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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 February 2005, 18:46 GMT
Mourinho blasts press after win
Jose Mourinho argues with the fourth official after his sending-off
Chelsea's Jose Mourinho criticised the media after seeing his side win the Carling Cup 3-2 against Liverpool, his first trophy in English football.

Mourinho was sent off for pressing his finger to his lips after Chelsea's equaliser, but he said the gesture was not aimed at Liverpool fans.

"The signal of close your mouth was not for them but for the press," he said.

"They speak too much and in my opinion they try to do everything to disturb Chelsea. Wait, don't speak too soon."

Mourinho was dismissed for the gesture he made when Chelsea equalised with 11 minutes remaining of normal time from a Steven Gerrard own goal.

It appeared to be directed towards the Liverpool supporters but he claimed it was a gesture of defiance to the media, although the press section at the Millennium Stadium is on the other side of the pitch.

It's just one more trophy - I had a few before this
Jose Mourinho

Mourinho spent the rest of the match watching the game from the bowels of the stadium on a monitor, but said he did not regret his actions.

"The only thing I have to understand is that I have to adapt, I work here and I have to respect that," he said.

"We lost two matches and in my opinion you (the media) try to take confidence from us and put pressure on us.

"We now have the first title and almost for sure we will have the second one - and the second one will be the big one," he added - presumably referring to the Premiership.

"I'm not feeling the pressure. You cannot put pressure on me, no chance.

Credit to Chelsea - they came back and deserved the win
Steven Gerrard

"I have read I have to prove a lot in English football. Sir Alex Ferguson is the only European champion in this country, nobody else, so I have to prove what?"

Mourinho expressed his delight for Chelsea at winning, but said win the League Cup trophy was "nothing special" personally.

"It's just one more. I had a few before this," he said.

"I'm very happy to win. It's important for the fans, for the club and especially for the players.

"It's very difficult to win for the first time and for these players it is the first time so it is important."

Eidur Gudjohnsen, who came on at half-time, said the "fantastic" victory was all down to their relentless work ethic over the course of the match.

"It was a very intense and even game and it was hard to break them down, but hard work pays off in the end," he said.

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