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coming off the back of a fifth defeat of the season on the weekend.

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That's all in Sportsday in 15 minutes after the papers.

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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are France 24 journalist Benedicte Paviot,

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and the author and sports writer for the Times, Matthew Syed.

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The Guardian leads with the Chancellor hinting he will soften

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the impact of tax credit cuts after the defeat in the House of Lords.

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The Metro says a woman who lost her husband

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and son in the whale boat tragedy has been recovering in hospital.

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The main story in the Telegraph is a warning by

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David Cameron that an exit from the European Union could cost Britain

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The Mirror claims the Tories are spending millions from taxpayers'

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money on Swedish steel while there have been British job losses.

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The FT says personal details of more than 600,000 customers were

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stolen from UK companies last year - highlighting weaknesses in the

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"For your eyes only," is the splash in the Times, referring to the

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access the paper has been granted to the GCHQ headquarters in Cheltenham.

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The Express leads with new research suggesting cutting out sugar,

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without having to reduce calories, can boost your health

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And the Independent features a picture entered in this year's

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So, let's kick off, and Benedict, we are talking about the front of the

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Guardian first of all, and George Osborne ready to change tack on tax

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credits, I wonder how far he would change tack, we don't quite know

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yet. We don't bite we will find out when he gives his Autumn Statement.

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-- butter. I think that is the 25th of November. It is interesting to

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see across the papers the various words used, the war between the

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Government and the House of Lords, and, indeed, the position of the

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Government and the determination, the word is robust, determined, so,

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publicly, George Osborne, the chancellor, is giving this "I'm not

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changing anything, " however, it is clear there is some wiggle room. And

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of course, this has damaged the image of this Government,

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nevertheless a government that is democratically elected. It seems the

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Treasury lives will be burning, not only tonight, but before the debate

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on Thursday, which I think we can predict will be quite nasty. At we

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are talking about 3 million people who will start to lose ?1000 per

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year. Matthew, it is a strange story, because it is about tax

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credits, which affect the poorest in the country, but it is also a story

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about the House of Lords, and whether that needs to be changed and

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reformed, the fact that an unelected chamber can exercise a power to

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block something that came from the elected chamber. It is a double

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story, but in a kind of ironic way, it is a get out of jail card for

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him, it will shape into a major political controversy. I think it is

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overdoing it a bit. This gives him the opportunity to soften the blow.

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This was a cut to some of the hardest working and poor families.

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And he can blame it on the Lords. This isn't a U-turn! You think he

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wanted to soften it anywhere? There is no doubt that massive pressure

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was mounting on George Osborne, not least from backbench MPs, to soften

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the blow. The pitch at the general election was that they were behind

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hard-working families. People who go to work on the minimum wage, going

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to be hit ?1300 per year?! In an ironic way, I think this will help

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the Conservatives. You are right, even though I think it is

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iniquitous, I think it is ludicrous that an unelected chamber can defy

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the elected will of the majority party in the Commons. Interesting.

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Let's talk about the FT, the Financial Times. Now, they've got a

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front-page story, a couple of stories we're gonna talk about, the

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door open for lower surplus target to lessen the impact of the tax

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credit cuts, tell us about that, Benedict. Yes, actually, I was

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looking at that also in the Guardian, because it talks about the

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fact that Mr Osborne's gonna dig deep and it could be that he will

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lower his target of delivering a ?10 billion surplus by 2019 -2020, and

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that the figure will be revised downwards. So, by how much? Of

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course, that's what everybody's gonna way to find out, but what the

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3 million are waiting to find out is, the transition between the

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national living wage and losing their 1000-1300 per year, that is a

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reality that they are unclear. What is slightly being lost in the

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coverage of the story is the fact that what has been happening, by

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these tax credits, introduced originally by Gordon Brown and the

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Labour government, and Ed Balls, is very much the fact that this was

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subsidising employers who are underpaying people. And that's not

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acceptable. I suppose, Matthew, one of the interesting things is that

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George Osborne's had a good time at the party conference, didn't he,

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sort of seen widely as David Cameron's potential successor, but

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things haven't quite gone his way this week, and some people in the

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party blamed his handling of this, in the way it was put to the House

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of Lords, because it gets a bit technical, but if he had done it as

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a financial measure, the Lords couldn't have blocked it in the way

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they did. It's gonna be interesting. David Cameron has preannounced he's

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gonna leave Number Ten, so there will be jockeying for position.

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George Osborne, everything he does, is viewed through the prism of

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becoming potential Prime Minister, and almost all of that choreography,

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alongside Theresa May and Boris Johnson, R -- are jockeying for this

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position. He is smart in the way he is softening the blow. He could have

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said, look, we're gonna lose cash if we soften it, so we will have to

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renege on the commitment to cutting middle class and Inheritence Tax, he

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is loosening the fiscal stance, as you say, not posting the 10 billion

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surplus, so he's given himself more money to play with by being less

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rigourous on the surplus. Interestingly coverage he's getting

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as well, the whole image of trying to be not just the economic

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chancellor, but China, we saw, of course, with the contracts as well,

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but really in the headlines a lot of the time. But also some damage and

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fallout from that. How he handles it will be good. Let's look at the FT

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and the dark web and after the whole TalkTalk cyber attack, which was

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causing a lot of alarm, now we have heard from the FT, 600,000 British

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customers' data stolen, up for grabs on the dark web, we're told.

