Mourinho takes headlines away from Terry and Cole
He is not their manager anymore, but Chelsea can once again be grateful for Jose Mourinho in the build up to their clash with his Inter side at the San Siro this week.
Always one to provide the journalists with humorous sound bites, the self-styled special one has been making the headlines, giving the Londoners welcome relief from the sleazy stories regarding the behaviour of John Terry and Ashley Cole.
First off Mourinho was fined £35,000 for a handcuff gesture made during last Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Sampdoria. The gesture was meant to represent how his side are apparently victimised by Serie A officials, after Walter Samuel and Ivan Cordoba where shown red cards in the match. The paranoia also extends to rival managers, with Mourinho claiming a “clan” of Italian bosses have conspired against him since his arrival in 2008.
The long running feud with his former Milanese rival and current Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti also gave subeditors plenty of material for headlines. He constantly referred to the London club as “my Chelsea” in a dig at Ancelotti’s achievements there so far. Though Mourinho neglected to mention that seven of his 2005 title winning side he inherited from Claudio Ranieri.
He has also reminded Ancelotti how his Milan side sacrificed a 3-0 half time lead against Liverpool in the2005 Champions League final.
To be fair to Ancelotti he has given as good as he gets, bringing up Mourinho’s all but non-existent playing career as a source of ridicule and referring to him as “His Mourinhity”. Indeed, the Champions League football betting indicates it will be Ancelotti who gets the best of this clash of egos.
Still, the current Chelsea manager will no doubt be grateful he can distract the press with such squabbles as behind the scenes the club once again seek to douse another sleazy scandal that is threatening to envelop the club. This time it is the behaviour of Ashley Cole that is in the spotlight, with allegations involving mobile phones, models and female staff from other clubs being smuggled into the Chelsea hotel.
It once again brings the behaviour of footballers into question, coming in the wake of the John Terry affair. With overinflated egos to go with their bulging wallets, it appears they have lost their morals in their sea of cash.
The concern for Chelsea is the impact this will have on their on-pitch ambitions as they seek to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League, a tournament the online betting makes them favourite for. The side will also be looking to progress in the FA Cup and Champions League.
That Mourinho can tear the scandal hungry tabloid away from their kiss-and-tell stories is testament to his flair and charisma. Although this reunion with the special one is a brief affair, I’m sure I’m not alone in hoping he will return to the Premier League sooner rather than later.