Things Jose Mourinho Said in Press Conference Before Stoke Game
‘The first time he[Mikel] played [from the start in the Premier League] was Newcastle and he was our best player,’ the manager said.
‘How can he be our best player if he didn’t play in three months? Because he was working every day at the top level. Sad, frustrated, not happy? Maybe. But professional – that’s what I expect from the players.
‘It’s the concept of helping the team. Everybody has to be ready to sacrifice for the team, to give everything for the team, to think about the team and not to be selfish. This is the way I want a team to be.
‘The one that comes on in the last five minutes, he’s a crucial player. If he makes a mistake the team loses; if he doesn’t, the team wins. Everybody wins, everybody loses.
‘I want a short squad. In a short squad, everybody is important. I need every player. And when I sign a player, I don’t say ‘it’s you plus 10’. I say ‘it’s you plus 21 or 22’.
‘You have to know the squad is good at Chelsea. If you’re at a Chelsea as a goalkeeper, you can’t imagine that you’re the only good goalkeeper. It’s the same for the strikers. For me, all of this is very normal.’
‘I put the team up,’ he reported. ‘I don’t explain it because it’s my decision and the players may not be happy with the decision, or not agree with the decision, but they know my decision is not to favour somebody or to punish somebody. It’s what I think is best for the team at a certain moment. This is the way I do it.
‘It’s one of the first things I say to a squad at the beginning of the season: I don’t give explanations to players unless they ask me for one. If they come to me and ask me to explain, no problem. But, in principle, I don’t explain things.
‘I have to make life easy for me. If I explain to one, I have to give them all explanations. At Christmas I’d spend all my time explaining things.
‘The reality is to be professional and work at a high level you don’t need to be happy. All of them are professionals. The team and the club are more important than themselves.
‘Mark Schwarzer hasn’t played a second, but if he has to play today he would because he’s ready. He’s trained very well. We may have a secret to make them work every day at a high level, but no secret to keep them happy.’