Chelsea Beat Man. United At Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, got the better part of Jose Mourinho for the second time this season, as Chelsea beat Manchester United 1- 0 at Stamford Bridge to qualify in the FA Cup semi-finals on Monday.

N’Golo Kante’s 51st minutes goal was enough for Conte’s double chasing side to break United’s resistance after the visitors had Ander Herrera sent off after 35 minutes for a second yellow card.

Mourinho’s frustration boiled over and both managers had to be separated after an angry exchange shortly after Herrera’s send off.

United, were missing the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic and injured Wayne Rooney and offered little threat once Kante had beaten David de Gea with a precise low shot.

Chelsea could have won by more, although United did have their moments and came close to an equaliser in the second half, when Marcus Rashford was foiled by keeper Thibaut Courtois.

The Blues would now face Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals at Wembley.

Debate: Return Of Special One, Good or Bad For Chelsea?

Please, do not call me arrogant because what I say is true; I am European Champion, I am not one out of the bottom. I think I am a special one – Jose Mourinho

On Monday, Chelsea Football Club announced the appointment of Jose Mourinho as First Team Manager.

Mourinho signed a four-year contract and will return to the club where he won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups between 2004 and 2007.

Many football analysts have argued that while Jose Mourinho rebuilt the side that had finished second under Claudio Ranieri, and turned Chelsea into the best side in England, it may be different this time round.

Mourinho wants to call the shots but the 2013 version of the Blues is not the same beast as the 2004 incarnation.

What is evident, unquestioned, is that Mourinho inherits a small and unbalanced squad, which must be significantly replenished.

In this debate, two sport analysts examine the significance of Mourinho’s return to Chelsea.

Benfica Displays Confidence Ahead Of Chelsea Europa League Clash

Benfica showed much display of confidence ahead of their Europa League Final clash against Stamford Bridge giants; Chelsea next week.

Allowing several journalists into their Seixal training camp to watch and grant a few interviews can be seen as mind games ahead of the crucial clash.

One of the interviews was with Coach Jorge Jesus who says his main concern is the weekend’s decisive championship clash against fierce rivals Porto and not the Europa League final which will take place in Amsterdam next Wednesday.

“Our priority in terms of objectives is the championship,” he said. “We have been saying this since the first day we started this journey.”

It will be the first European final in 23 years for the Lisbon club, who lost to AC Milan in the European Cup showpiece in 1990, and they have not won a European trophy since the second of their successive European Cups in 1962.

“We are very confident,” said Jesus.

“It’s a step for Benfica to reach their first European final for 23 years. The results we have got so far have taken us to this final. As always we have a lot of respect for Chelsea, but we very confident that we can win it.”

Influential Serbian international Nemanja Matic is ready to show Chelsea what they lost in next week’s Europa League final after he failed to impress in London and was shuttled to Benfica as part of David Luiz’s big-money signing for Chelsea in 2011.

“To tell the truth I don’t have any special feeling because for me that game is like every game in the Portuguese league or in the cup,” said Matic, who played two matches in two years at Stamford Bridge.

“Of course, it’s a final, we play against a good team and me and all the team will be at our best to win.”

This season Matic has earned the nickname “Spider”, because of his long and thin legs, coupled with his agility across the pitch.

He seemed pleased when asked what he thought about the moniker.

“I didn’t know that. Spider!? It is funny,” said the usually serious Serb said with a grin.

It’s the end of the road for Lampard,Cole at Chelsea with Benitez as coach

Just two days into his new job as Chelsea manager, Rafa Benitez has started to break-up the Champions League-winning team by telling legends Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole that they are to leave at the end of the season.

Both players are out of contract next summer and Chelsea’s new coach said they won’t stay at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of the season.

Chelsea captain John Terry is already on his way out of Stamford Bridge with the European champions not prepared to renew his current contract.

Rooney warns teammates against complacency ahead of Chelsea clash

Manchester United striker and England International gave a stern warning  to teammates not to get complacent ahead of the English Premiership clash between the Red Devils and the Blues Chelsea later today.

He said Manchester United must not give lapses for an early goal against the European champions.

Chelsea,surprise winners of last season’s UEFA champions league competition sent out a note of warning to fellow clubs that the new season will be different following their victory in the champions league, as owner Abramovich went on extravagant shopping spree to get the signature of best of the best in the round-leather game and recruited Oscar and Eden Hazard in the off-season for a combined fee of almost 60 million pounds, joining Juan Mata in attack playing just behind Fernando Torres – and the combination has proved to be formidable so far.

Rooney has emphasized the need for United to prevent early goals from the blow of the whistle as they are being hosted in Stamford Bridge by an in-form Chelsea team.

Rooney said it would be better if United can prevent such early goals which will count against them because coming to get equalizers are sometimes very difficult against best teams like Chelsea and this happened against Braga in the Champions League during the week but United was lucky to get back into the game and win it.

Rooney continued that although last season United was able to pull it off against the Blues when they went 3-0 down before they drew, but he is not sure that United can pull it off again if that happens this time as United cannot afford to be going one or two goals down against Chelsea away as it has new crop of talented players now.

He said “Mata is a great player and Hazard has settled in really well in his first season so I think those two along with Torres are the three biggest threats.

“It’s a great start and it’s clear having won the Champions League last season it has given them a lot more confidence, they have brought a lot of new players in and added more speed to the team,” Rooney said.

Chelsea is undefeated in the League, winning seven of their eight games whilst drawing the other against QPR.

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Champions League: Juventus 2-2 draw dampens Chelsea

European champions, Chelsea were left stunned by Italian Club Juventus last night at Stamford Bridge as the visitor rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 2-2 draw, thanks to Fabio Quagliarella’s brace in the 80th minute souring the Blues’ Champions League title defense.

Chelsea’s Oscar scored on long-range shots in the 31st and 33rd minutes, the first deflecting off Leonardo Bonucci into the corner of the net and the second a superb curler from the edge of the penalty area.

Arturo Vidal reduced the deficit in the 38th for Juventus, making its return to the competition after a three-year absence. Quagliarella tied the score six minutes after entering the match.

Chelsea Manager lamented saying “We are disappointed and a little bit deflated to get in a great position to win the game and come away with only a draw,”

The Manager said further that Chelsea should have closed the game.