A little piece of classic Mourinho appears after today’s match at Stamford Bridge, with his post-match comments harkening back to his peer-antagonizing Premier League debut. From 2004-2007, during José Mourinho’s initial run at Chelsea, the Portuguese manager never shied from a critical word for opposing coaches. Famous criticisms of Arsène Wenger and Rafa Benítez, among others, have become part of Special One lore, and with these comments about Aston Villa coach Paul Lambert, Mourinho clearly capable of launching the occasional barb.
Asked about a second half incident between Branislav Ivanovic and Christian Benteke, where some thought the Chelsea defender deserved to be dismissed after his foul on the Villa forward, Mourinho noted how much Paul Lambert reminds him of himself.
And not in a good way:
Paul (Lambert) reminds me of (when) I was his age. At this moment, I complain at some decisions. When I was his age, I complained with every decision. And Paul is exactly the same. He complains with every decision. He wants everything for him.
It’s all in the video, above where Mourinho goes on to explain why he selected Ivanovic at right back over Cesar Azpilicueta, anticipating a physical matchup.
A week after bidding Manchester City an emotional goodbye, Pablo Zabaleta has announced he’ll be staying in England.
The 32-year-old right back is moving to London, where he’ll join West Ham United on a two-year deal beginning July 1.
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The San Lorenzo youth product went to Espanyol in 2005 to begin his European adventure, joining Man City in 2008. He won two PL titles, two League Cups, and an FA Cup, and was named the club’s player of the season in 2012-13.
“Manchester City gave me the opportunity to come to this wonderful league, the Premier League, something I’ve been enjoying a lot as a player and of course for me it was probably the right time to move on.
“Also, as a player, I thought I wanted to keep playing in the Premier League. For me, after being in this country for so long, this is a new challenge for me in the Premier League and I’m ready for it and looking forward to it.”
Maybe he just wanted 3G.
Young Sam Byram can learn plenty from Zabaleta, and the signing means that star right-sided man Michail Antonio likely won’t have to be wasted at right back in emergency situations. Good risk by the Hammers.
Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his Antonio Valencia appreciation, and the Manchester United manager has rewarded his fullback with a new deal.
Valencia is nine appearances away from 300 in a Manchester United kit, with 22 goals and 61 assists as a Red Devil.
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Valencia said United has “been my life” since arriving from Wigan Athletic in 2009, while Mourinho heaped praise on the Ecuadorian captain’s character with glowing praise.
“It is no secret that I had been an admirer of Antonio’s long before I joined the club. I knew what a fantastic player he was and he has not disappointed me on that front. However, what I could never have imagined was what a great person he is. I know I have said this before but I truly believe it is a real privilege for us to have such a good player and such a good man. I am delighted he has extended his contract.”
Only Ander Herrera and Eric Bailly recorded better tackle rates at Old Trafford last season, and Valencia was credited with a team-best 1.5 crosses per game.
Forget a return Stateside, as Geoff Cameron is sticking around the Potteries.
The versatile American midfielder and defender, 31, has extended his stay at Stoke City by two years, the Premier League club announced Friday.
Cameron has played 165 times for Stoke since arriving from the Houston Dynamo in 2012. He’s been capped 50 times by the USMNT.
Turning 32 next in mid-July, Cameron missed three-and-a-half months with a knee injury this season. That span saw Stoke go 6-5-5.
Advanced stats site WhoScored rated Cameron as Stoke’s best player — by far — this season. He was a bright spot along with loan man Bruno Martins Indi, and his extension is good news for both U.S. and Stoke fans.
Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland is preparing for more banter:
Pep Guardiola is looking to Monaco in his chase for (lowers sunglasses) Silvaware.
Thanks, we’ll be here all day.
Bernardo Silva is in Manchester on Friday, with the Manchester Evening News saying the playmaker is close to joining unrelated surname sharer David Silva in the Sky Blues’ attack.
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“The 22-year-old arrived at Manchester Airport on Thursday night on a flight from Mallorca and is believed to have had a medical at the club’s academy on Friday morning,” writes James Robson.
At 22, Bernardo Silva has already made 124 appearances for Monaco, registering 25 goals. He scored eight goals in Monaco’s Ligue 1 title run, adding three in the Champions League.
He’s also been capped 12 times by Portugal.
Where does Silva fit? He featured heavily at right wing for Monaco this season — 43 of 56 apps — also spending time in an attacking central midfield role. In City’s final match of the PL season, Gabriel Jesus lined up wide right next to David Silva