Should Mourinho be looking to replace Martial with this £40m Premier League champion?

Jose Mourinho will no doubt ring the changes at Manchester United this summer. His first season in charge has been steadily improving but he needs to bring more quality to the squad in order to compete for the title in 2017/18.

One man who has struggled more than most under the Portuguese manager is Anthony Martial. He’s struggled to make much of an impact throughout the current campaign and while he is still young, he has offered little to show Mourinho that he is the best winger for United next season. Fans and pundits alike know Mourinho is ruthless and if he sees the potential to cash in on an underperforming player, he’ll do it.

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Jesse Lingard has been included in the matchday squad more times than the Frenchman – 38 times to 36 – and considering the money spent to bring him to the club, that is a worrying statistic for Martial.

A potential replacement for the former Monaco man could be Chelsea’s Willian. The Brazilian has seen his game time limited this season at Stamford Bridge and has found himself second choice to the in-form Pedro. Mourinho is a huge fan of Willian and would no doubt love to sign him for United.

The 28 year old won the Premier League with Mourinho at Chelsea and would be an ideal fit for United. He is a set-piece specialist and would offer the Red Devils more than their current options for free-kick and corner duties.

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Willian’s is currently valued at just below £30 million by transfermarkt and United would have to pay a little over the odds for him from a rival club. An offer of £40m should be enough to secure his services if Mourinho can persuade him to leave and Chelsea to sell in the coming months.

Would Willian be an ideal fit for United? Is he a better option than Martial?

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs Leicester City

Competition: Premier League – Chelsea FC vs. Leicester City FC

Venue: Stamford Bridge – Saturday, October 15 – 12:30 BST (07:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Chelsea 4/7 – Draw 16/5 – Leicester 9/2

Match Preview

Chelsea welcome champions Leicester to Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the opening game of the Premier League fixtures this weekend.

The Blues are clearly still in a rebuilding phase after last season. They have looked inconsistent and vulnerable in a number of games already.

Antonio Conte’s side won 2-0 away at Hull in their last Premier League outing, three points they desperately needed, having lost their previous two games.

Chelsea are already a way off the pace in the title race. They’re sitting 7th, five points off the top and three outside of the top four.

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Leicester City are also in a run of unfavourable form. They have won just two of their seven games this season and are just four points above the relegation zone.

The Foxes have struggled against the so-called ‘big sides’ this season and have failed to pick up points in games they seemed to breeze through in their title-winning campaign.

Claudio Ranieri’s side come into this one having drawn 0-0 against Southampton. Although Leicester are performing well in the Champions League, they are struggling to relay that form domestically.

Leicester have to see this as a tie they can pick up a positive result in. Chelsea conceded twice in their last league game at Stamford Bridge and have looked shaky defensively.

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Team News

Chelsea are expected to be handed a defensive boost with the return of their captain John Terry. Kurt Zouma and John Obi Mikel are both expected to be out, while Victor Moses is a doubt. Willian is unavailable for selection due the passing of his mother this week.

Leicester City’s squad is in good shape for this tie. They are only expecting to be without Matthew James, so Claudio Ranieri has the luxury of a strong bench regardless of what starting XI he selects.

Key Points

Chelsea’s last five: W/D/L/L/W

Leicester’s last five: W/L/W/L/D

Key Stat: These two sides have been inconsistent in their last five games, picking up the same amount of points (7).

Key Player: Diego Costa – The Premier League’s leading goal scorer this season has been in fine form. Costa has netted six times

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Score Prediction

Chelsea 1-1 Leicester – Chelsea to come unstuck at home once again. They are looking far better than last season but defensive problems are there for all to see. Leicester need to begin picking up points to avoid being drawn into a rut of form. This would be a good result for Ranieri’s side, who posses the ability to damage Chelsea on the counter attack.

Will this be Conte’s best Chelsea lineup this season?

Chelsea left it late again to take all three points at the weekend in a performance that showed they lacked creativity in the final third and weaknesses in defence. While Antonio Conte’s men have got six points from a possible six, they are yet to show any real cutting edge, but as we know, winning games in the style they have is exactly what potential champions do.

While their early form doesn’t suggest Chelsea will win the title this season, they are already grinding out results when needing to. If they can improve performances they will be in a great position to challenge for silverware this term.

