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  • Mourinho eyes early chance to strike blow on Wenger

    Mourinho eyes early chance to strike blow on Wenger

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    Mourinho eyes early chance to strike blow on Wenger

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Jose Mourinho has played down the significance of Sunday's clash with Arsenal in the Community Shield showpiece at Wembley but a chance to strike an early blow against old adversary Arsene Wenger will prove irresistible. The traditional curtain-raiser for the new English season sees Mourinho's Premier League champions take on FA Cup winners Arsenal and it should offer plenty of clues as to what awaits both clubs over the next nine months. Wenger, who …

  • Cech arrival adds substance to Arsenal's style

    Cech arrival adds substance to Arsenal's style

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    Cech arrival adds substance to Arsenal's style

    By Tom Hayward LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal have again been cautious spenders in the transfer market but by recruiting Petr Cech, one of the Premier League's best goalkeepers, they have added some defensive substance to compliment their attacking style. Back-to-back FA Cup victories ended a nine-year silverware drought, but Arsenal have not been relevant during the punishing grind of a 38-game Premier League title race for a number of years. The north London club have addressed a number of …

  • Man City hoping Sterling proves a sound investment

    Man City hoping Sterling proves a sound investment

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    Man City hoping Sterling proves a sound investment

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Demonised as a caricature of the highly-paid modern-day footballer whose ego dwarfs his talent, Raheem Sterling will have few fans when the Premier League begins next weekend. Unless, of course, you support Manchester City who made the 20-year-old forward the most expensive English player in history when they paid a fee of up to 49 million pounds ($76.31 million)to end his increasingly toxic relationship with Liverpool. City have been relatively …

  • Chelsea must be more unpredictable, says Mourinho

    Chelsea must be more unpredictable, says Mourinho

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    Chelsea must be more unpredictable, says Mourinho

    By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea must add a new dimension to their brand of football if the champions are to mount a strong defence of the Premier League title they won in some comfort last season, said manager Jose Mourinho. The Stamford Bridge club finished eight points clear of second-placed Manchester City in May but Mourinho said his players had to continue to evolve and could not afford to simply stand still. "We are trying to add new qualities to our game to improve what we …

  • Liverpool face devilish start to new season

    Liverpool face devilish start to new season

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    Liverpool face devilish start to new season

    By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could find himself under pressure sooner than expected with a host of new signings to bed in and a devilish run of fixtures to kick off the new Premier League campaign. There were rumblings of discontent among supporters after the club finished last season in abject fashion with an embarrassing 6-1 defeat at Stoke City to end a dismal streak that dropped them out of Champions League contention. Rodgers came under heavy fire …