Oh, we’re well down the rabbit hole when it comes to Jose Mourinho and the media.
It’s usually quite clear the way Chelsea’s manager feels about dealing with the media, as a tool for trash talk and a necessary task he rarely relishes.
The man has statements to make, not questions to answer. Sometimes, the latter fuels the former. Other times, vice versa. With his upcoming one-match ban for trying to get into the referee’s room at halftime vs. West Ham, legal action from ex-trainer Eva Carneiro, and plenty of Premier League losses, it was the latter on Tuesday at Cobham.
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Mourinho’s press conference was less about preparing for Dynamo Kiev in the UEFA Champions League and more about defending his side’s dreadful start to the Premier League season.
Some suggestions made him bristle more than others. When asked how long of a leash he has with owner Roman Abramovich, he gave the specific duration of his contract (“Three years and seven months”).
And when asked whether his players are revolting against him by playing worse on the pitch, Mourinho dared the reporters to say such a thing to the subjects of such speculation.
“Very sad accusation, you are accusing more than one player of dishonesty. If I accuse you to be a dishonest journalist, you would be very upset and probably would take legal action.
“It is a question for the players.”
To be fair to Mourinho, he gave some great answers in his own special way. When asked what was going wrong, Mourinho said he knew but would’ve divulge (why would he tell teams how to beat them).
He added some wit in saying, “Everything is football related. We don’t want to blame social or political problems in some corner of the globe.”
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Chelsea is 14 points back of the Premier League lead, and 10 back of the Top Four. Both are precarious situations, though their fortune in the UEFA Champions League is better than it appears. Chelsea is in Group G’s third-place, a point back of visiting Dynamo Kyiv. They’ll late travel to Israel to face Maccabi Tel Aviv, and host group-leading Porto.
Mourinho will be the topic of conversation as long as the club is struggling, and likely when the ship is righted.