Chelsea boss Mourinho booed at Belgium v Colombia game

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Jose Mourinho saw himself less than welcome by the Belgian public due to the playing time given to Kevin De Bruyne this season.

The footballing world was watching out for the result of the Belgium v Colombia game last night - a friendly colloquially referred to on Twitter as the ‘Battle of the Hipsters’ such is the cult popularity of the worlds most improved teams.

Indeed it was much more than that. This fixture saw the world’s fourth and fifth best teams, according to FIFA, going toe-to-toe - with the winner surely being able to lay claim to being the trendiest footballing nation on the planet. Although is it trendy to support the underdog these days - who knows?

One man who was in anticipated attendance was Jose Mourinho - and the Chelsea boss had numerous reasons to make his presence apparent.

You can believe the far-fetched tales of a scouting mission on Radamel Falcao. I mean what scouting do you really need to do. Here is your scout report on Falcao, Jose …. He scores a heap of goals!

Much more likely was to take a glance at Jackson Martinez. The Porto man however only featured for the final 20 minutes, so this would have been a wasted trip for the Portuguese if this was his main incentive.

Then again he could have been casting an eye on the plethora of Chelsea talent featuring for the home team. Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne started the game, while Romelu Lukaku entered from the bench - Thibaut Courtois was injured.

Or he could have just gone to watch a football match, you know, as a fan of football.

Whatever the reasoning behind his attendance it was certainly greeted coolly by the Belgian faithful - because when his mug-shot appeared on the big screen at the King Boudewijn Stadium the fans let out a choral boo at the Chelsea boss, according to Hiet Niuewsblad. 

Belgian fans are reportedly unhappy with the treatment of several of their stars at Staford Bridge, in particular that of Kevin De Bruyne. The playmaker is a key member of the Belgium side, but he struggled yesterday as a lack of match fitness took its toll.

They are also, to a certain degree, disappointed with Mourinho’s decision to loan out Romelu Lukaku rather than giving him a chance to lead the line for The Blues.

But luckily for Mourinho, we are pretty sure he is used to being booed by now.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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