Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he only wants to win titles at the end of the season which can be achieved by picking up wins and points. He also rejected the notion that he will be looking forward to achieving a piece of history with the club as his side will go 24 games unbeaten if they avoid defeat against Newcastle today.
When asked about the record Mourinho said, “I’m not looking for the record. I’m looking for points… and, if possible at the end of the season, titles.”
The Portuguese could also cross 400 points as the manager of Chelsea and when asked about it, his reply was once again similar, “Another thing that is not important for me. The only thing important for me is that I won the league twice.”
Chelsea are yet to beat Newcastle under Jose Mourinho at the St James’ Park. He revealed that it’s a difficult stadium to play at, “There are a few stadiums in this country where, when they see Chelsea shirt, they play game of their lives”
“Maybe it’s because in the last decade Chelsea have become a top team that everybody wants to beat.”
Chelsea were beaten 2-0 by Alan Pardew’s men last time around, but this season, Mourinho’s side are the clear favorites. They will however travel without their suspended midfielder Nemanja Matic who has been ever present in the league so far and has been a key player in the team. Despite his absence, Mourinho was in confident mood as he said that he has faith in other players at his disposal, “Last week we missed Diego so we didn’t speak about Diego. Today we don’t speak about Matic.
“It’s another big player who is not playing but we trust other people. Matic has a free weekend, which he deserves very much, and he will come back stronger. Other people will play, we trust them so no problem.”
Gary Cahill and Diego Costa set to play
Defender Gary Cahill was taken off at half-time against Tottenham in the midweek game after a nasty clash of heads with Jan Vertonghen which raised questions on whether he’ll be ready for the game against Newcastle. However, when Mourinho was asked about the defender, he replied in a positive way which means that the England international will be a likely starter alongside John Terry in the defense.
Spanish striker Diego Costa missed the last game due to a suspension and is set to return as well.