In what is widely expected to be Conte’s final match in charge, Chelsea finished their campaign with the Italian’s first ever domestic cup success after a defensively resilient display at Wembley.

Even though Manchester United dominated for long periods and virtually the entirety of the second half, they were unable to cancel out Hazard’s 22nd-minute spot-kick, failing to make the most of their possession by wasting several promising opportunities with profligate finishing or a poor final ball.

Chelsea were dogged in a manner reminiscent of their best under Conte, remaining compact and disciplined in the face of a sustained pressure, and supplemented by the mercurial Hazard in attack.

“I can’t change. I am Conte. I have tried to make every good opportunity provided. And i have taken all the responsibilities”, he said after defeating Manchester United in the F A Cup final.

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Football: Manchester United VS Chelsea on Sunday

Jose Mourinho Antonio Conte Manchester United ChelseaEverything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Manchester United may well have begun a huge eight-day period with FA Cup progress against Huddersfield Town and an away draw in the Champions League at Sevilla but they most certainly have a point to prove when hosting Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho’s side have turned in two less than convincing performances so far this week, most recently delivering a masterclass in underwhelming football on Wednesday in Spain, and while the three points are the number-one target this weekend the fans will be looking for their team to command the game more at the Theatre of Dreams.


MAN UTD INJURIES


Ander Herrera will be unable to repeat his Man of the Match performance in this fixture last season as he misses out due to the muscle injury which saw him leave the 0-0 draw with Sevilla less than 17 minutes in. Marouane Fellaini remains out after undergoing surgery on his troublesome left knee. The Belgian is likely to be absent until the end of March, ruling him out of at least nine fixtures in all competition.

 Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned to training this week following a break from first-team football to help him overcome issues after his ACL surgery while Daley Blind is likely to miss out once more due to a muscle injury suffered in training in January. Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones both have knocks to shake off but could be available for Chelsea’s visit.

MAN UTD SUSPENSIONS


United have no suspension issues, and the same is true of Antonio Conte’s side.


MAN UTD POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


Jose Mourinho has made a habit of matching up against three-man defences since arriving at Old Trafford, and he could well do the same on Sunday. While Rojo and Jones are not certain to return, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling should be good to start if the manager decides that a centre-back trio is the way to go.

The big question, of course, will be whether Paul Pogba starts in midfield following the discourse of the last few weeks, but it is hard to envisage the Frenchman not being involved particularly in light of Ander Herrera’s injury. Club captain Michael Carrick is on standby to fill a third midfield role, although Scott McTominay’s performance in restraining Ever Banega in midweek may win him a starting shirt once more as the Portuguese looks to put a leash on Chelsea’s more creative players.

A back three could potentially narrow down attacking options even more, but it would give Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku the chance to pair up for the first time without fear of stepping on other toes in the forward line.

Man Utd possible XI

CHELSEA TEAM NEWS


Antonio Conte’s outfit have had the ultimate in inconsistent seasons so far, but a win at Old Trafford on Sunday would take them level with United and really mix things up in the race for Champions League qualification.

For the Blues, David Luiz is currently out with an ankle injury and Tiemoue Bakayoko has a knock that he sustained in training. The duo are the only two players currently unavailable for the Man United game. Bakayoko hasn’t featured since Chelsea’s shock 4-1 defeat to Watford at the start of the month, where his early red card proved costly.

Ross Barkley wasn’t selected in Chelsea’s matchday squad to face Barcelona in midweek, but he has joined in first team training sessions. That 1-1 draw with the Catalans attracted widespread praise, and another such tactical masterclass could be ordered by Conte as he looks to put his old enemy’s nose out of joint.

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TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


The match at Old Trafford kicks off at 14:05 GMT on Sunday, with live coverage available in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League beginning immediately after Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur.


