Mourinho: Chelsea 'have to win' against Tottenham, comments on Pochettino relationship

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho addressed the media ahead of this weekend's League Cup final against Tottenham.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that Sunday's League Cup final with Tottenham Hotspur is one his side has to win as he goes in search of his first trophy during his second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking at his press conference ahead of the showpiece event at Wembley, Mourinho said it was the first time he was thinking about the here and now for the club, rather than the future consequences, as he eyes his third League Cup success.

He told reporters that despite the fixture being a London derby, he doesn't think it adds extra significance.

He said: "We have a final to win on Sunday and nothing else matters.

"A final is a final it doesn't matter about the opponent, really."

Mourinho is still without John Obi-Mikel through injury and Nemanja Matic through suspension after his sending off against Burnley, with the Chelsea manager declining to comment any further on the matter after a lengthy interview on Goals on Sunday.

He added that he doesn't see any connection between winning or losing this weekend's game and it having an effect on their overall season, saying if they win or lose then it won't mean they will win or lose in the title race.

The Chelsea boss was also asked about the relationship he has with his opposite number on Sunday, Spurs Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino, saying he liked the Argentine.

"I like the guy. I feel that he likes me. I can't say we are close friends because in football you do not have time to develop close relationships. I respect him and his staff and I feel they respect me too."

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