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Ashley Cole admits Guus Hiddink has "scared" Chelsea into their treble push.
He says the whole dressing room is desperate for their caretaker boss to stay beyond this summer and that winning the Champions League, FA Cup and Premier League title will make it hard for him to quit.Chelsea's left-back gave a rare insight into Hiddink's management style which he says ranges from being a father figure - into being downright scary.The Dutchman has masterminded two tactical switches and inspirational half-time dressing room team talks in his last two games to reach the Champions League semi-finals and the FA Cup Final.
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Martin Jol is moving for Manchester City striker Jo.
The Sunday Mirror says Hamburg coach Jol will swoop for Manchester City misfit Jo if the ex-Tottenham boss becomes Bayern Munich manager.
Bayern are expected to sack Jurgen Klinsmann after a disappointing campaign and Jol is the man they want to take over after a successful season with Hamburg.
And the Dutchman has sounded out City about the possibility of taking Jo, 22, to Germany in the summer.
also (dunno if it's been posted)
Chelsea To Offer Joe Cole New Deal
Chelsea are reportedly set to offer midfielder Joe Cole a new four-year deal at the club.
The England international has just over a year left on his current contract, which has led to speculation that a number of clubs, including West Ham United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, may be interested in making a move for the 27-year-old.
However, the Blues appear keen to keep hold of Cole and according to the News of the World will reward him with a new contract at the end of the season.
The tabloid claims Chelsea will offer the midfielder a £100,000 a week four-year deal that will keep him at the club until 2013.
The news is likely to be a boost to the player who has suffered an injury-plagued campaign.
Cole suffered a serious knee ligament injury back in January that ruled him out of the rest of the season.
An important part of both the Chelsea and England squads, Cole has had injury throughout his career and he has managed just 14 Premier League appearances this season.
However, he is thought to be recovering well from his latest set-back and is expected to be ready to resume pre-season training in July.
ALONSO: NO ROOM FOR ERROR
Xabi Alonso believes Liverpool must try to win all six of their remaining fixtures if they are to claim the Barclays Premier League title.
With current league leaders Manchester United not in action until tomorrow, Liverpool take on Arsenal at Anfield this evening knowing a draw will see them return to the top of the table for 24 hours at least.
However, Alonso is hoping the Reds can put pressure on the Old Trafford club by picking up maximum points in each of their six remaining matches, starting against the Gunners.
"We have six games to go and we cannot afford to drop any points if we want to give ourselves a chance because United have an advantage and we want to close the gap on them," said Alonso.
"We know that it will not be easy to win the league but we will keep on trying and if we win all of our games then we will see what happens.
"United are favourites because they are in the best position but it is up to us to keep on doing our job and hopefully we will keep on challenging right up until the end of the season."
Liverpool go into tonight's game on the back of a heroic 4-4 draw with Chelsea in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge last week.
Although the result was not enough to prevent the Reds from going out of the competition, Alonso insists there are plenty of positives to take from their performance.
He said: "Of course we were disappointed after our last game because we did not get the result which we were looking for.
"But there was also pride because we gave everything in what was a very difficult situation after the first leg and also showed a lot of spirit.
"All the players kept on fighting until the very end which is obviously a good thing and now we must do the same in the Premier League.
"The team has shown its character and its maturity in recent games and if we keep believing in ourselves then you never know what could happen.
"We have to focus on the job in hand now there is no point in looking back."
The bit about pride is so right <3
STOP PRESS!1 AGGER IS PLAYING. REJOICE ONE AND ALL- ok its a Danny post too
There must be something in the weekday air that brings the most goals, the most drama and the most heart attacks. April showers bring May flowers?
Where the hale is the pool fan who usually does the FanZones? It's not the same without him :(
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...and lets not let the thriller in England take away from La Liga Loca
2. Pepe violently lashes out at Javier Casquero.
Torres Wants Real Madrid's Pepe Banned For 10 Games
Getafe president Angel Torres was in no mood to play nice as he condemned Real Madrid’s Pepe after the centerback violently lashed out at Javier Casquero.
The Portuguese international first barged the Geta captain to the ground to give away a penalty before immediately kicking his opponents in the leg and promptly followed it up with a direct swing to his body. He was given a straight red by the referee and many are now expecting a three-game suspension but Torres is demanding a more severe punishment.
“Pepe must be banned for at least 10 games,” he boomed to Canal Plus after the game.
“You cannot kick an opponent like that in any way! That kind of behavior cannot be tolerated and he should not have lost his temper.” (Yahoo)