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Manchester United have won just one of their last 14 matches in all competitions against Chelsea (D5 L8) – winning this exact fixture last season in the Premier League (2-0).
  • Chelsea will be looking to do the league double over Man Utd for the fourth time in the Premier League and first time since 2009-10 under Carlo Ancelotti (also 2004-05 under Jose Mourinho and 1993-94 under Glenn Hoddle).
  • Only Liverpool (4) have done the league double over Man Utd more times in Premier League history than Chelsea (3 – level with Man City and Arsenal).
  • Manchester United have lost more Premier League games (18) and conceded more Premier League goals (67) against Chelsea than they have against any other side in the competition.
  • Antonio Conte has won three of his four meetings in all competitions as Chelsea manager against Jose Mourinho (W3 L1) – twice in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup.
  • Jose Mourinho has seen his Man Utd side score more than once in just one of their seven home Premier League games against fellow ‘big six’ teams, although it came last season versus Chelsea (W3 D2 L2).
  • Jose Mourinho has lost only two of his 32 Premier League matches at Old Trafford as Manchester United manager (W18 D12), with both defeats coming at the hands of rivals Man City. Indeed, Mourinho’s (2.06) points per game ratio at Old Trafford for Man Utd is worse than both Louis van Gaal (2.24) and Alex Ferguson (2.42).
  • Eden Hazard has found the net with each of his last three shots from open play – he had scored with three of his previous 31 open play efforts.
  • Romelu Lukaku has failed to score in any of his six Premier League matches against the ‘big six’ this season, attempting just four shots on target in those games.

Where do you stand?

 

Mourinho mocks Wenger over lack of big trophies

The Portuguese had already taken aim at the Frenchman in his TV interview and further questioned his adversary in an explosive press conference

Jose Mourinho has taken aim at Arsene Wenger in his post-match press conference following Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal.

The loss was Wenger’s first victory over the Portuguese in the Premier League at the 13th time of asking, with Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck helping to secure a 2-0 win.

Mourinho aimed a subtle dig at Wenger in his post-match television interview, insisting that Gunners fans could finally go home with a smile on their face after so many years of pain when facing him.

And the United manager went one further in his post-match press conference, insisting that, in what appeared a clear dig at Wenger, he does not enjoy seeing the north Londoners fail to win big trophies.

He said: “The Arsenal fans are happy and I’m happy for them. It’s the first time I leave Highbury or the Emirates Stadium and they’re happy.


“I left Highbury, they were crying, I left Emirates Stadium, they were crying. They were walking in the streets with their heads low. So finally today they sing, they wave their scarves. It’s nice for them.

“It’s a big club. You think I enjoy that a big club like Arsenal is not winning big trophies? I’m not enjoying that, honestly. Today I tried to win. We lost.”

Mourinho also expressed his opinion that is not “normal” for him to have such a commanding record over the Frenchman, adding that he feels Wenger puts too much pressure on fourth officials. He continued: “I think Arsene Wenger is not a small manager, he’s a big manager. So to have that record of winning so many matches, to not lose so many matches, it’s something that’s not normal. Normal is win, lose, draw.

“Today, no problem. We shook hands before and after the game. And during the game I didn’t like what I never like, he puts too much pressure on the fourth official all the time.”

Mourinho regrets treating Schweinsteiger bad in Man U, laments lots of injuries

Related imageReports have it that defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones suffered “long-term injuries” while on duty with England, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho revealed at yesterday Friday’s press conference.

Jones, 25, picked up a toe injury in an innocuous training ground tackle, with reports claiming it involved Smalling.

 And fellow centre-back Smalling, 27, was pictured with a leg brace following an injury also suffered in training.

United captain Wayne Rooney returns for Saturday’s Premier League game against West Brom after recovering from a knee injury.The 31-year-old has missed United’s last four games.

As a result of the injuries to Smalling and Jones, Mourinho has also included 19-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe in the squad. The teenager has only made one appearance for the club – in the 4-0 FA Cup win over Wigan in January.

Manchester United will also be without striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and midfielder Ander Herrera, who are both suspended, and France midfielder Paul Pogba, who has a hamstring problem.

Asked l how long he expects to be without Jones and Smalling, the United boss said: “I don’t know, I don’t know.

“I know that Zlatan and Herrera have the last match ban, so it’s easy to say they will be available after the match.

“I think clearly the two English boys they are long-term injuries and Pogba I have no idea. I don’t know.”

Meanwhile, Mourinho said he regretted the way he treated Bastian Schweinsteiger and apologised to the midfielder before his switch to the Chicago Fire.

