Mourinho: “The important thing is to be champions”

Mourinho: “The important thing is to be champions”

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Ex Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss José Mourinho spoke before Leicester clash that will be played tomorrow at King Power Stadium, that was postponed to this date for the Capital One Cup final on 1 March.

First of all, a look to Oscar condition after the collision with Ospina

“I really don’t know how Oscar is but the most important thing is that he is not in hospital”

‘He went immediately to his house yesterday – Sunday-  slept at home, and he should be arriving [today]”

‘I don’t know about Diego Costa. I have to think about if it deserves a gamble or if we wait a few more days to be completely sure. If it was a player without an injury history I would play him tomorrow, but because he is a player with a history I have to think about that”

“I don’t plan to make many changes. I know Leicester played on Saturday and we played on Sunday, but we will try to recover the players as best we can. We go today to St George’s to prepare as best we can”

“We will leave the young players here to play their cup final against Man City so we don’t take them with us. Our squad is very short with the injuries we have and so there is no space for a lot of rotation”

Mourinho analysed Leicester:

“I was surprised with their bad position. They are a good team with good players. I played them very early in the season at Stamford Bridge, and I could immediately feel the quality of the team”

“I am not surprised they are out of the relegation zone, and I will not be surprised when they stay in the division”

“They have lots of players. Their squad is a good squad, with options for every position, and they are playing well. They have more matches at home than away, at home to teams in the same area as them. The game against Chelsea is an extra game for them”

“If we can get one point or three points on Wednesday it would be very good for us”

Mourinho then spoke about Cambiasso – now at Leicester City – that was a key player during his Inter spell, that ended with a magnificent treble:

“I won the treble with Cambiasso. He belongs to my golden team, was fundamental in my golden team”

“He’s one of the players who means a lot to me, and he’s been phenomenal for them. I’m very happy for him”

“Next season, for sure, he will play for Leicester in the Premier League again”

Then Mourinho went on speaking again about the Arsenal game, replying also to some people that are saying Chelsea are not playing a good football:

“This morning I met an Arsenal fan of more than 50 years, a gentleman that lives almost next door to me. He congratulated me for my press conference [yesterday] and said I was spot on”

‘Sometimes I ask myself about the future: maybe the future of football is a beautiful green grass carpet, without goals. On that beautiful grass pitch the team with more ball possession wins the game”

‘People say ‘my team played fantastically well, we had great ball possession’, Good “

“But it looks like the goals are not there. It’s a big contradiction. Sometimes you speak about a team like us who have scored so many goals being boring, but you don’t consider a team that has 70 per cent of the ball possession but cannot win the game boring”

“I ask myself in the future, when I am a granddad at home with my grandsons, maybe football will be played without goals, and we will just enjoy seeing people passing the ball. Maybe to put the ball into the net won’t be an objective, and maybe stopping the ball going into your own goal won’t matter”

“For me, I’m simple in my analysis: football is about putting the ball in the net of your opponent and stopping the other team putting the ball in your net”

“Barcelona, beautiful every week? When was their peak? When Real Madrid were champions?”

“For me, the beautiful game is to know exactly the way you have to play and what you have to do. At Arsenal, we were brilliant. We were brilliant from the first minute”

Style and flair, what is it? The way people analyse style and flair is to take the goals from the pitch. It is the football they play on the moon — and the surface is not good. Some holes. But no goals”

‘It comes from you (the media) or from some managers who can only teach their guys to keep the ball.

“Who scored the most beautiful goals? Is that a criterion? If so, Chelsea did it collectively with the beauty of some of the goals we scored. Or you go to Charlie Adam, and that is obviously the goal of the season”

“If the number of goals decides if a team is good, bad or boring, Manchester City scored more, but 18 scored fewer. Then, we have 18 teams more boring than us”

“If it is the team with more points we are the best. If it is the team with most victories we are the best. If the best team has the fewest defeats, we are the best”

“If the best team are the champions, not yet, but the team that leads, we are the best team. If the best team has the fewest goals conceded, we are the second best team. In any point of analysis, any criteria, we are the best team or the second best team”

The Portuguese manager finished looking back at the PFA awards, where Chelsea had six players in the team of the year:

“There should have been more. Just as an example, for Cesc Fabregas not to be there after the season he has had is strange.That team would not win (the title). It is without balance. It is missing a midfielder, and that midfielder should be Fabregas”

“But I look now as a fan, not a manager. It looks like I’m in a pub discussing things that aren’t important. The important thing is to be champions”.