"We also had surprises with players that we had no idea that they were injured and they arrived with important injuries". He added: "We are talking about a coach that has won everything, everywhere, so I think you have to respect him".
Mourinho has endured fierce criticism in recent months for publicly escalating tensions with United's hierarchy over transfer policy as well as criticising players - most notably star midfielder Paul Pogba - while the team's results and performances have declined. The Italian global will be advised to be more adventurous with his passing, especially if Manchester United continue to play the way they have done so far this season. I think that I have to respect him, and I think you [the media] all have to respect him.
Mourinho meanwhile, insists returning to Stamford Bridge will not be different to any other game in United's schedule, but he concedes he will not celebrate should his team cause an upset. "Would I celebrate like insane my team goal at Stamford Bridge or my team victory at Stamford Bridge?"
He said on the club's official app: "I'm very proud and happy".
Blues boss Sarri thinks Mourinho deserves more respect ahead of the showpiece match. To do that [celebrate crazily] it would [mean] I completely lost my emotional control, which isn't easy. I want to stay in the team now and keep the shirt so I'll keep going, keep focused and keep concentrating.
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"Chelsea is led by intelligent and experienced people in football and they would never sell Eden to Man United".
Mourinho said: 'The results speak by themselves. At the moment, we are giving too many opportunities to the opponents.
The 31-year-old Brazilian has played in every minute of the Premier League campaign so far and his quality in possession is making him thrive in Sarri's system.