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Chelsea boss Mourinho: We are the best team in the Premier League… so far

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Jose Mourinho barks instructions from the touchline. Credit: PA

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho claimed after his side's 2-0 win at Stoke that he felt his team had been the best in England so far this season.

"What we did in the past is not important," Mourinho said. "What's important is this season and this season we are top of the league since day one and we are there because we are playing really well.

"In my opinion we are the best team, we were the best team until this day. That's why we are top of the league.

"We start this period of Christmas knowing our fixtures are more difficult than any other ones. Three matches away - Stoke, Southampton and Tottenham. One match at home against West Ham because Big Sam (Allardyce)... they are doing amazingly well this season."

Mourinho was delighted with his team's performance on the night and felt they showed good spirit at the traditionally hostile Britannia.

"Fantastic performance," he added. "I think these are the matches where the victory means a bit more than three points.

"It means the three points but it means also: feel the right spirit, feel the team, feel the atmosphere, feel what the players are ready to do to try to win the championship.

"I'm really pleased with the victory because we won for sure in one of the most difficult places to win."

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Aston Villa to appeal Agbonlahor red card

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Agbonlahor (left) collides with Ashley Young. Credit: PA

Aston Villa have appealed Gabby Agbonlahor's red card against Manchester United in the 1-1 draw on Saturday.

The club are likely to receive the outcome on Tuesday ahead of their Premier League Boxing Day trip to Swansea.

Agbonlahor was sent off by referee Lee Mason after a 50-50 challenge with Ashley Young.

Lambert questioned the decision after the game and said Young admitted he thought he had fouled Agbonlahor.

"There was nothing, you may as well pack up if you're going to take tackling out of the game. The two have gone in without any malice or studs showing, that's not a red card," he said.

"The two have gone in fairly but the lad (Young) himself admitted he thought he fouled Gabby."

""From where I was standing it's not a red card."

Wales rugby union star sorry after blacking up for Wilfried Bony 'costume'

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Liam Williams (far right) apologised for dressing up as Swansea striker Wilfried Bony. Credit: Twitter

Wales international rugby union player Liam Williams apologised after he posted a photo on Twitter of himself 'blacked up' as Swansea City forward Wilfried Bony.

Williams appeared alongside three team-mates in fancy dress, in full Swansea kit and with his face 'blacked up'.

Campaign group Show Racism the Red Card said it was "disappointed to see the image".

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I am very sorry for any offence caused by my actions. I'm not a racist and there was no malice behind it.

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Premier League target Kramer signs new Leverkusen deal

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Cristoph Kramer. Credit: PA

Midfielder Christoph Kramer has penned a two-year contract extension at Bayer Leverkusen.

The Germany international, who is currently on a season-long loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, is now tied to Leverkusen until the end of June 2019, with his previous deal due to expire in the summer of 2017.

Kramer helped Gladbach end the year in fourth place and his recent performances have prompted media reports that he was being targeted by a whole host of leading European clubs, including Real Madrid and Arsenal.

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Leeds defender Bellusci charged with misconduct over alleged racist slur

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Giuseppe Bellusci. Credit: PA

Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci has been charged with misconduct for allegedly using racist language towards Norwich striker Cameron Jerome during the Championship match on October 21, the Football Association has announced.

Bellusci has until January 2 to respond to the charge.

The FA confirmed they were investigating Jerome's allegations and, in a statement, alleged that Bellusci's comments "included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race."

The statement read: "Leeds United player Giuseppe Bellusci has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 which is alleged to have occurred during the fixture between Norwich City and Leeds United on October 21 2014.

"It is alleged Bellusci used abusive and/or insulting words towards Cameron Jerome, of Norwich City FC, contrary to Rule E3(1).

"It is further alleged that this breach of Rule E3(1) is an "Aggravated Breach" as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race."

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