March 13, 2015 13:39:51 UK
Jose Mourinho has angrily hit back at criticism of Chelsea’s last-16 Champions League exit and said his players are determined to win the Premier League.
The Portuguese coach used his pre-match press conference on Friday to reveal he held a team inquest into the club’s defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain but refused to divulge what was said.
“The future now is to try and in the Premier League and if we finish the season winning the Premier League and the League Cup, then that is a brilliant season.”
“I reflect on the game with the players, but not with you,” he told reporters. “I had a meeting with the players, I am working for the future. I don’t have to share that with you.”
Mourinho also responded to criticism from Liverpool legends-turned-pundits Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness.
Carragher described the reaction from Chelsea players to a challenge from Zlatan Ibrahimovic which saw the Sweden striker sent off as “disgraceful” and Souness labelled the behaviour “totally unacceptable” and “pathetic”.
The Stamford Bridge boss suggested envy was behind their outspoken comments and revealed he personally congratulated PSG players and staff.
He said: “One by one in the tunnel after the PSG game, I shook the hands of not just their players but the coaches and everyone else from PSG. I told them they deserved to win and good luck for the future.
“This is the way we behave after a defeat. I am not like the way people sometimes like to describe me.
He added: “The world is a bit strange, maybe because of diets and the quality of the products we are eating, I think memories are getting shorter. Because when Carragher and Souness speak about it, it is because they are having a problem for sure.
“Carragher stopped playing two years ago and it seems he’s forgotten everything on the pitch. Mr Souness has also forgotten, though he stopped playing a long time ago. He also forgets that I know so much about him, because he left Benfica as coach.
“But I prefer to laugh and to say the envy is the biggest thing that the shadows do to the man.”
The west Londoners are five points clear at the top of the table ahead of the visit to Stamford Bridge on Saturday of Southampton and Mourinho said he and his players had a clear agenda. Chelsea are currently priced 1.11 in the outright betting.
He added: “The future now is to try and in the Premier League and if we finish the season winning the Premier League and the League Cup, then that is a brilliant season.”
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