Love him or hate him, Jose Mourinho is fun to watch on the sideline and a great soundbite to the press. At the very least he makes things interesting. Really, though, who wants to waste their time listening to the repetitive P.C. jargon spewed from almost every manager on such a consistent basis?
The man says what he feels and does not mince his words. What Mourinho does best is how he puts the pressure and headlines on himself which allows his players to focus on their football.
Unfortunately, this allows for even his most blatant statements to be skewed and used to create sensationalist news.
After Chelsea’s latest win over title-rivals Liverpool, Mourinho was asked in his post-game press conference about a controversial no call at the end of the game.
The incident involved Luis Suarez and Samuel Eto’o in the Blues’ penalty area. Chelsea’s forward stepped across his counterpart as Cesar Azpilicueta collected the ball and caused the Uruguayan to fall to the turf. Referee Howard Webb was in a good position to make a call and decided a no-call was best. The game moved forward, and that was that.
Headlines are now surfacing that the Chelsea boss has labeled the forward a diver. Suarez was often criticized for playacting, and Mourinho would not have been the first manager to draw this conclusion. In fact, in his few years with Liverpool, Suarez even celebrated a goal by diving in front of the opposition’s fans.
Mourinho admitted that he loves to watch Suarez play. He loves the forward’s style, quality, and will to win. The manager went on to say that long-time friend and current Liverpool gaffer, Brendan Rodgers, has helped the player stay upright, as well as made him an even better player that he already was.
If anything, Mourinho pointed to South America as a whole as well as his home country in particular – Portugal – as an environment where simulation is more tolerated and cultivated. And he was completely correct in saying that when a team is losing the competitive players will do what they feel is necessary to win. Every team does it; some are just more polarized than others.
Yet, if a fan did not watch the presser they would assume that Jose is bitter and is willing to trash any opposing team’s best player, and that is unfortunate because all it does is manifest even more team-against-team hatred.
Sensational articles should be left for the topics that are truly sensational as fans of all clubs would agree.
To form your own opinion, is the video of said press conference.