It’s obvious there is still work to be done at Chelsea for them to improve. Conte has made it clear he wants another defender and rightly so, as there have been the same defensive issues troubling them in the early stages of this season that were apparent throughout the disappointing 2015/16 campaign.

Conte has been making game-changing substitutions that have without question won Chelsea both of their matches so far. So let’s have a look at their potential best starting lineup and how a formation change could be needed to improve their performances from here on out.

Potential starting XI via lineupbuilder.com

Potential starting XI via lineupbuilder.com

As we can see above, the 4-1-3-2 is a less common formation but something that has a lot of potential to work for Chelsea. Regardless of who has been in charge at the club, 4-2-3-1 has been the preferred Chelsea formation, but it has become predictable and is showing signs of weakness.

The 4-1-3-2 formation allows a completely different dynamic to the setup. While the apparent strength of attacking wingers – who both play high up the pitch and drop in for defensive play – is still a key theme, the option of two strikers will provide a headache for opposition defenders.

Forward play:

Michy Batshuayi has to be starting alongside Diego Costa. The two have played less than a half of football together this season and already appear to have a telepathic relationship brewing. Batshuayi’s knockdown to Costa allowed the Spaniard to net the winner in their opening game against West Ham and both strikers were on the scoresheet at the weekend, with the goals finally coming while they were both on the pitch.

Having a striker next to him affords Costa more room to manoeuvre, get in behind and go unnoticed as he is not up against both centre-backs at the same time.

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In the middle: 

Chelsea lacked creativity throughout their game against Watford at the weekend and it was only when Cesc Fabregas came on that they looked threatening. Fabregas creates so much room for his teammates both on and off the ball, as opponents know they cannot afford to give him space. As soon as the Spaniard gets on the ball he is looking for a defence-splitting pass or to bring a winger into play.

Having Fabregas come in for Matic also allows Kante to drop into the deeper anchoring role on his own, where he is at his best. Kante can then break up play and continually feed Fabregas with the ball rather than having to try and be a creator himself.

Service to the wingers and forwards was evidently weak in the game against Watford, while the partnership of Matic and Kante is excellent defensively, the pair offer little creativity going forward.

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At the back:

Chelsea still look lacklustre at the back. The positioning of their defenders was to blame for going behind to a screamer of a strike at the weekend, while an inability to clear the ball properly under-pressure in their first game saw their backline breached.

In an ideal starting lineup, Kurt Zouma would play for Chelsea but as we know, he is still a long way off playing. Zouma’s pace and strength make him a great option at right-back, a position where Branislav Ivanovic appears to be struggling.

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Playing this XI also leaves an incredibly strong bench to change things if they aren’t going well for Conte, although many would argue the likes of Oscar, Matic, Ivanovic, Pedro and Victor Moses should be getting a look in to start games.

Moses has made a great impact in both his appearances off the bench this season, while the likes of Matic, Pedro and Ivanovic have somewhat struggled to show their class in the early stages.

Playing a 4-1-3-2 formation would also be beneficial for Oscar, as although he may not start every game ahead of Fabregas he still has the ability to take up other positions such as on the wing or rotate throughout the season in the number ten role.

While we aren’t suggesting Conte will opt for this style of play it is something that could potentially work for Chelsea and make them less predictable going forward. It is going to be interesting to see if the Italian makes any further signings before the window closes and how they will continue to lineup in the coming weeks.

Should Chelsea opt for a different formation? Does Batshuayi need to be starting alongside Costa from now on?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Aston Villa vs Chelsea

Competition: Premier League – Aston Villa vs. Chelsea 

Venue: Villa Park – Saturday, April 2 – 12:45 BST (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: Aston Villa 11/2 – Draw 3/1 – Chelsea 8/15

Match Preview

Aston Villa and Chelsea kickstart this weekend’s Premier League action at Villa Park in the early kickoff on Saturday, with Villa looking to end a run of six defeats on the bounce against the reigning champions.

The problems at the club seem irreparable this season and the sacking of manager Remi Garde on Tuesday may be the signifier that Villa are already preparing for life in the Championship next season, rather than prolonging the fight for survival. Eric Black will take temporary charge of the first-team for now.

