Jose Mourinho: Chelsea Will Win Premier League Title
Chelsea will win the Premier League title this season, manager Jose Mourinho has predicted.
The Blues were knocked out of the Champions League by Paris St-Germain in midweek but lead the top flight by five points with 11 games remaining.
Mourinho said: “The people who went out last Wednesday are the same who've been top of the league since day one.
“They are the same people who won the Capital One Cup and the same people who are going to win the Premier League.”
Mourinho said that he held a meeting with his players to discuss their defeat, on away goals, in the last 16 of the Champions League and had now “closed the chapter”.
He added: “If you want to speak about the Champions League you have to go to (Arsenal manager) Arsene Wenger or (Manchester City boss) Manuel Pellegrini.
“They are representing England. They have to win one match and I hope they do it.
“The only thing to speak about the Champions League is that if we win the Premier League we are top seeds next season.
“What we can do now for our club is to win the Premier League. Our situation is good. Everybody would love to be in our position.
“If we win the Premier League and the League Cup it's a brilliant season.”
Mourinho on pressurising referees
Chelsea were criticised after nine of their players surrounded referee Bjorn Kuipers before he showed Zlatan Ibrahimovic a red card following a challenge on Oscar in the midweek defeat by PSG.
Mourinho said: “If my players surround the referee, we are charged.
“We have to pay a fine and if we do that, the players pay the fine. At this moment we have eight months of competition, we have been charged once and we paid for that. It's as simple as that.”
Mourinho on Ibrahimovic
The Paris St-Germain striker claimed Chelsea's players had “acted like babies” in the incident which saw the Sweden international receive a red card in the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho said: “I don't comment on what others say. I have an opinion about things.”
Mourinho on the mental strength of his players
The Chelsea manager had suggested his team didn't cope well enough with the pressure of their Champions League tie.
Mourinho added: “I think we will cope with the pressure of playing against Southampton.
“We have had key games since the start of the season. It's more difficult to start the season with the same points as everyone.
“Now we have five points more. At this moment it's easier.”
Mourinho on pundits Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher
The two former Liverpool players were scathing of Chelsea's approach and conduct during their Champions League exit.
Mourinho said: “You know, the world is a bit strange, maybe because of diet and the quality of the products we are eating, because memories are getting shorter.
“When Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness speak about it, it's because they're having a problem.
“The game finished, I was in the tunnel and one-by-one – not just the players, the coaches, everyone – I shook their hands, told them they deserved [to win], good luck for the future. This is the way we behave after a defeat.”