They Are A Very Good Team & Have Started Well, But An Early Lead Could Disappear Quickly – Jose on City


Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho


Defending champions of the English Premier League, have had a £38 million bid for Everton and England international, John Stones rejected and Everton’s resolve to keep the defender, is making Chelsea look elsewhere for re-enforcement.


Chelsea have also been  in the market for a midfielder and have been strongly linked with a £70 million move for Juventus youngster, Paul Pogba.

Speaking ahead of his side’s meeting with Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge this weekend, Chelsea manager Mourinho refused to comment on individual players. But he made it clear he is keen to strengthen his squad before the transfer deadline on September 1.

“I don’t speak about players from other teams,” said Mourinho at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground, south of London, on Friday. “I have a good squad. I’m happy with the squad I have.

“If I get another player before the end of the market, good. If not, I go with what we have and I have a good squad,” the Portuguese boss added.

Meanwhile Mourinho was adamant he would not discuss Pogba after chastising Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri for admitting his interest in the Chelsea duo of Ramires and Oscar.

“He (Pogba) is a Juventus player,” Mourinho said.

“The other day I did a little criticism to my friend, Allegri, because I didn’t like him during the summer speaking about Ramires and Oscar. Pogba is a Juventus player. I’m the Chelsea manager.”

Speaking about his first win of the season, at West Bromwich Albion last weekend, Mourinho accepted Manuel Pellegrini’s side have started impressively, but insisted an early lead could disappear quickly.

“They’re a very good team, but there are others. They are very good and have started very well.

“But last season Chelsea started the same or better, because we won seven or eight consecutive matches, and we arrived on January 1 with the same points as other teams.

“So it’s good when the start is good, but that doesn’t mean you are going all the way.”

Chelsea face Crystal Palace in Mourinho’s 100th Premier League home game on Saturday.

The Blues have lost just once in that run, to Sunderland in April 2014, and the manager said: “I’m proud of the record, but I don’t think it has an influence in the future.

“I know it’s not normal. Ninety-nine matches in the Premier League is not 99 matches in a small league.
“It’s the most competitive league. One defeat, and the defeat could happen in so many matches where we were lucky to get a result.
“But I’m only happy if I win tomorrow and I win the last of the 100 matches. If I don’t, I won’t have a happy memory of the last 100 matches.”

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