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Mourinho hails important step for Chelsea

José Mourinho's side sealed victory through Cesc Fabregas' late goal. Credit: PA

José Mourinho said Chelsea made an important step towards a fifth league title in their 1-0 win at QPR on Sunday.

Our situation was very positive. One point would be one less point we need, but the reality is that three points is always three points and one less match we need to win so is a very important step in a very important match.

It was a very difficult match where the best quality was to control the game very well and stop our opponents scoring. They are a team that can score goals and have dangerous, attacking players so our best quality in the game was to keep calm and try to play against a team that was very well organised defensively and did a fantastic job.

After that you have lots of times in the season when you win points or lose points in the end of the game, and we won two points in the last two minutes.

– José Mourinho


Mourinho lauds Chelsea consistency and bravery

Jose Mourinho has praised his Chelsea team's consistency, as the Blues bid to wrap up the Premier League title.

Chelsea have led or shared the lead since the opening round of fixtures and entered this weekend seven points clear with eight matches remaining, beginning at west London rivals QPR on Sunday.

"To be top of the league since day one shows consistency, stability, confidence and a brave approach to every game," Mourinho said.

"We are there, we deserve to be there, but every game is difficult. And we still have eight matches to play.

"This is the Premier League. In other competitions it's difficult to believe that the top team can lose four, five, six, seven matches.

"In almost every country it's very difficult for a top team to lose so many matches."

Chelsea boss admits commercial influence on signings

Mourinho admits modern football managers must adapt to commercial demands. Credit: PA

Jose Mourinho admits that commercial benefits are sometimes weighed up with football ability when buying players, but that Chelsea would never sign someone who isn't good enough for his squad.

The Portuguese manager's comments came amid reports that Chelsea have made an offer for Japanese striker Yoshinori Muto as they prepare for a pre-season tour of Japan later this year.

"I don't make bids for players" Mourinho responded when asked quizzed about the forwards.

When asked whether any decision would be made for commercial reasons, he said:

That’s modern football, modern management. You cannot close completely the door to a little bit of commercial interests.

But at the same time a football club is always a football club. And a top football club only has space for very good players or at least very good prospects.

So no we would never bring a player if the player has no capacity to be in the Chelsea squad.

– Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager: 'I'm getting better at everything'

Mourinho is never short of confidence. Credit: PA

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes he is getting better at every aspect of football management as his side closes in on the Premier League title.

The Blues travel to QPR on Sunday seven points clear of Arsenal with a game in hand and just eight matches left to play this season.

Speaking to the Telegraph, the Portuguese boss said:

I think I have a problem, which is I'm getting better at everything related to my job since I started. I feel better and better.

But there is one point where I cannot change: when I face the media, I am never a hypocrite.

– Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Mourinho 'owes Remy game time' at Chelsea

Remy celebrates his winner. Credit: Reuters

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits he owes match-winner Loic Remy more game time with Diego Costa's latest hamstring problem possibly providing an opening.

The striker has started just three Barclays Premier League matches since his summer switch from QPR but stepped off the bench to score the winner in Sunday's 3-2 victory at Hull.

Remy was only on the pitch as a result of Costa's latest injury breakdown, but converted less than two minutes later to restore the Blues' six-point lead at the top of the table.

"Probably he deserves more than what I give him," Mourinho said.

"Sometimes, not many times, a coach can feel he owes something to a player. With Remy that is the case, I think I owe him something.

"Every time he plays he gives us a lot. I'm so happy for him because he deserves it. He never complains."


Chelsea manager confesses to unusual watch routine

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he celebrates every season that yields at least one trophy by retiring his watch.

Mourinho will retire this watch at the end of the season. Credit: PA

Mourinho has already lifted this season's League Cup with the Blues, who are also in pole position to clinch the Premier League title.

It means the 52 year-old will repeat a routine he has sworn by since becoming a manager, and hang up the wrist piece you see in the photo, above.

Speaking to the Guardian, the ex-Real Madrid and Inter boss revealed:

When I win titles the gifts are for my wife, my daughter and my son.

I take my watch from my wrist and I don’t wear it again. A big collection? I have a big collection. I keep it. They’re in a safe box. Like people keep medals or shirts, I keep my watches.

Another thing is if I don’t win, the watch becomes a normal watch, so I wear, I don’t wear, I wear, I don’t wear. But when I finish a season with a trophy, that season is represented with a watch. I have 21.

– Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Mourinho hits back at 'frustrated' Souness

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness is "clearly a frustrated man".

Former Liverpool midfielder Souness was among the fiercest critics of Chelsea as they exited the Champions League against PSG on Wednesday.

Mourinho said: "The difference between me and Souness is this: Souness as a player, up there. Jose Mourinho as a player, down here. Jose Mourinho as a manager, up here. Souness as a manager, down there.

"With another difference: I was not a frustrated man because I was not a top player. He is clearly a frustrated man."

Chelsea manager 'wanted to kill' assistant on team bus

Jose Mourinho "wanted to kill" assistant first-team coach Silvino Louro for giving away the Man City score as Chelsea approached Wembley for the League Cup final on Sunday.

Mourinho jokingly told the media he 'wanted to kill' Silvino Louro. Credit: PA

The Blues boss had hoped to keep Man City's Premier League result a secret from his players one way or another in order to prevent any distractions prior to the Wembley showpiece against Spurs.

Speaking to the media after Chelsea's 2-0 victory, Mourinho said:

I told them (the players) I didn't want any kind of manifestation or disappointment if City scored in the last minute, or Liverpool won. I wanted complete silence.

We were successful on that. But one member of my staff jumped up in the bus. Silvino (Louro, an assistant first-team coach). I wanted to kill the guy. He broke the rule.

– Chelsea manager speaking to the media after Chelsea's League Cup victory
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