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Chelsea manager has a dig at Graeme Le Saux

Jose Mourinho said all of his Chelsea players were happy to travel to Israel for Tuesday night's Champions League clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv, despite heightened security following the Paris terror attacks.

Mourinho says he is fully focused on the match in Israel. Credit: PA

The Blues boss revealed there was no repeat of the 2001 trip to Israel, when England left-back Graeme Le Saux was one of six players who did not make the trip for a UEFA Cup game with Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Marcel Desailly, Emmanuel Petit, William Gallas, Albert Ferrer and Eidur Gudjohnsen also did not travel on that occasion.

Mourinho, who has been criticised by Le Saux this season for his treatment of former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro, said:

We can just focus on playing. The best way is to focus on football and the happiness you have to play football, the responsibility you have to play football and (to) leave security questions to people who know more than we do.

I didn't have one single problem inside of the squad. I didn't have a Graeme Le Saux. I had everybody without fears, just wanting to come. I had even a player who maybe tomorrow or after tomorrow, his wife is having a baby and he's here to play, because he knows how important it is for us.

– Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Mourinho believes Chelsea can still finish in top four

Jose Mourinho maintains Chelsea can finish in the Premier League top four after admitting Diego Costa's scoreless streak had weighed heavily on the striker.

Mourinho is feeling confident after a nervy win over Norwich. Credit: PA

Mourinho conceded the champions' title defence was over after Chelsea's 1-0 win over Norwich on Saturday, just a fourth win from 13 games this season, but reckons Champions League qualification is achievable.

"It's a bit of a relief," said Mourinho, after Costa's first goal since the win over Aston Villa ended a three-match losing streak.

"The pressure was there - I was feeling, the players were feeling too.

"We coped well with that and we got a result which obviously we needed very, very much.

"Fourth position for me is not an impossible mission. If you ask me the title I would say impossible mission.

"Maybe Tom Cruise can do it (but) it's complicated because you have to recover points from four candidates. But to grab one of the (teams) that go up and will also have a little bit of a collapse... the fourth position is a difficult position but a possible target.



Chelsea manager Mourinho handed stadium ban

Yet more bad news for Jose Mourinho Credit: Reuters

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been given a one-match stadium suspension with immediate effect and fined £40,000 after admitting a Football Association charge of misconduct, the governing body has announced.

It means the under-fire Blues boss will not be able to attend next weekend's Premier League visit to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

The decision comes following an investigation into his behaviour at West Ham last month, when Mourinho was sent to the stands at half-time after confronting the officials in the referee's room.

Mourinho has shelled out £115,000 in FA fines this year. Credit: Reuters

A statement on the FA's website read:

Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Jose Mourinho has been given a one-match stadium suspension with immediate effect and fined £40,000.

The Chelsea manager admitted an FA charge of misconduct regarding his language and/or behaviour towards the match officials in or around the dressing room area during half-time of the game against West Ham United on 24 October 2015.

With regard to Chelsea coach Silvino Louro, who denied an FA misconduct charge in relation to the same game, The FA, having considered further representation, withdrew the formal charge of improper conduct but reminded him of his responsibilities.

– FA statement
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