Jose Mourinho press conference ahead of Newcastle
“Everybody is ok for tomorrow, also Willian”
“I know who will play as a striker but I don’t tell you, I have to know more about Newcastle, who’s playing, who’s not playing to take a better decision”
“I don’t think the motivation for the players change based on the rival”
“We lost Courtois for 3 months, now 2 and half, but we have Begovic and Blackman”
“Diego Costa situation? The answer is in your question: it’s not normal”
“I don’t want to answer more on Diego, because then I will be suspended…I don’t comment and I tell you why: in the rules’ book there is written that some managers can speak about referees before and after the game, and some not…then it comes the list and I’m an in this list where I cannot speak”
“In this country every manager but one is under pressure: [Manuel] Pellegrini, Brendan [Rodgers], Steve McClaren. We cannot lose matches, we cannot be below expectations. I have sympathy for all of them and they have sympathy for me because it is a difficult job. There is one that for some reason is protected…he can speak about referees, he can cry in the morning, cry in the afternoon, he can push the other people in the technical area, nothing happens. He doesn’t achieve, keep his job, can still be the king, it is a privilege”
The reference in this answer was obviously to one of his biggest rivals: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
“I don’t speak, I play tomorrow against Newcastle and that’s the point”
“Premier League is a difficult league, Newcastle lost against Watford because Watford is a good team, they lost against West Ham because it’s a good team, in this country also the teams that are not top teams get the money to build good squads, people have to get used to it, to see top teams lose points with ‘smaller’ teams”
“If I win the league this season this will be my greatest achievement? No”
“I’m sure that we are working well and that the players are getting there but I was not expecting to lose all these points at the beginning”
“Zouma is very important for us because he can play more positions, like central defender or defensive midfielder, he’s young and humble, and he can only improve“.