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MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2016
LONDON --- When Jose Mour-
inho and Pep Guardiola meet in their
second Manchester derby on
Wednesday they'll now have some-
thing in common. Both have pre-
pared with humiliating 4-0 losses
on their return to former clubs.
After Guardiola's Champions
League embarrassment at Barcelona
with Manchester City on Wednes-
day, the Special One' saw his Man-
chester United side brutally taken
apart by Chelsea in the Premier
Still reeling from his Camp Nou
calamity, Guardiola couldn't even
take any joy at his rival's domestic
downfall. Before United's collapse
at Stamford Bridge, City experienced
another of its Premier League set-
backs with a 1-1 home draw to
And whatever divides the man-
agerial titans, they now also have
something else in common. Both
have collected only two points out
of a possible nine in the Premier
League. And one of their trophy
quests will end on Wednesday when
City and United meet in the League
The Premier League is the priority
though, and City is top of the stand-
ings on goal difference despite its
setback while United is six points
back in seventh.
CHELSEA 4, MAN UNITED 0
Any hope Mourinho had of this
game being a contest ended after
A speculative long ball from
Marcus Alonso drifted past
hesitating defenders Daley Blind
and Chris Smalling and landed at
Pedro Rodriguez's feet. United
goalkeeper David de Gea was
already committed far from his
goal-line at the edge of the penalty
area and Pedro nipped around him
and put the ball in the net.
Did United's defenders learn
from their early indecisiveness?
Not at all.
It was another mistake by
Smalling that allowed Chelsea to
extend its lead in the 21st. A
Chelsea corner was flicked on at
the near post by United's Antonio
Valencia, then hit teammate Ander
Herrera before the lethargic
Smalling allowed Cahill to evade
him and the Chelsea defender
netted via Blind's back.
Eden Hazard started the incisive
move that ended with a third goal
just after the hour. N'Golo Kante
then squared to Nemanja Matic,
who returned the ball for Hazard to
turn Smalling before dispatching
the ball into the corner of the net.
There was worse to come for
Mourinho in the 70th. Pedro, who
started the rout, set up Kante to
complete it. Kante waltzed through
United's brittle defense with ease,
going past Smalling --- who else? ---
before slotting beyond De Gea.
Antonio Conte was savoring such
an emphatic score that lifted
Chelsea to fourth, with exuberant
celebrations next to Mourinho.
Mourinho, who was fired by
Chelsea for a second time last year,
was incensed by the conduct of his
"You shouldn't celebrate like that
when it's 4-0," Mourinho
reportedly told Conte after the
game in comments picked up from
television footage by Italian media.
"You can do so at 1-0, otherwise
it's humiliating for us."
Neither manager disputed the
account, but Conte defended his
"If we want to cut emotion then
we can stay at home and change
our job," Conte said.
Mourinho, meanwhile, declared
himself "delighted" with everything
apart from the "mistakes."
Mistakes that saw United
concede four goals and fail to
score, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic
missing an early chance to equalize
with a header.
MAN CITY 1, SOUTHAMPTON 1
Maybe a five-game winless run
bodes well for Guardiola.
The City manager hasn't
experienced such a barren streak
since the 2008-09 season at
Barcelona --- his first in senior
management. How did that
campaign end? By winning the
treble of the Champions League
and Spanish league and cup.
England, though, is a more
challenging football environment.
There is no room for mistakes like
the one from John Stones against
Southampton. The defender's
attempt to pass to Vincent
Kompany instead managed to set
up Nathan Redmond for the opener
in the 27th minute.
City only had its first shot on
target 10 minutes into the second
half, although Kelechi Iheanacho did
make the most of it by equalizing.
"I know when you start (at a
new club) it is always difficult,"
said Guardiola, who began work at
City in July. "We start quite well.
Now in that moment we are not in
that rhythm we had before. We
didn't have 90 bad, bad minutes.
But when we are not perfect, we
concede a lot."
Mourinho not so special
...as Chelsea stuns Man United 4-0
Manchester United's team manager Jose Mourinho, left, and Chelsea's
team manager Antonio Conte meet prior to their English Premier League
match at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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MADRID---Valencia coach Cesare Prandelli
was not surprised that the controversial
calls went Barcelona s way.
The former Italy manager said it happens
all over the world: The big teams always
seem to get the benefit of the doubt when
it comes to refereeing. He saw that it's no
different in the Spanish league.
Prandelli tried not to blame his team's 3-
2 home defeat to Barcelona on alleged bad
calls by the referee, but hinted more than
once after Saturday's game that refs have
too much respect for the top teams.
"Everyone knows that the big teams always
have a psychological advantage,' as we say
in Italy," Prandelli said. "It's the same in
Barcelona won thanks to a penalty kick
converted by Lionel Messi in second-half
stoppage time in a game in which Valencia
loudly complained about calls against Pran-
delli's team at Mestalla Stadium.
Although the last-minute penalty appeared
to be called correctly as Aymen Abdennour
fouled Luis Suarez inside the area, the hosts
said the Uruguay striker should have been
called offside when he stood in front of the
goal as Messi opened the scoring in the first
half. They also were upset at a non-call of
an alleged penalty on striker Rodrigo about
10 minutes later, and argued that Sergio Bus-
quets should have received his second yellow
card for a hard foul just before halftime.
"In Italy I preferred not to comment about
the refereeing," Prandelli said. "I rather not
do it, but the images are clear. It's useless
to say anything else, the images are very
It was the first loss in two matches for
Prandelli since he took charge of Valencia,
which has only nine points after nine rounds
and is not far off the relegation zone.
"I am disappointed with the result, I'm
disappointed for the players, I'm disappointed
for our fans because they created a magnif-
icent atmosphere," Prandelli said.
Valencia sports director Suso Garcia Pitarch
harshly complained about referee Undiano
"He will be ashamed if he watches this
game again some day," Pitarch said. "Spanish
football can't afford to have such lamentable
refereeing in a game like this."
Saturday's game was also marked by fans
throwing a water bottle at Barcelona players
while they celebrated Messi's late winner.
Neymar and Suarez both went to ground
putting their hands to their heads, but were
not seriously injured.
Prandelli said he did not see the incident
but condemned it, as did Barcelona coach
Luis Enrique, dismissing any insinuation that
his players might have provoked the Valencia
supporters behind the goal.
Prandelli not surprised calls went Barcelona's way
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