Mourinho lashes out at pundits Carragher and Souness

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Mourinho not happy with Sky Sports pundits once more
Mourinho not happy with Sky Sports pundits once more

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has lashed out at Sky Sports pundits Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher after they criticised his team following their Champions League exit.

Ten-man Paris Saint-Germain edged out Chelsea on away goals to seal a place in the Champions League quarter-final, with Souness and Carragher quick to criticise the Blues and their manager after the game.

"The world is a bit strange, maybe because of diet and the quality of product we are eating, memories are getting shorter," stated Mourinho.

"When Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness are speaking about it it's because they're having a problem for sure.

"Jamie stopped to play a couple of years ago and in two years he forgot everything on the pitch."

On Souness, who worked at Benfica prior to Mourinho working there, the Blues boss said: "I know a lot about him. I know so much about him."

Mourinho insisted his team would be ready to fight back against the criticism flowing their way and challenged his players to rise to the challenge of winning the Premier League.

"We have 11 matches to play in the Premier League," he added ahead of his side's game against Southampton on Sunday.

"We want to be champions, to win the Premier League, but also to be back in the Champions League, to be head of group.

"We cannot promise that win every game, we cannot promise that we win the Premier League, but we are optimistic. You have to be optimistic to succeed. Be optimistic. Believe in yourself.

"I reflect with the players not with you. I don't have to say. I had a meeting with the players, I'm working for the future and I don't have to share with you.

"I don't want to go back. I want to go forward. I think they will cope with the pressure of playing Southampton."