Mourinho stung by secret video

CANDID CAMERA: Mourinho was caught speaking with the boss of Swiss watchmaker Hublot, explaining that Chelsea did not have anyone to score goals. REUTERS


    Feb 26, 2014

    Mourinho stung by secret video


    JOSE Mourinho has reacted angrily after a secret video of the Chelsea manager making disparaging remarks about his strikers was broadcast.

    Mourinho was caught in conversation with the boss of Swiss watchmaker Hublot, explaining that Chelsea did not have anyone to score goals.

    He joked that Samuel Eto'o was probably older than 32 and hinted that an ideal solution may be to sign Radamel Falcao, because the Colombian deserved a bigger audience than he had at Monaco.

    The comments were made last week in Nyon, but reported as he and his squad flew out to Turkey for the first leg of their Champions League knockout tie against Galatasaray today.

    "I have a team but no striker," Mourinho said in French. "It is not possible for us to win the Premier League.

    "I have Eto'o but he is 32 years old, maybe 35, who knows?"

    On Falcao, signed from Porto for £50 million (S$105 million) last year and understood to be among Chelsea's top targets, he added: "I need a striker. Falcao needs a club. A player like him cannot play in front of 3,000 people. Monaco is a club to end (your career with)."

    The Guardian reported that Chelsea did not deny the authenticity of the quotes. But the club stressed that the manager was unaware he was being filmed and was, instead, conducting what he believed to be a private and light-hearted conversation.

    The video, aired by French TV company Canal+, comes as the Blues prepare to face former star striker Didier Drogba, who will lead Galatasaray's attack tonight.

    The Champions League last-16 first-leg clash will be the first time the Ivorian has been on the pitch with the Blues, since scoring the winning penalty when Chelsea lifted the trophy in May 2012.

    The 35-year-old Drogba, who media reports say could return to the London club as striker coach, is Chelsea's record European scorer with 34 goals in 69 games.

    "It's a strange feeling but, as we know him so well, we know that, for him, no friends during the game," Mourinho told reporters.

    "Before the game, big friends and big respect for a legend. After the game, the same. But, during the game, we have a job to do. I think it is a tie to go until the end."