Tuesday 25 April 2017

Jose Mourinho: "At half time we had a few kisses and a few cuddles, no problem"

Jose Mourinho clashed with Costa shortly before half-time after the striker had failed to get on the end of an Eden Hazard cross into the six-yard box
Jose Mourinho clashed with Costa shortly before half-time after the striker had failed to get on the end of an Eden Hazard cross into the six-yard box

Matt Law

Jose Mourinho insisted he had kissed and made up with Diego Costa after a bust-up between the pair during Chelsea’s Champions League victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv.

But the Chelsea manager labelled the Sammy Ofer Stadium pitch in Haifa “dangerous” after captain John Terry and midfielder Ramires both suffered injuries that could rule them out of Sunday’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

Terry injured his right ankle during Chelsea’s 4-0 victory, while Ramires hurt himself while training on the surface on Monday night.

“They [Maccabi] deserve a better surface because it was bad and dangerous,” said Mourinho. “Yesterday we tried to protect everyone. We trained just a little bit, but Ramires slid and has a muscular injury.

Maccabi Tel Avivs Carlos Garcia, left, clears the ball ahead of Chelseas Diego Costa during group G Champions League soccer in Haifa, Israel, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Maccabi Tel Avivs Carlos Garcia, left, clears the ball ahead of Chelseas Diego Costa during group G Champions League soccer in Haifa, Israel, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

“John has an ankle injury I think down to the pitch and we don’t know how bad yet. The score was 1-0 when John left the pitch, so for John to leave the pitch with the score at 1-0, I know already that he’s in trouble.

“I don’t know [about the weekend]. To be fair, my medical department is really good. John is a special guy with a special desire to recover. But to leave the pitch with the result 1-0, I don’t believe too much that he can play.”

Mourinho took matters into his own hands after Gary Cahill’s opening goal, walking on to the pitch to replace loose divots but he does not rate his groundsman skills as he joked: “I think after what I did, it was worse. I tried.”

The row with Costa broke out shortly before half-time, when he and Mourinho shouted and gesticulated at each other after the Portuguese had been angered at the striker’s failure to get on the end of an Eden Hazard cross.

“I wanted him to do a certain movement that he didn’t,” said Mourinho. “I was disappointed that he didn’t and I reacted. He did too. At half-time in the dressing room, a few kisses and a few cuddles. No problem.”

Despite now topping Group G, Chelsea are yet to qualify for the knockout stage because of Dynamo Kiev’s shock victory in Porto. A draw will be enough against Mourinho’s former club in two weeks, but they cannot afford to lose.

“The group, I need a calculator because I don’t know really,” said Mourinho. “I know if we win we finish first. I know if we lose we go into the Europa League. With a draw, I don’t know. I prefer to think we have to win our match and that’s it.”

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