A Chelsea win against Norwich City and Jose Mourinho can pause for thought
Sunday 06 October 2013
Jose Mourinho knows his Chelsea side are far from the finished article but a first Premier League away win of the season at Norwich today, before the international break, would be another step in the right direction.
The Blues responded to successive defeats to Everton and Basle by beating Fulham and Swindon, drawing at Tottenham and winning at Steaua Bucharest.
Chelsea's coach said: "We have a lot to improve, we have a lot to work on. We will have moments of ups and downs, because teams of this profile, with young people, with some people that are not mature, the normal tendency is that performances are not always very stable. I'm ready for that."
Chelsea play at home to Cardiff and Manchester City, either side of a Champions' League match at Schalke, following the international break and Mourinho said: "If we can win now, 15 days without football it will be a period to reflect, to analyse and to prepare for what is coming."
He speaks highly of his Norwich counterpart Chris Hughton, the investment made in recruiting the likes of Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon and insisted Chelsea would not underestimate the Canaries.
Mourinho added: "They made a great investment this season. They had money to spend, they spent it. They brought in good players, players with a future, not just the next couple of years. The squad is very good.
"The manager in my opinion is good too. I like the way he coaches. I like the way he organises his teams, always a good mentality, always well organised."
Norwich City v Chelsea is on Sky Sports 1 today, kick-off 1.30pm
Latest in Sport
How Liverpool can catch Manchester United and secure Champions League football next season
Arsenal transfer news: Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini set for showdown summer talks over future
Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger reveals: 'We are not close to signing anybody. We need to lose some players'
Danny Jones: Keighley Cougars half-back dies after cardiac arrest during league game
Chelsea season player ratings: Grading the entire squad of the new Premier League champions
- 2 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
- 3 Russell Brand backs Ed Miliband: 'You gotta vote Labour'
- 4 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils