Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho addressed the media on the eve of his first Premier League meeting with former boss Andre-Villas Boas, who is now managing Tottenham Hotspur. The clubs meet this weekend.
Mourinho said he doesn’t care what Villas-Boas says about their relationship.
Villas-Boas had claimed that the relationship had broken down when they worked together originally at Chelsea, and that they don't talk to each other any more.
Speaking ahead of the Tottenham game, Mourinho said he had no wish to talk about this subject, saying: 'I don't discuss, because I'm not a kid, I don’t discuss relationships with the media.
'I don't care what he says. I'm not interested.'
Mourinho said he was prepared to go for a glass of wine with his opposite number after the Tottenham game, if requested.
'When people invite me I always go. When the opposition manager invites me I never refuse.'
Mourinho reaffirmed his stance that tomorrow’s opponents were the ‘champions of the transfer market’, and the Chelsea boss said he thinks that Spurs are real contenders to challenge for the Premier League title this season. He also said he enjoys matches against Tottenham because of the rivalry between the two clubs.
'You win titles with squads, not with an especially good player, so Tottenham are bigger contenders than before.'
'This season they have the same manager for the second consecutive year, they were the champions of the market. All international players, all with quality. The squad is very, very good.'
Mourinho also said he was pleased with the performance of Juan Mata in midweek against Swindon Town. The Chelsea boss has said recently that he would like Mata to adapt to a way that suits him and Mourinho said: ‘He made a big effort to come in my direction.’
Chelsea's boss also had a few words to say on the injury to Marco Van Ginkel: ‘The injury is very sad for Marco van Ginkel in a season important for his evolution. He is in good hands.’
Midfielder Ramires is, however, in the squad for the short trip to White Hart Lane, after he limped off during the Swindon match.
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