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Chelsea boss Mourinho: Players deserve praise for commitment over Christmas

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho feels Premier League players deserve greater recognition for playing through the Christmas schedule.

Boxing Day sees the visit of West Ham United while further Premier League matches against Southampton and Tottenham follow before an FA Cup third-round clash against Watford.

"It's very difficult," said Mourinho.

"I have lots of respect for the players in this country. It doesn't matter - English or not English. The moment you are a football player in this country, I respect you a lot.

"At this moment the German guys are on the beach, the Spanish guys are in the Maldives getting sun - everybody else is doing that.

"But in this country you play on the 22nd, you play on Boxing Day, you play on the 28th, you play on New Year's Day. There is no Christmas - just football, and I think (the players) deserve respect.

"The supporters all around the country give them that respect because every stadium is sold-out. And I think the way to do it is with the kind of professionalism my players have shown."

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