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Live from Chelsea: Morris on Mourinho swipe & valuing FA Cup

Jody Morris said Chelsea need to address their home form ahead of their third round FA Cup tie with Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

With Tribalfootball.com in attendance, Frank Lampard's assistant was standing in for the pre-match press conference and said the side hoped they could recapture their best form on Sunday.

Chelsea currently sit fourth in the Premier League but have been inconsistent at Stamford Bridge.

"I don't think it's just a physical or technical thing but obviously the mental side of the game sometimes plays a part when you're not maybe performing at your best or you have a little run where maybe the performance levels haven't been quite what they should be," he said.

"We need to start looking at and it will certainly be addressed before the game on Sunday, whether it be by video or by trying to have a bit of an open chat, we do have to try and get on top of our home form and it's something that the manager has been looking at."

Chelsea have lost their last two home games in the Premier League, but also secured wins on the road against rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in December.

"We certainly discussed it and it was kind of mentioned a little bit after the Arsenal game, and we explained that obviously we had a big game coming up going into Brighton but I'm realising that we do have to address our home form. If you're a big club in your home I think you're expected to be performing better than maybe we are, and is there an element that we can all do a little bit better. I think the players need to give the fans something to shout about"

With the club getting their FA Cup campaign underway, Morris confirmed it was a competition that the club needed to take seriously.

Both he and Lampard tasted success in the cup as players and Chelsea will be one of the favourites to lift the trophy in May.

"I think that over the course of time the emphasis that goes on some of the other competitions is maybe naturally going to dilute the prestige of the FA Cup if you don't really know too much about it but certainly within, within our dressing room, there are enough people that value the FA Cup," he said.

"The players should it's I think it's a competition that's well known around the world for many years. So, it certainly won't be the emphasis won't be diluted with our dressing room and like I said often whenever you enter the pitch wearing a Chelsea shirt you should look to win any game or any competition that you're performing in."

Morris was also asked about his reaction to Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho's comments about Chelsea back in November, where he appeared to mock the former Blues boss.

"I've got nothing but the utmost respect for Jose," he responded.

"I think he's an absolute legend and one of the best managers in the game. I was just laughing at the fact that I felt that he was worried about whether we was going to be winning games. I was personally laughing thinking I don't think he's that bothered level were winning that much. And so he should as a pundit."


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