Mourinho is not sure whether Chelsea qualify for the Champions League

Mourinho is not sure whether Chelsea qualify for the Champions League

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Jose Mourinho spoke during the pre-conference before Saturday’s match against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. He surprised everyone when he announced calmly that it is uncertain whether Chelsea will qualify for the Champions League next season

Asked about Chelsea’s disappointing performances and the reasons of it :

“If you read the papers you will know the reasons because every day it comes. My view is not important because the way you write is clearly the truth so there is no room for discussion. The truth is the truth. I think Chelsea is a big club, is the club that I chose to come to.

On Eden Hazard :

“It’s not because he missed a penalty I will criticise Eden Hazard. He had a positive game at Stoke and I was pleased with him.

“I was happy with his performance against Kiev. Before that he was on the bench for a couple of matches”

“I was not happy and felt it was the best thing for him but I am happy with his positive reaction to that.”

On Ramires new deal :

“Not many people understand what Ramires really offers. He’s a guy every manager loves. He deserves this new contract. He’s a player who is ready to play, be on the bench, it’s his mentality as a group man.”

Asked whetever he had any conversations with Roman Abramovich :

“I don’t have to tell you.”

However, Mourinho surprised everyone when he announced calmly that it is uncertain whether Chelsea will qualify for the Champions League next season :

“I can’t promise.”

“I think Chelsea is a big club. It’s the club I choose I come to and live in a very specific way every day the life of this club. ”

“But with all the respect, Liverpool is a big club, Manchester United is a super big club. And last season Liverpool won nothing and didn’t qualify for the Champions League and they are still a big club.”

“Two years ago Manchester United didn’t qualify for the Champions League or even the Europa League, they win nothing and they’re still a monster club. That’s football.”

“How do I deal (with this worse set of results in his career)? By working.”

Speaking about Jurgen Klopp and his similar problems at Borussia, the Special One said:

“I don’t want to speak about it. I’m also a good friend of the top people in Borussia, I know how good and stable they are. No more than that.”

“I don’t want to say anything (whether he sees Klopp as an ally in this situation). I just say I’m not a close friend, football doesn’t normally allow that. But he’s a guy I like a lot, we have a good relationship and as a manager, his work speaks. ”

“In spite of what happened last season being one to forget, I consider him one of the top managers in Europe.”

Mourinho said that the German coach can have a great impact on his new club ( Liverpool) :

“They were a good team and are a good team. They had good players, they have good players. They had a very good manager, they have a new very good manager. Everything is the same. ”

“Some details in their tactical approach have obviously changed, this is the nature of the game, especially when you are thinking of two top managers.”

“When you change a top manager for an ordinary one (pulls face), but if you change a top one for another top one, the level is high, they know what to do. It’s just a little different the way they both think about football.”