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Being second in the league trailing by only four points and with two ahead of Manchester City, Jose Mourinho has to feel good about himself and his club going forward. But he wouldn’t be The special one if he wouldn’t find a way to provoke his rivals and found something unpleasant about his team facing Sunderland AFC tonight.
Despite Arsenal’s lead in the Premier League, Blues boss Jose Mourinho tried to acknowledge Manuel Pellegrini's side as favourites for this year's title by saying Manchester City is simply too deep for others to compete. It will be interesting to see if either Arsene Wenger or Pellegrini will answer to the potential start of a mind game battle.
Everton loan star Romelu Lukaku, from Chelsea, had a shot at the 2013 Golden Boy. Lukaku was only beaten by Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, but Lukaku saw off some stern competition to finish in second place.
The Belgian striker talent also made the news as he seemed to annoy Mourinho by saying if Everton reached the Champions League, he would consider staying in North England. Mourinho’s answer to Lukaku was: “Maybe there is a new rule in football that when the season finishes every player is able to decide their own future?”
Mourinho was apparently in a good mood today. Another challenging comment proved that. In order to win a title he wants his players to handle the pressure like Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Didier Drogba, the Chelsea manager said. “I gave Didier as an example. When I put real pressure on him, the animal was always coming out.”
Kevin de Bruyne can hope for better times and clubs who target him could probably continue their search for another midfielder. Mourinho told the Guardian today about the fallen Belgian star: “Kevin is showing desire and working very hard. I feel sorry for not giving him big opportunities up to now, but he's working better than ever.”
And finally on Here Is The City today we took a look at Salomon Kalou, who was released by Chelsea last summer and is making huge strides again. Should Chelsea have stuck by Kalou?
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