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Mourinho in Carragher blast: 'He must have forgotten everything he did on the pitch'

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Chelsea players crowd round referee Bjorn Kuipers as he shows a red card to Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic after a clash with Oscar

Chelsea players crowd round referee Bjorn Kuipers as he shows a red card to Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic after a clash with Oscar

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Chelsea players crowd round referee Bjorn Kuipers as he shows a red card to Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic after a clash with Oscar

Jose Mourinho has hit back at criticism from TV pundits Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness following Chelsea's exit from the Champions League this week.

Carragher and Souness both criticised Chelsea and Mourinho after the Blues players surrounded the referee at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night which resulted in PSG talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic harshly being sent off.

"The world is a bit strange, maybe because of diet and the quality of product we are eating, memories are getting shorter," said Mourinho today.

"When Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness are speaking about it it's because they're having a problem for sure.

"Jamie stopped to play a couple of years ago and in two years he forgot everything on the pitch."

On Souness, who worked at Benfica prior to Mourinho working there, the Blues boss said: "I know a lot about him. I know so much about him."

Mourinho is determined to move on from Chelsea's Champions League exit and focus on the Premier League title push.

Mourinho's men have 11 games to play, beginning with Sunday's match at home to Southampton.

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Jose Mourinho refused to dwell on Chelsea's European exit

Jose Mourinho refused to dwell on Chelsea's European exit

Jose Mourinho refused to dwell on Chelsea's European exit

"We have 11 matches to play in the Premier League. We want to be champions, to win the Premier League, but also to be back in the Champions League, to be head of group," said Mourinho.

"We cannot promise that win every game, we cannot promise that we win the Premier League, but we are optimistic.

"You have to be optimistic to succeed. Be optimistic. Believe in yourself."

Following the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge and 3-3 exit on away goals, Mourinho insisted he would take time to analyse the performance.

He declined to reveal the content of his debrief with his squad, which took place on Thursday.

"I reflect with the players not with you. I don't have to say," he added.

"I had a meeting with the players, I'm working for the future and I don't have to share with you."

Mourinho refused to respond to Zlatan Ibrahimovic - the PSG striker who was sent off in the second half as the referee was surrounded by Chelsea players - branding the Blues "babies".

"I keep saying to you and to many of you that I don't comment on what the others say. I have my own opinion about things," Mourinho added.

"My point is that if you want to speak about Champions League you have to go to (Arsenal manager Arsene) Wenger or to (City boss Manuel) Pellegrino (sic).

"I don't want to go back. I want to go forward. I think they will cope with the pressure of playing Southampton."

Chelsea skipper John Terry defended the actions of the Blues players after the Ibrahimovic incident. So did Mourinho.

"If they surround the referee, we are charged, we have to pay a fine. If we do that the players play the fine," the Portuguese said.

"We were charged once (this season). We pay for that."

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