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Sitting rock bottom on 16 points is no place for a club of Aston Villa’s stature but it seems they are condemned to the drop, despite still having a mathematical chance of escaping the bottom three.

They have lost six consecutive league games coming into this one and have failed to score a goal in their last three. Things don’t look set to improve anytime soon.

Chelsea are the in-form team in the top flight and have flourished under temporary boss Guus Hiddink, as they are unbeaten in their last 14 matches in the Premier league.

The Premier League is the sole competition the Blues are now involved in. The top four is not completely out of sight as they sit ten points off Manchester City in fourth with eight game to play.

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Since the sacking of Jose Mourinho, Chelsea have crept up the table and another string of positive results could see them challenge for the top four in the final few weeks.

The reverse fixture ended 2-0 to Chelsea back in October, while the Blues also won last year’s clash at Villa Park by a 2-1 scoreline.

Team News

Aston Villa are definitely without Libor Kozak (ankle) and Jordan Amavi (knee). Micah Richards (groin), Jack Grealish (ankle) and Adama Traore (foot) are all doubts.

Chelsea are without Eden Hazard (hip) and Kurt Zouma (knee) for the match. Diego Costa is suspended and won’t feature, while Kenedy is a doubt following a head injury picked up against West Ham last time out.

Key Points

Aston Villa’s last five: L/L/L/L/L

Chelsea’s last five: W/W/W/D/D

Key Stat: Chelsea have won seven of the last eight meeting with Villa in the Premier League.

Key Player: Willian – The Brazilian playmaker has been the best player by a stretch in this current Chelsea team and his form has yet to drop this season. We’re expecting a Chelsea onslaught and Willian will likely be influential.

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Score Prediction

Aston Villa 0-3 Chelsea – In many cases, a caretaker manager can inspire a result in his first game in charge, but this Aston Villa team is far from the required standard. We expect Chelsea to take an easy three points back to London on Saturday. The Villains are doomed and their survival hopes look to be dead and buried.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs Sunderland

Competition: Premier League – Chelsea vs. Sunderland

Venue: Stamford Bridge – Saturday, December 19 – 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: Chelsea 30/100 – Draw 4/1 – Sunderland 10/1

Match Preview

Chelsea welcome Sunderland to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, just two days after manager Jose Mourinho was sacked following the Blues’ worst start to a season since 1978.

Speculation over how much longer Mourinho would retain his job was rapidly escalating after the 2-1 defeat away at Leicester on Monday night, and Roman Abramovich obviously believes something needed to change.

While Mourinho’s sacking will undoubtedly be the centre of attention on Saturday afternoon, it’s vital that Chelsea’s players remind themselves of just how important this game is.

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No one could’ve predicted that the Blues would be 16th, almost halfway through the season, nor would anyone expect they’d be coming into a fixture they must win in order to quickly abolish the almost unthinkable question marks over the possibility of relegation.

A tenth league defeat for the reigning champions could see them slip into the drop zone by the end of the weekend, depending on Norwich and Swansea’s results.

Sunderland are in their own scrap for survival and every point for them will be crucial – they’ll be hoping Chelsea are a wounded animal right now – although it’s tough to know whether this is the best or worst time to be visiting Stamford Bridge.

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A couple of wins at the end of November looked to have kick-started the Black Cats’ season, but that progress was halted by defeat to Arsenal, followed by a disappointing 1-0 loss at home to Watford last time out.

Sam Allardyce is the master of dealing with situations such as the one Sunderland find themselves in right now, but he will know their record of three wins from 16 games so far needs to improve immediately.

The last meeting between these two sides saw Chelsea come out on top in a 3-1 win on the final day of last season – a game that seems like a very distant memory now.

Team News

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (hip) and Radamel Falcao (muscular) are both looking to recover from injuries in the hope of being fit to play.

Sunderland will be without Sebastian Larsson (knee), Lee Cattermole (back) and Sebastian Coates (illness).

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Key Points

Chelsea’s last five: L/W/D/L/L

Sunderland’s last five: L/W/W/L/L

Key Stat: Chelsea have only lost to Sunderland twice in the past 22 meetings between the sides in the Premier League (W18, D2), although both those defeats came at Stamford Bridge.

Key Player: Willian – The Brazilian has been one of the few highlights for Chelsea this season. He’s their top goalscorer with seven in all competitions and they’ll be hoping his form continues despite the upheaval.

