Jose Mourinho not worried about upsetting Chelsea's stars by dropping them



Posted Monday, December 22, 2014 by Dailystar.co.uk

JOSE MOURINHO admits he doesn't care if his players are happy - as long as Chelsea win the title.

The leaders travel to Stoke tonight looking to re-establish a three-point gap over reigning champions Manchester City.

The two heavyweights are level on points and are only separated by a single goal.

Mourinho will ring the changes with fit again Thibaut Courtois set to replace Petr Cech in goal and John Obi Mikel and Filipe Luis also expected to drop to the bench.

But Mourinho insists his sidelined stars can like or lump it - and he doesn't care which.

He said: "It's my decision and the players may not be happy with the decision, or not agree with the decision, but they know my decision is not to favour somebody or to punish somebody.

"It's what I think is best for the team at a certain moment. This is the way I do it.

"It's one of the first things I say to a squad at the beginning of the season: I don't give explanations to players unless they ask me for one.

"I had one who asked, knocking on my door asking why someone else was playing instead of him. I said he was playing better, closed the door, goodbye.

"If I explain to one, I have to give them all explanations. In Christmas, I'd spend all my team explaining things."

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He added: "I don't have a secret of keeping them happy. I don't know. I think they are unhappy and frustrated.

"But the reality is that, to be professional and work at a high level, you don't need to be happy.

"All of them are professionals. The team is more important than themselves.

"We may have a secret to make them work every day at a high level, but no secret to keep them happy."

Mourinho insists he has no problem giving his players the cold shoulder - but he believes his band of brothers will deliver success.

"It's not difficult for me,' he said. "I'm very club, team, team, club, group.

"I think everybody has to be ready to sacrifice for the team, to give everything for the team, to think about the team, not to be selfish. This is the way I want a team to be.

"The first time Mikel played was Newcastle and he was our best player.

"How can he be our best player if he didn't play in three months? Because he was working every day at the top level.

"Sad, frustrated, not happy? Maybe. But professional. That's what I expect from the players.

"It's the concept of helping the team. The one that comes on in the last five minutes, he's a crucial player. If he makes a mistake the team loses. If he doesn't, the team wins.

"Everybody wins, everybody loses. You have to know the squad is good at Chelsea.

"If you are at Chelsea as a goalkeeper, you can't imagine that you are the only good goalkeeper. The same for strikers. It's impossible. For me, all of this is normal. Very normal."



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