“First of all I want to say that I condemn any form of discrimination, of course. I think that I have to stop here. Because there is an investigation so I think it’s better not to say something more. Of course my opinion is that I condemn every sort of discrimination.”
Eden Hazard said fans should be banned for racial abuse, do you agree?
“I am very happy with the words of Eden. I think the club had banned four persons, I think. And so the opinion of the club, the opinion of Eden and my opinion is the same.”
Club spokesman: “We’re not going to talk about it any further tonight. We have an investigation ongoing.”
Would you urge fans out in Budapest to be more careful with spotlight on Chelsea?
“I’d like to speak about the match, because otherwise it’s impossible to go on, I think. I can answer to all these questions only in one way: like I have answered to the first question. There is I think anything else to say.
“It was disgusting. You know very well my opinion, the opinion of the club, but now we have to go on.
“We have to talk about the match. For us it’s a very difficult match to prepare. In this match we haven’t a material target. So it’s not easy for me to prepare the match with my players. So I would like to speak about the pitch, also for this.”
Callum Hudson-Odoi, will he get more of a chance in the first team?
“For tomorrow we have three 2000 in the 18. Maybe Odoi will be on the pitch, I don’t know at the moment. He is in the 18, Ampadu in in the 18, maybe on the pitch because of Cahill injury.
“For the Premier League, I don’t know. I don’t think in Manchester City, Manchester United, the other big teams there are 2000 with a lot of minutes. So it means in these clubs it is really very difficult. I hope in the future there will be a chance for Callum, for Ampadu. It is up to them I think.
“Odoi played in August, the Community Shield, played in two Europa League matches. Tomorrow maybe he is on the pitch so it is four opportunities.
“I think they have only to play very well in this opportunity. For the moment Odoi did it. Now I am looking forward to Ampadu, for me Ampadu is a very important player. The future for them is very important. They have to improve every day, the physical and tactical point of view. Technically they are very good.”
Would you let Gary Cahill join Arsenal?
“I respect him very much because he won everything with this club, so I have to respect him. Then I have to do my job. Every day I have to choose, for every match I have to choose.
“For me it’s not easy to put him on the bench. Because maybe he’s the best of our defenders inside the box, but I have to think that our centre-backs usually play about 100-110 balls in the match. So I need defenders very technical. I don’t know. Of course it is not my decision, the problem is up to him and up to the club. He’s in the last year of the contract and so of course he has to decide for a new contract here or for a new contract with another club.
“You know very well that for the over 30s the club usually offers only one year of contract and so if he has an offer of three years, of course he can decide for something else. It doesn’t depend if I’m sentimental or not.”
Thoughts on MOL Vidi match and team news?
“The last match was really very difficult, because they defended very well, very low in density. It was very difficult for us to score. Maybe tomorrow will be a very different match because they are fighting for qualification. I think they need to win tomorrow. So maybe the match will be really very different.
“I don’t know the starting XI for tomorrow. I can tell you that I decided that the players who played for three matches in six days in the last week have to rest in this match and so I am talking about Kepa, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kante and Hazard.
“Then we have three injuries. Kovacic, Cahill and Moses. All the other players are here, of course.”