Mourinho vs. Wenger – READ One Of The Most Epic Mourinho Press Conferences Ever
3 win on the trot, 10 goals scored and just one conceded in the process, are we back to our very best? No, not yet, but we are surely getting there.
After the Capital One Cup win against Walsall in the midweek, Chelsea travels north to St. James Park for a tough Premier League encounter against Newcastle United where the Blues will look to shorten the gap with the leaders. Needless to say, a win is necessary!
However, the talk of the town right now is surely the “Diego Costa Crimes” and speaking to the media before the game, Jose Mourinho was clearly frustrated over the FA’s ridiculous ruling against the Spaniard.
So what does “the special one” do when he is frustrated? Troll Arsene Wenger of course! But this time the Portuguese took it another level. Let’s find out what he had to say:
When asked to comment on the Diego Costa situation:
“I tell you why. In the rules book it says some managers can speak about the referees before and after games. Some others cannot. Then comes the list. I am in the list of those who are punished if they speak about the referees before the game. I have to stick to that rule-book and I am in the list of those who cannot speak about the referees.”
“You know that some can. An imaginary list, but clearly.”
Needless to say that someone he was referring here is our very own “specialist in failure”; Arsene Wenger! But wait, he wasn’t done here! The best was yet to come.
g>Asked whether Mourinho had sympathy for under-fire Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren”
“In this country, only one manager is not under pressure. Every other manager is. I am under pressure, Steve is under pressure, (Manuel) Pellegrini is under pressure, Brendan (Rodgers) too. We cannot be below par. We have to meet the objectives. I have sympathy with all of them, because it’s a difficult job. There’s one outside that list, but good for him. I have sympathy for Steve.”
When pushed as to who was this “someone” Mourinho was referring to:
“You know. The one who can speak about the referees before the game, after the game, can push people in the technical area, can moan, can cry in the morning in the afternoon, nothing happens. He cannot achieve, keep his job, still be the king. I say just one.”
Wow, haha! That’s taking the trolling at another level. Should we now refer to Wenger as “the moaning one”? Please? I like the sound of it.
Back to the Costa incident:
“One of the things that was clear in football was that, when a player reacts to something that happened before – like (Nemanja) Matic reacting last season after a criminal tackle (against Burnley) – retaliation (is that the correct word?) was always punished in football. Now we know it isn’t always. You can do that. You can do that.”
Asked whether Costa should alter his aggressive style of play:
“I can’t answer. No. Because if I answer I’ll be suspended. I don’t want to touch the theme and everything that surrounds that situation because I want to be on the bench.”
The best part of this press conference was, Mourinho kept on saying that he don’t want to answer most of the question thrown towards him and yet, somehow, he managed to say almost everything he wanted to say. Genius? Maybe Wenger should learn something from him…
On another note, we probably like “the moaning one” to remain dumb, right?
Finally a question regarding tomorrow’s match.
“Willian and all the players (except Courtois) are fit for tomorrow’s game. But Mourinho is not able to say yet whether Remy or Falcao will play as the striker.”
Source – Telegraph
That’s it from Mourinho! This is probably got to be one of the most epic press conferences of Mourinho. There was a lot of flaking and Diego Costa criticizing going on for the last couple of days, with this slight stroke of genius from Mourinho, I don’t think the media would be talking about the Spaniard anytime soon.
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