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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho in no mood for questions in Madrid

Updated: Monday, 21 Apr 2014 21:20 | Comments

Jose Mourinho is attempting to win the Champions League with a third club after his successes with Porto (2004) and Inter Milan (2010)
Jose Mourinho is attempting to win the Champions League with a third club after his successes with Porto (2004) and Inter Milan (2010)

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho displayed a curt disposition on the eve of his team's Champions League semi-final first leg with Atletico Madrid and refused to discuss Saturday's controversial Premier League loss to Sunderland.

The relegation-threatened Black Cats won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge to end Mourinho's 77-match unbeaten home record in the Premier League and further dent Chelsea's title hopes, leaving the old European Cup as their most likely chance of silverware this term.

Midfielder Ramires, Mourinho and his assistant Rui Faria could all face scrutiny when the Football Association returns from its extended weekend on Tuesday for incidents during the loss.

Mourinho made only a statement after the match in which he made veiled criticisms of the officials and referees' chief Mike Riley, and he declined to elaborate on Monday.

"Today and tomorrow and also Wednesday are Champions League days and if you want to speak about the Premier League you have 19 teams in England that you can speak with," Mourinho said.

"Chelsea today and tomorrow is Champions League and we are only available to speak about Champions League.

"We are lucky to be involved in the Champions League, so we are lucky that in the next two days we don't think about the Premier League and what's happened and what is going to happen because now we only think about tomorrow."

Asked how important it is that his players, his staff and he himself keep their composure in the Vicente Calderon Stadium on Tuesday, Mourinho added: "We always behave in relation to the situation."

"I study a lot, I try to be ready to make my players understand what Atletico is, but I have no interests in sharing with you (the media) my vision." - Jose Mourinho 

Ramires' domestic season could be at a premature end after he caught Sebastian Larsson with a failing arm, while Faria was sent to the stands for angrily approaching fourth official Phil Dowd.

Mourinho, meanwhile, laced his appraisal of match referee Mike Dean with sarcasm, barely hiding his contempt after Fabio Borini - on loan from the Premier League leaders - netted the decisive penalty in comments which could lead to him facing further censure from the FA.

He declined the opportunity to speak about Tuesday's referee, the Swede Jonas Eriksson, who was criticised by Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini earlier this season.

"I don't speak about the referees before the game," Mourinho said.

"Before the game I always think that the referee is there to do his job. And tomorrow I don't change my mind.

"I hope he has a good game. I hope he's prepared for the dimension of the game. I hope he's happy."

Curiously, Chelsea face their own goalkeeper on Tuesday as Thibaut Courtois is poised to feature against his parent club during his third successive season on loan at Atletico.

It was reported that Chelsea would demand the Spanish side pay a fee of around €3million for each game in accordance with their confidential loan agreement, but UEFA announced it expected Courtois to be free to face the Blues.

Mourinho said: "I think that on UEFA decisions it's better not to comment, you just accept or if you don't accept you don't make any comment. UEFA decides and I think managers don't comment."

Asked for his thoughts on Courtois, Mourinho said: "I don't speak about players from other teams."

Mourinho was returning to the Spanish capital for the first time since his three-year spell at Real Madrid ended, but declined to speak in Spanish. That was left to David Luiz.

Mourinho was answering questions from the media for the first time since Chelsea reached their seventh Champions League semi-final in 11 seasons with victory over Paris St Germain almost two weeks ago.

The Portuguese was not in his often talkative mood, though.

He declined to discuss in detail his thoughts on Atletico as the Blues compete for a place in the 24 May final in Lisbon against Real Madrid or defending champions Bayern Munich.

"It's with my players that I have to share my opinions about Atletico," Mourinho said.

"I (have) watched them play lots of times. When we got them in the draw, from that moment I watched them play with better eyes.

"I study a lot, I try to be ready to make my players understand what Atletico is, but I have no interests in sharing with you (the media) my vision.

"To reach a Champions League semi-final and to be fighting for the Spanish title, you must be a very important team.

"We know Atletico will try everything to win the game, but we are going to try to win too."

Mourinho is twice a Champions League winner - with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010 - but not with 2012 winners Chelsea. Not yet.

Twice he reached the semi-final as Blues boss, each time losing to Sunday's Premier League opponents Liverpool.

Mourinho declared in Spain he is still a Real fan, while Atletico supporter Fernando Torres could be granted an opportunity on his former stomping ground on Tuesday.

Striker Samuel Eto'o did not travel due to a knee injury, but playmaker Eden Hazard did despite a calf problem, as did unwell goalkeeper Petr Cech.

The absence of Eto'o could see Torres called upon, although Mourinho opted to use Andre Schurrle as a 'false nine' in the previous round in Paris.

Torres was mobbed on his arrival for his first return to Atletico since his July 2007 move to Liverpool.

"I have no doubts that in the minutes that he's on the pitch tomorrow he's going to try to do everything for Chelsea," Mourinho said.

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