The season is over, many of the players are away with their national teams for one final time before going on holiday, and Jose Mourinho is sitting in England with nothing left to do. Nothing, that is, except talk to the media, and begin forming the #Narrative for the 2015/16 season.
On Tuesday, Mourinho was at the BT Sport launch, and had some interesting things to say about a variety of subjects. First, we'll Check in on Petr Cech:
Mourinho asked if Cech can join Arsenal: "My answer would be no way, but if the owner has a different answer, I have to accept." #CFC #AFC— Kevin Palmer (@kpsundayworld) June 9, 2015
Mourinho on Cech's future: "Every club that is interested in Petr, there are players in their squad I am interested in too" #CFC #AFC #MUFC— Kevin Palmer (@kpsundayworld) June 9, 2015
Mourinho sounds like he's dead set against forcing Petr Cech to settle for fourth place every season, instead wishing to reward him by sending him to a club where he'd be able to regularly fight for titles, as a reward for all those years of faithful service. Apparently, though, Chelsea's owner is grumpy with the legend, and is willing to ship him to North London as punishment for allowing his starting position at Chelsea to be claimed by a youngster.
How about that manager he'd be working with at Arsenal?
Mourinho on Arsenal: "I believe they have a top manager, I'm not making fun here. They will be even harder to beat next season," #CFC #AFC— Kevin Palmer (@kpsundayworld) June 9, 2015
I didn't think I'd live to see the day when Mourinho said something genuinely nice about the velcro'd one, but I guess it has really happened. The Chelsea boss also talked about tactics, again defending his style that some have labeled 'boring'.
Mourinho: "My Real Madrid team could score five, six or seven goals in a game, but they couldn't defend a corner. That is a problem."— Kevin Palmer (@kpsundayworld) June 9, 2015
Mourinho on defensive tactcis: "You have to be a good driver to park the bus. I give credit to drivers. It takes time to learn this." #CFC— Kevin Palmer (@kpsundayworld) June 9, 2015
Mourinho: "At Chelsea 6 Everton 3, we parked the bus very, very badly that day. This Chelsea team can do everything in the game." #CFC— Kevin Palmer (@kpsundayworld) June 9, 2015
I guess this criticism must be bothering Mourinho a little, as he's been commenting on it quite a bit since Chelsea won the Premier League title. He's never going to win over the bitter fans who complain about his side being 'unworthy champions' though, so at this point, his continued commenting on the subject is little more than continuing to kick a dead horse. It's still funny, however.