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Snapshots: Arsenal train for Anderlecht trip

Arsenal take on Anderlecht in Belgium in the Champions League on Wednesday evening. Tonight, meanwhile, you can watch Chelsea v Maribor live on ITV

A spot of head tennis for (l to r) Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Lukas Podoslki. Credit: PA
Tomas Rosicky kicks out. Credit: PA
Even the manager has to warm up. Credit: PA

Mourinho exclusive: 'I don't panic-buy players'

In this second extract from ITV Sport's exclusive interview with Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager reveals how he waited through two transfer windows until forward Diego Costa and midfielder Cesc Fabregas became available at the right price.


Injured Bale misses Anfield trip

Gareth Bale won't grace Anfield on Wednesday night. Credit: PA

As expected, Gareth Bale has been left out of Real Madrid's 20-man squad for Wednesday's Champions League clash against Liverpool due to a muscle injury.

The 25-year-old Wales star was an unused substitute in Saturday's Primera Division win over Levante on his return from international duty, having played the full 90 minutes in both of Wales' Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cyprus.

Reports in Spain suggest that Bale will also miss this weekend's Clasico showdown against Barcelona in Madrid.

Mourinho exclusive: 'Fabregas is a better guy than I thought'

Ahead of Chelsea's Champions League group match against Maribor at Stamford Bridge (watch live on ITV at 7.30pm tonight), their outspoken manager Jose Mourinho chatted exclusively to ITV reporter Gabriel Clarke.

In the following extract, Mourinho talks about the signing of former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, and admits with a smile that the Spaniard "is a better guy than I thought". He also reveals that he understands now why Fabregas was made Arsenal captain as a teenager.

You can watch more extracts from this interview on our Champions League website

Jose Mourinho rules out Chelsea trio

Mourinho takes training at Cobham this morning. Credit: PA

Jose Mourinho has ruled out Andre Schurrle, Ramires and Diego Costa for Chelsea's Champions League tie against Maribor on Tuesday evening.

Top goalscorer Costa will again miss out after failing to recover from a hamstring injury in time for Saturday's Premier League victory over Crystal Palace.

Mourinho is likely to use both Didier Drogba and Loic Remy at some stage tomorrow night after revealing that Drogba is not fit enough to play a whole match.

"He's not in conditions to play for 90 minutes," Mourinho explained. "But he's fit to play, starting or not starting, Didier is in much better condition."

Mourinho: I won't say sorry to Wenger for 'specialist in failure' barb

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho declined the chance to apologise for describing Arsene Wenger as "a specialist in failure" last season, ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Arsenal.

Jose Mourinho (left) and Arsene Wenger. Credit: PA

"It was a consequence of something," Mourinho said cryptically of his taunt.

"It was not a deliberate first option to say something. I didn't get an apology. I don't apologise."

Wenger is yet to record a victory over a Chelsea side managed by Mourinho. His most recent attempt, in his 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal last March, ended in a crushing 6-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

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