Jose Mourinho must enjoy making his little barbed comments. He must do, that’s the only explanation for his behaviour at times.
The Blues manager has just overseen a 1-0 win over Norwich, a result which finally ended a barren run of seven defeats in their previous 12 games; their worst-ever start to a Premier League season.
And the international break was relatively quite too, with Mou’s squad managing to avoid picking up any significant injuries whilst off on their travels with their respective countries.
But ahead of tomorrow night’s Champions League clash against Maccabi Tel Aviv, The Special One has chosen to pick yet another fight, this time with the oddest of people.
Unprompted, Mourinho decided to take a swipe at former Blues and England left-back Graeme Le Saux for refusing to board a flight several weeks after 9/11.
Answering questions during his pre-match press conference, Mourinho was asked about security concerns concerning travelling to Israel to take on Tuesday’s opponents, and chose to single out Le Saux for some special treatment, despite Le Saux being one of six players who refused to travel to Israel for a UEFA Cup tie in 2001.
Israel is on alert with the Home Office warning there is a “high threat” of terrorism and Mourinho said: “I think the best way is to focus on football and the happiness you have to play football, the responsibility you have to play football.
“Leave security questions to people who know more than we do, and people who can do things we can’t do.
“We just focus on playing. I didn’t have a single problem within the squad. I didn’t have a Graeme le Saux.
“I had everybody without fears, just wanting to come. I had even a player who, maybe, whose wife is going to have a baby either tomorrow or the next day but he’s here, focusing on what he can do for us.
“So we’re here focusing on getting a result. We need that for our happiness, our pride, and the people who support us.”
Slightly harsh, no? Mourinho must really thrive on confrontation! Let us know your thoughts below!