Mourinho: Blame Chelsea for selling Salah not me

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Could Salah be the man to end Messi and Ronaldo's stranglehold on the prize?

But Mourinho is far from perfect.

"He is in outstandingly good shape, in world-class shape, 100 percent". His first stint involved little of this.

"Realistic? As you know very well it won't be easy, but at the same time we must try", the Italian said.

As with Islamic tradition, many men of the faith have beards. If they really want to go for it next season, they have got to keep him (Salah). But he will have none of that.

Sturridge, on loan at West Brom from Liverpool, has been one of the fastest strikers on the game for the past few years. The Special One says he wanted the club to buy Salah.

"Some of them are still there like Willian, [Eden] Hazard and all those players already in a different level. Liverpool have players that open the doors to find Salah the space he needs", Fabregas added.

The Egyptian has been heavily linked with a move to Spain in recent months, with Madrid at the front of the queue to acquire his signature.

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Anfield after getting involved in clashes with Liverpool supporters before last night's fixture. The board, seeing a player that was not playing, protected their investment by recouping some profit.

The Manchester United boss has been criticised on both counts, but says Salah's Chelsea departure was not his doing.

Mourinho's second stint should be remembered for the Premier League title and the League Cup. The third season disaster gave way to his betrayal to sign with Manchester United.

And Fabregas, who saw Salah at Chelsea, says his talent was clear to see even during a Stamford Bridge spell in which he did not play.

"Football is a lot about confidence", he said.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah's virtuoso display in the 5-2 win over AS Roma on Tuesday brought his side to the brink of the Champions League final and posed a serious threat to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's grip on the Ballon d'Or award.

Mourinho's defense of himself is ultimately self destructive.

With four games to go in the Premier League season, beginning at Swansea on Saturday, Chelsea are fifth, five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, who play Watford on Monday. If anything, he is tarnishing it more.

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