The Lonely One
There was a Chelsea first today at Cobham as Mourinho arrived so early for today’s press conference that the club’s head of media wasn’t ready for him!
The Special One appeared a full five minutes before the scheduled start time and walked through the side entrance without his trusted media lieutenant.
Reporters in attendance shared a joke with the Blues boss as he sat all alone at the desk and waited for the arrival of the press officer.
A round of applause greeted the red-faced club official as he then came through the same door the Portuguese manager had minutes earlier and the briefing finally got underway.
We know Jose wants to get the title wrapped up as soon as possible and it seems he isn’t wasting a single minute of preparation time ahead of Sunday’s trip to Arsenal.
Chelsea are 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League with six games remaining.
Respect for Wenger
Rivalry - what rivalry?
The Special One called Wenger a “voyeur” in 2005, branded him a “specialist in failure” last year and also clashed with the Frenchman on the touchline at Stamford Bridge.
But if Mourinho is to be believed, there is no needle between the two despite the Blues boss boasting an unbeaten streak in his previous 12 meetings with Arsenal.
He said: "For me, the achievement is to win on Sunday.
"It is no different from when I was at Inter with the Milan manager, at Real with the Atletico manager, or Porto with Benfica. It was the same.
"Matches are isolated events. No relation with the previous one or the next one. I respect everyone. He's not my rival.”
Eden Hazard is staying put
Mourinho is confident Eden Hazard has no desire to sign for Real Madrid.
The Belgian forward is expected to be named PFA Player of the Year after Sunday’s trip to Arsenal.
His performances have attracted admiring glances from Spain and Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane holds him in the same regard as superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
It was the first move of an anticipated summer courtship from Carlo Ancelotti’s side but Mourinho is not worried about the possibility of the player leaving Stamford Bridge.
He said: "He made a commitment for the future of the team, signing a very good contract. I don't think he's interested in going."
Strike it lucky
Chelsea are leaving it as late as possible before making a decision on the fitness of Diego Costa ahead of the Arsenal game.
Costa is the club’s top scorer this season and has been struggling with the recurrence of a hamstring problem.
Mourinho would love to have the powerhouse back for the game in north London, particularly given Loic Remy is unable to take part.
There had been fears Didier Drogba would also be unavailable after missing a charity game this week, however the Ivorian has been passed fit by his boss.
Mourinho said: “Didier, for sure is good. Remy, not for sure. Diego let’s make a decision tomorrow.
"He’s a very important player for us but the reality is that we are coping with difficulties of every match without him.
"Remy did well for us and Didier is doing well for us. The team is playing in a different way to adapt with the two strikers.”
Drogba has scored 15 goals in 15 games against Arsenal, netting every 78 min 20 sec on average against the Gunners.
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Patrick Bamford’s Chelsea future on hold
The newly-crowned Championship Player of the Year will be hot property this summer but Mourinho has told Patrick Bamford to forget about Chelsea until the summer.
The 21-year-old has banged in 19 goals while on loan at Middlesbrough this term to put the Teeside club in the frame for promotion at the business end of the season.
Boro have two games to go in their quest for a top-two finish and the Chelsea manager thinks the young striker should only have his mind on matches with Fulham and Brighton.
Mourinho said of Bamford’s next move: “He has to be the first one to know.
“At the moment he shouldn’t be thinking of his future but winning the next two matches and seeing if he can be trying to get promoted.
“If they can’t he still has two more matches in the playoffs and he should be focused on Middlesborough and his team-mates and not about his future.”