Jose Mourinho had a pretty much anticipated and interesting press-conference on Friday ahead of Monday’s clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford. He talked about every topic thrown at his way from many top journalists around the country. Questions about top transfer targets, his relationship with David Moyes and many others which the Portuguese boss answered with great enthusiasm he always have when approaching reporters. So, let’s take a look at 5 main things we learned from the whole Press-conference.
1. Willian very close to a move to Stamford Bridge:
A Great news to the ears of many Chelsea fans came from the Telegraph two days ago as they reported Willian is close to sealing a Chelsea move by favoring the West London club over rivals Tottenham, who were thought to have the deal completed after the player even had a medical. Jose confirmed the interest and says he ‘knows where the player wants to go’.
“I don’t like to speak before time, because football can betray you,” he then said. “This is a problem when we speak a lot about transfers and names, because sometimes it looks a player is and he isn’t, but I know what the player wants so at this moment we cannot hide that it is a possibility.”
“That is the danger of a medical before a contract, but sometimes if you do the contract and the medical after, you can have a problem signing a player with problems. So you have to do the medical before but the best thing to do is do the medical in secret.”
“If the player is fine you can sign him, and if not, you do not destroy his career by saying to the world the player has problems. You do it in secret and after that when you sign you can say it is done, but sometimes we don’t make it. Sometimes you guys [the press] have great sources and find everything, but that is the risk.”
2. Juan Mata not going anywhere:
Jose Mourinho reaffirmed that the Spaniard maestro won’t be leaving Stamford Bridge even though we will bring in players to reinforce the squad.
“He is a player we all like and want to keep and we want more quality in the team, we don’t want less. We want to add to the quality we have so Juan is not a player we want to lose,” insisted Mourinho.
This is a great news for all Chelsea fans as we hope our two time reigning Player of the Year will remain at Stamford Bridge and play a major role in Jose Mourinho’s team. Clear and simple message from Jose to clubs who are interested in buying Mata, We won’t be selling our star man.
3. On first away game of season away at Man Utd:
Jose Mourinho commented on what would be a decisive match on shaping up our Premier League season against Manchester United to be contested at Old Trafford. Given his belief that there are six teams in this year’s title race, he wished to put Monday’s match in context.
“Every game has an influence and if we lost points against Aston Villa it could affect it, but this is not a two-horse race and when it is a two-horse race the two big matches are much more crucial. In this case we have to play 10 big matches and it is different. But every point we get is one point less the opponent gets so Monday is important, but it is the beginning of the season.”
The Special One believes the competition is huge in his second spell and there are more teams to challenge for the title unlike the last time he was in charge here when us and United were contenders year after year.
4. On his relationship with David Moyes compared to his close colleague Sir Alex Ferguson:
Mourinho will miss sharing time with his friend Sir Alex Ferguson at the game but he says his relationship with David Moyes is good and has potential to move the same way. On Moyes following such a legendary figure he said:
“The history of Sir Alex is there forever. Is that a problem for David? I don’t think so because I don’t think David wants to be compared with Sir Alex.”
“David is an experienced manager with years and year in the Premier League and this is the best moment of his career. He has maturity, experience, a big club, very good players so he is in a fantastic position and I think he is going to do very well. I hope he doesn’t win everything and leaves something for the others, but he is in fantastic condition.”
“Now he knows to be successful he has to win trophies, but he has the potential to do that.”
5. On David Luiz’s recovery:
Mourinho gave the latest news on David Luiz’s recovery from a hamstring problem.
“David Luiz is improving. He is training not yet with the group but training hard. If he is not available on Monday then we think he can be for the Bayern Munich game.”
Jose Mourinho delivered news that Luiz won’t be available for the crunch game against Man United but, might be available for the UEFA Super Cup encounter vs Pep Gardiola’s Bayern Munich. The Brazilian defender’s injury is the only big concern out of the squad players as we need him back as big matches start to roll into the way. Let’s hope Luiz will be back in full fitness and return at the top of his game.
Let us know what you think about what Jose said about this main topics regarding Chelsea ahead of the Man Utd game. KTBBFH!