Mourinho: I Remain Chelsea’s No. 1

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Jose Mourinho was jeered by the fans at Chelsea, prompting the Portuguese to say he is still the club’s number one manager.

The FA Cup quarterfinal encounter between Chelsea and United was a physical one, with Ander Herrera getting sent off in the 35th minute.

Mourinho had to be separated from Conte, after a late challenge from Valencia on Marcos Alonso.

An action that the Chelsea faithfuls jeered. And the former Blues manager responded with three fingers, the amount of EPL titles he has won for the club.

“They can call what they want,” said Mourinho. “I am a professional. I defend my club and until the moment they have a manager that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I am the number one.

“When they have someone who wins four titles, I become number two. But until this moment, Judas is number one.”

Mourinho admitted he was pleased with his own reaction after his confrontation with Conte, before going on to praise his players for their battling display.

“I managed to control my emotions and reactions – and that’s good because this way I can be on the bench the next match,” Mourinho added. “My players, they need me.

“It’s better for me to be close to them so I think it was good for me to control it. I’m in the game and I communicated with my players and the fourth official. Nothing more than that.

“I’m really proud of my players. After Thursday in Rostov, with Rostov again on Thursday, I’m proud of the guys. Mr Oliver, goes home and can do his own analysis, because I don’t want to analyse his work.”



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