Jose Mourinho hits out at reporter for his 'stupid' question
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has predicated that his team selection for Wednesday night’s Champions League opener against Maccabi Tel Aviv will cause a stir, as he prepares to drop a host of big name stars.
Mourinho has confirmed that he intends to ring the changes to his line-up after a disastrous start to the Premier League season continued last Saturday with a 3-1 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park.
The Premier League champions are already 11 points behind runway leaders Manchester City and Mourinho admits the time has come for him to shake up his line-up.
“I have to try different players, I have to try different options and I know what that means,” said Mourinho, as he turned in a feisty performance at a pre-match press conference staged at Chelsea’s Cobham training base.
“If I leave out (Cesar) Azpilicueta, (the media will report) it is because I have a problem with Azpilicueta. If I leave out Cesc Fabregas, it is because I have a problem with Fabregas. That is not the case, but I know what happens.
“We start so bad, but it’s not because of that that somebody can steal what we are. Nobody can steal what we are, nobody can steal our trophies, nobody can steal our history. We know what we are: champions of England.
“It’s so simple to accept that the results are not good because that’s football. It’s so easy to connect that with football, injuries, bad luck, bad moments. It’s so easy to do that that it’s quite sad many people try to find problems where problems don’t exist."
Reports in the newspapers on Tuesday suggested Mourinho has told his players that they could not smile until they started winning again, with the Blues boss insisting his players should not be happy after collecting just four points from their first five matches.
“You cannot expect we are all smiles, laughing and jokes,” he continued. “When people is not getting the success that you work for people are obviously frustrated and not happy.
“Confidence levels are affected, especially people used to winning all the time. When you don’t, it’s a strange feeling. I promise you we are working. When we say business as usual, it’s true. With one difference: we are not happy."
Mourinho then turned on a reporter who suggested his failure to enjoy more than three seasons at any of his clubs suggested his impact has a short-term impact on players.
"Look, in Porto I didn't have a third season. My third season in Inter, I didn't have a third season. My third season at Chelsea, the first time, I won the FA Cup and the Carling Cup and I played the Champions League semi-finals. The third season in Real Madrid, I won the Super Cup, I lost the cup final and went to the Champions League semi-finals.
“My third season at Porto,” he questioned. “I didn’t have a third season. My third season at Chelsea I won the FA Cup and the Carling Cup and I played the Champions League semi-finals.
"My third season at Inter Milan? I didn’t have a third season. My third season at Real Madrid? I won the Super Cup. I lost the cup final and went to the Champions League semi-finals
“This is a stupid question. Go to Google first before you ask stupid questions," he added.
"I have no experience of going beyond a third season, so this is a stupid question. I have nothing to show to anyone, nothing to show.”
Mourinho declared that he was still ‘special and happy’ despite his side’s unexpected slump, but that mood will be tested to the full if Chelsea fail to pick up wins against Maccabi and Arsenal over the next few days.