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Yesterday (Sunday 23 October) former Chelsea manager José Mourinho made his first return to Stamford Bridge since he was sacked last December. His Manchester United team were thrashed 4-0 by a rampant Chelsea, with the first goal being scored after only 30 seconds.

By half time Chelsea were 2-0 up, and by 62 minutes it was 3-0. Mourinho’s humiliation was complete when Chelsea made it 4-0 in the 71st minute. The win takes Chelsea up to 4th place in the table, just one point behind leaders Manchester City. Manchester United stay in 7th place.

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José Mourinho’s Manchester United were thrashed on his first return to Stamford Bridge since being sacked by Chelsea last December.

Manchester City have not registered a win in a month, after flying out of the blocks in their first 6 games they have hit a speed bump. Arsenal and Liverpool are equal with them on points, leaving the title wide open with a quarter of the season gone. It is all to play for!

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The rumours seem to have been true. José Mourinho is going to be at Old Trafford next year. Or, at least, that is what the BBC is saying. But both Manchester United and José Mourinho are, so far, refusing to confirm what now seems inevitable.

 

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José Mourinho looks set to replace Louis Van Gaal at Manchester United, although no official announcement has yet been made.

 

As a number of people have been saying with tongue in cheek, what could possibly go wrong?! We shall see, but having the special one back in the English Premier League certainly adds to the entertainment value; his press conferences are usually great listening. His success will be determined by whether he can return Man U to their former glory, particularly in the Premier League and the Champions League.

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Chelsea beat title rivals Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad last night to go even on points, and end Man City’s 100 percent home record. As of last night, Arsenal are top of the English Premier League on 55 points, Man City are 2nd on 53 points, and Chelsea are 3rd, also on 53 points but with an inferior goal difference to Man City.

Prior to last night’s game, Man City had won 11 games from 11 at home in the English Premiership, which included home victories against Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton and Spurs. In fact, all the top clubs bar Chelsea. But Mourinho’s men held on for a well deserved 1-0 victory after going ahead from a goal by Serbian defender Branislav Ivanović in the 33rd minute. to lay down an important marker against the team Chelsea’s manager sees as the side most likely to win this year’s title.



Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad last night, ending Man City's 100% home record.

Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad last night, ending Man City’s 100% home record.



Had Man City retained their 100% home record they would have gone back to the top of the Premiership, leapfrogging Arsenal who have been top for most of the season. But, Chelsea’s victory now leaves the title wide open between the top 3 teams. Mourinho insists he is not expecting to win the EPL in his first year back at Stamford Bridge, but I suspect this is as much mind games as anything else.

The result is also important for the FA Cup 5th round, with Chelsea having drawn Man City at the Etihad, as I mentioned here. That fixture is in less than two weeks’ time, and last night’s victory should still be fresh in both teams’ minds when they take the field. Before then, both Chelsea and Man City have what appear on paper to be relatively easy EPL games. Chelsea have Newcastle at home and then West Bromwich Albion away, whereas Man City have Norwich away and then Sunderland at home.

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Last night (Wednesday the 15th of May), Chelsea became the first team ever to hold both the Champions League and Europa League titles. They beat Benfica 2-1 with an added-time goal from Branislav Ivanovic to claim the title.


Chelsea claimed the Europa League title, becoming the first club to hold both the Europa League and Champions League titles.

Chelsea claimed the Europa League title, becoming the first club to hold both the Europa League and Champions League titles.


Of course, on the 25th of May Chelsea will lose their Champions League title, when Bayern Munich play Borussia Dortmund in an all-German final. Chelsea didn’t even make it beyond the group stages, and therefore entered the lower-tier Europa League.

Under their “interim manager” Rafa Benitez, Chelsea have also secured Champions League football for next season by finishing in the top four in the English Premiership. So, all in all, it has not been too bad a season under Benitez. Speculation is rife as to who will replace Benitez when he departs Stamford Bridge in the next couple of weeks. Most people are expecting José Mourinho to leave Real Madrid and return to Chelsea. Mourinho himself strongly hinted as such after Real’s exit from the semi-final stages of the Champions League, saying in his post-match press conference how he was much loved in England, and in particular by one club. However, one never really knows with Chelsea, their owner Roman Abramovich apparently had his sights set on Pep Guardiola, but he accepted a position with Bayern Munich several months ago to start in the new season.

Meanwhile, the coveted 4th spot in the English Premiership, the last place which qualifies a team for next season’s Champions League, is still to be determined. What makes it all the more intriguing is that it will go to either Arsenal, or their arch North-London rivals Spurs. Spurs play Sunderland at home, Arsenal play Newcastle away. Both games kick off at 4pm this Sunday (19th of May). With Arsenal on 70 points and Spurs in 69 points, Spurs need a win to secure the 4th spot, whereas Arsenal only need to win if Spurs should also win. If both finish with 70 points, Arsenal have a much better goal difference so will secure 4th place.

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