Chelsea striker Demba Ba told ITV News he wasn't worried about Chelsea's worst start to a Barclays Premier League season in a decade. Manager Jose Mourinho looked surprised when reporter Rags Martel asked him the same question, adding: "You look more worried than me."
Jose Mourinho described his players as "beautiful, young eggs" today. The Chelsea manager said he planned to field four players under the age of 22 against Basel in the Champions League game on Wednesday.
Jose Mourinho said his players were: "Eggs that need a mum, in this case a dad, to take care of them, to keep them warm during the winter, to bring the blankets and to work to improve them.
"One day will arrive the moment when the weather changes, the sun rises, you break the eggs and the eggs are ready to go for life at the top level."
The eagerly-anticipated first news conference by Chelsea's returning prodigal son, Jose Mourinho, takes place at Stamford Bridge later today. The new manager is odds-on at the bookies to use the catchphrase he coined while he was the Blues' boss first time around - "The Special One".
Jose Mourinho was in London today for the npower Championship play-off final, adding to speculation the Real Madrid head coach's return to Chelsea is imminent.
The 50-year-old Portuguese will leave Madrid at the end of this week, following Real's final match of the Spanish season against Osasuna at the Bernabeu on Saturday.
Mourinho has long been linked to a return to Stamford Bridge - where he was Blues boss from June 2004 to September 2007, winning two Premier League titles and both domestic cup competitions - and watched Crystal Palace versus Watford at Wembley this afternoon.
Watford forward Nathaniel Chalobah is on loan from Chelsea, who are seeking a new manager after Rafael Benitez's interim appointment ended.
Real Madrid have announced they will hold a press conference this evening where they are expected to announce that their manager Jose Mourinho is leaving. If so, that would leave him free to return to Chelsea when the reign of interim manager Rafael Benitez comes to an end.
Mourinho has found things difficult at Real this season - he was sent to the stands on Friday as Real lost the Spanish cup final - and he mentioned Chelsea in a press conference when he was asked about his future destination.
Many Chelsea fans must have gone to bed last night thinking rumours Alex Ferguson was retiring could kill the whispers that Mourinho may be heading back to Stamford Bridge.
But when dawn broke, so too did confirmation that the legendary Manchester United boss was indeed departing. But within a couple of hours Jose went from hot favourite to replace him to a long shot. Richard Pallot takes Nina Hossain through the day's events.
Everton boss David Moyes appears to be the favourite to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager.
Jose Mourinho is not a candidate for the position, senior sources have confirmed to the Press Association.
They also say that Sir Alex's successor will have a similar passion for playing attractive football, bringing in top-class players and a strong record in youth development.
In an interview with ITV Football earlier this season, Sir Alex Ferguson talked of his admiration for Madrid manager Jose Mourinho.
"I think a testimony to his work is that all of his players want to play for him and that's indicative of a really top manager," he said.
"I would never think a guy who hadn't played the game could be a top coach - but I think you've got to look at his personality.
"He's got a marvellous, strong personality and I think that bridges that gap.
"He's won two European trophies, he's won UEFA, he's won the leagues - he's done it all, so there's absolutely no weakness there," he added.
There is speculation that Jose Mourinho could be signed up by Manchester United, following the news of Alex Ferguson's retirement.
If so, it will put an end to rumours that the Real Madrid boss was planning to come back to Chelsea - where he was in charge between 2004 and 2007.