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LONDON---Chelsea manager Jose Mour-
inho conjured up American cowboy
movies, fictitious fights in the dressing
room and a statement of faith in struggling
forward Eden Hazard as he prepared for
today s clash with Arsenal.
The two sides meet at Stamford Bridge
for the Premier League s showcase match
of the weekend, with neither having made
an ideal start to the season.
Chelsea has taken only four points from
five league games, amid speculation of prob-
lems in the dressing room and a disagree-
ment between Mourinho and captain John
Terry---a claim the manager has strongly
"I don t have any problem with any one
of my players," Mourinho told reporters at
the club s training ground near Cobham,
southwest of London.
"Normally when bad results happen, the
first thing that comes into your laptops,
iPads and pens is to find a dramatic story:
Somebody punch somebody in the dressing
room, The manager doesn t want to speak
with this guy .
"Diego Costa fought with John Terry and
before they start the fight they brought a
translator for them to understand each other
in the fight, because Diego cannot speak
English and John cannot speak Spanish ...
They organise like Far West duels---at this
time we are going to fight, bring a translator
to help us."
The reality, according to Mourinho, is
much less dramatic. And has much more
to do with the effects of poor results.
"The other direction you (the media)
don t go is the direction which is real: you
lose matches, you are affected, you lose
confidence, you don t want the ball."
However, despite its recent troubles,
Chelsea will have
been lifted by its
4-0 victory on
Tel-Aviv in the
an early penalty.
win the Premier
League last sea-
son, certainly has
the public backing of his coach as the gifted Belgium
playmaker tries to rediscover his form.
"He s the best player in England," Mourinho said.
"He is the best and he will be the best again. I don t
know if it is tomorrow or if it is next week."
While Chelsea has failed to click, Arsenal clearly
has a few problems of its own.
Despite having a solid ten points on the board,
Arsene Wenger s side has rarely looked really con-
vincing this season and a re-shuffled team slumped
to a 2-1 defeat away to Dinamo Zagreb in the Cham-
pions League in midweek.
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech was on the
bench, while Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin and
didn t even make the trip to Croatia.
"In football you have to forget cheap excuses and
focus on what matters on the day, which is the per-
formance on the day. If you want to make a career
at a club without any disappointment, or individual
disappointment, it is not possible," Wenger said. "I
believe you can repair what happened. We are on a
good run in the Premier League and it is important
now to look at that."
As if it were needed, adding further spice to today s
game is the fact that the two managers clearly don t
They squared up on the sidelines during Chelsea s
2-0 win last season and there was no handshake
between the pair following Arsenal s 1-0 victory last
month in the Community Shield at Wembley Sta-
Wenger brushed off the media scrutiny of his rela-
tionship with Mourinho, saying: "No special rela-
tionship is my worry. All I worry about is our per-
formance tomorrow (today).
"I respect everybody in the job and focus on what
I love and that is football. All the rest honestly does
not concern me much."
Wenger wasn t concerned either by Chelsea s poor
start to the season.
"It can happen," he said. "Let s not forget it is the
start of the season and only five games have been
"For us it is a big game and we know our position
at the end of the season will depend on how well
we do in the big games." (AP)
No 'Far West duels' at Chelsea says Mourinho
MUNICH---Bayern Munich says its former coach
Dettmar Cramer, who led the club to the European
Cup titles in 1975 and 1976, has died. He was 90.
The well-traveled Cramer coached in Saudi Arabia,
South Korea, Japan and many other countries, doing
development work on behalf of the German football
He was an assistant coach for Germany at the
1966 World Cup, when it lost the final to host Eng-
Popularly known as "Napoleon" for his small
stature, Cramer also coached Eintracht Frankfurt,
Bayer Leverkusen and Hertha Berlin in the Bundesli-
ga.The German football federation says Cramer worked
in more than 90 countries. (AP)
Former Bayern coach
Cramer dies at 90
Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho.
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