Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was not in a jovial mood during his press conference on Friday ahead of Chelsea’s trip to West Ham United (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) on Saturday.
Mourinho, 52, slammed the English media, claiming they have “no respect” in a week where a video of him walking down the streets in London was filmed by two youngsters and then published by The Sun newspaper in England.
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The under-fire Chelsea boss — his side sit in 12th place and are 10 points off leaders Manchester City following a dreadful start to the season — did not mince his words when speaking to journalists at their Cobham training ground.
“You don’t get from me good and funny headlines,” Mourinho said at his media conference for Saturday’s Premier League clash at West Ham. “I’m going to treat your bosses the same way they treat me. No respect, no respect. And I’m not speaking about football. Football I’m ready to accept any kind of criticism, even the stupid ones.
“Private life and stupid things that you bring to light, I don’t like it. So we go to a different level of professional relationship.”
Chelsea have released a statement on the incidents, as two youngsters filmed themselves following Mourinho around the streets of London as he tried to conduct a private phone call. Needless to say, Mourinho became annoyed and this is what a Chelsea spokesman had to say.
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“Chelsea Football Club notes two recent stories concerning Jose Mourinho being filmed on mobile phones. While Jose understands the laws pertaining to filming in public places, the two teenagers in question followed him from his home for well over 20 minutes and constantly interrupted a private telephone call which he and the Club believes goes beyond the bounds of reasonable behavior. Jose has always spoken warmly, as you point out, of the public reception he receives in London but considers these last two instances as overly intrusive. We also note the allegation of intimidation, which Jose strongly refutes and which his legal representatives will continue to monitor closely.”