Jose Mourinho reveals thoughts on transfer window changes

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His club may have been one of the five to vote against changing the summer transfer window dates, but Jose Mourinho appears to be a fan.

Sort of.

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On Thursday it was announced that ahead of the 2018-19 Premier League season the window will be shut the Thursday before the opening weekend on August 9.

Following a host of big-name players — Philippe Coutinho, Virgil Van Dijk, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Diego Costa, Alexis Sanchez — not featuring for their teams in the opening weeks of the season, PL clubs have agreed to end the window before the start of the season.

Even though clubs from around Europe can still buy players from PL clubs, no incomings will be allowed. However, that factor worries Mourinho a little.

How does Mourinho feel about this? Speaking to reporters ahead of United’s clash with Stoke City on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com) the Portuguese made his feelings clear.

“My thoughts are by coach point of view, Jose Mourinho as head coach, obviously I am in favor of that,” Mourinho said. “Because if I focus just on training process, of course I want to arrive at day one want to have my squad and players, I don’t want to be waiting for late decisions.”

“There is another perspective, a perspective where I can include myself. Where there is a decision that is not uniformed around Europe obviously we are open to an element of disadvantage to English clubs. That was the reason why Manchester United voted against because there is an element of disadvantage.”

Mourinho emphasized that he would like his squad together from Day One in preseason in an ideal world and that this change could allow business to be done a lot earlier in the summer, just as the Red Devils did this season.

However, he added that he expects United to stay strong and not sell any players to European clubs after the Premier League window closes.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte also echoed Mourinho’s sentiments on Friday in their respective press conferences with many stating the benefits outweigh the negative impacts of this change.

Burnley 1-0 Stoke City: Barnes’ late strike guides Clarets into top four

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Don’t look now, but the Clarets have climbed into the Premier League top four.

Burnley found a way Stoke City late on Tuesday, picking up a 1-0 win at the Turf Moor behind Ashley Barnes‘ late finish.

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The Clarets, who have now secured 31 points over their first 17 matches this season, leapfrogged Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham with the victory. However, all three sides will be in action on Wednesday.

Steven Defour nearly put Burnley ahead on 69 minutes, when the front man tested Stoke keeper Jack Butland — who had to make a sprawling save to his right.

While Stoke mustered up several quality chances, it was Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s blast in the first half that nearly found the top left corner.

Next up for Burnley will be a date against Brighton on Saturday, while Stoke travels to Huddersfield the same day.

Club World Cup wrap: Gremio reaches final, Urawa takes fifth place

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One half of this year’s FIFA Club World Cup final was decided on Tuesday as Brazilian side Gremio topped Liga MX champions Pachuca.

Second-half substitute Everton proved to be the difference for the Brazilians, with the attacker scoring in extra time to lift Gremio.

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Pachuca’s chances of completing a comeback were extinguished with 10 minutes remaining in extra time, as Víctor Guzman was sent off upon picking up his second yellow card of the semifinal.

Meanwhile, Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds captured fifth place in the tournament after narrowly topping Wydad Casablanca, 3-2.

Despite going behind early, Urawa responded almost immediately in the first half, before building its lead to 3-1 at the hour mark.

A late penalty kick from Reda Hajhouj gave Casablanca a glimmer of hope in the dying moments, however, the Moroccan-based club couldn’t find a way to equalize.

Gremio will await either La Liga giants Real Madrid or Al Jazira in the Club World Cup final, which will be played on Saturday. The loser of that match will take on Pachuca in the third-place game.

Below are the scores from Tuesday’s FIFA Club World Cup matches.

Gremio 1-0 Pachuca (after extra time)

Wydad Casablanca 2-3 Urawa Red Diamonds — Fifth-place match

LAFC selects Urena, 4 others in MLS Expansion Draft

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Los Angeles FC selected five players in the MLS Expansion Draft, including Costa Rican national team star Marco Urena.

Whether they’ll make their way to the City of Angels is another story.

The first pick from general manager John Thorrington was goalkeeper Tyler Miller from Seattle Sounders.

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Going next was Latif Blessing from Sporting KC, an electric attacker who netted thrice with an assist last season.

Next was Urena from San Jose and the Costa Rican national team, a huge addition, and then Columbus left back Jukka Raitala before closing up the draft with Raheem Edwards from Toronto FC.

LAFC has already announced the signings or acquisitions of Carlos Vela, Walker Zimmerman, Carlos Alvarez, Monday Etim, and Guillermo Vizcarra.

The club will also loan Omar Gaber from Basel and Rodrigo Pacheco from Lanus.

WATCH LIVE: Three Premier League matches

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Chelsea visits the John Smith’s Stadium to face Huddersfield Town in one of three Premier League fixtures this chilly Tuesday in December (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

The Blues are now 14 points back of Manchester City, and three points clear of fifth place.

Meanwhile there are a pair of matches on NBC Sports Gold: Burnley looks to keep pace with its Top Four ambitions when it hosts struggling Stoke City, while in-form Crystal Palace seeks a home win that would move it out of the drop zone. In its way? Dangerous, attack-minded Watford.

Burnley vs. Stoke City — 2:45 p.m. ET [ STREAM ]

Huddersfield Town vs. Chelsea — 3 p.m. ET [ STREAM ]

Crystal Palace vs. Watford — 3 p.m. ET [ STREAM ]