Jose Mourinho refused to be drawn into continuing the war of words with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after he labelled the Frenchman as a ‘specialist in failure’ last week.
The Chelsea manager also refused to comment on Wayne Rooney signing a new contract with Manchester United, with the striker a target for the Blues before the summer transfer window had shut at the start of the season.
Chelsea are boosted by the return of John Terry to the side for tomorrow’s lunchtime clash with Everton, who the Chelsea manager admitted they had missed, but Mourinho revealed that David Luiz is out of tomorrow’s game with a muscle problem in the abdominal area but is hopeful he will return for the Champions League clash against Galatasaray.
‘We have missed his leadership a bit. Many times we need a voice on the pitch.
‘Sometimes there are things to control, distances, defensive positions, sometimes I cannot communicate with them so to have someone with this kind of voice that can transmit what I need is also important.’
Everton haven’t won at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League since 1994, but Mourinho doesn’t believe that record will mean anything in tomorrow’s game, and is wary of the threat that Roberto Martinez’s side possesses.
‘It doesn't matter what happened in the past. I think we can beat them because we believe in ourselves and we work hard in the week to be in a good position for the match.’
Mourinho said that he hasn’t changed his view about Chelsea in the title race, where he has said repeatedly that the side aren’t candidates to be crowned Champions in May, and continued to say it’s all about winning the next game.
‘The table is there. You can look at the table and see how it is. We are top but can be second if Man City win the match they have in hand. If we win tomorrow we keep the same position. If we don't beat Everton and lose points at home it's never good.’