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Emotional Jose urges his Blues to improve

JOSE MOURINHO will demand more from his Chelsea team after they inflicted what could prove to be a knockout blow on Manchester United's hopes of successfully defending the Premier League title.

"We have to improve," Mourinho said. "I want better. The first 20 minutes were not good.

"I want the game to be in (our) control since the beginning and it was not.

"They started the match better than us and they were a bit unlucky that we scored in that moment.

"When you are better than the opponent, you have to go and try to kill the game.

"When the opponent is better than you, you have to identify that moment, you have to be humble and you have to control the game.

"For these 20 minutes they were better than us, but my team was compact, was solid, showed solidarity. And we controlled them.

"Normally we need four, five chances to score a goal. (On Sunday) first shot, first goal, second shot, second goal. Things were going in our direction."


Later, Mourinho paid an emotional tribute to the support of those who had helped him reach the pinnacle of the game as he accepted the Football Writers' Association Tribute Award at a gala dinner in London.

"Without love and happiness, I could not do my job," said Mourinho, who was accompanied to the gala dinner by his wife and children, with son Jose a promising goalkeeper.

"My assistant (coaches) are like my brothers, Frank (Lampard) represents my players, without whom I have no career, and Mr (Louis) van Gaal, Mr (Bobby) Robson, my bosses."

Mourinho believes a settled family life in England has helped him refocus for the challenges ahead.

He continued: "The best thing football gave me was to make a decision about my future.

"I sat down with my wife and family, and said 'where is the best place for us? Where can we be happier as a family? To be happy as a manager and enjoy more the family and life socially?'

"We decided England, after that, for the situation to be perfect it would be Chelsea and I was lucky because the door was open for me."