Jose Mourinho Criticises Managers Who Prioritise ‘Philosophies’ Over Trophies

​Former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that managers should focus on winning trophies instead of implementing a new style of football, in what many have interpreted to be a criticism of the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Maurizio Sarri & Mauricio Pochettino.

The trio all take pride in their preferred tactics, but they are all yet to win any silverware in the Premier League, unlike Mourinho, who enjoyed plenty of trophy-laden seasons in England.

Jose Mourinho,Jurgen Klopp

Speaking to ​beIN Sports, Mourinho claimed that winning trophies will always be the most important thing in football.

He said: “I have won titles with every club I have been in, I cannot run away from my mentality.

“Some coaches prefer to sell the idea of having a philosophy, but I think, the philosophy, you have to sell it after you win. First, you win, then you sell the philosophy and then you prove to everybody that your philosophy is correct, your philosophy is great, but you have to win.

Mauricio Pochettino

“If you try to sell your philosophy but you win nothing then what is the point? ‘I have a philosophy, I have an identity, my team plays very well’, that’s not true because if your team plays well they win [trophies]. So I don’t like these contradictions in football these days.”

Mourinho’s trophy cabinet is certainly one of the most impressive around. Alongside his three ​Premier League titles with ​Chelsea, Mourinho has enjoyed success in both the FA Cup and League Cup, and has also won trophies in Spain, Portugal and Italy.

The likes of Pochettino, Klopp and Sarri have all received plenty of praise for their preferred style of play, yet the group have struggled to win trophies in England. 

Maurizio Sarri

Pochettino has faced serious scrutiny for his record with ​Tottenham Hotspur, with many believing he could leave the club in search for regular silverware. Like the Argentine, Sarri’s record has also come into question, as he is yet to win a trophy in his managerial career.

Klopp enjoyed success in the ​Bundesliga with ​Borussia Dortmund, but his ​Liverpool side are yet to replicate that glory, despite reaching the ​Champions League final last season. They remain in the Premier League title race, which looks set to go down to the wire as they compete with ​Manchester City.


Olivier Giroud Admits Lyon Move Is a ‘Possibility’ Amid Uncertain Chelsea Future

​Olivier Giroud has opened the door to a potential return to France amid his lack of regular playing time at Chelsea.

The striker has started just six Premier League games and scored once under Maurizio Sarri this term, but remains as first choice striker for France under Didier Deschamps and scored in the 4-1 win over Moldova in a Euro 2020 qualifying match on Friday.

The 32-year-old has scored 15 goals in 52 appearances overall since joining ​Chelsea from London rivals ​Arsenal in January 2018, but the arrival of ​Gonzalo Higuain this season has seen the Frenchman fall further out of favour at Stamford Bridge.

​Giroud is out of contract in west London at the end of the season and has been linked with a move to Ligue 1 side Lyon, and the striker told ​​Telefoot of the rumours: “It’s a possibility. But I didn’t make any calls. I’m happy in England.

“It’s always a pleasure [to be linked] especially since under president [Jean-Michel] Aulas, Lyon is a good club.”

Giroud’s future could be affected by Chelsea’s recently-imposed transfer ban, which means that the club are unable to recruit new players in either of the next two transfer windows, and the Blues could therefore seek to tie the Frenchman down to fresh terms.

“Am I afraid of being stuck? No,” Giroud added. “We will see what the future holds for me, since for the moment it is true that the club cannot recruit.

“I’m definitely looking for more playing time. I aspire to find an important role in a team, now we’ll see what happens.”

Giroud has found himself as something of a second-rate option at Chelsea, having started more regularly for the Blues in the Europa League, scoring nine goals in as many games in the European competition.

However, the former Montpellier forward continues to star ahead of other illustrious names in the attacking pecking order for his country and has scored 34 goals for France, a record bettered only by Thierry Henry (51) and Michel Platini (41).


Callum Hudson-Odoi’s Senior England Debut Sees Chelsea Attacker Break 64-Year Record

​Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi became the youngest player to make their competitive debut for England’s senior team since Duncan Edwards in 1955 following his appearance from the substitutes bench in the Three Lions’ 5-0 win against the Czech Republic.

The 64-year-old record was broken in the 70th minute of England’s European Championship qualifying opener at Wembley on Friday, as the 18-year-old replaced hat-trick hero Raheem Sterling.

