Chelsea manager José Mourinho gave his pre-match press conference today ahead of our next game in the Premier League against AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge. First, he offered an injury update on John Terry, Ramires, Radamel Falcao and Thibaut Courtois, with the latter set to return to our line-up after missing nearly three months of playing time due to a knee injury:
"Terry, Ramires and Falcao still out. Courtois is selected."
"Courtois is Courtois. To miss him for a couple of months, we knew we had a good back-up in Begovic. Nineteen matches without the best goalkeeper in the world was hard for us. Now we are in a super situation. The best and a very good one."
Another player that could have missed our next game is Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic, who had an injury scare but is set to play nonetheless:
"Nemanja Matic has fractured his nose and part of his face. But he's ready, he has a mask and he feels comfortable. He's ready. He did it against Tottenham."
Diego Costa was dropped from Chelsea's starting eleven last weekend, topping it up with sideline antics after not entering the game following some minutes of warming up. Mourinho said that Costa is selected, but even the player himself doesn't know whether he will be starting:
"He is selected but I cannot tell you if he is in the starting XI because even he doesn't know yet."
"For me there are no questions marks. For one game he was on the bench and for me, for a player, that is natural, He always tries and gives his best. I don't need a reaction from him. I just need him to be what he is and try hard."
Three Chelsea player were photographed leaving a night-club at 3 AM yesterday but according to latest reports, Mourinho himself gave permission for it. Mourinho backed this claim, saying that having a night out is good for our players:
"I think the Paparazzi had a problem with their memory cards because there were a lot more players out but they only snapped three."
"Having a night out is good for them. They told me that dinner was good and after dinner was even better."
Former Manchester United player and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has been appointed as Spanish club Valencia's manager, although rumours from Spain claimed Neville is only holding up the spot as they waited for José Mourinho. The manager commented on Neville's new position, but didn't want to discuss the rumours linking him to a move back to La Liga:
"I have no advice for him, I just wish him well. He was a very good player and a very good pundit and now he must prove that he can be a very good manager."
"I don't speak about Valencia. There has been no contact, especially because their owner knows I don't want to leave."
About Chelsea's poor run in the Premier League, Mourinho said December 'can be a good month' for the team to pick up good results:
"I hope [that the poor run is over] but we have to be cautious. In the Premier League, you don't know what's round the corner, but we have kept strong to cope with it. The month of December can be a good month. We play four matches at home. And we go away to two of the top teams."
-José Mourinho; Source: The Telegraph