Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed he is happy that Chelsea beat Tottenham in midweek. Mourinho made the revelation before Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Fulham on Sunday.
According to Mourinho, Chelsea’s victory over Tottenham on Wednesday extinguished rumours about Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri getting the sack.
“After what happened in that final with Maurizio Sarri and Kepa, immediately everyone was convinced that the manager was going to be sacked,” Mourinho told beIN Sports.
“I’m so happy that they beat Tottenham (2-0 in midweek), because the best way to put water on fire is to win matches. They won and they got some stability.”
Mourinho also talked about the pressure managers are put under to be fired, blaming the media for putting intense pressure on a manager to get sacked.
Mourinho said: “I don’t think it’s always about the presidency or the ownership [feeling that way].
“It’s also about the world itself. The media itself. And the relationship the fans have with the new media world.
“So I think it’s a job that the normal tendency is to be with less stability, with more changes.
“I think even the relationship between people that work together… it looks like a faster degradation of the relationships.
“So it’s the world more than the presidencies, it’s also the pressure that [managers] are submitted to.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed after Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Fulham on Sunday that he could have killed Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga after his refusal to get substituted in the Carabao Cup loss to Manchester City.
Sarri admitted starting Kepa against Fulham was the right thing to do after the goalkeeper was fined by the club and apologized for his actions.
“With another man, yes. I could have done it another way. But considering the man, no,” Sarri said.
“I told him he was playing two hours before. It was normal. Kepa is a man, understood what happened, and reacted very well. I could have killed him, but I think this was right.
“Now we are only two points off the top four. We keep fighting until the last minute of the last match.”