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Jun 3, 2015

Soccer-Australia leaves Mourinho ‘positively impressed’

SYDNEY, June 3 (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho thinks Australian football is moving in the right direction if the performance of Sydney FC in Tuesday’s friendly against the English champions was anything to go by.

More than 83,000 fans crammed into Sydney’s Olympic Stadium to watch the A-League runners-up denied a draw by a late disallowed goal and some fine shot-stopping from Petr Czech.

Jun 2, 2015

Mourinho slams ‘superstar’ youngster Loftus-Cheek

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho delivered a damning assessment of home-grown midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s performance in Tuesday’s 1-0 tour win over Sydney FC.

The teenager, viewed as one of the brightest young prospects with the English champions, replaced Diego Costa before halftime but was substituted himself half an hour later.

Jun 2, 2015

Soccer-Mourinho slams ‘superstar’ youngster Loftus-Cheek

SYDNEY, June 2 (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho delivered a damning assessment of home-grown midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s performance in Tuesday’s 1-0 tour win over Sydney FC.

The teenager, viewed as one of the brightest young prospects with the English champions, replaced Diego Costa before halftime but was substituted himself half an hour later.

Jun 2, 2015

I’m staying at Chelsea, says Costa

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Striker Diego Costa dismissed media reports suggesting he was unhappy at Chelsea after helping the English champions to a 1-0 victory in a tour match against Sydney FC on Tuesday.

“I have no reason to leave this place. I love it, the fans love me and I want to stay,” the Spanish international told Chelsea’s in-house TV channel.

Jun 2, 2015

Soccer-I’m staying at Chelsea, says Costa

SYDNEY, June 2 (Reuters) – Striker Diego Costa dismissed media reports suggesting he was unhappy at Chelsea after helping the English champions to a 1-0 victory in a tour match against Sydney FC on Tuesday.

“I have no reason to leave this place. I love it, the fans love me and I want to stay,” the Spanish international told Chelsea’s in-house TV channel.

Jun 2, 2015

Costa happy at Chelsea, says Mourinho

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Diego Costa is the happiest player in the Chelsea dressing room, manager Jose Mourinho said on Tuesday as he scoffed at reports the striker wanted to return to Spain after one season in London.

Spanish publication Marca reported on Tuesday that the Brazilian-born international, who joined Chelsea for 32 million pounds last year, had spoken to Atletico Madrid about returning to the club.

Jun 2, 2015

Soccer-Costa happy at Chelsea, says Mourinho

SYDNEY, June 2 (Reuters) – Diego Costa is the happiest player in the Chelsea dressing room, manager Jose Mourinho said on Tuesday as he scoffed at reports the striker wanted to return to Spain after one season in London.

Spanish publication Marca reported on Tuesday that the Brazilian-born international, who joined Chelsea for 32 million pounds ($48.94 million) last year, had spoken to Atletico Madrid about returning to the club.

Jun 2, 2015

Remy strikes as champions Chelsea sign off with Sydney win

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Chelsea brought down the curtain on their fifth English championship-winning season with a 1-0 friendly victory over Sydney FC in front of 83,598 fans at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday.

France striker Loic Remy scored the winner with a thunderbolt of a strike after 30 minutes and a typically solid defensive performance from Jose Mourinho’s side sealed a triumphant end to their long campaign.

Jun 2, 2015

Soccer-Remy strikes as champions Chelsea sign off with Sydney win

SYDNEY, June 2 (Reuters) – Chelsea brought down the curtain on their fifth English championship-winning season with a 1-0 friendly victory over Sydney FC in front of 83,598 fans at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday.

France striker Loic Remy scored the winner with a thunderbolt of a strike after 30 minutes and a typically solid defensive performance from Jose Mourinho’s side sealed a triumphant end to their long campaign.

Jun 1, 2015

Asia-Pacific remains firmly behind embattled Blatter

SYDNEY (Reuters) – There were a few fissures but no major cracks apparent in FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s bedrock of Asia-Pacific support as officials began returning to the region from the annual congress of soccer’s world governing body over the weekend.

Asia’s 47-nation bloc, and the less numerous but equally supportive Oceania Football Confederation, were significant backers of Blatter’s campaign to be re-elected for a fifth term, despite the corruption scandal engulfing FIFA.

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