Wednesday 21 February 2018

I'll slap Mourinho if he jumps in crowd – Pardew

London Daily Telegraph

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has warned Jose Mourinho he will "give him a slap" if he repeats the over-zealous goal celebrations that marked Chelsea's victory over Manchester City last weekend, writes Luke Edwards.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini was so incensed by Mourinho's antics that he refused to shake hands with his Chelsea counterpart after the final whistle, a further deterioration in a relationship that had already soured when they were rivals in Spain.

Pardew is far closer to Mourinho. He spoke warmly about the Portuguese and tipped his Chelsea side to win the title this season, but still warned the 'Special One' not to overstep the mark at St James' Park when the two sides meet today .

"He doesn't want to be jumping round me because I'll give him a slap," said Pardew, with a smile. "I'm bigger than him and he knows that. If he starts jumping in my crowd he'll be in trouble.

"He's a great personality for the league. He makes me laugh," added Pardew, who revealed he failed in a bid to sign Romelu Lukaku before he moved on loan to Everton. "I think they are favourites for the title because of him. He makes them a formidable force."

Mourinho believes Fernando Torres' battle to regain form illustrates the fast-developing mentality at Stamford Bridge that the manager believes will prove the difference between success and failure this season.

"I think a big team has, as we say in Portuguese, a 'state of soul'," said Mourinho.

"At the moment my players have this collective soul – a good squad with good people and we try our best in every match. Torres is giving his best in every game and that's the most important thing." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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