Before the big game against Arsenal tomorrow, it was time for Jose Mourinho’s weekly press conference.
Even though we won comfortably in the mid-week, the Portuguese has a handful of problems to take care of, including the Right Back issue and the recent injuries.
Let’s find out what the manager had to say before the crunch game tomorrow:
The first question, as expected, was regarding our injury problems:
“Well, I don’t have much news. I select every player for the game because we have doubts and I don’t want to be in a situation where somebody is injured in the warm-up,” said the Chelsea boss.
Willian is not even an option, but Pedro, Falcao and Oscar, we will see.”
So, as it turns out, even Oscar has a few knee issues of his own and the decision on whether he will play tomorrow will be taken before the game. We are a completely different team in the presence of Brazilian at no. 10 and we hope he is fit for tomorrow’s clash!
On Branislav Ivanovic’s poor form:
“I liked the dynamic and many individual performances. You don’t see me being critical with [Ivanovic], I’m not making individual analysis.”
Jose was diplomatic as always regarding Ivanovic.
On the importance of tomorrow’s game:
“I want to isolate this match from every context. It doesn’t matter our excellent record against Arsenal, they have not beaten us for seven or eight games apart from the Community Shield. I want to isolate it. It’s just Chelsea vs. Arsenal.”
On the impact of midweeks victory in the dressing room:
“The quality of the training session has not changed (following the win on Tuesday),” he said.
“The quality the intensity, the concentration and professionalism doesn’t depend on winning, losing or happiness.
“But it is easy to see some better faces. Easy to feel a different atmosphere, it’s normal.”
Mourinho tries to deflect some pressure off his team by saying that tomorrow’s game won’t be a must-win fixture by any means:
“Two seasons ago we won every match against the title contenders and we were not champions. I think it is important because a win means that somebody loses points,” Mourinho said.
“It is important but it is not crucial.
“I want to isolate it from every context. It doesn’t matter our fantastic record against Arsenal. It doesn’t matter that they went seven or eight matches without beating Chelsea.
“If it is a friendly, we want to win. If it is the Charity Shield, the same.”
On Petr Cech’s homecoming:
“For me, until the game finishes, it is exactly what it is. After the game, it is not the same to meet Petr Cech in the tunnel (as the other Arsenal goalkeepers).
“If anyone had a doubt, or a different perspective of what football is, and thinks that Petr Cech will open the goal to let us win, he is there to win.
“For me, he is the Arsenal goalkeeper until the game ends. When the game ends, the door is open for him (to enter our dressing room).”
Arsenal had to travel for their Champions League game while Chelsea played at home so would that affect the Gooners?
“I don’t think they’ll be affected, half the team didn’t travel, half the team didn’t play. I don’t think it’s going to make a difference.”
Eden Hazard has been in a poor form for Chelsea so far this season, but that hasn’t stopped Mourinho from backing the Belgian to eventually come good, one of these days:
“He’s still the best player in England, he’s the best playing in this country. It’s not a bad performance or penalty lost or not scoring goals for three weeks. He’s the best, he’ll be the best again, one of these days, he’s man of the match.”
“The Special One” is asked about the importance of Oscar to this Chelsea side:
“Oscar is a good player and when the team has the ball, especially, he’s very important because he’s creative and you need that. You need somebody that can beat people one v one and associate with other attacking players. So when a defensive opponent, he’s very good.”
A word on John Terry:
“Jose says he has total confidence in John Terry and he is one of his men. Being on the bench one game doesn’t change anything.”
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