Sunday 25 March 2018

Mourinho to hit the gym as he takes share of blame for Chelsea's woes

Mourinho has admitted that he is not happy with his own performance as Chelsea manager
Mourinho has admitted that he is not happy with his own performance as Chelsea manager

Matt Law

Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is not happy with his own performance as Chelsea manager and has put himself on a strict gym regime in an effort to improve.

The Premier League champions have started the season with a draw and a defeat in their first two games, leaving Mourinho looking for ways to improve.

"I'm not happy with my form," he said. "Because I used to get better results than I'm getting now. This is the start of everything. I'm not happy with Ivanovic's form, Cahill's, John's, Azpi's, Fabregas', Matic's form. But, for me, the first thing is I'm not happy with my form.

"This week, we are more active in training, we are watching more videos, working harder. I go to the gym every day now to get fitter. Maybe I need more action on the touchline, so I need to be fitter."

Asked whether there are any players he is happy with, Mourinho replied: "No, not one. We have one point from two matches. I'm not happy at all.

"I'm not happy with anyone. I'm either happy with everybody or not happy with anyone. I don't like to lose or for the players to have a better mentality than I have, so we are all not happy."

There are two worrying omens for Chelsea ahead of tomorrow's trip to West Bromwich Albion, who are managed by Tony Pulis. Both Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo were sacked after defeats at the Hawthorns, while Mourinho's last six Premier League defeats have come against managers whose surname begins with the letter P, with Pulis (twice), Manuel Pellegrini, Mauricio Pochettino, Alan Pardew and Gus Poyet getting the better of him.

"I didn't even think about that," said Mourinho. "But I wouldn't mind to go to the superstitious side of the game. I never win against a P. And the seasons where I start with a 2-2 at home, I win the treble. Porto and Inter Milan."

Captain John Terry, who was substituted at half-time in the 3-0 defeat by Manchester City, is hopeful of retaining his starting place and could partner Kurt Zouma in the centre of defence, with Gary Cahill stepping down.


Chelsea have signed forward Pedro and left-back Baba Rahman since the City defeat.

Chelsea decided against competing with City for centre-back Nicolas Otamendi or pursuing an interest in Antonio Rudiger, who has joined Roma on loan. Mourinho spoke yesterday about looking for opportunities in the remainder of the transfer window.

Chelsea have a long-standing interest in Paul Pogba, but may have a better chance of signing the Juventus midfielder next summer, while Joao Moutinho could demand a transfer from Monaco.

Chelsea are open to offers for Juan Cuadrado and Victor Moses, but Mourinho stressed the arrival of Pedro would not mean Willian would be sold.

The Portuguese also reiterated he had no regrets over selling Kevin de Bruyne, who looks set to join City for £50m, claiming the Belgian would have been worth less than half the £18m Wolfsburg paid for him if he had stayed at Stamford Bridge for another year.

"If you have a player knocking on your door and crying every day he wants to leave, you have to make a decision," said Mourinho.

"At that time, Chelsea did well. If De Bruyne stayed here, not happy and not motivated, and we'd sold him after a year, we'd have got less than 50pc of what we sold him for. So we sold him.

"At that moment, it was very good business. Compare with today, and especially if somebody comes and pays for him what, one year ago, somebody would pay for Messi or Cristiano, it looks from the eyes of the world that it's bad business from us.

"But, if he was at Chelsea and not at Wolfsburg, he wouldn't have reached this level. It was like a wall, a block. He was not ready to compete.

"He was an upset kid, training very badly. He always said he had trained well in his life, but he needs motivation to train well by playing every game." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

West Brom v Chelsea, live, Sky Sports 1, tomorrow, 1.30

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