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Mourinho: Enthusiastic and confident

Jose Mourinho expects a good performance and a positive result when we take on Norwich City at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

The Blues return to Premier League action following the recent international break and will be looking to get back to winning ways against the Canaries.

Despite recent results, the overall level of performance has been high and the players, according to Mourinho, are looking forward to the match.

‘I think tomorrow we are going to play very well,’ said the Blues boss. ‘With all the respect I have for unpredictability in football, and all the respect I have for our opponents, I think we will play well and get a good result.

‘The players are enthusiastic and confident.  They know they are playing more than okay, individually and collectively, and the results have to come. We are positive. I don’t think we are going to start the game under any kind of pressure, we just want to play.’

Mourinho praised the Chelsea fans for the manner in which they’ve backed the team in difficult circumstances of late, and says the players can only benefit from such strong support.

‘In some stadiums and at some clubs, when the results are not good it’s the home fans that play against you a little bit,’ he explained. ‘This is not the case; at home our fans have been magnificent with the team. Instead of it being a factor to disturb a little, it’s a factor to make the team feel comfortable. The fans are showing lots of respect and great support.

‘We play Norwich at home and then Maccabi Tel Aviv and Tottenham away, but we want to be back at home to play against Bournemouth and Porto. Stamford Bridge has been very good for us and that’s one more reason to give Stamford Bridge what they want.’

While results this season have been disappointing, the manager is confident both he and his players have the full support of everybody at the club, and he doesn’t anticipate significant changes to the squad in January.

‘We were champions a few months ago, not four years ago or 10 years ago,’ he said. ‘The manager is the same, the players are basically the same too. Nobody gives a four-year contract if they don’t trust the person. Nobody gives new contracts to players, like we did to so many of them in the last couple of months, if they don’t trust them. There is trust and there are reasons for that trust, but obviously the power is in the hands of the owner and the board.

‘In the same way they’ve shown they trust us, it’s time for us to give a positive answer, which I think we are giving but not with results. It’s important for us to go into a good period because the owner deserves it, the board deserves it and the supporters deserve so much. We are working well and fighting together, I believe the good moment will arrive.

‘Lots of matches are coming. We have four months without the national team and four months with the three most beautiful competitions to play. The FA Cup will start for us, plus the Premier League and Champions League.

‘I will not ask the board for any changes in January. I’m happy with my players, I trust my players, I don’t need to clean the dressing room or ask the club to spend money. We put ourselves in a great situation together by being champions, now we have to be together again to put this situation back in the right place.’

There was positive news regarding the fitness of both Falcao and Thibaut Courtois, with Mourinho reporting both players are edging closer to a return. The Belgian goalkeeper is expected to be back in December.

Meanwhile, the manager believes having had so many Chelsea players representing England across the younger age groups during the international break will prove beneficial for all concerned.

We had six players  - Ola Aina, Nathaniel Chalobah, John Swift, Lewis Baker, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Dominic Solanke - involved with the Under-21s, while Charlie Colkett and Tammy Abraham scored for the Under-20s and Under-19s respectively.

‘It’s good for Chelsea, for them and hopefully for the national team,’ he said. ‘It’s a period in their evolution. International football is different to club football. They are playing with kids of their age, which is different to club football, when they play with people with 15 years’ more experience than them, but at this age every experience is good for them so I’m more than happy.’

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