Jose Mourinho has warned Chelsea supporters against mocking Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard…
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told Blues fans that they must respect Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, and has warned against mocking him when the two team’s meet in the Capital One Cup semi-final this week, reports BBC Sport.
The Stamford Bridge faithful have made an unwelcome habit of mocking Gerrard for his decisive slip in the game between the two teams last season, which ultimately cost the Reds the Premier League title.
But Mourinho has declared that a player such as Gerrard deserves better, and has asked for a downturn in the chants over the next fortnight.
Liverpool and Chelsea meet twice in the next eight days – at Anfield tomorrow night, and then again in London the following Tuesday, with a place in the first domestic final of the season at stake. The winner will face either Tottenham or Sheffield United, who play on Wednesday.
Mourinho said: “Gerrard is an historical player for Liverpool, an historical player for the Premier League, an opponent I always admired and respect. Our fans have a song (about him) that I don’t like, I don’t like it at all.
“Maybe a couple of times it’s good fun, but to go on and go on, especially when a player like him deserves respect, I don’t think we need that. We have so many other songs that we don’t need that one.”