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Oct 3, 2014

Mourinho praises ‘phenomenal’ Fabregas as Arsenal await

LONDON (Reuters) – Cesc Fabregas might have been “Made in Arsenal” but all that matters for his manager Jose Mourinho is that he has been playing “phenomenal” football for top-of-the-table Chelsea.

As Fabregas prepares to face his old club for the first time, his former manager Arsene Wenger said he passed up a reported option to re-sign the player because the Spaniard had already decided to join Chelsea.

Oct 3, 2014

Soccer-Mourinho praises “phenomenal” Fabregas as Arsenal await

LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Cesc Fabregas might have been “Made in Arsenal” but all that matters for his manager Jose Mourinho is that he has been playing “phenomenal” football for top-of-the-table Chelsea.

As Fabregas prepares to face his old club for the first time, his former manager Arsene Wenger said he passed up a reported option to re-sign the player because the Spaniard had already decided to join Chelsea.

Oct 3, 2014

Conciliatory Mourinho congratulates Arsenal and Wenger

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho congratulated Arsene Wenger on his 18 years as Arsenal manager on Friday and said he had no need to apologise for calling him a ‘specialist in failure’ last season.

Mourinho, in an unusually conciliatory mood towards his old adversary, also played down the significance of Chelsea’s 6-0 win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in March and said that he did not think any side could match Arsenal’s “Invincibles” of 2003-04 who went through the Premier League season undefeated.

Oct 3, 2014

Soccer-Conciliatory Mourinho congratulates Arsenal and Wenger

LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho congratulated Arsene Wenger on his 18 years as Arsenal manager on Friday and said he had no need to apologise for calling him a ‘specialist in failure’ last season.

Mourinho, in an unusually conciliatory mood towards his old adversary, also played down the significance of Chelsea’s 6-0 win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in March and said that he did not think any side could match Arsenal’s “Invincibles” of 2003-04 who went through the Premier League season undefeated.

Oct 3, 2014

Rodgers pulls no punches as Balotelli’s honeymoon ends

LONDON (Reuters) – Manager Brendan Rodgers has ended whatever honeymoon period new striker Mario Balotelli was enjoying at Anfield, telling him he needs to start scoring goals after finding the net just once in seven appearances for Liverpool.

The Italian has the chance to do that when revitalised West Bromwich Albion visit Anfield on Saturday after an ineffective display in Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat at Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Oct 3, 2014

Soccer-Rodgers pulls no punches as Balotelli’s honeymoon ends

LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Manager Brendan Rodgers has ended whatever honeymoon period new striker Mario Balotelli was enjoying at Anfield, telling him he needs to start scoring goals after finding the net just once in seven appearances for Liverpool.

The Italian has the chance to do that when revitalised West Bromwich Albion visit Anfield on Saturday after an ineffective display in Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat at Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Oct 2, 2014

Soccer-Palace boss Warnock worried about Jedinak absence

LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The African Cup of Nations and the Asian Cup are not taking place until the New Year, but Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has already said his captain Mile Jedinak will be badly missed when the Asian championship kicks off in January.

Jedinak, 30, is also captain of Australia who are hosting the Asian Cup for the first time between Jan. 9-31.

Oct 2, 2014

Hodgson dodges row by leaving Sturridge out of England squad

LONDON (Reuters) – Roy Hodgson avoided another potential confrontation with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers when he omitted Daniel Sturridge on Thursday from the squad for England’s next Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Sturridge has been sidelined since injuring his thigh on England duty at the start of September — leading to public complaints from Rodgers about his care when with the national team – and was left out of the 21-man squad Hodgson named for the games against San Marino and Estonia.

Oct 2, 2014

Soccer-Hodgson dodges row by leaving Sturridge out of England squad

LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Roy Hodgson avoided another potential confrontation with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers when he omitted Daniel Sturridge on Thursday from the squad for England’s next Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Sturridge has been sidelined since injuring his thigh on England duty at the start of September — leading to public complaints from Rodgers about his care when with the national team – and was left out of the 21-man squad Hodgson named for the games against San Marino and Estonia.

Oct 2, 2014

Fabregas, Pochettino ready to battle old friends

LONDON (Reuters) – Cesc Fabregas will play against his old club Arsenal for table-topping Chelsea while Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino will try to halt the progress of his former club Southampton, who are second, in the Premier League this weekend.

Harry Redknapp will also be renewing acquaintance with his first club West Ham United when he takes his struggling Queens Park Rangers side to Upton Park, needing a win to get them out of the bottom three.