The Germany World Cup winner, who joined United in 2015, trained with the reserves following Mourinho’s arrival in the summer, but was brought back into the first team in late October.

However, last week the 32-year-old was permitted a move to join the MLS side.

“He’s in the category of players that I feel sorry for something that I did to him,” Mourinho said.

“The last thing I told him before he left ‘I was not right with you once, I have to be right with you now’.

“So when he was asking me to let him leave I had to say ‘yes, you can leave’ because I did it once, I cannot do it twice.

“I will miss a good guy, a good professional, a good influence in training – a very good influence.”

 

Football: Mourinho defends Pogba

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Ace football coach, Jose Mourinho has defended Paul Pogba.

With a world record price hanging over his head, Paul Pogba has come in for plenty of criticism from those who believe he is not doing enough to justify the £89million fee Manchester United shelled out for him. Jose Mourinho has risen to the defence of his star player saying his critics are envious and the 24yr old has achieved a lot all by himself.
The Portuguese coach said: ‘I feel that the world is losing values and we all know that and envy is coming into certain levels that I am scared about especially for the next generation if things go in this direction.’

‘It’s not his fault that some of the pundits are in trouble with their lives and they need every coin to survive and Paul is a multi-millionaire. It’s not his fault. ‘He deserves respect, his family deserve respect. He is a kid who comes from a working family, a family with three boys that I’m sure needed a lot of food on that table every day because they are big giants. So I’m sure the mum and dad had to work hard for many years for them.

‘A kid who came to Manchester as a teenager who fought for his career here, who wasn’t afraid to move and go to another country and look for better conditions. ‘A kid who reached the top of the world with his work. Nobody gave him anything. I’m really, really worried with the previous generations because things are going in such a direction that envy is everywhere.

‘I’m very happy with Paul, the club is very happy with Paul. A good thing is that because of his personality he doesn’t give an “S” to what people say.’ Pogba has had a mixed campaign in his first season back at United, in 25 leagues appearances this season, he has 4 goals and 3 assists.

Wayne Rooney To Quit Man U In £52m Move To China?

Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho yesterday admitted the United and England captain could leave before the Chinese transfer window closes next Tuesday.

United’s record goalscorer has a £1million-a-week offer on the table to play in China.

And asked if Rooney will still be here at the end of next week Mourinho said: “You have to ask him. I cannot guarantee that I’m here next week, how can I guarantee that a player is here next season What I can guarantee is that if one day Wayne leaves the club it is not because I want him to leave the club. I would never push a legend of this club to another destiny.

“You have to ask him if he sees himself staying in the club for the rest of his career or sees himself moving.

“It is not a question for me because I am happy to have him. You have to ask him, not me. I was very open with you in the answer.

“I don’t want him to leave.”

Rooney has started just one game in the last nine.

He has 18 months left on his current £250,000-a-week deal but United do not seem keen to take up their option to extend it for a year.

A £1m a week offer, will Rooney go?

Top 4 will leave Man Utd behind – Mourinho

Top four will leave Man Utd behind - Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has claimed that the Premier League’s top four will “leave” Manchester United as the Red Devils enter an enforced break.

A 16-game unbeaten run in the English top-flight has lifted the Old Trafford outfit to within touching distance of the Champions League places.

They are, however, about to see their rivals given an opportunity to edge back into the distance.

United are set to turn their attention to other endeavours, with continental and domestic cup fixtures approaching.

A home Europa League clash with St Etienne on Thursday is followed by an FA Cup fifth-round clash with Blackburn Rovers, a return date in France and the EFL Cup final against Southampton.

With his side not in league action again until March 4, Mourinho concedes that a hectic schedule is offering positives and negatives.

“They will leave us,” he said of United’s top-four rivals.

“The other teams will have points so, for sure, it’s going to happen.

“That’s the way it is. I don’t think it is easy, because you want to play the competition, but at the same time we have motivation.

“We play the Europa League, so let’s enjoy the Europa League. We also have a cup final. I don’t believe anyone goes to Wembley not happy to go, so we go, we play.

“We know in this moment that Southampton are probably going to have some days off. I don’t know if they go to a summer camp to some nice, beautiful place with nice weather to prepare for the final.

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