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From: Electric New Paper, Singapore.

HIS team had just lost to Manchester United 3-0 on shootout penalties in the season's curtain raiser, the Community Shield, after the match had finished 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Jose Mourinho is never short of controversial and colourful quotes.

So what did every journalist's most favourite quote-a-minute personality, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, have to say when asked how he viewed the forthcoming Premier League campaign?

'With no fear,' he declared. 'We came without fear today and controlled the game against the champions, so why should we be afraid of the future?'

Pleased with the performance of his team, he added: 'I couldn't be happier with this group of players.

'They did very, very well. We know we had limitations but controlled the game and had our chances to score goals - not many, but a couple.

'I don't think they deserved to lose on penalties - but that's football.

'The season starts on Saturday and we didn't lose the game. We are not at a lower level than the opposition.

'We showed we have a great group of boys fighting and working together.'

With captain John Terry and striker Didier Drogba injured, Mourinho was disappointed to see four more of his squad pick up injuries.

He added: 'Petr Cech, Glen Johnson, Florent Malouda and Shaun Wright-Phillips (were injured). At half-time, I didn't know what to do.

'Petr and Shaun carried on but Glen had to come off and Florent, too.

'We had a lot of problems before the game and during it, but we were very positive and I'm happy with the players, although I'm not happy to lose the players.'


Meanwhile, Manchester United's penalty hero, Edwin van der Sar, was happy to exact 'a little revenge' on Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley.

Last term, United's season came to a close with an extra-time defeat to the same opposition in the FA Cup final.

But, this time, it was Chelsea's turn to taste the blues after the shootout defeat.

The match had finished 1-1 after 90 minutes, with Florent Malouda's goal on the stroke of half-time cancelling out Ryan Giggs' well-worked opener.

Van der Sar said: 'It is a little revenge for the Cup final.'

The Dutchman saved all three Chelsea penalties, with United scoring all of theirs.

But the United goalkeeper admitted he had little reason for optimism going into the shootout.

'I was 5-2 down on my career, so this is a great feeling and I think we deserved it,' he added. 'We created more chances.'

Wayne Rooney, who buried the winning spot-kick, was pleased to start the new campaign with some silverware.

But he refused to believe it would count for much when competitive action gets under way next week.

The England international said: 'You want to start the season well, so this is fantastic for us.

'Chelsea are a great team and you can't take it away from them.

'Once the season starts, then the way the results go will take care of things.'

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted with his side's performance and believes the workout would stand them in good stead for the big kick-off next weekend.

'It was a difficult game,' Ferguson said. 'I don't think both teams are 100 per cent ready but I think you get that in a Community Shield final.

'Both teams used it as a stepping stone for next week to start the season. It's always nice to win, no matter what competition you are playing.

'A lot of the players are tired but it does bring them on a great deal towards the sharpness and tempo needed to win matches.

'I thought both goals were good - Malouda took his goal very, very well. The build-up to our goal was excellent, it was a marvellous finish from Ryan.'


The Red Devils begin their title defence against Reading this weekend and Ferguson expects to give his new arrivals - including Carlos Tevez - a run-out in midweek.

'Next week at Reading, hopefully, we will have a stronger squad available,' he added.

'(Owen) Hargreaves, Anderson and Nani will all play on Wednesday, that helps me. Tevez will play on Wednesday. We are getting closer.' - PA Sport.

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manchestermurph said:
Mourinho wants to stop being an arrogant ass and start giving teams respect.[oh and start practicing penalties-ha]
I couldnt believe that in the penalty shoot out!
TWICE they shot in the exact same place.
They also shot in that EXACT same place THREE TIMES in there last penalty shoot out against Liverpool in the Champions league. Just to the right of the keeper, not even near the corner.

I have no idea what Mourihno is telling them to do, but its not working.
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