Tuesday 23 January 2018

Mourinho at the Nou Camp

Feb 2005:

Champions League last 16, 1st leg

Barcelona 2-1 Chelsea (Chelsea win 5-4 agg)

After Didier Drogba's second-half sending-off, Jose Mourinho claims to have seen his Barcelona counterpart Frank Rijkaard entering the changing room of the referee, Anders Frisk, at half-time. UEFA reject his claim but Frisk quits football, having received death threats from Chelsea fans.

March 2006:

CL last 16, 2nd leg

Barcelona 1-1 Chelsea

(Barcelona win 3-2 agg)

Mourinho shows up alone on the pitch while his team linger in the changing rooms. Kick-off is delayed because Chelsea's players are several minutes late arriving in the tunnel.

Oct 2006:

CL group stage

Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea

Having accused Barcelona's players of play-acting tendencies in the build-up to the game, Mourinho is greeted at the Nou Camp with chants of "Go to the theatre!" After celebrating Drogba's last-minute equaliser with a provocative touchline celebration, at full-time Mourinho blames the home players' haranguing of the referee for Chelsea's six yellow cards.

Nov 2009:

CL group stage

Barcelona 2-0 Inter Milan

The home fans reprise their theatre taunts as Inter are soundly beaten.

Mourinho is surprisingly magnanimous in defeat, but still insists his team should have been awarded a "clear penalty", before adding: "You know how these things go here ..."

April 2010:

CL semi-final, 2nd leg

Barcelona 1-0 Inter (Inter 3-2 agg)

Mourinho races on to the pitch at full-time, before striking a triumphant pose in front of the Inter fans in celebration of reaching the final. The Barcelona 'keeper, Victor Valdes, is furious and tries to drag him away, but Mourinho persists and instead Valdes is ushered off the pitch by an official.

Sunday Independent

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