Mourinho claimed he had forgone his usual pre-match message to the team. "I didn't speak. It was Billy the masseur that spoke to the team. He was screaming so much in Scottish I didn't understand him. I am serious. But the players were clapping. It was Billy's team-talk," he said.
- Jose Mourinho, as quoted by Jamie Jackson, The Guardian, Feb. 3
Greetings, Chelsea fans, from somewhere over the Southeastern U.S. (Yeah, that's right, I delayed a business flight so I could watch the match from the comfort of my own living room. Good call, I'm thinking).
So, here I am, struggling with crappy airplane wifi to keep up with all the analysis and reaction, and I come across this little gem in one of your English newspapers.
Who can shed light on Billy the masseur? Extra credit for finding a video of him screaming incomprehensible yet somehow motivational Scottish at a dressing room full of mostly Portuguese speaking players and one baffled manager.
Seems to have worked!