Mourinho hits back after comments on strikers, looks ahead to CL tie

The Chelsea manager spoke to the media ahead of tomorrow's Champions League tie - after comments had surfaced in the media from a private conversation.

Jose Mourinho has hit back after comments from him surrounding his strikers were made public, describing it as a ‘disgrace.’

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Galatasaray in Turkey, Mourinho said: "I am not defending what I am saying, I am attacking something that is from your professional area. That person showed what he is or what he does not know about the job.

"The comment is not a good one and not one I would do in a serious, official way. First of all because I don't make fun, second if there are managers in the world that defend their players I am one of them.

"Third because Samuel Eto'o is Samuel Eto'o. Four times a Champions League winner. It was with him I had the best ever season of my career. It was a funny conversation between me and someone not in the football world. It is a disgrace someone is taping a private conversation."

The Chelsea boss also cited a time when Eto’o said he wouldn’t play under Mourinho – only for them to work with each other soon after.

He said that journalists and other media professionals should be embarrassed from an ethical point of view.

Ahead of the game with the Turkish Champions, Mourinho said he thinks his side are not amongst the favourites to be crowned European Champions in May – and has said the Blues will face a good Galatasaray side tomorrow evening that features former striker Didier Drogba.

“To face Didier Drogba is difficult and a strange feeling but we have to do our job, we know that he wants to do his job. I want to do my job by trying to help the team and he wants to do his by scoring.

"We are not favourites (to win the competition), obviously. But when a team reaches the quarter final, anything is possible. This round is a very important round because the teams who reach the quarter final can start having a little feeling.”

Goalkeeper Petr Cech also had his say on facing a side with Drogba in their ranks, and spoke of how important he will be for the home side.

“It is going to be the first time he plays against us, we know how important he is and we need to make sure he doesn't have chances to score."

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