Mourinho unfazed about playing former club Chelsea
London, Oct 22 (IANS) Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has said memories of his time at Chelsea will not stop him doing his job on Sunday, when his side plays against his former employers for the first time.
Mourinho is the London club’s most successful manager of all times, winning three Premier League titles over two spells in charge, and retains a good relationship with the Chelsea fans.
But while he admits that he is not sure of the reception he will get from the Chelsea faithful, his main concern is to get the job done.
“To say I care is not true because, to be honest, when I go to a football match, I do not focus on that. I focus on the game, I try to prepare myself for matches, so I cannot say that I care,” he was quoted by www.goal.com.
“What can I expect? I don’t know. They can think about me and remember our great relationship and have a good reaction. They can look at me and say ‘for 90 minutes he is Man Utd manager and he’s playing against us so he is not somebody we like in this moment’.”
Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea in December 2015 after a poor start to the season which left the club hovering above the relegation zone, insists that he will not be drawn into a war of words following the disappointing end to his second spell.
“Some managers, when they leave clubs, they like to wash their dirty clothes, which means they’d speak about what happened. They go back and speak and speak and speak,” he continued.
“I’m not that. I leave the clubs and I leave with a very good feeling, a feeling of I did everything to succeed, I gave everything to the club and I don’t like to go back and speak — especially about the bad things.
“I keep the good things — and, at Chelsea, I had so many good things, so many good things in terms of results, so many good things in friends that I have for life, an amazing empathy with the supporters.
“The supporters didn’t change their relationship with me because of last season — it was a couple of months of results — so I keep all these good memories and there are things that I don’t forget which I keep; I keep them for myself.