Tag Archives: prediction

Eden Hazard: Chelsea did not give chance to Mohamed Salah

Published by:

Eden Hazard has conceded Mohamed Salah “did not get his chance at Chelsea” as the Belgian captain prepares to meet his former club-mate on the opposing team when the Blues face Liverpool on Saturday.

The Belgian had been impressed by the impact made by the winger at Liverpool since the Egyptian’s return to England. “He is still my friend and we are still in contact,” said Hazard. “He’s a top, top, top player. He did not get his chance at Chelsea – maybe because of the manager, because of the other players? I don’t know.”

“He’s a top player, for sure, and we know as a team the quality he has. He is a fantastic striker and this season he has scored a lot of goals. It is always good to play against a friend but Liverpool is not only about Salah. They have a lot of quality players.”

Chelsea had beaten Liverpool back in January 2014 to Salah’s signature from Basel for around £11m when the Egyptian was in effect replacing the departed Juan Mata, only for him to find opportunities limited under the management of Jose Mourinho.

He only made six Premier League starts under the Portuguese, and, with his top-flight career failing to extend beyond nine hours of football he was loaned to Serie A clubs Fiorentina and Roma before making a permanent move to the Stadio Olimpico eventually.

“I watched him when he played for Roma,” Hazard added. “Now he is still at the top. And then even with his country he did well to reach the World Cup. At Liverpool he is still doing well, so I think we need to be careful with him. I want to ask him for his shirt, for sure, on Saturday.”

Chelsea will only have one training session ahead of their game against Liverpool, but with Hazard’s penalty against Qarabag in the Champions League on Wednesday coming as a sixth goal in seven matches they are in fine form. “I am feeling good, 100%,” The Belgian added. “A lot of players didn’t play on Wednesday and I played only 60 minutes and N’Golo [Kanté] also came off, so we can be fresh on Saturday, even if the game is close. We are professional; we can deal with this.”

Prediction:

Liverpool 1:3 Chelsea

Manchester United convinced Jose Mourinho will stay with club

Published by:

Manchester United have no concerns that club coach Jose Mourinho could leave next summer to take up the managerial position with another club.

There had been also those who work closely with him who believe that the Portuguese retains the drive to win the Premier League for the club.

Although it is a known fact that Mourinho was a long-term target of Paris Saint-Germain and other leading sides, United’s board would welcome Mourinho staying for a decade or more, as this would mean a long period of success had been established.

However, Manchester United are currently second in the Premier League and eight points behind Manchester City — and had lost 1-0 at Chelsea before the international break in what was their second league defeat of the opening 11 matches.

Their first defeat had been the shock 2-1 loss at newly promoted Huddersfield Town on 21 October.

In the week of the game against Chelsea, Mourinho caused some surprise by praising “special” PSG and ruling out spending the remainder of his career at United.

But at the moment, there is no concern among the United hierarchy that a manager whose longest spell at a club was just over three seasons during his first Chelsea tenure will depart in the close season.

It is a general feeling around the board that he is energised by the challenge of managing United, who on Thursday announced record turnover of £141m for the third quarter of 2017, and by trying to claim the club’s first Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in May 2013.

Prediction:

Manchester United 2:0 Newcastle United

Jose Mourinho: Manchester United players deserve more credit

Published by:

Jose Mourinho has claimed that Tottenham’s victory over Real Madrid this week proves his Manchester United players deserve more credit.

Tottenham beat the European champions 3-1 at Wembley on Wednesday, just four days after they were beaten 1-0 at Old Trafford.

Criticisms has been levelled at Mourinho’s styling of Manchester United this season, despite his team sitting second in the Premier League table and top of their Champions League group, and the United manager insists they should get more recognition.

“Honestly, just as an example,” the Portuguese said. “Tottenham beat Liverpool 4-1, Tottenham beat Real Madrid 3-1, Tottenham didn’t score against Manchester United so at least a little bit of credit my players deserve.”

“I know that it is a different way of analysing things for this reason or that reason. Similar performances for some clubs are magic, are examples of brilliant tactics and amazing attitude from the other players and for other teams the same kind of performance becomes conservative, becomes negative, becomes so many adjectives.”

Jose Mourinho is also due in court in Madrid on Friday to face allegations of tax fraud. While the Portuguese is set to appear in person but insists the hearing is not a distraction. “It is just a change of normal training time because I want to be there and I cannot be in the morning so I have to change the timings,” he added.

In the meantime, another tough challenge awaits United as the Red Devils, still without Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini, visit defending Premier League champions Chelsea on Sunday. Both appears to have little chance to be fit in time to play against the Blues this weekend.

“We have to wait a little bit,” Mourinho added. “I am not very optimistic but I don’t want to lie. I don’t want you to say I lie when I said no chance of recovering so I just say two more days to confirm my expectations.”

On the other hand, Chelsea themselves suffered a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Roma, with club coach Antonio Conte claiming that his players lack “hunger” for success. Another point also goes to United in their record of claiming points even against top teams in the English top flight.

Prediction:

Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United

Leicester appoints ‘perfect fit’ manager Claude Puel

Published by:

Leicester City have appointed the former Southampton head coach Claude Puel as their manager following their summary dismissal of Craig Shakespeare laster week.

Puel, 56, has signed a contract with the Foxes until June 2020 and was described by the club’s vice-chairman, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, as “a perfect fit” for his team.

It was also reported that Leicester’s board of directors interviewed several candidates beforehand, with Puel being selected to lead the club now standing at 14th in the Premier League, one point above the relegation zone.

Michael Appleton, interim manager who oversaw two games for the club, will revert to his assistant’s role, as Puel will be introduced to the media on Friday and will take charge of Sunday’s home match against Everton, who are without a full-time manager after Ronald Koeman’s dismissal.

Puel himself was released by Southampton in June despite decent results such as leading the club to an eighth-placed finish in the Premier League and the final of the Capital One Cup. The Saints flopped in the Europa League and decent domestic results were deemed not good enough to compensate for a style of play that many supporters decried as too defensive, with players unhappy about his rotation policy.

Without a club since, the Frenchman was said to have impressed Leicester during more than one set of talks.

“Upon meeting Claude, his attention to detail, knowledge of our squad, understanding of our potential and his vision to help us realise it were extremely impressive,” Srivaddhanaprabha said. “He quickly emerged as the outstanding candidate.”

Puel described it as “a great privilege” to take the Leicester job. “The opportunity to help the club build on its remarkable recent achievements is a truly exciting one, and I’m looking forward to working with the owners, players, staff and supporters to deliver further lasting success,” he said.

Prediction:

Leicester City 2 – 0 Everton