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Clean sheet triumph for Jose Mourinho

As if being on top of the Premier League wasn’t enough, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho now has another accolade to add to his list of impressive achievements.

Mourinho now holds the record for the fastest team to achieve 100 clean sheets over the course of the British Premier League under the same manager.

It was Chelsea’s recent 1-0 victory over West Ham United that saw Mourinho marking his 100th clean sheet, a game which also helped them to maintain their four-point lead over runners up Manchester City.

The Portuguese prodigy will have been particularly satisfied with the victory given the men he beat to get the title, namely, Sir Alex Ferguson and Rafael Benitez, with whom he has shared great rivalries in the past.

While Chelsea’s previously undefeated record in this season’s Premier League has now been tainted, their 100 clean sheets is a testament to their outstanding defence, which includes the inimitable John Terry, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanović.

So just how did Mourinho manage such a feat? He cannot fault his sterling defence team, and he certainly acknowledged this after their most recent match against West Ham United. He said: “There are matches when you need your quality to win, others when you need luck and others when you have to adapt to the opponent and we had to do that with Terry, Cahill and [Kurt] Zouma for the direct football, and [Thibaut] Courtois amazing in everything.”

The statistics speak for themselves when it comes to Mourinho’s record. In 185 matches, Mourinho’s Chelsea has 100 clean sheets – that’s a ratio of 54 per cent. Comparatively, Rafael Benitez sits far behind in second place with 114 clean sheets in 254 matches – that’s a ratio of 45 per cent – while West Ham United’s Sam Allardyce is in joint bottom place with Harry Redknapp, with a ratio of just 28 per cent.

On the flip side, out of 185 matches, Mourinho’s Chelsea has managed to concede 116 goals – around 0.63 per match – compared to Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City, who have 0.97 goals conceded every match, with goals scored in 64 out of 66 games. Could this be the reason that Chelsea are flying high in first place while last season’s winners hang painfully behind in second place?

Of course, there are two months until the end of the season, and that’s a long time in football time. However, if by some miracle Chelsea do not win the Premiership, Mourinho can still hold his head high with yet another accolade.

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Mourinho the master

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European Super Cup preview part two: Bayern Munich vs Chelsea

Later on today the 2013 European Super Cup will be competed for between Bayern Munich and Chelsea. Following yesterday’s look at how the two sides won their respective European trophies today we are looking a little more closely at both sides.

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European Super Cup preview: Bayern Munich vs Chelsea

This Friday Bayern Munich and Chelsea will play each other at the Stadio Eden in Prague to see who lifts the European Super Cup 2013. The annual competition pits the previous seasons UEFA Champions League winners against the UEFA Europa League winners.

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Mourinho returns as top dog

When Jose Mourinho left Chelsea in 2007 he left a void in the English Premier League that has not been filled despite numerous attempts. That cheeky smile, that twinkle in his eye when he knew his plans were working and his overall engrossing nature made him a hugely controversial character. His chance to return as manager at Chelsea arose this summer and it will be fascinating to see how his second spell in the England will go.

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