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Jose proud of Blues fight
04 Apr 2007 - 07:44:46
Jose Mourinho has again paid tribute to the fighting spirit in his Chelsea squad, after they remained in the hunt for honours despite a string of injury problems.
The Blues boss has been without key players throughout most of the season, with the extended absences of goalkeeper Petr Cech and captain John Terry proving especially problematic.
Mourinho commented: "Only a team with this mentality, with the relations we have with every member of the group, could survive and do what we are doing.
"We can win more things this season but, even if we don't do it, it will be the kind of season that, at the end of it, I would have only good words for my players.
"So we all can sleep good. The problem is when people think I could do more or I didn't give the maximum, or that I slept on what we did and achieved before.
"That is not the case. We want more. We have done well to be in this position. We feel we can do more and add something else to the League Cup we've won, but we cannot control it.
"All season, we have not played with our best team. We can never play with the same team for two consecutive matches.
"So, when I say the work my players are doing this season, in these circumstances is brilliant, I say what I really feel.
"They are doing a tremendous job because some of the players are playing in every single game. For the team to survive, these players have to give everything they can."