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Chelsea boss says they can afford to lose at West Brom

Jose Mourinho is adamant Chelsea will be able to recover if Tony Pulis claims a hat-trick of wins in Sunday's clash at West Brom.

Mourinho doesn't believe the West Brom match is a must-win. Credit: PA

Pulis has masterminded successive wins over the Blues boss with Crystal Palace and then with the Baggies in May.

Chelsea are bidding to recover from their worst start to a season in 17 years, but Mourinho insists even a defeat and an eight-point gap to the top of the table would not cause him to panic.

"We can (afford to lose)," Mourinho said. "Eight points in England is 80 points in other leagues, because in other leagues, eight points is an eternity.

"It's very difficult in other leagues for teams to lose points. In England, teams lose points."

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Mourinho takes aim at Wenger again with new jibe

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. Credit: PA

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho could not resist making a thinly-veiled dig at Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger when asked about Manchester City's faith in Manuel Pellegrini.

Mourinho was asked if he was surprised to hear the news of Pellegrini's contract extension.

"Why?" he said. "Some other clubs, they have disappointed for 15 years and the manager is the same."

It appeared to be another jibe at the long-serving Arsenal manager, who Mourinho once labelled a "specialist in failure".

Chelsea take on Man City in the Premier League 'El Cashico' later today.

Chelsea manager prepares to tackle Carneiro questions

Jose Mourinho will today answer the critics for the first time since the controversy over Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro blew up.

Mourinho will be forced to face the media today. Credit: PA

The Blues' stuttering start to their Premier League title defence has paled in insignificance due to the incident towards the end of Saturday's 2-2 draw with Swansea.

Chelsea boss Mourinho was visibly infuriated to see head physiotherapist Jon Fearn and first-team doctor Carneiro run on to the field to give Eden Hazard treatment.

The Portuguese told the media afterwards that their "impulsive and naive" decision showed they did not "understand the game" and, since then, Press Association Sport has learned Carneiro's role at Chelsea is changing significantly.

While remaining as first-team doctor, she will no longer be involved in matches and training sessions - a situation Fearn is also reported to find himself in.

The move has led to widespread criticism, which Mourinho will face up to for the first time at 12.30pm on Friday as Chelsea have called a press conference to preview the trip to Manchester City.

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