No manager wants to lose their players to the international break.
Jose Mourinho is expected to be no different.
With Southampton, Chelsea, Liverpool, United and City already having made it clear that they are unlikely to release players, Jose has taken a quieter but similar approach.
“In this moment, I don’t want to speak,” Mourinho said. “In this moment, I want to see what is going to happen.
“Do you know, for example, if Argentina-Brazil is going to be played in South America or if it’s going to be played, for example, in London? I don’t know.
“I know little things; I know Portugal will play in Turin, I know Norway will play in Spain. I don’t know much.
“Let’s see what is going to happen, where the matches are going to be played.
“Of course, the clubs have the right to protect themselves, because Jurgen is right: the clubs pay the players.”
Instead he chose to talk football.
“I think we need the points more than them,” Mourinho said.
“If their objective is to be quiet and stable in the middle of the Premier League, they’re going to have that anyway. If we want to go up the table, we need points.
“Of course, March is going to be so hard for us: only one match at home, Palace, and then everything after that is away, plus two Europa League matches, plus national team with all the controversy and the problems we may face with that.
“March is going to be very, very hard. If we can add three points to our table, that would be great.”
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