Mourinho: Burnley will make Turf tough for teams

Jose Mourinho acknowledges the Turf Moor crowd

Jose Mourinho acknowledges the Turf Moor crowd

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JOSE Mourinho believes the rest of the Premier League will not find it easy to emulate Chelsea and beat Burnley at Turf Moor this season.

Mourinho’s side overcame Scott Arfield’s opener to claim a 3-1 victory over the Clarets on Monday night but the Portuguese boss reserved praise for Burnley after the match.

Only Leicester and Middlesbrough won at Turf Moor in the Championship last season, and Mourinho thinks Premier League sides will face a tough task there as well.

He complimented the work of Burnley manager Sean Dyche – nicknamed ‘the Ginger Mourinho’ – but declared himself satisfied with a Chelsea performance that established them as immediate title contenders this term.

“I think we really deserved these three points, against a side that is going to give a fight to everyone that comes here,” Mourinho said.

“Burnley were difficult, I think they play with their strengths, very direct, their two strikers very close to each other and the combination between both.

“The wingers are high intensity people, they can accelerate, they can come inside to shoot, they can go outside to cross.

“I think they are very well worked side so the coach has to be good.

“In the Premier League obviously they have to play against teams with a different dimension of players but that’s what money does.

“I think with the potential they had they gave us a difficult match and will give a difficult match to anyone, so I wish them the best.”

Mourinho praised the way his side responded to Arfield’s goal – hailing debutant Cesc Fabregas and his side’s superb second goal, which the Spaniard laid on for Andre Schurrle.

“I think we had a good reaction and the first part of that reaction was that emotionally we were not affected by the goal conceded,” he said.

“We conceded a goal and kept playing according to the way we are training and the way we want to play.

“The players were very calm, they never lost their composure and after that we had a fantastic 20 or 25 minutes with three goals, especially the second one, a fantastic goal. The movement and the quality of the passing, the vision and the understanding between them was beautiful.

“I think the team played very well but I agreed with Cesc being the man of the match because him and Matic controlled the game.

“They were both good brains in this team and I’m happy with that because probably last season we couldn’t control the way we did in this game.

“In the second half we had control. I was a bit afraid because I know that my players are not in top physical form already to give the same kind of performance for 90 minutes so we lost a bit of attacking appetite.

“But the control of the game and the control of possession was always there.”

Mourinho had one criticism, aimed at the officials after Diego Costa was booked for diving when he fell under Tom Heaton’s first-half challenge.

“It was a penalty but the linesman decided not to give it,” said the Chelsea boss.

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10:57am Wed 20 Aug 14

RobH2O . says...

Most pundits suggest that there are 3 "leagues"in the Premier. The top 6 clubs, the middle 8 and the bottom 6.

This season is guessed to be the tightest yet. 38 points historically sees you safe. This time the money is on needing 40 points. Burnley therefore need to pull 10 wins and 10 draws.

There is a maximum of 42 points available agains the middle 8 and the bottom 6 combined. There is no way in hell that you'll win all those games. Sam Allardyce's rule of 70% against those who are not top 6 is interesting.

That's 13 clubs played twice, 26 games. 13 home 13 away. Win 70% of the home and draw 70% away gets you 9 wins and 9 draws, 36 points.

You've got to pull 1 win and 1 draw from the 12 games against the top 6.

Come on you Clarets.
Most pundits suggest that there are 3 "leagues"in the Premier. The top 6 clubs, the middle 8 and the bottom 6. This season is guessed to be the tightest yet. 38 points historically sees you safe. This time the money is on needing 40 points. Burnley therefore need to pull 10 wins and 10 draws. There is a maximum of 42 points available agains the middle 8 and the bottom 6 combined. There is no way in hell that you'll win all those games. Sam Allardyce's rule of 70% against those who are not top 6 is interesting. That's 13 clubs played twice, 26 games. 13 home 13 away. Win 70% of the home and draw 70% away gets you 9 wins and 9 draws, 36 points. You've got to pull 1 win and 1 draw from the 12 games against the top 6. Come on you Clarets. RobH2O .
  • Score: 11

11:11am Wed 20 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

We dared to #believe last season and we dare to #believe this season
We dared to #believe last season and we dare to #believe this season Its Only a game boy
  • Score: 5

11:22am Wed 20 Aug 14

AnotherPounding4Blackburn says...

High praise from one of the top managers in world football.

We gave a good account of ourselves and if we play with that same intensity and passion we will cause one or two upsets. Chelsea were exceptional, not all of the teams we meet in that top group will be as fluid in moving the ball. Our fast paced passing football will be a match for most.

We are head and shoulders above the Burnley side of 5 years ago and 40 points is not beyond us.
High praise from one of the top managers in world football. We gave a good account of ourselves and if we play with that same intensity and passion we will cause one or two upsets. Chelsea were exceptional, not all of the teams we meet in that top group will be as fluid in moving the ball. Our fast paced passing football will be a match for most. We are head and shoulders above the Burnley side of 5 years ago and 40 points is not beyond us. AnotherPounding4Blackburn
  • Score: 5

11:46am Wed 20 Aug 14

costabob says...

