Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has slammed Brendan Rodgers over his post-match comments…
As ever, Jose Mourinho is at the centre of another controversial media storm – criticising Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers over his reaction to the Diego Costa stamp incidents.
Rodgers worked underneath Mourinho during the Portuguese maverick’s first spell in England, but it now seems like their once friendship is very much over – with Rodgers failing to beat Chelsea once since taking charge.
Costa appeared to tread on both Emre Can and Martin Skrtel during the Blues’ 1-0 Capital One Cup semi-final win over Liverpool on Tuesday evening, with Rodgers calling the decision not to send off Costa “poor”.
However Mourinho, who was quoted by the Liverpool Echo, responded by saying: “We worked at Chelsea for a few years, but we are very different people. I could speak about Skrtel, I don’t.
“What you call ‘stamps’ and what Sky calls ‘crimes’, I have to say absolutely [they were] accidental. He goes to the ball, he chases the ball, the opponent is on the floor and they have contact. He puts his foot there, when he’s looking for the ball.”
Mourinho also criticised Rodgers over his lack of praise for goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who made several excellent saves to take the match into extra time.
He commented: “He goes to the television and speaks about Courtois, and forgets Mignolet – I speak about Courtois and Mignolet. He speaks about my goalkeeper, I speak about my goalkeeper and his goalkeeper.
“I don’t forget my goalkeeper because my goalkeeper helped us to the final. He is what he is, he is a fantastic manager but we are different people.”
Mourinho normally only ever picks fights with those he sees as threatening, so Liverpool fans should actually take heart from these comments. May the rivalry continue, but may Liverpool come out on top next time…