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Jose Mourinho cranks up the pressure on Chelsea


Jose Mourinho will face another test against old club Chelsea after Manchester United were drawn against the Blues in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

The last time the Special One took his new side to Stamford Bridge, things didn’t go exactly how he would have liked.

Antonio Conte’s men ran out 4-0 winners on that occasion, but the cup game is expected to be a much closer affair as both sides aim to reach Wembley in the last four.

Mourinho is sure to receive much of the attention in the build-up to the game, but however much he enjoys being the centre of attention, he’s giving nothing away.

Speaking after United’s 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers, the Portuguese told a press conference:

“No reaction (to being drawn against Chelsea). I have to play Saint-Etienne, I have to play the EFL Cup final, I have to play hopefully another opponent in the Europa League.

“I have to fight for a top-four position in the Premier League. I have so many things to think about.”


There was one indication of some classic Mourinho mind games, though, as he added:

“Chelsea can only think about that [the FA Cup] because they are champions and they have nothing else to fight for.”

As Mourinho well knows, Chelsea are not yet champions at all, even if they can boast an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

If anything, the FA Cup may actually be more significant to Mourinho than Conte, as if he can’t steer United to a top-four finish, he at least needs to deliver some silverware to make his first season convincing.

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