Mourinho promises 'big night' at home after Sevilla stalemate

Mourinho promises 'big night' at home after Sevilla stalemate

Ross Houston
February 25, 2018

Jose Mourinho said Friday he respects Paul Pogba's "professionalism" following reports of a heated training ground row with the out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder.

Second-placed United head into Sunday's clash three points ahead of Chelsea in fourth place and Matic, who moved from Stamford Bridge to Old Trafford, is looking forward to the game against his former club.

Chelsea drew 1-1 with Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday and Willian believes his team mates must emulate their performance if they are to beat United and leaders Manchester City.

Asked about facing Matic, Conte responded: 'About this player I can talk only really well because he played with us last season. Mourinho said the player made the decision himself which led to "creating some doubts" for the Manchester United boss for Wednesday's game.

"Step by step that feeling I was the Chelsea manager, for them, I think this disappears, so the real meaning of this game is it is two big clubs playing one more match".

"You saw the game against Sevilla", Mourinho said. "I think it's always more hard to come from the bench than to start".

"21 goals is not bad at all and I don't analyse the players' performances the same way you [journalists] do".

"At the moment, we are getting closer and closer to the end of the season, so we have to get the points". They don't have shin pads, strapping, the shirt.

After being withdrawn after 63 minutes of United's 2-0 defeat to Tottenham in January, the French worldwide was then dropped to the bench against Huddersfield before again being taken off midway through the second half of the defeat to Newcastle. He took 10 seconds to be ready to come to the pitch. "So I think Old Trafford needs a big Champions League night, and that's going to happen", Mourinho said.

Conte then called the United boss "a little man" and Mourinho retaliated by saying he treats Conte with "contempt". I don't agree with the coach keeping him on the bench, he is a fantastic player and should play so he'll be able to justify his huge transfer fee.

Asked whether Mourinho felt respected by Chelsea, a club he managed in two spells, he replied: 'I have a good relationship with the board, I don't forget how nice they were to me in a hard period with the departure of my father.

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