Title memories spur on Mourinho


Published: Friday 1st May 2015 by The News Editor

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho cherishes memories, not trophies and medals.

Victory against Crystal Palace on Sunday will see the Blues wrap up a first Premier League title in five years and Mourinho’s third in the competition.

If – or more likely, when – Chelsea win the title, Mourinho will be engulfed by a wave of emotion and reflection, before “five minutes later” looking forward to masterminding the next success.

“The meaning is the important thing. The feeling, the emotion is what stays forever,” Mourinho said.

“I have replicas of every cup I won and I don’t care about the replicas. Or the medals.

“I really don’t care. What stays forever is the feeling, the emotion, the memory of the moment.

“I have clear in my memory every one of these moments I lived.”

Mourinho describes the moment when the referee blows the final whistle on a triumph, such as the Capital One Cup success at Wembley earlier this season, or the imminent league win, as “like a flash”.

He added: “You have like a flash of the people you love most, the people who are with you, a little bit of the most important moments that lead to that trophy.

“It’s like a quick flash. And, with me, five minutes later, move on.”

Mourinho has won 21 trophies in his career, with domestic titles in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain.

His third Premier League title, after wins in 2004/05 and 2005/06, would be his first championship success since Real Madrid’s Primera Division win in 2011/12.

Mourinho added: “I don’t think it’s normal to win a title every season, unless you choose one of the countries and clubs where even the kit man as manager wins it. In here (England), it’s difficult.”

Chelsea enter this weekend’s Premier League fixtures 13 points clear of Manchester City and Arsenal with four games to go.

The Blues have seen commanding leads wiped out earlier this season, but everyone anticipates victory now, with Mourinho enjoying the run-in.

“I prefer because it depends on you,” he said.

“When people sometimes say ‘it’s yours to lose’, ‘you’re under pressure’… we are not under pressure. The pressure is on the teams who have to win and wait for us to lose.

“Since March, when we recovered the distance we’d lost in December, the problem was for the others. They had to win.

“Some of them had fantastic runs. Man United had victories consecutive, Arsenal too, but they couldn’t close the gap.

“For us, it was just about us. Nothing else matters. This weekend we don’t care about Hull City v Arsenal (on Monday), or United v West Bromwich Albion (on Saturday). It’s just about us.

“When it goes to the countdown, I like the feeling that we have to force it. We can’t wait for it.

“I like the feeling of the last month: come on, let’s go, we need four victories, three victories, two.

“I like this feeling of being almost there but not there. I like this. I like this last push.”

Published: Friday 1st May 2015 by The News Editor

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