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Football

Mourinho blasts crisis talk as Chelsea face Fulham
AFP
London, September 21, 2013
First Published: 08:26 IST(21/9/2013)
Last Updated: 08:28 IST(21/9/2013)

Jose Mourinho has slammed talk of a crisis at Stamford Bridge as the Chelsea manager bids to end his side's dismal run of four matches without a win on Saturday.

Mourinho's men desperately need a victory over their west London neighbours to erase the bitter taste of Wednesday's shock defeat against Swiss minnows Basel in the Champions League.

That was Chelsea's first home group stage loss in the competition for 10 years and it came hot on the heels of a 1-0 defeat at Everton last weekend, a result which condemned Chelsea to their worst Premier League start for a decade.

But Mourinho is convinced his team's erratic start is merely the growing pains of a young squad who are still adapting to his demands.

"For me, no crisis, for me two bad results. We want to change and we're going to change," Mourinho said.

"I agree we must have better results. I agree we are not the kind of club that is going to wait two, three, four, five years to have a team."

"We have to accelerate the process, but we are not going to change."

"We want this team to play in a certain way and that's the way we're going to work."

Liverpool conceded their 100% record in Monday's 2-2 draw at Swansea City, but they remain top of the table by a point and will look to strengthen their position at home to Southampton on Saturday.

Manager Brendan Rodgers will be without Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho due to a shoulder injury, but in Daniel Sturridge he has a striker looking to score for the sixth game in succession.

Southampton drew 0-0 at home to West Ham United last weekend and are bidding for a first victory since their 1-0 success at West Bromwich Albion on the opening day of the season.


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