Sunday 18 August 2019

'He is just trying to sell books' - Mourinho hits out at Chelsea legend Didier Drogba

Chelsea Coach Jose Mourinho shares a joke with striker Didier Drogba in 2007
Chelsea Coach Jose Mourinho shares a joke with striker Didier Drogba in 2007
“When you speak because you want to sell books, I don’t read” Mourinho said

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Jose Mourinho has slapped down Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, accusing his former player of criticising the club in order to sell books, before telling current striker Diego Costa that he is "not reading the game properly".

Drogba, who scored 164 goals and won 12 major trophies at Chelsea, many of them under Mourinho, said Chelsea did not have as many leaders as they used to.

The Portuguese hit back last night, saying he had little interest in what he thought was merely promotional material for Drogba's autobiography.

"When you speak because you want to sell books, I don't read," Mourinho said.

"I like interviews, I like interviews from big guys like Didier with good journalists or newspapers or television. But this is not an interview. It was to sell books.

"It doesn't disappoint me, it was just the reality. It was just to sell books. I can analyse Didier's interview with pleasure, but not Didier selling books."

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Mourinho was almost as scathing about the misfiring Costa - the man many thought could equal Drogba as a Chelsea legend when he joined from Atletico Madrid last year.

Costa scored 17 goals in his first five months at Stamford Bridge, but his form has dipped as he struggled with hamstring and disciplinary problems.

The Spain striker has hit just four goals this season - against West Bromwich Albion, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Aston Villa and Norwich City - and has seven goals in 10 months.

Mourinho and Costa had a touchline row against Maccabi on Tuesday over the striker's lack of movement, and the Chelsea manager said last night the player was not at his sharpest.

"He's not reading the game properly in these actions," Mourinho said. "As a striker he must read; you have to play not when you have the ball, but when others have the ball. You have to anticipate things and read the game faster.

"Everything is an accumulation (of confidence). You're not on fire again just because you've scored a goal against Norwich. It's a process."

Mourinho, however, insisted his relationship with Costa was still intact after the pair's exchange of words in Israel.

After that game, Mourinho had said the issue had been solved with "a kiss and a cuddle".

He added yesterday: Everything is okay, no problem. In the game I told him, from a distance, that I was not happy with the movement he did. He told me also a few nice words from where he was. Nothing happened at half-time."

(© Independent News Service)

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