Mourinho heaps praise on Pogba and Ibrahimovic ahead of Saints showdown

But another showdown against Manchester United (and of course Jose Mourinho) will have to do instead, this time at the stage of the competition where our run ended last season (in a 2-0 defeat at Everton).

"I think the foundations are still there at the club, and you still have Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Alex about...the foundations are there and when you do see those sorts of people around, you remember what the club is about".

"I have so many things to think about", said Mourinho.

"We can go and enjoy it, it is a good distraction away from the league, it is a one-off game and hopefully we can pull a cup shock off on Sunday".

"We are a huge underdogs for the game, we were huge favourites in the last round, so there's a different type of pressure".

"They have one over on us so we will definitely be going there to win the game", vowed the England worldwide on MUTV. "They are in good form, but so are we, and we will be looking to go there and win the game".

In his post-match press conference, the Guardian quoted him as saying: "The attitude of the players was good".

"Southampton will have 15 days without football before the final".

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United meanwhile first turn their attention to a return leg in the round-of-32 Europa League clash against St Etienne on Thursday night with the Red Devils holding a healthy three goal lead.

Jose Mourinho brought on Paul Pogba and Ibrahimovic in the second half with less than half an hour to go and the pair combined to set up the Swede to hook in the victor 15 minutes from time. Mourinho and Pep Guardiola seemed to extend their cross-town rivalry towards who could put the best jinx on Chelsea in the press.

"We had it throughout the game but not in big spurts, so I think we needed those two to come on".

"I won't lie to you: this week we are all very excited about the first final of the season". The pace of such shenanigans accelerated once Chelsea took command atop the Premier League.

"You know, he is experienced and he has been in the position many, many times and he's finished it easily".

The fact that Pogba and Ibrahimovic were called upon speaks volumes about the threat Blackburn posed at Ewood Park.

"It was a great moment", the striker said.

"So I try always to go serious".

  • Tabitha Byrd