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  • Retaining title will be tougher for Chelsea, feels Mourinho

    Retaining title will be tougher for Chelsea, feels Mourinho

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    Retaining title will be tougher for Chelsea, feels Mourinho

    (Reuters) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho feels it will be more difficult for his side to retain the Premier League title with the other contenders having made strong additions to their squads. Chelsea won the title at a canter last season, finishing on 87 points, eight ahead of second-placed Manchester City. "A year ago we got immediately Costa and Fabregas which was a quick reaction to the fact that we didn't win the title," Mourinho told Sky Sports. …

  • Vietnam sponsor suffers big losses on Man City fixture

    Vietnam sponsor suffers big losses on Man City fixture

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    Vietnam sponsor suffers big losses on Man City fixture

    (Reuters) - Vietnam suffered an 8-1 hammering at the hands of English outfit Manchester City last week but the sponsor of the glamour fixture suffered far bigger losses. Do Quang Hien, chairman of SHB Bank, said he spent "about 40 billion Vietnam dong" (1.17 million pounds) bringing the four-times English champions to Southeast Asia with much more going on security, medical and organisation of the game in Hanoi. "Man City mentioned strict conditions in the contract, especially 'force …

  • "Football is not ballet," says Mihajlovic after De Jong tackle

    "Football is not ballet," says Mihajlovic after De Jong tackle

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    "Football is not ballet," says Mihajlovic after De Jong tackle

    AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has dismissed complaints about a Nigel de Jong tackle during Tuesday's friendly match against Bayern Munich by saying that "football is not ballet." De Jong found himself involved in another row over his rugged playing style when a tackle on Joshua Kimmich led to the Bayern player being taken off after only 20 minutes. "I didn't see De Jong's tackle on Kimmich, but football is not ballet and fouls are part of the match," Mihajlovic told reporters after the …

  • Chelsea's Terry wants a long career like Giggs

    Chelsea's Terry wants a long career like Giggs

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    Chelsea's Terry wants a long career like Giggs

    (Reuters) - Chelsea defender John Terry has worked hard on his fitness in the last few years and wants to have a long playing career like former Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs, the former England captain said. Giggs called time on a remarkable 23-year, trophy-laden United career at the age of 40 to take on the role of assistant manager to Louis van Gaal last year. The 34-year-old Terry played a big role in Chelsea's title run last season and has no plans to stop anytime soon. …

  • Uneven Man United look for winning balance

    Uneven Man United look for winning balance

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    Uneven Man United look for winning balance

    After returning to the Premier League's top four, Manchester United have once again recruited extensively, but there are concerns about the balance of their squad ahead of the new season. Manager Louis van Gaal has spent around £77 million ($120 million, 110 million euros), notably bolstering his midfield with the additions of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, to take his spending since succeeding David Moyes last year to around £230 million. With Robin van Persie and Radamel …