Mourinho said that Monday’s opponents Manchester City have ‘everything’, including luck with refereeing decisions.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the game, he said: ‘I think they have everything. The players are obviously very good, even with very good players if the manager is not good, you don’t do it. So the manager has to do good work and in the top of that, I want to let it very, very clear it’s just a coincidence and nothing else, but the reality is they have many crucial decisions in their favour'.
The Blues’ manager listed decisions such as the goal that was chalked off against Manchester City by Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, the controversial disallowed goal when they visited Newcastle United, and the disallowed goal and penalty decisions that went their way in the hammering of Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night.
‘They have everything in their favour. Their team is very good. The player is very good and their manager is doing a good job'.
Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood labelled Manchester City the best side in the world after the two teams met this week, and when Mourinho was asked if he agreed the Chelsea manager replied: ‘Maybe for the Tottenham manager the planet is England...You will find out in the Champions League'.
Mourinho confirmed that he will approach Monday’s clash in the same way as he does other games, despite Manchester City’s 100% domestic home record and ability to score at will this season.
‘I think City score goals. I think they score goals and normally when your approach is very defensive if you concede a goal you are in trouble or you have to make changes during the game.
‘We are going to try to win, we are not going to change our philosophy. We are going in a certain direction, it’s not because of one game against certain opposition we’re going to change our philosophy.’
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is still sidelined with a knee injury, whilst new signing Mohamed Salah hasn’t trained much, with the Chelsea boss hinting that he might not yet be ready to play.
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