The Portuguese coach has complained continuously about a ‘campaign’ against Chelsea, being quoted by the BBC after the 1-1 draw with Southampton.
Having not been awarded a clear penally during that tie - one of many poor decisions through the course of the campaign - Mourinho followed that up after the League Cup semi-final victory over Liverpool, with the Mirror reporting on his alleged complaints against the media.
With Mourinho, it is almost impossible to tell whether his words are true, or if they are simply being used to build a sense of ‘us-against-the-world’ mentality at Stamford Bridge. Having been fined by the FA for a seemingly forgivable action, it is likely that the coach is channelling both truth and team building spirit in his words, and Brazilian winger Willian believes that he only says those things to protect the players in West London.
Sitting at the top of the Premier League table puts you in a position in which every other cub want to exist, and the belief that Chelsea are being cheated out of their success will make the players even more focused upon winning the division. There is no doubt that the coach is well versed in the art of manipulation, and Willian has told the Standard that he is pleased by Mourinho’s words.
“He talks with us a lot,” the winger was quoted as saying. “I think he says these things - that there is an agenda against Chelsea - to protect our group.
“He says it to motivate us and show he is with us all of the time. Sometimes he says things to the media in order to make us stronger.
“We are top of the League and everyone wants to steal our position. That is why he wants us to be aware of it and maintain our focus for the rest of the season.”