Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho insist that Manchester City have been lucky so far this season and insist he will set up his side to win this game.
Chelsea travel to face Manchester City at the Etihad stadium on Monday as they look to pull down the gap at the top of the table. But Manchester City at home are currently the toughest proposition any side can face in England and Jose Mourinho might even be happy with a point from this game. But the Chelsea boss has insisted in his pre-match press conference that he will set out his side to win.
“We are going to try to win.
“Chelsea try to win every game. I have always said that about any competition or any game. What concerns me is my team playing well, my team trying to get the best possible result and to feel the improvement.” – The Chelsea manager said.
Manchester City currently have a one point lead at the top and are three points above Chelsea in the table. Manuel Pellegrini’s men haven’t lost a game since their shock defeat against Sunderland back in November last year, in all competitions. But Jose Mourinho feels that Manchester City have been a bit lucky with a lot of decisions going in their favour.
“I think they have everything. The players are obviously very good and their manager is also doing a good job. On top of that, and this is just pure coincidence, the reality is they have had many crucial decisions in their favour. They were lucky against Liverpool, against Newcastle and against Tottenham. But I repeat this is just pure coincidence.
“City score goals, and I don’t think for them it is important if somebody is injured. Normally when your approach is very defensive if you concede a goal you are in trouble or you have to make changes during the game and you never know how the player will adapt to it.
“We are not going to change our philosophy. We are going in a certain direction, and just because we are playing a certain opponent doesn’t mean we are going to change that. We are going to try to win.” – Mourinho insisted.
Chelsea have had a fairly active January transfer window and they rounded it up with the signing of Kurt Zouma, who will join back Saint Etienne for the rest of the season on loan. Mourinho expressed his delighted at having landed the talented 19-year-old and insisted that he will fit into the Premier League with ease.
“He is another young player that fits the profile of some Chelsea signings in the past couple of years.
“We like his profile and we think it is one that is very much adapted to the Premier League. If we didn’t do it now we probably wouldn’t have been able to do it in the summer because other clubs were also very interested in him.
“He’s already played a couple of seasons in the French league with Saint Etienne and many matches at different age groups with his national team. We know he is a player with good potential and with lots of space to improve. He’s physically ready but it’s another thing to be tactically ready.
“He’ll join us in pre-season and we’ll see if he stays or goes out on loan again. He is a young player in a position where we need to think about the future, so job done, well done Chelsea.” – He added.
The Chelsea manger also revealed that Fernando Torres remains unavailable due to injuries despite making good progress in his recovery. Mohamed Salah is also uncertain to feature in this game as he currently lacks a bit of match fitness.