Mourinho: I'll manage for another 20 years

The Chelsea boss intends to extend his career for as long as his health will allow as he aims to add to an extensive trophy cabinet already boasting 18 major titles

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could be around to challenge Premier League opponents for another 20 years as he eyes a long future in the game.

The Portuguese has won 18 major trophies and counting in his managerial career but has no desire to slow down as he looks to utilise his ever-growing experience down the line.

“I see myself going into the seventies – not for ever and ever but while my health is good,” Mourinho told reporters.

“It is a job where experience is very, very important. With players, there is a moment when their experience has a fight with their physical condition. With managers, no. Unless you lose your appetite then that is a different story but I see myself now better than I was 10 years ago. I am in evolution, not even in stability.”

The Blues manager is keen for his side to relish their status as defending champions this season, expecting a tougher fight in the Premier League as teams all across the table bolster their squads with ambitious signings.

“Being champion doesn’t change me for bad, it changes me for good and hopefully with the players it is the same thing,” he continued. “I want them to feel good, not bad – because we won last season, we do not have space for failure.

“We go into the most difficult domestic competition in the world. It has more candidates and more top teams and I think [fewer] points will win the title [than last season]. There will be more defeats and more lost points for the top teams.

“Crystal Palace buy Yohan Cabaye and Connor Wickham. I welcome this mentality. It is a great thing. It was always difficult to win matches in England. I think that now it is more difficult. I gave Crystal Palace as an example but I could also give you Stoke, Newcastle and Watford.

“It is going to be more difficult now for all of us.”

Arsenal more focused on 'selfies and six-packs' than winning, claims Keane

The Gunners squad are one of the most active on social media and their former nemesis feels that their focus has been distracted, while backing Chelsea to retain the title

Former Manchester United star Roy Keane has accused Arsenal of having too many players “more interested in selfies and six-packs” than winning titles.

The Gunners have won the FA Cup for two consecutive seasons but not lifted the Premier League trophy since 2003-04, a record which Keane does not see changing until they address the culture inside their dressing room.

He told the Daily Star: “Arsenal have some really good players, some good characters who roll their sleeves up, but they also have got one or two players who are more interested in selfies and six-packs, guys who are trying to get their pictures taken every day of the week.

“Listen, every year we hear the same thing about Arsenal being contenders but there are too many Arsenal players interested in selfies – whatever they are.

“Instead of focusing on winning Premier League titles, it’s all about how their bodies look, how their hair is, more so than winning football matches, which is the way things are going in the game.

“Look at all the players they’ve bought over the last couple of years – I’m not sure many would get into the Chelsea team.”

Keane, currently the assistant manager for Republic of Ireland, expects the Blues to hold onto their league title barring a slip of focus.

“For me, Chelsea remain the team to beat,” he declared. “Their team is the one with the strongest spine – John Terry, their goalkeeper [Thibaut Courtois], Eden Hazard – and if they can add John Stones to their team then they will be even harder to beat.

“The bottom line is that, if Chelsea’s players show the same hunger and desire that they did last year, then they’ll win the league.

“They will only be in trouble if they are complacent but I don’t think it is in their nature to take their foot off the gas. They appear to be a driven bunch and, if they can keep Diego Costa fit [and] keep their wits about them, then it’s hard to look elsewhere.”

Cech: I started as a winger

The 33-year-old is widely regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers in the world but admits his life and career might have been very different but for a freak accident

Arsenal new boy Petr Cech has revealed he never thought about becoming a goalkeeper until he broke his leg at the age of 10 – while playing as a winger.

Cech, who completed an £11 million move from Chelsea to the Gunners this summer, is widely regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers in the world after a decade at Stamford Bridge that saw him win four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and a Champions League crown.

But now the 33-year-old has revealed his life and career might have been very different had he not suffered a freak accident playing outfield as a youngster.

“I never thought of being a goalkeeper,” Cech told Arsenal Magazine. “I was an ice hockey goalkeeper and when I started playing football, I was a midfielder or a left winger.

“Occasionally at the end of training sessions, when you had a free game with no ‘keeper, where the deepest player acted as a goalkeeper, sometimes I went in goal because I wanted to see the difference between a big goal and a small ice hockey goal.

“My coach saw me a few times and one day, our goalkeeper didn’t come for a game. We had no ‘keeper and somebody had to play there, but nobody really wanted to. He pointed to me and said ‘I’ve seen you a few times in goal and you’ve been doing quite well. You should try it.

“I said I would do it for one match and we ended up having a very good game. The next day, when I came for the training session, the goalkeeping coach took me and said that I should stay with him.

“But then my coach didn’t want to listen to that. For about a year, I was playing outfield or in goal depending on the opponents. Then when I was about 10 I broke my leg quite badly and the recovery took time. I couldn’t run and I had pain for quite a long time.

“Being in goal means you can sit, you can lie, you can catch balls and you can still work and train. That made the biggest difference in my life because that moment defined that I stayed in goal.”

Cahill wary of Chelsea's big-spending title rivals

With Manchester City breaking their transfer record on Raheem Sterling and Manchester United spending over £80 million, the defender is expecting an exciting battle at the top

Gary Cahill expects the battle for the Premier League title to be far more challenging this season after Chelsea’s rivals spent big in an attempt to dethrone the club.

Jose Mourinho’s side won the title at a canter last term, finishing eight points ahead of previous champions Manchester City, with the latter reacting by signing Raheem Sterling for £49 million and Fabian Delph.

Manchester United have brought in the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin while Arsenal are predicted to be among the contenders after luring Petr Cech from Chelsea.
“I think if you look at last season we were strong as it was,” Cahill told reporters, “We have strengthened. I don’t know what else is going to happen from now until the end of the window.

“I’m unsure. You’ve seen last season that collectively as a group we were strong. There’s a lot of young players here and we’re okay. Other teams have gone out and spent money and it will be very tough.

“It is tough every single year and with them strengthening it makes it even harder. We need to go about our business and get in the best possible condition to start the season and try and do what we did last year.

“We’re the team that everybody wants to beat. We had that feeling as well when Man City were the champions and we were playing against them. There is that added bit where people want to beat you.

“Even just being at a club like Chelsea people want to beat you anyway. I’m sure the other lads at the top will feel the same way. Everyone wants to go out and win against you, so it’s going to be tough.

“There’s no way of dressing over it, it’s going to be hard, the Premier League is always hard. It’s long. You have to be consistent for a long period of time so it’s difficult but we’re looking forward to it.”

Chelsea face Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday before starting their title defence against Swansea City next Saturday.

'Pedro will move to the Premier League'

President of the Barcelona forward’s former club, CD San Isidro has revealed the player’s mother told him the 27-year-old will be moving to England this summer

The president of Pedro’s first club claims he has been told that the Barcelona forward will move to the Premier League this summer.

The 27-year-old has been tipped to join Manchester United as Angel Di Maria closes in on his move to Paris Saint-Germain, although Chelsea and Liverpool have also been linked.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu admitted earlier this week that the club have received no offers for Pedro but Jaime Lorenzo, president of CD San Isidro, claims the player’s mother has confirmed to him that her son will be leaving Camp Nou.

“The other day, Pedro’s mother told us he was leaving for England,” Lorenzo told El Larguero.

“I think it would be a good challenge for him and he will have more playing time.

“We will send him a gift! If the agreement is €30 million (£21m) at least €450,000 (£316,350) belongs to us, even though these contracts have some specific clauses.”