Tottenham don’t face same scrutiny as top-four rivals, claims Mourinho

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_img The Barclays Premier League champions travel across the capital 10 points and 10 places worse off than their fifth-placed rivals, who last won the title in 1961 and whose most recent trophy was the 2008 League Cup. Chelsea have one win in 10 at White Hart Lane and their most recent trip, on New Year’s Day, exposed the frailties which have become all too familiar for Mourinho this season as Spurs won 5-3. Press Association “(There is) no pressure on them, like it is in the other four or five top teams to reach important positions,” Mourinho said. “Nobody speaks about them as title contenders, like they speak about Man City, Man United. Jose Mourinho has suggested Tottenham have it easy and are under no pressure ahead of Chelsea’s trip to White Hart Lane. center_img “They have great conditions without the same pressure other clubs have to do magnificent work. “They lose a couple of matches and nothing happens. They are in the Europa League, and, in the group phase, to be fair, nobody cares about Europa League. “They go smoothly, step by step. They build a team. They bring in young players. They give conditions, without any kind of pressure, for the young players to develop in the team. “The club is powerful to decide, ‘We don’t sell, we don’t sell, we don’t sell’, and to decide, ‘We can invest and we can bring in this one or that one’. “Of course they need a great manager, which they have. Of course they need good players, which they have. But the conditions are very good.” Mourinho’s comments came as he recalled complimenting Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the aftermath of March’s Capital One Cup win at Wembley, when the Portuguese won the first trophy of his return. Mourinho’s third Premier League title was added soon afterwards, but the defence of both trophies appears over. It would take an unprecedented rise, plus numerous rivals dropping points, for Chelsea to retain the title or even to finish in the top four this season. Tottenham are unbeaten in 12 matches, since the opening day of the season, and Mourinho believes Spurs could win the title for the first time in 55 years. “When I watch them play it’s not a surprise for me,” said Mourinho of Spurs’ unbeaten run. “If they say they are fighting for the title, I would not laugh. I would accept it because the team is very good. “They have this season (an) even better (team) than last season. “I can imagine, with the stability they are showing, that sooner or later – I think sooner – they will be there, or win trophies or in a Champions League position.” Diego Costa is under pressure to deliver after scoring just four times this season, the most recent in the win over Norwich. The striker and Mourinho had a heated exchange at half-time of Tuesday’s win at Maccabi Tel Aviv which Mourinho afterwards played down. Yet it is clear the Portuguese wants more from Costa. “I told him, from a distance, with gestures, that I was not happy with the movement he did,” Mourinho said. “He told me also a few nice words from where he was. And nothing happened. “He’s not reading the game properly in these actions. That was my opinion. “As a striker you must read it. You have to play not just when you have the ball, but also when others have the ball. “You have to try to anticipate things. Just a question of reading the game faster. “It’s not because you score one goal against Norwich that suddenly you are again on fire. It will be a process.” John Terry could feature despite sustaining an ankle injury in Israel and missing training on Friday. “We have a little hope that it’s possible,” Mourinho added. Midfielder Ramires is a major doubt, too, having missed the Champions League tie with an undisclosed injury. last_img read more

Garry Monk will carry on fighting at Swansea

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_img But Monk responded to the crushing 3-0 home defeat to Leicester by saying: “I have never thought I’ve had enough. “I have never quit anything in my life – I will fight as hard as I can because I want the club to do well and I want to bring success. “No-one knows the principles of the club more than myself and no-one will fight harder. That’s never in question. “It is extremely frustrating, and that is putting it nicely. I don’t know what more I can do. “I am trying to find all the ways to make it better and produce.” Monk said before the Leicester game that he felt his side had turned a corner following an improved performance in the 1-0 defeat at in-form Liverpool the previous weekend. But Swansea were soon a sorry sight as they were cut to ribbons by the league leaders, with Riyad Mahrez scoring the first two goals of his hat-trick inside the opening 22 minutes. Boos from home supporters greeted both the half-time and full-time whistle and Monk, tipped as a future England manager only a few short months ago, admitted the buck stopped with him. Beleaguered Swansea boss Garry Monk insists he will carry on fighting in his job, even though he admits he does not know what more he can do to stop the club’s slide down the Barclays Premier League. Press Association “We can talk about players or this or that but ultimately it is with me,” said Monk, 36, who has been at Swansea since joining as a player in 2004. “It is my responsibility for the results and performances. Simple as that. I pick the team, I train the team and try to do it to my best. “It is frustrating when you work hard with the players all week and see a really good attitude towards everything. “All week there was barely a day I can say there was a bad training session or they didn’t quite understand it. “Unfortunately, you go on that pitch and it doesn’t work out, and you wonder the reasons why. “Obviously confidence plays a big part in this type of run, but I think our mentality has to be stronger than ever.” Swansea’s solitary win since beating Manchester United at the end of August came at bottom club Aston Villa in late-October. In all, Swansea have taken only six points from the last 33 on offer and have now lost four of their last five games. “Of course I am worried,” Monk said. “It is not a good situation that we are in and people need to step up to the plate now. “It is a precarious situation where we are getting dragged close to the relegation places and we can’t afford to not be getting results for a sustained period. “That is very clear, but you have to trust yourself as any experienced coach will tell you. “It is not as if I have not been working on things to rectify it.” Time appears to be running out on Monk’s 22-month reign at the Liberty Stadium after a run of one win in 11 league games which has plunged Swansea from a top-four spot to being a single point above the relegation zone. Press Association Sport understands the Swansea board have grave concerns as to whether Monk can turn around the club’s fortunes and might make a change in the dug-out before Saturday’s daunting trip to Manchester City. last_img read more

Tomori: Nigeria Never Showed Interest in Me

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_imgWhile he could also have played for either Nigeria or Canada, Tomori revealed it was only England that showed interest in him and it would have been hard to turn them down.Speaking in an interview with Omasports, Tomori revealed he has been thinking about it for about a year.”I just wanted to go as far as I can and that also involves playing for the national team. It was a difficult choice for me. It was something I had to think about for a year or two and I was previously at the U-21 Euros, so I wasn’t thinking too far ahead, but then there was a lot of talk and questions and I had to make a decision.”England called me up in September, and I didn’t get a call up from anyone when they called me up, it was hard to say no to them.”However, despite choosing England, the former Derby loanee revealed he still feels Nigerian, saying he loves the culture, food and the music.”I enjoy Nigerian music, I’m Nigerian, it’s my culture and I’m very proud of it. I enjoy the food too -pounded yam and Jollof especially.”Meanwhile, Chelsea coach Frank Lampard has revealed that he wants Tomori to commit his future to the club.It has been widely reported that The Blues have started talks with the central defender to extend his contract until June 2024 and the London club are confident that they will reach an agreement with the player.Tomori is a graduate of the Chelsea Academy and has been brought into the first team fold by Lampard after they were slapped with a transfer ban by FIFA.The 21-year-old has shone since he forced his way into the starting line-up and has started the last six games in the Premier League, scoring against Wolverhampton Wanderers.Lampard was asked if he wants new deals for Tomori and Abraham, and he answered : ‘’Of course I do, but that is out of my remit. I would want them. They are playing really well.’’Tomori’s current contract with the Europa League holders runs out at the end of the 2020-2021 season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori Chelsea of England defender, Fikayo Tomori has given his reason for opting to play for England as against his fatherland, saying Nigeria never showed real interest in him.The Chelsea defender was eligible to play for the Super Eagles, but Tomori has revealed that was never an option as the country’s authorities never got in touch with him.The 21-year-old received his Three Lions call up during the last international break, although he did not feature in any of the two matches played.last_img read more