Thursday 21 September 2017

'Judas is number one' - Jose Mourinho offers a bitter response to Chelsea fans who taunted him

Jose Mourinho and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte clash
Jose Mourinho and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte clash
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has angrily snapped back at the Chelsea supporters who taunted him during his side’s 1-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat, after insisting he is still the club’s greatest manager in a passionate post match press conference.

Mourinho was clearly rattled by abuse flowing from sections of the Stamford Bridge faithful, as the manager who guided Chelsea to three Premier League titles in his two spells with the club responded on the touchline by holding up three fingers to his detractors.

When asked about the abuse that came from supporters who once idolised him, the United manager has a typically feisty response:

"They can call what they want. I am a professional. I defend my club," said Jose Mourinho, after he clashed with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte once again in heated touchline exchanges.

"Until they have a manager who wins four Premier League titles for them, Judas is number one.

“I left the club last season in the Champions League, winning the Champions League group, in the knockout phase playing the second leg at home. If they won the Champions League last year, they'd be playing in Europe this season.

“It's not my fault. It's the ones that stayed here and didn't win the Champions League.

“What I share with them is that we didn't have a good Premier League, and I share responsibility with that.”

Mourinho also clearly made a conscious effort not to criticise referee Michael Oliver, who made a decision that changed the course of the tie as he sent off Ander Herrera in the first half of a tight game at Stamford Bridge.

The United manager chuckled on the touchline as he clearly disagreed with the decision of an official he has criticised in the past, but he congratulated himself on showing control in his reaction.

"I control myself and that's good because this way, I can be on the bench for the next match as my players need me. It is better for me to be close to them," he stated, eager to sidestep question about the referee.

"I am still in the game, I can communicate with my players, I can communicate with the fourth official, if I can do that. Maybe I feel I can not do it (communicate). 

"We can have different opinions, but we can agree that this was a match until the moment Herrera saw the red card. Then there is another match after that.

"Before that, I saw a game with a feeling that I was going to win. Everything was under control and their frustration was evident because they couldn't play the way they always play.

"Then with 10 men, it was very difficult for us. Our strategy was to play with two players up front and their three centre-backs were hitting long balls.

"With one player less, their defenders could bring the ball out and they could be more dominate.

"In spite of that, we defended really well. In spite of that, we had the best chance of the game where (Marcus) Rashford faces the Chelsea goalkeeper."

He then had to pause as he tried to offer some words on the performance of the referee as he stated: "Mr Oliver goes home and he can do his own analysis because I don't want to analyse his work."

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