The former was certainly unfortunate, the latter misleading.
“So if I could choose, I would choose the Europa League, but I can’t choose and we have the risk of not winning the Europa League”.
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The novel Thursday night scheduling is also due to Manchester City’s FA Cup semi-final clash against Arsenal the previous Sunday, 23 April. The cost, however, was high with not only Pogba, but Daley Blind added to a lengthy injury and suspended list.
Mourinho added: “It was too much for us – Rostov away, Chelsea with ten men, Rostov again and now Middlesbrough with injured players, exhausted players, suspended players”. Or are the authorities happy to have just one English club in the Europa League and one English club in the Champions League?
And they will face Mourinho’s men with the Portuguese having made seven changes to the team that edged past FC Rostov in the Europa League in midweek. “Play on Monday with 10 men, enjoying five hours the M6 coming back to Manchester” BBC quoted him as saying. No amount of reasoned explanation from Fabio Capello or Carlo Ancelotti could ever convince Berlusconi to abandon his conviction that the more strikers you have on the pitch, the more fearsome your attacking play. “It’s hard to understand and hard to accept but it has to be”.
The interview gave an insight into life behind the scenes at the club’s Carrington training ground and revealed that Mourinho keeps an exercise bike by his desk in his office.
Even defeating a team who are second-bottom of the table and have just parted from their manager, Mourinho did his best to portray the win as a Sisyphean task completed, a victory against significant odds.
He has not scored in the League since September and Mourinho acknowledged but played down the problem.
It is a challenge that is playing on Mourinho’s mind.
Next week, there will not be any Premier League action due to the global break.
While he might say he has more control over his emotions than before, Mourinho nevertheless can not resist a swipe at one of his managerial rivals, Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola. The 24-year-old had scored six times in between his two most recent Premier League strikes – most notably the victor in last season’s FA Cup final and in this season’s Community Shield.