Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is said to be angry that remarks he made in a private conversation which undermine his strikers had been secretly filmed and broadcast.
Mourinho, who arrived with his team at Istanbul ahead of UEFA Champions League round of 16 against host,Galatasaray,
was caught in conversation with the boss of Swiss watch-makers Hublot,
explaining that Chelsea did not have anyone to score goals.
joked that Samuel Eto’o was probably older than 32 and hinted that an
ideal solution may be to sign Radamel Falcao because the Colombian
deserved a bigger audience than he had at Monaco.
‘The problem with
Chelsea is I lack a scorer,’ said Mourinho (right), speaking in French.
‘I have Eto’o but he is 32 years old, maybe 35, who knows?’
Falcao, signed from Porto for £50million last year and understood to be
among Chelsea’s top targets, he added: ‘I need a striker. Falcao needs a
A player like him cannot play in front of 3,000 people. Monaco is
a club to end (your career with).’
inference is clear for Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba ahead of
Wednesday's last-16 Champions League first leg against Galatasaray.
conversation was recorded by French broadcasters Canal+ in Switzerland
on February 17 and appeared as a video clip on their website. It has
since been removed but Mourinho’s words had already been well
circulated, much to his embarrassment.
The incident has darkened his mood on
the eve of a reunion with Didier Drogba, the Galatasaray striker and
Chelsea legend of the first Mourinho era. Drogba left Stamford Bridge in
2012 and the club have yet to replace his immense presence.