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Alonso could have had no complaints had he been shown a second yellow, but Conte was not prepared to take any chances with Chelsea due to face Manchester City at Stamford Bridge next Saturday.
Mourinho is renowned for winning the league in his second season, his track record at Porto, Chelsea (twice), Inter Milan, and Real Madrid speaks for itself, but Pep Guardiola is not a stranger to winning league titles and the Special One will expect a fight from his bitter rivals.
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Yet United's marathon run to the Europa League final last season, and Liverpool's unsuccessful final appearance against Sevilla 12 months earlier, emphasised the difficulty of challenging for the top four while playing on Thursday nights. In the first round it's normal to have this type of rotation. Jose Mourinho's team scored 30 percent of last season's goals in these five matches. Yet, now we have stronger cases of putting them right in the mix.
'Honestly, I felt a really good atmosphere in the changing room on Wednesday, a good link between young and old players. "I think we have to be focused at what we do and not others".
The French defender has started every league game for Mark Hughes's side this season, and Conte is pleased to see the youngster performing well. 'He injured his leg in a bad way, it wasn't just a simple cruciate ligament injury.
"But you know when you play for United that you are under an obligation to win things and I like that obligation". Pep Guardiola has to make a hard decision every week with the starting lineup and who may be dropped. In this specific case I thought the best way was for him to go out on loan and play regularly.