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  • 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 …

  • Premier League club-by-club preview

    Premier League club-by-club preview

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    Premier League club-by-club preview

    By Steve Tongue LONDON (Reuters) - Club-by-club preview ahead of the start of the Premier League season on Aug. 8: ARSENALGoalkeeper Petr Cech may be the only major signing but manager Arsene Wenger is confident that after retaining the FA Cup and moving up from fourth to third in the league last season, his team can make further progress. ASTON VILLA Having avoided relegation by only three points, manager Tim Sherwood must now do without departed top scorer Christian Benteke and England …

  • Predictable Premier League excitement begins

    Predictable Premier League excitement begins

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    Predictable Premier League excitement begins

    By Steve Tongue LONDON (Reuters) - England's Premier League is undoubtedly one of the most exciting in world football but as it embarks on its 24th season on Aug. 8 is it also becoming one of the most predictable? Last term only Newcastle United and Everton, both of whom dropped down the table, moved more than four places either way, while two of the three promoted clubs went straight back down. While the usual suspects are expected to contest the title, however, none of them have managed to …

  • Humble Bournemouth to stick to winning formula

    Humble Bournemouth to stick to winning formula

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    Humble Bournemouth to stick to winning formula

    By Michael Hann LONDON (Reuters) - True to their humble roots Bournemouth have resisted the temptation to mark their new-found Premier League status with a splurge of spending, sticking to their principles as they prepare to mix it with the big boys. Manager Eddie Howe's attack-minded 4-4-2 system could be vulnerable against the heavyweights of the top flight, but Bournemouth will surely earn friends with their playing style. Whether or not they can earn enough points is another matter, but …