Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho feels that the club deserves respect for how well they have represented English football in Europe recently.
Chelsea travel to face Liverpool at Anfield in what is perhaps the most anticipated match in the Premier League this season. The Blues currently trail the Merseyside club by five points in the league and are in desperate need of a win on Sunday in order to keep their title hopes alive. Jose Mourinho has recently complained about how the FA has failed to help English clubs who are participating in Europe, unlike other leagues, and threatened to field a weakened team at Anfield after their 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash.
The Chelsea manager expected face questions regarding his comments after that game in Madrid and his team selection. Mourinho insisted that he will do what is best in interest for the club, but stressed on the fact that they will try and win against Liverpool. The Portuguese manager also felt that the club deserves respect and recognition for how they have represented England on European stage.
“The most important thing for me is my club and the supporters of my club. I have to defend my club and I have to defend Chelsea supporters. If we are not helped to try to follow our dreams and our objectives it’s one more reason for us to close in, to try to think about us and only about us.
“I think Chelsea fans would like their club to be respected and to get the respect their club deserves. Chelsea fans know what Chelsea did not just for Chelsea Football Club but also for English football in the last 10 years.
“Chelsea have been the most important club in this country defending this country in European competitions. Chelsea are the last club to be European champions, and they’re the last club to win the Europa League. It’s the club with the record presence in semi-finals. Chelsea fans think Chelsea deserve more respect than Chelsea is getting. That’s what they think first of all.
“The second thing they want is for Chelsea to go to Liverpool and play as always at the maximum and by giving everything they have. We are going to try to win – with which players it is our decision, not your decision.” – The Chelsea manager said.
When urged to reveal his plans for Sunday, he said: “You want me to laugh or to cry? I can’t say the truth because I don’t feel free. I can’t speak. Every time I speak there is a consequence. Even if I say the referee was amazing that is a reason for me to be with a charge so I don’t feel free at all.” – hinting towards the charges brought up against him for his comments on the match official following Chelsea’s 1-2 defeat against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho also went ahead to point out how Atletico Madrid’s match, before they face Chelsea in the first leg, was scheduled on Friday and they got an extra day to rest and prepare.
“Last weekend they played on the Friday and we played on the Saturday. Luckily for us they play Valencia, and Valencia played yesterday in the Europa League and Valencia cannot play on the Saturday.
‘If they were playing another team instead of Valencia they would be playing today and they would have 48 hours more than us to rest.” – Mourinho added.
Jose Mourinho was also recently in the news after being linked with the job at Manchester United following David Moyes’ dismissal. But the former Real Madrid manager rubbished these reports and insisted that he won’t leave Chelsea.
“Of course not. I don’t know how anybody could think about that. I left Real Madrid to come specifically to Chelsea. I signed a four-year contract with Chelsea.
“I told Chelsea they never have to worry about me because I don’t want to leave. I will stay here until the club wants me to leave. No job would move me from Chelsea.” – He said.