Mourinho on Difficult Palace Trip!
Palace away is one of those games you know you should win but it is also one of those games that is a potential banana-skin.
Jose Mourinho, ahead of the fixture, knows exactly what to expect when we turn up in South London today remarking ahead of the game,
"We played there in my first season, in 2004, but many of the players haven`t - and some of them don`t even know where the stadium is!"
"I do and I know what we can expect. They are noisy, they support the team, they put pressure on opponents and the referee. But that`s nice. Without violence, that`s something I like. I miss Portsmouth, so I`m happy to go to Crystal Palace."
It also appears that Jose is full of admiration for his Palace counterpart, Tony Pulis, with the Special One remarking,
"Tony started with a team in a difficult position."
"It wasn`t the beginning of the season. It was a few months after, they were bottom of the league. It looks like other managers were approached and many didn`t want the job because the feeling was, 'This team has no quality to stay in the Premier League` - that it was a lost battle."
"But he went there, step by step changed his team, brought in the players he wants, and his team are there."
"They are not yet still in the Premier League. They still need points."
"The normal tendency is to give the Manager of the Year to the champions. But if Palace stay up, he can feel like a champion. He`d have won his challenge so why not?"
Why not indeed, but as long as we`ve taken the three points on offer today!