Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has played down the significance of drawing his former club Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
The Portuguese coach has already begun mind games by putting pressure on Antonio Conte and his men by describing them as Premier League champions.
Mourinho has claimed that his players will not even be thinking about the trip to Stamford Bridge as they need to focus on the EFL Cup final and Europa League fixtures.
Chelsea’s only cup competition is the FA Cup as they failed to qualify for Europe last season and they were knocked out of the EFL Cup by West Ham United in October.
According to The Mirror, when asked to give his views on the quarter-final draw, Mourinho said:
“No reaction. I have to play Saint-Etienne, I have to play the EFL Cup final, I have to play hopefully another opponent in the Europa League. I have to fight for a top-four position in the Premier League. I have so many things to think about.
“Chelsea can only think about that [the FA Cup] because they are champions and they have nothing else to fight for. The match is in one month’s time, so I don’t want to think about it.”
Of course, Chelsea are not Premier League champions just yet as there are 13 games left to play, but they have a healthy eight-point lead over second-placed Manchester City.
United are way behind in terms of the title race as they sit 12 points adrift, but it seems as though Mourinho is trying to get into Conte’s head by stating that the Blues can relax because they are title winners already.
United, who reached the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers, were beaten 4-0 by Chelsea in Mourinho’s first time back at Stamford Bridge since getting sacked by the Blues in December 2015.