Mourinho: I'll only go out and celebrate 100th home game if we lose

The Chelsea boss will reach the milestone when Crystal Palace visit Selhurst Park on Saturday, but says he will stay home if he wins and only dine out if he is defeated


Jose Mourinho says he will only celebrate taking charge of his 100th Premier League home game if Chelsea lose to Crystal Palace this weekend.

The Blues boss has a near-imperious record in west London, having lost just once – to Sunderland last season.

And Mourinho maintains that he will have little desire to hit the town if the Blues beat Palace on Saturday, as he only goes out to prove that he is not despairing over a result.

“When you ask me about dinner, I’m more the opposite. If I lose, I go out. More that than if I win. I don’t go out there. I have four or five restaurants where I go,” he told reporters.

“It’s like a family thing. I don’t have to hide myself because I’ve lost a match, to make my family more sad than what they are because you lose, and stay at home because we lose.

“When people do their best, like I always try, and you lose you don’t have to hide.

“Sometimes I walk to a restaurant close to the stadium. Like, the game can finish at 5pm and I can be walking there at 7.30pm and still people are in the bars and the streets.”

Mourinho also insists that his previous triumphs count for nothing as he prepares for his anniversary game.

“It’s a nice record only if I win,” he added.

“At this moment, it’s only game 100 that means something. The other 99 don’t mean anything. Tomorrow, if I don’t win, I’m not happy. It’s only fantastic if I win against Crystal Palace.”

Chelsea have endured a difficult start to the season, taking four points from their opening three matches and losing 3-0 to Manchester City in their second fixture.

Mourinho, though, maintains that he did not make a mistake in allowing the club to start pre-season training late, and says his decision can only be truly scrutinised at the end of the campaign.

“Let’s speak at the end of the season. Let’s see how we finish, how the others finish, how we can cope – hopefully – with three or four competitions at the same time. Let’s see,” he said.

“Chelsea had a fantastic start to the season last season, but a difficult period in a moment where it was crucial not to have it. We are trying to think in a different way now.

“I’m not saying things are going to finish in a wonderful way for us. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying we are trying. That is what we are trying.”

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