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Jose Mourinho on Chelsea’s win: “We were killers;” Martinez bemoans mistakes

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Following one of the most exciting games in recent Premier League history, managers of both Everton and Chelsea were left a little dazed and confused when asked to dissect their teams performance after the game.

‘Roberto, Jose… lads, take a seat, let’s talk this out.’

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea prevailed 6-3 after a stunning display of clinical finishing gave them their third win from three games, while Everton’s defensive lapses cost them dear as Roberto Martinez’s men are still in search of their first win this season.

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Mourinho, in typical fashion, took to metaphors to try and dissect the topsy-turvy match, which will more than likely go down as a PL classic. He also likened Chelsea to ‘killers’ as they bagged a big win on the road.

“If the salt and the pepper of football is goals then to have nine goals in a Premier League match is fantastic ingredients,” Mourinho said. “The two teams played fantastically well. I know Everton are a good offensive side and their movement is not easy to control but we concede three goals it is too much. All of them I can clearly identify mistakes and those who are involved but in the end we are killers in attack.”

Mourinho then hailed Diego Costa’s performance, as the Brazilian scored twice and now has four goals in his first three games at Chelsea and in the PL. Mourinho also confirmed the West Londoners are in talks about securing Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy, as the French international will likely replace the departed Fernando Torres.

[As for Martinez, his side have now conceded 10 goals in three games this campaign and have just two points to show for their endeavors. A shaky, suspect and, at times, shambolic defensive display was out of character for the Toffees. They played well going forward, despite going 2-0 down after three minutes, but have to be better at the back if they’re going to challenge for a top four spot this season.

“I can imagine it was a great game to watch from a neutral point of view but our point of view was that we started too slow,” Martinez said. “But even then I felt we showed great character and great belief and I felt we were getting back into it, but every time we did we were dealt a sucker punch. Our defending was not as good as it should be. We need to make sure our good play gets a lot more support from having a more solid defensive display. We should have protected Tim Howard a lot better.”

It is hard to break down a game which saw five goals scored in nine crazy second half minutes. Both Mourinho and Martinez should be applauded for letting their sides play attractive, open soccer, as neutrals were treated to one of the great games in recent times.

Last season Chelsea were often up tight, stifled the opposition and ground out wins. This year, with Costa up top, plus Cesc Fabregas’ creativity in midfield, they look so dangerous going forward. Mourinho’s men are in ominous form already after embarassing Everton in a enthralling encounter at Goodison Park.

Video: Ranieri gets emotional after seeing Leicester fans tribute

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Claudio Ranieri in on the verge of leading Leicester City to the most improbable feat in Premier League history.

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While the Foxes have given the club’s supporters the greatest ride they’ve ever seen, the fans put together a tribute video describing what the 2015-16 season has meant to them.

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Fans of all ages put in their two cents regarding the team’s quirky manager, and the 64-year old Italian began to shed tears.

We likely won’t ever see a team like Leicester again, not only in the Premier League, but any sports league. The club’s assembly of players and Ranieri have coincided perfectly and the Foxes faithful are clearly grateful for what they’ve witnessed at the King Power Stadium this season.

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Premier League Preview: Newcastle vs. Crystal Palace

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Georginio Wijnaldum of Newcastle United and Joel Ward of Crystal Palace compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on November 28, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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  • Newcastle has won one of their previous 10 PL matches
  • Palace is unbeaten in five of last six
  • Benitez is 1-3-3 since taking over Magpies

Newcastle host Crystal Palace on Saturday at St. James’ Park (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on USA and online via Live Extra) with the Magpies among the three sides battling to stay in the Premier League for the 2016-17 season.

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Crystal Palace isn’t mathematically out of the woods in the relegation battle, but they’re more than likely to remain in the PL next season. Palace has been in decent form of late, securing a win over Watford and draws against Arsenal and Everton. Yohan Cabaye and Connor Wickham are among the dangerous attackers that Newcastle will need to be wary of, each scoring five PL goals on the season.

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A 5-1 drubbing towards the end of November gave Palace bragging rights, but at this stage of the season Newcastle must forget what happened in the past. While draws against Manchester City and Liverpool were certainly encouraging, the Magpies need wins. Anything else simply won’t do, particularly with Sunderland and Norwich each holding a game in hand.

The two-headed monster of Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic will be crucial if Newcastle is to pick up a vital three points at home for the sixth time this season.

What they’re saying…

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez: “I don’t bet. Obviously, I agree we have to win. In my experience, it’s the players who make the difference, not the managers. I can prepare for the game, but to talk about mind games, I don’t take too much notice.”

Palace boss Alan Pardew: “I’ve always encouraged other coaches and managers to be involved, with comments from them. I asked a bit of advice at the weekend from a couple of people which was very sound. I expect, as I do on occasion, to get calls from some of the players I’ve coached to ring me. You have to keep your network big.”

Prediction

Newcastle needs this game, or at the very least a point. Given the team’s poor goal differential though, this isn’t something Rafa Benitez and company will want to leave up to fate. Palace has dropped plenty of points this season, leaving Newcastle in an opportune position to gain ground on the coveted 17th place. The Magpies will push hard and I think they’ll be able to pull this one out at home, 2-1.

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Sevilla’s Krohn-Dehli out 7 months after knee surgery

BILBAO, SPAIN - APRIL 07:  Michael Krohn-Dehli of Sevilla and Javier Eraso of Athletic Club Bilbao battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla at San Mames Stadium on April 7, 2016 in Bilbao, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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SEVILLE, Spain (AP) Sevilla says midfielder Michael Krohn-Dehli will be sidelined for at least seven months after undergoing surgery on a broken left knee.

The Denmark midfielder suffered the gruesome injury on Thursday during the 2-2 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League semifinals.

He was carried off the pitch in the 73rd minute, less than 15 minutes after going on as a substitute.

The operation took place on Friday once the team had returned to Spain.

Sevilla, the two-time defending Europa League champion, will host the return leg of their semifinal next week.

The 32-year-old Krohn-Dehli joined Sevilla at the start of this season from fellow Spanish club Celta Vigo.

Men In Blazers: Music Pod Special

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