Swift exit for angry Mourinho

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho walked out of his pre-match press conference ahead of the Champions League clash with Steaua Bucharest after taking exception to a question about absent forward Kevin De Bruyne.

Last Updated: 01/10/13 at 10:57 Post Comment

Jose Mourinho: Brought press conference to an abrupt conclusion

Jose Mourinho: Brought press conference to an abrupt conclusion

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

De Bruyne was left in London ahead of the Group E trip to Romania, but Mourinho was not prepared to talk about the Belgian and left to oversee his side's final training session under the roof at the National Arena.

"This is fantastic because nobody asks me about Mata," Mourinho said. "You are for three weeks speaking about Mata, and now you are speaking about Kevin de Bruyne.

"So you are not interested in the players that are playing? You are interested in the players that are not playing.

"He was not selected. It was my decision. Only 11 can play and 18 can be selected.

"I try to decide by what they do on the pitch when they play and what they do in training.

"I try to be honest with Juan and say that he's going to play tomorrow, because of what he did in training and because of what he did in the matches he played.

"With Kevin it's the same. He's not selected because I didn't like the match he played against Swindon and I didn't like the way he was training.

"But you have this tendency to only ask about the guys that are not selected. See you tomorrow."

Mourinho had earlier anticipated a challenging evening at a venue where Chelsea lost 1-0 under Rafael Benitez in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie last term.

But the Portuguese believes that defeat could prove to be an advantage as they will not under-estimate the strength of the opposition.

"It's good for me," he said. "They lost, they know why they lost, they know it's not easy.

"Last season maybe was a bit of a surprise and this season they know they are going to play against a good team."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Champions League review: Big wins for Roma and Porto, Barca edge to victory

Roma and Porto earned big wins in the Champions League, while Barcelona opened their campaign with a narrow victory.

Champions League: Jose Mourinho rues missed chances in Schalke draw

Jose Mourinho bemoaned Chelsea's failure to kill off Schalke with a second goal before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's equaliser.

Champions League: Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart left to rue late Bayern Munich winner

Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart admitted Jerome Boateng's late winner for Bayern Munich felt like a kick in the teeth.

Mail Box

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property