Mourinho hopes Chelsea can conjure one last victory at Stamford Bridge

Portuguese says Chelsea owe other teams in relegation fight their maximum effort against Norwich City
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks on during the Uefa Champions League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon Stadium on April 22, 2014, in Madrid, Spain.  Paul Gilham / Getty Images
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks on during the Uefa Champions League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon Stadium on April 22, 2014, in Madrid, Spain. Paul Gilham / Getty Images

Jose Mourinho expects a reaction from Chelsea’s Uefa Champions League elimination on Sunday against a Norwich City side fighting for their Premier League status.

The Chelsea manager is determined his side respond in the last Stamford Bridge game of the season after home losses to Sunderland and Atletico Madrid.

“The day I’m happy a couple of days after a defeat is because there is something wrong with me, and there is nothing wrong with me,” Mourinho said.

“I’m not happy two days after a defeat. I consider myself a strong personality. I consider myself somebody with a great capacity to react to the negative moments and the negative feeling and in this moment I only think about the next match, the next couple of matches and the next season.”

Norwich are “playing the game of their lives”, Mourinho said.

“I expect they are going to play a final,” he said.

“They have two games to decide where they are next season. Are they in the Championship? Are they in the Premier League? Are they playing against Chelsea, against Arsenal, against Manchester United?

“Are they playing at Anfield? Are they playing at the Emirates? Are they playing midweek matches in the Championship? It’s going to be very, very, very difficult.”

Chelsea, who must hope Manchester City and Liverpool have late collapses to have any hope of the title, need one point from the Norwich encounter and a trip to Cardiff on the final day to confirm third place.

Mourinho also said Chelsea have a “responsibility” to the other sides battling relegation to perform.

“I have to motivate my players with the responsibility of finishing in the top three, which is very important for us to give us a better preseason,” he said.

“If you play a play-off, your preseason is completely different; it changes a lot. I have to motivate my players with the fact that the fans deserve us to win at home.

“I also want to motivate them with the fact we must feel responsibility to be fair and to be correct with every other team that is also playing for relegation.

“I don’t think Cardiff, Fulham, Sunderland, the teams that are also there, I can imagine they are not waiting for Chelsea to have a bad performance and to lose the game against Norwich.”

Mourinho plans just a short summer hiatus before resuming preparations for the 2014/15 campaign in earnest.

“I was thinking about just a couple of weeks of holidays because I don’t need more,” he said.

“But I cannot have even two weeks because my son and my daughter are occupied with academic life. So I’m going to stay in London until July 1 and be back on the eighth to start training.”

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Published: May 3, 2014 04:00 AM

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