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Jose Mourinho confident ahead of home game against Crystal Palace


Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Saturday's home game against Crystal Palace will not be taken lightly by his players.

The Blues had to work extremely hard to battle past the Eagles when the two teams met at Stamford Bridge in May.

And the Portuguese expects more of the same this time around.

"Palace [last season at Stamford Bridge] played like it was a crucial game for them and that was the pure feelings of football," Mourinho told reporters.

"This is a different match but with the same need to get the three points.

"Last season was to win the title, this season it is to try to recover positions we lost with two bad results at the opening of the Premier League.

"Crystal Palace are always a difficult opponent and they have even better players than last season and an even better team than last season. A London derby is always a London derby and for them Stamford Bridge is a huge motivation.

"But I see my team coming and we had a good game and good result last weekend,' he emphasised, adding that another good week of training has followed the one that heralded the win at West Brom.

"That result had a bit of an influence on the happiness of the group and hopefully we can get three more points before the period of international games.

"We have worked on a few things on defending in training, such as defending with nine men. We also worked on tactical aspects to improve the team.

"I didn't just work the defenders, I worked the team because you have to defend as a team. You cannot blame defenders for goals conceded because a team is a team and good one defends as a team."

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