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Last Updated: Monday, 22 August 2005, 06:33 GMT 07:33 UK
Mourinho absolves Robben of blame
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said he did not blame Arjen Robben for comments attributed to the Dutchman criticising the rotation policy at Stamford Bridge.

After beating Arsenal 1-0, Mourinho said: "Arjen has an opinion and he expressed it. I knew about it before I read it in the press.

"But when you read what he is saying it is nothing special.

"Of course I won't change my mind. He does not want to be on the bench but on Wednesday he will be on the bench."

Chelsea are set to face West Brom at home in the Premiership on Wednesday.

And Robben's comments came only days after Ricardo Carvalho launched a stinging attack on Mourinho for leaving him out of the season's opener at Wigan.

But Mourinho says Robben's situation is completely different to that of the Portuguese defender.

He added: "You cannot compare what is not comparable.

We have now beaten Arsenal twice in 15 days and that is psychologically important for us
Jose Mourinho

"Ricardo is a situation where he spoke with me, went home to Portugal and then says he was not happy with some colleagues.

"Maybe after the Ricardo situation Arjen shouldn't have given an interview because people will exploit your words.

"The mistake didn't come from him but from whoever gave him permission to give the interview."

Mourinho also used his programme notes to lay down the law to any potential dissenters in his squad, who might be tempted to follow Carvalho and speak out.

The Chelsea boss said: "One of the many reasons why Chelsea were champions last season was because everybody thought about Chelsea and nobody had selfish feelings.

"When after the first Premiership game this season - not after 10 or 15 or 20 games - when Ricardo doesn't respect the essence of this group, then he needs time to learn it.

"Maybe when you are reading this, maybe Riccy sitting in the stand, not on the bench or on the pitch, maybe he is also reading this and maybe he understands now."

Despite seeing Didier Drogba's fluke goal give his side a crucial victory over Arsenal at Stamford Bride, Mourinho played down the importance of the win.

He said: "We have six points from two games and we beat a direct rival for the title so it is important.

"It is important because we have beaten them twice in 15 days and that is psychologically important for us. We could not beat them for years.

"But it is only one more game and three more points, so it's nothing extraordinary."


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