Jose Mourinho reported in his pre-match press conference Fernando Torres is fit again but John Terry isn’t quite ready to return to the side. Mourinho was once again in sparkling form as he talked about Terry, Torres, West Brom and his rival from Manchester Manuel Pellegrini.
“John is still out but I expect him to play next weekend. Fernando is back. We are better than in the last match because Nando is back and it’s one more option for us.”
Mourinho on playing West Brom away:
“It will be difficult. The teams not in the top four will be very influential in the league. Normally people are pushed to say games like Chelsea against Arsenal and Arsenal against City will decide things, but maybe they aren’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.”
Jose Mourinho stepped up his war of words with Manuel Pellegrini after claiming he needs a calculator to work out Chelsea’s transfer business. Mourinho is livid after the Manchester City boss claimed he ‘lied’ over his interpretation of financial fair play rules.
“Pellegrini made comments about the way we spent money. He’s a fantastic coach and I respect him.
Academically he is an engineer and he does not need a calculator to work it out. Mata was sold for £37m, de Bruyne £18m. That is £55m. We brought in Matic for £21m and Salah for £11m – that is £32m. So £55m less £32m is £23m.
So for Chelsea in this window it is £23m – he does not need a calculator for this.
They have a team for now, not for 10 years, but for three or four, so experience, potential, power and not worried about financial fair play because in the summer they spent. You do not need a calculator for this. He wanted to win the four competitions, but the only thing that is funny is that he talked month after month after month, I never answer to Mourinho – but he did. So he changed. He was the same in Spain.”
Mourinho also claimed Yaya Toure must be banned for three games after him kicking Rickie van Wolfswinkel.
“You can do what you want if the referee does not see. So the message is there. If the FA defends football, he has to be suspended.”