Jose Mourinho comments on manager pressure and aims another dig at Arsene Wenger

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has addressed the media ahead of their trip to Newcastle United in the Premier League.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had another dig at one particular Premier League manager in this week's press briefing - covered by the club's official Twitter account.

The Blues boss was asked if he had any sympathy for Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren ahead of his side's trip to the North East to take on the Magpies, and Mourinho listed several managers in the league who are, or have been under pressure recently, but said there is one who has the 'privilege' of never being questioned.

He told reporters: "In this country only one manager is not under pressure, every other manager is under pressure. [Manuel] Pellegrini, Brendan [Rodgers], Steve McClaren. We cannot lose matches, we cannot be below expectations. I have sympathy for all of them and they have sympathy for me because it is a difficult job.

"There is one, for some reason, outside that list, but good for him."

When asked who this manager was he added: "You know. Can speak about referees before and after, can push people in the technical areas, can cry in the morning, can cry in the afternoon, nothing happens. Can not achieve, keep his job, can still be the king, it is privilege."

Given that he mentioned that the person in question was 'allowed' to push people in the technical area, it is almost certain that his comments were directed at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who he had such an altercation with last season during their Premier League encounter.

Mourinho's side got back to winning ways in the Premier League last week against Arsenal, and after beating Walsall in the League Cup, they have some momentum behind them having won three on the bounce in all competitions.

The Chelsea manager admitted that his side now look better, but didn't want to be seen as complacent, and admitted he didn't think the Blues would start as badly as they have done. 

He added: "We look better but I don't want to say 'yes, we achieved that' and then a negative result comes and you tell me I was not right."

Mourinho said that Willian is in line for a return to the squad, claiming everybody is 'okay' ahead of Saturday evening's trip to Tyneside, but he hasn't decided who out of Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao will take the place of the suspended Diego Costa.

He also dismissed any suggestions the club were on the lookout for an emergency loan for a new goalkeeper in case anything happened to Asmir Begovic, after Thibaut Courtois picked up a knee injury that is likely to keep him out of the side until December.

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