Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said that he doesn’t think about the past and that the game against Arsenal on Saturday is just another game.
Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 after a goal by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the Community Shield earlier in the season, but in the Premier League, Chelsea has a huge upper hand on Arsenal, having not lost in the last seven meetings. But Mourinho made sure to point out that the past won’t matter on Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
“I just go in the direction of the match on Saturday,” Mourinho told The Guardian. “It’s a match that I want to isolate from every possible context. It doesn’t matter our fantastic record against Arsenal; it doesn’t matter that in seven matches in the Premier League, they don’t beat Chelsea; it doesn’t matter they beat us in the Community Shield. It’s a match that we want to win.”
Chelsea has struggled to start the season, as the reigning champions find themselves just above the relegation zone in 17th place with four points in five games. The Blues did pick up a 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv mid-week in the Champions League.
“In football, when you lose matches, you are affected,” Mourinho said. “You can say you’re not but you are. Normally, when bad things in football happen, the first thing is to find a dramatic story.
“But the reality is that, if you lose matches, you are affected – you lose confidence, you don’t want the ball. You are afraid of the ball. You fear the worst. The Maccabi victory was not what we need now to win 15 matches in a row. It was important [in order] to be a bit more relaxed, a bit more confident. To taste victory again is important.”