Jose Mourinho: “We’re in trouble” after Chelsea’s defeat to Stoke

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Chelsea slipped up away at Stoke City on Saturday, as Jose Mourinho’s men missed the perfect opportunity to pile the pressure on league leaders Arsenal

A win for the Blues would’ve put them just one point behind their London rivals before the Gunners host Everton on Sunday. But instead of building on wins against Southampton and Sunderland earlier this week, the Blues imploded with a poor defensive display that has Mourinho worried stiff.

“I don’t feel comfortable enough to tell you what I think about the game,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “We’re in trouble.”

In the press conferences after the game, and throughout the second half, Mourinho looked dejected and upset by the performance his Chelsea side put in.

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Over the past four days they’ve conceded six goals away from home in their narrow 4-3 win over Sunderland on Wednesday, and their defense let them down again during the defeat at Stoke.

“I prefer to be simple and pragmatic and say they scored one more goal than us,” Mourinho continued. “They won and we lost. I can’t go much further than because I can’t analyze with you certain aspects of the game. It is a concern [conceding many goals recently]. I don’t like it, I don’t organize my teams to be like this. Sometimes mistakes kill an organization.”

If Arsenal win their game in hand against Everton on Sunday, they’ll go seven points clear of Liverpool and Chelsea in second and third placed respectively. That is a big gap to pull back and it seems as though Mourinho is growing increasingly concerned not only with the players he has at his disposal, but the lack of understanding they have for his ultra-defensive tactics.

Mourinho has already mentioned he will not be bringing in many players, if any, in the January transfer window to replace his faltering stars that still haven’t go to grips with his coaching methods.

Perhaps that’s why he thinks they’re in big trouble…

Defoe walks out Bradley Lowery, scores in England win

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Jermain Defoe’s friendship with terminally-ill Bradley Lowery has been special to watch unfold, and the Sunderland striker brought his little buddy to Wembley today.

Then he notched a match-winner.

Lowery walked Defoe out onto the field in a replica England kit before Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania, and then Defoe scored his 20th goal for country.

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It was his first since 2013, the last year Defoe was called up for the Three Lions.

Here’s the goal, which was followed by a second-half Jamie Vardy tally as England stayed atop Group F with a 2-0 win over Lithuania.

Two Russian soccer fans stabbed in Serbia

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Two Russian fans have been hospitalized with serious injuries after being stabbed following a friendly soccer match between Red Star Belgrade and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said Sunday police were looking for the knife-wielding perpetrators who attacked a group of Lokomotiv fans in downtown Belgrade late Saturday.

Serbian media reports said the Russian fans were attacked by supporters of Red Star’s rival Partizan Belgrade.

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The match, which Red Star won 2-1, was meant to promote Serbia’s traditional friendship with Russia.

Stefanovic says “nobody should think they could hurt the Serbian-Russian friendship” with such attacks.

Serbia has seen a surge of fan violence inside and outside stadiums. In 2009, a French football fan was fatally beaten in Belgrade.

VIDEO: Gerrard’s juggle and finish leads Liverpool legends past Real Madrid

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Scoring at Anfield doesn’t get old, especially when your name is Steven Gerrard.

The English midfielder was playing in a friendly match between Liverpool and Real Madrid “legends” on Sunday, when he delivered this tasty goal (and assists to Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, and John Aldridge).

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Gerrard redirects a cross over a lunging defender and into a place where he can lash a goal home to put the Reds up 4-0. He dedicated his Man of the Match performance to club legend Ronnie Moran, who died earlier this week.

Real’s comeback came up just short in a 4-3 final, with Fernando Morientes, Ruben de la Red, and Edwin Congo scoring for the visitors.

On a Sunday waiting for the international matches to begin, Gerrard supplies a nice highlight for the rest of us (Extended highlights free on Liverpool’s site).

Ozil bristles at talk of Arsenal selling him

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Mesut Ozil is on international break, and bristling at reports that Arsenal is going to sell him.

The midfielder’s absence from the lineup last week had plenty speculating on his future, even more than usual. His contract expires in 2018, and several reports claimed he’d join Alexis Sanchez as players destined for elsewhere.

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Ozil was not called up by Germany, and has missed four of his last nine Premier League matches. Three of those were for illness, and he missed last week’s loss to West Brom with a hamstring injury.

From Metro:

“And you think Wenger tells the journalist before he tells me? Then I know him differently,” Ozil told German outlet Welt.

“I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We’ll talk soon and then make a decision.”

Metro notes that Ozil also said he wants to win the Champions League, something that can only happen with Arsenal remaining in the Top Four. We suppose you could make snarky inferences from his “comfortable in London” phrasing, but we’ll leave it there.