Chelsea latest: Home fans ain't hot, home record to end & more

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For all of the respect Jose Mourinho has for his former right hand man, current West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke, there are arguably few, if any, managers whom the Special One would rather visit in the opposition dressing room to congratulate them on ending his extraordinary undefeated record at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge home.

A late, 94th minute converted penalty, that has been a source of contention since, ensured Chelsea escaped their Saturday fixture with a 2-2 draw, but had the spot-kick not been awarded and the Blues lose 1-2 to the Baggies, then Mourinho would have met Clarke.

He said: 'When I lost that first game at home in Madrid [versus Sporting Gijon in April 2011], I went to the opposition dressing room to say well done for ending my record. Here I will do the same when that day comes.'

Mourinho sent a mixed congratulations to the club's fan-base. While acknowledging their passion and love for the club, he - like rival manager Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham Hotspur - has effectively hit out at the low-quality atmosphere generated whenever his side compete at home.

'[This is Stamford Bridge's nature. We know that our fans are in love with the club, more than in any other club or the same, but it is a different profile. We know Stamford Bridge is not a very hot atmosphere, not a very strong atmosphere normally, and we accept that,' he is quoted to have said by Evening Standard.

A rumoured target of Chelsea for some time and a player who may have been sought after in the mid-season market, Max Meyer of Schalke 04, has indicated that despite the interest from England, he will sign extended terms with the Bundesliga side.

The £3.5m-rated attacker told Deutsche Pressagentur: 'I am really happy I seem to be so much in demand. I have read about an interest from Chelsea in the newspapers. But I am feeling great being at Schalke. We are in very good negotiations with Schalke and I think we will be able to come up with a result in this before the end of the year.'

And finally, John Mikel Obi and Victor Moses have both been put forth for BBCs African Footballer of the Year award. The winner will be announced on December 2.

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