José Mourinho press conference ahead of Aston Villa:
“We have only Ivanovic’s injury and Courtois recovering, everyone else is available.
“I have four solutions to replace Ivanovic: Azpilicueta, the adaptation of Zouma or Ramires, and then I have Ola Aina: 18 years old, never played a game in the first team, but a guy with a great potential.
“Ruben [Loftus Cheek] has been with us since January, training with us every day, improving in all aspects, he’s going to be a real top player.
“This game is a must win game, for different reasons. We cannot run away from the reality of the table of the Premier League: of course we know we’re not going to be relegated, we know that in two months we will be in a a place where we are more used to be, but the reality is that we need points, so to win it’s our objective.
“I decided to appeal with the FA decision, so I think it’s time to stop to ask for my opinion, of course I’m very sad for the situation.
“Maybe I am näif, but English football, English football fans have a mentality I love and English football is not FA.
“I don’t know what people write or think how to stop it and what to do, and to be fair it’s a big concern for me: we just have to win matches, for us and for the Chelsea fans. I don’t know why they write such stories.
“I feel that my players are ok [here at Chelsea] , I don’t see any player unhappy to be here or not happy when they are together: to be in the national team is an honour for a player, it’s very positive and they like very much to go. One of the reasons why we were especially keen on these fixtures was also to understand if some players’ poor performances were our fault, so my staff and I watched every game, we also went to Ukraine, Serbia, Belgium: no player had a better performance than in our club, so this means they have to improve and go back to their levels, now we have one month together, one great month because we have a game every three days, so I guess this is great because we can improve, of course we have not to lose because then a psychological condition gets in, but if we go back to our normal situation winning some games, for us it’s great.
“Today we had a good conversation all together, we laughed a lot because Diego Costa gave us the solution to go back to our results: I cannot tell you which one, but we found it.
“Matic is fine, he’s a top player, he’s not in his best period but he’s a very good player.
“Aston Villa is a good team, [they have got] good players, the manager is trying to rebuild it after losing the best two players, I believe in a couple of months they will be a in a better position too.
“One thing is going to a stadium where you know the home team have good results, another one is going to a stadium where the home team only won once in the last two months: of course the confidence is high for them, but it’s also a challenge for us, confidence level is important, and we have to be back to our level”.