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Branislav Ivanovic has taken the brunt of criticism from Chelsea fans for his play this season, but according to data from whoscored.com, Ivanovic is only the fourth worst performing Chelsea player this season.

According to the stats, the Chelsea player who has underperformed the most, compared to last season is captain John Terry, whose rating has dropped from 7.03 to 6.07. Terry was brilliant last season, but this season he has really struggled, winning fewer than half as many aerials per game as last season. Tackles, interceptions and clearances are all down, the last of those three dramatically so. That Mourinho dropped him is a logical move, despite what the newspapers say.

FILE - Jose Mourinho to leave Real Madrid At End of SeasonRumors are running rampant about who will be the new boss at Liverpool and one of the wilder ones links current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho with the job.

The Blues boss is under mounting pressure after the Premier League champions suffered a shock 3-1 home defeat to Southampton on Saturday.

In an attempt to dampen speculation on their manager’s future, Chelsea have released a statement giving the Special One a vote of confidence. The statement said:

“The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support.

Ancelotti-trophyCross one name off the list of possible successors to Brendan Rodgers as Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly ruled himself out of the running to be the next Liverpool boss.

The former Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Real Madrid manager, who has been recovering from back surgery, was immediately named as one of the main contenders to take over from Rodgers, who was sacked on Sunday just hours after a 1-1 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby.

But Ancelotti told the Daily Express:

“I have not had any offer from Liverpool.”

lvg-newLouis van Gaal admitted he had no answers as he called Manchester United‘s display at Arsenal on Sunday the worst of his Old Trafford reign.

United were 3-0 down inside 20 minutes for the first time in the Premier League era, and it stayed that way as an Alexis Sanchez double and Mesut Ozil’s goal took Arsenal into second on goal difference.

And a shellshocked Van Gaal did not mince his words in the aftermath of the game as he promised to get to the bottom of his side’s awful start.

agudelo-nerevsThe best teams in Major League Soccer are jockeying for position for the MLS Cup but the New England Revolution are heading in the wrong direction, winless in their last three games.

The Revs hopes for the top seed in the eastern conference look to be all but over after Saturday night’s 3-1 defeat to the Chicago Fire.

Juan Agudelo gave the Revs a 1-0 halftime advantage, but the Fire scored three times in the second half to seal the win and extend New England’s winless streak to three games.

Mourinho12On the day that Liverpool sacked manager Brendan Rodgers, despite them being four points ahead of Chelsea in the table, the Chelsea board have issued their manager Jose Mourinho a stay of execution by deciding not to fire him at a board meeting on Sunday.

Instead he has been given the support of the board as they attempt to turn their season around. Despite Roman Abramovich being furious at Chelsea’s current form, the newspapers are reporting that there is no immediate danger of Mourinho losing his job.

Liverpool Sack Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers-TaxiLiverpool have sacked manager Brendan Rodgers, barely an hour after the Red’s 1-1 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby.

A statement issued by the club read:

Liverpool Football Club has announced that Brendan Rodgers will leave his post with immediate effect after having his contract terminated. The process to appoint a new manager is underway.

The Northern Irishman joined Liverpool FC in June 2012 and helped the club mount a memorable title challenge in his second season, as well as helping to develop many exciting young players. LFC’s ownership have paid tribute and thanked Rodgers for his contribution.

terry-mourinhoChelsea‘s fans in Portugal in midweek sang “We Want Our Captain Back” and Jose Mourinho acquiesced, restoring John Terry to the starting XI for his first league appearance since the 3-1 loss at Everton in early September. But it didn’t go the way that Terry or the Chelsea fans hoped, as the Blues captain looked extremely uncomfortable against the pace of the Saints.

Terry played well in the first half as Chelsea dominated possession and Southampton were playing a lot of high balls towards Graziano Pelle, something that Terry can handle in his sleep.

Gianluigi BuffonThe Spanish paper El Mundo Deportivo claims to be have gotten its hands on the 57 names that make up the shortlist for the this year’s Ballon d’Or.

That legendary Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was not one of the five goalkeepers on the list has sparked outrage in Italy, with the Juventus keeper admitting his disappointment.

Buffon, who helped Juventus to the Champions League final, defying expectations at the age of 37, was left out, while Arsenal No 2 David Ospina somehow made the cut

Barca Stunned By Sevilla

Messi-PricelessBarcelona‘s indifferent start to the season continued on Saturday as they lost 2-1 to Sevilla in a riveting game at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Michael Krohn-Delhi gave the hosts the lead after 52 minutes and Vicente Iborra increased the advantage six minutes later, capitalising on awful defending from the Catalans.

Neymar pulled one back for Luis Enrique’s side but, despite dominating the latter stages and hitting the woodwork three times over the course of the game, the champions could not find an equaliser and fell to a second straight away defeat.