Jose Mourinho isn’t always one to dish out compliments, but when you’ve had a career like Steven Gerrard has had, even the “Special One” is paying his respects.
Chelsea travels to Anfield on Tuesday in the first left of their of the Capital One Cup semifinal, and Jose Mourinho has asked the club’s supporters for one thing.
Show more respect to Steven Gerrard.
Mourinho has been open about his respect for the Liverpool captain, and talked about how he “dreamed” of signing Gerrard to Chelsea earlier in his career. Mourinho said he had plans to pair Gerrard in the midfield with Frank Lampard and Claude Makelele, but Gerrard never left Anfield.
Gerrard infamously slipped in the match between the two clubs last season, leading to a Demba Ba goal that derailed Liverpool’s title hopes. Ahead of the match on Tuesday, Mourinho has asked fans to refrain from using a chant that references Gerrard’s slip.
The song that my fans have I don’t like at all.
A couple of times it is good fun but to go and go and go, especially with a player like him who deserves respect, I don’t think you don’t need that.
We have so many other songs, you don’t need that one.”
Mourinho also said he “loved” the quotes Steven Gerrard made earlier this month when he said he would never score against Liverpool, which could be viewed as a slight dig at Frank Lampard, who tallied against Chelsea earlier this season.
While it is honorable of Mourinho show his respect for an opposing player, I’m sure you will still hear some anti-Gerrard chants from the away supporters at Anfield.