Jose refuses to panic

27 December 2006 04:34
Jose Mourinho insists nobody at Stamford Bridge is pressing the panic button despite Chelsea slipping four points behind Manchester United on Boxing Day. Mourinho brushed off the 2-2 stalemate with Reading which saw United extend their lead at the top of the table and has targeted a maximum haul of six points from their remaining matches over the Christmas period as the only priority. "Right now, we are surviving because the distance to Manchester United is four points and that is not a drama," said the Portuguese coach. "I keep saying three points can be solved when we play United. But we are in a difficult situation, although I think we can survive. "We have games against Fulham and Aston Villa next. They are two difficult Premiership matches but, after that, we have a period when we play the FA Cup. "The FA Cup is not our priority. If we get players back in two or three weeks then it will not be a drama. We need maximum points against Fulham and Villa."

Source: ESA