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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


West Brom mock Man Utd sub Fellaini on Twitter five minutes before he scores

Manchester United's much-maligned midfielder Marouane Fellaini had never scored for the club until last night's Premier League match at West Bromwich Albion. The Belgian came on as a sub and, with United trailing 1-0, equalised to leave whoever runs West Brom's Twitter feed with a red face. (The match finished 2-2.)

The club later apologised for the tweet.

England start Homeless World Cup with 6-1 win over USA

England (white shirts) beat the USA comfortably in the end. Credit: Elaine Livingstone

England's men started their Homeless World Cup campaign in Chile with a 6-1 win over the USA.

However, later in the day they were thrashed 9-3 by Bulgaria. Today they face Russia and the Netherlands in fixtures that will decide their fate in Group C.

Play continues throughout the week. The tournament is being live streamed at

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."


Thousands of Newcastle fans prevented from entering stadium

Fans of Newcastle United have been prevented from entering St James' Park after a new electronic scoreboard became loose.

Supporters tweeted pictures of thousands of people gathered outside the stadium waiting for information.

Newcastle kick-off set to be delayed over 'loose scoreboard'

Newcastle United's match against Leicester City is facing delays amid reports the electronic scoreboard at the stadium is moving in the wind.

Newcastle said there was an issue with the new giant screen at St James Park. Credit: PA Wire

Witnesses reported seeing the scoreboard "flapping in the wind" at St James' Park.

The club tweeted that fans should expect a delay getting through turnstiles while an "issue with the new LED screen is addressed".

David Moyes: I'm ready to return to management

David Moyes says he is ready to return to management following his disastrous spell in charge of Manchester United.

Moyes, who was sacked less than 10 months after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson, said he was waiting for the right opportunity to repair his reputation.

David Moyes says he is now ready to return to football. Credit: PA Wire

"I am ready to return," he told the BBC.

"I have enjoyed the time off but I have got to wait on the right job and make sure it's one that I want.

"....I am hoping that the next club I join gives me the chance to build a team, because I think that is what I am good at," the former Everton boss added.

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