A first half goal has given Arsene Wenger his first win against Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho as his team emerged victorious at the 2015 Community Shield. Arsenal’s goal came with a fantastic strike by Oxlade Chamberlain in the 24th minute which the Chelsea team couldn’t match up to.
With the new English Premier League season about to kick start with the Community Shield game between League champions Chelsea and F.A Cup winners Arsenal, Blues boss Jose Mourinho has again stroked the flames of rivalry between the two London clubs by claiming that there is nothing special in beating Arsenal.
Asked if he takes pride in his record against Wenger, Mourinho replied: ”No. It doesn’t matter, Arsenal, the manager, whoever. “Who knows?” he said when questioned on Wenger’s ability to win. “I’ve never made a special thing about wins over Arsenal. I don’t explode with happiness when I beat them, and I won’t make drama when I lose.” Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho have a long history of rivalry dating back to the Portuguese’s first stint in charge of Chelsea and only 18 months ago, Mourinho described Wenger as “a specialist in failure” Both have met 13 times with the Frenchman yet to record a victory over Mourinho
“I think I would ask myself: Why?” Mourinho said, when asked how he would react if the boot were on the other foot. “I would try to answer, not because of a mental block but because I would want to try to find solutions to help my team to do it – try to find a different way, try to find the reasons why it goes all the time against my team.”
Mourinho however, was keen to play down the importance of the community shield. He described the Community Shield as being somewhere between a pre-season friendly and a Premier League fixture and he cautioned against
it being treated as a portent for the season. “Arsenal won the community shield against the champions Manchester City and they finished
third,” he said. “I don’t think it has a relation to the rest of the season.”
Jose Mourinho also confirmed that defender Gary Cahill and Striker Diego Costa would be available for selection for Sunday’s game at Wembley.’
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has listed Super Eagles’s midfielder John Obi Mikel among the leaders in his squad, owing to the number of years he has spent at the Stamford Bridge.
John Terry is the captain and Branislav Ivanovic is the Vice-Captain but after the departure of Petr Cech and Dlidier Drogba, there is the need for other leaders in the team. When the Portuguese gaffer was asked of other leaders in his star-studded team, he replied: “In this moment the two captains, if I can say captain, captain, captain, the same way last year we had Drogba, Petr and John, this season I would say this year we have John and Ivanovic.
Mikel trains with the team in Canada Ivanovic is more than ready to be a big captain too; more than ready: lots of experience, lots of years at Chelsea, his personality, his character, the respect that he has from the other guys. In
John and Ivanovic we have two fantastic captains. And after that we have people that come behind. (Gary) Cahill, lots of years at Chelsea, also vice-captain in the England national team. Good personality, good example.
(John Obi) Mikel is, after John, the guy with most years of Chelsea. I think (Cesc) Fabregas has personality for a captain too.
Eden is coming with big status now and was voted one of the top 10 players in Europe last year. In my opinion he should be in the top three not in the top 10. Let’s see what is going to happen but we have these people. But let’s say John and Branislav are our captains and the others are ready to come,” he told Dailymail.co.uk. Mikel joined Chelsea in 2006. Part of his profile on the official Chelsea website reads:
“As a junior Mikel had played as an attacking midfielder, but upon moving to west London Jose Mourinho quickly outlined his desire to play the Nigerian in the holding midfield role, a position he has operated in ever since. A tall, strong player, Mikel is as tactically astute as
they come, moving the ball quickly on to his more attacking-minded team-mates, but he is also not afraid to join in further up the field when the timing is right.
Mikel has won a host of honours during his time at the club, but perhaps his finest moment in a Chelsea shirt was the 2012 Champions League final, when he produced an outstanding midfield display as we overcame Bayern Munich in Germany. Often saving his best performances for the big occasion – the 2012 Champions League final being a case in point – Mikel has won every major honour at club level with the Blues”.
