He helped Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley earlier in the season, so it will be interesting to see how he’s received by the Chelsea fans. The Arsenal manager has a running feud with Mourinho and would enjoy nothing more than inflicting another defeat on Chelsea.
Mourinho branded Wenger a “specialist in failure” in February 2014, but the Frenchman has no interest in reopening a war of words with the Portuguese. “It is less enjoyable when it doesn’t go well of course but I think everybody who has stayed a long time in the game knows that”.
To do that Chelsea must do what proved too much for countless opponents over the last 10 years – get the ball past goalkeeper Petr Cech. “People come to football to watch football – everything else is secondary”. What is important is what people will see at 12.45 and let’s focus on that.
They have lost three of their opening five games, lie 17th in the league and are conceding more goals per game than at any point under Moruinho in the past.
Jose Mourinho today refused to confirm whether he will make another attempt to shake Arsene Wenger’s hand before or after the match tomorrow.
“I don’t know”, he said when asked if he believed Chelsea were in decline. “We have to continue to play like this, especially the next game – it’s going to be very important for us”.
“I am responsible for my actions and the others are responsible for their actions”.
“I stand up for my selection and take full responsibility for it – we can fix what happened”.
Willian, who scored the opener in Chelsea’s 4-0 Champions League win against Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv on Wednesday, was forced off in the 23rd minute and Pedro didn’t feature in the win.
Jose Mourinho: “In everything you do in life, you need confidence to be better”.
The Blues manager argued that the match against fierce rivals Arsenal would not have a knock-out effect to the losers.
“Hopefully now we can put things right on Wednesday”. “I have done so many good things for Chelsea, but now I am the man with the bad results, but give me the responsibility and I will sort this out”.