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Mourinho disagrees with Yaya Toure over World Cup boycott

The Chelsea manager was addressing the media ahead of their clash with Manchester City on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho has said he respects Yaya Toure's opinion, but offered an alternative.

Toure has proclaimed that ethnic minorities could boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia after he was allegedly subject to racist chanting by CSKA Moscow during Manchester City’s 2-1 win in the Russian capital in the Champions League on Wednesday.

‘The history of football was made equally by many races,' said Mourinho. 'The black players have made a fantastic contribution and when you go to the World Cup it is the biggest expression of different nationalities, races and parts of the world. The black players are very important for that.

‘What’s more important, the billions of people around the world who want to see that or the few thousand who go to football stadiums and show disgraceful behaviour towards black players? If I was a black player I would say the billions are more important. Let’s fight the few thousand and give the billions what they want.’

Mourinho also said the current Manchester City squad he faces this Sunday at Stamford Bridge is the strongest he has faced in either of his two spells at the club.

The Chelsea boss has said that Yaya Toure is a fantastic player that gives the team ‘everything’ but refused to be drawn on whether Sunday’s clash with Manuel Pellegrini’s men was the Blues’ biggest test of the season.

‘We have tests every week. It’s a big team, a very good team but every game in the Premier League is a test.’

Chelsea are boosted by the return of left-back Ashley Cole and forward Andre Schurlle for Sunday’s game – and Mourinho said he is happy he ‘can work’ after being given an £8,000 fine after he was sent to the stands during Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Cardiff City.

Though the Chelsea boss maintains he shouldn’t have been sent off, he said: ‘The important thing is that the referee wrote the truth. Sometimes the referees, to justify their actions when they have a pen in their hands, they make it different than it was.

‘The truth is that I wasn’t aggressive or non-polite. I didn’t use bad words.’

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