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Score Prediction

Chelsea 1-1 Sunderland – This is so tough to call given the current events off the pitch at Chelsea. It’s impossible for it to not be playing on the minds of the players, whether they’re happy to see the back of Mourinho or not. Either way, it will have an influence, and with just one win in seven for the hosts, a tight draw could be on the cards.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Stoke City vs Chelsea

Competition: Premier League – Stoke City vs. Chelsea

Venue: Britannia Stadium – Saturday, November 7 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Stoke 13/5 – Draw 12/5 – Chelsea 21/20

Match Preview

Stoke City host Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday evening for a crucial Premier League clash, with the visitors desperately hoping to recover from a poor start to the season.

The Potters have endured an inconsistent opening 11 games, with just three wins so far and they have failed to score in their last two games, leaving them fourteenth in the table.

Their performance away at Newcastle in last weekend’s 0-0 draw certainly wasn’t glamorous, but it was a valuable point nonetheless, given the manner of the 2-0 home defeat to Watford the week before.

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Mark Hughes has his side playing a generally more entertaining brand of football than they did under Tony Pulis, but the fans will be hoping it doesn’t mean sacrificing results and Stoke need to find some consistency.

Stoke’s Premier League record: P11 – W3 – D4 – L4

It’s a desperate situation for visitors Chelsea, who arrive in Stoke following their worst ever start to a Premier League season, which has left them in the unfamiliar depths of fifteenth place.

And just when it seems like it can’t get any worse for manager Jose Mourinho, it somehow does. The 3-1 defeat at home to Liverpool last weekend was followed by the news that he has been given a one-match stadium ban for his behaviour in the loss to West Ham two weeks ago.

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Despite the doom and gloom surrounding Stamford Bridge, the Blues did secure a vital 2-1 win at home to Dynamo Kiev in their Champions League group stage on Wednesday thanks to a late goal from Willian.

Chelsea’s Premier League record: P11 – W3 – D2 – L6

The last Premier League meeting between these two sides was a 2-1 home win for Chelsea in April, while the last league meeting at Stoke was also a success for the Blues, winning 2-0 in December 2014.

However, Stoke will take confidence from their performance just under two weeks ago, as they knocked Chelsea out of the League Cup via a 5-4 penalty shootout win, after the game had finished 1-1.

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Team News

Stoke goalkeeper Shay Given (knee) and defender Marc Muniesa (hamstring) are out. Geoff Cameron will return to the squad following a thigh strain which ruled him out of the last two games. Phil Bardsley is also available again after serving a one-match ban. Midfielder Marco van Ginkel is on-loan from Chelsea and is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will not be able to attend the game after he received a one-match stadium ban for his behaviour in the West Ham game. Thibaut Courtois remains a long-term absentee, while Radamel Falcao is out with a muscular problem. Defender Branislav Ivanovic returned to training this week after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Key Points

Stoke’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/W/L/D

Chelsea’s last five in the Premier League: D/L/W/L/L

Key Stat: Stoke have only beaten Chelsea once in the Premier League (D3, L11) a 3-2 success back in December 2013.

Key Player: Willian – The Brazilian has been one of Chelsea’s only consistent performers in this campaign. With five goals in all competitions, he’s the top scorer at the club this season and they’ll certainly need him to continue his fine form.

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Score Prediction

Stoke City 1-1 Chelsea  This is bound to be a tight game with so much at for Mourinho and his Chelsea side. We could see a repeat result of the League Cup game 11 days ago.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs Liverpool

Competition: Premier League – Chelsea vs. Liverpool

Venue: Stamford Bridge – Saturday, October 31 – 12:45 GMT (08:45 ET)

Match Odds: Chelsea 21/20 – Draw 12/5 – Liverpool 5/2

Match Preview

Chelsea welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge in the first Premier League game of the weekend on Saturday in what is a huge game for both clubs.

Chelsea’s ongoing struggles don’t seem to be improving and it is difficult to see when their season is going to pick up. The pressure on Jose Mourinho and his side every game is so intense but this is a good chance for them to show other sides they are capable of bouncing back.

They come into this one off the back of their midweek League Cup exit to Stoke City, losing 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in normal time.

