The Portuguese boss is renowned for his outbursts and persistence on using the media to take the pressure of his side – but has he dropped himself in it this time?
Unaware that the interview was still rolling, Mourinho decided to tell some home truths about his strikers – or non-strikers in this case.
He said: “I have a team but no striker. It is not possible for us to win the Premier League.”
The pressure that Mourinho relieves off the players by playing down their title challenge is brilliant man-management, yet the closer we edge to the Premier League finishing line, the more surreal it becomes.
Mourinho followed his statement by jokingly acknowledging Samuel Eto’o, but not his age, adding:
“We have Samuel Eto’o. Yes, Eto’o. But he is 32, maybe even 35, I don’t know.”
The Cameroonian despite his age has been a solid acquisition this season, netting six goals in 13 Premier League starts – including an impressive hat-trick at home to Man Utd.
Mourinho should acknowledge him, but his failure to mention his others may not go down too well, especially one for who cost the club a record £50m.
Fernando Torres admittedly hasn’t had his best season. In 11 Premier League starts, he has only netted four goals – two goals less than West Ham United’s Carlton Cole.
The situation is clearly not healthy for either party. Fernando Torres is lacking game time, looks isolated at times and the sale of his friend Juan Mata won’t have helped matters. With the form of Diego Costa, Alvaro Negredo and Fernando Llorente, would it be surprising if El Niño missed out on a World Cup spot this summer?
As for Chelsea, will they finally decide to cut their losses on their expensive purchase? Jose Mourinho’s comments may have been in light humour, but it could also suggest that he has finally grown tired of Torres’ inabilities and consistency that he no longer recognises him as a viable Chelsea striker.
Is this summer going to be the end of Fernando Torres’ Chelsea career? It’s questionable, but if we can guarantee one thing, it is that Stamford Bridge is going to be an interesting place to be around amid the imminent transfer speculation.
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