At his Newcastle v  Chelsea press conference, Jose Mourinho talked about being under pressure juts like Steve McClaren, Diego Costa’s ban and he slaughtered Arsene Wenger…without even naming him.

Mourinho says that everybody is under pressure, apart from one…who he says is allowed to do as he pleases, despite crossing the line in terms of discipline and not being successful when it comes to trophies.

He isn’t happy about Diego Costa missing the trip to Tyneside and annoyed that as yet Chelsea have received no written explanation as to why.

Hopefully by Saturday night there will be a little more pressure on Jose Mourinho and a lot less on Steve McClaren.

Jose Mourinho:

“It is a difficult league and Newcastle lost to Watford and West Ham, they are good teams. The distance between those teams and the others is getting smaller.”

Who is going to win?

“I am not a specialist.”

When asked about the ban on Diego Costa and as yet not having received a written explanation?

“Your question is clear and you don’t need my answer…it is not normal but there is nothing more to say.

“If I do answer I am going to be suspended. I don’t comment because in the rule book it says that some managers can speak about the referee before and after the game but others can’t. I am in the ones that are punished if they do and so I have to stick with that rule book.’

Under pressure?:

“In this country only one manager is not under pressure, every other manager is under pressure. Pellegrini, Brendan Rodgers, Steve McClaren…

“We cannot lose matches, we cannot be below expectations. I have sympathy for all of them and they have sympathy for me because it is a difficult job.

“There is one for some reason outside that list but good for him…can speak about referees before and after, can push people inside the technical areas, can cry in the morning, can cry in the afternoon, but nothing happens. Cannot achieve, keeps his job, can still be the king, it is privilege.”