Chelsea’s Premier League record: P10 – W3 – D2 – L5

Last weekend’s ill-disciplined loss against West Ham was the champions’ fifth Premier League defeat of the season and they come into the game sitting in 15th place.

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Liverpool sit six places higher in ninth but come into this one off the back of three consecutive league draws.

New manager Jurgen Klopp has a great chance of becoming even more of a fan favourite if he can guide his side to a victory in this huge tie.

Liverpool’s Premier League record: P10 – W3 – D5 – L2

Liverpool won 1-0 against AFC Bournemouth in the League Cup in midweek and will want to build on that solid performance with another good showing in London. They have already kept clean sheets at Arsenal and Tottenham this campaign, drawing both matches 0-0.

Klopp will have his side more than aware that Chelsea are not to be taken lightly despite their woeful form and will expect them to give their all to take three points.

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Team News

Chelsea have four injury concerns. Thibaut Courtois and Branislav Ivanovic remain out, while Diego Costa and Pedro are doubts. Nemanja Matic is suspended following his first-half red card last weekend.

Liverpool’s injury woes continue as Kolo Toure, Danny Ings, Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez and Jon Flanagan are set to miss out. Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke are doubts but the Liverpool faithful will be praying they both pass fitness tests.

Key Points

Chelsea’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/L/W/L

Liverpool’s last five in the Premier League: D/W/D/D/D

Key Stat: Stalemate – These two have drawn their last three meetings in all competitions.

Key Player: Willian – The Brazilian has probably been Chelsea’s best player so far this season. They need him to be at his very best if they’re to stand any chance of taking all three points in this one.

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Score Prediction

Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool – Liverpool to heap more misery on Chelsea, who just cannot seem to get going.

Feature: Chelsea dominating transfer headlines but are they panic buying?

Chelsea‘s below-par start to the new Premier League season has resulted in transfer news and rumours flying around about a number of players.

The Blues have today signed FC Barcelona’s Pedro Rodriguez after Jose Mourinho swooped in and stole an almost done-deal from rivals Manchester United.

The 28-year-old winger made it clear he wanted to leave the Catalan giants this summer after a lack of playing time and although terms had initially been agreed between United and Barca, it is Chelsea who have landed the experienced Spanish winger.

With Eden Hazard, Willian and Juan Cuadrado all having featured already this campaign, you have to ask whether there is room for Pedro and whether one of these three will be on their way out of the club in the next two weeks.

Foot Mercato have reported that Willian has been offered to either Paris Saint Germain or Bayern Munich, which would be a surprise given he appears to be one of the first names on the team-sheet for Mourinho.

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The John Stones saga also continues. Chelsea have reportedly had a third bid of £30 million rejected for the 21-year-old Everton defender, with a fee of nearer £40 million rumoured to be required.

It remains to be seen whether Chelsea will make a final offer to tempt the Englishman away from the Toffees but Mourinho wants the player and he will do what he can to get his own way with a short time left to go in the transfer window.

With John Terry’s position in the side uncertain ahead of the weekend clash with West Brom this will be a story with more to come. Whether or not Chelsea need the youngster is another question, with Terry, Gary Cahill, Kurt Zouma and Branislav Ivanovic all options for Mourinho at centre-back.

Ivanovic could find himself out of the squad for this weekend’s upcoming game, with new signing Baba Rahman tipped to start at left-back, pushing Cesar Azpilicueta back to his more natural right-back slot.

The odds have been slashed for Paul Pogba to join Chelsea before the window closes. This could be a clever manoeuvre from the bookies, given Chelsea’s late movements in the window leading people to believe they are willing to pay big money for players that will help them defend their Premier League title.

Juventus are reportedly holding out for at least £70 million for their highly sought after talent and having already lost many star players this summer, a move away for Pogba looks unlikely.

With a whole host of attacking midfield options at Chelsea already, Pogba would no doubt have to dislodge another player from a starting position. With Oscar occupying the number ten role he could more than likely be the player axed if Pogba was to join, with Juve linked with the Brazilian throughout the window.

Talk of Cuadrado going to Juventus is also ongoing but the rumours are that he would be going on loan to the Old Lady and would not be included as part of a potential Pogba deal.

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It is going to be a very interesting and busy end to the transfer window for Chelsea if we are to believe the rumours and Mourinho’s side could be the ones to watch very closely as they look to make up for their worst start to a season since 1998 with some late transfer excitement.

