Jose Mourinho didn’t take long to respond to Yaya Toure’s comments that the Chelsea manager should show his title rivals ‘a little more respect’.
The Portuguese insists City and Arsenal proved in their Champions League ties that his backing of their quality was right and he can’t understand why Toure feels him saying City have the title in their own hands is a lack of respect towards the Citizens.
"I think Man City and Arsenal showed at Munich and Barcelona that I was right that they have enough quality to do it because they play very good matches so I don’t think that is a lack of respect. This is support,” he said.
"The same way I say City has three matches in hand and they are capable of winning all three matches and become top of the league. If that is lack of respect he has a strange concept of lack of respect.
"I don’t want another Man City player to say I am not respecting them."
Mourinho then set his sights on Manchester United’s chances of progressing in the Champions League and hopes the Red Devils can overcome their two-goal disadvantage against Olympiacos on Wednesday.
"I want to say the same in relation to Man United. I think Man United is a better team than Olympiacos,” he continued.
“I think Man United can do it. I wish Man United to do it.
"Tomorrow when Rooney, Robin van Persie or Michael Carrick say Mourinho’s not being respectful, I think they are wrong because I support them.
"I support the English teams and I was not happy that the English teams were out of the competition.
The Chelsea boss also gave an injury update for their game at Aston Villa on Saturday, and confirmed that both David Luiz and Ashely Cole will still be side-lined while Fernando Torres could return at Villa Park.
'We will have no David and no Ashley,' he said, when asked on whether the duo would be available for the trip,” Mourinho added.
“Maybe I won't take him (Torres) and I'll try everything for Tuesday, but maybe I'll take him tomorrow.
“It depends on today's training and conversations after the session. Yesterday he looked okay.
“The dedication to the recovery was great by him and the physios. He's tried everything to recover.”
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