Excerpts of Jose Mourinho’s Pre-Match Press Conference on Crystal Palace – Chelsea Clash at Selhurst Park

With the international break coming to an injury-free and restless end for the Chelsea players, they now have an all-important away game to focus on. The very fixture that some reckon had cost us all hopes of winning the Premier League title last season.

On an equally tender note, the weekly press conference was to be held yesterday, and all the media and fans were eager to know about fitness updates and possible lineups that Mourinho would opt ahead of the busy week that The Blues are about to have. Here are the important things that were revealed in order:

INJURY UPDATES

Mourinho began the conference by stating that Diego Costa is doubtful to start in today’s fixture due to a hamstring issue that he has been dealing with for over two weeks. Jose also claimed that Ramires, Drogba, Mikel and Schurrle will all need late fitness tests, but their place in the starting lineup is also in doubt. He had to say one more thing about the current Premier League top-scorer, which made the fans happy:

“The Spanish team played in Luxembourg on Sunday. I gave (the Spanish players) two days off so they have to report to train Wednesday at 3 p.m. Diego was here Monday at 9 a.m. so you can imagine how strong he was.”

“WE DESERVED TO LOSE LAST YEAR’S FIXTURE, AND I ACCEPT ALL THE BLAME” – Jose Mourinho

However difficult it may have been for our supporters to come to terms with, it was the truth. Crystal Palace played better than us in every aspect of the game last year in our away fixture.

“It was one of those games where I deserved to lose, I accept that in a normal way. It is easy for me to analyse. In every aspect of the game, they were better than us.”

COMPARISON BETWEEN BRIAN CLOUGH AND THE BLUES’ BOSS

The legendary English manager has been compared with Mourinho, to which the The Blues’ manager simply replied,

“I feel flattered, but there is no comparison. What he did with Nottingham Forest stays forever. He is a legend in English football.”

Wise choice of words as always, but this time with a mixture of humility that can’t go unadmired.

THE MOURINHO-WENGER INCIDENT (A REVISITING)

We all know how annoyed, and frustrated Mourinho got (and rightly so), when Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger came to Jose’s part of the sideline and started shouting at the referee. But when asked about the incident yesterday, he replied,

“I have no reaction. You had my reaction after the match when I told you nothing happened. You had a reaction from the FA that nothing happened.”

MANAGER OF THE MONTH

The press asked Jose about how he felt when the Premier League Manager of the Month Award was given to the Southampton manager Ronald Koeman. to which he simply said “He deserved it.”

He also added, “Ronald Koeman deserves the award. He’s a great guy and a good friend. The second reason I’m happy is that the Manager of the Month always loses the next match. Swansea boss Garry Monk lost against us.”

That’s it, and the press conference had come to an end. We wish all the luck to Chelsea players for today and the other two fixtures next week, including the Manchester United-Chelsea face-off. More on those as they approach! KTBFFH!!

Edited By: Harshal Ahire

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