Chelsea and Arsenal stars want Kaka to join but Orlando is his home

Brazilian star Kaka has only played three games for MLS Expansion Franchise Orlando City SC but admits that his Premier League pals would love him to play in England.

However, the 32-year-old playmaker is the highest-paid player in MLS and is loving his time in Orlando – his new home, and has no plans to move on anytime soon.

Kaka is good friends with Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil as well as Chelsea‘s Brazilian trio of Felipe Luis, Oscar and Willian and has revealed that they would all love to play with him in the Premier League.

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“They joke with me saying, ‘Come and play for Chelsea or Arsenal’ but I am so happy here in Orlando,” Kaka said in an interview with the Daily Mail.

Kaka has a three-year contract with Orlando City and has no plans to leave his new team. However, he did have some high praise for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, whom he worked under at Real Madrid.

“His ambition for victory sets Mourinho apart. He wants to win every game, so he prepares all the smallest details; in training, at the game, everything. I loved to work with him.

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“He tries everything to extract the best from the players, to push them. This is what he can do better than anyone else.

“I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Mourinho, he is one of the best coaches in the world.”

Kaka was the world’s greatest player back in 2007 as he beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the Ballon d’Or – the award that Messi and Ronaldo have dominated since, and the Orlando City captain takes great pride from his triumph over two of the greatest players to have ever played the game.

“I won the Ballon d’Or and World Player of Year against Cristiano and Messi,” he said. “They win it every year now, but I could beat them back then. For me that’s important because I had the best opponents. I’m proud when I see that.”

Kaka’s illustrious career is something few will forget and just because he has made the move to Major League Soccer doesn’t mean he’s taken his foot off the pedal.

It’s quite the opposite in fact. Kaka scored the Lions’ first-ever MLS goal in the 1-1 draw against New York City FC at the start of the month and wants to win trophies with Orlando City.

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At the same time, he has his eyes on the 2018 World Cup in Russia and won’t rule out taking part in the tournament he won with Brazil in 2002 once again.

“It is in three-and-a-half years and if Dunga needs me I’ll be ready to play in the national team. It is a real motivation for me.”

Would Kaka still be able to shine in the Premier League? Should he end his career in MLS with Orlando?

Andre Schurrle must be used more often at Chelsea

World Cup winner Andre Schurrle has had a bit of a rough time so far this season, struggling for game time in the first team at Chelsea.

After a great campaign for both club and country last term we would have been expecting Schurrle to really push on and shine like we know he can.

Jose Mourinho has opted to play Willian and Eden Hazard as his first-choice wingers, with Schurrle making the majority of his appearances from the substitutes bench.

The German playmaker isn’t struggling for confidence, as he is always willing to give maximum effort when he enters the frame and he’s prepared to have a strike at goal from almost anywhere in the oppositions half.

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We all know he is a brilliant impact player, as he proved best when brought on in the World Cup final against Argentina in July, but he isn’t getting the minutes on the field at Chelsea.

He has netted just three so far this season from 11 games, but did get the all-important goal in the draw with Manchester City at the Etihad earlier in the campaign.

He is a brilliant option to have to come into a game but needs more time on the field. If Mourinho was to give him half an hour at least each game, Chelsea would reap the rewards of his work ethic.

His blistering pace would open up tiring opposing defenders and work in Chelsea’s favor if they are countering sides that are often pushing to get back in the game.

As for European games he is a good option to start. He has a wealth of Champions League experience already and is used to playing at the highest level without concerns.

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Schurrle has been featuring in League Cup games and will probably start in tonight’s away tie against Championship outfit Derby County, in what will be a tougher game than many will expect.

Schurrle must impress Mourinho – who is backing the winger, but the Chelsea manager claims Schurrle must continue to adapt to the Premier League despite being signed 18 months ago.

His boss is happy with Schurrle’s strike rate and Chelsea have shrugged off any suggestions they plan to offload the German in January.

So if he is an important part of the squad, he surely needs to see more action on the pitch and with the hectic Christmas fixtures set to affect all clubs in the Premier League, having a weapon like Schurrle ready to step in will surely keep Chelsea at the top of the table.

Should Andre Schurrle play more often for Chelsea?