Mourinho hits out at media over private comments

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 25, 2014 at 9:56 am •  Published: February 25, 2014
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ISTANBUL (AP) — Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has blasted the media for publicizing his disparaging comments about his forwards, comments he regarded as private and light-hearted.

While French television station Canal Plus was waiting for an interview with Mourinho last week in Nyon, Switzerland, it filmed him talking with a Swiss businessman at a sponsor event. Broadcast on Monday, when Chelsea was heading to Istanbul to play Galatasaray in the Champions League last 16, the clip shows Mourinho saying, "The problem with Chelsea is we lack a scorer. I have one (Samuel Eto'o) but he's 32. Maybe 35, who knows?"

At the pre-match news conference on Tuesday, he told media, "You all should be a bit embarrassed, because it's a case of the ethics you have in your work. From my point of view, is it an unhappy comment? Absolutely. But from the ethical point of view, it's a real disgrace.

"The comment is not obviously a good one, not one I would do in a serious way, not something I would do in an official way in an interview. First of all, because I don't make fun. Secondly, because, if there are managers in the world that really defend their players, I am obviously one of them. And third, because Samuel Eto'o is Samuel Eto'o."

While Mourinho was looking at having to rebuild bridges with Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba in the Champions League knockout stages, he insisted he and Eto'o had no issues because of their history. Together, they won the treble in 2010 with Inter Milan; the Champions League, Serie A, and Italian Cup.



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