FC Barcelona have been crowned European champions for the fifth time – and the fourth in the past ten years – after seeing off a determined Juventus challenge in Berlin.
In an unusually open start to a final, Juve might have scored themselves before Barça did, Ivan Rakitić rounding off a slick passing move in the fourth minute. For a while the roof looked set to fall in on Juve, Gianluigi Buffon producing a sensational stop to deny Daniel Alves – yet the Italian champions are nothing if not obdurate and drew level ten minutes into the second half through Álvaro Morata. Now it was Barcelona under pressure, but Luis Suárez restored their advantage and, with Juve throwing everything forward, Neymar blasted in a third with the final kick of the game.
The final began at breakneck speed and both teams might have scored twice inside the first ten minutes. First, Paul Pogba failed to connect with a header and then Arturo Vidal fired over after sterling work down the Juve right from Morata. By then, however, the Bianconeri were behind, undone by a typical Barcelona move.
Lionel Messi’s crossfield pass to Jordi Alba wrongfooted the Juve defence and, though it looked like the chance had gone when Neymar’s touch carried him away from goal, the Brazilian turned and found Andrés Iniesta. A touch into the path of Rakitić and Barcelona were ahead, Iniesta the first player to provide assists in three UEFA Champions League finals and Barcelona notching their 29th goal in this season’s competition – just the fourth not scored by Messi, Suárez or Neymar.
It could quickly have got worse for Juve, Neymar shooting just too high, and soon after it took an astounding reaction stop from Gianluigi Buffon to keep it at 1-0. The 37-year-old looked to have been sent the wrong way by Daniel Alves’ shot, yet stuck out a left hand to parry – a stop that drew gasps and applause from both ends of the crowd when it was replayed on the big screen – and then got a touch of fortune as Messi’s follow-up header landed on the roof of his net rather than dropping under the crossbar.
Rakitić’s clever low corner found Alba for a shot that flew over, before Juve finally got a foothold in the game. Pogba, an increasingly prominent presence as the half wore on, would have picked out Morata but for a crucial Javier Mascherano interception, while Morata curled an effort past the post as Juve pressed high.
Barça, however, were equally adept at pressuring the Juventus defence and came within centimetres of extending their lead before half-time as Suárez’s shot flicked the outside of Buffon’s post. The goalkeeper then pushed an effort from the Uruguay striker over the crossbar to ensure there was only a goal between the sides at the break.
Four minutes after the interval, Buffon came to Juve’s rescue again, after Barcelona had broken at lightning speed. Rakitić slid in Suárez, but Buffon stood tall and blocked at the near post. Suárez and Messi fired just too high as Barça threatened to take command – yet instead the next goal came from the team in black and white…..
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Greg Dyke, the Football Association chairman, has predicted that world football boss Sepp Blatter will be arrested and forced out of Fifa in a “couple of months”. He also said England would not stage the 2018 or the 2022 World Cups if they were taken away from Russia and Qatar should corruption allegations surrounding the awarding of either tournament be proven.
Asked whether, if he had to choose, he would bet on Mr Blatter being arrested, Mr Dyke replied: “Yes.” Mr Dyke also said there was a difference in “values” between Europe and Africa, in an interview with the Guardian.
“My experience in Africa is that when people go into politics in Africa, it’s incumbent upon you as part of that to look after your family. That’s just cultural; it’s a cultural difference,” he said. Mr Dyke was speaking as pressure grew on Fifa regarding the corruption accusations made against it. It has been claimed that Mr Blatter must have known about a $10m (£6.5m) payment sent from a Fifa bank account to former vice-president Jack Warner.
Lennart Johannson, the former European football boss who was beaten by Mr Blatter in the 1998 Fifa presidential election, said his old rival should quit Fifa straight away. “I think he must go immediately. The general secretary was sending away millions of dollars to America and then Blatter claims he didn’t know. He knows everything that’s going on so I don’t believe that. The cash out [was] so much money and he who keeps everything under such tight control should know about it.
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