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Paper News and Gossip: Jose Mourinho 'Masterclass', Anderson on Manchester Utd

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterFebruary 4, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Jose Mourinho 'Masterclass', Anderson on Manchester Utd

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho received the plaudits from the newspapers for the 1-0 win at Manchester City on Monday night.

    But the Stamford Bridge boss claims somebody else in his staff was the inspiration for his side's victory.

    Former Manchester United midfielder Anderson claims other players want to leave the Old Trafford club following his move to Fiorentina.

    But who else is making the headlines on Tuesday? Read on to find out more.

Mourinho Credits Masseuse for Chelsea Win at Manchester City

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho credited an unexpected source for his team's 1-0 win at Manchester City, reports David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.

    The Blues re-ignited the title chase with their win, but while the papers pointed to a tactical masterclass by Mourinho, the manager says club masseur Billy McCulloch was the inspiration:

    I didn't speak to the team. I am serious! It was Billy the masseur who spoke to them.

    He was screaming so much in a Scottish accent, going grrr, grrr grrr, that I didn't understand...but the players were clapping so they must have got it!

    I am serious. The last time I spoke to them was at lunchtime. It was Billy’s team talk I'm telling you. Billy was fantastic today, I didn't understand, but it looks like the players they did understand.

    Mourinho also played down his team's Premier League title hopes, using horse racing for his analogy with City and Arsenal leading the field:

    It’s two big horses and the little horse, who is a nice horse, but a horse that still needs milk and to learn how to jump; a horse that, next season, can race.

    The jockey? That’s Billy!

    But I don’t agree we can win the league. You can see we lost points at home to West Brom and West Ham, we lost at Stoke and Newcastle, we are a team in evolution. But this is the kind of performance that helps the team to grow up a lot.

Anderson Claims Others Want to Follow Him out of Manchester United

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    Manchester United midfielder Anderson believes a  number of team-mates want to leave the Old Trafford club following his loan move to Fiorentina, reports Liam Prenderville of the Daily Mirror.

    According to the report, the Brazilian is not expected to return to the club when his short-term deal in Serie A ends in the summer, but the player claims other United stars want out too:

    I'm sure that lots of players want out, especially people like myself and Nani who have been in Manchester for seven or eight years.

    Manchester United is a huge club that does everything for their players but sometimes a footballer wants to leave just to experience a new way to play football and to learn something as well.

    Meanwhile, United manager David Moyes is set to recall Rio Ferdinand at the weekend after the experienced defender returned to training, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.

Newcastle Legend Alan Shearer Delivers Parting Shot at Departing Joe Kinnear

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    Newcastle United parted company with director of football Joe Kinnear after seven months in the role, reports Colin Young of the Daily Mail.

    The news was applauded by Magpies legend Alan Shearer, who criticised the lack of planning for the departure of Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain, as the article notes:

    When you sell your best player as they did three days before the deadline, you have to have a plan and someone ready to come in.

    There was talk about Cabaye going to PSG anyway, so there must have been a plan there.

    Whether that was Newcastle's way of saying he didn't do his job or he didn't bring players in we are not sure. I hope it is not ill health but I am not sure what his job was anyway.

Wojciech Szczesny Does Not Fear Arsenal February Fixture Pile-Up

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    Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is relishing the forthcoming month of fixtures rather than fearing them, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    The Gunners begin a month of huge matches, with the Premier League game against Liverpool at the weekend, then a Champions League tie against Bayern Munich and domestic clashes with Manchester United and the Anfield club in the FA Cup to follow.

    But the Arsenal No. 1 insists these are the games players relish:

    We’re looking at it as a chance to create an even bigger gap between us and the teams behind us. We’re looking forward to it and I hope we can show people what we’re made of.

    We've got hard games, but every single game in the Premier League is difficult at the moment, there are no weaker teams.

    We've got a difficult run but we’re looking forward to it. It’s good to be around the top but right now what we care about right now is being top at the end of May. It really doesn't matter to us now.

    I'm looking forward to the big games, every player looks forward to games against big opponents and world class players. We’re looking forward to it.

Liverpool Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet Learning from Suarez and Sturridge

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    Liverpool are enjoying their best season in recent years, and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has been one of the key men in their Premier League challenge.

    But the former Sunderland No. 1 maintains his form is down to working with the Reds strike force of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, reports James Nursey of the Daily Mirror:

    It's nice to play against them day in, day out on the training pitch because they make me better as a goalkeeper. As a goalkeeper, I see it every day and I know what they can do to the opposition.

    If you go one vs one against either of them, then as a goalkeeper you learn lots of things from them. I also know what other goalkeepers are in for and the quality Daniel and Luis have, and together it is unbelievable.

    But not all the things always go your way and you have to accept that. That's what you are going to get as a footballer. I just try to do the things I'm asked to do. I just try to stay as focused as I always am, relax and make sure I can help the team out whenever I can.

    Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson is set for a new deal at the club, claims Phil Thomas of The Sun (subscription required).

Manchester City Face Chelsea Competition for Fernando and Eliaquim Mangala

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    If getting beaten at home by Chelsea wasn't bad enough, Manchester City are now facing another challenge from Jose Mourinho, in the chase for Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando, reports Charles Perrin of the Daily Express.

    According to the report, City missed out on a move for the pair during the January transfer window and will now face competition from the Stamford Bridge club for the players in the summer.

    Everton missed out on the chance to take midfielder Jack Rodwell back on loan from City after Manuel Pellegrini failed to sign Fernando from Porto, claims Dominic King of the Daily Mail.

    City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been credited with a link to Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos, says John Edwards of the Daily Mail.

Bits and Pieces: Edinson Cavani, Brian McDermott, Paul Lambert, Fulham

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    Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani will be out for three weeks with a thigh injury, reports Liam Prenderville of the Daily Mirror.

    The Uruguay international picked up the knock during the Ligue 1 win over Bordeaux.

    Leeds United manager Brian McDermott followed the confusion over his future via the Internet, reports Chris McKenna of the Daily Star.

    Aston Villa are poised to offer manager Paul Lambert a new contract at the club, claims John Percy of the Daily Telegraph.

    Swansea City have targeted Everton assistant manager Graeme Jones to succeed Michael Laudrup at the end of the season, according to Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph.

    Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen does not fear for his job, claims Phil Cadden of the Daily Star.

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