Jose: FFP makes title special


JoseThe Blues can become the first team in eight years to win the title while turning over a profit in the transfer market if they beat Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

Mourinho admits Financial Fair Play has posed a challenge for Chelsea but is proud of the way the club have adapted and he paid tribute to his players’ focus.

“I want this one a lot and I think in the moment we clinch the title I will be much more happy for them (the players) than for myself,” Mourinho said.

“I see the players with hunger and responsibility to go to every game, every one. Stoke City at home, QPR, Man United and Arsenal.

“Now it’s a great feeling because it’s my club, because of the league, because of the difference in the league.

“We are not any more the rich club. We are a top club, a club that lives with the work that everyone does.”

Mourinho believes his players’ appetite was whetted by the Capital One Cup final defeat of Tottenham two months ago.

“When they have the taste of success, the big players want more,” Mourinho said.

“There are people happy with just one victory, but the big ones when they feel that taste, they want more.

“The big ones are not tired of winning. Sir Alex Ferguson, Paolo Maldini, all these big people, as players, as managers.

“It’s from day one until their last day in the game. They want to win. I hope really these people get a good taste. That’s maybe why also the Capital One Cup was important for the group.

“Win a title, enjoy Wembley, enjoy the happiness of the supporters and the group. Winning brings more.”

Rodgers praises Gerrard


Gerrard had earlier missed a penalty at Anfield, but recovered to score late on in the 2-1 victory, and Rodgers led the plaudits for his inspirational captain.

“He is someone who responds to that,” said Rodgers. “A lot of players crumble when they miss the penalty and it really affects them. But for him it inspires him to go that extra mile because he feels personally responsible for it.”

Liverpool had taken a first-half lead through Philippe Coutinho, before QPR midfielder Leroy Fer pegged them back with just under 20 minutes to go.

Gerrard then missed a penalty before scoring his late winner, and Rodgers admitted his side made hard work of their victory.

“We made it difficult, we got an excellent goal to go in front and then had other chances to make it more comfortable.

“But at 1-0 it never is against a team who are good on set-pieces, and they took advantage of our defending at the corner.

“But the players showed the spirit coming back and we got the win we deserved in the end.”

Just a few minutes before kick-off a plane flew over Anfield trailing the banner  ‘Rodgers out, Rafa in’, in reference to former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez.

“I thought it was Rafa’s agent,” joked Rodgers, who went on to defend his position.

“Football has short memories. We sat here last year and nearly won the league.

“I will continue to do my best here and that’s all I’ll ever do.”