Friday 23 March 2018

Mourinho has end-of-term feeling

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is looking forward to the end of the season
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is looking forward to the end of the season

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is looking forward to his players disappearing at the end of a gruelling but triumphant season.

The Blues will lift the Barclays Premier League trophy after Sunday's final match with Sunderland at Stamford Bridge before an open-top bus tour on Monday to celebrate their achievements this term.

Mourinho's side, who also won the Capital One Cup in March, will then travel to Bangkok and Sydney for a brief post-season tour, before the Portuguese can finally get some respite.

Asked what he would say to his players after Sunday's match, Mourinho said: "I'm tired of you, disappear and come back after one month.

"They are tired of me, for sure, too. But we have to go to Thailand and Australia."

While Mourinho's players will leave for international duty and holidays, the Blues boss will work until June 20 before taking a break prior to pre-season.

"I will try to leave everything organised in a way I can go on June 20 and be back for pre-season," he said.

Key decisions will be made by then, including whether Didier Drogba has a future at Chelsea.

The 37-year-old enjoyed a highly successful eight-year first spell before returning, after a two-year absence, on a one-season contract which expires imminently.

Asked if Sunday's game might be Drogba's last, Mourinho said the Ivory Coast striker might not even take part due to an undisclosed injury. He has been troubled by a niggling ankle injury this term.

"I don't know but in any case he is injured. I am not sure he can even play this weekend," Mourinho said.

Sunderland's Dick Advocaat was emotional after their top-flight safety was assured with a draw at Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Mourinho, who had "a couple of tears" after winning the Capital One Cup, said: "He showed big passion for the game and for his job. The way he showed his commitment to the cause.

"The emotion after the game against Arsenal shows clearly that this for us is not just about one more job or one more pound. It's about passion, desire."

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