Chelsea: Mourinho on the sack, Liverpool missing out, Manchester United the monster
José Mourinho is on the backpages. And the Chelsea manager is mocking the tabloid Press:
“What I’d like to understand is why some people can be so excited with somebody losing his job. It’s sad. The Brendan Rodgers situation, he was almost winning the Premier League. He was the manager of the season. He won the award from Barclays, the Managers’ Association and everything. And suddenly, you were working hard until he was sacked. It’s strange. I don’t belong to this world. I’m too emotional. I hate people losing jobs. Not just in football but in everything.”
He’s right. All managers do their best. Getting the sack is brutal.
You might spare a thought for Anders Frisk. This from 2005:
The 42-year-old refereed Barcelona’s controversial 2-1 first-leg Champions League win over Chelsea in February. Blues boss Jose Mourinho said his Barcelona counterpart Frank Rijkaard talked with Frisk in the referee’s changing room at halftime. The London club was also unhappy when Frisk sent off striker Didier Drogba in the second half.
Uefa has branded Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho “the enemy of football” as they asked referee Anders Frisk to reconsider his decision to retire. Mourinho criticised his display against Barcelona in the Champions League. Frisk quit after receiving death threats, and Uefa referees’ committee chairman Volker Roth accused Mourinho. He said: “We can’t accept that one of our best referees has been forced to quit because of this. People like Mourinho are the enemy of football.”
Rijkaard said of Mourinho: “What he said was a pack of lies, very serious lies, and it is not the first time.”
Chelsea – 15th place in the Barclays Premier League; 11 points from ten matches – could easily finish in the top-four finish and secure Champions League football for next season.
Mourinho gets it. He tells media:
“Chelsea is a big club — the club I chose to come to, a club [where] I live in a very specific way, with respect. Liverpool is a big club. Manchester United is a super-big club. Last season Liverpool won nothing and didn’t qualify for the Champions League and they are still a big club. Two seasons ago United didn’t qualify for the Champions League — not even Europa League — and won nothing and they are still a monster club. That is football.”
And the sack?
“I’m not worried about [job security]. I don’t spend one second of my day thinking about that. I worry about results, about winning against Liverpool, about qualifying for the next round of the Champions League, about recovering positions in the table and going back to where Chelsea has to be.”
In short: one game at a time.