All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge.
From Mesut Ozil allegedly claiming that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is the best coach in the world (over Arsene Wenger) yesterday, to Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew seemingly issuing a light-hearted threat The Special One's way today… once again we've got quotes that make you think; did he really just say that?
'If he starts jumping in my crowd he'll be in trouble,' Pardew promised, as reported by Daily Mail, in reference to Mourinho mounting the chairs behind the dug-out in order to engage in post-goal jubilation with the crowd during the Manchester City match last weekend.
The Magpies' tongue-in-cheek comments are punctuated by his fondness for his character as the Englishman added: 'He's a great personality for the league.'
Chelsea are in the midst of exquisite form and have already put both City and Arsenal to the sword, however, rather than contain the traveling Blues' rampant attacks and cling on to a draw, Pardew has declared that his side will be going for victory.
'He'll be bringing a big side here but we're looking forward to turning them over and hopefully making him miserable.'
Elsewhere, Salaomon Kalou has done his best Prince impression by claiming players would die for Mou. Again in the Daily Mail, Kalou said: 'I remember Jose when I first came to Chelsea and what he said to us in the dressing room, inspiring us, just made us want to fight for him.
'Everywhere he's been the players have wanted to die for him. That is a skill. He can inspire. To have all your players fighting for you, all with the same goal, that is so important. As a manager, you can’t ask more for that.'
Pardew better beware, if it's trouble he wants, it's trouble he'll get as Jose could effectively command a human shield if things ever got awry at St James' Park.
And finally, rehabbing Tennis star Andy Murray, a gold medal Olympian and Wimbledon winner, is spending time at Chelsea's Cobham base in order to speed up his recovery.
He is quoted by The Independent to have said: 'The first day I was there, Jose Mourinho came down to say hi and chatted. He didn’t give me any advice, but for me it was just really interesting to speak to him.
'I love football,' he added. 'I had met him a couple of times before. It’s nice to have him back managing here, because it’s very exciting to see what he’s doing. Hopefully I’m going to watch a training session one morning next week. I used to go to a lot of Chelsea games a few years back because I didn’t have an apartment so I stayed in the hotel next to Stamford Bridge.'
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