Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup clash with Manchester City on Saturday, Jose Mourinho took another jab at Arsene Wenge after calling the French manager a ‘specialist’ in failure.
Replying to the Arsenal manager’s claim that Mourinho was afraid of failing and hence was ruling himself out of the title race, the Portuguese took the opportunity to go one up on Wenger after reminding him that it was Arsenal who has gone for 8 years without winning a trophy.
“He is a specialist in failure. I’m not. If supposedly he is right and I’m afraid of failure it’s because I don’t fail many times. Maybe he’s right. The reality is that he’s a specialist because eight years without a piece of silverware is failure. If I do that at Chelsea, eight years, I leave London and I don’t come back.”
Facing Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday in the FA Cup, Jose Mourinho said that while no two games are the same, his team will be looking to replicate their performance at the Etihad earlier this month that saw Chelsea emerge victorious from Pellegrini’s den.
The London side will be visiting Manchester City for the second time in ten days and will be looking for another favourable result that will see them qualify to the quarter finals of the FA Cup. The last time the two sides met, Chelsea put forward a brilliant display which saw them beat City 1-0 at home. Mourinho’s side was lauded for its controlled and tactical approach to the game that negated City’s strengths and brought the game to Chelsea.
“No two games are the same but is our approach the same? Are we going there to try to win in spite of the fact we know we are going to play against the best team in this country? Yes, our approach is the same. We analysed the game step by step and they had chances, our keeper played well. The game was very equal. You can try to read the previous game and try to improve things. You can try to analyse mistakes and the opposition, you can be influenced by the direction a game took. They will be strong even if they change their team or the way they play.”
So will Chelsea be looking for a draw to bring the tie to Stamford Bridge that will give Mourinho’s men an upper-hand? According to the Special one, Chelsea are concentrating only on winning at the Etihad and are not looking for a draw.
‘We don’t want a replay, we don’t need a replay. We are not going there to try to get a draw and bring the game to Stamford Bridge. We want to try to win.’
Talking about the draw that has pitched City against Chelsea and Liverpool against Arsenal in the early stages of the tournament, Jose Mourinho spoke about the beauty of the FA Cup and its ability to pitch unlikely challengers to the throne.
“The FA Cup is big and beautiful. It’s beautiful for everybody. The draw helped make it even more beautiful because it opens a big space for the teams that don’t normally win trophies.”
“Two of the big teams will be out, in the quarter-final you will have only City or Chelsea, and Arsenal or Liverpool. The six other teams have a huge opportunity to go to Wembley. The draw puts things in a way where the final can be unexpected, and that’s the beauty of the cup.”
Talking about his squad, Mourinho ruled out Terry and Cahill’s presence in the squad on Saturday. Cahill picked up an injury against West Bromwich and is yet to make a complete return to the squad.
“John (Terry) is not back. I think Cahill is out. He injured his calf against West Brom. He tried to train today but he didn’t finish the training session in the best conditions. He is going for a scan to be sure if he can or he can’t (play).”