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Mou: Another Rooney Bid Is Coming

You have to feel sorry for Paul Lambert and Aston Villa, who are sure to give a lot of teams a hard time this season.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are the Villains’ first three Premier League opponents, and the Birmingham club must have been planning for anywhere from zero to nine points from those fixtures.

They got off to a storming start at the Emirates, and were deserving winners against sloppy, shell-shocked Arsenal.

And after last night’s hard-fought 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Villa can consider themselves unlucky.

Had it not been for some poor officiating, Branislav Ivanovic could have been sent off before scoring the winner, and John Terry could have given away a penalty for a handball in the area in stoppage time.

Had either of those situations been treated differently, Villa may have left West London with more than the point they deserved. As it happened, they left empty handed. But they must be confident that their match against Liverpool at the weekend will be an exciting slugfest between two young teams on the up.

Chelsea meanwhile, are lucky that the distraction of Wayne Rooney diverted attention after what had been a fortunate win for them.

They had taken their foot off the pedal in their opening weekend win over promoted Hull, when it looked as if they would steamroll them.

And while six points may be in the bag- all that any fan could ask- Chelsea are already showing signs of reverting back to the soulless crushing machine that Mourinho built during his first stint at the Bridge.

After the match, The Special One was at least gracious enough to credit Lambert, after spending part of the 90 minutes in a slanging match with him.

But he did not agree that Villa were hard done by the referee, alleging that while Villa’s goal ace Christian Benteke is a “special player”, he is just as dirty as the incidents Ivanovic and Terry went unpunished for.

"From minute one to minute 95 there was a real fight. A football fight between Benteke and Ivanovic and fouls, foul on one side, fouls on the other side, and I think that is football," he said.

Meanwhile, what everyone will remember from Mourinho’s post-match presser is that he is still trying to sign Rooney from Manchester United.

In an attempt to have his cake and eat, Mourinho admitted he will bid for Rooney again, but only after Chelsea have played Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday night.

"I don't want Chelsea to do it before we go there," said Mourinho of his impending third bid for Rooney.

"Everybody in the club, in the board, they agree with me. They share that opinion. I think this period, by the ethical point of view, is a period where we're going to be quiet," he added not quietly at all.

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