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Mourinho in dismissive mood ahead of Atletico clash

ESPN staff
April 21, 2014
Jose Mourinho insisted his mood had not changed - just the weather © Getty Images

Jose Mourinho faced the press for the first time since Chelsea's controversial 2-1 defeat to Sunderland on Saturday, but refused to speak on a host of topics ahead of his side's Champions League semi-final first leg at Atletico Madrid.

Mourinho refused to comment properly on many issues, from Thibaut Courtois's likely appearance for Atletico against his parent club to his coach Rui Faria's sending-off against Sunderland.

Following his congratulatory message to Mike Dean and Mike Riley on Saturday, the Chelsea manager simply dismissed most of what he was asked.

"My reaction is simple, it is that today, tomorrow and Wednesday are Champions League days. So I will not speak about the Premier League," Mourinho said.

"You have 19 teams in Premier League to think about, Chelsea are the one who is in the Champions League and we are only available to talk about that. We always behave in relation to the situation."

When asked about Courtois, Mourinho was equally unmoved.

"I think that UEFA's decision is better not to comment, we just accept it. If we do not accept it, we do not make any point. So UEFA decides and I think management do not comment."

More pointedly, Mourinho then said: "I do not speak about players from other teams."

The Chelsea manager also refused to offer any analysis of Atletico or how he would prepare his players to cope with Diego Simeone's side on Tuesday.

"I am not going to talk about Atletico's qualities," Mourinho said. "I did that with my players yesterday, today and tomorrow. It is with my players that I have to share that. But of course no team arrives in a Champions League semi-final without being a very good team.

"There are no exceptions, so to be here they must be very good team. A team we respect, we study and we analyse. I am not here to speak with you about my vision or feelings about Atletico."

Mourinho expressed no regrets about his time in Spain, as he returns to the country for the first time since being sacked by Real Madrid last May.

The Portuguese feels he has no "unfinished business" despite never winning the European Cup with the Bernabeu outfit.

"I have no unfinished business. I did my best, always do my best, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose," Mourinho said. "Sometimes you win and you deserve to, sometimes you win and you don't deserve to. Sometimes you lose when you deserve to lose, sometimes you lose and you don't deserve to lose.

"With Chelsea in the semis we lost on penalties, as Liverpool scored one more than us. We lost with a goal which was not a goal, but that is part of football."

Despite that, Mourinho still proclaimed himself a supporter of Real: "I repeat that in Spain my team is Madrid, so I'm happy when they win competitions I am not involved in."

Finally asked why his mood had changed, Mourinho said: "Nothing has changed, just the weather."

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