COBHAM, NEAR LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (FEBRUARY 27, 2015) (REUTERS) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Friday (February 27) impressed on reporters how seriously he took the League Cup final which his team will dispute with Tottenham at Wembley Stadium on Sunday (March 1).
“For the first time I don’t think about the future of this club,” the Portuguese told reporters on Friday (February 27).
“These are only moments when I think about the moment. I don’t think about the future, I don’t think about the consequences, I just think about the game. We have a final to win this Sunday and nothing else matters.”
Mourinho told reporters that the final, the first domestic tournament to reach its conclusion, would be played, celebrated and then the teams would move on to the next week on their busy schedule.
“I feel this is the way I want to do it and the players the same,” he said. “This is the game we have to play and the game is the final. And after that the Capital One Cup (sponsor name of League Cup) is over. If you go home with a cup and a medal – perfect, but no consequences. Monday is another day, Monday we have to train. Wednesday we have to play, and no time even for them to think about consequences. It is a final we have to play and I prefer to say it is a final we have to win.”
Mourinho moved off the subject of the League Cup as he was asked about the Europa League, which saw English teams Tottenham and Liverpool crash out of the competition, with only Everton remaining from England.
Chelsea, who lost the 2008 League Cup final to Spurs, will be without suspended midfielder Nemanja Matic and the injured Jon Obi Mikel at Wembley.
Mourinho declined to answer a question about Matic’s sending-off which came when he reacted angrily to an Ashley Barnes tackle during last week’s Premier League match with Burnley. Mourinho was incensed by Barnes’s tackle but kept his comments to himself during the news conference as he has been warned about making remarks about decisions by referees.
“I can’t give you my views because it is bad for me if I speak about the Matic situation. I promise you that I will be in big trouble,” the Portugues would only say.
Chelsea are five points clear at the top of the Premier League and host Paris St Germain in a Champions League last-16 return match next month after drawing 1-1 in the first leg.