Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has highlighted the importance of the game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park tomorrow.
The Portuguese conducted his pre-match press conference after today’s training session and reported a number of injury concerns in his squad. “We have some problems, yes. Ramires, Drogba, Diego Costa, Schurrle, Mikel, it’s a long list. I had given our three Spanish players a two-day rest following their return from international duty but I want to wait until tomorrow.” Mourinho told the reporters.”I don’t speak with national team managers unless they want to speak with me. I’m powerless (during the international break) and because I know that I don’t use my time contacting them. During my career some of them, not many, but some, used to contact me to ask about the situation of our players but many don’t. When they contact me I’m always open about speaking with them. They have the power, we don’t have the power.”
Last season Chelsea lost the corresponding fixture 1-0 and Mourinho ensures there will be no room for complacency tomorrow.”It was one of those games where we lost and deserved to lose.” said Mourinho. “I know why we lost so there was no lesson to be learnt, I accepted it in a normal way and it’s easy for me to analyse those kind of matches. We lost there last season because they were better than us in every aspect of the game. This season we have more personality to impose our game. Sometimes you want to impose your style and sometimes you want to adapt to the opponents’ style. In their style, Palace are better than us so we have to play our own game.”
Inspite of the solid start to the season, the Blues manager feels there is room for improvement.”We are a good team, we know that, but we know we have a long way to go, areas to improve, lots of young players.We are in the most difficult competition in the world, the Premier League, because it’s the only one where every possible result can happen at every stadium, and especially because you have five teams fighting for the title. We know the team we are building and the feelings are obviously very good, but the same way I’m not in hell when things aren’t going well, I’m not in paradise because we are doing well.”
Chelsea are in fine form this season, having won six out of the seven games played so far this season.