Gareth Southgate,Callum Hudson-Odoi

As reported by ​Goal, Hudson-Odoi beat former ​Manchester United forward Edwards record by 48 days, as he achieved his first cap on Friday night at the age of 18 years and 135 days.

The winger had been called up to the senior squad from the Under-21 side following a succession of withdrawals from manager Gareth Southgate’s original squad for the matches against Czech Republic and Montenegro.

The youngster also made an impact during his first senior outing for Gareth Southgate’s side, playing a key role in their fifth goal of the match as his late effort was saved by Czech goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka onto Tomas Kalas.

Hudson-Odoi was one of two 18-year-olds to finish the match for England on Friday night at Wembley, with ​Borussia Dortmund’s young prodigy Jadon Sancho also forming part of a youthful attack. It was the first time that two players aged 18 or younger have played in an England international since a match against Wales in 1881.

Callum Hudson-Odoi,Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho marked his fourth senior England appearance by playing an integral role in Gareth Southgate’s team’s sizeable victory, setting up ​Raheem Sterling’s opener in the 24th minute of the match.


Chelsea, Arsenal and Roma Linked With Moves for Lille Sporting Director Luis Campos

​Chelsea, Arsenal and Roma are all reportedly hopeful of hiring Lille sporting director Luis Campos during the summer. 

The Premier League sides will face stiff competition from Serie A team Roma for Campos’ services, following his role in Lille’s impressive domestic campaign this season with the club currently sitting in second in Ligue 1 and looking likely to qualify for the Champions League. 

Lille’s performances have been seen as mightily impressive considering the French side only avoided the relegation play-off last season by a single point.


Campos was also the sporting director at AS Monaco during the 2016/17 season, in which Leonardo Jardim’s pipped Paris Saint Germain to the Ligue 1 title and also progressed to the Champions League semi finals before losing 4-1 on aggregate to ​Juventus.

According to ​TuttoMercatoWeb, the European trio will look to appoint Campos at the end of the season, with ​Arsenal and Roma in particular looking towards the Portuguese after Roma’s former sporting director Monchi left the Italian capital to join Sevilla, favouring the Spanish side over a move to Arsenal.

Ramon Rodriguez Monchi

Campos can also boast a spell as a scout at Spanish giants ​Real Madrid during his career, as well as a stint as a manager at several Portuguese clubs such as Beira-Mar and Gil Vicente.

The 54-year-old is also accredited with the discovery of several well known European talents such as PSG’s ​Kylian Mbappe, ​Manchester United’s ​Anthony Martial and ​Manchester City’s ​Bernardo Silva.


Campos’ additions to Lille’s current squad include former ​Southampton players Jose Fonte and Jeremy Pied as well as former ​​Chelsea striker Loic Remy.


Cagliari President Claims Napoli & Chelsea Target Nicolo Barella Was Never Close to January Exit

Cagliari president Tomasso Guilini has revealed that Chelsea and Napoli both expressed an interest in the club’s prized asset Nicolo Barella in January. 

The Serie A side are braced for further bids but Guilini also warned clubs they’d better be prepared to pay in excess of 50m. 

The Cagliari youth product first caught the attention of rival managers after an impressive campaign last season. Current Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri flagged the midfield star up at former club Napoli and may have to go head to head with his old employers for his signature. 

Nicolo Barella

Barella has quickly risen to become a regular starter for the Italian national side in the past year, which has attracted further interest from some of Europe’s top clubs. 

“I cannot deny that there was concrete interest from Napoli in January. Maurizio Sarri also wanted him at Chelsea,” Guilini told Corriere dello Sport, as quoted by Football Italia“[But] Barella was never close to a January exit.”

Guilini rates Barella very highly, comparing his style to Inter star Radja Nainggolan. He added: “It’s banal to make the comparison, but he does remind me of Radja Nainggolan, even if Nicolò is more technically-gifted than Radja.”

Nicolo Barella

“I don’t know what his future holds, but he is a player who can grow a great deal more. We hope he can continue to do that while wearing our jersey. Next year it is his beloved Cagliari’s Centenary. It’ll take more than €50m.”

The versatile 22-year-old has become one of the hottest young stars in Serie A for intelligence and composure beyond his years. Barella won consecutive Italian Young Player of the Year awards in 2012 and 2013, drawing comparisons to Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard.