Mourinho Praises Players’ Improvement As Klopp Rues Sturridge Setback

mourinhoChelsea’s manager, Jose Mourinho, believes that the mood is improving at Stamford Bridge after two good results in the last week, claiming his side’s key players are starting to improve.

The blues have made a lacklustre start to the defence of their Premier League title and also lost their second Champion’s League pool game at Porto.

However, they returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge last Saturday before a 0-0 draw at Dynamo Kiev, a match Mourinho thinks they were unlucky not to win.

The defending champions now face a tough trip to fourth-placed West Ham in the Premier League.

It is, however, a different story for Liverpool as manager, Jurgen Klopp says England striker Daniel Sturridge continues to be a major fitness concern after revealing the he must undergo another scan on his knee.

Sturridge, who is yet to play under Klopp, damaged his knee in a training ground collision with Jordon Ibe last Friday and that prevented him from lining up against either Tottenham Hotspur or Rubin Kazan.

It was initially hoped that he would be available for Sunday’s home game with Southampton but, Klopp cast doubt on whether the 25-year-old would be fit enough for selection.

Liverpool’s Rodgers Bullish Ahead Merseyside Derby

Rodgers-liverpoolLiverpool Manager, Brendan Rodgers, remains confident heading into Sunday’s Merseyside Derby, despite another disappointing result in Europe.

A 1-1 draw at home to Sion has put the spotlight firmly back on the Liverpool boss, who made seven changes for their first home Europa League match.

But Rodgers who is expected to recall striker, Daniel Sturridge, insists Goodison Park holds no fear.

According to him, his team is fully focused on getting all three points, despite Everton’s marginal lead of one point on the Premier League table.

EPL: Liverpool Confident Of Victory Over Chelsea

Brendan RogersLiverpool Manager, Brendan Rodgers is confident his Liverpool players possess the necessary ingredients to get the better of title rival Chelsea when the two teams meet at Anfield on Sunday.

Liverpool will go into the game five points ahead of Jose Mourinho’s side following an unexpected victory by bottom club Sunderland at Chelsea which Liverpool took advantage of with its 3-2 win at Norwich City on Sunday.

Beating Chelsea on Sunday would put Liverpool closer to its first ever Premier League title with two games left to play.

Rodgers gave an insight into the philosophy that has helped the team get to the top of the league table, crushing teams like Arsenal and Liverpool along the way.

“When they are in the changing room just before we go out, I always tell them, ‘Lose yourself, focus on the ball and focus on the team. If you do that, then we can be a real force,’ ” he said.

“You have seen all the characteristics of our team today (Sunday) — wonderful invention and creativity, courage, arrogance on the ball, goal-scoring, young players and senior players all playing, and instructions that allow them to express themselves.

“It’s going to be a brilliant game next weekend with Chelsea coming to Anfield. The supporters will be right up for it and the players as well. We are looking forward to it.”

Raheem Sterling scored two of Liverpool’s goals at Carrow Road, either side of Luis Suarez’s 30th Premier League goal of the season, and Rodgers hailed the England international for his contribution.

“He is arguably the best young player in European football at the moment,” Rodgers said.

Liverpool Massacre: Wenger Questions Arsenal’s Title Credentials

Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger has raised questions over his Arsenal side’s performance in their heavy 5-1 defeat to Liverpool with the battle for the Premier League title beginning to tighten.

Liverpool run riot over Wenger’s side at Anfield on Saturday with two goals each from Martin Skrtel and Raheem Sterling plus one from Daniel Sturridge saw.

With several key fixtures coming – including Manchester United in the league and Bayern Munich in the Champions League – Wenger admitted his team’s showing was “naïve” and only the fans gave a credible performance for the entirety of the drubbing.

“It was a very poor day. We were poor defensively, offensively,” Wenger told BT Sport.

“Only our fans were good for 90 minutes. All the rest, we were poor. Liverpool played very well, so congratulations to them. But it was a poor performance on a day when we couldn’t afford it.

“Of course it raises some questions today because we were caught many times and were naive. Defensively we need to be more stable. Today we were too open. From the front to the back we were not at the level we are used to.”

Liverpool Manager, Brendan Rodgers however, has hailed what he described an “incredible performance” from the home side, in which they scored five goals against Arsenal at Anfield for only the third time in their history.

Rodgers said: “It was an incredible performance. It’s not the first time we’ve been outstanding at home, but everything about us today was incredible. Everything was outstanding.

“We’ve been getting better and better. We’ve got a lot of young players, developing well. But for us it’s just about improving.”

Daniel Sturridge, who scored Liverpool’s fourth goal to cap a devastating opening 20 minutes for the Gunners, said in his post-match interview: “We went out there and did what the manager told us.

“The first 20 minutes were unbelievable and it’s about the team. We worked as a team and we are getting results.

“It starts form the back and the boys have been excellent. Martin Skrtel got two goals and Raheem Sterling two and got a well-earned Man of the Match for all the hard work he has put in.”

Arsenal’s Wenger Speaks Of Liverpool, Squad Unity and Suarez

English Premier League leaders, Arsenal and 3rd placed Liverpool will put each other’s title credentials under scrutiny when they meet on Saturday, November 2.

The visit of Liverpool, who have 20 points, is only the second time Arsenal will have met a team with realistic top-four ambitions after the Gunners beat local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Speaking at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground on Friday, Wenger said: “It’s a big game for us and massively important. But I don’t worry for where the teams are, you know, between the team with 14 and the team with eight; there are two points or three points. The table at the moment has no real significance.”

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have proved a very potent strike force and Wenger acknowledged that they would have to be contained on Saturday.

“I accept that, that one of the targets of the game is to keep these two players quiet because they are certainly among the top, top strikers in the league,” said the Frenchman.

Given the recent losses and the upcoming Champions League clash at Dortmund on Wednesday, November 6, Wenger was asked about the squad’s attitude.

“The mood is very strong, very united and as well, very focussed. We know where our priorities are: it is in the Premiership and in the Champions League. And we are in a strong position in the Premier League of course and that’s why our mood is, is positive,” said the Gunners’ boss.

Wenger tried to sign Liverpool’s Suarez during the summer, even though there were media reports of some doubts in the Arsenal camp over the Uruguayan’s occasionally controversial behaviour.

“Well that’s a debate I don’t want to go in it now. You know, it’s not the right place 24 hours before a game like that to speak about that,” said Wenger.

Arsenal top the table with 22 points and have only lost one league match this season, but have been beaten by Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League and Chelsea in the League Cup in the past week.

Chelsea cruises to second EPL victory against Reading

Chelsea, on Wednesday evening got their second EPL victory at home after recording the first victory against Wigan.

Fernando Torres ensured the path to victory with his goal after Blues’ trailed behind the visitor throughout the later part of the first half before Cahill scored a 30-yarder and the pressure doubled on the part of the new European champions and it brought about Torres’ goal which he tapped in from to give Chelsea 3-2 lead at Stamford Bridge.

Pavel Pogrebnyak had cancelled out Frank Lampard’s penalty opener and Danny Guthrie had seen his tame free-kick spin in after a Petr Cech error.

With the score line at halftime, Di Matteo rearranged his game plan by throwing on attacking players – Oscar and Daniel Sturridge – in the second half, the ‘youth squad’ had a neat move which left Ashley Cole with the simplest of jobs to cross for Torres to do a clean finish.

Reading tried to respond in the final few minutes but paid the price for their ambition, as Branislav Ivanovic swept home deep into injury time following a quick counter-attack after Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici had gone up for a corner at the other end to give Chelsea a comfortable win of 4-2.

EPL games from next weekend were re-arranged due to Chelsea’s participation in the European Super Cup.