It's good to be the king.
Except when it's more annoying than anything to be the king.
Though it is a problem - if we want to call it a problem - of his own making, Jose Mourinho can't be too entirely pleased where the narrative has ended up over the last couple days. Football celebrity or not, a comment that was "not meant in a serious way" about a friend should not get reported as actual serious news (even if he was aware of the cameras). But hey, it's a good thing he said that thing about father time Eto'o's age so no one cares about the "insults" he threw Monaco's way. And why isn't anybody asking how Demba Ba is feeling about all this? Why always Fernando!?
With the king perhaps looking a bit vulnerable, it's not surprising to see a vulture or seventeen circling. And I don't mean just in the media.
"Mourinho won the Champions League because he took a good team. He took a team that, like Manchester City, I had built; a team with a very strong mentality. When I went to Inter, they played very bad football and we changed this."
-Roberto Mancini, Galatasaray manager; source: Daily Mail
Oh, hey there, Bobby Mancini; I had forgotten all about your stylish scarves and training ground bust-ups and general underachievement in England.
Wait, let me grab some popcorn. Does Orville Redenbacher sponsor five-a-side football? Maybe they should start.
"It's funny, it's funny"
"It's funny because my team in the final had Lucio, Thiago Motta, Diego Milito, Samuel Eto'o, Goran Pandev and Wesley Sneijder. From 11 players, he didn't work with six of them. So he made a five-a-side team because I played with only five players from his team."
-Jose Mourinho; source: Daily Mail
Press-conference enthusiasts Mancini and Mourinho sniping at each other is of course nothing new. This year is just a continuation of their shared history at Internazionale as well as their clashes in the previous two years' Champions Leagues, the first of which saw City eliminated at the group stages (for which, Jose claimed, he would've certainly been fired) and the second of which resulted in a most epic knee slide.