Jose Mourinho bites back at the media after stormy week

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
A glum Mourinho faced the media
A glum Mourinho faced the media

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has vowed to change his approach to dealing with the media after a week when he hit the headlines for the wrong reasons once again.

Mourinho was furious that phone camera footage of two teenagers following him through west London - something Chelsea described as "overly intrusive" - was widely reported this week.

After a Chelsea spokesman read out a statement regarding the incidents at Mourinho's Friday press briefing, a stony-faced Chelsea boss offered up these words.

"You don't get from me good and funny headlines," stated Mourinho. "I'm going to treat your bosses the same way they treat me. No respect, no respect.

"And I'm not speaking about football. Football I'm ready to accept any kind of criticism, even the stupid ones.

"Private life and stupid things that you bring to light, I don't like it. So we go to a different level of professional relationship."

This was the statement read to the media by Chelsea spokesman Steve Atkins:

"We've noted the two recent stories concerning Jose being filmed on mobile phones.

"While Jose understands the laws pertaining to filming in public places, the two teenagers in question followed him from his home for 20 minutes and constantly interrupted a private phone call, which he and the club believes goes beyond the grounds of reasonable behaviour.

"Jose has always spoken warmly of the public reception he receives in London, but both Jose and the club consider these last two instances as overly intrusive.

"We also note the allegation of intimidation in those stories, which Jose strongly refutes and which his legal representatives will continue to monitor closely."

Mourinho was less than enthusiastic to answer questions from reporters, with the smiles and jokes that he often throws into his media briefings absent ahead of his side's game against West Ham on Saturday.

The Chelsea boss would be wise to follow his new path of being cautious when speaking with the media, as his inflammatory comments in press briefings have got him in trouble with Football Associations chiefs time and again over the course of 2015.