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Football: Mourinho taunts Arsenal after fiery draw

Jose Mourinho accused Arsenal of "crying" about decisions that went against them after Chelsea bullied their way to a fiery 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium. Mourinho's side subjected Arsenal to some ferocious challenges as they hassled the Gunners out of their stride in Monday's bruising London derby. John Obi Mikel was fortunate to avoid a red card after the Chelsea midfielder crunched into Mikel Arteta, while Arsenal also complained they should have had a penalty for Willian's challenge on Theo Walcott.

Football: Arsenal night-out Cole's own business - Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is keeping his views on Ashley Cole's decision to join Arsenal players on their Christmas night out this week to himself, but he revealed on Friday the full-back would not face the Gunners on Monday. Cole was photographed at the London venue where the Arsenal squad were celebrating with a fancy dress party. And with Cole and his team-mates due to face the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium just a few days later, the incident inevitably raised eyebows.

Mourinho plays down Chelsea trophy chances

LONDON (Reuters) - Jose Mourinho has played down Chelsea's chances of winning silverware this season, because they lack a killer "selfish" striker. The London side missed a series of scoring chances in their 2-1 win over strugglers Crystal Palace on Saturday but still moved within two points of Premier League leaders Arsenal, whom they meet on December 23. "I don't think we are the big contenders of any competition," Mourinho told BBC radio.

Football: Cole no longer top dog at Chelsea - Mourinho

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole will make an immediate return to the substitutes' bench against Crystal Palace this weekend, manager Jose Mourinho revealed on Friday. The England left-back, 33 next week, played against Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League on Wednesday, but he has fallen behind Cesar Azpilicueta in the Stamford Bridge pecking order. He will receive a reminder of his changing status at the club where he has been a first-choice player since arriving from Arsenal in 2006 when he again makes way for Azpilicueta for the visit of Palace on Saturday.

Football: Mourinho coy over Chelsea's Euro chances

Jose Mourinho has warned his Chelsea stars that finishing top of their Champions League group is no guarantee they will be able to make a serious challenge for the trophy. Mourinho's side ensured they took first place in Group E with a 1-0 win over Steaua Bucharest thanks to Demba Ba's first half goal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Football: Mourinho backs Cole for contract extension

Ashley Cole may have lost his starting spot for Chelsea, but manager Jose Mourinho says he is fully deserving of a contract extension. Mourinho has recalled Cole for Wednesday's Champions League clash against Steaua Bucharest, the left-back set to make his first start since November 2 when he lost his place to Cesar Azpilicueta. Yet the Blues boss said Tuesday that the 33-year-old Cole, who is out of contract at the end of the season, will be given the chance to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho wants to restore Chelsea's title-winning habit

LONDON (Reuters) - Jose Mourinho made winning titles a habit for Chelsea's players when he first arrived in 2004 and three months into his second stint at Stamford Bridge he is urging them to rediscover it. After a third of the Premier League season Chelsea are tucked in four points behind leaders Arsenal but Portugal's Mourinho admits there is "a lot of progress to be made".

Chelsea players starting to get my philosophy: Mourinho

By William Schomberg LONDON (Reuters) - It has not been the smoothest of returns to English football for Jose Mourinho but he saw signs in Chelsea's 3-1 comeback win over Southampton on Sunday that his players are understanding his football philosophy. Mourinho has struggled to repeat the consistency that was the hallmark of his first spell with the London club, when he won two Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006.

Football: Mourinho expects response after Chelsea's Euro flop

Jose Mourinho has warned his Chelsea stars he won't tolerate a repeat of their Champions League flop when the Blues host Southampton on Sunday. Mourinho was disappointed by his team's lacklustre effort in a 1-0 defeat against Basel on Tuesday and promised changes ahead of an important clash against the Saints, who would move above third-placed Chelsea in the Premier League table with a victory at Stamford Bridge. "I never tolerate it but I have to live with it," Mourinho said of his side's low energy levels in Switzerland.

Football: Mourinho has no need for new strikers

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho revealed on Friday he will not bring in a new striker when the transfer window opens in January. Mourinho has just three experienced front men to call upon in Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o as Belgium international Romelu Lukaku was allowed to go out on loan to top-flight rivals Everton in August. Torres has only just regained fitness after a spell on the sidelines however and Eto'o will miss Sunday's Premier League home game with Southampton because of an injury suffered during Tuesday's Champions League defeat in Basel.
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