Mourinho snubs awkward question
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was in a curt mood on the eve of his team's Champions League semi-final first leg with Atletico Madrid and refused to discuss Saturday's controversial Premier League loss to Sunderland.
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The relegation-threatened Black Cats won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge to end Mourinho's 77-match unbeaten home record in the Premier League and further dent Chelsea's title hopes, leaving the old European Cup as their most likely chance of silverware this term.
Midfielder Ramires, Mourinho and his assistant Rui Faria could all face scrutiny when the Football Association returns from its extended weekend on Tuesday for incidents during the loss.
Mourinho made only a statement after the match in which he made veiled criticisms of the officials and referees' chief Mike Riley, and he declined to elaborate on Monday.
"Today and tomorrow and also Wednesday are Champions League days and if you want to speak about the Premier League you have 19 teams in England that you can speak with," Mourinho said.
"Chelsea today and tomorrow is Champions League and we are only available to speak about Champions League.
"We are lucky to be involved in the Champions League, so we are lucky that in the next two days we don't think about the Premier League and what's happened and what is going to happen because now we only think about tomorrow."
Asked how important it is that his players, his staff and he himself keep their composure in the Vicente Calderon Stadium on Tuesday, Mourinho added: "We always behave in relation to the situation."
Mourinho declined to discuss in detail his thoughts on Atletico and the curious situation which sees Chelsea likely to face their own goalkeeper, with Thibaut Courtois on loan in Madrid for a third successive season.
It was reported that Chelsea would demand the Spanish side pay a fee of around 3million euros for each game in accordance with their confidential loan agreement, but UEFA announced it expected Courtois to be free to face the Blues.
Mourinho said: "I don't speak about players from other teams.''
Mourinho is twice a Champions League winner - with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010 - but not with 2012 winners Chelsea. Not yet.
Twice he reached the semi-finals as Blues boss, each time losing to Sunday's Premier League opponents Liverpool.
Striker Samuel Eto'o (knee) did not travel, but playmaker Eden Hazard (calf) and goalkeeper Petr Cech (illness) did.
The absence of Eto'o could see Fernando Torres called upon, although Mourinho opted to use Andre Schurrle as a 'false nine' in the previous round at Paris St Germain.
Right-back Branislav Ivanovic is suspended, so Ashley Cole could return at left-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta switching flanks.