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Lance Knight2010-05-01 15:16:20 +0000 #1
everything on this bad boy
Lance Knight2010-05-01 15:22:56 +0000 #2
Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Chelsea deny any Mourinho contact

Chelsea refused to enter into a debate over whether fitness coach Rui Faria was receiving telephone messages during the game from banned manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho's trusted lieutenants Baltemar Brito and Steve Clarke were aided by Faria as Chelsea seized control of the Champions League quarter-final with a 4-2 win against Bayern Munich.

Rarely has a fitness coach had such an integral say on team affairs but Faria seemed to be involved in most decisions.

Wearing a hat on a relatively mild evening, television cameras showed him repeatedly sharing his thoughts with Clarke and Brito, who were seated in front of him. Maybe he was just translating between the manager's two assistants.

Chelsea declined to comment after match. The club's director of communications Simon Greenberg, who accompanied Mourinho's assistant Brito to the post-match press conference, said: 'We have heard nothing from UEFA and have nothing to say about that. We are not going to get into a debate over it.'

Greenberg would not divulge Mourinho's location during the game but Brito denied there had been any contact with the coach during the tie and added that he had been sorely missed.

Brito said: 'There was not contact at all. We prepared for this game last week and the last time I saw him was two or three hours before kick-off. I have not spoken to him or seen him since.

'It was quite tough without him on the bench. His presence is very important for us and he was sorely missed.'

But Brito did concede that Michael Ballack's last minute penalty had left them frustrated ahead of next Tuesday's return leg in Munich.

Brito added: 'Obviously when you are winning 4-1 to concede a goal towards the end of the match is very frustrating. But I am not angry with the players.

'I feel we have the team that can get through with the two goal lead. We prepare well and we played fantastic. We also scored four goals again.'

Joe Cole's deflected shot, off Lucio, handed Chelsea the lead and though Bastian Schweinsteiger equalised, Frank Lampard struck twice - both stunning goals - before Drogba made it 4-1, only for Ballack to pull one back from the spot.

German coach Felix Magath said that Ballack's goal had given his side hope of overturning the two-goal deficit in Munich.

Magath said: 'It was good to get the goal before the end - it has given us hope. We will also hopefully have some of our other players back for the return game.

'We had difficulty coping with the high balls and it was disappointing to concede four goals. This was an exception for us tonight. Normally we cope with high balls but I also thought the referee was not for us tonight.

'I am also sure that Didier Drogba was offside for their first goal. We knew Frank Lampard was a class player and he got two goals that I hope he won't be able to repeat next week.'

One of the players Magath is hoping to get back for the rematch is striker Roy Makaay. He was expected to be in the line-up against Chelsea but Magath explained why he was left out.

He added: 'I thought he was going to play up until this afternoon. The doctor had cleared him to play but the player said he was still in pain with the injury and so I decided it was too risky to play him. Hopefully he will be fit for the weekend.'
Lance Knight2010-05-01 16:03:41 +0000 #3
Wednesday, April 6, 2005

'Mourinho offered £5.2m Blues deal'

Chelsea appear ready to challenge the depth of Jose Mourinho's dissatisfaction with the club's hierarchy by reportedly offering to up his pay by £1million a year.

Mourinho is unhappy with the level of support he received from Chelsea following his UEFA touchline ban according to assistant Baltemar Brito.

However, his agent, Jorge Mendes, has revealed that Chelsea have thrown a £5.2million-a-year three-year extension on to the table after club owner Roman Abramovich flew to London to join the contract talks.

Mendes told the London Evening Standard: 'The negotiations are going well and nearing an end. It will be concluded very soon, maybe even on Thursday.'

The offer of a new contract had been planned for the summer but the UEFA controversy, sparked by Mourinho's criticism of Swedish referee Anders Frisk following the Champions League match at Barcelona's Nou Camp, has prompted more urgent action.

The deal, an improvement on the #4.2million-a-year deal he signed last summer, will make him the highest-paid manager in English football, substantially ahead of England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and Premiership rivals Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson.

Mourinho will not be at Chelsea's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge tonight as he serves the first match of a two-game touchline ban imposed following his controversial comments after the away tie against Barcelona in the last round.

He has hogged more than his fair share of the headlines since arriving in England, having already attracted a charge of improper conduct from the FA for comments about Manchester United and with the consequences of his meeting with Arsenal defender Ashley Cole still unknown.

Brito yesterday made clear the Portuguese boss, who has already taken the Blues to Carling Cup success and is closing in on the Barclays Premiership title, felt isolated and annoyed at the club's failure to appeal the ban.

'When Jose comes to a club or starts a new job, he gives 100% and expects 100% back,' said Brito.

'It is something you would have to ask Jose directly but I acknowledge that Jose felt he did not get 100% back.'



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