Mourinho slams 'press talk' ahead of Liverpool meeting

Mourinho slams 'press talk' ahead of Liverpool meeting

It's not really surprising that managers just hate the worldwide break.

He added sarcastically: 'It's a very important match for them - they need the match to qualify so I just wait'.

"He's given them that little bit of extra pace in behind, proven goalscorer in the Premier League".

Bertrand, 27, spent much of his early 20s on loan away from Stamford Bridge, but despite starting in Chelsea's Champions League final win over Bayern Munich in 2012, Mourinho allowed the England left-back to leave permanently for Southampton in 2014.

The Portuguese manager is already facing a shortage in midfield following an injury to Lukaku's compatriot Marouane Fellaini and will be delighted to see that his top marksman is not facing a spell on the sidelines.

Lukaku has been nursing an ankle injury but was sent on as a substitute by Roberto Martinez in the second half of Belgium's dead rubber World Cup qualifier against Cyprus.

Ahead of the game, Mourinho attempted to play mind games in a bid convince Martinez not to play his striker.

'If he [Lukaku] plays tonight it is because he has recovered.'

"We don't cry with injuries, we may cry with the process that leads to injures, but we don't cry".

"You can say we have not played one of the top five teams yet". Martinez has in the past day dismissed reports of tensions between him and Mourinho but there is no doubt that Mourinho will be furious if Lukaku starts against Cyprus. "It would be unfair to say Lukaku and Matic didn't have an impact in the improvement of the team - of course they did".

"The reason [Lukaku] wasn't in the squad in the previous game was because he wasn't 100 per cent".

"It's an opportunity for another one and we trust".

But when Martinez made a decision to bring on Lukaku when they were 3-0 ahead in the 66th minute with qualification and another three points already secured, we'd love to have seen Mourinho's face.

To be fair, Lukaku looked fully fit and scored within 12 minutes of being on the pitch.

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