'I won't bite again'

Suarez claims he's a reborn man after seeking help

DREAM: Luis Suarez (above) says he is now living the dream as a Barcelona player, and promises not to bite opponents again.
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Lambert unhappy with Koeman

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Sturridge: We're still the underdogs

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Liverpool should buy Jose's way

DIFFERENT STROKES: While Jose Mourinho has tried to solve his team's scoring problems by bringing in Diego Costa (above), Brendan Rodgers has hardly filled the void left behind by Luis Suarez by signing a veteran striker like Rickie Lambert.
DIFFERENT STROKES: While Jose Mourinho has tried to solve his team's scoring problems by bringing in Diego Costa, Brendan Rodgers has hardly filled the void left behind by Luis Suarez by signing a veteran striker like Rickie Lambert (above).

Heaven knows Jose Mourinho polarises opinion. The Chelsea manager pushes more buttons than a petulant child.

But his eye for a replacement remains uncanny. His ability to improve on inferior resources is remarkable.

Brendan Rodgers' old master still has the Midas touch in the transfer market and there are lessons for the Liverpool coach to learn.

When it comes to bolstering the ranks quickly and decisively, the Blues lead the way. The Reds are playing catch-up.

Chelsea's convincing comeback against Burnley yesterday morning (Singapore time) offered the Anfield faithful an unwanted reminder of the gap that still exists between former teacher and pupil.

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McEachran and Marin loaned out

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MOURINHO WANTS CECH TO STAY

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Fabregas is Mourinho's main man

WRONG CALL: Diego Costa (far left) was adjudged to have dived in the penalty box by referee Michael Oliver.

Jose Mourinho hailed Cesc Fabregas after the midfielder enjoyed a stunning debut in Chelsea's 3-1 win over Burnley yesterday morning (Singapore time).

After spending three years at Barcelona, Fabregas returned to the Premier League this season and he instantly looked at home in Mourinho's side, who looked very much like title contenders.

The Spain midfielder set up Andre Schuerrle with a perfectly weighted pass (see graphic) and he also had a hand in each of Chelsea's other two goals, scored by Diego Costa and Branislav Ivanovic.

Watching the £27-million ($56.2m) signing dictate a high tempo and put in tackle after tackle, it was hard to think why Arsenal passed up the opportunity to re-sign the 27-year-old Catalan, who was given the Man-of-the-Match award for his efforts.

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Terry talks up title tilt

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Ruthless Chelsea look the real deal

CROWDED OUT: Chelsea's John Terry (top) and Cesar Azpilicueta combining to thwart Burnley's Ashley Barnes for their opening win which featured a first Premier League goal by new signing Diego Costa.
CROWDED OUT: Chelsea's John Terry and Cesar Azpilicueta combining to thwart Burnley's Ashley Barnes for their opening win which featured a first Premier League goal by new signing Diego Costa (above).

This year, Chelsea are not messing around. There will be no talk of transitional seasons or "little horses".

They mean business and, after their ruthlessly efficient 3-1 victory over newly promoted Burnley yesterday morning (Singapore time), the rest of the Premier League should take note. 

Manager Jose Mourinho did not enjoy playing a supporting role last season.

He has had a year in charge of this team, he has shipped out many of the players he does not rate and he has replaced them with those that he does.

Mourinho is back, Chelsea are back and the rest of the Premier League should be very afraid. 

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