Jose Mourinho wants to avoid a replay with Manchester City, so explained he’ll be going all out to win tomorrow’s cup clash…
Speaking at his pre-match media conference before travelling north, the manager outlined the difficulty of coming up against a side in such quick succession.
‘It’s not easy to play consecutive matches against the same team,’ said Mourinho. ‘You try to read the previous game and try to improve things, try to analyse mistakes and the opposition, and you can be influenced by the direction a game took.
‘I don’t know what he (Manuel Pellegrini) thought of the game, but playing the way they play they are strong even if they change. At Stamford Bridge they played differently with one striker and five midfield players.
‘He’s a good manager and for sure he’ll try to make the best decision for his team. We don’t want or need a replay. We are not going there to try to get a draw and bring the game to Stamford Bridge. We want to try to win.’
On the injury front, Mourinho reported that John Terry is still out and won’t play tomorrow, while the manager also cast doubt over the availability of another centre-back, Gary Cahill, who injured his calf in our midweek draw at West Brom. The defender tried to train today and is going for a scan to assess whether he can feature at the Etihad.
Mourinho also responded to Arsene Wenger’s words today on why managers rule themselves out of a title race due to a ‘fear to fail’.
‘He is a specialist in failure. I’m not. If supposedly he is right and I’m afraid of failure it’s because I don’t fail many times. Maybe he’s right.
‘The reality is that he’s a specialist because eight years without a piece of silverware is failure. If I do that at Chelsea, eight years, I leave London and I don’t come back.’