Burnley's team cost 6million, versus 190m for Chelsea's ensemble.
Kinda puts 1-3 into perspective.
Up the Clarets!
Burnley's team cost 6million, versus 190m for Chelsea's ensemble. Kinda puts 1-3 into perspective. Up the Clarets! costabob
  • Score: 5

1:06pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Claretcert says...

AnotherPounding4Blac
kburn
wrote:
High praise from one of the top managers in world football.

We gave a good account of ourselves and if we play with that same intensity and passion we will cause one or two upsets. Chelsea were exceptional, not all of the teams we meet in that top group will be as fluid in moving the ball. Our fast paced passing football will be a match for most.

We are head and shoulders above the Burnley side of 5 years ago and 40 points is not beyond us.
Yes and it's going to be interesting to see how we react to the setbacks because that's where I think we're much better than before. There's going to be a few teams on the wrong end of Chelsea this season. City and Arsenal on their day can destroy a side, but at our best a confident bunch like ours can pose a challenge. Good managers know it's all about margins, performances and belief. Compare the dignity of Clarets who applauded an excellent side off the Turf with the boos and bile directed at Bowyer evey time they slip up. Dignity at Turf Moor classless morons at Ewood.
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Blac kburn[/bold] wrote: High praise from one of the top managers in world football. We gave a good account of ourselves and if we play with that same intensity and passion we will cause one or two upsets. Chelsea were exceptional, not all of the teams we meet in that top group will be as fluid in moving the ball. Our fast paced passing football will be a match for most. We are head and shoulders above the Burnley side of 5 years ago and 40 points is not beyond us.[/p][/quote]Yes and it's going to be interesting to see how we react to the setbacks because that's where I think we're much better than before. There's going to be a few teams on the wrong end of Chelsea this season. City and Arsenal on their day can destroy a side, but at our best a confident bunch like ours can pose a challenge. Good managers know it's all about margins, performances and belief. Compare the dignity of Clarets who applauded an excellent side off the Turf with the boos and bile directed at Bowyer evey time they slip up. Dignity at Turf Moor classless morons at Ewood. Claretcert
  • Score: 3

1:42pm Wed 20 Aug 14

tall in the saddle says...

Obviously haven’t seen all the top teams yet but surely they can’t be better than that Chelsea side on Monday night. Man City maybe as good. I can understand why Paul Scholes has berated Man U for not going after Fabregas. Sean Dyche is a young intelligent manager, who has never managed at this level. He will learn quickly and will see Burnley safe from relegation.
Obviously haven’t seen all the top teams yet but surely they can’t be better than that Chelsea side on Monday night. Man City maybe as good. I can understand why Paul Scholes has berated Man U for not going after Fabregas. Sean Dyche is a young intelligent manager, who has never managed at this level. He will learn quickly and will see Burnley safe from relegation. tall in the saddle
  • Score: 5

5:49pm Wed 20 Aug 14

shimmy says...

Burnley played the team most likely to win the league and didn't win, I am amazed. Well done you Clarets, I have one of the best seats in the stadium and I am very pleased, (and amazed)
Burnley played the team most likely to win the league and didn't win, I am amazed. Well done you Clarets, I have one of the best seats in the stadium and I am very pleased, (and amazed) shimmy
  • Score: 2

8:21pm Wed 20 Aug 14

slopes says...

Its Only a game boy wrote:
We dared to #believe last season and we dare to #believe this season
what a moron hahahh now s the time to get your holiday funds up by backing against Burnley every game already £200 up not counting the money ive saved by not buying A TICKET FOR THE MOST bent,corrupt boring sky league
[quote][p][bold]Its Only a game boy[/bold] wrote: We dared to #believe last season and we dare to #believe this season[/p][/quote]what a moron hahahh now s the time to get your holiday funds up by backing against Burnley every game already £200 up not counting the money ive saved by not buying A TICKET FOR THE MOST bent,corrupt boring sky league slopes
  • Score: -2

8:31pm Wed 20 Aug 14

ZomZom@thePark says...

slopes wrote:
Its Only a game boy wrote:
We dared to #believe last season and we dare to #believe this season
what a moron hahahh now s the time to get your holiday funds up by backing against Burnley every game already £200 up not counting the money ive saved by not buying A TICKET FOR THE MOST bent,corrupt boring sky league
Well you'll be In your element as the Venkys take you on a trip of the lower league backwaters in the years to come then. Enjoy it. That's if you can be arsed to get from behind your keyboard. I believe there's some lovely scenery down on the English Riviera which you can take on on your way to Plainmoor. Leave the big important stuff to Burnley.
Tool.
[quote][p][bold]slopes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Its Only a game boy[/bold] wrote: We dared to #believe last season and we dare to #believe this season[/p][/quote]what a moron hahahh now s the time to get your holiday funds up by backing against Burnley every game already £200 up not counting the money ive saved by not buying A TICKET FOR THE MOST bent,corrupt boring sky league[/p][/quote]Well you'll be In your element as the Venkys take you on a trip of the lower league backwaters in the years to come then. Enjoy it. That's if you can be arsed to get from behind your keyboard. I believe there's some lovely scenery down on the English Riviera which you can take on on your way to Plainmoor. Leave the big important stuff to Burnley. Tool. ZomZom@thePark
  • Score: 3

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