Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho makes ‘important game’ claim

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho claims Chelsea’s Capital One Cup final against London rivals Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday is “the most important of my career”.

The 52-year-old Portuguese tactician has won domestic league titles seven times, the Champions League twice and the UEFA Cup once during his illustrious managerial career.

Chelsea also currently sit clear of Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title, while they are also in the last-16 of the Champions League ahead of next month’s second leg against Paris Saint-Germain with the tie level at 1-1 from the first game in France.

However Mourinho claims all his previous success in the past while the Capital One Cup final is the next game to come so in his eyes it is above anything else on the agenda this season.

He told his pre-match press conference: “This cup final is the most important of my career. More important than the Champions League finals. More important than all the other cups I’ve ever played before.

“Do I look stupid? It’s just because it’s the next one.

“The others are in the club museum. My medals are somewhere at home, I don’t know where … but the most important game of my career is always the next one.”

Nemanja Matic will miss the final despite having his three-match suspension reduced to two games following his red card against Burnley last weekend.

John Obi Mikel remains out with a knee injury so Ramires is likely to start in midfield, while Thibaut Courtois is set to be selected ahead of Petr Cech in goal.

Chelsea are 1.62 to win the 1×2 market, while Spurs are 5.01 and the draw in 90 minutes is 3.80.

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