Jose Mourinho has spoken out his mind after his side were ridiculed by former Liverpool players and current Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness for the way Chelsea players allegedly influenced the referee in their midweek clash against PSG in the UEFA Champions League.
In their clash against PSG, the Chelsea players were accused of appealing to the referee to punish Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was subsequently sent off for a challenge that was at most a coming together between two players who went for the ball. What was baffling was the reaction of the Chelsea players who surrounded the referee and pressurized him to show the Swede a red.
Carragher and Souness were critical of Mourinho with the former revealing that the reaction of the Chelsea players was a ‘disgrace’ and ‘sad’.
Mourinho however ridiculed the comments and even said that Souness was envious of him and that the duo have forgotten about football, “Jamie stopped playing a couple of years ago and, in two years, he forget everything he did on the pitch. Mr Souness also, but he stopped playing a long times ago. I coached Benfica, I know a lot about him, so much about him.
“But I’m a certain kind of education, not just in football but in life, and I prefer to laugh. Envy is the biggest tribute that the shadows do to the man. It’s about life.a
“You know… the world is a big strange. Maybe because of diet and maybe the quality of the products we are eating, memories are getting shorter. Because, you know, when Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness speak about it, it’s because they are having a problem for sure.
“The game finished. Just to close the chapter on the Champions League, the game finished and I was in the tunnel. One by one, not just the players but the coaches and everybody from PSG, I shook their hands. I told them they deserved it. I wished them good luck for the future. This was the way we behave after a defeat. This is the example my players get after a defeat.
“I went to my dressing room, I put everybody together a not just the players a and because I am normally very calm and deserve to go home and reflect and think and speak without any doubt or emotion, this is what we do.
“We also spoke in that moment about our future: to try and win the Premier League and, if we do that, a season with a Premier League and a Capital One Cup is a brilliant season. A brilliant season. This is the way I am, the way I work. I’m not like people want me to be, or like people like to describe me. I’m like that,” he added.
The Portuguese isn’t the best of friends with another former Liverpool player and pundit Jamie Redknapp and his recent comments suggests that he’ll find it very hard to become a pundit in the future if at all he suddenly decides to change his mind!