The Blues manager has stated there is a ‘campaign’ against his team, in off-field tactics similar to those he adopted during his days in Spain.
With Cesc Fabregas wrongly booked for diving, the Portuguese coach insinuated that due to the team’s prowess on the pitch, others were looking to derail Chelsea’s title challenge by building up a negative stigma around the Stamford Bridge side and the actions of their players.
True, Fabregas should not have been booked and the visitors should have been awarded a penalty, but accusations of a collective ‘out-to-get-them’ mindset from the rest of the footballing community is greatly exaggerated.
Mourinho, the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’, has proven himself as the master of mindgames and his comments will go some way to detracting criticism from an under-par performance at St Mary’s.
They may well even ring in the ears of future referees the next time a questionable decision surrounding Chelsea arises.
However, Mourinho should be familiar with off-field campaigns that are aimed at derailing successful teams - he started one during his time at Real Madrid.
With Barcelona and Pep Guardiola the rulers of the roost both in Spain and on the continent, the then Santiago Bernabeu head coach adopted a number of distractions, accusations and exerted off-field pressure in an attempt to disrupt the Catalan steamroller.
Verbal attacks on Guardiola, a physical attack on Barca assistant Tito Vilanova, accusations that referees favoured the Camp Nou outfit and other under-handed tactics were adopted on a near weekly basis by Mourinho in his efforts to negatively impact Barcelona.
It is unlikely that Mourinho actually believes that the current ‘campaign’ against Chelsea actually exists and his words are part of his latest mindgames.
However, any complaints about insinuating comments from opposition coaches, like he stated after the Southampton game, become null and void given the extreme measures he adopted in his previous job.