Norwich City boss Alex Neil aims to ignore the Chelsea soap opera

Norwich City manager Alex Neil goes head to head with Chelsea's Jose Mourinho this weekend. Photo: N

Norwich City manager Alex Neil goes head to head with Chelsea's Jose Mourinho this weekend. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Norwich City chief Alex Neil insists the Canaries must ignore the Chelsea soap opera as they look to pile the pressure on Jose Mourinho.

Neil's side picked up a vital 1-0 home win against Swansea prior to the international break, but much of the focus this weekend at Stamford Bridge is likely to be on Mourinho and his below-par Blues.

The Scot is adamant Norwich will not be distracted by the real business of pulling clear of the lower reaches in the Premier League table.

'It was important we got back in touch with the clubs above us and created a little gap to the ones below us because we have some big games coming up,' he said. 'The fact we hadn't won for four or five makes each one bigger but it doesn't pile any more pressure on me or my team. I don't think confidence was an issue. We performed really well away to arguably the best side in the country at Manchester City. You just have to make sure you are putting points on the board.

'I said this when I first came in that I won't look at games in batches or people saying we have to pick up two points per game or get so many points from a group of fixtures; that is nonsense. Every game is big and now it's Chelsea and that is our most important one.'

Mourinho returns to the dugout this weekend after being banned for Chelsea's last Premier League game against Stoke for his outburst towards referee Jon Moss at West Ham. Neil, however, sees no point in getting the wrong side of officials.

'I can't speak for anybody else but I have never had a problem. I try to conduct myself as well as I can,' he said. 'In games there will always be an element of frustration if you feel hard done by, and there has been a few occasions this season when I feel we could have got them in our favour and we didn't, but that is ultimately the referee's decision. It is one person's opinion of the matter so those situations will always occur. As far as I am concerned they have a hard enough job as it is without me making it any harder. There is ways and means of getting your point across to the referees if you feel hard done by. There have been occasions when I have spoken to the referee but as long as you do it in a respectful manner and you approach them in that way most I have found are willing to talk to you. I have no issues at all.'

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