“It’s getting harder and harder and that’s why we have to show character to win games and be on top”.
Mourinho said: “We have no problems physically”. Tactically it is the same.
“Clearly it’s an attitude perspective of some individuals”. ‘And when you have individuals with that unstable attitude in terms of motivation, desire and commitment, you will pay.
“There are two sorts of champions”. Mourinho has opted to rotate his squad in a bid to kickstart his side’s season and insists only those who produce on a consistent basis will retain their place in the starting line-up.
While Chelsea eased to a 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in their opening Group G fixture, Porto had to settle for a point away to Dynamo Kiev after conceding an 89th-minute equaliser.
The question every fan will ask now is: “Why can Newcastle not put performances like that in against sides they should beat?”
“After the game, if he wants to come to our dressing room, the door is open for him“.
While the defending English champion’s confidence is dented, Porto is joint leader of the Portuguese league.
“Mentally, I can say I am a serial champion”. Where he learned to become a “serial champion” – winning back-to-back trebles, including first the UEFA Cup and then the Champions League. “I am ruthless. But at the moment everything is open”.
“But one thing is to be champion once, another is this mentality”. I don’t demand that they’re champions every season.
“The matches we performed consistently with a consistent attitude were the matches that we won“. But how many serial champions do we have? “And for me that’s the point”. He has been incredible in his career, very important to Porto because of his great achievements at domestic and European level. John Terry did not feature in either game and Mourinho must decide whether to stick with Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahill in central defence.
“Porto have big hopes for the Champions League”.
Fabregas stressed the team would improve and that manager Jose Mourinho would not allow complacency seep in. He was angry when the conversation started but his tone changed as Xavi, one of his oldest friends in football, told him that both sides needed to think about the way they were behaving. “I look for consistency”, he said.
Mourinho has tough choices to make over his team selection for Tuesday night after substitutes Ramires and Willian stepped off the bench to spare Chelsea another defeat at Newcastle. “And when you are lucky to be part of it, not just a simple visitor but somebody who deserves to be part of that museum, it’s very emotional”.
The Porto manager, Julen Lopetegui, has stressed he has complete faith in the referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz, who will officiate his side’s game against Chelsea tonight, despite suggestions the Spaniard is close to José Mourinho from his time at Real Madrid.
Despite only drawing with Moreirense, the coach said he was happy with the way his team played, while admitting that Porto’s inability to take their chances ultimately cost them victory.