With the group stage already behind him, and having seen his team beat CSKA Moscow 2-1 (Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford scored in the second half), Jose Mourinho was in the… mood to comment on Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger’s tactics, a few days after Manchester United’s win at Emirates, and before their huge Manchester derby against City.
When we have a problem, we have a problem. When players are injured, they are injured. I tell you the truth
the Portuguese told reporters, talking about who, among his players, have a chance to play against City, and who not.
The truth is Eric Bailly has no chance for the weekend, Phil Jones a chance, [Marouane] Fellaini a chance, Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] a big chance and [Nemanja] Matic is injured but will play for sure. [Michael] Carrick, no chance
the Man United manager said, before turning directly against his Arsenal and Manchester City counterparts. Remember, Wenger had publicly ruled out Alexandre Lacazette 48 hours before kick-off last weekend, but he played (and scored). Similarly(?), David Silva is supposed not to be fit to play the coming weekend, but Mourinho is not really buying that.
No stories of Lacazette or David Silva. All the truth. Our opponents have all these issues. They have a big issue but, in the end, everybody is ready to play. They have phenomenal organisations. We are a bit more humble
the Portuguese manager said. Last talking about the draw of the Champions League last 16, he avoided really going there, and he explained why.
I think that teams will not be jumping with happiness to play against us. I am not the luckiest guy with draws, so it is better I shut up and forget it because we only play in February. Until then I have to concentrate on the English competitions
his comment was.