Mourinho credits Chelsea masseur as source of inspiration for win over Man City
Jose Mourinho has credited Chelsea masseur Billy McCulloch to be the source of inspiration ahead of the 1-0 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. Mourinho revealed that McCulloch delivered a rousing speech in the teamtalk session before the match. The Portuguese boss also admitted that he didn’t understand anything the Scotsman was saying.
Mourinho further stated that he still believed Arsenal were the hot-favorites for the Premier League title even though Chelsea had managed to end Manchester City’s flawless home record with a 1-0 win at Etihad Stadium on Monday.
The master tactician outplayed Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini on the field. Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic scored the only goal of the game, but it was enough to give Chelsea the much needed three points. Mourinho believes his players were roused by the words of McCulloch, who ended up giving the pre match speech to the Chelsea players.
“I didn’t speak. It was Billy the masseur that spoke to the team,” Mourinho said. “He was screaming so much in Scottish I didn’t understand him. I am serious. But the players were clapping. It was Billy’s team talk. Billy was fantastic.”
Chelsea are currently level on points with Manchester City, but are third placed because of a comparatively poor goal difference. Mourinho believes his side will be the underdogs this season as Arsene Wenger’s men march on to lift the Premier League trophy.
“They are top of the league and they are the favorites,” Mourinho added. “It's not our responsibility or objective to do that (win the league). Our objective is to build the team. Some managers, some clubs because of the nature their DNA they say two, three, five years. I want to start the next preseason in the summer and say this season we are going to win the league. This season I can't.”
The former Real Madrid boss shrugged off the idea that the Premier League was a three-horse race this season. Mourinho labelled Arsenal and Manchester City as favorites for the Premier League title suggesting there were “two horses and a little horse” that needed to further improve in order to enter the top contender.
Mourinho was up against an injury stricken Manchester City side on Monday. The FA Cup rematch between the two sides on February 15 should be an interesting game. Manchester City should be able to produce a better performance since a couple of key players will have returned by then.