The Offside Daily: Pique’s praise for Roma stunner, Chelsea star breaks the internet and high praise for Manchester United’s new number 9

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1. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has defiantly labelled himself a fantastic manager, whether his side win, lose or draw, and admits his side had forgotten the winning ‘feeling’ following a 3-0 Champions League victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge.

2. Theo Walcott is adamant that he and his Arsenal teammates can deal with the set-back of losing to Dinamo Zagreb last night, citing their experience as a key factor in why he believes his team will soon come back stronger.

3. Barcelona’s Gerard Pique has hailed Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi spectacular 40-yard screamer in last night’s 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico as one of the best goals ever scored against him.

4. Blackpool President Valeri Belokon is to sue Karl and Owen Oyston over millions of pounds alleged to have been transferred away from the club’s accounts.

5. Former Manchester United striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy believes teenager Anthony Martial should be the Old Trafford club’s main striker instead of the club captain, Wayne Rooney.

6. The Brazilian super-fan, Clovis Acosta Fernandez, has sadly passed away at the youthful age of 60-years-old (The Metro).

7. In light of his stunning goals in the UEFA Champions League last night, it has emerged that one of the secrets to St. Petersburg striker Hulk’s post-match recovery is that he straps giant blocks of ice to himself to sooth aching muscle (The Daily Mirror).

8. Derby County’s £6m summer signing, Bradley Johnson, has recently apologised for accidentally calling the club Derby City, saying he wished the ground would swallow him after making the mistake on transfer deadline day (The BBC).

9. Chelsea star Eden Hazard’s difficult start to the season continued last night after he missed a penalty in fairly spectacular fashion; naturally, the internet has taken the opportunity to let the Belgian star know exactly how much they enjoyed the miss (The Daily Mirror).

10. This is more likely to raise eyebrows than make you laugh, but Sunderland’s Fabio Borini, who has played with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Francesco Totti, has named the two best players he has ever played with. One is undeniable, the other was a bit of a surprise (Sunderland AFC Youtube Channel).

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