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.”
Mar 9, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT
It likely means very little, but it’s a narrative we’ll be watching all year… and the first salvo belongs to the Western Conference.
Mar 9, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT
He’s in Barcelona. She’s from Colombia. Their kid is named Milan.
Mar 9, 2014, 9:38 PM EDT
It was a small sample size for the Premier League, but that didn’t stop some stars from shining in Round 29.
Mar 9, 2014, 9:02 PM EDT
With Levante already trailing Real Madrid 2-0, David Navarro took a red card for a harsh foul on the international star.
Mar 9, 2014, 8:23 PM EDT
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Mar 9, 2014, 7:33 PM EDT
The Old Lady beats Fiorentina to extend lead atop Serie A, dismiss opponents’ threat to third.
Mar 9, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT
Knee ailment sees Dutch midfielder out of match after 12 minutes.
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Mar 9, 2014, 6:56 PM EDT
The Blues are seven points clear, Fulham moves clear to the second tier, and Manchester United illuminate the depths of West Brom.
Mar 9, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT
It was Valladolid’s first win over Barcelona since October 2012, and “boosted” their record in the rivalry to 4W-5D-23L.
Mar 9, 2014, 5:35 PM EDT
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Mar 9, 2014, 5:07 PM EDT
Wilmer Cabrera gets a win in his debut as boss of Chivas USA.
Mar 9, 2014, 4:44 PM EDT
This Johannsson kid is easily the best Icelandic-Alabaman we’ve seen in a long time.
Mar 9, 2014, 4:01 PM EDT
Meyler capped off a long run with a left-footed finish to score the second of Hull’s three goals in a shutout win over Sunderland on Sunday.
Mar 9, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT
It’s a horrifying story, and one that is sure to have severe repercussions throughout Ghana’s soccer structure.
Mar 9, 2014, 2:59 PM EDT
With Pique picking up his fourth yellow against Real Valladolid, he could sit next league match to ensure his availability against Real Madrid.
Mar 9, 2014, 2:05 PM EDT
At least one of Wigan, Hull City or Sheffield United will make the FA Cup final as the quarterfinals are complete and the semifinal draw is out.
Mar 9, 2014, 1:37 PM EDT
In the midst of a 4-match winless skid in the Bundesliga – 5 if you include the Champions League drubbing by PSG – Bayer Leverkusen now lose a key midfield component.
Mar 9, 2014, 11:54 AM EDT
An offshore Swiss bank account has betrayed the 62-year-old as he faces 10 years in prison.
Mar 9, 2014, 10:23 AM EDT
Jozy Altidore was left out of the Sunderland squad today thanks to a knock he picked up in training, but this season as a whole has been a train wreck.
Mar 9, 2014, 9:26 AM EDT
According to the player’s agent and brother, an English club – and possibly multiple – made a large offer for the defender, but he is happy at Real Madrid.
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