Jan 1, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT
Following his sides 3-0 win away at Southampton to bring in the New Year, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is content to stick with what he has at Stamford Bridge.
With his massive squad rotated to perfection over the past 10 days — Chelsea played four Premier League matches, winning three and grabbing a draw away at Arsenal — it’s hard to disagree with the ‘Special One.’
Some believe Chelsea need more firepower and rumors of Radamel Falcao joining the Blues in January have persisted for quite some time. However nothing could be further than the truth, if Mourinho’s post-game comments at Southampton are anything to go by.
‘The window is open and when it’s open anything can happen but we don’t think a lot is going to happen for us,” Mourinho said. “If somebody really wants to leave probably we have to bring in somebody but we are going to do things in a very calm way.”
With the likes of Oscar and Willian coming on to replace Andre Schurrle and Juan Mata against Saints, the two aforementioned Brazilians both grabbed a goal each from the bench and caused havoc in Chelsea’ New Year’s Day romp at St. Mary’s. Chelsea don’t really need any more big name players and, as their recent financial figures prove, they must buy wisely instead of splashing the cash needlessly.
On Tuesday the club revealed they lost $81.6 million for the 2013 fiscal year, and that will need to be dwindled down as the Financial Fair Play rules are stepped up by UEFA.
To fall in with those new guidelines, Mourinho will have to work with what he has (a very talented squad, let’s be honest) and he’s more than willing to do that, as his side continue their charge up the PL table as they sit just two points off the top spot.
“I know what I’m building and what we are building at the club,” Mourinho said. “Next summer will be a moment to make a couple of clinical buys and improve our team in that direction. We work and improve and try to bring the young players to a different level, and we are doing that quite successfully. We are not candidates to win the league, but we are always candidates to win the next match.”
Apr 20, 2014, 7:13 AM EDT
The Reds are well on their way to going top, but Norwich are battling with attacks of their own.
Apr 20, 2014, 6:37 AM EDT
It’s all on the line for both teams this morning in a massive game for each end of the table. Liverpool can put one hand on the title trophy with a win today, going five clear at the top.
Apr 20, 2014, 4:57 AM EDT
Liverpool can go five clear before David Moyes makes his return to Goodison Park.
Apr 20, 2014, 3:53 AM EDT
Dallas stayed at the top of the Western Conference, while Seattle improved to 3-0-1 on the road.
Apr 20, 2014, 2:39 AM EDT
Seattle’s high-priced strike tandem produced another late winner, giving the Sounders their fourth win of the season.
Apr 20, 2014, 1:51 AM EDT
Two huge saves in the final minutes from Nick Rimando keep RSL unbeaten.
Apr 20, 2014, 1:05 AM EDT
Goal difference has the defending champions on top of the Eastern Conference.
Apr 20, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT
Two more goals off set pieces gave FC Dallas its fifth win of the season.
Apr 19, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT
Juan Guzman gave Giancarlo Gonzalez a pass. Columbus came back to claim a draw.
Apr 19, 2014, 10:11 PM EDT
Two separate leads were pulled back as the Whitecaps fought back at BC Place.
Apr 19, 2014, 9:24 PM EDT
NBC’s team on the scene reacts to the day’s big result:
Apr 19, 2014, 8:49 PM EDT
San Jose remains without a win beside playing the second place Rapids to a standstill.
Apr 19, 2014, 7:43 PM EDT
Look back at a Saturday that helped bring clarity to the Premier League’s title race.
Apr 19, 2014, 7:07 PM EDT
Two weeks ago, it was Mike Magee. On Saturday, it was Juan Luis Anagonó who couldn’t covert late from the spot.
Apr 19, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT
Will Bruin and Andrew Wenger came close, but neither were able to keep his team from playing out a scoreless draw.
Apr 19, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT
A host of teams are battling it out to determine who will fill Germany’s European spots. Meanwhile, the rush to avoid the drop continues.
Apr 19, 2014, 3:38 PM EDT
Chicago goes for its first win while New England looks to make it two-in-a-row, and it all starts at 4:00 p.m. ET on NBC/NBC Sports Live Extra:
Apr 19, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT
All the recaps, analysis and video highlights from a sensational Saturday:
Apr 19, 2014, 2:56 PM EDT
Watch Chelsea’s manager implode in the post-match TV interview, as his unbeaten streak comes to an end:
Apr 19, 2014, 2:52 PM EDT
Lazio, Torino and Parma all dropped points, opening a path for AC Milan to push into Italy’s final Europa League spot.
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