Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho has responded to Manuel Pellegrini’s remarks about their expenditure by stating that they worked within FFP.
League leaders Chelsea travel to the Hawthorns to face relegation strugglers West Bromwich Albion as they look to maintain their advantage at the top. It was a wonderful gameweek for the London club last time around as they cruised to an easy win over Newcastle United at home, courtesy of an hat-trick by Eden Hazard, while both Arsenal and Manchester dropped points on the road. The top three are now separated by only two points and it looks unlikely that the title will be decided by before the final day of the season.
West Bromwich Albion are struggling at the wrong end of the table and are one point behind Sunderland at 17th. The Baggies have won just one game in all competitions since their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace back in November last year. Pepe Mel’s arrival at the helm have seen them produce two impressive draws at the Hawthorns against Everton and Liverpool, but their struggle on the road has continued as they conceded seven goals against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.
Jose Mourinho believes West Brom will provide a tough test at home for Chelsea and stressed on the competitiveness of this league where a win is not guaranteed against any team.
“It will be difficult. The teams not in the top four will be very influential in the league. Everybody has an influence in the race. Every team is fighting for points and taking points from the big teams. Normally people are pushed to say games like Chelsea against Arsenal and Arsenal against City will decide things, but maybe they don’t.
“We know that Barcelona v Real Madrid decides the title, but this is not the same situation. The title is decided match after match. This is the reality of this league. Every match is very difficult. Do I like to be top of the league? Yes, I like. Are we going to fight to stay there? Of course we are going to try to do that.
“We are in the race, and we have been in the race since the beginning of the season. To say something about the end of the season is very difficult because between the first and the fourth we are speaking about six points. Six points is nothing when you have 13 matches to play and 39 points to play for, I think all the top four can win the title.” – The Chelsea manager said.
Mourinho also praised West Brom manager Pepe Mel, whom he has faced during his tenure in Spain.
“I know him from Spain. When I arrived there he was with Real Betis in the second division. He was a champion and the next year he came to the first division and he did very well. Real Madrid lost to them in one game,’ recalled our manager.
“He’s a coach that likes to play football, to play well, to pass the ball and keep possession of the ball. I don’t know if this is the way he wants to work with West Brom but he is a good coach and a good guy.” – Mourinho added.
Mourinho also responded to Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s comments about Chelsea spending a lot. The Portuguese manager stated that the club has made profit in this transfer window with the departure of Mata to Manchester United and that they are looking to work under FFP.
“Pellegrini was making comments about the money we spent. He’s a fantastic coach and I respect that a lot, and on top of that outside his football career he is an engineer, and I don’t think an engineer needs a calculator.
“In this transfer window Chelsea (made a big profit) to work with the Financial Fair Play. There are no arguments against that.” – He explained.
Mourinho also faced questions regarding the development and rise of Eden Hazard and the Chelsea boss insisted that the Belgium international has always been a special talent and now he armed with a stronger mentality and attitude as a footballer.
“Off the pitch he’s a tremendous young guy, a very special guy. He is so young and such a family boy, married with kids without things that his generation normally want to do outside the job. He’s a completely stable boy.
“On the pitch you can see the difference. He’s stronger physically, he’s stronger mentally. He likes to win, he tries to make the difference. He accepts the responsibility of being a team leader so he’s a better player. The reality is he is improving a lot and he is still a young boy.” – Mourinho said.