Chelsea boss ever-present - even when he's not!

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Certain sectors of the Spanish press believe Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is up to his old tricks.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is a controversial figure, and his recent actions at Stamford Bridge have attracted the attention of the Spanish press.

Spanish newspaper Diario Sport has pointed out that  Mourinho has gone 'missing' in recent weeks, often sending out Blues assistant Steve Holland in his place to tackle the British press.

The situation appears similar to the Chelsea boss's time in the Spanish capital, when he would frequently use then-assistant manager Aitor Karanka to face the media in a bid to avoid the problematic questions and deflect any on-going controversy.

Ahead of Chelsea’s upcoming Premier League clash at home to Sunderland, Holland – for the third consecutive time – took centre stage in the press conference. Although Holland explained that Mourinho was busy preparing for a tough week ahead, which also includes a Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid, the Spanish press insist that, present or not, the Chelsea manager always manages to remain the centre of attention.

Dario Sport says: 'Whatever the reason, he (Mourihno) is repeating the same tactic. Karanka was used in Madrid, whereas now in Chelsea it’s Steve Holland. Despite not speaking, he remains the centre of attention of everything which happens before and after the games'.

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