Jose Mourinho’s Press conference before the Burnley clash
After a lot of off-the-field attention for Chelsea, Jose Mourinho faces the media for the first time since their 1-1 draw against PSG in Paris. With the club hitting headlines for all the bad reasons, the media interaction have drawn a huge attention with Jose Mourinho admitting that he felt ashamed by the racist actions by a group of Chelsea fans. Here is what he told the media in his brief interaction.
On the Paris incident –
“We were appalled at what we saw. The club would like to apologize. We have been co-operating with met police and Paris police and conducting our own investigation. We have suspended three individuals. If they are shown to be guilty, they will be banned for life. We have taken swift and decisive action so far. The people involved do not represent Chelsea football club. They have no place at this football club. They do not belong to Chelsea football club”
On the racist victim visting Stamford Bridge –
“He would watch not the game he would feel what Chelsea is because in this moment maybe he has the wrong idea of what Chelsea Football Club is. I don’t even know if the gentleman loves football but for sure, he would love to feel that the people who had this action with him are not the football club. They are not Chelsea. Chelsea is the owner, the board, the manager, the players, the people, that work here. There are the true Chelsea supporters so yes I would support the idea even not knowing if the gentleman loves football or not.”
Message to non-white fans who may not want to visit Stamford Bridge –
“I don’t believe they think about not coming because everybody knows what Chelsea is. We feel ashamed but maybe we shouldn’t because I refuse to be connected with these people. I am connected with Chelsea and so many good things this club defends and represents.
“I left Chelsea in 2007 and I couldn’t wait for the moment to be back and it is not because of people like this that I wanted to be back. so yes I felt ashamed when I knew what happened but I am a proud Chelsea football club manager because i know what this club is and these people don’t represent Chelsea Football Club.”
About Player reactions –
“The reaction of the players is the same as we all had. I have a squad at Chelsea with 12 or 14 players with African nationality or connection and all over these years this dressing room even without me but I can put my stamp on it because it didn’t depend on who the manager was.
“I am sure this dressing room was always one with big principles of equality. We had everything. Not just race but religion. Everything. So they reacted the same way as I did; With disappointment. [We are]Condemning the situation and supporting the gentleman involved but also with the feeling that we are ashamed.
“But maybe we shouldn’t be because these people don’t belong to Chelsea Football Club. Our club has no space for these people.”
On John Terry –
“I think everybody wants to stay and especially him. I think he accepted our policy of after a certain age you go year-after-year and John accepted that with a smile and as a challenge. Last season he won the challenge by performing so well and he got the extension. Again this year he’s winning the challenge for another extension.”
On Players fitness:-
“Mikel is still out, I would say a couple more weeks minimum. After that no more problems. After Paris we had no recurrence of any injury and Eden [Hazard] is a lucky boy not to be injured.
“During the game I was aware of the number of fouls, I wasn’t counting, but was aware he was surrounded and fouled. But only on TV could I understand the dimension of the fouls because some were dangerous ones. He is a lucky boy but he deserves luck, the same way he was lucky at Stoke.”
More on Hazard –
“I hope he stays lucky. He is honest, loyal, he doesn’t provoke opponents and try to create emotional reactions but in this moment he is a difficult person to stop.
“And at the moment it is going over the line but I am proud of him for being this kind of honest kid on the pitch and I leave it with the authorities to do something if they feel they need to do.”
On his contract –
“I have two more years of contract. I want to stay. I think the club is happy too. Im not waiting for offers, I’m not going to give any space for speculation or interest of other clubs. I want to stay I don’t want to go. I will stay until Mr. Abramovich wants me to stay.”
On Luis Figo’s FIFA Presidency bid –
“I’ve known him since he was a kid, a youth player with Sporting, when I worked with Sir Bobby. Then at Barcelona, then I was his manager at Inter. I’m proud of him. I am very proud of his evolution, Win or lose the election, he’s already won credibility, he’s showed his passion for the game.”
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