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Extraordinary, and you can buy a set of people's details for $30 each, it

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is just extraordinary, it would allow you to take somebody's

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identity. Very scary stuff, and done not just by, possibly, allegedly, a

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15-year-old in a bedroom, but actually, when we are told all the

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time there are not just deals but the majority of the week in which we

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connect with companies now is not only just giving security

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information that involves your date of birth, address, et cetera, it is

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all up for grabs. We've got to learn to be more careful? Frightening!

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What worries me, imagine we skilled ourselves on precisely the best way

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to protect our personal security, obviously we want to trust Corp is

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when we trust them with our identity, but what about

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ourselves?! This is an arms race. You could have the most

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sophisticated tool and at some point a young teenager, who understands

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his or her way around the security firewalls, and you're gonna get

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caught. On that, there is a rather nice cartoon, isn't there, Benedict,

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in the Daily Mail. Fabulous, page five, and -- he looks like a

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four-year-old, oh, look darling, he has just hacked into his first

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company! What is worrying, also, is it is not just be companies, and

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this has been said by not just people who have been flogging or

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selling antivirus software, but by a lot of security experts, the UK's

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very exposed, it is not just the only country, but it's not just

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companies, because what criminals are targeting is lower down, in a

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sense, the food chain, so it is small and medium-sized companies as

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well who have a lack of resilience. It doesn't surprise me in some ways,

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though this is just a 15-year-old under suspicion, it doesn't surprise

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me that teenagers are over it with the Internet. I look at my three and

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one-year-old children and they are better on the iPad, I mean, my

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daughter calls it the I-are-pad. My younger daughter just watches Peppa

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Pig. I wonder if your three-year-old is reading the pages on the European

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Union...? I suspect no. But it will affect him or her. David Cameron

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talking about sort of starting their stay in campaign for the EU, warning

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about it not being a land of milk and honey outside the EU. And up

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until this point he hasn't come out with that level of emphasis, because

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he is playing a dual role, he wants to visit his European partners

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saying he thinks there is a risk we're gonna leave, yet he wants

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people in this country to think we are not getting out of here. It is

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extremely difficult. He is walking a difficult tightrope. He has said -

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this is fundamental - if you are not a member of a club but you have to

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obey the rules of the club but have no say in what they're gonna D,

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that's problematic. Interestingly, the Norway Foreign Minister has said

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it would work for the UK. This would be disastrous. We are still gonna

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have immigration and these kinds of things. Benedict, what would France

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think if we left the EU? The official position, whether they are

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conservatives or left-wing socialist, they think it would be

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very sad and a big mistake for Britain to do that, so they want the

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UK to remain in. Obviously, it can't be what a lot of French people think

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is by a sort of black mailing or dictating that Britain will dictate,

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it has to play its role. You know, I think in France, as you go to

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certain things that remind people of where certain things have come from,

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I know it is decried in this country sometimes, I think it is a useful

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reminder, because so many of the EU stories are negative stories. And

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actually, it kind of amuses me but doesn't, when British people say

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they're going to Europe, no, you are in Europe, I don't know if it is

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breaking news to people but it is a huge economic market and an

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interesting one at that. Stay in! Lots of people Tour Europeans in the

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world of premiership football, including a certain Portuguese

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gentleman, Jose Mourinho, have another defeat for Josie -- lots of

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Europeans in the world of premiership football. Jose Mourinho

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on the ropes and the i, well, they have, Jose Mourinho loses again. You

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have a comment in the Times tomorrow, you have a minute to give

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us your thoughts. I am so glad. Truly... A truly explored return

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around, Jose Mourinho considered to be perhaps the greatest football

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manager in the world, they were languishing in the Premier League

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table with another defeat in the League Cup tonight. To my mind, this

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goes to the heart of a big problem in his management style, he tries to

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create a sense of permanent crisis. Everybody's against us, the

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referees, the Doctor... The journalists and media! I think this

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has progressively diminishing returns. After a while, it is like

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having too much sugar, I think he is beginning to lose the players. The

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column I write tomorrow... Is it right? The players say they love

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him! The PR people are told to say that. It is off the record briefings

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when they say they have had enough. In my column, people have said that

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he is shaping Chelsea and the owner, but my argument is the manager isn't

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easy to shame, because if you look at his history, his part of the

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dubious privatisations in the Yeltsin era, his litigation with

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Berezovsky to deal with Yeltsin, to get the mineral wealth of the

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Russians, in exchange for TV coverage, it is a real mess. The

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special one. Neither Robin. We will see whether it happens or not.

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Benedict and Matthew, thank you so much. Coming up next, it's time for

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Sportsday -- neither of them. Hello and welcome to Sportsday,

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I'm Azi Farni. The headlines this evening:

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More Pressure on Mourinho, as holders Chelsea lose at Stoke

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in the Capital Cup. Arsene Wenger's side are outgunned

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by Championship club

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