Pre-Match Interview – Mourinho Talks About Palace Game, Pogba, Pedro And Much More

I was kind of hoping to watch John Stones start for us tomorrow. But Alas! That ain’t happening now, not this season at least!

With 4 points in 3 games and sitting on the 10th position, Mourinho’s Chelsea welcomes the 5th placed Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge tomorrow. At 10th position, this is not the start Mourinho and the Blue fans hoped for and it’s time we turned it around with some good performances.

Speaking to the media ahead of the game, Mourinho reiterated the same. Here’s how his pre-match press conference went about:

Well, the press conference started with a dumb question as is usually the case with the media. Mourinho wrapped up the Premier League title with a win over Crystal Palace last season but does he think it will play on his mind tomorrow?

“Don’t think so. Different match, but the same need to get the three points. Last season was to win the title, this season is to try to recover positions that we lost with two bad results. Palace will be always a difficult opponent, even better players than last season, so if last season they were good they are going to be even better this season. Good game, a good result last week, working well against West Bromwich. A very good week.”

Glad to hear that from Mourinho, not so glad with that question, though!

Our team has been having some defensive problems as of late. So did Mourinho had some extra work lined for the defenders?

“I didn’t work the defenders, I worked the team. You cannot blame defenders for the goals conceded because a team is a team.”

Although, I still think Mourinho must have paid some extra attention to Ivanovic and co. in the training!

Any comment on John Stones or Paul Pogba?

“If I get another player at the end of the market, good. If not, the squad that I have is good.”

Loosely translated, it means we are getting another player, possibly a Center Back, before the end of this window. Mark my words!

A word of praise for Pedo and his quick transition to the Premier League:

“Even when they are top players like Pedro, they have always a little question mark, because everything changes in their lives, you never know how quick the adaptation is going to be. He shows that no problem and is ready to play, to perform, to improve the team. It’s good for him, but better for us.”

Hopefully, Pedro scores on his Bridge debut as well. That would be awesome!

On the question of our form and why we have been so dire, so far this season:

“I think the most important think is that it’s not normal in three matches you have two penalties against and play with 10 men twice. One match at home, two matches away. Four points is not what we want, but four points is not a drama. We have to keep going, to improve, try to get a good result. This is the Premier League. When you are five points behind the leader in another league it can be complication, in the Premier League it’s not complicated.”

Well, yeah, it’s just the start. A 5 points lead doesn’t mean much after just 3 games if we can get back to our very best and start winning matches regularly. Even City are bound to lose at some point, so better worry about ourselves now, eh?

Oh, and it will also be Mourinho’s 100th match at the Bridge now where he has lost just once:

“I know it’s not normal 99 matches is not 99 matches in a small league, it’s 99 matches in the most competitive league. If I don’t win I don’t get a good memory of other matches because, tomorrow only is important.”

Another question on the prospect of facing Crystal Palace at the Bridge:

“Last season they were good. This season I think they are better. A London derby is always a London derby, Stamford Bridge is always a huge motivation [for opposition]. They have nothing to lose. They will be in a very stable position, top 10 for sure.

It will be a good match, it’s just a question of are they coming trying to play the game with us or are they coming with a different perspective of being more defensive, trying something in counter-attack. They have very good strikers. Who knows, maybe they try to do what they did last season and play without a striker.”

Lastly, a bit of a swipe on the media to cap it off:

“I’m going to watch because it’s good fun, in a way you are always waiting for something to happen.”

Source – SportsMole

Hopefully, something does happen and we end up getting Paul Pogba or Raphael Varane. Yes, I know I am a funny guy!

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