Chelsea round-up: Jose Mourinho told Matic he takes too many touches

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Chelsea fans, hello and welcome.

It’s the end of the week, which heralds the arrival of two days jam-packed with mouth-watering football matches and, I’m sure, even more juicy gossip.

We’ve compiled a collection of the biggest breaking stories from today - hopefully they will be enough to tie you over until the weekend really gets underway. Enjoy.

Harsh Matic words

Jose Mourinho’s decision not to play a string of first-team stars during the Champions League clash against FC Porto this week was a surprise, but what he said to Nemanja Matic before axing him delves even further into the realms of the unexpected.

According to reports, the Special One told Matic that he needed too many touches to control the ball, which is sort of unfair given that he was perhaps the star performer of last season.

In any case Mourinho’s certainly in a rut at Stamford Bridge at the moment - it should be an interesting next few weeks for him.

Not the 'Special One'

Meanwhile, Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has offered his opinion on the Special One, and it’s that he’s really not that special.

The St. Mary’s boss admitted Mourinho was great at some things, but guarded against the sort of self-appraisal that his Chelsea counterpart is known for.

Dyke slams Mourinho

Lastly, FA chief Greg Dyke has criticised Mourinho’s handling of former club doctor Eva Carneiro, saying that personally he thought the Blues boss hadn’t come out of the situation in a good light.

Carneiro lost her job at Chelsea in the aftermath of Mourinho berating her for treating Eden Hazard on the pitch during the draw with Swansea City on the opening day of the season. He did, however, escape FA sanctions.

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