Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is very furious about the publication of quotes in which he criticised his own strikers before the Champions League last-16 match against Galatasaray.
He has been left angered and embarrassed after French broadcaster CanalPlus published a video of what he felt was a private conversation during a personal appearance in Nyon, Switzerland eight days ago.
In the video, the Chelsea manager bemoans Chelsea’s lack of goalscorers and makes an unflattering reference to Samuel Eto’o’s age saying: “The problem at Chelsea is that we are lacking a goalscorer. I have one [Samuel Eto’o] but he is 32, possibly 35, who knows?”.
While Chelsea accept the footage is genuine, they feel the clandestine recording of a private conversation was unfair.
“I think you should be embarrassed as media professionals because by the ethical point of view I don’t think you are happy your colleague is happy to be able to record a private conversation and to make it public,” the Portuguese boss said in his pre-game conference while addressing the off-the-record conversation.
“I think you should all be embarrassed because it is against your ethic. Is it a not happy comment? Absolutely.”
Chelsea visits Istanbul on Wednesday in a European Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie.
Mourinho insists the fun conversation was not by any means supposed to be a football matter.
“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.”