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The Italian had seen the potential in a team which won the 2014-15 title under Jose Mourinho before imploding within months. Chelsea celebrate with their manager. "I know you can not always play this way". One challenge will be keeping individuals happy, like Willian, their outstanding player in last season's 10th-place finish but this season more often a substitute.
  • Michael Carrick "desperate" to win Europa League

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    Along with Fellaini, also taking part in Wednesday's session was fellow midfielder Paul Pogba, shortly after Federation Internationale de Football Association announced it is examining the France international's £89million transfer to United from Juventus last summer.
  • Mata eager for Man United to build momentum

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    It now means Man Utd are guaranteed to finish below Manchester City for fourth consecutive time; the defeat to Spurs also denies United the chance to extend their run of placing above arch rivals Liverpool to three campaigns. Despite the 2-1 defeat, Mourinho said he was fine with the individual performances of his players on Sunday, many of which, according to him, did not play in their preferred positions because of the club's long injury list.
  • Mourinho: Season not a failure if Man United lose final

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    Mourinho has made no secret of his frustration at United's congested fixture list, with the club still having two Premier League matches to fulfil before next Wednesday's Europa League final against Ajax , whose domestic season has already finished.
  • Jose Mourinho Gives Detailed Explanation for Prioritizing Europa League over Top Four

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    The Europa League has been Jose Mourinho's priority for several weeks now, but the manner of his side's 2-1 defeat at Tottenham, particularly in the first half, will stick in the craw. " We didn't gamble , it was a compulsory option". "We fight for titles and probably other clubs finishing in the top four, probably they would like to be in our position to try and fight for the title", declared Mourinho after his side's 2-1 defeat at Tottenham om Sunday.
  • Pep Guardiola admits surprise at not being sacked by Manchester City

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    Albion have the worst record in the division since the start of April, earning just two points from seven matches - and failing to score in six of them. "The team has played the way I wanted". "He is a top goalkeeper, definitely", added the Spaniard. "Every club is run different and every club you pick up is in a different state, and I can't talk about other club's situations".
  • IOC Evaluation Committee Visit To Los Angeles A Success

    IOC Evaluation Committee Visit To Los Angeles A Success

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    The first day of the visit was expected to be dedicated to a host of meetings, including to assess the likely heritage left by a Games in Paris . The backing for Paris comes quickly in the wake of the French capital being confirmed as the host city for the 2020 European Athletics Championships by the European Athletics Council earlier last month.
  • Truex Jr. Qualifies 3rd in Kansas

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    Ryan Blaney appeared set to score his first career win, but Martin Truex Jr. was better over a sequence of late restarts to pick up the Go Bowling 400 victory Saturday night at Kansas Speedway, a race marred by a multi-car accident that sent Aric Almirola to hospital.
  • Rafael Nadal sets up semifinal showdown against Novak Djokovic — Madrid Open

    Rafael Nadal sets up semifinal showdown against Novak Djokovic — Madrid Open

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    In his first match since changing his coaching team in an attempt to change fortunes following a hard start to the year, Djokovic was taken to three sets by Spain's Nicolas Almagro in a match which lasted for two and a quarter hours. Dimitrov will have to wait a little longer to try to regain that status, and perhaps that will come on his favoured grass, where he made headlines nearly a decade back by winning the junior Wimbledon title.
  • Tarasenko scores twice as Blues beat Predators 3-2

    Tarasenko scores twice as Blues beat Predators 3-2

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    Louis over Nashville. Pekka Rinne has led the way for Nashville with a save percentage topping 95 percent after seven playoff games. But perhaps the thinking should have been, "Hey, we just swept the best team in the Western Conference".
  • Zinedine Zidane demands players focus on Celta Vigo match

    Zinedine Zidane demands players focus on Celta Vigo match

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    Real Madrid , which is now leading in both the La Liga and the Champions League , might succeed in securing both the titles with enough boost from coach Zinedine Zidane . Morata was pictured seemingly snubbing a handshake from Zidane when substituted in Sunday's 4-1 rout of Sevilla . However, the fact two of Barca's four league defeats this season came at the two sides Madrid have still to visit gives the Catalans' boss Luis Enrique hope.
  • John Terry and the most prolific defenders

    John Terry and the most prolific defenders

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    Conte is not just a manager, he is a king, and after the game last night - he had his coronation. "I was sitting there wishing that the boys kept winning and performing well because for me I have had my time". In contrast, Chelsea veteran John Terry will hope to win his 16th major honour with the Blues at Wembley in what is the former England centre-back's final season at Stamford Bridge.