Just another game for 'still no. 1 Judas'

Beth Cruz
April 15, 2017

Really? You can bet Mourinho will want to put a dent in Conte's title aspirations particularly if Spurs get a win against Bournemouth today to cut the gap.

The Reds now have nine matches remaining this season in the Premier League and Europa League, with the prospect of up to three more European games to follow if United get past Anderlecht and progress all the way to the final in Stockholm next month. He was very hurt by their provocation - I know this from good sources.

Chelsea travel to Old Trafford on Sunday knowing that a win would take them to within touching distance of the title and Conte has played down any suggestion of a feud with Mourinho.

"If I was a Manchester United defender, I would be very upset with the attacking players", Mourinho said after his team converted only one of its 16 shots on goal. The Premier League top four is still an opportunity.

United have drawn 14 games this season, 10 of those 1-1 and six of those after leading 1-0.

Asked if there was nothing special about the game, Mourinho: "No, not at all".

They are far from ideal conditions in which to be preparing an ambush of the champions-elect, but despite his protestations that it is "just one more game", Mourinho is likely to be highly motivated.

February's 1-0 FA Cup defeat was a closer affair, but brought with it barracking from the fans who had once sung his name.

"They are very objective in the counter-attack and they have individual players out of the context of the game that can also resolve the problems".

He branded his misfiring players as "sloppy" after they conceded a late equaliser in Belgium.

The left-back saw his "focus and ambition" publicly questioned by the United manager as he struggled to hold down a regular place in the side following his return to action from a double leg fracture. "For me, it is just a game", Mourinho said.

He added: "You could say I've turned the corner but I'd say I'm at the start of turning the corner".

He said: 'It's only a sporting competition between him and me.

"I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I want to push for the best from me".

"I've always been a hard worker but maybe, if I look back, maybe I wasn't working as hard as he likes".

We had a really good talk and he discussed what he wanted from me and I think even in a week and a half I have seen a massive change in myself, not just on the pitch and the training ground but off it as well.

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