Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho pokes fun at Premier League title rivals
Jose Mourinho was at his rambunctious best at Chelsea’s season-ending awards function, as he made fun of the title challengers in the Premier League and said that his team’s players aren’t respected. The Portuguese manager also said that only one team did everything well in the league, and that was Chelsea.
He mocked critics of the Champions’ tendency to prioritise results over the method and told a story in which he described the playing styles of their opponents Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal, along with accompanying graphics.
He said, “This is a football pitch with two goals, one ball, but there is one team that would like to play without goals. That team plays really well and the ball goes and goes and goes and the quality of the ball possession is really beautiful, but no goals.”
"And they ask the international board of FIFA to play like this, but they were told that it was not possible, that the bigger percentage of ball possession doesn't win matches and they were not champions,” was his description of team in plain red shirts.
Moving on to the next team, he said, "After that there was another team [wearing sky blue shirts] that were less radical and they asked to play only with one goal. They were fantastic and they scored a lot of goals and the goals were coming from every position and they score and they score and they score, but they never conceded goals, because no goal. Again, the international board told them 'I'm sorry, you can't be champions because football is with two goals.'”
The Special One then spoke about a team that sounded very similar to Arsenal, saying, "The third team [red shirts, white sleeves] was almost there, because they wanted to play with two goals. They were scoring some, they were also conceding some. They were fantastic. They scored really beautiful goals, they concede some goals too and they were almost there.”
"But they asked the international board to play only between January and April. And they told 'no chance, no chance.' You have to play between August and May, so they couldn't be champions.”
Then Mourinho brought his Chelsea team into the equation and said, "Finally come another team [blue shirts]. They wanted to play with the normal rules and they know that to win matches they had to score one more goal than the opponent. How can you do this? By scoring a lot of goals or not conceding and scoring one. And they did it both ways. Scoring a lot, conceding some. Scoring one goal and conceding no goals.”
"That was the option and lots of goals were conceding, they played from August till May and sometimes they brought the bus."
“We did not get the respect we deserve”
The Chelsea manager also spoke about how his team is not respected, saying, "I don't think my players got the respect that they deserve after what they did from day one till the last day. And these are words that I really feel, serious words.”
"The end of the story is just simple. We have to start believing that they learned the lesson and next season will be much, much more difficult for us. We have to be ready for that."
The awards ceremony saw Eden Hazard taking home both the Chelsea’Player of the Year and the Players’ Player of the Year awards while Kurt Zouma won the Young Player of the Year award.
Watch his speech here: