José Mourinho’s press conference ahead of Champions League game with Maccabi Tel Aviv:
“Champions League is a new competition [for the new season], we must start well because after this game we go to Porto and then to Russia, tomorrow it’s important to win”
“When people is not getting the success you work it’s normal to be frustrated and not happy”
“It’s so simple to accept that the result are not good: that’s football, and every season you have some teams that don’t start well, you can connect that with football, injuries, bad luck, bad moments…our problem will be a problem if problems are real, but our real problem is just that we don’t have good results. In some cases you gotta go back many years to find good result, in our case you gotta go back just three months”
“Why some managers can be in a bad situation for 5-6 years and I’m the only manager [that cannot have a bad moment]…I am the champion manager, so…”
“I like my squad and I know the consequences of making a couple of changes in my team, if I give the chance to other players, then you will say I have a problem with the players I will leave out but I’ve not to be worried about that you write but just about my team. Yes, I will do a couple of changes, I will give a chance to people that are working really hard”
“We have to go game by game, in the Champions League we need to qualify because it’s important for the club status and also economically, and also for us as professionals because we feel we belong to Champions League not to Europa League”
“Every team that is in the Champions League is a team with conditions to get a result, it’s a matter of logic: if Basel is good enough to beat Chelsea and Maccabi Tel Aviv is good enough Basel, so Maccabi can be good enough to beat Chelsea. Football is not maths, but I respect Maccabi, I studied them, it’s a good team. We are prepared for Maccabi playing the normal way with 4-3 in the middle or coming with 5 defenders, that is a little bit different, but it’s always good, and we gotta be prepared to everything”
“When I arrived here I said that I was special and happy, yes…What am I today? Special and happy”
“Bad third seasons? I had no third seasons with Porto and Inter, in my previous spell at Chelsea in the third season I won a FA and a League Cup and reached Champions League semifinals, in my third season at Real Madrid I won the Supercup, lost the Cup final and reached Champions League semifinals. Click Google instead of asking stupid questions.
“It’s the first time I go through such a bad start, I don’t have anything to show, to anyone”
“It’s impressive what Maccabi did beating Basel, that reached a very good level in Europe in the past years: they kicked out Liverpool from the Europa League and two years ago they beat Chelsea, so it’s impressive what they did”
“We know what we are champions of England – as our fans sing every match- it’s not because we started SO bad, and I want to stress that, we started SO bad, that somebody can steal what we are: nobody can do that, so we know what we are, champions of England”
“I’m not here after a defeat just waiting for the the next game: my work is to do many many things, that’s also speaking with the players, analysing the games…I’m not here to tell you everything I do, but of course we’re not happy”
“I don’t have theories, I have opinions, also with my assistants, and then there is an aspect that is very important in football that is confidence level, and when you don’t have it, it’s a strange feeling”
“I don’t like to speak about opponent players”
“Baba is selected, Falcao has a little problem.
“We don’t prioritise competitions. I would lie if I tell you that we are doing well in the Premier League because we think about the Champions League.
“I’m fine, not happy. The new short haircut is not for a particular reason, I’m just adapting to the situation, not the situation of losing”
“Falcao is not not in the squad, he got something in the tendon training, nothing important”
“I like people to communicate, you don’t need to scream to communicate, but if it happens some times between people that like each other very much I don’t think is a drama.“